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which he springs and keep their memory green." .... Henry Cabot Lodge


Espuela Cemetery

Entrance of Espuela Cemetery
Latitude: 33.575N
Longitude: -100.895W

This historic cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Dickens County. The land was deeded by Eric P. Swenson back on November 29, 1915. The first person buried was a man named Combs, the father-in-law of W.W.Stegall, a Methodist preacher in the eighties, at Espuela.

Survey done: 11/20/1997 by Kay Laster
All photo´s by Kay Laster
Submission of Records: Polly and John Montgomery
Location of Espuela Cemetery
front gate

-North- ^
Compass North

Row A B C D E F G H I
 1 Unk.              Collett, Morris Jr. Wilkinson, Walter Collett, Morris Unk. Unk. Unk. Puckett, Stella  
 2 Unk. Collett, Mary   Unk. Unk. Unk. Unk. Puckett, Albert Unk.             
 3 Unk. Unk.   Foreman, Elsie Foreman, Inf. Karr, Inf Puckett, Mary Joe Holloway Calvin Unk.
 4   Spilman, William   Unk. Foreman, Delbert Unk. Puckett, Albert Jr. Allen, William Unk.
 5   Unk.   Peterson, Frankie Unk. Black, Sarah Holloway, Glen Unk. Unk.
 6   Unk.   Karr, Harold Karr, James Unk. Holloway, Harvey Neaves, Ralph Unk.
 7   Unk. Puckett, Brode Howell, Ola Karr, Esther   Holloway, Bera Unk.  
 8   Merriman, Nonnie   Howell, Leacle Karr, Nelta   Holloway, William    
 9   James, Ray   Johnson, John Karr, Velta   Unk.    
10   James, Houston   Karr, Guy Kerley, Opal   Unk.    
11   James, Twins Karr, Dan Karr, Lois Karr, John   Unk.    
12   Buchanan, Charles   Karr, Hubert Karr, Lula   Unk.    
13       Karr, Sylvia Lane, Ona        
14         Shockley, Sallie        
15         Johnson, Sheila        
16         Coursey, Wanda        
17         Coursey, John        
18                  
A B C D E F G H I


Tombstone Inscriptions

Reading Rows from West to East
ROW A

 1.	Unknown - Wooden stob
 2.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 3.	Unknown - White Metal Cross

ROW B

 1.	Collett, Morris Hamilton, Jr.		1933		1998
 2.	Collett, Mary Lynn Stark		1932		1998
	     Double Stone
 3.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 4.	Spilman, William			1865		1891
	     "Sacred to the memory of William H. Spilman,
	     aged 26 years who was killed by his horse
   	     falling on him while in the employ of Espuela
	     Land and  Cattle Co. on October 23, 1891.
	     He was much esteemed by all who knew him.
	     Erected by his sorrowing relatives."
 5.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 6.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 7.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 8. 	Merriman, Nonnie			1895		1900
	     Son of Tol & Della Merriman
	     "We loved him, yes we loved him
	     But Angels loved him more
	     And they have surely called him
	     To another bright shining shore"
 9.	James, Ray				1915		1920
	     Son of R. C. James
		"Asleep in Jesus"
10.	James, Houston Dale			1928		1929
11.	James, Twin Sons			1934		1934
	      Funeral Home Marker
12.	Buchanan, Charles M.			1853		1941
	     "His Memory is Blessed"

ROW C

  1.	Wilkinson, Walter R.			1894		1894
	     Son of R.A. & Lelia A. Wilkinson
	     Lamb engraved on stone.
 7.     Puckett, Brode
11.     Karr, Dan 
		 
ROW D

 1.	Collett, Morris Hamilton, Sr.		1913		1997
		Big Rock Marker
		Pvt. U.S. Army, World War II
 2.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 3.	Foreman, Elsie				1911		1931
	     Daughter of C.R. Foreman
 4.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 5.	Peterson, Frankie			1896		1903
	      Daughter of H. C. Peterson
 6. 	Karr, Harold Estes			1908		1975
 7.     Howell, Ola				1884		1929
 8.	Howell, Leacle				1913		1933
 9.	Johnson, John Thomas.			1904		1974
	     Pvt. U.S. Army
10. 	Karr, Guy				1906		2001
11. 	Karr, Lois Marie Chandler		1912		1984
	     Double stone Married February 9, 1933
12.	Karr, Hubert Leroy			1903		1994
13. 	Karr, Sylvia Cox			1914		1996
	     Double stone
		 
ROW E

 1.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 2.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 3. 	Foreman, Infant Daughters 		1925		1925
	     Infant Daughter of W. F. Foreman
 4.	Foreman, Delbert			1919		1920
	     Son of W.F. and Nanie Foreman
	     "He carries the lambs in his bosom"
 5.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 6. 	Karr, James Russell			1852		1940
 7. 	Karr, Ether Antoinette Hendrix		1857		1928
 8. 	Karr, Nelta Fay				1919		1919
 9. 	Karr, Velta May				1919		1919
	     Twin Infant children of J.L. Karr
10. 	Kerley,  Ina Opal Karr			1918		1947
	      "Gone but not forgotten"
11. 	Karr, John Luther			1878		1956
12. 	Karr, Lula Catherine Puckett		1881		1973
	     Double stone    "In Loving Memory"
13. 	Lane, Ona Lee Shockley			1909		1942
	     "Asleep in Jesus"
14. 	Shockley, Sallie Jane Puckett		1879		1972
15.	Johnson, Sheila Kay Karr		1938		1982
16.	Coursey, Wanda Sue			1942		1942
17.	Coursey, John Avery			1911		1975

 ROW F

 1.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 2.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 3. 	Karr, Infant Son			1920		1920
	     Infant son of Minnie and Ralph Karr
	     "Asleep in Jesus"
 4.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 5. 	Black, Sarah E.				1866		1933
 6.	Unknown - White Metal Cross

ROW G

 1.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 2.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 3. 	Puckett, Mary Joe			1929		1933
 4. 	Puckett, Albert Jr.			1934		1934
	     Double stone "Our Darlings together in Heaven."
 5.	Holloway, Glen Wayne			1930		1932
 6.	Holloway, Harvey B.			1925		1943
	     S2 U.S. Navy World War II
 7.	Holloway, Bera May Shockley		1900		1943
	     "Not my will but thine be done"
	     Large upright white marble stone
 8. 	Holloway, William A.			1895		1974
	     Pvt. U.S. Army
 9.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
10.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
11.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
12.	Unknown - White Metal Cross

ROW H         NAME			BIRTH		DEATH

 1 	Puckett, Stella H.			1903 		1997
 2.	Puckett, Albert				1900		1978
	     Double Stone
 3.	Holloway, Calvin B.			1926		1994
	     PFC U.S. Army World War II
 4.	Allen, William Mills			1849		1933
 5.	Unknown - White Metal Cross
 6.	Neaves, Ralph				1914		1932
	     "God´s Ways are Just"
 7.	Unknown at Foot of Neaves Grave

ROW I	    NAME		   BIRTH		DEATH

 1
 2.     Unknown
 3.	Unknown
 4.	Unknown
 5.  	Unknown
 6.	Unknown



Link to: Burials outside of main cemetery
Combs - A Freighter buried outside of fence.

Locations Unknown:
The following persons are listed in the Courthouse Records as being buried in Espuela Cemetery.
Researched by: Kay Laster

Chandler, Matilda				1840		1933
Dixson, Thomas Ike				1935		1935
Henderson, Kenneth J.				1930		1930
Holloway, Infant Daughter			1943		1943
Malone, John W.				    			1921
Wade, Cora Ilene				1942		1942
Warren, Infant Son				1927		1927
Wells, Dan Jr.					1923		1924


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