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Mr. Mike Anderson of the Riddleton community, a training officer with the Sumner County E.M.S., died at 2:11 a.m., Sunday morning, July 20, 2014 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was admitted July 6th being treated for a dissected descending aortic artery. He was 46.
Funeral services with Sumner County Emergency Medical Services serving as honor guard were conducted Wednesday afternoon, July 23rd at 1 p.m. by his pastor, Bro. Steve Bode. Burial followed in the Anderson family plot in Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Michael Scott Anderson in Carthage on February 4, 1968, he was one of two sons of Edna Faye Slatton Anderson Stafford, of the Bradford Hill community, and the late Clarence D. Anderson, who died November 16, 1978 at the age of 35.
A brother, Billy Charles Anderson, preceded him in death on May 16, 1989 at the age of 19 as did an infant son, Charles Calvin Anderson, who died at the age of twenty seven hours on September 5, 1991.
On March 1, 2014 at his Wilburn Hollow Road home, he was united in marriage to Auburn, New York native and Sumner Regional Medical Center registered nurse, the former Kelly Marriah Smith. They were united in marriage by Smith County Mayor Eld. Michael Nesbitt.
Also Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bilbrey Key “B.K.” Slatton, who died at the age of 72 on August 5, 1997, and Lillie Mai West Slatton, who died at the age of 75 on February 27, 2006, Isham Bradley Anderson, who died January 29, 1943 at the age of 33, and Loretta Gentry, who died May 6, 1999 at the age of 89, and by his step-grandfather, Ben H. Gentry Sr., who died August 1, 1979 at the age of 90. He was also preceded in death by a special aunt, Sue Stafford, who died March 21, 1993 at the age of 55.
He was a 1986 graduate of Gordonsville High School, was licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician through Tennessee Technological University in 1987 and graduated from Tech in 1990 with a degree in Paramedical Science and was licensed by the State of Tennessee as a paramedic.
Since 1991, he was employed with the Sumner County E.M.S. first as a paramedic rising to the rank of Captain and at the time of his death was education/training coordinator for Sumner E.M.S.
He also was an instructor at both Volunteer State Community College and Meharry Medical College for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and First Responder classes.
Mr. Anderson was on the Regional faculty for the American Heart Association and served as a member of the Cardiology Board at both Sumner Regional Medical Center and Hendersonville Medical Center.
Mr. Anderson and his wife attended the Macedonia Baptist Church at New Middleton.
Surviving in addition to his mother and wife of just four months is his daughter: Casey Anderson, of Westmoreland; step-father: Elbert Stafford, of Bradford Hill community; three step sons: Kyle Oakley and Kain Kotoucek, both of Riddleton, Justin Strickland, of Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Anderson family requests memorials to the Sumner County Heart Association Fund.

Ms. Stephanie Blackburne, age 22 of the Flat Rock community, was pronounced dead on arrival at 4:26 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 13, 2014 at the University Medical Center E. R. in Lebanon as a result of injuries suffered in a two car automobile accident on Trousdale Ferry Pike near the Tuckers Cross Roads community around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.
Her pastor, Bro. Wayne Malone, officiated at the 3 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, July 16th graveside services. Burial followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.
Born Stephanie Michelle Blackburne at the former Carthage General Hospital on May 30, 1992, she was the daughter of Lawrence Allen “Larry” Blackburne and Margaret Jo Davis, both of the Flatrock community.
Ms. Blackburne attended Smith County High School and was a recipient of her General Education Degree and in 2011 graduated from Kaplan University.
Ms. Blackburne was saved at a Vacation Bible School at the Rome Baptist Church and was baptized into the full fellowship of the church.
She was a former employee of Hardee’s in Lebanon and at the time of her death was employed by Genesco in Lebanon.
Surviving in addition to her parents Larry and Jo are her son: Trey Blackburne; brothers: David Ray Davis and Andy Blackburne, of Flatrock; grandmother: Rose Lee Smith Davis, of Lebanon.

Mrs. Virginia Dotson, of Carthage, died at the age of 83 at 9:35 p.m., Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dotson was cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood on Wednesday, July 23rd and no services are planned.
The daughter of the late Fred and Minnie Roberts Dixon, she was born Harriett Virginia Dixon in Franklin in Simpson County, Kentucky on March 9, 1931.
Mrs. Dotson had been cared for by the State of Tennessee since being admitted to Brandywood Nursing Home in Gallatin in 1987 where she resided until being transferred to Pineview Boarding House in Hartsville in 1993 where she lived until making her home at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage since February of 2014.
She was a homemaker before becoming ill and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are three children: Brenda Fenn, of Franklin, Kentucky, Melissa Dotson, of Nashville and Larry Flemming, of West Chester, Virginia.

Mr. Joey Albritton, of Carthage, died Sunday evening, July 20, 2014 at the age of 31 at the St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville while undergoing heart surgery following a heart attack.
Arrangements were incomplete at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home as of noon Monday, July 21st, pending notification of release from the Metro Medical Examiner’s Office.
Mr. Albritton is the father of Gabriel Albritton, of Lafayette and Andrew Kyle Albritton, of Carthage and the son of Shelia Culbreath Padgett and her husband, Don, of the Lock Seven community, and Larry Albritton and his wife, Kaye Sircy Albritton, of Pleasant Shade. He is also survived by his fiancée, Jennifer Wilkins, of Carthage.
Complete arrangements will be published in next weeks edition of the “Courier”.

Mr. Kent Lee Gray, age 51, of Carthage, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin.
Mr. Gray was born May 20, 1963 in Snow Hill, KY, the son of the late Sonny Gray and Hazel May Hullender. He was also preceded in death by brother, Edd Gray. Kent married Brenda Davis. He was a 1981 graduate of Tyner High School in Chattanooga. He served for ten years in the U.S. Navy and Army Reserves during Desert Storm. Kent was a member of the Hickman Baptist Church. He had many friends and neighbors.
Mr. Gray is survived by his wife: Brenda Davis Gray, of Carthage; son: Taylor Ryan Agee, of Cookeville; brother: Steven (Tina) Gray, of Hickman; sister: Teresa (Terry) Whitmire, of Elmwood; sisters-in-law: Jill Gray, of Hermitage, Dixie Webb, of Lebanon, Helen Melvin, of Lebanon, and Lucy (B.L.) Kelly, of Mt. Juliet, brother-in-law: Kenneth Davis, of Bethpage. Four nieces and four nephews survive, along with three great-nephews and two great-nieces.
Celebration of life services for Mr. Gray were conducted on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Hickman Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Stinnett officiating.
Visitation with the Gray family was on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service time at 1 p.m. at the church.
The Gray family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to assist with the funeral expenses.

Mr. James Horace “Jim” McKinney, age 73, of Gordonsville, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at The Pavilion in Lebanon.
Mr. McKinney was born November 5, 1940 in Smith County, the son of the late Tom and Ona Hunt McKinney. He was also preceded in death by four brothers; Alvin, Clyde, Dan, and Millard McKinney.
Jim, as he was known by everyone, was a 1958 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He attended Cumberland College and Tennessee Tech. He worked on the team that built Cordell Hull Dam before going to work at William L. Bonnell Aluminum, from which he retired. He was a member of the Grant Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and sports fan. He kept notebooks full of stats for his favorite sports teams and could tell you the water temperature and level of all the lakes and rivers around. He loved spending time on his houseboat with his friends at Hidden Harbor Marina.  
Mr. McKinney is survived by his four sisters: Frances Ballinger, of Carthage, Evelyn Heitt, of Carthage, Lily (Bobby) Brooks, of Carmel, IN and Mary Crowe, of Largo, FL. sister-in-law: Nell McKinney, of Watertown. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Graveside services for Mr. McKinney were conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage with Johnny McKinney officiating.
Visitation with the McKinney family was held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family and friends gathered at the cemetery on Saturday just prior to the graveside service.
The McKinney family request that donations be made to the Hidden Harbor Marina Jolly Angel Fund, 2685 Casey Cove Rd, Smithville, TN 37166.
The family wants to extend a special thanks to his loving caregivers: sister-in-law: Nell McKinney, niece and nephew: Patsy and Noel Ortiz & Johnny McKinney.

Funeral services for Violet Mai Austin, 87, of Baxter, were Sunday, July 20 at 2 P.M. from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston Horner & Funeral Home with interment following in Chestnut Mound Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Smith County.
Mrs. Austin died Thursday morning, July 17, 2014 at Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville.
She was born May 23, 1927 in Detroit, MI to the late Jesse C. and Hester Cardwell Smith.
 She was a homemaker and member of Dillard’s Creek Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband of 48 years Houston Austin, infant daughter: Anna Frances Austin, sister & brother-in-law: Dimple and Mack Keith, three brothers-in-law: John A. Austin, Tillman Austin, Adron Horton, three sisters-in-law: Sandra Austin, Dorthey Smith and Ann Austin.
She loved to play rook and make chocolate pies.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law: Sue and James Bruce, of Baxter, three sons and daughters-in-law: Garry & Cricket Austin, of Baxter, Rickey & Gail Austin, of Silver Point, Jerry & Linda Austin, of Cookeville; brother & sister-in-law: Johnnie Frank and Margaret Smith, of Nashville, two sisters-in-law: Anna Lee Horton, of Hartsville, Maggie Lou Austin, of Dillard’s Creek, brother-in-law: Jimmy Carol Austin, of Chestnut Mound, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.
Bro. John Davis and Houston Austin officiated.
Active pallbearers were Steve Austin, Jeremy Austin, Matthew Moore, J.R. Farley, Mike Austin and Willie Keith.
Honorary pallbearers were Lonnie Vaughn and John Jones.
Mrs. Austin’s family received friends Saturday from 4 to 8 P.M. and after 10 A.M. Sunday at the funeral home.
Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home (931) 858-2134 was in charge of arrangements. You may share your thoughts and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com.
This notice was provided as a courtesy to the Austin family.

Mrs. Leoda Whited Adams, age 90 of Nashville, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Alive Hospice, Skyline Madison Campus.
Arrangements were incomplete at press time.
Complete funeral arrangements may be found online at www.bassfh.com, on our obituary lines at 735-2500 or 683-8200 or in next week’s edition of the Carthage Courier.

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