Nocona man identifies dozens of unmarked graves - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Nocona man identifies dozens of unmarked graves

(Source: KAUZ) (Source: KAUZ)
WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) -

In 2007 Robert Terry struggled to find an old friend who was buried in Nocona Cemetery. His trouble led to new idea and an 11-year journey of historical research in hopes of bringing honor to those who have passed.

The military veteran and postal service retiree has a way with technology. He said, “I've been dabbling in computers since 1982 you know, and I enjoy programming.”

City Hall gave him information of every person buried in the cemetery. He created a website mapping out each gravesite with pictures of the headstone and additional details like their birth place and service in the military.

Terry said, “There was 157 that they had marked unknown. They knew somebody was buried here but they didn't know who it was.”

He has been researching to find who they are ever since.

He said, “I went to the library researching old newspapers, going on ancestry, trying to get information about the dates, and maiden names, where they were born at, and where they died at.”

He has gone through newspapers dated all the way back to 1910 and has since been able to identify 44 of the unmarked graves.

The Nocona City Council recently approved funds to purchase headstones for the burial spots. Terry has almost completed his task of laying down each headstone.

The years of research, computer programing and physical labor earned Terry multiple awards, including Nocona Citizen of the Year. He said, “I don't really like the recognition. What I do like about it is that it puts it to the forefront. All those people that I have found that are unknown, they're not unknown anymore – at least to me.”

Copyright 2018 RNN Texoma All Rights Reserved

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

    Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

    Saturday, August 18 2018 4:10 AM EDT2018-08-18 08:10:33 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 4:27 AM EDT2018-08-19 08:27:00 GMT
    (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP). Firefighters remove debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Italian authorities have lowered the death to 38 from 39 in the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa. Genoa Prefec...(Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP). Firefighters remove debris of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Italian authorities have lowered the death to 38 from 39 in the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa. Genoa Prefec...

    Italian media say three more bodies have been found in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 41.

    Italian media say three more bodies have been found in the rubble of the Genoa bridge collapse, raising the death toll to 41.

  • Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

    Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

    Saturday, August 18 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-08-18 10:00:29 GMT
    Sunday, August 19 2018 4:26 AM EDT2018-08-19 08:26:41 GMT
    Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died.

    Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died.

  • Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

    Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

    Friday, August 17 2018 4:27 PM EDT2018-08-17 20:27:23 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-08-19 02:46:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2006 file photo, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, background on piano, perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl XL football game in Detroit. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home...(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2006 file photo, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, background on piano, perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl XL football game in Detroit. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home...
    Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 30 in her hometown of Detroit.
    Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 30 in her hometown of Detroit.
Powered by Frankly