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David Hollis Stanford

May 7, 1965 - October 6, 2013


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Michael Crawford Robbins

March 12, 1955 - October 4, 2013

Michael Crawford Robbins of Memphis died October 4, 2013. Michael was born March 12th, 1955, and is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Janet Marie Orians Robbins. His memory will be carried on by his four sons: Christopher Michael (Jessica), Paul Richard (Rebekkah), Adam Frank and John Louis (Jessica) Robbins and three grandchildren Clare, Peter and Andrew. The son of Frank Robbins...
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Mary Lee Rosen Frohlich

July 21, 1927 - October 3, 2013

Mary Lee Rosen Frohlich died unexpectedly at home in Memphis, TN on October 3. Born July 21, 1927, Mary Lee spent her childhood in the northeastern and mid-western United States. She attended the University of Missouri, where she majored in Geology and met her husband, Maurice. They spent the next 49 years together until Maurice's death in 1997. After her husband's death, Mary Lee became...
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Gerald Slavney

September 17, 1922 - September 30, 2013

Gerald Slavney, age 91, died September 30, 2013, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House, surrounded by his family. Gerald was born in Madison, Wisconsin, September 17, 1922, as the eldest son of Leo and Sarah Slavney. He graduated from Central High School in Madison and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, graduating in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy. At the University, he met Ruth Janet...
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Katherine "KK" Tarry McCormick

July 27, 1921 - September 24, 2013

Katherine "KK" Tarry McCormick,92, died September 24, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in the family home in Keeling, TN, moving to Memphis at age 6 weeks. From age 6 weeks to age 91, she lived in the same home in Central Gardens. She graduated from Central High School in 1939 and from Memphis State College in 1943, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. In 1950,...
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Sidney Abraham

December 4, 1921 - September 22, 2013

Sidney Abraham, 91, passed away on September 22, 2013 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born December 4, 1921, in Memphis to the late Sam Abraham and Rosa Weissberger Abraham. He was educated in Memphis, graduating from Central High School in 1940. He went to the University of Illinois, then left to enter the Army Air Corp during WWII. He was a navigator in a bomber, and flew in many...
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Jean Fincannon Gomes

August 1, 1921 - September 17, 2013

Jean Fincannon Gomes, 92, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away on September 17, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Gomes. She is survived by her daughter, Judge Kathleen N. Gomes and son, William A. Gomes (Sandy) and grandchildren, Lori Gomes, Michael Gomes, and Dr. Jennifer Bennett Shinall (Dr. Ricky Shinall). She was a World War II Navy veteran and served in the first class...
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Carolyn Doll Pontius

March 18, 1922 - September 15, 2013

Carolyn Doll Pontius, 91, died peacefully on September 15, 2013. She was born on March 18, 1922 in Poseyville, IN to Edwin and Lillian Doll. Mrs. Pontius was preceded in death by parents, her brother, Ed, and her husband, Dr. David H. Pontius, Jr. She moved to Memphis during World War II and became a member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church at that time. Besides her church, Mrs. Pontius was a...
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Henri Grossman Fooks

April 14, 1930 - September 14, 2013

Henri G. Fooks, 83, born to Dora and Jack Grossman, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, September 14, 2013. She was married to the late Burney Fooks for 37 years. She later traveled the world with her dear friend, the late Irv Nathanson. She is survived by her daughters, Barby Perlberg, Ilene (David) Friener, Dale (Richard) Caen. She is also survived by seven grand children and...
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Russell George

July 31, 1951 - September 9, 2013

Russell George was born on July 31, 1951 in Memphis, TN. Mother, Evelyn Naegle George; Father, Russell George Sr.; Brothers: Bill and Michael George, Sister: Ellen Gaye Thompson; Son, Russell Murphy George, Three grandchildren: Madison Caid George, Lillian Elizabeth George, and Isaac Russell George. Russell George graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1977. He opened Murphy's Oyster...
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Richard Lawrence Weir

July 26, 1944 - September 7, 2013

Richard Lawrence Weir, 69, passed away on Sept. 7, 2013, at St. Peter's Villa in Memphis, after a lengthy illness. He was born 7/26/44 in Memphis. He was preceded in death by his parents, C. R. Weir, Sr., and Madge Johnson Weir, and brother, C. Ray Weir, Jr. He is survived by his children, Ginger Weir Waddell of Memphis, and Chase Weir of Washington, D.C., and sister, Sally W. Shelton of...
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Sigmund F. Hiller

October 3, 1922 - September 7, 2013

Sigmund F. Hiller was born October 3, 1922, Canton, MS. Died September 7, 2013, Memphis, TN. Sig is preceded in death by his parents Leah Bauman Richberger and Emanuel Hiller and his adoptive father, Daniel Webster Richberger. He is also preceded in death by his grandson, Jonathan Eric Hiller of New Orleans. Sig was a graduate of Central High School (Memphis), Class of 1940, and Louisiana...
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Amparo Mansilla Brantley

May 8, 1922 - September 5, 2013

Maria Amparo Mansilla Brantley passed away peacefully after an extended illness on September 5 at the Ave Maria Home. She left her beloved mother, siblings, nieces and nephews in Burgos, Spain to follow her heart and husband Frank to start a new life in the United States in 1958. She was born in Cardeñadijo (Burgos), Spain in 1922 and was one of eight children to Teodoro and Mariana Mansilla...
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Jules Bernard Cohen

June 12, 1933 - September 4, 2013


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Meyer Rosenberg

December 24, 1915 - August 30, 2013

Meyer Rosenberg, a former longtime resident of Memphis Tennessee, now residing in Lawrence New York passed away on August 30, 2013 at the age of 98. He is survived by his four children, Herschel L. (Frances) of Memphis, Tennessee, Anna Barbara Gold (Nathan) of Lawrence, New York, Sherry Gans (Moishe) of Lawrence, New York and Nechemiah (Esti) of Telz Stone, Israel; his 22 grandchildren and many...
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Gracemary Balton Rutstein

July 10, 1932 - August 28, 2013

Gracemary Balton Rutstein, 81, died Wednesday, August 28th at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis M. Rutstein, Sr., her parents, Frank T. and Grace Balton, her sister, Sheila B. Robinson, and her brother, Jake Balton. She is survived by her two sons, Louis M. Rutstein, Jr. and John B. Rutstein; and her brother, Frank T. Balton, Jr. Visitation will be 9...
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Jerome John Wood

August 22, 1936 - August 26, 2013

Jerome John Kompa Wood, 77, passed away at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis on Monday, August 26. Jerome was born in Gary, Indiana and attended Holy Cross High School at Notre Dame, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and did his graduate work at Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C. Jerome worked as a college teacher both in Chile as well as the U.S, and as a patient...
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Helga Lederhaus Finks

March 11, 1927 - August 23, 2013

Helga B. Finks, died August 23, 2013 after an extended illness. A memorial celebration will be held in Montgomery, Alabama at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.
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Lieselott Rosenberg Esser

November 4, 1920 - August 21, 2013


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Henry Clay "Bud" Pitts, Jr.

December 22, 1939 - August 21, 2013

Henry Clay "Bud" Pitts, Jr. went Home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 after a brave battle with brain cancer. He was born December 22, 1939, to Henry Clay Pitts and Mai Harris Pitts. Bud graduated from Christian Brothers High School, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and obtained a Master's Degree from the University of Memphis. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church...
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John Michael Stubblefield

January 6, 1947 - August 15, 2013

John "Stub" Stubblefield died of heart failure on August 15 at the age of 66. Eldest son of John P. and Mary Gwynne Stubblefield, he grew up in Covington, TN. After graduating from Byers Hall High School he served in the Army Reserves while working for Bell South and attending then Memphis State University where he earned a degree in photojournalism. There, he met and married his wife, Anne. ...
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Charles Raymond Demetrio

December 5, 1919 - August 13, 2013

Charles R. Demetrio, 93, of Memphis, passed away at the State Veterans home in Oxford, Mississippi, on Tuesday, August 13. Mr. Demetrio was born in Wartburg Tennessee, the son of a Lutheran minister. He graduated from Memphis State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in June, 1941. Mr. Demetrio enlisted in the Army on September 11, 1943. He served in World War II and was stationed...
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Elizabeth Ginn Fleming

May 29, 1959 - August 9, 2013

Elizabeth Ginn Fleming, 54, died Friday, August 9, peacefully at home after a hard-fought battle with bladder cancer. Liz was born May 29, 1959, to Dr. and Mrs. Bob Ginn in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from St. Agnes Academy in 1977 and Auburn University in 1980. While at Auburn she married her high school sweetheart, Scott Fleming. Liz taught English and Art History at Christian Brothers...
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Evelyn Ross Jaffe Rockow

June 28, 1923 - August 8, 2013

Evelyn Ross Jaffe Rockow, 90, died Thursday, August 8th at St. Francis Hospital. She is survived by her two daughters, Jeri Mincer and Rita Jaffe; her two granddaughters, Kim Caldwell and Blair Billings; and her four great grandchildren, Jessica, Reed, Clair, and Rachel. Services will be 9:00 a.m. Sunday, August 11th in the Levy-Cooper Chapel at Temple Israel Cemetery, 1708 Hernando Road,...
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Carroll Russell King Fay

March 11, 1926 - July 30, 2013

Carroll Russell King Fay, died Tuesday at Allen Morgan Health Center after a brief illness. A noted and stylish equestrian of both the hunting field and the show ring, Mrs. Fay was long active in many social and civic circles, and was an award winning horticulturist and floral designer. Mrs. Fay was particularly proud of winning the Memphis Garden Club's top award, the Norfleet Trophy, in 1983....
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Sharon Theodoysa Deleon Muir

December 2, 1994 - July 28, 2013

Sharon Theodoysa Deleon Muir, 18, died July 28, 2013. She attended Farmington Elementary, Houston Middle School, Germantown High School, and was a graduate of Gateway Christian High School. She was a member of the Girl Scouts USA and the Houston Middle School Marching Band, playing alto saxophone. She is survived by her mother, Maria E. Mitchell; her father, Charles P. Muir; her grandmother,...
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Frances Lee Hall

December 12, 1932 - July 28, 2013


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Anthony Joseph Osburn

February 2, 1954 - July 28, 2013

Anthony Joseph Osburn, 59, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church where he served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He also earned his 4th Degree in The Knights of Columbus. He worked over 33 years for Burlington Northern Railroad. He is survived by his wife Linda, mother Mary Grace, son Michael, daughter Vicki, grand-daughter Ryvers, brothers Tommy and...
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Miriam Sherman Rothman

July 21, 1926 - July 22, 2013

Miriam Sherman Rothman, 87, of Germantown, died July 22, 2013. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She leaves her two daughters, Ellen R. Auerbach and Shelley Rothman-Branning, her five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 26 in Danziger Chapel at Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey Road. The family asks memorials be...
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Katherine Fields Miller

May 19, 1926 - July 20, 2013

Katherine Fields Miller (Kay), 87, a resident of Allen Morgan Health Center, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was the wife of the late Dr. Richard Braun Miller and the daughter of Dr. Abijah Clements Fields and Irene Garvey Fields of Birmingham, Alabama. Born on May 19, 1926, in Birmingham, she graduated from Vanderbilt University (where she met her husband-to-be) at age...
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Julia "Julie" A. Storey

October 25, 1969 - July 16, 2013

Julia (Julie) A. Storey, 43, of Millington, TN, passed away on July 16, 2013 in Millington, TN. Julie was born in Little Rock, AR to Pete and Jay Storey on October 25, 1969. She worked as a Registered in home health for critical care infants. Julie is preceded in death by her grandparents, Julie and Bob Collins and Jean and Pat Storey; and an uncle, Jim Collins. Julie is survived...
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Hulda "Marie" Smiley

October 2, 1917 - July 16, 2013

Hulda "Marie" Smiley, 95, of Memphis, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Ms. Smiley was a retired bookkeeper and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Smiley Jr. and her son, James E. Smiley III. She is survived by her loving daughter, Dr. Linda Smiley, two brothers, George and Charles Demetrio, three grandchildren, Brian, Jason and Elizabeth Smiley, a...
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Selwyn Leslie Melman

February 27, 1929 - July 12, 2013


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Frances T. Hanover

May 14, 1919 - July 12, 2013

Frances Hanover, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, died Friday, July 13th in Fairfield, NJ. She was 94 years old. Her husband, Sam Hanover, preceded her in death. Born and raised in Memphis, she was the last survivor of six sisters and one brother, and was the daughter of Nathan and Sara Tenenbaum. Frances was a very active member of Anshei-Sphard Beth El Emeth...
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Peggy Nash Rolfes

May 24, 1924 - July 10, 2013

Peggy Nash Rolfes died July 10, 2013 in Memphis, TN at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born in 1924 in Memphis to Edith Peatross and Dr. Thomas P. Nash, Jr. and had one brother, Dr. Thomas P. Nash, III of Nixonton, NC, all of whom predecease her. She is a graduate of Miss Hutchison's School for Girls and also attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA and Southwestern at Memphis (now...
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Gary Steven Fishbein

November 28, 1949 - July 10, 2013

Gary S. Fishbein, 63, died Wednesday, July 10th at his home. He was a retired security guard for Central Defense. A kind and gentle man, Gary loved being with family and friends. He is survived by his two daughters; Debbie Fishbein and Mindy Fishbein; his son, Scott Fishbein; and his sister, Donna F. Nathan (Robert). Funeral services will be 2:30 today, Thursday, July 11th in the Levy-Cooper...
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Thomas Smith, Jr.

September 13, 1931 - July 10, 2013

Thomas Smith, Jr., 81, went to be with his Lord on July 10th, 2013. He was born and raised in North Memphis and attended Christine Grade School, Humes High School and the University of Memphis. He worked in the sheet metal industry local #4 for fifty years. He served in the US Army for two years. His survivors include his best friend, Pat Prendergast, and one brother, Fr. Maury Smith,...
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Ruby Summerlot Smith

February 28, 1918 - July 6, 2013

Ruby Summerlot Smith, 95, died July 6, 2013 at her home in Memphis, TN. She was the beloved grandmother of Diane Smith Gordon and Donald L. Smith who adored her charm, wit and is most grateful for her patience in raising and supporting them in their life endeavors. She lived 25 years independently at Greenfield Adult Living and will be missed very much by her extended family who visited her...
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Merrill David Dan

April 23, 1921 - July 5, 2013

Merrill Dan, 92, of Memphis died July 5, 2013. He was born in Tulsa, OK April 23, 1921. He was most known for his love of family and friends, sharing with people the stories about what he was proud of accomplishing in his life and telling jokes to anyone and everyone. He said he did that because he wanted to make people smile and bring a little joy to their day. Family remembers Merrill for...
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Sheldon B. Korones

April 26, 1924 - July 3, 2013

Dr. Sheldon Bernarr Korones, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Memphis. He was 89 years old. Born in New York City and raised on Manhattan's Lower East Side by Russian-Jewish emigrates, Dr. Korones graduated from Seward Park High School in New York City, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis. He did his pediatric...
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Patricia Ann McAvoy Moran

May 5, 1939 - July 2, 2013

Patricia Ann McAvoy Moran, 74, of Memphis, passed away on July 2, 2013, following a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles J. & Mary Louise McAvoy. Pat grew up in Memphis, attending Immaculate Conception High School and Webster College. Pat was the registrar at Christian Brothers High School for 18 years. Affectionately known as "Meme" to her grandchildren, Pat spent...
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Susan McNeese Vorder Bruegge

April 24, 1922 - June 29, 2013

Susan McNeese Vorder Bruegge, grew up in New Orleans, LA (where she was born) and Washington, DC, where she attended Western High School and later George Washington University (GWU) earning a bachelor's degree in Sociology. There, she became a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. At GWU she met and later married in 1945 the late honorable Howard J. Vorder Bruegge. She died in Memphis, TN at...
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George Schlesinger

November 7, 1925 - June 27, 2013


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Harold Ellis Wormser

January 5, 1954 - June 27, 2013

Harold Wormser, 59, of Memphis, Tennessee, died June 27, 2013 after battling cancer. He was born in Long Island New York, on January 5, 1954. He moved with his family to Davie, Florida where he grew up and graduated Nova High School. He went to the University of Florida where he graduated and also met his wife of 36 years, Judy Wormser. Harold was a CPA and established the Wormser Firm in...
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Janie Robins

March 1, 1927 - June 26, 2013


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Cameron Beck Allan

July 9, 1955 - June 25, 2013


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Charles C. Wilkinson

February 20, 1953 - June 25, 2013

Charles Chunn "Chuck" Wilkinson, 60, passed away June 25, 2013 at Methodist Hospice Residence after a brief illness. Born in Memphis to Edith Bailey and William Neilson Wilkinson, he attended Memphis University School and Webb High School, Bell Buckle, TN. He received his B.A. from University of Memphis and Master's in English Literature from Vanderbilt University. In his professional life,...
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Ann Jeter Jones

September 17, 1917 - June 24, 2013

Ann Jeter Jones, widow of cotton merchant Leon G. Jones, died in the evening of June 24th. She was a descendant of city and county founding pioneers. After attending the Normal School, Central High School and the Memphis Art Academy, she attended Southwestern. She was a member of various social and charitable clubs and an active member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Besides an avid gardener...
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John Robert Knight

May 29, 1947 - June 23, 2013

Deacon John Robert Knight, 66, of Cordova passed away Sunday at home surrounded by his family. He was ordained as a permanent Deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, April 19, 2008. He was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He served his country as a Marine in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia; his son Robert; his daughter Catherine and 10...
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Elizabeth "Betty" McMahan Page

May 18, 1916 - June 22, 2013

Elizabeth (Betty) McMahan Page, age 97, artist, died at Trezevant Manor on June 22, 2013. The widow of Carlisle S. Page Jr., she was a native Memphian and wife for over 60 years, living in Central Gardens mid-town. She attended Idlewild School, Miss Hutchison, and Southwestern (Rhodes) where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Her studies continued with art training at the Memphis Art...
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Dustin James Kruthaupt

June 4, 1994 - June 15, 2013

Dustin James Kruthaupt, age 19, died Saturday, June 15 in Katy, Texas while swimming. Dustin was born June 4, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Scales Elementary and Brentwood Middle in Brentwood, Tennessee and Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville before relocating with his family to Katy, Texas in 2008. He continued his education at Seven Lakes High School where he excelled at football...
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C. Wilson Viar III

July 5, 1960 - June 14, 2013

C. Wilson Viar, III of Memphis, born on the Fifth of July, 1960, passed away June 14th at his home of heart failure. Mr. Viar was a practicing Senior Care Provider and was finishing his dissertation in anticipation of receiving his Ph.D. degree in Literature, with an emphasis in African American Studies, from the University of Memphis where he had earlier completed his Masters in English. After...
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Mary Jane Speece Edenton

March 7, 1921 - June 14, 2013

Mary Jane Speece Edenton died June 14, 2013. A long-time resident of Jackson, TN she and her husband moved to Germantown, TN in 2010 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. She was born in Fairview, OK in 1921 to the late Robert Lee and Mary Topley Speece. She attended William Woods College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she was a member of Delta,...
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Mary Ellen Rainer Robinson White

June 27, 1921 - June 7, 2013

Mary Ellen Rainer Robinson White, 91, died on June 7 in Memphis, TN. She was the daughter of Ellen Knighton and Claude Marshall Rainer of Meridian, MS and Lisman, AL. She attended Livingston College and was a former member of Christ United Methodist Church and Les Passees. She was the widow of James Dardis Robinson III and Howard Blanton White. Mrs. White leaves three children, Ellen Robinson...
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Mary Jane Archer Wilkes

July 3, 1918 - June 7, 2013

Mary Jane Archer Wilkes, formerly of Little Rock, AR, entered the gates of Heaven on June 7, 2013, just a few weeks shy of her 95th birthday. Mary Jane was born to Dr. Charles and Mary Flanagin Archer in De Queen, AR on July 3, 1918. She met the love of her life, late Little Rock physician, Dr. Elbert H. Wilkes, Jr., at Hendrix College. In their 64 wonderful years of marriage, neither of them...
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Mamie Elizabeth Vescovi Pesce

May 9, 1921 - June 6, 2013

Mamie Elizabeth Pesce died June 6, 2013, with her family by her side in Bartlett, TN. Mamie was born on May 9, 1921 to John and Frances Vescovi. She was a devoted wife to Charlie Pesce for 61 years before his death in 2002. Mamie was a loving mother to her two daughters, Elizabeth Pesce Tartt and Carolyn Pesce Keane (Tim). As a grandmother to her six grandchildren, Ross Boswell (Caroline),...
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Harold "Hal" Kaufman

March 4, 1933 - May 29, 2013

Harold Kaufman (Hal), retired U.S. Navy, born March 4, 1933, died Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at his home. Hal loved life, family and friends to the fullest. He never met a stranger and was the first to reach into his pocket to help others. He was fascinated with everything Fed Ex and the moon. He was an avid Tiger Fan. He was an accomplished golfer and was a drummer with the Bartlett...
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Joyce Cooper Gallant

November 4, 1932 - May 27, 2013

Joyce Cooper Gallant, 80, died May 27, 2013 at Methodist Hospice Residence. A native of Memphis, TN, Mrs. Gallant was graduated from Ward-Belmont Preparatory School in Nashville, TN. She attended and was graduated from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She lived all of her adult life in New Orleans until 2005 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home. Then...
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Mark Darden Hawkins

April 6, 1971 - May 26, 2013

Mark Darden Hawkins, 42, of Memphis died May 26, 2013 at Methodist Hospital Germantown. Mr. Hawkins graduated from Harding Academy of Memphis and The University of Memphis. He was employed as an accountant at Binswanger Glass Company. Mr. Hawkins is survived by his mother, Melinda D. Hawkins; his wife, Christina S. Hawkins; daughter, Alice; son, Wells; brother, Thomas Hawkins; sister,...
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Marlene Twyla Ellis

July 26, 1942 - May 26, 2013


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Myrna Okeon Klazmer

August 4, 1937 - May 25, 2013

Myrna Okeon Klazmer, 75, passed away May 25, 2013, at the Memphis Jewish Home. She was born August 4, 1937. Her parents were Sam & Estelle Okeon. She was the widow of Martin "Marty" Klazmer. She graduated from Central High School in 1955. Myrna attended the University of Illinois where she met her future husband. She was a member of Baron Hirsch Synagogue. The focus of Myrna's life...
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John Joseph Whalen

June 9, 1916 - May 24, 2013

John Joseph (Aloysius) Whalen "Bubba", 96, of Memphis, TN passed away Friday, May 24, 2013. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church where he was an usher and a devout Roman Catholic. He was retired from American Commercial Barge Lines where he worked for over 50 years and had many friends in the cities of his work in the Southeast. John was very proud of his service in the Air Force...
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Harry Frederick Schuh, Sr.

September 25, 1942 - May 21, 2013

Harry Frederick Schuh Sr. 70, of Memphis, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. He was born September 25, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pa. where he was a graduate from Neshaminy High School in Bucks County, PA. A legendary football athlete, Harry played for Memphis State University where he was an All American. He played professional football for the Oakland Raiders playing in Super Bowl II,...
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Pearl Rena Bluestein

October 17, 1922 - May 19, 2013


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Dee James Canale, Jr.

December 5, 1956 - May 19, 2013

Dee James Canale, Jr. died unexpectedly on May 19, 2013 at home. He was born December 5, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan. He leaves his parents, Dr. Dee J. and Janet Canale. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Lauren Canale Kruse (Seth) and two granddaughters; Keira and Sophia of Lebanon, TN; his son and daughter-in- law Dee James Canale III, (Holley) of Lakenheaph A.F.B., England. He also leaves...
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Tommy Joe Shores

May 7, 1961 - May 18, 2013

Tommy J. Shores, 52, died May 18 from an accident. He was a technician for Trumpf, Inc., Connecticut. He leaves a sister, Donna and a brother, Scott. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Canale Funeral Directors. Canale Funeral Directors
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Peter Joseph Quinn

April 9, 1939 - May 17, 2013

Dr. Peter Joseph Quinn died on May 17, 2013, peacefully in his home in the presence of family, friends, and caregivers. He was 74. Dr. Quinn was born in Montclair, New Jersey, the eldest son of Ellin and Peter Joseph Quinn. He graduated from St. Peter¹s Preparatory School and received a BS in 1960 from Notre Dame. During his junior year, Peter studied in Vienna, which inspired his lifelong...
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Joy Virginia Blenis

August 20, 1917 - May 16, 2013

Joy V. Blenis passed from this life early on the morning of May 16, 2013, well into her 96th year. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. In her youth she was a competitive swimmer and played a mean game of golf. Her marriage in 1940 began her travels: two boys were born in Philadelphia and Boston and her two young brothers joined the family in Minneapolis. From...
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Donald Pelts

May 15, 2013

Donald Pelts, 72, of Memphis, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to every single person who crossed his path, died from a heart attack May 15, 2013 surrounded as usual by family and friends. Don is survived by the love of his life, Linda Kaset Pelts, his wife of over 47 years. Don was not Don…it was 'Linda and Don' always! He learned from his father, Poncie, the great...
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Elisabeth Crisler Buchignani

April 18, 1930 - May 11, 2013

Grace Elisabeth "Betty" Crisler Buchignani, 83, passed away on May 11, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Leo J. Buchignani, her children, Leo J. Buchignani Jr. (Mary Edna), Crisler Quick (Peter), Joan Barnett (Bill), 12 grandchildren, her brothers J.A. "Jac" Crisler, III (Mary) and Dr. Crile Crisler (Noel), and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her grandson Crile...
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Florence Finkelstein Messinger

December 24, 1919 - May 4, 2013


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Sidney Davis Selvidge, Jr.

July 21, 1943 - May 2, 2013

Sidney Davis Selvidge, Jr, 69, died May 2, 2013 at Methodist University Hospital. He was born July 21, 1943 in Greenville, MS to Sidney Davis Selvidge and Eugenia Sandifer Selvidge. Sid Selvidge was the Executive Producer of the internationally syndicated Blues radio program, Beale Street Caravan. He was an accomplished performer, producer, song writer and anthropology scholar. As a performer...
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Roy Andrew Gaia, Sr.

September 27, 1930 - May 1, 2013

Roy Andrew Gaia, Sr., passed away Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at Baptist Trinity Hospice House. Roy was a native Memphian and moved to Olive Branch sixteen years ago. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, class of 1948. He served two years in the United States Army and was a decorated Korean War combat veteran. He was a sales representative for Georgia – Pacific Corporation for...
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Susan McEwen Clark

September 16, 1952 - April 30, 2013

Susan McEwen Clark passed away peacefully at her home in Memphis on April 30, 2013 surrounded by her family and friends. She was the daughter of retired United Methodist Bishop Roy C. Clark and the late Esther Maddox Clark. She is survived by her beloved husband, Mark A. Jones; three children in whom she gloried, Michael Taylor (Nicole), Andrew Taylor (Jordan), and Meghan Doyle (Wes); and...
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Phillip "Phil" T. Miller

April 18, 1942 - April 22, 2013

Phillip "Phil" Miller was born April 18, 1942 in Memphis, TN to the late Frank and Stella Miller. He died Monday, April 22, 2013 at the age of 71. He attended Christian Brothers High School. He retired from Cummins Diesel Recon. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Hackney Miller; two sons; Bobby Miller and Mark Miller, three daughters; Tammy Walker, Deanna Craig and Connie Williams. He has...
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Sarah Whitley Huettel Mitchell

September 26, 1964 - April 21, 2013

Sarah Whitley Huettel Mitchell, 48, born September 26, in Memphis, TN, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013 after a brief illness. Whitley graduated from Saint Agnes Academy and attended The University of Memphis where she was active in Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She loved to travel. Her favorite spots to relax were Pickwick Lake and Destin, Florida. Her most recent trips took her as far away...
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Cyril Henry Forck

November 11, 1920 - April 19, 2013

Cyril Henry "Cy" Forck, 92, of Memphis, passed away on April 19, 2013 at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN after a brief illness. He was born in Folk, Missouri on a farm that was very dear to his heart. Tending the land and watching things grow was his passion until his death. On that day, despite torrential rain and cold temperatures, a row of tulips bloomed in his honor in his...
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Mary Hytken Dumont

June 27, 1912 - April 12, 2013

Mary Hytken Dumont, 100, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2013 at River Garden Hebrew Home in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary was born June 27, 1912, in Louisville, KY, the daughter of Harry and Ida Hytken. Mary grew up in Ruleville, MS. She moved to Memphis, TN, raised her family and enjoyed a successful career in real estate. The joys of her life were her daughters, grandchildren, great...
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Leonard "Lenny" Weiner

January 16, 1932 - April 10, 2013

LEONARD "Lenny" WEINER, age 81, of Memphis, lived from January 16, 1932 until Wednesday ,April 10, 2013. Born in Brooklyn, NY he came to Memphis in 1952 and was stationed at Millington Aviation Electronics where he met and married the love of his life Janis "Footsie" Weiner. They were transferred to Norfolk, Va. where he served in the Antisubmarine Squadron 32 and then to Patuxent River, Md. ...
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Ruth Meyer O'Mell

December 24, 1916 - April 8, 2013

Ruth O'Mell, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Baptist Hospital. She was 96. Ruth was born in Memphis in 1916, the fourth of five children of Flora and Solomon Meyer. After graduating from Central High School, Ruth worked as a bookkeeper at the old Bry's Department store in downtown Memphis where, as chance would have it, she was spotted on...
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Benjamin F. "Jack" Benton

January 10, 1924 - April 6, 2013

Dr. Benjamin F. (Jack) Benton, passed away Saturday April 6, 2013 at Baptist Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born January 6, 1924 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Ellsworth Benton and Freda Wening Benton. In 1932, the family moved to Steele, Missouri, and he graduated from high school there at age sixteen. He attended under graduate school at the University of Missouri in Columbia,...
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Geraldine White "Jerry" Kipnis

May 9, 1926 - April 4, 2013

Geraldine White "Jerry" Kipnis, 86, of Memphis, died April 4th after a long illness at Highlands of Memphis. She was born May 9, 1926 in Blytheville, Ark. to Isaac and Nola Goodwin. She lived most of her life in Memphis. "Jerry" was a member of one of the founding families of Holy Rosary Parish. She was an active member of the Ladies Club, Ave Maria Guild and volunteered at the soup kitchen at St...
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Ruthe Cohen Handleman

July 26, 1924 - April 3, 2013

Ruthe Cohen Handleman passed away on April 3, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. She was preceded in death by husband Alexander Handleman, son Michael Handleman and granddaughter Emily Veda Pew. She is survived by son Marc Handleman and wife Debbie, daughter Caren Handleman and husband Steve Pew, daughter-in-law Agnes Martin, grandsons and spouses Ethan and Sarah Pew and Corey and Melissa Pew, and great...
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Sue Ann Alley Frick

September 21, 1936 - March 25, 2013

Sue Ann Alley Frick, 76, died on March 25, 2013 under the caring hands of Baptist Trinity Hospice House. Sue was born in Jacksonville, Texas on September 21, 1936. She married her husband, Fred, in 1953 and they celebrated their 60th anniversary on January 24. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University. Between having 3 sons and supporting her husband in his career with Price...
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Alice Holden Warwick

July 24, 1915 - March 24, 2013


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Michael Richard Regan

November 20, 1951 - March 24, 2013

Michael Richard ("Mike") Regan, 61, passed away Sunday evening, March 24, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. He was a devout Catholic, predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Regan, Sr. of Memphis. He is survived by his brother and sister in law, Terry and Trudy Regan, and their children Eleanor, Henry and Mary Caroline, all of Cambridge, MA, and his sister and brother in...
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John David Beeson

September 25, 1945 - March 24, 2013

John David Beeson, born September 25, 1945, in Greenville, Mississippi, went to be with his Lord and Savior March 24, 2013. He grew up in Memphis and was a graduate of Whitehaven High School and the University of Memphis, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He began his career in sales and marketing with Woolco and eventually established his own business, John...
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Paul Joseph Andreuccetti

October 18, 1936 - March 24, 2013

Paul Joseph Andreuccetti, 76, son of the late Baldo and Annie Andreuccetti, died March 24, 2013. He was the beloved and loyal husband to Angela Vanelli Andreuccetti,(52 years) and the devoted, loving father of Mark Vincent Andreuccetti (who preceded him in death), Theresa Andreuccetti(Joy Allen), Gina Andreuccetti, Claire Dickinson(Chad), all of Memphis, and Amy Richter(Chris) of St. Louis, MO....
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James Robert Chandler

October 3, 1919 - March 23, 2013

James Robert (Jim) Chandler, passed away in his sleep peacefully at age 93 on March 23, 2013. He was preceded in death in 2008 by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn Warder Chandler. His parents were the late William Ladelle and Irene Hockersmith Chandler. Born in Memphis in 1919, he was the youngest and last surviving member of that immediate family, which included older brothers William, Walter,...
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Charles Swift Treadwell

January 26, 1928 - March 22, 2013

Charles Swift Treadwell, 85, passed away at home in Germantown, Tennessee, Friday, March 22, 2013 after an extended illness. Born on January 26, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Timmons Louis Treadwell Jr. and the late Jewett Alcorn Swift, he was preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart who became his wife, Margaret Munn Treadwell of Enid, Oklahoma, his late brother Timmons Louis...
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Mary Clayton Martin Saunders

August 20, 1921 - March 21, 2013

Mary Clayton Martin Saunders, age 91, died peacefully at her home. A native Memphian, Mary Clayton was the youngest child of John Donelson and Savilla Driver Martin. She graduated first in her class at Miss Hutchison's School and then graduated from Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1943 she married Lt. Robert Mills Saunders in the chapel at Barksdale Field where he was a...
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James "Jimmy" Robert Thomas

March 10, 1949 - March 19, 2013

James "Jimmy" Robert Thomas, 64, died suddenly Tuesday, March 19 2013. He was born in Memphis on March 10, 1949, to Elaine and John R. (Bobby) Thomas. After his retirement, he stayed busy helping friends and hunting with his two sons. He was a member of Incarnation Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Lisa Renee. He is survived by his wife of 23 years,...
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Frank Arthur Coyle, Jr.

January 14, 1941 - March 14, 2013

Frank Arthur Coyle, Jr. born January 14, 1941 in Memphis, TN, died March 14, 2013 in Memphis, TN. He was a Southern intellectual, football player, psychologist, and believer in social justice, a devoted son, loving husband, caring father and good friend. He was a member of the Order of the Stars and Bars, ACLU, NRA, and APA, among others and a lifelong Episcopalian. 1958 graduate of...
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Harold Weinman

November 6, 1919 - March 14, 2013

Harold Weinman, 93, of Memphis, died March 14, 2013 at the Methodist Hospice Residence. Harold was born November 6, 1919. He graduated from Tech High School. Harold served in WW II and was discharged from the Army's 385th fighter squadron in 1945. He married Shirley Faye Brown Weinman August 18, 1946 and they were married for 66 years. He was a member of the Baron Hirsch Congregation and Temple...
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James "Jim" Francis Burns

June 1, 1927 - March 13, 2013

James' "Jim" Francis Burns, 85, of Southaven, MS passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 13, 2013. He was a beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all. He was a US Navy veteran of WWII and received the WWII Victory Metal. When working for the Army Depot, as a Photographer, Jim took Elvis's Army Induction photos. He retired from the Social...
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Marvin Posner

February 18, 1932 - March 12, 2013

MARVIN POSNER, ESQ., 81, of Memphis, retired attorney at law, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, after a prolonged illness. He is the beloved husband of Eileen Posner, and the son of the late Abraham Joseph and Bertha (Halpern) Posner of Nashville. He attended West End High School, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School. After being graduated from law school in 1956, he and his...
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Martha Ellen McKinney-Rice

November 26, 1955 - March 10, 2013

Martha Ellen McKinney-Rice passed away March 10, 2013 at her home. She was born, the youngest child of Curtis and Evia McKinney on November 26, 1955 in Memphis, TN. She was a graduate of Christian Brothers University. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Carlotta McKinney. She is survived by a daughter, Natalie Allen (Andy), a son, Jason Rice, two grandchildren, Evy and...
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Beverly Catherine Bestler Ross

November 17, 1926 - March 9, 2013

Beverly C. Ross, 86, art collector and philanthropist, died March 9 at Ave Maria Home after a long illness. She was the widow of Sam Ross, founder of Fantastic Sam's hair salons, who died in 2010. Mrs. Ross was born in Lagrange, Illinois, on Nov. 27, 1926, daughter of Lee and Lucille Bestler. Her first marriage ended in divorce. She met Sam Ross in 1965 at a sandwich shop in Chicago, and the...
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Wanda Wallace Duke

August 1, 1933 - March 9, 2013

Wanda Wallace Duke, 79 passed away surrounded by her family, on Saturday March 9, 2013. Wanda is preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Edward Clifford Duke, the man she fell in love with at thirteen years of age. Also, preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford and Marguarite Wallace and her sister Barbara Wallace Posey. She leaves four children, Daphne Duke Vescovo...
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