Thursday, August 18, 2011

Where is Coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys Buried?

There are too many grave-related markers for Tom Landry!
Tom Landry's actual gravesite - Sparkman-Hillcrest Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Photo courtesy © 2008
I first saw his "gravestone" at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin about 4 years ago.

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
Dallas, Texas
Plot: Monument Garden

Cenotaph: Texas State Cemetery
Austin, Texas

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!

The back side of the cenotaph.
Located with the cenotaph at the Texas State Cemetery! (Memorial# 8505)

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