Welcome to the Wills Cemetery in Peculiar Missouri.  The Wills Cemetery was originally known as the Thorn Grove Cemetery and was incorporated in 1868.  Wills Cemetery has provided burial space for many generations of Peculiar and area residents.

Honoring Those Who Have Served

Sponsor a Military Veteran With a Christmas Wreath From “Wreaths Across America”

Join Us at Wills Cemetery on Saturday, December 16th, at 11:00 AM for the Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

Wreaths Across America is a national program, with its mission of REMEMBER our fallen United States veterans, HONOR those who serve, and TEACH your children the value of freedom. Peculiar’s two local cemeteries, the Peculiar Cemetery and the Wills Cemetery, are participating this year in the National Wreaths Across America Day, to be held on Saturday, December 16, 2023. As part of this event, each Cemetery, along with over 3300 cemeteries across the United States, will hold a Ceremony, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend, and at the conclusion of the ceremonies, volunteers will place the greenery wreaths on the known graves of veterans. Please help each Cemetery by sponsoring a wreath or volunteering to participate in the wreath-laying Ceremony.

Veterans monument flanked by flags.

The Wills Cemetery continues to serve the Peculiar area as a well-maintained burial location.  New adjoining land has been purchased in recent years to accommodate the need for additional lots.  The current Board of Directors has been fiscally responsible and forward-thinking in its responsibility to the preservation of the Wills Cemetery for future generations.

Here is what you will find on our site:

  • About Us – A history of the Wills Cemetery
  • Information – You will find an aerial view of the cemetery here, a directory of burials and their corresponding lot letter, transfer of ownership form and a copy of policies.
  • Lot Purchase – Information about purchasing a lot at Wills Cemetery
  • Memorials – Information about purchasing a brick or another memorial gift to Wills Cemetery
  • Newsletters – You will find the present year and previous years Wills Cemetery newsletters
  • Policies – Current policies of Wills Cemetery
  • Photo Gallery – Pictures from Wills Cemetery
  • Location – Aerial view of Wills Cemetery, a google map and directions to Wills Cemetery.
  • Board of Directors – Listing of the board of directors of Wills Cemetery.
  • Contact Us – How to contact Wills Cemetery

Wills Cemetery 2016 Workday

A workday was held at the Wills Cemetery in early November and Board Members and their family members spent several hours on specific tasks involving monuments.

Several older monuments have become crooked, as the result of sinking foundations.  So time was devoted to leveling, raising and straightening these stones, returning them to their original position and avoiding the stone falling over and breaking apart.

As part of the workday crew, a specialist in monument restoration, Tamara Inge, daughter of board members Jim and Judy Clark, worked on severely damaged stones, using special techniques to reconnect monuments that have broken from the bases.

The Board of Directors is a group of dedicated individuals who also spend many hours during the year actually working at the cemetery, repairing items, doing yard work and keeping the entire area in good condition.

They are proud of the beautiful grounds and hope that those visiting the cemetery will be able to appreciate the extra care that these board members give to this historic cemetery.