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Mike Sykes (#47318428)
 member for 6 years, 10 months, 16 days
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Bio Photo Being a photo volunteer for Find A Grave has become my primary hobby, and has inspired a belief that every person deserves that their time, regardless how little or how long, be preserved in grave marker photo's before time and the elements takes it's toll and they are lost forever. Having the opportunity to provide others with grave marker pictures, who otherwise, may never have a chance to see them, is a gratifying experience. I strive to get the best possible photo, although deterioration, or location, of some markers makes that difficult.

Records for Rose Hill and Fairlawn cemeteries in Grady Co. has numerous spelling errors and omissions. I am working to identify as many as possible.

My Virtual Cemetery: Rose Hill - Unmarked Graves is a work in progress.

My Virtual Cemetery: Rock Island Railroaders are former employees of the R.I.R.R. that I knew and have worked with, and is a work in progress. There are many more that I am unable to locate.

My genealogical goal? To provide Ancestor and Descendant records, as accurately as possible to all who follow me, and to all who is interested in the SYKES, ROLLANS, LIPE, MARTIN, REASONER, STINNETT and JOHNSON families, from whom I descend.

Those who search for their family roots face the unfortunate fact that the further we go back, the less we have to work with. Inevitably, there comes a point where information seems nonexistent or hidden beyond our means of discovery.

Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you
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Thank you
Thank you!!!
Added by ace on Apr 28, 2017 5:35 PM
Jackie Hale
Grave Marker
From the Find A Grave, I find 2 grave markers, with the same birth and death date for Maude May Morris Hale,# 48062060 and Maudie May Massengale, # 66443735. These are located at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Grady County Oklahoma. I believe they be the same person because I believe she was a Hale and after death of her husband, married a Massengale. Can you help me understand with what appears to be 2 grave markers for the same person? Thank You!
Added by Jackie Hale on Jan 30, 2017 11:03 AM
S.A. Shipley
RE: Helen Joslin
Thank you for helping... I really appreciate you volunteering...
Added by S.A. Shipley on Dec 22, 2016 10:18 PM
Doy G
RE: Alice McConnell photo
Thank you!
Added by Doy G on Dec 22, 2016 6:44 PM
Doy G
Alice McConnell photo
Thank you so much, Mike, for the pic of her headstone!!! Solves the mystery of her correct birth date.

Much appreciated!!! Doy Merry Christmas!
Added by Doy G on Dec 22, 2016 10:40 AM
Becky DeShields
RE: Bess & Gerald Dunlap
Mike, thank you for the pictures you added for my grandparents.
Added by Becky DeShields on Dec 22, 2016 2:59 AM
S.A. Shipley
RE: Helen Joslin
Thank you so much for trying to find a gravestone for Helen Joslin...
Added by S.A. Shipley on Dec 19, 2016 4:51 AM
pat fortner
Mary Selby
Thank you for your efforts in trying to locate Mary Selby's gravesite. Even though you have reported her grave as unmarked, I am very grateful for your efforts.

Pat Fortner
Added by pat fortner on Dec 16, 2016 5:03 PM
Sandra "Walking Spirit" Selph-Hunter
RE: Amy Jackson
Thank you so much for letting me know her grave is unmarked. At least now I know...thank you for all you do in helping those of us that are unable to make trips to these cemeteries...all of you are so appreciated by me. Blessings to you and yours...
Added by Sandra "Walking Spirit" S... on Aug 09, 2016 6:17 PM
Michigan mother
RE: Bufford W. Scott
Thank you Mike and it is sad it is not marked with something permanent. You have helped more than you know and at least there is a record.

Again, thanks for all you do here on Findagrave.

Michigan mother
Added by Michigan mother on Jul 31, 2016 9:08 AM
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