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Chet Wallace (#47044853)
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Bio Photo Hi,

My name is Chester Wallace and I've been a member of Find-A-Grave for a couple of years now. I live in Marietta, Ga. and welcome any requests for photos within a feesable distance of zip 30066. I mainly work on logging deceased family members and local cemeteries to Atlanta. At the present I am working to log Marietta City Cemetery. I'm also currently working on a project to locate the graves of the victims of the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta, Georgia on December 7, 1946. I'm also working on a book about their lives as well as survivors, firemen and policeman who were on the scene so if anybody knows of anybody or family members of someone involved in the fire please let me know. I've been interested in cemeteries and especially genealogy since I was young. My grandmother would always want me to go with her to the local cemetery where I lived in Louisiana to visit her parents graves and they are on my site.

Good luck with finding your graves!

Chester Wallace
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Heather Sanderson
RE: The Verrett family memorials
I'd like to see these memorials on the "Honoring" feature o the search feature, so they get some flowers and notes. I guess I understand that the murders are a source of deep sadness for the family. It's hard enough for those of us who lived near Berwick at the time. My house was less than four miles from the murder scene. Is there a way to get them listed in "Honoring"? I feel queasy even connected to their memorials, by sponsoring them. I've done some research and found an article from an Alabama newspaper about the Verrets being found finally, in the marsh near Golden Meadow. It's all very sad. Your grandfather was the sheriff, right? He sponsored my softball team back in the spring of 1970, I think it was. Thank you for responding.

Heather D. Sanderson
Added by Heather Sanderson on Aug 15, 2016 2:08 AM
Heather Sanderson
The Verrett family memorials
Chet, I lived in Bayou Vista, LA and was seven when Barbara and her three children were brutally murdered by Roy Mejia, over in Berwick. I have been looking into their murders again. I see you manage the memorials. I sponsored them, all four tonight. It would be nice to see some memorial information for them. Do you know any of their surviving relatives?I'd like to see all four of the Verretts featured in the virtual memorial that comes up next to the search. How can we do that? Are you interested in helping with that? They deserve more virtual visits and flowers. Their murders rocked our community. None of us have forgotten the tradgedy. People are still talking about these murders to this day, even on Face Book. Anyway, thank you kindly for managing their memorials. Signed, Heather Fridge Sanderson
PS: I have also lived in the Atlanta area. I raised my children up in Cartersville.
Added by Heather Sanderson on Aug 04, 2016 12:04 AM
Jackie Smith Dillard
Clara R Smith #60687528
Chet, Will you transfer Clara Smith over to me? She is my paternal Grandmother.

thank you
Jackie Smith Dillard
Added by Jackie Smith Dillard on Jun 22, 2016 4:52 PM
Denny Roach
William Cleveland Roach Jr.

Thank you for the transfer of my cousin William Cleveland Roach Jr. His wife works at my Granddaughter's pre-school.

Added by Denny Roach on Mar 26, 2016 11:49 PM
Denny Roach
William C. Roach Jr.

Is Roach a line you follow or just record as you do cemeteries? William C. Roach Jr. #60982788

Added by Denny Roach on Mar 26, 2016 8:47 AM
Paul Dietrich
Edith Duckworth Burch
I just learned about the Winecoff Hotel fire yesterday while researching another matter. I just found a very interesting press photo of George and Edith after the accident and have posted it on the findagrave website. I hope you don't think that it is distasteful. I think it helps to tell their story - sad as it is. Thank you for enlightening me even more on their tragedy.
Paul Dietrich
Cleveland, Tennessee
Added by Paul Dietrich on Mar 11, 2016 4:43 PM
Mary F-T
George D. Burch - Winecoff Hotel Fire
I'm the sister of G. David Burch whose wife Edith died from her fall from the 10th floor of the Winecoff Hotel. He passed this year, Please contact me if you'd like a brief history of his life.
Added by Mary F-T on Dec 28, 2015 12:48 PM
Ashley John Burns 102154717
Chet, I spoke with the cemetery personnel and they tell me that all of Sherman Burns family is buried in Section 7, Plot 102; and that Ashley John is buried in Grave #5. This doesn't jive with your information of where he was buried. Can you tell me where your information came from?
According to the cemetery:
Father: Wm Sherman is in grave 3
Mother: Dottie is in grave 4
Ashley John is in grave 5 as I mentioned and
brother: William Sherman Jr in grave 2 and
brother: Donald Bruce is in grave 1
Thanks for any clarification you can offer.
Added by Ellen on Nov 01, 2015 11:12 AM
RE: Ashley John Burns 102154717
Sorry to be so slow Chet. I was checking my resources back in Sheridan. Unfortunately know one I know seems to know much about him either. Have you checked with his nephew, Bruce Burns? Bruce is the son of Ashley's brother, Donald Bruce Burns. He inherited the Mead Creek Ranch from his Grandfather, Wm Sherman Burns (who is the son of William John Burns). Anyway, sorry I couldn't be more helpful. I only knew Sherm in the last two years of his life. If I run across anything more about Ashley John Burns, I'll sure let you know.
Thanks for the contact.
Added by Ellen on Oct 23, 2015 2:56 PM
Ashley John Burns 102154717
Thanks for the memorial on Ashley John Burns who died in the Winecoff Hotel fire. I am researching his parents. Thus far I have started their memorials and have requested a link to his father William Sherman Burns #153619725. I should have a link to his mother in a couple of days. They are great people with unique histories. I haven't found Ashley's brother burial sites yet, but hope to get that done soon also.

If you have anything written up about the Hotel fire, how it happened, how it played out, I love a copy for my own records. I would leave it as you have it written up and with the credit to you if I place it on Family Tree or a public genealogy site.

Thanks again for getting the ball rollin! Really appreciate it.
Added by Ellen on Oct 12, 2015 4:43 PM
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