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PictureTaker (#46829150)
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Updates are Welcome! I don't have time to respond with a thanks to every suggestion, but rest assured that I review requests and update records as soon as I can.

Requests for Memorial Transfers are welcome if I don't have a particular interest in the person. Don't hesitate to ask!! PLEASE click the "Edit" tab on the memorial, then select "Suggestion..." and enter your request.


March 2014 - Helping transcribe Diuguid Funeral Home records. Currently working on 1905 Cemetery burial "locations".

Bedford's Longwood Cemetery online cemetery records have used to update F/G Longwood Cemetery Records. There are a number of extra records added with photos and a number of records added by others using other resource material. More photos to come as time, weather and sun position permit. This cemetery is as near to complete as can be done without an independent review.

Bedford's Oakwood Cemetery online cemetery records have been used to update F/G Oakwood Cemetery Records. Elks Rest, (central portion of Section A and and Section B) is complete (with photos), as is the "Crypt" area. Records for the rest of Oakwood Section A have been added. Currently uploading photos and scheduling repeat visits to complete a photo inventory of Section A. Additional online records for further sections are now under review (Jan, 2014) and will be added as time allows.

NOTE; BEDFORD CITY REVERTED TO TOWN STATUS JULY 1, 2013. IF YOU'RE ADDING CEMETERIES, PLEASE SELECT BEDFORD COUNTY. Please do NOT add Bedford City as the City/Town. For deaths - Bedford had city status August 31, 1968 thru June 30, 2013. IMHO the death location between those dates should be Bedford City; not Bedford County, Bedford

If you need to add a new cemetery in Bedford County please check with the Bedford museum to get an existing cemetery name. There are more than 1800 cemetery/burial sites on record with locations/directions to the site. If you don't have GPS coordinates, please take the time to include "location/directions to" in the cemetery description.

If we can't locate a cemetery today, our decendant's will be even more challenged!

Although most of what I contribute to Find A Grave relates to photography, I'm a map sort of person and enjoy the challenge of finding any place in question in Bedford County. You're welcome to contact me with cemetery location questions.

I'm Bruce Paul, a resident of Bedford County, VA, USA for 30 years.

I've found that photographing "Memorials" is an excellent way for me to combine my passion for Photography, the Outdoors, and History.

I started submitting records and photos after traveling country roads, enjoying the scenery while documenting my wife's DOOLEY ancestors who have been here since the early 1800's.

During my ramblings around Bedford County, I became interested in older monuments that were barely legible in Church, Public and family cemeteries...

I've been trusted with a job since 1998 that gives me the opportunity to visit many areas that are off limits (Posted) to most people... and I use those opportunities to seek out small private cemeteries that would otherwise be left unknown to F/G.

I'm sorry to say that I only speak English. I appreciate updates for any of my submittals in other countries and I'll work with you to to fix my mistakes.

VETERANS - For those that asked - I've completed a review of my cemeteries for VETS and have added them to Virtual Cemeteries. In 2006-09 I didn't keep good records of where I visited and after posting I deleted many of the photos I took, so they're not included. I'll be adding to the VET collection as time goes on..

Note that I don't 'collect' Vet memorials. However, when I come across biographies/photos or take photos where that information is available, I'll add them to my virtual cemeteries. If you have a local Vet that isn't included in my virtual cemeteries, you are welcome to contact me.

ELKS, aka Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

The Elks National Home was dedicated in 1903 in Bedford. Residents that passed away until 1980 were laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery's, "Elk's Rest" (Oak A & Oak B) and are included in my Elks Virtual Cemetery. June 2013; I'm confident that I have a full inventory...

Please note that VIRGINIA IS NOT A STATE!! (It's a Commonwealth).

Virginia's revised constitution of 1871 during the Reconstruction Period in US History specifies that 'Cities' are independent 'entities'... not part of the surrounding counties

For your best search results, check both cities and surrounding counties. Annexation boundaries change over time and small cities appear and disappear over the years. . .

Sincere and Cheerful Regards!

Last update April 2014.
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Charles Patterson
Patterson Transfers
first thanks for finding and creating these memorials, and huge thanks for the transfers, that was very kind and very much appreciated.


Charles Patterson
Added by Charles Patterson on Apr 12, 2014 10:23 AM
Charles Miller
Thank you for sponsoring the memorial of Charles Miller.
Added by Laurie on Apr 04, 2014 1:57 PM
Thomas Stanhope Johnson
Thanks for your email however Thomas is not listed as his own sibling - the greyed out portion you see is what Find A Grave is doing. They list all siblings - including the one "you" have open. Thus he is only listed once.

Its the new way that Find A Grave does siblings - you don't add them. Find A Grave does them when you link parents.

Thanks though.

Added by GRVFNDR on Apr 02, 2014 10:05 PM
Ricky Charles Yaeger
Carl Otto Dooley.
Thank you for the wonderful photos!
Added by Ricky Charles Yaeger on Mar 25, 2014 12:02 PM
RE: Mark Creasy Photo Request
Hi Bruce -
Thank you so much for finding and photographing Mark's grave. I know it had to be a trek up the mountain for you - it's pretty remote up there. Mark was my best friend for 30 years - from UVa days to the day he died. I am grateful that he has a grave stone and mostly grateful to you for letting me see it.
Best regards,
David Powers
Added by dcp on Mar 24, 2014 8:16 PM
susan brown
Fuqua garve
Thank you for your search for Martha and Priscilla Fuqua's grave. I appreciate your help.
Added by susan brown on Mar 24, 2014 8:29 AM
Michael V Drachman
RE: Re Raymond Hoback Photos #56645658

Thanks for your efforts,,, this is my privilege to honor another Veteran who never made it back..

Kind Regards,
Added by Michael V Drachman on Mar 22, 2014 5:18 PM
RE: Mark Creasy Photo Request
Thank you Bruce. By Google Earth, looks like the area around the old farm house has been cleaned up since I was there. Sad memories. Thank you for sharing and for getting a photo whenever you can.
Added by dcp on Mar 22, 2014 2:57 PM
Mark Creasy Photo Request
Hello Bruce,
I see you have responded to Missy Creasy, asking the whereabouts of the Creasy Family Cemetery. I am the one who requested a photo of Mark Creasy's grave. He was my best friend. I have directions to the family cemetery as follows:
From interstate 81, take exit 150 (Troutville exit). Cross over Rt.11 (Lee Highway). You are on Rt 220 - also called Cloverdale. Go approximately 5.4 miles. Highway 220 will dead end into Rt 460. Take a left onto 460 East. Go approximately 10.2 miles. Pass oil refinery tanks on the right side in Montvale. You will turn right soon. Turn right at the Citgo convenience store onto Mountain View Church Road and follow it to the top of the mountain, approximately 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Sandy Ford Road. Almost immediately, you will come to a 3-way fork (Otter/Sandy Ford/Wooldridge). Stay on the center road, Sandy Ford. The road turns to gravel around here. Continue 1.9 miles. Pass the old farmhouse on the right, but continue about a tenth of a mile - where you will enter the Creasy Homestead by the Hay Field gate. Enter the hay field and walk or drive, if you can, to your right. The cemetery is at the end of the field.
These are the directions I sent to friends attending Mark's funeral, so landmarks may be somewhat out of date. There was no modern house on the property when I was there for Mark's funeral, but his sister was hoping to build one. I don't know if she ever did, but if there's a new house, you may want to knock and ask permission to go to the cemetery. Her name is Susan.
Thank you for trying to find and photograph Mark's grave. While there, you may want to take his parents' also - Olin and Bettie Creasy. There's also an unrelated Conferdate soldier buried there and an unrelated woman whom the church wouldn't give a Christian burial, so the Creasys allowed her to be buried on their land. There are several marked and unmarked graves in the fenced in cemetery. I especially want to see if Mark has a grave stone, as Susan and I discussed it and she said she would erect one. If she has not, the grave is on the far right of the cemetery to the right of his parents', and should still have at least the funeral home's small marker. If there is no permanent marker, I would like to have one put there. Thank you again, and best regards -
David Powers
Added by dcp on Mar 17, 2014 1:48 PM
Linda Shepard Salzer
Hilkiah Rosbrugh
Thanks for posting the memorial for Hilkiah Rosbrugh. He was my 5 greats grandfather. The information I have has a slightly different day of death, April 17 1828, and spelling for his wife's maiden name, Deardorf. These slight differences may help in my searches.
Added by Linda Shepard Salzer on Mar 16, 2014 1:16 PM
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