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Mr. Jimmy Bane
, age 67 of the Maggart community, died at 2:15 a.m. Monday morning, April 7, 2014 at his S.T. Rogers Lane home with his loving family, who had so tenderly cared for him, at his bedside.
Mr. Bane’s brother-in-law, Eld. Roger Grisham, officiated at the 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, April 9th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Bane family plot at the Prosperity Cemetery in Auburntown.
One of fifteen children, he was born Jimmy Earl Bane in the Helms Bend community on December 23, 1946 and was the son of the late Calvin Isaac Bane, who died June 6, 1999 at the age of 94, and Hattie Mai Rogers Bane, who died July 21, 1990 at the age of 84.
Siblings preceding him in death were a brother, who died as an infant in 1924, Johnny Gilbert Bane, Mary Eleanor Bane Holmes, who died at the age of 64 on October 16, 2004, William Luther “Luke” Bane, who died at the age of 62 on January 3, 1994, and Roy Elmer Bane, who die at the age of 75 on August 8, 2002.
On August 3, 1968, Mr. Bane was united in marriage at Hartsville to the former Janice Gwyn Meadows, a South Carthage resident.
Mr. Bane was buried alongside their son, Jimmy Isaac Calvin Bane, who died February 27, 2005 at the age of 34 in an automobile accident, and his grandson, Jordan Calvin Bane, who died as the result of a house fire on County House Circle in the Watervale community on April 10, 1996 at the age of 3.
Mr. Bane was a painter and was also employed at the Smith County Highway Department.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper and was proud of his Cherokee Indian heritage.
He was of the Church of God faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife of almost forty six years are two children: Tina Glover and husband, Jeff, of Pea Ridge, Clay Bane and wife, Amanda, of Rawls Creek community; seven grandchildren: Jessica Glover, Jared Glover, Jade Bane, Tristan Bane, Jacob Bane, Joshua Bane, and Wolf Bane; great-grandson: Jordan Bane; three sisters: Gladys Hart and husband, Raymond, of Old Hickory, Joyce Lovett and husband, Don, of Donelson, Betty Grisham and husband, Eld. Roger Grisham, of Lebanon; seven brothers: Dewey Bane, of Lebanon, former Smith County Road Commissioner Willie B. Bane and wife, Mary, of Chestnut Mound, Buford Bane and wife, Stella, of Lebanon, Fred Bane, of Hogans Creek, former Smith County Sheriff Johnny Bane and wife, Jacquline, of Bradford Hill, Hubert Bane and wife, Joyce, of Gordonsville and Carl Bane and wife, Joyce, of Rome community. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Charles “Doc” Strong
, a retired farmer of Carthage, died at the age of 88 at 12:10 p.m., Thursday afternoon, April 10th at the Swisher Road home in Hartsville of his son, Jimmy. He was under the tender care of Highpoint Hospice.
Saturday afternoon, April 12th funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. by Rev. Greg Taylor from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Dixon Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Strong was born in Celina in Clay County on July 1, 1925 and was the son of the late Fay and Virgie Frances Collins Strong.
Mr. Strong was married to the former Sara Katherine Johnson, a Jackson County native.
They were preceded in death by a grandson, Jamie Lynn Strong, who died September 20, 1998 at the age of 18 as the result of an automobile accident.
Mr. Strong was a retired farmer and in his younger years worked for the late C. E. Wright on his Turkey Creek farm and before retiring was employed for many years at Catesa Farms at Riddleton.
Surviving are his seven children: Larry Strong, of Nashville, Linda Sue Miller, of Benton, Kentucky, Annette Strong and Rita Law, both of Hartsville, Teresa Purvis, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, Jimmy Strong and wife, Debra, of Hartsville, Phillip Strong and wife, Norma, also of Hartsville, fifteen grandchildren and thirty three great-grandchildren. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Tony Reagan
, age 61 of Nashville, died at 5:30 a.m., Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 at the Alive Hospice at Saint Thomas Hospital following a long battle with cancer.
Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Lee Neal officiating.  Interment with Military Honors followed the 1:00 p.m. service in the Mount Zion Cemetery in the Sullivans Bend community.
Born Tony Fowler Reagan in Madison on January 9, 1953, he was one of two sons and a daughter born to Leslie Garfield Reagan, who died May 6, 1999 at the age of 76, and Ruby Alline Overstreet Reagan, who died September 29, 2013 at the age of 87.
Mr. Reagan was a 1971 graduate of Madison High School.
He was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force working as a weapons mechanic and served four years during the Vietnam War before being honorably discharged on September 17, 1977.
Following his service to his country, Mr. Reagan worked in construction as a crane operator for Elliott which is now AmQuip.
He attended the Mount Zion Methodist Church.
Surviving are two daughters: Kristen Anne Eady & husband, Jeff, of Mount Juliet, Melina Nicole Bastin & husband, Bobby, of Hendersonville; a sister: Vickie Morphis & husband, G.W., of Elmwood;  a brother: Danny Reagan & wife, Brenda, of Elmwood; 10 grandchildren: Reagan Boone, Savannah & Hunter Gabe Eady, Brady & Kolby Eady, Matthew, Christopher, Aimee, Bennie, & Rae Baby Bastin. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Frances King, age 91 of Hartsville and a longtime resident of the Elmwood community, died at 4:37 p.m., Monday afternoon, April 7, 2014 at the University Medical Center in Lebanon where she was admitted earlier that day.
Her pastor, Rev. Jerry Payne, assisted by Rev. Earl Dirkson and Rev. Wilkie Winfree officiated at the 1 p.m., Friday afternoon, April 11th  funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. King was born  Mary Frances Maddux in Buffalo Valley on April 5, 1923 and was the daughter of the late Elisha and Myrtle Bartlett King.
On December 19, 1939, she was united in marriage to Horace Edward King, who died April 26, 1995 at the age of 82.
Mrs. King was the mother of eleven children, four of whom predeceased her. They were James Edward King, who died at the age of 67 on February 22, 2008, Thomas Ray King, who died February 22, 2010 at the age of 65, Mark Spencer King, who died December 9, 2002 at the age of 39 as the result of an automobile accident, and Linda Reeves, who died February 19, 1986.
Two granddaughters preceded her in death, Vanessa Dorchelle King, who died December 15, 2011 at the age of 33, and Barbara Lynn King, who died February 18, 2007 at the age of 43.
A great-granddaughter, Kinsley Cherelle King, died April 9, 2011 at the age of 22.
Mrs. King was a magnificent cook and was employed in the dietary department for many years at the former Turner High School in Carthage, Forks River School at Elmwood and before retiring at the former Smith County Memorial Hospital in Carthage.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church at Elmwood where she was a choir member and choir president doing what she loved most, “ministering through song.” She supported her beloved church with her offerings, talents and regular attendance as long as health permitted.
Her hobbies included word searches, canning, sewing and preparing delightful meals for her family members which were enjoyed by all.    
Since being befallen by declining health, she had made her home with her beloved daughter, Margaret, in Hartsville, who is every bit as good of a cook as Mrs. Frances.
Surviving to cherish her memory along with a host of cousins and friends are five of her eleven children: Elisha Benjamin King, of Cookeville, Mary Catherine Dirkson and husband, William, of Lebanon, Margaret Carr and husband, Alonzo, of Hartsville, Sue Frazier, of LaVergne, Sharon Kersey-Sanders and husband, John, of Indianapolis, Indiana; sister, Della Mai Stewart, of Nashville; daughters-in-law, Hattie Ruth Chowning King, of Elmwood, Paulette King, of Watertown and Teresa Renea Shannon King, of Elmwood; twenty two grandchildren; thirty three great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.  SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Four-Way Inn community resident Mrs. Neil Cornwell Smith died at her Pleasant Shade Highway home at 10:40 a.m., Friday morning, April 11, 2014 where she had been gravely ill since March 29th under the care of Highpoint Hospice and with her devoted family and friends at her bedside. She was 90.
Eld. Jeff Patterson and Eld. Charles Allen Gentry officiated at the Sunday afternoon, April 13th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial following the 3:30 p.m. services was in the Dixon Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born Neil Marie Cornwell in the Cato community of Trousdale County on November 21, 1923 and was one of three daughters and three sons of the late Sammy Bridgewater Cornwell Sr., who died at the age of 74 on August 18, 1970, and Allie Brimm Cornwell, who died at the age of 90 on July 1, 1988.
Four siblings preceded her in death, two sisters: Lorene Cornwell Majors, who died December 1, 2004 at the age of 85, Sallie Lee Cornwell Richmond, who died November 21, 2005 at the age of 84, two brothers: Thomas Edison Cornwell, who died February 8, 2006 and Sammy Bridgewater Cornwell Jr., who died January 28, 2014 at the age of 85.
On June 17, 1942 in Rossville, Georgia, she was united in marriage to Raymond Douglas Smith, who preceded her in death at the age of 53 on December 5, 1971 following just twenty nine years of marriage.
Mrs. Smith was saved at an early age and was baptized into the full fellowship of the Dixon Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
She was a 1942 graduate of Trousdale County High School.
She and her husband owned and operated the family business, Smith Brothers Grocery at Graveltown from 1944 until his death.
She was also employed at the former Carthage Shirt Corporation from 1962 until the closing in 1993.
She leaves behind an only son: Raymond Allen “Rainey” Smith and wife, Jody, of the Four-Way Inn community; brother: Wayne Cornwell and wife, Nancy, of Hartsville; grandchildren: Chad Allen Smith and wife, Christie, Holly Smith White and husband, Tracy, all of Four-Way Inn; great-grandchildren: Chance Waller, Payton and Journee Smith; four nephews and one niece and a lifetime friend: Geraldine Shoulders Gregory of Four-Way Inn.
The Smith family requests memorials to Honor The Dead, Feed The Living Fund.  SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Sis. Dorothy Enoch, of Carthage, died at the age of 88 at 6:27 p.m., Monday evening, April 7, 2014 at the Quality Care Health Care in Lebanon where she had made her home since December 10, 2013.
Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted on Thursday afternoon, April 10th by her nephew, Eld. Roger Grisham, and her son’s pastor, Eld. Brian Goodman. Following the 1 p.m. services, burial was in the Brush Creek Cemetery.
She was born Dorothy Mai Granstaff in the Sykes community on June 3, 1925 and was one of six children of the late Ellie N. Granstaff, who died in 1951 at the age of 64, and Rosie M. Davenport Granstaff, who died in 1964 at the age of 80.
Four siblings preceded her in death, Gertrude Winfree, Elizabeth Winfree, Howard and Frank Granstaff.
On January 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Brush Creek community native Reece Enoch. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1986 at the age of 64 following only 38 years of marriage.
Sis. Enoch was an ordained Pentecostal minister and was a founding member and assistant pastor of the Linwood Pentecostal Church in Lebanon where she was a member.
Her passion was spreading the Christian truth by teaching, ministering and as an assistant pastor.
Most recently, she had attended the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church in Rock City where her family worships.
She retired in 1987 from the Texas Boot Company in Lebanon with over twenty six years of service.
In her later years following retirement from Texas Boot, she had been a caregiver for various elderly residents of Smith County.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law who own Carthage Cleaners: Steve and Susie Poindexter Enoch, of Hogans Creek; two grandchildren: Steven Enoch and Megan Enoch, both of Carthage; sister: Minnie Granstaff Grisham, of the Turkey Creek community and many nieces and nephews. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Ruby Allison, of the Popes Hill community, died at 12:40 p.m., Thursday afternoon, April 10, 2014 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center where she was admitted March 24th following a period of declining health. She was 91.
Sunday afternoon, April 13th funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with her pastor, Eld. Junior Dickerson, officiating. Burial followed in the Wilson County Memorial Park.
Born Ruby Jo Hale in Smithville on July 13, 1922, she was one of seven children of the late Charlie and Hettie Dunham Hale.
Siblings preceding her in death were a brother, J. Loyd Hale, and a sister, Mary Hale Hester, and  two brothers and a sister that died in infancy.
On September 20, 1943, she was united in marriage in Rossville, Georgia by Justice of the Peace Herman O. Bowman to Grant community native Johnnie Roy Allison. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1963 at the age of 40 after almost twenty years of marriage.
Mrs. Allison was saved at the age of 11 in 1933 at the Long Branch Methodist Church near Lancaster.
On August 28, 1949, she was baptized into the full fellowship of the Plunketts Creek Missionary Baptist Church by the late Eld. G. A. Gregory where she had remained a faithful member.
Mrs. Allison first was employed at the Lebanon Garment Factory and later at the Texas Boot Co. in Lebanon.
Before her retirement in 1984, she was employed in the dietary department of the former Smith County Memorial Hospital.
Surviving are her two children, a daughter: Brenda “B.J.” Allison, of the home, a son: Lenard Allison and wife, Barbara, of Lebanon; sister: Charlene Tomlin, of Uniontown, Kentucky; three grandchildren: Duane and Kimberly Allison and Tammy King; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Jackie Petty, of Buffalo Valley, died at 7 a.m., Monday morning, April 14, 2014 at the age of 83 following an extended illness.
Mr. Petty is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his wife, Shirley, daughter, Wanda Chambers, and son, Gary Petty, made arrangements at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Complete arrangements will appear in next week’s edition of the “Courier”. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Frances McBride Proffitt, age 83 of South Carthage, died Monday morning, April 14, 2014 at the St. Thomas Hospital Mid-Town where she was admitted Friday evening, April 11th suffering from congestive heart failure.
Mrs. Proffitt is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Richard Enoch, were to make arrangements later Monday.
Mrs. Proffitt was the widow of South Carthage native Leslie Proffitt, who died April 12, 2011.
Complete arrangements will appear in next week’s edition of the “Courier”. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Herbert Fielding “H.F” Houston
, age 80, of Lebanon was born February 27, 1934 and  passed away Friday, April 4, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kathryn Purnell Houston; children, Kathryn (Kenny) Tayse and Victor Houston; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; beloved dog, Lucy and cat, Oreo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter K. and Bessie Purnell.
Mr. Houston was a cattle farmer and an avid antique car collector.
Funeral services were Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Dr. Larry Locke officiated the services. Active pallbearers were Kenny Tayse, Paul Davis, Jared Davis, Blake Houston, Mike Purnell, and Chandler Shelton. Honorary pallbearers were South Carthage Civitan Club, Mid Tenn Antique Car Club, Stones River Antique Car Club, and Cooksey’s Coffee Club. In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to the Children’s Ministry at College Hills Church of Christ or a charity of your choice.
PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL(615) 444-7007 OBITUARY LINE (615)444-7700.

Robert “Bob” Jennings, age 66, of Alexandria, passed away April 7, 2014 at the Wyndridge Rehab Hospital in Crossville.
He was born December 16, 1948 in Montgomery County, the son of Charles P. Jennings and Beulah Belle “Shorty” Mayfield Jennings.  He was affiliated with the First Baptist Church in Alexandria and was in the army during the Vietnam War.
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Smith officiating.  Interment was in the Eastview cemetery.
Mr. Jennings was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Cheryl Lynn Jennings and a brother, Bill Jennings.
He is survived by children, Brian Wayne Jennings, Hickman, Micheal (Leslie) Emme, Smithville, Angela (Mike) Choate, Cookeville; grandchildren, Jose Jennings, Hannah Jennings, Alli Emme, Grayson Emme, Haley Choate, Katie Choate; and a sister, Doris (Jimmy) Mullinax, Alexandria. Anderson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Patsy Mazelle Graham, age 70, of the Providence community, Lebanon, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Skyline Medical Center, Nashville.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Graham and a great grandchild, Haley Chasse.
Mrs. Graham is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Debbie (Jimmy) Lankford - Lebanon; 2 granddaughters, Elissa (Larry) Goss and Tina (Ryan) Chasse;  4 great grandchildren, Karissa and Michael Goss, Heath and Crimson Chasse; sister, Mrs. Virginia (Howard) Fisher - Lebanon; special friend, Mr. Wayne Roberts - Hartsville.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home at 4:30 PM Sunday, April 6, 2014 conducted by Bro. Anthony Dixon and Mr. Bill Mize. Interment was in Hartsville Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Roger Reed, T.J. Dixon, Eddie Montgomery, Gary Graham, Darrell Gross & Nick Story.
Memorial donations may be made to the Haley’s Hearts Foundation. Anthony Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mattie Jean Pressley, age 91, of Nashville, passed away  April 12, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Charles V. “Buddy” Pressley and parents, John C. & Alma Smith.
She was a member of South End United Methodist Church, a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, Jackson County Central High School (attended Carthage High School in the 9th grade), and Smith Bend Elementary School. She retired from Metro Public Library after 27 years & 5 months and was very active in the Learning to Read program. She taught at Stratton Elementary School, at Maggart Elementary School in Smith County, and other Smith County schools.  For a number of years, Mrs. Pressley worked with the Room in the Inn program, helping the homeless. She was a finalist for the Mary Catherine Strobel Award.
She is survived by nieces, Ellen Collins and Tracie Carter; nephews, Dallas Glen Smith, Jr., Gerald M. Smith and Gene Terry Smith; great nieces, Jill M. Smith and Gina Bohanan; great nephews, Rory M., Joel C., Darren, Chris and Jonathan Smith; and several great-great nieces & great-great nephews.   
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at WOODBINE FUNERAL HOME, 3620 Nolensville Road, at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. Ann Cover. Graveside service and interment was at 2:30 p.m. at John Smith Cemetery, Gainesboro.  WOODBINE FUNERAL HOME Directors 615-832-1948 Still Family Owned.

Mrs. Nancy Lynn Hodge, age 77 of New Middleton, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Mrs. Hodge was born January 11, 1937, the daughter of the late Ethel Madeline Howerton and Aubrey Clay Austin. She married Wayne Hodge on February 22, 1954.
Mrs. Hodge is survived by her husband of 60 years: Wayne Hodge, of New Middleton; son: Dan (Sabra) Hodge, of Carthage; two daughters: Lisa Madeline (Kevin) Wright, of Franklin,  and Kelly Lynn (Darryl) Morris, of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren: Tyler (Alissa) Hodge, Katelyn (Chris) Woodard, and Chelsea Wright; great-grandchildren: Lucas Hodge and Calvin Hodge; one future great-grandchild: Marilyn Woodard; sister: Jan Walker and brother: Wayne Austin. Several special nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hodge were conducted on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes with Eulogy provided by Tyler Hodge.
Visitation with the Hodge family was held only on Monday from 2 p.m. until the service time at 6 p.m. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mr. Todd Driver
, age 49 of Ashland City and formerly of the New Middleton community, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at his residence.
Todd was born May 1, 1964 in Carthage, the son of Frances Rose Driver and the late Jimmy Driver. He was a 1982 graduate of Gordonsville High School and worked in construction for several years.
Mr. Driver is survived by his mother: Frances Rose Driver, of New Middleton; daughter: Bobbye Catherine Driver, of Ashland City; two brothers: Steve (Patricia) Driver, of New Middleton, and Danny Driver, of Knoxville; two nieces: Sydney and Stefanie Driver; nephew: Patrick Lancaster; mother of his daughter: Jennifer Spiceland, of Ashland City.
Graveside services and interment for Mr. Driver were conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Gordonsville Cemetery. Bro. Royce Martin officiated.
Visitation with the Driver family was at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday after 12 Noon until departure at 1:45 p.m. for the graveside service.
The Driver family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the New Middleton United Methodist Church. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

Mr. Mark Francis Bennett, age 52 of El Paso, TX, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Mark was born March 24, 1962 in Nashville, the son of the late Virdie Alfred Bennett, Jr. and Mary Catherine Parson.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his son: Nicholas Bennett, of El Paso, TX; siblings: Mary I (William) Murrey, of Greenbrier, George Duke (Benilda) Bennett, of Alexandria, Paula T. (Steve) Cole, of Hendersonville, Paul James Bennett, of Spring Hill, Anna Belle (Doug) Derryberry, of Hermitage, and Scott (Donna) Bennett, of Gordonsville.
Graveside services and interment were conducted on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Gordonsville Cemetery with Bro. Mark Stinnett officiating.
Visitation with the Bennett was held only on Monday from 11 a.m. until departure for the cemetery at 1:45 p.m. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE
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