Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Inc. was founded in 1955 by National Cemetery Corporation. In 1959, it was purchased by Leighton and Johnnie Hickerson Keele and Charles E. and Vera J. Parks. Although equal partners, it was mutually decided that Charles would serve as President and Leighton would serve as Vice President of the corporation. In reality, both men invested their lives into the cemetery and it became as much a part of their families as any other member.
Before purchasing the business,.. Leighton and Charles worked as cemetery property salesmen, while continuing their employment as mail carriers. They would complete their mail routes, then go door-to-door selling burial plots. At that time, the only type of burials available at Rose Hill were in-ground, either casket or cremation (which was rare).
In 1996, in response to the growing popularity of cremation and demand for above-ground burial (or "entombment") the Garden Mausoleum was built, consisting of 96 casket spaces and 32 cremation niches. It was very well received and it wasn't long before an additional 192 casket spaces and 62 niches were added. In 2006, the open-air Chapel Mausoleum was built, which can accommodate 384 casket spaces and 128 cremations.
In 2015, Rose Hill is once again responding to public demands for burial options. Before the end of the year, we will open a garden for burials marked with upright monuments, what are commonly known as "headstones" or "tombstones". These are the kinds of memorials frequently seen in country cemeteries or church yards. The details have not yet been worked out, but we are compiling a list of customers, or potential customers, who are interested in learning more about this section once the information is available. If you would like to add your name to the list, please call our office at 455-3485. Customers who already own spaces in the bronze sections of the cemetery will have the option of transferring their account to the new section and receiving credit for what they have previously paid to Rose Hill for their lots.
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