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Mrs. Donna Hays
, age 64, a homemaker of the Pea Ridge community, was pronounced dead at 10:28 p.m. Saturday evening, May 21, 2016, at the Riverview Regional Medical Center E.R. following a battle with cancer.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted by Edward L. Anderson at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, May 24th. Burial followed in the Garden of Peace at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Donna Karen Eidson in Nashville on September 14, 1951, she was one of two daughters of the late Clarence Elmer Eidson and Martha Fern Jared Eidson.
After the early death of her parents she and her sister, the late Sandra Faye Eidson Rutherford, who died at the age of 63 on August 2, 2013, were raised by their aunt, the late Mary Elizabeth Jared Owen, who died at the age of 78 on October 15, 2005.
On April 7, 2007 she was united in marriage to Charles (Charlie) Hays at his Danny Lane home by Eld. Jerry Driver.
Mrs. Hays’ only child, Chrysan Flatt Slagle, died from a brain aneurysm on August 22, 2015 at the age of 41.
Mrs. Hays retired from Eagle Security in 2007 where she provided security at both the former Pasminco Zinc Co. in Gordonsville and the Ross Gear Division of T.R.W. in Lebanon.
She also was a former home health nurse for the former Carthage General Hospital.
In her youth she was a longtime attendee of the Carthage Church of Christ.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of just over nine years, are four step-sons, Mark Schoolfield and wife, Christy, of the Defeated Creek community, Chuck Hays and wife, Jinna, of Smithville, Dan Hays of Murfreesboro, Ryan Hays and wife, Brandi, of Brush Creek; seven grandchildren, Jaqueline Slagle and daughter, Sarriyah, of Lebanon, Avery Ann Schoolfield, Heather, Patric, Alexis, J. B. and Charlie Hays; special niece, Judy Mathews Markham, and several nephews.

Melessa W. Puchalla, 53, of Chesapeake passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
Born in Macon, GA she was the daughter of Paul Wade and the late Lolita Hancock. She was a loving mother and wife who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. A devoted mother, she found the greatest joy in raising and supporting her children and enjoying their life’s successes.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, Stephen Puchalla; two children, Sarah and Paul; father, Paul Wade; sister, Valencia Burkhart; brother, Kevin Wade. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016 at Saint Stephen, Martyr Roman Catholic Church, 1544 S. Battlefield Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23322. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Friends are invited to share memories and sign the online guestbook at
Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Rd. Chesapeake, VA in charge of arrangements

Grace Roberson was born October 7, 1915 to Landy and Nancy Shoemake in Carthage, the second youngest of 7 children. Grace married Grady Roberson of Meridian, Mississippi on February 25th, 1944. They met during World War II while Grady was in Tennessee on Army maneuver’s in the area. The story goes that Grace spotted this handsome Army man and offered him fresh water from the spring. This union resulted in a family of 5 children, 2 daughters and 3 sons, Bee David, Patricia, Nancy, Billy and Timothy.
Grace is survived by the following: daughter-in-law, Ginny Roberson of Winston, OR, wife of Bee David (who passed away in 2004), daughters, Patricia Slater of Arlington, WA and Nancy Gentry of Anacortes, WA; sons, Billy Roberson of Arlington, WA and Timothy Roberson of Mount Vernon, WA.
Grace is the grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 19.
Grace and Grady moved to Winston, Oregon in summer 1960. During her years in Winston, she attended the Dillard Church of God. Grace moved to Mount Vernon, WA in the spring of 2001 after the passing of her husband, Grady, to be near her children.
Grace resided at ‘Where The Heart Is’ assisted living residence in Burlington, WA for the last 5 years of her life, where she was cared for by a caring staff who made her days special. Grace was known for her great faith and was eager to share it. She loved her children and the grands brightened her day. Grace could tell you a story and keep you entertained. During her active years there was always food to eat and flowers to enjoy when you came to her home. In October of 2015, family and friends gathered to celebrate Grace’s 100th birthday.  She enjoyed the special celebration and attention that came from reaching this milestone.
Graveside service at Roseburg Memorial Gardens, Roseburg, OR were Saturday the 21st at 11 am.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Roberson Family. BASS  of CARTHAGE

Hazel Louise Overstreet, age 83, of Gallatin passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016. Funeral service was Thursday, May 19th at 12:00 noon from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Bro. Stacy Durham officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Raymond Overstreet, Brian Hunter, Heath Reynolds, Brad Browning, Carroll Overstreet, and David Howard serving as pallbearers. Ernest Glasgow served as honorary pallbearer. 
Mrs. Overstreet was born February 24, 1933 in Huntsville, AL to the late Thurman Hayes Glasgow and Bessie Payne Glasgow. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Edwin Overstreet; brothers, Cecil Glasgow and Thurman Glasgow; sisters, Elsie Cobb, Elizabeth McCoy, Helen Perry, and Ruth Thomas. She is survived by son, Raymond Overstreet (Jen) of Portland; and granddaughters, Lauren Overstreet, Ashley Overstreet, Abigail Overstreet, and Lyla Beth Overstreet. 
Mrs. Overstreet owned and operated Funland Daycare in Donelson for 38 years.
 Online condolences may be submitted at  Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. BASS  of CARTHAGE

Mr. Stevie Andrew Gentry Sr., age 66, of Brush Creek passed away Monday, May 16, 2016. 
Mr. Gentry was born Nov. 4, 1949 a son of the late Ernest L. and Frances Aloda Gwaltney Gentry . He was also preceded in death by a sister, Freda Frances Gentry. Mr. Gentry graduated from Gordonsville High School in 1970 & was retired from Bonnell Mfg. Mr. Gentry was a member of the Brush Creek United Methodist Church. 
Mr. Gentry is survived by his children, Drew (Kristy) Gentry of Gordonsville & Anna Gentry of Brush Creek; grandchildren, Presli Marie Gentry, Preston Andrew Gentry & Bristol Louise Gentry; brother, Jimmy (Brenda) Gentry of Lancaster & a sister, Juanita (Billy) Barrett of Dowelltown. 
Funeral services for Mr. Gentry were conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 1PM with Bro. Dickie Johnson officiating. Burial followed at Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Sykes. 
In lieu of flowers donations can be given to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.  BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mrs. Mable C. Taylor Kyle, age 91, of Nashville, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016.
Mrs. Kyle was born in New Middleton, the daughter of the late Roy Taylor and Julia Hunter Taylor. She married Hall T. Kyle.
Mrs. Kyle’s remains rest at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. For completed funeral arrangements call our obituary lines at 615-683-8200 or 615-735-2500, our offices at 615-683-8212 or 615-735-1212, check online at, or in next week’s edition of the Carthage Courier. BASS  of GORDSONVILLE

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