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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo My most important projects are Hollywood Cemetery & Oakland (Atlanta City) Cemetery in Atlanta.

Thousands of hours have been spent working on Hollywood alone. The cemetery is in terrible condition due to the owner just not caring about those buried there. Much of it has re-forested itself to prolific growth conditions since 1970 when it was once again sold.

I add names to many cemeteries, but mostly work on Oakland and Hollywood. I research the names as if they were my own family, trying to add full names, maiden names, full dates, birth and death places and linking them to family members. I also search for parents when they are buried elsewhere, so they can be linked to them. I knew many of them had to be kin to each other of those buried there.

If I have added your family members (or friends) and they are not mine, I will gladly transfer them to you to maintain. Right now, I am not transferring Hollywood names, as I am still working on it. I will be happy to add anything that you wish to their pages, though.

Note: Unless you use the Edit button to ask for transfers (please do not ask on my bio page), your request will be ignored. Please do it correctly, as it makes your request much easier to fulfill. Also, if you are a member for a few days, do not ask for groups of transfers. The idea is to maintain the pages, not simply gather relatives and then forget about them.
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Direct line surnames are: Brantley, Ansley, Payne, Jarrett, Sherrill, Peacock, Smith, Springfield, Wilson, Langston, Styles, Sturdivant, Smithwick, Linder, Duncan, Costler & Stallings.
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Many we love have passed away too soon.....without reason.

We remember them often in a thousand different ways....In the morning.....in the night, when we look at the stars.....a date....a song.....a place. In memory of all those who left us all too soon. We will get to see you again some day.
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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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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, they do not know you are out there somewhere. 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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clyde shamlee
Lewis transfer
Thank you for the transfer of Henrietta & Theodore
Lewis to me. I will take very good care.

Clyde Shamlee
Added by clyde shamlee on Oct 22, 2014 11:12 AM
"Stardust"
Darius & Ina May (Anderson) Hungerford
THANK YOU so very much for your kind transfer of these memorials to my care.

With my sincere appreciation,
Added by "Stardust" on Oct 21, 2014 6:03 PM
Beatrice Elder
David L. Watts
David L. Watts died on June 25, 1999, yet the obituaries give the death yer as 1994.

Do you have a way of correcting this error.

Added by Beatrice Elder on Oct 16, 2014 11:11 AM
Benae Williams Hogan
Love the bio!
Just wanted to stop in and say hello. Your bio really jumped out at me. If I were to change the name and the names of the cemeteries, it could be my bio! I'm amazed at how "like-minded" we are.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi and thank you for all you do to make Find A Grave a better place for everyone, now and in the years to come.

Be blessed,
Benae
Added by Benae Williams Hogan on Oct 16, 2014 9:19 AM
BJ
Dickey Graves
Thanks much for the transfers...

Barb
Added by BJ on Oct 12, 2014 12:19 AM
Carol
Dora Wells
Find A Grave Memorial# 90831839.
According to the 1880 Census she was born in 1866 in Georgia. Can you add her birth year to her memorial?

Thanks,
Carol Burnham
Added by Carol on Oct 04, 2014 9:32 PM
ajmexico
Porter Plot Oakland Cemetery
Hi, I noticed your photo on memorial 55163404.

It appears that significant damage took place between my visit and photo in March 2013, and yours in November 2013. (See photo of same obelisk with memorial 55163462.

Do you have any idea (1) what caused this. Vandalism? and (2) whether it has been repaired at all?

Thank you.
Added by ajmexico on Oct 03, 2014 9:23 AM
JoAnn Allen
Nancy Octavia Scoggins Dewberry
#25473528, Hollywood Cemetery, Atlanta, GA

I am trying to determine if this is one of my relatives. I have a Octavia Nancy Scoggins in my family tree, but have been unable to find out anything about her. YOu indicate you have a death certificate for the name subject above -- could you possibly scan and send me a copy of it? So far, the only thing I have found on my Octavia is 3 children and a census that shows her as single. The children are not the same names as the one shown on your Nancy Octavia. I would appreciate any help you can give me.
Regards,
JoAnn Allen
Added by JoAnn Allen on Oct 02, 2014 11:48 AM
kay stafford
RE: corrections
well, with my age and health (that's an old picture on my bio page), I'm getting concerned about maintenance of my memorials, particularly those at my home church south of Atlanta.
Added by kay stafford on Oct 01, 2014 9:33 AM
kay stafford
corrections
when a contributor is AWOL, do I use the edit process or is there a way to go direct to Find A Grave editors?
Added by kay stafford on Oct 01, 2014 7:20 AM
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