Welcome to the Woody Cemetery
|View from the top....... "Woody Gap"
As you drive away from the busy
hustle in the lowlands below you arrive at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains.
Our Woody ancestors planted the seeds of our rich and diverse heritage in these mountains.
They were laid to rest in a beautiful wooded setting near Suches, Georgia in what the
locals call " The Valley above the Clouds". This is "Holy Ground" for
the descendants of William and Lady Sarah Percell Woody. From them we are forever united.
On a crisp fall day in 1998 Jinnis Woody Wright, a descendant of
Phillip Woody and her husband Jimmie left their home in Haralson County Georgia and took a
trip to Woody Gap, in the great North Georgia mountains known today as the Chatahoochee
National Forest. They would like to share their photographs with you here.
Click on the image to see a larger view and then your Back button to continue your tour
of the cemetery. Enjoy!
As you make a sharp turn onto a red dirt road that leads to the
cemetery, you think for a moment that there is no cemetery here. The road ends at a large
open area surrounded and protected by trees. There is a long covered table and you can
imagine many Woody's coming together there in times present and past.
started the walk up the hill the ground was covered with many layers of old and new fallen
leaves. We could feel beneath the soft carpet of leaves what must have been graves, now
lost with the passing of time.
Lovingood Woody is etched into this hand carved stone. It is 4 or 5 inches think and
probably made by her husband Jonathan before he left Georgia. A newer blue granite stone
for Molly was placed there at a later date.
||Molly Lovingood Woody
Wife of Jonathan Woody
||As the setting
sun shines softly through the trees you can hear the approaching sounds of nightfall in
the North Georgia mountains.John Wesley Woody born 1781 died March 9, 1866 Priscilla
Treadway Woody born 1801 died March 15, 1888
||On the back of
John and Priscilla's grave marker you find the names of all their children.
||Sunset at the
||Isccac Washington Woody Born
October 20, 1840 Died October 18, 1926. Beautiful stone with praying hands inverted over a
||Night began to fall and as the sun
passed over the mountains, it seemed to be turning out the lights. The sun was shinning
long streaks of light across the cemetery through the trees where we were standing.
|Everything was so peaceful, as the
crickets and other night sounds took over. Jinnis said " It was amazing to
stand there in such a quiet, peaceful place that is so heavily traveled and yet seemed to
|This is only one of many Woody cemeteries that are
known. The setting is unique for this cemetery in the mountains of North Georgia due
mainly to the preservation efforts of Arthur Woody. Without his help these majestic
mountains would not be as they are today. With his hard work, common sense and the desire
to preserve and restore the forests and the life contained within, we have the beautiful
mountains of North Georgia to enjoy. Hopefully forever.
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