About Us

After the closing of the Roberts Cemetery, the Lost Creek community found itself without a community burial place. Dixon Stewart owned property north of, and adjacent to the Lost Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Three members of the church bought 2 acres from Dixon, and founded the Stewart Hill Cemetery. Later, Dixon Stewart donated an additional acre to be used as part of the cemetery. Somewhere after 1945, the cemetery became known as the Stewart Lawn Cemetery.

There have been several generations of volunteers, who have maintained the cemetery grounds, and have even hand dug the graves for the burial of members of the Lost Creek Settlement and the Burnett community. At a membership meeting on Aug. 26, 2019, it was announced that all of the cemetery board members had resigned. From the members who were in attendance at this meeting, a group of 9 people volunteered to fill those board openings. At a meeting held two weeks afterwards, those nine people volunteered to hold one of each of the open office positions.

President: Louis K. Ross
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Vacant
Treasurer: Donna Ross
Secretary/Trustee Treasurer: Sonna Phillips
Superintendent: Brian Phillips
Trustee: Gary McCaskill
Trustee: Darin Phillips
Trustee/SysAdmin: Jim Shepard

It was also decided to take the cemetery organization into a new direction, by its new directors. The new cemetery foundation would be incorporated as a 501(c)(13) not-for-profit, tax-exempt, cemetery corporation, bound by the rules and regulations of the State of Indiana, and by the IRS, of course. On September 17, 2019 the Stewart Hill Cemetery Corporation was founded. On that same date, the corporation filed for, and was granted, an assumed name license in Vigo County, to do business as the Stewart Lawn Cemetery Association.

Our organization assumed operational control of the Cemetery after the burial of Anthony Tooty Redmon on Sept. 28, 2019.

The prior cemetery organizations were never tax-exempt. As such, they could force their membership to pay annual dues, to maintain a reserved spot for their burials. Many members discovered later, that their reservations had been given away to someone else for burial, without prior notification, or consent. These actions caused many members to quit paying their dues, and to cease being members of the cemetery association.

This Association has adopted the grave reservation plan used by most cemetery organizations, and one that is accepted by the State, and the IRS. This plan calls for us to issue deeds for each plot to be used for burial. The reserved plot specified on the deed is irrevocable. Only the owner of the deed can transfer the deed, either by gift, sale, or exchange. The rules for such transfers are covered in the By-Laws section of our governance.

To be a member of the Stewart Lawn Cemetery Association, you must own a deed. All active members of the previous cemetery group will be "grandfathered in" at the Annual Meeting of this Association, and shall receive a deed for each plot reserved, for no additional cost. Free!

The IRS rules are quite specific when it comes to Cemetery Corporations. One of those rules is that we cannot charge for dues. We can only accept donations. That being said, while you are no longer required to pay dues to maintain your reservation, the grass still requires mowing, fences still need mending, etc. We need help. We do not make enough from burials to pay for our operating expenses.

100% of your donation will be used for the Perpetual Care of the Cemetery property. Our president has set a goal of raising $15,000 from donations, just to meet our annual operating expenses.

Please be generous. Help keep the final resting place of your passed family members, and your own future resting place, a clean, reverent, and well-maintained area.


Mailing Address:

Stewart Lawn Cemetery
P.O. Box 5195
Terre Haute, IN 47805