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Alton & Loudonia (#46956626)
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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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Alton and Loudonia
Thank you so much for the photo. I appreciate all your time and effort.

Thanks again,

Added by Jane on Nov 26, 2014 11:53 AM
Terry Broberg-Swangin
Wayne Roof
Thank you so much!! Terry
Added by Terry Broberg-Swangin on Nov 25, 2014 2:59 PM
Alan A.
RE: Re: Daren Ferris 33588747
Yes, that works just fine. Is there any chance you could show/instruct me on how you did that so that I can do it in my own graves/future edits?
Added by Alan A. on Nov 24, 2014 8:20 PM
chelsey Mccau
Did you know him?
I ran across my step dads grave and you guys posted a picture of it... Troy Shane Norred... I was wondering if you knew him? Or how you stumbled upon his grave site
Added by chelsey Mccau on Nov 20, 2014 7:12 AM
RE: Mary Ann Steffens
Once again, thank you. I hadn't seen her grave since before I was married in 1970.
Added by dash97 on Nov 18, 2014 5:34 PM
Mary Ann Steffens
Thank you for the picture. My I ask what made you decide to get my baby sister's grave? Thanks
Added by dash97 on Nov 18, 2014 11:11 AM
Martin Weybright
Bennie the Turtle
Many thanks for sharing your story about him. Best wishes.
Added by Martin Weybright on Nov 08, 2014 8:08 PM
RE: Obits
Yes, I did. Thanks! :)
Added by Arabelle on Nov 03, 2014 11:34 AM
Clariece Bromley Gregory
Hello Alton & Loudonia,
Thank you for the obituary of Mrs. Gregory. I add the information to her memorial and a marker photo. I linked her son who is buried in the same Gregory plot in Evergreen. Thank you for all your contributions to Find a Grave.

Added by Johnny on Nov 02, 2014 2:15 PM
Jacksons in GA
Thank you so much for transferring my folks to me! regards, Donna
Added by Donna on Oct 28, 2014 9:12 PM
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