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Neil Loftiss (#47136115)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 23 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.

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. If you, or your family have connections with Stephenson Chapel, join our FaceBook group:

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, 20, 25, 26, 31, 31 West, 31 East, 33A, 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 (369)[Leave Message]
eve andre evans
your fine work
dear sir ,
my name is eve andre evans and i was directed to find a grave by my distant cousin miss tambra andre. through her link i found pictures you originally took of my grandparents yeary andre and gladys andre gravesites in forest hill cemetary midtown. i have not ever visited them there because we moved from memphis to atlanta, ga. in 1969 and for various reasons i wasnt certain where they had been interred. because of your lovely photos i finally got to see both sites as well as other important relatives.. some of which i was unaware. i want to thank you for this wonderful gift you unknowingly granted me. what you do is so very important. bless you sir!
sincerely, eve andre evans
Added by eve andre evans on Jan 24, 2015 8:24 PM
Beatrice Bennett
Earl T. Stevens
Neil. I thank you so very much for transferring Uncle Earl's memorial to me. Now I can add to it. I didn't ask for Ada May's, but I appreciate it. She was very good to my young cousin after Aunt Eugenia died and Norma lived with Uncle Earl and Ada May.

Thanks again and have a great week...Bea.
Added by Beatrice Bennett on Dec 01, 2014 7:51 AM
Irma Hale
Ruby Hale
Thanks very much for attaching the photo.
Added by Irma Hale on Nov 29, 2014 7:52 AM
Cindy D.
Annie Mae Arnold
Thank you for the transfer, it was very thoughtful. I don't know of any other family members that you may have, but I appreciate you offering to transfer them as well.
Added by Cindy D. on Nov 09, 2014 4:16 PM
Cindy D.
Ernest & Annie Mae Arnold
Thank you for the photos in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown & also for adding Annie Mae's memorial. I had no clue where she was buried or when she died. You've definitely helped me fill in some blanks. I really appreciate it!
Added by Cindy D. on Nov 09, 2014 3:49 PM
Rudell M Warren # 117846882

I'm related to Rudell M Warren # 117846882. If not related, would you please consider transferring this memorial to me?
I am kristibird # 46971268.

Thank you,
Jerry Moore
Added by Kristibird on Nov 03, 2014 6:54 PM
RE: Stella Wallace and Sally Huddleston
Thanks again.

Without wanting to offend, is it possible to crop the photos without the shoe?


Thanks again for all you do.

Added by Phil on Oct 24, 2014 9:38 AM
RE: Stella Wallace and Sally Huddleston
Are you certain enough for me to note on their pages "unmarked." Thanks.
Added by Phil on Oct 24, 2014 9:30 AM
Stella Wallace and Sally Huddleston
Thanks for the photos this morning. Did you happen to see the Tanners?

Added by Phil on Oct 24, 2014 9:26 AM
J.D. Jones
Mary Romelda Bishop McClintock
Hello! I've just left an edit for my great aunt, Mary Romelda Bishop McClintock. The date of birth is wrong on her stone - her husband was so grief stricken, he gave the birthday of their daughter (Jan. 21) instead of Aunt Romelda's which was June 21. Thanks for the clarification. John D. Jones
Added by J.D. Jones on Oct 21, 2014 3:18 PM
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