Family Affair

Keitt|Sapp|Shumake|McRae|McMillian|Clark|Ryal - All from Georgia

“Over the course of the millennia, all these ancestors in your tree, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?” ~ Laurence Overmire

Leila McCray Jones will be missed.

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule



Leila McCrae Jones left us behind this year. She lost her battle with breast cancer in December of 2011. Even though I just met her last year, I will definitely miss talking to her. Leila and her family was discovered through ancestry.com along with another cousin who lives right in my hometown, Lydia McRae Harris. Lydia had recently discovered Leila through ancestry.com and she told me about her since Leila and I both lived in California. I was so excited to meet her first because she was the only living grandchild of Mose and Matilda McCray. I was excited to hear her story and how it was even possible that she was around to tell me. I feel blessed that I was able to meet her and spend some time with her listening to the stories of her child hood, and how much she really didn't know about her father's side of the family. Realizing all the time she was living so close to many of them in Lakeland, Georgia, but no knowing any of them. This is something that happens so often in families, and with my and other family members working on the family's history, we are pulling those family members back to the root of it all. It is a wonderful feeling to meet those relatives that you never knew existed. Some you will form bonds with and some you will not. Leila was one that I had formed a bond with. She has been fighting cancer since I met her in the summer of 2010.

You can view her obituary here



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