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Irene Brittingham
B: 1936-01-24
D: 2016-07-25
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Brittingham, Irene
George Smith
D: 2016-07-24
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Smith, George
Fannie Frazier
B: 1938-07-28
D: 2016-07-22
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Frazier, Fannie
Isaac Hicks
B: 1958-01-08
D: 2016-07-22
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Hicks, Isaac
Damarius Young
B: 1983-07-03
D: 2016-07-22
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Young, Damarius
Barbra Floyd
B: 1951-10-25
D: 2016-07-22
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Floyd, Barbra
Daniel Pritchett
B: 1930-01-29
D: 2016-07-21
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Pritchett, Daniel
Gwendolyn Clickenger
B: 1938-07-12
D: 2016-07-20
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Clickenger, Gwendolyn
Sheila Batson
B: 1957-08-29
D: 2016-07-19
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Batson , Sheila
Ronetta Ayers
B: 1981-06-20
D: 2016-07-19
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Ayers, Ronetta
Clarence Burros
B: 1958-05-31
D: 2016-07-19
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Burros, Clarence
Pierre Volcy
D: 2016-07-18
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Volcy, Pierre
Wislene Deborne
D: 2016-07-18
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Deborne, Wislene
Walton Burke
B: 1957-07-27
D: 2016-07-18
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Burke, Walton
Lawrence Ryder
B: 1950-06-08
D: 2016-07-18
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Ryder , Lawrence
Bianca Scott
B: 1989-01-03
D: 2016-07-17
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Scott, Bianca
Charles Coscia
D: 2016-07-17
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Coscia, Charles
Gloria Jones
B: 1952-08-07
D: 2016-07-16
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Jones, Gloria
William Allen
D: 2016-07-16
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Allen, William
Mary Taylor
D: 2016-07-15
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Taylor, Mary
Delilah Peek
B: 1957-08-10
D: 2016-07-15
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Peek, Delilah

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