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Weaver Cemetery

January 3, 2011

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Weaver Cemetery is located on Hwy. 120, west of the turnoff to I-49.  It is fairly standard in terms of the type of markers and orientation.  It is fairly large with a hill on one side and a large amount of space with no visible graves.  The oldest grave I saw dates to the mid-1950s.

This is a rather sweet image:

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While not a dominant practice, many graves in the area have benches for loved ones to sit on when they come visit.

 

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The deceased receive many titles from those they leave behind: mother/father, son/daughter, friend, etc.  Here they are referred to as the guardian angels of what I presume are their descendants.

 

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NOTE:  In my experience, nobody out-decorates the Bynogs pound-for-pound.

More support for my theory that there are Dowdens pretty much everywhere:

 

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I’m not a fan myself, but I was very intrigued by this grave, which has a scene from a NASCAR race on the back.

 

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Using Mrs. Lafitte’s 2001 year of death as a base date, here are the drivers who had most commonly driven each number car around that time:

3: Dale Earnhardt (Note: Any racing fan can easily tell you whose number this was. Earnhardt passed away in 2001, a few weeks after Mrs. Lafitte. No one has driven the 3 car since)

5: Terry Labonte

83: Not driven by anyone from 1994-2001, the most frequent driver prior to 2001 was Lake Speed. (a great name for a race car driver)


In another setting, this grave would not stand out so much.  In Weaver, it is unique.  It is a vault-type grave more commonly seen in African-American cemeteries.  It may be a bit hard to see, but it has four bolts, two on each side, where others of the same type would normally have handles.

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I have seen this emblem on three or four other graves at various sites, but I still don’t know what it means.  One of the symbols looks like a communion wafer and chalice, and another looks like a crown.  I don’t know what the other three could be.  Let me know if you have any ideas.

 

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This headstone appears to have had a fleur de lis of some sort attached to it at some point.

 

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Many headstones have quotes from the Bible or the deceased.  Every now and then something literary shows up, like this quote on the back of the headstone of Melba Page Palmer.  It is an excerpt from The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam:

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The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

 

It’s a solemn, serious and thought-provoking piece of work.  Not far away is something a little more lighthearted:

 

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You’re a good man, Charlie Brown

 

The comic character theme continues just a little further on:

 

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See more photos of this cemetery on my flickr page.

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