Our Obituaries

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. 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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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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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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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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ELIZABETH "LIZ" STEGALL

March 21, 2014

ELIZABETH "LIZ" STEGALL of Wake Forest, NC died March 21, 2014. She worked as a administrative services supervisor at the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service for over 20 years. Her husband, Larry F. Stegall, is the executive director of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association.
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MATTHEW R. BRUCE

March 21, 2014

MATTHEW R. BRUCE of Northborough, MA died March 21, 2014 at the age of 26. He was a licensed funeral director at Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel in Worcester, MA. He previously worked at Hays Funeral Home in Northborough and Rand-Harper-Pickering Funeral Home in Westborough as an apprentice. He enrolled in the funeral service pro-gram at Mount Ida College, graduating in 2007.
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SAMUEL BOOKER MARSHALL

March 15, 2014

REV. DR. SAMUEL BOOKER MARSHALL of Holly Hills, SC died March 15, 2014 at the age of 92. In 1949, he, his wife, Naomi, and his father-in-law, the late Abraham Madison Shuler, formed the Shuler-Marshall Funeral Home. He later became the sole proprietor of the business, which today is run by his daughter, Samuetta "Sam" Marshall.
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EDWARD P. MAZUR

March 15, 2014

EDWARD P. MAZUR of Ludlow, MA and Stratton Mountain, VT died March 15, 2014 at the age of 55. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at his family's business, Kapinos Funeral Home for many years. In 1984, the firm was renamed Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home to reflect the heritage ownership. He also worked for several area funeral homes as member of their adjunct staff. He was a member of the...
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WILLIAM C. "BILLY" HARWELL

March 14, 2014

WILLIAM C. "BILLY" HARWELL of Covington, GA died March 14, 2014 at the age of 74. He worked alongside his father, Charles Harwell and his brother Jack as a fourth generation funeral director at J. C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home, a company established by his great grandfather in 1893. After his father retired, he owned and operated the family business until his retirement in 2003. He graduated from...
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YNOCENCIO B. "GARY" MONNSERATT

March 13, 2014

YNOCENCIO B. "GARY" MONNSERATT of Anchorage, Alaska died March 13, 2104 at the age of 82. He worked as a funeral director and embalmer at Kehl's Forest Lawn Funeral Home from the mid 1950s until the late 1990s.
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FREDERICK F. FEISER

March 12, 2014

FREDERICK F. FEISER of New Oxford, PA died March 12, 2014 at the age of 95. He was a licensed funeral director, founder and former owner of Feiser Funeral Home Inc. He served as past president of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and the Capital City Funeral Directors Association.
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RICHARD G. THOMAS

March 11, 2014

RICHARD G. THOMAS of Hughesville, PA died March 11, 2014 at the age of 77. In 1972, he partnered with the Gordon D. McCarthy Funeral Home, forming the McCarthy-Thomas Funeral Home. He served the families of Hughesville and the surrounding communities for over 35 years, retiring in 2007. He was a life member of the Central Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, with over 50 years of continued...
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ROBERT W. BROULLIRE

March 10, 2014

ROBERT W. BROULLIRE of Manistique, MI died March 10, 2014 at the age of 88. He was a funeral director at Erickson Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and later the Morton Funeral Home in Manistique. In 1951, he and his classmate Donald E. Messier of Escanaba purchased the Morton home in Manistique and in 1961 established the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique and Garden. He became the sole...
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HENRY A. KOSTANSKI

March 7, 2014

HENRY A. KOSTANSKI of Holyoke, MA died March 7, 2014 at the age of 86. In 1951, he established the Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield and in 1952, he and his brother, Walter, opened a second firm in Turners Falls. He served as a registered embalmer and funeral director until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Massachusetts Funeral...
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ASHTON B.T. SMITH, JR

March 7, 2014

ASHTON B.T. SMITH, JR of West Chester, PA and Montana died March 7, 2014 at the age of 79. He was a fourth generation funeral director, owner and operator of the Joseph B. Smith & Son Funeral Home, which was established by his great-grandfather, Joseph B. Smith in 1875.He took over operation of the business after his father's death in 1970. In 1994, he merged the business with the Riley &...
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RAYMOND C. NEVILLE

March 1, 2014

RAYMOND C. NEVILLE of Gulf Port, FL and formerly of Toledo, OH died March 1, 2014 at the age of 89. He and his wife, Barbara opened Neville Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in 1953. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years. He graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science in 1948. He served as president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in 1976.
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ALFRED J. "FRED"/"AJ" MENARD III

February 28, 2014

ALFRED J. "FRED"/"AJ" MENARD III of South Yarmouth, MA died February 28, 2014 at the age of 80. He was a second generation funeral director at Menard Funeral Home, now known as the Menard-Lacoture Funeral Home, where he worked alongside his late father who founded the firm in Manville, RI in 1935. In 1956, they expanded their firm to include a branch in Woonsocket, RI. He continued to serve...
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DARCIE D. SIMS

February 27, 2014

DARCIE D. SIMS, PhD., CHT, CT, GMS of Puyallup, WA died February 27, 2014 at her home. She was a grief management specialist, a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastoral bereavement specialist, a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist and president and co-founder of Grief, Inc. She was the director of the American Grief Academy® and also the director of training and...
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THOMAS LARRY "TOMMY" HOLCOMBE

February 23, 2014

THOMAS LARRY "TOMMY" HOLCOMBE of Easley, SC died February 23, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a retired licensed funeral director and embalmer at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, SC. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1997.
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HARWELL BARBER

February 22, 2014

HARWELL BARBER of Abilene, TX died February 22, 2014 at the age of 87. He was chairman of board of Rita Barber, Inc., a tribute fashion business started by his mother, Rita Barber.
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GEORGE J. MOYLAN, JR

February 15, 2014

GEORGE J. MOYLAN JR of Rosendale, NY died February 15, 2014 at the age of 61. He was a second generation funeral director, owner and president of the George J. Moylan Funeral Home Inc in Rosendale and Stone Ridge. He became licensed in 1977 and assumed operation of the family business in 1995. He was a member of the Dutchess Putnum Ulster Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES M. "CHIEF" ATCHLEY

February 14, 2014

JAMES M. "CHIEF" ATCHLEY of Sevierville, TN died February 14, 2014 at the age of 86. He was a longtime funeral director at Atchley Funeral Home.
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DANIEL B. GARRITY

February 13, 2014

DANIEL B. GARRITY of Bloomington, MN died February 13, 2014 at the age of 67. He was a funeral director and embalmer for several firms, and was an established casket and vault salesman working for Aurora, Artco and most recently Brown Wilbert. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Mortuary Science.
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WILLIAM G. MALLOY

February 12, 2014

WILLIAM G. MALLOY of Northeast Philadelphia, PA died February 12, 2014 at the age of 90. In 1951, he established the William G. Malloy Funeral Home, the oldest funeral home in Somerton. He attended the H. E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science.
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EARL JOSEPH HOLCOMB

February 12, 2014

EARL JOSEPH HOLCOMB of St. Paul, MN died February 12, 2014 at the age of 98. He was a longtime St. Paul funeral director at the A. E. Henry Funeral Home, caring for and serving families since 1935. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program.
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VERNON ORVILLE CARDEN, SR

February 11, 2014

VERNON ORVILLE CARDEN, SR of East Bernard, TX, formerly of Richmond, TX died February 11, 2014 at the age of 87. In 1960, he partnered with John Garmany, forming the Garmany & Company Funer-al Home with locations in Richmond and Needville. In 1970, he purchased Garmany's interest and expanded the funeral home business to include locations in Missouri City and East Bernard, becoming known as the...
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KATHY R. CARTER SEVEDGE

February 8, 2014

KATHY R. CARTER SEVEDGE of Lenexa, KS died February 8, 2014 at the age of 76. She was the secretary and treasurer of Artco Casket Company, Inc, and served as co-owner of the family firm alongside her husband, Roger.
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ELLIS GENE MELTON

February 7, 2014

ELLIS GENE MELTON of North Little Rock, AR died February 7, 2014 at the age of 97. He was a funeral director at Melton Company, Inc, previously known as the Funeral Supply and Equipment Company, where he worked as a sales representative. The firm is now under the leadership of Ellis' son Presley Melton and now his grandsons Mark and Adam Melton, and has been in operation for 68 years. He...
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DAVID I. DEFRIEST

February 6, 2014

DAVID I. DEFRIEST of Southold, NY and Flagler Beach, FL died February 6, 2014 at the age of 97. In 1940, he established the DeFriest Funeral Home in Southold, which later grew to include locations in Mattituck and Shelter Island. He served as a licensed funeral director and was past president of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association.
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THEODORE R. "TED" HULEY

February 5, 2014

THEODORE R. "TED" HULEY of Erlanger, KY, formerly of Covington, KY died February 5, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a funeral director at Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Inc in Covington and Taylor Mill, KY.
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ROGER C. THOMPSON

February 1, 2014

ROGER C. THOMPSON of Kissimmee, FL died February 1, 2014 at the age of 71. In 1967, he purchased half-interest in what is now Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home. He later became sole owner of the firm, alongside his wife, Jean. He was a member and past president of the Central Florida Funeral Directors Association, a member of the International order of the Golden Rule, National Funeral Directors...
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RAYMOND A. LaFRAMBOISE

February 1, 2014

RAYMOND A. LaFRAMBOISE of Wells, ME died February 1, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Watson Funeral Home in Cambridge, MA, Dickinson Streeter Funeral Home in Springfield and Wilhelm Funeral Home in Miami, FL. In 1959, he purchased his own business, LaFramboise Funeral Home in Winchendon, MA. He sold the business in 1972, and began working for Royal Bond in Saint...
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EDWARD J. CAHILL, JR

January 31, 2014

EDWARD J. CAHILL JR of Peabody, MA died January 31, 2014 at the age of 64. He was employed as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the P.M. Cahill & Son Funeral Home. He was also involved with trade embalming at some North Shore funeral homes for several years. He graduated from the New England Institute of Embalming and Funeral Directing
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WESLEY C. BUD HALL

January 29, 2014

WESLEY C. BUD HALL of Lafayette, NY died January 29, 2014. He was the owner and operator of Hall Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Clifford Hall in 1924. He was also the owner of Briggs-Hall Memorial Home in Homer, NY as well as Whall Brockway. He was a member of the Central New York Funeral Directors Association, and was the state director of the Onondaga-Oswego Funeral...
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ROY B. WATSON

January 28, 2014

ROY B. WATSON of Winchester, TN died January 28, 2014 at the age of 90. He owned the Watson Funeral Home, previously known as the Steed-Anderson Funeral Home, before selling it to Jeff Gamble in 1981. He graduated from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in 1947.
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LUCILLE ELIZABETH DENHERDER

January 25, 2014

LUCILLE ELIZABETH DENHERDER of Paulding, OH died January 25, 2014 at the age of 94. She was a funeral director at Den Herder Funeral Home for over 40 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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