Obituaries

Juanita Brand
B: 1934-04-17
D: 2019-07-10
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Brand, Juanita
Duane Adams
B: 1939-11-01
D: 2019-07-07
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Adams, Duane
Loveill Matthews
B: 1948-11-07
D: 2019-07-06
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Matthews, Loveill
Cynthia Williams
B: 1951-05-01
D: 2019-07-04
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Williams, Cynthia
Michael McInnis
B: 1967-02-07
D: 2019-07-02
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McInnis, Michael
Alton Carelock
B: 1988-03-09
D: 2019-06-30
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Carelock, Alton
Sharla & Karen Davenport
D: 2019-06-30
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Davenport, Sharla & Karen
Harry Epps
B: 1940-07-08
D: 2019-06-29
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Epps, Harry
Martha Williams
B: 1942-01-06
D: 2019-06-28
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Williams, Martha
Louise McCormick
B: 1951-12-19
D: 2019-06-28
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McCormick, Louise
Josie Parker
B: 1930-04-17
D: 2019-06-18
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Parker, Josie
Jannie Jenkins
B: 1938-03-24
D: 2019-06-18
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Jenkins, Jannie
Ludie Hatten
D: 2019-06-15
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Hatten, Ludie
Saundra Broadnax
B: 1943-01-16
D: 2019-06-04
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Broadnax, Saundra
Erick Harris
B: 1974-07-16
D: 2019-06-02
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Harris, Erick
Alvin Warren
B: 1956-05-24
D: 2019-06-01
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Warren, Alvin
Mother Daisy McCray
B: 1925-12-02
D: 2019-05-28
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McCray, Mother Daisy
Hattie Lewis
B: 1930-01-19
D: 2019-05-19
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Lewis, Hattie
Linda Williams
B: 1951-07-12
D: 2019-05-19
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Williams, Linda
Jeroans Cathey
B: 1939-12-31
D: 2019-05-17
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Cathey, Jeroans
Edward Claboine
B: 1941-06-17
D: 2019-05-15
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Claboine, Edward

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The History of Cremation

Cremation has been a popular mehtod of disposition for many centuries, all across the world. Cremation started as far back as 20,000 years ago. There is evidence of cremation beginning in Europe around 2,000 B.C. Many scholars believe the practice became quite popular around this time for Europeans. 
 
Over time, popularity of cremation began to wane. By the Middle Ages, cremation became a form of punishment and was not viewed as a compassionate way to care for the deceased. Cremation reclaimed popularity by the late 1800’s. The first crematory in the United States was constructed in 1876. By 1913, there were 52 crematories across North America and more than 10,000 cremations occurring annually.
 
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