Old City Cemetery
(aka Bethel Baptist Cemetery)
Ozark, Alabama


Old City Cemetery (aka Bethel Baptist Cemetery) Ozark, Alabama. An alternate name may be Bethel Baptist cemetery, efforts are underway to determine the actual name. In speculating, this cemetery may be affiliated with what is now the First Missionary Baptist Church. The First Missionary Baptist Church was formerly known as the Bethel Baptist Church; it was formed for Blacks from what is now the Ozark Baptist Church.                                

Location
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For those familiar with Ozark, the cemetery is located at the rear of the area known as the "Racetrack." From the intersection of Highway 231 and George Andrews Avenue, travel east on Andrews Avenue, heading towards downtown; at the first traffic signal from the intersection, turn right onto McCloud Street;  travel straight until the road deadends; at the deadend turn left onto Cemetery Street. The Old City Cemetery is on the right side of the road. This cemetery is not the same one as the City Cemetery located on South Union Street across from the Ozark Baptist Church.  Census records for that cemetery are available at the Dale County Library.  An internet roster is pending.

     
Tombstone Transcripts for the Old City Cemetery (aka Bethel Baptist Cemetery) Ozark, Alabama. Tombstone inscriptions from City Cemetery located behind Racetrack Road off College Street in downtown Ozark. One of the oldest cemeteries in Ozark. Census compiled from photographs of tombstone inscriptions courtesy of Mr. Wali Sharif. Recording of tombstone inscriptions is incomplete. Tombstone inscriptions that could not be easily read are shown as a "?". Many gravesites are obscured by foliage, and by dirt and debris left from severe weather.

NAME BORN DIEDREMARKS
Jazie B. Bivins 1927 1977
Let. L. Smith Bivins Dec. 15, 1881 Mar. 25, 1985
Anna Blackman May 10, 1872 Mar. 29, 1938
Ozella Blackman Jan. 21, 1886 Jan. 21, 1968
Charley Blackman Apr. 30, 1883 Jan. 22, 1974 PFC US ARMY WWII
Nathaniel Blackman 21 1911 Jan. 3, 1979 TEC 4 US ARMY
Sarah L. Blackman Oct. 17, 1901 June 24, 1982
Milisa Blackmon1854 1940
Willie Blackmon 1877 1944 AT-REST
Willie J. Borders May 11, 1911 June 25, 1981
Arthur Boykin Sept. 27, 1886 Dec. 8, 1928 He is not dead but stoppeth
Bertha R. Boykin Feb. 2, 1920 Oct. 21,1989
Samuel F. Boykin Mar. 27, 1920 Dec. 14, 1990
Quincey L. Boykin July 7, 1910 Sept. 30, 1990
Vurner Mae Brewer Dec. 15, 1910 Apr. 5, 1999
Ruth Betty C. Britt Oct. 13, 1931 Apr. 2, 1991 GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Alma Boykin Bryant Oct. 17, 1912 April 7, 1985 Educator, Homemaker, Humanitarian,
Christian,Mother of all the Living
Kimberly A. Flowers Chapman Mar. 16, 1960 Nov. 27, 1995
Eivirn Crittendon July 11, 1874 Dec. 1, 1945 SLEEP IN JESUS ?
Myra Crittenden July 12, 1906 Dec. 27, 1990
Simon Dice 1845 1916
James Flowers Apr. 15, 1891 July 29, 1966
Eril Flowers Feb. 1, 1892 ?
Blanton P. Harper Mar. 8, 1903 May 5, 1993
Jennie Miles Harper 1895 1986
Mary Glanton Hill Jan. 5, 1873 May 7, 1941 SHE LOVED GOD AND HUMANITY
Rosby Holmes Sept. 8, 1896 Feb. 20, 1980
Madison Jolly 1896 1977 PVT US ARMY
WW I Willie Jones May 25, 1907 June 23, 1975
J. C. (Jack) Lawrence Dec. 12, 1907 Oct. 3, 1976 Mason
Viola Coone Lawrence Nov. 17, 1913 Sept. 20, 1986 Eastern Star
Willie McLeod May 24, 1912 Oct. 8, 1956
David Matthews June 11, 1901 Nov. 3, 1918
Katie B. Matthews 1904 1968
Rausey F. Matthews 1905 1976
Ruth Matthews Mar. 3, 1909 Oct. 9, 1926
Jack Mayo Jan. 15, 1894 Aug. 2, 1934 (?) U S ARMY WW I
Vinnie Miller Oct. 23, 1887 Feb. 13, 1995 "SANDMAN"
Lenor E. Raines Oct. 6, 1928 Nov. 1, 1986 PFC US ARMY KOREA
Warren Ray Oct. 25, 1895 July 5, 1976
Charlie Shipman May 25, 1901 Apr. 13, 1972
Oliver Shipman Jr. Mar. 30, 1932 Feb. 24, 1958 ALABAMA SP2 182 ORDNANCE CO
Rosie Lee Shipman Mar. 6, 1909 Jan. 12, 2000
Eva Mae Shipmon Sept.16, 1911
Essie May Sistrunk June 12, 1897 Dec. 16, 1934
Elvira Crittenden Smith Oct. 6, 1937 May 3, 1998
Mrs. Willie Thomas 1891 Oct. 4, 1952
Ethel Walker Feb. 14, 1902 Mar. 11, 1987
William L. Walker Jan. 12, 1897 June 13, 1976
Eunice Williams Sept. 24, 1910 Sept. 22, 1973
Charles (?) Unknown 1880 1942
Callie (?) Unknown 1885 1960
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Some photographs of older tombstones in the Old City Cemetery in Ozark, Alabama follow:
Photographs of tombstone inscriptions are provided courtesy of Mr. Wali Sharif.

 

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