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Deborah Mackey (#48069596)
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I began to understand the importance of cemeteries when I started researching my family history in 2009. While on an extended visit home in 2011, I was telling my father about Find a Grave and all the information found there. At that time, he was on the cemetery committee for Hoover First United Methodist Church (Patton Chapel). He told me their records were incomplete because the church and records had been lost in two separate fires and the current cemetery information was manually entered in a book. Since I had some time, I started trying to transfer the records from the cemetery book to a simple Excel spreadsheet so the records could be easily updated and saved for the future. What I thought would take a couple of hours is still a work in progress. Any errors in transcription will be changed when confirmed. I will also try to add other information as itís provided by family members and others. However, In the future, this information will be listed under notes instead of changing the known information from the headstone or written records.

In an effort to preserve it for the future, Patton Chapel Cemetery was also listed on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register in 2013.

While my project was important, it was minor compared to the efforts of thousands of contributors to the Find a Grave project. The people who regularly record information, take pictures and volunteer their time are the true heroes. They are the ones that bring families together and make sure no one is forgotten.
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Sonja Turner
RE: Antioch Missionary Baptist Chur
Hi Deborah, sounds to me that you were in the right cemetery. You can also see the coordinates and a map on the main page of the cemetery here at Find-A-Grave:
Added by Sonja Turner on Feb 19, 2015 4:22 PM
Elizabeth Verchio
RE: Nellie Furrate
Nellie's niece confirmed that Nellie is buried beside her husband and that there has not been stone installed for Nellie.
Thank you for all you are doing on this wonderful website.
Added by Elizabeth Verchio on Feb 05, 2015 12:18 PM
Wanda Ellenberger
RE: Patton Chapel Cemetery (Hoover First United Methodist)
Yes! Your dad was very kind. Walking me around a bit and telling me about the cemetery. We've recently moved here and cemeteries are a bit of an obsession/hobby. Patton Chapel is the closest to me. There are a whole lot of duplicates and I think I may have sent you a several edits on that.
Lol. Good to "meet" you Ms Mackey.
Added by Wanda Ellenberger on Jan 28, 2015 10:56 AM
Deborah, Thank you for trying to find my Elmore family.

I appreciate all you do...

Added by Kim on Jan 22, 2015 6:31 AM
Elizabeth Verchio
RE: Nellie Furrate
according to Nellie's niece, Linda Greer, Nellie was buried beside her husband. I'm sad to hear there was never a stone installed for Nellie, though I am not surprised.
Thank you so very much for all you have done to on this wonderful website!
Added by Elizabeth Verchio on Jan 21, 2015 3:15 PM
Terry Rasberry
James Wesley Lightfoot
According to the Alabama Death Record his name is shown as John W. Lightfoot and was the son of Henry Wesley and Sara Elizabeth "Lizzie" Barrow Lightfoot.

He was born in Fulton Co., GA and died in Powderly, Jefferson Co., AL
Added by Terry Rasberry on May 10, 2014 8:36 AM
Kaye Sutley
Lanier memorial
Thank you for the memorial on the Lanier gravesite at Union Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, AL. We do not have details about this person. Are you related in some way? If so, our Families and Friends of Union Hill Cemetery that maintains the cemetery would appreciate anything you can share.

Kaye Sutley
Recording Secretary
Families & Friends of Union Hill Cemetery
Added by Kaye Sutley on Jul 10, 2013 8:25 PM
Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Thanks for the GREAT Photots!
Added by Carolyn Mackey-Byrum on Jul 03, 2013 2:45 PM
Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Look what we have
Please go and read the obituary I got today!

Created by: Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Record added: Jul 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94605175
Added by Carolyn Mackey-Byrum on Jun 28, 2013 10:35 PM
Wretha Avery
Your messages
Thanks for your kind messages. I am like you - after visiting cemeteries, recording info and taking photos - I find a kinship with the deceased.

I went with my mother to a cemetery where my kin are buried each year on decoration day. She always put flowers on a grave for a man who she said was related to my brother-in-law. After she died, I kept putting flowers on his grave and will continue to so. A couple of years ago while searching for ancestors I found out he was my brother-in-law's grandfather who had died before my brother-in-law was born.

Yeah, there are lots of families that lost 4-5 or more babies when they were infants or toddlers around the beginning of the 1900s. So sad.

I will transfer Beckey and Marion to you ASAP.
Also, will be on lookout for Annie Bell Creamer Swindle.
Added by Wretha Avery on Jun 28, 2013 6:21 PM
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