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Lillie Forrest
B: 1940-09-27
D: 2017-10-16
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Forrest, Lillie
Mary Darden
B: 1930-11-23
D: 2017-10-13
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Darden, Mary
Louizer Stewart
B: 1926-11-19
D: 2017-10-12
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Stewart, Louizer
Keith Williams
B: 1954-03-29
D: 2017-10-11
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Williams, Keith
Gregory Stone
B: 1999-04-02
D: 2017-10-10
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Stone, Gregory
Theodore Seeden
B: 1947-01-30
D: 2017-10-09
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Seeden, Theodore
Garland Woodson
B: 1950-07-24
D: 2017-10-09
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Woodson, Garland
Melverta Huntley
B: 1930-08-06
D: 2017-10-08
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Huntley, Melverta
Gertrude Bates
B: 1916-07-08
D: 2017-10-06
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Bates, Gertrude
Rose Day
B: 1956-08-07
D: 2017-10-03
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Day, Rose
Dewanna James
B: 1974-05-21
D: 2017-10-02
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James, Dewanna
Keyron Pettaway
B: 1993-08-23
D: 2017-10-02
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Pettaway, Keyron
Frank Woods
B: 1949-11-21
D: 2017-10-01
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Woods, Frank
Desmond Cartlidge, Sr.
B: 1962-08-26
D: 2017-09-30
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Cartlidge, Sr., Desmond
Martha Boyd
B: 1911-04-13
D: 2017-09-29
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Boyd, Martha
Daniel Thomas
B: 1964-07-23
D: 2017-09-29
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Thomas, Daniel
Stella Payton
B: 1943-05-24
D: 2017-09-28
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Payton, Stella
Kathleen Rowland-Grady
B: 1949-10-22
D: 2017-09-28
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Rowland-Grady, Kathleen
William Thomas III
B: 1986-10-01
D: 2017-09-28
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Thomas III, William
Caiden Lindsey
B: 2017-03-08
D: 2017-09-27
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Lindsey, Caiden
Kevin Burns
B: 1976-09-11
D: 2017-09-26
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Burns, Kevin

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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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