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 Lee Cemetery, Verona, Lawrence County, Missouri, USA


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Latitude: 37.01199 , Longitude: -93.82399

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Lee Cemetery, Lawrence Co., Missouri


This cemetery is well taken care of as far as the landscape but the headstones are in poor condition. A lot of them are broken due to vandelism and a lot of headstones have been taken away from the grave site and place up against trees. (see story below)

There once was a church directly across from the cemetery at one time called Lee Church. There is now a headstone type marker placed at the location.


Marker for the location of theLee Church, Lawrence Co., Missouri




Story Published: Nov 20, 2008 at 11:06 PM CDT
www.ky3.com

Story Updated: Nov 21, 2008 at 4:07 PM CDT
VERONA, Mo. -- It's an unthinkable crime for most of us but apparently not all of us. Vandals destroyed Lee Cemetery near Verona on Halloween night. Now, its caretakers say the pressure's on to get it cleaned up quickly.

It's tough for Bill Weldy not to take it personally.

"My wife is buried down there, my son, sister, he said.

Since Halloween night, Weldy has had to see his family cemetery in ruins.

"It's going to cost probably $2,000 to fix this back like it should be, he said.

Weldy's family is here. His plot is here, and so is the plot for the woman he re-married 11 years ago, Dorothy.

"He has a form and he put the stone in there and put concrete around them and let them sit. And they're real heavy to move back out here and set. And they turned them over, said Dorothy Weldy.

She says it's difficult to see Bill's handiwork -- done originally with honor and respect -- treated so callously.

The Weldys say they wouldn't mind cleaning up the cemetery themselves but the problem is some of these headstones weigh more than 800 pounds apiece, and they just won't budge.

I don't think two people could do it. I think it took more than two to do it."

The vandals overturned, split in two, or re-arranged 75 headstones.

"The ones around the tree, we don't really know where they go."

They're hoping to get it fixed up before the next round of visitors next week on Thanksgiving.

"It's just all over."

They also pray in the meantime that no loved ones of those buried here come here to see it in this shape.

"All the holidays they come out and put flowers."


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Allen, L.W. and Sarah Ann Springer
Allen, L.W. and Sarah Ann Springer
Daughter of Eliza Wilbur Springer and Jamie Hillhouse 
Located     
Allen, Levi
Allen, Levi
 
Located     
Allen, Melvina
Allen, Melvina
 
Located     
Allen, Moses
Allen, Moses
 
Located     
Allen, Pamela UNKNOWN
Allen, Pamela UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Bacher, Arthur and Mary UNKNOWN
Bacher, Arthur and Mary UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Bacher, Clarence
Bacher, Clarence
 
Located     
Bacher, Fred and Leona Unknown
Bacher, Fred and Leona Unknown
 
Located     
Bacher, Margurit and Mary
Bacher, Margurit and Mary
 
Located     
Bacher, Rudolf and Margaret H. Unknown
Bacher, Rudolf and Margaret H. Unknown
 
Located     
Ball, Infant Son
Ball, Infant Son
Infant Son of P.L. & N.J Ball  
Located     
Bridges, Sam
Bridges, Sam
 
Located     
Cavenar, Matilda
Cavenar, Matilda
 
Located     
Coffelt, Rebecca
Coffelt, Rebecca
 
Located     
Davenport, Jerome
Davenport, Jerome
 
Located     
Davenport, John and Mary Unknown
Davenport, John and Mary Unknown
 
Located     
Davenport, Lowell and Mary UNKNOWN
Davenport, Lowell and Mary UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Davidson, Abraham and Sarah Hargrove
Davidson, Abraham and Sarah Hargrove
 
Located     
Davidson, Eliza
Davidson, Eliza
 
Located     
Davidson, Infant Daughter
Davidson, Infant Daughter
Infant Daughter of JA and MJ 
Located     
Davis, George and Mary UNKNOWN
Davis, George and Mary UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Doshier, Daniel and Rebecca UNKNOWN
Doshier, Daniel and Rebecca UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Estes, Clara UNKNOWN
Estes, Clara UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Estes, L.C.
Estes, L.C.
 
Located     
Estes, Lemuel
Estes, Lemuel
 
Located     
Estes, Ludema UNKNOWN
Estes, Ludema UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Ewing, Mary
Ewing, Mary
 
Located     
Gibson, Lemuela and Sarah UNKNOWN
Gibson, Lemuela and Sarah UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Gibson, William Knox and Lucinda Bobbitt
Gibson, William Knox and Lucinda Bobbitt
 
Located     
Gibson, William T.
Gibson, William T.
 
Located     
Harvey, Ira and Jacob
Harvey, Ira and Jacob
 
Located     
Hight, John and Rebecca J. Hillhouse
Hight, John and Rebecca J. Hillhouse
Wife of John L. Hight and daughter of James Dobbins Hillhouse and Nancy Gibson 
Located    Rebecca Jane Hillhouse
John L. Hight
 
Hillhouse, Ann Bowie Gibson
Hillhouse, Ann Bowie Gibson
 
Located    Anne Bowie Gibson (d. 02 Sep 1859)
 
Hillhouse, Erasmus and Mary J. White
Hillhouse, Erasmus and Mary J. White
 
Located    Erasmus Wilson Hillhouse (d. 25 May 1944)
Mary Jane Rosella White (d. 23 Dec 1946)
 
Hillhouse, George and Martha Kirbey
Hillhouse, George and Martha Kirbey
 
Located     
Hillhouse, George and Mary Rinker
Hillhouse, George and Mary Rinker
 
Located     
Hillhouse, James W. and Nancy Maxwell
Hillhouse, James W. and Nancy Maxwell
 
Located    James William Hillhouse (d. 21 Feb 1940)
Nancy E. Maxwell (d. 14 Apr 1936)
 
Hillhouse, Robert D.
Hillhouse, Robert D.
Son of James Dobbins Hillhouse and Nancy Gibson 
Located    Robert Dickey Hillhouse (d. 02 Sep 1845)
 
Hillhouse, Robert Stevenson and Mary 'Jane' Inman
Hillhouse, Robert Stevenson and Mary "Jane" Inman
 
Located    Robert Stevenson Hillhouse (d. 1910)
Mary "Jane" Inman (d. 02 Mar 1905)
 
Hinze, Frederick and Mary Lee
Hinze, Frederick and Mary Lee
 
Located     
Irene UNKNOWN
Irene UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Kerr, Sarah UNKNOWN
Kerr, Sarah UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Lee, Daniel and Jarusa Phariss
Lee, Daniel and Jarusa Phariss
 
Located     
Lee, Elizabeth UNKNOWN
Lee, Elizabeth UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Lee, George and Emma Naylor
Lee, George and Emma Naylor
 
Located     
Lee, John
Lee, John
 
Located     
Lee, Samuel and Mary UNKNOWN
Lee, Samuel and Mary UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Pilkerton, Sidney
Pilkerton, Sidney
 
Located     
Pruitt, Sidney and Fannie Ball
Pruitt, Sidney and Fannie Ball
 
Located     
Smith, George W.
Smith, George W.
 
Located     
Smith,Mark and Ina UNKNOWN
Smith,Mark and Ina UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Spurlock, Loyd
Spurlock, Loyd
 
Located     
Spurlock, Sarah
Spurlock, Sarah
 
Located     
Stover family
Stover family
Johnathan & Elizabeth and children John & Malissa 
Located     
Turner, Clarence and Lora Hillhouse
Turner, Clarence and Lora Hillhouse
 
Located     
Vermillion, James F.
Vermillion, James F.
 
Located     
White, Alfred and Clarice Young
White, Alfred and Clarice Young
 
Located     
White, Anna UNKNOWN
White, Anna UNKNOWN
 
Located     
White, Elisa
White, Elisa
 
Located     
White, Gideon
White, Gideon
 
Located     
White, James
White, James
 
Located     
White, John
White, John
 
Located     
Wilks, Clementine
Wilks, Clementine
Daughter of HW & Eliza 
Located     
Wilks, Eliza UNKNOWN
Wilks, Eliza UNKNOWN
Wife of H.W. Wilks
 
Located     
Wilks, H.J. and Sarah UNKNOWN
Wilks, H.J. and Sarah UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Wilks, Homer and Effa UNKNOWN
Wilks, Homer and Effa UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Wilks, Jewell UNKNOWN
Wilks, Jewell UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Wilks, John and Mary Parsons
Wilks, John and Mary Parsons
 
Located     
Wilks, Luther
Wilks, Luther
 
Located     
Wilks, Polly Ann Stokes
Wilks, Polly Ann Stokes
 
Located    Polly Ann Stokes (d. 06 Mar 1888)
 
Wilks, Polly Ann Stokes
Wilks, Polly Ann Stokes
Original Headstone 
Located    Polly Ann Stokes (d. 06 Mar 1888)
 
Wilks, Rhoda UNKNOWN
Wilks, Rhoda UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Wilks, S.H.
Wilks, S.H.
 
Located     
Wilks, Sarah UNKNOWN
Wilks, Sarah UNKNOWN
 
Located     
Wilks, Washington
Wilks, Washington
 
Located     
Wilks, William Riley
Wilks, William Riley
 
Located    William Riley Wilks (d. 14 Oct 1867)