Obituaries

Wincie Bryant
B: 1923-01-28
D: 2018-12-07
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Bryant, Wincie
Charles Walker
B: 1947-03-17
D: 2018-12-05
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Walker, Charles
Linda Williams
B: 1957-10-03
D: 2018-12-05
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Williams, Linda
Gwendolyn Williams
B: 1932-05-06
D: 2018-12-02
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Williams, Gwendolyn
Jean Siler
B: 1930-02-16
D: 2018-11-30
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Siler, Jean
James Dyson
B: 1956-07-14
D: 2018-11-28
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Dyson, James
Lois Lovitt
B: 1941-11-23
D: 2018-11-27
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Lovitt, Lois
Alexander Barnes
B: 1960-12-06
D: 2018-11-23
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Barnes, Alexander
Carlyn Harrell
B: 1950-10-08
D: 2018-11-22
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Harrell, Carlyn
Christina Lyons
B: 1961-04-10
D: 2018-11-21
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Lyons, Christina
Mary Wiggins
B: 1931-01-17
D: 2018-11-19
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Wiggins, Mary
Avon Giddens
B: 1960-09-28
D: 2018-11-18
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Giddens, Avon
Melba Stallings
B: 1933-05-30
D: 2018-11-17
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Stallings, Melba
Ida Benson
B: 1934-07-20
D: 2018-11-16
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Benson, Ida
James Britt
B: 1936-06-02
D: 2018-11-15
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Britt, James
Vernice Smith
B: 1943-08-15
D: 2018-11-12
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Smith, Vernice
Sheila Ford
B: 1960-01-19
D: 2018-11-09
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Ford, Sheila
Mable Jackson
B: 1941-11-22
D: 2018-11-04
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Jackson, Mable
Harriette Kearney
B: 1921-10-23
D: 2018-11-03
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Kearney, Harriette
Robert Drake
B: 1961-10-22
D: 2018-11-03
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Drake, Robert
Mildred Harrell
B: 1933-03-08
D: 2018-11-01
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Harrell, Mildred

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Sit with the dying person; hold his/her hand. Reassure the person with a reminder
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Good byes are appropriate. Both the family and the person dying may find comfort in this process of "letting go."
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