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Tom "Homer" W. (#46801357)
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Bio Photo I discovered Find a Grave by accident soon after the death of my precious daughter, Marjorie. She was my first entry. I have added family members, friends, and others that I have no connection with but simply wanted to add them on these pages. I will have more of my family entered in the future. I am retired and my wife and I are raising our two teenage granddaughters. I love riding the backroads on my Harley and can't seem to ride past an old cemetery.....I love walking through them and find peace and quiet in them. Thanks so much to everyone that has placed notes, tokens, and have sponsored my memorials. God bless you all.

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Mom of Timothy L. Turner
@};- Just one more, regarding the Death Family. Joseph A. Death, Memorial #2350 8439. Died July 27, 1839. On his memorial page his birth is "unknown." I noticed on the photo of his grave marker that his age at death is 23 yrs., 10 mo., 7 days. Looking on the computer calender, would make his D.O.B. on September 14, 1815. U may want to make this change for when time of his Birthday Blessings. Thought U would want to know & that I love helping when I can. GOD Bless U & your Family always Tom. :-) ~ 674/2 Mon. 3:16 PM EST.
Added by Mom of Timothy L. Turner on Jul 07, 2014 1:16 PM
Dear Tom,
Writing a letter helps a little, but you do get to remember all the greatest memories, and cherish them all. I share all of my great memories of my Daddy that way with my son.
Sorry about your loss. Take care and God bless.
Added by Laura on Jul 07, 2014 12:28 PM
Mom of Timothy L. Turner
RE: ~HAPPY 4th of JULY~
Hi Tom! :-) I'm glad U had a good Father's Day & hope all went well on July 4th. We were blessed with perfect weather on the 4th, it was beautiful. Thank U so very much for visiting my loved ones Memorials yesterday. I do so much appreciate it. You're always right on time. I visited your daughter Marjorie yesterday too. I know she must watch over U, her Mom & her 2 daughters. She has to be so proud of her precious family.

Oh, to mention,.. I visited Joanna Death's Memorial today. I looked closely on her marker, her age is 23 yrs., 8 Mo. & 18 Da. On her page, her Birth is (blank) & on her husband, Issac's Memorial, her Birth date is "Unknown." Her D.O.D. is 12-1-1854. I got on the computer calender & figured her Birthday as being March 13, 1831. From her birth date, to her death date, is the age that's engraved on her marker. U may want to check it out & possibly change it. I sent the notice on the "Edit" tab on her Memorial. Regardless, it's quite an unusual name. Some of the relatives has it as DeAth or De Ath. It's still spelled the same. It's interesting.

GOD Bless U Tom & your sweet family, always & forever. U & wife have wonderfully directed your precious Granddaughters in the way they should go. Take care my friend. ~ 672/2 Sat. 9:28 PM EST.
Added by Mom of Timothy L. Turner on Jul 05, 2014 7:28 PM
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Dear Tom,
Thank you so very much for visiting my Daddy. You are so sweet. Take care and God bless.
Added by Laura on Jul 05, 2014 1:34 PM
Anne Beckman
Happy 4th of July, Tom!
Hi Tom- I hope you are having a SUPER 4th of July!

Thanks for writing me again! Also, the words of your experience of getting older. I was SO glad to read of your experience of drinking soda, while your peers were drinking liquor! You see: I did that in college. I received a lot of ribbing from that from some people. One young woman, in particular! I hope, since then, that rude person learned her lesson about how WRONG it is to drink so much (as she certainly did) and to make fun of others.

I went on Find A Grave, to learn of the other gentleman you mentioned, who was an actor. He certainly had a long career! I'm sure many of my generation knew of him, as he was on a daytime drama. I really liked the poem that is on his grave! Also: his daughter will be buried with him, when it is her time.

I LOVE Bette Davis, as she always said it "Like It Was"- and Is! The challenges of aging are certainly daunting, but getting older is a GIFT!

My sweet husband Bill gave me three kitchen magnets (I collect them. Our refrigerator door is covered with them!)and two beautiful items, made from leather. One is a case for eyeglasses, one is for a package of tissues. He had to work, during the family dinner party last night, so he is taking me out to dinner, tonight! We're going to one of my favorite restaurants: JOE'S CRAB SHACK. I can't wait to have a frozen lime margarita and SHRIMP! I LOOOOOVE Shrimp. especially shrimp cocktail, and peel and eat shrimp. I AMAZED my brother-in-law, who did not know of this, many moons ago, at a cousin's wedding reception. He told his son, who is very smart,(as his father is) and at the time was rapidly learning how to count to 100, "Jimmy, let's count how many shrimp Aunt Annie can eat!"
It was not 100, but in the ballpark! Fortunately, there was great music, so I danced it off! At JOE's, They make you do some kind of dance while they sing "Happy Birthday" to you! Wonder what I'll have to do, this time...

I want to THANK YOU SO MUCH for your military service! I am so very proud to be in Soldiers Angels, giving letters and care packages to those whose difficult work is defending our nation. What a fantastic b-day gift, getting an e-mail from my soldier, Luke! My grandfather, on my father's side, fought in WWII, in the European Theater. He fought and was wounded (shot in his left leg) at Bastogne, France. He went back there, in the summer of 1985. We have photos of him, at the memorial. Oh gosh, when my brother and I watched Ken Burn's THE WAR, I saw footage of soldiers taking the frozen-to-death bodies of their buddies, and putting them into a truck. As I watched, thanks to You Tube, (We did not have cable TV, when this aired on HBO) BAND OF BROTHERS, there was a scene in which the men fought at Bastogne. Of course, I was riveted to that scene. "Pops" as was his "Grandpa name" never spoke of the war. He was a quiet, sweet, modest man. My dad remembers traveling, with his mom and sister, to see his dad at boot camp, in another state. My grandmother worked a "Rosie the Riveter" Job. She and a neighbor had different shifts, so they took turns watching their children. She certainly had a ration book and a Victory Garden! My mother's father worked Stateside, at a Fort, just outside of his native New York City. Mom and her older brother were born there. My grandmother was a nurse, who'd come to NYC, to find work, after she finished nursing school, in her native Ohio. She did not nurse at the fort, or go to war as a nurse. Just in NYC, then in Atlanta, when the family moved there.

My dad is blind in his left eye, which kept him out of Vietnam. His middle sister's husband did do a tour, in that war. He came home unscathed, but, like my grandfather, never spoke of his experiences. I have a LOVELY memory: I helped my mom, at the Hickory Farms, in our local shopping mall, select a big box of goodies, for my uncle! (I was five or six, then.) This was our Christmas gift to him. The package came to him and he most joyfully dug in, with his two best buddies, in his tent, in the rain.

That sweet, wonderful memory, and my grandfathers' being involved in WWII, were among my motivations for joining Soldiers Angels.

Also: It served as a motivation for my yelling at a group of teenagers who were not acting respectfully at Arlington National Cemetery. My husband and I went to Washington D.C. and Gettysburg, several years ago. We were just appalled at so many teenagers' behavior, in both places: running around, littering, jumping onto show of respect, no interest in learning. A lot of them looked as if they'd just climbed out of mosh pit. (Black T-shirts with skulls, matching jewelry, green hair, etc.) An adult leader was-TOO NICELY-trying to get these animals to be quiet. They were not listening, of course. WELL, I've been a substitute teacher, and am the oldest of four children and the grandchildren and did a lot of babysitting as a girl, and I kept thinking of my grandfathers and uncle...SOOOO...I just YELLED, "HEY, SHUT UP! ALL OF YOU, SHUT UP! ALL DAY LONG, I HAVE BEEN DISGUSTED BY THE WAY PEOPLE YOUR AGE HAVE ACTED IN THIS PLACE! CAN'T YOU JUST SHUT UP?" Well... you could've heard a pin drop. I wish I'd said, " All around you are the graves of people your age, who, all throughout our nation's history died terrible, violent deaths, so we can be free! Do you think freedom is free? NO! Also, President John F. Kennedy, who was shot to death, and other leaders of our nation! So you listen and you learn and you shut up and you show respect. Then, turning to the adult, "And YOU, don't be afraid of yelling at a bunch of stupid teenagers who are behaving badly! When you get home, give these punks a BIG EXAMINATION on Washington D.C. and DO NOT let anyone pass, until he/she has scored a 100%!" HOWEVER...I got my point across! I always pray: they learned their lesson! So many teachers/leaders/parents are AFRAID of yelling, or punishing children.
Aside from my wedding vows, those were the most important words I've ever said. My husband, who has been a Boy Scout leader since 1981 and will be for life, (it really IS his life) and is a HIGHLY RESPECTED and REWARDED ONE, was ready to yell at them also, but I beat him to it. He is of German descent, so when he yells, it can frighten a grown man, and when he loses his temper, he's wild. Would've made those brats wet their pants...he was proud of me. Our wonderful parents raised us PROPERLY, as their parents did for them.

As you are a Veteran, I've been praying for you to have a WONDERFUL Independence Day! Bill and I love to watch PBS' A CAPITOL FOURTH and it's Memorial Day Concert. (WHOA...the things we've learned, from many THOUSANDS of homeless veterans there are...Charles Durnings' harrowing account of his being involved in The Invasion of Normandy. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome... all the young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, without legs, or in wheelchairs.

I remember, at the last Kennedy Center Honors, which I, being an actress, and patron of the arts, LOVES to watch, seeing Billy Joel's GOODNIGHT, SAIGON, being performed brilliantly, by Garth Brooks, who was joined by VETERANS.
WHAT A TRIBUTE to all who served in that terrible war, so unsupported by their own country. When Bill and I were engaged, a sponser couple, helping us with our Pre Cana (As Catholics, every engaged couple must do this "marriage preparation") the man, learning I am bipolar, and take a certain medication for it, told me some of his fellow Vietnam Veterans take it, to help them with their trauma. I just learned that Soldiers Angels has a program, in which members visit VA Hospitals and Centers, bringing food, hygine items, serving meals, and other comforting activities. It's not in every state: I pray it is in mine!

With pride, I say: Bill is a HUGE FAN of the Civil War! He has a lot of books about it. A print of the Gettysburg Address is in his office. He has DVDs of Civil War films, and we saw LINCOLN. I'm giving him the DVD of that, for Christmas. WOW, Daniel Day Lewis didn't act like Lincoln, he BECAME him! I KNEW he'd get the Oscar! His brothers are members of an organization that repairs and honors, especially on National Holidays, such as today, the graves of veterans of The Civil War, and the other past century's wars.

WELL: I've certainly given you enough to read, my friend! I just wanted so much, to express my admiration for you, as a veteran and as a person! Anyway: to know me is to read a lot from me! (I am a writer who hopes to get her work published and who has a BA in Journalism.)

LET'S THINK: All of those who gave their lives in our nation's wars, or who served, survived and have died...and Frances Farmer, who fought and won her own war, and Bette Davis, and your beloved daughter are having the MOST GLORIOUS FOURTH, with God, in Heaven, looking down at our fireworks!

Added by Anne Beckman on Jul 04, 2014 1:26 PM
Anne Beckman
Reply to Your Mesage,and God Bless You, Always!

Hello Again, Tom!

What a lovely gift, on my 50th birthday, to hear from you! I just returned from a super Italian restaurant, Maggio's, where my family had a
"Happy Birthday/Welcome Home" Dinner.

Today is my Big 50, and my sister Theresa (my only sister) and her older son and daughter, who are twins, and seventeen years old, returned yesterday from Italy and Greece. She gave me and Mom a dainty crucifix, sold at the Vatican! (Mom had her birthday, on the 26th of June.) Mamma Mia, I am FULL...the portions are BIG! I had a Rigitoni dish. (Rigitoni is the pasta that's ribbed, in a tube shape and diagonally cut.) It's called Rigitoni "D" (I guess it's the initial of the person who made it.) It's with a Marsala sauce, chicken, mushrooms and carmelized onions. Thank goodness: There was a good deal, involved! If you ordered one, you could bring one home with you, for free! So, I got one for
my husband, Bill, who is working, tonight.

WOW, you saw Frances! YES, she was beautiful, even in her later years. Also, despite what hell she'd been through! I've seen the video of her on "This Is Your Life." OH, I was so ANGRY at the questions! The pain and anger was so evident on her face. From Biography, I saw her performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. I did not know she could sing! You were so very sweet to leave her alone. SO many people, upon meeting a celebrity, go wild with excitement, demand an autograph, or fawn all over the person. NO respect of his/her privacy!

I'm SO GLAD you found her, in the mausoleum! And your old boss was there! I'm sure she is looking down from Heaven, where she has everything she could ever need or want, and is SO grateful, for every visitor!

YES, God Bless our servicemen and women, past, present and future, on July 4th, and always! I'm in an organization, Soldiers' Angels, which sends letters and goodie packages to our armed servicemen/women, who are overseas. WELL: today, my current soldier, who is in Kandashar, Afghanistan, repairing trucks, WROTE ME! What a birthday gift!!! he is doing fine and had received a package I'd sent him, the day before June 6. (the 70th anniversary of The Invasion of Normandy.) I was so grateful!

SO: It's been a super birthday! Tomorrow, my husband is taking me out to dinner and will give me my b-day gift. Also, my brother Jim, who lives in Florida, called me, and my brother Patrick, who lives here in Indianapolis, but could not make it, called me.

I remember Bonanza: You met Dan Blocher! I did not watch the re-runs of that one, but certainly got to know Michael Landon, from watching LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. (I read the series of books, also.) He made Johnny Carson laugh, by telling him, how, after big Dan Blocher got off of his Hoss' horse, after a scene, the animal went, "WWWWHHHHEEEWWWW!!!!!!" I have not heard of the other man you mentioned.


Added by Anne Beckman on Jul 03, 2014 8:13 PM
Anne Beckman
Sorry About My Error!
OOPS- I'm sorry! The previous person had seen Frances, in her store.

Added by Anne Beckman on Jul 02, 2014 11:19 PM
Anne Beckman
Hello, Tom! God Bless You!
Hi! I saw your lovely message to Frances Farmer. I'm so impressed that you saw her, in her store! I wish I could've met this beautiful, brilliant woman who was so misunderstood and abused. I was born the last year of her "Frances
Farmer Presents." My drama teacher was an assistant on the show: he remembers her definitely showing signs of her drinking problem.

I've been to her grave, in Oakland Memorial Gardens, in Fishers, IN. It's in a mausoleum, that is also a chapel. It is beautiful.
I gave her fiery colored roses, to match her fiery spirit and brilliance and the hell she endured and triumphed over. I saw the film FRANCES, in college, and read her autobiography,
"Will There Ever Be A Morning." Both were so harrowing! She had tremendous strength, and good people helping her, to have the amount of happiness and peace, after those awful years.

I'm so sorry for your loss! You and your wife are wonderful people, to raise your granddaughters, and to still love life. My husband and I go to a place in southern Indiana, to have little vacations. There are always men, and some women, on their Harleys, driving through.
I'll think of you, now, when I see them.

How lovely that you like to walk through graveyards! So many people find them sad, or are afraid of them! They ARE places of PEACE. Frances, and your daughter are in God's glorious, peaceful Kingdom... I've lost family members too soon, also. What a joyous day, when we are ALL HOME!

Added by Anne Beckman on Jul 02, 2014 11:15 PM
Mom of Timothy L. Turner
@};- Hoping this day finds U in good health & doing well. This a special day for U & all the other super dads out there. I visited your precious daughter's memorial yesterday. She'll always see U as her Super Hero Dad as she looks down to see such great Love that U & her Mom has taken in raising her two beautiful girls/your granddaughters. GOD Bless U all & enjoy the weekend. ~ @};- Sun. 4:14 AM EST.
Added by Mom of Timothy L. Turner on Jun 15, 2014 2:15 AM
Mom of Timothy L. Turner
HI TOM! :-)
@};- Just stopping by to wish Mrs. Williams a great "Happy Mother's Day." I'll be visiting Marjorie today too. Hope all is well. Take care. ~ 666/1 Sun. 7:41 AM EST.
Added by Mom of Timothy L. Turner on May 11, 2014 5:42 AM
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