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.”