Archive for August, 2017

Chuck Berry

Posted in Bellerive Gardens with tags , , , on August 22, 2017 by Cade

October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017

Marvin Berry’s famous cousin invented Rock ‘n’ Roll. I could just stop there. But, where’s the fun in that?

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was a guitarist and singer who spent the 1950’s taking bits and pieces of the rhythm and blues style of music and turning the world on its head. As he pioneered new ways to use guitar and uptempo rhythms in popular music, he paved the way for others to follow. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Hendrix…you name it. If they were a giant in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll music, Berry influenced them directly.

From rough beginnings in St. Louis, MO, Berry loved music from the start. In his 20’s, he played regularly in local clubs where he mixed (the very popular with white audiences at the time) country music with more Blues inspirations. His popularity brought him to Chicago and Chess Records. His first recording with Chess was called “Maybellene.” It sold over 1 million copies. Chart busters like “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnnie B. Goode” followed and launched Berry and this new style of music into history. Popular music would never sound the same.

Of course, that wasn’t the end for Berry. He continued to be influential for decades. He wrote more classics. He toured well into the 21st Century and maintained a residency at his club, Blueberry Hill, in St. Louis until his late 80’s. He died in his home at the age of 90 and was buried with his trademark Gibson guitar.

Burial

Bellerive Gardens – Creve Coeur, MO

Specific Location

In the mausoleum at the back of the cemetery; enter the main doors and walk straight back through the main chapel section, past a hallway and into a smaller section of crypts, Chuck is interred on your left in the second row up.

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Abraham Lincoln

Posted in Oak Ridge Cemetery with tags on August 15, 2017 by Cade

February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Arguably, one of the most famous presidents in U.S. history, Lincoln guided the country through its bloody civil war. A largely self-educated lawyer who grew up in Kentucky and Indiana, he went on to represent Illinois in the United States congress. After a return to private law practice, and amidst a rising tension between Southern, slave-owning states and the North, Lincoln was persuaded to run for President as a moderate in the newly founded Republican party. Despite receiving virtually no votes from the Southern states, Lincoln won the election in 1860. His victory led the first states in the South to begin working toward secession and the war followed quickly. Lincoln navigated the war with admirable skill and prowess. In 1862, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which effectively freed the slaves in the Southern states. In 1864, he was reelected while the war raged on and began to work toward what post-war Reconstruction would look like. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. Four days later, Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. by Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth. Abraham Lincoln died the next day, leaving behind an enormous footprint on the nation as it moved forward from its darkest hour.

Lincoln has been immortalized on statues, on money, in history and in pop-culture. Illinois’ favorite son remains, perhaps, one of the biggest American icons of all time.

Burial

Oak Ridge Cemetery – Springfield, IL

Specific Location

Enter the cemetery…follow the signs. President Lincoln is buried behind the large marker inside the even larger monument. Walk in the front door of the monument and go either right or left from the first vestibule.

NOTE: Lincoln’s wife, Mary and three of their sons are interred in the wall opposite his grave. The fourth – and longest surviving – son, Robert, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.