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Mrs. Lori Fisher Swaffer, age 43, of the Hiwassie community, died Sunday morning, July 26, 2015, at her Cedar Bluff Road home on the Smith & Trousdale County line. She had been battling cancer.
Services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Eld. Anthony Dixon and Bro. Rodger Reed officiating. Interment will be in the Fisher Family Cemetery.
Born Lori Ann Fisher at the Carthage General Hospital on August 3, 1971, she was the daughter of Hiwassee residents William Howard Fisher and Virginia Sue Dixon Fisher.
She was united in marriage in Barren County, Kentucky to Jason Glenn Swaffer.
Mrs. Swaffer had worked in the healthcare field and was a member of the Knob Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
Surviving, in addition to her husband and parents, is a son, Nick Storey and fiancé, Sabrina, of Hiwassee; grandchildren, Brylee Ann Storey and Brylin Storey; a brother, Dewayne Fisher & fiancé, Tammy, of Hiwassee.
The family requests memorials to assist with the funeral expense.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mr. Bob Boyd, of Buffalo Valley, died at 4:11 a.m. Tuesday morning, July 21st at his Brindley Hollow farm home just four days after his 68th birthday, under the care of Avalon Hospice. Mr. Boyd suffered from kidney failure and had been on dialysis.
Friday morning, July 24th funeral services were conducted by Mr. Boyd’s pastor, Bro. Bill Cowan, at 11 a.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial with military honors followed in the Boyd family lot at the Rock Springs Cemetery in Buffalo Valley.
Born James Robert Boyd in the Brindley Hollow community at Buffalo Valley, he was the only son of the late Floyd Robert Boyd, who died June 3, 2003 at the age of 77, and Minnie Denton Avannah Whitehead Boyd, who died December 12, 2002 at the age of 73. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd owned and operated the Boyd’s Market on Granville Highway at Chestnut Mound for over twenty three years before their retirement.
On April 24, 1971 in Commerce City, Colorado he was united in marriage to Commerce City native, the former Shirley Ann Weaver. Bob and Shirley met in Denver, Colorado while Bob was stationed at the Lowery Air Force Base.
Mr. Boyd was a 1964 graduate of Indianapolis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He proudly served our country with the United States Marines and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant from the Marine discharge center in El Tora, California on May 11, 1972. He was inducted in Indianapolis, IN on June 6, 1968. The Marine corpsman’s total service was three years, ten months and six days with total overseas service of nine months and twelve days.
For his meritorious service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Rifle Sharpshooter Medal.
In 1977 he became employed with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and served as a lock operator at the Kentucky Dam and retired as lock operator at Barkley Dam near Eddyville, Kentucky on May 28, 2010.
Following retirement, he and his wife returned to the family farm in the Brindley Hollow where he enjoyed fishing, maintaining the property and as country people would describe it, “enjoyed piddling on the farm.”
He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church at Gentry.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of over forty four years, is their only child, a daughter, Nicole Boyd.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Christa E. Farmer, of Crossville, earned her wings on Friday, July 24, 2015.
She was born, Christa Elaine Ulrich on February 1, 1984 in Peoria, Illinois to Mitcheal L. Ulrich and Karen L. (Tennison) Ulrich. She married Brian K. Farmer on July 3, 2006.
She is survived by her husband, Brian, and their children, Kelsey (14), Hannah (12), Mitcheal (11), Abbi (9) and Gabe (7); her siblings, Brian Menard (Woojung, Chloe, Liam) of Ashland City, Lacey Laszlo (Steve, Paige, Hunter, Stephen, Izabella) of Smyrna, Randy Johnson (Kristina, Sahara) of Lebanon, Rachael Landaverde (Carlos, Gabriella) of Madison, Josh Johnson of Crossville, and several extended siblings and her grandfather, Dale Tennison. She also is survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends, and furbabies. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Christa was a loving and caring wife and devoted mother who worked hard every day to help strengthen her family. She grew up in Lebanon with her five siblings. She later moved to Illinois, where she met and married the love of her life and best friend. They later moved to Tennessee where they made their life with their children and many animals. There was nothing more important to her than her family and close friends. Everyone that met her loved her. She was generous almost to a fault and would give anyone her last dollar, but not her last soda. She was forever forgiving of anyone. She was a phlebotomist who loved her job and her clients. She enjoyed being outside, hiking, fishing and enjoying nature. Christa was an avid garage saler and was sure to show off her findings. Christa was overjoyed by the athletic abilities of her five children, and proud to attend many practices and games. Her greatest accomplishments in life were her husband and her children. This world will be less without her.
The funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon. Interment in Bethlehem Cemetery followed the service. Family served as pallbearers.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393. Obituary Line 615.78.8818. sellarsfuneralservices.com.
Mr. Bruce Douglas Rader, age 52, of the Sykes community, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at his home.
Mr. Rader was born February 5, 1963 in Nashville, the son of Leon and Ruby Simmons Rader. He married Julie Ann Washer on June 23, 1990. Bruce was a 1981 graduate of GHS and served his country in the U.S. Navy. He worked at Graphic Packaging in Gordonsville for 25 years. Bruce was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carthage.
Mr. Rader is survived by his wife, Julie Rader of Sykes; children, Gabriel (Destiny) Rader of Elmwood and Grace Rader of Sykes; siblings, Anita (Donnie) Phillips of Gordonsville, Beverly (Randy) King of Pleasant View, and Charles Rader of Gordonsville; father and mother, Leon and Ruby Rader of Gordonsville; mother-in-law, Mary Rose of Lebanon and step mother-in-law, Cindy Washer Grisham and her husband, Chester Grisham.
Funeral services for Mr. Rader were conducted at the Cornerstone Baptist Church Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2PM. Bro. Ron Ralph officiated. Interment followed in the Brush Creek Cemetery.
BASS of GORDONSVILLE
Mrs. Evelyn Barry Hall, age 87, of Lebanon and formerly of Alexandria, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015, at The Pavilion in Lebanon.
Mrs. Evelyn was born November 7, 1927 in DeKalb County, the daughter of the late Azel Barry and Elizabeth Barry. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Glynda B. Agee on April 20, 1990. Mrs. Evelyn married Dayton Gleaves Hall and he preceded her in death on January 19, 1994. She worked in the DeKalb County Courthouse for several years. Mrs. Evelyn was a lifelong member of the Alexandria Church of Christ and became a member of the Maple Hill Church of Christ after moving to Lebanon.
Mrs. Evelyn is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friend, Dean Cole.
Graveside services and interment for Mrs. Hall were conducted Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2PM at the Hillview Memorial Cemetery with Joe Widick officiating.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
The Hall family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff at The Pavilion in Lebanon, to Dr. Hardie Sorrels and to Dr. Bill Robertson, II.
AVANT FUNERAL HOME
Mrs. Samuel Elizabeth Davis Pitzer, age 91, of California, passed away on June 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Born in DeKalb County and formerly of the Sykes community of Smith County, Mrs. Pitzer was a daughter of the late William Harrison Davis Sr. and Etta Lee Tubb Davis. She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Harrison “Bill” Davis Jr. and a sister, Mrs. Louise Blackburn.
Mrs. Pitzer was cremated in California and her cremains have been returned home to Tennessee where they will be buried in the Salem Cemetery at Liberty on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 6PM.
Mrs. Pitzer is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Marcia Sykes and her husband, Gene, of Sykes and Mrs. Sandra Overstreet and her husband, Glen, of Bowlings Branch.
BASS of GORDONSVILLE