Month: October 2019

Lytle-Burrus Cemetery-reposted with permission from Bret Hawkins

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I have a Lot to report after today ( Oct 14th ). This is a tale, not of two cities, but of two cemeteries. and two contractors. Me and Steve Primm met Jason Reynolds with The Murfreesboro Post at the construction sites this morning. Stepanie Langston of WKRN Ch 2 also came out and did a story, so look for both. First, what I refer to as The Lytle-Burrus cemetery at the Costco construction site. In my previous post, I had reported that the cemetery had been destroyed, and that were claiming that only 3 graves were there. I knew better than that. I spend a LOT of time at cemeteries, me and a few of my cousins tend to the cemeteries in Cannon, Dekalb, and Warren counties, where our”Short Mountain” kin are buried, repairing and cleaning headstones. I drive to these cemeteries 2 to 3 times a month just to check on them, and spend time with my ancestors. Well, today, while me, Steve and Jason were at the Lytle-Burrus cemetery, Dan S. Allen, one of the three Archaeologist that the Project manager, Keith Sears, had hired after discovering the cemetery, came up and talked to us. We had noticed when we first arrived that there were 7 red flags positioned neatly in a row, that had not been there last week. Dan Allen had put them there, marking 7 graves. Yes, seven, not three. And, much to our relief and delight, he informed us that all the graves were accounted for, intact, and the headstones and obelisk had been intentionally buried next to the graves for protection. Thank God. By this time, the site manager, Keith Sears, had joined us. He explained that he had stopped all work in the area of the cemetery, as this cemetery was NOT on the plat, and NO ONE had known it was there prior to the recent discovery. This has been confirmed. One of the three archaeologist had said there were only 3 graves, and that is what he told us last week. But since, Dan Allen, not only an archaeologist but a native Tennessean whose family, like mine and Steve’s, had been part of the original settlers, and has a deep love and passion for preserving our State’s history and Heritage, came in and did what needed to be done. This family, all seven of them, are safe. The base of the obelisk got scarred but is repairable, and every vestige of the cemetery that remained is noted, documented, and, as I said, buried for protection until a decision is made on it’s future. Here is what’s next for this cemetery, the lawyers for the site will post notifications in the local paper seeking descendants. Hopefully, someone will come forward. If not, the ultimate decision on what is to become of it will rest with the Chancery court system. So, PLEASE spread the word far and wide for any who are, or may be, kin to the Lytle and Burrus families. They need to get involved. This is their Blood. So, this is the good news for today. The Warren Cemetery at construction site #2, is not good news. It’s a tale of incompetence at best, and, perhaps, criminal behavior at worse. I do know that the facts don’t fit the narrative we are being given by the City officials. But I’ll tell ya’ll about that in a separate post. It’s a Tale of Two Cemeteries, and the tale of The Warren Cemetery is a travesty. ~ Bret Hawkins

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