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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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Lifelong Pleasant Shade community homemaker Mrs. Mildred Evitts died at 8:20 p.m., Wednesday evening, November 12, 2014 at the age of 87 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage where she was admitted November 10th.
Eld. Junior Dickerson and her longtime former pastor, Eld. James Thomas Gibbs, officiated at the 1 p.m., Saturday afternoon, November 15th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Pleasant Shade Cemetery.
The only child of the late William Carsie Gregory and Emma Sue Beal Gregory, who died at the age of 72 on July 13, 1967, she was born Mildred Inez Gregory in Pleasant Shade on January 1, 1927.
On January 19, 1951 in Hartsville, she was united in marriage to Pleasant Shade native Bobby Gene Evitts.
They were preceded in death by three children: Pamela Jane Evitts, who was born December 9, 1959 and died June 1, 1960 at the age of almost 6 months, Jimmy Shoulders, who died at the age of 43 on October 13, 1988, Billy Gene “Bill” Evitts, who died January 30, 1994 at the age of 38.
Mr. and Mrs. Evitts were also preceded in death by three grandchildren: Karen Renea Spivey, who died at the age of 17 on December 8, 1987, Terry Spivey, who died at the age of 34 on January 2, 2000, and Jamison Taylor “Jamie” Evitts, who died at the age of 16 on November 29, 2002. Karen died of a childhood disease and Terry and Jamie died as the result of automobile accidents.
Mrs. Evitts was a member of the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church and was saved at an early age.
After attending elementary school at Pleasant Shade, she received her General Education Degree.
She was also a longtime caregiver for many elderly families and was an active member of the Pleasant Shade Home Demonstration Club as long as health permitted.
Surviving in addition to her husband of almost sixty four years are four children: Judy Spivey and husband, Troy, of Pleasant Shade, Steve Evitts and wife, Kay Denton Evitts, of Cookeville; Smith Farmers Co-op manager Eld. Phillip Evitts and wife, Darlene Taylor Evitts, of Pleasant Shade, Paula Evitts Hackett and husband, Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church pastor, Eld. Ricky Hackett; twelve grandchildren: Emily Spivey Sterling and husband, Aaron, Jason Evitts, Kelly Nicole Evitts Becker and husband, Mike, Joey Evitts and wife, Krisy, Becky Evitts Howell and husband, Josh, Patrick Hackett, Heather Hackett, Kristy Hackett Spurgeon and husband, Luke, Mandi Evitts, Jeff Shoulders and wife, Melissa Allison Shoulders, Emily Vantrease and Kim Pearce and husband, Gene; eighteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. SANDERSON of Carthage

Mr. Clarence Butcher, of South Carthage, was pronounced dead on arrival at 4:28 p.m., Saturday afternoon, November 15, 2014 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage. He was found dead at the age of 73 at his Rigsby Circle home earlier Saturday afternoon.
Private interment was conducted Monday morning, November 17th at the Ridgewood Cemetery.
He was born Clarence Wendell Butcher in Portland in Jay County, Indiana on June 26, 1941 and was the son of the late Clarence Edward Butcher and Thelma Farber Butcher.
Mr. Butcher was retired from the Bluffton Rubber Co. in Bluffton, Indiana.
Surviving are two daughters: Sherry Baker and husband, Thomas, of Lebanon, Tina Hill, of Nashville, Arkansas; four sons: Gene Courtney, of South Carthage, Jay Butcher and wife, Scarlett, of Nashville, Arkansas, Chris Cavanaugh and wife, Tina, of Portland, Indiana, Wendell Butcher and wife, Melinda, of Bluffton, Indiana; eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Caranell Cooper, of Franklin, Kentucky and a longtime resident of Dixon Springs, died at the age of 93 at 11:15 p.m., Friday evening, November 14, 2014 at the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.
She suffered a massive stroke at 7:15 a.m. on Friday morning at the home of her granddaughter on South Main Street in Franklin with whom she made her home.
Her pastor, Eld. Dean Taylor, officiated at the 1 p.m., Monday afternoon, November 17th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Beasley-Brooks section of Dixon Springs Cemetery.
She was one of five children of the late Gilbert Tish Dickens, who died May 26, 1967 at the age of 66, and Vera Ball Stockton Dickens, who died April 16, 1983 at the age of 82, and was born Caranell Dickens in the Granville community on December 11, 1920.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Dickens Hance, on August 9, 2004 and by two brothers, James William Dickens, who died at the age of 94 on September 27, 2011, and Sidney Dickens, who died at the age of 3 on March 15, 1926.
On November 27, 1935, she was united in marriage to Sullivans Bend community native Ralph Harris Cooper who preceded her in death on July 26, 1997 at the age of 81 following almost sixty two years of marriage. They were married in Carthage by the late Eld. Phocian Gibbs.
A daughter, Shelvie Cooper Craig, died November 22, 1998 and a grandson, Mark Craig, died October 23, 2003.
Mrs. Cooper was saved at the age of 12 and was a member of the Dixon Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Cato.
Following the death of her husband, she sold their Young Branch farm in Dixon Springs and since 2005 had resided with her granddaughter, Vickie Law, and husband, James E. Law, in Franklin, KY.
As a young lady, she was employed for five years at the Jarmon Shoe Company in Tullahoma and for twenty five years was employed at the Hartsville Garment Co. in Hartsville. She retired in 1979.
Surviving in addition to the Franklin granddaughter and son-in-law is another granddaughter: Denise Hill and husband, Tracy, of Gallatin; sister: Alice Justus and husband, Jim, of Lebanon; brother-in-law: Robert Hance, of Gallatin; four great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Betty Givens-Key, of the Turkey Creek community, died at 6:30 a.m., Saturday morning, November 15, 2014 at the St. Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, where she was admitted November 11th suffering from heart complications. She was 68.
Tuesday afternoon, November 18th funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Eld. Stephen Brooks and Eld. James “Pee Wee” Massey officiated at the 1 p.m. services. Burial followed in the Givens family lot in the Garden of Everlasting Life in Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Betty June Givens in Carthage on October 29, 1946, she was one of three children of the late Roy C. Givens, who died at the age of 56 on November 16, 1980, and Sadie Ethel Thomas Givens Driver, who died at the age of 83 on March 2, 2009.    
A son, James Kevin Hensley, preceded her in death on August 11, 2000 at the age of 36 as did two grandchildren, Brandi Nicole Hensley and James Hunter Hensley.
Mrs. Givens-Key was a Certified Nurse Assistant at Smith County Health Care where she retired in 2008.
Saved at the age of 26 in 1972 while living in Newnan, Georgia, she was a member of the Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
She was a member of the Class of 1965 at Smith County High School.
Surviving are her two children: Karen George and husband, Jason of Burns, Keith Hensley and wife, Deborah Cook Hensley, of the Rome community; sister: Nancy Gann and husband, Jerry, of Lebanon; brother: Wayne Givens and wife, Jennie Sanders Givens, of South Carthage; special friend, Tommy Hackett, of Monoville; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Clyde Leech, age 55 of Carthage, died at the University Medical Center in Lebanon at 3:27 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, November 11, 2014.
Memorial services were conducted Saturday morning, November 15th from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson funeral Home. Bro. Brian Armstrong, pastor of the Wind of Pentecost Church on Bradford Hill Road, officiated the 11 a.m. services.
Mr. Leech had requested cremation and was cremated on Thursday, November 13th at Cumberland Family Services in Algood.
He was born Clyde Boyer Leech in Williamsport in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on August 18, 1959 and was one of four children of Jane Alice Hauck Leech Moore, of Millmont, PA, and the late Frank Loye Leech, who died in June of 2007 at the age of 69.
Mr. Leech was a member of the graduating class of 1977 of Muncy High School in Muncy, PA.
A skilled carpenter, Mr. Leech moved to Lebanon in 1978 and in 2006 relocated to Carthage where he had made his home on College Avenue West.
Surviving in addition to his mother is a son: Jody Leech and wife, Stephanie Bane Leech; two sisters: Cynthia Liddle and husband, Randall, of Murfreesboro, Debra Johnson and husband, Edwin, of Millmont, PA; brother: Robert Engle and wife, Rose, of Montandon, PA; grandchildren, Pam and Jessie Leech, Gavin Leech and Lincoln Woodard. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Funeral services for Thomas L. Nixon, age 86, were held at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 14th at Hooper-Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Head, Rev. Charlie Hutchinson, and Rev. Bill Parkerson officiated.  A short graveside service was held at 3:00 pm in the Gordonsville Cemetery in Smith County.
The family received friends from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 13th at the funeral home.
 Tom, as he was known by many, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 11th at home after a long illness.
He was born on October 7, 1928 to the late Landa and Nannie Broyles Nixon.
He went to school in Smith County, Tennessee and Alpine, Texas.
After graduation, he worked for Massman Metcalfe Hamilton, contractors for Center Hill Dam as a cost accountant. Later, he served as a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War and received the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
For 35 years, he and his brother, Beverly (Pappy), co-owned Nixon Brothers’ Service Station, Dairy Mart, and a U-Haul dealership. After retiring, he worked for the Putnam County Election Commission for several years during early voting.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Cookeville having been saved as a little boy at Lancaster Baptist Church. He was a past Jaycee member and Little League President. His hobbies included gardening and woodworking, and he was an avid reader of western and civil war novels.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and was fondly known as “Pa Tom” to his family and friends.
His family includes his wife of 64 years: Dorothy (Dot) Parkerson Nixon, of Cookeville; two sons and daughters-in-law: Wayne and wife, Marsha, of Houston, Texas, and David and wife, Gloria, of Cookeville; five grandchildren: Rachel Beth Nixon, of Cookeville, Amanda Nixon and Andrew Nixon, of Charlottesville, Virginia, Molly Nixon, of Seattle, Washington, and Katie Nixon, of Houston, Texas; one step-grandson: Jasper Swallows, of Monterey; two step-granddaughters: Ashley (and husband Chris) Looper, of Cookeville and Cherry Dolinich, of Clarkrange; four step great-grandchildren: (Delanie, Kolton, Cambree Dolinich and Malia Looper); one nephew and wife, Larry and Frances Nixon, of Cookeville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and wife, Beverly(Pappy) and Gertrue Nixon; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lerion and Marvin Parker and Christine and Cordell Moore; a favorite niece, Marilyn Meyers.
Wayne Nixon, David Nixon, Larry Nixon, Andrew Nixon, Joe Cameron, Frank Tittle, Chris Looper and Jasper Swallows served as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers were Homer Hackett, Bill Bilbrey, Jerry Parkerson, Bill Parkerson and Carlos Dobbs,
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cookeville Building Fund, 18 South Walnut Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501.
Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (931)526-6111. You may share your thoughts and memories at www.hhhfunerals.com . BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Betty Sue Vaughn , 67 year old of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, November 11, at DeKalb Community Hospital.  She was a Baptist and a retired insurance agent with American General Life Insurance. Funeral services were held Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria.
Visitation was on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lorene Webster Driver.  Survivors include two children: Cindy Vaughn, of Smithville, and Randy and wife, Natasha Vaughn, of Alexandria; two grandchildren: Drake and wife, Amanda Vaughn, and Ellie Grace Vaughn, all of Alexandria. Several aunts and cousins and a special friend, Loretta Brown, also survive.
The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mrs. June Williams Stewart, age 76 of Lebanon, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Quality Care Health Center.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stewart were incomplete at press time.
You may find the completed arrangements on our obituary line at 615-683-8200 or 615-735-2500, online at www.bassfh.com, at our business office, or in next week’s edition of the Carthage Courier. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE
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