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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.

Mr. Criss Owens
, of Carthage, died at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage at 5:08 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, August 13, 2014 eight days before his 77th birthday.
At Mr. Owens request, he was cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood and a memorial service will be conducted for family members only.
One of ten children, he was born on August 21, 1937 in Harlan in Harlan County, Kentucky and was the son of the late Ernest Elmer Owens Sr. and Goldie Pauline Witt Owens.
Two brothers, Raymond Owens and Ernest Owens Jr., preceded him in death.
His wife of forty two years, the former Shirley Mae Stewart, also a Harlan native, preceded him in death on October 26, 2010 at the age of 68.
Mr. and Mrs. Owens moved to Smith County from Ringgold, Georgia in 1986 when he accepted employment with the Hoover Asphalt Plant in Murfreesboro.
Following retirement from Hoover, he was employed for over three years at the Hwy. #25 Convenience Station.
Mr. Owens was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during Peacetime following the Korean Conflict.
He was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving is a daughter: Carolyn Neely Silcox and husband, Kelly, of Carthage; 3 grandchildren: Breanna, Amber, & Michael Silcox;  several brothers and sisters.

Ms. Becky Rigsby, of Carthage, was pronounced dead at 8:57 a.m., Monday morning, August 11, 2014 at the Riverview Regional E.R. following a period of declining health.  She was 57.
Services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, August 14th  with Bro. John Wesley Vaughan officiating. Private entombment was in the Spring Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Nashville.
Born Rebecca Maxine Vaughn in Nashville on August 8, 1957, she was one of seven children of the late Norris Vaughn and Mary Frances Gulley Vaughn.  
She was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Vaughn, who died in 2012.
Ms. Rigsby had worked in accounting and had last worked in admitting at Carthage General Hospital.
She had membership at the Pleasant Shade Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her daughter: Dawn Vaughn, of Greenbrier; her son: Brandon Rigsby & wife, Rion Dias Rigsby, of Defeated Creek; five siblings: Richard Vaughn & wife, Mary Ann, of San Antonio, TX, Linda Gray & husband, Bill, of Springfield, Kenneth Vaughn & wife, Cheryl, of Millersville, Roger Vaughn & wife, Gina, of Charleston, SC, Susan Vaughn, of Nashville; five grandchildren: Kayla & Noah Johnston, Brennan, Clayton & Cohen Rigsby.
The family requested memorials to the Jordan Hackett Foundation.

Lt. Colonel Robert E. “Bob” Johnson, United States Air Force Retired, of the Tanglewood community and an 18 year resident of the Lancaster community, died at the age of 81 at 9:25 p.m., Sunday evening, August 17, 2014 at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where he was admitted August 5th.
His wife, Mrs. Beverly Johnson, and the grandchildren will make arrangements at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Monday afternoon, August 18th at 1 p.m.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Tanglewood community.
Complete arrangements will be published in the next week’s edition of the “Courier”.

Jess Whitley (J.W.) Taylor, age 98, passed away on August 17, 2014.  He was born on July 1, 1916 in Brush Creek.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, of McMinnville, a past member of the Rotary Noon Club, Gideons, American Legion, and McMinnville Housing Authority Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess Whitley Taylor and Ada Frye Taylor, three brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 76 years: Helen Turner Taylor, daughter: Susan Miller (Michael), sons: David Turner Taylor (Ann)  and James Whitley Taylor (Phyl), grandchildren: Jay, Christopher, Timothy, Shea, and Lea Taylor, and Amy Childress; and twelve great grandchildren: Benjamin, Abigail, Nicole, Wyatt, Sarah, Austin, Hudson, Harrison, John Thomas and Emilie Taylor, Taylor Lyle, and Aiden Childress.
Services were conducted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12 noon at High’s Funeral Home in McMinville with Pastor James Johnson and Pastor Jay Taylor officiating.
Visitation was at High’s Funeral Home in McMinnville on Tuesday, August 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday 11:00 to 12:00 with services immediately following.
Graveside services and interment were at the Brush Creek Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of McMinnville Debt Retirement Fund or to the Gideons.
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