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Cristie (#46865585)
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If I've created a memorial, then I have a photo of the tombstone too. If it's not posted, just let me know and I'll be glad to do it.

The Story Tellers...We Are The Chosen

My feelings are that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story." So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.

How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family.. you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying, I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us that we might be born who we are; that we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family story tellers. That is why I do my family genealogy..... and that is what calls those young and old to step up..... and put flesh on the bones.

---by Della M. Cummings Wright
and rewritten by her grand-
daughter, Della JoAnn McGinnis
Johnson -----

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Linda H Swindell
Bruce Estes Pearcy Tombstone Photo

I want to thank you for adding the tombstone photo to his Find A Grave memorial. It is greatly appreciated.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Nov 28, 2015 6:17 AM
Megan Heyl
Obit for Melverda Jones
Hello, can you please add her obit to her memorial? I sent this in back in July and doing follow ups. (spring cleaning!)
Thanks in advance and have a great weekend! Megan

JACKSON - Melverda C. Jones, 80, homemaker, died Thursday at Hardin County General Hospital in Savannah.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home with burial in Hollywood Cemetery.

She was a member of the Salvation Army. Mrs. Jones, the widow of King Chamos Jones, leaves four daughters, Lisa Canada and Martha Love, both of Jackson, Joyce Cunningham of Peoria, Ill., and Susie Neal of Savannah; three sons, Bobby Jones, George Jones and Freddie Jones, all of Jackson, 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - Saturday, April 19, 2003
Added by Megan Heyl on Nov 24, 2015 8:09 PM
Linda H Swindell
Mary Pearcy Tombstone Photo

Thank you so much for adding the tombstone photo to Mary's Find A Grave memorial. It is appreciated. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Nov 20, 2015 3:31 PM
Rhonda Jordan
25739637 - Nannie Wallis
Thank you for the photo of the tombstone of James Benton Wallis and his wife, Nannie M. Wallis (25739637).

May I use your photo in my family genealogy tree?

Rhonda Jordan
Added by Rhonda Jordan on Nov 18, 2015 7:35 AM
Rhonda Jordan
25739633 - James Aubrey Wallis
Thank you for adding the photo of the tombstone for James Aubrey Wallis (25739633).

May I have your permission to use the photo in my family genealogy tree?

Thank you,
Rhonda Jordan
Added by Rhonda Jordan on Nov 18, 2015 7:29 AM
Sarah Jones
Memorials 33069353 & 33069351
We appreciate you adding a picture of the headstone for relatives Myrtle VanDyke Stinson Edenton and Henry H. Edenton.

Thanks for the work you do for findagrave. I also volunteer in my area.

Sarah Jones

Added by Sarah Jones on Nov 15, 2015 12:40 PM
Valerie Smith
Alma / Clyde Jones
Could the photo on Alma Jones' page #20365092 be added to Clyde Jones' page #20365090?
Many thanks,
Valerie Smith
Added by Valerie Smith on Nov 15, 2015 6:47 AM
Lelia Sinclair Baldassari
THank you so much for posting the photo of Rachel Johnsey's grave! I just posted the request today!
Added by Lelia Sinclair Baldassari on Nov 08, 2015 3:08 PM
Diane Lancaster Lovejoy
Sam H Brown
Thank you for taking a picture of his gravestone!
Added by Diane Lancaster Lovejoy on Nov 08, 2015 9:56 AM
Memorial# 16874789
This is my grandmother. I'd like to manage her memorial please. Thanks!
Added by Kelly on Nov 01, 2015 9:47 AM
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