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Boyd Gatlin (#46798363)
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Bio Photo I am a retired professor of aerospace engineering, currently residing in Starkville, MS. I was born August 13, 1945, son of Aubrey Elijah and Ida Lou Boyd Gatlin, and have lived nearly all my life in Mississippi.
My paternal ancestors are Gatlin, Dunn, York, Hixon, and Mathis in east Tennessee, and Gatlin and Banks in coastal North Carolina. My Gatlin forebears first settled in coastal North Carolina in Craven County. My maternal ancestors are Boyd, Cartledge, Winfrey, Minter, Lewis, and Love, mostly in Montgomery County, MS, and Chester County, SC.

Please notify me of any corrections or additions needed for any memorials that I have posted. And feel free to use any photos I have posted; no permission or attribution necessary.
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Mandy L
Noah Oswalt
Thank you for the transfer. You are greatly appreciated for the work that you do here.
Added by Mandy L on Jan 31, 2015 11:45 AM
Holley Izard
link to son
Boyd, would you mind linking Ann "Nancy" Spruill 1252422012 to her son Tulley 86489533 ? Both tombstones are spelled with an E, but Nathan's estate file has them as Nancy and Tully.

Thanks a lot. Holley
Added by Holley Izard on Feb 17, 2014 2:32 PM
Holley Izard
Spruill relationship
Boyd, I sent an email to the gmail address too, but wanted to post here in case you don't check that address or still have it.

I have been working on the Spruill lines for DAR and have quite bit of information to share. I Am a descendant of Tully and Mahala Freeman. I obtained the estate file of Nathan and want to verify the identity of his widow, Nancy. The only marriage I can find for Nathan is to Ann Phelps, and I think Nancy is a nickname for the same woman. My uncle Wesley Robinson has dates of birth and death for Nancy and says she is also buried in Spruill Cemetery. Since you posted all the memorials there, I'm wondering if you saw a tombstone for her?? Would love to hear from you.
Added by Holley Izard on Feb 16, 2014 8:08 PM
Marie Remer Simpson Young
Thank you for adding the bits of biographical information and parental links to the memorial of Marie Remer [née Simpson] Young; who is buried in Poplar Creek Cemetery in Poplar Creek, Mississippi.

Boyd, it is thanks to individuals like you; who's contributions here at Find-a-Grave are invaluable to individuals like me doing family research. ~ with appreciation & a Happy New Year, George Gaston
Added by GMG on Jan 02, 2014 7:30 AM
Pat Arnold
Carl W. Salyer
Marker photo added.
Added by Pat Arnold on Dec 23, 2013 5:30 PM
Megan Mooneyham Strawbridge
RE: Contact me
Yes I am :)
Added by Megan Mooneyham Strawbrid... on Dec 12, 2013 7:48 PM
Megan Mooneyham Strawbridge
RE: Betty Alford
Yes, she is buried in Chestuee Cemetery beside her parents (I realized that I had forgotten to mention that she was not listed on Find A Grave right after I had sent that first message). I will take a photo of the headstone next time I am out that way.
Added by Megan Mooneyham Strawbrid... on Dec 12, 2013 3:27 PM
Diane Parker
James Joseph Boyd # 14898516
Do you happen to know the names of his other wives? I have a James Joseph Boyd in my tree married to Josephine Stallings.
Added by Diane Parker on Oct 13, 2013 5:50 PM
Laurie Wilson
Glenn F. Alford
I have heard several things about the cemeteries. Some call it Boyer while others say Boyer is located somewhere else but close. Union is the name on the sign and is located with the Union church of god. If you would like to manage his memorial let me know. Thanks Laurie
Added by Laurie Wilson on Jul 15, 2013 3:14 PM
Wynell McElrath Marlow
Bethel Baptist Church Cemetary
This was in our paper (Cleveland Daily Banner, Bradley County, Tennessee) today....(If anyone out there can give information please let me know and if anyone needs me to go to the meeting I will go...Please let me know.
Wynell McElrath

Identification of unmarked graves sought at Bethel
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
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Bethel Baptist Church Cementary
Bethel Baptist Church at 2514 Old Chattanooga Pike S.W. is among the many small rural churches in Bradley County with cemeteries. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
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There are more than 100 cemeteries in Bradley County, including the three corporately owned perpetual care and publicly owned Fort Hill Cemetery. Some are private, but most are entrusted to small rural churches.

The Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery at 2514 Old Chattanooga Pike S.W. is one of the rural cemeteries owned by church trustees and maintained by volunteer labor.

The cemetery committee is asking relatives, family members or friends of people buried in the graveyard to attend a meeting June 29, between noon and 4 p.m., at the church.

The purpose of the meeting is to identify unmarked or unknown gravesites as well as so-called "marked reserved" burial plots.

"I have a list of 355 to 360 names that are documented and I have several that are undocumented — in unknown graves. We're hoping to find some friends or relatives to help us in that regard," he said.

"This meeting is important for past, present and future burials in the cemetery," Lee said.

The church began in 1915, but the cemetery was begun much earlier.

"It was donated by a Mr. Potts. He started it as a community cemetery and then donated to Bethel Baptist," said church deacon Dennis Lee. "There were some graves here before the church was established."

Lee, 58, was recently elected to lead the cemetery committee, which in a small church, is probably a lifetime appointment.

He and two other volunteers rotate maintenance responsibilities on a weekly basis. They try to mow it every week to 10 days except in the spring when dandelions bloom, when dark green grass contrasts a burst of bright yellow flower heads among gray marble and granite stones.

"It's maintained on a volunteer basis. At one time we did have a caretaker, but at his passing, we've taken it upon ourselves to maintain it on a voluntary basis due to expenses," he said.

The caretaker, Tommy Rogers, 87, died April 11, 2013. According to his obituary, "He was a devoted Christian and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he taught the adult Sunday School class, sang in the choir, and maintained the cemetery for many years."

He was not buried in the cemetery he maintained for so many years, but donated his body to science. His wife asked that donations be made to the cemetery fund in lieu of flowers.

In addition to mowing and identifying unmarked graves, they also maintain plots since headstones tend to settle and sink.

"We maintain them in that regard. We try to keep them erect and maintain them properly," he said. "We try to keep them clean of mold and mildew."

Lee has no family buried in Bethel Baptist Cemetery, but he does have friends. He and the volunteers intend to continue doing their best to their best to give them a nice, quiet resting place where their loved ones can reflect in peace.

Like it is at many of the other small rural church cemeteries, voices singing traditional church hymns cover the cemetery every Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship service.

"It's a nice and peaceful place to reflect," Lee said.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Identification of unmarked graves sought at Bethel
Added by Wynell McElrath Marlow on Jun 09, 2013 8:19 PM
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