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Ms. Anne Marie Gillis

Ms. Anne Marie Gillis

Ms. Anne Marie Gillis of Brentwood, a retired former Carthage business woman and media executive, died at the age of 66 surrounded by family and caregivers at the family’s Bluff Road home at 8:17 p.m. Monday evening February 22, 2021 under the care of Caris Hospice of Murfreesboro. Ms. Gillis had gallantly battled A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig disease) for over ten years before succumbing to the illness.

Ms. Gillis was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and was cremated at the Cumberland Family Services in Algood. Her husband will return her cremains to her native Canada for services and burial.

Born Anne Marie Gillis in Nova Scotia in Inverness County, Canada on July 6, 1954, she was one of twelve children of the late Donald Bernard Gillis and Mary Margaret MacClellan Gillis.

She was a 1972 graduate of Riverview High School.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Gillis and Mary Beth Gillis.

Following school she worked for the Armed Forces Radio in Kenitra, Morocco and moved to Washington, D.C. where she was mentored by then First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, while working for the LBJ Holding Company.

She then returned to Halifax, Canada working for ATV and CBC before relocating to Hollywood, California where she financed movies including “Flowers In The Attic”.

Ms. Gillis then moved to Nashville in 2001 and on June 29, 2001 she was united in marriage to film director, Marvin Baker. The ceremony was performed in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

There they began BG-TV Direct, a television syndication company and Advertising Agency.

In 2008, Ms. Gills and Mr. Baker partnered with Jody Van-Alin to launch Café Nashville, a syndicated radio show.

Ms. Gillis and Mr. Baker had a studio in the former Hire and Long Furniture Store building in Carthage until 2015 when they relocated to Nashville.

Surviving in addition to her husband Marvin of almost twenty years are nine of her siblings, Sandy Gillis and wife Kathy, Eileen MacLean and husband John, Allan Gillis and wife Josie, Daniel Gillis, Jim Gillis and wife Karen, Carmella Gillis and husband Daryl Gorman, Colleen Davis and husband John, Martina Caldwell and husband Todd, Michele Gillis and husband Mark Stiles.

The Gillis family requests memorials to TeamGleason.org.

Mr. Wenn Bennett

Mr. Wenn Bennett

Mr. Wenn Bennett, age 47 of Hogans Creek, died Friday morning, February 26 at his home. He is survived by: parents, Wendel and Betty Bennett of Turkey Creek; 2 daughters, Alexia Bennett of Smyrna, Julianna Wright of Riddleton; sister, Retta Bennett Ellenburg and husband Richard of Rock City and their children, Lauren Ellenburg and her son Colton of South Carthage, Jared Ellenburg and wife Tori of Kempville.

Mr. Bennett is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Thursday afternoon, March 4 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Stephen Brooks will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pall bearers are: Jeremy Sanders, T. J. Stinson, Jeremy Crawford, Jared Ellenburg, Clint Phillips, Jerry Silcox.  

Visitation will begin on Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Thursday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The kitchen is closed due to COVID.

Doras “Sidney” Williams

Mr. Doras “Sidney” Williams, age 79 of Brush Creek, TN, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Mr. Williams was born October 12, 1941 in Sneads Ferry, NC, a son of the late Jonas Russell Williams, Sr. and Rose Lee Boles Williams. He married Wanda Jane Burgess on March 29, 1963 and she preceded him in death on October 7, 2013 after 50 years of marriage. Mr. Williams was also preceded in death by Sister; Gwendolyn Swaim, Brother; J.R. Williams, Brother-in-Law; Eldon Burgess, and Sister-in-Law; Helen VanStander.

Mr. Williams worked at AVCO for 33 years as quality control supervisor until his retirement. He had a real love for motorcycles and was a longtime member of the BACA Club. He also was a sailboat captain, enjoyed the beach, travelling, and dancing. Sidney was a member of the Jaycees. He never met a stranger.

Mr. Williams is survived by Daughter; W. Yvonne Williams of Brush Creek, TN. Son; Travis Sidney (Kimberly) Williams of Brush Creek, TN. Granddaughters; Brandy N. (Douglas) Tisdale and Taylor M. Williams. Grandson; Austin S. Williams. Great-grandson; W. Rook Rackley. Caregiver; Jo Ann Adcock. In Laws; Bill (Linda) Burgess of Brush Creek, TN, Anne (Lee) Armstrong Nashville, TN, Carol Burgess of Cookeville, TN, and Richard VanStrander of Woodbury, TN.

Funeral Services for Mr. Williams are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1PM. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery.

Visitation with the Williams Family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday from 3PM until 8PM and on Saturday after 10AM until service time at 1PM.

Barbara Ann Williams

Mrs. Barbara Ann Williams, age 74 of Carthage, TN, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Mrs. Williams was born April 25, 1946 in Lebanon, TN, a daughter of the late Kirk Lee Anderson and Lucille Blanch Sutton Anderson. She married former Smith County Sherriff’s Deputy and Gordonsville Chief of Police, Harold Lee Williams on April 20, 1976 and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2007. Mrs. Williams was also preceded in death by Brother; Jack Anderson.

Mrs. Williams was a 1964 graduate of Smith County High School. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier until her retirement. After retirement, Mrs. Williams worked as a caregiver. She was a member of the Cornwells Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Williams is survived by Sons; Zachary Harold Williams of Nashville, TN, and Todd Lee Freeman of Castalian Springs, TN. Grandson; Lucas Caine Freeman of Lebanon, TN. Sister; Mettie Jane Dillehay of South Carthage, TN. Niece; Jackie (Jim) Jones. Nephew; Ken (Becky) Dillehay. Great nephews; James Kendell (Camiell) Dillehay and Taylor Dillehay. Special Friends; Molly Richardson, Olene Grisham, and Gary and Carolyn Mahaney.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Williams are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 1PM with Bro. Kerry Dugan officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday from 2PM until 8PM and on Friday after 10AM until service time at 1PM.

Myra Janell Caudill

Mrs. Myra Janell Caudill, age 85, of Carthage, TN, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Mrs. Caudill was born February 26, 1936 in the Buffalo Community of Smith County, TN, a daughter of the late Fred R. West and Dovie Colena Knight West. She married William Clifton Mofield at the age of 14 and had four daughters. He preceded her in death on February 27, 1998. Mrs. Caudill was also preceded in death by Daughter; Myra Jean Goolsby, Sister; Juanita Brooks, Brother; Randall West. She worked at the Carthage Shirt Factory and at Stephens Manufacturing. Mrs. Caudill attended the Carthage Full Gospel Church.

Mrs. Caudill is survived by Daughters; Dymple Brown and husband, Sammy of Lebanon, TN, Tresa Shoulders of Tanglewood, TN, Clifa Norris and husband, James of Tanglewood, TN. Sister; Jessie Dale Preston of Hickman, TN. Ten grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Caudill are scheduled to be conducted at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11AM with Sister Carolyn Butler officiating. Interment will follow in the Mofield Cemetery on Rawls Creek.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday from 4PM until 8PM and on Tuesday after 9AM until service time at 11AM.

Jan & Robert “Buddy” Chaffin

Mr. Robert “Buddy” Chaffin, age 76, a Vietnam Veteran of Lebanon, Tennessee, and longtime Carthage resident, died peacefully in his sleep at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, February 14, 2021, at his Lebanon home.

His wife and soul-mate of almost fifty-four years, Janice Chaffin, who he affectionally called “his brown-eyed girl,” followed him in death with her family at her bedside at 8:25 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021, also at their beloved home.

A joint funeral service for the couple is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, at 3 p.m. at the Maple Hill Church of Christ where both were dedicated members and Mr. Chaffin served as an elder. Sons, Chris and Patrick, will deliver the eulogies. The Chaffins will be buried side-by-side in the Garden of Everlasting Life at the Smith County Memorial Gardens with the Chaffins’ nephew Jeff White delivering the benediction. The Veterans Honor Guard will conduct full military honors at the graveside.

The Chaffin family will receive friends at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home at 241 West Main Street in Lebanon on Saturday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The visitation on Sunday will be at the Maple Hill Church of Christ from 1 p.m. until the memorial service begins at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Chaffin was born Janice Marion Lafever in Detroit, Michigan, on December 18, 1937, and was one of two children of the late George E. Lafever and Arlie Mable Palmer Lafever. Jan was a 1955 graduate of South East High school in Detroit. She attended the McClain College of Secretarial Science and graduated from David Lipscomb University in 1966. She was then employed at the General Motors Corporation in Detroit as a Material Handling and Picking specialist for three years. She also served as executive assistant for senior leadership executives in Detroit.

Bob, known in his hometown of Carthage as R.C., was born Robert Rogers Chaffin on the Roaring River family farm in Jackson County. He was one of two children of the late Robert Franklin Chaffin and Lois Maylene Maberry. He was a 1962 graduate of Smith County High. He graduated from David Lipscomb University in 1966 with a degree in finance and economics and in 1981 received a master’s degree in business administration and finance. He then was employed at General Motors Corporation for 35 years where he was Finance Director and Director of Information Systems before retiring on December 31, 2000.
The Chaffins were married at the East Detroit Church of Christ by the late Ernie Scarborough on August 8, 1964. Following retirement he and Jan returned to Lebanon and placed membership at the Maple Hill Church of Christ where he was ordained as an elder, a capacity in which he served until his death.

The Chaffins are survived by their two sons, Christopher Chaffin and wife Valerie of Carthage, and their two children, Kai’a, and Ethan; Patrick Chaffin and wife Gabrielle of Nashville and their four children, Maggie, John Patrick “J.P.”, Ryan, and Cameron; and preceded in death by a grandson, Shawn Robert Chaffin.

Mrs. Janice Chaffin is survived by a brother, Ted Lafever and wife Dorothea of Canton, Michigan. Mr. Robert Chaffin is survived by a sister, Donneita Chaffin White and husband Robert of Franklin, Kentucky.

Mr. Terry Layne Martin

Mr. Terry Layne Martin

Mr. Terry Layne Martin, age 64 of Lebanon, TN passed away Monday February 22, 2021 at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Preceded in death by Parents, Ed and Dixie Martin. Survived by: Son, Taylor Martin-Lebanon, TN; Daughter, Page (Ben) Chambers-Lebanon, TN; Grandson, Eli Seth Chambers and 2 Sisters, Mary Jo (Ron) Webb-Hartsville, TN and Debra (Barry) Gidcomb-Columbia, TN. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home at 1 PM Saturday, February 27, 2021 conducted by Eld. Junior Dickerson. Interment will be in the Dixon Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 PM Friday and 11 AM until service time Saturday. Memorial donations may be made to the Smith County FFA Program c/o Smith County High School and the American Heart Association. Family request everyone attending services to please wear a mask and observe social distancing and no food be brought to the funeral home. Anthony Funeral Home, 337 McMurry Blvd. E, Hartsville, TN 37074, 615-374-2280, www.anthonyfhhartsville.com.

Mr. David Jenkins

Mr. David Jenkins

Mr. David Jenkins, age 30 of Carthage, died Sunday afternoon, February 21 at Vanderbilt-Wilson in Lebanon. He is survived by: mother, Cindy Key of Carthage; father, Tony Jenkins and wife Linda of McMinnville; paternal grandparents, Jud Key and wife Emily of Carthage; aunts and uncles, Bobbie Key, Roy Key, Donnie, Scottie and Jeffery Key, Julie Cannon; God-parents, Rickey and Mary Richmond Money of Carthage.

Mr. Jenkins will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services. No service at this time pending his mother’s release from the hospital.

Mrs. Dorothy Shrum

Mrs. Dorothy Shrum

Mrs. Dorothy Shrum, age 86 of Lebanon and a long time resident of Carthage, died Wednesday morning, February 24 at her home. She is survived by: 3 children, Connie Shrum of Carthage, Judy Thornton and husband Earl of Carthage, Mike Shrum and wife Rena of Lebanon; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer Thornton Carmack and husband Mike of Rickman, Jonathan Thornton and wife Crystal of Carthage, April Shrum Law and husbanad Jim of Hogans Creek, Latoy Linnear of Lebanon; 6 great-grandchildren, Matthew Storey, Grace Storey, Natalie Thornton, Greyson Thornton, Cooper Law, Kailey Linnear; special caregivers, Amy Hawkins, Faye Hunt, Rhonda Rose, Rachel Boltaggio.

Mrs. Shrum is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, February 26 at 1:00 PM. Bro. Gordon Lee will officiate. Rena Shrum will present the eulogy. Interment in the Ridgewood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Donnie Key, Steve Key, Danny Key, Keith Key, Matthew Storey, Grace Storey, Jonathan Thornton

Visitation will begin on Thursday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Friday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00.

Mr. Chris Caruthers

Mr. Chris Caruthers

Mr. Chris Caruthers, age 62 of Padducah, Kentucky died Saturday evening, February 20 at Parkview Nursing and Rehab. He is survived by: wife, Teri Caruthers of Port Chester, NY; children, Shannon White and husband Rick, Nicholas Caruthers, Kayla Caruthers; siblings, Kim Wright, Karen Bell and husband Allen, Johnny Caruthers and wife Kathy; 3 grandchildren, Carson, Campbell and Palmer; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Caruthers is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Family and friends will assemble at Dixon Springs Cemetery for a Graveside Service and Interment on Saturday afternoon, February 27 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Daniel Cook will officiate.

Mrs. Bonita Lee

Mrs. Bonita Lee

Mrs. Bonita Lee died peacefully at her family’s River Bridge Road home at 6:01 p.m. Thursday evening February 18, 2021 surrounded by her loving family who had lovingly and tenderly cared for her every need during her final days on earth. Mrs. Lee was 70.

Graveside services were Sunday afternoon February 21st at 3 p.m. Burial followed in the Lee family plot in the Dias section of the Dixon Springs Cemetery. Longtime family friend, Jack McCall, delivered the eulogy.

A public memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Mrs. Lee was the youngest of three children and was born Sandra Bonita Patterson in Nashville on November 23, 1950 to the late David Elzie Patterson and Margie Maie Ellis Patterson.

Mrs. Lee was also preceded in death by a brother, James Patterson.

At the Goodletsville Presbyterian Church on May 28, 1977 she was united in marriage to Dixon Springs Community native Thomas William “Tom” Lee.

Mrs. Lee was a self-employed tour guide, a profession she dearly loved. She retired in 2008.

She was a non-denominational Christian.

Surviving in addition to her husband of almost forty three years are two children, Paul Fields and wife Rhonda of the Rome Community, Matt Lee and partner Ahnika Long of Lebanon; brother, Don Patterson and wife Shannon of White House; eight grandchildren, Autumn Nixon and husband Cameron of the Defeated Creek Community, Peyton Suchomel and husband Dylan, Logan Fields all of the Rome Community, Chance Williams, Josh Long, Landon Lee and Carter Lee all of Lebanon; three great-grandchildren, Easton, Isla, and Millie Suchomel.

The Lee family requests memorials to either the Lebanon Senior Center dementia group or grief support group, or to the Health America of Middle Tennessee.

Mrs. Mary Woodard Gragiola

Mrs. Mary Woodard Gragiola

Mrs. Mary Woodard Gragiola, age 72 of Gordonsville, died Wednesday afternoon, February 17 at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro. She is survived by: daughters, Melinda Faye Hulse McElvaney of Lebanon, Robin Lee Ann West of Sparta; grandchildren, Zachary Beardsley, Hailey Hartley and husband Tyler, Jessica Julien and husband Crue, Sadie Moore; great-grandchildren, Zoey Hartley, Dianna Hartley, Mary Anne Hartley (due April 7); sisters, Margaret Vance of Gordonsville, Sandra Washer of Lewisville, Texas, Wanda Stallings of South Carthage; sister-in-law, Carol Woodard of Gordonsville, father of children, Harvey Frank Hulse of Lebanon.

Mrs. Gragiola is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Thursday afternoon, February 25 at 3:00 PM. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Zachary Beardsley, Tyler Hartley, Crue Julien, Jeff Washer, Sam Vance, Nicky Stallings, Jason Stallings, Mark Vance, Eric Woodard.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Thursday from 1:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM.

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Mr. Donald Jackson

Mr. Donald Jackson, age 66 of Elmwood, TN, and a longtime resident of Smithville, TN, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Mr. Jackson was born April 8, 1954 in Buffalo Valley, TN, a son of the late Haywood Jackson and Mattie Hancock Jackson. He was also preceded in death by Wife; Melissa Jackson and Siblings; Horace Jackson, Jim Jackson, James Jackson, Will Allen Jackson, Calvin Jackson, Woodrow Jackson, Marshall Jackson, Ginger Jackson, Edna Smith, Annie Duke, and Vallie Williams. Donald worked at the Smithville Sav-a-Lot for many years.

He is survived by Siblings; William (Brenda) Jackson of Kentucky, David (Maggie) Hancock of Buffalo Valley, TN, Thurman (Linda) Jackson of Elmwood, TN, Alvie Hancock of Cookeville, TN, Willene Jackson of Indiana, and Veller Dyer of Pleasant Shade, TN. Several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside services and interment for Mr. Jackson are scheduled to be conducted on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1PM at the Smellage Memory Gardens in the Boma Community of Putnam County, TN. Bro. Dewey Dyer will officiate.

The family will gather just prior to the graveside services.

Mrs. Nancy McCall

Mrs. Nancy McCall

Mrs. Nancy McCall, age 90 of Defeated Creek, died Tuesday evening, February 16 at Knollwood in Lafayette. She is survived by: 2 daughters, Myra McCall Dixon of Defeated Creek, Rita McCall Chaffin and husband Doug of Defeated Creek; 2 grandchildren, Lisa Massey and husband Pat of Elmwood, T. J. Dixon and wife Dr. Lindsey Dixon of Tanglewood; 5 great-grandchildren, Beth Shoulders and husband John of Pleasant Shade, Amanda Terriault and husband Kyle of Lebanon, Madison Massey of Elmwood, Ella Kay and Wyatt Andrew Dixon of Tanglewood; great-great-grandchild, Evee Kay Terriault.

Mrs. McCall is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, February 21 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Jeff Patterson will officiate. Interment in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Charles Givens, Ricky Givens, Howell Givens, Casey Givens, Cody Givens, Ritchie Gregory.

Visitation will begin on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to the Friendship Primitive Baptist Church.

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Mr. Charles DeMoss

Mr. Charles DeMoss

Mr. Charles DeMoss, age 34 of South Carthage, died Sunday morning, February 14 at Tri-Star Centennial in Nashville. He is survived by: wife, April DeMoss; daughter, Isabelle DeMoss of Evansville; son, Gabriel DeMoss of Evansville; mother, Mary Dzurko and husband Ronald of South Carthage; father, Jay Carlton of Peoria, Illinois; 4 brothers, Josh Dzurko of South Carthage, Ronnie DeMoss and wife Jessica of Fort Dix, New Jersey, Branden Dzurko of South Carthage, Shaun Dzurko of South Carthage; fiancee’ Amanda Jackson of South Carthage and her children, Edward, Kyla, Adyson Jackson.

Mr. DeMoss is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, March 3 at 3:00 PM. Bro. Steve Waller will officiate.

Visitation at the Carthage Chapel will be on Wednesday only from 1:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM.

KITCHEN CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

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