Graceland Cemetery & Graceland’s beautifully landscaped grounds have their origins in 1919. The cemetery was set up when a group of Decatur and Niantic men acquired 54 acres of land on the northwest edge of Decatur for the purpose of establishing a modern perpetual care fund cemetery. Development work started by clearing the land of old buildings and fences, building roads, and adding a new fence around the tract. New drives were laid out and extensive landscaping undertaken. The landscape policy called for extensive use of evergreens. This helps keep the grounds attractive in summer and green in winter. During winter, when everything is covered with snow, it is a sight that could best be described as fairyland-like.
Over the years, we have added features to our facility that further enhances the picture-perfect beauty of Graceland.
The story of Fairlawn Cemetery dates back to 1913 when an abandoned brickyard, full of potholes, trenches and ridges was acquired for development. The goal was to preserve the wooded areas and natural beauty of this Decatur location while restoring the ravaged sites to some semblance of their original state. Hundreds of trees were planted in the early stages of development. Today, this well landscaped and wooded area, paved with drives, trees and grassy slopes is a major Decatur landmark. .
In 1927, the Fairlawn Memorial Mausoleum was added to the cemetery near the north side. The mausoleum was the first building in Decatur to be constructed by the continuous pour operation for concrete walls. A crematory was installed on the lower level of the mausoleum in 1957. Private mausoleums are located along the top of a wooded slope near the front entrance of the cemetery..
We are committed to serving the families who choose to rely on us. Our facilities include a funeral home, two cemeteries, a cremation center, mausoleums, a columbarium, a monument company and a pet cemetery, all situated at the same location. A caring team of qualified professionals is available at all times to answer your questions and guide you through the process of making funeral arrangements. Our friendly team handles all aspects of the funeral process in a personalized and confident manner. Besides, we also offer the lowest prices on grave spaces, monuments, merchandise and cremation. Taking care of families who rely on us has been a cherished tradition, one that we are extremely proud of.
This location has proudly served the neighborhood with exceptional care for years and will help guide your family through funeral service etiquette, customize your memorial, funeral costs, directions to cemeteries, guestbook, online obituary creation, and telling your life story. In case you are interested in preplanning your burial, you can be sure your legacy will be guarded and that you can have peace of mind.
This business can be found 2.5 miles coming from downtown Decatur, Illinois which is in Macon County and serves the surrounding areas of: .
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Billy William Blackburn, 79
Additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home, Coffeen. Burial will be at Olive Hill Cemetery ... Clement Blackburn of Decatur; and many nieces, nephews and ...
Scott T. Powers, 45
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services were held privately earlier this week and burial was in Annunciation Cemetery ... home following a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Philip B. deChantal. Nov 4, 2010 Joan E. Carter Repetto, 79 DECATUR, Ga ...
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