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Shaddox Cemetery
Newton County,
Arkansas

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This private cemetery is a small plot of 2 112 acres situated on a small ridge near the Buffalo River bridge at Pruitt. Although 3/4 mile by road the bridge is visible from the cemetery in winter when foliage is absent. It is completely surrounded by Buffalo National River land. At one time the Park Service planned to acquire the cemetery, but later abandoned the effort. There is evidence that the state has title to the land, but has no interest in its maintenance. It is believed that the land was originally a part of the Sion Shaddox homestead, and was set aside as a family cemetery.

The little graveyard is kept in immaculate condition most of the time, but only through the volunteer efforts of a small dedicated group of family and friends. A maintenance fund was established several years ago, interest from which has been used to pay for mowing and minor maintenance. But of late, with interest rates at their lowest in years, not enough is being realized to do the job. The committee is in a quandary as to how to continue the task without sufficient funds, and needs a substantial increase in the capital account in order to continue.

Family names on the grave markers read like a census of Boone and Newton Counties: Walton, Waters, Massengale, Smith, Daniels, Harp, Shaddox, Brisco, Jones, Lewis, Jackson, Atchley, Gibson, Dearing.

And Taylor, Ruble, Ervin, Crow, Henderson, Welch, Nixon, Raulston, Pruitt, Houston, Thompson, Vinson and many others.

Some people may not be aware that their ancestors lie in this little cemetery. But their help is needed to build a perpetual care fund. Anyone having an interest in contributing to the ongoing care of the cemetery is invited to send a gift, large or small, to: The Shaddox Cemetery Fund, do Inas Moseley, Newton County Bank, Jasper, Ark. 72641.

Sincerely,

Leon M. Shaddox
222 Greycliff
San Antonio, Tex. 78233-2507

Contributed on 10/17/08 by FBrown726
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Record #: 80134

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Submitted: 10/17/08 • Approved: 3/30/17 • Last Updated: 4/2/17 • R80134-G0-S3

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