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Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Avenue in Inglewood, California, was founded in 1905.
A number of notable people, including entertainment and sports personalities, have been interred or entombed there.

History

Aerial view, 2008

from Wikipedia by Doc Searls CC BY-SA 2.0

The proposed establishment of "the largest cemetery in the world" was announced in November 1905, to be "on a high strip of ground two miles southwest of Los Angeles."
In 1907, a "handsome, two-story, white granite chapel" was completed at a cost of "about $40,000."
Also in 1907 the management placed an order "with the factory in the East" for a $12,000 funeral car to be used "on the electric line" that ran on a right-of-way off Redondo Boulevard (today's Florence Avenue) in front of the cemetery.
Between 1928 and 1948 Inglewood Park advertised itself as the "Largest in California," with a mausoleum, cemetery, and columbarium. From 1948 through 1950 it said it had the "Greatest number of interments in the West."

Organizers and directors

Early backers of the Inglewood Cemetery Association were Senator Robert N. Bulla, Mark G. Jones, Robert H. Raphael, Tom Hughes, P.W. Powers, Byron Oliver, B.J. or V.J. Rowan, F.K. Eckley, C.B. Hopper, Harry M. Jack, John R. Powers, George Letteau, Jennie Wild, and Will G. Nevin. Others were P.W. Powers and D.S. Patterson.
In 1907 the directors were Mark G. Jones, F.K. Eckley, Robt. N. Bulls, John C. Rupp, Robt. H. Raphael, Geo. H. Letteau, and Chas. B. Hopper. The officers were Mark G. Jones, president and treasurer; Chas. B. Hopper, vice-president; F.K. Eckley, secretary; V.J. Rowan, engineer, and Captain L.G. Loomis, superintendent.

Early burials

One of the earliest notable burials was that of Webster Street, justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona between
1897 and 1900, on September 23, 1908.
Another was the September 12, 1908, funeral of Los Angeles city Police Chief Walter H. Auble, who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Thousands came from Los Angeles on carriages and aboard special Los Angeles Railway streetcars.

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  • Margaret Queen Adams (1874–1974), first woman deputy sheriff in the United States

  • Jewel Akens (1933-2013), singer

  • Coit Albertson (1880–1953), actor

  • Curtis Amy (1929–2002), musician

  • Joseph H. August (1890–1947), cinematographer

  • Lloyd Avery II (1969–2005), actor

B


  • Chet Baker (1929–1988), musician

  • W. Lester Banks (1911-1986), American civil rights leader

  • Reginald Barker (1886–1945), director

  • Earl Battey (1935–2003), baseball player

  • Beals Becker (1886–1943), baseball player

  • Ricky Bell (1955–1984), NFL running back

  • George Bennard (1873–1958), composer

  • Edgar Bergen (1903–1978), actor and ventriloquist

  • Wally Berger (1905–1988), baseball player

  • Paul Bern (1885–1932), director, screenwriter and producer

  • Richard Berry (1935–1997), singer and songwriter

  • Elmer Booth (1882–1915), actor

  • Margaret Booth (1898–2002), film editor

  • Lyman Bostock (1950–1978), baseball player

  • Fletcher Bowron (1887–1968), Los Angeles mayor and judge

  • Tom Bradley (1917–1998), Los Angeles mayor

  • Byron B. Brainard (1894–1940), Los Angeles City Council member

  • Layne Britton (1907–1993), makeup artist

  • Charles Brown (1922–1999), singer

  • Nacio Herb Brown (1896–1964), composer

  • Robert L. Burns (1876–1955), Los Angeles City Council member, 1929–45

  • Jheryl Busby (1949–2008), former CEO of Motown Records

C

Ray Charles

from Wikipedia by Alan Light CC BY 2.0


  • Bebe Moore Campbell (1951–2006), author

  • Caesar Cardini (1896–1956), credited as creator of Caesar Salad

  • Ray Charles (1930–2004), musician

  • Thornton Chase, first western Baha'i, Annual memorial in September draws large crowds.

  • James Cleveland (1931–1991), gospel singer, composer, arranger

  • Johnnie Cochran (1937–2005), trial lawyer

  • Anthony Cornero (1899–1955), bootlegger, gambling entrepreneur

  • Ray "Crash" Corrigan (1902–1976), actor

  • Willie Covan (1897-1989), dancer, actor

  • Al Cowens (1951–2002), baseball player

  • Pee Wee Crayton (1914–1985), guitarist, blues singer

  • Sam Crawford (1880–1968), baseball player

E


  • Dock Ellis (1945–2008), baseball player

F


  • Louise Fazenda (1895–1962), actress

  • Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996), singer

  • Curt Flood (1938–1997), baseball player

  • Clara Shortridge Foltz (1849-1934), first female lawyer on the West Coast.

  • Byron Foulger (1899–1970), actor

  • Lowell Fulson (1921–1999), blues musician

G


  • Hoot Gibson (1892–1962), actor

  • Jim Gilliam (1928–1978), baseball player

  • Betty Grable (1916–1973), actress, singer and dancer

  • Leroy Milton Grider (1854–1919), Los Angeles real estate man

  • Ferde Grofé (1892–1973), composer

H


  • Kenneth Hahn (1920–1997), county supervisor and city council member

  • Jester Hairston (1901–2000), actor, musician, arranger

  • Lois Hall (1926–2006), actress

  • Robin Harris (1953–1990), actor and comedian

  • Helen Humes (1913–1981), singer

  • Flo Hyman (1954–1986), volleyball player

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J


  • Bud Jamison (1894–1944), actor

  • James J. Jeffries (1875–1953), world heavyweight boxing champion

  • Etta James (1938–2012), singer

K


  • Robert Kardashian (1944–2003), attorney, businessman

  • Kirk Kerkorian (1917-2015), businessman

  • Brady Keys (1936-2017), football player

  • Cecil R. King (1898–1974), U.S. Congressman

  • Jerry Knight (1952-1996), musician

  • Fred Kohler (1888–1938), actor

M


  • D'Urville Martin (1939–1984), actor, producer and director

  • Lee Maye (1934–2002), baseball player

  • Fred McMullin (1891–1952), baseball player

  • Louis Meyer (1904–1995), race car driver

  • Cleo Moore (1928–1973), actress

  • Juanita Moore (1914–2014), actress

  • Ernest "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison (1912–1989), actor

  • Herbert Mundin (1898–1939), actor

  • Don Myrick (1940–1993), musician

N

Grave marker for Gordon W. Norris

from Wikipedia by GeorgeLouis CC BY-SA 3.0


  • Gordon W. Norris (1907–1961), poet laureate of California

O


  • Fred Offenhauser (1888–1973), automotive inventor

P


  • LaWanda Page (1920–2002), actress and comedian

  • George H. Peck (1856–1940), real estate broker & developer

  • Lawrence Phillips (1975–2016), NFL running back

  • Billy Preston (1946–2006), singer and songwriter

  • George W. Prince (1854–1939), U.S. Congressman

R

Cesar Romero

from Wikipedia by Trailer screenshot Public domain


  • Robert Riskin (1897–1955), screenwriter

  • Sugar Ray Robinson (1921–1989), World Champion boxer

  • Cesar Romero (1907–1994), actor

S


  • Evelyn Selbie (1871–1950), actress

  • Blanche Sewell (1898–1949), editor

  • Frank L. Shaw (1877–1958), Los Angeles mayor

  • Orfa Jean Shontz (1876-1954), the first woman in California to "sit on the bench and administer justice"

  • Charles A. Siringo (1855–1928), author

  • Myrtle Stedman (1855–1938), actress

  • Slim Summerville (1892–1946), actor

  • Big Syke (1968–2016), rapper

  • Sylvester (1947–1988), singer.

T


  • Richard Talmadge (1892–1981), actor and film director

  • David Torrence (1864–1951), Scottish-born actor

  • Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas (1931–1980), actor

  • Big Mama Thornton (1926–1984), singer and songwriter

W


  • T-Bone Walker (1910–1975), musician

  • Bobby Wallace (1873–1960), baseball Hall of Famer

  • Lalomie Washburn (1941–2004), singer songwriter

  • Laura L. Whitlock (1862-1934), mapmaker

  • Larry Williams (1935–1980), singer and actor

  • Paul Williams (1894–1980), architect

  • Murry Wilson (1917–1973), musician, record producer, and businessman

  • Parke Wilson (1867–1934), baseball player

  • Arthur Winston (1906–2006), centenarian

  • John Downey Works (1847–1928), U.S. Senator

  • Syreeta Wright (1946–2004), singer

Y


  • Carleton G. Young (1907–1971), actor

  • Lee Thompson Young (1984–2013), actor (service held here; buried in South Carolina)

Sources

Wikipedia, Wikivoyage

Details

  • +1 310-412-6500
  • 720 E Florence Ave
  • 8:30AM - 5PM

Inglewood Park Cemetery