Head stones discovered in an East Texan's front yard

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It is not everyday someone finds a head stone in their front yard. "That's someone's grandmother or mother on that tombstone," said Angela Kelley, discovered head stones.

Kelley found two grave stones in a ditch in front of her grandfather's home. She does not understand why anyone would do such a thing. "It's disrespectful, you know. It's desecrating someone's family member," said Kelley.

She buried her grandfather only four months ago and takes the vandalism to heart. "If it was his grave site this had happened to, I'd just be furious knowing someone could just go into a cemetary and do that," said Kelley.

She said she does not know where the head stones came from, but she is going to do everything she can to find the answers. Kelley called police, but they told her to just throw the head stones away. For her, that's not an option. "That's a record of someone's life and birth and death," said Kelley.

Inscription in hand, Kelley searched through countless Angelina County death records, trying to find the missing piece of the puzzle. "Evidently they weren't born in Angelina County, so that's when I started calling funeral homes to see maybe if they could dig back through their records to see who they belong to," said Kelley.

Kelley said she won't stop searching until the head stones are again put to rest. The names on the two head stones are Bethie Wallace (December 24, 1891 to March 12, 1953) and Carrie Dennis (May 2, 1892 to December 13, 1930). If you have any information please contact police.