Mount Olive Cemetery

Howard Co. Cemeteries of Texas 

Entrance Edyth Westfall 1850-1918

Mt Olive Cemetery by City of Big Springs

Historical Marker

History:  Staked Plains Lodge No. 598, A.F. & A.M., was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Texas on December 12, 1884. The members soon recognized a need for a Masonic cemetery in Big Spring. In May 1885 George Bauer (1836-1898), a member of the Lodge, donated land at this site for that purpose. Adjacent land was given later for other community graveyards, which have become known collectively as Mount Olive Cemetery. The earliest documented grave in the Masonic Cemetery is that of William Howerton (1846-1886). At least one gravestone bears an earlier date, but it is for a grave which was reinterred here from another location. Among those buried here are many Masons and their families, including a number of community leaders; Texas and Pacific Railway Company employees; George Bauer, original donor of the property; and veterans of World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. Over the years, additional land acquisitions have enlarged the size of the cemetery to sixteen acres. A variety of sizes and styles of grave markers can be seen in the historic graveyard. (1990) I

Last Name First Name Birth Date Death Date Comments
Hernandez Arthur Aug 17 1949 Apr 01 1971 Cpl Co C 506 Inf 101 ABN Div Viet Nam BSM
Holguin Ismael Feb 28 1947 Feb 07 1968 TX SP4 US Army Viet Nam PH
Kinman Terry Dewayne Jul 26 1956 Dec 4 1970 Vietnam
Paredez Agustin C. Oct 02 1941 Nov 17 1965 TX Sgt Co C 7 Cav 1Cav Div (AM) Viet Nam BSM PH
Sanchez Reynaldo A. Nov 19 1943 Apr 22 1968 TX PFC US Army Viet Nam PH
White Raymond A. III May 01 1947 Jan 01 1970 Vietnam