Overturf Cemetery, Grannis, Arkansas

Two and one half miles South of Grannis, turn East on Polk 2, South just past the intersection of Polk 2 and Polk 237
NE, SE, Section 34, Township 6 South, Range 31 West
Parcel # 9311

In the late 1880’s, a negro family, traveling Line Road, was forced to camp on the Cossatot River near the station house, due to the illness of their son. The youngster died, and when a gravesite was requested by the parents, they were directed to a spot on top of the hill about 400 yards south of Jim Overturf’s school. It was atop this same hill that Andy Lewis blocked off three acres of land and donated it for a school yard and cemetery when Overturf became a district. Here “Preacher” Grant Mize built a school house, box type, using 12 inch boards and stripping the cracks for the walls. The first school directors were Andy Lewis and Jim Ward.

About 1917, the school teacher had cleaned up after school, and burned the trash. When the fire was finally put out, the building was burned down. Fortunately the building was insured, and the five hundred dollars received from the insurance company was used to construct a new school house which was a one room frame building.

Overturf Elementary School was consolidated with Grannis and Gillham in 1946.

The Overturf Cemetery, which was started with the grave of a young black person in 1880’s now contains nearly 300 graves. The community Cemetery Association sponsors a pie supper each year to raise funds for the upkeep of the building and grounds. At this pie supper, there is a brief business meeting wherein committee men are elected for the following year. There is a Homecoming the third Sunday in May each year, enabling old timers to get together to visit, and the younger ones to get acquainted. The one room frame building which was constructed in about 1917 is still in good condition, and used regularly.

By Mrs. M.C. Frachiseur on 3/12/1983

Internments

Ayers, Daisy Mae Taylor – Mar. 19, 1922 – July 6, 1941

Bagley, Amos O. – Jan 9, 1914 – Aug 22, 1970 “In loving memory”
Bagley, David A. – 16 Feb 1868 – 20 May 1951
Bagley, Jane – 1877-1922
Bailey, William Lucian – d. Sep. 23, 1962
Bard, Geraldine – 1891 – 1969 (wife of W. W.)
Beaty, Justin Eugene – 1967 (6 months)
Burke, Paul – 1901 – 1966
Burke, Viola – 1909 –
Burke, Gary E. – 5/25/1947 – 10/16/1947
Burke, Solomon C. – 1880 – 1962
Burke, Louisa – 4/1/1845 – 11/3/1900
Burke, J. J. – 8/16/1873 – 9/21/1947
Burke, Charles C. – 9/16/1876 – 10/31/1918
Burke, Clara L. – 1881 – 1961
Burke, William H. – d 4/?/1940 (86 Years) (day is not legible)
Butler, Marrie Leard – 1910 -1932
Butler, Baby – 1932

Curry, Homer F. – 4/26/1887 – 3/4/1967
Curry, Annie Mae – 1/13/1911 – 3/2/1978

Duggan, James L – 1857 – 1927
Duggan, Baby – 1/1/1959 (Earl & Anna Bell Child)
Duggan, Ada – 1871 – 1919
Duggan, Benjamin F. – 1/4/1884 – 3/30/1950
Duggan, Clara E. – 9/23/1892 –
Duggan, Elmer E. – 10/2/1914 – 3/2/1938
Duggan, Alnora – 10/17/1910 – 10/31/1910
Duggan, Ardena – 1852 – 1927
Duggan, Michael – d 1883 (4 years)
Duggan, Vincent – d 1883 (2 years)
Duggan, Robert – d 1883 (6 months)
Duggan, Michael G. – d 1900 (Grandpa)

Fielder, Florence – 2/7/1878 – 11/16/1937 – (wife of J. F. Fielder)

Hargis, James Lee – 1/26/1942 – 6/28/1943
Hargis, Infant (no dates)
Hargis, Infant (no dates)
Hargis, Edgar D. – 1920 – 1982
Hargis, Anna Bell – 3/20/1924 –
Hargis, Elbert H. – 4/15/1919 – 6/22/1980
Hargis, Kissy Jane – 1854 -1939
Hargis, Infant Son – 11/10/1920 (son of J. A.)
Hargis, Lee Andrew – 8/4/1890 – 1/29/1955
Hays, Agnes Duggan – 1892 – 1933
Higgins, Artie – 1898 – 1927

Kennan, Floy – 2/11/1930 – 12/15/1982

Leard, James G. – 1851 -1934

Morris, Misty Elaine (22) – 5/14/1979

Reynolds, Barbara Ann Causey – 5/19/1945

Story, Grady – 8/14/1913 – 1/16/1925
Story, Toy – 9/14/1916 – 5/1/1950 (Sgt 52nd Armored Infantry – WWII – Arkansas)
Story, Obe – 4/2/1869 – 12/28/1937
Story, Caroline – 3/4/1869 – 6/30/1948
Sour, Carolyn Cox – 1942 – 1983

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