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Church With a Rock In It - the Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel

Milford Wriarson Howard was born 18 December 1862 in Floyd County, Georgia to Stephen O. and Martha Maddry Howard. He was the eldest of six children born to the couple. The family was quite poor, and Milford was put to work by age 11. Consequently, he had very little formal education. Nonetheless, at the age of 18, Milford began to study law and was admitted to the Georgia bar about a year later. He then moved to Fort Payne, Alabama to start a practice. It was there he met and married Sarah "Sallie" Lankford. Some years later, in 1894 and again in 1896, Milford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He declined to run again in 1898 and instead turned his sights to more creative projects. By 1920, Milford and family were in Los Angeles, California. He wrote a story titled The Bishop of the Ozarks, and it was made into a silent film in 1923. Milford played a starring role.

Sallie Lankford Howard died of cancer in 1925 and was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in…

Mother and Son Puckett at Alta Vista Cemetery. And a Definition for Locomotor Ataxia.

A small family plot in Alta Vista Cemetery at Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia holds the remains of a mother and son. Mary Francis Crawford Puckett (1828-1912) and son Lester Durant Puckett (1855-1908) hailed from South Carolina, but found their way to Gainesville about the 1870s. I suspect this was after the death of husband and father Puckett.

A set of books tops the Puckett family stone, which sits between smaller headstones for mother and son. A closed book often represents a completed life. This set of books, however, could be a nod to Lester's career path: he taught school and studied law. Obituaries for Mary and Lester follow.

Gainesville News (Georgia)
24 July 1912 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mrs. Puckett Dead.
After an illness of more than a year, Mrs. Mary Francis Puckett died at her home at Sycamore street and Brenau avenue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. She was eighty-three years of age and had been confined to her bed for a year or more on account of an accident …

Mr. Walter E. Hosch was a Genius, and His Father Helped Pioneer the Georgia City Named Hoschton

The Hosch family plot at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia has been profiled in this space before. All because of the sphere. It's a symbol of the never-ending circle of life, eternity, and totality. This post provides obituaries for Walter E. Hosch and his father William, both buried in the lot.

Gainesville News (Georgia)
1 May 1918 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mr. Walter E. Hosch died at St. Luke's hospital in St. Louis last Wednesday at 8.32 p.m. after an illness of nine days. He was operated on April 15th for acute indigestion and never survived, although it was hoped up to Wednesday afternoon that he would rally. He was given every attention, and all that was possible was done to save his life.

Mr. Hosch was born at Flowery Branch May 10, 1880, and was therefore thirty-eight years of age. He was married in Jackson, Ga., on October 23, 1907, to Miss Annie Mae Thornton, and she and three little girls survive the…

Amanda M. Banks was a Lady of Modesty and Refinement

Per her tombstone in Forsyth Cemetery at Monroe County, Georgia, Amanda was born 22 February 1825. She died at the age of 27 years, 3 months, and 3 days. A striking line inscribed on her stone is, "Life's no pleasure to me." These same words are found in the Scottish ballad, "Young Aikin."
O let him take frae me my head,
Or hang me on a tree;
For since I've lost my dear lady,
Life's no pleasure to me.
An obituary follows. It mainly speaks to Amanda's "Christian spirit."

Macon Weekly Telegraph (Georgia)
Tuesday, 22 June 1852 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]
On the 25th May, aged about 27 years, Mrs. AMANDA M. BANKS, wife of Joseph R. Banks of Pike, and daughter of A. and N. Davis of Monroe county, Ga. Although she never made an open and public profession of an experimental faith in Christ, such was her Christian spirit, her godly conversation and upright walk, that no one could distinguish her from the most devoted member of the Church. She w…

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)