--photo by Leroy Blair, 2000
Leroy Blair, a member of the White County Historical Society who lives at nearby Clay, listed this cemetery for the first time December 4, 2000. Following is his report:
"To my knowledge, this cemetery has never been listed before. I was told about this old cemetery by a gentleman in Judsonia who recently moved to the Clay area. He said the cemetery was off Summers Loop Road at Holly Springs and was overgrown. Holly Springs is a small community on Highway 157 between Judsonia and Pleasant Plains. I went to Holly Springs and talked to the lady who owns the store and gas station there. She said there, indeed, was a very old cemetery back in the woods off Summers Loop Road. She said she had not been there for years but she remembered it had a lot of old graves. She said to go to the bottom of the hill on 157 Highway at Holly Springs toward Pleasant Plains and turn right on Summers Loop Road and go about a mile to where the road makes a turn to the right. Where the road turns right, turn left onto an old dirt road and go about 200 yards. There is an opening cut in the trees (may be an old logging road). Go down this road to the left. The cemetery sits on the right. Very overgrown, it is fenced in with two strands of barbed wire."
Blair found the graves of six Arnolds buried here, dating back to 1894. He also found 16 graves covered by stacked slabs of rock, 53 others marked only with rocks and three depressions that were probably unmarked graves. He also took the photograph at the beginning of this report.
Additional information on the James A. Byrd family was provided in June 2001 by Jane Hefley of Little Rock, a member of the White County Historical Society and great granddaughter of J.A. Byrd.
If you have corrections or additional information on this cemetery, contact the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.
|Arnold, Elizabeth||November 29, 18??||5-Jul-08||wife of John Arnoldstone is broken|
|Arnold, James||9-Nov-04||14-Sep-06||son of Q.B. and M.M. Arnold -stone is broken|
|Arnold, John||June 15, 1804||January 2, 1894|
|Arnold, John T.||August 16, 1892||17-Sep-84||son of Q.B. and M.M. Arnold -stone is broken|
|Arnold, Martilla M.||1873||1950||on double stone with Quillar B. Arnold|
|Arnold, Quillar B.||1863||1929||on double stone with Martilla M. Arnold|
|Bryant, J.A.||March 27, 1898||4-Nov-00||son of J.T. and M.E. Bryant|
|Byrd, Effie||c1880||c1881||died of colitis - unmarked grave - daughter of James and Elizabeth Jane Byrd per Jane Hefley of the White County Historical Society, great-granddaughter of James Byrd|
|Byrd, Elizabeth Jane Cedars (Sedars?) Byrd||c1837||April 14, 1914?||unmarked grave beside her husband James A. Byrd per Jane Hefley|
|Byrd, Henry Thomas||c1867||c1886||unmarked graveson of James and Elizabeth Jane Byrd per Jane Hefley|
|Byrd, infant||c1875||stillborn girl, twin to William Edward Byrd unmarked grave per Jane Hefley|
|Byrd, James A.||January 21, 1827||July 4, 1881||husband of Elizabeth Jane Cedars Byrd|
|Byrd, Sterling||c1869||c1877||unmarked graveson of James and Elizabeth Jane Byrd - per Jane Hefley|
|Holland, Lucy Paralle||died January 7, 1950||age 65 years, 6 mos., 16 days funeral home marker|
|Molloy, ?||December 29, 1882 -||? 22, 189?||stone is broken|
|Pinegar, Edna A.||February 12, 1882||February 10, 18??||children of J.M. and M.F. Pinegarstone is broken|
|Pinegar, Ida||October 20, 1874||August 21, 1877||on double stone with Edna A. Pinegar|
|Pinegar, Thomas||August 29, ????||July 12, 1872||son of J.M. and M.F. Pinegarstone is broken|