Obituaries

Ira Bonham
B: 1962-05-26
D: 2020-07-23
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Bonham, Ira
Bolden Griffin
B: 1931-02-12
D: 2020-07-22
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Griffin, Bolden
Cynthia Barthel - Robbins
B: 1965-03-24
D: 2020-07-17
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Barthel - Robbins, Cynthia
Jimmie Martin
B: 1951-04-10
D: 2020-07-11
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Martin, Jimmie
Ervin Coaxum
B: 1959-09-03
D: 2020-07-11
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Coaxum, Ervin
Albert Anderson
B: 1963-07-14
D: 2020-07-11
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Anderson, Albert
Lavern Gamble
B: 1955-04-28
D: 2020-07-10
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Gamble, Lavern
Rosemary Walker
B: 1954-05-09
D: 2020-07-08
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Walker, Rosemary
Mother Jessie Pratt
B: 1933-09-01
D: 2020-06-28
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Pratt, Mother Jessie
Herminio Vega
B: 1955-04-27
D: 2020-06-27
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Vega, Herminio
Chandrakant Dixit
B: 1933-09-15
D: 2020-06-26
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Dixit, Chandrakant
Earlean Pittman
B: 1968-05-28
D: 2020-06-26
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Pittman, Earlean
Felicia Holley
B: 1974-06-03
D: 2020-06-25
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Holley, Felicia
Learie Johnson
B: 1931-08-05
D: 2020-06-22
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Johnson, Learie
Gladys Weems
B: 1960-02-27
D: 2020-06-22
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Weems, Gladys
Willie Carter
B: 2003-02-04
D: 2020-06-19
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Carter, Willie
Willie McClain
B: 1925-10-25
D: 2020-06-18
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McClain, Willie
Joyce Virgo
B: 1926-08-03
D: 2020-06-13
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Virgo, Joyce
Patricia Knowles
B: 1970-12-31
D: 2020-06-13
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Knowles, Patricia
Anthony Kidd
B: 1966-09-29
D: 2020-06-01
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Kidd, Anthony
Rebecca Hudson
B: 1955-08-08
D: 2020-05-29
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Hudson, Rebecca

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The History of Cremation

Cremation has been a popular mehtod of disposition for many centuries, all across the world. Cremation started as far back as 20,000 years ago. There is evidence of cremation beginning in Europe around 2,000 B.C. Many scholars believe the practice became quite popular around this time for Europeans. 
 
Over time, popularity of cremation began to wane. By the Middle Ages, cremation became a form of punishment and was not viewed as a compassionate way to care for the deceased. Cremation reclaimed popularity by the late 1800’s. The first crematory in the United States was constructed in 1876. By 1913, there were 52 crematories across North America and more than 10,000 cremations occurring annually.
 
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