Friday, January 31, 2014

Taylor Memorial Cemetery In Florida

Located in central Florida is a town with a unique name, Howey-in-the-Hills.  Right off of Highway 19, one can find Taylor Memorial Cemetery.  This cemetery is pretty standard and organized meaning that most headstones are the basic granite with names and dates.  For the diehard taphophile like myself, it seems boring upon first glance, but there are some interesting characteristics within.

The founder of Howey-in-the-Hills set the town up as a corporation named W.J. Howey Company and it was through this entity that the land Taylor Memorial Cemetery sits upon was deeded.  The cemetery was established in 1950 and one of the first people laid to rest there was Dodge Taylor for whom the cemetery is named.  He was a leader in the citrus industry and helped pay off the debts of the city, which was in default during the 30s and 40s due to bad economic times.
A couple of the headstones caught my interest based on the unique images carved on the granite.  In this first one, there is a lighthouse with its light beaming, perhaps to light the path for this loved one to cross over:
This other headstone has a semi truck with the word “Dad” across the bumper leaving me to assume that this man was a trucker of some sort:
I like the inscription “I’ll be seeing you” as well with the sun rising over the hills.  Some other unique images from this cemetery:
I believe this statue is holding a sheaf of wheat, which carries the symbolism of the divine harvest of souls.  The woman is not an angel, which does make me wonder if she is the Greek goddess of the harvest, Demeter.  This quite possibly may be the case when one considers that the harvest signifies the cycle of life and death and thus Demeter would have ruled over that cycle.  Fitting for a cemetery.

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