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 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk County, Florida, United States


Latitude: 27.885998670029767, Longitude: -81.85150802135467
Wildwood Cemetery

Notes:
Citzens of Bartow voted on September 4, 1890 to invest $1.500.00 in ten acres of land for a city cemetery. Pioneer Oak Hill was not city property and could not be much expanded since it lay close to the rapidly growing downtown area. Thus on March 10, 1891, according to Polk County deed records, Bartow City Council paid $850.00 to Thomas Pasco Carpenter for the land and immediately began clearing and sectioning it for cemetery use. Tier one in today's Wildwood as well as Tier three may already have been in use as burial ground, John W. Towles who died in 1875 lies in Tier One, and Almira Jane Hankins who died in 1890 is buried in Tier 3. Sales of lots in the first three tiers were rapid in the first five years after the cemetery's opening. Burial of Black Citizens in Wildwood began in 1975 with the interment of Marie F. Gause, wife of the first Black City Councilman, George H. Gause, also Bartow's Black Funeral Director. According to informant, Gause asked if there would be any objection but found none. He bought two sets of lots, and is himself buried next to his wife. Charlie Smith, buried in Tier 38 on October 5, 1979, was "America's Oldest Man" when he died. Wildwood expanded to 40 acres ove the 1900s and recently added acreage east of Woodlawn Avenue for future use. The City of Bartow redesigned and refurbished the burial ground in 1984. Although pioneer Oak Hill is the home of many Confederate Veterans, Wildwood has many markers for Civil War veterans on sides of the conflict.

Photo pending permission, courtesy of Tom Atkinson, www.findagrave.com, requested 6/22/2009.


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Edward B. Lasseter 1879-1963<br />
Annie Rhodes Lasseter 1885-1965
Edward B. Lasseter 1879-1963
Annie Rhodes Lasseter 1885-1965

Parents of Lois Lasseter Hightower 
Located  21-165-4-5  Edward Bernard LASSETER / LASSITER (d. 3 Mar 1963)
Annie Bell RHODES (d. 20 Nov 1965)
 
Julian L. Lasseter 1915-1967
Julian L. Lasseter 1915-1967
Brother of Lois Lasseter Hightower 
Located  G-D-19-3-3  Julian Lafrance LASSETER / LASSITER (d. 2 Oct 1967)
 
Kenneth Claude Lasseter 1904-1976<br />
Vada A Lasseter 1912-2003
Kenneth Claude Lasseter 1904-1976
Vada A Lasseter 1912-2003

Brother of Lois Lasseter Hightower, and his wife. 
Located  22-134-4-7  Vada L AYERS (d. 20 Jun 2003)
Kenneth Claude LASSETER / LASSITER (d. 21 Aug 1976)
 
Lois Lasseter Hightower 1920-1982
Lois Lasseter Hightower 1920-1982
Wife of E. C. Hightower, Jr. 
Located  33-214--11  Agnes Lois LASSETER / LASSITER (d. 1 Sep 1982)
 

All Burials

   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Buried   Person ID 
1. AYERS, Ada A   bur. Aft 13 Aug 2008 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I2761
2. AYERS, Vada L   bur. Aft 20 Jun 2003 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I1203
3. CLEMENTS, Mary Caroline   d. 20 Jul 1958 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I9789
4. HAMANS, George W   bur. Aft 2 Jan 1967 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I2764
5. HAMANS, Jack Jerome   bur. Aft 8 Mar 1986 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I2765
6. LASSETER, Robert Walter   bur. 1 Sep 1929 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I989
7. LASSETER / LASSITER, Agnes Lois   bur. Aft 1 Sep 1982 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I10
8. LASSETER / LASSITER, Arnold Carrell   bur. 29 Oct 2004 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I972
9. LASSETER / LASSITER, Bernice Jean   bur. 22 Dec 1935 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I7695
10. LASSETER / LASSITER, Edward Bernard   bur. Aft 3 Mar 1963 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I967
11. LASSETER / LASSITER, Julian Lafrance   bur. Aft 2 Oct 1967 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I974
12. LASSETER / LASSITER, Kenneth Claude   bur. Aft 21 Aug 1976 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I970
13. LASSETER / LASSITER, Lester   bur. 13 Apr 1924 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I979
14. LASSETER / LASSITER, Louise   bur. 17 Apr 1924 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I978
15. LASSETER / LASSITER, Pauline Edith   bur. Aft 8 Dec 1998 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I971
16. LASSETER / LASSITER, Woodrow Wilson   bur. Aft 22 Sep 1998 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I975
17. OSBORN, Truly Lucille   bur. 10 Sep 1999 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I995
18. RHODES, Annie Bell   bur. Aft 20 Nov 1965 Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location I968