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Farmer Family DaughtersAt Farmer Memorial Company we are proud to be family owned and operated for four generations.  We approach each family we serve in the same way we would want to be served
- Amanda Farmer
Farmer Family

We know families go through a great deal of stress during the loss of a loved one.  We strive to treat people as though they were members of our own family.



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We offer many styles of lettering.  In addition to a variety of fonts, we also offer a variety of techniques for carving lettering into stone.  This involves different outline treatments as well as different processes for finishing the stone or panel area around lettering.  Here are some samples that may help you with your selection.

LetteringSunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Modified Roman)

LetteringFrosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Sans Serif/Optima)

LetteringFrosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Modified Roman)

LetteringSunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Uncial Gothic)

LetteringSquare Edge Raised Letters in a Straight Line Panel (Modified Classic Roman)

LetteringFrosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Custom Font/Hand-Drawn)

LetteringSunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Old English)

LetteringFrosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Old English)

LetteringSunk (Sandblasted) Into Polish (Vermarco)

LetteringSunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Condensed Modified Roman)

LetteringSunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Modified Roman)

LetteringRound Edge Raised Letters in Relief (Custom Lettering/Hand-Drawn)

LetteringRound Edge Raised Letters in a Straight Line Panel (Modified Classic Roman)















Memorial Symbolism

Symbols -

While this list is not a complete list of all symbols used in memorial art, it serves as a comprehensive guide to some of the more popular symbols found in cemeteries.

Aesculapian Rod:  A serpent and staff thought by many to be the proper symbol for doctors instead of the winged Caduceus.
Anchor:  Hope; Jesus the anchor of the soul, traditional maritime symbol
Axe: A vow, consecration, defense
Banner:  Triumph, victory
Beads:  Prayer
Bell:  Invitation, call to worship
Birds:  Human souls
Bishop's Staff:  Pastoral authority
Book:  The Bible, Divine authorship, knowledge, scripture
Broken Column:  Death
Butterfly:  The Resurrection
Caduceus:  Symbol of the medical profession (There are many variations depending upon the area of specialty.)
Candle:  Jesus Christ the Light of the World, also the symbol of devotion
Candlesticks (two):  Jesus’ qualities as both God and man
Candlesticks (three) or Three-Branched Candelabrum:  The Holy Trinity
Candlesticks (five) or Five-Branched Candelabrum:  The five wounds of Christ
Candlesticks (six) or Six-Branched Candelabrum:  The six days of creation or the six hours spent by Jesus on the cross
Candlesticks (seven) or Seven-Branched Candelabrum:  The Church, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, or the Seven Sacraments
Circle:  Eternity, completeness, perfection
Crossed Keys:  St. Peter, Gates of Heaven
Crown:  Rank, sovereignty, royalty
Crown of Thorns:  The Suffering Savior,  a Passion symbol
Cross:  Christ and His atoning death, Christ’s redemption of fallen humanity
Dove:  Peace, purity, meekness, modesty, humility, the Holy Ghost, divine inspiration, innocence
Eagle:  Christ, Holy Baptism, St. John
Festoon:  Memory
Fire:  Martyrdom, zeal, inspiration, youthful fervor, hell, purgatory, sacrifice, purification
Fish:  Jesus
Fish/Three:  The Trinity
Five-Pointed Star:  The wounds of Christ, the Star of Jacob, Divine guidance and protection
Flaming Sword:  Expulsion from Eden, with shield: St. Michael
Grapes:  The Eucharist,  twelve bunches: the Apostles, clusters of grapes on a running vine: Jesus and His followers,  the Church, unity
Hand:  Issuing from clouds:  the Father
Harp:  Joy, music, symbol of St. Cecilia patron saint of musicians, associated with David and worship, worship in heaven
Heart:  Christian charity, surmounted by a flame: intense zeal or devotion
Lamb:  Innocence, purity, sacrifice, Christ
Lamp:  Knowledge, truth, enlightenment, Word of God, good works, Divine inspiration
Pastoral Staff:  Authority
Pierced Heart:  With a lance or spear, a Passion symbol
Plenty, Horn of:  The Lord's bounty, Thanksgiving
Pomegranate:  The Resurrection, immortality, royalty, fertility, The Church
Pyramid:  Light, strength
Rainbow:  Promise
Ram:  Sacrifice
Rod:  Official power, also a Passion symbol
Rope:  A Passion symbol, Judas' death
Rosary:  Prayer
Rose:  Love, Christ, The Nativity.
Rosette:  An ornament in the form of a conventional rose or other design of circular form, used as a decoration
Scallop Shell:  Baptism, the Baptism of Christ, Christian pilgrimage, and marine affairs
Scythe:  Death
Serpent:  Death, wisdom
Seven Golden Candlesticks:  The Seven Churches of Asia Minor
Seven-Branched Candlestick:  The Church, The Seven Churches of Asia Minor, The Seven Angels of the Apocalypse, The Seven Gifts of the Sheep, Christians
Twelve Sheep: The Twelve Apostles, sheep and goats:  the redeemed and the lost
Shield:  Faith, protection
Shells:  Christianity
Shepherd’s Crook:  Authority, Dominion
Staff:  Religious jurisdiction, kindness, shepherd-like qualities/responsibilities
Star:  Christ, life
Sword:  Power, justice, authority, martyrdom
Triangle:  Trinity
Trumpet:  Call to worship, call of the Holy Spirit, Judgment Day, resurrection
Urn:  Death, sorrow (draped)
Wings:  Aspiration, flight of the Gospel

Flowers -
While this list is not a complete list of all flowers, trees and other plants used in memorial art, it serves as a comprehensive guide to some of the more popular symbols found in cemeteries.

Apple:  The fall of man, sin, Eve, discord, Virgin Mary
Apple Blossom:  Fame
Azalea:  Temperance
Calla Lily:  Sympathy, zeal
Clover:  Industry
Cornucopia/Horn of Plenty:  Bounty, blessings, Thanksgiving
Cultivated Rose:  Everlasting love
Daisy:  The Christ Child's innocence, youth, righteousness, innocence
Dogwood:  Crucifixion
Easter Lily:  Resurrection
Grape:  Charity
Grape Vine:  The Eucharist, The Church, unity, Christ and his followers
Holly:  Christmas
Iris:  God-like qualities, eloquence, a message, protection
Ivy:  Memory, remembrance, faithfulness, friendship, (often seen with oak)
Laurel Wreath:  Triumph, victory, distinction, reward, good report
Lily:  Easter, resurrection, the Virgin Mary, purity
Lily of the Valley:  The Virgin Mary, humility, purity, return of happiness
Morning Glory:  Resurrection, youth, promise, bonds of love and affection
Oak:  Strength, virtue, character, eternity, endurance, forgiveness, independence (often seen with ivy)
Olive Branch:  Peace, victory
Orange Blossom:  Matrimony, chastity, purity
Palm:  Victory, eternal peace, heavenly reward, success, righteousness, martyrdom, victory over sin and death
Papyrus:  Love
Passion Flower:  Crucifixion, Passion of Christ
Pine:  Eternity, everlasting life
Pineapple:  Friendship, hospitality
Pine Cone:  Fertility, regeneration, healing
Poinsettia:  Christmas, birth of Hope
Pomegranate:  Resurrection, immortality, royalty, eternity, The Church
Poppy:  Sleep, consolation, rest
Rose:  Love, Christ, Nativity, joy, martyrdom
Rosette:  Decorative form of rose in a circle
Sunflower:  Adoration, glory, the soul turning to Christ
Thistle:  Independence, austerity, sin, the fall of man
Tulip:  Love, charity, declaration of love, ardent affection
Violets:  Modesty, humility, graciousness, affection, faithfulness, sweetness, loyalty
Wheat:  Riches, thanksgiving, life, bread of life, Body of Christ
Wheat/Broken:  Death
Wheat/Bundle:  Harvest, bounty
Wild Rose:  Love, Christ, Messianic promise



Farmer Memorial

Farmer Memorial Company offers a wide variety of monument sizes and styles to suit every cemetery requirement and family budget.

Farmer Memorial

We hope this guide will be helpful in determining which type of monument you are interested in.

Farmer Memorial

Please feel free to visit our Online Catalog & Monument Designer to browse our extensive catalog of designs that may be customized for you and your loved ones. You may also try your hand at designing your own. Please contact any time you have questions or if you'd like assistance in selecting or designing a monument.

 Farmer Memorial

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Family or Estate Monuments

These monuments typically display a family name and have multiple ledgers, bevel markers, slant markers or flat markers to represent individual members of the family.
Family Monument


Companion Monuments
These monuments typically have inscription panels on the face of the monument for individuals.
Companion Monument


Individual Monuments
These monuments are typically smaller and are ideal for individuals. It is possible to place inscriptions on one of these monuments for two individuals, however space may be limited.
Individual Monument


Half Serpentine Monuments
These monuments may be used for Family or Estate monuments, Individual Monuments or Companion monuments depending on the arrangment of the inscriptions and placement of markers or ledgers for individuals. It is also a nice way to feature a vase for flowers.
Half Serpentine


Wing-Style Monuments
These are popular companion style monuments and present a nice opportunity for a flower vase.
Wing-Style Monument


Slant Markers
These are called Slants due to the slanted face. This face makes the monument easier to read as a visitor approaches the grave from a distance. These are available in single and double sizes.
Slant Markers


Bevel Markers
These are called Bevels because of the bevelled or slanted face of the marker. This makes the monument easy to read when standing at the foot of the grave site.
Bevel Markers


Flat Markers
These are also called Grass Markers or Flush Markers because the are flat or flush agains the grass at the grave site.
Flat Markers


Grave Ledgers, also called Covers, are ideal for use with Family or Estate monuments where individual graves need to be marked. These offer ample room for inscriptions and dates.


Etchings are typically placed on black stones and may be created by hand with a diamond tipped tool or with the use of a laser. Etchings may be high contrast black and white, or they may be in color.


Benches are an ideal way to remember a loved on in a non-traditional setting such as a courtyard or other public area. Some cemetery lots may be large enough to allow a bench.


Mausoleums or Crypts
These may be large enough to walk into and may provide room for one to twelve spaces depending upon the size.
Crypt Mausoleum


Columbarium or Cremation Monument
Most all monuments may be fitted with a cored space in the monument or base for storage of cremains. Some monuments, however, are specially designed for cremains. The small cremation bench and the larger columbarium shown below are examples of just two alternatives.
Columbarium Cremation Bench


Designs shown (C) Design Mart 1968-2012 and are used with permission of Design Mart, License Number 033012.

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Farmer Memorial Company
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Wetumpka, AL 36093
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