Obituaries

Mildred Dickerson
B: 1934-05-14
D: 2017-07-16
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Dickerson, Mildred
Viola Edwards
B: 1926-02-16
D: 2017-06-17
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Edwards, Viola
Debra Ruccolo
B: 1952-06-12
D: 2017-06-12
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Ruccolo, Debra
Franklin Sharon
B: 1936-01-14
D: 2017-06-04
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Sharon, Franklin
Arthur Avery
B: 1941-07-07
D: 2017-05-28
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Avery, Arthur
Elsie Weisbarth
B: 1920-01-03
D: 2017-05-25
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Weisbarth, Elsie
Larry Torrey
B: 1948-02-12
D: 2017-05-14
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Torrey, Larry
Jeanne Bechtel
B: 1921-05-31
D: 2017-05-07
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Bechtel, Jeanne
Donna Baugh
D: 2017-05-06
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Baugh, Donna
Orville Burton
B: 1957-10-23
D: 2017-05-04
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Burton, Orville
Coy Haislip
B: 1937-07-25
D: 2017-05-02
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Haislip, Coy
Col. Charles Palmer
B: 1938-03-16
D: 2017-04-30
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Palmer, Col. Charles
Harold Lawrence
B: 1930-07-03
D: 2017-04-28
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Lawrence, Harold
Kathy Jenkins
B: 1956-09-20
D: 2017-04-25
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Jenkins, Kathy
Cathy Bair
B: 1956-02-22
D: 2017-04-21
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Bair, Cathy
Jerry Bailey
B: 1964-07-26
D: 2017-04-18
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Bailey, Jerry
Raymond Carmack
B: 1942-02-09
D: 2017-04-16
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Carmack, Raymond
Warren Bell
B: 1979-02-15
D: 2017-04-04
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Bell, Warren
William Logan
B: 1925-01-13
D: 2017-03-25
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Logan, William
Ruth Foy
B: 1914-08-01
D: 2017-03-23
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Foy, Ruth
Carolyn Geiger
B: 1918-12-17
D: 2017-03-18
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Geiger, Carolyn

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Who You Should Call First

It really depends on how and where the death occurred. Where a death has been anticipated, call your attending physician.

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.

The other first calls you should make include:

1. The funeral home
2. Immediate family members
3. Employers
4. Your Pastor
5. Your close friends

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
  • To notify the social circle, and gather family and friends together for support

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.

The death of a loved one can make us feel numb and ineffective. If this is the case for you, and you'd like additional advice about who to call, and when, reach out to us. We’ll be pleased to be your ally during this difficult time.