Retired Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation General Manager and now President of the Board of Directors, Mr. Bob Woodard
, died Saturday morning, December 7, 2013 at the age of 77 after suffering a fall at his Stonewall Highway home in the Elmwood community.
Mr. Woodard was pronounced dead at 9:26 a.m. at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was transported Friday afternoon by ground ambulance following a call received at the E-911 Center from Mr. Woodard’s wife at 4:09 p.m. Mrs. Woodard had discovered Mr. Woodard unconscious at the foot of the basement steps upon arrival home from work at Forks River Elementary School.
Metropolitan-Nashville Davidson County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Deering ruled Mr. Woodard’s death an accident.
Services were conducted by Mr. Woodard’s minister, Edward L. Anderson, and Mr. Woodard’s dear friend, Jody Pritchett, at 11 a.m., Wednesday morning, December 11th from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Woodard family lot in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
One of four children of Harrison Haskel Woodard, who died December 26, 1998 at the age of 88, and Florence Etta Massey Woodard, who died October 4, 1997 at the age of 82, he was born Robert Doyle Woodard in the Corinth community in Brooks Bend in Jackson County on September 1, 1936.
An infant brother, Roger Dale Woodard, preceded him in death.
He was a 1955 graduate of Jackson County High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in June of 1977.
On September 30, 1978, he was united in marriage to McMinnville native Wanda Carol Fitts. They were married at the Central Church of Christ in McMinnville by then church minister, Ron Martin.
Mr. Woodard’s life included almost a lifetime of service to our electric cooperative where he began employment in March of 1963 and retired May 31, 2006.
During his tenure of service, he was the Plant Accounting Clerk, Director of Member Services, Director of Member/Staff Services, Assistant General Manager and General Manager.
After retiring, he ran for the position of Board of Directors and in November of 2006, he was seated on the board and continued to serve there until his death. Since September 8, 2007, he had served as President of the Upper Cumberland E. M. C. Board of Directors. He had won his most recent election this year.
At the time of his death, he was a member of the Smith County Library Board, Smith County Adult Education Advisory Council’s Board of Directors, and was a member of the Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Smith County Bank’s Advisory Board.
He was a former member of the Carthage Rotary Club having been a member for seventeen years and served two terms as the club’s President and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. Woodard was also a former member of the Smith County Board of Education having served in that capacity for ten years and one of those years as chairman.
Mr. Woodard was a member of the Carthage Church of Christ.
Mr. Woodard also proudly served our country with the United States Army and was honorably discharged on February 23, 1962 with the rank of Specialist Fourth Class. He served with the U. S. Army Counter Intelligence Corp, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion 7th Army, West Germany and had total overseas service of one year, eight months and twenty days.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Carol, of just over thirty five years are their two children, a daughter: Susan Woodard Marvin and husband, Eric, of Nashville; son: Robert Harrison Woodard, of Cookeville; sister: Joyce Burford and husband, Ancle, of Lafayette; brother: Richard Woodard and wife, Sharon Richardson Woodard, of Carthage; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Jess and Josephine Carrick Fitts, of McMinnville.
The Woodard family has requested memorials to either the Jackson-Smith County Youth Camp, Run4Don or Happy Haven Home for Children in Cookeville. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mrs. Virginia “Tillie” Eubanks
, of the Eastland Heights neighborhood in Carthage, died at 3:51 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, December 3, 2013 at the University Medical Center. She was 73.
Services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Saturday morning, December 7th with Bro. Dickie Johnson and Eld. Stephen Brooks officiating. Burial followed the 11:00 a.m. services in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Marine Virginia Smith in Carthage on December 8, 1939, she was the last surviving of three daughters of the late Thomas Luster “Tom L.” Smith, who died at the age of 74 on May 24, 1985, and Lillie D. Goolsby Smith, who died at the age of 66 on January 12, 1988.
Her sisters that preceded her in death were Stella Louise Smith, who died at birth, and Irene Smith Langford, who died at the age of 71 on August 18, 2009.
Mrs. Eubanks was also preceded in death by an infant son, Jonathan Brady Ash, who died at 12 days-old.
On May 12, 1984, she was united in marriage to Earl Eugene Eubanks. He would precede her in death on September 29, 1986 at the age of 59 after just over two years of marriage.
Mrs. Eubanks had worked at the former Village Market on Main Street in Carthage and at the Lux Time Division of Robertshaw Industries before spending over 20 years at Mueller Brass in Hartsville prior to her retirement.
Surviving are two nephews: Tommy Duke & wife, Barbara Maggart Duke, of Chestnut Mound, Jerry Langford & wife, Melaney, of Murfreesboro; a niece, Jenny Moss Byrd & husband, Carl, of Sykes. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mrs. Janice Allison
, age 63, a homemaker of the Defeated Creek community, was taken ill at her Pinewood Lane home on Thanksgiving evening after preparing a meal and spending the day with all her family.
She was transported to Riverview Regional Medical Center E. R. and then transferred to Hendersonville Community Hospital until Monday, December 8th when she was transferred to Centennial Medical Center where she died at 8:48 p.m. Friday evening, December 6, 2013 while undergoing heart bypass surgery. Mrs. Allison had had five by-passes in 2006.
Her services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, December 9th from the Hartsville Missionary Baptist Church. Bro. Mike Turnipseed, Eld. Stephen Brooks and Eld. Charles Allen Gentry officiated and burial followed in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.
Born Janice Kay Patterson in Lebanon on June 6, 1950, she was reared in the Friendship Hollow community and was one of two children and the only daughter of longtime building contractor Vester Wendell Patterson, who died March 19, 1992 at the age of 70, and the late Opal Christine Shepherd Patterson, who died March 15, 2009.
Her only sibling, Ronny Michael Patterson, perished in a fire on the family farm in the Friendship Hollow on July 30, 2011 at the age of 64.
At the Cornwells Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Defeated Creek on June 18, 1969, she was united in marriage by the late Eld. Walter Deweese to Plunketts Creek community native Barney C. Allison.
Mrs. Allison was saved at the age of 15 and in 1980 was baptized into the full fellowship of the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
In 1984 her husband, Eld. Barney Allison was called to pastor the Hartsville Missionary Baptist Church and in 1989 Mrs. Allison moved her membership by letter from Plunketts Creek to Hartsville where at the time of her illness and death she had been the church pianist for over twenty seven years.
Mrs. Allison was educated at the Defeated Creek Elementary School and was a 1968 graduate of Smith County High School.
Surviving in addition to her husband of forty four years are three children: Lorie Allison Kent and husband, Shorty, and their children: Jared, Tatum and Landyn Kent; Jeffery Allison and wife, Nikki, and their children, Briston, Cameron and Gracie Allison, Joseph Allison, all of Defeated Creek. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mr. Bill Martin
, age 72 of Gordonsville, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.
Bill was born on October 4, 1941 in Smith County to the late Ann Evelena Woodard and Robert Allen Martin.
He was also preceded in death by brother; Robert Martin. Bill worked as a truck driver and retired from K&K Trucking in 2008. He also worked for Challenger Freight and several other companies.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife: Lois Martin; two sons: Junior (Jackie) Martin, of Gordonsville, and Jerry (Beth) Martin, of Carthage, and three daughters: Stacey Wesselius, Heidi (Russ) Wesselius, and Renee Kennedy, all of Ontario, Canada; nine grandchildren: Paul Martin, Savana Martin, Justin (Autumn) Martin, Adam Martin, April (Jeremy) Martin Angel, Steven Wesselius, Tanner Kennedy, Avery Kennedy, and Carli Chirnside; great-granddaughter: Blakelyn Wright; six siblings: Dimple Vetitoe, of Mt. Juliet, Leroy (Geraldine) Martin, of Westmoreland, Mary Martin, of Carthage, Ray (Patricia) Martin, of Carthage, Raymond Martin, of Carthage, and Willie (Donnie) Lambert, of Gordonsville also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Martin were conducted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes with Bro. Jon Amspaugh officiating. Interment followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation with the Martin family was on Thursday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Friday after 10 a.m. until the service time at 1 p.m.
The Martin family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to assist with the funeral expenses. BASS of GORDONSVILLE