Nineteenth century graveyards sometimes included carved chairs for the comfort of visitors. In this function, the object was known as a mourning chair, and cemeteries have since provided, benches for similar purposes, most often movable units of the type used in parks, but also specimens in the tradition of the carved chairs.
Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was a famous distiller known to this day for his company’s whiskey. He was born in 1850 in Lynchburg, Tennessee, a small town in a county that is, ironically, dry despite the location of the distillery. In a cautionary tale about early morning frustration, Jack Daniel died from complications from a broken toe after kicking his safe when he couldn’t remember the combination.
After John Milburn's wife Sarah died in 1930, John wanted to be rid of all his money. He commissioned an elaborate series of statues of himself and his wife in various scenes of their lives together for her grave. The sculptures, in a cemetery in Hiawatha, Kansas cost $200,000.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lay peacefully at rest in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. In recent years a handful of visitors might wander through the cemetery looking for the grave of the cemetery’s most famous resident every week but since the movie, The Great Gatsby was released on May 10, 2013, more and more people are searching out the grave of the celebrated American writer.
Actor Bela Lugosi was buried in one of his vampire capes. At the time of his death he was so poor and his family could not pay for his burial so Frank Sinatra quietly picked up the cost of the funeral.
H. H. (Bill) Anger, (b. 1915 d. 1990) was a pioneer in the Englewood fishing industry, which accounts for his unusually shaped gravesite. His tombstone is placed inside the concrete boat, complete with steering pedestal and wheel, which is moored to two posts.