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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.

I will not add any information from anyone who has no contact information. I must be able to verify if needed. This includes the contributers on findagrave who are afraid to list a contact, because of the way they treat other contributers.

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.

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


Do
Turtles
Have
Their
Prayers
Answered?

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 Findagrave.com for a photo, and they would drive to the cemetery, find the headstone and take a picture.
They would then place the photo on Findagrave.com, 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.

Click Here

If you look closely you will see Bennie!

Thanks for all the kind comments that have been placed on Mr. Dyals Memorial.




My Family Links:
My Mother - Lessie Vickers Wise
My Father - Levy Wise
My Brother - L. G. Wise
My Brother - Marvin Wise
My Brother - Elton Wise
My Sister - Sheila Ann Wise
My Grandmother - Luritte Wise

My Wife's Family Links:
My Father - Harold Edwin Tuggle
My Grandfather - Blonda D. Tuggle
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martinbmac
Bero Family
Hello and thank you so much for all your hard work on the Evergreen Cemetery.
Wondered if you would like to transfer the Bero family to me. I have all their information and where they came, etc. They are family by marriage to me.
Just let me know if that works for you!
Thanks!
Carol McCarthy Martin
Added by martinbmac on Apr 16, 2014 9:53 AM
KC
Baker Transfers
Thank you both so much for the transfers of Mary Baker Cox (my grandmother), Sabina Baker (my g-grandmother) and Elizabeth Baker (my g-aunt). I appreciate it very much.

Katherine (KC) Thacker
Added by KC on Apr 15, 2014 6:46 PM
ampow82
Link?
Hi,
Could you link Caroline Bright Johnes to her husband
# 81166580 Henry Wensel. She was married to my Great Grand Father in 1956. Or you could transfer her to me?
Added by ampow82 on Apr 15, 2014 5:12 PM
KZipperer
Wiley Branch Kessler, Jr., #75909249
Alton & Loudina:

Please remove the memorial for Wiley Branch Kessler Jr. He is still very much alive.

Thanks,

Kathy Zipperer
Added by KZipperer on Apr 14, 2014 1:47 PM
James Edmondson
Memorial #38169584
This , was my father. His name was James Haskel Edmondson, Jr. He was born in Roseville, Michigan to James H. Sr & Audrey Edmondson of Barney, Ga. His mother has passed away but his father is still alive. He is a WW II Veteran as I am a 100% Disabled Vet. My step-mother & I do not get along so it will not come to you as a surprise that I cannot give you her phone number. My half sister should be buried next to him by now as she has just recently passed away. I lost my wife on 12 Jun 11 and I can be reached at 229-263-7095. My name (laughing) is James H. Edmondson, III & yes I do have the IV... :) I was researching my family tree when I came across your pictures. Thank you for posting them..

Sincerely
James
Added by James Edmondson on Apr 13, 2014 4:31 PM
Sharon Wolff
Robert Peter Brooks
Just thought I would let you know that you might want to add some info to his grave. I researched him for a friend and found that the date on his ts that must have been added later is incorrect. It is shown as 2 Sep 1863. He was actually killed in the battle of Fairview on 3 Sep 1864. I noticed this when I found his muster rolls and they show him present in Aug 1864, impossible if he died in 1863. I then found this website http://southernhistory.blogspot.com/2012/08/two-forgotten-alabama-battles-of-civil.html
which confirms that the battle was 3 Sep 1864 and that R.P. Brooks died in that battle.
Thanks for all that you do for us researchers,
Sharon Wolff
Added by Sharon Wolff on Apr 10, 2014 2:32 PM
KC
Transfers
Would appreciate it very much if you would transfer Mary Baker Cox # 89283053 (my grandmother); Sabina Baker #89283303 (my great grandmother) and Elizabeth Baker #89283179 (my great aunt) to me.

Thank you for all you do.

K. Thacker
KThacker1960@gmail.com
Added by KC on Apr 10, 2014 8:39 AM
Thousandwinds
Kevin Jackson
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=127459901
Added by Thousandwinds on Apr 05, 2014 5:00 PM
C. L. Hines
Bessie Hix/Morris.
will transfer if this is family.
Ch
Added by C. L. Hines on Apr 03, 2014 9:31 PM
Barbara Wilson Krause
Lucille Curry Williams Photo
I noticed the photo on Lucille's memorial #82984406 is not showing her death of death. If you are in the area would you kindly take another photo if the death date has been added.

Thanks for your kind help.
Added by Barbara Wilson Krause on Apr 02, 2014 5:06 AM
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