ST. MARY'S FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY
Holly Springs, Wake County, North Carolina

Submitted by Shirley Olson


9305 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs, Wake Co., NC. Tel. # 362-0678. Lat. 35o 40' 56" N, Long. -78o 47' 14" W

Until recently this area of Wake Co. was predominantly African American and rural. It is in the process of dramatic change with an upscale country club and expensive homes changing the landscape. This African American cemetery is the property of the church. Records show a 1900 building date on 2. 91 acres. The cemetery is not laid out in any practical manner. There are some graves near the front of the cemetery, another 2 rows of graves a little distance further back from the road and to the left of the front burials, another 2 rows semi shielded from view by some trees further back and then a scattering of graves in the rear. Many of the graves are marked only by funeral home metal plates, some have lost their letters. There are other graves with no marker of any kind. There is plenty of room for more burials. At the bottom is a list of funeral homes who may be able to offer assistance in researching names of those buried in the unmarked graves.

Directions from downtown Raleigh: Take Hillsborough St. (SR 3007, becomes Hwy. 54) to Jones Franklin Rd. (SR 1319) Go South to the stop sign at Walnut St. (SR1313) Continue across Tryon Rd. (SR 1009) to Holly Springs Rd. (SR 1152), continue South, cross SR 1010, continue South 2-3 miles to the church on the left side of the road.

PHOTOS



Transcribed from tombstones by Shirley & Gordon Olson

Hinton, Lula S., b. 24 Nov 1897, d. 4 Feb 1998
Snelling, Lillie Mae, b. 27 Aug 1927, d. 12 Nov 1972
Smith, Lula U., b. 10 Apr 1905, d. 20 Dec 1970
Roberts, Alice, 1973 no readable marker, Lightner Fun. Home
Jeffries, Carl L., b. 11 Jul 1938, d. 15 May 1975
Council, Crystal Lavern, b. 14 Nov 1973, d. 14 Dec 1973
Harris, Cleno, b. 1910, d. 1972
Harris, Joseph Sr., b. 15 Jan 1915, d. 21 Aug 1971
Powell, Elbert, b. ? Aug 1943, d. 8 Jun 1972
Harris Augustine R., b. 10 Aug 1910, d. 5 Sep 1965
McNeill, Hattie M., b. 1913, d. 1967
McNeill, Charles E. Sr., b. 1915, d. 1962
Stewart, Wiliam L., b. 28 Jan 1966, d. 30 Jan 1966
Stewart, Vance Lee, b. 30 Dec 1941, d. 15 Oct 1950
Stewart, Addie, b. 11 Oct 1872, d. 30 Jun 1949
Stewart, Rome, b. 1861. d. 30 Dec 1930
Jefferies, Levi, b. 6 Feb 1869, d. 15 Jul 1935
Ray, Gertie M., b. 4 Jul 1904, d. 4 Mar 1968
Joint, Mary E.W., b. 28 Oct 1929, d. 23 Aug 1968
Campbell, James, b. 1 May 1920, d.17 Jan 1971
Joint, William, b. 25 Jun 1925, d. 26 Jun 1976 "Pie"
Bass, Frank, b. 31 Aug 1920, d. 24 Jun 1977
\cf1 Wilson, Lacy Green, b. 20 Apr 1901, d. 22 Feb 1963
Burt, Walter, b.24 Jan 1916, d. 10 Jan 1967
Burt, Rosie M., b. 6 Jun 1920, d. ????
Lockley, Willie, b. 1 Apr 1896, d. 29 Nov 1974, Pvt US Army, WWI
Bratcher, Leonard, b. 6 Jul 1894, d. 5 Sep 1977
Taylor, Thenonia, b. 10 Jan 1929, d. 27 Nov 1977
Harris, Lunaria Taylor, b. 5 Jun 1937, d. 20 Nov 1972
Taylor, DeWitt Jr., b. 24 Mar 1921, d. 27 Apr 1970
McKinney, Almira Stewart, b. 25 Jul 1900, d. 30 Nov 1969
Taylor, Ella Stewart, b. 30 Sep 1902, d. 19 Feb 1959
Taylor, DeWitt Sr., b. 1895, d. 1946
Stewart, Wallace, b. 4 Jul 1922, d. 23 Dec 1974
Banks, Louise Stewart, b. 14 Jul 1929, d. 21 May 1972
Marrow, Marie J., b. 7 Oct 1899, d. 14 Oct 1963
Smith, Shellie, b. 12 Dec 1897, d. 17 Mar 1962
Jeffries, Cleve, b. 1895, d. 1979
Council, Mary, b. 1956, d. 1980
Woodard,Andrew J.,Sr., b. 25 Nov 1910, d. 19 Jan 1981
Stewart, Elder Walter, b. 3 May 1894, d. 18 Jun 1981
Stewart, Ranzy, b. 2 Apr 1918, d. 30 Mar 1981
Wilson, Hattie R., b. 23 Apr 1904, d. 20 Jun 1981
Harris, Sarah, b. 9 Jul 1909, d. 22 Aug 1981
Stewart, Margie Ree, b. 20 Jan 1926, d. 29 Nov 1981
Bratcher, Ethel, b. 1902, d. 1982
Woodard, Vera J., b. 1892, d. 1912
Taylor, Dorothy Leach, b. 3 Dec 1940, d. 27 Mar 1998
Taylor, Frank, b. 10 May 1933, d. 9 Mar 1983
Stewart, Claudis, b. 10 May 1921, d. 29 Sep 1983
Yates, Walter D'andra, b. 1972, d. 1984
McDougal, Bill, b. 1919, d. 1984
Hinton,Theodore C. Sr., b. 1915, d. 1985
Hinton, Olivia C., b. 1917, d. ????, married 9 Dec 1935
Lipscomb,Furman Lee, b. 1 Jan 1934, d. 31 Dec 1995
Woodard, Mary V., b. 25 Dec 1918, d. 28 Mar 1995
Fine, Bill J., b. 1904, d. 1993
Hinton, Clarine J., b. 29 Mar 1930, d. 10 Apr 1991
Taylor, Timothy D., b. 8 Jul 1927, d. 19 Mar 1991
Burton, Eva Bell, b. 8 Apr 1926, d. 24 Feb 1991
Carrington, Robert B., b. 1924, d. 1991
Taylor, Willma N., b. 1931, d. 1990
Dancil, Susie Bell, b. 1943, d. 1990
Stewart, Charlie, b. 1905, d. 1989
Ray, Ella Mae Johnson, b. 25 Nov 1935, d. 18 Sep 1988
Stewart, Linwood, b. 1928, d. 1988
Allen, Charlie U., b. 1930, d. 1986
Allen, Marie A., b. 1932, d. ????
Council, P. Albert, b. 10 Mar 1910, d. 1 Jun 1985
Burt, Excell, b. 4 Feb 1927, d. 26 Sep 1979, Sgt US Army WWII
Jefferies, William R., b. 15 Jan 1902, d. 29 Jan 1980
Dixon, Alton, b. 23 Dec 1923, d. 26 Jul 1982
McNeil, James Otis, b. 1940, d. 1983
McNeil, Charles Jr., b. 1934, d. 1985
Cobb, Christine Kersey, b. 1925, d. 1985
Osborne, Rev. Lillian, b. 10 Apr 1920, d. 31 Aug 1985
McNeill, Allie R., b. 22 Apr 1931, d. 8 Jan 1987
Campbell, Kattie, b. 12 Feb 1911, d. 9 Nov 1991
Abrams, Peggy, E. b. 24 May 1940, d. 20 Sep 1972
Stewart, Mrs. Nezzie Lee, b. 1925, d. 1987
Council, Lucille, b. 28 Feb 1931, d. 22 Nov 1991
Wilson, Arthur L., b. 10 Aug 1923, d. 27 Nov 1997
Thompson, Rendocie, b. 7 Oct 1931, d. 20 Jan 2000, Cpl US Army Korea
Smith, Carolyn T., b. 1950, d. 1991
Wilson, Dora Mae, b. 22 Jul 1923, d. 8 Jun 1989
Taylor, Catherine Allen b. 1 Jun 1926, d. 6 May 1989
Osborne, Walter E., b. 1924, d. 1991
Lipscombe, Robert, b. 1929, d. 1992
Rowland, Mrs. Anzola W., b. 1929, d. 1991
Kersey, Elizabeth Ray, b. 1918, d. 1984
Joint, Kenneth A., b. 1961, d. 1992
Council, Preston C., b. 7 Oct 1940, d. 20 Feb 1997, from Lufkin Assoc.
Johnson, Tom Eugene, b. 1942, d. 1990
Stevenson, Barbara A., b. 10 Jul 1943, d. 4 Dec 1998
Woodard, Gregory, b. 1959, d. 1998
Harrington, Jessie Lee, b. 1935, d. 1998
Wilkerson, Gladys Kersey, b. 24 Apr 1928, d. 8 Apr 1999
Norris, James F., b. 1949, d. 2001
Wilson, Roger A., b. 1963, d. 2000
Kersey, James, b. 1916, d. 1993
Marrow, James, b. 28 Nov 1895, d. 18 Mar 1993
Burt, Rev. Patrick, b. 6 Auf 1915, d. 1 Mar 1995
Burt, Charie E., b. 1948, d. 2001
Council, William, b. 1922, d. 1994
Joint, Leon, b. 1957, d. 1996
Stewart, Hattie, b. 1914, d. 1996
Woodard, Terry, b. 1956, d. 1994, Pvt US Army
James-Kersey, Ruth, b. 2 Jul 1935, d. 20 Dec 1996
Council, Joe L., b. 1935, d. 1997
Hinton, Henrietta W., b. 3 Dec 1922, d. 9 May 1997
Leach, Nykeim, b. /d.1995
Hinton, David Jr., b. 1921, d. 1995
Scott, Marian, b. 1942, d. 2001
Yates, Ella C., b. 1934, d. 2001
Reynolds, James, b. 1939, d. 2001
Woodard, William Wesley, b. 1939, d. 2000
Council, Louise W., b. 30 Jan 1919, d. 26 Jan 2000
Foster, Joann W., b. 18 Nov 1957, d. 13 Dec 1999
Woodard, Mary F., b. 1942, d. 1999
Jefferies, Mother Odelia, b. 1907, d. 1999
Hinton, Roosevelt, b. 22 Dec 1924, d. 29 Nov 1998
Harrison, Robert F., b. 13 Aug 1926, d. 28Apr 1998

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