During a recent conversation in regard to the demolishment of the old Dixie Yarns Textile Mill, which was located in Lupton City, Tennessee, I began to wonder about the following:
Where was the location of the Lupton City Cemetery? I believe that it is reasonable to ask that question since the mill town of Lupton City, Tennessee appeared to be all inclusive with its own school, school bus, church, grocery store (in which one could use the private mill currency), post office, gymnasium, company physicians and dentists in addition to renting or purchasing company built homes. Where then was the Lupton City, Tennessee Cemetery? Surely, there must have been one. They certainly covered every other need. Why not burying their dead as well?
I look forward to hearing from anyone with knowledge about Lupton City, Tennessee in regard to the cemetery. I believe that there must have been a cemetery there at some point in time. The question that looms is where?
A Chattanooga History Lover
My association with Lupton City started before I was born. My Mother and Father moved from Albertville, Ala before WW2 to work at Dixie Yarns. My dad went to England and Mother stayed and worked at the mill. I was born in 1945 and attended Lupton City (Grammar)school as it was called in the good old days for 6 years.
Living back in the 50’s was like Happy Days. As kids we roamed the several hundred acres that comprised Dixie Yarns, the Golf Course, the parks, ball fields, woods and surrounding areas. I never saw or heard of a Cemetery in Lupton City. My last surviving relative who lived there, died two years ago at the age of 97. Uncle Les never talked of a cemetery or of anybody that was buried around there. Brooks Memorial Methodist Church which is located there is the former Lupton City Methodist Church might have some records.
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I could not find any mention of a cemetery in Lupton city on an internet search, but the information is limited. Besides the church's mentioned, you might be able to access funeral information from the closest funeral home--Lane Funeral home on Ashland Terrace.
Deaths in Lupton City may have used that funeral home simply out of proximity? Besides, funeral homes usually know the location of every cemetery in their region.
Best wishes in your search.
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To my knowledge there was never an official cemetery at Lupton CIty.
As a boy Charlie and I wandered all the property from the river to
Rivermont to Lakeshore and Redbank and would have discovered it.
Common wisdom of the time placed the river bank behind the Dixie plant
as the scene of an indian encampment in the past. After heavy rains we
would sometimes find arrow heads, bone fragments and stones that may
have been implements on the river bank.
Neither the Lupton City Methodist (Brooks Memorial) or Lupton City
Baptist churches had a local cemetery. Lupton City residents were buried
in local existing cemeteries as well as being returned to there
community of origin.
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I have a lot of experience with Hamilton County cemeteries and have never heard of anything like "Lupton City Cemetery." I looked at my old TVA quadrangle maps and see no reference to a cemetery in that neighborhood. I would think that Chattanooga Memorial Park, off Dayton Boulevard, probably was the go-to place for burials in that area. If you do find a cemetery in that area, please call me at 423-413-6140.
Hamilton County, Tennessee Historical Society