Shelton S. Abney Jr
Stationed in Warrensburg as a member of the Highway Patrol, Shelton Abney proudly served his country as a member of the military police during World War II. Shelton played collegiate football at the college now known as Central Missouri State University and lays beside his loving wife Nadine.
Standing at attention in the center of Sunset Hill is a nine foot tall monument honoring those who gave their life for our country. Draped in the shadow of the American Flag, this tribute created by the American Legion pays respect to the fallen heroes of World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The American Legion has been placing flags on the graves of deceased soldiers since before the second World War and even use to have a special presentation on the evening of Memorial Day. Perhaps no organization in our country has done more for cemeteries than the American Legion and Warrensburg is extremely thankful for their help and support.
Charles M. Anderson
The tombstone of Charles M. Anderson, who perished in 1918, is actually in the shape of what appears to be an above ground coffin. Perhaps this was the family’s way of saying that not even death could keep him down.
O. Kenneth Andes
Arriving back from service with a flag draped over his coffin. Kenneth was killed in action during battle in 1944 and his gravestone is engraved with the statement, “He Died For His Country.” Kenneth is buried beside his parents.
Richard G. Antrim
The remains of 16 year old Richard Antrim, who died just 8 months prior to John F. Kennedy’s assassination, lies about 25 paces east of the American Flag. An actual picture of Richard, along with all his youthful ambition, is forever cemented to the gravestone covering of his eternal resting place.
Superstition created a minor uproar in Warrensburg back in 1894 when rumors spread about the theft of Charles Banks’ body. Banks, a murderer who was executed right here in Warrensburg, was thought to have his corpse stolen by body snatchers. The sunken condition of the grave only led to further speculation. Investigators were able to dispel town hearsay by digging up the grave of Banks and swearing on record to the discovery of a decomposing, and a horrible smelling body.
Linda Dian Barnes
Between two cement vases and a wide array of flowers, lies the eternal resting place of Linda Barnes. Next to 51 year old Linda’s grave is a tiny statue of a humble angel. Another grave, about 30 baby steps east of Linda’s, shows a mother deep in prayer. This grave, belonging to eight year old Stephanie JoAnn Hall, is adorned with the statement, “She Knows What Love Is.”
A. C. Bass
A. C. came to Missouri in a controversial late 1800′s program that sent trainloads of young orphans from the East Coast to the Midwest. Adopted by the Young family who predceded the Cheatham’s in the banking industry, A. C. would go on to serve our country in World War I and become the State Commander of the American Legion.
Horace Herbert & Effie Shyrock Bass
Located beneath a giant vase lies the eternal resting place of Horace and Effie Bass. The Bass family landmark can easily be identified by anybody passing near the Cheatham Monument.
Abigail Lee Berry
Buried about 20 yards north of James Kirkpatrick’s grave lies a unique tombstone, carved out of wood, and created out of love. This somber memorial is dedicated to the evidently short life of Abigail Lee Berry.
L. M. & Martha B. Berry
Near the shade of the tall oak tree where the wind always seems to blow, lies the eternal resting place for L.M. and Martha Berry. Located about 200 feet northeast of the Confederate Monument and surrounded by family, this grave’s most noticeable feature is the large cylinder lying on top.
Milton A. Jr. & Catherine Boon
Secluded between two evergreen trees standing over 12 feet tall, lies the graves of Milton and Catherine Boon. Milton, a World War II veteran, and his wife are buried near other family members.
Lt. Eugene Tipton Bradshaw
Lt. Eugene Tipton Bradshaw: Lt. Bradshaw’s life was cut short when he was killed in action flying over Belgium during the second World War. 21 year old Bradshaw served our nation in numerous military segments including the 57th bomb squad.
Robert Bradshaw was born on April 27 of 1915. Exactly 80 years later, on his birthday, Robert passed away. This military veteran of World War II, who also ran a taxi service in Warrensburg, is buried beside his wife Catherine I. Bradshaw who perished on a cold January day in 1999.
Every harvest season, Willis Brazil would make his way into Warrensburg to help local farmers shuck their corn. One year, when an ear of corn slipped under a wagon, Willis placed his hand under the wheel at the wrong time as the team of horses moved forward and broke Brazil’s arm pinching it against the hard, frozen ground. After the arm was set and pain medication was given, Brazil evidently took too large a dose a day later and the medicine left his mind in a delusionary state. Living the rest of his life at the county home which used to be located off of Highway 50 on the south side of town, Brazil is now buried in the far west corner of the cemetery known as the “pauper’s field” or indigent area.
Clement A. Bruch
In an earlier day, when city water was poor and store fronts contained five gallon jugs to help cool off patrons, Clement Bruch delivered water from his property most commonly referred to as the Electric Springs. Located near the present apartment complex named after the Springs, Clement would deliver water store front to store front while riding along in his horse and buggy. Clement’s tombstone may be seen about 25 yards east of the American Flag.
Ruby M. Bryant
Hidden near the south side of section S3 stands a pulpit made out of stone. With a closed Bible laying atop its stand, the soul of Ruby Bryant now lays between God’s hands.
J. A. & Ethel Buente
Jay, as most people called him, and his wife Ethel ran the successful Buente Drug Store located off of Highway 13 near the railroad. Jay, who served his country in the second World War, is buried near another veteran named Joseph A. Douglass.
Robert W. Burford
As a 1st Sergeant in the U. S. Army, Robert Burford fought for our nation in both World War II and Korea. Originally with the National Guard, this Leeton Postmaster was buried in 1993 near the northwest corner of this cemetery. Robert’s spirit lives on in the hearts he left behind.
Long before America fell in love with Cliff Clavin off of the television show Cheers, Warrensburg had their own heartfelt appreciation for one of our own local mail carriers. Archie Cash, a private who served in the U. S. Army during World War I and local postal worker, perished at 90 years young. He is only one of the 600 veterans buried at Sunset Hill.
Thomas E. Cheatham
One of the most recognizable names in the history of Warrensburg belongs to the Cheatham family. As a member of a banking family which owned the Citizen’s Bank, Thomas did not just use his talent at the office. He served our city as the President of the Warrensburg Cemetery Association. His effort and vision for creating Sunset Hill into a high quality cemetery came true under his leadership. More members of the Cheatham family are buried about 25 yards east of Thomas’s tombstone and a separate memorial is dedicated to the memory of his daughter, Vivian Cheatham DeFur and her husband Earl. The main strip of the entire cemetery is named in his honor.
D. Louann Christopher
“Love Is Patient, Love Is Forgiving, Love Understands, Love Is Sharing, Love Is A Treasure, Love Is Eternal,” and love is the guiding light that united Tom and Louann late in February back in 1967. Their relationship grew from honeymoon dreams to cherished memories while both focused their hearts on believing in forever. Louann passed away in 1992.
Standing tall amongst a handful of tiny graves lies 8 day old John Clifford. John is only one of the dozens of infants buried together in the corner of the cemetery near the work barn. Engraved in these tiny epitaphs are angels, hearts, crosses, stars, lambs, flowers, horses, toy soldiers, and the swollen tears of loved ones. Bring a handkerchief when visiting this area.
Anna Ewing Cockrell
Buried to the left of her famous husband and surrounded by her family, lays rest to Missouri’s very first State Regent, Anna Ewing Cockrell. Moreover, as one of the early leaders of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Anna’s life is cherished by those who share her common ancestry.
Francis Marion Cockrell
Perhaps the most nationally recognized person in the cemetery, Francis Marion Cockrell served the state of Missouri in Washington as a Senator for 31 years from 1874 to 1905. This former Confederate General passed away in Washington and his remains were brought back to his hometown to be buried at Sunset Hill. The Johnson County Historical Society has extensive records on him and numerous other Warrensburg residents.
George W. Colbern
Three years following the Civil War, George W. Colbern graciously put aside 13 acres of his property in order to create the eternal resting place now called Sunset Hill. Previously called Colbern Cemetery, which initially had sold burial plots for just ten dollars back in 1868, the cemetery was deeded over to the city in 1880. On a side note, the Colbern family owned the Electric Springs Resort area from 1836 through 1881 which George would eventually buy back a decade later in 1891.
Edward T. Coleman
In the shape of a large ball sitting on top of a stack of wood, lies the remains of Edward Coleman. Located at the crossroads of the North Entrance and Cheatham roads, the back of the sphere asks a heartfelt question. “My Dear Friends, Where Will You Spend Eternity?” Perhaps as a last chance for sharing his faith, Edward hopes visitors would answer “in heaven.”
Captain Readic Comer
During the Civil War, 220,000 African American soldiers enlisted to fight for the Union. After fighting in the war, the all black 10th Cavalry would continue fighting the Apaches during the 1870s and 1880s and even chase Pancho Villa south of the border during the Wilson administration. Comer, who joined the service at 18 year’s old against his mother’s wishes, would serve our country in the 10th cavalry during both World Wars. Harry S. Truman awarded Comer the rank of Captain as he became the first African American Captain from Missouri.
In one of the most recent tragedies to affect Warrensburg, High School Recent graduate Angel Conant was killed in a car wreck in Illinois. Her grave, located just feet off of the main drive, is marked by an eternal flame.
Standing 23 feet tall and resembling the Washington Monument, stands a 17,000 pound statue honoring the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War. Located at the corner of Collins and Cheatham, this can’t miss monument is the tallest spectacle in the cemetery. The structure was delivered to Warrensburg by railroad and assembled together from 5 separate pieces.
J. C. Cooper
Cooper, an African-American blacksmith was one of the co-founders of the Baptist Church in Montserrat. This war veteran’s grandson, Mazell Campbell who is also buried at Sunset Hill, was highly respected for his work at Knob Noster State Park in which he worked one day with a fractured leg.
As a standout in Democratic Party Politics, Leland Culp served Warrensburg in the council and as city mayor. Visitors may view the gravesite for this World War II veteran and creator of Inland Chemical Company by the shady trees at the north side of the cemetery near the tombstone of James C. Kirkpatrick.
Harry L. & Bessie R. Day
George Willis & Susie Myrtle Diemer: George Diemer, the former president of Central Missouri State University, is buried beside his wife Susie Myrtle Diemer. Located on the CMSU campus, Diemer Hall is named in his memory. Their child, George Willis Jr. whose grave is located near his parents, gave his life for our country while serving in the second World War.
Thomas Reed Dunham
Thomas Dunham, a World War I veteran, ran a laundry business located off of South Holden near the old Estes Hotel. His nephew, Oliver C. Dunham Jr., also served our country as a sergeant in the armored field artillery. Oliver was a successful businessman and is buried near his uncle.
James Douglas Eads
Historians have coined the term Renaissance Man to refer to individuals who have possessed amazingly well-rounded talents in a large variety of fields. James Douglas Eads would fit this description. This pastor, physician, politician, hotel proprietor, newspaper editor, and military veteran had lived in West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, before settling permanently in Warrensburg, Missouri. This amazing man, who fathered eight children including one whose lineage would keep the name James Douglas Eads for four generations, had unlimited talents in all areas of a person’s life.
Thousands served America under the leadership of General Douglas MacArthur during the second World War. While serving in the 63rd Bomb Squad, 1st Lieutenant Eppright vanished into the mountains of New Guinea. David and eight fellow crew members gave their lives fighting for freedom having accomplished the mission. Eppright’s remains have been returned to his family, his tombstone is located near other family members.