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Buford Calhoun, from Mother's Arms (Wednesday's Child)

Buford P. Calhoun Born Mar 17, 1914 Died May 7, 1915 From mother's arms to the arms of Jesus. Pine Ridge Cemetery Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia

Martha Thombley in the Peaceful Grave's Embrace (Tombstone Tuesday)

Martha T. Thombley Born Feb 2, 1832 Died Nov 24, 1900 Dearest loved one we must lay thee, In the peaceful grave's embrace. But thy memory will be cherished, Till we see thy heavenly face. Pine Ridge Cemetery Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia

Lillis Roundtree Doles Assassinated! Lynching Ensued.

Once in a while I come across a tombstone that sends a little shiver down my spine. That ever happen to you? While visiting the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia (founded 1883), I came across a badly broken stone that seemed to tell of a dastardly deed done in 1885. Resulting in what was likely one of the earlier burials in the cemetery. The woman died young, married one year and dead the next, and the word assassinated was conveyed. (See what I mean? A little shiver, I tell ya.) The following photos are from 2011. I've included what I *think* was the tombstone inscription underneath the second image. Filling in the gaps with Lillis' FindAGrave memorial , this is what I got: [Something with "Memory"] [Li]llis C. Doles Da[ugh]ter of W m A. & M. [L.] Roundtree Wife of [J]essey Doles Was [B]orn April 21, 1868 Wa[s Ma]rried June 19, 1884 [Joine]d the Pr[imit]ive Baptist Church Aug [1,] 1884 And Was [Ass]assinated March

Mary Cone: Memories Chasen Grief (Today's Epitaph)

Mary and her husband Thomas F. Cone (1860-1935) are buried at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia. It's Mary's epitaph that caught my eye, as well as my heart. Mary E. Wife of T. F. Cone Mar 30, 1859 Dec 10, 1918 May God use the memory of her life to chasen our grief.

Cemetery AKAs

As in, also known as . Most seasoned researchers, cemetery or genealogy, know that cemeteries sometimes are known by more than one name. I want to post about one that is a bit confusing in the hope someone out there can enlighten me. This cemetery is in a field at the intersection of Bowen and Findlay roads in Vienna, Dooly County, Georgia. According to the cemetery information at FindAGrave , this is known as Porter Family Cemetery. The notes also say it was once family land. This makes good sense to me, since many burials are of the Porter surname. However, when poking around the lives of some of the residents of the cemetery, I found it to be called by another name. First, is George Seago. I found an entry for him in the book Confederate Soldiers of Dooly County, Georgia by M. Secrist (page 57, highlight mine). Seago, George W. -- Private in Company F, 57th Regiment Georgia Infantry, Crawford County, Georgia, "Bragg Rifles," May 1864. Surrendered at Gree

Lowell Oakes Knew His History

Especially his family history. I love, love, love to find stones like these. Lowell put seven generations of his paternal ancestry on the back of his granite tombstone. Even though a good genealogist would not take this information as the gospel, it is a great starting point. And I firmly believe it could provide a casual passerby with a spark of desire to find out more about their personal history. Gene Oakes was born in Montezuma, Georgia in 1948, the eldest son of Luther Avery Oakes, Jr.  He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era, and spent the last 16 years of his life in Jacksonville, Florida.  His 2006 obituary states, "He will always be remembered as a man who dearly loved God, family, Jaguar football, history, lighthouses, genealogy, collecting hot sauces, traveling with family and sitting on his porch to watch the birds." Sounds like a cool dude. Son of Luther Avery Oakes, Jr.  Jan 15, 1916 - Jun 16, 2009 Luther Avery Oakes, Sr.  Sep 25, 1

Death of Joseph Lee Peavy (This Time It's Personal)

A personal genealogy query. I have been logging information found on the Peavy s buried at Pinehurst Cemetery in Dooly County, Georgia. One is Joseph Lee Peavy (1881-1932). He was a son of Jesse Calloway Peavy, and the husband of Mamie R. I think Joe spent all his life in Dooly County. He was a farmer, and had at least three children, two of which are buried in his plot: Vivian Peavy Foshee (1906-1975) and Charlie Calloway Peavy (1908-1954). I located Joseph's death certificate on, and was surprised to find his cause of death listed as fractured skull (accident) . A secondary cause was "encephalitis" -- inflammation of the brain. The document seems to suggest the accident happened in Vienna. This locale is in Dooly County, Georgia, but a bit north of Pinehurst (where Joe was ultimately laid to rest). "Georgia Deaths, 1928-1939," database with images, FamilySearch (

M. E. Williams (Tombstone Tuesday)

M. E. Williams Aug 2, 1861 Dec 29, 1914 At Rest Pinehurst City Cemetery Dooly County, Georgia I always find the rough-hewn look visually appealing.

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)