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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
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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.


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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:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stephensonchapel/

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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Margaret Webb
RE: Thomas Conner Conn
Thank you so much! Happy Grave Hunting!
Added by Margaret Webb on Feb 25, 2015 6:51 PM
Margaret Webb
Thomas Conner Conn
I sent you an edit today asking that you link my Uncle Tom with his parents, who were my great grandparents. The story is told by his sons that when his parents had him, they had no rocking chair to rock him. Great granddaddy Houston Conn's brother, Thomas Woodson Conn, was excited about the baby and promised to go in the snow to Weir and get a rocking chair for them if they would name the baby after him, which they did and he did. My Uncle Tom worked for the IC Railroad for years, as did a lot of my paternal family members, and was a conductor when he retired. Uncle Tom's son still has that rocking chair!
Added by Margaret Webb on Feb 25, 2015 5:10 PM
Linda Gail Johnson
RE: Henry/Addie/Cora Scurlock
Thank you so much for the info on
Viola May Scurlock. I do not know if you have her personal info for the site.
Birth 12 May 1925 in Waverly, Humphreys, Tennessee,
Death 11 Jun 1939 in Mooring, Lake Co, Tennessee
Added by Linda Gail Johnson on Feb 23, 2015 1:17 PM
Linda Gail Johnson
Henry/Addie/Cora Scurlock
While researching my genealogy I have come to learn of Henry C. & Cora Scurlock buried at Crockett Chapel Cemetery. Family info said Mrs. Addie/Susie Chamber Scurlock was buried there but never a marker placed.
Thank you for finding this info, but how did you? I have a photo of Henry Scurlock (not Skurlock)to add but none of Cora or her mother.

Thank you,
Linda McElyea
(the granddaughter of Henry's sister, Julie/Julia)
Added by Linda Gail Johnson on Feb 23, 2015 10:40 AM
Linda Heckerthorn
Transfers
Thank so much for the quick transfer of William B. Grove & his wife, Virginia Scruggs Grove. I really appreciate it! Lynn Heckerthorn
Added by Linda Heckerthorn on Feb 17, 2015 2:08 PM
angel searcher
Sheely
Thank you so much for the transfer, Very kind of you
Added by angel searcher on Feb 02, 2015 8:30 AM
Jo Ann Kelly
Thank you!
Thank you for the timely Cruse transfer. I have added family information and picture.

Sincerely,
Jo Ann
Added by Jo Ann Kelly on Jan 30, 2015 4:28 PM
eve andre evans
your fine work
dear sir ,
my name is eve andre evans and i was directed to find a grave by my distant cousin miss tambra andre. through her link i found pictures you originally took of my grandparents yeary andre and gladys andre gravesites in forest hill cemetary midtown. i have not ever visited them there because we moved from memphis to atlanta, ga. in 1969 and for various reasons i wasnt certain where they had been interred. because of your lovely photos i finally got to see both sites as well as other important relatives.. some of which i was unaware. i want to thank you for this wonderful gift you unknowingly granted me. what you do is so very important. bless you sir!
sincerely, eve andre evans
Added by eve andre evans on Jan 24, 2015 8:24 PM
Forever loved, Beatrice Bennett
Earl T. Stevens
Neil. I thank you so very much for transferring Uncle Earl's memorial to me. Now I can add to it. I didn't ask for Ada May's, but I appreciate it. She was very good to my young cousin after Aunt Eugenia died and Norma lived with Uncle Earl and Ada May.

Thanks again and have a great week...Bea.
Added by Forever loved, Beatrice B... on Dec 01, 2014 7:51 AM
Irma Hale
Ruby Hale
Thanks very much for attaching the photo.
Added by Irma Hale on Nov 29, 2014 7:52 AM
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