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John Andrew Prime (#46621252)
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Bio Photo Air Force brat, music critic at the Shreveport Times 1977-1991, military reporter there 1992-2012, local desk editor 2012-13 and from August through the end of October 2015 editorial page editor, at which time retired from Gannett. Now public information officer for the Caddo Parish Coroner and the Caddo Parish District Attorney. Co-author of a history of Barksdale Air Force Base and a book on legendary locals of Shreveport. Interest in genealogy since 1990, willing to visit Northwest Louisiana cemeteries. Fascinated by the stories of those in them, cognizant that people only pass from memory if we let them.

Unless there are historical or sentimental or research reasons disinclining me, I will transfer memorials upon request to children or grandchildren of those memorialized. More distant relationships will not guarantee transfer and are decided on a case-by-case basis.

I worked for the Shreveport Times and Gannett Louisiana newspapers almost 40 years, and secured WRITTEN permission from the state publisher to use clips from the paper with proper attribution. WRITTEN permission. Bear in mind that a literal transcription of a newspaper item is JUST as much a copyright infringement as a scan, and lacks the provenance of a scan and introduces the ugly possibility of transcription errors. Plus anything 75 years or older is in the public domain and thus free from copyright.

The bottom line: Write the publisher of your local paper and request permission to post limited scans of obituaries and pertinent news stories WITH ATTRIBUTION. Newspapers are still the best source for such records and face dwindling subscriptions and diminishing public awareness. Posting on platforms such as Find-a-Grave can only benefit. GET THE PERMISSION IN WRITING and be prepared to argue your case with the gremlins above.

I am not responsible for the manner of death of a loved one -- suicide or murder for example -- or the public attention it may have garnered at the time.

You cannot change history; it changes us.
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Sgt Thomas Jefferson Davis, III
Thank you for sponsoring this young man's memorial. I was pleased to find the articles (and photo) that you placed on his memorial.
Added by rw2009 on May 15, 2017 12:40 PM
Richard Fleming
RE: General Frank Fort Everest
Thank you! Appreciate all the help we can get! Every County in Iowa has a "Freedom Rock" which is dedicated to local Patriot Heroes, and I believe most, if not all, have artistically painted images of the famous and/or fallen! We hope to have living relatives in attendance!
Added by Richard Fleming on May 07, 2017 3:10 PM
Richard Fleming
RE: General Frank Fort Everest
Thank you!
Added by Richard Fleming on May 07, 2017 12:26 PM
Richard Fleming
RE: General Frank Fort Everest
I found the following parenthetical as a part of the biography, and I decided to take the chance that you may have living contacts with relatives of the General:

"(Official USAF Bio, suggested by John Andrew Prime)"

Thanks for your reply!
Added by Richard Fleming on May 07, 2017 12:19 PM
Richard Fleming
General Frank Fort Everest
Dear Mr. Prime:
My name is Richard Fleming and I am writing in behalf of Doris Bane, of Oakland, Iowa. Doris is a committee member regarding the Freedom Rock in Oakland, Iowa, upon which the image of Gen. Frank Fort Everest has been displayed.
Doris is making efforts to contact living relatives of Gen. Everest for upcoming dedication ceremonies. She may be contacted at
Thanking you for your attention, I remain,
Yours respectfully,
Richard Alden Fleming
Added by Richard Fleming on May 07, 2017 12:01 PM
Oliver Finley
Thanks for your message! Would you be able to send that article to me? I'd greatly appreciate it. CJ
Added by CJ on May 02, 2017 1:45 PM
Jimmy Stephens
Added by Jimmy Stephens on Apr 18, 2017 4:22 AM
Scout Finch
Rev. W. T. D. Dalzell
Thanks for the corrections and information! I do appreciate it!
Added by Scout Finch on Mar 20, 2017 5:43 PM
Milton Weiss
I would like to pick up your photo request but Sparkman Hillcrest (SH) does not like to provide burial locations to volunteers, citing privacy issues. Your cooperation is needed in order for requests to be filled. The volunteers will need you to call SH and request the location. Their phone number is 214-363-5401. Once you have the location, please add it to your request. Thanks.
Added by BassetLover on Mar 18, 2017 6:54 AM
RE: Charlotte Gertrude Tracy Blanchard
Just a note to let you know that I have now updated her Memorial with her death certificate, which states the cemetery where she was buried.

I very much appreciate your suggestion, and am pleased we now have this additional information.

Best Wishes.

Added by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2017 6:54 PM
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