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Brazoria in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

History of Paradise Memorial Cemetery

History of Paradise Memorial Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Kneupper, November 9, 2017
1. History of Paradise Memorial Cemetery Marker
Paradise Memorial Cemetery was organized as a public cemetery in 1968 in Brazoria, Texas.

It was named by Rev. Robert George Marshall who was the driving force in securing land for the cemetery.

Paradise Memorial Cemetery is located on County Road 319, approximately 1 mile south of FM 521 in Brazoria, Texas.

The following individuals began the process of organization for the cemetery. They are: Robert George Marshall, Willie Bell Sr., Clarence Holmes, Levi Holmes, George Marshall, and Abraham Simmons.

These 7 individuals combined their interest in the local community and Paradise Memorial Cemetery was established. With the untimely death of Robert George Marshall, and the 5 other organizers being deceased, only one organizer remained to carry on the cemetery. As time passed, Willie Bell, Jr. assumed the responsibility as secretary/superintendent. The administrative duties, maintenance, and upkeep of the cemetery fell squarely on the shoulder of Willie Bell, Jr. and he remained faithful while working a full time job. Bell continued to maintain all aspects of the cemetery, including mowing, while Bruce D. Crecy
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of Crecy Management and Consulting was added to assist in 1998. With this addition came new ideas and policies to bring the cemetery into the 21st century. Crecy coordinated with funeral homes, staked off graves/monuments, and was responsible for the indexing and transferring to computer all records. This included a grave location map to preserve past and present death/burial history. He was also instrumental in having a cul-de-sac installed by Brazoria County, free of charge.

Policies pertaining to plot owner upkeep, interment fees, and specification of monuments, as well as general rules and regulations were updated, published and implemented. In 2010, the board nominated and elected Brenda Marshall, who currently serves as President of the cemetery.

Our goal remains to make Paradise Memorial Cemetery a nice place of eternal rest for all people.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1968.
Location. 28° 58.737′ N, 95° 37.438′ W. Marker is in Brazoria, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on CR-319, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19953 County Road 319, Brazoria TX 77422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Levi Jordan Plantation (approx. 2 miles away); McCroskey-Stringfellow House
History of Paradise Memorial Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Kneupper
2. History of Paradise Memorial Cemetery Marker
Marker can be seen just to the left of the entry road.
(approx. 2.8 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Brazoria (approx. 5˝ miles away); Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway Company (approx. 5.7 miles away); Brazoria Fallen Heroes Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Henry Smith (approx. 5.7 miles away); Masonic Oak (approx. 6.2 miles away); a different marker also named Masonic Oak (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brazoria.
Regarding History of Paradise Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery holds approximately 200 graves.
Also see . . .  Paradise Memorial Cemetery at Find-a-Grave. (Submitted on May 11, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas.)
Paradise Memorial Cemetery Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Kneupper, November 9, 2017
3. Paradise Memorial Cemetery Sign
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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