The grave stone turned up at Enon Cemetery, across from Enon Baptist Churchon FM 556 in western Upshur County “during Senior Week” at area schools, Ray said. He feels it may have been taken as a prank.
He said the stone does not belong at Enon Cemetery, and he hopes a relative of the deceased will claim it so it can go to its rightful place.
The small stone says “Marjorie Louise Malone, Child of Alton and Gladys Malone,” and has July 28, 1936, as her birthday, and Feb. 1, 1938, as the date of death.
Ray said he has been head of the Enon Cemetery Association for about 25 years and is familiar with the gravestones there.
“It’s possible I overlooked one, but I doubt it,” he said.
Ray has contacted the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, and they’ve looked at death records for the county, but haven’t found a name that might match.
He said that if he doesn’t find a local connection, he plans to ask papers in Quitman and Pittsburg to also publicize the grave stone.
If you have any information that might be helpful, call Ray at 903-725-5188. If you wish to remain anonymous, that’s okay. What is needed is good information about the stone.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A Google search by The Mirror this week showed the parents residing in Hidalgo, Texas, at the time of the 1940 census. At the time, they had three other daughters, Daris Malone, 9; Dartha Malone, 8; and Sara Janet Malone, 6. They also had a son, Warren, who was one at the time.
They also had a “lodger,” L.C. Gillespie.
A Google search under the name of Marjorie Louise Malone and that birth and death date turned up what the late Paul Harvey would have called “a strange.”
Listed by findagrave.com. the child was shown as buried in Enon Cemetery, but Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Ackerman, Miss. The Internet confirmed that there is a cemetery by that name in Ackerman, Miss., across from a Presbyterian congregation of the same name.
Again, anyone with information is asked to contact Buck Ray.