HICKORY GROVE / MURRAY CEMETERY

Vowels Mill, Natchitoches Parish, La

Located south of Craig Loop in Vowels Mill, the cemetery under fence appears to be both the old Murray (sometimes referred to as the Becky Murray) cemetery and a newer cemetery, both now named the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Entering a large cleared parking area, the gate opens to the newer section: a flat, grassy hilltop with all modern tombstones. The hill then slopes into a valley and the older cemetery is on the crest of the next hill.

There are a few recent burials in the older section; however, most of the stones are very old, and the few new markers have obviously been placed in recent years to mark previously unmarked graves. This older section of the cemetery is indicative of older cemeteries in this area, having a large oak or hickory tree in the center, several plantings of cape jasmine shrubs, and many cedar stumps, evidence of the use of cedar trees to mark gravesites, another common practice in earlier times.

While this is a particularly beautiful and picturesque part of the cemetery, the erosion of the sandy soil of this hilly area has created problems, which have been addressed to some extent with the plantings and the placement of concrete slabs and retaining walls. This is particularly evident in the Cox plot, which is located on the rear southwestern corner of the cemetery, where large concrete slabs have been used to contain the eroding soil.

The entire cemetery is under fence, mowed and well maintained. The adjacent woodlands have many hardwood trees which present a colorful background during autumn visits. The evergreen pines are beautiful all year and provide a peaceful setting for this lovely cemetery. In the following listing, the cemeteries are designated Murray and Hickory Grove, although the cemetery as a whole is now known as the Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Location: Traveling south on LA 117 from Hagewood, LA ( intersection of LA Hwy 6 and 117): about 6.5 miles to the intersection of LA 117 and 478; turn right (west) and travel 2.5 miles to Craig Loop (Parish Road 736); turn left (south) and travel one (1) mile to Hickory Grove Cemetery Road (Parish Road 737); travel 2/10 mile to the intersection of Hickory Grove Drive and Bell Craig Road (Parish Road 737A). At this point there is a sign indicating the left fork of the road, and the cemetery is 3/10 mile along this road, ending at the cemetery. All except the last one-half mile are all weather roads. However, this last section of road is sandy and should be passable even in wet weather.


Listing and pictures by A. Lloid, B. Gibson, S. Liles, and N. Liles, November, 1998.


******* Murray Cemetery *******


BYRD, George W. ( 11 Apr 1884 / 29 Dec 1980 )

Dad

Double stone: Ira Zena Byrd


BYRD, Ira Zena ( 08 Dec 1895 / 13 Sep 1938 )

Mother


BYRD, T.J. ( 31 May 1846 / 11 Feb 1926 )

( Adjacent to Elizabeth Foshee; similar stones)


BYRD, Elizabeth Foshee ( 1847 /23 Nov 1886 )

Wife of T.J. Byrd


BYRD, Mary ( 20 May 1872 / 25 Jan 1941 )


BYRD, Julia ( 10 Sep 1873 / 12 Mar 1942 )


BRISTER, Floyd ( 17Jan 1914 / 24 Jan 1979 )

( Adjacent to one unidentified grave marked with flowers)


(The following Cox markers are all in one row, on the southeast corner of the crest of the hillside in the older section of the cemetery. This area has eroded badly and large concrete plates have been added around the edges of the plot to retard the erosion. Etchings in these plates indicate that they were constructed in 1942.)


COX, J.D. ( 01 Dec 1861 / 25 Nov 1941 )

( Adjacent and south of the marker of J.D. Cox is an much new type marker, flat, grey granite, with evidence of a name plaque that has been removed. )


COX, Phanor ( 14 Mar 1892 / 13 May 1920 )

Son of Mr. & Mrs. J.D. Cox


COX, Harvey ( 28 Oct 1897 / 20 May 1913 )

Son of Mr. & Mrs. J.D. Cox


COX, Rosa ( 02 April 1884 / 22 May 1892 )

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J.D. Cox


COX, Addison ( 11 Nov 1889 / 20 Aug 1891 )


COX, Philom ( 19 July 1887 / 30 May 1890 )


COX, King ( 20 Jan 1886 / 04 Feb 1886 )


CRAIG, Clifton ( 25 Mar 1905 / 02 June 1915 )

( Adjacent to Cleveland Craig )


CRAIG, Cleveland ( 25 Mar 1905 / 14 Jan 1908 )

( Adjacent to Dempsy Craig, Sr. )


CRAIG, Dempsy, Sr. ( 1838 / 1900 )

Double stone: Emly Craig


CRAIG, Emly ( 1853 / 1916 )

Double stone: Dempsy Craig, Sr.


CRAIG, Geneva ( 23 Dec 1936 / 16 Oct 1937 )

Daughter


CRITTENDEN, Velma ( 05 Dec 1928 / 02 Nov 1930 )

Baby


CRITTENDEN, Oda Beatrice ( 30 Dec 1922 / 05 May 1933 )


CRITTENDEN, Rosa E. ( 24 July 1897 / 18 May 1957 )

Double stone: Harvey G. Crittenden


CRITTENDEN, Harvey G. ( 01 Jan 1891 / 23 May 1960 )


FOSHEE, Infant ( 16 April 1916 )


( The following Foshee names are all engraved on a newish, flat, grey granite marker (in this order).)

FOSHEE, Oda ( 1890 / 1891 )

FOSHEE, Jannie ( 1892 / 1905 )

FOSHEE, Jennie ( 1894 / 1905 )

FOSHEE, George ( 1854 / 1929 )

FOSHEE, Luvicie ( 1867 / 1931 )


FOSHEE, Billy Ray ( 30 Sep 1932 / 04 Oct 1932 )

Son


FOSHEE, Nezzie ( 19 Oct 1911 / 24 Feb 1943 )

Mother ( Adjacent to Billy Ray Foshee )


FOSHEE, Coleman C. ( 22 Jan 1910 / 25 Mar 1978 )

Double stone: Nezzie Foshee


GANDY, Faye Effie (February 2, 1929 / March 26,1999) Double stone with Odus Phillip Gandy---January 18, 1920


HIGHT, D. ( 19 Apr 1981 / 05 July 1981 )

( Adjacent to Coleman C. Foshee )


HOLLAND, Infant. ( 29 Apr 1930 / 30 Apr 1930 )

Infant Daughter of John E. Holland


HONEYCUTT, Elzy ( 1879 / 1966 )

Daddy

Double stone: Dena Bell Honeycutt


HONEYCUTT, Dena Bell ( 1884 / 1908 )

Mama


HONEYCUTT, Jane ( 10 May 1841 / 15 Sep 1921 )

( Adjacent to Dena Bell Honeycutt )


HONEYCUTT, Henry ( 24 June 1838 / 30 Mar 1920 )

( Adjacent to Jane Honeycutt )


HONEYCUTT, Golda ( 06 Aug 1901 / 28 June 1914 )

( has both old and new markers )


HONEYCUTT, Robert Warren ( 1846 / 1908 )


HONEYCUTT, Victoria ( 1860 / 1900 )

Wife of Robert Warren Honeycutt


HONEYCUTT, Willie (January 3, 1908 / September 2, 1992) Double stone with Juney Mae Honeycutt---June 1, 1915-


HOLLAND, Dorothy Beatrice ( 14 June 1927 / 01 Nov 1931 )


HOLLAND, Jacob ( 01 Nov 1922 / 01 Jan 1923 )


HOLLAND, George Washington ( 23 Aug 1857 / 08 Aug 1928 )

Adjacent to: Nancy Ann Moss Holland


HOLLAND, Nancy Ann Moss ( 23 Aug 1867 / 18 May 1940 )


LAFITTE, Mary Honeycutt ( 1890 /1908 )

( Adjacent to Dena Bell Honeycutt )


MASSEY, Louise ( 12 Oct 1848 / 03 Mar 1923 )

Wife of A. J. Massey


MCEELENDON, M.C. ( 21 June 1887 / 12 June 1930 )

( Adjacent to Callie Craig McClendon)

( Note: Spelling as on marker )


MCCLENDON, Callie Craig ( 04 Aug 1876 / 12 Jan 1904 )

Wife of M.C. McClendon

( Adjacent to M.C. McEelendon; spelling in all cases as on markers. )


NORSWORTHY, Alberta ( 1912 / 1926 )


NORSWORTHY, Meda ( 1904 / 1918 )


NORSWORTHY, Monroe ( 1893 / 1896 )


RHODES, Mandy ( Age at Death 65 Years )


UNMARKED: There are two large slab topped graves north of the Floyd Brister gravesite and south of the Dempsy Craig, Sr. gravesite. It appears that some data was etched into one of the slabs, but is so eroded as to be illegible. Two or three other sites are possible graves, unmarked.


******* Hickory Grove Cemetery *******

CARNEY, Wilmer Floyd ( 01 Mar 1924 / 10 Apr 1969 )

LA S1 US NAVY WWII


CRAIG, Lillie Belle ( 11 Apr 1914 / 02 Sep 1988 )

Double stone: Demsie Craig


CRAIG, Demsie ( 11 Mar 1908 / 30 Jan 1976 )

Husband

Double stone: Lillie Belle Craig


CRAIG, Casabiana ( 21 May 1882 / 06 Nov 1966 )

Mama

Double stone: Sampson Craig


CRAIG, Sampson ( 03 May 1882 / 24 May 1968 )

Papa

Double stone: Casabiana Craig


CRAIG, Estelle ( 20 Nov 1913 / )

Double stone: Eston Craig


CRAIG, Eston ( 11 Nov 1904 / 03 Sep 1986 )

Double stone: Estelle Craig


CRAIG, Infant ( 12 Sep 1943 )

Infant son of Curtis Craig


CRITTENDEN, Robert George ( 22 Aug 1949 / 20 Oct 1992 )

Loved and remembered by Randy, Becky, and Rosie


CRITTENDEN, J.B. ( 13 Apr 1921 / 04 Aug 1970 )

Adjacent to: Cleo Crittenden


CRITTENDEN, Cleo ( 29 Sep 1931 / )

Adjacent to: J.B. Crittenden


FENN, Arthur ( 29 May 1903 / 12 Sep 1956 )


FOSHEE, Josephine M. ( 21 Dec 1895 / 21 Jan 1990 )

Double stone: Mason H. Foshee


FOSHEE, Mary Bell ( 02 Nov 1894 / 10 Dec 1984 )

Double stone: John R. Foshee


FOSHEE, Harry H. ( 04 Aug 1931 / 06 Aug 1952 )

Adjacent to: John R. and Preston Foshee


FOSHEE, Algy H. ( 29 Nov 1893 / 08 July 1980 )

Double stone: Willie W. Foshee


FOSHEE, Willie W. ( 13 June 1883 / 31 Aug 1959 )

Double stone: Algy H. Foshee


FOSHEE, Exie Holland ( 24 July 1905 / 20 Dec 1981 )

Mother

Double stone: Norris Foshee


FOSHEE, Mason H. ( 07 Sep 1888 / 26 Mar 1977 )

Double stone: Josephine M. Foshee


FOSHEE, Gladys M. ( 05 Aug 1918 / 02 Sep 1991 )

Double stone: Arthur Foshee


FOSHEE, Arthur ( 31 Jan 1918 / )

Double stone: Gladys M. Foshee


FOSHEE, Elbert J. ( 13 Nov 1915 / 19 Apr 1998 )

Father

Double stone: Maurine M. Foshee


FOSHEE, Maurine M. ( 01 Nov 1918 / )

Mother

Double stone: Elbert J. Foshee


FOSHEE, John R. ( 05 June 1900 / 02 Jan 1977 )

Double stone: Mary Bell Foshee


FOSHEE, Preston ( 05 May 1935 / 20 May 1961 )


FOSHEE, Albert ( 16 Dec 1888 / 20 July 1964 )

Double stone: Necie Foshee


FOSHEE, Necie ( 24 Apr 1898 / 24 June 1974 )

Double stone: Albert Foshee


FOSHEE, Bessie ( 24 Aug 1901 / 13 Sep 1983 )

Double stone: Monroe Foshee


FOSHEE, Monroe ( 22 July 1898 / 09 Sep 1986 )

Double stone: Bessie Foshee


FOSHEE, Norris ( 27 Jan 1897 / 06 Apr 1970 )

Father

PFC MOTOR TRANS CORP WWI

Double stone: Exie Holland Foshee


HOLLAND, Leroy ( 19 Oct 1922 / )

Double stone: Dorothy Gibson


HOLLAND, Pete ( 07 Aug 1903 / 02 Aug 1956 )


HOLLAND, Harlan B. ( 16 Mar 1947 / 03 July 1956 )

Adjacent to: Leroy and Dorothy Gibson Holland


HOLLAND, Dorothy Gibson ( 24 Apr 1926 / )

Double stone: Leroy Holland


HOLLAND, Eula V. ( 05 Aug 1930 / )

Double stone: Woodrow R. Holland


HOLLAND, Woodrow R. ( 29 Oct 1920 / 01 May 1980 )

PFC US ARMY WWII

Double stone: Eula V. Holland


HOLLAND, Cora Bell ( 16 Dec 1897 / 10 Dec 1988 )

Mama

Adjacent to: Newton Luther Holland


HOLLAND, Freeborn ( 17 July 1895 / 16 Jan 1988 )

PVT US ARMY WWI

Double stone: Nora B. Holland


HOLLAND, Nora B. ( 31 May 1904 / 16 Nov 1953 )

Double stone: Freeborn Holland


HOLLAND, Freeman O. ( 14 Nov 1926 / )

Double stone: LaWanda Holland


HOLLAND, LaWanda ( 11 July 1927 / )

Double stone: Freeman O. Holland


HOLLAND, John E. ( 29 Mar 1891 / 07 Nov 1978 )

Double stone: Annie E. Holland


HOLLAND, Annie E. ( 10 Feb 1894 / 20 Mar 1978 )

Double stone: John E. Holland


HOLLAND, Newton Luther ( 29 Oct 1893 / 17 Feb 1977 )

Papa

Adjacent to: Cora Belle Holland


HONEYCUTT, Infant ( 01 Oct 1942 )

Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Honeycutt


HONEYCUTT, Arvil Dean ( 25 Feb 1944 / 21 Nov 1955 )

Son of Mr.and Mrs. Willie Honeycutt


HOWELL, Elbert Lee ( 23 Oct 1918 / 04 Dec 1970 )

LA PVT CO H 422 INFANTRY WWII


HOWELL, Mary Jane ( 30 Oct 1888 / 16 Nov 1969 )

Double stone: Charlie Monroe Howell


HOWELL, Charlie Monroe ( 01 May 1886 / 29 May 1974 )

Double stone: Mary Jane Howell


MILLER, Monroe Floyd ( 23 Aug 1914 / 16 July 1976 )

Double stone: Abbie Foshee


MILLER, Abbie Foshee ( 19 May 1919 / 18 Oct 1993 )

Double stone: Monroe Floyd


MILLER, Effie J. ( 28 Nov 1911 / 05 Feb 1997 )

Double stone: Eric L. Miller


MILLER, Eric L. ( 11 June 1915 / )

Double stone: Effie J. Miller


MONTGOMERY, Rena Howell ( 08 Mar 1905 / 24 May 1992 )

Double stone: John Dewey Montgomery

Married: 18 May 1924


MONTGOMERY, John Dewey ( 12 July 1902 / 05 Jan 19 83 )

Double stone: Rena Howell


MONTGOMERY, Lillian Howell ( 06 Jan 1912 / 29 May 1999 )

Double stone: John Thomas Montgomery


MONTGOMERY, John Thomas ( 05 Dec 1901 / 26 Feb 1985 )

Double stone: Lillian Howell Montgomery


MOSS, Amanda H. ( 23 Jan 1887 / 23 Feb 1968 )

Double stone: Luther A. Moss


MOSS, Luther A. ( 14 Feb 1885 / 07 May 1957 )

Double stone: Amanda H. Moss


OXLEY, Ambrose ( 30 Mar 1904 / 19 July 1969 )

Double stone: Ophelia Oxley


OXLEY, Ophelia ( 07 Dec 1886 / 07 Jan 1969 )

Double stone: Ambrose Oxley


PAGE, Bummy ( 14 June 1930 / 14 Jan 1990 )

Papa

Adjacent to: Isabelle Page


PAGE, Isabelle ( 03 July 1925 / )

Granny

Adjacent to: Bummy Page


PENROD, Opal Irene ( 28 Mar 1923 / 30 May 1999 )

Double stone: Charles William Penrod, Sr.


PENROD, Charles William, Sr. ( 04 Dec 1921 / 02 Aug 1995 )

CWOC US ARMY WWII - Korea

Double stone: Opal Irene Penrod


PITTS, Collis ( 02 Apr 1921 / )

Double stone: Lola Holland Pitts


PITTS, Lola Holland ( 20 Mar 1921 / 05 Jan 1995 )

Double stone: Collis Pitts

Married: 15 July 1939


ROBERTS, Elizabeth ( 22 July 1895 / 20 May 1986 )


SEITZ, Carol Sharp ( 15 Sep 1949 / 26 Oct 1977 )


FOSHEE, Jerry D. ( 25 Dec 1935 / 28 Mar 1994 )


SHARP, George W. ( 05 Apr 1900 / 14 Apr 1987 ): Double stone Judy A. Sharp


SHARP, Judy Ann (Died February 2, 1990) Double stone George W. Sharp


YOPP, Rhodie Lee ( 01 Mar 1933 / 24 Apr 1972 )

Father


Rest in Peace



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