Near Valera in Coleman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Recognizing the need for a community cemetery, Mrs. Minnie K. Harris deeded more than five acres of land in 1922. One of two cemeteries serving the community, it contains more than 300 marked graves, and at least five unmarked graves. The first recorded burial was that of Mrs. N.C. Kidwell in 1922.
Many prominent citizens of the area are buried here, including Dr. H.H. Mitchell (1866-1927) who came to Valera in 1905. The only doctor in town, Dr. Mitchell helped establish the first school, was a deacon in the Baptist church and president of the First State Bank. Also buried here is local law enforcement officer Richard A. Pauly. The cemetery contains burials of veterans
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5628.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
Location. 31° 44.339′ N, 99° 32.848′ W. Marker is near Valera, Texas, in Coleman County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 503, one mile south of U.S. 267, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the north entrance to Valera Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Valera TX 76884, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richard A. Pauley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Centennial School (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Blair House (approx. 9.4 miles away); Original Coleman County Court House (approx. 9.7 miles away); Western Cattle Trail (approx. 9.7 miles away); Co. B, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division Memorial (approx. 9.7 miles away); County Named in 1857 for Robert M. Coleman (approx. 9.7 miles away); Mrs. J.A.B. Miller Public Library Building (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Valera.
More about this marker. Inscribed on the bottom border of the marker is “In Memory of Tom and Ora Simmons Hymer”. (Incise on base)
Also see . . . Valera Cemetery - findagrave.com. (Submitted on May 4, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 4, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.