Sand Springs Cemetery

Wood Co. Cemeteries of TX

Submitted by Elaine Nall Bay and Patricia Nall

2 miles from intersection of US69 and TX37

Last Name First Name Birth Death Comments
Ballard Adele Jackie     see below
Pike Donna Nov 08 1928 Oct 10 2004 OBIT
Roberts Randy "Book"     see below

Information provided by the State of Texas Atlas Site


Originally known as the Big Spring Cemetery, this burial ground first served pioneer settlers of the surrounding rural community. It was formally set aside for burials in 1860 when Matthew Cartwright, a prominent landowner from San Augustine County, conveyed seven acres at this site to the Big Spring Baptist Church. The grounds were later enlarged through additional donations and purchases of land. Although many of the earliest gravesites here are unmarked, they include those of individuals associated with the church, the community school, which closed in 1913, and the San Springs Masonic Lodge No. 365, which was organized in 1873 and disbanded in 1892. Among the oldest marked graves is that of pioneer settler Thomas Ship (1796-1863), who served as an early trustee of the cemetery operation. In 1927 the burial ground was deeded to the Big Spring Cemetery Association by John Harris, a trustee of the church, which had disbanded two years earlier. Sometime later the association and cemetery were renamed Sand Springs. Still used, the burial ground contained over 1000 graves. The site of an annual June homecoming, it now serves as a reminder of the area's rich heritage. (1982)

Rains County Leader
April 4, 2006
Funeral services for Adele "Jackie" Ballard, 88, of Alba, were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel, Alba, with Bro. Jim Parker officiating.  Burial was in Sand Springs Cemetery, Mineola.  Pallbearers were Christopher Ballard, Don Johnson, Matt Galyean, John Beam, Arthur McLean, and Graham O'Quinn.  Mrs. Ballad died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at ETMC-Quitman.  She was born on Feb. 23, 1918, in Rains County.  She moved to Alba 24 years ago from Fort Worth.  She was a homemaker and a member of Christian Church in Fort Worth.  She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Anna Ballard of Fort Worth; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and James Mauldin of Fort Worth; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, David W. and Rilla Hall Morrow; husband, Ray Lester Ballard in October of 1986; four brothers, Frank, Austin, Bruce, and Bill Morrow; four sisters, Odeal, Lorea, Pearl and Chloe.  Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home of Alba was in charge of arrangements.

Rains County Leader
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Funeral services for Randy "Book" Roberts, 48, of Mineola, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 9, at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home Chapel, Alba, with Bro. Billy Buckingham officiating.  Burial will be at Sand Springs Cemetery, Mineola.  Mr. Roberts died Monday, August 7, 2006, at Hospice of East Texas Homeplace, Tyler.  He was born on March 17, 1958, in Dallas.  He lived most of his life in Mineola.  He was a exterminator in the pest control business.  He owned and operated ROberts Exterminating in Mineola for many years.  He is survived by his father, BIll Robers and wife Nell of GOlden; mother, Loretta Wallace and husband Don of Haskell; two sons, Brandon Roberts and wife Kim of Alba, and Justin Roberts of Mineola; three brothers, Coy Roberts and wife Karen of Kilgore, Tracy Roberts of Alba, and Kevin Roberts and wife Jana of Lubbock; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.