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Frances Fitzallen Reilly
03-11-04 Sher Hogue

Frances Fitzallen Reilly

Natchez, Mississippi

The inscription on the cross reads:
My Wife ~ Our Mother
Frances Fitzallen Reilly
wife of
Louis Hartman Lawrence
Sept. 12, 1878
July 3, 1937
My Sweetheart ~ My Pal ~ My Wife

Every day after work, toolbox still in hand, Mr. Lawrence would come to his wife's grave. He would stand on the road just outside the plot and softly say a prayer. Then he would step into the plot and carefully trim the grass and clean the tombstone while talking to his beloved wife. Sometimes, he would forget his toolbox and it would remain overnight at the grave.

Many mornings, the cemetery grounds crew found him sleeping beside his wife's grave. He was there so often, they placed a bench inside the plot.

After his death, his toolbox was encased in plastic and placed under the bench where he often left it.

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Guest 23-May-2014 15:23
My grandfather and grandmother
Eugene Lawrence, Jr
CJ Morgan27-Mar-2004 05:42
I really like this image. It's strong.
John Buffin13-Mar-2004 23:47
Lovely shot.
Very touching story.
Guest 12-Mar-2004 19:29
So beautiful image. Very good job.
Karen Stuebing12-Mar-2004 12:56
I'm really enjoying this cemetary series - the history as well as the excellent photos. Wonderful shot.
Guest 12-Mar-2004 04:37
wow!! that is so touching, and you captured it so well. Excellent job!!
Elizabeth Glass12-Mar-2004 03:12
Oh my god. That is stunning. Beautiful exposure. This looks like a postcard. WOW!!!!!
Guest 12-Mar-2004 01:53
So beautiful!! I LOVE this series!!
Carolyn B.12-Mar-2004 01:23
Oh my, the story and the touching picture are incredibly moving.
ann isshinryu_mom12-Mar-2004 01:12
Wow, Sher... that's powerful; both the image and the story. I didn't even notice what was under the bench on first glance.
Ray :)12-Mar-2004 01:10
What a touching story, Sher. You have created a haunting, yet soft image here. Quite wonderfuly executed.
Chico Wedding Photographer12-Mar-2004 01:08
Wow very touching.
dazedgonebye12-Mar-2004 00:59
Another wonderful image and story Sher.