Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
Since the 1840's Batesville Magnolia Cemetery has served families in our community, our county, and our state. Each person has a life story including their final resting place-whether for an infant, a long-lived octogenarian, a veteran who gave the ultimate sacrifice, a community doctor, or unnamed victims of the yellow fever epidemic of the 1800's, Batesville Magnolia Cemetery credits its name to the beautiful magnolia trees that line the grounds thanks to the Batesville Garden Club who planted the grand trees as a memorial tribute to family and friends. Veterans from every American war since the cemetery's beginnings rest here. The cemetery has a rich heritage of ministers who have served congregations in our area. All lives deserve to be remembered.
Methodist preacher, the Reverend James W. Bates, namesake of our town, is interred in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Records indicate the earliest burials were in 1845.
Batesville Magnolia Cemetery embraces the past, the present and the perpetual. The mission is to preserve the memory of those who have gone before us. Currently the BMC Board is focusing on enhancing the grounds, locating unmarked graves, and serving as a resource for those researching family histories.
Manpower and equipment needs for keeping these grave sites manicured increases each year. BMC does not receive any federal, state, or local government funding.
Families entrust their precious children, parents, grandparents, friends, and heroes to rest in this place. Uneven terrain in the cemetery makes it difficult for patrons to visit their loved one's graves.
The roads have eroded over time and need gravel and grading. Some areas of the cemetery need completion of access roads.
Updating Cemetery and Mapping
The historic 14 acre Batesville Magnolia Cemetery (BMC), is being mapped by locating graves by using ground penetrating radar. Presently over 1,000 unmarked graves in the northwest corner were identified and marked by orange flags. This area has long been thought to be the graves of influenza, yellow fever victims and paupers. Numerous unused grave sites have also been located. Mapping is underway by a Mississippi company, Omega Mapping.
Another benefit of mapping the grounds is to replace the old cemetery grid maps with a new plat with more refined information and an alphabetized roster of names, location, section for each burial site.
The purpose of the public cemetery shall be a burial place for the remains of the deceased and those who want to pay their respects. Other low impact secondary uses such as walking, jogging and biking are permissible provided they do not interfere with the primary purpose. Donations can be made to Batesville Magnolia Cemetery, c/o First Security Bank Trust Department, P. O. Box 1690, Batesville, MS 38606
Internment Info: Well Funeral Home --662-563-5700
1. Burial Rights conveyed by BMC shall be the sole and separate rights of the person or persons named in the deed. The burial rights may be conveyed, assigned or deeded to anyone by the deed holder. At the demise of the deed holder(s), the descendants and/or heirs will have burial rights.
2. All sales must be recorded with the Panola County Chancery Clerk in Batesville, MS on a Burial Plot Sale Agreement. Lots that will not be used may be sold or donated back to the BMC.
3. Lots that have no recorded deed or proof of ownership may be reclaimed by the Batesville Magnolia Cemetery.
4. Burials of cremains are allowed as long as you are the owner of the lot. The urn or box will be covered with a minimum of 12 inches of dirt. Maximum of two cremains per grave space.
5. Placement of grave determined by authorized personnel only.
6. A complete Interment Form and all applicable fees must be filed and remitted prior to any burial or any grave opening. Wooden caskets are allowed. Vaults are allowed; however, wooden vaults are not allowed.
7. Information for opening and closing of graves can be obtained by contacting any local funeral home.
8. Memorial medallions for markers may be purchased from your Funeral Home, Monument Company or BMC. (not available at this time)
9. Use respectable, acceptable conduct. The public visiting the BMC shall be mindful of proper decorum, refrain from loud, boisterous, obscene language. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. No solicitation of services.
10. No vehicle will park or drive across a grave lot or lawn without permission.
11. With the exception of service dogs, dogs are not allowed in the cemetery.
12. Perpetual Care is the responsibility of the BMC Board which will collect and manage funds for the long term care. However, the perpetual care assumed by the Batesville Magnolia Cemetery shall not include maintenance, repair, replacement of any memorials, foundations, or monuments set or erected upon any lot.
13. Neither fences or borders nor plantings of bushes, flowers, and trees are allowed.
14. Cut flowers and funeral arrangements will be removed when they become unsightly. BMC is not liable for any floral arrangements, plants or receptacles that are lost, misplaced, stolen or broken. BMC shall have the authority, with no liability, to remove all floral decorations, flags, shrubs, plants, herbage or adornments of any kind and their receptacles which in the judgment of BMC or the Superintendent have become unsightly, dangerous, diseased, detrimental or which do not conform to the regulations.
The duty and responsibility of maintaining these grave sites fall to those of us on this side of the veil, and is a mantle we should readily assume with respect and pride.
If not us, who?
If not now, when?
Mail Donations to:
Batesville Magnolia Cemetery
C/O First Security Bank Trust Dept.
P.O. Box 1690
Batesville, MS 38606