Obituaries

Geneva Brown
B: 1920-05-11
D: 2019-12-19
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Brown, Geneva
Wanda Reid
B: 1926-09-23
D: 2019-12-11
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Reid, Wanda
Kathryn Minger
B: 1952-06-16
D: 2019-12-11
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Minger, Kathryn
Mabel Chambers
B: 1938-02-15
D: 2019-12-11
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Chambers, Mabel
Lawrence Price
B: 1935-08-26
D: 2019-12-10
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Price, Lawrence
Steven Naill
B: 1954-03-26
D: 2019-12-10
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Naill, Steven
Carolyn Miller
B: 1943-08-23
D: 2019-12-09
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Miller, Carolyn
Mona Bittorie
B: 1956-01-23
D: 2019-12-09
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Bittorie, Mona
Effie Mong
B: 1937-09-01
D: 2019-12-08
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Mong, Effie
Marion Shaw-Christopher
B: 1969-11-13
D: 2019-12-08
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Shaw-Christopher, Marion
James Brady
B: 1932-01-27
D: 2019-12-08
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Brady, James
Carol Pancake
B: 1938-06-09
D: 2019-12-07
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Pancake, Carol
Geraldine Price
B: 1934-03-29
D: 2019-12-05
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Price, Geraldine
Gary Butts
B: 1945-08-16
D: 2019-12-03
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Butts, Gary
Charlene Gaither
B: 1963-10-15
D: 2019-12-02
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Gaither, Charlene
Cynthia Manor
B: 1960-07-05
D: 2019-12-01
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Manor, Cynthia
Joan Myers
B: 1940-06-06
D: 2019-12-01
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Myers, Joan
Patricia Lynn Hamilton
B: 1959-07-24
D: 2019-12-01
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Hamilton, Patricia Lynn
Leonard Hull
B: 1971-09-13
D: 2019-11-30
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Hull, Leonard
Mary Grissinger
B: 1929-12-27
D: 2019-11-29
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Grissinger, Mary
Thomas Muse
B: 1928-03-10
D: 2019-11-29
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Muse, Thomas

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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 304-263-8896 to begin.

Online Sources:

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