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rebekahpaw (#47146422)
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Bio Photo ♦My interest in cemeteries started at a very young age. I loved the different styles and history that was provided in cemeteries. When I went to college in Savannah, Georgia, I became more enchanted with cemeteries. I am now working on my family genealogy on the names: Franks, Stricklin, Nipper, Brogdon, Starritt, Koester, and Buerger. I would love to help anyone that needs photos in my local area which is Marion, Fayette, Lamar, Walker, and Winston counties of Alabama.♦

♥ I have been blessed and lucky to have had three of my maternal Great-Grandparents in my life. ღRaymond Nipperღ, or B-Dad as I called him, was such a caring and loving man. He lived an interesting life and always told me stories that I loved and still remember. ღAlmer Stricklin Nipperღ, or as I called her, Old Granny, was such an amazing woman. She was the best cook and raised the best squash and sweet corn in her garden.~

Robert Paul Starrittღ, or as his grandkids called him, Grand-Bob, was always a trickster. He was born on Halloween and I was born on Novemeber 3rd. It was always special to have my birthday so close to his. I remember when we would go to visit him, he would always call me Sissy, after his nickname for his daughter. ღNorma Brogdon Starrittღ, who was known as Mee-Maw, was Robert's first wife and my great-grandmother. She died when I was six months old and even though I didn't know her, she has always been close to me through our family stories. She loved the color orange and most of her furniture was halloween orange, even her curtains and shutters! She was a vibrant woman and is special to all of us. Robert's second wife, ღMinnie Pearl Agnew Dopson-Starrittღ, was a very special and unique woman. I remember that I thought Minnie Pearl would say "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!" like Minnie Pearl that was on Hee-Haw and the Grand Ole Opry. The first time I talked to her on the phone she did say "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!" to me. Minnie Pearl was such a loving woman.~

~My knowledge of my paternal Great-Grandparents comes from family stories and remembrances. ღFredrich Christoff Henrich "Henry" Koester ღ, was one of my paternal Great-Grandfather's. My father remembers that he would take him and his siblings to school often. He also took my father and uncle fishing. His family mostly spoke German. His son, Herbert, my Grandfather, is still able to speak German fluently. His wife, ღAnna Hausler Koesterღ, was my Great-Grandmother. Anna was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.~

Robert F. Buergerღ, was my other paternal Great-Grandfather. He loved his garden and tending to it. He would use a shovel instead of a tiller to till the soil. He was a jolly person and loved his family. ღLily Josephine Lutonsky Buergerღ was Robert's wife and my Great-Grandmother. My father told me that she was a great cook. When he was growing up, she would always have brownies made for him because she knew he loved chocolate. She would also have cookies that my uncle and aunts loved.~

~I have been blessed to have four of my Great-Uncles and two of my Great-Aunts in my life. ღRobert Lee Starrittღ was a special man. He, like his father, loved to be a trickster and pester all of us. We knew that was one of his ways to show us he loved us. He gave the hardest bear hugs I have ever had. Robert Lee was a ordained Baptist Minister. ღArnold Julius Koesterღ was a joyful and a very loving man. He made me a wooden keepsake box that I cherish. His wife, ღBertha Emma Zacharias Koesterღ, was a sweet woman and had a joy about her that made you want to be around her. I loved visiting their home in Texas. They always had dogs and I remember their Pekingese and their Chow. She made me a beautiful crocheted doll that I cherish and love. Uncle Arnold's brother, ღEdwin William "Ed" Koester ღ married Bertha's sister, ღAlice Ottilie Zacharias Koesterღ. Ed and Alice were very delightful and a loving Uncle and Aunt. Uncle Ed and Aunt Alice were more reserved, but we knew they loved us. ღWilbert Robert Buergerღ, was such a loving man. Uncle Wilbert died when I was four, but I remember special hugs from him. When he died, he left his '68 Chevelle for my brother when he got older. Wilbert is loved and missed by us all.~

~I have two Uncles that died young. ღHenry Wayne Nipperღ is my Mother's brother. ღGlen Ray Koesterღ is my Father's brother. Even though they were only here with us for a short time, they are missed and loved. We know one day when we are in heaven we will finally be re-united with all of our family. ♥

♦If you have a moment, please visit my family's memorials. My family means the world to me. Many thanks are to all of you for your kindness.♦

♦If you have any corrections on memorials that I have done, don't hesitate to contact me with your information. Either use the Suggest a Correction on the Edit tab of the memorial, or leave me a message here or an e-mail. I will be happy to transfer memorials to direct family. Please send me how you are related to the person in question and I will be happy to transfer them to you.♦
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Karen Manasco
Rebecca Stricklin Harris
I added Mrs. Harris' obit to her memorial. My grandmother must have known her since she kept the obit from the paper.
Added by Karen Manasco on Apr 28, 2015 7:35 AM
Joel Mize
Morris Cemetery

My name is Joel Mize of NW Alabama. I see that you are originally of Savannah GA and now live in NW Alabama counties where most of my recent kin reside.

On May 16th, as President of Shoals Area SAR, we will have a Grave Marking Ceremony to be held at Hopewell cemetery (SE of Glen Allen), but with acknowledgement of RW era soldiers/pioneers in nearby Tidwell Chapel and Morris cemetery. Would like to invite you to attend, beginning with a "dinner on the ground" at Noon, that Saturday.

Thanks for photos from these cemeteries. I'm a native of Haleyville, grew up in rural Marion County, lived out of State until retirement 3 years ago.
Added by Joel Mize on Mar 27, 2015 4:18 PM
Thomas Stanford
Thank you so much for all the great work you do!
I'm researching George Stanford who was brother to Thomas, and both sons of William. I see that you have Thomas' birth in King George County, VA and wonder how you have discovered that.

all the best,
Added by beegolden on Mar 27, 2015 4:44 AM
Ray Franks
Franks Cemetery
Hello my name is Ray Franks and I am doing research on my family tree. I see you have some information that I was missing. It is in regard to the Franks cemetery and those who are buried there. Could you please contact me at my email,
I hope you can fill in some blanks for me. Thank you and hope to hear back soon,
Added by Ray Franks on Feb 14, 2015 5:22 PM
Lisa Owens
Franks Family
Would you have any information on Dicy (spelling?) Franks from Alabama? I have recently been found by my grandmothers family. From what I was told, she is the daughter of Joseph C Franks (#47925238), and would be my great-grandmother. She married William Henry Wilson and had 5 children, the youngest being my grandmother. My grandparents and parents passed when I was only 16. The only information I had was that my grandmother was from Alabama. This new group of family has provided the rest of the information.
Please feel free to reply to this message or email me at
Added by Lisa Owens on Oct 16, 2014 10:15 PM
Donna Brown
RE: Arrena Downs
I so appreciate that you looked for this marker. I don't know how i missed your post. I apparently had my email set where it would not inform me.
Added by Donna Brown on Aug 31, 2014 5:40 PM
Deoborah Mathews
thank you
Thank you so much for all the work you do. I have now gone back 4 generations and finally recorded Civil War facts. Now on to searching over seas.

Deborah Waddell Mathews
Added by Deoborah Mathews on Aug 24, 2014 4:52 PM
Deoborah Mathews
Thank You!
Added by Deoborah Mathews on Aug 24, 2014 4:48 PM
Chris Coulter
RE: Marcus Campbell Owings Photo
Did you happen to have a chance to ask your neighbor about any Owings family pictures?


Added by Chris Coulter on Mar 10, 2014 8:47 AM
Chris Coulter
RE: Marcus Campbell Owings Photo

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. If you don't mind sending the picture of Mark C Owings daughter I would appreciate it as she would have been my 3rd great grandmothers (Theresa) sister.

If you get a chance to talk to your neighbor who might have more Owings or Henderson (Marcus' wife Nancy's family) photo's it would be greatly appreciated! I have some photos of Theresa T. Owings Coulter, if she would like those as well, but that is the only Owings' photos I have.

Thanks again!

Chris Coulter
Added by Chris Coulter on Feb 10, 2014 7:56 AM
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