Our Obituaries

VIRGINIA DIANE FIDLER

November 28, 2014

VIRGINIA DIANE FIDLER of Belle, WV died November 28, 2014 at the age of 71. She was a retired secretary at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home. She was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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HAROLD EUGENE "HANK" GIBSON

November 28, 2014

HAROLD EUGENE "HANK" GIBSON of Ripley, WV died November 28, 2014 at the age of 59. He was previously employed at Bartlett-Burdette Funeral Home in Charleston before moving to Ripley, where he served his funeral service apprenticeship with Parsons Funeral Home. He ended his career as a funeral attendant with Waybright Funeral Home. He was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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ALFRED RALPH DAVIS

November 28, 2014

ALFRED RALPH DAVIS of Pamplico, SC died November 28, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a licensed funeral director and manager at Moses Funeral Home for over 40 years. He was a member of the South Carolina Morticians Association, Inc, Sixth District Congressional Morticians Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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EZEKIEL HILLIARD TREZEVANT, JR

November 28, 2014

EZEKIEL HILLIARD TREZEVANT JR of Columbia, SC died November 28, 2014 at the age of 83. He founded the Trezevant Funeral Home, which was the first minority-owned crematorium in Columbia. A graduate of the Atlanta College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, served as District 2 Governor and state convention coordinator for the South Carolina Morticians...
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LOHMAN HARTCOURT RAHMING

November 26, 2014

LOHMAN HARTCOURT RAHMING of Deerfield Beach, FL died November 26, 2014 at the age of 67. He was the owner, operator and licensed funeral director at Rahming-Poitier Funeral Home, where he specialized in the art of embalming and restorative art.
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MERLIN D. BRUBAKER

November 25, 2014

MERLIN D. BRUBAKER of Bettendorf, IA died November 25, 2014 at the age of 93. He was a funeral director at several Iowa funeral homes including: Bickford Funeral Home, Greenfield; Vieth Funeral Home, Oakland; Van Dyke Funeral Home, Pella; Dunns Funeral Home, Des Moines; McGinnis Funeral Home, Bettendorf; Runge Mortuary, where he retired from active service in 1986 after 14 ½ years; and recently...
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MARY BARBER COX

November 24, 2014

MARY BARBER COX of Bainbridge, GA died November 24, 2014 at the age of 84. She worked alongside her late husband, Walter, in the family business, Cox Funeral Home. She held a license as an apprentice funeral director.
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J. ALLAN GAHAGAN

November 23, 2014

J. ALLAN GAHAGAN of Davenport, IA died November 23, 2104 at the age of 91. He worked as a licensed funeral director for over 40 years at Hodgson, Esterdahl and Wheelan Funeral Homes. He retired in 1986.
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VIRGIL L. HOWARD

November 16, 2014

VIRGIL L. HOWARD of Olean, NY, formerly of Shin-glehouse, PA died November 16, 2014 at the age of 92. He along with his wife Bette, owned and operated the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse, PA, having taken over from his father-in-law, Howard Morton, who had owned and operated the former Morton Funeral Home in Shinglehouse. They retired on June 1, 1984, when Kevin and Patricia...
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DONALD L. WINANS

November 14, 2014

DONALD L. WINANS of Cortland, OH died November 14, 2014 at the age of 71. He was a licensed funeral director and co-owner of the Shafer-Williams Funeral Home for 26 years. He was a past president of the Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana County Funeral Directors Association, and member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, where he served on the board of directors; and the National Funeral...
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AMOS LEWIS

November 11, 2014

AMOS LEWIS of Titusville, FL died November 11, 2014 at the age of 86. He was the founder of the former Sunset Funeral Home, currently the Lewis-Ray Mortuary, Inc owned by his daughter, Deloris Ray-Ferguson. He served the community for over 40 years.
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MARY A. SEMSKI

November 11, 2014

MARY A. SEMSKI of Buffalo, NY died November 11, 2014 at the age of 92. She studied undertaking under her parents, John J. and Sophia Buszka, founders of the John J. Buszka Funeral Home. After apprenticing under her father, she received a New York State undertaking license, which allowed her to own and operate a funeral home. She took over operations of the family business after her father passed...
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OLIVER CROMWELL "O.C" PENNINGTON , JR

November 9, 2014

OLIVER CROMWELL "O.C" PENNINGTON JR of Raleigh, NC died November 9, 2014 at the age of 85. He was a third generation funeral director for nearly 50 years, working alongside his father at the Pennington Smith Funeral Home. In 1972, they merged with Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, where he served as vice president until his retirement in 2004.
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BOBBY ERWIN

November 7, 2014

BOBBY ERWIN of Pulaski, TN died November 7, 2014 at the age of 75. He was the former owner and active funeral director of Carr & Erwin Funeral Home.
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WALTER M. MATHEWS, JR

November 3, 2014

WALTER M. MATHEWS JR of Montezuma, GA and Butler, GA died November 3, 2014 at the age of 84. He was the owner and operator of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home for 40 years, retiring in 1996. He served as Mason County coroner for many years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1952. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Georgia Funeral...
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LEO C. "CHIPPER" BASLER, JR

October 28, 2014

LEO C. "CHIPPER" BASLER JR of Ste. Genevieve, MO died October 28, 2014 at the age of 68. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of the Basler Funeral Home since 1971 and the Basler Ambulance Service until 1979. He served as Ste. Genevieve county coroner for over 30 years. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1970. He was a member of the National Funeral...
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WILLIAM H. "BILL" MOORE

October 28, 2014

WILLIAM H. "BILL" MOORE of San Diego, CA died October 28, 2014 at the age of 97. In 1959, he founded Bill Moore Vinyl Productions. Through the Nite-Glo division Bill provided emergency phone stickers to the funeral industry for many years. Bill's daughter, Pat Moore and Joanie Moore Coudding, were featured as the Nite-Glo girls in an ad campaign which ran in this newspaper for many years. Pat and...
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EDWARD JOSEPH WUJEK

October 24, 2014

EDWARD JOSEPH WUJEK of Saint Clair Shores, MI died October 24, 2014 at the age of 74. He was a funeral director and co-founder of Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc.
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GORDON A. WERNER

October 23, 2014

GORDON A. WERNER of Westhampton Beach, NY died October 23, 2014 at the age of 63. He was the operator of the Follett & Werner Funeral Home, and former owner of the Lindenhurst Funeral Home. He served as director for the Westhampton Cemetery Association.
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EDWIN M. "LITTLE TUCK" COOTS, JR III

October 20, 2014

EDWIN M. "LITTLE TUCK" COOTS JR III of Jeffersonville, IN died October 20, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a fourth generation funeral director at E. M. Coots' Sons Funeral Home, which was founded in 1860. He served as deputy coroner from 1960 until 2008.
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MICHAEL A. DOYLE, JR

October 18, 2014

MICHAEL A. DOYLE JR of Morristown, NJ died October 18, 2014 at the age of 84. He was a funeral director at the Doyle Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Michael A. Doyle Sr., in 1914. He served as past president of the New Jersey State Board of Mortuary Science.
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LAURA M. McVICKER

October 18, 2014

LAURA M McVICKER of Longview, WA died October 18, 2014 at the age of 84. She worked alongside her husband, Don W. McVicker, as a funeral director for the Dahl-McVicker Ditlevsen-Moore Funeral Home in Kelso and the McVicler's Fir Lawn Chapel in Toledo until retirement.
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STEVEN WILLIAM MILLS

October 13, 2014

STEVEN WILLIAM MILLS of McMechen, WV died October 13, 2014 at the age of 59. He was a funeral director and embalmer with Kirby/Vance Funeral Home, Moundsville, WV; Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Wheeling, WV, Lohr and Barb Funeral Home, Elkins, WV; Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, WV; and most recently Kepner Funeral Homes, Wheeling, WV. He graduated from the Cincinnati Institute of Mortuary Science.
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LANDON "GRUMP" BYARS YARBROUGH, JR

October 11, 2014

LANDON "GRUMP" BYARS YARBROUGH JR of Cov-ington, TN died October 11, 2014 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of the Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home and the Covington Memorial Gardens, which he purchased in 1960. He served as Tipton County Coroner for an extensive period of time. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College in 1959.
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THADDEUS T. BORON

October 11, 2014

THADDEUS T. BORON of Pittsburgh, PA died October 11, 2014 at the age of 90. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 65 years. In 1954, he was hired as the manager of the E. C. Koontz Funeral Home. In 1968, he purchased the firm, renaming it Boron Funeral Home Inc. He was past president of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association, was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral...
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BARBARA SPEAR JOHNSON

October 8, 2014

BARBARA SPEAR JOHNSON of McDonough, GA died October 8, 2014 at the age of 78. She was a licensed funeral director and owner of Spear and Spear Funeral Home, which was established by her grandparents Joe and Vera Spear more than 90 years ago.
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DAVID N. BROWN

October 4, 2014

DAVID N. BROWN of Coshocton, OH died October 4, 2014 at the age of 73. He sold chemicals in Ohio and Kentucky for The Dodge Company of Cambridge, MA for 43 years. He retired in 2011. After retirement, he returned to Given-Dawson Funeral Home, working part time. He graduated from the New England Institute of Embalming in Boston, MA.
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ANDREW JACKSON "A.J." PARISH, JR

October 3, 2014

THE REV ANDREW JACKSON "A.J." PARISH JR of Fort Smith, AR died October 3, 2014 at the age of 78. He operated Rowell-Parish Mortuary and had served as Sebastian County coroner for 18 years.
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JAMES WALTER POLAND

October 1, 2014

JAMES WALTER POLAND of Conway, PA died October 1, 2014 at the age of 68. He was a funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. In 1974, he purchased the McCabe Funeral Home in Ambridge, adding a second location in Conway in 1979. The firm was renamed Poland Funeral Home, Inc in 1985. He was a member and past president of the Beaver Lawrence County Funeral Directors Association, a member and...
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JAMES WALTER POLAND

October 1, 2014

JAMES WALTER POLAND of Conway, PA died October 1, 2014 at the age of 68. He was a funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. In 1974, he purchased the McCabe Funeral Home in Ambridge. In 1979, he added a second location in Conway, renaming it Poland Funeral Home Inc. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Beaver-Lawrence County Funeral Directors...
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HARRY DOUGLAS LEWIS, JR

September 29, 2014

HARRY DOUGLAS LEWIS JR of Moorestown, NJ died September 29, 2014 at the age of 78. In 1964, he purchased Lewis Funeral Home. He also operated the Medford location from 1980 until 1993. He was a 1957 graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Service, and served his apprenticeship at the Foster Funeral Home in Collingswood, NJ. Lewis retired in 2008. He was a member of the New Jersey State...
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STEPHEN A. SCILLIERI

September 29, 2014

STEPHEN A. SCILLIERI of Paterson, NJ died September 29, 2014 at the age of 57. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of the Scillieri Funeral Home. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in 1984.
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WARREN J. FITZGERALD, SR

September 28, 2014

WARREN J. FITZGERALD SR of Cohoes, NY died September 28, 2014 at the age of 78. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, which he established in 1963. He graduated from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in 1960 where he received a scholarship given on competitive basis from the New York State Funeral Directors Association. He was licensed in 1961 after...
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L. C. MAY

September 25, 2014

L. C. MAY of Anderson, IN died September 25, 2014 at the age of 82. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 50 years at the L. C. May Funeral Home, which he established in 1960. He served his apprenticeship under the leadership of Leonard Underwood at Underwood Funeral Home. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1958, was a member of the Indiana Funeral...
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EUGENE H. DRINKWINE

September 19, 2014

EUGENE H. DRINKWINE of Cherry Flats, PA died September 19, 2014 at the age of 72. He and his wife, Carolyn Ann Drinkwine owned and operated the former Drinkwine Funeral Home in Blossburg for many years. He recently worked as a funeral director for Sanders Mortuary in Williamsport and assisted the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc for many years. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral...
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GORDON B. GARRETT

September 10, 2014

GORDON B. GARRETT of Titusville, PA died September 10, 2014 at the age of 80. In 1956 he began working at E. A. Peterson Funeral Home before purchasing it alongside his wife Marcia in 1965. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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ROBERT CREAL, SR

September 10, 2014

ROBERT CREAL SR of St. Petersburg, FL died September 10, 2014 at the age of 88. He was the owner of Creal Funeral Home. He became president of the Florida Mortuary Association in the late 70's. He later served on a governor-appointed board that oversaw new funeral home regulations and organized statewide seminars to educate black funeral home directors about the changes. He also served as a...
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MICHAEL JOHN CARLUCCI

September 7, 2014

MICHAEL JOHN CARLUCCI of Dunmore, PA died September 7, 2014 at the age of 94. He worked alongside his late parents, John "Jack" and Mary Coviello Carlucci and brother, Leonard at the Carlucci Funeral Home for over 65 years as a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director. A graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, he was a member of the Lackawanna County...
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FRANCIS "F. W." STANLEY, JR

September 5, 2014

FRANCIS "F. W." STANLEY JR of Shelby, NC died September 5, 2014 at the age of 84. He was a fifth generation funeral director, owner and operator of Stanley Funeral Home in Goldsboro. He closed the family business in 1963. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1953, and is the only person to date to score "100" on the North Carolina State Board of Funeral Service Science...
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CAROL B. NEILL

August 31, 2014

CAROL B. NEILL of Mooresville, NC died August 31, 2014 at the age of 77. In 1980, he founded Neill Funeral Home, operating it for 34 years as a funeral director before selling it to, Clint Ingram, his mentee in late March. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1958.
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MELANIE HEATH BRYANT POSEY

August 30, 2014

MELANIE HEATH BRYANT POSEY of Paragould, AR died August 30, 2014 at the age of 43. She was a third generation funeral director, embalmer and assistant manager of the family business, Heath Funeral Home, which was founded by her grandparents, the late Verlyn L. and Helen Heath in 1945. In addition, she served as the founder and organizer for the funeral home's Tree of Memory Service. She was past...
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B. F. "BUDDY" LORIMER III

August 30, 2014

B. F. "BUDDY" LORIMER, III of Chattanooga, TN died August 30, 2014 at the age of 72. He was a licensed Tennessee funeral director and embalmer at Chattanooga Funeral Home. He worked at Booth Funeral Home in Rockwood, TN during high school. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1963.
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ADRIAN F. BOYLSTON

August 29, 2014

ADRIAN F. BOYLSTON of Hilton Head Island, SC died August 29, 2014 at the age of 87. He served as publisher of the American Funeral Director and American Cemetery magazines, and the Blue Book of Funeral Directors for more than four decades. In 1959, he joined his father's company, Kates-Boylston Publications as advertising manager for the Midwest territory. Following the sudden death of his father...
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WILLIAM P. "BILL" RUTHERFORD

August 24, 2014

WILLIAM P. "BILL" RUTHERFORD of Columbus, OH died August 24, 2014 at the age of 91. He was president and CEO of Rutherford Funeral Homes and Crematories and was a licensed funeral director since 1944. He served as past president of the Cremation Association of North America, Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors...
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CHARLES EDWIN HESS

August 22, 2014

CHARLES EDWIN HESS of Danville, WV formerly of Williamson, WV died August 22, 2014 at the age of 90. He was a licensed funeral director for 67 years and employed at Handley Funeral Home for 37 years.
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Pastor Bernard Doc Williams

August 22, 2014

PASTOR BERNARD "DOC" WILLIAMS of Birmingham, AL died August 22, 2014 at the age of 62. He was the president and owner of the Westside Funeral Home, which has locations in Fairfield and Calera. He was active in several national associations.
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WALTER L. SOJKA FUNERAL HOME

August 17, 2014

WALTER L. SOJKA FUNERAL HOME of West Town, IL died August 17, 2014 at the age of 84. He established the Walter L. Sojka Funeral Home in 1954 and managed it for over 60 years.
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STEPHEN G. THIAULT

August 15, 2014

STEPHEN G. THIAULT of Milo, ME died August 15, 2014 at the age of 74. He was employed at Eastern Maine Medical Center as a phlebotomist and lab technician. He later moved to Rumford in 1970, where he purchased and operated the S. G. Thibault Funeral Home until retiring in 2006. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute Funeral Service in 1963.
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HOWARD JOHNSON, SR

August 12, 2014

HOWARD JOHNSON, SR of Bessemer, AL died August 12, 2014 at the age of 87. He began working in the funeral industry in 1944 under his mentor, Dr. Arthur George Gaston at his Smith and Gaston Funeral Home. In 1967, he purchased the firm from Gaston, renaming it Johnson Memorial Funeral Directors, which continues to be operated by his son, Howard Johnson, Jr. He was past treasurer of the Alabama...
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TERRY LEE PAYNE

August 11, 2014

TERRY LEE PAYNE of Hinton, WV died August 11, 2014 at the age of 72. He began his career in funeral service at E. M. Meadows Funeral Home. He man-aged the former Hunter & Hunter Funeral Home in Madison, WV from 1967 until 1970 and was also a former employee of Ronald Meadows Funeral Home in Hinton. He was an associate director at Pivont Funeral Home for the last 12 years. He graduated from the...
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JESSE BENJAMIN RICHMOND, JR

August 2, 2014

JESSE BENJAMIN RICHMOND JR of Gulfport, MS died August 2, 2014 at the age of 73. He was licensed in the state of Louisiana and Mississippi as a funeral director and embalmer. He served his apprenticeship at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa, under the direction of his uncle, Moses L. Richmond. His uncle, Silas Richmond referred him to the late W. B. McDaniel, former owner of the W. B....
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JOSEPH J. WASIK

July 24, 2014

JOSEPH J. WASIK of Shelby Township and Presque Isle Harbor, MI died July 24, 2014 at the age of 72. He was the co-owner of the Wasik Funeral Homes, which has locations in Shelby Township and Warren. He was a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, where he recently received recognition for being a funeral director for 50 years.
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JIM YOST

July 22, 2014

JIM YOST of Champaign, IL died July 22, 2014 at the age of 69. He owned and operated Owens Funeral Home in Champaign and Blair-Owens Funeral Home in Mahomet.
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MIRIAM E. PIPES

July 14, 2014

MIRIAM E. PIPES of Detroit, MI died July 14, 2014 at the age of 74. She was the owner and president of Shugar's Publishing, which she founded in 1979. In 1993, Shugar's became a publishing company with The Purple Directory as its primary product. She served as a consultant for the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the Michigan Selected Mortician Association.
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JOSEPH TURNBULL DOHERTY

July 12, 2014

JOSEPH TURNBULL DOHERTY of Medford, MA and Somerville, MA died July 12, 2014 at the age of 89. He worked alongside his brother, George as a licensed funeral director at Doherty Funeral Service, Inc from 1969 until his retirement in 1989.
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SUVEE EVELYN GRAHAM SMITH

July 10, 2014

SUVEE EVELYN GRAHAM SMITH of St. Louis, MO died July 10, 2014 at the age of 98. In 1945, she and her late husband established the Wm Smith Funeral Home, which was one of the oldest black owned and operated funeral homes in St. Louis.
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FRED BIGGS

July 6, 2014

FRED BIGGS of Sedalia, MO died July 6, 2014 at the age of 80. He worked at Heckart Funeral Home as an ambulance driver and a funeral director for 55 years, retiring in 1999. He served as Pettis County coroner from 1981 until 2004.
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ROBERT E. SISK

July 5, 2014

ROBERT E. SISK of Wallingford, CT and Naples, FL died July 5, 2014 at the age of 69. He joined the family business, Sisk Brothers Funeral Homes in New Haven, Hamden, East Haven and Branford, CT as a funeral director and owner for many years. He was a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association and was also an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.
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JACKIE RAY PARTLOW

June 30, 2014

JACKIE RAY PARTLOW of Lebanon, TN died June 30, 2014 at the age of 73. He established Partlow Funeral Chapel in 1979. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1963.
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MILTON JAMES , JR

June 29, 2014

MILTON JAMES JR of Lake Ariel, PA died June 29, 2014 at the age of 63. He was a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director for 40 years. He owned and operated the James Wilson Funeral Home, where he served as supervisor until his death. He previously served as partner at the Davies & Jones Funeral Chapel. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York.
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MARGARET BEATRICE HILL STEWART

June 24, 2014

MARGARET BEATRICE HILL STEWART of Washington, DC died June 24, 2014 at the age of 97. She worked alongside her husband, John T. Stewart Jr., in operating the Stewart Funeral Home, which his father, John T. Stewart, Sr., had established in 1900. Together, they expanded the distinguished Stewart Funeral Services legacy into a business that has served the citizens of the metropolitan area for well...
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ERIC E. ZENTNER

June 18, 2014

ERIC E. ZENTNER of Joplin, MO died June 18, 2014 at the age of 45. He worked alongside his wife, the former Beth Fraley, as co-owner and operator of Fraley Funeral Supply. He was also a sales representative for Bass–Mollett Publishers Inc and Hydrol Chemical Company.
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JAMES HARRISON "HAL" LARIMER

June 16, 2014

JAMES HARRISON "HAL" LARIMER of Woodbury, TN died June 16, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a funeral director, undertaker, ambulance driver and owner of Woodbury Funeral Home, which he bought into with the late Claude and Audrey Wilcher.
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LEON WALLACE MANNING

June 15, 2014

LEON WALLACE MANNING of Pocatello, ID died June 15, 2014 at the age of 88. He was co-owner and co-founder of Colonial Funeral Home, which was established in 1993.
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MAYME THOMASENOR WALKER "TOMMIE" PEARSON

June 12, 2014

MAYME THOMASENOR WALKER "TOMMIE" PEARSON of Dublin, GA died June 12, 2014 at the age of 80. She was the owner of Dublin Funeral Home.
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CHARLES HENRY CHEW III

June 12, 2014

CHARLES HENRY CHEW III of Philadelphia, PA died June 12, 2014 at the age of 91. He was a licensed funeral director and mortician at The Chew Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Charles H. Chew Jr., in 1927. His two younger brothers, Edward and Ramsey later followed him into the business, renaming it Charles H. Chew and Sons. After the death of his father in 1970, he became a senior...
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STEPHEN A. FARNELLI, SR

June 6, 2014

STEPHEN A. FARNELLI SR of Williamstown, NJ died June 6, 2014 at the age of 81. In 1960, he and his late wife, Anita founded the Farnelli Funeral Home, which the family continues to operate. He received his degree from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. He was a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, West Jersey Funeral Directors Association and the National...
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CHARLIE SAUER

June 5, 2014

CHARLIE SAUER of Middletown, NY, formerly of New Milford, NJ died June 5, 2014 at the age of 89. He was a dedicated employee with Ambassador Associates, a division of Good Will Publishers for 61 years.
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MARK VINCENT YANAITIS

June 4, 2014

MARK VINCENT YANAITIS of Plains, PA died June 4, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a funeral director at Yanaitis Funeral Home, which his father, Vincent W. Yanaitis established in 1938. He began operating the funeral home after his father passed in 1981. He continued his service for 41 years until retiring in 2013. His son, Christopher, a third generation funeral director took over operations of the...
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SANFORD B. EPSTEIN

June 4, 2014

SANFORD B. EPSTEIN of Parsippany-Morris Plains, NJ previously of Irvington, NJ died June 4, 2014 at the age of 78. He was the manager and caretaker of the Newark Jewish Cemeteries and Beth David Memorial Park. He formed Sanford B. Epstein, Inc., headquartered in Kenilworth, and joined his mother, Ida Margolis Epstein in forming I Epstein and Son, a maintenance and caretaking company for the Union...
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GERALD O. "JERRY" BAHNMILLER

May 28, 2014

GERALD O. "JERRY" BAHNMILLER of Jackson, MI died May 28, 2014 at the age of 92. He and his wife, Mildred, owned and operated the Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline for several years before selling it to Jim Robinson in 1984. The Bahnmillers purchased the funeral home from Francis and Alice Lockwood in 1961. He attended Wayne State University where he studied mortuary science. He was a member of...
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H. CRAIG MANN

May 24, 2014

H. CRAIG MANN of Philadelphia, PA died May 24, 2014 at the age of 66. He was president of Mann Funeral Home Inc in Olney for many years, which was established by his father, Henry in 1909. He became supervisor of the family business when his father died in 1993. He was a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan.
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ELMER HAROLD VIERKANT

May 21, 2014

ELMER HAROLD VIERKANT of Osage, IA died May 21, 2014 at the age of 85. He was a longtime funeral director, serving families in El Cajon since 1953. He served his internship under the direction of Milton Paris of Paris Mortuary. Elmer then moved to Lewis Colonial Mortuary where he served as a funeral director for several years. In 1961, he returned to manage Paris Mortuary, which eventually became...
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KEVIN FRANCIS MONAGHAN

May 14, 2014

KEVIN FRANCIS MONAGHAN of Mechanicsville, VA died May 14, 2014 at the age of 51. In 2000, he founded Hanover Memorial Park Cemetery. In 2007, he partnered with his brother Jerry to found Monaghan Funeral Home & Cremation Services. He was a graduate of Mid-America College of Mortuary Service in Jeffersonville, IN.
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ROBERT C. PASTORIUS

May 13, 2014

ROBERT C. PASTORIUS of Wexford, PA, formerly of Shaler, PA died May 13, 2014 at the age of 65. He was a longtime Pittsburgh funeral director, and was past board member and secretary of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association.
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GERTRUDE L. HEYWARD

May 8, 2014

GERTRUDE L. HEYWARD of Charleston, SC died May 8, 2014 at the age of 96. She was a licensed funeral director at G. W. Heyward's Mortuary, which was founded by her father in 1924. She assumed ownership of the firm in 1978, and at the time of her passing was the oldest living African-American licensed embalmer in South Carolina. She was a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in...
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AGNES MOBILE SCOTT HAIRSTON

May 6, 2014

AGNES MOBILE SCOTT HAIRSTON of Martinsville, VA died May 6, 2014 at the age of 88. She was a licensed Virginia and North Carolina funeral director, embalmer, former owner and chairman emeritus of Hairston Funeral Home. She graduated from the John Tyler Community College, where she served as program head for mortuary science for four years. She was president of both the Virginia Morticians...
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MILTON H. WILLIAMS III

May 6, 2014

MILTON H. WILLIAMS III of Marshall, TX died May 6, 2014 at the age of 68. He worked as a third generation funeral director, manager, mortician and president of Peoples Funeral Home.
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JOE DUDLEY DENTON

May 3, 2014

JOE DUDLEY DENTON of Flemingsburg, KY died May 3, 2014 at the age of 71. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and former owner of Denton Funeral Home. He served eight terms for a total of 29 years as a coroner for Fleming County.
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GARY LYN MURLEY

April 29, 2014

GARY LYN MURLEY of Helenwood, TN died April 29, 2014 at the age of 64. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Tennessee and Indiana. He established Collins-Murley Mortuary before purchasing the West Funeral Home from the Vernon West family in the 1970's. The firm later became known as the West-Murley Funeral Home. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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TERRY L. GORACKE

April 27, 2014

TERRY L. GORACKE of Tacoma, WA died April 27, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years.
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RICHARD W. "DICK" DELL, SR

April 21, 2014

RICHARD W. "DICK" DELL SR of Latrobe, PA died April 21, 2014 at the age of 86. In 1954, he established the Richard W. Dell Home for Funerals in Latrobe. When he sold the business in 1988, he continued working at funeral homes in Latrobe and Greensburg. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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W. ROBERT CRESS

April 19, 2014

W. ROBERT CRESS of Madison, WI died April 19, 2014 at the age of 89. In 1977, he and his wife, Hazel purchased the Frautschi Funeral Home, renaming it The Cress Funeral & Cremation Service. He previously worked as a funeral director at an Eau Claire funeral home, and later took a sales job with the Belmont Casket Company in Columbus, OH. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science...
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HARRY O. HARMAN, JR

April 18, 2014

HARRY O. HARMAN JR of Lexington, SC died April 18, 2014 at the age of 79. In 1961, he established the Harman Funeral Home, which became Caughman-Harman Funeral Home. He spent nearly 50 years as a licensed embalmer and funeral director. He served as Lexington County's coroner since 1977. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1959. He was a member of the South Carolina...
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THOMAS ED PEACOCK

April 18, 2014

THOMAS ED PEACOCK of Quincy, FL died April 18, 2014 at the age of 82. He was a licensed funeral director 60 years.
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GAYLE W. O'NEIL

April 18, 2014

GAYLE W. O'NEIL of Corbin, KY died April18, 2014 at the age of 88. He was the owner and operator of O'Neil Funeral Home, now known as the O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home.
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REX GEORGE ROBBINS

April 18, 2014

REX GEORGE ROBBINS of Ashland, OH died April 18, 2014 at the age of 84. He was a licensed funeral director and partner in the Heyl-Robbins Funeral Home for numerous years. He went on to become a representative for the prestigious Marsellus Casket Company in 1968, located in Syracuse, NY. He retired after more than 25 years of service in 1993. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Embalming....
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ADOLPHOUS G. BULLOCK

April 17, 2014

ADOLPHOUS G. BULLOCK of Dorchester, MA died April 17, 2014 at the age of 92. He worked alongside his wife, Toni in the operation of the Bullock Funeral Homes in Boston, which they owned for 40 years. In 1973, they opened a second firm in Mattapan. The firm closed in 1999.
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RICHARD E. "DICK" COLLINS

April 14, 2014

RICHARD E. "DICK" COLLINS of Fonda, NY died April 14, 2014 at the age of 87. He worked for three generations of the Jackson family who owned funeral homes in Fonda and Fultonville. He later continued working for the Jackson & Betz Funeral Home in Fultonville. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service.
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CLIFFORD ABRAMS

April 12, 2014

CLIFFORD ABRAMS of North White Plains, NY, formerly of Mt. Vernon, NY died April 12, 2014 at the age of 60. He was a licensed funeral director at Riverside Memorial Chapels in both New York City and Mt. Vernon.
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JOSEPH "JOE" WILLIAM EPLER

April 5, 2014

JOSEPH "JOE" WILLIAM EPLER of Northumberland, PA died April 5, 2014 at the age of 76. In 1979 he established the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, which he operated until his retirement in 2007. Following his retirement, he continued to assist new owners, Michael and Veronica Splain. From 1969-1979 he was a branch superintendent with National Casket Company in Philadelphia. He graduated from the...
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R. PETER HODGE

April 5, 2014

R. PETER HODGE of Princeton, NJ died April 5, 2014 at the age of 77. In 1971, he established the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, where he served as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator. In 1976, he acquired the M. J. Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction. He was a member of the Mercer County Funeral Directors Association and past president of the State Board of Mortuary Science of New...
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ROBERT CHARLES ADKINS

April 4, 2014

ROBERT CHARLES ADKINS of Jacksonville, FL died April 4, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a licensed funeral director and manager of a funeral home in Folkston that he co-owned with his father for twenty-two years. After selling the funeral business, he began working as a management consultant in Jacksonville for American Society of Funeral Directors, which he purchased in 1982. He sold the firm and...
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GENA L. SMITH

April 1, 2014

GENA L. SMITH of Pardeeville, WI died April 1, 2014 at the age of 45. She was a funeral director, owner and operator at the Smith-Vangen Funeral Home in Rio. She worked alongside her father in the family's business, Smith Funeral Home and Furniture Store. She obtained a degree in mortuary science from the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She was a member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors...
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EUGENE J. SUJKOWSKI, JR

March 31, 2014

EUGENE J. SUJKOWSKI JR of Perrysburg Township, OH died March 31, 2014 at the age of 74. He was a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer for 40 years at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford which he purchased alongside his wife, Marcia in 1976. During this time, he also worked at his family's funeral home, which was established by his great-grandfather, William K. Sujkowski in 1888. He...
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BERNARD H. "BERNIE" SUESS

March 31, 2014

BERNARD H. "BERNIE" SUESS of Perkasie, PA died March 31, 2014 at the age of 86. He was a funeral director at Kirk & Nice Funeral Home in Philadelphia before, along with his wife, Joan C. Suess, purchasing the former Benner Funeral Home in Perkasie in 1960. The firm became known as the Benner-Suess Funeral Home, and later the Bernard Suess Funeral Home. He retired in 1999. He was a member of the...
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EDDIE BECKWITH, JR

March 27, 2014

EDDIE BECKWITH JR of Tallulah, LA died March 27, 2014 at the age of 64. He served as chief director of operation at the Beckwith Golden Gate Funeral Home in Tallulah.
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VIRGINIA BURGE STROUP

March 27, 2014

VIRGINIA BURGE STROUP of Gallatin, MO died March 27, 2014 at the age of 97. She worked alongside her husband, Virgil as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Stroup Funeral Home in Winston, and Missouri.
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WILLIAM F. "DIGGER" YOUNG, JR

March 25, 2014

WILLIAM F. "DIGGER" YOUNG JR of Butler, PA died March 25, 2014 at the age of 81. He was a lifelong funeral director. He was became a partner with his father in the Young Funeral Home in West Sunbury in 1963, after buying his uncle's share in the business. In 1970, he purchased the Atwell Funeral Home in Butler, which became Young Funeral Home, Ltd where he continued to work up until his death. He...
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ROBERT M. BRUNSON

March 25, 2014

ROBERT M. BRUNSON JR of Richmond, VA died March 25, 2014 at the age of 47. He co-founded Brunson's Funeral Chapel alongside his father, Robert M. Brunson, Sr. His wife, Elicia Vaughter Brunson and son, Brandon Brunson will take over operation of the firm. He became the youngest licensed funeral director and embalmer in Virginia at the age of 23. He attended the John Tyler Community College.
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