Obituaries

Marsha Marshall
B: 1951-01-01
D: 2020-02-18
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Marshall, Marsha
June Woods
B: 1934-06-01
D: 2020-02-17
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Woods, June
Tommy Walker
B: 1945-11-08
D: 2020-02-16
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Walker, Tommy
Jackie Pope
B: 1931-09-09
D: 2020-02-14
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Pope, Jackie
Sonja Helton
B: 1947-03-29
D: 2020-02-12
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Helton, Sonja
John McRary
B: 1947-08-06
D: 2020-02-04
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McRary, John
Stephen Coffey
B: 1959-02-08
D: 2020-02-02
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Coffey, Stephen
Murdock Marshall
B: 1970-01-22
D: 2020-01-28
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Marshall, Murdock
Jackie Gilbert
B: 1946-05-07
D: 2020-01-21
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Gilbert, Jackie
Naomi Lester
B: 1940-04-24
D: 2020-01-20
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Lester, Naomi
Stanley Benge
B: 1947-05-28
D: 2020-01-19
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Benge, Stanley
Hester Herman
B: 1938-05-07
D: 2020-01-16
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Herman, Hester
Virginia Lineback
B: 1933-06-23
D: 2020-01-16
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Lineback, Virginia
David Dewey
B: 1963-05-27
D: 2020-01-09
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Dewey, David
Theohary Smargian
B: 1945-01-21
D: 2020-01-02
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Smargian, Theohary
Mary Mellon
B: 1948-04-24
D: 2020-01-01
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Mellon, Mary
Malachi Sebastion
B: 2019-12-05
D: 2019-12-23
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Sebastion, Malachi
Alma Starnes
B: 1927-12-10
D: 2019-12-22
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Starnes, Alma
Willa Dean Dula
B: 1934-04-16
D: 2019-12-21
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Dula, Willa Dean
Anthony Atkin
B: 1959-06-01
D: 2019-12-17
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Atkin, Anthony
Lillie Triplett
B: 1934-03-30
D: 2019-12-15
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Triplett, Lillie

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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 (828) 396-3385 to begin.

Online Sources:

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