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Obituaries

The Carthage Courier provides these Obituary listings as a public service FREE to all readers. Subscribers can also see the obituary listings with pictures (when available) in the online full edition of the Courier.
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Mrs. Amber Smithson, of the Cato community, died at the age of 33, at 6:55 a.m. Thursday morning at her Dixon Creek Road home. She was found dead in her bed by her son when he awoke.
Mrs. Smithson was a diabetic but she was transported to the Metro Medical Examiner Office in Nashville where her autopsy results were pending.
Mrs. Smithson was cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood on Wednesday, January 28th. No services are planned.
She was born Amber Lee Tilly in Olean in Cattaraugus County, New York on September 30, 1981 and was one of three children of Todd Alan Tilly and Bonnie Jo Morgan Buchannan, both of Olean, New York.
On June 14, 2007 she was united in marriage to Stephen Dewayne Smithson at the Smith County Clerk’s office by Deputy Clerk Rhonda Vaden.
Mrs. Smithson previously was employed at the Citgo Quik-N-Easy on Dixon Springs Highway.
Surviving in addition to her husband of almost eight years and her parents are two children, Alexis Tilley and Jacob Smithson, both of the home; two brothers, Jonathan Tilly of Arcade, New York and Brandon Buchannan of Olean, New York.
The Smithson family requests memorials to assist with the cremation expenses. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Roger Hackett, age 69, of the Lock Seven community died at 9:31 a.m. Thursday morning, January 22, 2015, at his Lock Seven Lane home under the loving care of Gentiva Hospice.
Funeral services with Edward L. Anderson officiating were conducted Monday afternoon, January 26th, at 1 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Garden of Everlasting Life at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Roger Dale Hackett in the Gladdice community of Jackson County on October 19, 1945, he was one of five children of the late Fred Glenn Hackett, who died at the age of 78 on October 6, 1991, and Nettie Wilmadene Smith Hackett, who died at the age of 87 on August 29, 2009.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Hackett, who died at the age of 18 months on September 28, 1943, and a grandson, Jaxson Hacket,t who died at birth March 12, 2012.
On May 28, 1998 he was united in marriage in Carthage to Louisville, Kentucky native Mable Faye McCarter.
Mr. Hackett was a member of the Smith Memorial United Methodist Church in Smith Bend and was a 1964 graduate of Jackson County High School.
Mr. Hackett retired in January of 2000 as a tool and die maker from the Ross Gear Division of T.R.W. in Lebanon where he had been employed for thirty six and one half years.
He also held a Tennessee Realtors license and was an agent for Cumberland Valley Reality and Auction Co. in Gordonsville.
Mr. Hackett had been a member of the Rock City-Rome Fire Department since 1992 with his unit number being 413 and in addition to being a volunteer fire fighter he served as the organization’s treasurer.
Mr. Hackett had also served as a volunteer at Riverview Regional Medical Center and the Smith County Senior Citizens Center.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of almost seventeen years, are two children, Chasity Jenkins and husband, Kit, Chad Hackett and wife, Amanda Bowman Hackett, all of Carthage; the mother of his children, Diane Hopkins Hackett Dycus, of Carthage; two step children, Julia Harris of Monoville and Chris Hix of Lebanon; a sister, Sandra Hackett Butler and husband, Ronnie, of Murfreesboro; two brothers, Dennis Hackett and wife, Judy Hudson Hackett, of Gladdice, Larry Hackett and wife, Pam Orange Hackett, of the Smith Branch community; seven grandchildren, Bailey and Wesley Kemp, Kiley Jenkins, Gavin Hackett, Brandon and Tyler Harris and Lana Hix.
The Hackett family has requested memorials to either the Rock City-Rome Fire Department or the Smith County Cancer Fund. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Lifelong Flat Rock community farmer Mr. Billy Caplenor died early Sunday morning, January 18, 2015, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was 85.
Funeral services from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home were conducted Wednesday afternoon, January 21st, at 1 p.m. Bro. Jimmy Gregory, Rev. David Hesson and Mr. Caplenor’s brother-in-law, Mr. Hilary Dawson, officiated at the services. Burial followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Born William Everette Caplenor in the Flat Rock community on July 6, 1929, he was one of four children of the late John William Caplenor, who died September 27, 1980 at the age of 76, and Mary Helen Stonecipher Caplenor, died September 28, 2004 at the age of 98.   
On April 7, 1951 Mr. Caplenor was united in marriage to the love of his life, Rock City community native the former Flora Nell Dawson.
In addition to operating his Flat Rock farm, Mr. Caplenor was employed with the former Moss Service and Supply Company in Carthage for over twenty five years.
Mr. Caplenor was a 1949 graduate of Smith County High School where he majored in agriculture, played football all four years, was captain of the Owls football team and his senior year was president of the C Club, was voted most athletic and his future wife, Flora, was the 1949 Smith County High School football queen. He was also elected to the Middle Tennessee State football team.
Mr. Caplenor was also the recipient of the prestigious American Farmers Degree in Kansas City, Missouri in 1949.
He proudly served our country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
He was a member of the Rome Baptist Church and a member of the Carthage Benevolent Lodge # 14 F & AM.
Surviving in addition to his wife of sixty three years is a sister, Geraldine Caplenor Reich and husband, B. J.; two brothers, Charles Caplenor and wife, Jean Kemp Caplenor, all of the Flat Rock community; former Smith County Assessor of Property Johnnie Caplenor and wife, Carolyn Ford Caplenor of     Crossville and several loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. ligon & bobo of lebanon

Mrs. Catherine Malone Chambers
, age 89, of Buffalo Valley, died at 4:45 a.m. Monday morning, January 26, 2015, at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage.
Mrs. Chambers is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her family, Sue and Bud Woods, were to make arrangements at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Chambers was the widow of Monroe Chambers and the daughter of the late Jep and Margie Haynes Malone.
Complete arrangements will be published in the next week’s edition of the “Courier”. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Helen Faye Ferrell passed away on January 21, 2015 at age 67. The  funeral service, conducted by Pastor Steve Warren and Brother Bobby Watts, was at 2 pm Saturday, January 24, 2015.  Interment followed in Wilson County Memorial.   Pallbearers were Kenneth and Kevin Watts, Cody Woods, Daniel Woods, Jeffrey Morse, Mario Cason.
Mrs. Ferrell is survived by her children: Nicole (John) Murphy, Traci (Frank) Ferrell, Matthew (Hollie) Ferrell, and Alan (Lori) Woods; her mother, Frances McDonald; siblings: Bobby (Belinda) Watts, Billy (Margaret) Watts, and Ronnie (Mary) Watts; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Ferrell, daughter, Shelia Carter, son, Patrick Shane Ferrell, and father, Charlie Watts.
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, TN, 615-444-9393.  Obits 615-758-8818. sellarsfuneralservices.com

Mrs. Mary Lillian Kemp Strickland, age 86, of McClures Bend in Defeated, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville.
Mrs. Strickland was born January 15, 1929 in Nashville, the daughter of the late Edgar McKinnley Kemp and Sallie Belle High Kemp Cornwell. She married James Clark Strickland on November 10, 1945 in Franklin, KY, and he preceded her in death on June 2, 1992 after forty-six years of marriage. Mary was also preceded in death by a son; Robert Clark Strickland, a brother; Edgar McKinnley Kemp, Jr. and three sisters; Dorothy Kemp, Naomi Kemp Redd, and Ruby Lee Kemp Goodwin.
Mrs. Strickland was a member of the Hickory Grove United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Strickland is survived by her daughter, Sallie Strickland Tallent and her husband, Mike, of Franklin, NC; two sons, Charles Strickland and his wife, Melissa, of White House and Walter Strickland and Elloise Keith of Bloomington Springs; one brother, James William Kemp of Gallatin. And nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Strickland were conducted Friday, January 23, 2015 at 1PM from the Chapel of Bass Funeral Home, Carthage, with grandson-in-law, Pastor Greg Rogers officiating. Interment followed in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.
Visitation with the Strickland family was held from the Chapel of Bass Funeral Home, Carthage on Thursday from 5PM to 8PM and on Friday from 12 Noon until service time at 1PM.
In lieu of flowers, the Strickland family requests that memorial contributions be made to Upper Cumberland Hospice or the Shriners Hospital. BASS  of CARTHAGE
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