|Alton & Loudonia (#46956626)|
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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.
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
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.
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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|bjohnse||Jefferson Luther Jacob Johns Jr|
I would like for you to transfer Jefferson Luther Jacob Johns Jr to me. He was my husband's brother. Thank you in advance.Memorial Number: 24466685
Added by bjohnse on Mar 09, 2014 6:14 AM
|KatNat||Transfer Request - Kulz family|
I kindly request that you transfer the following 2 graves to me: Stephanine Kulz (79586158) and Robert Kulz (79586699). Stephanie was my great-Aunt and Robt. was her son.
Thank you, Kathy
Added by KatNat on Mar 06, 2014 8:44 PM
Could you transer # 25089828, Florence Rachel Morris, Salem Cem to me? She is my Great Aunt
Added by ampow82 on Mar 06, 2014 8:16 AM
|Susan Williams Milam||RE: Photo|
Thank you so much for adding the additional picture of my mother's grave. Laura Elizabeth Ley Williams
Susan Williams Milam
Dear Alton and Loudonia!
I would like to say a BIG thank you for all the transfers of the Wilkison Clan. I really appreciate all your help. I wonder if it is possible for you to snap a couple of shots at Lawtey Cemetery? Donald E. Wilkison and Virgie I. Wilkison? They were my Uncle and Aunt. If you could get those pictures I would be most grateful. I live in SC and it will not be possible for me to get those shots otherwise.
Thank you again for everything.
Added by Ree on Mar 03, 2014 7:07 PM
|Martha Ledbetter||Lucy Ollie Goolsby|
Dear Alton and Loudonia. Thank you for the picture of my Aunt Lucy's grave. The family lost contact with her after she divorced my Uncle Bennie L. Scott, my dad's brother. I'm doing genealogy research on my dad's family and I need information from her Goolsby family. She and my uncle divorced in 1952 in Miami-Dade County, Florida. She had children by my uncle that I grew up with and I'm needing to get information on them as well. Her Goolsby family would perhaps be able to get me that information.
My name is Martha Scott Ledbetter and I live in Pembroke Pines, Florida. I am a member of "Find A Grave" and have gotten several pictures of my family members' graves from the website.
Thank you for your hobby work. It's very important to families. My email is: Marled99@att.net
|Anonymous||Find A Grave Memorial# 24193541|
Hi Alton & Loudonia. My friend found my oldest brother's (Cecil D Pirkle, Mulberry Missionary Baptist Cemetery) marker on this site and it appears that it was posted by you. I was wondering if you know when the picture was taken? The reason I ask is because I couldn't find the marker when I visited the cemetery a few years ago. Someone had cleaned up the cemetery and marked some of the baby graves but some were unmarked. I never could find my brother's marker. I know it was there many years ago and obviously it was there when the photo was taken. I would like to find it again so I can try to get something more permanent for his grave. I'm not very familiar with how all this works but can you please advise me how to find out if his grave is still marked? Maybe I was looking in the wrong place since I hadn't been there since I was a child in the mid 1970's.
Also, I wanted to say thank you for spending your time on this hobby. It means a lot to so many families.
|Debbie||RE: Re: Martha Deaton.|
Added by Debbie on Feb 24, 2014 6:53 AM
|Liz Brown||Clarissa Slay Land|
Thank you so much for transferring Clarissa to my care. I can't thank you enough for taking the time to enter her memorial.
|Nancy M. Gandy||Gandy|
Thanks for the transfer of Marshall Gandy
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