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Committee Information and History

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Our Mission

Preserving Oakwood Cemetery and the history of the people buried therein.

About Us

Oakwood Committee members work together to preserve Oakwood Cemetery, both aesthetically and historically for future generations. The Committee provides marker restoration, cemetery improvements, as well as research and documentation on individuals buried therein.

Committee Meetings

Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Rd.
Second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.


Oakwood Cemetery Restoration Committee was formed in 1998 due to a concern that the cemetery markers would deteriorate if preservation work was not performed. Since the markers and monuments are not the property of the City of Tyler, there were no funds to maintain them, nor would there be unless an effort was made to collect donations.

The fundraiser, "The Spirits of Oakwood", was first presented in 2005, during the annual Azalea Trails Festival. The event features historically accurate portrayals of individuals buried in Oakwood Cemetery. This adventure proved to be a rousing success and continues to this day with a different set of "Spirits" appearing each year. 

Current Officers

  • President - Jimmy Horton
  • Treasurer - Todd Lestage (City of Tyler)
  • Secretary - Jim Jones
  • Parliamentarian - Mary June Goodson