Obituaries

Douglas Grandstaff
B: 1960-05-20
D: 2018-11-20
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Grandstaff, Douglas
James Thompson
B: 1933-12-23
D: 2018-11-19
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Thompson, James
Barbara Guffey
B: 1938-01-04
D: 2018-11-17
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Guffey, Barbara
David Watts
B: 1955-06-11
D: 2018-11-16
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Watts, David
Grace Davis
B: 1926-04-29
D: 2018-11-15
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Davis, Grace
Chesley Wilkes, Jr.
B: 1980-10-28
D: 2018-11-15
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Wilkes, Jr. , Chesley
Eva Hall
B: 1950-09-16
D: 2018-11-14
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Hall, Eva
Kay Brownrigg
B: 1942-03-09
D: 2018-11-14
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Brownrigg, Kay
Leandro Frias
B: 1931-03-13
D: 2018-11-13
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Frias, Leandro
Norman Barnum
B: 1929-07-16
D: 2018-11-08
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Barnum, Norman
Leonard Copsey
B: 1919-12-26
D: 2018-11-07
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Copsey, Leonard
Lila Martin
B: 1932-12-29
D: 2018-11-03
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Martin, Lila
Lucy Erskine
B: 1959-09-27
D: 2018-11-01
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Erskine, Lucy
George Lathroum, Sr.
B: 1929-02-28
D: 2018-11-01
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Lathroum, Sr. , George
George Wigginton, III
B: 1937-05-27
D: 2018-10-30
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Wigginton, III , George
Rebecca Dean
B: 1954-10-18
D: 2018-10-30
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Dean, Rebecca
Joel Griggs
B: 1949-09-25
D: 2018-10-26
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Griggs, Joel
Michelle Decker
B: 1958-02-15
D: 2018-10-26
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Decker, Michelle
Mary Young
B: 1931-10-31
D: 2018-10-23
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Young , Mary
Mary Ellen Shunk
B: 1947-02-11
D: 2018-10-22
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Shunk, Mary Ellen
Antonio Malaspina, Sr.
B: 1947-06-10
D: 2018-10-21
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Malaspina, Sr., Antonio

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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.

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