Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas

10 Feb

Recently my husband and I made a trip to Hill County, Texas – the cemetery hunt was on!  After a very successful mission to the Covington area, we decided to stop in Waco on the way back to Austin.  I was aware that Lucinda Curbow Lytle and family were laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery as is Martha Isabell Curbow’s second husband, Jonathan Monroe Bedwell.  While I already had photographs of the pertinent grave markers, I wanted to physically stand at Lucinda’s grave and pay her my respects. 

After getting lost a few times, and stumbling upon the much larger and more beautiful Oakwood Cemetery, we finally made our way to Greenwood! Greenwood Cemetery is located a stone’s throw away from busy IH-35 and lies on the southeast corner of Earle Avenue and Price Street in Waco, Texas. The City of Waco established Greenwood Cemetery in 1875, shortly after our Curbow family arrived in McLennan County.  I believe that Greenwood Cemetery was also at one time called “East Waco Cemetery” or “West Waco Cemetery,” depending on which section you were buried in; however, I cannot get a definitive answer on that from local historians.

Map - depicting location of Greenwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas

I felt sad when we walked the cemetery.  I tried to visualize what the cemetery must have looked like in the past; but, I had a hard time doing so.  Even though Greenwood Cemetery has a historical marker designation and is cared for by a cemetery association, in my estimation, it felt stark, forgotten and “unloved.” 

Historical Marker for Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas

 The cemetery has a “white” section which is contained inside a chain-linked fence, and a “black” section which is outside the fenced area.  According to a gentleman that we ran into at the cemetery, the black section has suffered much from vandalism. Overall, the cemetery is bordered by a very underprivileged residential area and the concrete and noise of the freeway.  My husband and I walked the entire cemetery – and we could not find the Lytle plot.  Frustrated – knowing it was there – we were about to give up and just go home.  It took an older gentlemen (also working on his family history) to point out the Lytle plot – which we were practically standing right on top of – situated at the very entrance of the cemetery.  (Okay, so it had been a very long day!)  At one time the plot had been edged by a concrete border – but with the passage of time the concrete has partially sunk into the ground.  There is one marker for Edward and Lucinda; Edward and Belle each have their own marker; and wife Marguerite has one small stone.  It brought comfort to know that the entire family was laid to rest together. 

Greenwood Cemetery

Our family members that are laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery are:

William Henry Lytle, confederate soldier;
Lucinda Curbow Lytle, daughter of Tilman P. Curbow;
Belle Sarah Lytle, daughter of William and Lucinda;
William Henry Lytle, Jr., son of William and Lucinda;
Marguerite Logan Lytle, wife of William Henry Lytle, Jr.; and
Jonathon Monroe Bedwell, husband of Martha Isabell Curbow.

If you wish to view any of the above memorials on the Find-a-Grave website, or if you wish to read any other memorials of folks buried at Greenwood, I am attaching the link here. 

This is an excerpt from The Story Tellers…..which says it all for me:  

How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.


Posted by on February 10, 2011 in Bedwell, Cemeteries, Curbow, Lytle


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5 responses to “Greenwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan County, Texas

  1. Mary Curbow

    February 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm


  2. Lynn Anderson

    January 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hello! My name is Lynn Anderson from San Francisco CA, living in San Antonio TX. My dad is from Waco TX, and buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Waco. My older brother who lives in Austin TX. informed me that dads plot does not have a Headstone. My dads name is Israel P. Anderson Jr. I want to go to the cemetery and find him. Do they have a office or grave locator there at the sight? Please advise!

    • Judy Curbow

      January 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Hello Lynn – thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to send me this note. To my knowledge Greenwood has no cemetery office. There is also no grave locator that I noticed. The cemetery is run by a cemetery association and information is hard to come by. I would contact the Central Texas Genealogical Society. They have a very active cemetery interest group that will probably be able to point you in the right direction. They are located at the West Waco Library and Genealogy Center. I hope this helps.

  3. shirley schoggins

    February 7, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I Have Been looking For My Sister In Waco Texas Greenwood cemetery She Died In 1935

  4. Charles Gilbert

    June 11, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Hello ,Lynn thank you so much for your investigation of the Greenwood cemetery an surrounding areas, I was born and raised in Waco, Texas and after contacting family members that still live there I was informed that my grandmother and my aunt were both buried there more than fifty years ago. My point is that I never realized that my family history went back to that era.


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