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CRITTENDEN MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY

MARION, CRITTENDEN COUNTY, ARKANSAS

 

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Burials and Obituaries compiled by

 Brenda White Huntley and Debbie Lunsford Yates

2003 - 2005

 


Contact:

Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery
2206 Hwy 64 West
Marion
, AR 72364

870-739-4211

 

This is a large cemetery, located west of Marion, Arkansas off US Highway 64.

Along with traditional burial plots, it contains mausoleums, as well as cremation burials and scattering grounds. It also includes “Baby Land” for newborn and infant burials, and pet burial sections.

Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery is owned by Denver-Roller Inc., a family owned company in Little Rock.  The cemetery was established in 1949 by J. A. “Jimmy” Johnson. 

 

According to Eddie Lucas, no graves existed in this cemetery prior to 1949.  Older graves were relocated to this cemetery, which accounts for earlier death dates.  It is estimated that the cemetery is 2/3 filled with more than 200 burials taking place this past year.

 

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From Jim Ferguson 

 

The first original burial in this cemetery was that of Guen Van Ferguson who died

March 6, 1949 and was buried on March 8, 1949.

 

The second burial was Barbara Spencer who was originally buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, September 1948. Her grave was moved to Crittenden Memorial Park in 1949 by her mother, Mrs. Neva Johnson. The graves of Guen Van Ferguson and Barbara Spencer are both located in section 1.

 

Guen Van Ferguson was the father of Jim Ferguson.   

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The following information was taken from "Cross County Cemetery Records, Volume Two”.  The article originally appeared in a Cross County newspaper.

 

One of the worst tragedies in the history of Cross County happened on the farm of W. S. Simpson near Parkin.   Mr. and Mrs. Pete Santana and their seven children were visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rual (Raul) Montana (Montano) and their five children December 24, 1954.  Mr. Montana (Montano) poured gasoline from a five gallon can into a stove to rekindle the fire.  The stove exploded and threw fire over the occupants of the room.  Twelve persons died that night, Mrs. Isidra Santana age 32, five of her children, Galanda 9, Pete Jr. and Sofia 4, Aramando and Santiago 9 months.  Five Montana (Montano) children, Rowetta 7, Maria 6, Gloria 4, Rosa 2 and Rual Jr. 11 months.  Pete Santana died December 25, 1954.  Rual Montana the 13th victim died January 4, 1955.  All are buried in Crittenden Memorial Cemetery.

 

(Note: Raul Montano and his children are buried in Section 2.  Markers for the Santana family were not located with all sections of the cemetery completed. It would appear that the graves

 of the Santana family are unmarked.)

 


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Photos taken by

Debbie Lunsford Yates

 

Digital photos are available for many of the grave markers. If you would like to have a photo of a marker,

write to Debbie Yates by clicking on the email link above.

Be sure to include the name of the cemetery and the number of the disk and photo as

indicated in the burials charts. 

 

Approximately 9,300 graves have been recorded, with more than 9,100 of these photographed. 

Numerous unmarked graves exist, although records of burials and grave locations are

maintained by the cemetery.

 

This project has been completed.   

 

My apologies for any errors, omissions, or duplications. 

If you have corrections, or would like to have names added, please contact me. 

Debbie Yates

 


I am in no way associated with this cemetery. I recorded the graves only to assist others with

genealogical research and in finding families.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact the cemetery office.

870-739-4211

 

Click on the links below to visit the burial transcriptions and obituaries pages

 

Burials by Surname - A thru E

Burials by Surname - F thru J

Burials by Surname - K thru O

Burials by Surname - P thru T

Burials by Surname - U thru Z

 

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Section 1 (Complete through Jan 2004)

Section 2 (Complete through Jun 2004)

Section 3 (Complete through Sep 2003)

Section 4 (Complete through Oct 2004)

Section 5 (Complete through Mar 2004)

Section 6 (Complete through Apr 2004)

Section 7 (Complete through Aug 2004)

Babyland & Section 8 (Complete through Sep 2005)

Section 9 (Complete through Mar 2005)

Section 10 (Complete through Mar 2005)

Section 11 (Complete through Apr 2005)

Section 12 (Complete through Sep 2005)

Head of Household & Section 14 (Complete through May 2005)

Section 15 (Complete though Jul 2005)

Veterans & Section 16 (Complete through Jul 2005)

Mausoleum (Complete through Jul 2005)

Scattering Garden (Complete through Mar 2008)

Burial Section for Cremation in Urns (Complete through Mar 2008)

Pet Land (Complete through Oct 2005)

Burials in Unspecified Locations

 

Burials from Cross County Historical Society Obituaries

 

Hallman Tragedy (Baby Land)

 

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(Adobe Acrobat Format)

 

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Obituaries A thru E

Obituaries F thru J

Obituaries K thru O

Obituaries P thru T

Obituaries U thru Z

Obituaries from the Earle Enterprise 1949-1962

 

Views of the Cemetery

 

Listings for Crittenden Memorial Park at Find-A-Grave

 


 

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Last Updated Monday, April 28, 2008