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Gum Springs - Searcy Cemetery
White County,
Arkansas

No cemetery sign

All information on the following list was collected by Leroy “Lee” Blair Member Board of Directors White County Arkansas Historical Society. P.O. Box 537, Searcy, Ar 72143
List updated: June,2015
Legal description: NE, NE, NE, Sect.21, T7N, R7W
Earliest listed grave: 1852
Last listed grave: 2006
G.P.S. Location: 613686 -3898300
Arkansas Archeological Survey site # 3WH0635
Number of Marked Graves: About 1800
Number of unmarked or marked with rocks: About 800 (Estimated)
Person to contact: Ronnie or Cheryl Selvidge 501-268-9517
Gum Springs cemetery is located at the intersection of Booth Road & Hwy 267 south of Searcy just outside the city limits. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in White County that is still in use. This is the final resting-place for Indian Wars Medal of Honor recipient Joshua Hartzog, Vietnam War hero Capt. Wilbur Dale Latimer, other distinguished veterans of many wars, and some of the area s earliest pioneers.

A complete survey of the cemetery was done by the Gum Springs Extension Homemakers Club in 1968 and published in the White County Heritage. This original list was prepared for the Internet by Historical Society board member Kara Spence in 1999. An update was prepared April 10, 2000, by Tommy H. Treadway of the White County Historical Society. He was unable to find 229 graves that were listed in 1968. Treadway’s report stated the cemetery “is well kept, mowed and has several large trees which provide shade and serenity.” He also noted, “Some of the stones have begun to deteriorate by becoming loose on their bases or sitting down beside their bases. These would take very little effort to re-putty and replace on their base, before they become damaged. Some stones that are very old have gotten broken, most of the time along where the born or died dates are; due to the etching they are probably weaker there

When Leroy Blair of the Historical Society visited Gum Springs Cemetery several times during January and February 2001, he added 187 names to the list. He added 44 more in December 2002. “This is a very difficult cemetery to get an accurate listing,” Blair reported. “The graves are scattered with unmarked graves between marked graves. I estimate there are at least 800 unmarked graves.”

In early 2007, Blair prepared this map of the cemetery and added Area numbers to the list of burials, to make it easier to locate specific graves.

Medal of Honor winner Joshua Hartzog died in White County but was born in Baulding County, Ohio. He served as a Private, Company E, 1st U.S. Artillery. He earned the Medal of Honor at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, on December 29, 1890. His citation reads: “ Went to the rescue of the commanding officer who had fallen severely wounded, picked him up, and carried him out of range of the hostile guns.” For additional information on this cemetery, contact Gum Springs Cemetery, 2240 Gum Springs Road, Searcy, AR 72143.

Contributed on 11/18/21 by hawkinsdonna48
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Submitted: 11/18/21 • Approved: 11/18/21 • Last Updated: 11/21/21 • R1401545-G0-S3

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