History of Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home
In the early 1900s, Woodlawn Memorial Park was a family-owned farm, handed down through the generations. Due to the rapid growth of Nashville, Raymond Ligon saw the need to develop a cemetery on the city's outer limits. After the cemetery was developed, he added a funeral home on the grounds as well.
The funeral home began as a chapel that, over time, was expanded to include facilities for visitations, a family lounge, living quarters for Mr. Ligon's family and staff, and offices for the day-to-day running of the funeral home and cemetery. His concept for a memorial park with ground-level memorialization was unusual for the area, because most cemeteries had upright granite or marble memorialization.
Mr. Ligon's mind for business was always looking for something to set his cemetery and funeral home apart from the others. To that end, he built a mausoleum to give families the option of above-ground, indoor final placement. The Woodlawn Cross Mausoleum is a five-level mausoleum built in the shape of a cross and includes a replica of Christ's Garden Tomb in Jerusalem on the first level. It is accessible either through the funeral home or a private back entrance. On the south side of the grounds across Thompson Lane is a second mausoleum, Woodlawn South, a two-level facility with a chapel in the center.
The funeral home has undergone many renovations through the years. Recent changes have created a modern, southern stateliness that provides families and their visitors with a comfortable place to gather. There are seven drawing rooms for visitations and a formal chapel, Dignity Hall, where services for many different needs can be held.
Woodlawn has been selected by families of the area's country music community, university presidents, political officials, astronauts and entertainers, as well as families who have spent their whole lives in Nashville. The park provides many choices for families, including traditional ground placement, family estates, cremation niches, above-ground mausoleum placement and areas where families can construct a private family estate. There also is a garden that allows upright memorials. Our beautifully manicured grounds include a former Civil War hospital in a garden setting with a tranquil duck pond fed by an underground stream.
Our staff would be honored to provide you with a tour of our park to show you all of the options available.