Nashville Cemetery Tour

Nashville Cemetery Tour
The final resting place for many musicians as well as local prominent people.

Nashville City Cemetery (1001 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203)   is the oldest public cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of Nashville’s prominent historical figures are buried there.

Four of Nashville’s founders, James and Charlotte Robertson & John and Ann Robertson Cockrill; American Revolutionary War soldiers Lipscomb Norvell, Joel Lewis, Anthony Foster; four Confederate generals: Felix Zollicoffer, Bushrod Johnson, Richard Ewell, and Samuel Read Anderson; the man who named the American flag “Old Glory,” Captain William Driver; Union Navy Commodore Paul Shirley; a Tennessee Governor, William Carroll; 15 mayors of Nashville, and two of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers, Mabel Lewis Imes and Ella Sheppard Moore, also many slaves and free persons of color interred prior to the Civil War, are among those buried in the small and peaceful cemetery,  The City Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 because of its historical and architectural significance.


James Robertson – The Founder of Nashville

Captain William Driver: the man who named the American flag “Old Glory”

Notable buried

Samuel R. Anderson – Confederate brigadier general in the Civil War.
Washington Barrow – U.S. Charges d’Affaires to Portugal; U.S. Congressman from 1847-49.
William Carroll – Governor of Tennessee from 1821 to 1827 and again from 1829 to 1835.
Thomas Claiborne – U.S. Congressional Representative from 1817 to 1819.
William Driver – coined the name Old Glory for the U.S. flag in 1831.
Francis Fogg – developed Nashville’s public school system in 1852.
Harlan Howard (1927–2002), a prolific American songwriter, principally in country music.
Mabel Imes and Ella Sheppard – two of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Lt. Lipscomb Norvell – Revolutionary War Soldier and father of US Senator John Norvell.
John Patton Erwin (1795-1857), Mayor of Nashville from 1821 to 1822, and from 1834 to 1835.
Alexander Porter (1785-1844), U.S. Senator who represented Louisiana.
Felix Robertson (1781–1865), Mayor of Nashville from 1818 to 1819, and from 1827–1829.
Anne Robertson Johnson Cockrill (1757-1821), pioneer.
James Robertson and his wife, Charlotte Robertson – two of the founders of Nashville (then called Fort Nashborough)
Wilkins F. Tannehill (1787-1858), Mayor of Nashville from 1825 to 1827.
Charles Clay Trabue (1798-1851), member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1824 to 1828 and Mayor of Nashville from 1839 to 1841.


Mount Olivet Cemetery (1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37210) serves as the final resting place for many of Middle Tennessee’s political and business leaders, as well as a Confederate Circle that has about 1,500 soldiers buried there

Notable buried

Mount Olivet Cemetery

Mount Olivet Cemetery

Adelicia Acklen, wealthy Nashville businesswoman and socialite.
John Meredith Bass, Mayor of Nashville from 1833 to 1834, and again in 1869.[2]
William B. Bate, Governor of Tennessee (1883 to 1887), American Civil War general
John Bell, United States Senator and presidential candidate
Aaron V. Brown, Governor of Tennessee (1845 to 1847), United States Postmaster General from 1857 to 1859
James Stephens Brown, Mayor of Nashville from 1908 to 1909.[2]
George P. Buell, Union Army general
Joseph Wellington Byrns, United States Congressman and Speaker of the House
John Catron, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Benjamin F. (“Frank”) Cheatham, Confederate general during the American Civil War
Mark R. Cockrill (1788-1872), cattleman, planter, and “Wool King of the World”.
Clarence Kelley Colley (1869-1956), architect.[3]
Washington Bogart Cooper (1802–1888), painter.[4]
George A. Dickel (1818–1894), liquor dealer and wholesaler
Anne Dallas Dudley (1876–1955), women’s suffrage activist
Guilford Dudley, U.S. ambassador to Denmark under the Nixon and Ford presidential administrations, son of Anne Dallas Dudley.
Edward H. East (1830–1904), Tennessee Secretary of State, briefly served as the state’s “acting governor” in 1865
Jesse Babcock Ferguson, onetime minister of the Nashville Church of Christ, later associated with Spiritualism and Universalism
Thomas Frist, co-founder of Hospital Corporation of America and father of the former majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Bill Frist
Francis Furman (1816–1899), Nashville businessman during the Reconstruction Era. A building is named in his honor on the campus of Vanderbilt University, and his tomb, designed by sculptor Johannes Gelert (1852–1923), is the largest one in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Sidney Clarence Garrison (1885-1945), second President of Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) from 1938 to 1945.[5]
Meredith Poindexter Gentry, United States Congressman
Carl Giers, early photographer
Alvan Cullem Gillem, Civil War Union general and post-bellum Indian fighter
Vern Gosdin 1934–2009 country music legend
William Crane Gray, (1835–1919), First Episcopal Bishop of the Missionary Jurisdiction of Southern Florida
Felix Grundy (1775–1840), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and 13th Attorney General of the United States.
George Blackmore Guild (1834–1917), Mayor of Nashville from 1891 to 1895.[2]
Robert Kennon Hargrove (1829–1905), a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
Henry C. Hibbs (1882–1949), architect.
E. Bronson Ingram, founder of Ingram Industries Inc., parent company of Ingram Barge Company; Ingram Book Company, the nation’s largest book distributor; Ingram Micro; and other major companies
Howell Edmunds Jackson, United States Senator and Supreme Court Justice
William Hicks Jackson, Confederate general during the American Civil War
Thomas A. Kercheval, Tennessee State Senator and Mayor of Nashville
David Lipscomb, founder of Nashville Bible School (now Lipscomb University)
William Litterer (1834–1917), Mayor of Nashville from 1890 to 1891.[2]
George Maney, Confederate Civil War general and U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay
Jack C. Massey, entrepreneur who helped found or take public Hospital Corporation of America, Kentucky Fried Chicken and two other NYSE-listed companies
Hill McAlister, Governor of Tennessee from 1933 to 1937
Randal William McGavock (1826–1863), Mayor of Nashville from 1858 to 1859 and Confederate Lt. Colonel who was killed in the Battle of Raymond.[2]
Eliza Jane McKissack (1828–1900), founding head of music in 1890 to the forerunner of the University of North Texas College of Music
Benton McMillin, Governor of Tennessee (1899 to 1903)
Kindred Jenkins Morris (1819–1884), Mayor of Nashville from 1869 to 1871.[6]
Thomas Owen Morris (1845–1924), Mayor of Nashville from 1906 to 1908.[2]
William Nichol (1800–1878), Mayor of Nashville from 1835 to 1837.[2]
John Overton, friend of Andrew Jackson and one of the founders of Memphis, Tennessee
Bruce Ryburn Payne (1874-1937), founding president of Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) from 1911 to 1937.[7]
Colonel Buckner H. Payne (1799-1889), clergyman, publisher, merchant and racist pamphleteer.[8]
James E. Rains, American Civil War general killed in the 1862 Battle of Murfreesboro
Fred Rose, music publishing executive
William Percy Sharpe (1871–1942), Mayor of Nashville from 1922 to 1924.[2]
John Hugh Smith (1819–1870), Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee three times, from 1845 to 1846, from 1850 to 1853, and from 1862 to 1865.[2]
Ernest Stoneman, country music performer
David K. Wilson (1919-2007), businessman and philanthropist; major donor to Vanderbilt University and the Republican Party.
Originally known as “The Voice,” Vern Gosdin (1934-2009)

Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park (660 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204)

George Jones Gravesite Memorial in the Garden of the Grand Tour section

Notable interments

Little Jimmy Dickens (1920–2015), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
George Jones (1931–2013), Country Music Hall of Fame Singer
Marty Robbins (1925–1982), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Porter Wagoner (1927–2007), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Tammy Wynette (1942–1998), Country Music Hall of Fame singer


Little Jimmy Dickens in the Cross Mausoleum 3rd floor left hall


More people of interest

Joe Allison (1924–2002), songwriter
Liz Anderson (1927–2011), country music singer, songwriter, and mother to country musician Lynn Anderson.
Lynn Anderson (1947–2015), Country music singer
Eddy Arnold (1918-2008), Country Music Singer, Recording Executive, Producer and Country Music Hall of Fame Member
Ernie Ashworth (1928-2009), country music singer, Grand Ole Opry member
Rob Bironas (1978–2014), professional football player/Placekicker for the Tennessee Titans
Otis Blackwell (1931–2002), Songwriters Hall of Fame member
Owen Bradley (1915–1998), record producer, Country Music Hall of Fame member, Academy Award nominee
Jim Ed Brown (1934–2015), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Boudleaux Bryant (1920–1987), Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame member
Felice Bryant (1925–2003), Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame member
Billy Collins (1963–1984), Boxer
Elringo De’Angelino (1934–2009) Well known Nashville street musician for over 20 years, better known as Velvet Thunder.
Little Jimmy Dickens (1920–2015), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Kerby Farrell (1913–1975), Major League Baseball Player, Manager Boston Braves, Chicago White Sox
Red Foley (1910–1968), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Benton Cordell Goodpasture (1895–1977), Churches of Christ minister, editor of the Gospel Advocate
Dobie Gray (1940–2011), American singer and songwriter
Vernon Holland (1948–1998), Professional football player Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants and Detroit Lions
Tommy Jackson (1926–1979), Musician, Considered by many in the country music industry to be the first great Nashville session fiddler
George Jones (1931–2013), Country Music Hall of Fame Singer
Rayburn Leo Knight
Neal Matthews, Jr. (1929–2000), decorated soldier, Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Claudette Frady-Orbison (1941–1966), wife of legendary singer Roy Orbison. She died when her motorcycle was hit by a truck. She is buried with her two young boys, Roy Dewayne Orbison (1958–1968) and Anthony King Orbison (1962–1968), who died together in a house fire
Johnny Paycheck (1938–2003), country singer
Lynn Peterzell (1955–1994), noted audio engineer
Webb Pierce (1921–1991), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Dottie Rambo (1934–2008), Gospel singer and songwriter. Named songwriter of the century in the early 90’s, Grammy and Dove winner, Gospel Music Hall of Fame for self and family group The Rambos, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, composed over 2,500 songs
Marty Robbins (1925–1982), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Jerry Reed (1937–2008), Country music singer and Actor
Dan Seals (1948–2009), 80’s country singer, of 70’s pop/rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley
Red Sovine (1917–1980), country singer
Brock Speer (1920–1999), gospel music singer
Mel Street (1933–1978), country singer
JD Sumner (1924–1998), singer, Elvis’ backup
Van Stephenson (1953–2001), Country singer, songwriter. He was a member of Blackhawk
Gordon Stoker (1924–2013), singer The Jordanaires
Mack Vickery (1938–2004), Songwriter, singer, musician, Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Porter Wagoner (1927–2007), Country Music Hall of Fame singer
Tammy Wynette (1942–1998), Country Music Hall of Fame singer

For more exact information

Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery are the following:
Garden of the Grand Tour: George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Rob Bironas, Billy Sherrill, Jerry Chesnut

Sunset Garden A: Dan Seals
Sermon on the Mount: Roy Orbison, Claudette Orbison, Anthony Orbison
Garden of the Good Shepherd: Red Stovine, Brock Speer
Chapel Garden F: William Owen Bradley
Chapel Garden H: Eddy and Sally Arnold
Companion Garden A: Thomas Lee Jackson
Garden of Gethsemane: Marty Robbins, Webb Pierce, Larrie Londin, Willard Mack Vickery
Garden of Time: Mel Street
Garden of Prayer: Hattie L. Bess aka “Tootsie”
Garden of Everlasting Life: Porter Waggoner, Dale Cooper (Stoney Cooper), Doobie Gray
Graceland Garden: Clyde Foley aka “Red Foley”
Lakeside Garden: Groover Lavender aka “Shorty Lavender”

Cross Mausoleum 
1st Floor: Replica of Christ Tomb
2nd Floor – Right Hall: Jack Strap
3rd Floor – Left Hall: Boudleaux & Felice Bryant, Jerry “Reed” Hubbard, Dottie Rambo, Van Stephenson, Tammy Wynette, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, Liz Anderson
3rd Floor – Right Hall: JD Sumner, Gordon Stroker, Otis Blackwell, Ernie Ashworth
4th Floor – Left Hall: Paul Glaser

Spring Hill Cemetery  (5110 Gallatin Pike S, Nashville, TN 37216)

In addition to two British Royal Air Force veterans of World War II and circus performer Ella Harper,the cemetery is the final resting place for numerous notable music performers including the following:

Jimmy Martin

Roy Acuff

Bobby Hebb: soul singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, performer
Earl Scruggs: bluegrass musician
Floyd Cramer: piano legend
George Morgan: singer
Hank Snow: singer
Jimmy Martin: bluegrass singer
John Hartford: singer, fiddler
Keith Whitley: singer
Roy Acuff: singer, songwriter, music publisher
Kitty Wells: singer

Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, George Morgan, Keith Whitley, Gilbert “Speck” Rhodes, Floyd Cramer, Jimmy Martin, John Hartford, Dean Manuel, Clifton Beverly Briley, Bunny Biggs, Billy Walker, Pete Drake, Louise Scruggs, Johnny Wright, and more.


Nashville National Cemetery (1420 Gallatin Pike S, Madison, TN 37115)

The original interments were the remains of soldiers removed from temporary burial grounds around Nashville’s general hospitals, as well as the Civil War battlefields at Franklin and Gallatin, TN., and Bowling Green and Cave City, Ky. There are 4,141 unknowns interred at Nashville National Cemetery.

Medal of Honor recipients
Private John Carr, for action during the Indian Wars.[1]
Private Charles P. Cantrell, for action during the Spanish–American War.
Corporal William Franklin Lyell, for action during Korean War.
Chaplain Erastus M. Cravath, one of the founders of Fisk University.
Augustus Herman Pettibone, US Congressman.
Barry A. Sadler, Vietnam War veteran, and writer of the song Ballad of the Green Berets.
Teddy & Doyle Wilburn, brothers and country music stars.

Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (7931 Mc Crory Ln, Nashville, TN 37221)


Hendersonville Memory Gardens ( 353 E Main St, Hendersonville, TN 37075)

The burial place of Johnny and June Cash in Hendersonville, TN.

Notable interments

Max Barnes (1936–2004), songwriter
“Mother” Maybelle Carter (1909–1978), musician, songwriter
Helen Carter (1927–1998), country singer and daughter of Maybelle Carter
Anita Carter (1933–1999), singer-musician and daughter of Maybelle Carter
Johnny Cash (1932–2003), country music legend
June Carter Cash (1929–2003), country music singer
Rosie Nix Adams (1958–2003), singer-songwriter and daughter of June Carter Cash
Ferlin Husky (1925–2011), country music singer
Merle Kilgore (1934–2005), country music singer-songwriter
Joe Maphis (1921–1986), country music master guitarist
Johnny Russel
Luther Perkins (1928–1968), country music guitarist for Johnny Cash
Sheb Wooley (1921–2003), actor and singer-songwriter

Sumner Memorial Gardens / Memorial Park (151 E Main St, Hendersonville, TN 37075)

Notable interments  in the outside mausoleum
Conway Twitty (Harold L. Jenkins) (1933-1993), country music singer


Mount Hope Cemetery (608 Mt Hope St, Franklin, TN 37064)

Notable interments

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon “Minnie Pearl” (1912-1996), Commedienne/ Icon
Marion “Lady Marion” Worth (1930-1999), early Female Country singer

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (9090 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221)

Notable interments

Donna Summer (1948-2012)

Chet Atkins (1924-2001)

Harlan Mathews (1927-2014)

Wayne H. Carson (1942-2015)

McGavock Confederate Cemetery which is next Carnton Plantation (1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064)

Home to the largest private Confederate cemetery in the US.