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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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On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, James Thomas Soard (“Jim”, “Tom”) passed away peacefully at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. He was born October 10, 1944, in Cincinnati, OH, the 8th of 10 children of Elbert and Elizabeth Soard. He was a generous and loving husband, father, and brother. On July 28, 1985, in Lake Tahoe, NV, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Mulrenin. He worked at Georgia-Pacific in Kalamazoo, MI for 20 years before he and Kathy moved to Tennessee. He then worked at Rock-Tenn, left there to work as a landscaper, then worked at Smith County Co-Op until he retired in December of 2014. He was an active member of Macedonia The Baptist Church of Christ, and made a difference in many people’s lives and was loved by all who knew him. 
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathy; daughter, Chris Pinkerman (William Brown) of Savannah, GA; son, Tim of Friendship, OH; grandchildren, Victoria and Andrew Pinkerman, and Elizabeth and Maci Kay Soard; his canine kids, Stucky, Sandi, Stacie, Heckle and Betty; his feline buddy, O’Baama; two sisters and many nieces and nephews.
As Tom requested, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be made to the Smith County Humane, P. O. Box 74, Carthage, TN 37030.

Mrs. Jean Gibbs White, age 87, of South Carthage, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.
Mrs. White was born August 21, 1927 in Stonewall the daughter of the late Bill Gibbs and Carrie Lee Winfree. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Buford Gibbs, Doyle Gibbs, and Wilson Gibbs; and two sisters, Mildred Durham and Lucille Overstreet. Mrs. White married Ed White on November 16, 1957. She was a member of the Carthage Church of the Nazarene.
Mrs. White is survived by her husband, Ed White of South Carthage; daughter and son-in-law, Betty (Chris) Finchum of Rome; granddaughter, Carrie (Adam) Wright of Grant; two great-grandsons, Cooper Wright and Colton Wright; one brother, Billy Charles Gibbs of Pea Ridge.  
Funeral services for Mrs. White were scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2PM with Bro. Jon Amspaugh officiating. Interment followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the White family requests memorials in Mrs. Jean’s memory be made to St. Jude or to the Carthage Church of the Nazarene. BASS  of Gordonsville

Judy Nixon Stallings, 76, of Louisville passed away Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Jackson, Kentucky surrounded by her family.
She married Arnold Moore Stallings on October 7, 1958 and he preceded her in death after 52 years of marriage. She was also preceded by her father, William Russell Nixon and mother, Rebecca Nixon and mother and father-in-law, Mitchell Moore and Glenice Wooten Stallings. 
Judy is survived by her daughters, Karen Ditsch (David), Rebecca Tucker (Dennis); four grandchildren, Lauren Ditsch, Leah Sebastian (Jordan), Mitch Tucker (Emily Winn) and Sam Tucker; brother, William R. “Nick” Nixon Jr. (Susan).
Her funeral service was 1:00PM, Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, at Ratterman Funeral Home 12900 Shelbyville Rd. East Louisville, KY 40243 with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Hurstbourne Baptist Church in Judy’s honor.
Mrs. Stallings, is survived locally by sister-in-law, Sue Stallings and Marie Agee; brother-in-law, Charles Stallings.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Stallings family.  BASS  of Gordonsville

Dr. Thayer Wilson Beach, age 90, of Clarksville, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 at her residence. 
Thayer was born May 2, 1924 in Gordonsville to the late Dr. Thayer Wilson and Louise Johnston Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Judge William O. Beach and granddaughter, Kathleen Thayer Beach. 
Dr. Beach was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and taught literature at Austin Peay State University from 1968-1991. 
Funeral service were held Tuesday, April 28, at 10:00 AM, at Trinity Episcopal Church, with The Rev. Elizabeth Geitz and The Rev. Dorothy Hartzog officiating. Private burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.  
Thayer is survived by her son, Charles S. (Lee Ellen) Beach of Clarksville; daughter, Louisa B. (Ed) Cooke of Cumberland Furnace; and two grandchildren, Dale Tanner Beach and Wilson Cooke. 
Family and friends served as pallbearers. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Judge William O. and Dr. Thayer Beach Endowed Scholarship, c/o Austin Peay State University, University Advancement, P.O. Box 4417, Clarksville, TN 37044. 
Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 645-6488. Online condolences may be made at www.neal-tarpley.com.
Dr. Beach attended GHS for two years before graduating from Ward Belmont.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Beach family.  BASS  of Gordonsville

Mrs. Geraldine Wills Dorris, age 91, of Old Hickory, and formerly of the Sykes community, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the The Gardens in Mt. Juliet.
Mrs. Dorris was born February 29, 1924, in Sykes, the daughter of the late Charles Andrew Wills and Cornelia Lee Wright. She married Stephen Marshall Dorris on July 22, 1944 and he preceded her in death on April 29, 1991. Mrs. Dorris was also preceded by six brothers and sisters; Julian Wills, James Wills, Ivy C. Wills, Lofton Wills, Paul Ed Wills, and Mary Lena Gibbs. She was a member of the Madison Church of Christ.   
Mrs. Dorris is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Byron) McDonald of Mt. Juliet; and son, Michael (Belinda) Dorris of Mt. Juliet; five grandchildren, Nathan (Lauren) McDonald, Adam (Tonya) McDonald, Michelle (Matt) Bruce, Nicole Dorris, and Justin (Alison) Dorris; five great-grandchildren also survive.  
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorris were scheduled to be conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2PM with Bro. Charlie Wills officiating. Interment followed in the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. BASS  of Gordonsville

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