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Ike Nettles created four death mask tombstones for people buried in Mt. Nebo Cemetery between 1933 and 1946. Three of the four death mask tombstones were of Ike's family members. The fourth death mask tombstone is that of Manul Burell, a local man who died in September 1946. According to a community resident, Mr. Burell liked the other stones that Nettles had made and requested one for his own grave. Mr. Burell’s marker features his death mask above a hand-drawn shirt and collar. The upright marker sits atop a concrete slab with the inscription "He is at rest" written across the shirt front. The concrete at the top of Mr. Burell's head has been damaged by vandals, but the rest of the design is intact. This is a photo of the tombstone in its current condition.


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