I had the privilege of visiting what is known as The Butterworth Cemetery this past weekend while seeing my family in Dyersburg. My father had spoken of an old cemetery hidden in a grove of trees near his home. I had always wanted to visit but most of the time it was too wet. This weekend was perfect so he took me back there to see it. The cemetery sits about a half mile off the road and halfway through a corn field, near the edge where a grove of trees extends out from the property line.
I was shocked to find every stone there had been turned over, obviously vandalized. I took the photos above, recording what stones I could read which were lying face up. Then, I went home and started researching. It didn’t take long before I came across the TN Roots website which confirmed this as the Butterworth Cemetery. That’s what I had first searched for since most of the names I read were Butterworth. The site has photos of the cemetery from 2006 when they were still standing, and a record of all that are buried there.
I printed this information and gave it to my father who was well pleased to receive it. He plans to share it with some of his neighbors who also know about the cemetery. It broke my heart to know the place was forgotten and had been vandalized, but after viewing many of the other cemeteries recorded on this site, it seems that a lot of the old family plots in that area have suffered the same fate. I wish there was more that I could do.