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Joseph "Joe" Kraus
B: 1927-09-28
D: 2017-10-16
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Kraus, Joseph "Joe"
Sonja Griffin
B: 1932-06-14
D: 2017-10-14
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Griffin, Sonja
James Poteet
B: 1939-11-21
D: 2017-10-09
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Poteet, James
Frontis Cochran
B: 1925-06-04
D: 2017-10-10
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Cochran, Frontis
Robert White
B: 1936-12-12
D: 2017-10-06
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White, Robert
Kenneth Channell
B: 1927-12-11
D: 2017-10-04
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Channell, Kenneth
Nell Gray
B: 1938-11-22
D: 2017-09-30
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Gray, Nell
Effie Hurst
B: 1923-11-25
D: 2017-09-30
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Hurst, Effie
Joyce Gray
B: 1935-09-23
D: 2017-09-30
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Gray, Joyce
Everett Salter
B: 1922-07-30
D: 2017-09-30
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Salter, Everett
Dorothy Worlds
B: 1953-07-01
D: 2017-09-30
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Worlds, Dorothy
Edna Boykin
B: 1930-02-08
D: 2017-09-26
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Boykin, Edna
Ronnie Mullinax
B: 1958-06-01
D: 2017-09-28
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Mullinax, Ronnie
Wilber Jackson
B: 1948-10-23
D: 2017-09-19
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Jackson, Wilber
David Jones,
B: 1943-12-30
D: 2017-09-25
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Jones,, David
Ronald Alexander
B: 1940-06-07
D: 2017-09-20
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Alexander, Ronald
Robert "Bob" McKeel
B: 1945-01-04
D: 2017-09-25
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McKeel, Robert "Bob"
Victor Archer
B: 1964-07-23
D: 2017-09-22
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Archer, Victor
Martha Corbett
B: 1931-07-19
D: 2017-09-20
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Corbett, Martha
Dolores Bulger
B: 1934-06-11
D: 2017-09-18
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Bulger, Dolores
Arnold Tyndell
B: 1932-10-15
D: 2017-09-14
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Tyndell, Arnold

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  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
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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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  • 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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