Obituaries

Edward Claboine
B: 1941-06-17
D: 2019-05-15
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Claboine, Edward
Marcella Hill
B: 1961-04-15
D: 2019-05-14
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Hill, Marcella
Mary Pope
B: 1967-11-19
D: 2019-05-11
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Pope, Mary
Tracy Gilmore
B: 1956-11-28
D: 2019-05-09
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Gilmore, Tracy
Michael Cox
B: 1957-04-13
D: 2019-05-03
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Cox, Michael
Wayne Spikes
B: 1942-06-20
D: 2019-05-03
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Spikes, Wayne
Rupert Benns
B: 1947-07-28
D: 2019-05-03
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Benns, Rupert
Bettye Howard
B: 1947-12-06
D: 2019-04-27
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Howard, Bettye
Stanley Holmes
B: 1954-09-09
D: 2019-04-24
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Holmes, Stanley
Arthur Harrell
B: 2019-01-06
D: 2019-04-13
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Harrell, Arthur
Janet Smith
B: 1935-02-19
D: 2019-04-07
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Smith, Janet
CherylAnn Jackson
B: 1995-08-12
D: 2019-04-06
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Jackson, CherylAnn
James E Legg
B: 1951-04-15
D: 2019-04-03
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Legg, James E
James Hawkins
D: 2019-03-29
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Hawkins, James
Namon Siplin
B: 1960-11-25
D: 2019-03-19
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Siplin, Namon
Shean Lewis
D: 2019-03-19
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Lewis, Shean
Anthony Gross
B: 1953-07-13
D: 2019-03-15
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Gross, Anthony
Sidney Lawhorn
B: 1961-02-07
D: 2019-03-14
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Lawhorn, Sidney
Sharon Oakley
B: 1962-03-05
D: 2019-03-13
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Oakley, Sharon
Mother Millicent Fletcher-Allwood
B: 1951-09-12
D: 2019-03-12
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Fletcher-Allwood, Mother Millicent
Ganga Bhattarai
B: 1943-10-01
D: 2019-03-12
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Bhattarai, Ganga

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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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