West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association

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Cemetery Name:

Esta Miller Memorial Park

 

Esta Miller Memorial Park, Putnam Co., WV - as seen from road  Esta Miller Memorial Park, Putnam Co., WV - river side of cemetery

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County: Putnam
USGS Quad: Winfield          Map
Coordinates: 38.5491N  -81.8849W
Maintained by: Unknown
Land owner: Unknown
Date added to WVCPA register: June 2004
Condition of cemetery**: Good (June 2012)
Accessibility: This cemetery is located about 1/2 mile up Red House Hill on Rt. 34 heading north towards Liberty.  It sits on a knoll on the river side of the road overlooking the Kanawha River valley.  There is a wide shoulder area at the cemetery where you can park.  When climbing the stairs in the wall up into the grave area, do be careful as the steps and the wall are in disrepair in many places.
** Condition of cemetery as observed on the given date -
may not be representative of care at other times of the year
Scale: Excellent - Good - Fair - Poor - Abandoned

Last Name: First Name: Born: Died: Inscription: Photo: Source:
Badgley James A. 1921 1921 "Baby" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Hart Anna C. 1875 1941   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Hart Helen Martha 14 May 1904 6 July 1921 "In Loving Memory" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Hart John C. 1858 1943   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Henson Frank W.   21 June 1939 "PENNSYLVANIA PVT. 1CL. 2 MIL. POLICE 2 DIV." Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Jeffries William W. 30 August 1880 2 May 1956 "Father"
[Husband and wife - shared stone]
"Mother"
"Asleep in Jesus"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Jeffries Clara E. 11 June 1888 5 November 1947
Kimble Everett J. 12 July 1920 21 June 1986 "US NAVY WORLD WAR II"
[Husband and wife - shared stone]
"They worked to make Putnam County a better place to live"
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Kimble Rita June Miller 25 February 1922 2 October 1999
Miller Charles Elton 29 March 1896 3 January 1950 "WEST VIRGINIA PVT 113 CO REPL TNG CAMP WORLD WAR I"

[Husband and wife - shared stone]

Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Miller Esta Dile 1895 1968
Miller Leon E. 1924 1947   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Patton Virgil E.  1885 1961 "Father" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Patton Birdie Naomi 1885 1940 "Mother" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Rayburn Winnie 12 September 1877 2 August 1947 "Wife of J.R. Walker" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Rodriguez Martha Suzanne Kimble 5 September 1949 June 5, 2002   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Scott Naomi Ann 21 March 1929 1 March 1991 "Mother" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Walker John R. 12 January 1873 3 October 1938   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Whittington Orval T. 1896 1947 "Father"
[Information from "Putnam Co. Cemetery Inscriptions - no stone found June 2004 - may be covered by brush]
  Source: 'Putnam County Cemetery Inscriptions' - Upper Vandalia Historical Society

 

Comments: 

     

Dates in Red are not inscribed on the tombstone and have either been calculated based on death date or are as a result of research on the individual.

The sweeping views of the Kanawha River valley from the top of the knoll that is the cemetery are quite grand, and could be a lovely place to have a bench to sit on and view the scenery and remember the folks that chose this as their final resting place. In old records, we've seen this cemetery also referred to as "Riverview Cemetery" and "Washington Memorial Park". Adjacent to this cemetery, on the outside of the circle drive on the river side opposite the largest number of burials in the Esta Memorial cemetery, lies the Ice Family cemetery. It is a separate cemetery, and you can view the listing for that cemetery here.

When we visited this cemetery in June 2004, only the portion where the stones were was maintained, the majority of the hill being covered in blackberry briars and tall grass. However, the areas around the tombstones that you see photos of above were fairly recently mown.  The driveway around the cemetery was in very poor shape - large potholes and overgrown shrubbery hanging over - but passable barely.  There remains a fairly intact retaining/decorative stone wall around the cemetery alongside the driveway, but there are some portions of it that are in need of repair.  More recently, the cemetery appears to be being kept up much better, with the brambles cleared away and the lawn mown more frequently, a credit to the caretakers.

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