Ramah Cemetery

Shelby Co. Cemeteries of TX

Historical Marker information submitted Fran Heugatter

Take Highway 96 North to Tenaha and Highway 84, turn right, east, onto 84 and continue for 3 miles to the Ramah Baptist Church.  The cemetery is across the railroad tracks on the left side of the road.

HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERY 2006

THE RAMAH COMMUNITY DATES TO THE EARLY 1870s, WHEN WILLIAM TELL POU AND HIS WIFE MOLLIE LUCY (GRACE) FIRST HOMESTEADED HERE. THEY HELPED FOUND RAMAH BAPTIST CHURCH , ESTABLISHED IN 1874 AND NAMED FOR THE BIBLICAL CITY OF RAMAH , MEANING HIGH PLACE . THE LOG CHURCH BUILDING ALSO SERVED AS A SCHOOLHOUSE, AND BECAME THE CENTER OF A COMMUNITY WITH A STORE AND COTTON GIN.

  THIS LAND WAS USED FOR BURIALS BEGINNING IN THE 1870s. IN 1891, THE CONGREGATION BUILT A NEW FRAME SANCTUARY, AND IN 1909, WILLIAM AND MOLLIE POU OFFICIALLY DEEDED 3.6 ACRES TO RAMAH BAPTIST CHURCH TO BE DEDICATED AS RAMAH CEMETERY . THE OLDEST MARKED BURIAL, FOR ELLA HOLLEY, DATES FROM 1878. MORE THAN 100 VETERANS ARE BURIED HERE, REPRESENTING SERVICE IN THE U.S.-MEXICAN WAR, CIVIL WAR, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR, WORLD WARS I AND II, AND THE KOREAN CONFLICT. ALSO NOTABLE ARE GRAVESTONES FOR ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE WOODMEN OF THE WORLD, ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR AND LOCAL MASONIC LODGES.  RAMAH CEMETERY WAS LATER ENLARGED TO MORE THAN SIX ACRES AND HAS MORE THAN 1,000 MARKED BURIALS. THE OLDEST SECTION CONTAINS TALL MARBLE MONUMENTS , OBELISKS, A BRICK CRYPT, AND THE GRANITE CURBED PARRISH FAMILY PLOT. MOLLIE (d. 1917) AND WILLIAM (d. 1934) POU ARE BURIED HERE, ALONG WITH TEN CHILDREN AND MORE THAN FIFTY DESCENDANTS. ALSO BURIED HERE IS GEORGE E. B. PEDDY (1892-1951), WHO WAS A SOLDIER, ATTORNEY AND POLITICIAN. IN 1917, HE WAS ELECTED STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHILE A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, AND HE RAN FOR U.S. SENATE IN 1922 AND 1948. PEDDY ALSO SERVED IN BOTH WORLD WARS, RECEIVING THE BRONZE STAR AND CROIX DE GUERRE. OTHER NOTABLE BURIALS INCLUDE LONGTIME SUPERINTENDENTS, TEACHERS, COUNTY OFFICIALS AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS.

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Updated Jan 2009 by Obits and Hawthorn Funeral Home RecordsThe numbers listed in the comment section are the page number of the year of death in the Hawthorn Funeral Home Books.  Gloria B. Mayfield   

Last Name First Name Birth Death Parents Pg Comment

Blankenship

Ivy Jean

Jun 05 1937

Jul 14 2007

Clarence Brown and Ivy Shaw

Divorced

Hodges

Calvin Coolridge

May 24 1925

Mar 14 2007

William Laney Hodges and Ella Jennetta Shelton

Willie Loreta Glover

Anderson

John Colvin

Oct 06 1868

Nov 24 1951

Garrison Anderson(TX) & Leona Williams

94

Married/Maggie

Anz

Ocie Irene

Sep 08 1909

May 19 1969

A. R. Davis & Mollie Duke

57

Jack Anz

Bagwell

George Newton, Jr

Jun 15 1923

Oct 06 2002

George Newton Bagwell, Sr & Eliza Templin

80

Roselyn Parker

Crump

Leyla Jane

Jul 18 1905

Nov 11 1980

Robert Phillips & Carrie Boyd

148

widowed

Davis

Asa Richard

Aug 10 1876

Sep 29 1975

Thomas Asa Davis & Betty Hooper

111

Eva

Dermont

Shelley Dianne

Jan 31 1974

Jan 31 1974

David Stanley Drmont (MS) & Rhonda Kaye Broyles (TX)

14-A

single

Haight

Carlotta Mozel

May 27 1909

Apr 12 1976

Ghordis McCrary & Caroline May

58

C. E. Haight

Haight

Clarence Edward

Jan 14 1906

Jul 31 1984

Tom Haigh & Roxie McCann

83

Carlotta Mozelle McCrary

Harris

Amanda Laura

Apr 05 1876

Sep 16 1960

Erwin Williams & Nancy Waldenwidow

74

~

Hodges

Ella Genettie

Dec 26 1892

Jun 01 1981

Joseph Laffiaet Shelton & Rosetta Johnson

57

widow of William L. Hodges

Hodges

Marvin Lafayette

May 14 1977

Dec 27 1977

William Laney Hodges & Ella Shelton

156

Divorced

Hudson

James Christopher

Apr 21 1951

Sep 05 1994

James O. Hudson & Rachel Pitts

31

single

Jopling

Arelious Lee

Feb 03 1886

Nov 06 1956

Will Jopling (TX)

77

Mamie Joplin

Kilpatri

Alma Mae

Aug 28 1907

Sep 19 1957

J.D. Pugh (TX) & Delia Holley (TX)

70

Clyde

Majors

James Newton

Oct 08 1879

Jan 15 1952

Jason N. Majors(MS)

4

Married

Menchue

Annie Beatrice

Jul 05 1908

Oct 24 2002

Houston Cleveland Needham & Nellie Hussy

86

Hershell Menchue

Myers

John

Aug 12 1879

Dec 31 1956

M.A. Myers (TX) & Fannie Welch (TX)

92

single

Needham

John Franklin

Feb 18 1917

Jan 17 1999

Houston Cleveland Needham & Nellie Hussy

8

Pauline Sanford Needham

Needham

Nellie Evelyn

Sep 04 1889

Jun 16 1969

Evins Ander Hussey & Cidra Risinger

71

widow

Needham

Pauline Samford

Nov 27 1920

Aug 24 2000

William Arcie Samford & Euna Victoria Hood

74

wid/o John Franklin Needham

Owens

Albert Frank

Jan 07 1912

Nov 05 1957

C.A. Owens (TX) & Ida Hooper (TX)

83

widow

Owens

Charles Albert

Sep 12 1882

Mar 07 1967

Charles Owens & Sally Johnson

25

widow

Owens

Ida Delany

Aug 18 1890

Jan 01 1949

Richard Hooper (PCTX)

1

Married

Phillips

John A.

Jun 22 1890

Nov 16 1965

John Phillips

132

widow

Sanford

Rogers Ben

Nov 09 1902

Aug 17 1965

E. B. Sanford & Sarah Lou Thomas

97

M: Eula

Shelton

Annie Bertha

Sep 15 1887

Apr 25 1965

W. R. Oxner & Geneva Parker

58

widow

Shelton

Martin Thomas

Oct 10 1886

Dec 30 1963

Joseph Shelton

135

M: B.A.

Simpson

Ruby L.

Dec 17 1884

May 03 1966

Robert Williams & Lizzie Hooper

49

M: Sam

Thomas

Ollie Mabel

Oct 02 1872

Jul 01 1952

William D. Todd (TX) & Carolina Daniels

48

~

Thomas

Orvil LaFayette

Jan 01 1870

Aug 04 1959

Anderson Jefferson Thomas(TX) & Mollie Harrison(TX)

63

Widow

Townsend

James Troy

Aug 24 1913

Jun 24 2000

Henry Townsend & Ethel Fields

55

Dorothy Salter

Weesner

Gregory Marcus

Oct 14 1965

Feb 17 1989

Mason Weesner & Reeba Boyd

18

single

Weesner

Mason

Jan 12 1933

Nov 18 1995

Ellis Jack Weesner & Vera Ada Smith

165

Reba Joyce Weesner

Williams

Annie I.

~

Jan 20 1958

~

7

~

Hodges

William Laney

Jul 09 1870

Oct 20 1943

Joseph Hodges (LA) & Mary Broome (LA)

63

Ella Shelton

Crump

Charlie Rouse

Oct 22 1900

Apr 12 1980

James Madison Crump & Rosa Bower

48

Lella Jane Phillips