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Jimmie Joe Winfree (Jim)

Jimmie Joe Winfree (Jim)

Jimmie Joe Winfree (Jim) passed away on Jan 16, 2023 at the age of 84.

Born May 2 1938, Jim was the son of Joe & Miverene (Malone) Winfree, of Gordonsville, both deceased. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sibling, Mayor O.W. Winfree, of Gordonsville, and one Granddaughter, Alanna Anne Winfree. A graduate of Yankton High School in Yankton S.D., Jim attended Yankton College in Yankton and St. Lawrence University in Canton N.Y until he joined the Army Air Corp. After leaving the Air Corp. Jim worked as an Accountant for various construction companies all over the U.S.A. His most recent employment was in the construction industry as a welder/fabricator. Jim was a past member of the Sumner County Songwriters Association, the Nashville Songwriters association, various EMA’s, and a Civil War reenactment regiment. In his Later years Jim enjoyed researching ancestry, collecting, refurbishing and fishing with fly rods, tinkering with old cars, sharing stories of good times past, cruising various groups on the internet and visiting with his grandchildren. Jim spent most of those years living at his daughters homes in Mississippi.

Jim is survived by: LuCynthia Catherine Corbet(Brian) of Pigeon Forge TN, Sarah Serintha Spence (Allen) of Crystal Springs MS, Joscelyn (Jos) deCortney Winfree (Christy) of Gordonsville, Thomas Howard Winfree of Monticello MS, Patricia Annelaine McPhail (Scotty) of Monticello MS, Susan Constance Griffith Winfree of Charlotte N.C. and James Elihu Griffith Winfree of McKinney Tx. Jim has 26 grandchildren and numerous great grand children.

Graveside Services and Interment for Mr. Winfree are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 11AM.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday from 10AM until departure for the cemetery at 10:50AM.

As a sufferer of COPD, Jim and the family request that Memorial Gifts be monetary donations to the American Lung Association or The Shriners Hospital for children closest to you.

Mrs. Veronica Jordan

Mrs. Veronica Jordan

Mrs. Veronica Jordan, age 78, of Brush Creek, TN, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

Mrs. Jordan was born August 6, 1944 in Eunice, LA, daughter of the late Preston LaVergne and Lillian Deculus LaVergne. She married Elrixie “Rick” Jordan on September 19, 1964 and he preceded her in death on September 9, 2000. She was also preceded in death by daughter; Ericka Jordan and siblings; Marsha Bell and Martin LaVergne. Mrs. Jordan graduated from Eunice High School in Eunice, LA.

Mrs. Jordan is survived by Children; Rhonda Jordan of Antioch, TN, Sandra Jordan of Mt. Juliet, TN, Bryan (Kim) Jordan of Hermitage, TN, Derrick (Stephanie) Jordan of Lebanon, TN, and Lyric Jordan of Mt. Juliet, TN. Nine grandchildren; Austen, Juliana, Jordan, Jalen, Jenna, Max, Lacey, Dominic, and Ava. Mother; Lillian LaVergne of Carthage, TN. Brothers; Daniel LaVergne, Anthony LaVergne, Roland (Tina) LaVergne, and Paul LaVergne.

Graveside Services and Interment for Mrs. Jordan are scheduled to be conducted on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 1PM at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

The family will gather at the cemetery just prior to the 1PM graveside.

Mr. Buddy Butler

Mr. Buddy Butler

Mr. Buddy Butler, age 91 of Brentwood, died Tuesday morning, January 17 at his home.  He is survived by: 2 sons, W. B. (Bart) Butler and wife Debbie of Murfreesboro, Huber Edward Butler III and wife Melissa of Nashville; grandsons, Spence Butler and spouse Daemyen of Nashville, Jozef D. Butler of Smyrna, Maxwell T. Butler of Nashville.

Mr. Butler is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Monday afternoon, January 23 at 1:00 PM.  The Reverend Don Morris will officiate.  A Military Chapel Service will also be conducted by American Legion Post # 57. Interment in the Ridgewood Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers are: Max Butler, Jozef Butler, Garrett Vance, Spencer Butler, Ed Butler, Bart Butler.

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

Mr. Larry Dale “Squirrel” Preston

Mr. Larry Dale “Squirrel” Preston

Mr. Larry Dale “Squirrel” Preston, age 72 of Gordonsville, TN, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Squirrel was born December 15, 1950 in Grant, TN, a son of the late Monroe Preston and Delia Baker Preston. He was also preceded in death by Brother; Don Preston and Brother-in-Laws; Brian Nixon and J.P. Mayton.

Squirrel was a 1970 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He owned and operated Paint and Body Pro Shop for over 28 years. Squirrel loved to play music and golf. He will be remembered as the life of the party and truly was a friend to everyone. To know him was to love him.

Mr. Preston is survived by Wife; Brenda Nixon Preston of Gordonsville, TN. Children; Melanie (Eric) Mundy of Bluff Creek, TN, Deanna (Doug) Albritton of Gordonsville, TN, and Robert (Megan) Halfacre of Baxter, TN. Grandchildren; Austin Mundy, Abigail (Aidan) Hendershot, Grace (Harrison) Heline, Cole Massey, Conner Massey, Anna Albritton, Brook Albritton, Matt Albritton, Sam Albritton and Landon Halfacre. Great-grandchildren; Kai Heline Sister; Shirley Mayton. Sister-in-Laws; Robin Nixon and Mary Jo Preston. Bro-in-Law; Jim Nixon. Special friend and business partner; Tony McLain. Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Squirrel are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11AM with Mike Nixon and Bro. Dennis Croslin officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Peoples officiating.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 12PM until 8PM and on Wednesday after 9AM until service time at 11AM.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Mr. Randy Dewayne Ellis

Mr. Randy Dewayne Ellis

Mr. Randy Dewayne Ellis, age 58 of Alexandria, TN, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

Mr. Ellis was born July 11, 1964 in Carthage, TN, a son of Grady Nixon Ellis and Edna Ruth Wright Ellis. He was a 1982 graduate of Gordonsville High School. Mr. Ellis worked at Dana and also was self employed as a logger and a welder and fabricator. He was a longtime member of Malone’s Chapel Baptist Church.

Mr. Ellis is survived by Daughter; Miranda (Nick) Grant of Alexandria, TN. Son; Andrew (Jamie Barber) Ellis of Gassaway, TN. Mother of his children; Jill Ellis of Gassaway, TN. Parents; Grady and Edna Wright Ellis of Alexandria, TN. Siblings; Donnie (Tonya) Ellis of Alexandria, TN, Kenneth Ellis of Alexandria, TN, Juanita (Michael) Howell of Brush Creek, TN, and Felecia (Bob) Vantrease of Alexandria, TN. Six grandchildren; Vaylee, Emery, Alex, Maddox, Noah, and Liam. Several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ellis are scheduled to be conducted from the Avant Funeral Home on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 3PM with Bro. Dewey Dyer officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Avant Funeral Home on Sunday from 3PM until 8PM and on Monday from 10am until service time at 3PM.

Ms. June Angel

Ms. June Angel

Ms. June Angel, age 83 of Gordonsville, died Thursday morning, January 12 at her home.  She is survived by: daughter, Treva Angel Bowman of Gordonsville; son, Gaylen Angel of Gordonsville; granddaughter, Shayla Raye Bowman of Gordonsville; great-grandson, Camden Kayne Bowman; sister, Becky McKinney of Elmwood; fur baby, Gizzy.

Ms. Angel is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, January 14 at 1;00 PM.  Eld. Anthony Dixon and Eld. Gerald Ragland will officiate.  Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens in Carthage.  Serving as pallbearers are: Ricky Scurlock, Cody DeVault, Steve Angel, Milton Gibbs, Paul Montgomery, Sammy Angel.  

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

The family has requested memorials to Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Ms. Carolyn Faye Hill

Ms. Carolyn Faye Hill

Mrs. Carolyn Faye Hill, age 80, of Gordonsville, TN passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Mrs. Hill was born November 9, 1942 in Knoxville, TN, a daughter of the late Millard Arthur Cunningham and Josie Mae Gosnell Cunningham. She married Duane Hill and he preceded her in death on April 20, 2008. She was also preceded in death by three sisters. Mrs. Hill graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in English. She worked for TVA for eleven years. She was a devoted homemaker, mother, and wife.

Mrs. Hill is survived by four children; Timothy Shane (Suzanne) Bellar of Chestnut Mound, TN, Kelly Goodman of Elmwood, TN, Jack Branden (Kara Lynette) Bellar of Gordonsville, TN, and Patrick Aaron (Angela) Bellar of Gordonsville, TN. Grandchildren; Logan Brantley Bellar, Robin Anderson (Kendra) Bellar, Hannah Elizabeth (Marty) Bottom, John Daniel Bellar, Joshua Paul Bellar, Emily (Josh) Chase, Blake Howell, Jacob Bellar, and Abigayle Bellar. Great-grandchildren; October Bellar, Marin Bottom, Madison Chamblee Bellar, Nik Smith, and Ana Smith. Brother; Merle Cunningham of St. Louis, MO, and Jean (Howard) Luttrell of Lenoir City, TN.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hill are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 1PM with Tim Bellar and Branden Bellar delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery with Aaron Bellar presiding.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday from 3PM until 7PM and on Sunday from 11AM until service time at 1PM.

Nicky Edward Stallings

Nicky Edward Stallings

Nicky Edward Stallings age 62, of Carthage, TN passed away on Tuesday. January 10, 2023.

Nicky was born July 10, 1960 in Carthage, TN a son of the late Edward H. “Ed” Stallings and Wanda Woodard Stallings who survives. He graduated from Smith County High School in 1978. Nicky married Luann Reynolds Stallings on March 10, 2003. He worked for Sanderson Funeral Home and Smith Co Monument Company for 30 years, Nicky worked for the City of Carthage for several years and he volunteered for 40 years with the Smith County Rescue Squad and Carthage Fire Dept and was injured on April 8, 2004 in the same fire that ultimately took his fathers life on August 1, 2004. Nicky loved hunting, fishing and riding mules.

Nicky is survived by his wife: Luann Reynolds Stallings of Carthage, TN; children: Mikayla Stallings, Beau (Kayla) Stallings, Jacob (Rhonda) Watts, Step-children: Michelle (Isaac) Zuercher and Melissa (Matt) Barnes; grandchildren: Rylee Ann Williams, Jude M. Zuercher Joseph Barnes, Kelcie Watts and Kolby (Summer) Watts; Mother; Wanda Woodard Stallings; sister: Chanda (Ricky Barcley) Wood and nephew Blake (Liza) Wood. Brother; Jason Stallings.

Funeral Services for Mr. Stallings are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 1PM with Bro. Kerry Dugan officiating. Interment will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the Stallings family will be at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday from 3PM until 7PM and on Friday after 11AM until service time at 1PM.

Pallbearers: Jimmy Lankford, Gary Dodson, Colby Watts, Jake Watts, Blake Wood, Patrick Hackett.

Honorary Pallbearers: Carthage Fire Dept and Smith Co Rescue Squad.

The Stallings family request memorial donations in Nicky’s memory be made to Smith Co Rescue Squad or Carthage Fire Dept.

Mr. David Winfree

Mr. David Winfree,

Mr. David Winfree, age 70 of the Hiwassee Community died Sunday evening, January 8 at Vanderbilt Wilson in Lebanon.  He is survived by: son, Chris Winfree and wife Angela of Huntington, Texas; 2 step-sons, Tracy Richardson of Decatur, Arkansas, Tony Richardson and wife Amy of Portland, TN; sister, Susan Winfree Carver and husband James of the Hiwassee Community; brother, Kenny Winfree and wife Diane of Birmingham, Alabama; brother-in-law, Paul Wright.  

Mr. Winfree will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services.  A Memorial Service will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, January 22 at 3:00 PM at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.  Bro. Jimmy Gregory will officiate.  Interment in the Whitley-Denney Cemetery in the Hiwassee Community.

Visitation will be on Sunday January 22 from 1:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM.  

The family has requested memorials to Knob Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Derek Andrew Blackard

Derek Andrew Blackard

Derek Andrew Blackard age 3, of Buffalo Valley, TN passed away suddenly January 4, 2023.

Derek was born October 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tn, son of Scott Andrew Blackard and Rachel Lee Baldwin Blackard. He attended First Baptist Church in Gordonsville, Tn and Carthage Elementary School Pre-K.

Derek is survived by his parents: Scott and Rachel Baldwin Blackard of Buffalo Valley, TN; siblings: Miracle Blackard, Era Mae Blackard and A. J. Blackard; grandparents Rebecca Blackard of Mt. Juliet, TN and Patricia Piexoto of Cookeville, TN and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Derek is at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Funeral services for Derek will be conducted on Thursday January 12, 2023 at 1 PM at the Gordonsville First Baptist Church with Bro Ray Gilder officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Derek’s family will receive friends at the Gordonsville First Baptist Church on Thursday January 12, 2023 from 11AM until service time at 1PM

Derek’s family request memorial donations in his memory be made to Bass Funeral Homes to help with expenses.

Mr. Careal Shelton Stewart

Mr. Careal Shelton Stewart

Mr. Careal Shelton Stewart, age 80 of Gordonsville, TN, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023.

Mr. Stewart was born May 5, 1942 in the Bowlings Branch Community of Smith Co. TN. He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert Birdy Stewart and Nancie Jane Watts Stewart. He was a 1961 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He married Betty Katherine Stewart on April 19, 1978 in Davidson Co, TN and she preceded him in death on May 28, 2021. He was also preceded in death by a brother: Howard Lee Stewart. He worked and retired at Dupont as a Safety Inspector. Mr. Stewart served on the Gordonsville City Council for many years and served as the Mayor of Gordonsville in 2009 and 20010.

Mr. Stewart is survived by two sons; Jason (Gayle) Stewart of Cookeville, TN. and Darrin (Jennifer Gragg) Stewart of Hendersonville, TN. Grandchildren; Gauge Stewart and Jase Stewart; sister: Mrs. Gyla Manning of Gordonsville, TN.

Funeral Services for Mr. Stewart are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 2PM with Rev. Dennis Croslin officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the Stewart Family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 11 AM until service time at 2PM.

Mr. Glenn Gregory

Mr. Glenn Gregory

Mr. Glenn Gregory, age 87 of the Young Branch Community, died Thursday morning, January 5 at his home.  He is survived by: wife, Shelby Gregory; children, Kathy Webb and husband David of Young Branch, Debbie Cassity and husband David of Defeated Creek, Sam Gregory and wife Tammy of Hartsville, Dan Gregory and wife Kim of Lafayette, David Gregory and wife Frankie of Hartsville; siblings, Eldon Gregory and wife Betty of Young Branch, Larry Gregory and Mattie of Bloomington Springs, Laura Reasonover and husband Kerry Dale of Gordonsville; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. 

Mr. Gregory is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, January 8 at 1:00 PM.  Eld. Eddie Gregory will officiate.  Interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers, Roy Gregory, Chris Gregory, Jared Webb, Daniel Gregory, Caiden Gregory, Kelvin Gregory, Zach Taylor, David Cassity, David Webb, Phil Givens. 

Visitation will begin on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.  

Mr. Jerry Key

Mr. Jerry Key

Mr. Jerry Key, age 69 of the Boulton Bend Community died Monday evening, January 2 at his home.  He is survived by several cousins.

Graveside Service and Interment will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, January 8 at 2:00 PM at Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage.  James Baker will deliver the eulogy.  There will be no visitation prior to the service. 

Mr. Bobby Gregory

Mr. Bobby Gregory

Mr. Bobby Gregory, age 90 of Defeated Creek, died Tuesday evening, January 3 at Sumner Regional in Gallatin.  He is survived by: wife, Kathleen Woodard Gregory; son, Hughie Gregory and wife Tammy of Defeated Creek; 2 grandchildren, Daniel Gregory and wife Desiree of Difficult, Kendra Gregory Mertens and  husband Cody of South Carthage; 4 great-grandchildren, Lili Anne Gregory, Kylan Gregory, Brooklyn Gregory, Austin Gregory.  

Mr. Gregory is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, January 7 at 1:00 PM.  Eld. Shawn Shepherd and Bro. Jackie Dillehay will officiate.  interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery

Serving as pallbearers are: Randy Holliman, Randall Gregory, Mitchell Reece, Chris Ferrell, Ricky Barrett, David Cassity, Kylan Gregory.  

Visitation at the Carthage Chapel will begin on Friday afternoon from 4:00 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 Defeated Creek Fire Department or Cornwell Chapel Church.

Mr. Bill Reece

Mr. Bill Reece

Mr. Bill Reece, age 72 of Carthage, died Tuesday evening, January 3 at Stonecrest Hospital in Rutherford County.  He is survived by: brother, Donald Lee Reece Sr. of Chestnut Mound; nephew/brother, Tommy and Evelyn Lawson of Carthage, nephews, Stacy Lawson and wife Tanna of Chestnut Mound, Donnie Lawson and wife Ava of Carthage ,Donald Reece Jr and wife Sabrina of Gordonsville; nieces, Kathy Marks and husband Joey of Carthage, Crystal Dennis and husband Ricky of Gordonsville, Marion James and husband Ray of Chestnut Mound; 16 great nieces and nephews; 25 great great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Reece is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Friday morning, January 6 at 1:00 PM.  Rev. Monica Mowdy will officiate.  Interment in the Smth County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Jeffrey Grisham, Donald Reece Jr. Ray James, Stacy Lawson, Joey Marks,  Keith Thackxton.  

Visitation will begin on Thursday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM. 

The family has requested memorials to Smith County Fine Arts Center.