Obituaries

Cleo Smith
B: 1938-12-14
D: 2020-11-17
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Smith, Cleo
Annie Ross
B: 1960-01-16
D: 2020-11-16
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Ross, Annie
Anthony Barnes
B: 1964-05-25
D: 2020-11-16
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Barnes, Anthony
Annie Spencer
B: 1946-05-26
D: 2020-11-13
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Spencer, Annie
Clara Pugh
B: 1936-08-17
D: 2020-11-13
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Pugh, Clara
Rashawn Johnson
B: 1992-02-12
D: 2020-11-11
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Johnson, Rashawn
Mary Thomas
B: 1946-05-27
D: 2020-11-09
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Thomas, Mary
Suzette Prescott
B: 1974-02-13
D: 2020-11-06
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Prescott, Suzette
Glen Holmes
B: 1958-09-23
D: 2020-11-02
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Holmes, Glen
Travis Johnson
B: 1989-05-06
D: 2020-11-01
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Johnson, Travis
Sadie Jeffries Hurt
B: 1944-10-13
D: 2020-10-26
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Jeffries Hurt , Sadie
Mitchell Shipp
B: 1949-12-05
D: 2020-10-18
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Shipp, Mitchell
Gregory Harvey
D: 2020-10-13
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Harvey, Gregory
Valance Hall
B: 1934-01-02
D: 2020-10-12
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Hall, Valance
Anita Kirton
B: 1937-11-17
D: 2020-10-08
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Kirton, Anita
Catherine Hamond
B: 1924-10-13
D: 2020-10-08
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Hamond, Catherine
Frank Duncan
B: 1937-09-29
D: 2020-10-04
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Duncan, Frank
Leslie Brown
B: 1963-06-20
D: 2020-10-01
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Brown, Leslie
Alexia Erskine
B: 1980-06-07
D: 2020-09-28
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Erskine, Alexia
Regina Gibson
B: 1964-10-16
D: 2020-09-24
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Gibson, Regina
Diamond Tobler
B: 1993-07-22
D: 2020-09-23
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Tobler, Diamond

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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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