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George Harrell
B: 1936-05-07
D: 2017-06-27
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Harrell, George
Scott Swingle
B: 1981-01-05
D: 2017-05-29
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Swingle, Scott
Eva (Mendoza) Torres
D: 2017-05-28
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(Mendoza) Torres, Eva
Dusty Patterson
B: 1985-05-23
D: 2017-05-26
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Patterson, Dusty
Olivia N. "Livvie" Collins
B: 1995-12-08
D: 2017-05-21
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Collins, Olivia N. "Livvie"
Normand Dunlap
B: 1929-05-31
D: 2017-05-21
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Dunlap, Normand
Stanley M. Swartz
B: 1946-06-26
D: 2017-05-17
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Swartz, Stanley M.
Melvin Smith
B: 1920-07-02
D: 2017-05-13
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Smith, Melvin
Michael L. Ray
B: 1956-01-29
D: 2017-05-11
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Ray, Michael L.
Martha "Lorene" Stokes
B: 1933-02-02
D: 2017-05-09
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Stokes, Martha "Lorene"
Shirley (Adams) McCoy
B: 1927-05-20
D: 2017-05-07
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(Adams) McCoy, Shirley
Jacquelyne "Jackie" Breeden Flynn
B: 1942-04-05
D: 2017-04-21
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Breeden Flynn, Jacquelyne "Jackie"
Wayne Euriga
B: 1930-01-04
D: 2017-04-19
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Euriga, Wayne
David Duffer
B: 1957-12-09
D: 2017-04-18
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Duffer, David
Randy Joe Sanders
B: 1956-03-12
D: 2017-04-15
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Sanders, Randy Joe
Frieda Witt
D: 2017-04-15
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Witt, Frieda
Edna Jean Wolff
B: 1925-06-09
D: 2017-04-08
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Wolff, Edna Jean
Sharon Lorain Kosick
B: 1951-11-13
D: 2017-04-07
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Kosick, Sharon Lorain
Libby Mae Moore
B: 1924-05-25
D: 2017-04-06
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Moore, Libby Mae
Donna Jean Lee
B: 1968-11-28
D: 2017-04-05
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Lee, Donna Jean
Betty Crouse
B: 1926-12-21
D: 2017-04-04
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Crouse, Betty

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  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
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  • 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.
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