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April 2020

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Mr. Bobby Gene Manning

Mr. Bobby Gene Manning

Mr. Bobby Gene Manning, age 84, of Gordonsville, TN, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at his home of Parkinson’s, Dementia, and Pulmonary complications.

Bobby was born as a twin on March 20, 1936 at Protestant Hospital in Nashville, TN. He was preceded in death by parents, Buford Brown and Volina Ligon Manning, Dot Manning; infant daughter, Anna Yvonne Manning, Sister, Martha Hite.

Bobby was a 1957 graduate of Smith County High School. He was a retiree of Ryder PIE Truck Lines, Nashville, TN. He attended Gordonsville Church of the Nazarene. His favorite hobby was mowing the grass night or day on his John Deere Tractor.

He is survived by wife, Gyla Stewart Manning; children; Tim (Stacy) Manning, John (Cassandra) Manning, Eric (Peggy) Manning, Kim (Scott) Ezell, Amy (Ricky) Gibbs, and Lisa (Rusty) Nixon; thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; siblings, twin Billy (Eunice) Manning, Buddy Manning, Donald (Cindy) Manning, and Carolyn (Bud) Hyde.

Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to the Gordonsville Nazarene Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 15, Gordonsville, TN 38563.

Mrs. Theresa Michelle Nichols Weatherly

Mrs. Theresa Michelle Nichols Weatherly

Mrs. Theresa Michelle Nichols Weatherly, age 56 of Carthage, TN, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Mrs. Weatherly was born November 15, 1963 in Newark, NJ, a daughter of Tony Nichols and Eileen Nichols. She was also preceded in death by Husband; Jonathon Key, Sr, on May 12, 2003. Mrs. Weatherly married Larry Eugene Weatherly on June 17, 2010 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 2019.

Mrs. Weatherly is survived by Sons; Aaron (Bridgette) Key of Crossville, TN, and Jonathon Key, Jr, of Carthage, TN. Daughter; Aja (Curtis) Phelps of Carthage, TN. Two Step-Children; Larry (Stephanie) Weatherly, and Amber Carrier. Parents; Tony and Eileen Nichols of Monticello, NY. Sisters; Antonette Nichols, Donna Morgan, Rose Nichols, Denise Nichols, and Regina Nichols. Grandchildren; Grace Key, Nadiyah Grisham, Jonathon Grisham, Arrinna Grisham, Samuel Smith, and Ricky Smith, Jr.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Weatherly will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Evelyn Droste

Mrs. Evelyn Droste, age 81, of Hiwassee, TN, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Mrs. Droste was born March 12, 1939 in Necedah, WI, a daughter of the late Jackob Jacobson and Beulah Perkins Jacobson. She was also preceded in death by Husband; Leo Martin Droste on March 16, 2020, Son; Rex Allen Droste, and Daughter; Roxanne Burley.

Mrs. Droste is survived by Children; Paul (Joan) Droste of Portland, TN, Connie (Doug Conyer) Benson of Portland, TN, Mark (Barbara) Droste of Murfreesboro, TN, and Cheryl (Larry) Flanery of Westmoreland, TN. Fifteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Siblings; Jake Jacobson, Ledah Stalker, Glenn (Donna) Jacobson, Arlene (Robert) Droste, Carol (John) Buttner, and Emily (Robert) Bethkey.

The Droste Family will hold private memorial services.

Mr. Scott Ervin

Mr. Scott Ervin

Mr. Scott Ervin, age 41, of Alexandria, died Tuesday evening, March 31, 2020, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He is survived by: parents, Larry and Delores Ervin of Alexandria; sister, Valerie and Christopher Pyles of Alexandria; nieces and nephews, Destiney Davis, Dade Sanford, Chevelle Lockwood, Genesis Pyles.

Mr. Ervin is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.

Private Graveside Services will be conducted for the family.

Mr. Jerry Hudson

Mr. Jerry Hudson

Mr. Jerry Hudson, age 82, of Kempville, died Tuesday afternoon, March 31, 2020, at The Pavillion.

He is survived by: children, Christy Schoolfield and husband Mark of Defeated Creek, Jeff Hudson and wife Michelle of Defeated Creek, Jamie Hudson and wife Jamie of Kempville; siblings, Billy Hudson and wife Frances of Kempville, Sue Wood of Nashville, Peggy Halliburton of Buffalo, Judy Hackett and husband Dennis of Gladdice, Lene McKinney and husband Tommy of Tanglewood, Keitha Webb and husband Jim of Defeated Creek; 5 grandchildren, Brittany Westmoreland and husband David of South Carthage, Dr. Logan Hudson and wife Brooklyn of Hillsdale, Dillon Hudson and Nick Hudson of Kempville, Avery Ann Schoolfield of Defeated Creek; 3 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Ace and Hudson Westmoreland.

Mr. Hudson is at the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home in Kempville. A Private Graveside Service will be conducted for the family.

The family has requested memorials to: Hackett Family Cemetery Fund or Hickory Grove Christian Community Fellowship Church.

Mr. Terry McGowan

Mr. Terry McGowan

Mr. Terry McGowan, age 74 of Hickman, TN, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Mr. McGowan was born May 17, 1945 in Antioch, TN, a son of the late Maclomn McGowan and Ida Elizabeth Hall McGowan. He married Judy Bennett on October 15, 1966 at the Gordonsville Nazarene Church by Bro. W.Q. Shearton. Mr. McGowan was preceded in death by Son; Jimmy Darrell McGowan on February 26, 2003, Brother; Roger McGowan, and Sister; Vera Baskin.

Mr. McGowan worked at the Gordonsville Zinc Mine for 27 years and at Union Heights School for ten years. He was a founding member of the Gordonsville Fire Department. Mr. McGowan helped organize the first youth football team in Gordonsville – The Youth Tigers – which won the championship that year. He was an avid sportsman.

He will be sadly missed by dear friends and loved ones.

Mr. McGowan is survived by Wife of 53 years; Judy Bennett McGowan of Hickman, TN. Granddaughter; Lindsey Allmon of Carthage, TN. Great-Grandchildren; Declan Ray Allmon and Jaxon Darrell Key Reece. Brothers; Jimmy (Patricia) McGowan of Gordonsville, TN, and Lanny (Lois) McGowan of Nolensville, TN. Sisters; Eleanor (Jim) Walker of Old Hickory, TN, and Ann Williams of Winston-Salem, NC. Daughter-in-Law; Amanda McCormick, and husband Ronnie, of Pleasant Shade, TN. Two step-grandchildren; Andrew Davis and Eli McCormick.

The family will hold private funeral and interment services.

Donations in Mr. McGowan’s memory may be made to Jaxon and Declan’s scholarship fund.

Donations and Flowers will be accepted at the funeral home.

Mr. Stig Borje Anderson

Stig Borje Anderson

Stig Borje Anderson, age 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Quality Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Stig was born and raised near Stockholm, Sweden and migrated at the age of 24 to the United States to pursue a career as a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He received his ministry training at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. During this time he formed the Wheaton Adventist Church with other students. He completed his training at Andrews University in Michigan before starting his 50 year career pastoring churches in New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, North Carolina and Tennessee.

As a young adult, Stig served his community as a firefighter and played professional soccer. He would go on to play soccer in the U.S. where he led his team to a regional club championship in Chicago, Illinois.

He is preceded in death by his wife Helen Anderson (passed away in 2017). They were happily married for 64 years. Together, they raised three sons – Paul of Chestnut Mound, Tennessee, James (and Kathy) of Tampa, Florida and David (and Cornelia) of Beltsville, Maryland. In addition to his 3 sons and their wives, he is survived by six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Ingrid Nelson and Britt Swanson.

Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held later in the year.

Mrs. Dorothy Shearin Reynolds

Mrs. Dorothy Shearin Reynolds

Mrs. Dorothy Shearin Reynolds, age 89 of Carthage, TN, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020.

Mrs. Reynolds was born April 7, 1930 in Shelbyville, TN, a daughter of the late Thomas Alvin Shearin and Repsie Alice Crowell Shearin. She married Jared Smith “Smitty” Reynolds in 1953 and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2010. Mrs. Reynolds graduated from Smith County High School. She received her Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Secondary Education from Tennessee Polytechnic Intitute. Mrs. Reynolds retired from the Davidson County School Systems after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Hickory Bend United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Stones River Womens Company, and the Friends of Nashville Public Library.

Mrs. Reynolds is survived by Son; Thomas M. “Tommy” Reynolds of Carthage, TN. Several cousins also survive.

Services for Mrs. Reynolds will be conducted privately.

Mr. John Payne

Mr. John Payne

Mr. John Payne, age 47, of Carthage, died Friday morning, March 27, 2020, at his home.

He is survived by: mother, Tina Frizzell and husband Greg of Carthage; father, Bruce Payne and wife Leann of Whitleyville; sister, Jenny Bowles and husband Sam of Gordonsville; daughter, Katie Owens of McMinnville; step-sister, Angie Bryant and husband Curt of Castalian Springs; step-brothers, Jerry Hardin and wife Rachel of Bowling Green, Eric Frizzell and wife Trish of Tell City, IN; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Payne is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. A Private Service is planned.

The family has requested memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Bass, Sanderson, Avant Funeral Homes abide by CDC regualtions during COVID-19 Pandemic; Private family visitations only

Bass, Sanderson, and Avant Funeral Homes are following the CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the following press release: 

To ensure the safety of your family, friends, and our staff as we continue to assist the people in our community, we wish everyone to follow the CDC and The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Our business will remain open for those in need and we are sanitizing/disinfecting frequently.  We are available to handle services for our families. However, we expect our staff and guests to take these necessary precautions:

  • Do not enter the funeral home if you feel ill or are showing signs of sickness.
  • Wash your hands after touching any frequently used surface, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face and follow social distancing recommendations.
  • Do not bring food or drink into the funeral home.
  • Avoid any physical contact, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.

Currently, we are taking the following steps as per the CDC Guidelines to ensure the safety of our families, guests, and staff.

Beginning on March 23, 2020, there will be only private family visitations/services at Bass, Sanderson, and Avant Funeral Homes. No food or beverages will be accepted at the funeral home. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to follow the Center for Disease Control-CDC Guidelines for Funeral Homes.


Mrs. Wilma Eugene Davenport

Mrs. Wilma Eugene Davenport, age 80 of Castalian Springs, TN passed away Sunday morning, March 22, 2020 at her home.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Edgar & Fleta Willis; Husband, George Davenport and Brother, Francis Willis. Survived by: Son, Harold (Melina) Davenport-Carthage, TN; Daughter, Kathy (Howard) Denson-Castalian Springs, TN; 4 Grandchildren, Drew (McKenzie Fox) Davenport, Evan (Kelly) Davenport, Blake (Brittany Shelton) Davenport & Austin Denson and 3 Great Grandchildren, Logan, Mason & Emma Davenport.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home at 11 AM Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Interment will be in the Antioch Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 7 PM Monday, March 23, 2020 and 10 AM until service time Tuesday.

Anthony Funeral Home, 337 McMurry Blvd. E, Hartsville, TN 37074, 615-374-2280, www.anthonyfhhartsville.com.

Mr. Mark Lawrence

Mr. Mark Lawrence

Mr. Mark Lawrence, age 66 of New Middleton, TN, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020.

Mr. Lawrence was born June 5, 1953 in Carthage, TN, a son of Maryanna Gibbs Lawrence and the late Kenneth Irving Lawrence. He married Mary Ellen McHugh on May 26, 1977.

Mr. Lawrence was a 1971 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He worked at the Gordonsville Zinc Mine for 29 years. Mark was a licensed electrician, and also worked at the City of Lebanon Water Treatment Plant for ten years. Mr. Lawrence and his wife, Mary Ellen, and his parents owned and operated the Woodjammer Restaurant in Gordonsville, TN for ten years. He was an accomplished banjo player. Mark loved fishing, caving, and arrowhead hunting. He was a member of the Gordonsville Church of Christ. Mark loved helping people, always willing to lend a helping hand.

Mr. Lawrence is survived by Wife of 42 years; Mary Ellen Lawrence of New Middleton, TN. Four Children; Ken (Janae) Lawrence of New Middleton, TN, April (Teddy) Burress of Lebanon, TN, Aaron (Stephanie) Lawrence of Walter Hill, TN, and Lori (Eric) Ramey of Old Hickory, TN. Mother; Maryanna Lawrence of Stonewall, TN. Brothers; Phil Lawrence of Gordonsville, TN, and Chris (Justina) Lawrence of Lebanon, TN. Grandchildren; Oakley Lawrence, Willow Lawrence, Molly Burress, Avery Burress, Wrigley Burress, Logan Lawrence, Carly Lawrence, Hudson Ramey, and Ruby Ramey. Several nieces and nephews.

The Family will hold private funeral services and visitation.

A Celebration of Life will be planned and announced at a later time.

The Family requests memorials be made to the Gordonsville Church of Christ or Smith County Right to Life.

Mr. Royce Halliburton

Mr. Royce Halliburton

Mr. Royce Halliburton, age 83, of the Buffalo Community, died Friday evening, March 20, 2020, at Smith County Health Care.

He is survived by: wife, Peggy Halliburton; son, Stacey Halliburton and wife Jeanene of Buffalo; grandson, Dr. John Wesley Halliburton and wife Samantha of Buffalo; great-grandchildren, Abigail June and Sebastian Berkley Halliburton; 2 brothers, Billy Halliburton and wife Karen of McClures Bend, Charles Halliburton and wife Andrea of Sparta; sister, Barbara Acuff and husband Milton.

Mr. Halliburton is at the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home in Kempville.  His service will be conducted on Monday afternoon, March 23,  at 1:00 PM.  Bro. Jeff Burton will officiate.  Interment in the Hudson Cemetery in the Salt Lick Community.

Serving as pallbearers are: Rorey Halliburton, Chase Halliburton, Ronnie Long, Donnie Martin, Dewey McCall, John Wesley Halliburton; Honorary pallbearers, Board of Directors and former Directors of NCTC.

Visitation will begin on Sunday  at noon until 5:00 PM and on Monday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to the Hudson Cemetery mowing fund.

Mrs. Lillian Sexton

Mrs. Lillian Sexton

Mrs. Lillian Sexton, age 89 of South Carthage, died Friday evening, March 20, 2020, at Smith County Health and Rehab.

She is survived by: 3 daughters, Linda Baker of Club Springs, Betty Brown and husband Jimmy of Horseshoe Bend, Patsy Sexton of South Carthage; son, William Sexton and wife Cindy of Carr Ridge in Putnam County;  sister, Ellen Lockhart of Michigan; brother, James Whitehead of Fairview; sister-in-law, Martha Whitehead of Cookeville; 9 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Sexton is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Monday afternoon, March 23 at 3:00 PM.  Eld. Kenny Hensley and Eld. Chris White will officiate.  Interment in the Chestnut Mound Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as active pallbearers are: Dale Williams, Charlie Chaffin, Stephen Brown, David Sexton, Phillip Tharp, Jay Boswell, Joe Owens, Matthew Grisham; Honorary pallbearers are: Bill Tomlinson, Jacob Kuykendall, John Owens.

Visitation will begin on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Monday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to: Jared Missionary Baptist Church, Smith County Health Care Activity Department, or Alzheimers TN.

Mr. Ferris H. Harmon

Ferris H. Harmon

Ferris H. Harmon, 88, of Bogart, GA, passed peacefully to his heavenly reward on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm CST at Brush Creek Cemetery in Brush Creek, TN. Pastor Dickie Johnson will officiate.

Ferris graduated from Columbia Central High School in Columbia, TN and won the Oakes Award for Athlete of the Year in 1949. As a high school and university student, Ferris played semipro baseball with Monsanto Chemical Company. As a student at Tennessee Tech, Ferris was a ROTC cadet in addition to being a member of the baseball team for 4 years and the football team for 2 years. After graduating from Tennessee Tech in 1954, Ferris worked as the baseball, basketball and football coach at Centerville High School. In 1955, he joined the United States Army Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant. He was promoted to First Lieutenant with Top Secret Clearance and later served as a Company Commander in Germany.

After his military service, Ferris was the principal of Gordonsville High School in Tennessee. For three years, Ferris and his wife, Joann, served together as missionaries in Congo, Africa. Ferris and Joann taught agricultural skills to Congo villagers in addition to sharing the Christian gospel.

Upon returning to the United States, Ferris worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. He helped establish a training center for the disabled in Lewisburg, TN. He was recognized by the state of Tennessee as the Counselor of the Year in 1973. After relocating to Georgia, Ferris was a Security Officer at South Fulton Hospital.

Ferris was an active member of Athens First United Methodist Church. He will be remembered for his reverence for God, devotion to family, and compassion for others.

Ferris was preceded in death by his brothers, Wendell Harmon, of Franklin, TN and Kenneth Harmon of Nolensville, TN; and his sister-in-law, Ann Harmon of Franklin, TN.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joann Paschall Harmon; three sons, Kevin Harmon (Susan) of Atlanta, GA, Ferris Harmon (Peggy) of Huntsville, AL, and Stephen Harmon (Jana) of Roswell, GA; one daughter, Stephanie Harmon Stapleton (David) of Freeport, FL; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Harmon of Nolensville, TN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Athens First United Methodist Church Missions, P. O. Box 1109, 327 North Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30603.

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