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Lucille Parker Smith, age 88, of Sparta, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at her residence.  
Funeral services were  held Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Love-Cantrell Chapel with Bro. David Teter officiating.  Interment was in Peeled Chestnut Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was the retired owner of Lucille’s Restaurant and attended the Laurel Hill Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Ola Rigsby Cantrell; husbands, Ernest Parker, Scoby Baker, Meryl Smith; son, Albert Parker; brother, Millard Cantrell.  She is survived by two sons, Danny and Cathy Parker, Lee and Janie Parker; four grandsons, Shannon Parker, Albert and Vickie Parker, Billy and Sabrina Parker, all of Sparta, Marty and Annie Parker of Woodbury; six great grandchildren, Kalene and Storm Farley, Devin Duke, Jacob, Jordan, and Braxton Parker of Sparta, and Chris Parker of McMinnville; three sisters, Leta Snodgrass of Sparta, Aline Jones of McMinnville, Kathleen & Donald Cantrell of Nashville; brother, Willard and Gail Cantrell of Cookeville.
Visitation was Thursday 3-8, Friday, 3-8, Saturday 10:30-service time at 1 pm.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Love Cameron went to be with the Lord while a patient at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, with family members and friends by her side. She departed this life peacefully, Monday, December 08, 2014. She was born to the late Sam Love and Ruby Kate Love in LaGrange, GA on February 13, 1948. She was a 1966 class member of Ethel W. Knight High School. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
 Brenda had a strong faith and a true believer. She joined Mount Beulah Baptist Church at an early age where she was a faithful member. After her marriage, she became a member of Springfield Baptist Church and active member in the choir, she served on the usher board; she was active in Bible study and also served as a deaconess. Later on, her family moved to McMinnville. Brenda became a member of Clark United Methodist Church. Always graced with a lovely voice, she sang in the choir – her favorite song “O Lord, How Excellent”, she also served as an usher and communion steward. Shortly thereafter, Brenda became the First Lady at Braden United Methodist Church and Ballard Chapel United Methodist Church in Carthage. She was a member of the Eastern Star of LaGrange chapter #474.
 She worked at Dunson Mill for many years and did light housekeeping. A woman full of grace and dedication to her family, she did not meet any strangers, always smiling and laughing. Brenda had a heart for people. She had a passion and love for gardening, collecting and receiving greeting cards. A big collector of angels always surrounded her. She collected churches, apples, baskets and birdhouses. Brenda enjoyed cooking meals and entertaining her family.
 Brenda was a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend. As we celebrate and honor her life, we will be consoled by the thought that our love for her will forever be in our hearts.
 Brenda touched so many lives with her loving kindness, laughter, humble sweet spirit. Brenda leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband for 49 years, Willie Lee Cameron, her children: Katrina (Roger) Jones of Conyers, GA, Sebrina (Charles) Brown of Conyers, GA, Dechane (Anita) Cameron of McDonough, GA, Sidrick (Katina) Cameron of LaGrange, GA, Brandon (Kayla) Cameron of Murfreesboro, and grandchildren: Dr. Brianna Cameron, Eric Jones, Erika Jones, Taryn Brown, Damaris Brown, Tyler Brown, Camille Cameron, Sidney Cameron, Sidrick Cameron, Jr., Shawn Cameron, Alexis Cameron, Jasmine Cameron, Marcus Cameron, Elijah Cameron, and Adrian Cameron. A host of aunts, cousins and friends also survive.
 Funeral service was 12 PM noon Friday, December 12, 2014 in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Albert Strawther officiated. A service and interment followed on Monday, December 15, 2014 in LaGrange, GA. The Cameron family received friends Thursday from 5 PM until 8 PM and again Friday from 10 AM until 12 PM noon at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.
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 McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 931-473-6606.

Alice Cossano Deyo, age 86, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014.  It is with great sadness her family announces the loss of a beloved mother.  
Alice was born March 2, 1928 in New Paltz, New York, the daughter of the late Hermis J. Cossano, Sr. and Ethel J. DuBois.  She graduated New Paltz High School in 1947.  She raised her family in the Hudson Valley region of New York.  In 1980, she retired to Spring Hill, Florida.  She then moved to Tennessee in 2005.  She was an active member of the Gordonsville Church of Christ, Gordonsville.  She loved living in the country with her faithful dog, Jack.  She treasured having company and spending time with friends and family.  
Alice was predeceased by her parents, Hermis J. Cossano, Sr. and Ethel J. DuBois; husband, Abraham Deyo, and her siblings, Hermis J. Cossano Jr., Lester Cossano, Clara Cossano Lane, and Florence (Tootie) Cossano Barringer.
Alice is survived by one daughter, Sharon Saari and husband, John (Marietta, GA), and three sons, William Connolly and wife, Tiffany, (Crossville), and Gerald (Jerry) Connolly, (Hickman), and Patrick Connolly and wife, Jeannie, (Brush Creek); five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Alice had a passion for food.  She loved to cook and bake for friends and family.  Her specialties were pistachio cake and beef stew.  She enjoyed taking walks, visiting yard sales and doing puzzle books.
A memorial service celebrating Alice’s life will be held at 1:00 PM (CST), Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Gordonsville Church of Christ, 106 Lisa Drive, Gordonsville 38563. As per Alice’s request, burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Vanessa Luanne Manning was born on August 21, 1959 in Lebanon to the late Bridges and Lucille Manning.  She entered into rest on December 3, 2014.  A memorial service was held Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Revelation Funeral Home Chapel, Nashville.
She was also preceded in death by her aunt and uncle who raised her, Oma Lee and Frank Pride, and devoted companion, Willie Frazier.
Vanessa was educated in the Smith County school system.  She attended Cumberland University and Middle Tennessee State University.  She enjoyed reading novels and watching movies.
She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, August Frazier; her only surviving uncle, Curtis (Juanita) Manning; one surviving aunt, Mainell Cragwall; a host of family and friends.
Revelation Funeral Home Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Richard Lee Stafford, 34, of Pleasant Shade, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014 at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
Richard was born in Carthage on February 11, 1980, a son of Robbie Sue (Mayberry) Stafford of Pleasant Shade and the late Raymond Stafford.
Richard is  survived by  a daughter, Courtney  Marie Stafford, of Pleasant Shade; five sisters, Regina Alley, of Pleasant Shade, Rebecca Stafford, of Carthage, Rhonda Cook, of Carthage, Rita Lancaster, of Hartsville,  Rose Mary  Upchurch, of Hartsville.
Graveside services were held at New Bethel Cemetery at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 7th, 2014.
Pallbearers were William Alley, Ricky Lancook I, Ricky Lancook II, Billy Kay Fann, Anthony Alley, Shortie Scott, Wick Smith and Chris Alley.
Yokley Trible Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Estelle Martin, a homemaker of the McClures Bend community, died at the age of 81 at 3:40 a.m., Friday morning, December 12, 2014 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage where she was admitted December 9th.
Her pastor, Bishop Alvin Hitchcock, officiated at the Monday morning, December 15th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Following the 11 a.m. services, burial was in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Martin was born Opal Estelle Holmes on May 31, 1933 in the Funns Branch section of Jackson County and was one of twelve children of the late William Jona Holmes who died July 26, 1975 at the age of 69 and Ruby Estelle Sircy Holmes who died September 6, 1980 at the age of 68.
Her husband of sixty two years, Clarence Lee “Heck” Martin preceded her in death on November 12, 2011 at the age of 82. They were married in Tompkinsville, Kentucky on October 15, 1949.
Five siblings preceded Mrs. Martin in death; two sisters: Etter Mazell Holmes Albritton, who died at the age of 52 on November 3, 1987, Mary Holmes Muncey, who died at the age of 55 on December 2, 2012, three brothers: William Carl Holmes, who died at the age of 82 on July 13, 2013, J. P. Holmes, who died at the age of 61 on June 4, 2001, and Paul Holmes, who died at the age of 60 on June 22, 2005.
Mrs. Martin was a life-long member of the Carthage Church of God.
Surviving are three children: Gail Martin Davis and husband, David, of McClures Bend, Darlene Martin Bush and husband, Tony, of Elmwood, Donny Martin and wife, Margie, of McClures Bend; three sisters: Frances Martin, of Carthage, Beverly Denton and husband, Neal, of Rock City, Diane Smith and husband, Jimmy, of Rome; three brothers: John Doyle Holmes, of Nashville, W. J. Holmes, of Granville, Jimmy Holmes and wife, Wanda, of the Hiwassie community; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Anna Lee Horton
, age 85 of Hartsville and a longtime resident of the Dillards Creek community at Chestnut Mound, died at 11:21 a.m., Tuesday morning, December 9, 2014 at the Hendersonville Medical Center where she was admitted Friday evening, December 5th after suffering a heart attack at her home at the Trousdale Senior Living Center.
Her pastor, Eld. Chase Johnson, and former pastor, Eld. Kevin Graham, officiated at the 1 p.m., Friday afternoon, December 12th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home.
Interment followed in the Dickens Cemetery in the Maggart community.
One of five children and the only daughter, she was born Anna Lee Austin in the Dillards Creek community on March 1, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Ernest Tillman Austin, who died November 11, 1988 and Elma Florence Bush Austin, who died June 7, 1980.
Three brothers preceded her in death; John A. Austin, who died July 16, 2013 at the age of 81, Tillman D. Austin, who died May 22, 1994 and Houston Austin, who died October 16, 1993.
On May 24, 1946 in Ringgold, Georgia, she was united in marriage to Jesse Adron Horton, who preceded her in death on January 17, 1997 at the age of 73.
Mrs.  Horton was saved at a young age at the former Dillards Creek Missionary Baptist Church and at the time of her death was a member of the Jared Missionary Baptist Church.
She was retired from the William L. Bonnell Co. where she was a supervisor in the anodizing department.
Surviving is her daughter: Shirley Horton Harbison and husband, Donny, of Hendersonville; granddaughter: Gina Lynn Haffner and husband, Joe, of Murfreesboro; step-grandson: Shannon Harbison, of Murfreesboro; four great-grandchildren: Lauren Hollis, Alexander Haffner, Gretchen Haffner Kursave, Ryan Haffner; brother: Jimmy C. Austin, of Chestnut Mound; sister-in-law: Maggie Lou Austin, of Dillards Creek.
The family requests memorials to the activity fund at Trousdale Senior Living Center in Hartsville. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Jerri Lynn Hunt, a homemaker and volunteer of the Hogans Creek community, died at 10:11 p.m., Wednesday evening, December 10, 2014 at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial from complications of breast cancer diagnosed in January of 2011. She was 54.
Sunday afternoon, December 14th funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and burial followed in the Garden of Everlasting Life at Smith County Memorial Gardens. Wayne Hunt and Mrs. Hunt’s pastor, Eld. James “Pee Wee” Massey officiated.
Born Jerri Lynn Coleman in Portland in Jay County, Indiana on September 27, 1960, she was one of four children of Jerry Lee and Patricia Joann Wilson Coleman of Hartsville.
On July 8, 1988 at the Union Hill Presbyterian Church in the Sykes community, she was united in marriage to Hogans Creek community native Ricky Dean Hunt.
Mrs. Hunt was a 1979 graduate of Blackford High School in Indiana and furthered her education in medical coding.
She was a caring individual with a spirit of volunteerism at the Union Heights Elementary School where she had served as president of the school’s Parent Teacher Organization and as the volunteer school librarian.
Surviving in addition to her husband of only twenty six years and her parents are a daughter: Danielle Bane and husband, Michael, of Gordonsville; son: Cory Hunt, of Hogans Creek and a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro; two grandchildren: Damon and Daycee Bane; sister: Lisa Gaskill and husband, John, of Keystone, Indiana; two brothers: Robbie Coleman, of Hartsville, Timothy Coleman and wife, Lisa, of Dunkirk, Indiana. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. James B. “Cat” Vaden, age 75 of Gordonsville, passed away Wednesday, D e c e m b e r 10, 2014 at Elmcroft in Lebanon. James was born March 26, 1939 in Smith County, the son of Estelle Haynes Vaden and the late Charles Avin Vaden. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Vera Mai Vaden. James was a 1957 graduate of Gordonsville James Vaden High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1964. He was a charter member and retired deacon of First Baptist Church Gordonsville. Mr. Vaden is survived by his mother: Estelle Vaden, of Gordonsville; two sons; Tony (Joanna) Vaden, of Gordonsville, and Travis “Goob” Vaden, of Hickman; seven grandchildren: Amber, Charli, Chelsi, Caiti, Cassie, Tyler and Justin Vaden; two brothers: Glen (Sandra) Vaden and Jerry “Redbone” Vaden, both of Gordonsville. Funeral services for Mr. Vaden were conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014 at First Baptist Church Gordonsville. Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery. Visitation with the Vaden family was held at the Gordonsville First Baptist Church on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 12 Noon until service time at 2 p.m. The Vaden family request that donations be made to the First Baptist Church Gordonsville Building Fund or Gideons International. BASS of GORDONSVILLE

Mrs. Eleanor J. (Ruth) Pritchett, age 76 of Murfreesboro, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. Ruth Pritchett Mrs. Pritchett’s remains rest at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes, where arrangements will be held later this week. A completed obituary may be found online at, on our obituary lines at 683-8200 or 735-2500 or in next week’s edition of the Carthage Courier. BASS of GORDONSVILLE
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