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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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Donna McPherson
Transfers
Thanks, much for the transfers.
Donna
Added by Donna McPherson on Jul 09, 2014 9:53 AM
Susan
Family Link can be created
For Mary Augusta Etheridge Bevis, #25723177, if you would like to link to her parents, you can add the following:
Her father, Rev. Isaac J. Etheridge, 32769118
Her mother, Mary Etheridge, 32769119
I am distantly related through Mary Augusta's brother William Henry.
Susan Etheridge Percival Speers
Added by Susan on Jul 08, 2014 6:48 PM
tallie
management transfer
Thanks for transferring the care of my Thomas ancestors to me. Should you ever need to locate a burial in Saline Co., MO, please let me know.
Added by tallie on Jul 07, 2014 4:21 PM
Soheyr Azar
Thank You
Thank you for taking so many photos. I have found a number of relatives through your efforts. I lve the story of Bennie the turtle. Thanks!
Added by Soheyr Azar on Jul 03, 2014 7:35 AM
Jaycie Smith
Paige Lockard
I noticed I had transferred other members of this family before, so made this transfer today. Thanks for the links.

Jaycie
Added by Jaycie Smith on Jun 28, 2014 10:36 AM
BB-61
Photo information
I am trying to find out information on a photo you have in the listing for my grandmother:
Lizzie BROWN buried in Old Brasstown cemetery in Towns county, Georgia. I would like to get a copy of the photo for myself. Any information on who took the photo and where I can get a copy would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance,
Ronald brown
Added by BB-61 on Jun 28, 2014 10:20 AM
Lovean PATE Lawrence
Henderson Memorials
Thank you so much for transferring my grandmother's memorial to me. In searching for other family members, I find that you created memorials for several of my family members. If you would please transfer them to me, I would be very grateful.

The persons listed below are children of Ida Melinda Elliott Henderson:

Bernice H Whitehead Memorial# 32484397 (my mother)
David Henderson Memorial# 32385282
Garrie Henderson Memorial# 32385286
Sadie Henderson Memorial# 32385344
Gladys H Hinson Memorial# 32942353

Thank you again for all that you do for all of us.
Added by Lovean PATE Lawrence on Jun 27, 2014 12:59 PM
Lovean PATE Lawrence
Ida E Henderson Find A Grave Memorial# 32385310
Please transfer this memorial to me. Ida Melinda Elliott Henderson was my maternal grandmother.

Thank you so much for all the work you do for Find a Grave. We appreciate you so much!
Added by Lovean PATE Lawrence on Jun 26, 2014 3:25 PM
Vera Mikell Sodek
Glen LeRoy Haire, Jr
Thank you!!!
Added by Vera Mikell Sodek on Jun 26, 2014 7:22 AM
tallie
Edgar March Thomas
Edgar March Thomas (born in Ellerville, Bradford Co., FL; son of Walter Thomas, b. 1847, Nova Scotia) is my grandfather. I have traced his Thomas line back to the arrival in Philadelphia of two brothers -- Walter and Alexander -- from somewhere in Wales. (An ancestor from 1700s Wales is harder to track down than one in the U.S. named Smith...)

Walter's son, Joseph, 1752- 1811, was a Tory. He went to Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia, shortly after the end of the American Revolution. Two generations later, another Joseph and his family immigrated to Massachusetts, then to Bradford County, FL, where my father, Joseph Edgar (1908-1969) was born.

Since I am the last child born in the line from the first Joseph to my father (my brother is adopted), I would like to be the person who maintains the memorials to those in this line, if it is alright with you.

I will be able to add data for those whose place of burial, etc., I know. As a volunteer for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness for nine years and as a retired print journalist, I know the value of documentation. Nothing without documentation would be used.

Thank you for considering my request.

Jo Thomas Woodward

PS -- When I was a child, Crosby Lake Cemetery was a place of fasciation. I went out there several times a year with my Grandmother Thomas and other family members, until she died in 1945. They allowed me to ramble while they cleaned the grave sites. There was an area of nothing but children's gravestones, if my memory is correct, not far from where my Thomas-Kickliter family was buried. It was the first place I checked out at every visit. All those children who died so young captured my imagination in a way I've never forgotten.

Went back to the cemetery in 2003, when on my way to a class reunion. I swear it looked the same, after 58 years.
Added by tallie on Jun 23, 2014 3:39 PM
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