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Mr. Stephen Michael Reece

Mr. Stephen Michael Reece

Stephen Michael Reece, born Sunday November 2, 1969 in Carthage Tennessee, died Friday November 15, 2019. He was 50 years old.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife Brandi Reece; his children Jacob Benedict (Megan) and Ali Jimerson; grandchildren Silas and Gracelynn Benedict; his mother Tanna Shepherd; sisters Angie Kirby (Brad) and Tori Shepherd; nieces and nephews Lexi, Draven and Seth Wilkerson, Jazalyn Turner, and Trevor Dickens.

Stephen was loyal, kind, honest, generous and above all, loving. He was passionate about his career, serving his country and protecting his family. He loved his fur-babies Jack, Charlie, and Harvey relentlessly.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday November 19, 2019 at 11am at Cornerstone Church Nashville, 726 W Old Hickory Blvd., Madison, TN 37115 with Matthew Dotson and Kevin Starks officiating. Visitation will be 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Sunday at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN, 37221.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in his honor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Mr. Phillip Evitts

Mr. Phillip Evitts

Mr. Phillip Evitts, age 61, of Pleasant Shade, died Tuesday morning, November 12, 2019.

He is survived by: wife, Darlene Taylor Evitts; children, Joseph “Joey” Dale Evitts and wife Krisy of Dunlap, Becky Evitts Howell and husband Josh of Pleasant Shade; siblings, Paula Hackett and husband Ricky of Pleasant Shade, Steve Evitts and wife Kay of Cookeville; brother-in-law, Troy Spivey of Pleasant Shade; grandchildren, Sam Evitts, Jack Evitts, Millie Cate Evitts, Jay Howell, Luke Howell, Ben Howell and Will Howell.

Mr. Evitts is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, November 16 at 1:00 PM.  Eld. Ricky Hackett and Eld. Michael Nesbitt will officiate.  Interment In the Pleasant Shade Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are: Jeff Shoulders, Josh Shoulders, Coty Jett, Brad Taylor, Craig Anderson, Carson Hackett, Patrick Hackett, Jason Evitts, Aaron Sterling; Honorary pallbearers are: Sam Evitts, Jack Evitts, Ben Howell, Luke Howell, Jay Howell.

Visitation will begin on Friday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to the Jamie Evitts Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Pleasant Shade Fire Department.

Mrs. Evelyne Hackett

Mrs. Evelyne Hackett

Mrs. Evelyne Hackett, age 78, of the Brooks Bend Community, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Riverview Regional.

She is survived by: daughter, Tracey Hackett of Cookeville and partner Kevin Curley; step-son, Gary Hackett and wife Susan of Tucson, Arizona; sister, Peggy Tisdale and husband Willie of Gordonsville.

Mrs. Hackett is at the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home in Kempville where her service will be conducted on Saturday morning, November 16 at 11:00 AM.  Bro. Jeff Burton will officiate.  Interment in the Sircy Cemetery in Brooks Bend.

Serving as pallbearers are: Bennie Woodard, Ralph Woodard, Monty Kemp, Christopher Kemp, Richard Huffines, James Reese, Bernie Franklin, Scottie Franklin.

Visitation will begin on Friday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the service at 11:00 AM at the Hackett Chapel in Kempville.

Mr. Owen Massey

Mr. Owen Massey

Mr. Owen Massey, age 38 of Elmwood, died Sunday morning, November 10th, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center E.R..

He is survived by: daughters, Claire Elisabeth Massey and Millie Katherine Massey both of Gordonsville; parents, Cranston and Faye Massey of Elmwood; 2 brothers, Kevin Massey and wife Treva and their children, Michael Massey and wife Megan of Elmwood,  Krystal Hughes and husband Devin of Carthage, Bro. Floyd Massey and wife Peggy of Elmwood and their children, Will Massey of Elmwood, Katelyn Croslin and husband Jared of Hickman, Julia Butler and husband J.D. of Elmwood; great nieces and nephews: Jacob, Noah, Stanley, Michele, Bailey, David and Creed; family friend, Dakota Comstock and husband Shawn and their children Clarissa, Sadie and Dewey.

Mr. Massey is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his services will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, November 13, at 1:00 PM.  Bro. Floyd Massey and Bro. Jeff Burton will officiate.  Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers are: Paul Massey, Phil Massey, Pat Massey, Chris Massey, Michael Massey, Jimmy Dunham, Jeff Massey.

Visitation will begin on Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to Claire and Millie’s college fund.

Mr. Kenneth Williams

Mr. Kenneth Williams

Mr. Kenneth Williams, age 83 of Hickman, TN, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019.

Mr. Williams was born October 9, 1936 in Bowlings Branch, TN, a son of the late Bryan Williams and Ruby Robinson Williams. He was also preceded in death by Brother; Carl Edward Williams and Nephew; Frankie Rollins. He married Erma Rollins on May 16, 1959. Mr. Williams attended the Church of God of Prophecy Family Worship Center. Kenneth worked for many years operating a bulldozer and other heavy machinery.

Mr. Williams is survived by wife of Sixty years; Erma Rollins Williams of Hickman, TN. Brother; Jessie Dale (Reba) Williams of the Stewarts Bend Community in Smith County, TN. Sister; Jeanette (Steve) Woods of Carthage, TN. Nieces and Nephews; Jolonda Swafford, Valette Williams, Carla Ray, Tina Craig, Holly Kirby, and Aaron Woods.

Funeral Services for Mr. Williams are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 1PM with Bro. Bill Parkerson, Bro. Jimmy Guire, and Bro. Bobby Peoples officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday from 1PM to 8PM and on Monday from 11AM until service time at 1PM.

The Family requests donations be made to the Church of God of Prophecy Family Worship Center.

Mrs. Robbie Key Garrett Carter

Mrs. Robbie Key Garrett Carter

Mrs. Robbie Key Garrett Carter, age 91, of Carthage, transitioned to her heavenly home on Thursday evening, November 7, 2019.

She is survived by: 5 children, Olivia Carter of Murfreesboro, Jessica Stewart of Mt. Juliet, Nannette Martin of Nashville, Carmen Carter of Mt. Juliet, Kyle Carter of Carthage; 4 grandchildren, Courtney Martin and husband James Dickerson II, Gabriel Carter, Royce Carter, Robbie P. Stewart; 3 great-grandchildren, Kylie Danielle Carter, Triniti Michaela Carter, Harmoni Kei Carter; a multitude of nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.

Mrs. Carter is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, November 15, at 1:00 PM.  Rev. Willie Cameron will officiate. Family and friends will assemble for Interment in the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Pegram, Tennessee on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 AM.

Visitation will be on Friday, November 15 from noon until 1:00 PM at Sanderson.

Mrs. Thelma Abney Gibbs

Mrs. Thelma Abney Gibbs

Mrs. Thelma Abney Gibbs age 83, of South Carthage, TN, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Mrs. Gibbs was born July 25, 1936 in Chestnut Mound, TN, the daughter of the late Daniel Harvey Abney and Ruby Edith Whitefield Abney. She married Norris Glenn Gibbs and he preceded her in death on March 5, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a son; Michael Litchford and Brother; James Alton Abney.

Mrs. Gibbs was a 1954 graduate of Gordonsville High School. She worked at the Carthage Shirt Factory, Bentley Harris and Federal Mogul, and as a substitute teacher in the Smith County School Systems for 15 years. She was a member of Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church

Mrs. Gibbs is survived by Brother; Daniel Abney of Pensacola, FL. Children; Edie (Dr. Joe) Wieck of Nashville, TN, Traci (Kendall) Lankford of South Carthage, TN, David (Linda) Gibbs of Bristol, VA, Linda (Phillip) Deering of Carthage, TN, Ricky (Eleanor) Gibbs of Turkey Creek, TN. Grandchildren; Ryan (Stephanie) Manning, Tyler Manning, Hunter (Kristin) Manning, Danielle Gibbs, Kendra Lankford, Shelley (Bert) Merritt, Michael (Tina) Driver, Ritchie Gibbs, and Lisa (Daniel) Bane. Five Great-Grandchildren. Brother-in-law; Eld. James T. (Brenda) Gibbs of South Carthage, TN. Sister-in laws; Jean Gibbs of Carthage, TN, and Maggie Marie Hughes of South Carthage, TN.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Gibbs are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1PM with Hunter Manning delivering the Eulogy and Eld. Junior Dickerson officiating. Interment will follow in the Ridgewood Cemetery.

Visitation with the Gibbs family will be held at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday from 2PM until 8PM and again on Saturday from 11AM until the time of the service at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Gibbs family requests donations in Mrs. Gibbs’ memory be made to the Jordan Hackett Foundation or the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Robbie (Cob) Lynch

Mr. Robbie (Cob) Lynch

Mr. Robbie (Cob) Lynch, age 78, of the Pea Ridge Community, died Tuesday evening, November 5, 2019, at his home.

He is survived by: wife, Barbara Lynch; 3 daughters, Elizabeth Sebers and husband William of Pea Ridge, Cathy Slagle and husband Jackie of Pea Ridge, Martha Silcox and husband Nickey of Pea Ridge; 4 sons, Michael King and wife Anna of Lebanon, Timmy Lynch and wife Patricia of Pea Ridge, Jerry Lynch and wife Tracy of Monoville, Joshua Lynch and wife Trista of Brush Creek; 18 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lynch is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his services will be conducted on Friday afternoon, November 8, at 1:00 PM.  Bro. Wallace Caldwell and Bro. Jimmy Gregory will officiate.  Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.  Serving as pallbearers are: Dustin Silcox, Lewis Fields, Jacob Givens, Jackie Slagle, Austin Lynch, James Bowman.

Visitation will begin on Thursday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

Mr. Larry Keeler

Mr. Larry Keeler

A Dillards Creek Community businessman, Mr. Larry Keeler, has died at the age of 76 at 9:38 p.m. on Monday evening November 4, 2019 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center from complications of pneumonia.

Mr. Keeler was cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood and a Celebration of Life will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, November 17, at 5:00 PM at the Keelers Market.

He was born Larry Gordon Keeler in Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan on August 23, 1943 and was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon Lyle Keeler who died at the age of 88 on December 31, 2010 and Virginia May Greenwald Keeler who died December 1, 1999.

Mr. Keeler had been the owner and operator of Keeler’s Market on Granville Highway in the Dillards Creek Community for over twenty years.

Before moving to the Dillards Creek Community he resided in the New Middleton Community.

He was reared in the Catholic Church and was a high school graduate in 1961.

Surviving is his daughter, Tracy Keeler of Gordonsville and the mother of Tracy, the former Ulanda Barnett also of Gordonsville.

Mr. Joe Gordon Fitts

Mr. Joe Gordon Fitts

Joe Gordon Fitts, 77, of Liberty, TN, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at the NHC Healthcare in Smithville, TN.

Mr. Fitts was born January 26, 1942 in Lebanon, TN a son of the late Ruby Gordon Fitts and Alta Irene Washer. He was preceded in death by a daughter: Teresa Anderson, Grandson: Thadeus Anderson and a brother James “Red” Fitts.

He was a graduate of Liberty High School, Liberty, TN. He married Lucille Hamlett on January 25, 1964. Joe loved fishing and the outdoors.

Mr. Fitts is survived by his wife of 55 years; Lucille Hamlett Fitts of Liberty, TN. Son; Joe Fitts, Jr, of Liberty, TN. Five Grandchildren; Megan Lynn Fitts of Smithville, TN, Haley Renee Fitts of Smithville, TN, Trinity (Amelia) Anderson of Gordonsville, TN, Titus (Stacey) Anderson of Mississippi, and Travis (Danielle) Anderson of Smithville, TN. Siblings; Patricia Bain, Mary Ray, Barbara Ray, Brenda Wooden, and Stephen Fitts. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mr. Fitts are scheduled to be conducted on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1PM from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Clayborn officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.

Visitation with the Fitts family will be at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria, TN, on Sunday from 1PM until 8PM and on Monday from 10AM until service time at 1PM.

Mr. Ralph Lee Maynard

Mr. Ralph Lee Maynard

Mr. Ralph Lee Maynard, age 83, of Gordonsville, TN, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019.

Mr. Maynard was born June 22, 1936 in the Temperance Hall Community of Dekalb County, TN, a son of the late Eddie Lee Maynard and Lorene Mundy Maynard. He married Katie Mae Mangrum on November 19, 1955 and she preceded him in death on June 23, 2007. He was also preceded in death by Daughter; Sherry Ann Maynard, Son; Harold Lee Maynard, Granddaughter; Sara Passage, and Brother; Fred Maynard. Mr. Maynard worked as a welder. He was also a horse trainer and owned DRC Horse Training in Michigan. He was Pentecostal.

Mr. Maynard is survived by Children; Randy Louis Maynard of Defeated, TN, Rita Kay Maynard of Defeated, TN, Pamela Sue Maynard of Gordonsville, TN, and Cynthia Mae Maynard of Chattanooga, TN. Six Grandchildren; Andrew, Cary, Silas, Eric, Harold Lee, and Tonya. Several great grandchildren.

Graveside Services and Interment for Mr. Maynard are scheduled to be conducted on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1PM at the Gordonsville Cemetery with Eld. James Thomas Gibbs officiating.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday from 11 AM until departure for the cemetery at 12:45 PM.

Mr. Thomas Earl Prichard

Thomas Earl Prichard

Thomas Earl Prichard, 76, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother who cared deeply about his entire family and followed the teachings of Jesus Christ in all of his life’s work.

Mr. Prichard was born December 4, 1942, in Lebanon, TN. Son of the late Elmer Earl and Freda Rose Avant Prichard, he was married to Marlene Scott in 1964. A graduate of Liberty High School in 1960, he received an Associate’s Degree from Cumberland University and also attended MTSU. He was a devoted member of West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria, TN.

Mr. Prichard is survived by his wife, Marlene Scott Prichard of Alexandria, TN; daughter, Beth (John) Geer of Brentwood, TN; son, Scott (Megan) Prichard of Magnolia, TX; grandchildren, Fredric Alpert, Olivia Alpert, Tyler Prichard, and Morgan Prichard; two brothers: Charles (Brenda) Prichard of Brush Creek, TN and Mike (Kaye) Prichard of Alexandria, TN; sister, Kayla (Chuck) Youngquist of Lebanon, TN; aunt: Violet Davenport of Lebanon, TN; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Prichard will be conducted on Tuesday, October 29th, at 1 pm at West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria, TN. Brother Dusty Disimone will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria, TN.

Visitation with the Prichard family will be at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria, TN, on Monday October 28, 2019 from 5 pm until 8 pm. On Tuesday October 29, 2019 the Prichard family will receive friends at the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria, TN from 11:30 am until the service starts at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The West Main Baptist Church Kitchen Committee.

Mr. Bobby Gregory

Mr. Bobby Gregory

Mr. Bobby Gregory, age 76, of Bellwood, died Saturday morning, October 26, 2019, at Vanderbilt Wilson County in Lebanon.

He is survived by: wife Rebecca Gregory; son, Robert F. Gregory Jr and wife Leah of Hogans Creek; 2 grandchildren, Nicholas Gregory of Hogans Creek, Justin Gregory of Hogans Creek; siblings, Kathleen Mofield of Rome, Jimmy Gregory of Brush Creek, Linda Hunt of Rock City, Nancy Wilkerson of Brush Creek.

Mr. Gregory is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where a Memorial Service will be conducted on Monday afternoon, October 28 at 1:00 PM.  Bro. Jimmy Gregory will officiate.  Mr. Gregory will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services.

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

Mrs. Janine Brimm

Mrs. Janine Brimm, age 89, of Cookeville, died Friday morning, October 25, 2019, at her home.

She is survived by: husband of 62 years, Col. James (Sandy) Brimm U.S.A.F (Ret), 3 children, Denise Catherine Schaefer and husband JosephMichael of Las Vagas, NV, Andre’ Sanders Brimm and wife Kaye Hodges of Snohomish, WA, Robert Bryon Brimm and wife Sherri Lynn of Baxter; 6 grandchildren, Jamie D. Schaefer, Robert A. Schaefer, Jesse Brimm and wife Rhea and their daughter Alliyah, Janine Brimm and son Simon, Alex Castro, Joseph Michael Schaefer Jr.

Mrs. Brimm is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where visitation will begin on Monday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  Requiem Mass will be conducted on Tuesday, October 29 at St. Thomas Aquanis Catholic Church on N. Washington Avenue in Cookeville with hour to be set.  Father Chris Nynes Da Siva will be the Celebrant.  Graveside service and interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery.

The family has requested memorials to the charity of your choice.

Mr. Joe Gregory

Mr. Joe Gregory

Mr. Joe Gregory, age 62, of Tanglewood, died Wednesday evening, October 23, 2019, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

He is survived by: children, Kam Gregory Phillips and husband Wayne of Dixon Springs, Tyler Gregory of Gordonsville; 2 brothers, Jimmy Gregory and wife Lisa of Carthage, Mike Phillips and wife Lucinda of Dixon Springs; 2 grandchildren, John and Jason Phillips.

Mr. Gregory is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral home where his service will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, October 27, at 3:00 PM.  Eld. Gerald Ragland will officiate.  Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers are: Jimmy Gregory, Mike Phillips, Steven Gregory, David Pitman, Josh Pitman, Jeremy Green.

Visitation will begin on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM and on Sunday from Noon until service time at 3:00 PM.

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