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Alton & Loudonia (#46956626)
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Bio Photo We are a Husband and Wife Team who live in Starke, Florida. We have a special hobby of visiting cemeteries and taking photos and researching our family trees.
We combine this with tent camping and nature walks in State Parks. We find a cemetery that needs photos and a State Park nearby. We take photos in the morning and enjoy the park the rest of the day.
We only list photos we have taken, If no memorial is listed, we create one.
Our tree research is very extensive; and searching for more each day. We are researching Wise, Vickers, Weeks, Boggs, Tuggle, and many more.
We will delete, correct, add to or Transfer. We ask that to request a transfer that you know of the person or be related. It's our goal to transfer any family member or person, to someone that will remember them.

You may use our photos, if it has our name on the photo; it is not to be removed! Also please give us credit for the photo. We have copies of all the photos we have ever taken. Our photos are for your personal use only and may not be used for profit or be sold without permissiom.

If you don't get an answer quickly to your e-mail, we may be on one of our trips. We usually answer all emails within one hour of receving it.

To the ones who say we do this for the numbers, This is a hobby we enjoy doing, We take our time and commitment very serious. We answer 40-50 edit emails per day and do photo request. We also help others in their search. This is secondary to our visit to Cemeteries to take photos.

To the ones who have no contact information, You are missing out! Need I say more!

On one of our many trips to visit Cemeteries, we had an unusually strange Coincidence. We decided to write a short story about it.

If you like this story please leaves flowers on the Dyal Memorial, at the below listed URL


This is a true story as Told by:

Alton & Loudonia Wise

We retain all rights for this story.

This story starts at a little Cemetery in Bradford County Florida. There is a turtle living in this cemetery, and it is his home. The turtle's name is Bennie.
He has a friend who lives in the same hole that he had dug into the ground, and her name is Bonnie. Bonnie is a snake, who shares Bennie's home.
One day while finding food for himself amongst all the Cemetery Headstones, he came to a very large monument in the corner of the cemetery. He decided he could get a better view if he could climb onto it. He tried and he fell off into a hole left by a vase that had been removed.
That was when his problems started! He had landed upside down into the open hole. He tried to turn over and climb out but he could not. He was stuck!
He was there all day and thru the night. Bonnie went by him, and decided there was no hope for him, he was a goner!
Bennie knew his time was nearly up as he lay there upside down in a hole. His only chance would be to pray, and hope he got an answer.
Bennie prayed all that day and was hoping an answer to his prayer was soon to be.
In another part of Bradford County just outside of Starke, Florida, lived a husband and wife team who had a hobby of taking headstone photos. They would get a request from someone on for a photo, and they would drive to the cemetery, find the headstone and take a picture.
They would then place the photo on, for the person who had placed the request. The person usually lived some distance away and was unable to make the photo themselves.
That morning they received an e-mail requesting a photo of the headstone of Mr. and Mrs. Berry Dyal in the Mount Sinai Cemetery in Bradford County, Florida. This cemetery was about 20 miles away, and they decided to go after lunch.
They grabbed their photo equipment and set the GPS and headed out. It was their first visit to this cemetery.
When they departed from home, they had no idea they were the chosen ones to answer a prayer for Bennie.
They arrived at the cemetery, parked the car, and again grabbed their cameras and opened the gate to the cemetery. They started their search and noticed a tunnel where a turtle lived, but he was nowhere to be seen. They noticed that Bonnie was there looking out of the tunnel. She turned and headed back down.
With a little more searching, the headstone of Mr. and Mrs. Dyal was located. They also noticed a turtle in front of the headstone with its legs moving, trying to turn over.
It looked like Bennie had been there a few days trying to upright himself. They lifted Bennie out of the hole he was in, and placed him upright back onto the ground. They took their photos and made sure Bennie was alright.
Bennie was alert now with all legs and head out and ready again to look for food. He was a happy turtle and he knew that his prayers were answered.
As they drove off, Bonnie was next to Bennie and she knew that Bennie was going to make it after all. She was so thankful too!

The actual headstone Photos are located at this URL.

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If you look closely you will see Bennie!

Thanks for all the kind comments that have been placed on Mr. Dyals Memorial.

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John Burnett
Ella Mae Walker--Memorial Cem--Lake City
Hi Alton and Loudonia:

First, Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the holidays.

I looked at the site for Ella Mae Walker who is buried at Memorial Cemetery in Lake City, Florida. It has the wrong tombstone put on her site. The tombstone there is for another lady, not Ella Mae.

Just wanted to make you all aware. Take care.


John Burnett
Added by John Burnett on Dec 24, 2014 8:46 AM
Shirley Bybee
Unreadable to me
Dorsey Hardee (20901462) at Antioch Cemetery, Island Grove, Alachua, Florida, USA Plot: E 7 28

I have made several attempts of reading the headstong and stull can not read it. Can you tell me what it says? I am legally blind. Your help is appreciated.

Thanks and Merry Christmas,
Shirley Bybee
Added by Shirley Bybee on Dec 24, 2014 5:06 AM
Joe Sasnett
Transfer of Epsy Sasnett
Thank you very much for fulfilling my transfer request on Find A Grave. I appreciate your efforts in establishing the memorial originally and also your generosity in sharing memorials you are not particularly interested in. It also inspires me to reciprocate in kind when similar requests are made of me. Thanks again, Joe Sasnett
Added by Joe Sasnett on Dec 23, 2014 8:20 AM
Philadelphia Baptist Church Cem.
Thank you so very, very much for the headstone photo's, also the edit's you did so quickly. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Added by bjw36 on Dec 21, 2014 6:17 AM
Photos in Philadelphia
Thank you for all the headstone photos your added for Philadelphia!
Added by booklover on Dec 18, 2014 7:09 PM
Michael Hernandez
Raleigh F. Doss
Hello, can you assist me with info regarding Mr. Doss' military service? I am building a data base for men who served in Army Air Corps during WW2, and have his name among almost 5,000 who served with the 7th Bomb Group. I have a copy of orders that awarded him the Air Medal, and would like to find out more about him.

Thank you.


Mike Hernandez
Added by Michael Hernandez on Dec 15, 2014 8:14 AM
Anonymous Child
Touching and Awesome story!
Added by Anonymous Child on Dec 13, 2014 7:22 PM
Kathie (Roberts) Wiegert
RE: William Henry Wise
Alton and Loudonna, I've been doing a lot of research lately and wondering how your research was going? I think I told you that WHW was my 2Xgreat grandfather thru his daughtern my ggrandmother Nancy Catherine Wise Roberts, her son, my grandfather George W Roberts and his son GWR Jr, my father. I am currently looking into joining DAR and wondering whether you have pursued this at all for your children (DAR/SAR)? I recently purchased a book written by Jennings Cropper Wise, who wrote about out Patriot Colonel John Wise of England And Virginia (1617-1695). I would be happy to collaborate on this endeavor with you if you are still interested in pursuing this line. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year in 2015. Very Warm Regards, Kathie Wiegert,
Added by Kathie (Roberts) Wiegert on Dec 13, 2014 11:18 AM
Janice Cathcart
RE: Stephen A. Douglass
That was a wonderful thing to do! I am so glad there are contributors who actually enjoy helping other people in this way. I am glad I discovered this website several years ago because it has given me many years of pleasure helping others find loved ones that seemed to be lost to them until finding them on Find a Grave. Thanks again, Janice
Added by Janice Cathcart on Dec 04, 2014 8:20 AM
Janice Cathcart
RE: Stephen A. Douglass
Should have paid more attention to the car!! Thanks! Janice
Added by Janice Cathcart on Dec 03, 2014 2:46 PM
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