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Mr. Wayne Silcox

Mr. Wayne Silcox

Mr. Wayne Silcox, age 49 of Difficult died Wednesday evening, July 21 at Riverview Regional in Carthage. He is survived by: wife, Bridget Silcox; children, Dustin Wayne Silcox and wife Brittany of Chestnut Mound, Bailey Elaine Davis and husband Dakota of McClures Bend; 2 grandchildren, Hazel Grace Davis and Willow Fay Davis; uncle and aunt, Billy and Nancy Boyd; cousins, Gail Boyd Grigg, Tony Burton.

Mr. Silcox is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, July 24 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Witt Cook and Bro. Timothy Dixon will officiate. Interment in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Billy Boyd, Troy Day, Justin Stallings, Dakota Davis, James Setzer, Tony McLain; honorary pallbearers, Derius Williams, Richie Deebanks, Ian Grigg, Levi Grigg, Prentice Sircy, Zack Stallings.

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

Ms. Ruth “Sissy Ballard” Ray

Ms. Ruth “Sissy Ballard” Ray

Ms. Ruth “Sissy Ballard” Ray, age 64 of Cookeville, TN, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Ms. Ray was born October 15, 1956 in Carthage, TN, a daughter of the late Charles “Cotton” Ballard and Ruth Ella Warren Ballard. She was also preceded in death by Brother; Donnie Ballard. She attended the Knight’s Chapel Freewill Church in Cookeville, TN, and the Dillard’s Creek Community Church in Granville, TN. She loved everybody, but will especially be remembered as a very loving mother.

Ms. Ray is survived by Daughter; Christy (Michael) Houston. Son; Daniel Ray. Brother; Michael (Janice) Ballard and children; Felicia Watts and Matt Ballard. Sister-in-Laws; Tina (Robert) Brown, Tammy Smith, and Evie Dial. Brother-in-Law; David (Crystal) Ray. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Ms. Ray are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 2PM with Bro. Mike Gillock officiating. Interment will follow in the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday from 3PM until 8PM and on Monday after 10AM until service time at 2PM.

Ms. Lori Hartnett

Ms. Lori Hartnett

Ms. Lori Hartnett, age 81 of Gordonsville, died Friday afternoon, July 16 at Smith County Health and Rehab. She is survived by: children, Judy Jackson and Bill of Gordonsville, Daniel Smith of Palmer, Alaska; 4 grandchildren, Daniel Brooks, David Brooks, Ryan Jackson, Andrew Jackson; siblings, Giesela Buttler, Renatte Gundermann, Erika Goslinowsky and Toni, Manfred Gundermann and spouse all of Germany; great-grandchildren, Jacob Tre’, Amara, Hanne, Braiden.

Ms. Hartnett is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. She will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services. A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.

Mr. Steven Dale Hammock

Steven Dale Hammock

Funeral services for Steven Dale Hammock, 49, of Gordonsville, TN, will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 4 P.M. at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Draper Cemetery on Wartrace Hwy. in Jackson County, TN.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 10 A.M. until time of services.

He passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021.

He was born January 8, 1972, in Livingston, TN, to Earl Hammock and the late Willa Dean Caruthers Hammock. On February 2, 2007, he was married to Teri Jo Haaser, who survives. He was an auto mechanic, and attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Lebanon, TN.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by 1 Brother: Donnie Stafford; and 2 Sisters: Connie Rhodes and Brenda Freed.

Survivors include his Wife: Teri Jo Haaser of Gordonsville, TN; 1 Son: Braden Hammock of Gordonsville, TN; 1 Daughter: Hannah Haaser of Gordonsville, TN; 2 Brothers: Mark Lee Brown and Christopher Hammock, both of Bloomington Springs, TN; 2 Sisters: Vicky Flatt of Gainesboro, TN, and Shelia Turner of Rickman, TN; his Father: Earl Hammock of Bloomington Springs, TN; Aunts and Uncles: Marie and Larry England, Randy and Susie Whited; Nephews: Kaden Brown and Corey Jackson; Niece: Leslie Turner; Brother and Sister in Law: Jennifer and Roger Gentry; In Laws: Mike and Linda Clower; and Boss: Mike and Kay Prichard.

Gary Wilson, Sherman Reed, and Mike Dunn will officiate at the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help with funeral expenses by contacting the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Brian Haney, Jesse West, Heavy Chevy, Turner Gentry, Morgan Gentry, Matthew Gentry, Jason Rich, Crayton Key

Honorary Pallbearers: Mike Prichard, Roger Gentry, Harold Flatt, Larry England, Richard Colley

Mrs. Hattie Hester Branham

Mrs. Hattie Hester Branham

Mrs. Hattie Hester Branham, age 89 of the Popes Hill Community, died Wednesday afternoon, July 14 at Riverview Regional in Carthage. She is survived by: daughter, Darlene Hackett and husband Dennis of Popes Hill; sister, Myrtle Prewett and husband Thomas of Lebanon; brother, John Hester of Lebanon; 2 foster grandsons; 1 granddaughter, Michelle Hernandez of Hendersonville.

Mrs. Branham is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Her service will be conducted at the Ligon Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon on Sunday afternoon, July 18 at 1:00 PM. Edward L. Anderson and Glenn B. Ramsey will officiate. Interment in the Conatser Cemetery in Lebanon. Serving as pallbearers are: Barry Cook, Barry Cohoon, Donnie Jones, Joseph Dodd, Thomas Prewett, David Bush, Brandon Scholtens, Chris Hicks.

Visitation at Sanderson Funeral Home on Friday from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM; Saturday at Ligon Bobo from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM and on Sunday at Ligon Bobo from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to Jackson Smith Youth Camp.

Mrs. Dorothy Lankford Sircy

Mrs. Dorothy Lankford Sircy

Mrs. Dorothy Lankford Sircy, age 87 of Defeated Creek, died Monday evening, July 12 at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. She is survived by: 4 children, Linda Norman and husband Mike of Phoenix, Arizona, Janie Kirby and husband Ricky of Lebanon, Glen Holland and wife Brenda of Gainesboro, Cynthia Thompson and husband Randy of Tanglewood; 2 step-sons, Mickey Sircy of Gainesboro, Roger Sircy of Livingston; brothers, Jack Lankford of Cookeville, Ebbie Lankford and wife Annette of South Carthage; 9 grandchildren.

Mrs. Sircy is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Thursday afternoon, July 15 at 1:00 PM. Her pastor, Eld. Jeff Patterson, will have scripture and prayer and three of her grandsons, Andy West, Daniel Kirby and Lee Holland will present eulogies to celebrate her life. Interment in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Andy West, Eric West, Daniel Kirby, Lee Holland, Brandon Carter, Courtney Norton; honorary pallbearers are staff and management of the White House at Lafayette.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Thursday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to either Lankford Cemetery Mowing Fund or 321 Down Syndrome Awareness.

Mr. Billy Frank Carter

Billy was born in Granville to Hass and Ruby Nell (Daniels) Carter on December 21, 1939. He went on to attend Jackson County High School and later married the love of his life, Ruth Elrod Carter, on March 3, 1957 in Smith County, Tennessee. In his early life, he worked in construction as an equipment operator best known for his bulldozer work. He was an avid horseman and farmer raising cattle and tobacco crops. His lifelong passion was breaking and training young horses and mules.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents Hass and Ruby Nell Carter, his brother Lloyd Carter, his sister Shirley Jean (Gene) Burgess, his daughter-in-law Joy Carter, and his nephew Ronald Burgess.

Billy is survived by his loving wife Ruth Carter and his three children, Paul Carter, David Carter (Pam Holloway), and Barbra Green (Carter) as well as his grandchildren Jessica (Jarad) Webb, Elizabeth (Colby) Reeder, Kasey Green, Katherine (Josh) Thompson, and Emily Carter. Billy is also survived by his great grandchildren Raegan Adcock, Dixon Webb, and Caroline Reeder, his nephew Randall burgess, his nieces Kay Waller, Darlene Brown, and Margaret “tinker” Head, his cousin Feller Brown, and many other friends and family who loved him dearly.

Services for Mr. Carter will be announced at a later date. Mr. Carter was baptized into Christ December 8, 2020 and was a member of the Liberty Church of Christ.”

Ms. Jacqueline Michelle Wooden

Ms. Jacqueline Michelle Wooden

Ms. Jacqueline Michelle Wooden, age 61, of Carthage, TN, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2021.

Ms. Wooden was born August 6, 1959, a daughter of the late Glenn Hunt and Joyce Neal Hunt. She was a 1977 graduate of Watertown High School. Ms. Wooden worked for Meritor for several years. She was an avid UT fan.

Ms. Wooden is survived by Daughters; Tara (Brian) Grisham of Monoville, TN, and Kristy Olsen of Lebanon, TN. Brothers; David (Debbie) Hunt of Norene, TN, and Greg Hunt of Florida. Sister; Sandra (Glenn) Hall of Nashville, TN. Five grandchildren; Bailey Grisham, Bryson Grisham, Justin Robinson, Daylon Olsen, and Jace Olsen.

Funeral Services for Ms. Wooden are scheduled to be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 1PM with Bro. Jackie Dawson 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 Monday from 4PM until 8PM and on Tuesday from 10AM until service time at 1PM.

Mr. Bryan Gibboney II

Mr. Bryan Gibboney II

Mr. Bryan Gibboney II, age 28 of Sidney, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 6 in Ohio. He is survived by: parents, Brian Gibboney and Brandy of Carthage; paternal grandfather, Delbert Gibboney of New Middleton; maternal grandmother, Marcia Mullins of Racelane, Kentucky; 3 children, Brayden Keith Gibboney, Spencer Chase Gibboney and Ayla Gibboney all of Carthage.

Mr. Gibboney is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Graveside Service & Interment will be conducted on Monday morning, July 12 at Smith County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Bobby Smith will officiate. Serving as pallbearers are: Justin Smith, Jordan Smith, Matthew Gibboney, Ellic Gullett, Joel Sells, Lonnie Jones, Brian Gibboney, John Parker.

There will be no public visitation at the funeral home.

Mr. Mike “Road” Ruis

Mr. Mike “Road” Ruis

Mr. Mike “Road” Ruis of Carthage and a longtime Lebanon resident was pronounced dead on arrival at the Riverview Regional E.R. at 12:26 p.m. Monday afternoon December 21, 2020 at the age of 66.

Mr. Ruis is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. He will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services. A Memorial Service will be conducted at Brush Creek Memorial Gardens on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 12:00 Noon with Edward L. Anderson officiating. The family encourages everyone to dress casual and bring a lawn chair.

Born Michael Ray Ruis in Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia on June 2, 1954, he was one of three sons of the late Wilburn Augustus “W. A.” and Emma Dean Stewart Ruis.

At the Wilson County Courthouse on June 9, 1978, he was united in marriage to the former Shirley Ann Hale.

They were preceded in death by a son, James Travis Ruis who died at the age of one month and eighteen days on March 7, 1980.

Mr. Ruis was a 1972 graduate of the Dupont High School in Old Hickory.

He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Ruis was retired from Big Lots in Lebanon.

He loved his family, friends, 442 automobiles, fishing and music.

In honor of his life he would want you to sit back, relax and listen to Lynard Skynard or Waylon, Willie and the Boys.

Surviving in addition to his wife of over forty two years are his two brothers, Billy Ruis and wife Donna of LaVergne, Bobby Ruis and wife Joyce of Lake Wales, Florida; nieces and nephews.

The family has requested memorials to help with funeral expenses.

Mr. Edd Blair

Mr. Edd Blair

Mr. Edd Blair, age 75, of South Carthage died Saturday evening, July 3 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is survived by: wife, Betty Rogers Blair, Tennessee Highway Patrol Major, Retired; daughter, Treva Blair Massey and husband Kevin of Elmwood; step daughter, Amy Sullivan Mahen of Cookeville; foster daughter, Tracy Massey and husband Phil of Elmwood; sister, Ann McMillan and husband Alvin of Effingham, Illinois; 4 grandchildren, Michael Massey and wife Megan, Kade Sullivan and wife Kenna, Krystal Hughes and husband Devin, Nev Sullivan; 6 great-grandchildren; foster grandchildren, Jessica Massey, Christina Massey Bass, Joshua Massey and wife Shelby; several other nieces and nephews.

Mr. Blair is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Wednesday morning, July 7 at 11:00 AM. Eld. James Thomas Gibbs will officiate. Former Vice President Al Gore will present the eulogy. A Masonic Chapel Service will be conducted on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. by Carthage Benevolent Lodge # 14 F & AM. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are THP District 6 Honor Guard.

Visitation on Tuesday from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM.

The family has requested memorials to New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Mary Ruth Boze

Mrs. Mary Ruth Boze

Mrs. Mary Ruth Boze, age 94 of Franklin, TN and formerly of the Tanglewood Community, died Friday evening, July 2 at her daughter’s home in Franklin. She is survived by: daughter, Nita Reid and husband Brian of Franklin; son, Jimmy Joe Boze and wife Cookie of South Carthage; 5 grandchildren, Chris Reid and wife Brooks of Brentwood, Mary Reid Case and husband John of Bethpage, Joe Darren Boze of Carthage, Daniel Boze and wife Lindsay of Lock Seven, Caroline Boze Taylor and husband Chase of Lock Seven; 15 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Boze is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, July 7 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Anthony Dixon will officiate. Interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Chris Reid, Joe Darren Boze, Daniel Boze, Chip Hailey, Chase Taylor, Jimmy Joe Boze.

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

The family has requested memorials to North Carthage Baptist Church.

Mrs. Dean Bush

Mrs. Dean Bush

Mrs. Dean Bush, age 80 of Pea Ridge, died Thursday morning, July 1 at Smith County Health and Rehab in Carthage. She is survived by: sons, Gary Bush and wife Gloria of Chestnut Mound, Randy Bush and wife Wanda of Carthage, Mickey Bush and wife Holly of Pea Ridge; 5 grandchildren, Zach Bush and wife Victoria, Nathan Bush and wife Christina, Brandon Gambrell and wife Mandy, Grace McCloud, Denise Vantrease and husband Shawn; 1 great-grandchild, Emilia Bush; sisters-in-law, Barbara Clayton of Tanglewood, Pat Bush of Defeated Creek.

Mrs. Bush is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet at Smith County Memorial Gardens for a graveside service and interment on Saturday morning July 3 at 10:00 AM. Eld. Frank Randolph will officiate.

The family has asked for memorials to the New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Cemetery Mowing Fund.

Mrs. Sue Helen Canter Hines

Mrs. Sue Helen Canter Hines, age 96 of Nashville, died Monday morning, June 28 at NHC Sumner Place in Gallatin. She is survived by: daughter, Tammy Sue Boehms and husband Dennis Ray of Brentwood; 2 sons, Don Xavier Hines and wife Hilda of Hendersonville, Steve Allen Hines and wife Debbie of Hendersonville; 5 grandchildren, Gregory Don Hines and wife Cornelia of Hendersonville, Jonathan Xavier Hines and wife Audra of Hendersonville, Allen Nathaniel Hines and wife Melissa of Bellvue, Lorianne Elizabeth Lafayette and husband Ryan of Gallatin, Courtney Laine Crews and husband Ryan of Hendersonville; 14 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hines is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, July 9 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Kenneth Massey will officiate. Interment in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Greg Hines, Jonathan Hines, Allen Hines, Ryan Crews, Ryan Lafayette, Jerry Cantor.

Visitation will be on Friday only, July 9, from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

Mr. Nickey Silcox

Mr. Nickey Silcox

Mr. Nickey Silcox, age 47 of Alexandria, died Saturday morning, June 26 at Riverview Regional in Carthage. He is survived by; wife, Martha Lynch Silcox; parents, Thomas Silcox of Alexandria, Connie Grisham of Carthage; daughter, Harley Marek and husband Landon of Gordonsville; son, Levi Ellis of Hartsville; granddaughter, Ava Silcox of Gordonsville.

Mr. Silcox is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral home where his service will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, June 30 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Barney Allison and Eld. Junior Dickerson will officiate. Interment in the Ridgewood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Phillip Bryant, Brock Ellis, Scottie Grisham, Troy Pike, Scott Thackston, Christopher Dies.  

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

The family has requested memorials to assist with funeral expenses.