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Michael Carson
B: 1965-09-21
D: 2018-06-19
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Carson, Michael
Leslie Innes
B: 1952-09-24
D: 2018-06-14
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Innes, Leslie
Mary Walker
B: 1951-03-23
D: 2018-05-20
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Walker, Mary
Alton Jackson
B: 1938-05-09
D: 2018-05-20
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Jackson, Alton
Billy Collins
B: 1928-07-17
D: 2018-05-18
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Collins, Billy
Zinna Smalley
B: 1945-10-28
D: 2018-05-03
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Smalley, Zinna
Robert Breymann
B: 1934-12-21
D: 2018-05-03
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Breymann, Robert
Charles Peterson
B: 1942-12-10
D: 2018-05-01
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Peterson, Charles
Kenneth Howell
B: 1958-05-21
D: 2018-04-29
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Howell, Kenneth
Dorothy Ellison
B: 1933-02-25
D: 2018-04-26
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Ellison, Dorothy
Daniel Hayes
B: 1948-05-15
D: 2018-04-21
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Hayes, Daniel
Katherine Johnson
B: 1938-06-07
D: 2018-04-16
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Johnson, Katherine
Robert Bateman
B: 1932-02-04
D: 2018-04-15
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Bateman, Robert
Carter Kissel
B: 1953-09-29
D: 2018-04-13
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Kissel, Carter
Cooper Dishmon
B: 1964-10-29
D: 2018-04-13
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Dishmon, Cooper
Starla Phillips
B: 1964-09-24
D: 2018-04-11
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Phillips, Starla
Ava Daniels
B: 2007-11-28
D: 2018-04-09
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Daniels, Ava
Jose Maldonado
B: 1937-11-07
D: 2018-04-07
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Maldonado, Jose
Robert Steele
B: 1940-08-11
D: 2018-04-05
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Steele, Robert
Louis Stahl
B: 1950-12-17
D: 2018-03-31
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Stahl, Louis
Anne Wilson
B: 1917-11-11
D: 2018-03-30
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Wilson, Anne

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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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