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One of the reasons I am drawn to older stones is the stories I find written on them.

JWB Thomas, buried at the old cemetery bearing his surname in North Little Rock, has one of those stories.

His full inscription reads:
Our Beloved Father and Husband
JWB Thomas
Born In
Haywood Co., Tenn.
1839
Moved to Ark. 1867
Died
Jan 5, 1885,
Gone but not forgotten


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The simple stone makes me wonder enough about JWB Thomas' 46 years of life to do a simple search.

I found that JWB Thomas was Joe William B Thomas, son of John B and Martha Thomas. I know that he married Sintha Jane Kirkman three days after Christmas in 1865, in Haywood Co., TN.

Two years later, JWB Thomas moved with his wife to Arkansas. The had at least 3 children.

That makes me smile.
JWB Thomas' stone doesn't look like my photo any more. Thomas Cemetery - neglected for decades - now has several heroes who have cleaned it up, and formed the Thomas Cemetery Association.

The photo of JWB Thomas's now cleaned and repaired gravestone is now the profile photo for Thomas Cemetery's Facebook page.

Go take a look.

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