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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 6 years, 11 months, 5 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, 32, 33, 33A, 34A, 34B, 34C, 34D. 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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Flynn Fuchs
Jacob Fuchs 1851-1903
Many thanks for posting the photograph of Jacob Fuchs' marker from Forest Hill Cemetary. He was my great-grandfather on my father's side of the family. If you happen to find any information as to his parents, please let me know.

Again, much love and many thanks.


Flynn Eliot Fuchs
Added by Flynn Fuchs on May 01, 2016 7:13 AM
Timothy DeBoor
Edwin Nelson Burford Sr, Memorial# 61732535
In her book "The Elder Daniel Burford: His Ancestors and Descendants of America" Betty Loftiss (are you related?) lists an EDWARD Nelson Burford (1949-1994), son of Robert Leon Burford and Margie Marie Freeman. Do you know if the EDWIN Nelson Burford listed in your memorial and the EDWARD Nelson Burford listed in Betty's book are the same person. I'm pretty sure they are, but a little confirmation would help. Thanks

Tim DeBoor
Added by Timothy DeBoor on Apr 24, 2016 10:48 AM
RE: Another SouthSide
Thanks Neil, twice
Added by dnadick on Apr 14, 2016 8:19 AM
Bob Tipton
Countess Tipton Almond
Sorry for all the corrections. Trying to get both her father and mother entered. First try, the mother didn't make it. Second try, the mother made it but the father disappeared. Hopefully, three times is the charm.
Added by Bob Tipton on Apr 12, 2016 8:10 AM
RE: Walter Collins Jr
Thanks for looking. Is there somewhere else I should look? I've called an left a message for the mortuary where it stated his services were held. I am waiting for a response. Can you see if there was an obituary for his wife Odessa Terry Collins that died November 15 1994. I would appreciate any help to put these pieces together.

All the best
Added by ZALIKA COLLINS on Apr 09, 2016 5:45 PM
Walter Collins Jr
Hi Neil,
I finally found where my grandfather is buried thanks to you. Can you please send me a copy of his obituary? It would be nice for my dad who is also named Walter Collins finally get a chance to see what his dad looked like. All the best from California.
Added by ZALIKA COLLINS on Apr 07, 2016 10:32 PM
Peggy Marie Stevenson
I came across this person in your postings and wonder if she is the same Peggy Marie Stevenson that I knew before we moved. Could you send her obituary to me at or an address where I can see it. I would greatly appreciate it
Thank You
Added by grandmom on Apr 05, 2016 12:17 PM
Dennis Gallegos
One more transfer
Neil, thanks for the recent transfers, would you please transfer my great uncle Charles Leslie Combs #153371156

Once again thank you,
Dennis # 47276135
Added by Dennis Gallegos on Mar 23, 2016 4:09 PM
Dennis Gallegos
Additional transfers please...
Hey Neil,
Dennis Gallegos again #47276135 Found my great aunt and her family, I'd like you to transfer all if you would please. They include: Anna May Creely Newsom # 153371130 John Joseph Newsom Sr # 153371129 and John Joseph Newsom Jr # 136945637

Thanks for all you do for others...

Dennis Gallegos & Betty Jane Creely Gallegos
Added by Dennis Gallegos on Mar 22, 2016 4:21 PM
Dennis Gallegos
Neil, Annie M. Berryhill #153371157 is my great aunt. I've added a photo and her husband MC Berryhill to her page. Would appreciate a transfer. Dennis Gallegos (friend)
Added by Dennis Gallegos on Mar 21, 2016 11:51 PM
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