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Cristie (#46865585)
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If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.

The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen

My feelings are that 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 I am and why 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.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family story tellers. That is why I do my family genealogy..... and that is what calls those young and old to step up..... and put flesh on the bones.

---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
Johnson -----

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Cody Blue Miller
Sarah A. (Kable) Heflebower
Hi Cristie!

Would you please add a photo for Sarah A. (Kable) Heflebower (Find A Grave Memorial# 167346319)?

I saw your photos of her tombstone at:

The photo on top was taken when the stone was in much better condition. If you would add that photo to her memorial, I would greatly appreciate it!

Cody Blue
Added by Cody Blue Miller on Jul 24, 2016 3:14 AM
Valice Raffi
Mary Pacaud Bell
Thanks for linking Mary Pacaud Bell with her family. If you've photographed her stone, would you be able to post it on her memorial (# 27045086)?
Added by Valice Raffi on Jul 01, 2016 1:57 PM
Betty Atkinson
For the photos of Sarah and Thomas' gravestone!!! It is a big help.
Added by Betty Atkinson on Jul 01, 2016 7:37 AM
I would like to request ownership of these two memorials as they were my great grandparents. Thank you.
Added by JPE on Jun 29, 2016 9:44 PM
Mary D Emison
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Added by searcher on Jun 22, 2016 6:47 AM
Linda H Swindell
C Hicks Blurton Tombstone Photo

Thank you so much for adding the tombstone photo to the Find A Grave memorial. Appreciate all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Jun 16, 2016 1:29 PM
Linda H Swindell
Thomas and Ella Riggsbee Tombstone Photos

Thank you for the tombstone photos added to the Find A Grave memorials. Appreciate all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Jun 16, 2016 1:26 PM
Thank you, Cristie. I appreciate that so much. I know if someone found my family's photos, I would want them.
Sarita Boyette
Added by SGB on Jun 15, 2016 10:51 PM
Vintage Photos found of people from Bells, TN
Hi, Christie! My daughter was working 5 years ago at a place that sorted donations given to charity.She found a sack of photos that were going to be thrown away & she asked if she could bring them to me. I want to get them to family who would appreciate them. I saw your name on Moses Brigance's page. I have daughter's pic - Helen Crook Candace Brigance, born around 1902. Her mom is Sophia McKee Brigance; Mildred, Irene, & Virginia Hicks, parents Dr. John W. Jr., & Ida McKee (he was a dentist); Aunts Jesse & Betty (Elizabeth McKee Crawford?), & Grandma & Grandfather Henry McKee; Wm. Henry Roberts, 1919 in Bilburg, Germany; Kate Cullom Warnick & John Warnick (also one of Kate as a child with another girl in front of a piano); Dr. Nelson I. Hesse & wife Sidnie; Ida Hicks Taylor; George, son of Dr. T. J. & Ida Hicks Taylor; Aunt Carrie McKee Martin; baby Zilpha Jane Brigance; and more. There are houses, a train depot, what looks like the dentist office. Please excuse any misspellings. It seems like the prevalent names are Hicks, Brigance, & McKee. Please let me know if you have any idea of whom these should belong. I thought of putting this on Craig's list, then thought better of it as someone who wanted to make money off of old photos might claim them. I feel a responsibility to get these to someone who cares. Also, a 2 year old child, Billy Sherrod is mentioned, but the photo of him is said to not be his true photo.
Thank you for reading!
Sarita Boyette
Grapevine, Texas
Added by SGB on Jun 12, 2016 11:00 PM
Mary Newsome
Thank You!
Thank you for taking a picture of Cassie Smith's grave. Your kindness means so much to a lot of people. May God bless you!
Added by Mary Newsome on Jun 12, 2016 6:40 PM
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