In 1907 or 1908 a Honey Grove women's club, the 20th Century Club, erected a 30 x 30 foot chapel at Oakwood near the location of the current memorial and flag pole. The Chapel had handmade pews, a wood stove and a pump organ.
On Friday, October 3, 1986, a gigantic oak tree standing just west of the chapel succumbed to age, gravity and a strong wind. It crashed on the Chapel, crushing the roof and breaking the octagonal shaped wall. The photos below show the damage. Although the Cemetery Association initially considered rebuilding the Chapel, it was not rebuilt.
The current gate and fence were built in 1910. Below is the drawing and article that appeared in the Honey Grove Signal March 4 and March 11 issues.
Oakwood Cemetery in Honey Grove has over 6100 burials, dating from 1854, and doubtless many more unmarked graves. Detailed information on burials at Oakwood is available on the Fannin County GenWeb site. A historic interment record is available on this site.
The Honey Grove Preservation League works closely with the Fannin County GenWeb site. If you have photographs, obituaries are other information on individuals buried at Oakwood, please share them with us.
Oakwood Cemetery is maintained by the Oakwood Cemetery Association, with a Board of Directors of hard-working volunteers. It is not a perpetual care cemetery, and donations are needed to maintain the cemetery. Annual expenses including mowing, chemicals, gravel for roads, tree trimming and tree removal, removal of bees that love the trees, insurance and more. If you have family buried at Oakwood Cemetery, consider an annual or monthly donations. You can click on the button below to donate using PayPal, or you can mail your donation to P. O. Box 96, Honey Grove, Texas 75446.