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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo Please feel free to copy and use any of my photos, for non-profit use. Credit would be nice, but that is up to you.

I am a history buff, especially Memphis history. I have an interest in Memphis entrepreneurs, philanthropists and notorious citizens.

People often ask why I enjoy graving:
1. I love history. Beneath every headstone is a story, and someone worthy of remembering.
2. Cemeteries are rarely crowded.
3. Cemeteries never charge admission.
4. Cemeteries are generally nice, clean and well kept. Like a very nice walk in the park.
5. Genealogy should be free. I hope the stuff I post is helpful to others.

My favorite FindaGrave project was finding all the co-conspirators associated with the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Children's Home Society (1927-1950). Georgia Tann, the infamous "Baby Thief" and Black Market kidnapper, seller (and killer) of children was the head of one of the darkest parts of Memphis history. She, and her story are not ‘famous' according to Find-A-Grave, although she stole, sold, trafficked and caused the deaths of over 5,000 children. (More lives effected than Al Capone even thought about).
Mary Tyler Moore won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Tann in the television movie, "Stolen Babies," 1993.
Georgia Tann
Judge Camille Kelley Juvenile Court Judge who removed parental rights, and gave Georgia the papers needs to traffic children.
Abe Waldauer Memphis City Attorney under Boss Crump who changed laws to keep the Home running. Also, Georgia Tann's personal attorney.
Boss E. H. Crump The Political Clout, and Memphis Mayor.
Ann Atwood Hollinsworth Lesbian lover and adopted daughter of Georgia Tann, and Part Time helper at the home.


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I have recently retired and will be spending more time in the cemeteries around Memphis during the day. The picture includes Pepper, who adopted me in 2002. She Passed away December 27, 2013, and loved to join me graving too.

With the help of Margie Collins, we have tried to capture all burials at Stephensons Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. I grew up attending church there, and have lots of family at the cemetery.

My current project is Forest Hill Cemetery-Midtown. I have been working on one section at a time. The sections complete at this time: A, AA A Ext, B,B Ext, C, D, 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,15,14,16,16A,19, 19B, 25, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 34A. If you are working there, let me add your sections to the list, so we don't duplicate efforts.

If you have info on anyone I have added, please let me know. If you are kin or friends to anyone, I will gladly transfer, on request. Happy Graving!
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Messages left for Neil Loftiss (320)[Leave Message]
Janice Mayo
Emma Schmittou
Thank you so much for transferring my great grandmother to me...I appreciate it very much and I appreciate all the work you do....This is quite addicting...right? LOL
Added by Janice Mayo on Apr 13, 2014 2:44 PM
Janis
Andrew and Georgia Shoults
Thank you so much for the pictures of my great grandparents. It means a lot to me to see their headstones. Thank you for your time.
Added by Janis on Apr 02, 2014 4:08 PM
Peace, Comfort and Hugs, Brenda & Wendy
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Thank you so much for finding and submitting Leigh Ellen's plot number! Hope you have a lovely and safe week..
Added by Peace, Comfort and Hugs, ... on Mar 31, 2014 7:14 AM
Janet S. Alvis
Simer
Thank you so much! Much appreciated ;)
Added by Janet S. Alvis on Mar 06, 2014 4:29 PM
PPC
Lester and Bivian Turner
Thank you for transferring Lester and Bivian Turner to me! Thank you also for all of the work you do for findagrave! Patricia
Added by PPC on Mar 06, 2014 1:59 PM
Barbara Frame
John Cobb
Thank you for adding the information for John and linking him to his parents. Barbara
Added by Barbara Frame on Mar 03, 2014 1:37 PM
Brad
Talmage Powell
Thanks for the transfer.
Added by Brad on Feb 25, 2014 9:53 AM
David Johnson
RE: Decatur Bainbridge Maynard
Thank you so much for transferring this memorial to me. I have been doing much research as well for the past 18 years. I really do appreciate your help. Thank you so much, Dave
Added by David Johnson on Feb 24, 2014 10:17 AM
ranny
Rebecca Ann Daniel McKeel
Thanks for the updates!
Randy O'Guin, ranny 47208269

So sorry to hear about Pepper.
Added by ranny on Feb 17, 2014 2:38 AM
Victoria McCoy
Stovall
Thank you very much for the transfer.
Victoria McCoy
Added by Victoria McCoy on Feb 01, 2014 6:33 AM
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