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Mrs. Ida Sue McKinley Reeves

Mrs. Ida Sue McKinley Reeves

Mrs. Ida Sue McKinley Reeves, age 86, of Murfreesboro, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

She is survived by: two sons, David (Susan) Reeves of Collierville, TN, Paul (Michele) Reeves of Brentwood; one daughter, Katherine (Jeff) Wright of Franklin, TN; one sister, Tommie McKinley Clemons and husband James of Carthage; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, May 24 at 11:00 AM at the Granville United Methodist Church in Granville.  Bro. David Dunn and Rev. Terry Little will officiate.  Interment in the Granville Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Thursday at the Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Friday at the Granville United Methodist Church from 10:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM.

The family has requested memorials to Caris Healthcare-Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Vivian Bowman Petty

Mrs. Vivian Bowman Petty, age 76, of Carthage, died Monday morning, May 20, 2019, at Riverview Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by: 4 children, Eugene Petty of Tanglewood, Jerry Petty and wife Gail of Gordonsville, Scotty Petty and wife Sherrie of Brush Creek and Holly Bush and husband Mickey of Pea Ridge; 2 brothers-in law, Roy Thrower of Carthage and Don Hill of Clarksville, GA; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Petty is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted Thursday morning, May 23, at 11:00 am with Bro. Frank Bratcher officiating. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers:  John Gore, Brian Hardin, John A. Bush, Jr., Jeremy Green, Wesley Clay and Paul Armistead.

The family will receive friends at the Carthage Chapel beginning on Wednesday from 3:00 pm 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 Carthage First Freewill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Sue Bruce

Mrs. Sue Bruce

Funeral services for Mrs. Sue Bruce, 71 of Baxter were conducted on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10 AM from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home.

Interment followed in Chestnut Mound Missionary Baptist Cemetery in Smith County, TN.

The family received friends on Thursday from 4 to 8 PM and after 9 AM Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Bruce died Tuesday morning, May 14, 2019, at her home in Baxter surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 6, 1947 in Smith County, TN to the late Houston and Violet Mai Smith Austin.

In addition to her parents she was preceded by her first husband David Mathis, sister Anna Frances Austin, grandparents: Ernest Tilmon and Elma Florence Bush Austin and Jesse C. and Hester Cardwell Smith.

She was a member of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church at Bloomington Springs, TN. She enjoyed traveling, fishing and being with family and friends.

She was a retired shipping supervisor with Identity Group of Cookeville.

Survivors include husband James “Jim” Calbert Bruce of Baxter, daughters and sons-in-law Dr. Sylvia and Matthew Moore of Pulaski, TN, Diane and Lonnie Vaughn of Baxter, step-daughter Jodi Bruce of Baxter, brothers and sisters-in-law Garry and Cricket Austin of Baxter, Rickey and Gail Austin of Silver Point, Jerry and Linda Austin of Baxter, grandchildren: Lacey, Christopher and Holly Vaughn.

Bro. Larry Gregory and Bro. Houston Austin will officiate.

Active Pallbearers are Matthew Moore, Mike Austin, Houston Austin, John Jones, JR Farley, and Nelson Bruce. Honorary Pallbearers are Ray Bruce and Robert Fields.

Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home handled the arrangements. | (931)858-2134.

This notice is provided as a courtesy to the family.

Dr. Bill (Doc) Paris

Dr. Bill (Doc) Paris

Dr. Bill (Doc) Paris, age 88 of Murfreesboro and longtime resident of the Dickerson Hollow in Pleasant Shade, died Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at the Alive Hospice Residence in Murfreesboro.

He is survived by: wife, Nancy Paris;  sons, Michael Paris of Longmont, Colorado, Kenneth Paris and wife Dorrine of San Francisco, California; step-son, Robert Long of Tampa, Florida; daughter, Brandy Wells and husband David of Murfreesboro; grandsons, Landon and Logan Long of Tampa, Florida, Austin Wells and Ryan Wells both of Murfreesboro.

Dr. Paris is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where memorial services will be conducted Friday, May 31 at 3:00 PM.  The family will receive friends at the Carthage Chapel from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  Dr. Paris had pre-arranged to be cremated. Following the cremation at Cumberland Family Services in Algood, inurnment will be at the National Cemetery on Gallatin Road in Nashville.

The family requests memorial to Alive Hospice Residence of Murfreesboro.

Mr. Thomas M. Cox, Jr.

Mr. Thomas M. Cox, Jr.

Mr. Thomas M. Cox, Jr. age 91, of Columbia, died Thursday morning, May 16, 2019, at his home.

He is survived by: children, James Cox and wife Paula of Columbia, Jenny Vinson and husband Delmaine of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Christopher Cox and wife Susan of Columbia; daughter-in-law, Patty Mitchell of Murfreesboro;12 grandchildren; several great -grandchildren and great- great grandchildren.

Mr. Cox is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, May 19, at 3:00 PM.  Eld. Rickey Brooks will officiate.  Interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are: Nathan Vinson, Chad Mitchell, David Cox, Chad Cox, Mike Cox, Scott Mitchell, Cameron Sorrell.

Visitation will begin on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Sunday from 1:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM.

Mrs. Fausteen Agee Hodge

Mrs. Fausteen Agee Hodge, age 83 of Hickman, TN, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Mrs. Hodge was born March 19, 1936 in Hickman, TN, a daughter of the late Johnny Floyd Agee and Posie Cornelia Agee. She married Dr. R. David Hodge on December 17, 1960 and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1996. Mrs. Hodge was also preceded in death by Brother; Billy Agee.

Mrs. Hodge was a graduate of Gordonsville High School. She also graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree and from the University of South Carolina with a Master’s Degree. Mrs. Hodge worked and taught at the Macedonia High School and Timberland High School in Monks Corner, SC, as a science teacher and librarian. She also worked at Charleston Southern University as a librarian. Mrs. Hodge was a member of the Hickman Baptist Church and served on the Board of Directors for the New Salem Association of Baptists. She was also a member of the Womens Missionary Union. She was a longtime Atlanta Braves fan.

Mrs. Hodge is survived by Two Daughters; Janet Leigh Hodge of Hickman, TN, and Kimberly Anne Smith of Hickman, TN. Grandchildren; Zachary David Smith, Garrick Riley Smith, and Lillie Kathryn Smith. Sister; Myra Jane (Carl) Davenport of St. Joseph, MI. Niece; Carla (Kenley) Penner. Two great-nieces; Erin Penner and Ashley Penner. Great-Nephew; Alex Penner.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hodge are scheduled to be conducted from the Hickman Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 2PM with Bro. Mark Stinnett. Interment will follow in the Baird Memorial Cemetery in Hickman, TN.

Visitation with the Family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday from 3PM until 8PM and at Hickman Baptist Church on Tuesday after 10AM until service time at 2PM.

The Family requests memorials be made to the Hickman Baptist Church Mission Fund.

Mrs. Rita Boles Lankford

Mrs. Rita Boles Lankford

Mrs. Rita Boles Lankford, age 69 of Murfreesboro, died Sunday morning, May 12, 2019, at St. Thomas West.

She is survived by: husband, Wayne P. Lankford; 2 sons, Andrew Lankford of Murfreesboro, Tim Lankford and wife Paige of Hendersonville; 6 grandchildren, Jack, Paul and Zoe Lankford; Tyler Lankford, Thomas Akins and wife Lauren and children, Willa Gray Akins and Ada James Akins, Kasey Akins; mother, Georgia Boles of Alexandria; sister, Kathy Hale and husband Bob of Alexandria; brother, Larry Boles and wife Carolyn of Alexandria; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, May 15, at 1:00 PM at the Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro. Jacky Carver Sr. and David A. Lankford will deliver the eulogy.

Interment in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria with Casey Lankford officiating.

Serving as pallbearers are: Tyler, Paul and Jack Lankford, Casey Lankford, Rainey Lankford, John Hale, Chris Hale, Perry Boles. Honorary pallbearers are Elders and Deacons of the East Main Church of Christ.

Visitation at the Woodfin Chapel begins on Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Mr. Charles Ray Gibbs

Mr. Charles Ray Gibbs, age 59 of Alexandria, TN, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019.

Mr. Gibbs was born January 14, 1960 in Alexandria, TN, a son of the late Lawrence Wendell Gibbs and Ruby Marie York Gibbs. He was also preceded in death by Brother; James Gibbs. He worked for Coffee Connection in Lebanon for several years. He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather.

Mr. Gibbs is survived by Three Sons; Bryon Gibbs of Alexandria, TN, Mark (Jennifer) Whitman of Murfreesboro, TN, and C.J. Whitman of Murfreesboro, TN. Eight grandchildren; Jackson Gibbs, Jordan Gibbs, Carter Whitman, Allie Overstreet, Adella Gibbs, Adaline Gibbs, Ayden Whitman, and Derrin Reeder. Siblings; Lawrence York, Larry Gibbs, Timmy Gibbs, Marvin Gibbs, Wendell Lee Gibbs, Terry Gibbs, Ruby Scott, and Gail Davis.

Funeral Services for Mr. Gibbs are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 1PM. Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11AM until service time at 1PM.

The Gibbs Family requests memorials in memory be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Caiden Scruggs

Master Caiden Scruggs, newborn son of Kimberly Allison Stamps and Calvin Lee Scruggs, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at Sumner Regional in Gallatin.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: maternal grandparents, James Clai Stamps of Dixon Springs and Michelle Stamps of Florida; paternal grandparents, Ricky and Gail Bane Scruggs of Carthage; paternal grandparents, Carl Bane and Joyce Bane of Watervale.

Caiden is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.  Graveside Service and Interment will be conducted on Monday afternoon, May 13, at 1:00 PM at the Smith County Memorial Gardens, Garden of Angels.  Bro. Wayne Malone will officiate.

Visitation at graveside following the service.

Mrs. Violet Kay Pontious

Mrs. Violet Kay Pontious, age 69, of Opossum Hollow Rd in Watertown, TN, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Mrs. Pontious was born September 13, 1949 in Centralia, IL, daughter of the late Granville Matthews and Ellen Bates Matthews. She married Larry Glen Pontious on December 31, 1966 and he preceded her in death on September 7, 2016. She was also preceded in death by Grandson; Brandon Freshour and Sister; Shirley Matthews.

Mrs. Violet received her Master’s Degree in Statistical Engineering and worked for ArvinMeritor for numerous years.

Mrs. Pontious is survived by Four Children; Sabrena (Marv) Sowell of Olive Branch, MS, Bryan Glen Pontious of Watertown, TN, Athena (Keith) Murphy of Marion, AR, and Laramie (Charles) Freshour of Golden Valley, AZ. Five Grandchildren; Shanessa Espinoza, Bethanie Freshour, Sunshine Post, Andrew Murphy, and Ariel Murphy. Four Great-Grandchildren; Benjamin Post, Marshall Post, Kyriel Espinoza, and Annabelle Post.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Pontious are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 2PM.

Visitation with the Pontious Family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday from 12 Noon until the service time at 2PM.

The Pontious Family requests memorials be made to the Memphis School of Preaching or to the Special Olympics.

Ms. Elizabeth Wright

Ms. Elizabeth Wright, age 93, of the Dean Hill Community, died Wednesday morning, May 8, 2019, at Concordia Health Care in Carthage.

She is survived by: son, Gary Frazier and wife Linda of Dean Hill; sister, Nell Moran of Franklin; 8 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

Ms. Wright will be cremated at Cumberland Family services.  No services are planned at this time.

The family has requested memorials to the Smith County Senior Citizen Center.

Mr. James Kenneth “Ken” Wilmore

Mr. James Kenneth “Ken” Wilmore

Mr. James Kenneth “Ken” Wilmore, age 83 of Gallatin, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Funeral Service will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, with Pastor Travis Fleming officiating.  Visitation will be Friday, May 10 from 2:00 -8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Smith County Memorial Gardens in Carthage, TN, with Zean Hollins, Jim Beaudoin, Jason Hollins, Matt Fite, John Pionke, Derek Beaudoin, Jack Wilmore, and Gary Phillip Carter serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers are, Kenny Brown, Johnny Cothran, Mike Cook, Paul Curd, Bill Edwards, Ott Gregory, Paul Neal, Billy Nolen, Don Porter, Bobby Ridings, Richard Stephenson, Herb Tuck, Jerry Vradenburg, Pat Webb, Allen Parks, Johnny Jones, Dr. Bob Phillips. David Armistead, Eugene Wilmore, Bobby Wilmore, Steve Wilmore, Johnny Wilmore, Jerry Wilmore, Ricky Hackett, Mike Dickerson, Donny Brooks, Captain, US Navy NASA Astronaut Barry  E. Wilmore, Bud Coley, and Calvin Short.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959, or First Baptist Church Gallatin, P. O. Box 369, Gallatin, TN  37066.

Mr. Wilmore was born April 15, 1936 in Smith County to the late Herbert Wesbert Wilmore and Deltha Mai Nixon Wilmore. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Odell Wilmore, Eldon Wilmore, and J.C. Wilmore; and sisters, Ruby Brooks, Mettie Dickerson, and Edith Hackett.  He is survived by wife of 61 years, Barbara Carter Wilmore of Gallatin; daughters, Deborah Hollins (Zean) of Gallatin and Pamela Beaudoin (Jim) of Mt. Juliet; sister, Ogeal Dickerson of Carthage; 5 grandchildren, Leslie Pionke (John), Jason Hollins, Kristen Fite (Matt), Taylor Beaudoin, and Derek Beaudoin; and 4 great grandchildren, Jude Hollins, Preston Fite, Palmer Fite, and McKenna Pionke.  Mr. Wilmore was a member of First Baptist Church Gallatin.  He was a loving father and husband, and loved playing golf.  He was former president of the Lions Club.  Mr. Wilmore retired from Globe Business Furniture after over 50 years of service.  Online condolences may be submitted at familyheritagefh.com.  Family Heritage Funeral Home has been honored with arrangements.

Mrs. Marion Otto

Mrs. Marion Otto

Mrs. Marion Otto, age 97, of Carthage, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019.

Mrs. Otto was born Marion Haigh, in Brewster, N.Y., to the late Frank Haigh and Katherine Haigh.

On June 21, 1947, she married Cornelius Otto. They were married for 69 years, until his passing in March, 2017.

She received her nursing degree from St. Francis Hospital, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and eventually became a Public Health Nurse for Dutchess County.

After retiring in 1982, her husband and her moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and spent many years enjoying the beach and friends at Jensen’s retirement community.

She was predeceased by four sisters.

Mrs Otto is survived by children Cornelius Otto of Beverly, MA, Sharon and husband Jeff Gunn, of Carthage, and Darryl and wife, Patty Otto, of Brevard, N.C., sister-in-law Gen (George) Spoerer, of Crossville, her special care givers, Pam and Cathy, and several neices and nephews she loved very much.

Funeral services for Mrs. Otto will be conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Home on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 12 noon. Interment will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the Family will be at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday from 10AM until service time at 12 Noon.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Marion’s memory be made to HighPoint Hospice.

Mr. Keith Williams

Mr. Keith Williams

Longtime radio voice of the Gordonsville Tigers, Mr. Keith Williams, age 64, of Lancaster, TN, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Keith was born July 26, 1954 in Carthage, TN, a son of the late William Henry “Junior” Williams and Eleanor Faye McDonald Williams. He was also preceded in death by Brother; William Steve Williams on November 29, 2000.

Keith was a 1972 graduate of Gordonsville High School. After high school, he attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He married Julie Sanders on December 9, 1981. Mr. Williams worked as a deputy for the Smith County Sherriff’s Office for 12 years. He was a former member of the Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department. Keith was a longtime dedicated member and current Trustee of the Lancaster United Methodist Church. He loved to golf. Keith is known by many as the Radio Voice of the Gordonsville Tigers, starting his career calling Tiger Sports in 1999. Keith spent many years buying, selling, and trading antiques and collectibles. The many years of knowledge and work culminated to his operating and part ownership in the Lebanon Antique Mall with his Wife; Julie and Son; Chad, for the last three years. If you knew Keith, you knew he loved talking to people and making deals.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 37 years; Julie Sanders Williams of Lancaster, TN. Three Children; Jill (Steven Hewitt) Ferrell of Elmwood, TN, Nathan (Jessica) Williams of Cookeville, TN, and Chad Williams of Lancaster, TN. Four Grandchildren; Kaden Ferrell, Trentin Ferrell, Kennedy Marie Williams, and Chesney Royal Williams. Brother; John (Wanda) Williams of Lancaster, TN. Sisters; Judy Clemons of Lancaster, TN, and Rachel Williams of Silver Point, TN. Several Nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Williams are scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 1PM with Bro. James Lee Williams, Bro. Dickie Johnson, and Mark Medley officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the Family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 3PM until 8PM and on Wednesday after 10AM until service time at 1PM.

The Williams Family requests memorials in Keith’s memory be made to the Lancaster United Methodist Church.

BASS FUNERAL HOME, GORDONSVILLE CHAPEL, DIRECTORS.

 

Ms. Crystal Padgett

Ms. Crystal Padgett

Ms. Crystal Padgett, age 37, of South Carthage, died Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

She is survived by: mother, Sue Gibbons and fiance’ Jerry Greathouse of South Carthage; father and step-mother, Don and Shelia Padgett of Watervale; brother, Daniel and wife Jada Padgett and their children, Tucker, Beau and Kolt ; of Defeated Creek; Joey’s son,  Kyle Albritton; step-grandfather, Hubert Culbreath Jr. of Watervale.

Ms. Padgett is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, May 1,  at 1:00 PM.  Bro. Jimmy Gregory will officiate.  Interment in the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage.

Serving as pallbearers are: Jerry Greathouse, Buddy Culbreath, Zac Culbreath, Ryan Nixon, Jack Brown, Keith Proffitt.

Visitation will begin on Tuesday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested instead of flowers memorials to defray funeral expenses.

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