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Mr. William “Bill” Brode
, age 90, of Mt. Juliet died at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, May 12, 2015,  at the Alive Hospice in Nashville.
Memorial services were conducted Saturday afternoon, May 16th at 1 p.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon with Rev. Criag Goff officiating. 
Born William Edward Brode in McMinn County on December 17, 1924, he was one of two children of the late Edward John and Alene Crow Brode.
A sister, Carla Brode Hixon, preceded him in death.
Mr. Brode was the husband of the former Nancy Caplenor, a native of the Beasleys Bend community at Dixon Springs and the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Eunice Hackett Caplenor.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the European Theatre.
Mr. Brode received his PhD in Biology from the Mississippi Southern University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
He was retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation with thirty years of service.
Mr. Brode attended the Cook’s United Methodist Church.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of fifty four years, are four sons, Edward Brode, John Brode and wife, Cindy, Kirk Brode and David Brode and wife, Christina; four grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials to Alive Hospice or Cook’s United Methodist Church.

Bruce Hamilton Dunn, 79, St. Petersburg, FL (formerly of Talladega, AL and Carthage), passed away on 05/10/15 after a battle with cancer.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, William and Mayme Dunn, son, James L. Dunn, brother, John W. Dunn and sister, Edith Bartels.
Bruce is survived by the mother of his children and friend to the end, JoAnn W. Dunn of Bradenton, FL; son, Bruce F. Dunn of St. Petersburg, FL; daughter and son in law, Cindy and Paul Lyons of Flowery Branch, GA; granddaughter, Rachel Lyons (nicknamed Duly by her papa) and sister, Sue LaBlanc.
Bruce was given the nickname of “Dead Eye Dunn” when he played basketball in high school. He served in the military, worked with many charities and was a Mason with the Shriners. Bruce retired from the Corp of Engineers and headed south to pursue his love for sailing. Although when FEMA called, he wouldn’t pass a chance to go back out in the field. There was never a stranger he met nor a story he couldn’t tell.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015, in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. Burial followed in Ooltewah Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
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Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN, 37421.

Buddy Otis Bain, Jr., age 71, of Alexandria, passed away May 12, 2015, at UMC Hospital in Lebanon.
Buddy was born September 23, 1943, in Alexandria, the son of Buddy Bass Bain and Mattie Bell Dodd.  He worked for TVA Gallatin Steam Plant and was a member of Malone’s Chapel Baptist Church.  He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War, serving as an aviation mechanic and 1st Aviation Brigade.  He was a member of Alexandria Lodge #175 and the U. S. Army Otter Caribou Association.
Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 pm Friday, May 15, 2015, in the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Shaw officiating.  Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  
Mr. Bain is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Ann Fitts Bain, Alexandria; sons, Buddy Gordon Bain, Alexandria and Bobby Anthony (Shannon) Bain, Lebanon; brother, Don Bain (Monk), Alexandria; sisters, Frances Jordan, Gladeville, Anita Hayes, Mt. Juliet, Jean (Richard) Hackett, Gordonsville; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceeded in death by his parents and a brother, William Andy Bain.
Buddy loved many dogs over the years.  Many have passed.  The ones he leaves behind, Starr and Maxx, were always by his side, loyal and watching over him until the end.  
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or another program to help military veterans in his memory.
Anderson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ida Lee Scruggs West Gilliam
, age 90, of Nashville passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015. She was born May 23, 1924, in Stonewall to the late John Fite and Freda (McDonald) Scruggs. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Leo Gilliam, and sister, Erline James. 
Ida Lee loved traveling, reading, playing cards and sports of all kinds. She was a longtime member of Dalewood United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her sons, Gordon West (Debbie) and Darrell West (Debbie); step-daughter, Karen Gilliam Bramen (Howard); brother, Joe Scruggs of Carthage; sister-in-law, Marie West Estes (Morris); nieces and nephews, Peggy Lewis, Mary Sue LaCroix, Barry Scruggs, Tammy Scruggs White, Jimmy Scruggs, Patty Estes Winchester and Reid Estes; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
A celebration of life funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Dalewood United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Gordonsville Cemetery in Gordonsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dalewood United Methodist Church, 2300 Ridgecrest Dr. Nashville, TN 37216.
Arrangements entrusted to Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5110 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216. 615-865-1101. BASS  of Gordonsville

Mr. Charles L. McDonald, age 95, of Gordonsville, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Mr. McDonald was born April 23, 1920 in Gordonsville, the son of the late John Marion McDonald and Julia Lee Ashley. He was also preceded in death by five sisters, Betty Jean McDonald, Ruth Marion Gross, Katherine Beasley, Maxine Hancock, and Eleanor Williams; four brothers, Brice McDonald, Roy McDonald, Thurston McDonald, and Gail McDonald; and two half-sisters, Reba Agee and Mary Haywood. 
Mr. Charles married Elaine Carter on December 23, 1945. He served his country in World War II as a 1st Class Ship Fitter in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. Mr. Charles worked at American Marine and as a farmer and was a member of the Gordonsville United Methodist Church. 
Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elaine Carter McDonald of Gordonsville; son, Byron (Pamela) McDonald of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren, Nathan (Lauren) McDonald and Adam (Tonya) McDonald; four great-grandchildren, Rachel, Kate, Andy, and Marshall, and one sister, Evelyn Kelly of Lancaster.
Funeral services for Mr. McDonald were scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 2PM with Bro. Dickie Johnson officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery. BASS  of Gordonsville

Mrs. Martha Susan Mitchell
, age 54, of South Carthage, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Mrs. Mitchell was born June 8, 1960 in Michigan, the daughter of the late Charles E. Porter and Wilma Agee Porter. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Payne Porter and sister, Pamela Elizabeth Porter. Mrs. Mitchell married Harry Mitchell on June 28, 1994. She loved music, cooking, and gardening. 
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband, Harry W. Mitchell of South Carthage; two sisters, Betty (James) Perkins of Lebanon and Wilma (David) Palmer of Orlando, FL; brother, Vertner Porter of Lebanon; nieces, Cassie (Dan) Bruner of Lebanon, Mandy Perkins of Watertown, and Selene (Bob) Johnson of Jacksonville, FL; nephews, James Perkins (Moochie) of Lebanon and Scott (Pam) Watson of Clinton, South Carolina; also several great nieces and nephews and one great-great nephew also survive. 
Services for Mrs. Mitchell are scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 1PM at the home of her sister, Betty Perkins. 
Flowers may be sent to 1341 Hartsville Pike, Lebanon, TN. BASS  of Gordonsville

Mrs. Mary A. Eddy was a native of Lawrence County, a homemaker, and a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. 
The funeral service was held Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Liberty Grove Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with Jeff Putman officiating. Burial followed in Liberty Grove Cemetery. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles Eddy of Loretto; 3 daughters, Darlene Hayes of Muscle Shoals, AL, Tina Faye Green of Loretto, Lisa Daniels of Murfreesboro; 1 brother, Bob Newton of Bay Minette, AL; 3 sisters, Faye Cleveland of Five Points, Barbara (Kenny) Hughes of Lancaster, Carol Ridgeway of Murfreesboro; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.  
She was  preceded in death by her parents, Arther & Elsie Gray Newton; sister, Dorothy Burnett.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Eddy family.
BASS  of Gordonsville
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