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George Spalding
B: 1935-12-29
D: 2017-06-22
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Spalding, George
William Gillingham
B: 1919-07-17
D: 2017-06-21
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Gillingham , William
John Hammett, Jr.
B: 1965-12-07
D: 2017-06-17
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Hammett, Jr. , John
Michael Worrey
B: 1954-08-22
D: 2017-06-17
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Worrey, Michael
Barbara Angle
B: 1937-01-13
D: 2017-06-16
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Angle, Barbara
Hilda Bailey
B: 1929-01-30
D: 2017-06-16
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Bailey, Hilda
James Mattingly
B: 1947-11-22
D: 2017-06-15
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Mattingly, James
Teddy Davis
B: 1951-04-06
D: 2017-06-14
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Davis, Teddy
Becky Mays
B: 1964-09-23
D: 2017-06-10
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Mays, Becky
Lois Butler
B: 1928-04-13
D: 2017-06-09
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Butler , Lois
Linda Capparilli
B: 1952-03-28
D: 2017-06-09
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Capparilli , Linda
Alice Mattingly
B: 1923-08-03
D: 2017-06-04
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Mattingly , Alice
Justin Tennyson
B: 1989-12-21
D: 2017-06-03
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Tennyson, Justin
Ann Combs
B: 1949-04-26
D: 2017-05-31
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Combs, Ann
Margaret Greenwell
B: 1936-10-30
D: 2017-05-30
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Greenwell, Margaret
Debra Smith
B: 1955-01-13
D: 2017-05-30
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Smith, Debra
John Tremel
B: 1961-02-05
D: 2017-05-22
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Tremel , John
Frances Johnson
B: 1935-09-01
D: 2017-05-21
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Johnson, Frances
Anna Bean
B: 1921-07-14
D: 2017-05-21
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Bean, Anna
Michael Pilkerton, Sr.
B: 1951-06-07
D: 2017-05-17
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Pilkerton, Sr. , Michael
Joseph Moraski, Jr.
B: 1945-02-05
D: 2017-05-17
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Moraski, Jr. , Joseph

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Hilda Bailey
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Hilda Ann "Boots" Bailey
1929 - 2017
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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
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  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing I could be there
  • to hold your hand.
  • May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
  • As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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