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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 6 years, 3 months, 4 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, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,13,15,14,16,16A, 17,19, 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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Sue Lee Johnson
"Lizzie" & John Smith
Neil, thank you for the additional information. They were an interesting family to me. I don't usually put the death certificate on the memorial page, but Lizzie being kicked by a cow was a first. And particularly that they lived at Central and Buntyn which was close to where my grandparents lived and I lived as a child. We went to church at Buntyn Street Baptist Church. When the Smith's lived there it must have been consided "in the country" because of having a cow.
Thanks again!
Added by Sue Lee Johnson on Sep 03, 2015 2:45 PM
Frances Donnelly
William Boone
I appreciate the photo. Thank you!
Added by Frances Donnelly on Aug 23, 2015 8:13 PM
Ties That Bind
Fred T. Murry gravestone photo
Thank you so much for fulfilling my request for a gravestone photo for Fred Thomas Murry. I truly appreciate your time and effort!!
Added by Ties That Bind on Aug 23, 2015 3:41 PM
Bobbie Barnett
Henry & Helen Gray Transfer
Thank you so much for your kindness and transfer of my loved ones. Your numerous postings to Find A Grave are to be commended! Blessings to you and your family.
Added by Bobbie Barnett on Aug 17, 2015 2:57 PM
Marilyn Nelson
Willie Baker Lowry
Thanks so much Neil for posting the information and photo of Willie Baker Lowry's gravestone. While we knew which cemetery she was buried at, we live across the country in Oregon and have not been able to visit it yet. This is the first time we've seen my husband's grandmother's gravestone. He never knew her. She died in the flu epidemic when still very young and her sister took care of her two young children.
Added by Marilyn Nelson on Aug 16, 2015 4:55 PM
Carolyn Bowden
Carolyn Bowden
I was so happy to find the photo of Carolyn Bowden's grave at Calvary. She was my father's sister and I am named for her! Thank you! Carolyn Bowden
Added by Carolyn Bowden on Aug 04, 2015 6:25 AM
Bobbie O'Barr
RE: Linnie O'Barr
Thanks, Neil, I'm glad this was solved. However, I don't think you should have deleted your memorial. I think since her name is on the headstone, people will continue to be confused unless it is explained. So I have added Linnie's name back to the Stephenson Chapel Cemetery. I'm not linking her to anyone, it's just there as an explanation for the headstone. If you want to re-create your memorial for Linnie, I will delete mine. Thanks for clearing this up for us. - Bobbie
Added by Bobbie O'Barr on Aug 03, 2015 7:59 PM
M.J. Webb
Thank you for posting the picture of my Dad's headstone.
Added by M.J. Webb on Jul 28, 2015 5:14 PM
Theodore Beiling
Thank You.

Added by seedsofcuriousity on Jul 03, 2015 1:59 PM
Dan Curd
Eliza Waller Curd
Thank you for your photo!
Added by Dan Curd on Jul 01, 2015 6:18 AM
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