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Mike Sykes (#47318428)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 19 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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 • 146 Memorials Added
 • 156 Memorials Managed
 • 1 Memorial/week
 • 5,277 Photos
 • 1,305 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 1,092 Virtual Flowers
 • 2 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 6 Friends
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Messages left for Mike Sykes (607)[Leave Message]
C. C
Mollie Patman
Thank you so moch for the photo of Mollie's memorial and for the detailed location of her grave. cc
Added by C. C on May 30, 2015 1:25 PM
C. C
Thomas Patman
Thank you so much for the photo of Thomas Patman's memorial . The detailed location is greatly appreciated . cc
Added by C. C on May 30, 2015 1:22 PM
Steve Taylor
Jack/Mae/Earl Taylor
Thanks Mike for the swift response. I don't know how you pulled them off with the rains you guys have gotten, but I appreciate it. Let me know if I can help from Clarksville, TN.

Steve Taylor
Added by Steve Taylor on May 27, 2015 8:05 PM
Angie Palmer
Henry Turner Stewart #76890726 in Rose Hill Cemetery
Hi :) Can you copy your photo of his wife Laura's memorial #76890774? She has a photo, but he does not. Thanks
Added by Angie Palmer on May 26, 2015 1:14 PM
Angie Palmer
Infant Of Cleo Snedeker #76829289 in Rose Hill Cemetery
Hi :) The photo you posted on this memorial, is not the correct memorial. When you have a chance, could you check the block and lot number to see if there is a gravestone for Infant of Cleo? thanks
Added by Angie Palmer on May 23, 2015 11:13 PM
mercedes bauerly-dreas
thank you for posting memorial photo for Percy Wilson
Added by mercedes bauerly-dreas on May 22, 2015 7:28 PM
Bonnie Dowell
Picture Request

Thank you for taking the picture of my Sister's grave site. Thank you for getting the flowers for her. God Bless You !

Bonnie Taylor Dowell
Added by Bonnie Dowell on May 21, 2015 7:43 PM
Chelsea Hand
RE: John Dool
Thank you so much for taking a look! I truly appreciate all of your effort and hard work. And thank you for helping with his obituary!
Added by Chelsea Hand on May 15, 2015 8:23 PM
JA Gray
Polly Johnson Pegg
Thank you Mike, for helping me with my search! I have not given up, she's there and I'm sure we'll find her!
Added by JA Gray on May 06, 2015 11:47 AM
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
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