Hello, My name is Daeja and I have a deep love of history and genealogy. I find it very exciting that one place can contain so much information for anyone wanting to learn more about their ancestors. I have started to include pictures with the cemeteries I transcribe and enjoy bringing out the names and dates on the oldest of stones that I find. It upsets me to no end to find some so deteriorated that no information can be salvaged. It's difficult for me to understand how little respect can be shown to those that have passed on. In my own way, I'm trying to make the information contained in the tombstones I list here available forever no matter what time and the disrespectful bring to the stone itself. As for reading those that have been here for years, there are several non damaging ways I have found to bring out the engravings. Chalk Chalk Sidewalk Chalk!! I love this stuff. I swiped some from my daughter and keep several sticks in my truck at all times for just in case. Rubbing across even the most illegible stones will pop the writing right out. Another way is shaving cream. Spray the stone and then drag a paint stick down the front pushes the cream right into the engraving and makes it really stand out. The rain washes both right away without the slightest damage. I intend to continue doing this as long as I can even if it is a few names and pics at a time. God Bless!
Virginia Q Laird - 21233695 Mrs. Virginia Laird, 89, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Visitation will be 5-8pm Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram. Graveside services will be at 11am on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at Smith Cemetery, Hickory Ridge Road, Florence, MS.
Mrs. Laird was a life-long resident of the Hickory Ridge Community in Rankin County near Florence, MS, and an active member of the Hickory Ridge Baptist Church until ill health confined her to her home a number of years ago. She was the oldest of five siblings born to Prentiss C. and Lula Quimby.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 45 years, Wilson M. Laird, 2 brothers, John and Calvin Quimby, and 1 sister, Mary Alice “Mert” Dillard.
She is survived by her daughter, Edie Wimberly, grandson, Todd Wimberly, her sister Velma Lusk, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Originally someone added Poplar Springs (location Simpson County) cemetery page to Findagrave. I added same entries in 2011 (unknowingly dup entries) as you added in Poplar Springs (location Rankin County). They both had the same map location. So another contributor told me about the dups and he had Findagrave combine the two locations into one (leaving the entries all in the Rankin County location, then deleted the Simpson County location). They merged what they could but leaving some dups as you noted. I did not get finished last night. I deleted what I could but some of the children you added were linked to parents I added so I left them for last. (Very confusing! And I apologize)
I will delete the remaining ones tonight, but I will be asking you to link the children to yours.
1) Virginia Ruth Barron (I have deleted mine)
2) William Henry Purvis (I will delete mine) (your W. H. Purvis) Family links: Spouse: Mattie H. Hedgepeth Purvis (1889 - 1968) #46957767
Children: (the children are linked to mine I will send edit email to change parents to yours) Luther Perry Purvis (1909 - 1985)* Virginia Ruth Purvis Barron (1912 - 1988)*
3) Charity Touchstone Byrd (I will delete mine) Children: (the children are linked to mine I will send edit email to change parents to yours) Joseph Webster Byrd (1859 - 1889)* Alice V. Byrd (1862 - 1907)* J. W. Byrd (1864 - 1895)*
A.B./Sadie Rainey graves Hi Daeja, I am Mark Rainey, son of A.B. and Sadie Rainey. I saw your comment about my Father and was curious as to your relationship to our family. You called him "Uncle" AB and yes he had a sweet spirit. Thnaks, Mark