TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: He died for his master

Unusual Monument and Epitaph

In the Magnolia Cemetery in the lot of W. S. Metcalf is a monument to a FAITHFUL FRIEND. This is the story about the tombstone.

Magnolia cemetery, Mobile, Alabama 2010 by Carol Highsmith (Library of Congress)

In 1903, a mill located near Cedar Point Road, known as the Metcalf Mill, was destroyed by an explosion, killing Mr. W. S. Metcalf. His dog “Rex” his faithful friend and everyday companion, refused to leave the location or to partake of any nourishment, waiting and watching for his masters return and died at his post. Rex is buried at the foot of his master’s grave and a monument, a life size replica of him, marks the spot on which is engraved: “He died for his master.”

RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America Inspired by actual people and historical events! Based on the Cottingham ancestors of Bibb County, Alabama.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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