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New Hope Cemetery

aka Living Faith Ministries Cemetery
and Valley Church Cemetery

NE 1/4, Sec. 22, T11N, R1W, I.M.

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New Hope Cemetery is located 0.5 miles north of SE 59th St. on S. Henney Rd. in SE Oklahoma City. From downtown Oklahoma City, take I-40 east to S. Choctaw Rd. {exit 166}. The exit will circle around and come up on Choctaw Rd. from the east. Turn right {north} and go one mile to SE 59th St. Turn left {west} and go 1 mile to S. Henney Rd. Turn right {north} and go 0.5 miles. The cemetery is on the left {west} side of the road, on the north side of the Living Faith Ministries church building.

It is thought that early settlers from Illinois occupied the land in the mid-1800's. Soon, about two acres were set aside for a church and cemetery. The earliest tombstone found in the cemetery is J. Kennedy's Illinois Infantry marker. According to Bill Harris, Mr. Kennedy died in 1861. The tombstone of Claudius L. Haile {1874-1899}, son of L. H. and M. L. Haile and another tombstone with an illegible name and a death date of 1899 are among the oldest tombstones. There were problems with vandalism in the 1980's. Undertaker Roger Ford estimates that there are at least 20 unmarked graves here. According to land records Book 4729, page 0982, Windsor Hills Baptist Church became owner of the property December 1, 1980. Religious services were held under a brush arbor. Later, a barracks building from the Norman Naval Base was moved onto the property to be used as a church building. An inscription on the concrete front porch reads, "Believer's Independent Baptist Church, Founded May 2, 1976, 42 members, Bruce Fry, Pastor." Bill Harris purchased this Windsor Hill's mission for New Hope Assembly Church October 1, 1986. Recorded in Book 5533, page 1050. This location was renamed Living Faith Ministries in 1995. The most recent burial is that of Aaron Paul Nix born August 26, 1998 and died December 2, 1998. His father, Rev. Paul Nix, son-in-law of Bill Harris, is pastor of the Living Faith Ministry at this printing.

{Information obtained from OK County Cemetery Index - compiled by OK County HCE Genealogy Group, page 73.}

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Haile Claudius Leonidas   11 Sep 1874 10 Feb 1899
Son of Leeford Hudson and Mary Louisa Nichols Haile.
Aged 24 years 4 months 29 days.
Kennedy James Richard   17 Nov 1837 1 Jan 1906
Civil War - Co A 21st ILL INF
Nix Aaron Paul   26 Aug 1998 2 Dec 1998
Stephens C.W.   26 Jan 1831 29 Jan 1899

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