Obituaries

Donald Vargovich
B: 1942-03-30
D: 2017-05-26
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Vargovich, Donald
Thelma Tiedeken
B: 1925-10-05
D: 2017-05-25
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Tiedeken, Thelma
Tina Hall
B: 1962-06-03
D: 2017-05-23
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Hall, Tina
Edward Peet
B: 1957-12-09
D: 2017-05-23
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Peet, Edward
Mattie Birchett
B: 1943-07-28
D: 2017-05-22
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Birchett, Mattie
Patricia Peters
B: 1951-09-05
D: 2017-05-22
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Peters, Patricia
Kristian Ballard
B: 1982-07-08
D: 2017-05-20
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Ballard, Kristian
Ewell T. and Charlene L. Alderman
B: 1965-00-00
D: 2017-05-19
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Alderman, Ewell T. and Charlene L.
Hoyt James
B: 1954-11-04
D: 2017-05-18
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James, Hoyt
Irene Norwood
B: 1939-01-10
D: 2017-05-18
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Norwood, Irene
Wavey Archer
B: 1943-11-02
D: 2017-05-18
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Archer, Wavey
Shirley Draper
B: 1935-12-05
D: 2017-05-17
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Draper, Shirley
Josephine Alessi
B: 1918-10-18
D: 2017-05-17
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Alessi, Josephine
Ronald Barfield
B: 1931-08-21
D: 2017-05-16
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Barfield, Ronald
Clarence Beatley
B: 1926-07-03
D: 2017-05-14
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Beatley, Clarence
Lydia Ehmke
B: 1922-06-10
D: 2017-05-13
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Ehmke, Lydia
Kathleen "Kitty" Hoyle
B: 1925-01-03
D: 2017-05-12
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Hoyle, Kathleen "Kitty"
John Henshaw
B: 1982-02-10
D: 2017-05-12
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Henshaw, John
Mattie Esther Fitts Campbell
B: 1921-03-04
D: 2017-05-11
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Fitts Campbell, Mattie Esther
Aida Faries
B: 1938-04-28
D: 2017-05-08
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Faries, Aida
Margaret Shell
B: 1939-11-22
D: 2017-05-07
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Shell, Margaret

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