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John Andrew Prime (#46621252)
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Bio Photo Air Force brat, music critic at the Shreveport Times 1977-1991, military reporter there 1992-2012, local desk editor 2012-13 and from August through the end of October 2015 editorial page editor, at which time retired from Gannett. Now public information officer for the Caddo Parish Coroner and the Caddo Parish District Attorney. Co-author of a history of Barksdale Air Force Base and a book on legendary locals of Shreveport. Interest in genealogy since 1990, willing to visit Northwest Louisiana cemeteries. Fascinated by the stories of those in them, cognizant that people only pass from memory if we let them.

Unless there are historical or sentimental or research reasons disinclining me, I will transfer memorials upon request to children or grandchildren of those memorialized. More distant relationships will not guarantee transfer and are decided on a case-by-case basis.

I worked for the Shreveport Times and Gannett Louisiana newspapers almost 40 years, and secured WRITTEN permission from the state publisher to use clips from the paper with proper attribution. WRITTEN permission. Bear in mind that a literal transcription of a newspaper item is JUST as much a copyright infringement as a scan, and lacks the provenance of a scan and introduces the ugly possibility of transcription errors. Plus anything 75 years or older is in the public domain and thus free from copyright.

The bottom line: Write the publisher of your local paper and request permission to post limited scans of obituaries and pertinent news stories WITH ATTRIBUTION. Newspapers are still the best source for such records and face dwindling subscriptions and diminishing public awareness. Posting on platforms such as Find-a-Grave can only benefit. GET THE PERMISSION IN WRITING and be prepared to argue your case with the gremlins above.

I am not responsible for the manner of death of a loved one -- suicide or murder for example -- or the public attention it may have garnered at the time.

You cannot change history; it changes us.
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Robert H
Samuel Burgess Harper FAG ID# 80775276

You posted an article about Samuel on his memorial, but not in its entirety. I am trying to establish that his first wife was Elizabeth Susan Stephens Harper (Find A Grave ID# 52097705) who was sister to my great grandfather. There were other connections between the two families.

Do you still have the article? Can you help me with this?

Robert Hendrick
Added by Robert H on Aug 28, 2017 8:19 PM
Jim Forcum
RE: Tom and Miriam Ufer Prime
Hello John!

I didn't know Tom and Miriam. I have been tracing my own family history for 42 years, but I am also a Find-A-Grave (Find A Grave) volunteer. After that long a time there are very few "Forcums" left to trace.

So, when I find data (Death Cert, Birth Cert, etc) for people already in Find A Grave, I often add updated information.

Have a great day.

"Jim" Forcum
Beavercreek, OH
Added by Jim Forcum on Aug 05, 2017 7:59 AM
Thank you for the Spearman photo. It is much appreciated -- Teresa
Added by amtsunshine on Jul 24, 2017 1:25 PM
RE: William F. Nettles
Bill had two brothers (Lonnie & Norman). They had a show on K W K H radio in Shreveport. All this was a long long long time ago. I can remember they would visit their sister (( Mattie (Nettles) Norsworthy in Sabine Parish.
Added by OLC on Jun 18, 2017 6:24 PM
RE: William F. Nettles
Thank you. I often wondered what happened,but never knew . Do you know what happened to the other boys?
Added by OLC on Jun 18, 2017 2:01 PM
David Allen Dreier 599308)
I have no information regarding Air Force Captain David Allen Dreier.
Added by Steve on Jun 13, 2017 1:18 PM
David Allen Dreier (599308)
Added by Steve on Jun 13, 2017 1:16 PM
David Allen Dreier
I found one article that gives information on his death. Check your email. I am sending it now.
Added by rw2009 on Jun 07, 2017 5:59 AM
Michelle Reynolds
RE: Anita Karol Havard Hammack
No I don't remember your them. It's sad though, that Karol was lost so young. I am only in contact very occasionally with her brother Mike. The last time I saw her mother was at my mom's funeral in 2012.
Added by Michelle Reynolds on Jun 01, 2017 10:12 AM
Spec Michael George McKinney
Thank you for the photo of his headstone.
Added by rw2009 on Jun 01, 2017 4:31 AM
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