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Mrs. Helen Loretta Hawker Malone

Mrs. Helen Loretta Hawker Malone

Mrs. Helen Loretta Hawker Malone, age 78 of Alexandria, TN, and a longtime resident of the Hannah’s Branch community went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2022.

She was a kind, God fearing woman who loved the Lord and loved her family and always wanted the best for them. She was a lifetime member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church and played piano for the choir for many years. Words cannot be expressed how greatly she will be missed.

Mrs. Malone was born September 19, 1943 in the Hannah’s Branch community of Dekalb County, TN, a daughter of the late Charles Bratten Hawker and Louise Oakley Hawker. She married Robert Don Malone on January 2, 1960 and he preceded her in death on November 25, 2010. She was also preceded in death by Brother; Danny Hawker.

She is survived by two sons; Ricky Donald Malone and his wife, Terry of Liberty, TN, and David Lynn Malone and his wife Genia of Gordonsville, TN. Four grandchildren; Benjamin Tyler (Kayla) Malone of Chestnut Mound, TN, John Weston (Casey) Malone of Baxter, TN, Anna Bess Malone (Trevor) Glover of Alexandria, TN, and Carey Lynn Malone of Gordonsville, TN. Four great-grandchildren; Caleb Oakley Malone, Jackson Everett Malone, Luke Easton Malone, and Harrison Wayne Glover. Brother; Larry Oakley Hawker and his wife, Elaine of Lebanon, TN. Sister-in-Law; Jimmie (David) Carter of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Malone are scheduled to be conducted from the Avant Funeral Home on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12 noon with Gary Glover officiating. Interment will follow in the Pisgah Church Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Avant Funeral Home on Friday from 12PM until 8PM and on Saturday from 10AM until service time at 12 noon.

The family requests memorials be made to the Pisgah Church Cemetery Fund.

Mrs. Glenda Gregory Brashier

Mrs. Glenda Gregory Brashier

Mrs. Glenda Gregory Brashier, age 65 of South Bend, Indiana and a native of Dixon Springs, died Friday afternoon, January 14 at the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka, Indiana. She is survived by: husband, Joe Brashier; parents, Glen and Shelby Gregory; 2 sisters, Kathy Gregory Webb and husband David of Young Branch, Debbie Gregory Cassity and husband David of Defeated Creek; 3 brothers, Sam Gregory and wife Tammy of Hartsville, Dan Gregory and friend Kim Coggins of Lafayette, David Gregory and wife Frankie of Hartsville.

Mrs. Gregory is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, January 21 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Shawn Shepherd will officiate. Interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: David Cassity, David Webb, Sam Gregory, Dan Gregory, David Gregory, Kelvin Gregory.

Visitation will be on Friday only from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to assist with funeral expenses.

Masks are required for visitation and service.

Ms. Hallie Mai Agee

Ms. Hallie Mai Agee

Ms. Hallie Mai Agee age 96 of Dowelltown, TN passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at her residence. 

Ms. Hallie was born on August 20, 1925 in Smithville, TN to her parents, the late Herbert & Jo Anner Mullican Tramel. Also preceding her in death is her husband, Floyd Agee, brother & sister, W.J. Tramel & Beulah Joins. She was a retired shirt factory worker & was a member of Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. 

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Kenneth Tramel will officiate and burial will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, from 3pm – 8pm and Friday, from 10am until the service time at 1pm. 

Survivors include her Daughter, Glenda (Clifford) Randolph of Dowelltown, TN. 2 Grandchildren, Breanna (Chris) Hawkins of Lebanon, TN & Cody (Amelia) Randolph of Smithville, TN. 6 Grandchildren, Clay, Clent & Cora Hawkins & Dawson, Corbin & McCoy Randolph. 

In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church in memory of Ms. Hallie.  Love – Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville in charge of the arrangements. www.lovecantrell.com, 615-597-5275

Mrs. Sue Wright Beasley

Mrs. Sue Wright Beasley

Mrs. Sue Wright Beasley, age 94 of Tanglewood and formerly of Beasleys Bend, died peacefully at home on Friday afternoon January 14. She is survived by: daughter, Mary Beasley Hunter and husband Danny of Bethpage; granddaughter, Olivia Suliano Long and husband Blake of Tanglewood; great-grandchildren, Charlie Gene and Chevelle Josephine.

Mrs. Beasley is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Tuesday morning, January 18 at 11:00 AM. Eld. Anthony Dixon will officiate. Interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Richard Hiett, Charles Bass, Richard Gregory, David Gregory, Jackie Dawson, Louis West, Ricky Evitts.

Visitation will begin on Monday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM.

The family has requested memorials to the Great-grandchildren Education Fund.

Ms. Elizabeth Ann Vance Emison

Ms. Elizabeth Ann Vance Emison

Elizabeth Ann Vance Emison, age 50 of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Elizabeth was born January 18, 1971 in Guadalajara, Mexico a daughter of Margaret Woodard Vance and the late James Exum Vance. She was a 1989 graduate of Gordonsville High School. Elizabeth worked for Meharry Medical for several years. She was saved by the grace of God and was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Ms. Emison is survived by three sons; Peyton (Makayla Easterwood) Blair of Smithville, TN, Jamos Paul (Brianna) Blair of Gordonsville, TN, and Caleb Allen Emison of Murfreesboro, TN. Five grandchildren; Brian Wright, Izabella Grace Blair, Piper Allison Blair, Penelope Lynette Blair, and Gunnar Easterwood. Siblings; Yvonne (Roger) Grisham of Gordonsville, TN, Sam (Priscilla) Vance of Smyrna, TN, and Mark (Lisa) Vance of Woodbury, TN. Mother; Margaret Woodard Vance of Gordonsville, TN. Significant other; Damon “Dee” Ward.

Funeral Services for Ms. Emison are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 1PM with Bro. David Manning and Bro. Matt Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 3PM until 8PM and on Wednesday from 10AM until service time at 1PM.

The family requests memorials be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Mr. James B. Ford

James B. Ford

James Bailey Ford, age 81, of Gordonsville passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Vanderbilt Tullahoma Harton Hospital.

He was born in Davidson County on January 2, 1941, the son of the late William Bailey Ford and Martha Lincoln Ford.

He attended Antioch High School. He worked at Cumberland Chevrolet for over 30 years as Service Manager. As a teenager he enjoyed playing guitar and singing in his band, “Bubba Ford and the Sounds.” They made a few records and played shows around Nashville.

He married Patsy Moore Ford on December 22, 1962.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Bosch, on October 10, 2021, and a sister Judy Doughty.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by a son, Jamie Ford of Gordonsville; Grandsons Josh James, John James, and Matt James; Great Granddaughter Nevaeh James; Son-in-law Rainer Bosch; Brothers Billy Ford, Bobby (Sherry) Ford, and Barry Ford; Sister Martha Ford (Tony) Holloway and Patsy Ford Williams. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation with the Ford family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 2PM until 8PM.

The Ford family will hold private services at a later date.

Mr. John Sebastino

Mr. John Sebastino

Mr. John Sebastino, age 60 of Lancaster, died Sunday afternoon, January 9 at his home. He is survived by: nephew, Zach Basimait and wife Carolyn Acuff of Lancaster; sister, Carol Basimait and fiance’ Richard McCormick of Riddleton; nephews, Ian David Hays of Pittsville, MA, Shaun Patrick Goban of Pittsville, MA, Kyle Goolsby of Lancaster; great-niece, Bonnie Keye of Carthage.

Mr. Sebastino is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet at Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage for Graveside Services and Interment on Wednesday morning, January 12 at 11:00 AM. Bro. Dewey Dyer will officiate.

Mrs. Carolyn Price

Mrs. Carolyn Price

Mrs. Carolyn Price, age 75, of Tanglewood died Saturday morning, January 8 at Riverview Regional in Carthage. She is survived by: sons, Troy Price of Tanglewood, Shane Price of Tanglewood; granddaughter, Ashley Phillips and husband Dustin of Tanglewood; 2 great-grandchildren, Braiden Phillips and Carson Phillips; sister, Wilma Price of Pleasant Shade; brother, Aaron Evitts and wife Doreen of Russell Hill; trusted companion, Moozer.

Mrs. Price will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services. A Memorial Service is planned for a later date.

Mrs. Retta Hesson Wilkerson

Mrs. Retta Hesson Wilkerson

Mrs. Retta Hesson Wilkerson, age 58 of Popes Hill, died Thursday evening, January 6 at Unity Medical Center in Coffee County. She is survived by: husband, Danny Wilkerson; children, Jay Slatton and wife Leann of Gordonsville, Amanda Silcox and husband Dave of South Carthage, Samantha Hearn and husband John of South Carthage, mother, Glenda Hesson of South Carthage; 7 grandchildren.

Mrs. Wilkerson is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Monday afternoon, January 10 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Barney Allison will officiate. Interment in the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers

Visitation will be on Monday only from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM. 

Mr. Joseph Clifton Peyatt

Mr. Joseph Clifton Peyatt

Mr. Joseph Clifton Peyatt, age 79, of Craigsville, WV and formerly of the Sykes Community of Smith Co, TN, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022.

Mr. Peyatt was born July 7, 1942 in Richwood, WV, a son of the late George Morgan “Pat” Peyatt and Flossie Arrilla Case Peyatt. He was also preceded in death by Son; Johnny Sparks and Siblings; George Peyatt, Grace Hinkle, John Peyatt, Jimmy Peyatt, Roxie Donelson, Bessie Damewood, and Dessie Peyatt.

He married Nancy Belle Hollington on November 16, 1963. He worked as a coal miner for many years and was a member of the Gauley Mills Baptist Church in Gauley Mills, WV.

Mr. Peyatt is survived by Wife of 58 years; Nancy Peyatt of Craigsville, WV. Children; Nancy (Mark) Collier of Brush Creek, TN, Laura (Randy) Kennedy of Smithville, TN, Diane (Charles Arbogast) Roberts of Lebanon, TN, Joseph (Kayla Williams) Peyatt of Craigsville, WV, Brenda (Carl) Duke of Rome, TN, Tammy Thomas of Lafayette, TN, and Steven Peyatt of Carthage, TN. Brothers; Jack Peyatt of Lock Port, NY, Charlie (Erma) Peyatt of Camden-on-Gauley, WV, and Henry Peyatt of Weston, WV. Twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive.

Funeral Services for Mr. Peyatt are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 1PM with Evangelist Duane Peyatt officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday from 4PM until 8PM and on Tuesday from 10AM until service time at 1PM.

Mr. Ophel Page

Mr. Ophel Page

Mr. Ophel Page, age 87 of Lancaster, TN passed away on Thursday, January 6th 2022, in the comfort of his own home.

Mr. Page was born February 16, 1934 in the Poison Hollow community of Dekalb County, TN, a son of the late Resen Page and Jewel Smith Page. Ophel moved to Lancaster in 1948 when his childhood homestead was bought for the construction of the Center Hill Dam. On May 15, 1959 he married Joyce Ann Massey. By trade he worked as a farmer and carpenter. He served the community for many years as a deacon of the Lancaster Baptist Church until returning to his childhood church Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church in Smithville, TN.

Mr. Ophel is preceded in death by parents Resen and Jewel Page, brother Gene Page and sisters Barbara Pack and Eloi Page, and two infant children.

Mr. Page is survived by his lifelong wife of 62 years, Joyce Page. Sister Erma Dell Wyatt of Elmwood, TN and sister-in-law Lois Page of Canton, Michigan. Three children; Thecla (Ivan) Gullett, Tina (Jeff) Lancaster, and Ophel Junior (Daphne) Page all of Lancaster, TN. Six grandchildren; Britteny (Tony) Kees, Ellic (Jayme) Gullett, Lynnleigh Lancaster, Jesse (Kelsey) Gullett, Emily Lancaster, Jacob (Rebecca) Lancaster. He is also survived by six great grandchildren.

Funeral Service for Mr. Page are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 2PM with Bro. Jimmy Gregory and Bro. Donald Owens officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday from 1PM until 7PM and on Sunday after 11AM until service time at 2PM.

Mr. Garvice “Nick” Gregory

Mr. Garvis “Nick” Gregory

Mr. Garvice “Nick” Gregory, age 82 of Pleasant Shade, died Friday afternoon, December 31 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He is survived by: wife, Sharon Beasley Gregory; son, Richey Gregory and wife Susan of Pleasant Shade; 2 granddaughters, Wendy Gregory McCarter and husband Corey of Pleasant Shade, Lydia Gregory of Pleasant Shade; 2 great-grandchildren, Catie Belle McCarter and Tristan McCarter.

Mr. Gregory is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, January 8 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Kenny Hensley will officiate. Interment in the Pleasant Shade Cemetery. Serving as active pallbearers are: Benton Ray Beasley, Todd Dickerson, Kevin Dickerson, Mackie Fields, Connie “Peanut” Wilburn, Randy Mundy, Mack Gann, Scotty Wilmore; honorary pallbearers, Jimmy Watson, Donald Burk, Ronald Smith, Dan Birdwell, Billy Ward, Teamsters Local #480, Fred Grisham, Stacey Wilmore, Bobby Thomas, Billy Gammons.

Visitation will begin on Friday morning at 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

Mrs. Maggie Lou Austin

Mrs. Maggie Lou Austin

Mrs. Maggie Lou Austin, age 88 of Dillard’s Creek, TN, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021.

Mrs. Austin was born December 2, 1933 in the Dillard’s Creek community of Smith County, TN, a daughter of the late Walter Mayberry and Willie Ailene Apple Mayberry. She married John A. Austin on January 19, 1957 and he preceded her in death on July 16, 2013 after 56 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by Brother; William Mayberry and Son; Dale Austin on December 21, 2021.

Mrs. Maggie Lou graduated from Smith County High School. She worked for several years at the Carthage Shirt Factory. She was a member of the Dillard’s Creek Baptist Church and attended the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Austin is survived by Children; Gail (Danny) Reece of Chestnut Mound, TN, and Renia (Donnie) Vaden of Chestnut Mound, TN. Daughter-in-Law; Gail Austin of Chestnut Mound, TN. Seven grandchildren; Keith Mahaney, Kendra (Josh) Angel, Cayla (Matt Foster) Judd, Brandon Vaden, John (Molly) Austin, Brittany (Adam) Shaw, and Tyler Austin. Ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Special caregiver; Rachael Neal.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Austin are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 1PM with Bro. Dickie Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday from 4PM until 8PM and on Sunday after 10AM until service time at 1PM.

The family requests memorials be made to the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Suzanne Thompson

Mrs. Suzanne Thompson

Mrs. Suzanne Thompson, age 53 of Bradyville, died Friday morning, December 31 at her home. She is survived by: husband, Chris Thompson; daughter, Hannah Thompson of Fairview; son, Dylan Thompson and wife Brittany of Bradyville; 2 sisters, Annette Marie Shaver and husband Trey of Fairview, Christine Randolph and husband Tilford of Fairview; father and step- mother, John and Judie Pasquale of Fort Myers, Florida; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Janie Thompson of Difficult; 2 grandchildren, Lilyann Marie Thompson, Nova Snow Thompson.

A Requiem Funeral Mass will be conducted on Thursday, January 6 at 3:30 PM at the Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church 1601 North Tennessee Blvd in Murfreesboro, TN. Father John Sims Baker will be the Celebrant and Bro. Mike Blair will present the eulogy.

Visitation at the church from 2:30 until service time at 3:30 PM.

The family has requested memorials to the Christie Leigh Thompson Memorial Fund for Special Education.

Mr. Ronald Mickel

Mr. Ronald Mickel

Mr. Ronald Mickel, age 72 of Carthage, TN, passed away on Monday, December 27, 2021.

Mr. Mickel was born September 1, 1949 in Dayton, TN, a son of the late Kenneth John Mickel and Ruth Eulene Morrow Mickel.

Mr. Mickel was a 1968 graduate of Rhea County High School. He worked at numerous factories over the years and was a carpenter by trade. Mr. Mickel served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict as a sharpshooter. While serving he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star along with numerous other awards. He married Linda Faye Dennis on May 22, 1981. Mr. Mickel enjoyed the outdoors and especially enjoyed them with his grandkids: going fishing, to the beach, waterparks and Gatlinburg trips. He enjoyed woodworking and did it most of his life. He loved his grandkids dearly. Mr. Mickel was saved and was a Baptist.

Mr. Mickel is survived by Wife; Linda Mickel of Carthage, TN. Three Daughters; Belinda McKinley of Lebanon, TN, Melissa Poindexter of Hickman, TN, and Mary (Daniel) Forrester of Livingston, TN. Grandchildren; Marquis, Chynna, Asia, Madeline, Kenneth, Drake, and Mattisyn. Brother; Donnie (Charlotte) Mickel of Spring City, TN. Brothers-in-Law; Sammy (Joan) Dennis, Jimmy (Beverly) Dennis, Billy Dennis, Randy (Melinda) Dennis, Donnie Dennis, and Ronnie (Lyla) Dennis. Several nieces and nephews also survived.

Funeral Services for Mr. Mickel are scheduled to be conducted at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 1PM with Bro. Gerald Ragland officiating. Interment will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

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.

The family requests memorials be made to Tennessee Oncology – Gallatin.