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Jean Thomas
B: 1937-02-18
D: 2017-06-23
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Thomas, Jean
Johnny Rosenbaum
B: 1946-05-16
D: 2017-06-21
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Rosenbaum, Johnny
Jerry Lee Goodson
D: 2017-06-17
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Goodson, Jerry Lee
Dorothy Marie Pannell
B: 1954-03-28
D: 2017-06-16
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Pannell, Dorothy Marie
Blanche Denton Hill
B: 1929-12-19
D: 2017-06-10
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Denton Hill , Blanche
Minnie Hobbs
B: 1934-05-30
D: 2017-06-10
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Hobbs , Minnie
Stephen Lewis "Steve" Gentry
B: 1953-07-18
D: 2017-06-05
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Gentry, Stephen Lewis "Steve"
Donald "Big Don" Lester
B: 1938-01-17
D: 2017-06-05
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Lester, Donald "Big Don"
James Emory Gilbert, Jr.
B: 1966-08-20
D: 2017-05-30
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Gilbert, Jr., James Emory
Ella Jean "Punkin" Nipper
B: 1953-07-21
D: 2017-05-26
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Nipper, Ella Jean "Punkin"
Donald G. Preston
B: 1930-10-03
D: 2017-05-23
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Preston, Donald G.
Hoil M. Houck
B: 1921-09-29
D: 2017-05-21
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Houck, Hoil M.
Keith Michael Williams
B: 1973-01-27
D: 2017-05-19
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Williams, Keith Michael
Maggie Lee McGlothlin
B: 2017-05-16
D: 2017-05-16
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McGlothlin, Maggie Lee
Geraldine May
B: 1920-05-27
D: 2017-05-15
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May, Geraldine
Virginia Lowe
D: 2017-05-13
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Lowe , Virginia
Thelma Rominger
D: 2017-05-12
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Rominger , Thelma
Emolyn Thomas King
B: 1943-07-28
D: 2017-05-11
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King, Emolyn Thomas
James Blevins
B: 1961-11-08
D: 2017-05-08
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Blevins , James
James Richard Alexander
B: 1936-06-25
D: 2017-04-30
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Alexander, James Richard
Linda Thomas
B: 1940-03-19
D: 2017-04-27
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Thomas , Linda

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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.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

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