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Bill T. Whitis (#48066287)
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Bio Photo A native-born resident of Marshall, Texas, I have begun researching my family's gravesites in the surrounding areas. From Cass to Panola to Upshur Counties, to sites all over Marshall and towns in and around Harrison County.

I have been appointed to the Harrison County Historical Commission starting with the 2017-2018 term, where I chair the county's cemetery committee. Prior to that, I was also the 2016 recipient of 'The Marjorie Perkins Outstanding Volunteer of the Year' award with the HCHC for my work with cemeteries in Harrison County, TX.

I have walked and photographed markers at almost all of the 200+ cemeteries in Harrison County, and many other cemeteries in neighboring counties, and want the information for cemeteries in my area to be as complete as possible for future generations. My goal is to walk, locate, and record them all. I try to add GPS coordinates to individual markers a few times a month in our county. If the markers are legible, I have photographed them and added them on here if missing.

I am trying to gather info on all Harrison County cemeteries that have incorrect directions or none and locate them so they accurately appear on the Maps tab; if you know where a cemetery is but can not get to it, let me know!

Batts Cemetery is one of my current attempts at finding the exact location - it is not at the GPS coordinates that were added here on Findagrave.

In 2016, as a partial list, I rediscovered Crosby Cemetery in Harleton, Amie-Haggerty Cemetery near Scottsville, Jones/Scott Cemetery near I-20 in Hallsville, McKay/Hendricks Cemetery near Elysian Fields down an old fire tower road and a few others.

So far in 2017, I found Jackson Cemetery in Marshall near Fisher Drive, a 2 person burial site south of Waskom containing Confederate soldiers wounded at the Battle of Mansfield, Kimberling Cemetery south of Hallsville, a 2nd Friendship Cemetery north of the Hallsville/ Noonday area, Waskom Cemetery near I-20, and a 2nd Taylor Cemetery in the Pirkey Power Plant area. I have leads on about 20 more cemeteries in the county, but if you have a lead on one not listed here I am happy to research it to try and and find them.

Please use the 'Edits' tab to submit changes or request a transfer, not through 'Messages'.

If you have your messages disabled, or if your email is not available, please do not leave me an odd edit request. If I cannot contact you to verify sources or if I have a question, your edit may be declined. Reasonable changes are rarely questioned.
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Sharon Douglas
Thank You!
I really do appreciate the picture of my dad's grave.

Added by Sharon Douglas on Apr 15, 2017 12:09 AM
Sirmans Grave
Thanks so much! Marion
Added by Marion on Feb 25, 2017 10:37 PM
Charles Dorsey
Thank you for noticing I had a duplicate memorial. A few years ago when Find A Grave beta tested I was a part of the group and I think everyone ended up with several duplicates. Sometimes we miss one.
Added by Jenn on Feb 22, 2017 7:20 PM
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Evelyn Boyd
Thank you for the picture
Added by The Watcher on Feb 18, 2017 8:49 PM
Dianne H. Wylie
Edits and pics
Many thanks for the edits and pics in the Hallsville Cemetary. They are much appreciated!
Added by Dianne H. Wylie on Feb 16, 2017 5:06 PM
KD Burleson
Neva Martin Request
Thanks very much Bill for filling the photo request at the Martin Cemetery.
Added by KD Burleson on Jan 15, 2017 6:45 PM
Shirley Hart Dillingham
Maxie Gomez Carrington & Mary Lee Kuykendahl Carrington
Thank you SO much for calling my duplicate memorial for Maxie Gomez Carrington (also found his wife, Mary Lee Kuykendahl Carrington to be duplicate also) ~ I have added my information & photos of the headstone to the original memorials & deleted both of mine. Again, THANKS!

I would also like to offer my CONGRATULATIONS for your appointments by the Harrison County Historical Commission. You truly deserve recognition for all your work in and around Harrison County, Texas.

Have a great weekend!

Shirley Hart Dillingham
Katy, Texas
Added by Shirley Hart Dillingham on Jan 14, 2017 2:00 PM
KD Burleson
RE: Deberry Cemetery
Also, I sent you the location for the Bethlehem Deadwood African American Cemetery a while back. As you pointed out, the coordinates for Bethlehem were actually for the Tabernacle Shiloh Cemetery near Beckville. Bethlehem Deadwood directions - from the Deberry intersection go south on Hwy 31. Go past Jeter's Junction Store (closed) and the Carter Cemetery on the right, a couple of miles past Carter take a right on CR 3193, and the cemetery is adjacent to the church about a half mile from Hwy 31 where the road dead ends. I've pretty much finished working there and ended up adding over 100 memorials. Good luck Bill.
Added by KD Burleson on Jan 04, 2017 11:01 AM
KD Burleson
Deberry Cemetery
Thanks for posting the marker photo for Geneva Howell Alford Lovil. I changed her name on the memorial from Lovil to Alford as is shown on the marker and also added the obit. She was a family friend, but since you were a family member, I will transfer the memorial if you would agree.....let me know. Thanks again.
Added by KD Burleson on Jan 02, 2017 8:58 PM
Duard Rhodes #65254827
He is my 5th cousin 1x removed. May I use his gravestone photo in my Family Tree? I will gladly give you credit. Thank you & Happy New Year! Terry
Added by Terry on Jan 02, 2017 6:05 PM
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