Sybil Dean Evans Smith
passed away May 10, 2013 in Hampton, VA. She was born October 30, 1934 in the Sullivan Bend community of Smith County. She is the fourth child of the late Mr. Robert L. Evans Sr. and Mrs. Vera Strawther Evans.
A very devoted follower and religious servant of God, Sybil welcomed Christ into her life at the age of twelve, at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church. She transferred her faith to the Ballard Chapel Methodist Church in April 1960, where she served as a youth and adult Sunday School teacher, president of the United Methodist Women’s Society, and chairman of the Ballard Chapel Church Pastor Parish Committee. She has lived a life of service to God, family, and the children of Smith County.
She received her primary education from Turner Elementary School in Carthage, secondary education from Gordonsville High School in Gordonsville and undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She was a strong advocate for education throughout her life. After over thirty five years of service, she retired from the Cordell Hull/Smith County Head Start program where she served as an assistant teacher, teacher and director, helping hundreds of Smith County’s children open their eyes to the promises of a good education.
Sybil was married to the late Charles O’Donald Smith of Stonewall, August 27, 1948 in Rossville, GA. To this union of holy matrimony five children were born: TSgt Garry D. (Martina King) Smith, USAF (Ret), RADM Vinson E. (Sandra A. Hogan) Smith USN (Ret), MSgt Charles D. Smith USAF (Ret), Venita O.(MSgt Elmo L. USAF (Ret) Robinson, and Calvin H. (Kimberly Togaware) Smith. She also raised (2 grandchildren) Dion Smith and Misty Smith Marshall. In addition to her children, Sybil is survived by a brother: Reed Evans, and a sister: Shirley Evans (Frank) Tellis, a brother-in-law: Robert L. (Marie) Smith, an uncle: Harden Strawther, five sisters-in law: Margaret Evans, Betty Evans, Veleda Smith, Lettie Ann Smith, Marie Smith along with 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends.
Visitation was held at the Bass Funeral Home in Gordonsville from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013. Funeral services were conducted at the Ballard Chapel Methodist Church, Stonewall at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013. Interment followed the funeral services at the Ballard Chapel Cemetery. BASS of GORDONSVILLE
Mr. Howard Glen Glover
, age 75 of the Pea Ridge community, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro.
Mr. Glover was born April 1, 1938 in the St. Mary community of Chestnut Mound, the son of the late Howard King Glover and Bercha Harriet Vaden. He was also preceded in death by four siblings; Joe Glover, Herlon Glover, Douglas Glover and Dorothy Gentry.
Glen was a 1956 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He married Doris Ann Stewart on September 17, 1960. Glen worked at the Zinc Mine for 30 years as a crusher operator.
Mr. Glover is survived by his wife of 52 years: Doris Ann Glover, of Pea Ridge; sons: Kevin (Megan) Glover, of Murfreesboro, Keith (Janet) Gloverm of Pea Ridge; grandchildren: Tatum Glover, Kingston Glover, Josh Glover, and Kevin Roberts; sisters-in-law: Joann Glover and Katherine Glover.
Funeral services for Mr. Glover were conducted 2 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes with Bro. Ricky Holland and Eld. Ricky Hall officiating. Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Visitation with the Glover family was at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Monday after 10 a.m. until service time at 2 p.m. BASS of GORDONSVILLE
Mrs. Lois Emogene Williams
, age 80 of Gordonsville, widow of the late Thomas M. Williams, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013, at her home.
Mrs. Williams remains rest at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s edition of the Carthage Courier, or you may find it online at www.bassfh.com or on the Obituary Lines at 735-2500 or 683-8200. BASS of GORDONSVILLE
Mrs. Ruth Carter
, age 87, a homemaker of the Watervale community, died at 4:25 p.m. Sunday afternoon, May 12, 2013, five days short of her 88th birthday. She was at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville where she was admitted at 6:41 a.m. Sunday after becoming gravely ill earlier that morning.
On Wednesday afternoon, May 15th, funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home by Eld. Junior Dickerson and Eld. Stephen Brooks. Burial followed the 1 p.m. services in the Smith County Memorial Gardens with Eld. Charles Allen Gentry officiating.
Born Ruth Ferrell Shoemake in the Monoville community on May 17, 1925, she was the only child of the late Gus Shoemake and Nettie Elvie Sircy Shoemake Matthews who died at the age of 98 on April 8, 1998.
Mrs. Carter was the widow of longtime Missionary Baptist minister and Pleasant Shade community native the late Eld. Harold Carter, who died November 4, 1997 at the age of 81. They were married April 13, 1946 in Franklin, Kentucky.
She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Harold Carter, who died as the result of an automobile accident on August 6, 2000 at the age of 46.
Surviving are four children: Debbie Carter Minchey and husband, Roy, of South Carthage, Sonny Carter & wife, Peggy Alvis Carter, of Flatrock, Randy Carter, of Carthage, Scotty Carter, of Watervale; five grandchildren: Shannon Minchey and wife, Casey, and their children Marissa, Nicholas Taylor and Madison Tate, Misty Carter Western and husband, Garry, and their daughter Lexie “Buttercup”, Lacey Crockett and husband, Jeff, and their children, Olivia, Ethan and Alyssa, Derek Carter and wife, LaTora, and their children, Kaden and Kace, Landon Carter and wife, Kala, and their children, Luke and Libby.
The Carter family requests memorials to either the Smith County Rescue Squad or the Rock City-Rome Fire Department. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mrs. Lillie Kelley
, a homemaker and retired nurse, died at 11:17 a.m. Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013 at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she had made her home since March 29th. She was 89.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted by her former pastor, Bro. Ray Gomer, and her current pastor, Bro. Jon Amspaugh. Following the 11 a.m., Friday, May 17th, funeral services burial was in the Kelley family lot in Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Lillie Mae Grisham in Old Hickory on April 28, 1924, she was one of seven children of the late Othia and Martha White Grisham.
On January 11, 1941 in Kentucky, she was united in marriage to Hogans Creek community native Floyd Franklin Kelley. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2011 at the age of 89, nine days short of seventy years of marriage.
Having received her General Education Degree, she was a 1974 graduate of the Licensed Practical Nursing program at McFarland Hospital. Other Smith County residents in her graduating class were Lana Reece Kinslow, Joyce Bennett Kemp and Kathy Kelley Rogers.
She was a nurse at the former Carthage General Hospital for twenty six years before retiring.
Mrs. Kelley was a member of the Carthage Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving is her son: Johnnie Kelley and wife, Evelyn Adsmond Kelley, of Hogans Creek; two grandchildren: Amanda Sanders and husband, Jeremy, Jonathan Keley, all of Hogans Creek; three great-grandchildren: Paige Smith, Chloe and Shaelyn Kelley; two sisters: Reba Rice and Bertha Pack, both of Watertown; brother: James Arnold “Jimmy” Grisham, of Dickson.
The family requests memorials to the Carthage Church of the Nazarene. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mr. Everett Lankford
, of Cookeville and a long-time resident of Willowbrook Lane in the Defeated Creek community, died at 9:01 a.m. Friday morning, May 17, 2013 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. He was 92.
Services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday morning, May 20th from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with his minister, Larry Cole, and Wayne P. Lankford officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Lankford Family lot in Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.
Born Everett Frank Lee Lankford in Defeated Creek on September 23, 1920, he was the only child of Jesse Ernest Lankford, who died September 20, 1966 at the age of 75, & Allie Kittrell Lankford, who died January 28, 1968 at the age of 75.
On April 20, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio, he was married to Detroit, Michigan native the former Margaret Anderson. She preceded him in death on December 31, 2009 at the age of 83.
Mr. Lankford was a Veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. He served as a bomb technician in the European Theater during World War II with the 454th Heavy Bomb Group, 737th Bomb Squadron 15th Air Force headquartered in Foggia, Italy.
While studying engineering in college he was hired by the Chrysler Corporation and would spend the next 30 years with the company as an engineer at the Highland Park facility and later at Toledo Manufacturing.
Mr. Lankford was a member of the Montrose Church of Christ where he had worshipped since retiring and returning to his native Beasley Hollow farm in 1980.
Surviving are three children: Alana Ewing & husband, John, of McMinnville, Jeff Lankford & wife, Brenda, of Cookeville, Chuck Lankford & wife, Mary Anne, of Cookeville; eight grandchildren: Jana Ewing, Ashley, Blake, Noah, Carson, Patrick, Rachel, & Ethan Lankford.
The Lankford family requests memorials to the Happy Haven Children’s Home or the Alzheimers Association. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mrs. Rosie Mai Shoulders
, of Livingston, died at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, May 14, 2013 at the age of 92 at the Overton County Nursing Home in Livingston where she had made her home since January 17, 2006.
Eld. Charles Allen Gentry officiated at the 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, May 17th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pleasant Shade Cemetery.
The daughter of the late Sidney and Chloe Langford Green, she was born October 19, 1920 in the Spivey community of Clay County.
Mrs. Shoulders was preceded in death by her husband, Flo. B. Shoulders, who died April 19, 1982 at the age of 66.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Donald Lee Shoulders, who died February 23, 1985 at the age of 45, and by a grandson, Scotty Ray Nixon, who died April 12, 1991 at the age of 25.
She had attended the Sycamore Valley Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church at Pleasant Shade.
Mrs. Shoulders worked for many years at the former Carthage Shirt Corporation and in 1983 retired from the Precision Rubber Company in Lebanon with over fifteen years service.
Surviving is a daughter: Frances Kerr and husband, Nelson, of Allons; daughter-in-law: Shirley Burton Shoulders, of Hartsville; three granddaughters: Renee Nixon Wills, of Livingston, Lakeisha Smith and husband, Edrick, of LaVergne, Jennifer White and husband, Tony, of Hillsdale; ten great-grandchildren. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE