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Mrs. Billie Epps, of the Lock Seven community, was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m., Friday afternoon, July 24, 2014 at the age of 81 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center E. R. in Carthage.
Her minister, Edward L. Anderson, officiated at the 1 p.m. funeral services which were be conducted Sunday afternoon, July 27th, from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Billie Joy Watson in Sevierville in Sevier County on May 10, 1933, she was one of three children of the late Richard Melvin “Mel” Watson and Johnnie Louise Majors Watson.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Watson, Jr.
On December 12, 1959, she was united in marriage to Joe Maurice Epps, a retired superintendent at the Raccoon Mountain T.V.A. facility in Chattanooga. Mr. Epps was a native of Waverly in Humphreys County and he preceded her in death on January 9, 2004 at the age of 68 following just over forty four years of marriage.
The Epps family relocated to Smith County in 1993 following Mr. Epps’ 1992 retirement from T.V.A.
Mrs. Epps was a 1951 graduate of Sevier County High School and a member of the Carthage Church of Christ.
A devoted mother and wife, she especially loved the Christmas season and decorating her home for the holidays and particularly enjoyed her involvement in the Red Hat Society.
Her only survivors are her son, Joe Epps, of the Lock Seven community and a sister, Sib McCarter, of Seymour.
The family requests memorials to the Alzheimers Association.

Mr. Joey Albritton, age 31 of Carthage, died at 7:35 p.m., Sunday evening, July 20, 2014 at the St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville while undergoing heart surgery following a heart attack July 14th.
Funeral services were conducted by Eld. Stephen Brooks and by Mr. Albritton’s pastor, Eld. James “Pee Wee” Massey, at 11 a.m., Thursday morning, July 24th from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Private family burial was on the family farm in the Lock Seven community.    
Born Joseph Andrew Albritton in Lebanon on February 1, 1983, he was the son of Shelia Culbreath Padgett, of the Lock Seven community, and Larry Gene Albritton, of Pleasant Shade.
Mr. Albritton was a former employee of Tennplasco in Lafayette and served with the Tennessee Army National Guard during the Afghanistan war before being honorably discharged.
He was a 2001 graduate of Smith County High School.
At the age of 8, he sought the Lord and was saved by God’s Grace and was baptized into the full fellowship of the South Carthage Missionary Baptist Church by then church pastor, the late William Isaac House.
Surviving in addition to his mother and father are two children: Gabriel Albritton, of Lafayette and Andrew Kyle Albritton, of Carthage; step-father: Don Padgett, of the Lock Seven community; step-mother: Kay Sircy Albritton, of Pleasant Shade; fiancée: Jennifer Wilkins, of Carthage; maternal grandparents: Hubert and Jean McKinney Culbreath, of Lock Seven; paternal grandparents: Howard “Shorty” and Katherine Bennett Albritton, of South Carthage; half-brother: Doug Albritton, of Gordonsville; step-brother: Daniel Padgett and wife, Jada, of Kempville; step-sisters: Crystal Padgett and husband, Jay Holland, of Monoville; Amber Cockrill, of Lafayette.

Paul Bryan Granstaff, age 77, of Watertown died Monday evening, July 21, 2014 at his residence. Born in Sykes, he was the son of the late Clyde Lelon Granstaff and Ruby Lee Jones Granstaff. He was a graduate of Gordonsville High School and a US Navy veteran.
Paul and his family operated the Watertown CeeBee Grocery for several years and he was a police officer for 26 yrs.
Paul is survived by his wife, Iva Roberts Granstaff; daughter, Tonya Blanks and son, Michael Granstaff, all of Watertown; grandchildren, Kiana and Shawn Blanks; step grandchildren, Tiphanie and Chelsie Poss; step great granddaughter, Kylee; sister, Laverne Martin and husband, Freddy, of Alexandria; nephew, Jason (Resa) Martin of Murfreesboro; nieces, Trena Gassaway of Dickson and Dana Christine Martin of Alexandria.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Amason and Bro. Kenneth Bowen officiating. Visitation was 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services on Thursday.
Pallbearers were James Ivy Wills, Tony Parsley, Jerry Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Jimmy Allmon, Jason Dodd, Ronnie Jackson, David Agee. Honorary pallbearers were  Glenn and Ricky Oakley, Hank Dunklin, Howell Roberts, J.T. Webster, James Ray Moore, Gene Sykes, Bernie Ash, Tom Wiley, Jack Underhill, Odell Judkins.
Interment with military honors were at Jones Hill Cemetery.
Hunter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Myrlan Edwin Johnson, 84, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, surrounded by family. Myrlan was born to J. Orie and Anna Curtis Johnson on June 13, 1930.    He was raised in Bledsoe Co. He served his country for three years in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War. Upon receiving Honorable Discharge from service he went north for work. The suburbs of Chicago were his home until he retired to Carthage in 1989. Due to illness he chose to live the last three years and nine months in Williamson County to be near his daughter. He loved laughter and family and was loved by all. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and his dogs. Some of his favorite pastimes were playing cards and he enjoyed going to antique and yard sales. He particularly enjoyed the Hwy 127 yard sale. He spent time attending church at his assisted living facility.     
Myrlan was preceded in death by his parents, his son, John Johnson, two brothers, J. Orie Johnson Jr., Milton Dion Johnson, and sister, Juanita J. Watson.
Survivors include his daughter, Marlene J. Handley of Franklin; grandsons, Louis (Emily) Johnson of Dickson and Johnny Johnson (Mindy Horton, lady friend) of Carthage; granddaughter, Cindy (Robert) Tedrow of Carthage; great-grandchildren, Samantha Williams, Michael Williams, Ryan Williams, Johnny Robert (J.R.) Tedrow, Cody Johnson, and Lily Johnson; his former wife and dear friends, Betty Garrett; Bryan (Sandy) Culpepper, James Culpepper, Stephanie Hughes.  Other survivors include two brothers, Alvin Johnson and Wayford (Evelyn) Johnson; three sisters, Shirley (Junior) Hankins, Darlene (Carlos) Smith, all of Pikeville and Rowena (Kenneth) Rhodes of Graysville; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2 PM in the chapel of Pikeville Funeral Home.  Visitation was from 2 to 8 on Saturday, July 26.  The funeral was officiated by Bro. Rudy Oakes and Bro. Johnathan Hankins (great-nephew).  Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson Street, Nashville TN 37203, 615-332-4000 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in memory of Myrlan Johnson will be greatly appreciated.
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Pikeville Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Mrs. Leoda Whited Adams
, age 90 of Nashville, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Alive Hospice, Skyline Madison Campus.
Mrs. Adams was born June 24, 1924 in Hickman, the daughter of the late John Henry Whited and Flonnie Lynch.
Mrs. Adams married William Adams on May 2, 1943 and he preceded her in death on August 20, 1999.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.
Mrs. Adams was a member of the Good Shepard Baptist Church in Goodlettsville.
Mrs. Adams is survived by son: Robert William “Billy” (Judy) Adams, of Nashville; daughters: Nancy Marie Hunt, of Nashville, and Linda Dianne Recobs, of Nashville. Seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren also survive along with sister: Velda Carter, of Nashville, and two brothers: John Whited, of Mt. Juliet, and Billy Whited, of Mt. Juliet.
Funeral services for Mrs. Adams were conducted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes with Bro. Bobby Flatt officiating. Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Visitation with the Adams family was on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service time at 1 p.m.

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