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The Grave and Tombstone of Clifton Clowers on Woolverton Mountain, Arkansas, photo

The Grave and Tombstone of Clifton Clowers on Woolverton Mountain, Arkansas, photo

The grave plot and tombstone of Clifton Clowers and his wife, Esther (Bell) Clowers. The Clowers graves are in the Woolverton Mountain Cemetery, on Woolverton Mountain, near the northern boundary of Conway County, Arkansas. Clifton Clowers and Woolverton Mountain were the featured subjects of a hit song titled Wolverton Mountain (note the spelling change). While Clifton Clowers was a real person and Woolverton Mountain is a real location, the rest of the lyrics of Wolverton Mountain were fictional. The song written by Merle Kilgore (a nephew of Clifton Clowers) and Claude King (who also sang the most popular version of the song) was number one on the Billboard Country charts for nine weeks in 1962 and placed high on the Pop and Easy Listening charts as well. A wide range of other performers also recorded versions of Wolverton Mountain including Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Cowboy Copas, Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, Burl Ives, Great Plains, Dickey Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmie Rodgers, Mike Shannon, Conway Twitty, and Hank Williams Jr. See the additional photos below.

The grave headstone of Clifton Clowers, Woolverton Mountain Cemetery

The grave headstone of Clifton Clowers, born October 30, 1891, died August 15, 1994 at the age of 102 years. Also, his wife, Esther (Bell) Clowers, born August 4, 1897, died March 3, 1986, 88 years old. See the additional photo below.

The military footstone on the grave of Clifton Clowers, Woolverton Mountain, Arkansas, photo

The military footstone on the grave of Clifton Clowers indicating his service in the U. S. Army during World War I.

To reach the Woolverton Mountain Cemetery: The exit to Austin Road is a short distance south of the border between Van Buren and Conway County near the small settlement of Austin on Highway 9, roughly halfway between Morrillton and Clinton, Arkansas. From Highway 9, take Austin Road west to the intersection of Austin Road and Woolverton Mountain Road. Continue a short distance west (straight ahead) on Austin Road; the drive to the cemetery will be on the right. The Woolverton Mountain Cemetery includes a number of graves of persons with the surname of Woolverton.

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