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Cristie (#46865585)
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If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.

The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen

My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story." So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.

How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family.. you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying, I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us that we might be born who we are; that we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family story tellers. That is why I do my family genealogy..... and that is what calls those young and old to step up..... and put flesh on the bones.

---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
Johnson -----

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Allen Reedy Curtis
Annie Pearl Stamps Lyons
Thank you for the photo of Annie's headstone!
Added by Allen Reedy Curtis on Jul 05, 2015 1:32 PM
Frances Donnelly
George R (Bud) Laster
I appreciate the photo. Thank you.
Added by Frances Donnelly on Jul 02, 2015 9:20 AM
wayne chamberlain
John D Hollowell
thanks Cristie!!
Added by wayne chamberlain on Jun 28, 2015 11:24 PM
Frances Donnelly
Hintons @ Hollywood Cemetery
I really appreciate your postings of all the Hinton markers. Thank you very much!
Added by Frances Donnelly on Jun 28, 2015 10:18 PM
Joel Meriwether
Thanks for your note, Cristie, and for posting the photos. I cannot delete the new memorials, since I didn't create them. I've asked Edit to delete them, so I'm sure that will be done as soon as possible. Great work, and I thank you for it! Joel
Added by Joel Meriwether on Jun 28, 2015 12:16 PM
Sharon Sabel Pike
Thanks for taking a photo of the grave of John Bumgardner. I appreciate it.
Added by Sharon Sabel Pike on Jun 22, 2015 4:53 AM
Cody Blue Miller
Margaret Chester Harris @ Ridgecrest Cemetery
Hi Cristie! Do you have the tombstone photo of Margaret Chester Harris at Ridgecrest Cemetery here in Jackson? You created the memorial, so I thought that you might. Thank you so much! Cody Blue Miller
Added by Cody Blue Miller on Jun 21, 2015 2:49 PM
Joel Meriwether
BTW, do you have a photo that shows the family marker with the surname? Documents indicate it is spelled Bumgardner, but could be Baumgardner. Thanks!
Added by Joel Meriwether on Jun 19, 2015 9:28 AM
Joel Meriwether
Hi, Cristie: Thanks for creating the memorials for John and Johnnie Baumgardner, adding the photo and transferring them to me. However, these are duplicates of memorials you already have here. I hope you will add the photo to John 26019204 and Johnnie 26019208 and then I will delete the new ones. If you want to transfer the older memorials to me, I would be pleased to manage them. Again, my thanks for all of the good work you do here. My number is 47315088.
Added by Joel Meriwether on Jun 19, 2015 9:03 AM
Joel Meriwether
Photo available?
Greetings, Cristie: First, thank you for ALL of your contributions to the Find a Grave community.
We are grateful. I'm writing to ask if you have a photo of the marker for John Watkins Bumgardner (26019204) and wife Johnnie (26019208), buried in Ridgecrest Cemetery, Jackson, TN. Hope so! And, thanks for making the Edits on their memorials. Joel Meriwether
Added by Joel Meriwether on Jun 14, 2015 10:49 AM
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