“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Opelika in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

New Rosemere Cemetery

Lee County

New Rosemere Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
1. New Rosemere Cemetery Marker
Side 1
The City of Opelika purchased 19.6 acres of land to expand Rosemere Cemetery. This rectangular area is the newest portion. There are 193 blocks with varying numbers of sections and spaces in each. 467 grave markers have death dates prior to 1942. James A. & Wilma Ophelia Parker Kilgore are buried here. As owners of a local grocery, they worked hard, practiced frugality, and invested wisely. The Kilgores willed $1,200,000 for a trust fund to provide Lee County High School graduates with college scholarships. On April 12, 1934, Dr. Gilmer Harrison Moore was buried here. Dr. Moore was a charter member and officer of the Kiwanis Club and also was a Mason and Shriner. He served many years on the Board of Stewards of Trinity Methodist Church. He was a member of the Opelika City Council, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and a City Health Officer, a Surgeon fro the Central of Georgia Railway, and was also prominent in the State Medical Association.
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Side 2
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New Rosemere Cemetery contains several Woodmen of the World grave markers including some that are shaped like trees. There are more than 200 veterans interred in New Rosemere including veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American
New Rosemere Cemetery Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
2. New Rosemere Cemetery Marker (reverse)
War, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. There are 30 National, State, County and City elected officials buried here. Some of them held multiple offices over the years. They include Legislators, Judges, Mayors, Alderman, Commissioners, Councilmen and Sheriffs. Dr Jesse Gary Palmer, a nine time mayor of Opelika, is buried here. Mayor Palmer was known as the "father of paving" because he initiated the paving of Opelika's streets.

Listed in the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register, June 14, 2011

Erected 2013 by the City of Opelika.
Location. 32° 38.078′ N, 85° 23.29′ W. Marker is in Opelika, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is on Long Street 0.1 miles north of Auburn Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1620 Long Street, Opelika AL 36801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. African-American Rosemere Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Rosemere Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Darden House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Killgore Scholarships / Some Terms of Scholarships (approx. 0.9 miles
New Rosemere Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
3. New Rosemere Cemetery
away); Lee County Courthouse / Lee County Probate Judges (approx. 0.9 miles away); Railroad Avenue Historic District (approx. one mile away); South Railroad Avenue (approx. one mile away); Rosseau's Raid to East Alabama (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelika.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .  Opelika's Rosemere cemeteries dedicated to state historic register (Submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
New Rosemere Cemetery Area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 6, 2014
4. New Rosemere Cemetery Area
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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