I went to Oakland this morning.

It was a fine day for graving in one of my favorite cemeteries.

Angels and other mourning figures catch the eye...
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The weeping angel on the Steen monument is a favorite of many visitors to the cemetery, and is one of my all time personal favorites. The level of detail the stone carver cut into this monument is incredible.
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I have no idea how long some of these old trees have been there, but their massive branches create cool quiet for meditation.
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Mausoleums...their doors - sometimes ornate, and sometimes quite plain - always intrigue me.
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Heartbreak immortalized in stone. H D and Kate Green lost two sons to war.
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Members of several cultures place stones upon a gravestone. The practice probably dates back to a Jewish tradition of marking a grave with a cairn of stones. Each mourner added a stone to the cairn to honor the deceased.

It's refreshing to see that the staff of Oakland do not sweep the stones off of gravestones, as is often done in larger corporate cemeteries.
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The gravestones at Oakland are full of symbols, as are many of the fences and gates.
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In addition to the likeness on this one, there is also a symbol of an eternal flame.
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If you are local to the area, you simply must go smell the roses while they are in bloom on this family plot.
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Inscriptions always catch my eye...
Died Thursday Morning
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My Beloved One Farewell
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Likeness of Angelo Marre, Calvary Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR
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Henry L Winkler was the oldest of four small children of this family.

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I call her the weeping angel.

She's a larger than life sized angel, kneeling prostrate on the Steen family monument.


The folds on the robe in the rear view of the monument, as well as the detail in the feathers, is just incredible.


It took some digging, but I believe this monument marks the graves of Jeremiah Palmer Steen (1840-1908), and his adopted son, William E Steen (1871-1909), both of whom have very simple markers behind the monument.

In the 1880 census, the family was living at 1122 Main Street in Little Rock. That location is now an interstate overpass. Jeremiah Steen's occupation was listed as "collects his rents."

I did not see a stone for Kate Steen, Jeremiah's Canadian born wife.

I'll have to go back and take a closer look...
Birdie Besancon
daughter of J & K Besancon
Born Apr 6 1918,
Died Dec 5, 1920

Mary Ann Gordon, daughter of Anderson and Lydia Ann Gordon
Was born 16th Dec 1849
Died the 21st Aug 1850
Aged 8 months and 5 days

Ford Cemetery Appleton AR

Katharine Howell
and Babe
Loving Wife and Son of
Felix S Hereford
Born Russellville, Ark.
April 20, 1880
Died Dallas Texas
March 18, 1914
Ever loyal and faithful

Photo taken at Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Pope Co., AR
Sometimes, as soon as I pull into the drive of a cemetery, I feel at peace.

Shady Grove was one of those.


I don't know who she was, but this stone for Linnie Norton just touched me.

Linnie E Cooley Norton
Daughter of George Cooley and Vera Pansie Osmon
She married Jay Dalton Norton.


Shadow Shot

Nov. 2nd, 2012 08:35 pm
Capt. Jimmy Cartwright
73rd AVN Co., Viet Nam
Born June 16, 1936
Died June 23, 1964

Little Rock National Cemetery

A flower left on his virtual memorial at Find a Grave says:
KIA when his fixed wing aircraft was shot down. He was serving with the 73RD AVN CO, US ARMY SPT CMD VIETNAM, MACV, Army of the United States from Mountainburg, Arkansas. JIMMY CARTWRIGHT is on the Wall at Panel 01E Line 055. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

April 2016

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