For a tiny cemetery
- a disporportionate number of veterans graves.
Text and photos by John Troesser
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Corinth Baptist Church in Schulenburg
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
Corinth Baptist Church pew, and the cemetery in the background
Corinth Baptist Church at dusk
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
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 the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery
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.
Willie Garrison - WWII, Korea and Vietnam
Millige Adams -
WWII and Korea
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.
list of the veterans with their available ranks appears below. Photos
appear without captions - but the names should be readable.
War One - next page
Pvt Joseph Brown
Pvt Nathan Green
Pvt Willie Polk
Pvt Ira Richardson
Cpl Henry Wiser
Pvt Edward Warren
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.
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
apologizes for the error which has since been corrected. - Editor