Obituaries

Mildred Powell
B: 1928-05-30
D: 2017-11-21
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Powell, Mildred
Roger Bowyer
B: 1944-02-25
D: 2017-11-20
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Bowyer, Roger
Joyce Bridgman
B: 1939-04-12
D: 2017-11-19
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Bridgman, Joyce
Ruth Schrum
B: 1927-05-18
D: 2017-11-19
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Schrum, Ruth
Alma Reekes
B: 1934-07-27
D: 2017-11-15
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Reekes, Alma
Robert Grandstaff
B: 1934-12-31
D: 2017-11-14
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Grandstaff, Robert
James Rice
B: 1970-08-05
D: 2017-11-11
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Rice, James
Thomas Hutson
B: 1940-04-18
D: 2017-11-10
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Hutson, Thomas
Marion Smith
D: 2017-11-09
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Smith, Marion
John Gormley
B: 1950-09-02
D: 2017-11-09
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Gormley, John
Agnes Jones
B: 1927-01-04
D: 2017-11-09
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Jones, Agnes
Betty Jane Blalock
B: 1938-09-07
D: 2017-11-09
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Blalock, Betty Jane
Frances Lang
B: 1930-02-03
D: 2017-11-08
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Lang, Frances
Matthew McMullen
B: 1985-04-23
D: 2017-11-08
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McMullen, Matthew
Norma Pulley
B: 1940-03-22
D: 2017-11-06
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Pulley, Norma
Carol Fenning
B: 1945-10-18
D: 2017-11-06
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Fenning, Carol
Brian Jolly
B: 1974-10-24
D: 2017-11-04
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Jolly, Brian
Joseph Perkins
B: 1924-11-22
D: 2017-11-03
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Perkins, Joseph
Marti Smith
B: 1968-04-10
D: 2017-11-02
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Smith, Marti
Jean Waymack
B: 1930-03-10
D: 2017-11-02
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Waymack, Jean
Jacqueline Crutchfield
B: 1966-01-26
D: 2017-11-01
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Crutchfield, Jacqueline

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Death Certificates

Perhaps the single most important document you’ll need in the coming weeks is the the death certificate which is important for:

Legal Reasons: The death certificate is a permanent legal record of the fact of death. State law always require that a death certificate is to be filed. It provides important information about:  the decedent, the cause of death, and final disposition.  

This information is used in the application for insurance benefits, settlement of pension claims, and transfer of title of real and personal property.  The certificate is prima facie evidence of the fact of death and, therefore, can be introduced in court as evidence when a question about the death arises.

Personal Reasons: The death certificate in many cases provides family members with closure, peace-of-mind, and documentation of the cause of death. It also provides peace-of-mind by facilitating efficient processing of needed benefits such as those described above.

Vital Statistics Reasons: The death certificate is the source for state and national mortality statistics.  It is needed for a variety of medical and health-related research efforts. It is used to determine which medical conditions receive research and development funding, to set public health goals and policies, and to measure health status at local, state, national, and international levels. This data is valuable as a research tool and to influence research funding.

Before the business and legal issues of the estate can be pursued, it will be necessary to obtain certified copies of the death certificate. You can order them from:

  1. Your Funeral Director when you make arrangements
  2. The local health department office in the county or city of death
  3. The State Registrar of Vital Records

It is always better to order a few more than what you think you will need. Most agencies will only accept certified death certificates, not photocopies.

If you have questions about obtaining copies of a Death Certificate, please call us. We’re here to assist you.