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Pratt Smith
D: 2017-07-22
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Smith, Pratt
Mary Abramson
B: 1925-07-16
D: 2017-07-20
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Abramson, Mary
Martha Hall
B: 1944-12-14
D: 2017-07-15
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Hall, Martha
Imogene Roden
B: 1924-03-30
D: 2017-07-15
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Roden, Imogene
Robert Gilmore
B: 1934-08-16
D: 2017-07-14
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Gilmore, Robert
LeeRoy Sledge
B: 1943-02-01
D: 2017-07-11
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Sledge, LeeRoy
Mary Brannon
B: 1953-04-29
D: 2017-07-08
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Brannon, Mary
William Wallace
B: 1934-04-07
D: 2017-07-07
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Wallace, William
Dr. John Carter
B: 1924-02-26
D: 2017-07-06
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Carter, Dr. John
Lloyd Rogers
B: 1937-04-06
D: 2017-06-25
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Rogers, Lloyd
Mary Eades
B: 1941-10-30
D: 2017-06-24
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Eades, Mary
Ann Craig
D: 2017-06-22
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Craig, Ann
Michael McMeans
B: 1955-10-05
D: 2017-06-22
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McMeans, Michael
Sandra Tidwell
B: 1946-12-16
D: 2017-06-20
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Tidwell, Sandra
Lisa Beard
B: 1964-02-01
D: 2017-06-10
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Beard, Lisa
Martha Larson
D: 2017-06-07
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Larson, Martha
Janice Springer
B: 1940-08-12
D: 2017-06-04
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Springer, Janice
Lucas McGrady
B: 1981-07-14
D: 2017-06-02
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McGrady, Lucas
Zola Pickett
B: 1936-08-02
D: 2017-05-31
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Pickett, Zola
Martha Truitt
B: 1948-02-11
D: 2017-05-30
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Truitt, Martha
Sue Thompson
B: 1922-06-30
D: 2017-05-28
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Thompson, Sue

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  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
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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.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
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  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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