Obituaries

Carolyn Sue Austin
B: 1935-07-26
D: 2021-07-17
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Austin, Carolyn Sue
Loyce Alberta Caloway
B: 1924-09-26
D: 2021-07-14
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Caloway, Loyce Alberta
Percy Morris, III
B: 1952-02-13
D: 2021-07-11
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Morris, III, Percy
Howard Charles Forrest
B: 1925-08-04
D: 2021-07-09
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Forrest, Howard Charles
Wiley Cecil Stone
B: 1940-08-31
D: 2021-07-02
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Stone, Wiley Cecil
Lydia Ann Morris Cowgill
B: 1948-11-02
D: 2021-06-27
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Cowgill, Lydia Ann Morris
Robert Cook
B: 1932-03-10
D: 2021-06-25
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Cook, Robert
Jimmy Glen Parkerson
B: 1939-02-22
D: 2021-06-22
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Parkerson, Jimmy Glen
Ruth Gilbert Fortenberry
B: 1935-10-09
D: 2021-06-21
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Fortenberry, Ruth Gilbert
Dorothy Louise Yates Martindale
B: 1933-05-15
D: 2021-06-18
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Martindale, Dorothy Louise Yates
James Wesley Thorne, Jr.
B: 1929-11-14
D: 2021-06-17
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Thorne, Jr., James Wesley
Vera Louise (Morgan) Hart
B: 1933-05-07
D: 2021-06-12
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Hart, Vera Louise (Morgan)
Elberta Hill Forrest
B: 1922-12-19
D: 2021-05-28
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Forrest, Elberta Hill
Henry Lee Humbert, Sr.
B: 1933-02-10
D: 2021-05-26
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Humbert, Sr. , Henry Lee
Mary Ellen Stringfellow
B: 1948-09-21
D: 2021-05-20
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Stringfellow, Mary Ellen
Jeffery Manning "Jeff" Cingolani
B: 1960-04-02
D: 2021-05-17
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Cingolani, Jeffery Manning "Jeff"
Flora Belle Smith Stepherson-Hemingway
B: 1927-02-10
D: 2021-05-11
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Stepherson-Hemingway, Flora Belle Smith
Fred Beatty
B: 1938-01-26
D: 2021-05-11
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Beatty, Fred
David Wohlgemuth
B: 1937-02-21
D: 2021-05-01
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Wohlgemuth, David
Aletha Faye Flowers
B: 1943-04-23
D: 2021-04-14
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Flowers, Aletha Faye
Gary Alan Wilson
B: 1956-07-29
D: 2021-04-11
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Wilson, Gary Alan

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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 (870) 222-3232 to begin.

Online Sources:

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