|Neil Loftiss (#47136115)|
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Please feel free to copy and use any of my photos. 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 loves to go 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.
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, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,15,14,16,16A,19, 19B, 31, 31 West, 31 East. 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!
|Find A Grave Friends|
B Holland, Beatrice Bennet..., Carole McCaig, Carolyn Whitake..., Gayle Holland, Kate Wheeless, Linda Wayman, Margie Collins, Margie Daniels, Patrick Whitney, Shirley Krampf
|Messages left for Neil Loftiss (297)||[Leave Message]|
|Carolyn Allen||Oscar L . Alexander|
Thank you very much for the unexpected transfer of Oscar L. Alexander . It sounds like you have lots of work ahead in your plans . Continue your good work and know your efforts are appreciated .
|PAJacobson||Transfer of Memorial|
Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to create a memorial for my aunt Edna Hall Mapes, taking pictures and then transferring it to me. I appreciate all you've done for me and everyone else, too! God bless. :)
Ok. Thank you!
Added by Janet on Nov 08, 2013 9:34 AM
|Landon Peterson||Herbert W Peterson|
I was wondering if you would kindly transfer management of this memorial to me, I am his great grandson, and I would like to add more information to it. Thank you for adding it. Just to be clear it is Herbert W Peterson, born 1901. Thanks again.
|Donna Ferguson||David Ferguson|
Thank you for allowing me to find my brothers resting spot.I was 12 years old when he passed and Elvis and his mother were both buried there until they were relocated to Graceland.Alot of vandleism took place there after my brother was laid to rest.38 years is a long time.
Thank you so much for transferring several of my relatives to me recently. Appreciate the thoughtfulness as well as all the great work you have accomplished. God bless, Ann Prothro
Added by A.G.P. on Oct 24, 2013 3:29 PM
|P ORF||Z DEAN|
THANKS SO MUCH FOR EDITING HER MEMORIAL.
Added by P ORF on Oct 24, 2013 7:54 AM
|Beth Austin||Thank You!|
Neil, thank you for the wonderful picture for Eddie Williamson. I really appreciate your time and effort.
|Tom White||Ernest and Hazel Mills|
Neil, thanks for finding my Great Aunt's grave and posting the picture.
I have finished adding pictures for Section 11 and have about 100 pictures remaining to add to Section 12.
Boy, that is a huge cemetery!
|Linda Wayman||Re: Joyce Cash - Mobley|
Neil, thank you for taking the photograph and for the family links as well. I hope you know how much you are appreciated for all you do.
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