The ravages of time- wind, rain, heat and cold are accomplishing what the State Highway Department would not do and that is the removal of a grave which contains the body of a man dead since 1827.
The grave, located about six miles north of Springville, on U.S. No. 11 has occasionally presented a rather startling effect on motorists as they see it arise suddenly in the distance, giving them the illusion that it is on the road.
Actually, the grave, containing the body of WIlliam G. Gibson, as the stone slab identifies him, is on the right-of-way of U.S.11, and when the road was paved years ago, the construction crew gave a slight projection as they cut the through the area to preserve the grave.
The stories are that Mr Gibson, born December 22, 1795, was killed in a duel and anbother is that he was gored by an ox and died.
He was a hat salesman from North Carolina. At the time of the burial Hwy 11 was known as the old Georgia-Tuscaloosa Road and it is questioned as to why he was buried so close to what was a wagon trail