Monday, December 13th, 2010 09:28 pm


There's a story behind this one.

It is a cenotaph.

But that's not because we don't know where he is buried.

My grandfather, George W Burris, Jr., always wanted to be buried in St Joe Cemetery in Pope County, AR. That was "back home" for him.

My grandmother, on the other hand, argued that they should be buried in Arkadelphia, in Clark County, where they had raised their family, and where they both still lived.

Granddaddy always told her she better hope he went first - otherwise she would be planted in the country in Pope County. Since he was 18 years her senior, it was a pretty safe bet where they would be buried.

They share a double gravestone in Rose Hill Cemetery in Arkadelphia. But last summer, my dad and step-mom decided to honor Granddaddy's wish and memorialize him in St Joe Cemetery, close to his beginnings near Isabelle Creek in Pope Co., AR.

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