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CEMETERIES

Magnolia Park Cemetery

Turn left off North Winfree Street onto FM-1008. Go 0.5 miles to cemetery entrance

Founded circa January 1946, Mr. C.F. Seaberg told his son Roy while they were attending a funeral at Linney Cemetery that he would give $1000 towards the purchase of land for a new cemetery.  

First they purchased 10 acres from Mr. Bill Grifits around the curve on Kenefick Road. They drilled to check for water and found the land not suitable for cemetery use due to water.

Ten holes were drilled on land belonging to the Cannon family trust and found the land suitable for cemetery use. C.F. Seaberg and his son Roy Seaberg purchased the 10.4 acres from Mr. & Mrs. C.E. Cannon circa 1946. Because of Mr. C.F. Seaberg’s failing health the deed was made to Roy Seaberg. They then started developing the cemetery for immediate use.

April 3, 1947 Roy Seaberg gave the deed to seven (7) Trustees being A.W. Bulay, W.A. Conner, Floyd Fouts, M.W. Ford, Jr., J.F. Matthews, G.J. Peterson, and Roy Seaberg. At the first meeting Roy Seaberg was elected president, J.F. Matthews secretary and M.W. Ford, Jr. treasurer.  (This account is according to Roy A. Seaberg, Sr.)

Palms Memorial Park Cemetery

2421 South Hwy 146

Both Sterling Funeral Home and Palms Memorial Park Cemetery of Dayton were founded in 1962 by Jim and Betty Sterling and their sons.  The Sterling family home (built in 1914 at 602 North Main Street) was converted into the funeral home. On October 25, 1964, the building was razed by fire and on March 6, 1965, the new building was dedicated.  Palms Memorial Park Cemetery is now managed by the Sterling-White Funeral Home which is located at the Sterling-White Cemetery in Highlands.

Acie Cemetery

399 North Colbert at Linney Street

Founded in the 1850s, a section of the Linney Cemetery was reserved for blacks in the early years. At some point, that section was fenced off and was named the Acie Cemetery. Although the only thing separating the two cemeteries is a metal fence, there is now a separate entrance and separate driveway. At the end of Linney Street, one must choose to go straight into the Acie Cemetary or turn left into the Linney Cemetery. The Texas Historical Cemetery marker is positioned in the 15 feet corner that separates the two entrances.

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There are five cemeteries in Dayton some of which have been in use since the mid-1800s.  They include:

  • French Cemetery

  • Linney Cemetery

  • Acie Cemetery

  • Magnolia Park Cemetery

  • Palms Memorial Park Cemetery

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