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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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Scout Finch
Rev. W. T. D. Dalzell
Thanks for the corrections and information! I do appreciate it!
Added by Scout Finch on Mar 20, 2017 5:43 PM
Milton Weiss
I would like to pick up your photo request but Sparkman Hillcrest (SH) does not like to provide burial locations to volunteers, citing privacy issues. Your cooperation is needed in order for requests to be filled. The volunteers will need you to call SH and request the location. Their phone number is 214-363-5401. Once you have the location, please add it to your request. Thanks.
Added by BassetLover on Mar 18, 2017 6:54 AM
RE: Charlotte Gertrude Tracy Blanchard
Just a note to let you know that I have now updated her Memorial with her death certificate, which states the cemetery where she was buried.

I very much appreciate your suggestion, and am pleased we now have this additional information.

Best Wishes.

Added by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2017 6:54 PM
Judy Allen
Dr James Herbert Shipp
Thank you, just wanting to make sure all was fine.
Added by Judy Allen on Mar 09, 2017 10:26 PM
Judy Allen
Dr James Herbert Shipp
Request permission to download his photo for someone that might be related. I am not related, just helping out.
Added by Judy Allen on Mar 08, 2017 8:54 AM
Scout Finch
Blanche Marburg Piggot
Hi, John...I have deleted one of the more unnecessary photos. I'd much prefer the obit in it's place and I thank you for it!!!
Added by Scout Finch on Mar 04, 2017 10:23 AM
RE: Charlotte Gertrude Tracy Blanchard
Thank you for your suggestion. I will be making inquiries to verify cemetery of her burial, and if found, updating her Memorial.

Added by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2017 3:49 PM
RE: Your mom
Mary Ann Strain married my 3rd great grandfather, John Stricklin.
Added by charlesstricklin on Feb 07, 2017 7:05 PM
Michelle Reynolds
RE: Anita Karol Havard Hammack
Yes, her Mom worked at the Strain clinic for many years if memory serves. Karol's father and my mother were brother and sister. She was a lovely person, inside and out. I wish we hadn't lost her.

Thanks again.

Added by Michelle Reynolds on Feb 02, 2017 5:58 PM
Michelle Reynolds
Anita Karol Havard Hammack
Memorial #63411394

Hi John,

Thanks for creating the lovely memorial for my first cousin, Karol Hammack. I love this picture of her, she was so beautiful. I am interested if you knew her and/or why you made the memorial.

Thanks again,

Michelle Reynolds
Added by Michelle Reynolds on Feb 02, 2017 10:56 AM
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