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Ms. Courtney Andrews, of the Rome community, died at 10:06 a.m., Saturday morning, October 11, 2014 in the emergency room at the University Medical Center in Lebanon where she was admitted at 6:38 a.m. after suffering respiratory distress at her parents South Lovers Lane home.
Ms. Andrews, age 33, had suffered from a life long illness but never let it interfere with her happiness, her education or way of life.
Funeral services were conducted from the Rome Church of Christ on Tuesday afternoon, October 14th with her minister, Stan Stevenson, and former minister, Freddie Clayton, officiating. Burial was in the Bellwood Cemetery on Bellwood Road in Wilson County.
Born Courtney Deshea Andrews at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville on April 27, 1981, she was one of three children of Jere Haley Andrews and Wanda Darlene Sullivan Andrews, of Rome.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Clyde Sullivan, who died at the age of 45 on May 17, 1979, and by her paternal grandfather, Sam David Andrews, who died at the age of 60 on February 27, 1985.
Ms. Andrews was a 1999 graduate of Smith County High School and in 2003 graduated from Cumberland University with a Bachelors in Business. She later returned to Cumberland University and received a Masters in Business Administration.
She was first employed at the former Cumberland Bank in Carthage and later at Prospect in Lebanon where she was in accounting.
At the time of her death, she was employed by the 3 M Company in a position of medical coding.
Ms. Andrews was a member of the Rome Church of Christ.
Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers: Matthew Andrews and wife, Morgan, of Fisherville, Kentucky, Jeremy Andrews and wife, Kim, of Mt. Juliet; maternal grandmother: Virginia Sullivan, of Lebanon; paternal grandmother: Bettye Talley Richardson and husband, Ross, of Riddleton; seven nieces and nephews.
The Andrews family requests memorials to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
SANDERSON of Carthage

Mr. Leonard J. Taylor, of Chester Township, New Jersey, died at the age of 77 early Tuesday morning, December 31, 2013 at the Holly Manor Health Care in Mendham, NJ following a long battle with cancer.
A celebration of Mr. Taylor’s life was conducted Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester. A private service for the family was held at 4 p.m. that afternoon.
Graveside memorial services were conducted Sunday afternoon, October 12th in the Ridgewood Cemetery. Burial followed in the Key family lot in Ridgewood.
Born Leonard Jensen Taylor in West Orange, NJ on September 17, 1936, he was the only child of the late Ralph F. and Elsie Jensen Taylor.
Mr. Taylor was a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where in 1958, he graduated with a BA in Fine Arts.
On September 8, 1962 at the Carthage First Baptist Church, he was united in marriage to Carthage native Lois Key who was the daughter of District Attorney General Baxter Key Sr. and Ollie Key.
Len and Lois had met after Len was on National Guard assignment at Ft. Campbell and he came to Carthage for the weekend with the late Sonny Reynolds and Lois and Len met. The rest is history.
After marriage, they resided in West Orange, New Jersey for two years before relocating to Chester Township where they had resided for over forty nine years.
Len, as he was loving known by his family, close friends and associates, was the President of Décor Trends International.
He was very active in the community and served on the Chester Township Board of Education, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Consolidation Committee.
He was also a member of the Chester Township Council for twenty years and he was a past president of the Chester Historical Society. In 1990, he received the Local Historian’s Award of Distinction as the Chester Township Historian.
Mr. Taylor was an Elder and Deacon at the Community Presbyterian Church.
He enjoyed salt water fishing and longed for the surf and shore.
He loved art and architecture and was quick to both laud and criticize the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Surviving in addition to his wife of fifty one years is a daughter: Kimberly Taylor-Cloud and husband, Douglas, of Atlanta; son: Leonard Jensen “Jay” Taylor, Jr. and his wife, Ozlem, of South Orange NJ and his three loving grandchildren: Madeline Cloud, Gwendolyn Cloud and Nathaniel Taylor.

Mr. Troy Danny Dillehay, of Lafayette, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette at 6:04 p.m., Friday evening, October 10, 2014 after becoming gravely ill at his Pumpkin Town Lane home. He was 43.
Bro. David Rich officiated at the 1 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, October 14th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens where his father and grandparents, Doyle and Evie Dillehay, are buried.
Born Troy Daniel Dillehay Jr. on December 17, 1970 in Carthage, he was the son of Jean M. Steen Dillehay West, of the Union Camp community and the late Troy Daniel Dillehay Sr., who died October 15, 1977 at the age of 36.
Mr. Dillehay was a member of the class of 1989 at Smith County High School and was the third member of that class to die in the last month.
He was a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Dillehay was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother is his step-father: Dean West, of Union Camp; fiancée: Maria Newsom and their son, Brayden Troy Dillehay, of Lafayette; siblings: Denise Givens and husband, David, of Defeated Creek, Lynn Huber, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Chuck Dillehay and wife, Penny, of Monoville, Scott Dillehay and wife, Laura, of Cumming, Georgia.

Mr. Neil Holland, age 46, a stone mason of Clarksville, died, unexpectedly Sunday morning October 5, 2014 at his Sand Piper Drive home.
Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Wayne Malone at 1 p.m., Thursday afternoon, October 9th from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Private interment services followed in the Holland Cemetery in the Bagdad community.
Born Charles Neil Holland in Carthage on December 24, 1967, he was reared in the Defeated Creek community and was the son of Carolyn Kittrell Holland Young, of the Rome community and Hulon Holland, of the Defeated Creek community.
Mr. Holland was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Dale Holland, who died February 14, 1983 the day following his 18th birthday as the result of a single car automobile accident in Lebanon.
Mr. Holland graduated in the class of 1986 at Smith County High School.
He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his daughter: Gracie Carol Holland and her mother, Denna Holland, of Springfield; step-father: Berry Young, of Rome; step-mother: Jean Holland, of Defeated Creek; brothers: Donnie Holland, of Rock City, Gerry Holland and wife, Kristine, of Cookeville; several nieces and nephews and extended family and loving friends.
The family requests memorials to the Gracie Carol Holland Education Fund.

Mr. Jack Medley Woodard, age 70 of Dixon Springs, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.
Mr. Woodard’s remains rest at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Arrangements were incomplete at press time, but complete service information and obituary may be found on the obituary line at 615-735-2500 or 615-683-8200, online at, at our office at 615-735-1212 or 615-683-8212 or in next week’s edition of the Carthage Courier.
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