Banner Photograph of BRAD CEMETERY - Highway 180 West of Palo Pinto. Taken by Judith Richards Shubert 2009.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Roses Abound in Texas Cemeteries

In my short time as a graveyard rabbit, I have taken several photos of tombstones adorned with images of flowers. The rose appears over and over in our Texas country cemeteries. In researching this and other symbols I came across the great resource, “Texas Graveyards, a Cultural Legacy,” by Terry G. Jordan. At the time of its publication in 1982 Jordan was a professor of cultural geography at North Texas State University.


According to Jordon the rose is an ancient symbol of the Magna Mater (the great Mediterranean mother goddess). Frequently appearing on markers commemorating mothers, roses often with thorny stems attached, can be found on very early commercial stones as well as those made at the present time. “Clearly, the inspiration for this symbol came most directly from the Southern and British folk custom of planting roses in graveyards.”


Ruth dau. of / A. L. & Katie Sloan

Born Jan 22, 1897

Died Aug 12, 1900

“Our darling one hath gone before

To greet us on the blissful / shore."


West End Cemetery, Lingleville, Erath Co., Texas



Belvin R. / Son of

H. E.(?) & F. M. / POWELL

Born / Mar 25, 1899

Died / July 29, 1899

“Sleep on sweet babe

And take thy rest,

God calls away when

He thinks best.”


Ramsey Cemetery, Lingleville, Erath Co., Texas



Lela Ann

TAYLOR

Dec. 29, 1903 / Dec. 19, 1978


Ramsey Cemetery, Lingleville, Erath Co., Texas





W. G. (Buster) Tidwell

Oct. 9, 1908 - Apr. 5 1959


Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Tolar, Hood Co., Texas



HENSLEE

Ray

Aug. 28, 1913 / Mar. 19, 1990

Father

Tommy

Oct. 4, 1919 / May 26, 1993

Mother


West End Cemetery, Lingleville, Erath Co., Texas




SNIDER

Bertha “Bertie”

Oct. 4, 1894 / Dec. 20, 1907


Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Tolar, Hood Co., Texas






DeAnna Rene Noland

Oct 28, 1964 / Feb. 13, 1992

“Love Lives”


West End Cemetery, Lingleville, Erath Co., Texas





Found at the foot of a grave in
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Tolar, Hood Co., Texas






RICHARDS

Willie Laura

June 21, 1894 / Nov. 2, 1966

John Robert

July 17, 1890 / Jan. 24, 1975


Whitt Cemetery, Parker Co., Texas


This is my father’s parents, my grandparents. They lived the last several years of their lives in Lingleville in Erath Co., Texas close to my father and step-mother.


Photographs taken by Judith Richards Shubert, Copyright 2008

Sources:

Texas Graveyards, Terry G. Jordan, 1982 by the University of Texas Press

Accessed from North Richland Hills Public Library, December 2008

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hood Co., Texas

Ramsey Historical Cemetery, Erath Co., Texas

West End Cemetery, Erath Co., Texas

Whitt Cemetery, Parker Co., Texas



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