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Bobby Hunt (#47510951)
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Bio Photo I am a Navy veteran, special operations, retiring as a senior enlisted.

Eastern Cemetery, Jefferson County, KY became a special place to me, due to its history of abuse and neglect. I tried to find some way that I could help ensure that those interred there were not forgotten, and decided to attempt to photograph every readable memorial within the cemetery as my own small way of honorably remembering those people buried there.

I have always believed that those at Eastern Cemetery belong with their families, no matter how distant the link. Feel free to contact me regarding photographs, entries, or about Eastern Cemetery. I have walked the entire cemetery, and crawled through heavy undergrowth in search of markers. I have also researched burial maps, burial records and databases for names, and have input any that I have found.

Feel free to use any of the memorial photos I've placed on findagrave without regard to giving me credit. Having my name in "lights" doesn't interest me. If there isn't a photo on an entry I made, that means it's from records and I haven't found a memorial.

Management of most of my records has been transferred to a friend. I will no longer be involved in findagrave unless it has to do with Eastern Cemetery; I have finally given up on the website due to the emails from those only interested in numbers, claiming "ownership" of cemeteries, or just the general overall rudeness and apparent lack of common sense or intelligence of some. Findagrave, as a website, has lost its way.

To those who send a somewhat snarky message to my profile page, and don't have the courage to post your public message link or an email where I may contact you in a civilized manner, read the above paragraph.

"You have never lived 'til you've almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know."
United States Navy, Special Operations
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Joe Catlett DeStefano
Thank you!
Mr. Hunt, thank you for both your service to our Country, and to the families of Eastern Cemetery.
I very much appreciate the information you provided Adele about the goings-on at Eastern. I understand that you added my Gr-Gr-Grandfather's memorial (Find A Grave Memorial# 89357504, William Elzie Garrett) to the system based on records, but since there was no photo, it is highly likely that he is one of the numerous, ahem, "misplaced" remains? Hopefully, over the years the remains will be recovered, and the resting place adequately marked. For now, I'm thankful to know someone is doing something about caring for the place, since my distance precludes it. God bless.
Added by Joe Catlett DeStefano on Dec 07, 2014 1:14 PM
RE: Eastern Cemetery
Let's see ... just to set the record straight, I don't have a map of, but I know where is, the cemetery. I just walked around ... a lot ... several times. In 2008, I was here and most likely unfamiliar with Find-A-Grave. I kind of remember when Eastern Cemetery came under scrutiny and thinking that it was rather disgusting and disrespectful and hurtful to those buried there and their families.
Added by Adele on Dec 07, 2014 10:02 AM
RE: Eastern Cemetery
In answer to each of your replies:

(1) I started off trying to find the grave by section & row numbers. I got nuthin'. Then I did a lot of walking (but no crawling around in the brush). After a couple of hours, I gave it up ... for the time being. I was going to go back, but in view of what you've said, I won't and will, in fact, unclaim it. I will, however, let Ms 'J' know of you, in case she has any questions.

(2) I'm not in competition, either. Never did me any good to compete with anyone about anything, anyway. :-) I'm doing this because I came across - without seeking it - photos of my parents' graves, which I really appreciated (not that I didn't have my own, but still, it's nice to see someone posted them). I thought maybe I could pay it forward.
Added by Adele on Dec 07, 2014 8:37 AM
RE: Eastern Cemetery
Hi, Bobby. I did claim it, yes, but I feel unsuccessful in having been able to help. I did, however, reported the problem with a link to an article about the deplorable state of the cemetery. I'd also emailed the person who'd made the request, Ms J. Catlett-DeStefano (#48414875), though I didn't hear back from her. That was Thanksgiving week.

I am new at this but will be happy to unclaim it and let you claim it ... or just turn it over to you, if that's how it's done (just tell me how) and perhaps you can help out better than I.
Added by Adele on Dec 07, 2014 7:47 AM
Thank you for the updates!
Added by Honor on Dec 02, 2014 10:24 AM
Debbie McGinley
Thank you for photo
Thank you for adding the photo of Quentin Nelson (43086280), I had seen him mentioned in his brother's obit and was thankful to find the photo.
Added by Debbie McGinley on Nov 21, 2014 9:35 AM
Mary B
RE: Thank you
I appreciate your kindness!

If I should get back out there I'll definitely get in touch with you first.

One thing I'm not sure about is if the marker is actually over where he is... I read that many more people rest at Eastern than should, some 'stacked'.

Needless to say that wasn't very nice of them.

Thanks again.
Added by Mary B on Nov 18, 2014 9:48 AM
Mary B
Thank you
Bobby, it has been many years since I visited my father's grave (due to the situation at Eastern and its disrepair it was very difficult to locate his grave, which was unmarked at the time.

That day I finally got to say goodbye to him, and planted some sweet alyssum on his final resting place.

Today I looked and when I saw your photo of his marker, it made me feel so good to see him acknowledged. I thank you, most sincerely, for taking that photo.

Added by Mary B on Nov 17, 2014 9:07 PM
Louisville Crematory
Why do you have double pages for some people in this cemetery? Would you please either delete or combine the same memorials? It's very confusing to have two memorials for the same person. Here are 2 of them that are the same people 125531437,125531436 and 125517302,125517301.
Added by cryptkeeper on Nov 11, 2014 9:18 AM
Jayne Dunn

I've moved both of the Regenauers to Resthaven.

Added by Jayne Dunn on Oct 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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