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Mrs. Bertha Thompson, a homemaker of Pleasant Shade, died at the age of 89 at 10:20 p.m., Thursday evening, October 16, 2014 at her Austin Hollow Road home following a period of failing health.
Under the tender care of Highpoint Hospice, she was pronounced dead at 11:58 p.m.
Sunday afternoon, October 19th funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with her longtime former pastor, Eld. Charles Jones, officiating. Burial followed in the Thompson Family Cemetery in the Happy Hollow at Pleasant Shade.
The eldest of fourteen children, she was born Bertha Lilly Sircy on Sircy Ridge at Russell Hill on March 25, 1925 and was the sixth child to die of the late Henry Sircy, who died January 19, 1976 at the age of 75, and Mary Lilly Morman Sircy, who died October 1, 1987 at the age of 76.
She was preceded in death by five siblings: Bessie Sircy Enoch, Mary Sircy Richardson, Julie May Sircy, Carl Sircy and George Sircy.
Her former husband and the father of their children, William Harley Thompson, died at the age of 73 on February 14, 1994.
They were preceded in death by a son, William Ernest Sircy, who died at the age of 34 on April 14, 1977.
Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Pleasant Shade Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her three daughters: Ruby Thomas, of Lafayette, Lynda Thompson, of Pleasant Shade, Carolyn Low, of Franklin, Kentucky; her two sons: L. B. Thompson and wife, Myra, of Pleasant Shade, Larry Thompson and wife, Lisa, of Russell Hill; five sisters: Eller Sircy, Jean Gibbs and husband, Pete, all of Russell Hill, Janie Croslin and husband, Glenn, of Lebanon, Geraldine Likens and husband, Billy Joe, of the McClures Bend community, Mamie Kittrell, of the Cartwright community; three brothers: Johnny Sircy, of Lafayette, Ray Sircy and wife, Anita, of Rawls Creek, Herbert Sircy and wife, Carolyn, of Russell Hill; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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Mrs. Pearl Fisher, of Carthage, was pronounced dead at 2:12 p.m., Saturday afternoon, October 18, 2014 at the Riverview Regional E. R. in Carthage where she was admitted at 1:45 p.m. after suffering an apparent heart attack while returning from grocery shopping. She was 91.
Mrs. Fisher is at the Carthage Chapel where her son, John Fisher Jr., and his wife, Myra, were to make arrangements at 1 p.m., Monday, October 20th.
Mrs. Fisher was longtime owner and operator of the former City Café which was first located on Main Street in the building now occupied by Verizon and then relocated to Dixon Springs Highway in the building now occupied by Movie Time.
Complete arrangements will be published in next week’s edition of the “Courier”.

Mr. Kenneth Ponder, age 68, of Lebanon, died at 10:34 a.m., Thursday morning, October 16, 2014 at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville where he was admitted October 13th being treated for cancer.
Funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon, October 19th with Bro. Lee Neal officiating. Burial followed the 1 p.m. services in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born William Kenneth Ponder on November 7, 1945 in Smithville in DeKalb County, he was the son of William Charlie Ponder, who died in June of 1955, and Virginia Lucille Overstreet Ponder, who died at the age of 74 on June 7, 1991.
Mr. Ponder retired in 2007 as a supervisor from the G. F. Furniture Manufacturing plant in Gallatin.
He was a non-denominational Christian.
Surviving are two daughters: Angela Ponder Barker and husband, Dewayne, of Riddleton, Terri Ponder, also of Riddleton; the mother of their children: Bradley County native the former Barbara Jean Davis, of Riddleton; sister: Margaret Neal and husband, Paul, of Lebanon; four brothers: Charles Ponder, of Columbia, Wendell Ponder and wife, Carol, of Watertown, Dennis Ponder and wife, Carolyn, of Lafayette, Wayne Ponder, of Lebanon; four grandchildren: Jacob Miller, Joseph Prince, Brodie Westphal and Jordan Gutierrez.

Alma Lois Roberts Holmes, age 66, passed away on October 14, 2014.  She was born February 13, 1948 in Jackson County, to Arthur and Jesse Mae Vinson Roberts.  
Mrs. Holmes is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 42½ years, W.J. Holmes, several nieces and nephews, a host of friends, and her church family.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Jesse Roberts, sister, Joyce Way, and brother, Jackie Roberts.
Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Gene Burgess and Jonathan Sutton, were conducted at the Mt. Pleasant Country Church of God, Bloomington Springs at 2 p.m.  Thursday, October 16, 2014.    Interment was in Curry’s Chapel Cemetery, following the service.  
Pallbearers were Sean Way, Cody Way, Kyle Keith, Bobby Sutton, Dustin Roberts, and Alyson Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Mt. Pleasant Country Church of God Youth Fund (c/o Bobby Sutton, Treasurer 158 Dyer Branch Rd, Gordonsville TN 38563).
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393. Obits 615.758.8818.

Mr. Jack Medley Woodard, age 70, of Dixon Springs,  passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.
Jack was born September 6, 1944 in Buffalo Valley, the son of the late Sylvester Buck Woodard and Gracie Medley.
He was preceded in death by his son, Roger Medley Woodard; mother, Gracie Medley Woodard; father, Sylvester Buck Woodard; nephew, Jerry Bennett and niece, Linda Gail Bow.
He worked as a mechanic for several years.
Mr. Woodard is survived by his daughter: Laura Woodard Halliburton, of Lebanon; granddaughter: Nakkia (Jim) Manns, of Bon Aqua; companion: Carolyn Harville, of Dixon Springs; sister: Bobbie J. Bennett; niece: Tammy Bennett and nephew: Billy R. Bennett. He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Woodard were conducted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Bro. Ray Swicegood officiated and Interment followed in the Rock Springs Cemetery.
Visitation with the Woodard family was held at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to  8 p.m. and on Thursday after 10 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. BASS  of Carthage

Mrs. Elizabeth Parker Williams, age 99, of Lebanon, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at her home.
Mrs. Williams was born September 19, 1915, in Hickman, the daughter of the late Robert Taylor Parker and Anne Myrtle Morris Parker.
She married Charlie Williams on May 7, 1933 and he preceded her in death on January 30, 1974.
She was also preceded in death by brother, Lewis Parker and sister, Jenny Rowland.  
Mrs. Williams is survived by a daughter: Frances (Jimmy Howard) Maynard, of Lebanon; two grandchildren: Kenny (Pam) Maynard, of Lebanon, and Charlene (Tom) Derrickson, of Lebanon; two great-grandchildren: Logan (Kaila) Maynard and Lilly Derrickson.
Funeral services for Mrs. Williams were conducted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes with Bro. Gary Breshears officiating. Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Visitation with the Williams family was on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and again on Monday from 12 Noon until the service time at 2 p.m.  BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mr. Ralph Montgomery, age 85, of Alexandria,  passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville.
Ralph was born November 7, 1928 in Buffalo Valley, the son of the late Haskell and Gladys Maxwell Montgomery.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters: Ruth Daniels and Ruby Mantick.
Mr. Montgomery served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1955 and worked at Genesco for 35 years until his retirement.
Mr. Montgomery is survived by two sons: Kevin (Karen) Montgomery, of Antioch, and Kenneth Montgomery, of Clinton; five grandchildren: Chris Montgomery, Shawn Montgomery, Trey Montgomery, Lance Montgomery and Jessica Sullivan; sister: Mary Crook, of Liberty; three brothers: Jerry (Alma) Montgomery, of Dowelltown,  Carl (Lois) Montgomery, of Temperance Hall, and Larry (Jenny) Montgomery, of Liberty.
Funeral services for Mr. Montgomery were conducted 1 p.m., Thursday, October 16, at Avant Funeral Home. Bro. Wilson Williams officiated and Interment followed in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation with the Montgomery family was held at Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursday after 10 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m.
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