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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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Mrs. Martha Fitzpatrick
, widow of prominent Carthage attorney Solon Fitzpatrick, died at 4:19 p.m. Friday afternoon, March 20, 2015 at Woodcrest at The Blakeford in Green Hill. She had made her home at Burton Hills since 1997. She was 98.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Monday afternoon, March 23rd at 1 p.m. with Bro. Tim Frank officiating and musical presence was by Mike Pettross. Burial followed in the Fitzpatrick family lot at Ridgewood Cemetery.
One of two daughters of the late Flem Hall and Bertha Jewel Hall Smartt Courtney, she was born Martha Louise Hall in Brush Creek on August 11, 1916.
She was preceded in death by her only sister, Flemma Winningham, a retired Smith and Putnam County educator who died at the age of 88 on June 29, 2007.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a 1935 graduate of Gordonsville High School and received her Bachelors in Nutrition from the former Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville.
On January 6, 1944 in Brush Creek at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Fitzpatrick was united in marriage to Chestnut Mound native Solon Fitzpatrick who practiced law on Main Street in Carthage for over sixty five years. Mr. Fitzpatrick was also a former director of Citizens Bank in Carthage, a former State Representative and former State Senator. Mr. Fitzpatrick preceded Mrs. Martha in death on April 18, 2002 at the age of 97.
Before retiring and moving to Nashville on June 30, 1997 the Fitzpatrick family made their home on Main Street in Carthage where the Poindexter family now live.
In her earlier years Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a dietician at Tennessee Tech, taught school and was an early social worker.
While living in Carthage her family was active in the Carthage First Baptist Church and after she and Mr. Fitzpatrick relocated to Nashville they moved their membership to Woodmont Baptist Church.
She was an avid gardener, a longtime member of the former Carthage Garden Club, loved all kinds of flowers, active in the G.A.’s and Ladies Missionary Society at First Baptist Church.
Surviving is her daughter Mary Betty Fitzpatrick Masters and husband Jack of Nashville; two grandsons, Courtney Masters (Leigh) of Hendersonville, Matthew Masters (Natalie) of Nashville; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Will and Olivia Masters, Zoe Johnson; nephew, Richard Winningham and wife Carol White Winningham of Winchester; caregivers, Joyce Kittrell and Karen Manning. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Mary Frances Mofield, age 80, of South Carthage, was pronounced dead at 2:16 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015, at the Riverview Regional Medical Center E. R. She had become gravely ill moments earlier at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had made her home since February 10th.
Bro. Jimmy Gregory and Eld. James “Pee Wee” Massey officiated at the 11 a.m. Friday morning, March 20th, funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial was beside her first husband and the father of her daughter, Paul Bennett, at the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.
One of eleven children, she was born Mary Frances Napier in the Rome community on June 1, 1934 and was one of four daughters of the late Johnny Weaver Napier Sr. and Martha Waddell Napier.
Nine siblings preceded her in death, twins, Ethel Napier Flemming and Bethel Napier, Martha Pearl Napier Bush, Paul and Arlis Napier, Albert and Elmer Napier, Dewey and Johnny Weaver Napier Jr.
She was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her daughter, Paul Estil Bennett, who died January 11, 1980 at the age of 48.
Mrs. Mofield was retired from Robertshaw Controls with twenty five years of service. Her career spanned from 1968 until retirement in 1993.
She was a member of the Rome Baptist Church.
Surviving is her daughter, Tammy Maggart and husband, Ronnie, of Watervale; granddaughter, Amanda Maggart of Murfreesboro; sister, Peggy Lewis of South Carthage. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Jeffrey Rich of Fayetteville and a Pleasant Shade community native died Thursday evening, March 19th while on vacation with his family in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mr. Rich was being treated for colon cancer.
Mr. Rich was to arrive at the Nashville International Airport at 10:54 p.m. Monday evening from Melbourne, Florida.
His wife Ashley Rich and their daughter Martha Chole Rich and Jeffrey’s parents were to make arrangements at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon, March 24th at 1 p.m.
Complete arrangements will be published in next week’s edition of the “Courier”. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Graveside services and interment for Larry Dean Medley, 54 of Silver Point, will be Wednesday, March 25 at 2 PM at Smellage Memory Gardens in the Boma community of Putnam County.
Mr. Medley died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Bethesda Health Care Center in Cookeville.
He was born July 15, 1960, in Cookeville to the late Jimmy and Lois Kinniard Medley.
He was a 1978 graduate of Upperman High School in Baxter. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Masters Degree in Education.
He taught in the past at Union Heights and Forks River schools in Smith County and in Putnam County at Monterey and the former Cookeville Junior High School. He also served as head basketball coach at Union Heights and Monterey.
He was currently serving in the Distribution Warehouse at Amazon in Lebanon.
Survivors include daughters, Chelsey Medley and Christy Medley, brother and sister-in-law Ladell and Karen Medley all of Cookeville, mother of his children Lisa Medley, niece Jenna Medley, nephew Justin Medley, a host of cousins, and special friend Marie Roberts.
Rev. Earl Dirkson will officiate.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Visitation will be at the cemetery following services.
Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (931) 858-2134. You may share your thoughts and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com BASS  of Gordonsville
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