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Bill T. Whitis (#48066287)
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Bio Photo A native-born resident of Marshall, Texas, I have begun researching my family's gravesites in the surrounding areas. From Avinger to Upshur County to sites all over Marshall and towns in and around Harrison County.

I have walked and photographed markers in and around Harrison County at many of the cemeteries. My goal is to walk, locate, and record them all. I try to locate and add GPS coordinates every so often at the around 200 cemeteries in our county; I have even had funeral homes ask me to help them locate burial sites. If the markers are legible, I have photographed them and added them on here if missing. More get added all the time, and I try to stop and check for new ones now and then.

I have found hidden and lost cemeteries in Harrison County (that the county records do not even show exist) and added them to this website, like more recently Saint Marks/Carver and Cornerstone in the Harleton area, Pace Memorial Garden in the Hallsville area, and Elizabeth Cemetery in eastern Harrison County near Leigh. I am trying to gather info on Harrison County cemeteries that have incorrect directions or none and locate them so they accurately appear on the Maps tab; if you know where a cemetery is but can not get to it, let me know! Batts Cemetery is one of my newest attempts at finding the exact location.

* GPS coordinates for Sipps Cemetery and Love Cemetery in Harrison County TX added on 9/27/15.

I want the memorials for cemeteries in my area, and that my family are in, to be as complete as possible for future generations.

Please use the 'Edits' tab to submit changes or request a transfer, not through 'Messages'.

If you have your messages disabled or your email is not available, please do not leave me an odd edit request. If I cannot contact you to verify sources or if I have a question, your edit may be declined. Reasonable changes are rarely questioned.

Also per Findagrave guidelines, I will not add an obituary, or link to an obituary, to a memorial without permission from the original media publisher/newspaper/website. Just stating where you got your information is not legally binding as getting permission to republish that information.

Thank you.
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EastTexan FAG contributor
Hi, Bill....I am attempting to add full bio information to my family's Find A Grave sites, and all are managed by EastTexan. However, EastTexan has all messages and contacts disabled. Do you have a suggestion as to contact methods? I would sincerely love to manage these sites, but do not have access to messaging to EastTexan. Thanks for any help or suggestions you might offer...

V. Curry
Added by VA CURRY on Nov 17, 2015 12:56 PM
Johnny Taylor
Ray Palmer
Thank you for the transfer of the memorial. I can't tell you what it means to me. Johnny
Added by Johnny Taylor on Nov 10, 2015 6:51 AM
Buddy Bounds
Thank you for posting the photo for Buddy Bounds.
Added by JO on Nov 09, 2015 5:16 PM
Robert Sage
Thomas C Fyffe FAG# 12524445
Bill, you took a photo of his grave stone. On his grave is a picture of him. The vietnam Wall ( is trying to get a picture of everyone on the WALL but does not have one of him. When you have a chance, could you take that picture of him and post it at We would appreciate it.
Robert Sage
Vietnam 1968-69-70
MSGT (ret) USA
Added by Robert Sage on Nov 05, 2015 5:50 PM
T. Morgan
Lexa Stanford
Bill, Thank you so much for fulfilling my photo request of the headstone for my cousin Lexa Stanford.
Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.
Added by T. Morgan on Oct 17, 2015 7:44 PM
PFC Bobby Joe Everett memorial photo
Thank you very much for the gravesite photo in memory of a veteran.
Added by leejosepho on Oct 10, 2015 5:05 AM
Cheryl Rush
Your passion
Just want to say thank you for all the work you are ding in your area of Texas. So many families are not even aware that their history is disappearing by way of lost grave sites and cemeteries.

I am a kindred spirit in wanting to map and include as many cemeteries as I can so that others in the future will be able to find this information when they go looking.

You do honor to all those you map and post to this site and any other genealogy site. Know that you are greatly appreciated and your time is valued by many.
Added by Cheryl Rush on Sep 07, 2015 3:59 PM
Mr. Whitis,
We went to the cemetery yesterday and walked right to the marker area. It was covered with grass but it only took a second to find it. I lifted it up and put a brick under it to keep it above ground. The family said there have been several people that have searched for it, but really had no idea where to start. Even the funeral home that has the records for the burial couldn't find it.
It had to be found since another family member, who is in bad health, is supposed to be buried next to her.
The family sends their sincere THANK YOU for your help.
Added by Wildcards on Sep 07, 2015 8:46 AM
Thank you very much. You have been a BIG help. If there's ever anything I can help you with around Cass County, feel free to just ask.
Thanks again.
Added by Wildcards on Sep 03, 2015 5:48 PM
RE: Dollahite Cemetery
As far as I know she does not. On a record for this cemetery in Marshall, Inez Hatley Hughes noted her name with her father, Edward Tansil, but her name is not listed on his marker. However, there may be a rock and vacant plot beside him in which she may be buried. This was this custom of days gone by. We have had several inquiries about Helon Moseley Tansil-Jones through the years so I firmly believe that she is buried there and probably next to her father.
Added by bgs on Sep 01, 2015 8:15 AM
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