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ATC (AW) Ray Jackson, USN (ret) (#47285408)
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Bio Photo Born in southern California in 1954 to Mary and Buster Jackson, a Missionary Baptist minister. I am the oldest of 5 children and presently live in East Texas. I retired from the Navy in 1992, and have a BS degree in History. I love genealogy and enjoy getting in touch with my roots. I have over 15K names in my data base, I am the great...grandnephew of Daniel Boone via the Grant family (his sister, Elizabeth Boone married William Grant), as well as many other people that I have discovered along the way (including General William Tatum Wofford, a distant cousin). Would love to hear from any family members, close or distant.
I have a majority of family names in my files, but I will include here only my major branches from my grandparent's level.
Jackson - Pope, Wofford - Grant (sounds like a bunch of Civil War generals, doesn't it?).

If someone after I am gone asks why I took such an interest in genealogy, this is my testimony:

The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend

He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end

He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,

What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile

Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash

Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

© 1996 All Rights Reserved, Linda Ellis

Thank you Ms. Ellis for being my inspiration. Cemeteries have nothing but cold stones and dates. However each and every one of those individuals had a dash. I would like very much for each individual's memorial that I create or adopt has more than a set of dates with a dash. I want to make that dash real and bring them back to life in some way. It's a difficult task with so little to go on, but I will do my best.

Special Notice: I have no issues with people using the information from my findagrave memorials, however I do have an issue for not referencing the proper source. Findagrave is just a part of that reference. My name or other contributors should be listed as well. If you don't know, ask. Its only fair, we put a lot of work into these memorials. Thank you!!!
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John & Linda Russell
Robert L Grant, Jr
I am happy to transfer the Memorial for Robert L Grant, Jr. We just take photos and document people in our nearby cemeteries but I enjoy seeing people who take an interest in honoring there family and friends as you have.

Best Regards - John Russell
Added by John & Linda Russell on Jul 13, 2015 9:28 AM
Sue Waldridge-Lettie
RE: Thank you for the transfer
You are welcome.

Added by Sue Waldridge-Lettie on Jun 22, 2015 3:32 PM
Volunteer Shelly
RE: Thank you
You are very welcome. Glad to help.
Added by Volunteer Shelly on Jun 17, 2015 2:11 PM
Anna Hensley
I was more than happy to transfer her to you , this is why I put up memorials, so family can find other family members! Keep up the great work! We need more Contributors like you.
Added by popsphotos on Jun 17, 2015 10:33 AM
Re: William Terrill


I stick to the Find-A-Grave transfer rules to make things clear cut. I will be glad to add any info to the memorial and credit you for it.

Thanks for understanding.
Added by RTerry on Jun 11, 2015 5:55 AM
Dr. & Mrs. James P. Dunlap
I'm glad to transfer these memorials to your care. Perhaps you can identify and add their burial location. I was able to find very little information on Dr. Dunlap's passing, in particular. Warm regards, Linda
Added by LDR on Jun 04, 2015 9:56 AM
John C. Anderson
RE: Thank you
Thank you for your kind remarks. Though I never made it to Eagle Scout ( only Star ) both my brothers are Eagle Scouts and I have great respect for those who have made the rank. Though I never received all the merit badges, I feel my life has been lived as though I had. I read your bio and copied off the poem by Ms Ellis. Very nice.
Added by John C. Anderson on Jun 03, 2015 4:12 AM
Diann Palmer Brodnax
RE: Thank yoi
You are very welcome. It was my pleasure to provide the photo for you.

Diann :)
Added by Diann Palmer Brodnax on May 30, 2015 2:11 PM
Ruth Smith
Sophia Spalding Burton - pic request
hello - first I want to thank you for putting the poem on your bio. I was very touched by it and feel the same way you do about that "dash" . In placing photos or death certificate information, or information, or other sources, I just feel like they deserve to be remembered. Here's another quote "If you remember me and say my name, I will not have lived in vain".
Secondly, I will try to find Sophia Spalding Burton's grave soon at New Lorimier Cemetery here in Cape Girardeau. She is buried in section 3 lot 74 and grave 52 and if you will click on that "area" picture I placed on her memorial page you will see there is probably not a grave marker for her. However, I have been wrong in the past - trust me many times - and overlooked graves. So I will look again. I tried to take pictures of all graves there but sometimes a grave can be missed.
Best of luck in your family research. Ruth
Added by Ruth Smith on May 26, 2015 7:06 AM
Michael Hague
William Manly Grant, III
Ray, transferred William to your care. Thanks... Michael
Added by Michael Hague on May 24, 2015 9:53 AM
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