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Bethany Cemetery II
Pickens County, AL.

This cemetery is an old, but well kept cemetery for the black community in Bethany, in Pickens County, AL. Bethany was once a thriving community but now no one lives there, it is mostly farm land, timber and hunting. This list is about half the graves that are in this old cemetery. There are many sunken graves, many slabs with no head stones.

Recording of a Cemetery
By Thelma Greene Reagan

Today we walked where others walked

On a lonely, windswept hill:

Today we talked where other cried

For Love Ones whose lives are stilled.

Today our hearts were touched

By graves of tiny babies;

Snatched from the arms of loving kin,

In the heartbreak of the ages.

Today we saw where the grandparents lay

In the last sleep of their time;

Lying under the trees and clouds

Their beds kissed by the sun and wind

Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;

Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?

Was it a babe, child, young or old?

And generations of folks yet to come

Will be grateful for your trust.

No indication could be found.

Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.

We had been here once before

On a day wed all like to forget,

But will remember forever more.

Today we recorded for kith and kin

The graves of ancestors past;

To be preserved for generations hence,

A record we hope will last.

Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend.

For stones sometimes crumble to dust,

And generations of folks yet to come

Will be grateful for your trust.

Marked graves at Bethany Cemetery in the old Bethany Community:

Barner, James WWI B. May 8, 1894 D. April 1, 1964
Barnes, Joe Ann B. 1879 D. 1969
Barnes, Laura Ann B. April 6, 1919 D. May 10, 1988
Barnes, Mary Fannie. B. 1873 D. Nov. 5, 1960
Barnes, William B. 1874 D. Feb. 25, 1961
Billups, Mary B. Sept. 25, 1936 D. Nov. 10, 2002
Billups, Mary L. B. Oct. 8, 1962 D. Aug. 9, 1999
Billups, O. C. WWII B. June 16, 1922 D. July 24, 1963
Billups, Oscar B. Dec. 9, 1933 D. July 17, 2002
Billups, Willie WWI B. 1893 D. 1972
Bonner, Fred (information no readable)
Bonner, Joe, Rev. B. Feb . 18, 1896 D. Jan. 8, 1980
Bonner, Lizie D.1960. Mother of Jennie Barnes,Angie Bonner,Sara Bonner
Bonner, Phyllis Young B. May 30, 1913 D. May 9, 1986
Brazill, Dora Bell B. Aug. 9, 1912 D. Aug. 2, 2006
Brooks, Savanah B. 1879 D. 1947
Brooks, William B. 1869 D. 1950
Cameron, Darrow, Sr. B. Feb. 20, 1915 D. Dec. 14, 1984
Cameron, J.D. WWII U.S. Army B. Aug. 12, 1927 D. Dec. 5, 1973
Camon, Nancy Wife of Henry Camon B. 1897 D. 1939
Clark, James A. B. Jan. 5, 1885 D. Nov. 12, 1959
Clark, Mamie Blair B. Nov. 30, 1887 D. March 2, 1971
Cook, Hattie S. B. 1898 D. 1972
Cook, Jessie B. 1888 D. Aug. 8, 1978
Crawford, Fannie B. Jan. 29, 1896 D. Nov. 15, 1985
Crawford, Fletcher WWI B. Feb. 12, 1888 D. May 30, 1970
Crawford, Rufus B. 1926 D. 1977 WW II
Davis, Earl B. Sr. B. March 19, 1954 D. June 13, 2006
Davis, Emma Mae B. May 16, 1951 D. May 23, 2003
Davis, Frank, B. Feb. 19, 1909 D. Nov. 9, 1991
Davis, George, Sr. B. Jan. 3, 1945 D. Jan. 3, 2006
Davis, Jimmy Dean B. April 14, 1962 D. Dec. 12, 1986
DeGraffenreid Rachel Feb. 18, 1925 D.July 24, 2004
DeGraffenreid, Derant B. Sept. 9, 1923 D. Sept. 3, 1993
DeGraffenreid, George WWII B. 1925 D. 1985
DeGraffenreid, Sicy B. B. Jan. 25, 1915 D. Feb. 3, 1977
DeGraffenreid, Willie M. B. Nov. 26, 1926 D. Nov. 28, 1959
Dickerson, Willie H. B. Aug. 21, 1962 D. Sept. 25, 1992
Evans, Mary Steele B. Dec. 10, 1896 D. Dec. 24, 1972
Evans, Mary Steele B. Dec. 10, 1896 D. Dec. 24, 1972
Gandy, Oscar WWII B. April 3, 1922 D. Dec. 12, 1962
Gosa, Henrietta B. Sept. 3, 1886 D. June 6, 1994
Gosa, Joe Rufus Feb. 22, 1887 D. Dec. 6, 1973
Hill, Freddie Mae B. Oct. 25, 1889 D. Dec. 31, 1985
Hinton, Alonza W. U.S. Army B. Feb. 18, 1941 D. April 24, 1999
Hinton, Annie Mae B. April 28, 1920 D. April 28, 1991
Hinton, Sam Jr. B. March 15, 1932 D. Aug. 31, 1986
Hinton, Zack U.S. Army WWII B. Jan. 2, 1920 D. Dec. 28, 1944
Hood, Alice (no readable information)
Hughes, Beasley B. Aug. 15, 1895 D. Jan. 14, 1918
Hughes, Bob WWII B. Feb. 2, 1907 D. May 1, 1974
Hughes, Carrie B. May 25, 1884 D. Aug. 8, 1982
Hughes, Charley B. Aug. 23, 1901 D. Nov. 1, 1925
Hughes, Chess B. 1873 D. Oct. 26, 1958
Hughes, Clemmie L. B. Sept. 1, 1927 D. Nov. 5, 1992
Hughes, Daisy B. Aug. 10, 1905 D. Nov. 1, 1977
Hughes, Ed B. June 23, 1909 D. Oct. 25, 1973
Hughes, Eligh WWII B. Aug. 31, 1918 D. Nov. 23, 1969
Hughes, Erskine B. Oct. 4, 1947 D. Jan. 7, 1996
Hughes, Henry B. Feb. 2, 1905 D. Sept. 4, 1993
Hughes, Joe B. 1880 D. 1957
Hughes, Joseph H. B. Sept. 2, 1946 D. Nov. 20, 1990
Hughes, Mabray WWII B. Aug. 20, 1920 D. Dec. 7, 1981
Hughes, Mattie Clara Watson B. May 4, 1913 D. June 25, 2001
Hughes, Nealia B. Jan. 9, 1985 D. Sept. 5, 1986
Hughes, Ovet Silvert WWII B. Nov. 10, 1920 D. Nov. 17, 1953
Hughes, Robert B. Oct. 9, 1942 D. May 16, 1967
Hughes, Sarah (Wife of Jeff Hughes) B. Sept. 1885 D. May 13, 1918
Hughes, Sylvester B. 1966 D. 1995
Hughes, Will WWI B. June 22, 1894 D. Dec. 19, 1988
Hughes, Will H. B. Nov. 11, 1956 D. June 20, 1980
Johnson, Catherine B. 1934 D. 1971
Johnson, Floyd B. July 4, 1901 D. March 17, 1976
Jones, Earlean Shamery B. Jan. 10, 1922 D. Sept. 6, 1962
Jones, Martha B. June 7, 1888 D. July 27, 1973
Kirkland, Elizabeth B. June 15, 1926 D. May 8, 1991
Lanier, Cullen B. Feb. 7, 1908 D. July 13, 1969
Lanier, Hattie B. Jan. 9, 1915 D. Jan. 6, 2001
Lanier, Joe R. B. April 9, 1909 D. 1978
Lanier, Josie Lee B. July 9, 1910 D. May 3, 1951
Lanier, Lonnie B. Oct. 29, 1948 D. March 13, 1998
Lanier, Lula B. Aug. 2, 1908 D. May 13, 1990
Lavender, Mattie B.Wife of Jim B. Lavender B. Sept.1885 D. July 5, 1958
Layton, Betty Mae Owens B. Dec. 6, 1908 D. Sept. 4, 1967
Layton, Emmie, Wife of Lumon Layton B. Oct. 22, 1889 D. Sept. 20, 1916
Layton, Louie D. B. Dec. 12, 1904 D. June 1972 (Stone Broken)
Lewis, Frederick B. Jan. 9, 1974 D. Sept. 21, 1994
Lewis, Mary B. April 3, 1892 D. Nov. 11, 1975
Little, Lillie M. B. June 24, 1926 D. Sept. 7, 2007
Manning, Freoa A. D. 1965
Manning, James E. B. July 4, 1935 D. Feb. 25, 1973
Mayhew, Lou Ella B. Aug. 1, 1892 D. Aug. 16, 1971
Mayhew, Mary Etter B. Dec. 24, 1910 D. Nov. 15, 1996
McKinstry, Nettie B. B. 1936 D. 1993
McKinstry, Tom B. April 20, 1869 D. April 26, 1926
Miller, Nathaniel B. Nov. 10, 1926 D. Feb. 27, 1960
Miller, Thomas B. Sept. 18, 1904 D. July 23, 1973
Miniard, Fannie B. Sept. 10, 1912 D. March 18, 1950
Sanders, Almeta B. April 17, 1940 D. Feb. 9, 1959
Sanders, Callie B. Aug. 9, 1895 D. Feb. 20, 1965
Sanders, David B. April 12, 1893 D. Jan. 30, 1962
Sanders, Jessie T. B. Aug. 14, 1936 D. Oct. 12, 1976
Sanders, Mary B. 1881 D. Dec. 9, 1961
Sanders, Thomas, B. Jan. 2, 1913 D. July 27, 1985
Shamery, Mary J. B. 1897 D. 1945
Shamery, Pete B. 1897 D. 1945
Summerville, Andrew B. Oct. 26, 1910 D. June 20, 1965
Summerville, Lydia B. Crawford B. Sept. 12, 1951 D. May 14, 2001
Summerville, Ocie B. Crawford B. Sept. 9, 1928 D. June 2, 2003
Summerville, Rachel B. 1866 D. 1949
Tot, Mollie B. 1885 D. 1962
Washington, Rich D. May 23, 1907
Watson, John Died at 80 years old (Information no readable)
Wilder, Wallace B. July 5, 1909 D. March 10, 1997
Wilkin, Ray Lee B. Sept. 7, 1944 D. April 13, 1965
Wilkins, Daisy B. April 21, 1885 D. Sept. 28, 1948
Wilkins, Robert Sr. B Dec. 26, 1910 D. Nov. 22, 1980
Wilkins, Tom B. March 12, 1871 D. Feb. 19, 1957
Williams, Annie G. B. Aug. 8, 1918 D. Jan. 19, 1997
Williams, L. H. B. Nov. 5, 1944 D. April 20, 2001
Williams, Lucy B. May 3, 1878 D. Aug. 26, 1970
Williams, Lucy M. B. April 10, 1910 D. May 29, 1998
Williams, Lucy M. B. April 10, 1910 D. May 29, 1998
Williams, Vila B. Oct. 6, 1950 D. Feb. 16, 1997
Woods, Emma B. June 2, 1911 D. Oct. 12, 1990
Woods, Winston B. March 2, 1920 D. Oct. 22, 1980
Wright, Undra B. Oct. 2, 1961 D. June 2, 1982