Bayou Blue Cemetery, Provencal

Natchitoches Parish, LA

Bayou Blue Cemetery is located off LA Hwy 120, about 4 miles east of Provencal, LA. If approaching from Provencal (traveling east), turn left onto Parish Road 618 ( Bayou Blue Road), travel mile, turn right, travel about one block and the road ends at the Bayou Blue Cemetery.

Ms. Dottie Smith remembers her mother-in-law, Mrs. Ola Smith, saying that there was a Methodist Church and a school at the site of the present Bayou Blue Cemetery (late 1800's / early 1900's). Mrs. Ola Smith related that all cooking for Sunday's meals was done on Saturday, and that the preacher always came to their house for dinner on the Sunday that he preached in the Bayou Blue Methodist Church. (Most rural churches had a part-time pastor; usually services were held only once a month, when the 'circuit' preacher made his appointed rounds.)

Members were extremely devout and knowledgeable Bible scholars. Mr. Edmon Smith, in particular, had been known to cease the plowing of fields in order to discuss, debate, and expound upon his interpretation of various Bible verses with visitors.

The Bayou Blue Cemetery is situated in a quiet, wooded area. The cemetery is well tended and plans are underway for additional clearing near the cemetery for parking, etc. A new cyclone fence has been erected by the Parsons and Smith families, dedicated to the memory of James T. Parsons and Huey E. Smith.

Special thanks are extended to Mrs. Dottie Lou McClory Smith for her guidance and assistance in preparing the Bayou Blue Cemetery listing.

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A Peaceful Repose

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BEARDEN, Ader S. ( September 4, 1867 / June 8, 1943 )

Double stone: John B. Bearden


BEARDEN, John B. ( March 7, 1877 / October 7, 1927 )

Double stone: Ader S. Bearden


CAMPBELL, Ray Earnest ( December 1, 1914 / December 26, 1977 )

S2 US NAVY WW II


FREEMAN, Nancy Jane Smith, Mrs. ( November 17, 1856 / March 25, 1925 )

(native of Robeline, LA)


CATES, William Thomas ( January 15, 1920 / April 29, 1995 )

(h/o _______ Delasard)


GILCREASE, Henry ( May 3, 1894 / June 22,1983)

Double stone: Florence B. Gilcrease


GILCREASE, Florence B. ( February 4, 1897 / September 28, 1964)

Double stone: Henry Gilcrease


PARSONS, James T., Rev. ( Oct 29, 1891 / January 4, 1943 )
PARSONS, Mrs. James T. ( June 11, 1898 / October 31, 1932 )

nee Everlee Smith


PARSONS, James Thomas 'J.T.' ( November 29, 1927 / January 17, 1997 )

s/o Rev. James T. Parsons and Everlee Smith Parsons


PARSONS, Vernon ( May 30, 1920 / July 17, 1926 )

s/o Sarah Parsons


PAUNCEY, Clarence Ara ( August 22, 1880 / January 10, 1963 )
SMITH, Eldred P. ( May 26, 1866 / November 18, 1924 )

h/o Mary Virginia Smith

f/o Edmon Smith


SMITH, Edmon ( October 23, 1906 / November 6, 1991 )

Double stone: Ola E. Moss Smith

f/o Huey Earl Smith


SMITH, Ola E. Moss ( October 23, 1910 / )

( w/o Edmon Smith -- Married April 16, 1926)

m/o Huey Earl Smith


SMITH, Huey Earl ( July 25, 1941 / September 29, 1996 )

Double stone: Dottie Lou McClory Smith


SMITH, Dottie Lou ( May 31, 1945 / )

(w/o Huey Earl Smith -- Married July 11, 1968)


SMITH, Gilbert Johnnie III ( November 24, 1960 / December 17, 1963 )
SMITH, James Thomas ( December 4, 1832 / January 4, 1906 )

g/f/o J.C. Smith


SMITH, Ellwood ( November 5, 1918 / April 10, 1920 )
SMITH, Mary Virginia ( March 9, 1876 / October 30, 1945 )

w/o Eldred P. Smith

m/o Edmon Smith


VASCOCU, Edgar Eugene ( August 17, 1881 / February 27, 1969 )

Double stone: Bessie Vascocu


VASCOCU, Bessie ( May 14, 1891 / February 21, 1977 )

Double stone: Edgar Eugene Vascocu


VASCOCU, John Thomas ( January 18, 1914 / December 27, 1950 )

LA S2 USNR WW II


WELDON, Annie ( Born 1859 / Died 1913 )

( w/o Herman Weldon )


WELDON, Herman ( Born 1888 / Died 1916 )

( h/o Annie Weldon )


Marked unidentified graves:

1. To the left of the James Thomas Smith stone: one grave marked with petrified wood log, approximately five inches in diameter, 12 inches in height.

2. At the foot of the James Thomas Smith grave: one grave marked with a red tile flower holder.

3. Middle of first row, reading right to left: 5 graves marked with large stones (possibly handmade concrete); at foot of one of these graves is a sixth stone, probably too large to be a foot stone, so possibly marking a sixth grave. Mrs. D. Smith indicates that these are graves of Vascocus ( possibly infants); they are adjacent to Vascocu marked graves.

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Compiled by Dottie L. M. Smith and N. Liles, May 1998

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