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Longtime Tanglewood community resident Mr. John White died Sunday morning, February 15, 2015, at 6:49 a.m. at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, February 21st at 2:00 p.m. from the Franklin Road Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. Bro. Ron Ralph and Bro. Mike Norris officiated. Graveside services with military honors were Tuesday afternoon, February 24th at 2 p.m. at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at Pegram.
He was born John E. White in the Elmwood community on April 17, 1932 and was one of seven children of the late Taylor and Sarah White.
Two sisters preceded him in death, Willodean White Hunter, Sadie White Bush and three brothers, Garland White, Calvin White and Jasper White.
On August 19, 1956 in a little country church near Lakeland, Georgia he was united in marriage to Lakeland native the former Jenny Purvis. Mrs. Jenny will be best remembered as a longtime teller at Citizens Bank in Carthage.
Mr. White was a 1950 graduate of Smith County High School where his classmates voted him “best boy athlete” and his senior year he was captain of the Owls basketball team.     Following high school he attended Cumberland College in Lebanon before entering the United States Air Force where he had a distinguished career serving our country during the Vietnam War, before retiring in 1975 with twenty four years of service and the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.
Following retirement from the Air Force, he was employed with Muller Industries in Hartsville from which he was retired before moving to Murfreesboro in 2001.
Mr. and Mrs. White were charter members of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Tanglewood and after moving to Murfreesboro became members of the Franklin Road Baptist Church.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of almost fifty nine years, are three children, Bonnie White Rhodes and husband, Ritchie, of Mims, Florida, Steve White and wife, Tammy, of Franklin, David White of Tanglewood; his only surviving sibling, a brother Ed White and wife, Jean Gibbs White, of South Carthage; four grandchildren, Tyler and Dylan White, U. S. Army Captain Ritchie Rhodes Jr. and wife, Ricki, Olivia Hughes and husband, Matt; great-grandchild, Reagan Rhodes and several nieces and nephews.
The White family requests memorials to the Franklin Road Baptist Church Missions Fund, 3148 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the White family.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Gerald Maggart, of Lebanon, died at 4:52 p.m. Monday afternoon, February 16, 2015, at his Hampton Drive home at the age of 76, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, February 21st, from the Immanuel Baptist Church on Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon. Bro. John Hunn, Bro. Donald Owens, Bro. Tom Suiter and Bro. W. D. Thomason officiated. Burial followed in the Saylors Cemetery in White County.
The only child, he was born Gerald Gregory Maggart in Smith County on June 10, 1938 and was the son of the late Clifton F. Maggart, who died at the age of 64 on November 12, 1968, and Lula Mai Gregory Maggart, who died at the age of 92 on July 13, 1998.
Mr. Maggart was a 1956 graduate of Smith County High School where he excelled in football having played all four years and lettering. He was voted by his senior class peers, along with the former Anna Mai Massey, as the “Most Dignified Seniors”. He was a member of the Beta Club and the school debate team his sophomore, junior and senior years. In 1959 he received his “Bachelor of Science” degree in business from Tennessee Technological University.
Mr. Maggart was married to the love of his life, the former Melba Jean Mullican, who survives.
They were preceded in death by their son, James Gregory “Greg” Maggart, in 2000.
 Successful in sales management for most of his career, his employment began with Nashville Gas Co. and he later worked for Skinner, Menasha, Ohio Valley and finally for Rock-Tenn as district sales manager. Mr. Maggart’s specialty was in designing boxes and other containers for a variety of products to meet the custom needs of his customers.
He served as the bi-vocational pastor for Bending Chestnut Baptist Church and Patterson Baptist Church located in Williamson and Rutherford counties.
He was also co-pastor and associate pastor of two other churches.
At the time of his death he was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon and also served on numerous other church committees at all churches.
He had a great love and knowledge of God’s word and taught Sunday school for adults, young people and boys classes.
Mr. Maggart also volunteered at the Nashville Rescue Mission where he taught and conducted church services for those who were homeless.
His time and talents were devoted to build and support Habitat for Humanity homes in Davidson and Wilson counties.
Because of his Christian upbringing, he loved Jesus, was compassionate toward the less fortunate, and had a passion for missions in our state, nation and around the world.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, is their daughter, Karen Maggart White and husband, James; grandchildren, Kristi White Brooks and husband, Thomas, Jamie White Hubbell and husband, Jeremy; four great-grandchildren, Hannah and Noah Brooks, Jacey and Jaden Hubbell; aunt and uncles, Mrs. Ruth Denney Gregory of Carthage, Mr. Wilbert Maggart and wife, Mrs. Margaret Huff Maggart, Mrs. Eddie  Erwin Maggart.   
The family requests memorials to Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon or Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. ligon & Bobo of Lebanon

Defeated Creek community resident Mr. Matt Givens was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, February 18, 2015, at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage after being found unresponsive at the William L. Bonnell Co. where he had been employed for almost two years. He was 37.
Bro. Frank Bratcher and Mr. Givens’ pastor, Bro. Bryan Bratcher, officiated at the 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, February 22nd funeral services which were conducted from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.  Robin Givens Moore delivered the eulogy.  Burial followed in the Givens family lot at Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.
He was born Matthew Bryan Givens in Carthage on May 2, 1977 and was the only son and one of three children of Charles E. and Brenda Gail Martin Givens of Kempville.
On August 29, 2001 he was united in marriage to the former Karen Elizabeth Radcliff.
Mr. Givens was a 1995 graduate of Smith County High School and before beginning work at Bonnell was employed at D.J.’s Prime Shine in Carthage and the Ross Gear Division of T.R.W. in Lebanon.
He was a member of the Kempville Chapel Old Time Methodist Church.
Survivors, in addition to his parents and Matt’s wife of thirteen years,  are their son, Dillon Givens of the home; sisters, Tonya Givens Lee and husband, Mark, of Gordonsville, Tessa Forstner of Lafayette; grandmother, Jessie Butler of Defeated Creek; father and mother-in-law, James and Judy Hale Ratcliff of Carthage.
The family requests memorials to the Dillon Givens Education Fund. SANDERSON of Kempville

Mr. Craig Rich, age 52, of Carthage, died at 1:29 a.m. Wednesday morning, February 18, 2015, at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage where he was admitted February 12th, suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted  Saturday morning, February 21st at 11 a.m. with Mr. Rich’s uncle, Bro. Gerald Rich, officiating. Burial followed in the Gazebo Section of Dixon Springs Cemetery.
He was born Craig Rich in Carthage on September 6, 1962 and was one of five children of David Turney and Almanette Pace Rich of Pleasant Shade.
On September 25, 1992 at the Smith County Courthouse he was united in marriage to Carthage native the former Lisa Rene Harris.
Mr. Rich was an experienced auto mechanic and for many years owned his own repair shop.
He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church at Riddleton.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of over twenty two years and his parents, are two children, Dakota “Cody” Craig Rich and wife, Cammie, of South Carthage, Christen Jones of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; step-son, Michael “Woody” Woodard and wife, Hannah, of Bradford Hill; sister, Carolyn York and husband, Ricky, of Monoville; brothers, Jason Rich and wife, Kim, Paul Rich and Daniel Rich, all of Pleasant Shade; seven grandchildren.  SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Margaret Lankford, of Lafayette, was pronounced dead at 11:02 a.m. Friday morning, February 20, 2015, at the Macon County General Hospital E. R. at the age of 93, after suffering a fatal aneurysm.
Bro. Frank “Pee Wee” Carter officiated at the 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, February 23rd graveside services. Burial followed in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.
The daughter of the late William and Willie Bridges Bush, she was born Margaret Ann Bush on December 29, 1921 in South Carthage.
Before moving to Lafayette, following the death of her husband, Prentice Sidney “Governor” Lankford, she made her home in the Friendship Hollow at Defeated Creek. Mr. Lankford died February 3, 1980 at the age of 61.
She was also preceded in death by her only child, William “Billy” Sidney “Goat” Lankford who died at the age of 55 on July 8, 2008 of lung cancer.
Mrs. Lankford was a longtime employee of the former Carthage Shirt Corporation and retired from the Texas Boot Co.
She was saved at an early age and was of the Missionary Baptist faith.
Surviving are two grandsons, Jason Lankford and wife Davida of Lafayette, J. T. Lankford also of Lafayette; six great-grandchildren; cousins, Lois Knight of South Carthage, Parker Goolsby of South Carthage and Shirley Winfree of LaVergne. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Ms. Julie Shores, age 37, of Franklin, Kentucky, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening, February 21, 2015, at the Medical Center of Franklin E.R.
Ms. Shores is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her parents, Steve and Delane Shores, were to make arrangements at 10 a.m. Monday morning, February 23rd.
Mrs. Shores is the great-granddaughter of the late Melvin and Kate Farmer Armistead of Elmwood and the late Kirk and Annie Lankford Shores of Tanglewood.
Complete arrangements will be in next week’s edition of the “Courier”. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Helen Fields Reynolds, age 89, of Farragut, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.  
Mrs. Reynolds was born December 24, 1925 in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Paskal Fields and the late Lennie McBroom Fields.    She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Granville United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Paskal Fields and Lennie McBroom Fields; her husband, Arnold Reynolds; and a brother, Dois Fields.  Her surviving relatives are: sons, Pat (Paula) Reynolds of Columbus, GA and Mike (Barbara) Reynolds of Farragut; 3 grandchildren, James (Kaki) Reynolds of Knoxville, John (Shannon) Reynolds of Columbus, GA, and David Reynolds of Ft. Worth, TX;  1 great grandchild, Emma Reynolds of Knoxville; 2 nieces, Kaye Loftis of Bloomington Springs and Lisa Apple of Gainesboro.  
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 1:00 pm at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Rev. Jackie Wheeler officiating.  Interment was in the Granville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Granville Museum or Granville United Methodist Church by contacting the funeral home.
Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  931-268-1550 or 931-858-7474.

Funeral services for Reba Lois Watson Clemons, 77, of Silver Point were Saturday, February 14 at 11 A.M. from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home with interment in Crest Lawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Clemons died Thursday morning, February 12, 2015, at her home due to complications from dementia.
She was born July 28, 1937 in the Wolf Creek community of DeKalb County (in what is now Edgar Evins State Park) to the late Leslie Grady and Mary Sallie Nixon Watson. Her family was later relocated due to the construction of the Center Hill Dam.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Randal “Randy” Clemons; brother, Jim Grady Watson; 3 sisters, Ruth Watson Wilson, Jewell Watson Price, and Carleen Watson Helm.
Lois loved to work outside and care for her yard and flowers, but she found purpose in caring for the ill. She loved her children and grandchildren and was at her best while caring for others, especially her son, Randy. She tirelessly sacrificed and saw to his daily needs for several years before he passed at the age of 13.
She enjoyed owning and operating the Corner Grocery in Silver Point for over 30 years. She formed many friendships with customers and employees. Employees became family, especially Jon Stafford, whom she loved like a son and became her caregiver during the worst part of her illness. Jon was a tremendous comfort to her during the last few months. Jon provided encouragement, conversation and care with great patience and genuine respect. His dependability was a blessing to the whole family.
Lois was also blessed to be cared for by Kay Jones and Tina Brown. Our family is very fortunate to have had their love, support and prayers during this time. None of them can ever be repaid for all they have done. Galatians 6:2-Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Clyde “Goad” Clemons (married September 21, 1957 in Ringgold, GA.); daughter, Judy Riggsbee; son David Clemons, all of Silver Point; 5 grandchildren, Tylr and Mason Clemons of Cookeville, Daniel and Nathan Riggsbee both of Cookeville, Julie Riggsbee of Silver Point; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Carlon and Dot Watson, Jim Watson, all of Baxter.
Active pallbearers were her 4 grandsons, along with Jon Stafford and Danny Riggsbee.
Bro. Tony Crow officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lois’ name where accounts have been set up to: Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Gift Processing, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727 or by phone 615-322-2979 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tribute Program P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or by phone 1-800-822-6344
Mrs. Clemons was preceded in death by her sister, Mrs. Carleen Watson Helm of the Lancaster community.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Clemons family. BASS  of Gordonsville

Funeral services for Donald Tucker, 58, of Silver Point were Thursday, February 19 at 1 P.M. from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home with interment in Palmer Cemetery.
Mr. Tucker died Monday, February 16, 2015 at his home.
He was born June 21, 1956 in Carthage to the late Bradley “Brad” and Ada Malone Tucker.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Tucker; brothers, Jimmy, Jerry, David, Danny and Ronnie Tucker.
He was a graduate of Upperman High School in Baxter. He was an avid tobacco farmer and logged with his brother, Ronnie, for 37 years.
He loved fishing and liked to go to Dollywood. He was a member of Silver Point Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Valissa Shively Tucker (married October 31, 1986 in Carthage); daughter, Tracy Tucker; son, Casey Tucker, all of Silver Point; special sister-in-law, Shelley Tucker, of Buffalo Valley; special friends, Willodean Scruggs and Mark Pedigo.
Active pallbearers were Mark Pedigo, Bobby Cowan, Brandon Tucker, Danny Tucker, Melvin Anderson and Luke Green. Bro. Tony Crow officiated.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Tucker family. BASS  of Gordonsville

William Hayden Evans
, age 83, of Clinton, author, journalist, banker, businessman and retired army officer, died February 22, 2015.
A native of DeKalb County, Hayden was born June 21, 1931 and was preceded in death by his parents, Hayden Holland “Buster” and Alta Mai Caplinger Evans of DeKalb County, and first wife, Margaret Alda “M.A.” Boyce Evans. He is survived by his  wife, Valeda Joyce James Evans; son, Boyce Hayden Evans and wife, Teresa, of Clinton; son, John Williams Evans of Clinton; daughter, Anne Margaret Evans Moyer and husband, Randolph, of Chesapeake, VA; grandsons, John Hayden Evans and wife, Kelli, William Evans and wife, Brittany, Randolph Moyer, Jr., and Jake Moyer; granddaughter, Margaret Anne “Maggie” Moyer; great granddaughter, Sarah Evans, great grandson, Hayden Daniel Evans; brother, Edgar Royce Evans and wife, JoAnn, of DeKalb County and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Hayden received the Master of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro and Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He also attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was a graduate of Gordonsville High School, Gordonsville; a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; a graduate of the Management School of Banking Marketing, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Tennessee School of Bank Trust, Vanderbilt University, Nashville. He taught history in the evening schools of the University of Maryland in Seoul, South Korea and the University of Kentucky at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Hayden retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, Armor Branch, after a 20 year active duty career. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster for combat action in 1968 with the cavalry squadron of the First Infantry Division (Big Red One).
Upon retirement from the Army, Hayden was employed as a trust officer by Union Peoples Bank (later First American Bank and currently Regions Bank) in Anderson County. He attained the position of Senior Vice President and upon retirement from First American was a Regional Manager.
After retiring from First American in 1989, Hayden co-founded Creative Writing Services and Publishing Company, which was sold in 1994. He then became director of communications for Temp Systems Inc., a temporary personnel staffing service. He was a columnist and correspondent for the Roane County News, a columnist for Senior Living Newspaper and a frequent contributor to the Middle Tennessee Times and the Carthage Courier newspapers, and insideandersoncounty.com, as well other publications. He was the author of Turning Ground a book about life in rural Middle Tennessee during the first half of the Twentieth Century.
A member of Memorial United Methodist Church of Clinton, Hayden served the church in many capacities including trustee, the administrative board and chairman of the staff/parish committee.
Hayden was a member of several civic and professional organizations in Knoxville, Anderson County and Roane County. He was chairman of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce twice and a member of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Roane County Chamber. He served as interim president of the Roane County Chamber during its search for a new president in 1981. He was co-founder and longtime board member of the Oak Ridge based Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church, 323 North Main Street, Clinton, Tennessee or to Tennessee Mountain Writers, Inc., P.O. Box 5435, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-5435.
Funeral service, along with military service, will be held at Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton on Saturday, February 28th at 1:00 PM. Family will receive friends from 11 til 1. Graveside service will follow at 4:00PM CST at Salem Cemetery in Liberty, DeKalb County.
Holley-Gamble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  
Mr. Evans is survived by wife; Valeda Joyce Thomas James Evans, formerly of Smith County. BASS  of Gordonsville
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