Obituaries

Curtis Pritchett
B: 1929-07-09
D: 2017-09-18
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Pritchett, Curtis
John Wise
B: 1936-05-30
D: 2017-09-18
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Wise, John
Adeline Wood
B: 1939-04-02
D: 2017-09-18
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Wood, Adeline
Daniel Wiegratz
B: 1954-07-02
D: 2017-09-15
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Wiegratz, Daniel
Richard Johnson
B: 1932-11-29
D: 2017-09-14
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Johnson, Richard
Clarence Hawkins
B: 1934-06-06
D: 2017-09-13
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Hawkins, Clarence
Joseph Gustinis
B: 1972-05-21
D: 2017-09-12
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Gustinis, Joseph
Larkin Baggett
B: 1931-04-15
D: 2017-09-10
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Baggett, Larkin
Edith Thompson
B: 1942-09-25
D: 2017-09-08
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Thompson, Edith
Adam Clarke
B: 1986-12-10
D: 2017-09-08
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Clarke, Adam
Barbara Wilson
B: 1935-04-26
D: 2017-09-07
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Wilson, Barbara
Charles Wells
B: 1935-12-20
D: 2017-09-05
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Wells, Charles
Patricia Rush
B: 1954-03-08
D: 2017-09-03
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Rush, Patricia
Ronald Brown
B: 1943-01-03
D: 2017-09-02
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Brown, Ronald
Peggie Barnes
B: 1953-12-10
D: 2017-09-02
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Barnes, Peggie
Sammie Smith
B: 1954-12-09
D: 2017-09-01
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Smith, Sammie
David Antico
B: 1945-08-18
D: 2017-08-31
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Antico, David
Shirley Shepperson
B: 1956-03-29
D: 2017-08-27
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Shepperson, Shirley
Paul Burcham
B: 1932-06-20
D: 2017-08-26
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Burcham, Paul
Charles Spain
B: 1939-11-07
D: 2017-08-22
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Spain, Charles
Gregory Kropp
B: 1945-09-24
D: 2017-08-21
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Kropp, Gregory

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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.