|Tom Landry's actual gravesite - Sparkman-Hillcrest Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Photo courtesy © 2008 OnThisVerySpot.com|
Well, I thought it was Tom's grave until I visited Sparkman - Hillcrest Cemetery in Dallas last summer. And I found out, he's buried there too! I even asked the lady in the office, "then why is Tom buried in Austin?"
This is when I figured out what a cenotaph is!
According to the Random House Dictionary, a cenotaph is: a sepulchral monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere. It comes from the Greek word kenotaphion, from kenos empty + taphos tomb.
And so, I now know Tom Landry is interred in Dallas but also has an "empty tomb" dedicated to his memory in Austin. I also know that the Texas State Cemetery has several other cenotaphs that have been mistaken for actual gravesites. Whew!
Thomas Wade Landry
Birth: September 11, 1924; Mission, Texas
Death: February 12, 2000; Dallas, Texas
Burial: Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery
Plot: Monument Garden
Cenotaph: Texas State Cemetery
A native of Texas, Tom served during World War II as a bomber pilot. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his B.S. degree in industrial engineering (he later earned a Master's degree in the same subject).
In 1949, he played baseball for the New York Yankees.
In 1960, he became the first coach of the Dallas Cowboys, a team that he would coach for 29 years, winning two Super Bowls.
Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
|Cenotaph at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas!|
|Located with the cenotaph at the Texas State Cemetery!|
http://www.findagrave.com (Memorial# 8505)