CHURCH OF CHRIST CEMETERY

STOVER, RALEIGH COUNTY, WV

The church is located on Rt. 3 (state road). There are two cemeteries–a very old graveyard on the left side of the church and one in which there are more recent graves on the hill, to the right of the church. They both are Shumate Family Cemeteries but include a few graves of unrelated members of the church.
The Old Churchyard (left of church)

Name as Inscribed DOB as Inscribed DOD as Inscribed Other Inscription Further Explanation
Fidelia E. S. Dec 5 1829 Aug 14 1902 the wife of W. H. Shumate Fidelia Elizabeth (Peters) Shumate, w/o William Henderson Shumate
W. H. Shumate 5 - 19 - 1834 (blank) William Henderson Shumate, d. 30 Aug 1915, grantor of land for church (and school beside it)
G. W. Shumate 6 - 16 - 1856 5 - 21 - 1902 “Dear Father, with a reverent hand, This thy memory given, While one by one thy household, Go reunite in Heaven.” George Washington Shumate, s/o W. Henderson and Fidelia Shumate
Belle Sep 21 1854 Aug 29 1880 wife of G. W. S. Pauline Isobell (Thompson) Shumate
Elbert S. 3 - 29 - 1884 8 - 12 - 1899 “Dearest brother, thou hast left us, Thy loss we deeply feel, But ‘tis God that hast bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal.” Probably Elbert Shumate, poss. child of George W. Shumate and 2nd wife, Clara Arminta Sweeney, m. 4 Feb 1883
B. S.
G. A. S.
C. A. S.
Three small headstones: poss. children of George W. Shumate and (wife) Belle or Clara, e.g., George, b. abt 1879.
Effie 3-17-1880 12-9-1880 dau of G.W. & Belle S. “They sleep in Jesus.” (On the common stone for Effie and Charles) Effie Shumate, d/o George W. and Belle Shumate
Charles Nov 24 1875 Aug 5 1877 son of G.W. & Belle S. Charles Shumate, s/o George W. and Belle Shumate
Sarah F. S. June 19 1858 Dec 28 1859 daughter of W. H. & F. E. Sarah Frances Shumate, d/o W. Henderson and Fidelia Shumate
Charles S. July 12 1862 Sept 12 1866 son of W. H. & F. E. Charles A. Shumate, s/o W. Henderson and Fidelia Shumate
Daisey Nov 8 1886 Aug 14 1891 dau of Mintie S. “Our darling one hath gone before, To greet us on the blissful shore.” d/o George W. and Clara Arminty Shumate, m. 4 Feb 1883, but I can’t determine which dau.
Otie S. 4 - 17 - 1892 4 - 20 - 1892 son of Mintie S. “Happy infant, early blest; Rest in peaceful slumbers rest.” s/o George W. and Clara Arminty Shumate, m. 4 Feb 1883, but I can’t determine which son.
Ora d. May 24, 1912 age 7 yrs, 1 mo. 18 days dau of W.P. & Alice S. Ora Shumate, b. 6 Apr 1905, d/o William Parkinson and Mary Alice (Stover) Shumate
Ray S. d. July 8 1910 age 14, 6 mo. 14 da. Ray Shumate, b. 24 Dec 1895, s/o William Parkinson and Mary Alice (Stover) Shumate
Samuel E. Mullins 10 - 18 - 1885 1 - 22 - 1916 “God’s angels touched him & he slept.” Poss. minister
Jacob Saunders b. June 1826 d. after 1910
Matilda d. May 10 1894 age 81 yrs., wife of Jacob Matilda Jacobs
Eliza A. Saunders d. Apr. 6, 1875 age 6 yrs., daughter of Calvin Saunders Poss. gd/o Jacob and Matilda Saunders, b. abt 1868.
Geo. W. Saunders Poss. f/o Jacob Saunders
The last four graves are located in the back section of the old graveyard, which contains graves of former slaves. There may be more graves in this section, as a recently constructed dirt road, bulldozed out to reach a lot at the back of the church, and running precariously close to the old graveyard, unfortunately appears to have possibly disturbed some of the remains buried there.
Current Churchyard (right of church, on hill)

Name as Inscribed DOB as Inscribed DOD as Inscribed Other Inscription Further Explanation
John Paul Shumate 1 - 24 - 1943 9 - 26 - 1993
William R. Shumate 7 - 12 - 1925 2 - 8 - 1993 William R. “Red” Shumate, s/o Vince L. Shumate and Hallie Snuffer (Hallie is d/o Venila Victoria Stover and Richard Snuffer)
Wilma J. S. 7 - 15 - 1925 6 - 7 - 1997 Wilma Jackson, w/o William “Red” Shumate
Joe Jackson 11 - 9 - 1950 11 - 11 - 1950 son The way these 3 graves are arranged, it appears that the infant is Joe Jackson Shumate, s/o William and Wilma (Jackson) Shumate
Ada Shumate Clemons 3 - 30 - 1911 3 - 8 - 1998 Ada Beatrice Shumate, d/o James Cowgill and Cora (Stover) Shumate, w/o Herman Clemons
Herman Clemons 12 - 29 - 1906 6 - 7 - 1969 h/o Ada Shumate Clemons
William P. Shumate 1864 1948 William Parkinson Shumate, b. 17 Dec 1864, d. 29 Nov 1948, s/o Henderson and Fidelia Shumate
Mary Alice Shumate 1862 1939 Mary Alice Stover, w/o Wm. Parkinson Shumate, b. 11 Nov 1862, d. 10 Mar 1939 (d/o John Stover, Jr. & Mary Ann Warden)
Bert Earl Shumate 3 - 14 - 1892 1 - 5 - 1966 Bertie Earl Shumate, s/o James Cowgill Shumate and Cora Stover
Samuel N. Shumate 6 - 29 - 1894 5 - 13 - 1960 Samuel Nelson Shumate, s/o James Cowgill Shumate and Cora Stover, h/o Wanda ?
James C. Shumate 12 - 30 - 1868 11 - 28 - 1955 James Cowgill Shumate, s/o Henderson and Fidelia Shumate
Cora E. Shumate 4 - 10 - 1875 9 - 26 - 1957 Cora Ellen Stover, d/o Silas and Mary Jane (Workman) Stover, w/o James Cowgill Shumate
Eva S. Hyde 3 - 4 - 1899 2 - 21 - 1960 Eva Shumate, d/o William Parkinson and Mary Alice (Stover) Shumate, w/o John Jay Hyde
William E. Hyde 9 - 30 - 1924 5 - 8 - 1981 William Elmo Hyde, s/o John Jay Hyde and Eva (Shumate) Hyde, h/o Agnes ?
Robert Paul 6 - 10 - 1924 4 - 17 - 1996 Burleson (for whole plot) Robert Paul Burleson, h/o Ruby Little Burleson
Ruby Little B. 9 - 5 - 1929 Burleson (for whole plot) Ruby Little Burleson (living), d/o Perry and Bertha (Shumate) Little, w/o Robert Paul Burleson
Stephen Paul b.&d. 10 - 2 - 1957 Burleson (for whole plot) s/o Robert Paul and Ruby (Little) Burleson
Cheryl Ann B. b.&d. 6 - 25 - 1963 Burleson (for whole plot) d/o Robert Paul and Ruby (Little) Burleson
Perry S. Little 2 - 26 - 1885 5 - 25 - 1971 h/o Bertha Shumate Little
Bertha Little 11 - 7 - 1889 4 - 8 - 1958 Bertha Shumate, d/o William Parkinson and Alice (Stover) Shumate, w/o Perry Little
Audrey Chester Little 10 - 6 - 1926 7 - 9 - 1951
June Little 4 - 20 - 1951
b.&d. 7 - 2 - 1964 Infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Darrel Bird
Note: I have provided the “19" on a few of the more recent dates in which that was left off the year. Data collected on a visit to the church and cemeteries, June 1999. There have probably been a few graves added since that time that are not listed here.
Contributed by: Vicki Fuller

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