Obituaries

Jonathan Willis
B: 1962-08-31
D: 2024-01-30
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Willis, Jonathan
Arthella DeBerry
B: 1929-11-29
D: 2024-02-17
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DeBerry, Arthella
Ernest Marshall
B: 1951-03-14
D: 2024-02-21
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Marshall, Ernest
Flora Hyman
B: 1932-03-30
D: 2024-02-19
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Hyman, Flora
Stanley Hester
B: 1942-01-30
D: 2024-02-15
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Hester, Stanley
Dorothy Davis
B: 1947-07-08
D: 2024-02-12
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Davis, Dorothy
Alphonso Thompson
B: 1951-11-22
D: 2024-02-16
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Thompson, Alphonso
Clarence Gray
B: 1954-08-22
D: 2024-02-08
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Gray, Clarence
McKinley Mitchell
B: 1944-10-14
D: 2024-02-05
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Mitchell, McKinley
Phenix Sumner
B: 1962-04-23
D: 2024-02-04
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Sumner, Phenix
Nannie Watson
B: 1930-11-09
D: 2024-02-10
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Watson, Nannie
Carolyn Lynch
B: 1944-04-11
D: 2024-02-03
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Lynch, Carolyn
Melvin Friend
B: 1954-09-19
D: 2024-01-31
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Friend, Melvin
Mary Smith
B: 1947-08-20
D: 2024-02-02
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Smith, Mary
John Baynes
B: 1937-12-20
D: 2024-01-29
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Baynes, John
Inzoria Bowe
B: 1944-07-23
D: 2024-02-03
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Bowe, Inzoria
Leslie Harris
B: 1960-08-30
D: 2024-01-28
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Harris, Leslie
Cameron Porter
B: 1985-09-12
D: 2024-02-02
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Porter, Cameron
Edith Staten
B: 1940-08-29
D: 2024-01-27
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Staten, Edith
James Johnson
B: 1932-08-02
D: 2024-01-28
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Johnson, James
Evelyn Colclasure
B: 1944-04-12
D: 2024-01-26
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Colclasure, Evelyn

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