The Mystery of the Snellville Historical Cemetery Mannequin

After numerous inquiries, the editor went to find out what was going on.

When you drive down Highway 78, past the Snellville Historical Cemetery, you may have been somewhat shocked to see what appears to be a soldier standing guard over a grave.

I received an inquiry about this mysterious figure a few weeks ago. The person who asked about it was a little concerned that she was either a) seeing things that weren't really there or b) seeing something equally odd that was there. 

Turns out it's choice B. If you're driving in the rain, in the dark, or without your glasses, seeing the figure might be somewhat jarring. But, after Nancy Drew-ing around a little bit, I discovered it's not as bizarre as it first appears. 

It's a painted statue. And it's fairly new to the cemetery. It stands watch over a man who passed away in late November of 2012 at 67 years of age; there isn't even a headstone in place yet. A few people have mentioned that it seems to appear at different locations; I'm not sure if that's possible, since it seems pretty solidly in place, but it's possible that it just hadn't been put in its permanent spot yet. 

I have bits and pieces, but haven't heard from the family yet to discuss the story behind the statue. If you have any other information you would like to share, tell us in the comments!

(Editor's note, Feb. 6, 8 p.m.: we're having some technical difficulties with comments. If you're not logged in, you can't see all the comments. I don't know why, hopefully it will be cleared up soon.)

Kenneth Stepp February 06, 2013 at 11:11 AM
"Nancy-Drewing". I'll remember that one.
Michelle Couch February 06, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Very cool. Perhaps he patrols the cemetery keeping a peaceful watch :) Looking forward to the follow-up on this one!!
Peggy Klasnick February 06, 2013 at 09:44 PM
I love seeing him when I drive past. He is a good reminder of all the men who gave their life for us so we could be free and drive down Hwy 78. When you drive past him say a prayer for all our military.
Matt Test February 07, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Ooh. Very curious about this story!
Dustin McKinney March 13, 2014 at 01:03 AM
That is my great uncles grave.
Dustin McKinney March 13, 2014 at 01:05 AM
Elton criswell next to him is my grand father Vergil my uncle rocky and there mother rose.
BobbyandJody Hudgins March 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM
His name is Elton lee Hudgins
BobbyandJody Hudgins March 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM
He was the greatest man that ever lived he is what held my family together my world is not the same without him I miss u papa so much
Dustin McKinney March 13, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Hudgins not criswell we have a big family.


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