Obituaries

Lavonia Turner
B: 1939-12-01
D: 2017-06-26
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Turner, Lavonia
Charles Williams
D: 2017-06-26
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Williams, Charles
Marvin Howard
B: 1941-03-05
D: 2017-06-25
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Howard, Marvin
Tommy Hansford
B: 1937-02-16
D: 2017-06-25
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Hansford, Tommy
William Mattox
B: 1930-05-19
D: 2017-06-25
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Mattox, William
Beatrice Hansford
B: 1956-01-27
D: 2017-06-24
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Hansford, Beatrice
Virginia Casto
B: 1929-01-17
D: 2017-06-24
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Casto, Virginia
Virginia Patton
B: 1935-10-24
D: 2017-06-23
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Patton, Virginia
Edith Henderson
B: 1965-12-20
D: 2017-06-23
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Henderson, Edith
Andy Rigby
B: 1957-02-01
D: 2017-06-22
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Rigby, Andy
Calvin Bradberry
B: 1958-10-05
D: 2017-06-22
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Bradberry, Calvin
Howard Parham
D: 2017-06-22
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Parham, Howard
Pete Argo
B: 1926-10-25
D: 2017-06-21
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Argo, Pete
Herschel Elrod
B: 1939-01-22
D: 2017-06-21
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Elrod, Herschel
Caroline Jones
B: 1911-07-17
D: 2017-06-20
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Jones, Caroline
Sandra McIntosh
B: 1948-12-02
D: 2017-06-19
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McIntosh, Sandra
Margaret Branton
B: 1949-06-06
D: 2017-06-19
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Branton, Margaret
Martha Jackson
B: 1931-01-07
D: 2017-06-18
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Jackson, Martha
Vivian Vann
B: 1924-05-26
D: 2017-06-17
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Vann, Vivian
James Foster
B: 1923-05-01
D: 2017-06-17
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Foster, James
Edith Raines Whorton
B: 1956-05-30
D: 2017-06-16
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Raines Whorton, Edith

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (706) 546-1587 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014