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Laura Burman
B: 1947-12-30
D: 2019-08-18
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Burman, Laura
Catherine VanHoy
B: 1927-11-15
D: 2019-08-17
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VanHoy, Catherine
William Michael Gooner
B: 1954-08-06
D: 2019-08-12
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Gooner, William Michael
Hershel Edward Bates
B: 1932-02-07
D: 2019-08-06
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Bates, Hershel Edward
Virginia Fitch
B: 1932-08-22
D: 2019-08-04
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Fitch, Virginia
Ronald Allan Hewell
B: 1936-07-11
D: 2019-07-31
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Hewell, Ronald Allan
Jean M. Kilgore
B: 1934-09-07
D: 2019-07-26
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Kilgore, Jean M.
Ruth Gail Darnell
B: 1948-06-23
D: 2019-07-21
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Darnell, Ruth Gail
Michael V. Elliott, Sr.
B: 1939-10-27
D: 2019-07-20
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Elliott, Sr., Michael V.
Gertrude F. Sliger
B: 1927-11-17
D: 2019-07-16
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Sliger, Gertrude F.
Patricia Darlene Nunn
B: 1948-03-29
D: 2019-07-11
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Nunn, Patricia Darlene
Lois R. Theophel
B: 1922-09-17
D: 2019-06-27
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Theophel, Lois R.
James J. Graney
B: 1941-11-06
D: 2019-06-26
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Graney , James J.
Charlotte Devoe Yale
B: 1931-05-06
D: 2019-06-25
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Yale, Charlotte Devoe
Peyton B. Peck
B: 1951-12-09
D: 2019-06-24
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Peck, Peyton B.
Marsha Teague
B: 1952-06-11
D: 2019-06-18
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Teague, Marsha
Betty Rae Burchette
B: 1940-06-02
D: 2019-06-16
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Burchette, Betty Rae
Shirley M. Dalton
B: 1936-02-16
D: 2019-06-11
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Dalton, Shirley M.
David Vaughn Edwards, Sr.
B: 1939-11-08
D: 2019-06-10
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Edwards, Sr., David Vaughn
John Webster Crowl, Jr.
B: 1942-12-30
D: 2019-06-08
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Crowl, Jr., John Webster
Sharon Mae Whitehead
B: 1965-07-29
D: 2019-06-08
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Whitehead , Sharon Mae

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Why do funerals cost what they do?
When compared to other major life cycle events, like births and weddings, funerals are not expensive. A wedding costs at least three times as much; but because it is a happy event, wedding costs are rarely criticized. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, hearses, etc.), these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral. Moreover, the cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements; filing appropriate forms; dealing with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers and others; and seeing to all the necessary details. Contrary to popular belief, funeral homes are largely family-owned with a modest profit margin.

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Funeral service is regulated by the FTC and state licensing boards. In most cases, the consumer should discuss problems with the funeral director first. If the dispute cannot be solved by talking with the funeral director, the consumer may wish to contact the Funeral Service Consumer Assistance Program. FSCAP provides information, mediates disputes, provides arbitration, and maintains a consumer guarantee fund for reimbursement of services rendered. (To contact FSCAP, call 708-827-6337 or 800-662-7666).