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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 26 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, 33, 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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Messages left for Neil Loftiss (429)[Leave Message]
Linda Wayman
Re: Romea Pretti
Got er done. Thank you Neil. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Added by Linda Wayman on Nov 19, 2015 10:07 AM
Linda Wayman
Re:Antonio Pretti
I got it moved Neil. Thanks so much.
Added by Linda Wayman on Nov 18, 2015 7:22 PM
re: Charles Washburn photo
Greetings Neil...

Thank you for getting the photo of Charles' gravestone. I really appreciate it :)

Have a great week :)

Added by FranzJr on Nov 15, 2015 6:24 PM
Gwyn Dekker
Dorothy M Payter
Thank you for all your efforts in recording Memphis loved ones. I was surprised to see Mom's entry at such an early date. You must have photographed her headstone right after they placed it. (which I wouldn't have been able to view, if not for your efforts). Additionally, you have photographed her mother, grandmother and two uncles. Neither I nor the cemetery representative could locate Uncle Roscoe's headstone the last time I was in Memphis but YOU did! We don't say thank you often enough for what you and other dedicated ancestry buffs have done. Please accept my heartfelt THANKS for honoring my family and many, many more.
Added by Gwyn Dekker on Nov 15, 2015 4:15 PM
Will Fowler
Annie R. Lind
Ms. Loftiss,

Thank you so much for fulfilling my request for update photos to be added to the website of my grandmother's grave. If I can ever do anything for you or donate to your cause, please let me know. I can also provide additional information on my grandmother, grandfather and uncle who are all buried there.

Will fowler
Added by Will Fowler on Nov 10, 2015 2:28 PM
J Moore Wardlow
Find A Grave Memorials # 153168619 & # 154643192
Once again, thank you for the dedication and determination in locating the grave sites and information for John & Opal Lunati. Your work is so appreciated!
Added by J Moore Wardlow on Nov 09, 2015 12:48 PM
Debra Downing
Mary Flowers
There were many photos for Mary, but this was missing. Thank you
Added by Debra Downing on Nov 09, 2015 11:24 AM
Kathy Michael
Sylvia Garner
Thank you very much for adding the photos!
Added by Kathy Michael on Nov 07, 2015 2:21 PM
Russell Fisher
Find A Grave Memorial# 109758015

I would like to ask if you would transfer ownership of Dorothy Ozanne Fisher to me.

She was my great grandmother.

Thank you for your consideration.

Russell Fisher
Added by Russell Fisher on Nov 06, 2015 11:08 AM
Justin L. Smith
Georgia Tann
Thank you for documenting the crimes of that evil ***** Georgia Tann. I grew up in orphanages myself and I hate to say, the conditions today are very similar as in her day. People put blind trust into the agencies that make big bucks from kidnapping and selling children.

Added by Justin L. Smith on Nov 03, 2015 10:24 AM
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