--photo by Dave Hartman, 2000
This cemetery is located about three miles west of Letona on Highway 310. It is about 1/4 mile west of the Pickens Chapel Cemetery
on the road to Sidon. It was originally listed by Mr. and Mrs. Leister E. Presley of the White County Historical Society, April 12, 1969,
they reported seeing 10 unmarked graves. The cemetery was updated July 19, 2000,by Dave Hartman a Hughes descendant who reported the site
was “overgrown and in need of attention.” He also noted there are no markers for Hughes patriarch Harden Hughes, a veteran of the
War of 1812, and his wife Sarah, who are both buried here.
Leroy Blair of the Historical Society reported the cemetery was “clean for the most part” when he first visited it on March 8, 2001. He made some adjustments in spellings and dates based on what he saw on the tombstones. He found two illegible funeral home markers and five graves marked only with rocks. He was intrigued by a “Jane Doe” tombstone marking the grave of an unidentified person who died April 3, 1979. After checking with several law enforcement officials, he learned that this was a murder victim from Texas later identified as Mary Ann Gibson. Her body had been found at the bottom of a bluff beside Highway 31 near Floyd in early 1979. The case was never solved. “I thought she deserved a better headstone,” Blair said, “so I contacted Matt Bible at Bible Monument Company in Searcy. Matt donated and set a nice tombstone for her, free of charge.”
Blair returned to the cemetery on February 12, 2007, and made a new list by comparing the entire old list with information that he read on tombstones while walking through the cemetery. He added row numbers, to make it easier to locate specific graves. Row #1 is on the side nearest the farm pond. He noted there are several unmarked graves, some with unreadable funeral home markers.
If you have corrections or additions to this list or other information on this cemetery, please contact the White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 537, Searcy, AR 72145.
|Abington, Janis Diane||4-Sep-46||October 4, 198|
|Doe, Jane||died April 3, 1979||(Row )|
|Goree, Frankie Hughes Oct 4, 1914||died Aug. 14, 1941||26 yrs. 10 month, 10 days.9 (This grave could not be found on Feb. 12 2007|
|Hughes, Andrew Jackson (A.J.)||July 11, 1828||Feb. 23, 1900||son of Hardin Hughes and Sallie Jones on double stone with Sarah Hughes 9||(Row 3)|
|Hughes, Bobby||August 30, 1935||August 19, 19819||(Row 2)|
|Hughes, Cathrain||Mar. 19, 1942||July 26, 19429||(Row 3)|
|Hughes, Clara May||Sept. 4, 1894||Aug. 2, 1895||daughter of U. M. and M. E.Hughes||(Row 3)|
|Hughes, Denver C.||1902||1982||on double stone with Lanie E. Hughes (Row 1)|
|Hughes, Garland C.||Oct. 13, 1900||June 28, 1966||son of Ulysses Melvin Hughes||(Row 2)|
|Hughes, Harden||born 1791 in Dobson, Surrey, NC||died 1857 at Letona||husband of Sarah Jones Hughes served in War of 1812 (October 15, 1812 to October 15, 1813)|
|Hughes, Infant||died 1925||daughter of Denver and Lanie Hughes||(Row 1)|
|Hughes, J. A.||March 17, 1896||Feb. 8, 1960 (father)||(Row 2)|
|Hughes, Lanie E.||Nov. 9, 1904||July 6, 1942||(Row 1)|
|Hughes, Lucy M.||1878||1939||on double stone with Thomas T. Hughes||(Row 2)|
|Hughes, Marion F.||April 13, 1904||Aug. 21, 1948||(Row 3)|
|Hughes, Minnie E. Wise||1871||1927||wife of U.M. Hughes||(Row 3)|
|Hughes, Priscilla P.||Feb. 20, 1901||Aug. 6, 1964 (mother)||Row 2)|
|Hughes, Sarah "Sally" Jones||born 1795 in North Carolina||died 1871 at Letona||wife of Harden Hughes during his July 2000 survey, Hartman found a headstone on which the word "Sarah" was legible but nothing else; he surmises this could be the location of Sarah Jones Hughes|
|Hughes, Sarah Marsh||January 7, 1831||no other date||daughter of Roland Marsh and Sarah Webb Marsh on double stone with A.J. Hughes||(Row 2)|
|Hughes, Thomas T.||1872||1942||on double stone with Lucy M. Hughes||(Row 2)|
|Hughes, Ulysses Melvin||1870||1928||husband of Minnie E. Hughes son of A. J. (Andrew Jackson) and Sarah Hughes||(Row 2)|
|? , infant||January 3, 1955||February 1956||no name (This marker could not be found on Feb. 12 2007|
-Photo courtesy Bill Hughes
Members of the Hughes family in mid to late 1947: (from left) Thomas Floyd Hughes (2-27-1913 to 10-10-1963), John Rufus Hughes (11-08-1919 to 7-25-1990), Abner Hughes (2-25-1875 to 4-24-1948), Annie Wise Hughes (2-17-1880 to 10-10-1964), Ellen Frances Hughes (11-03-1910 to 1992) and her daughter Barbra Ann.