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Turnham Cemetery Sardis, Jefferson County, Alabama
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Turnham Cemetery Sardis, Jefferson County, Alabama
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Turnham Cemetery
Sardis, Jefferson County, Alabama

Lat: 33° 44' 11"N, Lon: 86° 52' 36"W

Contributed by Robin K. Miner, Jan 13, 2006, last edited Jan 19, 2006 [rminer@bham.rr.com]. Total records = 80.

To reach this cemetery from Gardendale AL, drive northwest on Mount Olive Rd/Hwy 77 for about 7 miles. Turn east onto Sardis Road for .7 mile. Cemetery is on right/south side of road.

The cemetery is located across the street from Sheritt Drive. It is near the area where the Old Calcedonia Church was located, but I found no evidence of a church. There is a lot of new construction in the area and the church may no longer exist

The Turnham Cemetery began when George W. G. Turnham owned the property back in the late 1800s. His mother Patsy Ruth Jarvis Turnham came to visit him from Chambers County Alabama. She died while she was there and was buried under a large tree on his property. Later his daughter died and they buried her beside her grandmother, thus the cemetery was started.

Turnham is an active cemetery today and it is very well maintained, but I have not found out who owns and maintains it. There are some very old and difficult to read stones.

I walked and transcribed this cemetery on Jan 09, 2006, revisited on Jan 15, 2006. I have photos of all headstones.

- Robin K. Miner

Bibb, Frank Horton, b. May 30, 1911, d. Jun 12, 1912, s/o Jake and Frank Bibb
Bibb, Frank, b. 1872, d. 1972 “Mother”, (Frances Ferdona Lee, b. 27 Jan 1872, d/o Thomas A. Lee and Calista Ann Turnham)
Bibb, Jake, b. 1867, d. 1938 “Father” “We will met again”, (Jacob b. 17 Jul 1867, s/o William Martin Bibb and Catherine Brake)
Bibb, Jesse Stevens, no dates
Bibb, Minnie, b. Jun 4, 1901, d. Sep 22, 1902, d/o J and FF Bibb
Blackmon, Alice Inez, b. May 10, 1932, d. Jun 10, 1972
Blackmon, Edna Etta, b. Sep 15, 1908, d. Oct 25, 1992
Blackmon, Grady Dewey, b. Dec 25, 1905, d. Jun 30, 1996
Blackmon, Max B, b. Mar 5, 1932, d. no date given, h/o Alice Inez Blackmon
Brakefield, Angel Brooke, b. Jul 18, 1990, d. Jul 18, 1990
Brakefield, Ruth Viola, b. Dec 3, 1931, d. Dec 31, 2000
Brakefield, T J, b. May 13, 1930, d. May 31, 1952
Burns, Clara Fay, b. Sep 2, 1930, s. no date entered
Burns, Jessie Thril, b. Aug 26, 1928, d. Feb 10, 1910, h/o Clara Fay Burns
Butts, Christopher Wayne, b. Jun 10, 1970, d. Sep 23, 2004
Clement, E J, b. May 13, 1930, d. Oct 1, 1911
Clement, Nancy Essie, b. 1818, d. 1884
Clement, Stanley Randolph, b. Oct 5, 1821, d. May 6, 1904
Cranford, Edward J, b. Sep 26, 1929, d. Feb 10, 1990
Cranford, Vanah P, b. Sep 19, 1930, d. no date given, w/o Edward J Cranford
Demort, Brownie B., b. Jan 22, 1914, d. Aug 20, 1974
Demort, Stanley, b. Jun 19, 1907, d. Sep 9, 1973
Dyer Vila L, b. Aug 9, 1934, d. Jul 9, 1981, w/o Roger W. Dyer
Dyer, Roger W, b. Dec 12, 1934, d. no date given
Fields, Gussie A, b. Feb 6, 1901, d. Dec 1, 1907, w/o JD Fields
Fields, Martha Alice, b. Feb 26, 1874, d. Jul 13, 1954
Fields, Sam Felix, b. Aug 23, 1873, d. Feb 31, 1936
Fields, Thomas Norman, b. Aug 6, 1916, d. Apr 11, 1942
Franklin, Edna Hensley, b. Aug 28, 1913, d. Feb 7, 1972
Franklin, Edward Fields, b. Aug 9, 1923, d. Jul 2, 1987
Franklin, Nancy Ann, b. Apr 8, 1898, d. Feb 13, 1930
Franklin, Zed M., b. Jan 21, 1921, d. Sep 10, 1983
Franklin, Zed, b. Nay 17, 1844, d. May 4, 1966
Furguson, Deaner G., b. 1905, d. 1975
Gray, Suzy, b. Mar 15, 1949, d. May 17, 1987
Greene, Bowling, b. Jan 18, 1800, d. Feb 18, 1878, note: dbl stone with CM Greene
Greene, Caroline M, b. Jan 31, 1810, d. Nov 23, 1887, note: Dbl stone with B Greene
Holdsomback, Johnnie, b. May 12, 1915, d. Feb 26, 2007
Kirkland, Baby Girl, d. Apr 1924, Listing given is the inscription
Lee, Archie, b. Aug 24, 1880, d. Aug 30, 1880, Twin s/o TA and CA Lee,
Lee, C A, b. Jun 1, 1848, d. Nov 12, 1924, note: her name was Calista Ann Turnham. d/o George Washington Green Turnham.
Lee, Carl C, b. Aug 14, 1904, d. Jun 10, 1906, s/o Thomas T and Nora Viola Lee
Lee, Erchie, b. Aug 24, 1880, d. Aug 25, 1880, Twin son of TA and CA Lee
Lee, Nora Viola, b. Feb 14, 1880, d. Jan 21, 1921
Lee, Thomas A., b. Dec 27, 1841, d. Jul 18, 1913
Lee, Thomas T, b. May 21, 1877, d. Jun 14, 1940
McGee, Phillip Lloyd, b. Dec 13, 1984, d. Nov 19, 2004
Morton, Julie Martha Ann, b. Jun 29, 1890, d. Feb 16, 1891
Murphy, Thomas H, b. Jun 6, 1892, d. Jan 15, 1965
Pardue, Riley (Pod), b. Sep 21, 1931, d Apr 17, 2003, note: dbl stone with Sue Pardue
Pardue, Sue, b. Mar 26, 1942, d. no date entered
Reeser, Jessie Doyle, b. Mar 11, 1927, d. no date entered
Reeser, Nella Dean, b. Dec 25, 1927, d. Oct 15, 1997
Rezac, Elizabeth Jeanette, b. Oct 16, 1935, d. Jun 3, 1992
Robinson, Charles Henry, b. Jul 7, 1886, d. Jul 1, 1896
Robinson, Edward Downs, Apr 23, 1876, note: only one date given, may be a child.
Robinson, James Cicero, b. Oct 14, 1869, d. Nov 1, 1887
Robinson, Miles J, b. Oct 4, 1844, d. Aug 13, 1905
Robinson, Rena Caroline, b. Oct 30, 1847, d. Feb 18, 1935
Rogers, James S. “Sam”, b. Apr 16, 1901, d. Aug 4, 1950
Rogers, Ottie Lee, b. Jun 13, 1907, d. Nov 3, 1991
Self, J T “Jim”, b. Jan 17, 1933, d. Oct 25, 1992
Self, Susan Denise, b. Feb 14, 1953, d. no death date entered yet
Sharit, Euell H, b. Aug 20, 1913 d. Jun 26, 1995
Sharit, Sharon Jean, b. Nov 28, 1960, d. Nov 25, 1994, “Like a Flower”
Sharit, Thelma J, b. Feb 13, 1914, d. no date entered
Sloan, Evelyn Gibson, b. Dec 5, 1928, d. Mar 28, 2003, w/o James Wayne Sloan
Sloan, James Wayne, b. May 3, 1947, d. Aug 1, 2004
Sloan, James William, b. Feb 1, 1919, d. Dec 15, 1999, purple heart recipient
Sloan, Janice Marlene, b. Jun 8, 1953, no death date, dbl stone with RGS
Sloan, Opal Essie, b. Feb 26, 1917, d. May 9, 2000, w/o James William Sloan
Sloan, Ronald Gene, b. Fe 11, 1890, d. May 1, 1999, h/o Janice Marlene Sloan
Thomas, Rev. Ernest Jack, b. Feb 19, 1933, d. Jan 21, 2003
Thomas, Sharon Faye, b. 1 Jan 11, 1935 d. no date entered
Turnham, George Washington Green, b. Feb 12, 1823, d. Feb 10, 1896, h/o Patty Turnham
Turnham, Patty Ruth Jarvis, b. 1798, d. 1875, w/o GWGT
Whitehead, Amanda Golden, b. May 30, 1845, d. Jan 11, 1913
Whitehead, Edmond, b. Mar 4, 1842, d. Aug 10, 1915
Whitehead, J. Randolph, b. May, 1882, d. Apr 1906
Wilson, Linda Fay, b. Sep 24, 1948, d. May 2, 1994

 

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