Mars Hill's Gresham Cemetery
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The Gresham Cemetery is located in Florence, Alabama. The Gresham property was the long-time homeplace of the Gresham home. T.B. Larimore brought fame to the area during the 1870s and 80s with his Mars Hill College. The school is gone, but the home still stands. From Huntsville/Athens travel into Florence on Hwy. 72. Turn right on Hwy. 133/Cox Creek Parkway. Pass the Mall on the left and continue for another mile. After going over a hill, you will see Mars Hill Bookstore on the right. Turn right on Mars Hill Rd. Head past the Larimore home and begin traveling down the hill. You will see a newer home on the left. Look back to the left under some trees and see the cemetery on the left. If you cross the creek and come to the church building you have gone too far. Turn around and go back.
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Julia Esther Gresham Larimore,
John A. Thompson
The story handed down through the years concerning the sad death of the infant child of F.D. and Ella Srygley is one that touches the heart, and recognizes the true heart of T.B. Larimore. When Mamie died at just a couple weeks past her first birthday, her mother was deeply distraught at her passing. For weeks after the death of the child, her mother mourned her death, not seeming to ever get relief. She suggested that she did not even have a lock of her hair. When her husband mentioned this to brother Larimore, the older brother took students out to the cemtery late one evening, and exhumed the body of the child. F.D. Srygley then clipped some of Mamie's hair, and laid it into the hands of the grieving mother. This helped soothe her deep sorrow, and brother Larimore's kindness was never forgotten.
John C. Ott
Special thanks for Photos Taken By C. Wayne Kilpatrick - Summer, 2010
Courtesy of Scott Harp
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