Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gaither Cemetery located in wood line on Berrybrook Ln.

     The Gaither Cemetery is found on private property in Southern Baxter County.  Take Push Mountain Road to the South from Norfork for about 15 miles to the intersection of Baxter CR 73 (Culp Road).  Turn left on Culp Road and go about 6 miles to the intersection of Baxter CR 128.  Turn left on Baxter CR 128 and go about 1 to 1.5 miles to Berrybrook Ln. on the left.  This is a private drive with a red street sign.  Follow Berrybrook Ln. about 2/10th mile to the gate.  After passing through the gate, look for the second recognizable pull off area on the right.  From here, you can look through the wood line and see the small cemetery.

The small Gaither Cemetery as it appeared
in early November, 2012.

     The tiny Gaither Cemetery is enclosed by a wire fence.  There is no sign.  There is one tall upright gravestone that is for G. B. Gaither (11-24-1834 to 06-11-1904).  He is the father of Jane Hamby Gaither.  The stone is worn and eroded.  Outside of the fence at the base of a large tree a short distance away is a memorial stone for David Wayne Woods (1955 - 2004).  Information indicates that Mr. Woods desired to be buried in the Gaither Cemetery but that his wish was not permitted because this cemetery was not properly "registered" as an existing cemetery.  The family placed a marker here anyway in his memory. 

The only gravestone in the small cemetery is
for G. B. Gaither (1834 to 1904).
This memorial marker for David Wayne Woods
is outside the fenced area.  Mr. Woods is buried
elsewhere, but the family placed the marker here
in his memory to honor his wishes.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Gaston Cemetery sits beside nature trail at Gaston's Resort

     Alongside the nature trail at Gaston's Resort near Lakeview, you will find the gravesite of Eric Alan Gaston (1964 - 1995).  His appears to be the only grave in the small cemetery.  His grave is marked with a large commercial gravestone that includes his dates of birth and death, as well as a photograph.  Eric Gaston was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gaston, owners of the property.

The Gaston Cemetery as it appeared in November, 2012. 

     To access the cemetery, drive past the Gaston's Resort Restaurant all the way to the end of the long row of cabins.  The nature trail begins here.  Follow the trail to the right.  As soon as the trail makes a bend to the right, you will see the cemetery.  The gravesite overlooks the White River.

Eric Alan Gaston
(1964 - 1995) 

     A mile or so from the resort is a wildflower meadow trail that was created and donated by the Gastons' in memory of their son.  This short trail adjoins the Bull Shoals-White River State Park along the county road leading to Gaston's Resort.

The Gaston Wildflower Meadow was created
and donated in memory of Eric Alan Gaston.