PIGEON HILL CEMETERY
aka Oak Grove Cemetery
Located in Union County, Arkansas just off of State Hwy.63 (used to be Hwy.15
that ran from El Dorado to Moro Bay) & northwest of Moro Bay State Park which is
located on the east side of the Ouachita River, while the cemetery is on the
west side of the Ouachita River, along Pigeon Hill Landing Road. The road is
now named Oak Grove Road and the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, est. 2001,
is located about 300 ft across the road from the cemetery. The church did not
exist until sometime in the 1930's. Although, some refer to the cemetery as the
"Oak Hill Cemetery", because of the church & because they assume responsibility
for maintaining the cemetery.
In or about 2002, the cemetery had been cleaned up and surrounded by a chain
link fence. There were only a few marked graves, even though an area of about
2 acres had been cleared and fenced in. According to the history of the cemetery
there were originally five acres used for the cemetery.*See attached article
concerning the history of this cemetery. Inventoried first time on October 31, 2002.
New survey April 11, 2012: I revisited this cemetery to do a final update.
Many improvements have been made & there is now a historical sign placed near the
entry gate to the cemetery. There have been several burials there since my last
visit. Posted July 2012. *Final/Last Update July 2017
Janice Holzer email@example.com
GLENN ALBERT BLACK (68) 7-12-1945 to 9-11-2013 *ob
*S/of Horace Black & Iberia Lockwood Black of Urbana.
*Pastor-Member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. / Auto Mechanic
*Wife of 48 yrs, Dorothy Sue Fife Black
RONNIE BLACK 12-25-1945 to 12-20-2004
*Md:7/14/1965 “Precious Memories”
“I’ll Be Waiting On The Bank Of The Big River In Heaven Drawing Your Picture In The Sand”
& BETTY JO BLACK 6-27-1948 (One date)
LULA BROWN 1-15-1878 (One date)
*From an earlier survey done in 1992-not found in 2012.
HENRY BUTLER (? b:1835) died 3-6-1901 (One date)
*Stone broken in 3 pieces. *Some info from earlier survey in 1992.
*Broken pieces of his tombstone lying amongst other broken tombstones belonging
to Sarepta E. Justice / G.R.J, Gussie Justice & Thomas S. Davis.
LUCY BUTLER (b:1850 not on marker) died 7-21-1921 (One date)
"Presented to Mother by baby Mollie."
DENISE LeANNA CAMERON 2-6-1984 to 2-20-2005
*Daughter of Kenny & Sigrid Cameron; Sister of Jennie; Fiance of Joshua
Adam Fife; "Her life is eternal. Though gone she is never forgotten. After time we
will meet again for death is but another life"
CHRISTINE FIFE COX (76) 9-22-1936 to 11-12-2012 *OB
*D/of Chester Fife(1913-1968) & Tommy H. Fife (1915-1974)
HAYWOOD DAVIS 10-10-1857 to 11-16-1884
*From an earlier survey done in 1992- not found in 2012.
THOMAS S. DAVIS 12-17-1863 to 3-6-1892
*Stone broken in 4 pieces. Dates are pretty much illegible
*Broken pieces of his tombstone lying amongst other broken tombstones; others
belonging to Sarepta E. Justice / G.R.J, Gussie Justice .
JUANA De La CRUZ 6-24-1932 to 6-23-2008 *OB
*Born in Pichataro Michoacan, Mexico to Jesus De La Cruz & Magdalena Miguel
*Late husband, Espiridion Gonzalez; *late son, Ricardo Gonzalez; *Late brother, Tomas De La Cruz
*Nice homemade white wooden cross with name & dates painted in black. Age 75.
*Young's Funeral Directors MM
GERALD LYNN DONTJE (72) 1-29-1940 MI to 4-23-2012 AR *OB
*S/of late Roger Dontje & Marjorie Dontje (1946-2012 MI ) born in Pontiac, Michigan
*US Navy Veteran *Husband of Margaret *Md: 3/8/1974
& MARGARET CAMILLE GLASS DONJE(66) 1-29-1946 to 4-26-2012*OB
*Aged 66. *D/of Ocie & Leola Gilbert Glass; *Wife of Gerald Lynn *Retired LPN
*”We Trust Our Loss Will Be Their Gain And That With Christ They Are Gone To Reign”
JOSEPH IRA DONTJE (Joe) 6-27-1973 to 12-22-2008
*S/of Gerald Lynn Dontje (1940-2012) & Margaret Camille Glass Dontje(1946-2012)
*Father of Dyland & Taylor "Love Illumes The Realms of Night"
EDDIE J. "Booty" ELLIOTT 2-5-1947 to 1-6-2006 (Dad)
*Md:3/13/1982 "In the Loving Arms of Jesus"
& BEVERLY JOY "Skinney" ELLIOTT (63) 2-23-1948 GA to 6-19-2011NC
*D/of Ruth & Pierce Shaw. *Died in Greenville, NC. *Wife of Eddie J. "Booty" Elliott. (Mom)
FIFE there is a black marble tombstone marking the Fife Family plot.
Nearby there is a single headstone with only the name FIFE
on it (name area left blank) has an angel etched into granite.
CHERYL ANN FIFE 11-02-1971 to 6-21-2010
"U R My Sunshine" *No surname given.
DANIEL "Spanky" FIFE 5-7-1984 to 4-8-1999
*S/of Thomas Guy Fife (1962-2016)
THOMAS GUY FIFE (53) 11-2-1962 to 1-14-2016 *OB
*S/of Sam Leamon Fife & Virginia Gail Hickey Fife
*Grandson of the late Thad & Cordie Fife ~ Thomas Guy & Bernice Hickey Guy
(M.E.)MOSES EVANS FRISBY 6-28-1875 to 9-5-1898
*H/of Hattie Rosetta Harmon Frisby Beck (1868-1936)
*Age 23 yrs-2 mos-5 dys *Brother-in-law of Charlie Harman
*F/of Bessie Lorain Frisby Turbeville(1896-1987) & Charlie E. Frisby(1899-1986)
DOYLE M. GILMORE 2-3-1951 (One date)
& TEWANA A. GILMORE 7-16-1943 (One date)
CHARLES E. HARMAN 8-5-1857 to 3-15-1923
*H/of Tobitha C. Harman (1877-1913) "He is not dead but sleepeth" (Mason)
TOBITHA C. HARMAN 10-3-1877 to 5-3-1913
*Wf/of Charles E. Harman(1857-1923) "A light from our household is gone.
A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our hearts, That never can be filled."
GEORGE HARMAN 1-26-1897 to 10(6)-3-1903
*S/of L. J. & M. E. Harman *Grandson of Solomon & Margaret Harman
"Our darling one hath gone before, To greet us on the blissful shore."
SOLOMAN G. HARMAN 6-17-1826 to 1-7-1884
*H/of Margaret "Our darling one hath gone before To greet us on the blissful shore."
(Tombstone broken but repaired) *Footstone S.G.H. propped on base of Charles Harman.
MARGARET E. HARMAN 9-4-1835 to 1-2-1893
*Wife of Soloman G. Harman *Mother of John W. Harman (1859-1937 0
"Her happy soul has winged it's way, To one pure, bright, eternal day.
" (Tombstone broken but repaired)
(G.R.J.) GUSSIE R. JUSTICE 3-15-1872 to 12-6-1872
*D/of R.T. & Reppie Justice *Broken, (2012) foot marker G.R.J, amongst rubble
pile of broken tombstones. Old headstone is still readable in 2012.
"Sleep on sweet baby and take thy rest. God called the home. He thought it best."
SAREPTA E. JUSTICE 4-17-1853 to 3-22-1872
*Wife of R. T. JUSTICE *Born in Putnam Co., GA
*Headstone was broken & lying in a pile of other tombstones, when I first saw it.
“Blooming youth as you pass by; As you are now so once was I;
As I am now so you must be; Prepare for death and follow me.
ALESA SUZONNE "Suzy" TAYLOR AYRES KING 4-18-1964
to 7-8-2008 *D/of Bennie Lojie Taylor(1935-2011) & Gladys Keaster Taylor(1950-?)
"Mother" "Forever In Our Hearts"
MITCEL KNELL 3-8-1854 to 3-17-1891
*From 1992 survey.
MELISSA ANN FIFE LEE (46) 6-14-1967 to 9-25-2013 *OB
*D/of late Van Buren (Bill) Fife & Tewana Gilmore Fife (Doyle); *Wf/of Butch Lee
COLE RICHARD MITCHAM 9-9-2003 to 2-14-2004
*Grand S/of Earnest F. Mitcham(1927-2008) & Bennie Lee Fife Mitcham(1933-2012)
"Chunky Monkey" *Photo embedded "Gone But Not Forgotten
EARNEST ‘FRANKLIN’ MITCHAM(81) 3-29-1927LA to 5-12-2008AR
*S/of Ernestine Mitcham(1902-1983) & Bessie McBroom Mitcham(1909-1999)
"Father" *Double Crypt "Forever With The Lord" "Mother" ▼ *OB
& BENNIE LEE FIFE MITCHAM(78) 12-18-1933 to 6-20-2012
*D/of Chester Fife (1913-1968) & Tommy H. Fife (1915-1974)
*Wf/of 57 yrs to Earnest Franklin Mitcham
KENNETH EARL MITCHAM 10-17-1954 to 4-29-2007
*Md:1/8/1972 *Son of Earnest Franklin Mitcham & Bennie Lee Fife Mitcham.
*On back of black marble tombstone: "Daddys Girls" "Our Daughters Kim and Kayla
& KATHY TELANO MITCHAM 10-9-1953 (One date)
CARRIE NEAL 1-15-1878 to 7-14-1878
"Sleep on Sweet Babe"
ELLA NELSON 11-30-1889 to 2-17-1890
*From 1992 survey.
ROBERT "R.G." NOLAN 12-24-1936 (One date)
*Md:6/4/1955 "Gone But Not Forgotten"
& CAROLYN S. NOLAN 2-18-1939 (One date)
*Parents of Terrie-Rickey-Vickie & Johnny
KATIE LOU PERRY 3-20-1933 to 10-21-2009
"Mother" "Too Well Loved To Ever Be Forgotten"
DAN LESTER PRATT, JR.(73) 8-29-1935 to 7-6-2009 *OB
*S/of Don L. Pratt, Sr. & Sally Eunice Pepper Pratt
*Baptist Minister for 49 years./ Retired timber surveyor for Georgia-Pacific in El Dorado.
*Owner of Timberland Saw Co. & Pratt Chainsaw Service.
*Md:11/3/1975 "Gone to A Better Land"
& OLLIE RUTH TAYLOR PRATT 8-17-1935 to 8-2-2005
RANDALL CLYDE “RANDY” SIMMONS(62) 4-17-1952 to 2-13-2015
*S/of the late Harry Leslie Simmons & Carrie Sue Hamaker Simmons(1926-1993)
*Randall was born in Warren, AR & died in Libertyville, Lake Co., Illinois.
*Mother, buried McFarland Cemetery, Banks, Bradley Co., AR.
* Attended school in Pine Bluff & Banks, AR; *MBA-Bristol University; BA- Columbia College
*Decorated Chief Warrant Officer with 24 yrs in the U.S. Army.
*Survived by his wife, Terrie Nolan Simmons md: 7/30/1976
*Late brother, Leslie Wayne Simmons, buried Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., AR
BENNIE LOJIE TAYLOR (75) 6-28-1935 to 4-3-2011
*S/of Winfred Powell & Lou Quincy Powell *Sgt U.S. Marines
*Md:3/18/1977 "In Loving Memory" *Operator of Pigeon Hill Grocery.
& GLADYS ANN KEASTER TAYLOR 4-6-1950 (One date)
In the above photo – just to the right and below the right lower
corner of the sign is a large Angel statue at the grave of Ronnie Black.
Arkansas State Hwy. 63 East can be seen in this photo.
Pile of miscellaneous broken tombstone pieces.
Across Oak Hill Road toward, the right side of photo is a lawn area
behind the Oak Grove Baptist Church