LOCAL FAMILY CEMETERIES, POWDER SPRINGS, GA – PART II

There are other local cemeteries around Powder Springs that are not located within the town proper of the city. Some of the early families settled close to town but chose to bury their loved ones at home in their own family cemeteries. These are private cemeteries and may be open only for family burials.

All those buried here have left our community a better place just by choosing to settle, live and raise their families here. In the cemeteries below are just some of the ones buried there, representing those various families.

There are also many Veterans buried in these cemeteries who served their country in war time and peace time. We honor all of the Veterans and say “Thank You”, no matter when, where or how they served.

These are the other three cemeteries: Sorrells Family Cemetery; Bookout – Meadows Cemetery (or the Meadows Cemetery) and the Bullard Cemetery.

SORRELLS FAMILY CEMETERY

1903

The Sorrells Family Cemetery is located on private property on Sorrells Lane within the Sorrells Subdivision which is on Hill Road at the corner of Hiram Lithia Springs Road. This property was the home place of the Sorrells family. There is only one grave in this cemetery.

Julia Elizabeth Phillips Sorrells (December 4, 1853 to March 27, 1903). Wife of Robert A. Sorrells (1850-1923) whom she married in 1873. They had nine children.

Robert A. Sorrells is buried in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Aroney, DeKalb County, Alabama.

Their three oldest children are buried in Texas. Lou Ella Sorrells Kimberley (1875-1949) in Forth Worth. J.R. Sorrells (1877-1957) in Abilene. Homer Virgil Sorrells (1878-1948) in Colorado City.

The sixth one is buried in Florida. Charles Napoleon Sorrells (1883-1966) in Jacksonville.

The seventh one is buried in Georgia in Paulding County. Jessie E. Sorrells Baker in Bethany Christian Church Cemetery in Dallas.

The eighth, Thomas E. Sorrells (1893-1945) served in the US Navy as Chief Machinist Mate and is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

Their fourth, fifth and nineth children are buried at Powder Springs. W.F. Sorrells (1879-1966) and Joel Fred Sorrells (1896-1964) are buried in the Powder Springs City Cemetery. Julia Ida Sorrells Landrum (1881- 1904) is buried in the Powder Springs Methodist Cemetery.

BOOKOUT – MEADOWS FAMILY CEMETERY

1886

The Bookout – Meadows Family Cemetery is a private cemetery located at 5800 Angham Road, Hiram. Some confusion as to whether the cemetery is actually in Paulding or Cobb County is caused because the Paulding County Line runs through the burying ground. The cemetery is sometimes referred to as the Meadows Family Cemetery. Access to the cemetery is reached by turning onto the parking lot of WDC Concrete. The cemetery is on the right.

Being a small family cemetery, there are 25 or 26 graves. It is still open today for family burials.

There is a memorial marker at the entrance of the cemetery that reads:“Bookout-Meadows Family Cemetery. Established 1886. In memory of Clarence and Ophelia Bookout. Love, Jim and Sue Bookout Cash.” Sue Bookout Cash is the granddaughter of Clarence (1897-1971) and Ophelia (1902-1963) Bookout.

The earliest burial is that of Eddie Franklin Meadows August 10, 1881 to September 7, 1886. He was 5 years old. Son of David Socrates Meadows (1839-1914) and Nancy Elmina Plunkett Meadows (1843-1926).

The next burial is that of an infant Bookout May 30, 1887 to May 30, 1887. Son of J.T. or J.L. (1859-1902) and E.V. (1870-1947) Bookout. (i.e. John L. Bookout and Ella Viola Meadows Bookout).

The Bookouts and Meadows were some of the early settlers in this area around Powder Springs and in Paulding County.

BULLARD CEMETERY

1800

The cemetery began as the Bullard Family Cemetery and, through the years, became a community burying ground. The boundaries were extended as more burials occurred. The cemetery is located off of Elliott Road in Powder Springs on Kirkpatrick Road. There are currently 250 graves and is still open for burials.

The first grave in the cemetery is said to be that of Sarah Ann Bullard, daughter of Robert S. and Synthanie Allen Bullard. There is no marker.

The earliest burial is 1843 the infant son of R.S. and M. Bullard.

The second burial is that of Robert Sidney Bullard, Jr. January 4, 1784 to May 15, 1845. He is the son of Robert Sidney Bullard, Sr. who was a Revolutionary War Soldier, originally from Virginia and later from South Carolina and Georgia. He was married twice. First to Cynthia Allen (1788-1825) with whom he had 7 children. Second to Margaret Grimes (1804-1888) with whom he had 8 children.

There are unknown graves. Some may be marked as ‘unknown’. John Bullard is said to be buried as one of the ‘unknown’.

One unique grave that is covered by rocks is said to be that of Eunice Shipp. There are no dates.

Margaret Grimes Bullard (1804-1888) Wife of Robert Sidney Bullard (1784-1845). Granddaughter of Revolutionary War Soldier John Wesley Grimes and Granddaughter of Joseph Nickleson Jack.

Mary Ann Shipp Crow (George) (1939-2018) She was a clerk at the US Postal Service for 20 years. Mary was the Shipp family historian. She donated several items of local history to the Seven Springs Museum.

Elder Isaac Newton Moon (1832-1911) He was physician. He did not enlist in the Confederate Army, but remained at home to administer to those who remained at home. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Sorrell Springs Church in Cobb County. He was ordained to preach the Gospel. He represented Cobb County in the lower house of the Georgia Legislature during the years of 1886-1887. Elder Moon was married to Cynthia (Sithany) Bullard (1833-1891) with whom he had eight children. After her death, he married Mrs. Maggie Daniel (1842-1014).

Paul Atkinson Nix (1932-2011) Retired from Holbrook Water Proofing. He enjoyed restoring antique cars, attending car shows and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. He was married to Emily Bullard Nix.

Frances Bell Manning Paris Drummond Anglin (1926-2020) She was a Licensed Nurse Practitioner for over 35 years at Wellstar Kennestone
Hospital.

Malvin Keith Pritchett (1957-2016) was a carpenter at AB&G Fire Restoration and attended Lighthouse Baptist Church in Winston. He as an avid fisherman, enjoyed music, football and NASCAR.

Elder William Thomas Walden (1859-1931) He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and was ordained to preach the Gospel. He was married to Sara Telulah Moon (1859-1932).

Honoring Veterans:

War of 1812 – Robert Sidney Bullard, Jr. (1784-1845).

War Between the States – Elder James Madison Bullard (1840-1904); William Rakestraw (1838-1901); Fletcher M. McGee (1817-1887) who enlisted at Powder Springs in 1863. Cicero Demosthenes Moon (1822-1899) also enlisted at Powder Springs in 1863.

World War I – William Irvin Rakestraw (1895-1973) and William R. Shipp (1900-1972).

World War II – William H. Brown (1909-1954) GA TEC SVC 5 63 GP Army Air Force; Thomas M. Cannon (1924-1976) US Army; Michael R. Rakestraw (1915-1969) S SGT H&S Co 536 AMPH TRAC BN.

Korea – Charles Marion Cole (1931-1999) US Air Force and James Hammond DuVall (1928-1984).

Vietnam – Ronnie Milton Duvall (1950-2005) US Army.

Others who served – Willis O. Bullard (1930-2017) US Army; Billy Joe McCutcheon (1933-1953) US GA AB Air Force and William P. Manning (1911-1941) US Marine Corps, GA Platoon Sgt.

There is an ‘in memory of’ maker for Wyman C. Martin (1919-1944) that reads “In Memory of Wyman C. Martin, Killed in France, June 10, 1944” GA PVT 8 Inf 4 Inf Division. He was the son of Guy Allen Martin (1898-1952) and Rillie Frances Morgan (1898-1975) and husband of Marguerite Richardson Martin (1921-1983) who is buried in Ruston, LA.

Note: Some of this information came from a listing compiled by James Robert “Bobby” Eidson as of ‘some time in ‘1993, as well as other resources. Bobby Eidson’s list is on file at the Museum.

Author: curator