Obituaries

Radha Pai
D: 2017-12-06
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Pai, Radha
James Smith
B: 1945-03-11
D: 2017-11-28
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Smith, James
Evangelist Evelyn Williams
B: 1946-08-20
D: 2017-11-25
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Williams, Evangelist Evelyn
Jimmy Gibson
B: 1950-04-04
D: 2017-11-23
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Gibson, Jimmy
Georgia (Ross) Hobby
B: 1956-02-25
D: 2017-11-22
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(Ross) Hobby, Georgia
Frank Tolbert
D: 2017-11-20
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Tolbert, Frank
Ramon Agosto
B: 1980-07-27
D: 2017-11-18
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Agosto, Ramon
Maxie Shipp
B: 1966-03-28
D: 2017-11-15
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Shipp, Maxie
Diane Auld-Marlow
B: 1956-03-10
D: 2017-11-14
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Auld-Marlow, Diane
Robert Heard
B: 1940-09-09
D: 2017-11-11
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Heard, Robert
Annie Brown
B: 1935-01-07
D: 2017-11-11
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Brown, Annie
Venessa McFadden
B: 1984-11-23
D: 2017-11-03
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McFadden, Venessa
Melvina Johnson
B: 1937-10-21
D: 2017-10-30
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Johnson, Melvina
Ida Brown
B: 1937-08-24
D: 2017-10-26
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Brown, Ida
John Hood
B: 1952-07-24
D: 2017-10-11
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Hood, John
Tammy McPherson
B: 1968-06-27
D: 2017-10-11
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McPherson, Tammy
Emma Gaines
B: 1921-07-05
D: 2017-10-07
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Gaines, Emma
Cheryl (Cheri) Behnke-Mariani
B: 1947-04-29
D: 2017-09-25
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Behnke-Mariani, Cheryl (Cheri)
Jimmy Christmas
B: 1954-06-15
D: 2017-09-23
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Christmas, Jimmy
Barbara Tisdale
B: 1958-10-31
D: 2017-09-19
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Tisdale, Barbara
Henry Williamson
B: 1937-08-29
D: 2017-09-17
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Williamson, Henry

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Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

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Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?
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