Originally the Howeth Family Cemetery, the first to be buried here were Thomas and Louisa Howeth, young children of William and Harriet Howeth. William deeded the ten acre cemetery to Cooke County in 1868. In 1878 Cooke County turned over the site to the City of Gainesville in a 999 year lease. The cemetery’s name was changed in 1897 to East Hill Cemetery, and later in 1904 the name was changed again to Fairview Cemetery. A separate Jewish cemetery adjoined the site from 1881 until 1964 when the two cemetery’s were combined. A chapel and sexton’s office were constructed in 1938 at a cost of $6,296. Fairview Cemetery is comprised of 85 acres and over 20,000 graves.
Fairview Cemetery is dedicated to providing present and future interment needs for the Gainesville community. It is our goal to remember those who have enriched our lives by maintaining permanent records of those interred while providing quality ground maintenance and customer satisfaction. Fairview Cemetery is operated in compliance with the Texas Cemetery Association’s rules and regulations.
To Purchase Cemetery Space(s)
Consult with the Cemetery Sexton to select cemetery space(s). The Cemetery Sexton will collect the fee for spaces purchased and forward the purchase information to the City Secretary for preparation of the deed. The City Secretary will issue and record the deed, and then mail the deed document to the purchaser.
To Transfer Ownership or Title of a Cemetery Deed
To transfer ownership of a cemetery deed, the original owner of the deed must execute by notarized signature a deed transfer with the City Secretary. You will need to bring the original deed or deed number and proof of ID to execute the transfer.
If transferring cemetery space(s) from a deed which describes multiple spaces, please contact the Cemetery Sexton to obtain the exact location description of the spaces to be transferred, so that the City Secretary can issue the transfer deed.
The City Secretary issues and records the transfer deed then mails or delivers the new deed to the new owner.
- City Secretary
200 S. Rusk St.
Gainesville, Tx 76240
Ph: (940) 668-4500
Rules & Ordinances
Fairview Cemetery is codified under Chapter Six of the Gainesville Code of Ordinances. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Gainesville City Secretary’s Office at (940) 668-4500.