After Clifford was killed, Doris returned with their daughters to her hometown of Dillon, SC. An attempt, I assume, to rebuild their lives. They married very young. Aged 18yrs and 15yrs respectively. So, at 20 yrs old, Doris found herself a war widow with two young girls. Yes, it's almost Shakespearean in its tragedy. Doris, as you may have noticed since you contributed her headstone photo, also lost her father at about the same age as Linda and Barbara. Doris comes of age, marries her prince charming and promptly loses him to battlefield heroism in southeast Asia. Doris and the girls have only very recently been discovered by descendants of Clifford's side of the family. As far as we can deduce from records, Linda grew up to marry and raise 3 sons in the Dillon-SC area. Linda passed in 2013. Barbara is still living, as far as we know, in the Dillon area. It appears, however, that Barbara never married nor had children and became a spinster. We believe Barbara is around 73 years of age now and living alone in the Dillon area. It appears that no one is aware that they have family up north or that their father/grandfather was a certified war hero. I come to this conclusion from the errors made in Linda Wray's obituary of 2013. I believe they think Clifford's name was "Justin", not Jeston.
I do not intend to request a transfer for Doris' memorial as she was my Aunt by law. But, with her very tragic life story, I felt it was my duty to clarify some of the mystery behind her headstone. Lest people assume that Doris was Douglas Cheek's wife or sister and not his daughter. Thank you for caring for Doris' memorial. She too, sacrificed so much for the safety of our nation. I too, have no doubt, that Clifford's heroism was driven by his desire to make it back home to his wife and daughters.
Doris Cheek Whittington Doris was laid to rest next to her father Douglas Cheek, who apparently also died at 23yrs old. Consecutive tragedies. Doris' husband was buried in Concord, NC. It took 4 years for her husbands body to be returned stateside from the battlefield. So she was denied the opportunity to bury her husband. He was buried a year after her death. Unbelievably tragic.
Doris Cheek Whittington Thank you for managing # 106659150. Doris had a very short, tragic life. She died of an acute illness (cervical cancer) 3 years after her husband was killed in combat in WWII. Together, they left behind two very young daughters.
RE: Request to transfer management of FAG for Millard Houston Beckworth Thank you so much, and for all the work you have done for Find A Grave. I was born in Georgetown, SC, so appreciate another Low Country girl's efforts. I was contacted on Ancestry.com for a DNA match with Millard by his granddaughter (Millard and his wife were divorced when he died and his wife and children lived in Calf.) and the granddaughter knew nothing about him. I hope to write a bio and will link him with his parents, grandparents on up the family tree. Let me know if I can do anything for you up in the Washington, DC area. I live in Laurel, MD -- between Washington and Baltimore. Take care.
Request to transfer management of FAG for Millard Houston Beckworth Hi Patti, my name is Dorothy Beckworth D'Antoni. I am the first cousin of Millard Houston Beckworth. His father and my father, Shinar Matthew Beckworth were brothers. I am either creating Find A Grave memorials for all my relatives, or updating those that are already created with additional family information as I verify the info. I have been able to link starting with my mom and dad a lot of our family's Find A Grave memorials actually all the way back to my 5X great grandfather who arrived in Dorchester County Maryland in 1669 from Colonial Virginia. Hope to have our entire genealogy linked as information is found. I would like to be able to write a memorial more personal that just a picture of his death announcement from the newspaper. Millard (his family called him "Baby" -- he was the youngest in the family) and link him to his parent's Find A Grave memorial. Thank you for the work you do for Find A Grave.
Crawfords in Andrews Memorial Cemetery Hello Patti, I saw you uploaded headstone pictures to relatives of mine and it seemed a bush was over taking them, someone uploaded ones where you can read them, would you remove yours please so there's picture room if someone would like to upload a picture of them please and thank you!
Medie Maryland Crawford - #59235493 Ollie Neal Crawford - #59235431