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Calvin Horsey
D: 2017-03-21
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Horsey, Calvin
Danny Stroud
B: 1990-02-09
D: 2017-03-21
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Stroud, Danny
Alvera Johnson
D: 2017-03-20
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Johnson, Alvera
Fannie Morrison
D: 2017-03-19
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Morrison, Fannie
Bertha Waller
B: 1924-02-06
D: 2017-03-19
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Waller, Bertha
Ruthie Nichols Vidrine
B: 1941-04-24
D: 2017-03-18
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Nichols Vidrine, Ruthie
Fannie Bowman
B: 1951-09-17
D: 2017-03-18
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Bowman, Fannie
Neal Brown
B: 1938-12-19
D: 2017-03-18
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Brown, Neal
Nancy Jackson
D: 2017-03-17
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Jackson, Nancy
Ernestine Stokes
B: 1942-06-25
D: 2017-03-17
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Stokes, Ernestine
Dierdre Brooks
B: 1960-02-17
D: 2017-03-17
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Brooks, Dierdre
Katina Ballard
B: 1972-10-05
D: 2017-03-17
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Ballard, Katina
Stephen Campbell
B: 1954-02-07
D: 2017-03-17
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Campbell, Stephen
Jerrie Harr
B: 1935-01-07
D: 2017-03-15
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Harr, Jerrie
Mary Bowden
B: 1929-09-27
D: 2017-03-14
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Bowden, Mary
Edward Smith
B: 1931-05-05
D: 2017-03-14
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Smith, Edward
James Moore
B: 1978-05-29
D: 2017-03-14
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Moore, James
William Shelton
B: 1968-05-28
D: 2017-03-14
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Shelton, William
Shannon Turk
D: 2017-03-14
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Turk, Shannon
Leonard Knight
B: 1970-11-30
D: 2017-03-14
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Knight, Leonard
William Robert Cason
B: 1971-09-17
D: 2017-03-13
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Cason, William Robert

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A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:

  • 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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