|Photograph of Papa Virge and Granny Kilgore|
I recently wrote about my Uncle Johnie who died in 1939 and my baby brother who died at birth in 1943, both of whom are buried at Bennett Cemetery. That post is found at the following link.
|Headstone of Johnie Kilgore|
|Grave Marker of Infant Son|
of Cecil and Beatrice Kilgore
|Some of the Kilgore family on Decoration Day|
Granny Kilgore is on the far left
It was a family celebration. It was a wonderful time when everyone made a special effort to show up, no matter how far they had to travel. There were the Chadwicks and the McKleroys who lived in Birmingham, Alabama. There were the Spains who lived near Guntersville, Alabama, There were those who lived in the Muscle Shoals area: Sis and Jerdy Romans and the Herbert Kilgore family. The Sherers and the Gordons did not have to travel far because they resided in and around Jasper, Alabama. And of course, there are the three families who lived close to the old home place: the Grady Kilgore family, the Cecil Kilgore family, and the Carl McKeever family.
|Papa Virge Kilgore's Father and Mother, William (Bill) and Cordelia|
Photograph taken in 1906
|Headstone of William (Bill) Kilgore|
|Newer Foot Marker for William Kilgore|
|Headstone for Cordelia Kilgore|
|Headstone for Alice Kilgore|
|Newer Added Footstone of Alice Kilgore|
I have already mentioned the patriarch and matriarch of our family, John Wesley Kilgore and Sarah Noles Kilgore. Papa Kilgore died on Christmas Day in 1949. He was a hard working resourceful gentleman, highly respected by all. I can recall his body lying in state in their farmhouse home. A great deal of living took place in that home after Papa Kilgore died, as children and grandchildren lived or stayed overnight with Granny Kilgore from 1950 until her death in 1963. Granny died the 2nd of February 1963 in the home of Carl and Lois McKeever, two days prior to her 80th birthday. There are many memories and stories from those care-giving moments from all those who stayed with Granny through the years. In honor of Papa and Granny Kilgore, I show a photograph of their tombstone now.
|Head Gravestone of our Papa and Granny Kilgore|
|Head Gravestone for Aunt Sis|
|Head Gravestone for Papa Kilgore's youngest,|
Lorene and her husband, Ordis McKleroy
|Headstone of Papa Kilgore's sister,|
Timmie Scott Bennett
|Headstone of Papa Kilgore's sister, |
|Head Tombstone for Aunt Creel and Uncle Homer|
|Foot Marker of Papa Kilgore's sister,|
Creelie Short (Aunt Creel)
|Foot Marker for Aunt Creel's husband,|
The last sibling buried at Bennett Cemetery is one of three brothers Papa Kilgore had. Milner C. Kilgore was born February 18, 1891 and died October 15, 1964. His wife, our Aunt Cora, is buried next to him. Cora was born August 22, 1895 and died October 26, 1979.
|Head Gravesteon for Papa Virge Kilgore's brother,|
Uncle Milner and his wife, Aunt Cora