If stones get broken there are a variety of ways a cemetery has handled that problem. They stack the pieces in piles where you can't get to them. Or the pieces disappear? In this cemetery I did not see evidence of pieces lying about.
I have this feeling there are many stones that we don't see because they have become covered with debree and grass. The stones are there but unseen. How does one determine if they are there and is it possible to dig them out? That is a difficult question. Not a good idea to go digging around without permission. A more important reason is your level of knowledge and how to do it properly. These tombstones are very heavy and that makes them difficult to move. You could hurt yourself. I lean toward caution and basically do not disturb the cemetery. Since I live so far away I just do a little trimming around the stone of the grass.
On the right side of this blog are links to websites that have information about how to care for tombstones. The other method is to Google themes to see what comes up. Just be careful there is a lot of misinformation out there about caring for tombstones. The cemetery may also have their policies so you need to check first.
The surname today is Ussery a very big name in this area of North Carolina:
|Willie Ray Ussery|
Oct 17, 1933 to May 30, 1985
|William P. Ussery 1888 to 1956|
|Another angle of William's tombstone. The intial looks like a P.|
|Jennie H. Ussery 1897 to 1955|
|Colon Mason Ussery - US Navy, World War II|
Apr 16, 1917 to Dec ? 1990
|William Eugene Ussery Jr.|
Nov. 16, 1965 to Sept 24, 2001
In Loving Memory
|Until We meet again|
Lillie A. Ussery wife of
G.I. Ussery Sept 9, 1883 to Oct 8, 1931 (USSERY)
|George Dallas son of T.W. & Stella Ussery|
July 17, 1939 to Sept. 1, 1940
|Iris Gail daughter of T.W. & Stella Ussery|
April 1, 1947
|Our Little Angel - Infant Dau. of Delton & Ina Ussery|
Nov. 1, 1965