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Mr. Dave Brown

Mr. Dave Brown, age 86 of Elmwood, TN passed away Monday August 29, 2022 at his home in the Stonewall Community.

Dave was born on December 30,1935 in Hulen, KY. Dave was a son of the late George Brown and Neddie Murdie Brown. He was also preceded by 10 brothers and sisters: Douglas Brown, Poe Brown, J.B. Brown, B. P. Brown, George Brown, Ann Derossett, Ruby Baker, Eula Napier, Georgia Craig, Sue Craig, and Rose Ling. He served in United States Marines during the Korean Conflict.

Dave is survived by several nieces and nephews.

There are no services planned for Mr. Brown.

Mrs. Shirley Blankenship

Mrs. Shirley Blankenship

Mrs. Shirley Blankenship, age 77 of Tanglewood, died Sunday morning, August 28 at Sumner Regional in Gallatin. She is survived by: son, Rickey Hall and wife Christel of Tanglewood; granddaughter (and the love of her life), Christen Hall of Tanglewood; step-daughter, Pam Rawn of Manchester; step-grandchildren, Katie Anderson and Derrick Rawn.

Mrs. Blankenship is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Wednesday afternoon, August 31 at 1:00 PM. Eld. Rickey Hall and Eld. Stephen Brooks will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens with Eld. Barney Allison officiating. Serving as pallbearers are: Adam Kemp, Ronnie Hackett, Michael Hackett, Aaron Carver, Jason Montgomery, Mark Davis; honorary pallbearers are: Hackett Drug Employees, current and former; Carthage Police Department Employees.

Visitation at the Carthage Chapel will begin on Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to: North Gordonsville Missionary Baptist or Jordan Hackett Foundation.

Ms. Linda Guffey Cunningham

Ms. Linda Guffey Cunningham

Ms. Linda Guffey Cunningham, age 74 of Carthage, died Wednesday at Southern Hills Hospital in Nashville. She is survived by: nieces and nephews, Delores Neal of South Carthage, William Guffey of Rock City, Darlene Dyer and husband Dewey of Elmwood, James Neal and wife Patricia of Red Boiling Springs, Jack Guffey of Bradenton, Florida, Sarah Carver of Red Boiling Springs; sister-in-law, Lassie Guffey of Rock City.

Ms. Cunningham is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Graveside Service and Interment will be conducted on Tuesday morning, August 30 at 11:00 AM at Dixon Springs Cemetery. Bro. Dewey Dyer will officiate.

Visitation at Sanderson Funeral Home will be on Tuesday only from 9:00 AM until leaving for the cemetery at 10:30 AM.

Mr. Alfred “Bubba” McCormick

Mr. Alfred “Bubba” McCormick

Mr. Alfred “Bubba” McCormick, age 62 of Carthage, died Monday morning, August 22 at Riverview Regional in Carthage. He is survived by: mother, Jewel McCormick, 3 brothers, Prentice “PeeWee” McCormick Sr. of Carthage, Shelvie McCormick of Gallatin, Jamie McCormick of Carthage, sister, Louann Dixon of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mr. McCormick will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, September 2 at 4:00 PM at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Friday only from 2:00 PM until service time at 4:00 PM.

Mr. Terry Keith Wood

Mr. Terry Keith Wood

Mr. Terry Keith Wood, age 37 of Elmwood, TN passed away Sunday August 21, 2022 at his home in the Pea Ridge Community.

Keith was born on August 30, 1984 in Lebanon, TN, son of Terry Walter Wood and Betty Alice Gillespie. He graduated from Smith County High School in 2002. He worked in electrical maintenance at Novalex.

Keith is survived by his parents: Terry Walter (Melinda) Wood of South Carthage, TN, and Betty Gillespie (Travis) Smith of Rawls Creek Community of Smith County, TN, brother: Matthew (Vanessa) Smith; sister: Kendra Marlar and step-grandmother: Mary Lou Smith.

Memorial services from Keith will be conducted from the East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church, 228 McGinness Ave., Carthage, TN on Saturday August 27, 2022 at 2PM with Elder Ricky Hall officiating.

Keith’s family will receive friends on Saturday August 27, 2022 at the East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church from 12Noon until service time at 2PM.

Mrs. Geraldine Gregory

Mrs. Geraldine Gregory

Mrs. Geraldine Gregory, age 98 of Four-Way Inn, died Monday afternoon, August 22 at her daughter’s home in Smithville. She is survived by: daughter, Brenda Stanley of Smithville; grandson, Greg Owens and wife Tammy of Chattanooga; great-grandchildren, Devon Owens and wife Brittany of Harriman, Codi Owens and wife Stormy of Adairsville, GA.

Mrs. Gregory is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Her service will be conducted at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church on Pleasant Shade Highway on Thursday afternoon, August 25 at 1:00 PM. Eld. James Thomas Gibbs and Bro. Jackie Dillehay will officiate. Interment in the Dixon Springs Cemetery with Eld. Kenny Hensley officiating. Serving as pallbearers are: Scotty Wilmore, Marty Wilmore, Stacey Wilmore, Billy Wilmore, Randy Shoulders, Kenny Gregory. Honorary pallbearers are: Devon Owens, Codi Owens, Cliff Owens, Joe Kemp, Jeff Kemp, Ted Kemp, Derrial Shoulders, Daniel Shoulders, Shannon Shoulders, Steven Kemp, Adam Kemp, Ray Gregory, Michael Gregory, Robert Sinclair, Steve Wilmore, Raymond Allen Smith, Jerry Hubbard, Charles Smith.

Visitation will begin on Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.
Visitation on Thursday will be at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

The family has requested memorials to Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.

Ms. Ellen Grenfell

Ms. Ellen Grenfell, age 79 of Murfreesboro, died Sunday evening, August 21 at Smith County Health and Rehab. She is survived by: son, Chris Grenfell and wife Joy of Murfreesboro; brother, David Grenfell of Lancaster, PA; 2 grandchildren, Sarah Grenfell of Murfreesboro, Wesley Grenfell of Murfreesboro; 1 great-grandchild, Zaia Grenfell Bishop.

Ms. Grenfell will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services. Interment in the Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in Valley Forge, PA at a later date.

Cynthia June Crockett

Cynthia June Crockett

June Crockett was born June 5, 1950 in Jackson County, TN and she passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 at her residence in Gainesboro at the age of 72. 

June was the daughter of Billy Dudney Anderson and Mary Irene Warren Anderson. She was a 5th grade science teacher at R M Fox Elementary School in Gainesboro for 28 years. She was a member of the McCoinsville Church of Christ and the Jackson County Historical Society. 

Mrs. June was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill Crockett who passed away on Nov. 10, 2005 and a daughter-in-law, Tammy Crockett. 

Survivors include sons, Jeff (Lacey) Crockett of Brush Creek, TN and Jamie Crockett of Gainesboro; brother, Bill Buck (Debbie) Anderson of Gainesboro; grandchildren, Olivia Rose, Lauren Michelle, Ethan Matthew, Emma Grace, Alyssa Kate and a grand dog, Knox. 

Visitation will be on Sunday, 1 pm to 8 pm and Monday, 9 am to 12 noon at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 12 noon on Monday, August 22, 2022, with Bro. Duane Gossett, Bro. Matthew Scoggins and Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Jackson Smith County Youth Camp or Jackson Co. Middle School Beta Club by contacting the funeral home. 

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 931-268-1550.

Thomas Blair Pryor

Thomas Blair Pryor

Thomas Blair Pryor, 80, of the Indian Creek Community passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at Smith County Health and Rehab in Carthage, TN. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home. Burial followed n the Draper Cemetery in the Wartrace Community. Bro. John D. Sisco officiated the service

Pryor was born September 10, 1941, in Jackson County, TN, to the late Tony Pryor and the late Bessie Hutchinson Pryor. He worked as a carpenter and a member of the Cubb Creek Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mable Pryor who passed away on April 7, 2012.

Survivors include his Sons: Mark (Jennifer) Pryor of Gainesboro, TN, Randall Pryor of Gainesboro, TN; Daughter: Tina (John) Richmond of Gordonsville, TN; Sisters: Ruth Ann Locke, and Linda Cherry of Whitleyville, TN; Brother-In-Law: Dan Mea of Lafayette, TN; Grandchildren Brooke (Anthony) Taylor, Allison Richmond, Kayla (Jonathan) Lambert, Lisa Faye Pryor, Latoya Paige Pryor, Thomas Lee Pryor, Austin Randal Pryor, Bailey Ray Pryor and Gracie Danielle Pryor; Great grandchildren, Luke Lambert, Maisyn Lambert, Levi Lambert, Audrina Sadler, Aleigha Sadler and Bryan Sadler. Other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cubb Creek Church of Christ by contacting the funeral home 931-268-1550.

Mr. Clyde Ray

Mr. Clyde Ray

Longtime Smith County resident Clyde Ray passed away on August 9, 2022 at the age of 84, in Smyrna, Tennessee. Clyde Allen Ray was born January 5, 1938 in Lancaster, Tennessee to Wirt and Bonnie Betty Ray. He was the youngest of his six siblings. He graduated from Gordonsville High School in Gordonsville, Tennessee in May 1956. He went on to enlist in the US Army and was first stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, Company D. He was honorably discharged and later met his future wife Ivora Jean Murray. They were married on July 28, 1961 in Oklahoma City and would eventually move to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming to ranch and raise a family.

Fitting for the person he was and the places he would go, Clyde’s high school class voted him their ‘Best All-Around’ friend. Their class motto was “No Reward Without Labor”. He was born into a hardworking agricultural family who made their living off the land. He raised his children to understand the ‘living rewards’ that come from raising crops to feed and putting your full heart and toil into readying livestock for eventual sale. He made sure his children understood the true meaning of hard work and the benefits thereof. Most folks who met Clyde soon came to understood him to be a genuine, honest and kind person.
While in the Army, Clyde excelled in the welding trade and later put those skills to use as a welder on the “Iron Horses” of Wyoming’s Gas Hills oil fields. He went on to work for Fremont County, Wyoming School District #1 where he retired after more than 20 years of service to the county’s youth.

He moved back home to his beloved ‘Rocky Top’ in the mid-1990s where he lived until his death.

He was preceded in death by father Wirt Ray and mother Bonnie Betty Ray; brothers Louie (Evelyn), Paul (Mary), Joey (Frances), Pat (Deloris) and sisters Carlee (Joe) Bostic, Frankie (Douglas) Fletcher.

He is survived by daughters Regina (Joel) Meena of Cheyenne and Claudia (Gerald) Russell of Lander; son Edward (Leslie) Ray of Charlotte, NC; grandsons Tony and Eli Meena, Tucker and Aidan Russell and Dalton Ray; granddaughter Faith Ray and his youngest descendant, great grandson Johnny who shares his Great Grandfather’s fiery red hair and zest for life.

In accordance with his wishes he has been cremated. Memorial services will be held at Bass Funeral Home, in Gordonsville, TN on August 17, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. Visitation with the family will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 1:30PM until 3:30PM.

In lieu of gifts and donations the family asks individuals to share their best memories of Clyde on his tribute page which can be found at bassfh.com/obituaries/

Rhonda Lynn Bilbrey Grisham 

Rhonda Lynn Bilbrey Grisham 

Rhonda Lynn Bilbrey Grisham age 43, formerly of Watertown, died Wednesday evening at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage. Rhonda attended school in Watertown and was employed with the Corp of Engineers in site maintenance.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny Lynn Grisham of Elmwood; sons, Jalen (MK) Fish and Tyler Fish both of Watertown; stepchildren, Jonathon and Nadiyah Grisham of Elmwood; her parents, Tony and Linda Hutchinson Bilbrey of Watertown; brother, Anthony (Deana Meyer) Bilbrey of Watertown; sisters, Lorrie (Pedro) Rodriguez of Lebanon and Mendy Bilbrey of Alexandria; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Hunter Funeral Home handled her services on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 and interment at Hunter Memorial Park.

Janice Agee Anderson

Janice Agee Anderson

Janice Agee Anderson, age 78 of Carthage, TN passed away Monday afternoon, August 8, 2022 at the Quality Center for Rehab and Healing in Lebanon, TN. Janice is in the care of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, TN.

Funeral Services for Janice Agee Anderson will be conducted Friday afternoon, August 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home in Kempville, TN with Edward L. Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Witcher Cemetery in the Bagdad Community in Jackson County, TN.

Janice Agee Anderson is at Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs. Visitation will begin on Friday morning from 9:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home in Kempville, TN.

Family requests memorials be made to the Witcher Cemetery. You may make these memorials by calling or coming by the funeral home.

She is survived by: son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Lee Ann Anderson; grandsons & their spouses, Landon & Molly Anderson, Logan & Cristina Anderson; granddaughter, Leah Beth Anderson; great-grandchildren, Yokley, Lynlee, Avarie, Carson, Shelby & Ava all of Red Boiling Springs; sister, Peggy Kemp of Defeated Creek Community; brother & sister-in-law, Stan & Patty Agee; sister-in-law, Mollie Agee; aunt, Helen Butler all of the Gladdice Community in Jackson County; a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Bertie Duke Dickerson

Mrs. Bertie Duke Dickerson

Mrs. Bertie Duke Dickerson, age 84, of South Carthage, died Monday afternoon, August 8 at Riverview Regional in Carthage. She is survived by: children, Radford Duke and wife Melissa of Silver Point, Dorothy Rush and husband Don of Gainesboro, Roy (Teedo) Dickerson and wife Kita of South Carthage, Carol Ann Dickerson Norris of Cincinnati, Ohio; 8 grandchildren, Chris Duke and wife Jennifer, Jessie Dennis, Stephen Duke and wife Keri, Kimberly Grisham, Ben Silcox and wife Elizabeth, Presli Dickerson, Tracie Dennis, Jimmy Law and wife April; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jo Helen Sloan Huddleston of Carthage, Nannie Newberry of Whitleyville, Janice Short and husband Wally of Hermitage Springs, Charlotte Cherry and husband Ricky of Lafayette.

Mrs. Dickerson is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Thursday afternoon, August 11 at 1:00 PM. Bud Reeder will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Chris Duke, Stephen Duke, Joe Allen Duke, Jackson Duke, Paul Tuck, Ben Silcox.

Visitation at the Carthage Chapel will begin on Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Thursday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.

Mrs. Mary Nell McCall Hight

Mrs. Mary Nell McCall Hight

Mrs. Mary Nell McCall Hight, age 91 of Tanglewood, died Sunday morning, August 7, at The Pavilion in Carthage. She is survived by: sons, Dr. H. Thomas III and wife Lauren of Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Tim Hight and wife Dawn of Christiansburg, Virginia; siblings, A. B. McCall and wife Virginia of Carthage, John McCall and wife Kay of Tanglewood, Ruth Jean Garrett and husband Gary of Hendersonville; 8 grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday morning, August 10 at Carthage First Baptist Church at 11:00 AM. Bro. Tim Frank and Dr. Tim Hight will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers are: Tom McCall, Dr. David McDonald, Jack McCall, Chris McCall, A. J. McCall, Mark McCall, J. J. McCall, John McCall, Dewey McCall.

Visitation at Sanderson Funeral Home will begin on Tuesday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Wednesday at Carthage First Baptist Church from10:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM.

Mrs. Irene Gentry

Mrs. Irene Gentry

Mrs. Irene Gentry, age 85 of Buffalo, died Thursday evening, August 4 at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville. She is survived by: son, Clinton Gentry and wife Penny of Madison; 2 granddaughters, Heather Jones and husband Chris, Amber Gentry; 1 great-granddaughter, Madalyn Jones; niece and nephew, Angela Troncin and Koy Lafferty.

Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home service will be conducted on Tuesday afternoon, August 9 at 1:00 PM. Bro. Steve Waller will officiate. Interment in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12:00 Noon until service time at 1:00 PM.