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Bobby Pickle or Ray Cemetery

Recorded by Greg Green

Location: The cemetery is located in Monroe County, Mississippi approximately 5.5 miles from the intersection of US Highway 17 North and Lamar County Highway 35 (a.k.a. Lost Creek Road). In Mississippi, Lamar County 35 becomes the Sipsey Fork Road. Approximately one mile from the state line take a right off Lost Creek Road onto Beard Road and proceed about 100 yards to the Earl Black Road. Take a right onto this gravel road and the first and second roads to left will take you up to the cemetery.

Description: The Bobby Pickle Cemetery is on a small flat on the side of a wooded hill. It is thought that this hill was the site of the home of Robert Pickle. The cemetery is surrounded by a sort of a U-shape boundary of hardwoods. Within the confines of the cemetery fifty-seven graves were inventoried in the summer of 1996. Of this total, eighteen were identified with a marker bearing the name of the person. The remaining graves are marked with sandstone or brick headstones and foot markers.

Correlation with Early Inventory: In 1938 the Monroe County cemeteries were inventoried. In this inventory there were ten graves listed for the Bobby Pickle Cemetery. I was able to find seven of the ones listed in the 1938 inventory. The following is a list of persons/graves from the 1938 inventory that could not be located:

1) Susan Pickle: In the inventory she was list as having a date of death as August of 1828.

2) Henry Pickle: In the 1938 inventory he is noted as not having a tombstone.

3) Sallie Pickle: In the 1938 inventory she is noted as not having a tombstone.

Conclusion: The Bobby Pickle or Ray Cemetery contains the a total of fifty-seven identifiable (mounded and marked) graves, of which only eighteen bear the name of the person buried in the grave. The oldest grave is most likely the grave of Robert Pickle. Graves at this cemetery, both known and unknown, are still decorated on the third Sunday in May, so it may still be possible to identify some of the unknown graves.

Comments, corrections, and information are welcomed.

Greg Green

125 Meadow Lane

Calhoun, GA 30701

Inventory (Complete)

Each grave is inventoried with a description of its physical condition, or with the tombstone inscription.

Row 1

#1 Unknown Mounded Sandstone Marker

#2 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#3 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#4 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#5 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#6 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#7 Sarah E. Pickle: name is the only legible words on the red sandstone marker.

#8 Unknown Mounded Sandstone Marker

#9 Unknown Mounded Sandstone Marker

#10 Robert Pickle: name is the only legible words on the sandstone marker.

#11 Unknown Mounded Sandstone Marker

#12 Unknown Mounded Sandstone Marker

#13 Jacob Pickle, husband of S.E. Pickle, Born November 15, 1839 Died December 11, 1899

Foot marker: Jacob Pickle Pvt. Co. L 24th Regt. Mississippi Inf. Confederate States Army November 15, 1839 - December 11, 1899

#14 Unknown Mounded (Infant Size) Sandstone Marker

Row 2

#15 Lula Bell May 28, 1911 - December 21, 1993

+ Wilson

#16 George A. December 16, 1903 - July 28, 1990 (headstone)

Foot marker: George Alonzo Wilson Pvt. US Army World War II Dec. 16, 1903 - July 28, 1990

#17 Unknown Mounded (Infant Size) Brick Marker

#18 Unknown Mounded (Infant Size) Sandstone Marker

#19 Unknown Mounded (Infant Size) Sandstone Marker

#20 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#21 T. A Young November 18, 1877 - November 26, 1904

#22 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#23 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#24 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#25 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#26 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#27 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#28 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#29 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

Row 3

#30 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#31 Unknown Mounded (Infant Size) Brick Marker Located directly at the head of Grave #25.

#32 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#33 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#34 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#35 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

Row 4

#36 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#37 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#38 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

Row 5

#39 Eugene Tate December 29, 1881 - March 27, 1925

#40 Lila Gettis Tate March 10, 1889 - May 26, 1962

#41 James Bryan Tate May 28, 1911 - March 9, 1974

#42 Greely Ray Tate June 17, 1916 - October 23, 1920

#43 James December 22, 1849 - April 19, 1918

+ Tate

#44 Nancy March 1, 1852 - March 11, 1920

#45 T.A. Tate April 6, 1875 - April 19, 1918

#46 Mandy Daisy Tate June 22, 1889 - October 17, 1949

#47 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#48 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

#49 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker

Row 6

#50 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker The brick marker consist of three bricks in the form of a cross.

#51 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker The brick marker consist of three bricks in the form of a cross.

#52 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker The brick marker consist of three bricks in the form of a cross.

#53 Unknown Mounded Brick Marker The brick marker consist of three bricks in the form of a cross.

#54 J. D. Tate December 16, 1922 - December 24, 1922

#55 A. M. Tate August 7, 1920 - May 14, 1922

#56 Dan December 9, 1897 - February 3, 1978

+ Tate

#57 Zena October 7, 1898 - July 22, 1995

 

 


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