Obituaries

Stephen "Steve" Cobb
B: 1950-02-16
D: 2020-09-12
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Cobb, Stephen "Steve"
Carol Wood
B: 1946-11-09
D: 2020-09-12
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Wood, Carol
Philip Hill
B: 1940-05-21
D: 2020-09-11
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Hill, Philip
Margaret Nelson
B: 1942-02-19
D: 2020-09-08
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Nelson, Margaret
Preston Downs
B: 1958-05-25
D: 2020-09-03
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Downs, Preston
Paul Zimmerman
B: 1939-07-11
D: 2020-09-02
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Zimmerman, Paul
Ronald Carlson, USN (Retired)
B: 1929-05-24
D: 2020-09-01
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Carlson, USN (Retired), Ronald
Bruce Caracaus
B: 1955-04-20
D: 2020-08-29
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Caracaus, Bruce
Marilyn McKay
B: 1924-01-04
D: 2020-08-27
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McKay, Marilyn
LoVisa Battenfield
B: 1923-09-09
D: 2020-08-25
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Battenfield, LoVisa
Justin Bowles
B: 1984-08-14
D: 2020-08-24
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Bowles, Justin
Nancy Knott George
B: 1972-03-02
D: 2020-08-24
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Knott George , Nancy
Cynthia Wise
B: 1961-01-06
D: 2020-08-23
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Wise, Cynthia
Harold Williams, Jr.
B: 1970-07-25
D: 2020-08-22
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Williams, Jr. , Harold
John Connelly, Jr
B: 1940-02-02
D: 2020-08-21
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Connelly, Jr, John
Carol Wolf
B: 1947-06-20
D: 2020-08-19
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Wolf, Carol
Debra Hall
B: 1952-04-11
D: 2020-08-15
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Hall, Debra
Mary West
B: 1949-05-05
D: 2020-08-15
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West, Mary
Julia Pike
B: 1928-05-08
D: 2020-08-14
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Pike, Julia
Glenn Mattingly
B: 1957-02-14
D: 2020-08-14
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Mattingly, Glenn
Robert Clements
B: 1968-04-14
D: 2020-08-14
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Clements, Robert

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (301) 475-8500 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014