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Oakwood Memorial Gardens


Oakwood Memorial Gardens
7000 Adventist Boulevard
Huntsville, AL 35896

Phone: 256-726-7446
Phone: 256-726-8278
Fax: 256-726-7529

Oakwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery:
A Brief Historic Overview

In the mid-1970s, Eric Ward, pastor of the Oakwood College Church expressed the need for the Oakwood College and Greater Huntsville Communities to have a cemetery to serve its families. Nearly 25 years later, his desire and dream were revived and championed by Dr. Delbert Baker, then President of Oakwood College (1996 – 2010). Oakwood Memorial Gardens (OMG) was officially established in 2001. An appropriate location for the cemetery was designated on the lovely and peaceful setting near the Historic Slave Cemetery and Pioneer Lake on the southern boundary of the college's property.

OMG has become a thriving reality because of the efforts of many persons and entities, including former Mayor Loretta Spencer; the Huntsville City Council, the Madison County Health Department and a large number of city officials, local business personalities, and individuals associated with Oakwood College (University) in a variety of leadership roles. The following represents just a few of the persons who gave stellar support to the initiative: City Council President Glenn Watson, Councilman Richard Showers, Dr. Lawrence Robey of the Madison County Health Department; Commissioner Dale Strong, Phillip Wilbanks of Wilbanks Survey; Bud Jolly of Russell Welding. Major financial donors that undergirded the initiative were Eric C. Ward, Lawrence Jacobs, Sr., and Christopher and Denise Cleveland-Leggett in honor of Harold and Elizabeth Cleveland.

Oakwood Memorial Gardens has become an integral part of the Huntsville community and is filling a need for families experiencing loss through the death of a loved one. How comforting it is to know that their loved one is resting in a place that is naturally lovely, peaceful, and can be considered, in many ways, "sacred ground." OMG is A Place of Beauty, A Place of Remembrance, A Place of Rest Until Christ Returns.


retiredIn growing numbers, caring people are protecting their loved ones from uncertainty and stress by making their own cemetery arrangements in advance. Although your need may be years – even decades – in the future, planning now will allow you to make your own choices, while providing you and your family with many other benefits. It is a thoughtful way that you can show your loved ones how much you care.

Planning ahead protects your family from making hasty, difficult and costly arrangements in your absence. Our staff will assist you in making the best decision relative to location, cost, and services available. An additional benefit is the cost for the services you select is guaranteed never to increase, freezing your cost and saving you money.

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