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Posted by on Feb 28, 2011 in Articles, Landmarks | 12 comments

Evergreen Cemetery

Paris’ Evergreen Cemetery is an approximately 100-acre resting place for some 40,000 souls, and has a history as rich as the verdant grounds located at South Church Street and Jefferson Road. Founded by charter in 1866 by some of Paris’ most influential personalities including George Wright and Sam Bell Maxey, it was established in response to the growing needs of the city, expanding beyond the resources of the city cemeteries. The original cemetery was composed of only 16 acres, sold to the cemetery association by George Wright for the sum of $320. When it was chartered, it had already had a history as a family cemetery, and since that original land sale, it had grown exponentially through grants and sales of land. However, even with the 40,000 interred, it’s expected that the cemetery can easily continue at its present size for some 150 years.

The oldest known grave in Evergreen dates to 1861. At one time, the cemetery was home to a center pavilion and a greenhouse, where members were able to grow their own plants for adorning the graves of loved ones. Today, Evergreen Cemetery is best known for the evocative headstones, elegantly carved tributes to the loved and lost. They are emblems of history, art, and a window into the lives of the interred and their families. Gustave Klein, interred there himself, carved many of the early, exotic headstones located in the older part of the Cemetery. Among these are a variety of angels, both winged and not, young and old, each carved with a care and elegance rare in the crafts of the modern world. There are also plants; leaves, ivies and broken trees. Perhaps these are a testament to the love of the natural world that someone once had. As well, there are anchors and chains, a carved newspaper front page, a variety of sheep, and a resting buffalo. The most famous of these headstone effigies is likely the twelve-foot statue of “Jesus in Cowboy Boots,” a take that involves Jesus bearing a cross with boots peeking out from under his robes.

The names of those buried at Evergreen read like a history of the area and city, and the grounds provide a sort of lush splendor for an eternity of rest. Evergreen Cemetery is open to the public, and art classes from local Paris Junior College sometimes take trips to create artistry based upon the local flora. It’s open from sunrise until sunset, seven days a week.

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  1. I’m looking for a old man named Norman Joe Granberry. do you know if he may be buried here? please contact me at my gmail..
    hnperryman93@gmail.com. my family and i have been trying to find him. he is my uncles father as he is no longer married to my grandma as she remarried.

  2. My great-grandmother was laid to rest at Evergreen many years ago. Her name is Evelyn Cain(maiden) or Evelyn Mobley(married). I can’t locate my only photo of her, but the same photo is on her headstone. I was hoping you could please take a close up picture of her photo and send to me via email or preferably text. Thank you ever so much. Blessed be

  3. I am coming to visit family in Paris next week and I would like to see my mom’s grave. I was not able to attend the graveside portion of the service and I am not sure where her plot is. Her name is Linda Beth Maddox, she died Jan. 13, 2012. Can you help me?

  4. I am trying to locate the burial of a young Corporal Charles Reuben Brown who had been killed
    in the Korean Conflict, the date of he was killed on is February 14,1951, he had said he was from Paris, Texas when we met back in 1949 before he left for Korea. If you could possible help me I would be eternally grateful.

    Thank you,
    Shirley

    • Shirley,

      I located the grave of Cpl Brown and have a picture of his stone if you would like for me to email you a copy.

  5. I just found a Memorial record on the death of my Great Grandfather. He was buried there On April 21st 1931, Lot50 Section 21. His name is Oscar (Bud) Love. I would like to come visit his Grave. How can I get Assistance on finding his grave?
    My E-mail is craig@originaloils.com
    Thank You,
    Craig baxter

    • Craig:

      You can call the Evergreen Cemetery Field Office at (903) 784-6750 for assistance in locating your family member’s grave site. It would probably be easiest to visit the cemetery on a day when someone is in the Field Office so he/she can give you a map and point you the right direction (as the cemetery is very large).

  6. I have a death certificate saying my Grannie Lydia M. Smith was buried at Evergreen on Mar.18,1921 Certificate no. 8314, I would like to find out if this is true and to place a head stone if so. we are the Porter family, I live in Alaska and it is a far piece to go before knnowing for sure.

    I would sure appreciate it if someone could answer me. Thanks Susi

    • Mrs. Nielsen,
      I believe I could be of assistance. Please call our offices at (903)784-4333.
      Thanks
      Starrett Funeral Home
      425 S. Church Street
      Paris Texas 75460

  7. Is there a listing of those buried at Evergreen?

      • Or you can view the records at gen.1starnet.com, too. It is the website for the Lamar County Genealogical Society and Library.

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