Mount Olive Cemetery
Cemetery Census and Tombstone Transcripts

Records and Items maintained in the Creel Richardson Room of the

Ozark-Dale County Public Library
320 James Street in Ozark, Alabama 36360
Phone (334) 774-5480     Fax (334) 774-9156

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Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mount Olive Cemetery. The land for the cemetery and the nearby Baptist church was donated by the Matthews family. In the old section is a large, stone-bordered enclosure marked with a large stone inscribed "Matthews". Located near the community of Rocky Head, west of US 231, near Ariton.

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The following shows the Cemetery Census of the following graves as marked on various slabs or monuments:

Jack Trent Stokes: Born and Died Dec. 3, 1930. "Infant son of Harry M. and Bannie Matthews Stokes"

Tullie M. Matthews: Born Mar 31, 1897, Died Nov. 10, 1919

Walker Matthews: June 21, 1881 - May 21, 1916

Thomas M. Matthews: Feb. 1, 1858 - Oct. 28, 1916 "Father"

Ella Fair Trant: Oct 4, 1861 - July 4, 1924 "Mother" "Wife of Thos. M. Matthews"

Nell Fain Matthews: April 3, 1918 - Nov. 23, 1931 "Daughter of Dr. Augustus Douglas and Tomie Fain Matthews"

Dr. Augustus Douglas Matthews: Oct. 9, 1886 - Feb. 20, 1959 "Son of Thomas Monroe and Ellafair Trant Matthews"

Tomie Fain Matthews: Oct. 16, 1889 - Jan. 19, 1982 "Daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Martha Byrd Fain"

There is also a small, old, upright stone that is worn completely smooth.

Outside the enclosure, close by, is a UDC marble marker:  William Johnson: Co. D, 57 Ala. Inf., CSA

Next to the above is an old broken slab with "Mary Johnson" written in the cement. Next to this is a small broken slab with "Son, ----?----M----?----, Johnson" written in the cement. The middle part is undecipherable except for the "M". This is adjacent to a small blank slab.

Also in the old section are several Matthews and Mathis graves, as well as the following:

Henrieta Matthews Paramore: May 9, 1863 - May 29, 1893 "Wife of N. A. Paramore"

Lester Matthews: June 20, 1919 - Aug. 29, 1961


There are a lot of unmarked or worn slabs and stones; and, according to the former sexton, there are a lot of totally unmarked graves in the old section. They hesitate to dig new graves there for fear of digging up bones. I have a picture my father took in the '50's showing a pile of headstones at the edge of the cemetery - including one that was inscribed "James Matthews"

Key contacts include:

This information was contributed by Mr. Tom M. Matthews.

To obtain additional information, you may call the library at (334) 774-5480, email a message to library staff, or visit the library during normal operating hours on 320 James Street in Ozark, Alabama 36360.

Suggestions and comments that would make this web page more useful are appreciated. Please feel free to email them to the library staff.

                                                                                  
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