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Mrs. Frances McBride Proffitt
, of South Carthage, died Monday morning, April 14, 2014 at the St. Thomas Hospital Mid-Town at 9:11 a.m. where she was admitted Friday evening, April 11th suffering from congestive heart failure. She was 83.
Mrs. Proffitt was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her funeral services were conducted by Bro. Larry Butler and Bro. Brian Armstrong at 1 p.m., Thursday afternoon, April 17th at 1 p.m. Burial followed in the Garden of Gethsemane in Smith County Memorial Gardens.
One of four daughters and two sons, she was the last surviving child of the retired Emmanuel Church of Christ pastor Eld. James Luther McBride, who died at the age of 83 on November 19, 1980, and Ocia Mai Puttie McBride, who died at the age of 79 on September 4, 1978, and was born Frances Nell McBride in the Temperance Hall community on January 21, 1931.
Siblings preceding her in death were Wilma “Sis” Smith, Audra Grisham, Edna McBride, who died as a child at the age of two years, Amon Ray McBride and Jim Turner McBride.
On February 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to South Carthage native and longtime Smith County Commissioner Charles Leslie “Les” Proffitt. He preceded her in death on April 12, 2011 at the age of 81 following over sixty three years of marriage.
Mrs. Proffitt was a longtime member of the former Carthage Emmanuel Church of Christ and before her death attended the Church of Redemption on Dixon Springs Highway in Carthage.
In 1993, she retired as a bookkeeper for the Smith County Board of Education Central Office, a position she occupied for over nineteen years.      
Surviving are her daughter: Janice Enoch and husband, Richard, of Popes Hill community; three grandchildren: Kristy Buckler and husband, Adam, Jonathan Enoch and wife, Amy, Katherine “Katie” Enoch; five great-grandchildren: Meghan and Ethan Buckler, Elisabeth, Noah and Anna Grace Enoch. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Loucille Melton died at her daughter’s home at 3:00 a.m., Friday morning, April 18, 2014 following a period of declining health.  She was 93.
Services were conducted Sunday afternoon, April 20, from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with her minister, Edward L. Anderson, officiating.  Burial followed the 1:00 p.m. service in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Born Maggie Loucille Thrasher on November 22, 1920 in the Willow Grove community of Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Carl Burr Thrasher and Ora Venice Colson Thrasher.  Three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
On December 26, 1940 in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, she was united in marriage to Jonathan Davis “J.D.” Melton.  He preceded her in death on August 13, 2005 after almost 65 years of marriage.
A son-in-law, James Gilbert “Gib” Hill, also preceded Mrs. Melton in death on July 14, 2008 at the age of 67.
Mrs. Melton was a graduate of Willow Grove High School and Tennessee Technological University.  She taught school in Clay County for 33 years before her retirement which was while as a first grade teacher at Hermitage Springs Elementary School
She was a member of the Carthage Church of Christ.
Surviving are her daughters: Gaye Yeaman & husband, Scotty, Carolyn Hill, all of Carthage;  granddaughter: Misty Yeaman Smith & husband, Brian, of South Carthage; great-grandchildren: Jake White and Chale’t Smith;  brothers: Eddie Ray Thrasher & wife, Faye, of Willow Grove, Randall Thrasher, of Livingston;  caregivers: Lola King and Vivian Allen.
The family requests memorials to the Carthage Church of Christ Youth Fund.  SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Jackie Petty, age 83 of Buffalo Valley, died at 7 a.m., Monday morning, April 14, 2014 at his Sullins Hollow Road home with his loving family at his bedside. He was pronounced dead at 8:26 a.m. by Gentiva Hospice who had tenderly assisted the family in his palliative care.
Mr. Petty was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, April 16th. Bro. Dickie Johnson and Mr. Petty’s pastor, Bro. Terry Bryant, officiated the 1 p.m. funeral services and burial followed in the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church Cemetery.
He was born January 21, 1931 in Buffalo Valley and was the son of the late Virgil and Pearl Watts Petty.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Rellon Petty.
Mr. Petty was united in marriage to the former Shirley Ann Smith at the Smith County Courthouse on September 8, 1953. They were married by then Justice of the Peace the late Herman Clyde “H. C.” White.
They were preceded in death by two sons, Richard Lynn Petty, who died October 31, 1958 at the age of twelve days, and Larry Rosson Petty, who died at the age of 36 on January 9, 1997.
A son-in-law, Robert Douglas “Doug” Chambers, also preceded them in death on November 2, 2009 at the age of 63.
Mr. Petty was a member of the Buckner Freewill Baptist Church at Buffalo Valley.
He enjoyed the out of doors and ginseng hunting, farming and was employed in construction during the building of Interstate 40 in Putnam and Smith counties.
Surviving in addition to his wife of over sixty years are their two children, a daughter: Wanda Chambers, of Buffalo Valley; a son: Gary Petty and wife, Vickie Apple Petty, of Chestnut Mound; brother: Charles Petty and wife, Mary, of Double Springs; sister-in-law: Evelyn Petty, of Cookeville; four grandchildren: Vickie Kieffer, Kelli Martin and husband, Jason, Jamie Petty and wife, Meredith, April Williamson and husband, Bernie; five great-grandchildren: several nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials to the Buckner Freewill Baptist Church.  SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

A Pleasant Shade Missionary Baptist minister is dead at the age of 19. Bro. Dustin “Dusty” Summers died at his Dickerson Hollow Lane home during the night Sunday. He was pronounced dead at 9:55 a.m., Monday morning, April 14, 2014 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center. He had suffered from a congenital heart defect since birth.
His pastor, Eld. Dean Dyer, and former pastor, Eld. Mark Horton, officiated at the 11 a.m., Friday morning, April 18th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Gazebo Garden at Dixon Springs Cemetery.
He was born Dustin Shayne Summers in Gallatin on May 26, 1994 and is the son of Kenny Dale Summers and his wife, Amy, of Pleasant Shade and Shannon Lianne Mosley Summers Gala and her husband, Stephen, of Louisville, Kentucky.
Bro. Summers was saved at the age of 9 and was baptized by his grandfather, Eld. Kenneth Summers, into the full fellowship of the Monoville Missionary Baptist Church.
At the age of 16, he received his call to preach and last Saturday, April 12th, he performed the wedding ceremony for Cody Albritton and Ashlynne Rich at the home of Cody’s father in Kempville.
On Sunday evening, April 13th, he delivered the evening sermon at the Gladdice Missionary Baptist Church.
On January 8, 2014, he was preceded in death by a close friend and brother in Christ, Troy Ramsey, of Defeated Creek.
Bro. Summers was a member of the 2012 graduating class at Smith County High School.
He graduated in December of 2013 from the Genesis Barber College and at the time of his death was barbering at the Plaza Barber Shop in Gallatin and following his apprenticeship had planned on opening a shop in Carthage.
Surviving in addition to his parents and step-parents is his loving girlfriend: Julia Marie Haskin, of Riddleton; nine siblings: Casey, Jacob, Elijah, Keri and John Summers, all of Pleasant Shade, Sydney and Samantha Gala, of Louisville, KY, Rachel and Shelbie Layman, of Pleasant Shade; paternal grandparents: Eld. Kenneth Summers and wife, Linda Sircy Summers, of Pleasant Shade; maternal grandparents: Woodrow and Diane Mosley, of Westmoreland, paternal great-grandmother: Laverne Sircy, of Monoville, maternal great-grandmother: Katherine Thompson, of Memphis, Missouri.
The Summers stated those desiring may make memorials to assist with the funeral expenses. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. R. L. Payne, age 87 of Brush Creek, died at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon at his Baird Road home following a period of declining health. He was pronounced at 2:25 p.m., Tuesday afternoon at the Riverview Regional Medical Center E.R.
Bro. Tommy Ferguson officiated at the 3 p.m., Friday afternoon, April 18th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
He was one of six children of the late Benjamin Walker and Bessie Beasley Payne and was born Robert Lee Payne in the Pea Ridge community at Chestnut Mound on April 22, 1926.
Four siblings preceded him in death: Dalton, Gene, Billy and O’Neal Payne.
In Rossville, Georgia on April 7, 1951, he was united in marriage to the former Sarah Lou Smith.
Mr. Payne was a member of the Hickman Baptist Church.
His last employment before becoming disabled was at the Gallatin Steam Plant.
Mr. Payne proudly served our country with the United States Army during World War II. He saw nine months and five days of overseas service. After being inducted on November 3, 1945 in Pratt, Kansas, he was honorably discharged from active duty on February 6, 1947 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Surviving in addition to his wife of just over sixty three years are five children: Kathy Fox, of Brush Creek, Buddy Payne and wife, Karen, Benny Payne and wife, Wanda, all of the Sykes community, Donny Payne and wife, Denise, of Club Springs, Mark Payne and wife, Kellie, of Brush Creek; sister: Willa Mai Lee, of Alabama; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Richard Humes, of Hartsville, died at 5:23 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2014 at the age of 33 at Trousdale Medical Center in Hartsville.
Graveside services and interment were conducted Thursday afternoon, April 17th at 4 p.m. in the Amonette-Taylor section of Dixon Springs Cemetery.
Born Richard Allen Humes in Sumner County, he was the son of Charles Richard and Betty Louise Dix Humes, of Hartsville.
Mr. Humes was a farmer and construction worker.
He had attended the Trousdale County High School.
Mr. Humes was never married.
His uncle Billy Joe Humes of Castalian Springs died April 1, 2014 at the age of 59.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters: Beverly Dyer and Katherine Crenshaw, both of Hartsville.  SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. LilyDale Brown, of Donelson, died at 12:45 p.m., Thursday afternoon, April 17, 2014 at the age of 92 at her Blue Brick Drive home of complications from a stroke. She was under the loving care of Alive Hospice.
Graveside services and interment were conducted Friday afternoon, April 18th from the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Eld. Michael Nesbitt and Eld. Charles Allen Gentry officiated at the 1 p.m. services.
Born LilyDale Hewitt of Defeated Creek community on February 20, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Bascom B. “Bee” and Mary Myrtle Robinson Hewitt.
Three siblings preceded her in death. They were  Flossie Lorene Hewitt Anderson, who died at the age of 55 on December 12, 1979, former South Carthage Mayor and Smith County Trustee Melvin Leon “Little Shack” Hewitt, who died at the age of 52 on March 25, 1970, and Clarence Alfonzo “Big Shack” Hewitt, who died at the age of 83 on November 8, 1992.
On August 10, 1950, Mrs. Brown was united in marriage at the Chattanooga First Baptist Church to Nashville native Burnice Elton Brown.
Mrs. Brown was educated in the Smith County school system and attended the Watkins Institute in Nashville.
She was a longtime employee of the former Logan’s Super Market in Nashville until getting married in 1950.
She was saved in 1938 at the age of 16 at the South Carthage Baptist Church and was a member of the Donelson First Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband of almost 64 years is their only child: Judy Brown, of Donelson.
The family requests memorials to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mattie “Kate” Bennett Overstreet, of Lafayette and a native of Smith County, was born on Friday, September 1, 1922, in Smith County.  She was one of nine children born to the late Jesse and Mattie Bell Ray Bennett. She departed this life on Thursday evening, April 17, 2014, at Knollwood Manor, at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 16 days.
Funeral services for Mattie “Kate” Overstreet were conducted on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at 3:00 P.M. from Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carthage, under the direction of Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette, with Brother Ron Ralph and Elder Jeff Blackwell officiating.  Interment followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.  
Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Wilburn and Phillip Anderson.   Pallbearers were Mark Dillon, Eric Becker, Doug Oldham, Mark Sloan, Jeff Gregory and Marty Dillon.
 On September 17, 1939, Mattie was united in marriage to John “Dock” Overstreet, who preceded her in death on November 22, 2000.  She had worked for 20 years as a seamstress at Carthage Shirt Factory.   Mattie was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carthage and had attended faithfully as long as her health permitted.  At the young age of 26, she witnessed a tragic train accident that claimed the lives of her parents, three brothers, a sister and brother-in-law, a niece and an uncle.  In addition to those and “Dock”, her husband of 61 years, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil Bennett and Vaxter Bennett; a sister, Willette Ray; and two sons-in-law, Tommy Burton and Bob Lowery.  She is survived by son & daughter-in-law, Sammy and Neda Overstreet of Alexandria; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Phillip Anderson of Red Boiling Springs, Dimple and Jimmy Wilburn of Lafayette; sister and brother-in-law, Alva and Earl Ledbetter of Lebanon; grandchildren and their spouses, Christy and Jeff Gregory of Lafayette, Gina and Mark Dillon of Carthage, Bob and Lauren Lowery of Hartsville, Delia and Doug Oldham of Carthage, Vivian and Eric Becker of Pigeon Forge, Melissa and Mark Sloan of Carthage; step-grandchildren and their spouses, Wayne and Lee Ann Anderson of Red Boiling Springs, Kenneth and Gena Tidwell of Dixon, Kathy Swam of Alexandria, Connie and Scotty Jackson of Brush Creek, Barbara and Gary Walker of Pleasant View; 14 great grandchildren; 14 step-great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild.
Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Directors, Lafayette, Tn. 615-666-4011.

Mr. Bryant Russell Anderson, age 84, of South Carthage, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at Kindred Healthcare Center in Carthage, where he had been a resident since October 2013.
Mr. Anderson was born November 29, 1929 in the Defeated community of Smith County. He was one of seven children born to the late Luster Anderson and Alice Dillehay Anderson. He was also preceded in death by two sons; Bryant Anderson and Larry Baker, three brothers; Glen Anderson, Bridges Anderson, and a brother that died in infancy, two sisters; Gladys Butler and Grady Brooks.  He was a member of the Cornwell’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Defeated.
In the 1950’s, Russell moved his family to Ohio for employment, then later relocated to Michigan to work at Ford Motor Company. In 1976, he returned to Smith County to work at TRW in Lebanon and the Smith County School System as a bus driver. He also bought and sold livestock for many years. After returning to Smith County, he met and married Lee Ett Winfree Baker.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 37 years, are his five children: Glenn (Gail) Anderson, of Westland, MI, Mike (Randi) Anderson, of Detroit, MI, Darrell (Debbie) Baker, of Watertown, Cindy (Tony) Laskey, of Lebanon, and Patricia (Benny) Ray, of Gordonsville; grandchildren: Kyle (Jennifer) Anderson, of IN, Melissa (Rodney) Hope, of MI, Bryant Anderson II, of MI, Melanie Johnson, of Carthage, Nicole (Matthew) Harpe, of Brush Creek, Shannon (Jamie) Baker, of Alexandria, Megan Baker, of Club Springs, Dianne (Kenny) Short, of Liberty, and Chevy (Jason) King of Portland; great grandchildren: Logan and McKenzie Compton, Marissa Hope, Austin Johnson, Olivia and Mackenna Harpe, Blithe Landreth, Calvin Woods, Dillon Butcher, Zoe, Joshua, Josiah, and Jon Alex King, Traci and Jacob Looper; great-great grandchild: Paislee Butcher; brother: Billy Anderson, of Carthage; sister-in-law: Mary Anderson,of Donelson. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Anderson were conducted 1 p.m., Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Eld. James Crawford and Eld. James Thomas Gibbs officiated and Interment followed in the Union Hill Cemetery at Sykes.
Visitation with the Anderson family will held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday after 10 a.m.
J.D. Vantrease, Shannon Baker, Matthew Harpe, Mackie Fields, David Waters, and Wayne Bishop served as pallbearers. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mr. James Ernest Martin, Jr., age 67 of Brush Creek, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon.
Mr. Martin was born March 1, 1947, the son of the late James Ernest Martin, Sr. and Adela Melba Fleitas. He was also preceded in death by son; Roger Hubbard. He married Dorothy Lucille Hubbard on February 22, 1980. He was a member of the ABATE, Smith and Wilson Chapter.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife: Dorothy Martin, of Brush Creek; children: Ernest (Cynthia) Martin, of South Carthage, Wayne Martin of Carthage, Jessica Martin (Kevin Williams), of Elmwood, and Crystal Martin (Susan Wise) of Brush Creek; ten grandchildren and brother: Walley Martin, of Ocala, FL, and sister: Jackie Martin, of Lakeland, FL.
Services for Mr. Martin are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes.
Visitation with the Martin family will be held only on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service time at 1 p.m.
The Martin family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to assist with the funeral expenses. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mr. Richard Wayne Upshaw, age 80 of Carthage, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his residence.
Mr. Upshaw was born October 6, 1933 in Alexandria, LA, the son of the late Travis Zacharias Upshaw and Louane Everett. He was also preceded in death by three sisters: Thelma Williams, Gwendolyn Yarbrough, and Billye Ruth Clark; brother: Clyde Edwin Upshaw. He married Claudette Gilbert on December 17, 1952. He retired from Sears and was an active deacon of Dickerson Road Baptist Church in Nashville.
He is survived by his wife: Claudette Upshaw of Carthage; three children: Debra Allen, of Crossville,  Vicki (Greg) Ator, of Hermitage, and Danny Upshaw, of Orlinda; two brothers: David (Sandra) Upshaw and Travis Shelton Upshaw, both of Texas; three grandchildren: Traci Hollandsworth, Amy Eberle, and Melissa Steele; three great-grandchildren: Parker Hollandsworth, Maryann Steele, and Colton Steele.
Private services will be held for the Upshaw family.
The Upshaw family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Richard’s memory be made to the Gentiva Hospice. BASS  of CARTHAGE
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