26 August 2015

Something for Everyone

Yesterday I visited an interesting cemetery in Largo, Pinellas County, Florida.  It is the Serenity Gardens Memorial Park (aka Moss Feaster Serenity Gardens).  The Anona Pioneer Cemetery is also located on its grounds.

Besides the traditional tombstones located in the Anona Pioneer Section, there are flat markers, walk-in mausoleums, individual mausoleums, family mausoleums, cremation plots, urn garden pots, columbarium niches, and more. Quite a variety.

03 August 2015

Alexander Cemetery, Perry Township, Brown County, Ohio

As the Brown County OHGenWeb Coordinator (I also host the sites for Pike County, Ohio, and New Castle County, Delaware), I try to photograph as many cemeteries in Brown County, Ohio, as possible.  Some are large, others are very small.  Many of them have old stones that have survived while others like this one has no or few extant tombstones.

12 April 2015

Possible Southern Cousins

A visit to the Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, as been on my to-do list for a while.  I just attended the Ohio Genealogical Conference and the venue was only a few miles from the cemetery so I was able to visit.

Visiting Civil War cemeteries is always a somber experience for me.  Having relatives that fought on both sides (I have not yet found any that were in direct conflict with each other) is sometimes difficult to comprehend.

I found some surnames of my southern lines (my maternal and my brother's paternal) and photographed those stones. Perhaps I will make a cousin connection to one of those soldiers in the future.

13 May 2011

Christ Church Cemetery, St. Simons Island, Georgia

I have visited this cemetery numerous times over the last 30 years.  It is such a beautiful and peaceful spot. The Spanish moss hanging from the old oak trees adds character to the place.

Grave of the author Eugenia Price.  Her books The Beloved Invader, New Moon Rising, and Lighthouse were based on real people who lived in the St. Simons Island area and a number of the names may be found in this cemetery.

The Graveyard Squirrel

06 November 2010

She Led a Colorful Life

I photographed this tombstone in the Ferncliff Cemetery located in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, on 11 September 2010.

The 21 December 2003 obituary (Springfield News-Sun, page 11D) of Martha Ellen Ringwald Downey Patterson states she was born 12 March 1914 in Anderson, Indiana, to Clarence and Corrine (Thompson) Ringwald.

She attended the Dayton Art Institute and had previously owned and operated Park Ave. Gallery in Dayton, Ohio.  Martha was a member of the Dayton and Springfield Museums of Art, American Water Color Society, Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, and Art League of Manatee County, Florida.  She had painted for President Richard Nixon, comedian Paul Lynde, talk show hostess Virginia Graham, and others.

I think this is a very appropriate memorial for someone who loved to paint.

08 October 2010

The Presley Family

I have a long weekend between my Hampton classes. My sister flew in from Georgia yesterday evening and we are doing some sightseeing in Memphis and surrounding areas. We made a trip to Graceland today and took the tour.

There is a memorial to the twin brother of Elvis in the Mediation Garden, but Jessie is buried in an unmmarked grave in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi.

03 October 2010

Life Among the Dead

This is Howard the cat. He is a resident of the 80-acre Elmwood Cemetery located in Memphis, Tennessee. I met him this morning while visiting the cemetery.

This cemetery is huge and I spent a couple of hours walking it and looking for interesting stones. There were a lot of them and some of my favorites are posted below.

Although Howard has lived in the cemetery for less than a year, I am sure he has seen a lot.