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Mrs. Louise Ray Hughes, a homemaker of Nashville, died at 5:10 p.m. Monday evening, November 16, 2015, at the St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville. She was 90.
Funeral services from the Spring Hill Funeral Home on Gallatin Road in Nashville were conducted from their chapel on Friday, November 20th, at 12 noon with Pastor Rucker Chunn and Pastor Lonnie Gable officiating. Burial followed in the historic Spring Hill Cemetery.
One of two daughters of the late Roy Lee Ray, who died at the age of 89 on November 24, 1989, and Ina Hester Massey Ray, who died at the age of 83 on July 25, 1987, she was born Louise Ray in the Elmwood community.
Her husband of over fifty years, Springfield native Rayburn Ellis Ray, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Broadmoor Church of God.
Surviving is a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Hughes and Gil Dyer of Nashville; granddaughter, Jenny Dyer; sister, Opal Fields of Elmwood; sisters-in-law, Lorelle McGee and Sara Jane Doss; niece, Lisa Fields Overstreet and husband, Michael, of Elmwood.
The family requests memorials to the Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Hughes family. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mr. Ray Gentry, age 67, of Smithville died at 4:16 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, November 18, 2015, at the University Medical Center in Lebanon where he was admitted November 9th.
Graveside services and interment will be conducted in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens on Saturday afternoon, November 28th at 3 p.m. His children will deliver the eulogy and his brother, Eld. Charles Allen Gentry, will do the benediction. Burial will be beside his son, Charlie Joe Gentry, who died accidentally January 5, 2002 at the age of 31.
The family will receive friends at Sanderson in Carthage on Saturday, November 28th, from noon until leaving for the cemetery at 12:45 p.m.
He was born Ray Arnold Gentry in the Helms Bend community on June 29, 1948 and was one of four children of the late Charlie Washington Gentry, who died at the age of 58 on January 1, 1971, and Erma June Vaden Gentry, who died at the age of 92 on August 6, 2007.
Mr. Gentry attended Smith County High School and was saved at the age of 12 at the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Caney Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Helms Bend and by letter transferred his membership to the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty.
He was a retired automotive technician and formally owned and operated an auto repair shop on Dixon Springs Highway in Carthage and before his illness forced his retirement, he owned and operated an auto repair service in Smithville.
He was the founder and former owner of the building of the Am Vets Post 101 in Smithville where he actively assisted with many charity events for veterans and needy families.
In his younger days he enjoyed coon hunting and golfing and with his smile and wry sense of humor, he always had a new joke to tell.
Surviving is the mother of his children and caregiver, Connie Farmer Gentry Silcox and husband, Thomas, of Alexandria; daughter, Danyella Gentry Apple and husband, Matt, of Lebanon; son, Rick Gentry and wife, Christy, of Pleasant View; sister, Katie Watts and husband, David, of Chestnut Mound; two brothers, Eld. Charles Allen Gentry & wife, Glena Angel Gentry, of Carthage; Bobby Gentry and wife, Peggy Thomas Gentry, of Brush Creek; grandchildren, Logan and Abby Apple, Zachary & Regan Gentry; beloved best friend, his dog, Jake; several nieces and nephews.
The Gentry family requests memorials to the American Diabetes Association. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE
Mrs. Theresa Lynn Stephens, also known as “Hornet”, age 50, of Gordonsville, passed away Monday afternoon, November 16, 2015, at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.
She was born on January 5, 1965 in Shreveport, LA, the daughter of the late Rudolph Burton Tanner, Sr. and mother, Annie Mae Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Sparky; daughters, DeeAnna Michael Gibson, Jessica Lynn Collins, Jamie Perry, Denise Perry, and Kaylee Clark; grandchildren, Trinity Grace, Landin Michael, and Jacob Dwyane Collins, Hannah McCulloch, Kolton True, Alexis Perry, and Austin Perry; brother, Rudolph Burton (Tammy Faye) Tanner, Jr.; nephew, DJ (Brittany) Ingle; niece, Kayla (Cody) Ferrell. She had two great nephews and two great nieces. Uncle, William Ed Waltman; aunt, Peggy Louise Chaney, aunt, Becky Waltman; various cousins and special friend (daughter), Danielle Clark, who was always there for her.
Memorial services for Mrs. Stephens were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 3PM.
In lieu of flowers the Stephens family requests that donations be made to the funeral account.
Special thanks to the Caney Fork CMT Abate members for always watching over her and taking care of her. BASS of Carthage
Mr. John Michael Robinson, age 70, of Brush Creek, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at his home.
Mr. Robinson was born April 16, 1945 in Honesdale, PA, the son of the late Edward John Robinson I and Olive Marion Cline. He married Alyce Robinson on June 18, 1975 and she preceded him in death on April 18, 2009. John was also preceded by a grandson, Michael Brown. John and Alyce moved to Smith County from Pennsylvania in 1976. He was the founder of the Volunteer Pistol Club and the Assistant Chief at the Sykes Fire Department. John worked as a foreman at JMZ for many years until becoming a professional gunsmith.
Mr. Robinson is survived by his children, John Richard (Loretta) Robinson of Brush Creek, Marian L. Robinson of Brush Creek, Pam Darnell of Hermitage, Laura Weishaupt of Manassas, VA, Ruth (Ken) Brown of Baxter, Floyd J. (Joyce) Thompson of Rome, Catie (Patrick) Cantrell of Brush Creek; grandchildren, Liz Brown, Leigha Brown, Dustin Monti, Jimmy Thompson, Casey Monti, Ashley Kromko, Amanda Morgan, Amber Givens, Eric Cantrell, Cole Cantrell, Seth Cantrell, Alex Cantrell, Kish Cantrell; great-grandchildren, Xavier Barnes, Bradley Tucker, Aubrey Morgan, Khloa Giasson, Charlie Morgan; brother, Edward John “Tim” Robinson II of Honesdale, PA, and sister; Mary “Sash” Elizabeth (Jim) McGall of PA.
Funeral services for Mr. Robinson were conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 1PM with Glenn Ramsey officiating. Interment followed in the Brush Creek Cemetery. BASS of GORDONSVILLE
Funeral services for Ryan Keith Huddleston, 30, of Baxter, were Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Interment followed in Smellage Memory Gardens in the Boma community of Putnam County.
Mr. Huddleston died Monday, November 16, 2015, at his home.
He was born November 28, 1984 in Cookeville to Barbara Ellen Welch Huddleston of Greenbrier and James Michael Huddleston of Gordonsville.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Olive Jones Welch, Walter Ray and Vallie Goodman Huddleston; uncle, Walter W. Huddleston.
He really loved his family, especially his daughter, Chloe Nicole. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved fishing and hunting. He loved his animals and reading his Bible. He liked drawing and sketching and listening to country music. He enjoyed sports: baseball, football and soccer.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Ellen Welch Huddleston of Greenbrier; father and step-mother, James Michael and Deborah Huddleston of Gordonsville; daughter, Chloe Nicole Huddleston of Baxter; fiancée, Tiffany Brown of Baxter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carrie and Billy Whittaker of Greenbrier and Amber Nicole and Kris Whitson of Sparta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Felicia Huddleston of Baxter, Nicholas Walter Ray Huddleston of Memphis; nieces and nephews, Olivia Jane Whittaker, Hailey and Lanie Claborn, Kyleigh Rae Huddleston, Gavin Scott Huddleston, Michael Reed Huddleston and Brooks Kendrick Whitson; grandfather, Reed Welch of Baxter; aunts and uncles, Jerald and Terry Welch of Cookeville, Carlos and Rose Huddleston, Bill and Sherrie Huddleston, Robert Daniel and Joyce Huddleston, Terry Lynn and Suzie Huddleston, Lorene and Steve Morgan, Linda and David Lalone, Deb and Ronald Bowers, Sandy Huddleston, Wanda and Eddie Williams, and several cousins.
Bishop Robert Daniel Huddleston, Rev. Mary Ruth Everding and Terry Huddleston officiated.
Active pallbearers were Ray, Tony, Terry Lynn and Alexander Huddleston, Jason Brown and Patrick Britain.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the family for a trust fund for his daughter, Chloe Nicole.
Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Huddleston family. BASS of GORDONSVILLE