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Lauderdale County
Mississippi

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Lauderdale County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Meridian Unknown location
  • Meridian Magnolia Cemetery
  • Meridian Odd Fellows Cemetery
  • Meridian Rose Hill Cemetery


    Private or family graveyard
    Lauderdale County, Mississippi
    Politicians buried here:
      Sam Dale (1772-1841) — of Alabama; Mississippi. Born in Rockbridge County, Va., 1772. Served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Alabama state legislature, 1819; member of Mississippi state legislature, 1836. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died near Daleville, Lauderdale County, Miss., May 24, 1841 (age about 68 years). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Dale County, Ala. is named for him.
      Sam Dale State Park, on Highway 39, near Daleville, Mississippi, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Sam Dale (built 1944, scrapped 1973) was named for him.


    Unknown Location
    Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi
    Politicians buried here:
      Thomas Lowry Bailey (1888-1946) — also known as Thomas L. Bailey — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born near Maben, Webster County, Miss., January 6, 1888. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Mississippi state house of representatives, 1916-40; Speaker of the Mississippi State House of Representatives, 1924-36; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1924 (member, Credentials Committee), 1928, 1944; Governor of Mississippi, 1944-46; died in office 1946. Methodist. Member, Exchange Club; Kappa Sigma; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in the Governor's Mansion, Jackson, Hinds County, Miss., November 2, 1946 (age 58 years, 300 days). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Son of Anderson Bean Bailey and Rosa (Powell) Bailey; married, August 23, 1917, to Nellah Massey.


    Magnolia Cemetery
    Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi
    Politicians buried here:
      Ross Alexander Collins (1880-1968) — also known as Ross A. Collins — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Collinsville, Lauderdale County, Miss., April 25, 1880. Democrat. Lawyer; Mississippi state attorney general, 1911-19; candidate in primary for Governor of Mississippi, 1919; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1921-35, 1937-43; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1934 (primary), 1947. Presbyterian or Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Woodmen. Died in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., July 14, 1968 (age 88 years, 80 days). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Nathaniel Monroe Collins and Rebecca J. (Ethridge) Collins; married, November 2, 1904, to Alfreda Grant.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Gillespie V. Montgomery (1920-2006) — also known as G. V. 'Sonny' Montgomery — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., August 5, 1920. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; insurance business; member of Mississippi state senate, 1956-66; U.S. Representative from Mississippi, 1967-97 (4th District 1967-73, 3rd District 1973-97); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1996. Episcopalian. Member, Kappa Alpha Order. Recipient, Medal of Freedom, 2005. Died, in Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., May 12, 2006 (age 85 years, 280 days). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Gillespie Montgomery and Emily (Tims) Montgomery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
      Books by Sonny Montgomery: Sonny Montgomery : The Veteran's Champion, with Michael S. Ballard and Craig S. Piper (2003)
      William Webb Venable (1880-1948) — also known as William W. Venable — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Mississippi, 1880. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1916-21. Died August 1, 1948 (age about 68 years). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Robert Montgomery Bourdeaux (1882-1958) — also known as Robert M. Bourdeaux — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., March 14, 1882. Democrat. Lawyer; circuit judge in Mississippi, 1925-27; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1933-38. Episcopalian. Died May 30, 1958 (age 76 years, 77 days). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Robert Montgomery Bourdeaux and Caroline Maria (Walker) Bourdeaux; married, December 15, 1910, to Annie Wilson (1883-1964).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Aubert Culberson Dunn (1896-1987) — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss.; Mobile, Mobile County, Ala. Born in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., November 20, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1935-37; circuit judge in Mississippi, 1966. Died in Mobile, Mobile County, Ala., January 4, 1987 (age 90 years, 45 days). Interment at Magnolia Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father of Bryant Winfield Culberson Dunn (1927-).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Odd Fellows Cemetery
    Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi
    Politicians buried here:
      Daniel W. Sherrod (1868-1930) — also known as D. W. Sherrod — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Mississippi, March 10, 1868. Republican. Physician; druggist; delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1912 (alternate), 1916, 1920. African ancestry. Died August 9, 1930 (age 62 years, 152 days). Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Rose Hill Cemetery
    Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi
    Politicians buried here:
      Thomas H. Woods (1836-1910) — of Mississippi. Born in Glasgow, Barren County, Ky., March 17, 1836. Delegate to Mississippi secession convention, 1861; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; lawyer; banker; justice of Mississippi state supreme court, 1889-1900; resigned 1900; chief justice of Mississippi state supreme court, 1889-91, 1896-1900; resigned 1900. Died August 10, 1910 (age 74 years, 146 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
    Samuel A. Witherspoon Samuel Andrew Witherspoon (1855-1915) — also known as Samuel A. Witherspoon — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born near Columbus, Lowndes County, Miss., May 4, 1855. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1911-15; died in office 1915. Died in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., November 24, 1915 (age 60 years, 204 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Father of Frances May Witherspoon (1886-1973).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Image source: Library of Congress
      Benjamin Franklin Cameron, Jr. (1890-1964) — also known as Ben F. Cameron — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., December 14, 1890. School teacher; lawyer; attorney for railroads and Southern Bell Telephone; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1929-33. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Knights of Pythias. Died in 1964 (age about 73 years). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Benjamin Franklin
      Relatives: Son of Benjamin Franklin Cameron and Elizabeth (Garner) Cameron; married, June 3, 1919, to Polly Paine.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Homer Brett (b. 1877) — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Scooba, Kemper County, Miss., September 1, 1877. Democrat. U.S. Consul in Masqat, 1911; Tenerife, 1913-15; La Guaira, 1915-19; Caracas, 1919-20; Tacna, 1920; Arica, 1920-21; Iquique, 1921-23; Bahia, 1923-24; Nottingham, as of 1926-27; Milan, as of 1929-32; U.S. Consul General in Lima, as of 1938. Methodist. Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Matthew Josephus Brett and Sarah (Casteel) Brett; married 1911 to Ona Bell Wellborn.
      William Donald Cameron (1846-1909) — of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss. Born in Lauderdale County, Miss., April 5, 1846. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk, 1871; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1900, 1904. Presbyterian. Member, United Confederate Veterans; Knights of Pythias; Freemasons; Shriners; Odd Fellows; Woodmen. Died June 11, 1909 (age 63 years, 67 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


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