Cemeteries of Johnson's Depot

Oak Hill Cemetery is located in the heart of Johnson City and is as old as the city itself. In 1870 Robert Love and Samuel Miller made a bond to seven trustees that each would give one-half acre of land to establish a cemetery located at what then was the edge of the town. Each man reserved a lot for his family with the only condition being that the trustees build a plank fence around the cemetery to be called "Oak Hill Cemetery." Among persons of historical note buried at Oak Hill are Henry Johnson, former Congressman Sam R. Sells, ETWNC Railroad Vice-President George W. Hardin, and Attorney LeRoy Reeves, designer of the Tennessee State Flag. Henry Johnson and his wife were originally buried in the Hoss family graveyard located near the 1400 block of Fairview Avenue and were moved to Oak Hill in 1910. Read about the early history of Oak Hill Cemetery.

The Taylor Brothers Robert L. (Bob) and Alfred (Alf)) both served as Governors of Tennessee and are buried in
Monte Vista Cemetery off Oakland Avenue in Johnson City. Robert L. Taylor was originally buried at the Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville in 1912 but was moved to Johnson City to be united with the final resting place of his brother in 1938. B. Carroll Reece (who served longer in the House of Representatives than any Congressman in Tennessee history) and Samuel Cole Williams, the famed historian and Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court are also buried at Monte Vista. Samuel Mayes Arnell, a noted Congressman from Middle Tennessee, moved to Johnson City during the late 1880s railroad boom years and was buried here in 1903.

The Mountain Home National Cemetery located adjacent to the Quillen Veterans Affairs Center and Quillen College of Medicine off Lamont Street is one of the larger national cemeteries within the State of Tennessee with over 12,000 gravesites. The cemetery is the resting place of the most powerful Congressman in Tennessee history, Walter P. Brownlow. It is part of the original National Soldiers Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers established in 1903. The annual decorations on Memorial Day in which each grave is commemorated with an American Flag is an astounding inspirational sight.

Oak Hill Cemetery
Oak Hill Cemetery Registry Table of Contents Section A Section B
Note: The registry is still under development.
Database and transcription work by
Chester Willis
Section C Section D Section E

Grave of Burr Harrison
Photographer of Early Johnson City

Sign at Entrance

Child's Grave Marker

Old Grave Marker of Henry Johnson
1910 Re-Interment from
Hoss Family Cemetery
Grave Marker of Henry Johnson
Remine Monument

Front Entrance to Cemetery

Grave of LeRoy Reeves
Designer of Tennessee State Flag
The Flag Exhibit Tours Johnson City

General Mills in the Distance

Grave of Colonel Robert Love

View looking toward Walnut Street

Grave of Tipton Jobe

Grave of Harrison Johnson
Son of Henry Johnson

Grave of Major Cy Lyle
Publisher of the Johnson City Comet

Grave of Dr. Edwin Long  
Vicinity View of Long Marker

Grave of George W. Hardin
Vice-President of ET&WNC Railroad

Grave of Congressman Sam R.Sells
Letter from Sam R. Sells
Congressional Envelope

Grave of Vice-Mayor Louise Sells
First Proposed Name for
"State of Franklin Road"

Main Street in the Distance

Chet Willis at Work
Bob L. Cox's Tribute to Chet Willis
Chet in 1951

New Confederate Marker

Wilson Avenue Neighborhood

Grave of May Ross McDowell
First Lady Mayor of Johnson City

View Looking West

Over 60 Confederate Veterans are Known to be buried at Oak Hill

State Flag Historic Marker

Headstone Cleaning

Older Cemetery Marker

Grave of Artist Ted Laws

Chet Willis with Registry
This Page is Dedicated to Chester Carl Willis
1928 - 2008
Tribute to Henry Johnson
the Founder of Johnson City, Tennessee
Are you related to Town Founder Henry Johnson?
Johnson Family Genealogy Prepared by Jeannette Viers-Brooks
Great-Great-Grandaughter of Henry Johnson

Note - Click on the thumbnail images above to link to larger photos.

More Oak Hill Cemetery Photos

Monte Vista Cemetery

Congressman Carroll Reece
Monument and Grave Site

Brothers Bob and Alf Taylor
Tennessee Governors
Famous "War of the Roses" Election
Alf Taylor Family Papers

aylor Monument

Grave Marker of
Congressman B. Carroll Reece

Grave Marker of
Samuel Cole Williams

Grave Marker of
Congressman Samuel Mayes Arnell

Grave Marker of
Mayne Williams

Grave Marker of
Horace M. Wilder
Brother of Gen. John T. Wilder
Family Story on Horace Wilder

1898 Ad for Monte Vista Cemetery


The Tennessee State Flag
By BETH RUCKER, Associated Press April 11, 2005 NASHVILLE - While other Southern state flags have struggled with poor design or lingering Confederate imagery, Tennessee's red banner with a wheel of three stars has remained popular since it was adopted 100 years ago. The state's most recognizable symbol, is a common sight across the state and has inspired logos of First Tennessee Bank and the Tennessee Titans. "If you drive across Tennessee, you see lots of homes flying the flag - maybe because it looks better than other state flags," said Devereaux Cannon, vice president of the North American Vexillological Association and a Sumner County resident. The design was adopted officially with a bill approved by the General Assembly on April 17, 1905, after two other designs failed to find their way into general use in the 1800s. Johnson City attorney and Tennessee National Guard Capt. LeRoy Reeves developed the flag as it appears today probably because the other two designs did not look very effective on a flagpole, said Candace Adelson, senior curator of textiles and fashion at the Tennessee State Museum. Reeves described his design, saying it would include three stars to represent the three grand divisions of the state. "They are bound together by the endless circle of the blue field, the symbol being three bound together in one - an indissoluble trinity," he said in his early 20th- century description. The blue stripe at the fly end of the flag "relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when hanging limp." A survey conducted by the vexillological association rated the Tennessee flag in the top 10 of state flags. Peter Orenski, a flagmaker in Connecticut, said the Tennessee flag is "a flagmaker's dream" with basic colors and a simple design. "A flag has to be simple without being simplistic," he said. "Here is a flag, in terms of a flagmaker, that is simple without being simplistic. It says Tennessee to anyone who knows anything about it." Ted Kaye, an officer in the vexillological association and author of the booklet "Good Flag, Bad Flag," said the Tennessee banner stands out from half of the other U.S. state flags that have come to be known as "s.o.b. flags." "They're what we call a 'seal on a bedsheet,' " he said. "They're just a state seal plopped on a blue field."

Original Tennessee Flag Designed by LeRoy Reeves

Colonel LeRoy Reeves

Johnson City Comet: February 5, 1903










Mountain Home  National Cemetery
Floral Arrangement
Quillen College of Medicine
Congressman Walter P. Brownlow
View from Mountain Home
Lake Near South Entrance
National Cemetery View


Memorial Day
Memorial Day Flag
Historic Clock and Bell Tower
Cemetery View
Eddie Williams, Jr.
"The Father of I-26"

Gazebo - Memorial Day

Tipton-Haynes Cemetery
Cemetery Marker
Grave of John Tipton
1730 - 1813
Mary Taylor Haynes Grave
Ancient Burial Ground

In Memoriam
Washington County Deaths -
World War II

Graves Not in
Johnson City

Gen. John T. Wilder
Forest Hills Cemetery
Monument and Grave
Mayor Seth Yocum
Former Congressman
Pasadena, California

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