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Fairwood Cemetery

Grayson County, Virginia

Location: West of Troutdale

Directions: From Troutdale head west about 2 miles on Fairwood Road (Rt 603) to an unnamed road. A sign identifying the cemetery points north on this unnamed road toward the cemetery. The cemetery is at the end of the road about one half mile from Fairwood Road.

GPS Coordinates: N36.700180 W81.474762

Surveyed by: Jeff Weaver and Ginger Ballard on 4 Mar 2003; updated Oct 2008.

Comments: The cemetery is fenced and generally well maintained, although at the time of our survey evidence of cattle was present. This cemetery was apparently established by families who lived near and worked at the Fairwood bandmill in the early 20th century. The bandmill operation was abandoned in the Great Depression, and much of the land in this community was incorporated into the Jefferson National Forest. Despite the lack of local population, the cemetery is still in use. A number of graves are marked only by crosses. The appearance of the ground made us think that there may be some graves with no visible markers. Between 2003 and 2008 some wooden crosses were replaced with metal crosses and other crosses or handmade markers were replaced by carved stones. Some of the other hand-done markers had been painstakingly repainted with more information added to them. This cemetery is well maintained.

Fairwood Cemetery
General View of the Fairwood Cemetery

Fairwood Cemetery
General View of the Fairwood Cemetery

Fairwood Cemetery, Grayson County, Virginia
Name Birth Death Comments
Row 1
unknown     cross
SANDERS, Fielden, Jr.      
SANDERS, Fielden O., Eld. 8 Apr 1926 14 Dec 2004 Primitive Baptist Minister; Tec 5 U.S. Army World War II; [Fielden Odell]; double stone with next
SANDERS, Nellie A. 23 Jun 1928 16 Feb 1997  
SANDERS, Estel E. 30 Dec 1921 29 Jun 1996 married 22 Sep 1941; [Estel Eugene, s/o John W. & Delter Evans Sanders]; double stone with next
SANDERS, Roza V. 8 Nov 1921 24 Sep 2003  
RICHARDSON, Moncie E. 12 Jul 1882 27 Jun 1956 [Muncie Elbert, s/o John & Ellen Stump Richardson]; double stone with next
RICHARDSON, Mintie E. 5 Aug 1886 1 Nov 1971 [nee Halsey]
Row 2
unknown     cross
BILLINGS, Earl R. 29 Oct 1905 4 Nov 1960 double stone with next
BILLINGS, Elma M. 8 Sep 1908 25 Nov 1996 [Minnie Elma, d/o Garnet & Lura Miles Atwood]
____, Randy     [no surname]
OVERBAY, Roy Buford 24 Dec 1927 13 Nov 2004 double stone with next
OVERBAY, Debra Sue Sanders 25 Feb 1954    
OVERBAY, Emily Grace     baby d/o Debra S. & Roy B. Overbay
____, Jason     [no surname]
MILES, J. Clarence 18 Sep 1902 8 Aug 1949  
BALDWIN, Mike Penny     pre-need marker?
BALDWIN, Betty Sue 5 Mar 1946 8 Nov 2004 [d/o C. Earl and Hazel Sanders Baldwin]
BALDWIN, C. Earl 9 Sep 1922 24 Jun 2001 triple stone with next two
BALDWIN, Hazel Sanders 3 Apr 1924 30 Aug 1997  
BALDWIN, Norma Jean 12 Jan 1945 9 May 1945 [d/o Earl & Hazel Sanders Baldwin]
LOVE, Ray R. 9 Oct 1932    
LOVE, Stella F. 29 Aug 1937 26 Jul 1999  
Row 3
ATWOOD, Garnett 22 Jan 1875 6 Jun 1956 [Garnett Forest, s/o Nathan & Mary Osborne Atwood]; double stone with next
ATWOOD, Lura M. 26 Mar 1873 3 Feb 1936 [nee Miles]
ATWOOD, Joseph Paul 26 Mar 1903 6 Jun 1944 [s/o Garnett Forest & Laura Miles Atwood]; double stone with next
ATWOOD, C. Marie 8 Feb 1908 26 Dec 2003  
ATWOOD, J.B. 5 May 1928 20 Apr 1953 VA PFC U.S. Army Air Force World War II; [s/o Paul & Marie Atwood; h/o Dorothy]
SANDERS, John Wilson 1 Jun 1888 11 Sep 1987 double stone with next
SANDERS, Delter Mae Evans 5 Dec 1886 18 Feb 1971 married 11 Feb 1909
SANDERS, Ruby Alice 7 Aug 1929 30 Jul 1934 dau. of John & Delter Sanders
CROUSE, Mae Sanders 22 Apr 1910 8 Oct 1929  
ESTEP, Rutha 28 Feb 1832 6 May 1926 wife of Berry Estep; age 93 yrs 2 mos 8 days
HAYES, Robert Dean 22 Mar 1939 2 Apr 1939 son of Clarence & Marie Hayes
Row 4
unknowns     two crosses
HALSEY, Cebert     child of Wyndell & Geneva Halsey; same marker with next
HALSEY, Helen     child of Wyndell & Geneva Halsey
SANDERS, Son     son of Paul & Zollie Sanders; hand painted stone
SANDERS, Son     son of Paul & Zollie Sanders; second hand painted stone
SANDERS, Paul E. 14 Dec 1916 22 Mar 2001 double stone with next
SANDERS, Zollie L. 27 May 1913 5 May 1997  
SANDERS, John H. 1912 2003 double stone with next
SANDERS, Donna L. 1914 2003  
Row 5
RICHARDSON, Joseph G. 1912 1928 double stone with next
RICHARDSON, John M. 1910 1935  
McGUIRE, Jabe F. 25 Dec 1880 11 Mar 1913  
unknowns     two crosses
DUVALL, Maggie P. 1 Jan 1909 30 Oct 1922 [d/o Brack & Emaline Spencer Duvall]
DUVALL, O. Blaine 7 Mar 1913 18 Feb 1925 [s/o Brack & Emaline Spencer Duvall]
DUVALL, Rosa C. 5 Sep 1914 28 Jan 1931 [d/o Brack & Emaline Spencer Duvall]
ASHLIN, Edward E., Jr. 18 Nov 1946 17 Jul 1950 [s/o Edward E. & Goldie Parsons Ashlin]
PARSONS, Eugene F. 25 May 1914 30 Jul 1944 Va Sgt 12 Inf 4 Div World War II; [s/o John Henry & Carrie Lucinda Halsey Parsons]
WELLS, Dixie C. 11 Feb 1927 19 Apr 1943 [s/o Claude A. & Stella Parsons Wells]
WELLS, Stella P. 8 Feb 1905 15 Nov 1998 [nee Parsons]; double stone with next
WELLS, Claude A. 4 Dec 1905 7 Nov 1967  
PARSONS, John H. 25 Apr 1882 13 May 1959 [John Henry, s/o Liston & Polly Anna Anderson Parsons]; double stone with next
PARSONS, Carrie "Cad" 3 Sep 1885 11 Jan 1978 [Carrie Lucinda, d/o Grimsley & Mary Virginia Dowell Halsey]
SHEETS, Pete 16 May 1930 13 Aug 2004  
Row 6
unknowns     three crosses
RICHARDSON, Vaughn E.   3 Jan 1918  
unknown     cross
SMITH, C. Edgar 18 Sep 1904 21 Jan 1917  
SMITH, Gordon B. 1879 1917 double stone with next
SMITH, Minnie A. 1882 1959  
SMITH, Ola Mae 9 Jul 1924 6 Mar 1980 [d/o Sam & Martha Elizabeth Smith Dowell]; double stone with next
SMITH, Howard 20 Sep 1919 13 Oct 1985 [Howard E., Jr.]
DUVALL, E. Brack 6 Feb 1887 18 Apr 1930  
PARSONS, Dean 11 Oct 1936 2 Dec 1936 [Between 2003 and 2008 this stone appears to have been replaced by a stone reading "Parsons babies."]
PARSONS, Donald C. 15 Nov 1937 3 Dec 1937  
PARSONS, Roscoe 20 Apr 1912 12 Apr 1958 [s/o John Henry & Carrie Lucinda Halsey Parsons]
Row 7
unknowns     two crosses
DOWELL, Lula V. 10 Aug 1916 17 Aug 1916  
DOWELL, John 14 Apr 1950 14 Apr 1950 infant son
PENNINGTON, Brack 20 Aug 1911 28 Aug 1911  
DOWELL, J.E. 24 Sep 1912 11 Dec 1921/7 [Death date is a guess. Stone is almost totally illegible.]
unknowns     two crosses
DOWELL, Martha E. 28 Mar 1894 28 Feb 1973 [Martha Elizabeth]; double stone with next
DOWELL, Sam F. 17 Mar 1888 1 Sep 1953 [Sam Freelin, s/o Ellison & Mary Ann Burtchett Dowell]
HALSEY, Maxine Testament 21 Mar 1915 23 Feb 1936 [d/o Orley & Lillie Ball Testerman; w/o Bill Halsey]
HALSEY, Bill Dock 4 Oct 1913 18 Jul 1973 Va Sgt World War II Purple Heart; [s/o Charles Calvin & Elizabeth Halsey Halsey]
DOWELL, Claude F. 9 Oct 1921 29 Jan 1998 double stone with next
DOWELL, Mildred P. 8 Jun 1928 24 Nov 1986  
DOWELL, George David 1 Sep 1946 17 Jan 1989  
unknown   Mar 1913 field stone
HALL, Patsy Jane 26 Sep 1948 30 Jun 2005  
Row 8
unknowns     two crosses
BROWN, Lester Vincent      
BROWN, Mack Dillard      
BROOKS, Mary Jane   9 Sep 1928  
BROOKS, Myrtle Brown 9 Mar 1910 12 Sep 1928  
BILLINGS, T.W.     hand carved stone.
    [new unmarked base for double stone possibly denotes a reserved spot.]
DOWELL, David Lee 20 May 1971 18 Aug 1988 17 yrs
Row 9
unknowns     two crosses
WOOD, Marcus A. 23 May 1884 29 Jan 1910 s/o Marcus P. & F.E. Wood
PARSONS, Blain 1917 1917 age 6 months; s/o J.T. & Fannie Parsons; cast concrete marker
KING, Marietta 1918 1918 "age 3 weaks"; cast concrete marker
PARSONS, Fannie     Cast concrete marker was crumbling in 2003; in 2008 it was a pile of rubble.
REEDY, J.D. 28 Nov 1932 14 Jan 1935 [John Daily, s/o Daily & Vinnie Halsey Reedy]
unknown     cross
BILLINGS, Thomas Walter 1898 1948 metal marker and cross
BILLINGS, Allie Atalae 1898 1985 metal marker and unmarked stone base
BILLINGS, Richard Ray 19 Jan 1925 24 Nov 1982 metal marker and unmarked cross
BALDWIN, Hassie Ellen Billings 29 Nov 1917 4 Aug 1982 metal marker and unmarked cross
BILLINGS, James Abe 17 Nov 1922 10 May 1917 Sgt U.S. Army World War II Purple Heart
BILLINGS, Jerry Alan 1957 2007  
BILLINGS, Brenda J. 1944 2003 metal marker
DAVIS     [This double stone possibly reserves a spot.]
Row 10
unknowns     four crosses
RUSH, B.F. Lee 28 May 1912 3 Aug 1913  
KING, Amy Bell 25 Apr 1897 24 Feb 1920 wife of V[irgil] C. King; [Anna Belle, d/o Mary Halsey]
HALSEY, Mary V. 12 Sep 1865 16 Jul 1946  
HALSEY, James B. 30 Oct 1915 8 Jul 1984 PFC World War II; [s/o Charles Calvin & Elizabeth Parsons Halsey]
HALSEY, Charles C. 2 May 1890 1 Apr 1927 [s/o Isaac Richard & Mary Evaline Paisley Halsey]; double stone with next
HALSEY, Bettie 14 Mar 1888 7 Oct 1976 [d/o Grimsley Halsey; married 20 Apr 1907]
HALSEY, Allen Sampson 16 Dec 1923 24 Sep 1973 Va. PFC, World War II; [s/o Charles Calvin & Elizabeth Halsey Halsey]
HALSEY, Ruby V. 31 Mar 1921 29 Oct 2000  
SHAW, Barbara A. 31 Jan 1943    
Row 11
unknowns     four crosses
McGRADY, J.M. 1875 1918  
ANDERSON, Della B. 31 Jan 1895 23 Aug 1955 [d/o Abe & Sarah Brooks Billings; w/o Pete Anderson]
ANDERSON, Pete 22 Dec 1882 21 Sep 1974  
ANDERSON, Teddy G. 1936 1963 [s/o Pete & Della Billings Anderson]
ANDERSON, Edgar      
ANDERSON, Donna Lee      
unknowns     two crosses
CROUSE, K.? D.     hand chiseled stone; first initial is uncertain.
PARSONS, Virginia 10 Jan 1947   [nee Baker]; double stone with next
PARSONS, Ward 10 Feb 1941 2 Mar 2001 [s/o Edwad & Vena Halsey Parsons]
DUKE, Frances Halsey 22 Feb 1911 23 Dec 2003  
HALSEY, Felix C., Jr. 23 Jul 1926 23 May 1971 beloved brother
Row 12
unknowns     four crosses
PARKS, G. Cleve 20 Dec 1885 2 Aug 1935  
unknown     cross
HART, Walden Webb 12 Apr 1912 8 Apr 1998 double stone with next; SFC U.S. Navy World War II
HART, Mildred Halsey 5 May 1920 29 Dec 1993 married 23 Dec 1939; [d/o Blaine & Mary Bishop Halsey]
PARSONS, Vena M. 5 Apr 1904 20 Jun 1993 [d/o Grimsley & Mary Virginia Dowell Halsey]; double stone with next
PARSONS, Ed 23 Nov 1894 3 Aug 1981 [s/o Volney & Pansey Ward Parsons]
PARSONS, Verdie Word 1 Apr 1890 3 Aug 1957 born Piney Creek NC, died Bloomfield NJ
Row 13
unknown     cross
HODGE, Etter M. 26 Feb 1912 6 Aug 1913  
HODGE, Nellie 12 May 1913 [27 Aug 1913] death date now below ground
unknowns     three crosses
MORAN, William Fred 5 Jun 1922 5 Nov 1959 Virginia Sgt Recon Co 640 TD MB World War II
MORAN, James B. 29 Apr 1936 28 Oct 1963 Virginia A1C 4756 Trans Sq AF; [s/o Anton K. & Martha Bishop Moran]
MORAN, Anton K. 28 Jul 1896 28 Nov 1982 [s/o David C. & Jesten Phipps Moran]; double stone with next
MORAN, Martha B. 1 May 1898 24 Aug 1980 wed 14 Sep 1921; [d/o James H. & Kizah Sheets Bishop]
HALSEY, Blaine 12 Aug 1895 25 May 1991 double stone with next; [s/o James Grimsley & Mary V. Dowell Halsey]
HALSEY, Mary B. 1 May 1898 28 Jun 1977 [d/o James H. & Kizah Sheets Bishop]
POOLE, Edgar T. 15 Feb 1918 5 Apr 1989 double stone with next
POOLE, Hazel L. 30 May 1923 6 Jan 1961 [nee Halsey]
POOLE, Virgil L. 6 May 1945 12 Jun 2000  
POOLE, Thomas L. 14 Jan 1944 22 Jan 1944  
CORNETT, Kimberly Kay   Nov 1968  
Row 14
unknowns     eight crosses
MORAN, Helen B. 1923 1924 double stone with next; [inf. d/o Anton K. & Martha Bishop Moran]
MORAN, Willard 1933 1933 [infant s/o Anton K. & Martha Bishop Moran]
BISHOP, baby James Lee 1935 1935  
BISHOP, James 12 Sep 1856 17 Dec 1936 double stone with next
BISHOP, Kiziah 17 Sep 1861 6 Dec 1940  
BISHOP, Eva B. 24 Oct 1903 13 Aug 1958 double stone with next; [d/o Lee & Hiley Kilby Greer. As a young woman, she had her given name changed from Rausey Emeline to Eva B. The 'B' is only an initial.]
BISHOP, John H.B. 9 Oct 1899 9 Aug 1976 [John Horton B., s/o James & Kiziah Bishop]
BISHOP, John H., Jr. 10 Nov 1928 3 Jan 1996 beloved son & brother; Sgt U.S. Army Korea; [John Horton, Jr., s/o John Horton & Eva Greer Bishop]
GREEAR, Donna Parsons 4 Oct 1911 12 Aug 1997  
PARSONS, Oscar U. 15 Apr 1909 26 Aug 1975 Cpl U.S. Army World War II; [s/o Joseph Thomas & Fannie Halsey Parsons]
PARSONS, Joe T. 20 Jan 1888 19 Jun 1966 double stone with next; [m1 Dema Ellen Halsey, m2 Fannie Halsey]
PARSONS, Finney 14 May 1884 24 Jun 1958 [nee Fannie Halsey]
PARSONS, Garnett 1919 1940 s/o J[oseph] T[homas] & Fannie Parsons; aged 21 yrs
GREEAR, [Elizabeth Ann] 15 Feb 1929 15 Feb 1929 given name is now totally illegible
Row 15
ANDERSON, Abe 1920 1973  
TESTERMAN, Hattie A. 1927 2007 double stone with next
TESTERMAN, Wayne J. 1918 1984  
TOLLIVER, Robert L. 14 Sep 1922 29 Jun 1988 double stone with next
TOLLIVER, Mary A. 20 Nov 1917 28 Apr 2005  
PARSONS, Madge L. 1923 1998 double stone with next; [nee Shumate]
PARSONS, Hurtle W. 1914 1986 married 18 May 1940; [s/o Joseph Thomas & Fannie Halsey Parsons]
Row 16
ANDERSON, Bane 1930 2004  
ARNOLD, Gregory S. 12 Jan 1950 27 Dec 2007  
REEDY, Ronnie L. 28 June 1955 14 Dec 2004 double stone with next
REEDY, Doris D. 31 Mar 1956    
The following is reported to be buried here but was not found in 2003 or 2008.
PARSONS, Garland 1918 1918 [4 mo.; infant s/o Joseph Thomas & Fannie Halsey Parsons]