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Alton & Loudonia (#46956626)
 member for 7 years, 2 months, 2 days
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Bio Photo We are a Husband and Wife Team who live in Starke, Florida. We have a special hobby of visiting cemeteries and taking photos and researching our family trees.
We combine this with tent camping and nature walks in State Parks. We find a cemetery that needs photos and a State Park nearby. We take photos in the morning and enjoy the park the rest of the day.
We only list photos we have taken, If no memorial is listed, we create one.
Our tree research is very extensive; and searching for more each day. We are researching Wise, Vickers, Weeks, Boggs, Tuggle, and many more.
We will delete, correct, add to or Transfer. We ask that to request a transfer that you know of the person or be related. It's our goal to transfer any family member or person, to someone that will remember them.

You may use our photos, if it has our name on the photo; it is not to be removed! Also please give us credit for the photo. We have copies of all the photos we have ever taken. Our photos are for your personal use only and may not be used for profit or be sold without permissiom.

If you don't get an answer quickly to your e-mail, we may be on one of our trips. We usually answer all emails within one hour of receving it.

To the ones who say we do this for the numbers, This is a hobby we enjoy doing, We take our time and commitment very serious. We answer 40-50 edit emails per day and do photo request. We also help others in their search. This is secondary to our visit to Cemeteries to take photos.

To the ones who have no contact information, You are missing out! Need I say more!

On one of our many trips to visit Cemeteries, we had an unusually strange Coincidence. We decided to write a short story about it.

If you like this story please leaves flowers on the Dyal Memorial, at the below listed URL


This is a true story as Told by:

Alton & Loudonia Wise

We retain all rights for this story.

This story starts at a little Cemetery in Bradford County Florida. There is a turtle living in this cemetery, and it is his home. The turtle's name is Bennie.
He has a friend who lives in the same hole that he had dug into the ground, and her name is Bonnie. Bonnie is a snake, who shares Bennie's home.
One day while finding food for himself amongst all the Cemetery Headstones, he came to a very large monument in the corner of the cemetery. He decided he could get a better view if he could climb onto it. He tried and he fell off into a hole left by a vase that had been removed.
That was when his problems started! He had landed upside down into the open hole. He tried to turn over and climb out but he could not. He was stuck!
He was there all day and thru the night. Bonnie went by him, and decided there was no hope for him, he was a goner!
Bennie knew his time was nearly up as he lay there upside down in a hole. His only chance would be to pray, and hope he got an answer.
Bennie prayed all that day and was hoping an answer to his prayer was soon to be.
In another part of Bradford County just outside of Starke, Florida, lived a husband and wife team who had a hobby of taking headstone photos. They would get a request from someone on for a photo, and they would drive to the cemetery, find the headstone and take a picture.
They would then place the photo on, for the person who had placed the request. The person usually lived some distance away and was unable to make the photo themselves.
That morning they received an e-mail requesting a photo of the headstone of Mr. and Mrs. Berry Dyal in the Mount Sinai Cemetery in Bradford County, Florida. This cemetery was about 20 miles away, and they decided to go after lunch.
They grabbed their photo equipment and set the GPS and headed out. It was their first visit to this cemetery.
When they departed from home, they had no idea they were the chosen ones to answer a prayer for Bennie.
They arrived at the cemetery, parked the car, and again grabbed their cameras and opened the gate to the cemetery. They started their search and noticed a tunnel where a turtle lived, but he was nowhere to be seen. They noticed that Bonnie was there looking out of the tunnel. She turned and headed back down.
With a little more searching, the headstone of Mr. and Mrs. Dyal was located. They also noticed a turtle in front of the headstone with its legs moving, trying to turn over.
It looked like Bennie had been there a few days trying to upright himself. They lifted Bennie out of the hole he was in, and placed him upright back onto the ground. They took their photos and made sure Bennie was alright.
Bennie was alert now with all legs and head out and ready again to look for food. He was a happy turtle and he knew that his prayers were answered.
As they drove off, Bonnie was next to Bennie and she knew that Bennie was going to make it after all. She was so thankful too!

The actual headstone Photos are located at this URL.

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If you look closely you will see Bennie!

Thanks for all the kind comments that have been placed on Mr. Dyals Memorial.

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Susan Coleman Fennell
Al, Would you please transfer Ponce D. Sandlin (82739482), Pearl Goff Sandlin (82739453) and Mamie Gill Sandlin (83593177) to Susan Coleman Fennell (47199891). These are some more of my McAlpin, FL relatives that I want to connect to the Little River Cemetery. Thanks so much for your continued dedication to help preserve our heritage. Susan
Added by Susan Coleman Fennell on Jan 31, 2015 6:13 PM
Michael Grilione
William T Braden
Thank you for your help, time and the wonderful photo regarding William Braden.

Best Regards,

Mike Grilione
Clovis, CA.
Added by Michael Grilione on Jan 28, 2015 1:06 PM
Wynn King info
thanks again for adding info to Louisiana's bio. That was fast! I also sent some name and relationship link edits which should appear in your edits tab at top right corner of your home bio page. Let me know if you didn't receive. Again, thanks for being so speedy!
Added by genieresearcher on Jan 27, 2015 9:56 AM
Ed Hightower
William C. Newbern
Thank you for making the suggested changes to his Find A Grave memorial.
Added by Ed Hightower on Jan 26, 2015 12:46 PM
RE: Transfers
Wow. You two are amazing! Thanks so much.
Added by Leslie on Jan 25, 2015 6:26 PM
Memorial Transfer Requests
Hi Alton & Loudonia,

God bless you for the mighty work you are doing in memory of His children. I am grateful for the work you have done for so many.

You have created memorials for several of my ancestors. I would like to take over management of them if that's OK with you. They are all in the Porter section of the Live Oak Cemetery. They include:

Elizabeth Scruggs # 84156052
James Scruggs # 84155844
Adm Richard Scruggs 84154091
Daniel Scruggs 84156124
Corinne Scruggs 84155748
Betty Kane Porter 84153414
Clair Dexter Porter 84013798
Elizabeth Putnum Porter 84155991
George Edward Porter 84155925
George Edward Porter 84153375
George Edward Porter Jr. 84153492
Martha Ellen Porter 84153542
Mary Amanda Porter 84155888
Alfred Thomas Airth 84155589
Elizabeth Airth 84155639
Dorothy Burnette Airth 84156240
Dorothy Elizabeth Airth 84156285
Elizabeth Rogers Airth 84155538
Elizabeth Adams Airth 84155464
Frank Airth 84153253
George Edward Airth 84156181
Henry Franklin Airth 84155691
James Putnum Airth 84156342
Vonnye H Airth 84153323
William Cairns Airth 84155412
Elizabeth Airth Shear 84155292

Thanks again,
Leslie Mauck

Added by Leslie on Jan 25, 2015 5:31 PM
Barb Yancey
Polly Rogers Cribb
I am Polly's cousin, Barbara Stevens Yancey. I have been to the cemetery several times to visit her resting place, but to no avail, I can not locate it. I have even been to the County Court House and they couldn't find it either! I would like to know the exact location as to where Polly is buried so I could visit her. The only way I have to commute with her is through Find A Grave. Thank you very much for your help!

Barbara Stevens Yancey
Added by Barb Yancey on Jan 22, 2015 8:56 PM
Becky Ramsey
Findagrave Memorial
Thank you for making the Family links to Juanita Cook. Becky
Added by Becky Ramsey on Jan 18, 2015 4:39 PM
Donnie Ruyle
Anderson family
Alton & Loudonia: Thank you very much for the transfers.
Added by Donnie Ruyle on Jan 14, 2015 1:24 PM
Joe Sasnett
Essie Matthews Transfer
Thank you very much for fulfilling my transfer request on Find A Grave. I appreciate your efforts in establishing the memorial originally and also your generosity in sharing memorials you are not particularly interested in. It also inspires me to reciprocate in kind when similar requests are made of me.
Thanks again, Joe Sasnett
Added by Joe Sasnett on Jan 12, 2015 7:58 PM
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