Kathryn Sullivan-Jones
B: 1946-10-20
D: 2019-02-06
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Sullivan-Jones, Kathryn
Lynton Bourne
B: 1933-01-05
D: 2019-02-06
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Bourne, Lynton
John McGee
B: 1930-03-09
D: 2019-02-05
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McGee, John
Carissa Robinson
D: 2019-02-02
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Robinson, Carissa
Willa Higgins
B: 1927-02-19
D: 2019-01-30
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Higgins, Willa
Charles Mitchell III
B: 1950-01-03
D: 2019-01-29
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Mitchell III, Charles
Betty Barnett
B: 1931-05-16
D: 2019-01-19
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Barnett, Betty
Jennette Griffin
B: 1946-10-10
D: 2019-01-18
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Griffin, Jennette
B: 1941-05-11
D: 2019-01-15
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Clarence Laster
B: 1935-07-08
D: 2019-01-14
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Laster, Clarence
Bessie Bryles
B: 1914-07-09
D: 2019-01-14
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Bryles, Bessie
Bettie McClain
B: 1935-08-05
D: 2019-01-13
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McClain, Bettie
Harvey Mc Murray
D: 2019-01-10
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Mc Murray, Harvey
Richard Vaughns
B: 1947-04-30
D: 2019-01-05
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Vaughns, Richard
Dovey Hicks
B: 1949-09-28
D: 2018-12-27
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Hicks, Dovey
James Allen
B: 1959-08-28
D: 2018-12-18
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Allen, James
Ella Braddock
D: 2018-11-21
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Braddock, Ella
Arthur McIver
B: 1951-08-06
D: 2018-11-11
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McIver, Arthur
Charles Freeny
D: 2018-11-09
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Freeny, Charles
Willie Ewing
B: 1917-09-23
D: 2018-11-07
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Ewing, Willie
Patricia Valentine
B: 1947-10-27
D: 2018-10-31
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Valentine, Patricia


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Family Matters

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to enjoy the gift of family and friends.  We will laugh, play, eat well and give thanks.  All holidays bring families together to celebrate love, while they also present an opportunity to discuss family matters and to plan ahead.  We plan weddings, reunions, baby showers, special anniversary and birthday parties and the like.  One event we also plan as a family is the funeral of a loved one.  When we face the fact that death is an inevitable event in our lives, we are more likely to be prepared.  This article uses the titles (in italics) of well-known television shows to get an important message across. 

We all have one life to live and we will hopefully have lots of good times. We look forward to happy days but we should know that the days of our lives are numbered.  Unless we leave here without a trace, meaning we are raptured first, we are going to die.  Some of you have heard the saying  “Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.” Know that there is Good News for the believer. Those who are saved are appointed once to die, but will live forever through Jesus Christ.    

If you have family ties and friends, you put them in a difficult position when you pass away without insurance or money set aside for your funeral services.  I have heard too many people say “My family can take care of my funeral and I don’t care what they do with me.”  Well they care.  And what ever they do, even the least expensive service, costs money. News flash! Nobody wants to have to pay to bury you, when you could have been prepared.  If family matters to you, don’t leave that burden on them.  Husbands, don’t leave your wives desperate housewives; not having funds to bury you and to live the lifestyle they have been accustomed to. Wives, don’t leave your husbands lost, wondering “what do I do now?”  

There is a fear factor that has to be overcome when we begin to talk about our death or the death of a loved one. The bible says without faith it is impossible to please Him. We need to take the quantum leap and have faith that God will keep us until our appointed time, and know that He makes no mistakes.  

All in the family need to take heed and begin to prepare. If you would step out of the picture, who would be your survivor?  There is a law and order in funeral service and the funeral director needs to determine who’s the boss?  In most cases the person that is your immediate next of kin is the person that is in charge of your funeral.  That person is financially responsible for your service. Unless he or she is indigent or can prove they have very little income, the burden is on them.  The person in charge is not always the person that has funds to pay for the funeral, which can lead to a family feud.  

Your local funeral director can be a guiding light to help you to get prepared.  Pre-Need planning takes about 60 minutes.  A qualified counselor  can sit down with you and show you how to get a plan in place. To be sure the price is right feel free to call mortuaries to compare.  To tell the truth, you do not have to leave your family in jeopardy. You can make affordable monthly payments towards your services through pre-need plans that grow in interest. So, if your family matters to you, handle your business. Cheers!

Gail Valentine Taylor

Funeral Director

Woods-Valentine Mortuary

(626) 798-8941

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