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Mrs. Odie Mai Green
, age 88 of the Nickajack community at Pleasant Shade, died at 5:35 a.m., Saturday morning, August 23, 2014 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville from injuries received in a fall at her Nickajack Road home Tuesday afternoon, August 19th.
Her longtime pastor, Eld. James Thomas Gibbs, and her former pastor, Eld. Michael Horton, officiated at the 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, August 27th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Dixon Springs Cemetery with Eld. Charles Allen Gentry officiating.
Born Odie Mai Taylor on Sept. 26, 1925 in the Nickajack community, she was the youngest child of two children of the late Willie Evans Taylor, who died at the age of 76 on February 13, 1971, and Bevie Mai Thomas Taylor, who died at the age of 83 on October 21, 1982.
She was preceded in death by her only sibling, Clarence Benton “Buddy” Taylor, who died January 9, 2009 also at the age of 88.
Her husband of almost sixty-two years, Difficult community native James Roy Green, preceded her in death on September 6, 2003 at the age of 83. They were united in marriage on December 31, 1941 in Trenton, Georgia. The two met at the Macon County Courthouse at a singing convention on Sunday evening, May 22, 1939.
Mrs. Green was saved at the age of 9 on Monday, August 22, 1936 and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member.
Mrs. Green attended Smith County High School and at the age of nineteen began as a bookkeeper for the former Smith County Tobacco Warehouse, a career that spanned over forty years until her retirement in 1982.
In 1990, she began employment as a bookkeeper for the Smith County Commission Co. where she was employed until her final retirement in 2008.
Surviving are her two children: Beverly Goad and husband, Mike, of the Russell Hill community, Bill Green and wife, Sherrie, of the Nickajack community; two grandchildren: Devin Goad and wife, Kim, and their son, Grayson, of Russell Hill, Kim Rich and her husband, Jason, and their four children, Faith, Joshua, Jaily, Jailynne, all of Nickajack.
The Green family requests memorials to the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Retired United States Air Force Lt. Colonel Robert E. “Bob” Johnson, of Tanglewood and a Lancaster community resident for eighteen years, died at 9:25 p.m., Sunday evening, August 17, 2014 at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Smith County.  He was 81.
Services were conducted from the Cornerstone Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 with his pastor, Bro. Ron Ralph, officiating.  Interment with full Military Honors by the United States Air Force Honor Guard followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Robert Earl Johnson in Haughton, LA on November 6, 1932, he was one of three children of the late Avant Johnson and Ernestine McKemie Johnson.  His brother, Roland Keith Johnson, and his sister, Janice Ellen Melancon, preceded him in death.
On December 21, 1952 in Lockport, LA, he was united in marriage to the former Beverly Jane Champagne, who survives.
Lt. Col. Johnson was a graduate of the Golden Meadows High School in Golden Meadow, LA.  He received his Bachelors degree from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he was a member of the ROTC, and his Masters degree from Troy State University.
On April 27, 1955, he entered into the service of the United States Air Force with the rank of Second Lieutenant.  He would go on to achieve the ranks of First Lieutenant, Captain, Major, and Lieutenant Colonel before his retirement on July 31, 1978.  During his career, he would serve tours of duty in Vietnam, serve on the faculty of the Air War College, and become Deputy Base Commander at Thule Air Base, Greenland.  He also served in Japan and attended Vietnamese language school.  While in Taiwan, he was an advisor to the Chinese Air Force.
Commendations and awards he received included the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint Service Commendation Medals (one Army and one Navy), three Air Force Commendation Medals (one for saving a life), the Expeditionary Forces Medal, and the Air Force Excellence in Competition Badge.
Lt. Col. Johnson was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church and served as its treasurer for 20 years.  He was a member of the Rotary Club and the Toastmasters Club.
Surviving in addition to his wife of over 61 years are his three daughters: Kathleen Ann Warren & husband, Rick, of Nashville, Jennifer Lynn Byrnes, of Carthage, Glenda Jane Young & husband, Darrell, of McEwen; 17 grandchildren: Laura, Elizabeth, Anne, Sarah, Lydia, Richard, Caroline, Patrick, Joshua, Joseph, Peter, James, Paul, Hannah, Chantelle, Jasmine, and Lauren; 6 great-grandchildren.
Memorials were requested to the Cornerstone Baptist Missionary Fund. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Jess Whitley (J.W.) Taylor, age 98, passed away on August 17, 2014.  
He was born on July 1, 1916 in Brush Creek.
 He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of McMinnville, a past member of the Rotary Noon Club, Gideons, American Legion, and McMinnville Housing Authority Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess Whitley Taylor and Ada Frye Taylor, three brothers and four sisters, and grandson-in-law, Joseph Lyle.
He is survived by his wife of 76 years: Helen Turner Taylor; daughter: Susan Miller (Michael); sons: David Turner Taylor (Ann) and James Whitley Taylor (Phyl); grandchildren: Jay (Tiffany), Christopher (Tracy), Timothy (Veronique), Shea, and Lea Taylor, Amy Childress (Jason), Terri Biles (Steve) and twelve great grandchildren: Benjamin, Abigail, Nicole, Wyatt, Sarah, Austin, Hudson, Harrison, John Thomas, and Emilie Taylor, Taylor Lyle, and Aiden Childress.
Services were conducted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12 noon at High’s Funeral Home in McMinnville with Pastor James Johnson and Pastor Jay Taylor officiating.
Visitation was at High’s Funeral Home in McMinnville on Tuesday, August 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday 11:00 to 12:00 with services immediately following.
Graveside services and interment were at the Brush Creek Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of McMinnville Debt Retirement Fund or to the Gideons.
BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mrs. Sarah Bullington Clark, age 36 of Alexandria, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Sarah was born June 17, 1978 in Nashville, the daughter of James and Connie Mauzy Bullington.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Ellen Stevens; paternal grandfather, Walter Russell Bullington, and maternal grandmother, Jean Mauzy.
She was a 1996 graduate of Gordonsville High School and later received her Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from University of Tennessee at Memphis.
She worked as a Dental Hygienist for the office of Cliff Duke, D.D.S. for the past 13 years.
She married Thomas Ray Clark on October 21, 2006.
Sarah was a member of the Lighthouse Community Church in the Grant community, where she served in many capacities.
She was a life-long cheerleader, having cheered from age 6 through  her collegiate years, and continued cheering people on in life even in recent years. She had a deep sense of pride for Gordonsville High School and was the biggest cheerleader for the Tigers.
Mrs. Clark is survived by her husband: Tommy Clark, of Alexandria; mother: Connie Bullington, of Gordonsville, father: Jim Bullington, of Hickman; two brothers: Jonas (Ginger) Bullington, of Gordonsville, and Erik (Krista) Bullington, of Lebanon; maternal grandfather: Keith Mauzy, of Markleville, IN. She is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Clark were conducted Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Bro. Doug Dillard officiated and Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Visitation with the Clark family was held on Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at 2 p.m.
The Clark family request that donations in Sarah’s memory be made to the charity of your choice.
BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mrs. Annette “Annie” Manning Bass, age 52 of Lancaster, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 at her home.
Mrs. Bass was born October 19, 1961 in Lebanon, the daughter of Jimmy Nell Nixon Manning and the Late Fred Wilson Manning.
She was also preceded in death by grandparents; James H. and Eufaula Heflin Nixon, Doyle and Grace Wilson Manning, and great aunt; Ms. Robbie Heflin.
Annie was a 1980 graduate of GHS.
She married Danny Bass on March 28, 1981. Annie worked at Citizens Bank for over thirty years and was a member at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Fellowship in the Gentry community.
Mrs. Bass is survived by her husband: Danny Bass, of Lancaster; children: Megan Bass, of Nashville, and Kurt and Christina Bass, of Lancaster; mother: Nell Nixon Manning, of Lancaster; brother and sister-in-law: Terry and Lesa Manning, of Bowlings Branch; mother-in-law; Oleda Gwaltney Bass Hill, of Gordonsville.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bass were held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home with Glenda Cowan and Bro. Bill Cowan officiating. Graveside services and interment were private.
Visitation with the Bass family was at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday after 10 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m.
The Bass family requests that in lieu of flowers and food, memorials in Annie’s memory be made to the Vanderbilt Ovarian Cancer Research or to the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Livestream.  BASS  of GORDONSVILLE
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