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THE CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY
Fayette County

Schulenburg, Texas

For a tiny cemetery - a disporportionate number of veterans graves.

Text and photos by John Troesser

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Corinth Baptist Church, Schulenburg, Texas
The Corinth Baptist Church in Schulenburg
South of Schulenburg on the twisting but scenic Vaslic Loop, heading east (and south) on the east side of the road one will find the worn and weathered Corinth Baptist Church with its adjoining cemetery. Scattered among the one hundred or so tombstones (159 marked graves - 55 unmarked graves) you won't have far to look before you find the grave of a veteran.
Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, Schulenburg, Texas
The Corinth Baptist Church pew, and the cemetery in the background
Corinth Baptist Church, Schulenburg, Texas
The Corinth Baptist Church at dusk
As in many cemeteries, one family has a large number of veterans - and here it is the Family Adams which sent four family members to participate in WWII.
CAugust Adams, WWII veteran tombstone, orinth Baptist Church, Schulenburg, Texas
August Adams, WWII Veteran
The Green Family is second with father (Pvt) Nathan Green having served in WWI and his son (who preceeded his father in death), PFC Arthur Green, who served in WWII. All but one man served in the Army and only two neglect to mention the rank of the soldier / sailor. Military tombstones always give the rank of the deceased, while it hardly matters to the family that has to erect a stone for their lost son. Therefore we're unable to give ranks for soldier George Townsend or sailor Douglas E. Davis.
Tombstone portrait in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, Schulenburg, Texas
A tombstone portrait in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery
Being a Black cemetery, there was no evidence of participation in the Civil War and, of course, the all-volunteer Spanish American War, was over before most Fayette County residents knew there was one. Willie Garrison served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Specialist 5th Class Millige Adams served in both WWII and Korea.
Sgt Willie Garrison, WWUU, Korea, Vietnam veteran, Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, Schulenburg, Texas
Sgt Willie Garrison - WWII, Korea and Vietnam
Sp5 Millge Adams tombstone, WWII and Korea Veteran, Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, Schulenburg, Texas
Sp5 Millige Adams -
WWII and Korea
Lucinda Rogers, Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery earliest grave, Schulenburg, Texas
The cemetery's earliest marked grave is that of Lucinda Rogers who died April 10, 1893.

Nine of those buried in the cemetery had been slaves.
A list of the veterans with their available ranks appears below. Photos appear without captions - but the names should be readable.
World War Two - next page
PFC August Adams
Sgt David Adams
SSgt Leroy Adams
Douglas E. Davis (Navy)
PFC Arthur Green
World War One - next page
Pvt Joseph Brown
Pvt Nathan Green
Pvt Willie Polk
Pvt Ira Richardson
George Townsend
Cpl Henry Wiser
Pvt Edward Warren
Charlie G. Garrison grave, Sgt US army, Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, Schulenburg, Texas
Charlie G. Garrison
Source: The Corinth Baptist Church by Fayette County Historian Norman Krischke, a self-published booklet dedicated to the Congregation of the Church.

This page is dedicated to Norman Krischke for his exhaustive detailed work surveying and recording the history of the lost and nearly forgotten places of Fayette County.

Forum:
Subject: Willie D. Garrison
As a relative of the late Willie D. Garrison I feel obligated to notify you that an error exists in the article as it reads. The aforementioned Great Uncle of mine did indeed serve as listed, however, he [did not die in Vietnam as stated but] died at home in 1970 of leukemia. My Grandfather was Sgt. Charlie George Garrison, Willie D. Garrison's oldest brother. Willie D. Garrison's wife, Azel, my great aunt, is still living here in the Houston area and could be reached to verify such matters if need be. I thank you again for your article as a whole, as it details a number of relatives of mine and is encouraging to know that they are not forgotten for their places and submissions in history. -
Sincerely, Kelley J. Stubblefield, March 04, 2008
TE apologizes for the error which has since been corrected. - Editor

John Troesser


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