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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 25 days
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Bio Photo Please feel free to copy and use any of my photos, for non-profit use. Credit would be nice, but that is up to you.

I am a history buff, especially Memphis history. I have an interest in Memphis entrepreneurs, philanthropists and notorious citizens.

People often ask why I enjoy graving:
1. I love history. Beneath every headstone is a story, and someone worthy of remembering.
2. Cemeteries are rarely crowded.
3. Cemeteries never charge admission.
4. Cemeteries are generally nice, clean and well kept. Like a very nice walk in the park.
5. Genealogy should be free. I hope the stuff I post is helpful to others.

My favorite FindaGrave project was finding all the co-conspirators associated with the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Children's Home Society (1927-1950). Georgia Tann, the infamous "Baby Thief" and Black Market kidnapper, seller (and killer) of children was the head of one of the darkest parts of Memphis history. She, and her story are not ‘famous' according to Find-A-Grave, although she stole, sold, trafficked and caused the deaths of over 5,000 children. (More lives effected than Al Capone even thought about).
Mary Tyler Moore won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Tann in the television movie, "Stolen Babies," 1993.
Georgia Tann
Judge Camille Kelley Juvenile Court Judge who removed parental rights, and gave Georgia the papers needs to traffic children.
Abe Waldauer Memphis City Attorney under Boss Crump who changed laws to keep the Home running. Also, Georgia Tann's personal attorney.
Boss E. H. Crump The Political Clout, and Memphis Mayor.
Ann Atwood Hollinsworth Lesbian lover and adopted daughter of Georgia Tann, and Part Time helper at the home.

I have recently retired and will be spending more time in the cemeteries around Memphis during the day. The picture includes Pepper, who adopted me in 2002. She Passed away December 27, 2013, and loved to join me graving too.

With the help of Margie Collins, we have tried to capture all burials at Stephensons Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. I grew up attending church there, and have lots of family at the cemetery. If you, or your family have connections with Stephenson Chapel, join our FaceBook group:

My current project is Forest Hill Cemetery-Midtown. I have been working on one section at a time. The sections complete at this time: A, AA A Ext, B,B Ext, C, D, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,15,14,16,16A,19, 19B, 20, 25, 26, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 33A, 34A. If you are working there, let me add your sections to the list, so we don't duplicate efforts.

If you have info on anyone I have added, please let me know. If you are kin or friends to anyone, I will gladly transfer, on request. Happy Graving!
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Jack Trent
Hi Neil!

Just wanted to thank you for the lovely entry on John "Jack" Trent ( that you posted.

Jack is my first cousin, twice removed. My Grandmother and Great Aunt both ADORED him and talked of him frequently. I've posted the picture that i have of him.

Have a great day! And thank you again,

Added by Meacham on May 24, 2015 10:23 AM
Peggy Carrigan
Velton Armett McOwen
Neil, I thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I hope you know I am thankful for the memorial you did for my father. I just wanted to give you some information about him. I really didn't want to take any credits away from you. I put some pictures in the memorial, but don't know if I did it correctly. I am new at this. I am truly sorry to hear that you are leaving this post, but wish you all the luck I can in any endeavors you take on after this.

Thank you sincerely,
Peggy McOwen Carrigan
Added by Peggy Carrigan on May 21, 2015 1:29 PM
Peggy Carrigan
Velton Armett McOwen
This is my Father, and I would like to inform you that he was married, first, to my mother, Pearl Inez Spencer on December 23, 1937 in Hughes, Saint Francis County, Arkansas. I was born -Peggy Marilyn McOwen on November 10, 1938 at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. My parents divorced, and I lived with my Dad's parents, Dooley Henry McOwen and Cora Alma Gaskins till I was 9/ 1/2 years old, at which time , I went to live with my mother, who had remarried to Lawrence Edward O'Donnell,a pilot, who was from Massachusetts, and in the Navy. Velton married Aline Annie Blanton on December 9, 1944 in Hughes, Saint Francis County, Arkansas And had two children-Randy Armett McOwen and Dianne M.McOwen Trout. I don't know where Randy is, but Dianne lived in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with her husband Bernard Arthur Trout, Born 1946, and Died 2014. They had 4 girls. I didn't even know where my father was buried till last year (2014). After attending my half- brothers funeral,and on our way home, we stopped in Memphis to visit his grave, and took some pictures of myself and my son by his grave. Aline never liked me from the start, and wanted all my Dad's attention on her daughter, but that's all in the past.
Added by Peggy Carrigan on May 18, 2015 11:33 AM
Susan Matheney
RE: Claude Browning
Thank You SO Much.

She is buried in Irving Texas, she remarried and when he died she was moved out there, to live close to my mother.

Again, Thanks SO MUCH......

Added by Susan Matheney on May 13, 2015 7:39 AM
Elizabeth H.
Judge Elizabeth "Bee" McCain
Thank you for the lovely memorial and pictures of my "Aunt Bee". She was my Grandmother's cherished aunt and although I never met her, I still hear so many wonderful stories about her!
Added by Elizabeth H. on May 12, 2015 8:15 AM
Farrar and related families
Thankyou for yur kindness in creating and transferring tmemorials.
Wishing you a lovely spring.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on May 02, 2015 9:37 AM
Susan Matheney
Claude Browning

I'm originally from Memphis, and after some time I have moved to Washington State. I have lost some pictures, and one that means alot to me is a picture of my grandfathers grave. He is also not listed in the cemetary records that Find a grave has. He is Claude Browning. He is buried at Memphis Memorial Park. It was just a few years ago that I knew that he was buried there. He passed away in March of 1964, and I was just 2 1/2 years old. So, I didn't know him.

If I could possibly get you to get a picture of the grave, I would be so happy. Just to also get him listed on find a grave.

Susan Matheney
Added by Susan Matheney on Apr 14, 2015 6:04 PM
This and that
Thank you so much for your fascinating research.
Your thoroughness is amazing.

I've enjoyed reading your posts as a person who grew up in Memphis in the 50's on to '74 (when I left for good).

I have one (death) that may interest you and has stymied me for years. My friend, Michael Alexander and his brother (whose name I can not remember) both committed suicide(by shotgun) one year apart at the Alamo Plaza Motel, in Memphis, EXACTLY one year apart. The irony means something, surely? I think by that time Mike was about 27 years old. Mike's father was president of Union Planters Bank and his mother was headmistress of some private school. I think the suicide of Mike occurred in 1970, '71, or '72, I was living in New Orleans at the time and someone sent me his death notice. I think maybe my sister or mother sent it, both have passed away. I was not on close terms with his family or friends and have never been able to find out "what happened?". Mike is buried in Blytheville, AR, apparently that was his mother's place of birth and it is a family plot. His brother is not shown as being buried in that plot.
I find it shocking that both brothers committed suicide the same way, at the same place, exactly one year apart. The family was considered society of Memphis but something is horribly amiss for this to happen. I'm simply not smart enough to do the research to find out a motive for what happened. Mike was a very sweet person and was decent to me. I'm sure there were lots of pressure put on the Alexander kids to be "social". I mentioned to Mike that I had seen his photo in the newspaper (Commercial Appeal) attending some fancy ball...his reply was that "it was expected of him and not a personal thing".

I would be more than grateful if you could find out anything that would put some light on what happened. If it isn't too much trouble.

Sandra Ross-O'Connor

PS I did call the funeral home on Union Avenue near Bellevue Blvd some years back but they wouldn't even consider answering any questions. My assumption was that his body was prepared by I
think it's called Memphis Funeral home? I knew Mike as attending Memphis State at the time, I think that was 1965.
Added by Sandra on Apr 12, 2015 10:07 AM
Linda Wayman
Reba and Calvin Dixon ransfers
Neil, thank you for the transfers. I wasn't expecting them, but I do appreciate them. I hope to find more information to add to the bios. The library in Hernando may have what I'm looking for.
Added by Linda Wayman on Mar 29, 2015 11:42 AM
Thank you so much for the transfers!!!!!
Added by elizabethlterry on Mar 27, 2015 6:52 PM
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