Two Small Cemeteries in Tuxedo

Bell Cemetery

Two graves are located on or near Camp Green Cove and South Lake Summit Road in the Tuxedo community.
Frank Bell, age 95, who died in 1993, and his grandson, Johnny Johnson, 1955-1965, are buried here.
Frank Durham Bell was the son of Joseph Oscar Bell, 1865-1939, who formed in 1907 the Green River Manufacturing Co., and Lillian Durham Bell, who was an early teacher in the mill village of Tuxedo.
Frank Durham Bell served two tours in World War I and founded Camp Mondamin in 1922.

 Rev. Henry Patton

No one seems to know much about the Rev. Henry Patton. A fieldstone marking his grave is in a pasture off Bell Mountain Road in Tuxedo.
Also found in the tall grass is a stone for a Davis child and for Lewey F. Stone, son of John and Addie Stone, born Oct. 21, 1900, died May 13, 1904.
The small 10 by 10 foot plot is on the property of James Coggins. The late Freeman Coggins once maintained the cemetery, even though he was not related to any of the people buried there.
He built a fence to keep the livestock off the graves family members stated.
The story is told among residents of the area that the reverend was fond of the Davis child, who lived nearby.
“One day, he got on a horse and reached down for the child to pick him up and accidentally pulled the child’s arm out of socket,” said Helen Ingle, who researched the cemetery. “Later, the child died of infection and complications and was buried on his property.”
The only records found for Patton are census records of 1880: Henry G. Patton, 31, born in South Carolina, with wife, Martha J., 43, also from South Carolina.
“They aren’t in the 1900 census,” Ingle said. “There were no children listed. Mr. Coggins said they had no children.”
A family by the name of Stone used to come and visit in that area, Ingle said.
“They lived in South Carolina,” she said. “There were not a lot of Stones in this area.”
The cemetery is pinpointed on the county’s GIS cemetery layer.