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Cemetery Manager

Linda R. Davis
(704) 638-5250

About Memorial Park Cemetery

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.

Famous Internment:

Elam, Cleveland

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.

Cemetery Policies



The City of Salisbury Cemetery Division reserves the right to regulate the method of decorating graves so that a safe and historical uniform beauty may be maintained.

  • Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. They will remain there for approximately one week, at which time the Cemetery staff will remove and discard them. If the family wants to keep any of the grave arrangements, they should be removed before that one week is up.
  • The City cemeteries do not require a vault being used in burials. Please be aware that if a vault is not used that the ground will settle which means if you have a marker installed on the grave, most likely the concrete border around your marker will eventually crack and the marker may also start sinking. If a vault is used, there is still the possibility of the concrete border cracking due to swelling & shrinking of the stone due to hot or cold. This is not due to the Cemetery staff running over your marker or hitting your marker while mowing. The City shall not be held responsible for cracked borders or sinking markers.
  • The City of Salisbury is not responsible for any floral or tributes placed on a grave plot. If missing or stolen, you may file a police report by calling the Salisbury Police Department at (704) 638-5333.
  • PROHIBITED GRAVE ITEMS: Nothing is allowed outside of your marker. Fencing outlining of graves is not allowed, fabric printed pictures that cover the grave are not allowed, solar lights are not allowed, glass, metal or wood products, rocks, toys, life-size decorations, Christmas lights or any other potential projectiles are not permitted on cemetery plots at any time. Anything that could potentially kill the grass on the plot is also not allowed. The Management reserves the right to remove any items that do not conform to these limitations. This is for the safety of our crews since lawn mowers and weed eaters may come into contact with items placed on graves. If so placed and damage does occur, the City shall not be held responsible.
  • All floral arrangements must be in a permanent vase, on a saddle or in a hard plastic cone vase that sticks into the ground. If placed otherwise, and your flowers are damaged due to contact with our equipment, the City shall not be held responsible.
  • An "Annual Cemetery Cleanup/Flower Removal" is performed once a year most likely in February. You can call the Cemetery office at (704) 638-5250 to find out the definite date. Large blue signs will be erected in each cemetery about 2 months prior to the cleanup. During cleanup week, any items located on graves including flowers, solar lights or decorations will be removed and discarded. If you wish to retain any items, please remove them before clean up week. After the cleanup is completed, you can place your items back on your plot.
  • The City maintains 7 cemeteries and takes pride in keeping them looking neat. The mowing schedule allows each cemetery to be mowed every 10-14 days which is usually sufficient for each cemetery to look good until we get back to it. Please bear with us at times as rain and the crew having to stop to open and close graves plays a major role in keeping the schedule on time.

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