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Mrs. Brenda Bratcher

Mrs. Brenda Bratcher, age 65, of Carthage, died Wednesday afternoon, July 1, 2020, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

She is survived by: husband, Bro. Frank Bratcher; mother, Nettie Lou Crook Judkins of Blue Springs; children, Bro. Bryan Bratcher and wife Traci of Carthage, Shane Bratcher and wife Jamie of Defeated Creek; brother, Billy Crook and wife Ofelia of Blue Springs; 3 grandchildren, Scarlett Looney and husband Jordan, Nick Bratcher and wife Selena, Emma Grace Bratcher; 3 step- grandchildren, James Ballard, Ethan Markwell, Ace Markwell; 3 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bratcher is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Her service will be conducted at the Carthage First Freewill Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, July 5, at 3:00 PM. Bro. Craig Mahler will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: James Ballard, Ethan Markwell, Jordan Looney, Dwayne Barns, Kenny Williams.

Visitation at the funeral home will be on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Sunday at the church from 1:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to the Carthage First Freewill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Jean Huff

Mrs. Jean Huff

Mrs. Jean Huff, age 77, of Chestnut Mound, died Sunday afternoon, June 28, 2020, at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville. She is survived by: son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Amy Huff of Buffalo Valley; sisters, Betty Armistead of Elmwood, Ruth Watson of Chestnut Mound; 11 grandchildren, Jasey Huff, Caleb Huff, Kaitlyn Huff, Gabe Huff, Teren Huff, Ella Gray Huff, Liza Huff, Sophie Huff, Finn Huff, Isaiah Huff, Piper Huff.

Mrs. Huff is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her services will be conducted on Friday afternoon, July 3, at 1:00 PM. Eld. Anthony Dixon will officiate. Interment in the Gordonsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Caleb Huff, Gabe Huff, Teren Huff, John Ellis Maynard, Robert Huff, Justin Armistead, Scotty Watson, Dow Armistead.

Visitation will be on Friday only from 9:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

Mrs. Georgia R. Boles

Mrs. Georgia R. Boles

Mrs. Georgia R. Boles of Alexandria, TN, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the age of 88, at the home of her daughter where she also lived.

Mrs. Boles was born March 21, 1932 in Overton County, TN, to the late George Swann and Rosie Johnson Swann. She married Alfred L. Boles on January 26, 1949 in Rossville, GA, and he preceded her in death on August 16, 1999. Mrs. Boles was also preceded by daughter; Rita P. Boles Lankford, Brother; Cordell Swann, six sisters; Sara Wakefield, Eunice Jones, Pearl Swearingen, Tina Haney, Jewel Daily, and Wanda Hillesheim.

Mrs. Boles worked for many years at the Carthage Shirt Factory, Hartmann Luggage in Lebanon, TN, and Norvell in Alexandria, TN. She attended Church of Christ in Gordonsville and Alexandria.

Mrs. Boles is survived by Son; Larry (Carolyn) Boles of Alexandria, TN. Daughter; Kathy (Bob) Hale of Alexandria, TN. Son-in-Law; Wayne Lankford of Murfreesboro, TN. Seven grandchildren; Nichole Overstreet, John (Lisa) Hale, Chris (Keisha) Hale, Perry (Rachel) Boles, Penny (Brandon) Worley, Drew Lankford, and Tim (Paige) Lankford. Several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Brother; Frank Swann of Chicago, Ill.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Boles are scheduled to be conducted at Avant Funeral Home on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 2PM. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4PM until 8PM and on Thursday from 12PM until service time at 2PM.

Mr. Jack Donald Gwaltney

Jack Donald Gwaltney

Jack Donald Gwaltney, 92 passed peacefully on Thursday June 25, 2020, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Preceded in death by wife Ethelene, he is survived by his sister Bettye Wills, daughter Jan Helfer (Rick), son Jeff (Karen) Gwaltney, grandchildren Erica (Simon) Blank and Sarah (Andrew) Fulk, and great grandchildren Eleanor, Ivy and Calvin Blank.

Born April 26, 1928, Jack grew up humbly in the Hickman Community of Smith County, TN. Following graduation from Tennessee Tech, Jack began his career with National Life Ins Co., where he worked for 41 years. He was the American success story, rising from an entry position to become a company Vice President, and eventually serving as the National President of HOLUA, the insurance industry’s premiere underwriting organization. He was a man of faith; deeply devoted to loving his wife and family, and found joy in his career, travel, sports, and golf, once even playing at Augusta National and attending The Masters twice.

A man of honor and integrity, Jack always supported his staff, colleagues, and friends; never once putting his interests above theirs and always protecting “his people.” Jack was everything the best husband, Dad, father-in-law, grandfather, colleague, and “golf bud” could be, and Dad/”Pa” will be missed deeply and remembered forever.

Graveside Services and Interment for Mr. Gwaltney are scheduled to be conducted at the Brush Creek Memorial Gardens on Sunday, June 28, 2020 after the 2-4PM Visitation.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday from 2PM until departure for the cemetery at 4PM.

Ms. Emily Thackxton

Ms. Emily Thackxton

Ms. Emily Thackxton, age 67, of Carthage, died Wednesday morning, June 24, 2020, at her home.

She is survived by: daughters, Sherry Mercer and husband Chris of South Carthage, Sandie Scurlock and companion Chris Dawson of Baxter; 5 grandchildren, Ashley Pape and companion Jessica Kilburn of Murfreesboro, Veronica Mitchell and husband Larnell of Gainesboro, Heather Ausband and husband Jared of South Carthage, Brittany Collins and husband Jamie of South Carthage, Tanner Stacy and companion, Mashayla Harris of Bloomington Springs; siblings, Lela King and husband Donnie of Gordonsville, Patrick Thackxton of Carthage, Chris Thackxton of McMinnville; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren, Aislynn Dawson and Isaiah Dawson.

Ms. Thackxton will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services. Memorial Services will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, June 28, at Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church at 3:00 PM. Bro. Randall Hunt will officiate. Honorary Pallbearers are: UCHRA-Smith County.

Visitation at Mt. Calvary Pentecostal on Sunday only from 1:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church.

Mrs. Dimple Juanita Preston Gibbs

Mrs. Dimple Juanita Preston Gibbs

Mrs. Dimple Juanita Preston Gibbs, age 96, of Gordonsville, TN, passed away on June 22, 2020.

Mrs. Gibbs was born April 21, 1924 in Sullivans Bend, TN, a daughter of the late Roy Mose Preston and Laura Lee Harville Preston. She married J.W. Gibbs and he preceded her in death on September 10, 2000 after 58 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by Brother; Clyde C. Preston and Nephew; Stephen Clyde Preston.

Juanita was a graduate of Smith County High School. She was employed by the Smith County School System as a teacher at the Club Springs Elementary School before being appointed as a civil service clerk for the U.S. Postal Service at the Gordonsville Post Office. She retired after more than 30 years of service.

For 56 years she was an active member of the Gordonsville United Methodist Church where she served in different capacities.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gibbs are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1PM with Bro. George Reed officiating. Interment will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 2PM until 6PM and on Wednesday from 11AM until service time at 1PM.

Expressions of sympathy may take form of donations to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Dinah Sullins Litherland

Mrs. Dinah Sullins Litherland

Mrs. Dinah Sullins Litherland, age 53, of Difficult, died Friday evening, June 12, 2020, at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.

She is survived by:  siblings, Joe Doris Dickerson of Carthage, Deloris Clemons and husband Bud of Granville, Jerry Enoch of Lebanon, Lisa Culbreath and husband Buddy of Lock Seven and Mary Bilbrey of Difficult.

Mrs. Sullins is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted Wednesday morning, June 17 , at 11:00 am with Bro. Tim Frank and Pastor Gary Miller officiating.  Interment in Ridgewood Cemetery.  Active pallbearers:  Travis Turner, Doug Dickerson, Paul Dickerson, Zach Culbreath, Ryan Nixon and Justin Gibbs.

The family will receive friends at the Carthage Chapel beginning on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Wednesday from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 am.

Mr. Scott Crawford

Mr. Scott Crawford

Mr. Scott Crawford of Dunlap, Tennessee and longtime Carthage resident died at 9:15 p.m. Monday evening March 23, 2020, at the age of 48 at his Dunlap home following a thirty five year battle with cancer. He was pronounced deceased by hospice at 11:30 p.m.

Memorial services will be conducted from the East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon June 13th  at 2:00 PM with Eld. Stephen Brooks and his pastor Eld. Van Mathis officiating. Following the memorial services interment will be in the Crawford family plot in the Garden of The Cross at Smith County Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until service time at 2:00 PM at the church.

Born March 3, 1972 at the former Carthage General Hospital in South Carthage he was one of two sons of Eld. James Robert and Brenda Darlene Bennett Crawford of Carthage.

Mr. Crawford was formerly employed with Texas Boot Co. and before becoming totally disabled in 1997 was employed with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He was also employed for many years by the Newspaper Printing Corporation delivering the Tennessean in Smith County.

He was saved at the age of 9 years of age and was baptized by the late Eld. R. C. Bennett into the full fellowship of the East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his parents is his brother, Jeremy Crawford and wife Holly Scurlock Crawford and their children, Caleb and Reece Crawford all of South Carthage; two children, Seth and Lucas Crawford both of Dunlap; the mother of his children and caregiver during his final days, Fredia Barber Crawford of Dunlap.

The family requests memorial to assist with the expenses.

Mrs. Gaye Yeaman

Mrs. Gaye Yeaman

Mrs. Gaye Yeaman, age 76, of Carthage, died Wednesday afternoon, June 10, 2020, at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage. She is survived by: daughter, Misty Yeaman Smith and husband Brian of South Carthage; grandson, Jake White of South Carthage.

Mrs. Yeaman is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted Saturday afternoon, June 13, at 1:00 pm with Edward L. Anderson officiating.  Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers will be Cody White, Dusty Whitaker, Steve Bray, R. W. Vincent, Michael Hackett, Mike Piper and Scott Cook.

The family will receive friends at the Carthage Chapel beginning on Friday from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Saturday from 11:00 am until service time at 1:00 pm.

The family has requested memorials to the Smith County Cancer Fund.

Mr. Walter Lee Cook, Jr.

Mr. Walter Lee Cook, Jr

Mr. Walter Lee Cook, Jr, age 75 of Carthage, TN, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Mr. Cook was born June 17, 1944 in Madison, TN, a son of the late Walter Lee Cook, Sr, and Beatrice Burrow Cook. He was also preceded in death by Grandson; Isaac Cook and great-granddaughter; Kayleigh Matthews. He attended Lifepoint Church in Lebanon, TN. Mr. Cook married Sarah Dean Burns on February 4, 2012. He was a self-employed dental lab technician. He enjoyed being on the water and loved fishing.

Mr. Cook is survived by Wife; Sarah Burns Cook of Carthage, TN. Children; Bill Lee Cook of Collins, NY, and Robert Paul (Yolandi) Cook of Hendersonville, TN. Step-Daughter; Tabitha (Carl) York of Ashland City, TN. Brother; Johnny (Anita) Cook of Goodlettsville, TN. Grandchildren; Robert Paul Cook, II, Lincoln James Cook, Liliana Snow Cook, Mason Bowles, Bronson Kriek, Kayla Matthews, Mitchell York, and Carson York. Great-grandchild; Pasley York.

Celebration of Life services are scheduled to be held at a later date.

Mr. Richard Thomas Russell

Mr. Richard Thomas Russell, III

Mr. Richard Thomas Russell, III, age 72, of Portland, TN, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Richard was born October 9, 1947 in Murfreesboro, TN, a son of the late Richard T. Russell, Jr, and Hazel Perry Russell. He was a 1966 graduate of Sandy Springs High School in Atlanta, GA. He married Wanda Gillespie on September 1, 1972 in Murfreesboro, TN. Mr. Russell retired from Bridgestone after working for 34 years as a production scheduler. Richard found much joy in retirement with his loving wife and a new beekeeping passion and community of friends, many weekends at their honey booth at local farmer’s markets, time relaxing at their Florida home, and much fun with their many grandchildren. Richard was active in the Portland area, making many friends with his Mennonite neighbors, and was a member of First Baptist Church, Portland.

Mr. Russell is survived by Wife of 47 years; Wanda Russell of Portland, TN. Three Children; Thomas (Ceselie) Russell of Covington, GA, Stephen (Audrey) Russell of Brush Creek, TN, and Emily (Grant) Williams of Knoxville, TN. Nine Grandchildren; Julia, Alaina, Olivia, Amelia, Titus, Natalie, Timothy, Thomas, and Evelyn. Brother; Robert (Melinda) Russell of Murfreesboro, TN. Nephew; Michael (Dawn) Russell, and niece; Angela (Glenn) Winnier.

Funeral services for Mr. Russell are scheduled to be conducted at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 11AM with Bro. Andy Mathias officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the Russell Family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday from 4PM until 8PM and again on Thursday from 10AM until service time at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or the First Baptist Church, Carthage Africa School Project.

Chief Jackie Camp

Chief Jackie Camp

Retired Lakewood, TN, Police Chief Jackie Lynn Camp, age 75 of Carthage, TN, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Chief Jackie Camp was born October 31, 1944 in Dyersburg, TN, a son of the late Percy Miller Camp and Etta Laura Agee Camp. He was also preceded in death by Brother; Jimmy Camp. Chief Camp served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked in late enforcement for 36 years. Chief Camp graduated from School of Law Enforcement in Memphis and began working for the Memphis Sheriff’s Department. He worked for the DEA as an undercover agent for 13 years then for the Watertown Police Department. Later he became Chief of Police in Lakewood, TN, where he kept the position until his retirement on November 20, 2002. He married Sharon Renae Huff on February 14, 1998.

Chief Jackie Camp is survived by wife; Sharon Huff Camp of Carthage, TN. Son; Tyler Camp of Carthage, TN. Step-daughter; Candace Stowers of Hendersonville, TN. Step-son; Ronald Dewayne Huff of Whites Creek, TN. Grandchildren; Braden Deerman and Makayla Stowers. Brother; Ricky (Pam) Camp of Jackson, TN. Niece; Laura Camp of Jackson, TN.

Memorial Services for Chief Camp are scheduled to be held at a later date.

The family requests memorials be made to New Leash on Life or the Joy Clinic in Lebanon, TN.

Mrs. Joyce Kittrell Hiett

Mrs. Joyce Kittrell Hiett

Mrs. Joyce Kittrell Hiett, age 63, of Carthage, died Monday evening, June 1, 2020, at Riverview Regional in Carthage.

She is survived by: husband, Joe Hiett; son, John Wesley Hiett of Carthage; father and mother-in-law, Robey and Joyce Hiett of Pleasant Shade; brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Melanie Hiett of Pleasant Shade; nephews, Jason Hiett and wife Brittany of Murfreesboro, Greg Hiett and wife Cheryl of Pleasant Shade; life-long friend, Connie Carter; special friends, Jennifer Buwalda and Lillian Haislip;  and grandchildren.

Mrs. Hiett is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, June 6, at 1:00 PM.  Eld. Scott Rigsby and Eld. Gerald Ragland will officiate.  Interment in the Sanderson Cemetery in Pleasant Shade.  Serving as active pallbearers are: Jason Hiett, Greg Hiett, Shane Jones, Tony Collins, Mark Mise, Ricky West; Honorary pallbearers are: Phillip Upchurch, Dr. Roger Duke, Kerry Dugan, Gary Gregory, Allen Dickerson, Zach Upchurch.

The visitation will begin on Friday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Saturday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials for the Grandchildren’s Scholarship Fund.

Mrs. Robbie Overstreet

Mrs. Robbie Overstreet

Mrs. Robbie Overstreet, age 84, of the Conditt Hollow in Elmwood, died Sunday morning, May 31, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by: husband, George Overstreet; daughter, June Moore of Hickman; son, Randall Overstreet of Elmwood; sisters, Bobbie York of Monoville, Juanita Sircy of Monoville, Ann Sanders and husband Bobby of South Carthage, Brenda West, Glenda Richardson of Baxter; brother, Gary Whittemore and wife Danice of New Middleton; 2 grandchildren, Candice Murphy and Kirk Watts, Dustin Perry and Ephipany Raush; 7 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Overstreet is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.  Graveside Services and Interment will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, June 3, at 1:00 PM at the Overstreet Family Cemetery in the Conditt Hollow in Elmwood.  Bro. Wallace Caldwell will officiate.

Serving as pallbearers are: Frank Woodard, Jerry Woodard, Gary Woodard, Jack Franklin, Steve Byer, Dustin Perry.

Visitation at the funeral home will begin on Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until leaving for the cemetery at 12:40 PM.

Mrs. Eleanor Teresa Battersby

Mrs. Eleanor Teresa Battersby

Mrs. Eleanor Teresa Battersby, age 103 of Difficult, TN, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Mrs. Battersby was born July 11, 1916 in Vineland, NJ, a daughter of the late Adon Beckett and Nellie Mori Beckett. She married Irvin T. Battersby on August 13, 1951 in Maryland and he preceded her in death on March 13, 1985. Mrs. Battersby was also preceded in death by Son-in-Law; Ronnie Dixon and Sister; Vonda Mori. She was raised Catholic. Mrs. Battersby moved to Tennessee from Florida 28 years ago.

Mrs. Battersby is survived by two children; Vonda Dixon of Difficult, TN, and Ellie (Greg) Eck of Cartersville, GA. Six grandchildren; Elizabeth Sherbert, Jim Ed Cooper, Mary Ellen Ring, Johnny Cooper, Erin Dallas, and Jason Cooper. 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Battersby are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday, June 1, 2020, at 11AM with Chaplin Jason Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the West Cemetery in Difficult, TN.

Visitation with the family will be at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday from 9AM until service time at 11AM.

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