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Bobby Hunt (#47510951)
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Bio Photo Eastern Cemetery, Jefferson County KY became a special place to me, due to its history of abuse and neglect. Since 2007, I have tried to photograph every readable memorial I could find. I was honored to spend time with Dr. DiBlasi at his lab, researching and scanning burial records, journals, maps, lot cards, and documenting cremations. I have walked every square inch of the cemetery as my own small way of honorably remembering those people buried there.

I do not have family buried in Eastern Cemetery, nor do I have family in any of the cemeteries in the county, as I am not originally from Kentucky. I have always believed that those at Eastern Cemetery belong with their families, no matter how distant the link. Feel free to copy and use my photos for your personal use.

The goal is to have something out there for a family member who might be searching for that one particular ancestor. Hopefully, I've made the search easier. In September of 2015, I petitioned the court to allow me and four other individuals to probe for stones that have fallen over and were covered by dirt over time. I received that permission after appearing before the Court.

I have transferred all records to a couple of friends I've made through findagrave, and have had the privilege of meeting one of them. Their goal is the same as mine.

I spent years "fighting" drug users and homeless on the cemetery grounds, well meaning groups, neighbors of the cemetery that were clashing with the groups, dog walkers who would sic dogs on me because they thought I was part of a group, and rude, obnoxious individuals, and I grew tired of fighting.

Well, now I have a new fight, which will not let me work with the records of Eastern. December 19th, 2016, I received a diagnosis of glioblastoma, level 4, and told that without treatment, I will live six weeks, with treatment, I have a year. The oncologist said it was going to kill me, and he did not want to tell me that. So I am well and truly done, and will not be able to set foot on Eastern anymore. I'm having some trouble with concentration, so know that it is also time to give up trying to enter names into findagrave, so will be passing on the databases I have, once I find someone. I have asked Jeff Morris, 47176008, to be the steward for my account.

I will always, hopefully, remember those who came into Eastern, looking for family, and I happened to be there and was able to help them. My thanks to all who have let me be a part of their search for their families at Eastern.





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Dora S Burkhardt
Thank you so much for all the time, energy and effort you have spent in Eastern Cemetery. The families of those who are buried there truly appreciate your dedication. It is sad to read of your diagnosis. I appreciate your transferring this memorial to our family.
Added by nbgar on May 22, 2017 10:28 AM
Crystal England
Thank you for trying to locate the grave
Bobby,

Thank you so much for trying to locate her headston Sarah Clark # 70297621

Crystal
Added by Crystal England on May 12, 2017 4:07 PM
Crystal England
Louise Clark and William Clark
Bobby,
Thank you so much for the information on the graves. I am grateful that you tried to find the headstones and were unable to locate them


Regards
Crystal
Added by Crystal England on May 03, 2017 2:17 PM
Carole Ann
Well wishes to you!
After sending you a note of thanks for the photo, I read your Find A Grave bio. I live in Texas and drove up to Louisville several years ago for genealogy research. In trying to get to Cave Hill, I made a wrong turn and ended up in Eastern. At the time, I did not know that I had anyone at Eastern. Subsequent to that trip, I have discovered that I have a great grandfather (1893) and a great great grandfather (1869) buried there. I have read quite a bit about all of the work that you and others have done at Eastern and I thank you greatly for caring so much. What was done to the individuals buried there and their families was criminal. Thank you for caring so much from someone who does not live close enough to get involved in honoring the dead. I am sorry to read about your dire diagnosis especially because it stopped you from doing something that you love.
Carole Ann
Added by Carole Ann on Apr 20, 2017 3:06 PM
Carole Ann
Elizabeth Gutermuth Kremer
Bobby, Thank you so much for getting out and taking a photo of my grand aunt Elizabeth's monument. The photo is great and shows the complete marker. She was killed by her husband and left three children to be raised by relatives. I am working diligently to get them all connected on Find A Grave. The photo means a lot to me. Carole Ann
Added by Carole Ann on Apr 20, 2017 2:55 PM
Pam Acquaviva Kalbfleisch
Keep up the good fight
Bobby, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your hard work and positive energy that you have put into Eastern Cemetery.

I hope you are doing as well as possible under the circumstances of your battle with cancer.

A belated - yet heartfelt - thanks for trying to locate a headstone for Mary E. Kalbfleisch #70597169 back in November 2016. I have posted a note on her memorial page here on FindAGrave stating there is no headstone and asking folks to please not request photos so no one else's time is wasted.

With much gratitude and prayers for you and your family,
Pam Acquaviva Kalbfleisch
Added by Pam Acquaviva Kalbfleisch on Apr 13, 2017 11:49 AM
Elsie Gambrel
You
Just learned of your medical fight. Hope you're kicking butt. I would have contacted you sooner had I known. Just a reminder--we're family. Take care.
Added by Elsie Gambrel on Mar 11, 2017 6:53 PM
Larry Carmichael
You
Bobby, I came to this site on Find a Grave looking for information on an ancestor I believe is buried there. After clicking on your name, I came away inspired and then sad. You inspired me that you were willing to use your time to help genealogists across this country trying to find info on loved ones. Thank you for all you did documenting information on residents of Eastern Cemetery. So sad to hear of your fight with cancer. Cancer truly sucks. I just lost two childhood friends since Jan 1. My prayers are with you and your family as you deal with this disease and I also pray that you are know where you are going when that time comes and you win no matter the outcome. May God's Loving Mercy, Grace and Peace be upon you.
Added by Larry Carmichael on Mar 02, 2017 10:45 AM
Jim
Thank You
I've come to the Eastern Cemetery on Find a Grave via ancestry.com. My connection to this cemetery is a distant one, a 3rd cousin, but I am eternally grateful to good people such as yourself for all your efforts. I wish you all the best, and thank you.
Jim Fetter
Added by Jim on Feb 25, 2017 8:30 PM
Pat Payne
Thank You, Bobby
I have ancestors in Eastern Cemetery and have some old photos of their graves. I'll check and see if they are posted on the site and if not, I'll wait to see who is taking over for you and send them copies. You deserve all of our gratitude for your efforts! Pat Payne
Added by Pat Payne on Feb 20, 2017 3:18 PM
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