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27 September 2009

Smith Family Cemetery Photos

My grandparents asked me recently if I had been to the cemetery on the corner of Bass and Houston Lake Roads in Warner Robins. Since that area has not long since been cleared out to make room for a pretty church and expanding roadways, I figured I'd better go take a look. What I found was the Smith Family Cemetery. I knew of the cemetery and knew it was in the area, but had never been. That's because "in the area" at the time I learned of it meant somewhere in the woods on property not belonging to me.

There are four posts that might have at one time connected a chain-link fence.  Only two tombstones were visible to me, but there are small bouquets of flowers and bricks marking likely 5 other burials.  Another photo:


The first stone I recorded was a military tombstone.  Transcription:

Alvin T. Smith
Georgia
Pvt
157 Depot Brigade
World War I
September 7, 1894
April 19, 1958

Here are couple more photos of Alvin's stone:





The second stone was for a young William E. A. Smith, born Jan 16, 1864, and died July 13, 1888.



Addie Howell, author of Cemeteries and Obituaries of Houston County, Georgia, surveyed this cemetery in 1976. At that time she gave the location as the Tucker Farm on Houston Lake road. She found one more Smith grave than I did, an infant born and died in 1887.


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