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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo I am very liberal with transfers - if you loved them or they are your friends or relatives or neighbors, just ask. Will keep my relatives, though. But, please do not ask unless you contribute more content and are going to maintain the page.

Make sure you use the EDIT Tab on top right of their page. Click on SUGGEST A CORRECTION - then ask for a transfer.
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Hollywood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia has been my project since I began on findagrave. It has now been about 13 years ago and started with looking for my GGrandparents. I had never heard of Hollywood Cemetery. My uncle told me where it was. The area around Hollywood was once a middle-class white area. This is no longer the case. Basically it is run down and slummy now.

Lincoln Properties, who owns Hollywood (and other cemeteries) is located about 5 miles away. I went to Lincoln Properties. I was the only white person there. The lady at the desk waited on a number of people while I waited and she was as nice as she could be to them. She was less than nice when it came my turn--she was as un-helpful as she could be to me. She was short and somewhat hateful toward me. Her attitude was really bad. I left mad & frustrated, vowing to list everyone buried at Hollywood. I had no idea there were over 6,000 graves there. And....there is no telling how many more are unaccounted for. A fair amount of them are unmarked. It is just out of downtown Atlanta and is in deplorable condition. I did not want those there to be forgotten. Lincoln has all the records but will not share with me or anyone else. My son & grandson went up into the roughest part (which is woods) taking pictures for me, many thousands of them. A few years later, James Stephens contacted me, wanting to help. Bless his heart, for three years, he systematically searched every inch of the three huge corners and the tiered section. Everything I had not added, he did. He went through tons of kudzu, briers, vines, falling into holes, digging out markers totally covered in dirt and debris, etc. Walls are crumbling due to neglect. You cannot imagine it's condition until you go there. If your relative at Hollywood does not have a marker picture showing, there isn't a marker for them. Still I work on it, literally every day, linking folks to their relatives. I treat each person there as if they are my relative, working to connect them to family members. If you can help in any way, please contact me. You can also go to James' website - www.stephensroots.com, then go to OTHER to get to the ariel maps of Hollywood. He has set and sectioned it off where you can find relatives with markers more easily. It is a jungle out there and in not such a nice neighborhood. Caution is advised.
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PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, no one knows you are out there. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
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The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are 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. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers 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 they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.

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L Ferree
Josephine Wood
Others in Lot 198 with Josephine: Ducie Cook (stone says Docia, Memorial# 138473916), Dessie McKeown (buried as Dessie M. Wood - Memorial# 138476580), Rev W E Wood (William, brother of Dessie and Josephine, Memorial# 138473445), C F Wood (no dates in records, I believe this to be their mother, Georgia, as she isn't otherwise listed. Memorial# 138478631),
and Effie Mae Wood, Memorial# 138485299.

Both daughters - Dessie and Josephine - are buried under their maiden names, although they are listed under married names in their brother and aunt's obituaries. Josephine Shugart is listed as "widowed" on 1930 census, although John Shugart is listed as her husband on her D/C and he did not died until 1956.

1880 census shows them in Alabama. 3 children: Jose, Joseph, and Dessie. I'm guessing father Elijah died there, and perhaps Joseph as well.

Lot 199 has Esther Cook along with members of the Pilgrim and Harris families, and Marie Farmer.

Remember during your work that we aren't allowed to post obits as photos, but can transcribe the text. I think the only docs we are allowed to post are death certificates.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you find out more.

Added by L Ferree on Aug 24, 2016 6:39 AM
L Ferree
Wood / Shugart
Thanks, Judy. I've sent the other contributor a message.
Added by L Ferree on Aug 23, 2016 8:39 AM
Pamela
Grady Reynolds
Now I see the citation--thank you so much!
Added by Pamela on Aug 22, 2016 7:06 PM
Pamela
Grady Reynolds
Thanks for the newspaper articles. Would you happen to know the name of the newspaper and the date of the article?
Added by Pamela on Aug 22, 2016 6:59 PM
Fay C. Leonard
RE: Martha Brown
Thanks so much!
Fay
Added by Fay C. Leonard on Aug 11, 2016 4:08 PM
mapo
John S Waits
Thank you for the transfer :)
Added by mapo on Aug 09, 2016 9:07 PM
Debi Pace
Allie Hancock
Thank you for the transfer, I hope to connect all the siblings of my Grandfather Sam Eakins! Thank you for all the hard work adding the memorials!.
Debi
Added by Debi Pace on Aug 08, 2016 4:55 PM
Beth Presley
RE: Charles G. Ferguson
Sorry, I keep forgetting that the owner of the memorial cannot change things that others have submitted!
Added by Beth Presley on Aug 06, 2016 6:40 PM
Patsy Conlon
Marietta O'Neal Estes
Thank you so much for the edit. Your are a sweetie
So much appreciated. :)
Patsy
Added by Patsy Conlon on Aug 01, 2016 9:44 AM
Love in Family
carl shiflet
thank you so much of the family links to carl's memorial. Thank you for all you do with find a grave.
Added by Love in Family on Jul 30, 2016 4:48 PM
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