Mr. Cornelius Hage Otto, Jr., age 96, of Carthage, TN, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Mr. Otto was born August 27, 1920 in Patterson, NY, the son of the late Cornelius Hage Otto, Sr. and Maud Wright. Mr. Otto married Marion Haigh on June 21, 1947 in Brewster, NY. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, enlisting in September of 1942 in Albany, NY, and receiving an honorable discharge in September of 1946. While in the Marines, Mr. Otto obtained rank of Private First Class and served in the Pacific Ocean at the Solomon Islands and in the Occupation of China among various others. Mr. Otto attended Cornell University. He worked for IBM as a technician building circuit boards for twenty-five years until his retirement. He later worked for Food Lion for another twenty years.
Mr. Otto had a beautiful tenor voice and participated in the IBM Glee Club and at functions in Jensen’s, where he lived in South Carolina. He was an avid tennis player, and enjoyed this activity well into his senior years. Mr. Otto played softball with the IBM Teams and was an excellent bowler. He was a Baptist, growing up the son of a Baptist Minister.
Mr. Otto is survived by his Wife of 69 years; Marion Haigh Otto of Carthage, TN. Children; Cornelius Otto of Beverly, MA, Sharon and husband Jeff Gunn of Carthage, TN, and Darryl and wife Patty Otto of Brevard, NC. Sister; Gen (George) Spoerer of Crossville, TN.
Funeral Services for Mr. Otto are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12 Noon with Rev. John Wesley Vaughan officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation with the Otto family will be held at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday 10AM until service time at 12 Noon.
The Otto Family requests donations be made to Gentiva Hospice.
BASS FUNERAL HOME, CARTHAGE CHAPEL, DIRECTORS.
Mr. Donald W. Upchurch, age 67, of Carthage, TN, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Mr. Upchurch was born February 10, 1950 in Lebanon, TN, the son of the late Frank Burton Upchurch and Eva Rhea Mofield. He was also preceded in death by Son; Micheal Duran Upchurch, Grandson; Micheal Ather Maynard and Brother; Jimmy Upchurch. He married Juanita Faye Enoch on August 28, 1981. Donald worked for Tom Arnold Construction as a mechanic.
Mr. Upchurch is survived by his Wife of 35 years; Juanita Enoch Upchurch of Carthage, TN. Children; Ricky Wayne (Sarah) Upchurch of Carthage, TN, Scotty Dewayne Upchurch of Hartsville, TN, Brian Curtis Upchurch of Hermitage, TN, and Jessica Mae Maynard of Carthage, TN. Ten Grandchildren; Rachel Upchurch, Randy Upchurch, Elizabeth Upchurch, Alexa Brown, Khristopher Upchurch, Kaylee Brown, Cheyenne Upchurch, Sierra Upchurch, Ricky Lee Upchurch, and Jesse Lee Maynard. One Great-Grandchild. Siblings; Billy Ray Upchurch, Eddie Lee Upchurch, Tommy Nelson, Mary Siebers, Margaret White, Michelle Brooks, and Joann Key.
Funeral Services for Mr. Upchurch are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1PM with Bro. Brian Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Tuckers Crossroads.
Visitation with the Upchurch family will be held at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday from 2PM to 8PM and on Saturday after 10AM until service time at 1PM.
In lieu of flowers the Family requests donations be made to assist with the funeral expenses.
BASS FUNERAL HOME, CARTHAGE CHAPEL, DIRECTORS.
Mr. Chester Blankenship, age 83, of Tanglewood, died Wednesday morning, March 22, at Knollwod in Lafayette. He is survived by: wife of 32 years, Shirley Sircy Blankenship; daughter, Pam Rawn of Manchester; step-son, Eld. Rickey Hall and wife Christel of Tanglewood; 4 sisters, Frances Carter of the Galen Community , Mary Hammer and husband Guthrie of the Galen Community, Jo Stevenson of the Galen Community, Jean Cline and husband Terry of Walter Hill; 3 grandchildren, Christen Hall, Katie Anderson and Derric Rawn; 2 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Blankenship is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, March 24, at 1:00 PM. Eld. Rickey Hall will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as active pallbearers are: Ronnie Carter, Barry Hammer, Mark Davis, Pat Agee, Bobby Bullington and Sammy Dennis.
Visitation will begin on Thursday afternoon from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Friday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.
The family has requested memorials to North Gordonsville Missionary Baptist Church or the Jordan Hackett Foundation.
Mr. Gary Lester, age 70, of the Watervale Community, died Thursday evening, March 16, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He is survived by: wife, Sherry Lester; daughters, Angie Burgess and husband Robert of Oak Ridge, Amy Lattimore of Carthage; 3 grandsons, Nicholas Burgess, Joshua Burgess and Wesley Lattimore; sisters-in-law, Donna Newman of San Antonio, Texas, Debbie Sample and husband Larry of Center, Texas, Laura Bourgeois and husband Jess of Ruston, Lousianna.
Mr. Lester is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral home where his service will be conducted on Monday afternoon, March 20, at 1:00 PM. Edward L. Anderson will officiate. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are: Weston Robinson, Jeff Matthews, Chris Peurifoy, B. L. Owen, Ronnie Maggart, John Fields, Doug Hill, Jack Hamilton, Corey Oliver, W. A. Gibbs, Bill Flowers, Gene Tramel, Steve Jeroutek, Larry Bennett and Keith Bennett.
Visitation will begin on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Monday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.
The family has requested memorials to: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the Dollywood Foundation.
Mr. Ray Upchurch, age 81, of Carthage, TN, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Mr. Upchurch was born October 16, 1935 in Jackson County, TN, the son of the late Raymond Lee Upchurch and Thelma Ramsey. Ray married Linda Paschall of the Hickman Community in August of 1961. He was a member of the Carthage Church of Christ. Ray began work as a young boy with his brothers, delivering papers for the Nashville Banner and the Tennessean. They would deliver every day, once in the morning and once in the evening, from 1948 until 1954. Ray graduated from Smith County High School in 1954 and attended University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville to obtain a bachelor’s degree. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Mr. Upchurch worked for the Tennessee Department of Health for 42 years in many facets with numerous job titles, but was predominantly a Field Manager.
Mr. Upchurch is survived by his Wife of 55 years; Linda Paschall Upchurch of Carthage, TN. Two Children; Scott and wife Samantha Upchurch of Carthage, TN, and Jennifer and husband Scott Agee of Carthage, TN. Three Grandchildren; Lauren (Cal) Welch, Paige Upchurch, and Seth Agee. Two Great-Grandchildren; Emery Kay Welch and Andrew Calbreath Welch, V. Three Brothers; Tommy (Barbara) Upchurch of Elmwood, TN, Phillip (Valerie) Upchurch of Carthage, TN, and Bobby (Mai Miller) Upchurch of Hardinsburg, KY. Sister; Sue Thomas of Hermitage, TN.
Graveside Services and Interment for Mr. Upchurch are scheduled to be conducted from the Ridgewood Cemetery on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2PM with Edward L. Anderson officiating.
Visitation with the Upchurch family will be held at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday from 4PM to 8PM and on Friday after 12 Noon until departure for the cemetery at 1:45PM.
Pallbearers: Mike Malone, Bob Malone, Zach Upchurch, Jimmy Perrigo, Roy Etheridge, Mark Houser, Larry Dudney, Mike Denney, Tim Upchurch, Julian Upchurch, and Paul Upchurch.
In lieu of flowers the Family requests donations be made to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation or the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund.
BASS FUNERAL HOME, CARTHAGE CHAPEL, DIRECTORS.
Mrs. Barbara Roark, age 66, of Lock Seven, died Monday afternoon, March 13, at St. Thomas West in Nashville. She is survived by: children, Stephanie Cox and husband Scott of Greenville, Chris Crowe and wife Melissa of Havelock, NC, Brandi Lambert and husband Ray of Gainesboro, Hugh (Pete) Roark of Smyrna; sisters, Nelda Deckard and husband Jr. of Tomkinsville, Mary Deckard and husband Terry of Tomkinsville; brother, Jimmy Curtis of Kempville; brother-in-law, Roger Dale Roark and wife Margie of Red Boiling Springs; sister-in-law, Rebecca Roark of Red Boiling Springs; 10 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Roark is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Thursday morning, March 16, at 11:00 AM. Eld. Floyd Ferguson will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as active pallbearers are: Mark Winningham, Garrett Crowe, Jeff Roark, Jonathan Roark, Kelly Jones, Christian Crowe and Nathan Crowe.
Visitation will begin on Wednesday morning from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM and on Thursday from 9:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM.
The family has requested memorials to the American Cancer Society.
Dr. H. Bert Coble, age 93 of Lebanon, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017 at his home. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, he was born August 31, 1923 to the late Herman and Lillie Martin Coble. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Gregory Paul Coble; sister, Eloise Copeland; and step-brother Robert “Bob” Parrish. He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Mrs. Sue Bankston Coble; daughter, Pamela Coble Moudy; grandson, Gregory Leonard (Vanessa) Moudy; great grandchildren, Zachary Coble Moudy, Tyler Lantz Moudy, and Siana Coble; brother, Bruce (Linda) Parrish; family friend and caregiver, Laura Wright; special extended family, Dr. Georgia Wellborn, Jim Eastin, Jennifer Perry & The Bert Coble Singers.
Dr. Coble was a member of First Baptist Church of Nashville. He was a member of the Lebanon Rotary having served as district governor. He was also a member of ACDA and the Tyler Lodge #1233 F&AM in Tyler, Texas.
At a young age Dr. Coble enlisted in the US Army to fight in WWII. He was Commanding Officer of A Company 185 Infantry and Executive Officer Heavy Weapons Company 31st Infantry Regiment in the Philippines. This would not be the last time Dr. Coble saw battle, he was called again to serve in the Korean War, where he became Commanding Officer of Heavy Tank Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Two Presidential Unit Citations, and achieved the rank of Captain.
In his youth he attended Jackson Public Schools, and later went on to study at the following institutions; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with Degrees in Church Music and Religious Education; Belmont University, Degree in Music Education; University of Colorado, Masters of Music in Choral Directing and Choral Literature; Clayton University, Ed. D. in Music Administration. Dr. Coble also had educational hours from; Exeter University, England; New York University at Potsdam; University of Virginia; Houston Baptist University; Peabody College; Westminster Choir College.
Dr. Coble served numerous churches as Minister of Music beginning with First Baptist Church of Center, TX; Park Place Baptist Church of Houston, TX; First Baptist Church of Lebanon, TN; In 1972 he was called to Cumberland University where he served as Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities, a position he held until 1988. It was then he started a wonderful tradition that would make a great impact on the community. Dr. Coble began hosting annual Christmas dinner shows with his choir the Bert Coble Singers, to raise money for such charities as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. This tradition continues today with the choir being under the leadership of Ms. Jennifer Perry, one of Dr. Coble’s former students. The funds from these dinner shows have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars since its conception. While Dr. Coble was at Cumberland University he worked part time in the following churches leading their music ministries; First United Methodist of Lebanon, TN; Brook Hollow Baptist Church of Nashville, TN; First United Methodist Church of Hermitage, TN; and Carthage First United Methodist of Carthage, TN.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday March 17, 2017 at 6:00pm from First Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN (227 East Main St. Lebanon, TN 37087) with Dr. Frank Lewis and Jim Eastin officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday March 16, 2017 from 3:00pm until 8:00pm in Baird Chapel at Cumberland University and again on Friday from 4:30pm until services at 6:00pm at First Baptist Church, Lebanon. A family burial will take place on Saturday in Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson, TN. In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bert Coble Endowed Music Scholarship at Cumberland University.
LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon, In charge of Arrangements. (615) 444-2142
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Coble Family.
Mr. Jonathan Markham, age 31, of Carthage died Friday evening, March 3, at his home. He is survived by: companion, Ruth Ann Nesbitt; son, Matthew Raidyn Markham; father, James Markham of Alexandria; mother, Beckie Tomlinson of Carthage; siblings, Dana Bare and husband Josh of Grant, James Adam Markham of Lebanon; paternal grandparents, Lee and Dolores Markham of Alexandria; maternal grandmother , Onalee Tomlinson of Lebanon.
Mr. Markham is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Services will be conducted on Monday afternoon, March 6 at 2:00 PM at Carthage First Freewill Baptist Church. Bro. Frank Bratcher will officiate. Interment in the Hunter Memorial Park Cemetery in Watertown, Tennessee. Serving as pallbearers are: Keith Markham, Adam Markham, James Markham, Christopher Pulley, James Pulley, Lee Markham and Steven Nesbitt.
Visitation for Mr. Markham will be on Monday only at the church from 10:00 AM until service time at 2:00 PM.
The family has requested memorials to help with funeral expenses.
Mrs. Velda Whited Carter, age 77, of Madison, TN, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Mrs. Carter was born August 9, 1939 in Hickman, TN, the daughter of the late John Henry Whited and Flonnie Foster Lynch. She was also preceded in death by Daughter; Shirley Holland, Sisters; Leoda Adams, Geraldine Knudson, Inez Pitt, Elizabeth Greer, and Faye Parker, and Brothers; Sanford Whited, Douglas Whited, and Comer “Butch” Whited.
Mrs. Carter is survived by Two Granddaughters; Misty Edmondson of Pleasant View, TN, and Jessica (Michael) Grube of Donelson, TN. Three Great-Grandchildren; Jonathan Edwards, Eli Alexander, and Rosalie Grube. Two Brothers; John (Dorothy) Whited and Billy (Louise) Whited.
Funeral services for Mrs. Carter are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1PM with Billy Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Visitation with the Carter family will be held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday from 11AM until service time at 1PM.
BASS FUNERAL HOME, GORDONSVILLE CHAPEL, DIRECTORS.
Mr. Nelson Eugene Hall, age 84 of Alexandria, TN passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN.
Mr. Hall was born on September 6, 1932 in Brush Creek, TN to his parents, the late Nelson Russell and Mary Jane Grandstaff Hall. He married his wife of 54 years, Ruth Delaney on July 8, 1960, and she precedes him in death. Also preceding in death is his son, Wallace Ray Hall. Mr. Hall graduated from Alexandria High School and served 21 years in the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Hall attended the Alexandria First Baptist Church.
Mr. Hall is survived by two daughters, Faye and husband David Werner of Lakeland, TN and Barbara and husband Jim Stamatis of Millington, TN. Grandchildren, Stephanie and husband Jim Snuggs of Hernando, MS, Hunter Stamatis of Millington, TN, Lauren and husband Richard Beard of Murfreesboro, TN, Andrea and husband Matt Hutton of Murfreesboro, TN, Wesley E. Hall of Peoria, IL and Kristin Hall of Madison, IN. Great grandchildren, Hunter Roberts, Nathan Beard, Erin Beard, Alivia Adams, and Keaton Adams. Siblings, Janice and husband Bobby Kelley of Lebanon, TN and Billy Hall of Murfreesboro, TN. Special friends and family, Rhonda and Tommy Johnson of Farmville, NC, Kevin and Beverly Kelley of Franklin, TN, Rick and Cheryl Kelley of Canton, GA, Marie Corbitt Kelly of Farmville, NC, Shannon Kelly of Farmville, NC, Donna Shasteen of Farmville, NC, Ray Shasteen of Walstonburg, NC, Richard Dean Shasteen of Clayton, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and interment for Mr. Nelson Hall are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria, TN. Bro. Billie Friel will officiate. The Hall family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Saturday, February 25th from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
AVANT FUNERAL HOME, DIRECTORS.
Mr. Charles Larry Dickens, age 69, of Lebanon, died Thursday, February 23 at his home. He is survived by: wife of 45 years, Patsy Anderson Dickens; 2 daughters, Dana Nicole Dickens and Kimberly Langston and husband Jaime; 4 grandchildren, Alexis Nicole Dickens, Kaden Bijan Dickens, Avrea Kay Dickens and Reese Lee Langston; brother, Tony Dickens and wife Iris.
Services will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, February 26, at 3:00 PM at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Bro. Larry Pedigo and Bro. Bryan Bratcher will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as active pallbearers are: Ricky Woodard, Randy Woodard, Ed Blair, Billy McGee, Sammy Gibbs, Kenneth Brown and Wesley Tankerly. Serving as honorary pallbearers are: Billy Clark McKinney, Gordon Thompson, and Roy Vaden.
Visitation on Saturday from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon and on Sunday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Sanderson in Carthage.
Mrs. Patricia Lynn Dyer Tuley, died February 21, 2017, at her Hattiesburg home.
Pat was born October 26, 1933, in Delina, Tennessee. She attended Boonshill High School in Tennessee, Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1957 at Murray State University in Kentucky.
She had an extraordinary career as an independent piano teacher in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi for over 40 years. She had numerous successful students and won several awards for outstanding teaching and professional contributions. She was instrumental in development of the Hattiesburg Piano Teachers League, now known as the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League (HMTL). She served in various capacities and held many offices in her professional associations, including president of both the HMTL and Mississippi Music Teachers Association (MMTA). She made significant contributions to the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) serving as the National Certification Chair, for which she received many accolades. She was one of the first of two people honored by the MTNA foundation as a Foundation Fellow, and also received one of MTNA’s highest honors, the Distinguished Service Award. After retiring from teaching in 1996, she remained Certification Chair for several years, and continued to be a member of all three music associations.
Pat was preceded in death by her mother and father James Ross Dyer and Frances Louise Crabtree Dyer. She is survived by her husband Robert Joseph Tuley, her daughters Karla Tuley Lockwood (Robert), Joanna Tuley Burnside (Biljac), sister Dixie Dyer Waters, brothers Glenn Dyer and Larry Dyer, grandchildren Michelle Byrd, Mattie Emerson, John Lockwood, Ben Lockwood and four great grandchildren. She was a devoted mother and wife and loved by all. She will be missed by her family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 18th at the Camellia House, 3885 Veterans Memorial Drive in Hattiesburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the MTNA Foundation Fund for memorial contributions. Donations may be made to the “Patricia Tuley Memorial Fund” to benefit music teacher certification and continuing education at:
- MTNA Foundation Fund
- 1 W. 4th Street
- Suite 1550
- Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Mrs. Patricia Lynn Dyer Tuley is the wife of Robert Joseph Tuley, who is the brother of the late Bill Tuley and is survived locally by nephew; Marc Tuley.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Tuley family
BASS OF CARTHAGE
Mrs. Vanderpool is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Graveside Services and Interment will be conducted on Friday afternoon, February 24, at 1:00 PM at New Macedonia Cemetery in the Pea Ridge Community. Eld. Charles Allen Gentry will officiate.
Visitation at Sanderson Funeral Home will be on Friday only from 10:00 AM until leaving for the cemetery at 12:30 PM.
Mrs. Peggy Reece, age 72 of Hartsville, died Wednesday morning, February 22 at her sister’s home in Castalian Springs. She is survived by: 2 sons, Ricky Reece Sr. and wife Carol of Hartsville, Steven Lee Reece of Hartsville; 4 sisters, Debra Labee of Castalian Springs, Thelma Sadler of Gallatin, Yvonne Smith of Lebanon, Hazel Bayer of Atlanta, Georgia; 2 brothers, Ronnie Burton and wife Shelby of Gordonsville, Tony Burton and wife Christine of Hartsville; 4 grandchildren, Helga Gammons and husband Matthew, Ricky Reece Jr, Christy Reece, Carlton Reece; 6 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Reece is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Family and Friends will gather at Dixon Springs Cemetery for a Graveside Service and Interment at 3:00 PM on Thursday afternoon, February 23. Active pallbearers will be: Ronnie Reece, Gary Reece, Randy Reece, Rusty Burton, Gary Smith, and Roger Smith. There will be no visitation at the funeral home prior to the service.
Mr. Gordon Knight, age 58, of Carthage died Monday afternoon, February 20, at Riverview Regional. He is survived by: wife, Elva Roberts Knight; children, Lenee Judd and husband Michael of Defeated Creek, Daniel Knight and wife Rachel of Hartsville, Rachel Taylor and husband Thomas of Defeated Creek; 14 grandchildren, Kylan Johnson, Mackenzie Judd, Jay Judd, Kate Judd, Karlie Judd, Summer Knight, Daniel Knight, William Knight, Ezra Knight, Kamryn Taylor, Destiny Taylor, Trinity Taylor, Laken Roberts and Hallie Grace Roberts; brothers, Troy Knight and wife Dorian of Florence, South Carolina, Alton Knight and wife Jill of Hendersonville.
Mr. Knight is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Thursday afternoon, February 23, at 1:00 PM. Bro. Shane Smith will officiate and Daniel Knight will present the eulogy. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as active pallbearers are: Daniel Knight, Michael Judd, Michael Roberts, Troy Knight Jr. Dewayne Knight and David Nixon.
Visitation will begin on Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Thursday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.
The family has requested memorials to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.