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Virgil & DeAnna C. Cooley (#36950484)
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Bio Photo FINDAGRAVE guidelines strictly prohibit using anything - shaving cream, flour, cornstarch, any abrasive substance or scraping of headstone. Please refer to the FAQs (Frequently asked questions).

PLEASE DO NOT post picture of grave stone that any of the above methods used for better picture to any memorial we have posted. Thank you!

TRANSFERS: Per FaG guidelines.

For corrections or linking please use EDIT tab - right upper corner on each memorial.

Most all our memorials were made when we walked cemetery and recorded from stone. We prefer to leave names as they were recorded from stone and enter suggested names added to bio section.*** FaG guidelines per names as follows (dies not mention the old custom of wife dying husbands name - will check further; however for time being, names will be left as we recorded from stone.

***Memorial Naming Conventions
If a hyphen or an apostrophe is part of the name, use the punctuation.
A period should be used after names where only an initial is known. If the full name is known, use the full name and not the initial.
No other punctuation should be used within any Name Field.
Full capitalization (ALL-CAPS) of names should not be used in any Name Field.
Suffixes and Prefixes do not belong in any Name Field.

First Name
First name of the deceased. Put the entire first name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial.

Middle Name
Middle name of deceased. Put the entire middle name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial.

Nickname of deceased, if known; the nickname is automatically placed in quotes.

Maiden Name
Maiden name of a married individual, if known (otherwise leave blank); the maiden name is automatically italicized and should only be used if the individual was married and took the spouse's last name as their new last name. If the deceased was never married, then the last name should be placed in the "Last Name" field, NOT in the "Maiden Name" field.

Last Name
Last Name as you would find it on the tombstone, if the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings please place this information in the bio and use the family links. Do not include honorary or other suffixes in the Last Name field.

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William Maurice Dickerson
I recently asked that his second wife entry be removed and was declined. In response to the declination, I wanted to give you the reason. My dad's wife WAS Opal Borruff Dickerson but he also had a sister in law named Opal Dickerson. She was married to my fathers brother Raymond Dickerson who is NOT deceased at this time. The entry on his information is that of his sister in law, NOT his wife. I am searching for his WIFES information to enter. It was not just to remove her as part of his history, but to put the correct information in its place. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I appreciate all of your work very much. God bless
Added by Penny on Sep 08, 2014 12:12 PM
Duplicate Memorials., etc.
I couldn't agree more with your recent comments to another subscriber regarding civility and kindness when dealing with edits/corrections/duplicates. I don't personally know any Find-A-Graver who deliberately creates memorials under dubious circumstances. All of those I have come across strive for accuracy, honesty, and perfection. Of course mistakes can be made and I have unknowingly made them myself (tho I am always ready to correct any to the best of my ability if contacted), but the world would be a much better place if we would give people the benefit of the doubt and show kindness and politeness in our comments.
Added by Karat57 on Aug 27, 2014 9:52 PM
RE: Newspaper
I hope you don't mind my adding more relationship links and extra info on the EDIT tab such as birthrates, middle names. I'm doing this for very special friends who lost their sister in June and their mother a few years ago. Also ran across my mother's neighbor, so adding more info on her & family. As you previously asked me for source information, here is one:
I can give you more documentation on others if you wish.
Added by Betty on Aug 20, 2014 10:00 PM
RE: Nickname for Samuel McMahan 5572394
I'm not sure how FaQ handles two nicknames. Perhaps one in bio and one with the usual " ", the way you have it. My assumption is the parents and family called him Sonny and he went by Tim with others/friends (or the military as you mention). It is a honor for him to have two markers.
I've noticed some people who were in the military have two markers.
Added by Betty on Aug 17, 2014 6:46 PM
On a more friendly note (and nothing to do with Find A Grave), I found this tidbit of info interesting about John Chandler:

"As the Civil War approached, the crafty Southern advocate John Chandler arranged a hasty marriage with a Unionist wife, Anne Wayland Erwin, and left her in charge of the plantation. Union soldiers camped out on the property and occupied the mansion, while sparing it. Two Confederates trying to murder the master of the house were killed just inside the front door. "

Sad about the children perishing in the fire.

Added by Betty on Aug 17, 2014 6:34 PM
RE: Double Message
No need for me to delete your duplicate messages to me. Smiles. I didn't post them.

As a "newbie" here, I've noticed arrogance fits the other side too. Not necessarily from you, but from others to other "newbies." Fortunately, I have found other contributors are more gentle to me with my "newbie" mistakes. I've also learned in the past several months many people have their own way of interpreting the guidelines.

People who post on the forums often mention contributors who like to add numbers to their repertory and take pride in their numbers -- because you took such offense about the duplicate Chandler memorials (both of which you posted), what else was I supposed to think? I erred and used wrong language (that you call arrogant) when I suggested you combine the two. I'm a retired teacher and try to be clear in making requests to combine duplicates, especially those posted by the same contributor. I didn't expect you to lash out at me. I apologize again.

Remember, you were new here 13.5 years ago, there were many fewer people on Find a Grave. I hope everyone you encountered here back then were gracious to you about your newbie-errors, IF you made errors then. Also the guidelines and rules have changed throughout the years.

Trust me, I won't ever post any EDITS or comments on your memorials. While working on another family group (making relationship links) I skipped a person because she was "your" memorial. I don't need duplicate messages from you scolding me for my "arrogance" or demanding me to give you the source. Sources cannot be given via the EDIT tab.

Congratulations on being here 13.5 years! May you continue to be here another 13.5 years and receive more FAME ratings.
Added by Betty on Aug 17, 2014 6:09 PM
RE: Samuel Timothy Chandler McMahan
Excuse me! I checked my mailing system, and I used only two Find A Grave Corrections with you. I apologize for two "corrections" being excessive. The EDIT tabs do not show how to mention there are duplicates.

You stated a length of time elapsed before the duplicate memorials were posted. You also said "the contributor of the duplicate memorial is the one you should contact." BOTH were posted by you the same day: "Record added: Jun 26, 2001" Perhaps I should have sent a MERGE message to edit rather than contacting you.

I followed the FAQ guidelines/rules by suggesting the second memorial be deleted. Again, I apologize for not using proper language terminology with you, and apologize for even bothering you and hurting your numbers by suggesting you combine your duplicates.

You wanted sources, I'm glad to give you sources! However the EDIT tabs do not have a place to add sources. So seems, damned if I do, damned if I don't. One correction was the duplicates (both of which you added) -- no source was needed, all you had to do was look at the two memorials. The second correction was to mention two husbands of Mary E. Chandler (nee Smith). Oops, didn't mention the source.

Here is the source about Mary E. Chandler (maiden name Smith)
The EDIT tabs I used on her were to add her maiden name Smith.

I also have been sending emails back and forth with a very pleasant person who is descended from the Chandler family, and has a wealth of information about his ancestors who are buried in and around Sevier County and other places in Tennessee and other states.

You said: "I, seemingly like others, seem to be receiving multiple recommendations from you - without source. " Are you discussing/dissing me with others in a private forum? Ouch! Maybe I should slink away and leave Find a Grave to you and others who have over ten thousand memorials. But, honestly, why should I?

Is it your personal rule not to make family links?

I have made a note to myself not to make Edits or Corrections on YOUR memorials. You will not hear from me again.

On a more pleasant note, I did find it very interesting that the Chandlers are connected with the Wheatlands plantation.
Added by Betty on Aug 17, 2014 4:22 PM
Chris Hammond
Robert Lee Harville
Do you happen to know if Robert Lee Harville has any living direct descendants? I would love to track down a World War I photo of him or information about his wound from the war and medals. Thanks!

Added by Chris Hammond on Aug 10, 2014 8:49 PM
Judy Curnell
Thank you!
Thank you for visiting my son Virgil! Judy
Added by Judy Curnell on Jul 30, 2014 4:50 AM
Nancy Arnold Thompson
Martha Curnutt
Thank you for sponsoring Martha's memorial. She was a brave and courageous person

I thought the broadcast went very well and have been eagerly waiting for it to come out. Cynthia Nixon is my cousin and I spent a couple of days with her and her entourage while they were filming in in Jefferson City. I was allowed to sit in on the filming of the segment with Gary Kremer at the Archives. It was fascinating to watch these professionals work.

Exciting times!

Added by Nancy Arnold Thompson on Jul 24, 2014 7:29 AM
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