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Richard Mayo (#47858066)
 member for 4 years, 8 months, 4 days
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Bio Photo I'am just an old retired Cowboy:
If there is anyway i can help someone just let me know, I'am a proud born again Christian who Loves Jesus with all my Heart, am willing to talk to anyone about Him, so if you just need to chat we will sit around the camp fire and Chat away, send me a msg.

"Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past." (Deuteronomy 32:7 "

"Speak the Truth in Love" (Ephesians 4:15)

Each one of us should always remember we are working with people's love and emotion, when dealing with their dearly departed- let's work together in kindness and say a Prayer along the way

Keep these words in mind as you pass thru a cemetery
"Remember me as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you soon will be, spend well your time with God before it's your time to follow me."

My simple Cowboy Prayer:
Oh Lord, I reckon I'm not much.I fail a lot of things You know I ought to do. but when I make my last ride and get life's final call, my only hope will be, For me to hear You say " COME ON MY CHILD IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO RIDE WITH ME'

Here is my motto:
If one lives in the heart's of those they leave behind, With Jesus by their side,then truly they do not die, for they are not lost to memory! And never lost to love! But gone to be with our Father in His house above!

To the broken hearted who are left behind, we extend sympathy. We can only remind you that they are not dead, rather simply asleep-resting after a long and well-spent life here. Though they are gone their record has been made and is written in the Book of Life Which God will Open and read aloud someday, and their memory will remain with you a lasting treasure.

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Johnny Ray Thigpen
Joseph Crittenden Thigpen's missing grandson
Hi Richard
I am Johnny Ray Thigpen, Find A Grave member# 48653173, I was born, reared and live in Lauderdale County Alabama. I am sending this for information, history and the connection of one of your distant (lost) cousins to Oklahoma.
Joseph Crittenden Thigpen (1832-1907 Find A Grave #34760877)was my 3rd great-grandfather. He had a son Gilford Riley Thigpen (b. Luaderdale County, AL 1862 d. Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas 1929 Find A Grave# 62678823) that is not listed on his Find A Grave memorial site.
Gilford Riley married Sarah Ellen Darr on 19 Dec 1886 in her hometown of Charleston, Franklin County, Arkansas.
They had 2 children in Charleston,AR before moving to Hopkins, Texas. The second child, William T Thigpen (27 Aug 1889-06 Nov 1969)is listed as 10 years old in a Justice Precinct4, Hopkins, Texas 1900 federal Cencus.
He is never again mentioned or connected to the Thigpen family.
On 05 Jun 1917 he registers of the WWI draft using the following information: William Murray Thomas, single, age 27, b. 27 Aug 1889 in Charleston, Arkansas. Present address: Caney, Kansas and employed by American Zinc Co.
He is known as William Murray Thomas the rest of his life.
He serves in WWI.
The next time he shows up is on the 1930 Federal Census as being 41 years old, married to Arla Belle Terrill (Find A Grave #82163994) and living in Strike AX, Osage, Oklahoma.
In the 1940 Federal Census he is listed as 50 years old and staying with his father-in-law in Collinsville, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He died in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 06 Nov 1969 and is buried at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Collinsville, Tulsa, Oklahoma Find A Grave#82165895.

I had my DNA done a little over a year ago and shortly there after I was contacted by a lady that lives right out of Houston that was excited to have heard of someone with the name Thigpen. She said the only place she had ever heard of it was from her grandfather and the only thing she knew was that he had left the Corpus Christi,TX area as a young man and changed his name to Thomas because "he was tired of everyone teasing him about his name". I stumbled across this information last month and sent it to her.
As many Thigpen's as there are strewed across Texas it funny that someone looking for that name could not find it. Even a former First Lady of Texas (soon to be First Lady of Energy) is a Thigpen.
I know this is long but hope it will be of interest to someone.
My family tree, Johnny Ray Thigpen family tree, is public on if anyone interested.

Added by Johnny Ray Thigpen on Jan 24, 2017 11:33 AM
Love your picture,
and your message. I am from Texas for 4 and 5 generations on both sides. I think cowboys are some of the very best Americans. Thanks.
Added by JYZ on Jan 20, 2017 2:25 PM
John Fletcher Elder, Sr.
Thank you, Richard.
Mr Elder's memorial looks very nice!
- Carolyn, in Pipe Creek TX
Added by CWDavis on Jan 13, 2017 8:01 AM
Rachel Salsman
Want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful safe New Year
Added by Rachel Salsman on Dec 19, 2016 6:26 PM
Kathy Kitchens
John L. Kitchens, Sr.
Hi Richard, this is Kathy Kitchens, we've spoken in the past. I just wanted to ask you to add one thing to your memorial for my great great grandfather, John L. Kitchens, please. He was first married to Patsey French in Kentucky in 1807, she must have died before he moved to Illinois because he married Mary (Polly) Rottan in 1810. Mary would be the wife of his children. He did name his first daughter after his first wife. You'll notice in the Texas census 1860 or 1870 that Patsey is 24 years younger than Charles. And in his will he names Patsey as his daughter. Thank you so much for all the work you put into Find A Grave. I appreciate it very much as I'm sure many people do. Keep up the good work and perhaps we shall talk again. Kathy
Added by Kathy Kitchens on Nov 08, 2016 12:46 PM
Rachel Salsman
RE: Tom Ham
How goes the camp fires this year?
Added by Rachel Salsman on Aug 02, 2016 5:22 PM
RE: Eva Velma Baker Webb
Thanks again, really appreciate it and all your help.

Added by Grave_Walker on Jul 17, 2016 10:49 PM
PJH / Angelbird
Jessie Mayo
Hi Richard - Thank you for the edits and especially for sending the source for your info. That saves a ton of time. Appears you may be related. I'll happily transfer management if you are. Regards, Phyllis
Added by PJH / Angelbird on Jul 13, 2016 3:27 PM
Lois Ams
The Hixson Line
Thanks so much, Richard, for all your work on Find A Grave. You have been a tremendous help. I am researching the Hixsons for a friend of mine who was a Hixson. A lovely lady and a wonderful Christian. God bless.
Added by Lois Ams on Jul 06, 2016 6:10 AM
RE: John Littleton Smith
I did and thanks! Glad to see a sold out Christian on Find A Grave.
Added by Mary(Coggin)Russell on Apr 20, 2016 10:20 PM
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