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Cathy Neil Rakoczy (#47170716)
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Bio Photo Feel free to use any of the pictures I've added. I visit cemeteries when I can for the love of it, not the recognition on findagrave by adding pictures and claiming 'copyright'. What upsets me are the 'don't copy' people with poor quality pictures. If you're so proud of them make sure they're perfect. One of my pet peeves are the headstones that the photographer did not even bother to clean the debris and leaves off to make the headstone readable. Come on, it's a small thing to do. Yes, I've spent, time, gas and had many aches and pains to take pictures but I don't believe that gives me the right to deny the use of my pictures (especially for family trees) since a majority of the time I'm not related. I'll transfer any memorial I've created except the ones related to me personally or to an unknown burial. Unknown burials should not even be on this website. I'm disturbed by the FAG guidelines of transfer and that some members are so hardcore about them. I have a great-aunt and an uncle that had no children and a member will not transfer them to me even though they manage over 75,000 memorials and are not related. Guess numbers mean more to some people. Use a little common sense people.

One thing I do ask is PLEASE do not put death certificates on any memorial I have created.

My daughter and I are researching African American WWI Veterans in many East Texas counties. I would love to hear from any family members of these forgotten heroes. The counties are Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Chambers, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Lamar, Liberty, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Walker and Wood. We started with one county and it has mushroomed to 43, identifying over 11,000 (so far). My daughter, Dr. Lila Rakoczy, is on the Texas WWI Centennial Commission and organizing a WWI traveling African American WWI memorial wall to visit several venues for 2017/2018. See the website at
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Pat Lowe
Whillock not whitlock
I believe you have the wrong parents for Ruby Whillock, wife of Austus Wilson Allison
They are Jacob Whillock and Ethel, but I don't yet know their burials.
I will advise when I find them
Thanks for all you do.
Pat Adams Lowe
Added by Pat Lowe on Mar 24, 2017 8:06 PM
Larry Hume
RE: Willie Ratcliff
I am researching all WW I Veterans from Shelby County, Texas and will let you know if I come up with anything. Record keeping wasn't an exact science back then for sure. Thanks for all you are doing to insure they are not forgotten.
Added by Larry Hume on Feb 27, 2017 9:27 AM
Larry Hume
Willie Ratcliff
Ref Memorial 67067923 where you posed a Texas WW I Record. This cannot be the same Willie Ratcliff as he was born in 1908 and would have been 10 years old. I see his stone says WW I but I'm sure that is incorrect also.
Added by Larry Hume on Feb 27, 2017 4:55 AM
Donnie Ruyle
Charles Ruyle
Cathy: Thank you for the correct information. I have posted the information to Charles's memorial
Added by Donnie Ruyle on Feb 15, 2017 8:01 AM
Veterans Researcher
Sanford Rose WWI Soldier
Thanks for the 'heads-up' notifying me that I had the wrong birth year for this young man! The project that you are working on for the WWI soldiers of Texas sounds amazing...
Added by Veterans Researcher on Feb 14, 2017 12:55 PM
Ronald G. Hightower
Irene Wiley Hagan 65950864

Please release Irene to me. 47064191...Thanks so much.

Added by Ronald G. Hightower on Feb 04, 2017 12:22 PM
Johnie Bell

Thanks for the correction on the memorial for Johnie Bell. Had the honor of spending a number of weekends at his home when I was a teenager. He and his wife reared their niece who was my high school basketball coach and the only person my parents trusted me to visit. In addition to spoiling us rotten, Uncle John and Aunt Shug would always make homemade ice cream just for us...
Added by daughterofcal3 on Jan 24, 2017 7:57 PM
F Jacks
Thanks for sponsorship of Albert Neil
Added by F Jacks on Jan 08, 2017 6:04 PM
Jan Baughman
Memorial #1313301
There are two pictures that you have post on this memorial that are exact. Just thought I would let you know.
Added by Jan Baughman on Nov 15, 2016 5:44 PM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser🌺
RE: Gethsemane Cemetery
These men could have lived in either Cass or Morris. The town of Naples is in MORRIS county, texas. The cemetery, Gethsemane is in CASS county, Texas, but the closest town is Naples. There is no town where the cemetery is.
Hope this helps
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser&... on Nov 07, 2016 10:22 AM
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