It takes me forever to drive anywhere in Arkansas because I have to take the scenic route. And when I come upon an old cemetery, I pull over and take pictures. There are so many angels in the fields of the Arkansas Delta.
Just outside the city of Wilson, this small cemetery has always drawn my eye toward the cotton field. Finally, I stopped, walked through the field, and took a closer look.
The grave marker reads: Robert C. McFadden 1/26/1843 ~ 12/26/1884; Margurite L. McFadden 11/29/1840 ~ 11/15/1904; Servants of God Well Done. I don’t know the history of the McFaddens, but I’m sure someone in the area could enlighten me?
These small family graves provide such a contrast between how things have changed and how things stay the same. That’s Producers Rice Mill in the distance. Rice farming is a huge business in Arkansas, but you probably already knew that.
This next angel in the field statue is stunning and quite a surprise sitting 100 yards off Highway 149, two miles from Earle, Arkansas. Like many small Delta towns, the population of Earle (2,336 in 2013) is in decline mode, yet this statue will remain and remain. I find that comforting.
This angel in the field watches over the grave of George Washington Berry, the only grave in this small cemetery located on a ten-foot tall Indian mound. George Washington Berry (12/25/1864 ~ 8/30/1928) was a former slave who eventually became one of Crittenden County’s eight largest landowners. He owned over 1,000 acres at the time of his death, pastored at a local Baptist church, owned a commissary and a cotton gin.
Here’s another beautiful cemetery just outside Earle. Gibson Bayou Church and Cemetery. I love the soybean field in the background with an irrigation pivot and combine. Life goes on.
I can’t help but wonder about the people buried in these cemeteries. And I feel connected to them by simply stopping and spending a few moments with them.
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Leann Rimes, Amazing Grace