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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo My most important projects are Hollywood Cemetery & Oakland (Atlanta City) Cemetery in Atlanta.

Thousands of hours have been spent working on Hollywood alone. The cemetery is in terrible condition due to the owner just not caring about those buried there. Much of it has re-forested itself to prolific growth conditions since 1970 when it was once again sold.

I add names to many cemeteries, but mostly work on Oakland and Hollywood. I research the names as if they were my own family, trying to add full names, maiden names, full dates, birth and death places and linking them to family members. I also search for parents when they are buried elsewhere, so they can be linked to them. I knew many of them had to be kin to each other of those buried there.

If I have added your family members (or friends) and they are not mine, I will gladly transfer them to you to maintain. Right now, I am not transferring Hollywood names, as I am still working on it. I will be happy to add anything that you wish to their pages, though.

Note: Unless you use the Edit button to ask for transfers (please do not ask on my bio page), your request will be ignored. Please do it correctly, as it makes your request much easier to fulfill. Also, if you are a member for a few days, do not ask for groups of transfers. The idea is to maintain the pages, not simply gather relatives and then forget about them.
Direct line surnames are: Brantley, Ansley, Payne, Jarrett, Sherrill, Peacock, Smith, Springfield, Wilson, Langston, Styles, Sturdivant, Smithwick, Linder, Duncan, Costler & Stallings.
Many we love have passed away too soon.....without reason.

We remember them often in a thousand different ways....In the the night, when we look at the stars.....a date....a song.....a place. In memory of all those who left us all too soon. We will get to see you again some day.

The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family - you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, they do not know you are out there somewhere. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
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Donna Kilpatrick Stockebrand
Ada Della Anderson Johnson
Hi Judy,

Thank you for transferring my Grandmother's page to me. I really appreciate it.

Donna Kilpatrick Stockebrand
Added by Donna Kilpatrick Stockebr... on Mar 25, 2015 1:24 AM
Marolyn Brewster
Lee Hughes
According to records Lee Hughes was born on 07 Apr 1927 not 07 Mar 1927

Name: Lee Hughes
SSN: 418-30-2214
Last Residence:
35740 Bridgeport, Jackson, Alabama, USA
BORN: 7 Apr 1927
Last Benefit: 35740, Bridgeport, Jackson, Alabama, United States of America
Died: Nov 1986
State (Year) SSN issued: Alabama (Before 1951)
Added by Marolyn Brewster on Mar 24, 2015 9:02 AM
Marolyn Brewster
Wilma Hughes
I am related to Wilma according to the records below she died on 24 NOV 2004

Name: Wilma E. Hughes
SSN: 419-42-3728
Last Residence:
35740 Bridgeport, Jackson, Alabama, USA
BORN: 29 May 1930
Last Benefit: 35740, Bridgeport, Jackson, Alabama, United States of America
Died: 24 Nov 2004
State (Year) SSN issued: Alabama (Before 1951)
Added by Marolyn Brewster on Mar 24, 2015 8:51 AM
Eastview Map Block 58
Hi Judy.
I have found that the list on the cemetery site,
has one really big error. They do not list anyone in Block 58, and I did that whole block last week according to the map. Then I decided to do Block 57 and lo and behold all the ones I did in Block 58 are listed in Block 57.
I have printed out lists for 10 different Blocks and have tried to get everyone on the list.
As you can see I have added about 70+ names to the cemetery who have died several years back.
So, I guess we can take that list with a little salt, and less faith. But, it is still fun.
Best regards, Bud
Added by Bud on Mar 22, 2015 10:11 AM
Betty Atkinson
Death Certificate
for Johnnie Cobb... Does it say where he was born? And do you know who this Cobb line goes back to? Thanks
Added by Betty Atkinson on Mar 22, 2015 12:20 AM
Eleanor Morrison Lawson
Tinsley and extended families
Judy, first of all let me tell you how much I admire your hard work and dedication to Find A Grave. I have worked on family files since the 80's and haven't gotten too far or it seems so.
My Mom and Dad had huge family connections. When I see how much you have accomplished I want to say Thank You. Even if it isn't my family you are a wonderful person to have helped others so much.
I tried to contact "Thomas" who put the grave marker photos on the ones I am working on but failed because he is not taking messages. I wanted to get permission to copy photos for my family files. I no longer am able to visit cemeteries due to age and health (87) I hope it is okay for me to copy them.
Thanks again for all your dedication and hard work.
Eleanor Morrison Lawson (
Added by Eleanor Morrison Lawson on Mar 21, 2015 3:34 PM
Good Morning Judy.
Looks to be a lovely day for sure.
Did you notice the percent with photos is now 72?
Still have about 100 photos left to sort thru.
Take care, Bud
Added by Bud on Mar 21, 2015 5:24 AM
Karla Kelley-Cardell
17075657 William W. KELLY
You have a note on your memorial page for William W. Kelly to let you know if there is any further information for him. I don't know if you had his obituary, but I added a photo of it to his memorial page if you're interested. :)

Great work you're doing with Hollywood Cemetery. I'm so sad to hear it is in such disarray.
Added by Karla Kelley-Cardell on Mar 21, 2015 1:45 AM
Emma Bell Green
Good morning,

I came across a note you had written on the memorial for Emma Bell Green where you mentioned that you wanted people to contact you if there was more information about this family. I believe Thomas W. Bell, Emma's father, is my great great grandfather. Are you related to this family?
Added by gdubuelle on Mar 18, 2015 6:14 AM
RE: Obituaries
One of mine is simalar. I take photos of all vets as I walk looking for Requests. ocal guy got all over me for putting his father on Find A Grave. Told me to delete it at once. I did. Now he has it on with a photo. Then asked me to make connections to other memorials. I did. No other contact. BB
Added by Bud on Mar 16, 2015 8:32 AM
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