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Joseph Vest
B: 1933-07-13
D: 2017-10-18
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Vest, Joseph
Donna Maitland
B: 1971-09-21
D: 2017-10-17
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Maitland, Donna
Geraldine Traylor
B: 1937-07-31
D: 2017-10-15
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Traylor, Geraldine
Irene Martin
B: 1942-06-25
D: 2017-10-14
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Martin, Irene
Jo Ann Jones
B: 1948-07-23
D: 2017-10-12
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Jones, Jo Ann
Ray Story
B: 1933-09-15
D: 2017-10-11
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Story, Ray
Patsy Pritchett
B: 1934-09-19
D: 2017-10-11
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Pritchett, Patsy
Ronald Simms
B: 1943-05-03
D: 2017-10-09
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Simms, Ronald
James Sirry
B: 1953-11-03
D: 2017-10-07
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Sirry, James
Kate Jolly
B: 1933-09-11
D: 2017-10-07
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Jolly, Kate
John Barger
B: 1932-12-22
D: 2017-10-07
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Barger, John
Lewis Harrison
B: 1938-12-07
D: 2017-10-04
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Harrison , Lewis
Larry Droddy
B: 1954-06-18
D: 2017-10-04
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Droddy, Larry
Ann Brogdon
B: 1925-04-13
D: 2017-10-03
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Brogdon, Ann
Dr. Roland Havis
B: 1939-10-17
D: 2017-10-02
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Havis, Dr. Roland
David Nelson
B: 1953-08-08
D: 2017-10-01
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Nelson, David
Pauline Cloud
B: 1926-12-06
D: 2017-10-01
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Cloud, Pauline
Rimantas Vitkauskas
B: 1978-12-14
D: 2017-10-01
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Vitkauskas, Rimantas
Lawrence Rolley
B: 1942-09-14
D: 2017-09-30
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Rolley, Lawrence
Mary Clifton
B: 1948-11-03
D: 2017-09-30
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Clifton, Mary
Jeffrey McFarlane
B: 1970-12-04
D: 2017-09-30
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McFarlane, Jeffrey

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • 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.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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