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Cathey & Karla (#46521617)
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We were two sisters from Hobbs, NM, just 110 miles south of where Cathey lives in Portales. Sadly, Karla passed away on November 14, 2015, after a 15 year battle with congestive heart failure. She was born with mitral valve proplapse that went undetected until it led to chf when she was 40. Karla was almost 7 years younger than I and lived in the Phoenix AZ area. She had the genealogy bug a lot longer, and she passed it to me in 2001 when I moved here. Our mother, Vera "Coggin" Weldy is the one who turned us on to cemeteries when we were kids. We used to go with her to tour the old, out of the way cemeteries along the two-rut dirt roads of Lea County where many of her family is buried. We loved looking at the old beautiful stones, for those that have been there the longest, and the most unusual names. I would gladly make photos of area headstones, but I'm waiting for Santa to bring me a new camera. I've got my fingers crossed so maybe I can help others who live far away to see what the graves of their ancestors look like. Cathey
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Ivy Birkner
RE: Melvin Jones
I'm not really related to the family other than Melvin was my step grandfather. I only got interested because my mother hated him and she doesn't hate anyone. My grandmother was still married to him all these years but never lived with him while I was alive. Now that I have gotten interested in genealogy, I got interested in trying to find him. I thought this might be him in Arizona but I was not positive because he is from Mississippi. It wasn't until I found your story on findagrave that I was certain it is him. Do you know anything about his life after my grandmother left him? As to your question about the article, I have only found a few and I thought one of them may have had a picture because I remember commenting on it. I will look and see if I can find it. I don't think he received any time except when first questioned. He did marry the woman he was caught with because when I asked my mother about the murder, she said she knew nothing about it. She met Eula and I guess thought that was Melvin's mother. Back then I'm sure things were not spoken about. I will look in my files and see if I can find a picture. I could be mistaken but I will let you know.
Added by Ivy Birkner on Mar 12, 2016 8:56 AM
Ivy Birkner
RE: Melvin Jones
No, I don't have a picture of his mother but I saw one on the newspaper article about her murder. It is a black and white picture but it is the only one I have ever seen.
Added by Ivy Birkner on Mar 11, 2016 9:56 PM
Ivy Birkner
RE: Melvin Jones
This picture is the only one you have seen because it was my grandmother's and nobody has seen it since the 1950's. , I found it in one of my grandmothers picture frames behind another picture. She was his wife.
Added by Ivy Birkner on Mar 11, 2016 9:54 PM
Ivy Birkner
Melvin Jones
Can you please tell me where you got the picture of Melvin you posted on his memorial? The picture is of him and my grandmother and it belongs to me.I'm just curious is to where you found it. Thanks.
Added by Ivy Birkner on Mar 11, 2016 7:49 PM
Susan T
James Frank Coggin
Hi,

James is my ggg-grandfather. I know there is oral tradition in my family that his middle name was Frank and his wife was Margaret "Maggie" Tate, but I haven't found any actual documentation for either of these. I'm hoping you may have it, since you have specific death dates for them both. Are you able and willing to share?

Thanks so much,
Susan Tow
Added by Susan T on Jun 29, 2015 8:18 PM
Dave Davenport
RE: Karla in Phoenix
I PLAN TO GO THIS WEEK TO GET THE PHOTO.
Added by Dave Davenport on Jun 16, 2015 2:09 PM
Dave Davenport
WAMPLER
JUST A QUICK QUESTION. IF KARLA LIVES IN PHOENIX WHY COULDN'T SHE JUST GO TAKE THE PHOTO AT RESTHAVEN? IS IT A LONG DRIVE FROM WHERE SHE LIVES?
Added by Dave Davenport on Jun 14, 2015 11:12 PM
Dave Davenport
WAMPLER
I JUST WALKED IN THE DOOR FROM TAKING 6 PHOTOS AT RESTHAVEN. I WILL CLAIM THIS AND GO OUT AGAIN NEXT WEEK. OUR TIMING WAS JUST A LITTLE OFF.
Added by Dave Davenport on Jun 10, 2015 4:43 PM
mona booth
RE: memorial msg.
ok, great! hopefully I can get a pic from you on my dad.. look forward to hearing from you! :)
Added by mona booth on May 31, 2015 9:00 AM
mona booth
memorial msg.
I am trying to contact the party that left a memorial for my dad, Donald Akey, on august 13, 2013. They said they have a photo of him when he was in the service and I would love to see it.. Thank you..
Added by mona booth on May 31, 2015 8:28 AM
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