Mt. Olive Cemetery, Lamar County, TX
Mt. Olive Cemetery is located in the northeast quadrant of the county on Pine Mill Road at the end of Mt. Olive Road in the Reno community. It is in Block 33 of the Lamar County Road Map produced by American Drafting and Services revised December 1993. From the traffic signal on Hwy 82 East in Reno, proceed east for 5/10 miles to the intersection with Mt. Olive Road (CR 42900) Take Mt. Olive Road (CR 42900) northward for 7/10 miles and the cemetery is on the left in close proximity to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. GPS coordinates are 33° 40' 28 N, 95° 27' 13 W (33.67454 Latitude and Longitude -95.45362).
The oldest inscribed grave in the cemetery is that of J. G. Gardner who died 9 Feb 1882. The cemetery was recorded by Carmen Lee Burks in February 1992. There are 70 known graves.
The area was known as the Mt. Olive Community. The history of Mt Olive Cemetery as told by Wilmer Risinger goes like this. A hundred years or so ago a wagon train was traveling through this area. A woman on the wagon train died. They buried her in what today is Mt. Olive Cemetery. When the Mt. Olive Baptist Church was remolding they wanted to build a porch. But the spot where the porch needed to be was right over this unmarked grave. They got a funeral home in Paris to move the grave. It is still unmarked. He says the community donated the cemetery to the church. Aileen Nowell tells a different story of the cemetery. She said the church came first then the cemetery. She says the beginning of the cemetery came about when the preacher, Mr. Crain, died. They buried him next to the church in what is now Mt. Olive Cemetery. There is a large cedar tree growing on Mr. Crain's grave.
Cemetery photos below courtesy of Lawrence and Sue Dale.
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