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Rives (#46992325)
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Bio Photo I lost the love of my life 23 November 2015. We worked on this site together. Our daughter helps sometimes too. PLEASE refrain from sending edits for a while. II do finally have my computer back.

PLEASE DO NOT ADD EDITS THAT ARE INCOMPLETE, for example, birthplace/death place is USA or just the state, also if you don't know the exact date for birth or death don't send just the month. PLEASE DO NOT ADD COPIES OF OBITUARIES IN PLACE OF A PICTURE ON MEMORIALS. I take the time to verify your info just to find you took it from a census or the SSDI. If you look at more than one census it often will have different months. Ancestry is NOT always correct. I look up obituaries and often find the person did not die where the SSDI says they did. People often die at a hospital,nursing home or out of state.

I don't mind transferring memorials outside of Find A Grave guidelines but I do mind when people demand transfers or are rude. PLEASE provide your connection, not just"they are a relative" With having a link to Find a Grave I have had way too many requests like this. I prefer not to transfer outside of guidelines if you have not been a member of Find a Grave very long or don't ""pay it forward " on here, by this I mean adding names other than your relatives or only names from the newspaper and rarely or never adding photos. If I am related I will not transfer. PLEASE include your #. Adding memorials and pictures I have taken takes time as does making edits. No one is perfect!!!


We enjoy taking pictures, walking cemeteries and helping family find family they have been searching for. I am very appreciative that someone took the time to put an aunt and two uncles who died as babies onto Find A Grave. I would have never known where they were buried.

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Dorothy J Brown Holloway #111293133
Thank you for your work.

I am hoping you took a photo of the photo that on her headstone. And if you would you mind posting it or sharing it with me, please.

Thanks for your consideration,

Added by JeffG on Feb 04, 2016 3:01 AM
t.d. rives
Vivia Rives Creech # 126150605
will you please add the following to my aunt vivia rives creech's bio section- thank you :)

Vivia Rives Creech of Smithfield NC died on Sunday, March 2, 2014. The daughter of John Baker and Mary Keel Rives, she was born in Halifax County in 1918 and grew up in Enfield, NC as one of eight children.

After graduating from Enfield High School in 1935, Vivia received her education degree from East Carolina Teachers' College in 1939. She was hired for her first teaching job in Fair Bluff, NC while the superintendent of schools played checkers at the general store during their interview.

Vivia taught fourth grade in Fair Bluff until she moved to Smithfield in 1942 to continue teaching fourth grade. In Smithfield, she lived at Miss Elizabeth Young's with several other young teachers who became dear, lifelong friends.

She met and married the pharmacist, Jimmy Creech, in 1950 and, after teaching for fifteen years and mentoring a host of beginning teachers, she, along with Jimmy, raised their daughter, Mary, and continued to serve community, friends, and family.

Highlights of Vivia's volunteer work and generosity of spirit include her chairmanship of Smithfield's bicentennial committee in 1976, presidency of the North Carolina Pharmacy Association Auxiliary, and presidency of her beloved garden club. She chaired a committee to establish a replica of an old drug store at the NC Museum of History in 1996, organized the committee which began a Chrismon tree tradition at Centenary United Methodist Church, directed close to 200 weddings, and created, over the years, numerous fresh and dried flower arrangements for special events and pharmacy conventions.

She was the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1977. Extraordinarily creative, Vivia was famous for the small dinners she would host to celebrate the important milestones in the lives of her family and friends. Not only did these dinners include personal center pieces, handmade place cards, and original articles in her handwritten "Special Editions of the Smithfield Herald,"쳌 but they always included her endless supply of homemade yeast rolls hot from the oven. Over the years, she delivered a million pans of her rolls, Easter egg trees, fresh flowers, jars of cucumber and watermelon rind pickles, and her trademark caramel cakes to everyone in town.

Full of joyous devotion to her family, Vivia loved telling stories of growing up with six sisters and one brother; she loved sharing memories of life with Jimmy, and she loved telling the latest news about Mary and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary, her favorite son-in-law, Brooks, her cherished grandchildren, Jim and Laura, and her numerous nieces and nephews. Her sisters were Mary Louise Williams, Esther Painter, Julia Hartenstine, Sarah Leigh Rives, Rebecca Bethea, Lynette Anderson; her brother was Julian Rives.

The family will receive friends and family from 6:00-8:00 on Tuesday, March 4 in Wesley Hall at Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield. Because Centenary's sanctuary is undergoing renovation, funeral services will be at First Baptist Church on 4th Street in Smithfield at 2:00 on Wednesday, March 5, followed by a burial at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market Street, Smithfield, NC 27577.
Added by t.d. rives on Feb 01, 2016 5:26 PM
S Bonnell
John Whesley Bonnell
Good morning -

I was delighted to find the memorial for John Whesley Bonnell (memorial #130731530). Would you be willing to transfer this to me? I would like to add more information to the memorial and connect John to his mother and father -- and his many siblings.


Susan Bonnell
Member #4891206
Added by S Bonnell on Jan 25, 2016 8:29 AM
Chris Brady
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how much time you have put into findagrave and it must be especially hard to work on something that was a part of both of your efforts. My sympathies and I hope you and your daughter find peace.
Added by Chris Brady on Jan 20, 2016 10:35 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't see your note until after I sent a couple of edits. My sympathies to you and your family.
Added by BjJ on Jan 18, 2016 4:28 PM
The Graves of Minnis
Gladys Minnis & Gerald Minnis.

I believe Gladys was the Mother of my Father Charles Robert Campbell who passed away in Dec 7th 1997 Have you found out any other information on Gladys? I think her second name was dicks.
my Dads Last name is Campbell. Any / All help would be good. I also believe Gerald was my Dads Father.
feel free to contact me. Leslie
Added by Leslie on Jan 17, 2016 2:04 PM
Steve McAnelly
Mary E. (Pearson) Hertel
Her ID # is 104220680.

I added some information, edited her maiden name (Pierson), and added her parents.

Mary was my wife's great grandmother on her mother's side.
Added by Steve McAnelly on Jan 08, 2016 12:01 AM
Greg Anderson
Sorry to hear of your loss. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Added by Greg Anderson on Dec 25, 2015 4:33 PM
Edward L. Ruffatto Memorial

Although we've never met or corresponded, please accept my condolences. I feel your loss, as it won't be to very long before I leave my bride of 53 years.

If I may, just one question please.

Ae you in any way related to Edward Ruffatto 1928-2012??

If so I would like to chat ever so briefly.

My email is below.

Tom Akers
Added by majusmc on Dec 13, 2015 11:58 AM
Wilda Dillion
Beulah Gibson #132436852
I'm sorry for your loss. When you have time will you check the picture on the above memorial. It appears to be on the wrong memorial. She is not a relative of mine. I was researching her for another reason. Found her because she was the respondent on her father's death certificate--married name and address. Thank you. Wilda
Added by Wilda Dillion on Dec 03, 2015 10:49 PM
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