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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.

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:

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, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,13,15,14,16,16A,19, 19B, 20, 25, 26, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 33A, 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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M.J. Webb
Thank you for posting the picture of my Dad's headstone.
Added by M.J. Webb on Jul 28, 2015 5:14 PM
Theodore Beiling
Thank You.

Added by seedsofcuriousity on Jul 03, 2015 1:59 PM
Dan Curd
Eliza Waller Curd
Thank you for your photo!
Added by Dan Curd on Jul 01, 2015 6:18 AM
Barbara Eggleton
Charles Allen Wilson
Hi I don't know if you can help me. I have for over 20 years been researching my American biological roots so I was delighted to find the grave of my birth Grandfather Charles Allen Wilson. I firmly believe that this grave is of my birth Grandfather. Charles Allen Wilson was born in Alabama and actually died in New Orleans so records state but he is buried in Memphis where he lived. He died in 1940 the same year that his wife Mary Lillian died she is buried in the same cemetry. They left one grown up daughter and 2 children my birth Father and his Sister 10 & 12. I am really puzzled as to why Charles Allen Wilson died in New Orleans but buried in Memphis, Tennessee. The only thing I can come up with is that as he worked for the Memphis railroad it had something to do with that. Unfortunately the puzzle of his death has died with anybody who would have known. My birth Father is deceased as is his eldest Sister and youngest Sister. As you are quite interested in the history of Memphis, Tennessee do you perhaps think his death had anything to do with the railroad. Clearly his body was brought back to Memphis. I was also wondering who paid for the grave
marker as they were I believe quite poor. If you could help at all could you please email me at
Sincere thanks
Barbara Eggleton
Added by Barbara Eggleton on Jun 11, 2015 1:24 PM
Dennis Gallegos
Daniel Price Creely
Nice read Neil...I'm a retired DGA director and particularly enjoyed the info on the MTM movie...I'll track it down.
My great uncle is Daniel Price Creely #135933943. My 86 year old mother was mover to tears when I showed her the headstone image you posted...thank you. It would be appreciate if you would transfer his site to me.. Dennis Gallegos # 47276135

Added by Dennis Gallegos on Jun 08, 2015 3:43 PM
Edward F & Ida May Wills
Thank you so much for adding the marker photos for Edward and Ida!

Thana White Cottrell
Added by TWC on Jun 05, 2015 10:43 PM
Jack Trent
Hi Neil!

Just wanted to thank you for the lovely entry on John "Jack" Trent ( that you posted.

Jack is my first cousin, twice removed. My Grandmother and Great Aunt both ADORED him and talked of him frequently. I've posted the picture that i have of him.

Have a great day! And thank you again,

Added by Meacham on May 24, 2015 10:23 AM
Peggy Carrigan
Velton Armett McOwen
Neil, I thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I hope you know I am thankful for the memorial you did for my father. I just wanted to give you some information about him. I really didn't want to take any credits away from you. I put some pictures in the memorial, but don't know if I did it correctly. I am new at this. I am truly sorry to hear that you are leaving this post, but wish you all the luck I can in any endeavors you take on after this.

Thank you sincerely,
Peggy McOwen Carrigan
Added by Peggy Carrigan on May 21, 2015 1:29 PM
Peggy Carrigan
Velton Armett McOwen
This is my Father, and I would like to inform you that he was married, first, to my mother, Pearl Inez Spencer on December 23, 1937 in Hughes, Saint Francis County, Arkansas. I was born -Peggy Marilyn McOwen on November 10, 1938 at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. My parents divorced, and I lived with my Dad's parents, Dooley Henry McOwen and Cora Alma Gaskins till I was 9/ 1/2 years old, at which time , I went to live with my mother, who had remarried to Lawrence Edward O'Donnell,a pilot, who was from Massachusetts, and in the Navy. Velton married Aline Annie Blanton on December 9, 1944 in Hughes, Saint Francis County, Arkansas And had two children-Randy Armett McOwen and Dianne M.McOwen Trout. I don't know where Randy is, but Dianne lived in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with her husband Bernard Arthur Trout, Born 1946, and Died 2014. They had 4 girls. I didn't even know where my father was buried till last year (2014). After attending my half- brothers funeral,and on our way home, we stopped in Memphis to visit his grave, and took some pictures of myself and my son by his grave. Aline never liked me from the start, and wanted all my Dad's attention on her daughter, but that's all in the past.
Added by Peggy Carrigan on May 18, 2015 11:33 AM
Susan Matheney
RE: Claude Browning
Thank You SO Much.

She is buried in Irving Texas, she remarried and when he died she was moved out there, to live close to my mother.

Again, Thanks SO MUCH......

Added by Susan Matheney on May 13, 2015 7:39 AM
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