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Joy Steele (#47692968)
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Bio Photo We live in the small town of Cleveland, NC, of western Rowan County, with easy access to Salisbury of Rowan Co., Statesville and other towns of Iredell County, Mocksville area in Davie Co. and most within 20 miles of us. Several cemeteries are within 5 miles of home including a few in our town.
Third Creek Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, maintains a pre-Revolutionary War cemetery as part of its grounds; I've been privileged to help update the very detailed records, totaling over 650 gravestones that are visible. The church is willing to look up information on people with grave sites whether they have a marker or not.
This area is full of historical cemeteries, some of which are still in use. Some are out-of-the-way and others are not. This means being smart with my trips to take photographs in them. Unfortunately, some requests are guesses which can lead to area volunteers wasting fuel and time trying to fill a request. I do my homework and double check the validity in the county cemetery records at our great Rowan County Library History room just to keep that from happening.
Family names being researched for my husband's paternal side are Steele, Chambers, Graham, Knox, Brandon, Cowan, Wilson, Luckey, Locke; and on his maternal side are Walker, King, Quarterman, Way, Winn, Reade. My paternal family side is Hutcheson, Launius/Lanius, Durham, Chaffin, Dudley, Chiles, Smith, and Johnson and maternal side is Ellis, Reynolds, Potts.

After several years of creating family trees for both sides in order to digitize the information from the paper and books left to us, I seem to continually have more data to add.

I will gladly transfer memorials if they are not our family. Please ask for them through the Edit tab on the memorial. And feel welcome to use my memorial photos for genealogical purposes. Just give me credit.
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Cheryl Justice
RE: Society Baptist Church Cemetery
Hi Joy,

Thank you so much for the photo of Edward Eugene Dellinger. We appreciate your help and time to go and get the photo of the headstone. God Bless!

Added by Cheryl Justice on Sep 19, 2014 12:47 PM
RE: Mary Clodfelter Swisher
Hi Joy,
I agree, we're a great team! Glen England and his wife Pati are friends of mine on Facebook - are you on there, too?
Added by Grace on Sep 19, 2014 9:13 AM
Henry Webber
Edgar & Ruby Little
Thank you so very much for the great photo's of Edgar and Ruby tombstone. I appreciate you taking your time to do this. Thanks so much, Henry
Added by Henry Webber on Sep 18, 2014 7:12 AM
Mary Clodfelter Swisher
Hi Joy,
Thanks once again for helping me "cleaning up" Society Cemetery! I added Corinne Lyerly Stroud's photo of her tombstone taken in 2009. It's sad to see how much it has deteriorated since then! Another reason it's so important to take photographs. You are doing a fantastic job!
Added by Grace on Sep 17, 2014 5:33 PM
Glen England
Re: Mary Clodfelter Swisher
Thanks so very much for your help in getting the photos of Mary's stone. I appreciate it very much.
Added by Glen England on Sep 15, 2014 4:02 PM
RE: Willie McKee Owings
Absolutely! That would be great!
Added by Grace on Sep 06, 2014 11:18 PM
Willie McKee Owings
Great job! I did what you suggested. It really DOES take a village, doesn't it?
thanks so much
Added by Grace on Sep 06, 2014 7:21 PM
Linda Armes Mott
Odom Munday & Wife's Headstone Pics
Thank you so much for the pictures of Odum Munday and his wife's headstone. Your time is greatly appreciate!

Best Wishes,
Added by Linda Armes Mott on Sep 04, 2014 10:59 PM
Kirsten B
I really appreciate your time and effort finding Francis Elizabeth Owen Hursey. I was wondering if at the time you happen to notice her husband beside her by the name of William Hussey (Hursey)? Just wondering. Thank you for any and all help!

Kirsten B.
Added by Kirsten B on Sep 03, 2014 10:00 AM
Joy, Thank you for the headstone photos for Addie Hill and the grave site for Clarence Lowrance. As always your help is appreciated. Sharon
Added by Sharon on Sep 03, 2014 8:45 AM
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