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John Smith III (#47002502)
 member for 6 years, 6 months, 27 days
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I like roaming the country finding old cemeteries, churches, and other old buildings. I mainly photograph older cemeteries but also enjoy searching for photo requests.
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 • 153 Memorials Added
 • 20 Memorials Managed
 • 17 Photos
 • 1 Photo Request
 • 8 Virtual Cemeteries
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Allison Family (1)
Ellis Family (12)
Hyder Family (3)
Johnson Smith (2)
Lee Family (1)
Mills Family (10)
Smith Family (10)
Ward Family (25)
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Obit for Ruth Booker
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, October 21, 2001...ELISSA RUTH HATCHER BOOKER...Elissa Ruth Hatcher Booker was born in El Paso, September 13, 1915, and died Thursday, October 18, 2001. She was the only child of Silas and Jessie Hatcher...Her father's tuberculosis, which sent him to a special convalescent hospital, and resulting death in 1930, coincided with the onset of the Great Depression...Times were very hard, and Ruth and her mother lived with various relatives at Stonewall and then Houston. Ruth was educated in several one-room country schools, and then at Sam Houston High School in Houston, and finally at Rice University, where she graduated in 1938...Ruth taught school in Pettus and Cotulla and worked for Humble Oil Company in Houston before she married Eldon Booker in 1945. For many years they lived and operated a motel in San Saba, Texas, where she continued to teach, and where their two children, George and Wesley, were born...In later years, after retirement, Ruth and Eldon moved to Austin, where he preceded her in death...Ruth was baptized into the Christadelphian faith March 10, 1946. She was a regular attender at all church services thereafter, where for many years she taught Sunday school and played the piano. In later years, she enjoyed swimming and her bridge games very much...She is survived by her son, George Booker, his wife, Barbara, and grandson, Adam; her son, Wesley Booker, granddaughter, Elizabeth, and grandson, Daniel...Graveside services were held in the Johnson Family Cemetery in the LBJ National Park, Hye, Texas, Saturday, October 20, 2001, at 1:00 p.m...Crofts Funeral Home, Johnson City, Texas.
Added by Rozz on Mar 25, 2014 3:40 PM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser
Willie Henry Franklin
I placed a photo on your Memorial to the above. The tombstone states William H. Franklin, the year dates are as you have them, but the exact month and days are on the tombstone if you would like to add them to your memorial.
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser on Jan 01, 2011 12:22 PM
Rachel Salsman
RE: Juanita McGowan again
I will see on Sunday to see what I can find out for you
Added by Rachel Salsman on Apr 01, 2010 5:02 PM
Beth Farley Whitlock
Hyders in the Lee Cemetery
I transfered the memorials to you.
Added by Beth Farley Whitlock on Jan 18, 2010 9:08 AM
Rita Collvins Mayfield
Ward Children
You are quite welcome. Glad to be able to hand them on to family.

Added by Rita Collvins Mayfield on Jan 04, 2010 1:29 PM
Linda Creamer Furr
Georgia Ward
Please e-mail me. The answer to your question is too involved to address here in public messages.
Added by Linda Creamer Furr on Jan 04, 2010 11:49 AM
Rita Collvins Mayfield
Johnie Ward and Infant Ward
Hi Marvin,

It would seem that these two Ward babies are indeed members of your family. I have transferred them to you. Children and babies who are buried alone in cemeteries break my heart. There are many in my area. So many little ones died in those early day and it seems folks came here to farm and then had to move on due to the circumstances, leaving their children's graves. Some show signs of activity, but most are just forgotten. I am glad you found them and now they have family looking out for them.

Added by Rita Collvins Mayfield on Jan 04, 2010 6:54 AM
Beth Farley Whitlock
Where do you live? I live in California and have been making a trip back spring or fall for the last 3 years. I have some photos of the Lee sisters and Joe's death cert from Ohio. It states his middle name spelled as "Deckard". If you would like a copy of it please send me your email address.
Added by Beth Farley Whitlock on Jan 03, 2010 8:09 PM
Beth Farley Whitlock
Hyder family
Hello! I am a decendant of James Jackson and Adelia Catherine Bilbrey Lee through their daughter Martha Asenath Lee Jones. Angeline is my great grand-aunt so that makes us relatives! My dad was born in the family home just down the road from the cemetery. Have you ever been back there? I'll be gong again this spring for decoration day at Sand Spring and can try to do look-ups for you if there is anything you've been searching for. I don't have a problem transfering the sites to you if that's what you want me to do. I'm just interestied in people contacting me so I can fill in the blanks on my family tree.

Beth Farley Whitlock
Added by Beth Farley Whitlock on Jan 03, 2010 5:27 PM
Thomas R McKee
RE: Wilmer - Trinity mower Damage to grave markers
My McKee ancestors are in the Wilmer - Trinity Cemetery. I was back in Texas just before Thanksgiving and observed a lot of gravestone damage from the lawn mower.

My great-great grandparents WT and TC McKee's headstone had been gouged and knocked over on it's face.

Have you had any experience with such situations and how to correct or prevent them?

My dad paid a monument company $75 to go reset the headstone.

Tom McKee
Added by Thomas R McKee on Dec 08, 2009 8:41 PM
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