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THE SUNSHINE CEMETERY
Holland, Texas
Bell County

Text and photos by Genevieve Shockley

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Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
A view of the Sunshine Cemetery
Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
"Sunshine Road seems to be the first paved road to the east of Hwy 95 after passing the Holland Cemetery. I did not clock the milage, but would imagine it is at least 5 although not likely as much as 10 miles from Hwy 95.
Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
Tombstones
Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
Tombstone, Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
Graves of Emmaline and Robert Lee
Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
Unknown Tombstone
Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
Tombstone, Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
A poignant marker
Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
My father, Charles F. Baker, the Holland Agriculture Teacher was sometimes pressed into service as a substitute bus driver. When this occurred, I would ride the bus with him. I remember that he would point out an old cemetery that was used for the Black citizens of the Sunshine and Holland communities. I didn't locate that particular cemetery during this trip, however he has since told me that I probably passed that site before I reached the Sunshine Cemetery.
Tombstone, Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
Mathias Armstrong's tombstone

Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
Tombstone, Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
Grave of 16 year-old Nella Lindsey

Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
I didn't have paper to make notes, but the earliest legible tombstone that I noticed seemed to be from the 1870'-80's. Some of the burials here were the Reed's (See Reed Family Cemetery), Ivey's and Burns families.

These photos were taken in Holland, Texas."
- Genevieve Shockley, April 09, 2006

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