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William O'Neill
B: 1935-02-23
D: 2018-01-15
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O'Neill, William
Bonnie Smith
B: 1932-01-18
D: 2018-01-14
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Smith, Bonnie
Alonzo "A.B" Gaines
B: 1940-09-28
D: 2018-01-14
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Gaines, Alonzo "A.B"
Eula Parker
B: 1931-06-06
D: 2018-01-12
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Parker, Eula
Jerry Woodall
B: 1939-05-08
D: 2018-01-12
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Woodall, Jerry
Ronald Autry
D: 2018-01-11
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Autry, Ronald
Peggy Thrasher
D: 2018-01-11
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Thrasher, Peggy
Mary Hammonds
B: 1937-06-07
D: 2018-01-10
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Hammonds, Mary
Nancy Seymour
D: 2018-01-09
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Seymour, Nancy
Lottie England
B: 1926-08-09
D: 2018-01-09
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England, Lottie
Pauline Holcomb
B: 1918-04-07
D: 2018-01-07
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Holcomb, Pauline
Geneva Pierce
D: 2018-01-07
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Pierce, Geneva
Rhonda Smith
B: 1964-02-26
D: 2018-01-07
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Smith, Rhonda
Wesley Wilson
B: 1977-06-09
D: 2018-01-07
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Wilson, Wesley
Henry Gentry
B: 1948-03-22
D: 2018-01-06
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Gentry, Henry
James Wages
B: 1929-04-09
D: 2018-01-05
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Wages, James
Charles Fouche
B: 1947-07-14
D: 2018-01-05
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Fouche, Charles
James Temple
B: 1937-10-04
D: 2018-01-05
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Temple, James
Richard Payne
B: 1943-05-27
D: 2018-01-05
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Payne, Richard
Devin Moorman
B: 1992-12-14
D: 2018-01-04
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Moorman, Devin
Robert Gunter
B: 1937-12-06
D: 2018-01-03
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Gunter, Robert

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If the death is unexpected, call emergency services first. If there are no emergency services or doctor available in your area, or you are concerned or uncertain about the circumstances surrounding a death, contact your local coroner’s office or the Office of the Chief Coroner.

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When you think about it, these calls are being made for two distinct reasons:

  • To notify the authorities and obtain assistance in dealing with the body
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Naturally the first of those reasons takes priority, because it is your responsibility to care for your loved one. In fact, we think of this as one of the final acts of love that you can take. Placing their body in the care of professionals can be a relief, and will give you the space to make those calls involved in the second category of outreach: the purely social notifications that will surround you with support.

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