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mount Olive Cemetery
George County, Mississippi

Contributed by Jimmy Trussell
 

This cemetery is located in eastern George County, Mississippi. You will be on Highway 98 going East toward Mobile, Alabama. On the right you will pass the Mississippi Highway Department Weight Station , you will travel about 500 yards and the intersection with Moffett Road will now be on your right. Take this right hand turn onto Moffett Road, traveling about ¼ mile, you will see Talbert Road on your left, take this left hand turn and the church and cemetery will be on your left. The cemetery is surrounded by a chain link fence and is in very good condition. 

Mount Olive Church and Cemetery were first located in Shipman community next to the railroad. The original church was established in 1898 by Rev. Dave Cook. The Church was relocated to it’s present location in 1946, by Rev. W.R. Nobles. The original Mount Olive cemetery by the railroad is referred to as Mount Olive Cemetery #1, and the present cemetery at their new location is referred to as Mount Olive Cemetery #2.Through the woods it is probably only a couple of miles between these two cemeteries, however by road it is nearly 4 miles. The #1 cemetery is in need of a good cleaning, as Hurricane Katrina made a mess of the woods. Prior to the hurricane the cemetery had been cleaned and grass planted in it. There is no longer a road in to where the cemetery is located, you must walk about a half mile (East) down the side of the railroad tracks (where Shipman Road crosses the tracks) to even visit it. 

The first burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery #2 was that of Mrs. Clara R. French in 1985. There were 5 of those buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery #1 that were moved to Mt. Olive Cemetery #2, I have listed them as being transferred. These 5 were moved sometime shortly after the burial of Clara French. The #1 Mount Olive cemetery was walked by Mr. Clarence Talbert and Jimmy Trussell, the #2 Mount Olive Cemetery was walked by Jimmy Trussell in early December 2007. Information was taken from all legible headstone inscriptions and temporary grave markers, information taken from original church records will be noted. Mr. Talberts Great-Great Grandmother, Mrs. Fannie Whigham (#1) is buried here and was sold into slavery in Charleston, South Carolina. I will distinguish where the burials are located. (#1) for the original railroad location and (#2) for the new relocated cemetery location. Those buried in the old part or #1 Mt. Olive Cemetery that did not have a headstone or temporary marker but were verified through church records as to their being buried there will be marked (as per church records). There were many unmarked graves in this cemetery that we were not able to identify. 

I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Talbert and the church for permission to survey their cemeteries and for all the information they provided.

Dixon, Sidney; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records 
McCovey, Frank (Sr.); no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records, Frank is the father of Major League Baseball Player “Willie McCovey”
Sykes, John; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
McCovey, Arthur; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Holman, Lee; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records 
Pulman, Elbert (Bub); no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
William, Jack; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Jones, Samuel; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Spivery, Dave; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
McCovey, Sam; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
McCovey, Dave; b. no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Whigham, Fannie;no dates available,(#1), Former Slave, was sold into slavery in
Charleston, South Carolina, information courtesy of Mr. Clarence Talbert, he is her great-great grandson
Lyman, Lula; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
McCovey, Mitte; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Jones, Sylvia; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Turner, Kate; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Thomas, Emma; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Gandy, Lucinda; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Ivory, Margaret; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Fairley, Sarah (French); no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Sykes, Gennie; no dates available, (#1), name taken from church records
Spivery, Dottzell; b. 08-25-1923, d. 09-20-1976, (#1)
Spivery, Cal Douglas; b. 1922, d. 1978, (#1), Pfc., US Army, WW-2
Arrington, Daisy; b. 10-01-1892, d. 03-25-1963, (#1)
Mitchell, Leroy; b. 05-22-1906, d. 10-29-1971, (#1), information was taken from original (36 year old) paper temporary marker
Letlow, Saul; b. 03-13-1905, d. 01-05-1965, (#1), 59 years, 6 months, 3 days old, information taken from original (42 year old) paper temporary marker
Dorsett, Rebecca; b. 03-16-1905, d. 02-16-1970, (#1)
Fairley, Sarah H; d. 03-06-1953, (#1), 70 years old
Williams, Millie; b. 1872, d. 1930, (#1)
McCovey, Della (William); b. 1894, d. 1928, (#1)
Gandy, Mrs. Loucendia; b. 12-12-1875, d. 08-24-1953, (#1)
McCovery, Mrs. Adline; b. 01-01-1863, d. 05-13-1906, (#1)
Talbert, Freddie; b. 06-09-1924, d. 06-13-1924, (#1)
Talbert, George; b. 03-12-1928, d. 03-12-1928, (#1), twin brother of Joe Talbert
Talbert, Joe; b. 03-12-1928, d. 03-12-1928, (#1), twin brother of George Talbert
Talbert, Willie; b. 06-16-1918, d. 06-11-1981, (#2), h/o Margret M., was originally buried in #1, later transferred to #2
Talbert, Margret M; b. 11-14-1925, d. 02-04-1988, (#2), w/o Willie
Talbert, Robert; b. 06-13-1912, d. 09-06-1997, (#2), h/o Mattie C., “Father”
Talbert, Ernestine D; b. 05-20-1929, d. 11-04-2000, (#2), w/o James Talbert (Jr.)
Talbert, James (Jr.); b. 06-20-1910, d. 01-04-1989, (#2), h/o Ernestine D.
Talbert, Kattie (Patton); b. 1888, d. 1985, (#2), w/o James (Sr.), originally buried in #1, later transferred to #2
Talbert, James (Sr.); b. 1885, d. 1968, (#2), h/o Kattie, was originally buried in #1, later transferred to #2
Wiley, Earnestine (Ivory); b. 06-16-1931, d. 05-20-1962, (#2), Daughter-Sister-Mother, originally buried in #1, later transferred to #2
Ivory, Sarah Edith; b. 01-17-1892, d. 07-13-1971, (#2), A Devoted Sister-Mother-Grandmother, originally buried in #1, later transferred to #2
Ivory, Tom; no dates available, (#1), h/o Sarah Edith Ivory, f/o Doris Alexander
French, Clara R; b. 1916, d. 1985, (#2), w/o Malachi
French, Malachi; b. 1909, d. 1992, (#2), h/o Clara R.
Sims, Arthur Henry; b. 12-03-1947, d. 12-08-2006, (#2), S/Fc., US Army
Talbert, Larry Dennis; b. 04-03-1955, d. 08-28-1998, (#2)
Mosley, Curtis Eugene; b. 01-11-1935, d. 08-12-1988, (#2), Pvt., US Army
Davenport, Sylvester; b. 04-04-1928, d. 07-15-1989, (#2)
Spivery, Isiah; b. 07-27-1947, d. 02-07-1992, (#2), Pfc., US Marine Corps., Vietnam
Pullum, Josephine; b. 03-04-1897, d. 07-13-1993, (#2)
Johnson, Kevin Bell; b. 01-11-1968, d. 08-14-1995, (#2), Psalms 70 vs. 1
Jones, Inez “Mutt”; b. 09-11-1928, d. 02-06-2006, (#2), “Our Mother”
Holman, Irene D; b. 06-10-1905, d. 12-09-1995, (#2), Beloved Mother & Grandmother
Montgomery, Wanda F. (Jones); b. 07-19-1957, d. 05-12-2007, (#2)
Jones, Taran Lamar; b. 07-09-1978, d. 03-02-2000, (#2), “In Loving Memory of our Son”
Spivery, Claude E; b. 08-18-1952, d. 04-06-1998, (#2)
Ludgood, Jessie Sr; b. 08-11-1937, d. 03-09-2002, (#2) 
Spivery, Clifton; b. 07-27-1946, d. 12-29-2003, (#2)
Spivery, Antonion ; b. 01-25-1981, d. 02-05-1998, (#2), “Jo-Jo”
Lawrence, Bessie (Talbert); b. 06-14-1921, d. 01-31-2008, (#2)



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