|2613 Hospital Road|
North Carolina USA
Postal Code: 27534-9424
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Coree Indians originally lived along the creek running near the cemetery (Stoney Creek). During the War Between the States, the Confederate and Union troops used the area around the cemetery as a bivouac area. The Rachel Thompson family chose the current site for the cemetery in 1871.
When the infant Daisy May Gwaltney died in 1891 (she was a daughter of Albert Johnson Stonewall Jackson Stephen Lee Gwaltney) Bright Thompson gave them space in the Thompson family cemetery for her burial and offered the Gwaltney's a section of the Thompson cemetery for their continued use. This is the portion of the cemetery that continues to survive today. There are five generations of Gwaltneys and three generations of Thompsons buried in this cemetery. Three of those interned were Confederate Army veterans.
For many years, the cemetery was land locked. Upkeep was difficult. By 1994, much of the cemetery was densely overgrown with trees and bushes. Mary Epps Spiron, a grand daughter of Bertie Gwaltney, spearheaded the reclamation project, performing most of the physical labor of hand-digging and moving of 9 graves from outside the cemetery to inside its current boundaries. Mary was was then 68 years old, and assisted by her daughter, Melinda. They straightened, cleaned and repaired the gravestones. Eventually, a brick wall was constructed around the cemetery to protect against erosion and shield the cemetery from view of patients of the Goldsboro Skin Center.
Developers graded the entire area, moving the high ground toward the creek (removing about 2 feet of top soil). They also removed the trees and original chain link fence surrounding the cemetery. The cemetery remains at the original height of the ground.