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Dusk at Spellings Cemetery
Buena Vista, TN
February 2009

Photo by Lynn Franklin

SPELLINGS CEMETERY
Founded About 1860
BUENA VISTA, TENNESSEE


Compiled and transcribed
Spring 2005
Updated and photos added
Spring 2009
Copyright (c) Lynn Ann Franklin 2005-2009. All rights reserved.

Note:Please direct any comments or questions, or requests for permission to use material from this page, to Lynn Franklin. In the following listing, a period in an empty column means that no information was found on the particular tombstone to fill that category. There are several illegible or hard to read stones in this cemetery. We have done our best to compile an accurate record. Click on the links in order to see the photographs.

SURNAME FIRST NAME BIRTH DATE NOTES
Unknown . . . .
? James June. 8, ? Oct. ? ?
Barnes Pristley Bethel 1877 1918 .
Barnes Sarah L. 1878 1916 His Wife
Barnes Willie Taylor Nov. 14, 1906 Mar. 6, 1999 "Granny Bill" Daughter of William T. & Martha J. Taylor
Beasley James Vernon Dec. 30, 1910 June 8, 1972. .
Beasley Naomi July 4, 1912. Aug. 18, 1989 .
Bo Anna K. P. . . .
Bowers Milton B. Jan. 4, 1919 Dec. 7, 1974 AO1 US NAVY
Boyd Lincey E. Feb. 3, 1850 Jan. 27, 1905 55 Ys 4 Ms 24 Ds  Wife of Robert T. Boyd
Boyd Robert T. April 2, 1845 Arpil 1, 1904 Aged 58 Ys 11 Ms 19 Ds
Boyd Robt. T. . . Co. B.  7 TENN CAV
Bracken Robert Butler Aug. 19, 1929 Aug. 20, 1929 .
Bradberry Willie April. 28, 1858 Nov. 26, 188?
Brewer J. W., Rev. Mar. 28, 1838 Sept. 17 1879 .
Brewer Mary A. Apr. 18, 1846 Apr. 4, 1921 ? Mother  Wife of J. W. Brewer
Brewer Mattie E. Feb 25, 1866 . ? Daughter, We will meet again.  Gone to a better land.
Bridges Travis Elihu Oct. 25, 1938 Dec. 28, 1999 Precious Lord Take My Hand, A2C US Air Force
Bridges Wilmuth Butler Aug. 28, 1931 . Precious Lord Take My Hand
Brown Fannie Jan. 28, 1863 Feb. 12, 1949 ?
Brown M. W.  ? Sept. 15, 1862 Feb. 22, 1908 .
Brown Roger July. 14, 1892 Dec. 3, 1893 .
Butler ? Smith Apr. 28, 1925 . .
Butler A. J. July. 7, 1812 Mar. 14, 1878 ?
Butler Amelia . 1864 Wife of A. J. Butler
Butler Anna Elizabeth 1869 1939 .
Butler Arden J. Feb. 1, 1871 Feb. 7, 1887
Butler Carmen Elizabeth Apr. 28, 1925 . .
Butler Ethan W. 1901 1961 .
Butler Howell Green Aug 24, 1895 April. 10, 1957 Tennessee; Pvt 425 Mtr Sup TN Mtc; World War I The Lord is my Sheppard I Shall not want
Butler Howell Green Jr. Apr. 9, 1928 Dec. 20, 2002 PO3 US Navy
Butler Infant Son of Sept. 4, 1908 . Infant son of Mr. & Mrs. L. T. Butler
Butler J. E. June. 11, 1846 Dec. 7, 1861 Son of A. J. Butler
Butler Landrum Taylor 1861 1938 .
Butler Mary Lucile Jan. 26, 1888 Oct. 26, 1892 Daughters of G. B. & Mollie
Butler Marylin M?? 10, 1851 Jan. 11, 1854 Daughter of A. J. Butler
Butler N. W. Nov. 1, 1857 Son of A. J. Butler
Butler Ora Dec. 26, 1884 July. 26, 1887 Daughters of G. B. & Mollie
Butler Oral Dew 1901 1969 The Lord is my Sheppard I Shall not want
Butler Ranzo . Dec. 22, 1887 11 yrs, 3 mos, 8 ds
Butler Stanley May 28, 1905. Oct. 25, 1990 Husband
Butler T. T. Mar. 27, 1874 Jan. 27, 1876 Son of A. J. & S. J. Butler
Butler Vernon L. July 21, 1963. July 22, 1963. Son of Jimmy & Loretta Butler
Butler Willie Mai Mar. 20, 1913 Apr. 7, 1987 Wife
Carlton William Loyd Jan. 29, 1933 Jan. 26, 1998 EN3 US NAVY  KOREA
Cawthon James C. Mar. 19, 1852 Dec. 19, 1921 At Rest.
Cawthon Sudie Massey Jan 25, 1863 Sept. 11, 1932 .
Chambers Bessie Dec. 11, 1892 Sept. 22, 1897 Dau? Of B. F. & V. V. Chambers; ?
Chambers Carl . Aug. 13, 1885 Aged ? 28 ds, son of B. F. & V. V. Chambers
Chambers Emerson E. Aug. 8, 1855 June. 14, 1871 Son of W. P. & Martha Chambers
Chambers Frank 1851 1899 .
Chambers Infant Son of . Nov. 6. 1890 Aged 9 days Son of B F & V V Chambers
Chambers J. A. June. 8, 1849 Oct. 5, 1870 ?
Chambers James A. June. 8, 1849 Oct. 5, 1870 Son of W. P. & Martha Chambers
Chambers Jessie Dec. 6, 1892 Sept. 22, 1897 Dau. of B. F. and V. V. Chambers
"Gone home to God"
Chambers Luther July 26, 1867 May. 4, 1869 Son of W. P. & Martha Chambers
Chambers Marcus Lafette Sept 8, 1853 June. 21, 1919 Husband of Mattie H.; ?
Chambers Maggie ? 1876 Sept. 16, 1880 Dau. Of B. F. & V. V.
Chambers Martha Nov 6, 1831 Feb. 10, 1912 Mother
Chambers Mattie H. Nov. 23, 1873 . Wife of Wm. P.; ?
Chambers Newton Ellis July. 15, 1837 Oct. 17, 1897 Son of S. J. & S. E. Chambers
Chambers Seaborn Johnson Nov 7, 1857 Feb. 2, 1925 ?
Chambers Susan Ella Mar. 27, 187? Oct. 22, 1897 Wife of S. Chambers
Chambers Virinda 1855 1943 .
Chambers W. P. Nov. 6, 1823 April 1, 1891 Aged 67 yrs 4 mos 25 ds
Chambers William P. Nov. 8, 1823 Apr. 1, 1891 Father
Christian Hettie Lou (Noupe) 1869 1957 .
Christian Lucy Ann Oct. 21, 1847 Mar. 29, 1925 ?
Cleaver R. C. Dec. 28, 1908 Jan. 3, 1909 Our Darling, Son of Mr. & Mrs. R. C. Cleaver
Cole Bertha 188 1937 .
Cole Carey Ann Mar 29, 1826 July 10, 1893 .
Cole Dossie F. 1883 1943 .
Cole Hattie Sept. 3, 1924 Feb. 14, 1990 .
Cole K. G. Oct. 20, 1827 Sept. 6, 1901 ?
Cole Levera Sept. 1, 1926 May 9, 2002. God Called
Cole Lou Emma 1890 1982 .
Cole Mabel Butler Oct. 20 1897 Mar. 6, 1987 Married Apr. 5, 1919
Cole Marvin (Pete) Feb. 16, 1918 July. 11, 1986 .
Cole Reuben J. 1865 1946 .
Cole William Ben Jan. 31, 1897 Oct. 19, 1963 Tennessee; Pvt.  42 Co II Rec BN OMC;  World War I Married Apr. 5, 1919
Cole Wyly H. May 2, 1852 Dec. 2, 1908 Husband of Mary Cole
Cozart Sarah  June 24, 1908 ? Wife of ? D. Cozart
Dickerson Ellen J. 1879 1928 .
Dickerson George T. 1876 1943 .
Dickerson J. Leon Feb 13, 1899 Mar. 27, 1927 Husband of Ruby Orr
Dickerson Ruby Orr 1895 1988 Wife of James Leon
Hammett I. J., Dr. Jan. 24, 1846 Mar. 21, 1879 Aged 33 ys 2 mos 7 dys
Holladay Rosa Mar. 2, 1858 Mar. 27, 1922 Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. K. G. Cole; Wife of J. A. Williams & J. M. Holladay;  Erected by her sisters Vandella & Hessie Quillin;  At rest.
Huffman Michael Nov. 8, 1865 Aged 39 ?
Johnson Robt. Homer Oct. 19, 1877 July. 24, 1879 Son of ? W. & M. Johnson
Kee Edythe Dec. 16, 1947 Aug. 18, 1974 Married July 23, 1968  Love Does Not Hold Grudges
Kee Lov Nov. 14, 1973 Sept. 1, 1986 In Loving Memory  daughter  (Photo)
Kee Luke Dec. 29, 1945 . Married July 23, 1968  Love Does Not Hold Grudges
Kee Nora Jane . 1944 Infant dau. of M. O. and Gertie Lee Kee
Kee Norma Lee . 1942 Infant dau. of M. O. and Gertie Lee Kee
Kee Ruth . 1915 Infant dau. Of L. O. and Nora Kee
Kincannon Aline Dec. 10, 1900 June. 25, 1901 .
Kincannon James F. 1849 1908 .
Kincannon Margaret L. 1866 1901 .
King Bettie 1879 1952 .
King Dora 1882 1952 .
King Jerry P. 1867 1950 .
King Jessie Erin Dec. 9, 1886 Sept. 2, 1949 A Tribute of Love
King Maud H. 1878 1965 .
King Ora 1886 1961 .
King Richard T. 1951 1913 .
King Rutherford 1877 1904 .
King Savannah A. 1856 1946 .
King William C. June 4, 1872. Mar. 22, 1959 A Tribute of Love
Lassiter Ben S. 1888 1889 .
Lassiter Betty 1855 1933 .
Lassiter Hance, Dr. Feb. 26, 1832 Oct. 18 1895 .
Lassiter Infant Daughter Sept. 8, 1863 Sept. 8, 1863 Born and Died Sept. 8, 1863
Lassiter Lee L. Aug. 21, 1871 Feb. 7, 1873 Son of Dr. H. & S. E. Lassiter
Lassiter Priestley E. Sept. 3, 1867 Nov. 24, 1872 Son of Dr. H. & S. E. Lassiter
Lassiter Susan E. Oct. 8, 1845 Sept. 22, 1877 Wife of Dr. H. Lassiter
Manning M. P. Apr. 30, 18?8 Oct. ??, 1871 Wife of ?. L. Manning/Alternative death date: 1877
Massey Grover C. 1884 1946 In Loving Memory
Massey Leagy A. Dec. 22, 1865 Jan. 9, 1923 In Memoriam Supreme Forest Woodmaen
Massey Martha S. 1873 1947 In Loving Memory
Massey Seborn A. Dec. 28, 1879 Feb. 23, 1890 Son of J. T. & Leroy Massey
McAuley Lucy Wade Butler May. 22, 1855 May. 11, 1946 Earth Changes But Thy Soul and God Stand Sure
Mitchell Charles 1913 1971 .
Mitchell Dellia G. 1914 1964 .
Mitchell Johnny Lee . Apr. 21, 1970 Son
Moore James Coke 1879 1955 .
Moore James Coke, Jr. 1910 1981 .
Moore Josie Sedberry 1886 1954 .
Moore Virginia Bayless 1917 . .
Morris Anna J. 1901 . .
Morris Leet L. 1902 1946 .
Morris Martha Elizabeth 1864 1941 .
Morris Nell G. Mar. 17, 1899 June 29, 1899 .
Morris Ollie, Little April 2, 1892 Mar. 27, 1895 Dau of W. L. & M. E. Morris
Morris Retta King 1877 1956 .
Morris Robert B. 1873 1940 .
Morris William Lafayette 1861 1932 .
Nolen Willie  Sept. 24, 1908 Mar. 29, 1937 Not Forgotten  Father of Bobby Gene+E142
Noles Dorothy L. 1926 1990 Wed Oct. 1, 1965, In Loving Memory Same stone as Howard L.
Noles Eva Maness Apr. 3, 1933 . Married Mar. 6, 1954  Your Memory Is Dear To Us
Noles J. Wiley 1890 1958 .
Noles Jack J. Dec. 2, 1930 July 22, 1990. In Loving Memory Same stone as Doris Maness
Noles James Franklin Apr. 3, 1927 Arp. 9, 1995 Married Mar. 6, 1954  Your Memory Is Dear To Us
Noles James Larry Jan. 22, 1955 Dec. 30, 1973 Beloved How We Miss You  (Photo)
Noles James Oscar . Aug. 28, 1963 Inf. Son of Jack & Doris
Noles Opal C. 1907 1991 .
Noles Doris Maness Aug. 4, 1936 . In Loving Memory Same stone as Jack J. Noles
Noles Howard L. 1938 . Wed Oct. 1, 1965, In Loving Memory Same stone as Dorothy
Norwood Ila Cole Sept. 14, 1909 July 12, 1996. Rest In Peace
Norwood James Willie "Bill" Aug. 19, 1913 Mar. 25, 1997 Rest In Peace
Owen Howard 1878 1945 .
Owen Infant Son . Oct. 1, 1921 Inf. Son of W. H. & Nelle Owen
Owen Nannie A. Mar. 20, 1844 Feb. 20, 1944 .
Owen Nell 1889 1959 .
Owens Charles R. Apr. 12, 1920 Apr. 19, 1942 Tennessee PVT 31 INF  World War II
Owens Minnie V. Feb. 22, 1892 Oct. 7, 1971 As You Pass By Linger A While As You Are Now Once Was I, As I Am Now You Are Sure To Be, So Prepare To Follow Me.
Owens Walter Aug. 19, 1877 June 6, 1947. As You Pass By Linger A While As You Are Now Once Was I, As I Am Now You Are Sure To Be, So Prepare To Follow Me.
Palmer Family Marker . . .
Palmer Bunk Otis 1880 1922 .
Palmer Clyde Lassiter 1914 1933 .
Palmer Elmetie Aug. 30, 1885 Mar. 16, 1904 Wife Of T. H. Palmer
Palmer John F. Sept. 8, 1911 Aug. 11, 1944 SGT 744 L TANK BN  WORLD WAR II
Palmer Lily Pauline 1906 1939 .
Palmer Mary Sue 1909 1913 .
Palmer T. H. Nov. 7, 1862 Mar. 14, 1919 Asleep in Jesus
Palmer Thomas Landis July. 30, 1895 June. 20, 1960 Tennessee SGT 72 BTRY 18 AA Sector World War I
Park Brooxie Nell Oct. 21, 1913 . .
Park Clinton Nov. 18, 1863 Nov. 18, 1865 Son of Emily & James Park
Park Cora 1886 1973 .
Park Garvin 1885 1935 Wife Gertrude Christian Children Wadell, Lady Ruth, Brooxie Nell
Park Gertrude Christian Jan. 26, 1886 Jan. 28, 1918 Wife of Garvin Park; Her children Wadell [sic] L. Park Born June 12, 1909, Lady Ruth Park Born Oct. 30, 1911, Brooxie Nell Park Born Oct. 21, 1913
Park Ina Mae July 1, 1912 Apr 04, 2008 Mama
Park Lady Ruth Oct. 30, 1911 . .
Park Martha Jane Sept. 29, 1847 Sept. 7, 1918 Age 70 yrs 1 Mo. 22 Da.;  Asleep in Jesus
Park Waddell L. June 12, 1909 Dec. 30, 1996 .
Parks Emily June 27, 1838 June 8, 1922 Wife of James Parks, She has gone to her home in Heaven, And all her afflictions are o'er.
Parks Katrina . Jan.  1923 Infant of Garvin & Cora Parks
Pastuer John I. Nov. 18, 1831 ? Son of T. A. & A. K. Pastuer
Pickler Benjamin H. (Ben) 1889 1976 .
Pickler Irene E. 1880 1964 .
Pickler Jesse Mar. 10, 1843 ? ? ** See footnote
Pickler Jesse Allen Feb. 23, 1926 Mar. 24, 1973 His memory is blessed. Tennessee  S1 US Navy  World War II
Pickler Levy D. 1870 1953 .
Pickler Lucy A. May. 15, 1848 April. 5, 1924 ?
Pickler Mollie L. 1872 1930 .
Pickler Myrtle Williams 1887 1968 .
Pickler Paul B. Jan. 17, 1912 Apr. 12, 1914 Son of B. H. & E. M. Pickler
Pickler T. Arden 1872 1910 KOTM
Pinson Eva Park 1882 1925 .
Powley Allison N. . Nov. 18, 1972 .
Quillin Group . . Quillin and Holladay Stones
Quillin Hessie Apr. 15, 1877 Jan. 26, 1932 Wife;  Until the morning cometh
Quillin Vandella Jan. 12, 1862 Mar. 23, 1932 Wife of E. N. Quillin; Death is the crown of life.
Quillin W. F. Apr. 25, 1871 Husband;  Until the morning cometh
Ridings Claude 1901 1960 .
Ridings Ruth O. 1903 1974 .
Rogers G. H. June  22, 1847 Oct. 26, 1912 Age 65 Years 4 Mo. 6 dys
Sedberry Monument . . .
Sedberry Andrew Johnson 1853 1912 .
Sedberry Emma Bell . 1896 .
Sedberry Emma Lassiter 1865 1893 .
Sedberry Frances . 1907 .
Sedberry Jessie 1893 1895 .
Sedberry Nathan . 1907 .
Simonton Carolyn Moore June 4, 1914. Feb. 5, 1962 .
Smith Elisabeth Oct. 15, 1834 Mar 15, 1879 Same stone as Martha A. Smith
Smith Green Oct. 30, 1905 ?e Ye Blessed;  Husband of M. J. & Martha Smith;  ?
Smith Infant 1875 1875 Infant of B. M. [?] Smith Born & Died in 1875
Smith J. M. Jan 9, 1879 Nov. 2, 1904 Son of Green & Martha Smith  Aged 25 Years
Smith Malinda U. June. 15, 1877 Mar. 15, 1878 ?
Smith Mallissie J. Sept. 4, 1838 June. 16, 1876 ?
Smith Martha A. Feb 11, 1838 April. 7, 1872 "Gone but nor forgotten" "Wife of J. M. Smith"
Smith Millert July 14, 1858 ? ?
Smith Rebecah E. Mar. 29, 1846 Oct. 18, 1892 Wife of W. M. Smith
Smith Rucian G. 1881 1932 In Loving Memory
Smith W. M. Nov 22, 1838 July. 27, 1915 ?
Spellings Adaline S. April. 10, 1831 Nov. 25, 1881 Wife of J. M. Spellings
Spellings Children . . "Their Children": Elizabeth Boyd, Lucian L., Jr. and Mary Paul
Spellings Elizabeth F. Feb. 10, 1850 Nov. 19, 1912 His Wife
Spellings Emma Boyd 1876 1927 His Wife, Till the day dawn
Spellings Emma G. Dec. 13, 1908 Feb. 1, 1914 Dau of John & Georgia Spellings
Spellings Geneva E. Nov. 27, 1879 Aged 5 Mos. & 10 Ds.
Spellings J. M. July 28, 1828. Dec. 26, 1878 Farewell, 49 yrs 4 mos 28 ds
Spellings John Sept. 24, 1840 Jan. 28, 1905 Jno. Sergt. Co. B 7 Tenn Cav
Spellings Lucian L. 1874 1908 Till the day dawn
Spellings Mark A. Oct. 22, 1835 Nov. 14, 1870 .
Spellings Mary Nov. 5, 1889 Nov. 7, 1889 Dau. Of John & E. F. Spellings  
Spellings Nancy Nov. 21, 1810 July. 16, 1894 .
Spellings W. H. Feb. 27, 1877 July 13, 1879 Son of Wm. & A. P. Spelllings
Spellings William W. July 17, 1887. Aug.12, 1887 Son of John & E. F. Spellings
Taylor A. G. Jan. 30, 1850 Dec. 15, 1908 A. G. Wife of J. F. Taylor
Taylor James F. Sept. 3, 1844 Nov. 6, 1900 ?
Taylor Martha Joyner 1878 1962 .
Taylor Thomas Jan. 11, 1911 Nov. 25, 1912 Son of Walter T. & Hettie Taylor 
Taylor William Thomas 1849 1935 .
Thompson Clifford Jerry 1892 1976 .
Thompson Gladys Palmer 1893 1960 .
Thompson Rachel Jerilene Jan. 8, 1932 Mar. 6, 1934 Dau. Of Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Thompson
Townsend Atha 1906 1952 At Rest.
Townsend Erby Pickler 1883 1957 Not Our Will, But Thine Be Done
Townsend Ira Alonzo Apr. 1876 1904 .
Townsend Randolph 1887 1958 Not Our Will, But Thine Be Done
Waldrop Camilla Maree Butler Jan. 30, 1891 Oct. 14, 1973 In Memory of Camilla Maree Dau. Of Landrum Taylor Butler and Ann Elizabeth Cox Butler Born at Hollow Rock Jan. 30, 1891-Died Oct. 14, 1973 Married Gilbert Coleman Waldrop of Gibson Co. Mar. 31, 1911 Both Buried at Arlington, Texas
Wells Flora Edith Jan. 29, 1904 May. 5, 1949 Loves Last Tribute
Wells John M. Mar. 4, 1891 Jul. 27, 1933 Loves Last Tribute
Williams Audrian June 1, 1913 Dec. 1914 Brother
Williams Buford Aaron March 29, 1926 Oct. 28, 2007 Pvt US Army World War II Husband of Ruth Noles
Williams Jessie Lena 1893 1917 Mother
Williams Mark Oct. 21, 1873 Apr. 29, 1941 .
Williams Rita Faye Mar. 30, 1956 Feb. 12, 1991 In Loving Memory  Daughter of Buford and Ruth
Williams Ruth Noles Apr. 30, 1932 . In Life We Walked Together...  Wife of Buford Married Apr. 11, 1950
Worell Emerson E. Nov. 10, 1862 ? 30, 1865 Son of H. & S.L. Wosel
Worell Mary A. E. Oct. 20, 1860 Dec. 15, 1870 Daughter of H. & S. J. Worell
Worell Sarah L. May 24, 1830. Mar. 3, 1889 She died as she lived, trusting in God.
Wyatt Bessie W. 1904 1996 Daddy Mama
Wyatt William Edward Jan. 5, 1894 Apr. 1, 1963 Daddy Mama TN PVT. Co. D 158 Infantry World War I

** Note: 1870 Federal census shows Jesse Pickler as age 28, living right near James Robert Hodge and Joseph Hodge. 1900 Federal census shows him born in 1842. Stone is hard to read but the choice on direct inspection is between 1843 and 1848. On the basis of the census evidence, we have chosen 1843 as the more reliable date to use here.


Broken Stone Marker
Spellings Cemetery
Buena Vista, TN
February 2009

Photo by Lynn Franklin

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