Lorenzo Cemetery




Lorenzo Cemetery

  Located on US 378 about a mile north of Lorenzo

 Open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.


Lorenzo Cemetery Association


 Board of Directors


Norma Jean Campbell

Vice President

Marie Marlar


Billie Jo Bownds

There are 10 other members on the board of directors.


Founded in 1981 by the Lorenzo Garden Club, the Lorenzo Cemetery Association is a non-profit organization supported by donations and memorials. The purpose of the Lorenzo Cemetery Association is the beautification of the cemetery and to assist with other maintenance. The City of Lorenzo budgets money for the mowing of the area. Lee Hinojos is hired by the Lorenzo Cemetery Association to oversee the maintenance of the cemetery.

Recent improvement projects completed include:

  • Tree trimming
  • Installing of irrigation systems to water all trees
  • Planting of 171 Rocky Mountain Juniper trees on the perimeters of the cemetery
  • Installing of water lines to all areas of the cemetery
  • Chemical spraying of weeds
  • Erecting of signs for the cemetery
  • Planting of 6 Red Oak trees
  • Planting of 6 Pistachio trees
  • Planting of 32 Bradford Pear trees

The Lorenzo Cemetery Association has recently started on a new project of leveling grave markers. Slaton Monument has been contracted for this. Work is scheduled to begin next year in the early spring.

Donations and/or Memorials should be mailed to:

The Lorenzo Cemetery Association
P.O. Box 36
Lorenzo, Texas 79343


Rules & Regulations


Sec.1.501 Purpose

To establish procedures for the City of Lorenzo to control the use, planning, financing and maintenance of the Lorenzo Cemetery in a practical manner and esthetical condition while giving consideration to the Lorenzo Cemetery Association.

Sec. 1.502 Hours

a. The Lorenzo City Cemetery shall be closed between the hours of 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
b. The Lorenzo city Cemetery shall be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. to those persons having an interest in the upkeep of occupied burial plots; those persons inspecting plots with the view toward purchase; those persons attending a funeral; those persons employed to conduct a funeral; those persons employed to maintain and care for the cemetery; or those persons employed to stake or open a grave for burial purposes.

Sec. 1.503 Permit Required

No person shall open a grave for burial purposes or commence funeral activities at the Lorenzo Cemetery without first obtaining a permit from a city official and paying a staking fee of $25.00, and the plot to be opened has been properly staked by a city official. The permit shall not be issued until the plot has been staked in a manner, which will define the opening to be made. This section shall not apply when employees of the City of Lorenzo open the grave.

Sec.1.504 Notification to City Required

Any person desiring to have a grave opened by the City of Lorenzo for burial purposes shall notify the city within 24 hours of the time that such opening is requested to be completed and pay an opening fee of $50.00.

Sec. 1.505 Trespassing Prohibited

Any person other than those defined in Section 1.502 who enter upon the premises of the Lorenzo City Cemetery shall be guilty of an unauthorized trespass for unlawful purposes and shall be held in violation of this article.

Sec. 1.506 Penalty for Violations

Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be fined a sum as provided for in the general penalty provision found in Section 1.106 of this code. (Ordinance 125 adopted 7/8/74)

Sec. 1.507 Administration

a. The City Chief Administrator shall have all necessary authority to enforce cemetery regulations.
b. The City of Lorenzo May designate Members of the Lorenzo Cemetery Board of Directors and grant them necessary authority to implement certain maintenance procedures.
c. The City of Lorenzo shall strive to agree on matters of maintenance and administration with the Lorenzo Cemetery Association within reason.

Sec. 1.508 Enforcement

a. Any person disobeying these regulations may be excluded from the cemetery grounds. The cemetery shall be used only for the burial of human remains. The City of Lorenzo reserves the right to refuse to inter the remains of any person if, in its judgment interment would not be to the best interest of the City of Lorenzo Cemetery and its many owners or the principles, plan, or ideals on which the cemetery was organized.
b. Persons upon the grounds from sunset to sunrise will be reported to the police as trespassers.
c. Exception to this regulation will be workers involved in activities related to an interment or modification.
d. Emergency conditions resulting in temporary change or alterations to these regulations to allow proper burial procedure will be presented to the City of Lorenzo authorized agent for consideration.

Sec. 1.509 Traffic

a. No person other than authorized personnel shall drive a vehicle on any lot of the Lorenzo Cemetery grounds.
b. No vehicle may be driven at a speed greater than 5 miles per hour within the Lorenzo Cemetery.
c. Vehicular traffic will be restricted to the roadways.

Sec. 1.510 Activity

a. No sign shall be erected or placed on any fence connected to the Lorenzo Cemetery that advertises any lot, vault, or burial accessory or services for sale.
b. No commercial advertising of any kind shall be permitted in or on Lorenzo Cemetery grounds or fences.
c. No owner may allow interments for remuneration.

Sec. 1.511 Firearms

With the exception of military guards of honor during a military service, and peace officers, no person shall be in possession of a firearm on the Lorenzo Cemetery grounds.

Sec. 1.512 Sale of Lots

Prices for the sale of Lorenzo Cemetery lots shall be as established by the City of Lorenzo, and purchases shall be arranged through the City of Lorenzo and/or its authorized agent. Deed shall be issued only by the City of Lorenzo. Lots in Sec. A and D shall not be sold without approval of City of Lorenzo and the Lorenzo Cemetery Association.

Sec. 1.513 Sales by Lot Owners

Any sale of a cemetery lot, or portion thereof, shall be completed only after written approval from the City of Lorenzo.

Sec. 1.514 Interment

When arranging interment services, the authorized representative/agent will follow these instructions:

1. Complete grave service order.
2. Verify the location and ownership with the City of Lorenzo and/or their representative.
3. Collect the interment fee and space fee if not already owned.
4. Make final preparations for burial.

Sec. 1.515 Digging of Graves

a. The digging of all graves for interment will be permitted subject to the supervision and direction of the designated person assigned by the City of Lorenzo. On all interments arrangements must be made with the City of Lorenzo/or designated person.
b. The backhoe operators shall carry liability insurance to cover any damage that may occur while digging a grave.
c. All work must cease within the Lorenzo Cemetery boundaries when an interment begins.

Sec. 1.516 Responsibility

Funeral directors, florists, and stone masons shall be responsible for the activities of all agents and employees.

Sec. 1.517 Grave Setups

Setups must receive careful attention; as careful as any other detail of the funeral. For this reason, the following will be adhered to:

1. The grave will be dug on the day, or the previous day of the service, unless otherwise permitted by the authorized personnel.
2. All dirt will be taken from the gravesite, unless conditions do not permit.
3. No equipment or dirt trailers are to be left at or near the grave, and they are not to be in sight of the service.
4. Following the service, process of closing the grave will not begin until the family and friends have left the grave and/or the funeral director has given the permission to begin.
5. Grave will be filled, or leveled, on the same day of the service with topsoil only.
6. Flowers should be placed in a careful and thoughtful manner.
7. Any tracks or damage caused by digging of the grave shall be filled and smoothed as soon as possible with topsoil.

Sec. 1.518 Boundary Marker

All boundary markers set by the City of Lorenzo shall remain.

Sec. 1.519 Metal

No metal markers may be utilized for more than 180 days, except those of bronze set below the surface of the ground or on a granite base.

Sec. 1.520 Esthetics

a. The usage of markers of good taste and accord with the established pattern of esthetic appeal is encouraged.
b. No glass or ceramics flower receptacles shall be allowed.

Sec. 1.521 Monument, Markers and Grave Covers.

a. Only granite, marble, limestone or bronze may be used as a monument. A monument extending above the grade level shall be of such size that when erected on a lot, no end shall be placed within one inch of the lot line, and not nearer than 8 inches of an existing monument. A monument that does not protrude above the grade level may extend to the property line.
b. No monument or marker over 4.5 ft. tall allowed.
c. Temporary markers for graves may be removed when deteriorated.
d. No curbs of any material will be allowed on any lots purchased after May 6th, 2002 unless special permission is given by the City of Lorenzo. This special permission will be given only if lower maintenance costs will prevail.
e. No grave covers of cement, gravel, rock, or any material other than topsoil will be allowed on any lots purchased after May 6th, 2002 unless special permission is given by the City of Lorenzo. This special permission will be given only if change will lower maintenance costs.
f. Monument companies must submit a complete list of work to be done in the Lorenzo Cemetery on that day, such as last dates to be cut, setting of monuments and which lot it is to be set on, etc. This list should be written on monument company stationary showing name of monument company owner, mailing address, and telephone number, and submitted to the city office or their representative, before the work starts.
g. No permanent work whatsoever shall be performed on any lot prior to the issuance of a permit. No permit shall be issued without direction from the lot owner, a surviving next of kin or legal representative. This shall apply to all forms of work, including the cutting of inscriptions and setting of marker. Exceptions to this would be work authorized by the Lorenzo Cemetery Association to preserve and protect existing monuments and gravesites and removal of unauthorized materials, plants or structures as approved by the City Administrator.


Sec. 1.522 Removal

a. If any vegetation should by reason of branches or roots become detrimental to an adjacent lot, or become unsightly, or result in inconvenience to public, the city will have authority to remove vegetation.
b. The City of Lorenzo, without recourse, may remove any other obstruction with the exception of monuments such as curbs, fences and etc. that become unsightly or detrimental to maintenance of the cemetery.

Sec. 1.523 Leveling

The City may fill and level any gravesite and maintain as necessary.

Sec. 1.524 Planting of vegetation

a. No trees, shrubs, shall be planted by any individual. All flowers must be maintained by person planting or are subject to removal by maintenance personnel. If pots are used for the placing of live flowers, pots must be of an unbreakable material.
b. Gifts of trees and shrubs may be made, subject to the following conditions:
1. The cemetery association must approve the placement of any tree or shrub in the cemetery and it must be in keeping with the general landscape of the cemetery. No fruit or nut bearing trees or shrubs will be allowed.
2. No plaque or designation will be permitted to be placed at the site of the gift.
3. The Cemetery Association and City of Lorenzo will always maintain control over such gifts and should a tree, shrub, or plant that has been given as a gift die or be deemed to be in anyway out of keeping with the landscape of the cemetery, the City or Association reserve the right to have that item removed.

Sec. 1.525 Cleanup

Funeral design and floral pieces shall be removed from gravesite by the lot owner or family prior to becoming wilted or unsightly. If such are not removed within a reasonable length of time, such shall be removed by maintenance personnel and disposed of without recourse.

Sec. 1.526 Director

The City reserves the right to refuse a funeral director to conduct a service of interment if the director is delinquent in the payment of fees to the City of Lorenzo arising from previous services.

Sec. 1.527 Hold Harmless

The service itself shall be under the supervision and direction of the funeral director employed by the lot owner who agrees to look solely to the director in regard to complaints regarding the conduct of the service.

Sec. 1.528 Location

Gravesites must be located by the family or legal representative and written authorization executed enabling the City of Lorenzo to open the site.

Sec. 1.529 Interments

Not more than one interment shall be permitted in one grave except in the situation itemized below:
1. Parent and small child in one casket.
2. Small sibling children in one casket.
3. Two cremations.
a. One cremated remains shall be allowed in a traditional burial ground burial space occupied, or to be occupied by a casket (and then only where the property in question will in the City or Cemetery Association's judgment, physically accommodate the extra interment).
b. The cremations shall be buried at the head of the space in a manner that does not or will not hinder access to the casket.

Sec. 1.530 Ground Interment

City of Lorenzo/Cemetery Association shall not be liable for disturbance of ground space in which the cremated remains are interred if, in its judgment, such disturbance is necessary or helpful in preparing or replacing water line, marker placement, or in any other maintenance or cemetery operating function.

Sec. 1.531 Permanent ground receptacles/grave liners

a. With the exception of buried cremations and infants, every earth interment in the City of Lorenzo Cemetery shall be enclosed in permanent steel or concrete vault or two-piece concrete or steel box.
b. Cremations will be enclosed in at least a Styrofoam or higher quality container. No cardboard allowed.
c. No wooden or multi-piece concrete boxes will be permitted in the city of Lorenzo Cemetery.
d. The City of Lorenzo/Lorenzo Cemetery Association reserves the right to reject and refuse installation of any ground receptacle, which in its judgment does not reflect high-grade craftsmanship.

Sec. 1.532 Removal

a. When removal is directed from a gravesite to another location all rights to the former sight shall revert to the City.
b. Removal shall be done in strict conformity with all requirements of the law. The next of kin or legal representative shall make a written, notarized application for removal. All arrangements for removal shall be made with the next of kin or legal representative after approval by the City of Lorenzo or its authorized representative.



Sec. 1.601 Organization
There exists the office of emergency management director of the City of Lorenzo, which
shall be held by the mayor in accordance with state law.

( 1) An emergency management coordinator may be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the director;

(2) The director shall be responsible for a program of carrying out the duties and responsibilities set forth in this article. He/she may delegate authority for execution of these duties to the coordinator, but ultimate responsibility for such execution shall remain with the director .

(3) The operational emergency management organization of the City of Lorenzo .shall consist of the officers and employees of the city so designated by the director in the emergency management plan, as well as organized volunteer
groups. The functions and duties of this organization shall be distributed among such officers and employees in accordance with the terms of the emergency management plan.

Sec. 1.602 Emergency Management Director-Powers and Duties

The duties and responsibilities of the emergency management director shall include the following:

(1) Conduct an on-going survey of actual or potential hazards which threaten life and property within the city and an on-going
program of identifying and requiring or recommending the implementation of measures which would tend to prevent the occurrence or reduce the impact of such hazards if a disaster did occur.

(2) Supervision of the development and approval of an emergency management plan for the City of Lorenzo, and shall recommend for adoption by the city council all mutual aid arrangements deemed necessary for the implementation of such plan.

(3) Authority to declare a local state of disaster. The declaration may not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of 7 days except by or with the consent of the city council. Any order or proclamation declaring, continuing, or terminating a local state of disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the city secretary .

(4) Issuance of necessary proclamations, regulations or directives which are necessary for carrying out the purposes of this article. Such proclamations, regulations, or directives shall be disseminated promptly by means calculated to bring its contents to the attention of the general public and, unless circumstances attendant on the disaster prevent or impede, promptly filed with the city secretary.

(5) Direction and control of the operations of the City of Lorenzo Emergency Management Organization as well as the training of emergency management personnel.

(6) Determination of all questions of authority and responsibility that may arise within the emergency management organization of the city.

(7) Maintenance of liaison with other municipal, county , district, state, regional or federal, emergency management organizations.

(8) Marshaling of all necessary personnel, equipment or supplies. from any department of the City to aid in the carrying out of the provisions of the emergency management plan.

(9) Supervision of the drafting and execution of mutual aid agreements, in cooperation with the representatives of the state and of other local political subdivisions of the state, and the drafting and execution, if deemed desirable, of an agreement with the county in which said city is located and with other municipalities within the county , for the countywide coordination of emergency management efforts.

(10) Supervision of, and final authorization for the procurement of all necessary supplies and equipment, including acceptance of private contributions which may be offered for the purpose of improving emergency management within the city .

(11) Authorizing of agreements, after approval by the city attorney, for use of private property for public shelter and other purposes.

(12) Survey of the availability of existing personnel, equipment, supplies and services which could be used during a disaster, as provided for herein.

(13) Other requirements as specified in the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 (V.T.C.S. Article 6889- 7).

Sec. 1.603 Emergency Management Plan

A comprehensive emergency management plan shall be developed and maintained in a current state. The plan shall set forth the form of the organization, establish and designate divisions and functions, assign responsibilities, tasks, duties, and powers, and designate officers and employees to carry out the provisions of this article. As provided by state law, the plan shall follow the standards and criteria established by the state division of the emergency management of the State of Texas. Insofar as possible, the form of organization, titles and terminology shall conform to the recommendations of the state division of emergency management. When approved, it shall be the duty of all departments and agencies to perform the functions assigned by the plan and to maintain their portion of the plan in a current state of readiness at all times. The emergency management plan shall be considered supplementary to disaster.

Sec. 1.604 Interjurisdictional Program

The mayor is hereby authorized to join with the county judge of the County of Crosby in the formation of an emergency management council for the County of Crosby and shall have the authority to cooperate in the preparation of a joint emergency management plan and in the appointment of a joint emergency management coordinator, as well as all powers necessary to participate in a county-wide program of emergency management insofar as said program may affect the City of Lorenzo.


Sec. 1.605 Override

At all times when the orders, rules, and regulations made and promulgated pursuant to this article shall be in effect, they shall supersede and override all existing ordinances, orders, rules, and regulations insofar as the latter may be inconsistent therewith.

Sec. 1.606 Liability

This article is an exercise by the city of its governmental functions for the protection of the public peace, health, and safety and neither the City of Lorenzo, the agents and representatives of said city , nor any individual, receiver, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or trustee, nor any of the agents thereof, in good faith carrying out, complying with or attempting to comply with, any order, rule, or regulation promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be liable for any damage sustained to persons as the result of said activity. Any person owning or controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily and without compensation grants to the City of Lorenzo a license of privilege, or otherwise permits the city to inspect, designate and use the whole or any part or parts of such real estate or premises for the purpose of sheltering persons during an actual, impending, or practice enemy attack or natural or man-made disaster shall, together with his successors in interest, if any, not be civilly liable for the death of, or injury to, any person on or about such real estate or premises under such license, privilege or other permission or for loss of, or damage to, the property of such person.

Sec. 1.607 Commitment of Funds

No person shall have the right to expend any public funds of the city in carrying out any emergency management activity authorized by this article without prior approval by the city council, nor shall any person have any right to bind the city by contract, agreement or otherwise without prior and specific approval of the city council unless during a declared disaster. During a declared disaster, the mayor may expend and/or commit public funds of the city when deemed prudent and necessary for the protection of health, life or property.

Sec. 1.608 Offenses; Penalties

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person willfully to obstruct, hinder, or delay any member of the emergency management organization in the enforcement of any rule or regulation issued pursuant to this article, or to do any act forbidden by any rule or regulation issued pursuant to the authority contained in this article.

(b) It shall likewise be unlawful for any person to wear, carry or display any emblem, insignia or any other means of identification as a member of the emergency management organization of the City of Lorenzo, unless authority to do so has been granted to such person by the proper officials.

(c) Any unauthorized person who shall operate a siren or other device so as to simulate V a warning signal, or the termination of a warning, shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this article and shall be subject to the penalties imposed by this article.

(d) Convictions for violations of the provisions of this article shall be punishable by a fine as provided for in the general penalty provision found in Section 1.106 of this code or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.

(Ordinance 0-11-88 adopted 11/14/88)