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A DeKalb County native was found dead at the age of 49 at 7:02 a.m. Monday morning, January 25, 2016, at her Colonial Street apartment in Carthage.

Tammy Powell was pronounced dead at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage that morning and was transported to the Metro Medical Examiner Office. She was released to the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Friday morning, February 5th at 11:40 a.m.
Graveside services were conducted Monday morning, February 8th with Eld. Michael Nesbitt officiating. Interment followed in the Ridgewood Cemetery.
Born Tammy Sue Bain in Smithville on August 8, 1966, she was one of two daughters of the late Turner and Emmie Bain.
A sister, Vickie Bain, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Powell attended DeKalb County High School thru the 11th grade and had been disabled most of her life.
She was a non-denominational Christian.
She is survived by a cousin, Brenda Cripps, of Smithville and several aunts and uncles. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mrs. Erelene Stewart, age 74, of Gallatin died at 11:20 a.m. Friday morning, February 5, 2016, at the Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had made her home since Monday, January 25th.
Funeral services from the Crestview Funeral Home in Gallatin were conducted Tuesday afternoon, February 9th at 2 p.m. Burial followed in the Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Born Erlene Butler in Smith County on December 9, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Hubert Clay Butler, who died at the age of 78 on June 10, 1991, and Lena Lutrell Gregory Butler, who died at the age of 79 on November 19, 1996.
Siblings preceding her in death were sisters, Pauline Clark and Claudine Butler and brothers, J. D. Butler and Clyde Butler.
Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Stewart.
Mrs. Stewart had a zest for life and was very outgoing and had a deep devotion for her family and co-workers.
A longtime garment factory worker, for twenty three years before her retirement she was employed at Wal-Mart in Gallatin.
An individual who loved the outdoors, she enjoyed watching wildlife and butterflies, gardening in her backyard and cultivating butterfly bushes and flowers around her Koi pond. 
Mrs. Stewart was an accomplished seamstress which she passed on to her children, enjoyed buck dancing and challenging her mind doing word puzzles. 
A unique woman who thoroughly enjoyed life and letting everyone know her thoughts, she will be sadly missed by all her family and many friends.
Mrs. Stewart was a non-denominational Christian.
Surviving are six children, Kay Thomas and husband, John, Fay Coleman and husband, Keith, Penny West and husband, Don, Denetta Robinson and husband, Steve, Rocky Thomas and wife, Lee-Anna, James Thomas and wife, Josie; two sisters, Audean Butler Dias of Gallatin, Olene Butler Harwell and husband, Bill, of Carthage; brother, Roger “Bud” Butler and wife, Linda, of Brentwood; sisters-in-law, Ann Butler of the Rock City community, Brenda Butler of Lebanon; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Stewart family. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

A popular Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputy is dead at the age of 54, following a battle with pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed December  30th of last year.
Sgt. James Mark West, affectionately known as “Big Luke”, died at 3:05 p.m. Monday afternoon, February 1, 2016, at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville where he had been treated for the past sixteen days. His family was at his bedside.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. from the Rome Baptist Church where Mr. West was a member and where he was married. The church pastor, Bro. Wayne Malone, and Mr. West’s brother, San Antonio, Texas Pastor Donnie West, officiated. Burial was with his parents at the New Macedonia Cemetery on Pea Ridge.
Born in Nashville on November 15, 1961, he was one of four children of the late Difficult community native Billy Charles West, who died November 8, 2008 at the age of 72, and Club Springs community native Carolyn Ann Harris West, who died October 10, 1977 at the age of 37.
An infant sister who died at birth, Amy Carol West, preceded him in death on July 2, 1971.
Mr. West was united in marriage on February 12, 2012 to the former Cynthia “Cindy” Kay Givens, a native of the Kempville community. 
Sgt. West joined the Smith County Sheriff’s Office force under former Sheriff Johnny Bane on June 22, 1996 and graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy in 1999.
He also served under former Sheriff Ronnie Lankford and had continued to serve in the administration of current Sheriff Steve Hopper. 
Surviving, in addition to his wife of almost four years, are sons, Matthew West of Livingston and Casey Elrod of Carthage; sister, Teresa West Mofield and husband, David, of the Rome community, Pastor Donnie West and wife, Susie Bennett West, of San Antonio, Texas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Ruth Givens of the Kempville community. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

South Carthage resident Mr. Trenor Bryant died at the age of 82 at his Lester Avenue home under the loving care of his caregivers April Estes, Crystal Schoeneck, and High Point Hospice at 7:45 p.m. Saturday evening, February 6, 2016.
Memorial services are scheduled to be conducted Friday afternoon, February 12th at 4 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. His pastor, Sister Luanna Tollett, will officiate. Mr. Bryant was cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood.
The Bryant family will receive friends at Sanderson in Carthage only on Friday from 3 p.m. until the memorial services at 4 p.m.
Born Trenor Arthur Bryant in Athol in Worcester County, Massachusetts on June 20, 1933, he was one of three children of the late Erwin Trenor Bryant and Vera Zoe Hall Bryant.
A sister, Verle Louise Bryant preceded him in death.
Mr. Bryant was a 1951 graduate of New Salem High School in New Salem, Massachusetts and in 1957 received his Master of Arts Degree with a double Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and continued his studies at the University of Massachusetts where he obtained two years toward his Doctorate degree.
On June 14, 1980 in Erving, Massachusetts Mr. Bryant was united in marriage to South Carthage native, the former Mary Ellen Hughes, who was the daughter of longtime United Methodist pastor, Bro. Sam Hughes, and Naomi Catherine Jay Hughes.
Mr. Bryant proudly served our country as an airman with the United States Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict. He was inducted in Springfield, MA on July 10, 1951 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant at Parks Air Force Base in California on June 6, 1955.
He was a member of the Cedar Point United Methodist Church on Cedar Point Circle.
Mr. Bryant retired in 2002 as a Crisis Intervention Specialist with the Plateau Mental Health Center in Cookeville.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of almost thirty six years, are three children, Lynn Carol Bryant of Leverett, MA, Tanya Zoe Bryant of Hawley, MA, Torie Leigh O’Dell of Shelburne Falls, MA; sister, Charlotte Vera Bryant of Greenfield, MA; step-son, Samuel Yates of McMinnville; four grandchildren. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Services for Mr. John Henry Seay, 70, of Riddleton, were Saturday at 11am at Sanderson Funeral Home (901 N. Main St. Carthage, TN).  He lay in state at Neuble Monument Funeral Home.  Elder Robert Spickard Sr. served as eulogist. Interment was at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
He passed away on Sunday. He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Seay Sr., 2 sisters, Betty Lou and Henrietta Seay, and 2 daughters-in-law, Melissa Denise Seay and Melissa Kay Seay.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Peggy McKinley Seay; three sons, Quinn, Quince Henry, and Terry (Sanetra); grandsons, Johnathan, Marc, TJ, Xavian, Nicholas; granddaughter,  Amanda; great grandsons, Cameron, Alex, and Leo; and great granddaughter, Betty K.; loving mother, Louise Seay; devoted friend and brother, Bobby Ray Seay; 3 sisters, Dollie Mai Banks, Ann Claiborne, and Judy Talley; close mother-in-law, Mary McKinley; 2 godsons, Mike Tyree and Trooper Gerald Carter; very special friends, Donnie Bohannon, Tony Nesbitt, John Mathis, and the late Hosea Carter, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Neuble Monument  Funeral Home LLC, 1330 Bluebird Road Lebanon TN, is in charge of arrangements. (615) 444-3117   neublemonumentfuneralhome.com

Mrs. Joyce Anne Williams, age 70, of South Carthage, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the St. Thomas West Hospital.
Funeral services for Mrs. Williams were incomplete at press time. For completed arrangements you may call our offices at 615-683-8212 or 615-735-1212, visit www.bassfh.com, or call the obituary lines at 615-683-8200 or 615-735-2500. BASS  of Gordonsville

Euless Bryant Williams
, age 88, of Nashville and a native of the Lancaster community in Smith County, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016. He was the son of the late William and Carrie Smith Williams. He was also preceded in death by his wife Charlene and his sister; Frances Carter.
Mr. Williams is survived by his daughter, Tammy Davis; granddaughter, Alyssa Erwin; two nieces, Peggy (Woody) Steinhart, Karen Carter; special friend, Barbara Williams; and many great nieces and nephews.
Mr. Williams was a member of Dalewood Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00pm until 8:00pm at Spring Hill Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00am Thursday at Spring Hill Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to service. Brother Paul Wampler and Reverend James Lee Williams will officiate. Interment will follow in The Historic Spring Hill Cemetery with friends from Dalewood Baptist Church serving as pallbearers.   BASS  of Gordonsville

Mr. Stanton Hesson
, age 47, of Carthage, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016 at his home.
Mr. Hesson was born January 12, 1969 in Smith County, the son of the late Glen Ray Hesson and Della Lee Alvis. 
Mr. Hesson is survived by his wife, Bridgette Hesson of Carthage; son, Joseph (Ashley) Rich of Chestnut Mound; brothers, Edward (Kate) Hesson of Gallatin and David Hesson of Gallatin; sisters, Christine (Timothy) Beck of Fairview, Mary Apple of Carthage, Lora (Phillip) Coffee of Carthage, and Lennie Hesson of Lebanon; granddaughter,  Irene Rich of Chestnut Mound.
Memorial services for Mr. Hesson are scheduled for later in the week, but exact times are incomplete. You may check for them by calling our offices at 615-735-1212 or 615-683-8212, at www.bassfh.com, or on the obituary lines at 615-683-8200 or 615-735-2500.
In lieu of flowers, the Hesson family requests donations be made to assist with funeral expenses. BASS  of CARTHAGE

Mr. Glenn Boyd James departed from this earth on February 1, 2016, ready to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He was 87 years old. 
He was born on May 29, 1928 in Hickman.
He was welcomed home by those who preceded him in death, his parents, Luther and Lorell James; his two brothers, Charles and Billy James; his three sons, Glenn Jr., Steven and Richard James; and his long-time friend and companion, Geraldine Duke.
He was the owner and manager of Gordonsville Trailer Park for over 30 years.   He was a generous and understanding manager and helped many people in their time of need over the years.
Before that he had been a “Big Rig” driver and retired from Rankin Oil of Carthage.  During his time as a driver he drove countless U.S. highways and byways, from Alaska to Mexico and many U.S. states.  He is known to have carried the very last load to the Flaming Gorge Dam in Utah back in 1963.
He was a follower of most every sport but an avid “Tennessee” sports fan.  He loved all teams Tennessee. Baseball was by far his favorite.  He could be found during baseball season watching game after game and those around knew to be quiet while a game was on.  He was a devoted Atlanta Braves fan, a passion passed down to him by his father.
Mr. James daily read the newspaper from front to back and had been known to quiz his grandchildren on current events.  He loved reading and especially enjoyed “Old West” magazines.  He had collected hundreds of them over the years.
 Those who knew him could attest to his mischievous wit and humor.  He was always good for a funny joke or story and could bring a smile to your face.
He was a devoted and generous family man and he leaves behind his daughter, Katherine James Parks; his grand-daughters, Robin LaJeunesse and Sabrina Archer; his sister, Mary Tripp and the mother of his four children, Ethel James South.  He also leaves grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other family, friends and loved ones.
Funeral services for Mr. James were conducted on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12:00PM in Gordonsville at Bass Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Donations in Mr. Glenn’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association. BASS  of Gordonsville
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