Forest Methodist Church Community Cemetery

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Forest Methodist Church Community Cemetery

Grayson County, Virginia

Location: Elk Creek

Directions: From the junction of Elk Creek Pkwy (US 21) and Spring Valley Road (Rt 805) go east on Spring Valley Road approximately 1/2 mile to church on left (north) side of road. The cemetery is adjacent to the church.

GPS Coordinates: N36.744751 W81.150459

Surveyed by: Ginger Ballard in January 2004

Comments: The sign indicates that the cemetery was established in the late 1800s. This cemetery is well-maintained and mown on a regular basis. One charming attribute of this cemetery is the use of small flat stones carved simply with the name of the persons for graves which could be identified but otherwise had no marker. In several cases the sod has almost entirely covered these flat stones. It is possible that careful probing of the soil would reveal other stones of this type on what appear to be unmarked graves.Martin family information was provided by Jim Martin.

Forest Methodist Church Community Cemetery, Grayson County, Virginia
Name Birth Death Comments
Row 1
DYKE, Charles Norman 5 Oct 1923 28 Jan 2001 S1 U.S. Navy
TAITANO, Maude E. 1905 2000 metal marker
BLACKFORD, Dorothy N.     metal marker
SHAFFER, Earl W. 6 Nov 1942 3 Mar 1995 [Earl William, s/o Walter Shaffer & Mary Sexton]; double stone with next
SHAFFER, Opal M. 30 Jul 1942    
BUNN, Ronnie S. 13 Jun 1968 31 Dec 1996  
Row 2
SHAFFER, Freddie Lee, Sr. 4 Sep 1941 14 Oct 2002 SSgt U.S. Army Vietnam
HALL, John Lewis 5 Apr 1943 9 Aug 2000 double stone with next
HALL, Ruth B. 25 Sep 1945    
Row 3
BARKER, Muncy M. 2 Jan 1928 19 Dec 1996 Cpl U.S. Army Korea; [Muncy Mitchell, s/o Luther Talmadge Barker & Ethel Smallwood]; double stone with next
BARKER, Mae R. 20 Jun 1934   [nee Ray]
PLUMMER, Franklin Louis, Sr. 12 Dec 1934 10 Dec 1998 SFC U.S. Army Korea Vietnam; double stone with next
PLUMMER, Betty Shaffer 21 Dec 1937    
SHAFFER, James Walter 13 Sep 1913 29 Dec 1996 [s/o Markis F. Shaffer & Mary Lucinda Cress]; double stone with next
SHAFFER, Mary Sexton 9 Apr 1920    
Row 4
DARNELL, David William 24 May 1935   double stone with next
DARNELL, Alice Sexton 6 Apr 1939 21 Mar 2002  
RAY, E. Lee 1 Dec 1923/1924   h/o Ruby Frances Barker; double stone with next
RAY, Ruby B. 6 Oct 1924 28 Jun 1986 [Ruby Frances, d/o Luther and Ethel Barker
Row 5
TOLLEY, Willie E. 18 Mar 1912 18 Jul 1990 [Willie Edward, s/o Joe & Elizabeth Emerson Tolley]; double stone with next
TOLLEY, Golda L. 3 Dec 1909 27 Jul 2001  
RAY, Hillie Clay 1934 2001 metal marker
unknown     metal marker, no label
SMALLWOOD, Roy A. 1936 1974 [s/o Doll and Rosa Belle Smallwood]
HALE, Ida C. 31 Oct 1906 6 Mar 1974 [nee Crigger; m1 Hobart Hawkins, m2 James Lincoln Hale]
ROSE, Sarah Cregger 1921 1993 metal marker
HALE, Lula Belle 18 Sep 1918 31 Jan 2000  
BREWER, William R. 14 Jan 1931 16 Oct 1980 [William Raymond, s/o William M. and Mattie Mae Osborne Brewer]
BREWER, William M. 28 Dec 1901 22 Jul 1976 [William McKinley]; double stone with next
BREWER, Mattie Mae 11 Aug 1905 14 Jan 1992 [d/o Joshua Osborne & Nannie Farmer]
Row 6
SAGE, Walter M. 29 Apr 1909 14 Aug 1985 double stone with next
SAGE, Ressie K. 10 Oct 1911   w/o Walter Sage
BARKER, Charles L. 19 Jan 1934    
BARKER, G. Cecil 6 Oct 1917 19 Dec 1999 double stone with next
BARKER, Evernell H. 27 Feb 1924 18 Jan 2000  
SHAFFER, Jimmy R. 2 Apr 1945 19 Jun 1971 [Jimmy Roger, Sr.]
SHAFFER, Earnest Fields, Jr.   14 May 1932  
SHAFFER, Johnnie Dale 18 Mar 1947 3 May 1947  
HASH, Fred A., Sr. 15 Jun 1936   double stone with next
HASH, Nancy D. 25 Sep 1939   [nee Shaffer]
Row 7
ROBERTSON, Agnes Mae [6 May] 1940 [8 Jun] 1995 [d/o Wesley and Bessie Robinson]
ROBERTSON, Wesley C. [16 Jan] 1914 [26 Feb] 1997 [Wesley Clifton, s/o Lemmie Robertson & Dora Archie]; double stone with next
ROBERTSON, Bessie Lee 1917 1999 [nee Sage]
HALE, James L.      
HALE, Romey Lee 7 May 1901 13 Nov 1960  
Row 8
SEXTON, Charlie W. 29 Jan 1894 13 Feb 1994 Pvt U.S. Army World War I; [Charlie Wiley, s/o Steven Sexton & Ellen Perry; m1 Sena Miller, m2 Ruby Shaffer]; double stone with next
SEXTON, Sena M. 27 Jul 1899 6 Apr 1966 [nee Miller]
BARKER, Scott M. 9 Aug 1895 22 Dec 1938  
RAY, Donald Lee 29 Nov 1951 28 Jun 1952  
BARKER, Harold      
BARKER, Raymond      
RHUDY, Frankie L. 2/21 Jul 1942 12 Sep 1950 d/o Frank and Beatrice Rhudy
RHUDY, Franklin P. 9 Jun 1918 29 Apr 1973 Va Tec5 U.S. Army World War II; double stone with next
RHUDY, Beatrice J. 1921   [nee Jones]
POLLARD, Grover E. 6 Oct 1890 11 Jan 1960 Va Pvt Co B 11 Inf 28 Div World War I; double stone with next
POLLARD, Murlie L. 1882 [1 Aug] 1977 [Murlie Lee, d/o Melvin Holbrook & Deemy Miles; obit info lists birth as 26 Jan 1898, which agrees with census age]
POLLARD, Colin      
POLLARD, Laura      
Row 9
SEXTON, Guynn P. 28 May 1930 29 Jan 1931  
SEXTON, Bradford D. "Brad" 13 Oct 1922 6 Nov 1964 Va Sgt 558 Air Svc Gp Army Air Corps World War II
BARKER, Luther T. 6 Jun 1893 23 Oct 1946 double stone with next; [s/o S.B. Barker; birth also read as 7 Jun]
BARKER, Ethel B. 1 Oct 1891 12 Apr 1971 [d/o George W. and Matilda Jane Miller Smallwood]
RHUDY, Lawrence A. 1892 [22 Dec] 1938 double stone with next
RHUDY, Lockey S. 1892 [24 Nov] 1964  
RHUDY, Edd L. [7 Feb] 1905 [28 Jan] 1978 [Edd Leftwich, s/o William C. Rhudy & Callie Miller]; double stone with next
RHUDY, Edith F. 1907 1997 [nee Funk]
HACKLER, Arnold K. 1924 2003 double stone with next
HACKLER, Kathleen R. 15 Dec 1930    
POLLARD, Earl Roy 21 Nov 1925 29 Aug 1999 SSgt U.S. Army World War II; double stone with next
POLLARD, Emma Rose 29 Jul 1937    
POLLARD, Grover E. 1890 1960  
Row 10
SAGE, V[an] B[uren, Sr.] 5 Mar 1841 23 Jan 1914  
SAGE, Rex M. 15 Feb 1905 30 Dec 1980 U.S. Army World War II; [Rex Mitchell]
BARKER, Raymond T. 3 May 1913 23 Nov 1917 [birth also recorded as 9 May]
HAWKINS, Luther      
HAWKINS, Courtland      
HAWKINS, R.F. "Hobe"      
HAWKINS, Hobert      
CRIGGER, Lew      
CRIGGER, Nannie   10 May 1925  
CRIGGER, Kyle      
CRIGGER, ____     "sister"
CRIGGER, ____     "sister"
CRIGGER, Add      
HALE, Baby      
CRIGGER, Sam      
HALE, Junior      
Row 11
SAGE, Shelley M. 10 Mar 1907 6 Mar 1910 d/o Martin F. & Larma Sage
SAGE, V.B. 1911 21 Nov 1914 s/o Martin F. & Larma Sage
SAGE, Van Buren 1915 1916 s/o Martin F. & Larma Sage
SAGE, Martin F. 1870 [21 Aug] 1939 [Martin Fountain, s/o Van Buren & Betsey Sage; m1 Sarah E. Burris, m2 Larma A. Crigger]; double stone with next
SAGE, Larma A. 1881 [29 Sep] 1958 [d/o Lue & Nannie Crigger]
SMALLWOOD, Walter   1962 [s/o George and Matilda Jane Miller Smallwood]
SMALLWOOD, Roy     [s/o George and Matilda Jane Miller Smallwood]
SMALLWOOD, Jane [ca 1865] 27 Oct 1953 [Matilda Jane, d/o Harvey & Sallie Miller; w/o George W. Smallwood]
SMALLWOOD, George W. [ca 1856] 21 Apr 1921 [s/o Micajah & Julia Smallwood]
HAWKINS, Ken [ca 1873] [William Kenley, s/o Calvin & Polly Jane Simcock Hawkins]
HAWKINS, Mae [ca 1878]   w/o Ken Hawkins; [d/o George & Jane Miller Smallwood]
VAUGHT, A.W. 18 Jul 1867 11 Feb 1911 [Alfred Winton “Wint”, s/o Lewis Peyton and Malvina Hale Vaught]
PORTER, Rose C. 1877 1970  
FULFORD, M.F. 3 Jan 1878 18 Oct 1921  
SMALLWOOD, Doll 1900 1987 double stone with next
SMALLWOOD, Rosa Belle 1911 [19 May] 1975  
Row 12
WADE, Ovalee Hale 7 Oct 1926 14 Jun 1999  
SEXTON, Lelia M. 27 Jun 1903 20 Aug 2002  
MILLER, J. Kyle 8 Jul 1906 3 Nov 1951 [Jefferson Kyle]; double stone with next
MILLER, Clara E. 3 Jan 1906 23 Mar 1994 [nee Holbrook]
CORNETT, Lillian Mae 10 Feb 1880 19 Feb 1955 [d/o Samuel Monroe & Jane McCarter Cornett]
RHUDY, Infant   19 Jun 1914 s/o Lawrence & Lockey S. Rhudy
RHUDY, Thelma 26 Apr 1927 29 Apr 1927 infant d/o Edd and Edith F. Rhudy
RHUDY, Kate      
CORNETT, Lockie M. 13 May 1900 27 Jan 1924 w/o Gus Rhudy; [d/o E.J. Cornett]
NICKOLLS, Infant 28 Jan 1912 28 Jan 1912 child of I.G. & N.E. Nickolls
NICKOLLS, William "Bud" 29 Jun 1906 12 Nov 1924 [s/o Isaac & Nannie Wampler Nickolls]
NICKOLLS, Isaac G. 31 Jul 1867 13 Oct 1925 [s/o Asy & Martha Nickolls]
BRUCE, Nannie N. 10 Dec 1869 10 Jan 1934 [d/o Abraham & Hester Ann Wampler; w/o Isaac Nichols]
SHAFFER, Earnest Fields 7 Sep 1910 16 Feb 1961  
SEXTON, Ruby Shaffer 2 Feb 1913 8 Jun 1984 [nee Ruby Isabelle Sutherland; m1 Earnest F. Shaffer, m2 ____ Sexton]
Row 13
MILLER, W. Jefferson 1870 1944 double stone with next
MILLER, Rosa M. 1877 1965  
MILLER, W.H. 7 Jul 1830 17 Aug 1915  
MILLER, Sallie 22 Jul 1832 29 Feb 1922 [birth also read as 26 Sep]
RHUDY, William Eli 1870 [8 Aug] 1942  
RHUDY, Callie 27 Jan 1868 14 Jun 1912  
RHUDY, Gertrude     [Annie Gertrude]
RHUDY, Mae   26 Jan 1924  
NICKOLS, S[amuel] R[ay] 30 May 1913 6 Jan 1926  
MILLER, Luther Lee 13 Apr 1894 11 Feb 1967 Va Co B 167 Inf World War I; double stone with next
MILLER, Ovella N. [20 May] 1898 [6 Jan] 1993 [Novella Swanson, d/o Isaac Grant Nichols & Nannie Evelyn Wampler]]
BARKER, George Thurman 23 Sep 1915 15 Feb 1989 Cpl U.S. Army World War II; double stone with next
BARKER, Lillian Lee [15 Feb] 1921 [19 Jun] 1981 [d/o Luther Miller & Ovella Nichols]
Row 14
MILLER, Infant     child of Mr. & Mrs. A.M. Miller; joint stone with next
MILLER, Infant     child of Mr. & Mrs. A.M. Miller; joint stone with next
MILLER, Infant     child of Mr. & Mrs. A.M. Miller
MILLER, A.M. "Nick" 14 Mar 1860 17 Apr 1940  
MILLER, Pollie Ann 30 May 1870 10 May 1950 [nee Martin]; w/o A.M. Miller
MILLER, William Freel 12 Jul 1896 1 Jul 1959 Va Pvt Co A 315 Inf World War I; double stone with next
MILLER, Lettie Ann 7 Mar 1901 12 Jul 1987 [nee Holbrook]
MILLER, Raymond Argil 5 Apr 1923 26 Oct 1998 PFC U.S. Army World War II; double stone with next
MILLER, Ada Gaye 24 Jun 1928    
MAXEY, E.L. 10 Mar 1910 25 Sep 1910  
NICHOLS, George J. 17 Jun 1908 2 May 1978 [s/o Isaac G. Nichols & Nannie Evelyn Wampler; h/o Pearl Buchanan]
Row 15
MILLER, Elsie C. 27 Jun 1890 29 Aug 1960  
CORNETT, Ellen V. 5 Nov 1857 27 Sep ____ [d/o Samuel and Catherine Jan Cornett Monroe; death date earlier read as 22 Sep 1862]; loose footstone leaning against marker "EVC"
COPENHAVER, Lessie Belle 15 May 1891 3 Aug 1891 twin d/o of W.L. & M.E. Copenhaver; joint stone with next; also carved into side of Cornett marker which follows
COPENHAVER, Maggie Irene 15 May 1891 16 May 1891 twin d/o of W.L. & M.E. Copenhaver; also carved into side of Cornett marker which follows
CORNETT, Samuel Monroe 5 Apr 1833 16 Sep 1912 joint stone with next
CORNETT, Catherine Jane 23 Nov 1838 15 Sep 1909 [nee McCarther]; married 18 Apr 1856
WINGATE, Lynda Jane 13 Nov 1967 13 Nov 1967 infant d/o Junior & Betty Wingate
MILLER, Linda Sue 15 Sep 1947 15 Sep 1947 [d/o Raymond and Gaye Roberts Miller]
STOKER, Wade V. 20 Apr 1908 9 Apr 1911 s/o J.F. & E.E. Stoker
unknown     "brother"
HALE, Arther V. 1907 1959  
HALE, Alex 1902 1966  
SMITH, Amanda B. 20 Apr 1871 24 Apr 1938 [birth also read as 30 Apr]
Row 16
BURRIS, Sena [18 Jun 1891] [14 May 1916] [d/o Giles L. “Toad” and Sarah Funk Martin; w/o John Marshall Burris]
MARTIN, Toad [3 Sep 1859] [25 Feb 1927] [Giles L. “Toad”, s/o Draper and Lucinda Hale Martin]
MARTIN, Sam [ca Jul 1897] [aft 1930] [Samuel, s/o Giles L. “Toad” and Sarah Funk Martin]
MARTIN, Sarah [ca Apr 1868] 25 Dec 1956 [d/o George W., Jr., & Rebecca Hale Funk; w/o Giles L. “Toad” Martin]
CORNETT, Martin V.B.      
NEUGENT, Martha      
COOK, V.L. "Red" 1920   double stone with next
COOK, Helen C. 1931    
unknown     base only, stone gone
CRIGGER, J.M. 1868 1937 age 87 (?)
CRIGGER, Susan S. 1868 5 Jun 1938 [Susan Caroline, d/o Rufus Crigger]
CRIGGER, W. Warren 23 Jan 1943 22 Jul 1943 s/o M.E. & S.V. Crigger
CRIGGER, Willie Ray 23 Oct 1917 17 Aug 1921 s/o W[ill] E. & R[osa] B. Crigger
Row 17
CRIGGER, Will     Baby
CRIGGER, Dell     Baby
ELLISON, Eliza [18 May 1853]   [d/o Draper and Lucinda Hale Martin; w/o William Ellison]
POOLE, Tilda      
MARTIN, Lindsey [30 Apr 1854/5] 5 Feb 1938 [s/o Draper and Lucinda Hale Martin; other source lists death as 16 May 1938]
MARTIN, Lennie [ca Sep 1895] [aft 1930] [Lennie Minnie, d/o Giles L. “Toad” and Sarah Funk Martin]
CRIGGER, Will      
CRIGGER, Dell      
SAGE, M.F.      
PARKS, Sarah Ellen 1869 1947 double stone with next
PARKS, Enoch Byram 1868 1951