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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
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Bio Photo Please feel free to copy and use any of my photos, for non-profit use. Credit would be nice, but that is up to you.

I am a history buff, especially Memphis history. I have an interest in Memphis entrepreneurs, philanthropists and notorious citizens.

People often ask why I enjoy graving:
1. I love history. Beneath every headstone is a story, and someone worthy of remembering.
2. Cemeteries are rarely crowded.
3. Cemeteries never charge admission.
4. Cemeteries are generally nice, clean and well kept. Like a very nice walk in the park.
5. Genealogy should be free. I hope the stuff I post is helpful to others.

My favorite FindaGrave project was finding all the co-conspirators associated with the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Children's Home Society (1927-1950). Georgia Tann, the infamous "Baby Thief" and Black Market kidnapper, seller (and killer) of children was the head of one of the darkest parts of Memphis history. She, and her story are not ‘famous' according to Find-A-Grave, although she stole, sold, trafficked and caused the deaths of over 5,000 children. (More lives effected than Al Capone even thought about).
Mary Tyler Moore won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Tann in the television movie, "Stolen Babies," 1993.
Georgia Tann
Judge Camille Kelley Juvenile Court Judge who removed parental rights, and gave Georgia the papers needs to traffic children.
Abe Waldauer Memphis City Attorney under Boss Crump who changed laws to keep the Home running. Also, Georgia Tann's personal attorney.
Boss E. H. Crump The Political Clout, and Memphis Mayor.
Ann Atwood Hollinsworth Lesbian lover and adopted daughter of Georgia Tann, and Part Time helper at the home.


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I have recently retired and will be spending more time in the cemeteries around Memphis during the day. The picture includes Pepper, who adopted me in 2002. She Passed away December 27, 2013, and loved to join me graving too.

With the help of Margie Collins, we have tried to capture all burials at Stephensons Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. I grew up attending church there, and have lots of family at the cemetery. If you, or your family have connections with Stephenson Chapel, join our FaceBook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stephensonchapel/

My current project is Forest Hill Cemetery-Midtown. I have been working on one section at a time. The sections complete at this time: A, AA A Ext, B,B Ext, C, D, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,15,14,16,16A,19, 19B, 20, 25, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 34A. If you are working there, let me add your sections to the list, so we don't duplicate efforts.

If you have info on anyone I have added, please let me know. If you are kin or friends to anyone, I will gladly transfer, on request. Happy Graving!
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Messages left for Neil Loftiss (337)[Leave Message]
K Todd Sherer
Veazey Family
As always - thanks for helping with family connections. You are a Find A Grave member who can always be counted on.
Added by K Todd Sherer on Jul 22, 2014 12:04 PM
Molly Lindsey
RE: Stephenson Chapel
Thank you Neil,

I am and I will!

Molly
Added by Molly Lindsey on Jul 04, 2014 2:53 PM
Sue Lee Johnson
RE: Hugh Templeton
You are so welcome. It was my pleasure. I love photographing the military markers. I feel that I'm honoring my late husband because he was a true patriot and has a fabulous military memorabilia collection. He was an MP. At one time we even had a military jeep that he restored to look just like his MP jeep. His collection includes about 150 uniforms from all the different wars. Even an entire WAC ensemble, summer and winter.
Added by Sue Lee Johnson on Jun 23, 2014 3:43 PM
Molly Lindsey
RE: Lillie Belle Goin Freeze
Neil,

Bertha and Lillie were sisters of my grandfather, James Tillman Goin. That is why I am so grateful to update my information. I posted the death record of Robert L. Jamison and his daughter Irene Floy Jamison Goin, who married her first cousin, my mother's brother, James Tillman Goin Jr was the informant on the record. All in the family! lol

Thanks again, Molly

Ps. I just found the record of a little boy, Howard that died at age 1 who was the son of Robert and Bertha Jamison. Can you please check for his head stone if you are ever in the cemetery again.
Added by Molly Lindsey on Jun 10, 2014 4:11 PM
Molly Lindsey
RE: Lillie Belle Goin Freeze
Lillie was his first wife Bertha's younger sister.
Added by Molly Lindsey on Jun 10, 2014 3:21 PM
Molly Lindsey
RE: Lillie Belle Goin Freeze
Thank you Neil for this information. I have added it to my family records.

Molly
Added by Molly Lindsey on Jun 10, 2014 3:19 PM
Sue Lee Johnson
Betty Wells Finger
Neil, I noticed that you made the memorial page for Betty. She was a class mate of mine. I just saw her a week ago on Saturday at our reunion. She sat across the table from me. Another fried called me the night before Betty died to tell me something really nice that Betty had said about me. How do you know her? How sweet of the Lord to take her home in that special way.
Added by Sue Lee Johnson on Jun 09, 2014 11:05 AM
Molly Lindsey
Lillie Belle Goin Freeze
Hi Neil,

You sent some information and I do appreciated it. This is something that was not in my records and I did not know. Robert L. Jamison first married Lillie's sister Bertha who died in 1926 and Lillies husband, Thomas Freeze was murdered in Memphis in 1925. So it looks like they go together after that?? I hope! Please let me know hos you found this out.

Regards, Molly
Added by Molly Lindsey on Jun 07, 2014 12:28 PM
the Ragityman
RE: Loftis & Loftiss
I will probably get the info from his brother and create the memorial. Right now I know little more than his name and his brother's name. In the past I have created "stubs" with little more, but it sometimes would work out that others would jump in with their info, and soon we would have a complete, informative memorial. I know that it is contrary to Findagrave policy to post unless you have at least an interment or disposition of the ashes.
Added by the Ragityman on May 29, 2014 7:01 PM
the Ragityman
100151871 Wilson & 100151874 Allen
I forgot to tell you, I have addid bios to the Allen and Loftis men, if you're interested. More to come.
Added by the Ragityman on May 26, 2014 2:43 PM
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