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Deborah Wall (#46976690)
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Bio Photo We Are The Chosen

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find
the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to
tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing
life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe.
All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those
who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story!" So, we do. In
finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before
now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the
ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times
have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I
and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be
lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying, "I can't let this
happen." The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to
doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able
to accomplish, how they contributed to what we are today. It goes to
respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up,
their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep
pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.
It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us at
birth.
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Tonya Sapp Hames
RE: New Zion AME Church Cemetery
You are welcome! I just hope the work I do will help somebody else. Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend.

Tonya Sapp Hames
Added by Tonya Sapp Hames on Aug 29, 2014 6:56 AM
S Hemingway
Rolland Tamburello
Thank you for the Rolland Tamburello obituary. I have added it to the memorial & acknowledged that the obit came from you.
Added by S Hemingway on Aug 27, 2014 10:08 PM
Winnette
RE: REV. WILLIAM H. McMURRAY
You are quite welcome.

Have a great weekend.

Winnette
Added by Winnette on Aug 27, 2014 6:05 PM
Dan Johnson
Edward Johnston Grantham 12177489
Deborah,

Thank you for the obituary for E. J. Grantham. I have added it to his memorial and given credit to you.

Dan
Added by Dan Johnson on Aug 27, 2014 5:19 PM
Bill75773
RE: Henry Lee Adrian
You are very welcome.
Added by Bill75773 on Aug 27, 2014 6:43 AM
Spidersart
WIENEKE
Thanks for the information on this little soul's obituary. In my research of my own family I find so many babies who just disappear, it is hard to pass a child's grave and not document the passing, for future generations.
Added by Spidersart on Aug 27, 2014 1:01 AM
Beckie Saar Leone
Your Bio
WOW! How beautifully put and how powerful your words. It is my lucky day that you sent me the Obit for one of my memorials, that I had the pleasure to read your beautiful words. I am going to list you as one of my Friends so that I may return to find it. Thank you Deborah!
Added by Beckie Saar Leone on Aug 26, 2014 8:57 AM
Alex Colvin
Edward F. Weineke FAG # 26686134
Who is the women he is seated with? Is this Arminde Colvin? Your caption does not identify who he is with. Kind regards, A. Colvin, ajcolvin@uh.edu
Added by Alex Colvin on Aug 16, 2014 1:28 PM
Myra IV
Question
Hi Deborah!
I was just looking at some of the open photo requests for Riverview Cem ELO & it occurs to me that the entire cemetery has likely been photographed by you! You manage quite a few of these open photo request memorials, & I know it's likely that there are no headstones to photograph, as was the case with 2 of my GG grandparents, for which I was left to my own resources, but DID figure out their location & took pics with flowers & flags.
Is there any way to access plot numbers besides having Helen look each one up? I'd like to try to find locations for some of these unmarked graves...
My sister & I want to have some stones put in for our ancestors; Perhaps others may want to do the same.
Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Myra
Added by Myra IV on Aug 12, 2014 1:31 PM
Linda Hensley Greer
Ottie Mae Buchanan Purdue
Thank you Deborah Wall for all your dedication in working with Find A Grave. In my research I may have found a mistake. According to the obituary, Ottie Mae Buchanan Purdue's entombment took place at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Barboursville, Cabell, West Virginia, USA. However, U.S., Find A Grave Index, has her burial taking place at Ridgelawn Memorial Park. Hope you can check this out. Again, thank you for all you do. Linda Hensley Greer
Added by Linda Hensley Greer on Aug 11, 2014 9:26 PM
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