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Mike Sykes (#47318428)
 member for 4 years, 9 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo Being a photo volunteer for Find A Grave has become my primary hobby, and has inspired a belief that every person deserves that their time, regardless how little or how long, be preserved in grave marker photo's before time and the elements takes it's toll and they are lost forever. Having the opportunity to provide others with grave marker pictures, who otherwise, may never have a chance to see them, is a gratifying experience. I strive to get the best possible photo, although deterioration, or location, of some markers makes that difficult.

Currently, my main focus is on Rose Hill Cemetery, in Grady Co. Okla. I have, so far, found dozens upon dozens of people buried there that are not listed on cemetery sexton records. I do this by making photo surveys and comparing them to the records. I've determined that dozens more that are listed in the records are in unmarked graves. I am compiling a list of names and locations in hopes of someday getting this information into the records. I hope to accomplish this before it is my turn to fill one of those plots.

My Virtual Cemetery: Rose Hill - Unmarked Graves is a work in progress.

Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you
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Messages left for Mike Sykes (598)[Leave Message]
Ryan B
You're the man!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the great photos you took of my great-great grandparents' headstones. You did a wonderful job!

Take care,
Added by Ryan B on Apr 23, 2015 9:32 AM
Nancy Harris
Photos of Nancy Bolin
Thank you very much for taking and posting the photos for Nancy's memorial. You did a great job!
Added by Nancy Harris on Apr 21, 2015 9:41 PM
RE: Tomassie M. Glover
Hi Mike,

I did get your email, also. Thank you so much for everything.

Added by garrett596 on Apr 17, 2015 6:36 PM
Tomassie M. Glover
Hi Mike,

I am wondering if you would give me permission to use the headstone photo of Tomassie M Glover on my family tree with I will make certain your name is added to the photo.

Thank you,

Added by garrett596 on Apr 17, 2015 1:52 PM
Ken Ellis
Thank you for fulfilling my photo request for Herbert% Nannie Carpenter's grave marker.
Added by Ken Ellis on Mar 28, 2015 10:28 AM
Geneva G.
RE: HOUX photo in Verden, OK Cemetery
Thank You!
Added by Geneva G. on Mar 27, 2015 9:51 PM
Geneva G.
HOUX photo in Verden, OK Cemetery
Mike... could you please add the photo that you submitted for John W HOUX #68831250 to his wife Lizzie #61785357 also. Thank You!
Added by Geneva G. on Mar 27, 2015 7:35 PM
Jerry W. Ferguson
RE: Izzie Pettigrew (144090415)
I'll call Fairlawn again tomorrow and see what the hold up has been. They never charged my credit card so I think the memo to add the date may have been misplaced. I'll be in touch after I talk to them. I added a memorial for Izzie tonight.
Added by Jerry W. Ferguson on Mar 23, 2015 10:04 PM
Jerry W. Ferguson
RE: Izzie Pettigrew
I had paid to have the date of death added; they said they would send me a photo but so far they have not. I'll call the monument company tomorrow and check on that.
Added by Jerry W. Ferguson on Mar 23, 2015 8:17 PM
Jerry W. Ferguson
RE: Izzie Pettigrew
I found Izzie Garner Pettigrew; she was buried next to Richard Pettigrew in 1976. We had difficulty locating her because she had remarried to a Mr. Davis. Thanks for your help and encouragement while searching.
Added by Jerry W. Ferguson on Mar 23, 2015 12:09 AM
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