This little abandoned cemetery is located off Highway 26 West, just east of Hollywood.

I understand there are probably about 50 graves, but time and nature have reclaimed many monuments and original wooden markers.

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Mattie Malcom Williams, 1874-1914
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Euel Dow Rowe, 1900-1907
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Green Thomas F Malcom, 1855-1884
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Susan Amelia Street Malcom, 1817-1899
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Green Anderson Malcom, 1819-1896
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Benjamin Franklin Malcom, 1839-1930
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Doug Stubler, 1949-2010
When my grandmother died in 1998, I inherited the Williams family photo album. It was given as an engagement gift to my great grandparents for Christmas in 1885.

Throughout the pages were photographs of their daughter, Katherine Leah, who died when she was 5 years old. There were also photos of her grave.

The cemetery where she is buried is about an hour and a half away from me, and in 2008, I went up there to photograph her grave.

And was horrified at what I saw.

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As I have photographed stones in cemeteries all over the state, I always wondered why family members don't repair (or replace, if necessary) broken stones.

I had a real pot, meet kettle moment about a year ago...

Katherine had no descendants. But she has a grand-niece....six of them as a matter of fact. And we needed to take care of our family business.

Here's how the monument originally looked. (I have no idea why this image is reversed.)

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My great grandmother must have spent quite a bit of time at the cemetery. This was the Williams family plot, around 1910. (Katharine died in 1904.)

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When the monument company called me to say repairs were complete, I took off work and drove up to see the angel. I found and saved the top of the left wing in 2008, along with a portion of the right arm, and tucked them under the angel in a depression in the sod.

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Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope Co., AR


Over time, the material used to join the broken pieces (after rods were inserted) will weather to gray, like the marble of the monument.

And I feel better now.

April 2016

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