Inglewood Park Cemetery
|Size||200 acres (0.81 km2)|
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.
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.
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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(Note: This is a partial list. See also Category:Burials at Inglewood Park Cemetery.)
- 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
- 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
- Frances Bergen (1922–2006), actress
- Wally Berger (1905–1988), baseball player
- Paul Bern (1885–1932), director, screenwriter and producer
- Richard Berry (1935–1997), singer and songwriter
- Big Syke (1968–2016), rapper
- 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
- 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
- Julian Dixon (1934–2000), U.S. Congressman
- Badja Djola (1948–2005), actor
- Robert DoQui (1934–2008), actor
- William Duncan (1879–1961), actor
- Dock Ellis (1945–2008), baseball player
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Bud Jamison (1894–1944), actor
- James J. Jeffries (1875–1953), world heavyweight boxing champion
- Etta James (1938–2012), singer
- 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
- Allan "Rocky" Lane (1909–1973), actor
- Walter Lang (1896–1972), film director
- Lucille La Verne (1872–1945), actress
- Gypsy Rose Lee (1911–1970), actress and burlesque dancer
- Lillian Leitzel (1892–1931), acrobat
- Evan Lewis (1869–1941), Los Angeles City Council member
- Walter Lindley (1852–1922), Los Angeles physician and educational leader
- 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
- Medford B. Mosher (1867-1922), Ku Klux Klan member killed in 1922
- Herbert Mundin (1898–1939), actor
- Don Myrick (1940–1993), musician
- Gordon W. Norris (1907–1961), poet laureate of California
- Fred Offenhauser (1888–1973), automotive inventor
- 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
- Robert Riskin (1897–1955), screenwriter
- Sugar Ray Robinson (1921–1989), World Champion boxer
- Cesar Romero (1907–1994), actor
- 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
- Sylvester (1947–1988), singer.
- 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
- David Townsend (1955–2005), musician
- Joseph W. Vance (1841–1927), military officer
- 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
- Carleton G. Young (1907–1971), actor
- Lee Thompson Young (1984–2013), actor (service held here; buried in South Carolina)
References to burials or entombments at this cemetery can be found in the articles if not listed below.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Inglewood Park Cemetery
- "Inglewood Park Cemetery: Heritage". Inglewood Park Cemetery. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (July 2011). "Crenshaw/LAX Corridor Project: Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report". 4.11.23 Archaeologial Resources. p. 4-195. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Los Angeles Men Plan an Immense Cemetery," Los Angeles Herald, November 26, 1905, image 14
- "Chapel Is Completed," Los Angeles Times, December 22, 1907, image 45
- "Inglewood: Order Is Placed for Special Car," Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1907, image 24
- "Cemeteries," Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1928, image 14
- "Funeral Directors," Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1936, image 46
- "Funeral Directors," Los Angeles Times, March 16, 1948, image 29
- "Cemeteries," Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1948, image 30
- "Cemeteries," Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1950, image 49
- "Large Beautiful Cemetery," Los Angeles Times, March 25, 1906, image 74
- Advertisement, Los Angeles Times, October 30, 1907, image 25
- "Former Justice Street Will Be Buried Today," Los Angeles Herald, September 23, 1908, image 10
- "City to Honor the Memory of Brave Captain," Los Angeles Herald, September 12, 1908, image 12
- "Thousands at the Funeral of Captain Auble," Los Angeles Herald, September 13, 1908, image 5
- Baha'i Encyclopedia Project
- BOYER, EDWARD J. (1989-05-11). "Stylish Performer Taught Stars to Do His Steps : Willie Covan, 92; Veteran Tap-Dancer". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- Benoit, Tod (2003-05-06). Where are they buried?: how did they die?. Black Dog Publishing. p. 423. ISBN 978-1-57912-287-4. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- "Etta James Honored at Inglewood Cemetery Memorial," KPCC, January 28, 2012
- "Councilman Evan Lewis' Funeral Services Conducted," Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1941, page 20
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- "Dr. Lindley Is Laid to Rest," Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1922, page I–4 Library card required.
- Gamson, Joshua (2005). The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco. New York City: Henry Holt and Co. p. 272. ISBN 978-0805072501..
- Allan R. Ellenberger (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-786-40983-9.