Obituaries

Amanda Emerson
B: 1980-01-13
D: 2017-04-28
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Emerson, Amanda
Edna Britt
B: 1932-05-24
D: 2017-04-24
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Britt, Edna
Johnny Van Dyke
B: 1933-06-13
D: 2017-04-23
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Van Dyke, Johnny
Chiquita Edmonds
B: 1957-10-26
D: 2017-04-23
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Edmonds, Chiquita
Jerry Burcham
B: 1940-01-19
D: 2017-04-22
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Burcham, Jerry
Joel Tomlin
B: 2017-03-07
D: 2017-04-21
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Tomlin, Joel
Peggy Kitchen
B: 1934-08-31
D: 2017-04-21
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Kitchen, Peggy
Stanley Palmore
B: 1925-12-23
D: 2017-04-20
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Palmore, Stanley
Frances McBride
B: 1923-08-16
D: 2017-04-20
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McBride, Frances
Cassie Miller
B: 1923-01-10
D: 2017-04-19
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Miller, Cassie
Rachel Jackson
B: 1934-03-05
D: 2017-04-17
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Jackson, Rachel
Leland Sullivan
B: 1928-12-29
D: 2017-04-14
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Sullivan, Leland
Mildred Gill
B: 1928-02-02
D: 2017-04-14
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Gill, Mildred
Winifred Rogers
B: 1931-02-24
D: 2017-04-12
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Rogers, Winifred
Franklin Collins
B: 1985-05-31
D: 2017-04-10
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Collins, Franklin
Gerald Wall
B: 1934-09-22
D: 2017-04-08
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Wall, Gerald
William Lufsey
B: 1950-05-06
D: 2017-04-08
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Lufsey, William
Harley Hammer
B: 1943-08-25
D: 2017-04-08
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Hammer, Harley
Mary Cridlin
B: 1958-10-19
D: 2017-04-08
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Cridlin, Mary
Joyce Prather
B: 1941-06-07
D: 2017-04-07
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Prather, Joyce
Charles Ball
B: 1928-06-02
D: 2017-04-07
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Ball, Charles

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Who You Should Call First

It really depends on how and where the death occurred.

  • If the death occurs in a medical facility, tell the facility staff to call us and you also call us to prevent delays.
  • When death occurs at home under the care of a hospice program, call the hospice staff first. Tell the hospice staff to call us when they are ready.
  • When death occurs at home or somewhere else and there is no hospice program involved, call local law enforcement. Call us once the investigators are ready.

Medical, hospice and law enforcement personnel have protocols they must follow that involve multiple notifications. Sometimes that takes longer than we would like so if you need to call us please do so and we may be able to explain what is going on.


The other first calls you should make include:

1. The funeral home
2. Immediate family members
3. Employers
4. Your Pastor
5. Your close friends

When you think about it, these calls are being made for two distinct reasons:

  • To notify the authorities and obtain assistance in dealing with the body
  • To notify the social circle, and gather family and friends together for support

Naturally the first of those reasons takes priority, because it is your responsibility to care for your loved one. In fact, we think of this as one of the final acts of love that you can take. Placing their body in the care of professionals can be a relief, and will give you the space to make those calls involved in the second category of outreach: the purely social notifications that will surround you with support.

The death of a loved one can make us feel numb and ineffective. If this is the case for you, and you'd like additional advice about who to call, and when, reach out to us. We’ll be pleased to be your ally during this difficult time.