Obituaries

Terri Feagins
B: 1963-06-15
D: 2017-12-04
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Feagins, Terri
Michael Pearce
B: 1949-09-03
D: 2017-12-03
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Pearce, Michael
Jerry Cass
B: 1934-03-13
D: 2017-11-30
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Cass, Jerry
Chester McManus
B: 1935-11-30
D: 2017-11-28
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McManus, Chester
Bruce Morris
B: 1945-07-10
D: 2017-11-25
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Morris, Bruce
Sandra Price
B: 1939-01-17
D: 2017-11-23
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Price, Sandra
JAMES MCKEE
B: 1950-08-14
D: 2017-11-16
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MCKEE, JAMES
James McTaggart
B: 1926-08-05
D: 2017-11-15
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McTaggart, James
Gene Burns
B: 1950-01-13
D: 2017-11-15
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Burns, Gene
Susan Clanton
B: 1957-02-15
D: 2017-11-14
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Clanton, Susan
Rusty Speake
B: 1954-08-30
D: 2017-11-11
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Speake, Rusty
Alice Rice
B: 1933-09-16
D: 2017-10-30
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Rice, Alice
Jackie Wilson
B: 1932-01-28
D: 2017-10-26
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Wilson, Jackie
Danny Petty
B: 1955-01-19
D: 2017-10-20
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Petty, Danny
Susie Marquez-Scott
B: 1964-04-28
D: 2017-10-20
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Marquez-Scott, Susie
Jack Ward
B: 1935-02-11
D: 2017-10-15
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Ward, Jack
Anthony Barber
B: 1962-07-31
D: 2017-10-14
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Barber, Anthony
Johnnie Schmidt
B: 1945-09-19
D: 2017-10-10
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Schmidt, Johnnie
Martha Williams
B: 1924-08-21
D: 2017-10-06
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Williams, Martha
Bobby Rogers
B: 1950-04-02
D: 2017-10-06
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Rogers, Bobby
Violet Holley
B: 1922-02-19
D: 2017-10-05
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Holley, Violet

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There are many misconceptions about cremation such as it is more environmentally friendly than traditional burial.  We urge families to consider whichever option suits them best at the time of need.  With cremation rates steadily on the rise, it begs the question "Will there still be traditional burial in 50 years?"  Each funeral is as unique as the individual so our answer is yes.  Families will continue to follow in the path of their previous generations and we will continue to serve our families to the best of our capability.
 
No casket is legally required for cremation, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.
 
Some crematories accept metal caskets; most require the container to be combustible.

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated:
  • The cremains can be stored by the family
  • You may take the cremains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  • The cremains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  • The cremains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  • The cremains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why People Choose Cremation

Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honor the memory of the person, not the dead body. In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation. In Canada, the rate is already over 42%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.

Other Reasons You Might Choose Cremation

  • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly. Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements
  • You have environmental concerns
  • Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode ... metal coffins and concrete vaults.
  • You want to keep the costs down
  • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.
  • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation

  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the cremains
  • If you are distributing the cremains
  • Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of cremains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.
Also, ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the cremains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea.
 
Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favorite lake, or on the old family farm.
 
Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property.
 
What about using the cremains to create new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the cremains with the soil in flowerbeds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one. If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.

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