Thaddeus Gilchrist
B: 1968-01-29
D: 2018-03-10
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Gilchrist, Thaddeus
Rachel Brown
B: 1930-12-12
D: 2018-03-09
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Brown, Rachel
BettyJo Durant
B: 1949-03-25
D: 2018-03-08
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Durant, BettyJo
Julia Williams
B: 1927-07-19
D: 2018-03-07
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Williams, Julia
Rosetta Simons
B: 1934-04-15
D: 2018-03-01
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Simons, Rosetta
Karen McNeal
B: 1961-11-18
D: 2018-02-26
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McNeal, Karen
Nichole Payne
B: 1980-02-19
D: 2018-02-26
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Payne, Nichole
Vernon Broady
B: 1931-01-06
D: 2018-02-23
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Broady, Vernon
Calvin Hayes
B: 1936-07-19
D: 2018-02-15
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Hayes, Calvin
Hattie Bryant
B: 1938-03-01
D: 2018-02-13
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Bryant, Hattie
Benjamin Freeman
B: 1933-04-14
D: 2018-02-12
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Freeman, Benjamin
Bena Taylor
B: 1945-12-06
D: 2018-02-10
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Taylor, Bena
Mable Darby
B: 1931-10-14
D: 2018-02-09
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Darby, Mable
Robert Watkins
B: 1933-08-22
D: 2018-02-08
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Watkins, Robert
Dennis Hairston
B: 1955-11-25
D: 2018-02-07
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Hairston, Dennis
Jamaica Woodard
B: 1954-04-14
D: 2018-02-06
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Woodard, Jamaica
Leroy Parham
B: 1969-11-11
D: 2018-02-04
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Parham, Leroy
Dion Evans
B: 1968-08-23
D: 2018-02-03
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Evans, Dion
Beverly Bryant
B: 1951-12-18
D: 2018-02-02
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Bryant, Beverly
Christopher Chappelle
B: 1990-02-24
D: 2018-02-02
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Chappelle, Christopher
Leonard Gaines
B: 1941-10-21
D: 2018-01-28
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Gaines, Leonard


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Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home, or a community hall. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

Memorial Service Ideas

Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more meaning than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?
  • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

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Using the above five questions as our guide, we will spend the time to help create a fitting memorial service for your loved one. Please call us at 757-622-1085 to learn the details of our memorial service planning process.

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