Established 1931, but was acquired by the City through foreclosure proceedings in 1941. Memorial Park is located at 1310 W. Innes Street, consists of 33 acres and is still open for burials and purchase of cemetery plots. A citizen can purchase a single lot or plots consisting of 4 or 6 graves.
First of its kind in a City Cemetery, two 48 niche columbaria were installed in Memorial Park in January 2017. This gives citizens an alternative burial option who wish to be cremated and placed in a City Cemetery. The columbaria takes up less space than regular graves and are cost-effective in that they are less expensive than a traditional burial.
b. April 5, 1952 d. July 12, 2012
Professional Football Player. For five seasons (1975 to 1979), he played at the defensive tackle and defensive end positions in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. He attended Lester High School in Memphis and played collegiate football at Memphis State University. Selected by San Francisco during the 4th round of the 1975 NFL Draft, Elam's impact on the league was immediate and along with Tommy Hart, Cedrick Hardman and Jimmy Webb he became a component of the 49ers' famed "Gold Rush" defensive line. Individually, he earned Pro Bowl honors twice (1976 and 1977) and All-Pro status in 1977. He appeared in 62 regular season games. After his football career, Elam was the proprietor of a cleaning service.