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FOUNDRY HILL CEMETERY

Foundry Hill Cemetery (FHC) had its start when George W. Arnn, who is buried here, donated a plot of land for it in the middle or late 1840s. He probably made the gift to a church that came to be known as the Foundry Hill Baptist Church, which was dissolved early in the twentieth century. When the church was dissolved, ownership of the cemetery became cloudy, and the title to the land was incorporated into a deed for an area farm at some point after the dissolution of the church.

In the 1950s, a small group of people with family buried in the cemetery became interested in expanding the bounds of the original cemetery and discovered the cemetery's status; however, they also found that the land owner was about to lose title to the cemetery and surrounding land because of non-payment on a mortgage. When a representative of the mortgage holder, a clay-mining firm, was approached by the interested group, he offered them title to the original cemetery plus the extra land they wanted at a very low price, which was, I believe, payment of some back taxes, and I'm not sure that the group even had to pay the back taxes after they got the plot designated as a cemetery instead of farm land. Much of the added land was covered with brush, and some of it had eroded, leaving the area only a collection of gullies, and the cemetery group worked several days clearing some of the brush and filling the gullies

Although I won't list the names of the people who spent money and time on upgrading FHC because I'm sure I would fail to give credit to some, I know that Phillip Harding and Elbert "Buck" Alexander, men who didn't even have anyone close buried there, provided construction equipment for the task for little more than the cost of the fuel used. Although Buck belonged to the Alexander family that has many members in FHC, his ancestral line and theirs diverged in the eighteenth century.

Most families with members buried in FHC have provided support for maintenance of the cemetery over the years; however, in recent years, Benford D. "Dee" Alexander and Leon Henderson, both now deceased, were major donors of money, and Dee, his wife Ruth, his daughter Pat Fowler, and Dwain Evans have toiled at low (or no) pay to keep the cemetery mowed and trimmed. The cemetery sign was a gift from the family of Nolan and Louise (Moody) Alexander.

I have not identified names or other data on a few gravestones and have possibly misidentified a few others. I will accept and post corrections and better photographs, but the right to the photograph must belong to the one submitting and giving permission for it to be posted here.