Burleson city council, members of the cemetery and parks board, representatives of Lucas & Blessing Funeral Home, along with city staff, broke ground on an expansion to the Burleson Memorial Cemetery today, December 2.
“A cemetery should pay honor to those interred here,” stated Mayor Pro Tem Dan McClendon during the ceremony. “It should show respect to the families who remember their loved ones and come to visit them.”
The expansion will develop the remaining 1.5 acres of the cemetery and bring options for family estates, cremations, flat and upright monuments, and a special location for infants.
For the first time, a shelter will be raised, providing shade and covering from elements for families during committal services. A water feature is also planned to make the space feel peaceful and tranquil.
“Walking through this cemetery is like walking through Burleson’s history,” said Mayor Pro Tem McClendon. “You see names like Chisenhall, Taylor, McNairn, Norwood, Bransom and so many more from the families that made Burleson what it is today.”
“This expansion comes 112 years and 13 days after Doctors J.F. Dunn, S.P. McNairn and Mr. W.P. Lace purchased five acres on November 19, 1909, from B.F. Clark for $375 to become a proper cemetery for the community,” stated Mark Lucas Kelly, Lucas Funeral Homes director of community relations and celebrant services.
The expansion is scheduled to be completed in February 2022. The construction contract was awarded to Fast General Contracting through an open bid process. The contract is to not exceed $993,799.65 and is funded through Cemetery Gas Royalties.