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Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Ruth Hurd were conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 31st at 2 p.m. from the Gamaliel Chapel of the Strode Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Gamaliel Cemetery.
Mrs. Hurd, of Gamaliel, Kentucky, died Friday May 27, 2016, at the Palace in Red Boiling Springs at the age of 89.
Born Velma Ruth Adams in Monroe County, Kentucky on March 23, 1927, she was one of six children of the late Andrew Adams and Nevada Deckard Adams.
Preceding her in death were two sisters, Doris Elease Adams and Mary Evelyn Hale and two brothers, Ollis Mitchell Adams and James Andrew Adams.
United in marriage on October 18, 1946 to Chaston “Chat” Hurd, he preceded her in death on June 20, 2007, following over sixty years of marriage.
They were preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Jean Williams.
Mrs. Hurd was a retired factory worker and a member of the Gamaliel Baptist Church.
Surviving are five sons, Mike Hurd of Carthage, Jackie Hurd of Decatur, Illinois, Jerry Hurd and Bobby Hurd both of Lafayette, Danny Hurd of Gamaliel, KY; sister, Louise Austin of Decatur, IL; seven grandchildren, one step-grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
The Hurd family requests memorials to the Gamaliel Baptist Church.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Hurd family.

Ms. Lois Vance, a longtime resident of South Carthage, died Monday morning, June 20, 2016, at 6:54 a.m. at the Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon at the age of 82.
Ms. Vance is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her family was to make arrangements at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, June 20th.
Complete arrangements will be published in the next week’s edition of the “Courier”.

Mr. Tom Rottero, of Alexandria, died Sunday morning, June 19th, at his home. He was 67. He was pronounced dead at the DeKalb Community Hospital by DeKalb County Medical Examiner, Dr. J. C. Wall.
Mr. Rottero is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral where his wife, Patty, and the family were to make arrangements at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, June 20th.
Complete funeral arrangements will be published in the next week’s edition of the “Courier”.

Into the arms of our Loving God, on June 4th, 2016, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center, his child, Elizabeth M. Wright, age 85, of the Lancaster community, found peace and comfort in the company of her beloved husband of 60 years, Everette William Wright, who preceded her in 2011. They were married in New Haven Ct. on September 21, 1951.
She and her husband founded the business, E.W. Wright, Inc. in Guilford CT, which they owned and operated from 1971 until their retirement in 2011. Their company invented and manufactured instruments for research in the medical community: they both were very proud of the number of lives that were saved by the equipment their company produced.
Mrs. Wright was a Christian lady who attended the Lancaster United Methodist Church, where she loved to sing in the choir. She was a kind, loving, and giving woman who found the good and shining light everywhere she went. Up until her death, she was an avid bowler, sewed her own clothes, tended the garden, wrote poetry, played the organ, had taught Sunday school and led Bible classes while in CT.  She loved her family, friends and all the wonderful animals that graced her life.
Left behind on earth to cherish her memory and continuing to live life are her three children, Susan Elizabeth Wright (Gery), with whom she lived happily,  Linda J. Wright, Thomas B. Wright and two grandchildren, Alyssa/Charlie Wright and Nicolas Wright.
Before moving to TN, Mrs. Wright lived 81 years in CT. where she left behind many friends who she loved and who truly loved her.
As per her wishes, Mrs. Wright was cremated and the ashes of she and her husband will remain together forever as they are now in Heaven. She is greatly loved and missed.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Mr. Sammy Mofield, age 61, of the Elmwood community was found deceased Monday morning, June 13, 2016 at his Cookeville Highway home. He died from apparent natural causes.
Pastor Bill Woodard officiated at the Saturday morning, June 18th, funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial following the 11 a.m. services was in the Ridgewood Cemetery.
One of three children, he was born Sammy Glenn Mofield on September 15, 1955 at the former Dr. Thayer S. Wilson clinic in Carthage where Poindexter Reality is now located. He was the son of the late Glenn Thomas Mofield, who died at the age of 56 on April 14, 1983, and the late Frances Carnelia Vaden Mofield, who also died at the age of 56 on October 6, 1980.
Mr. Mofield was a dedicated employee of the City of Lebanon sanitation department, a position he had held since February 7, 2007. 
His exemplary work ethic caused the City of Lebanon to contact the brother for a welfare check since Mr. Mofield had not missed a single day of work for over seven years. He did not report for work Friday and when he was not at work Monday morning his family was contacted. 
Neighbors had reported seeing him mowing his yard with a push mower Thursday, June 9th, after work and it was believed by authorities that he probably died that night.
Having never married, Mr. Mofield lived alone.
He attended the Living Waters Ministries in Gordonsville.
Surviving is a sister, Nola Mofield Bane and husband, Pastor Richard Bane, of Collinwood; a brother, Robert Dewayne “Wayne” Mofield and wife, Teresa Abney Mofield, of the Popes Hill community.

Mrs. Carol Huth, of Pleasant Shade, passed away at her Nixon Hollow Lane North home at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2016, with her loving husband at her bedside. Mrs. Huth died one day before her 76th birthday and celebrated her first eternal birthday in heaven.
Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Matt Steinhauer at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, June 15th from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Following the funeral services Mrs. Huth will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood.
Born Carol Ann Petrocelli in Buffalo in Erie County, New York on June 12, 1940, she was one of two children of the late Albert Petrocelli and the late Helen Larkin Petrocelli.  
Mrs. Huth was preceded in death by her brother, Peter Petrocelli, in 1990.
In Lebanon, on May 28, 1998 she was married to New York native John Henry Huth. The Huth family made their permanent home in Smith County in 1997.
Mrs. Huth graduated from the Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was a talented and skillful writer and following graduation from college she was employed in State Government Affairs for the state of New York. 
She later returned to her Stony Brook alma mater where she served as Director of Public Relations and Communications in the Health Sciences Center. In total her state service spanned twenty plus years before she retired to Pleasant Shade with her devoted husband, John.
Mrs. Huth attended Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon.
Surviving, in addition to her life’s love and husband of over eighteen years, are two daughters, Kimberly Graber of Northport, Florida  and Karen VanOverberghe of Port Jefferson, New York; five grandchildren, Kimberly’s three children, Ashleigh, Kaileigh and Johnny and Karen’s two children, Alexandria and Colton; and her two sisters, Renee McVety and Joette Maynard, both of Port Charlotte, Florida.
The Huth family has suggested memorials go to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Nashville. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE

Mr. Bill Law, age 76, of Riddleton, died at 11:10 a.m. Saturday morning, June 18, 2016, at the Quality Health Care in Lebanon where he had made his home since April 18th of this year. He was transferred there after being treated at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center since April 10th for a fall suffered in the early morning hours that day at his Piper Road home.
His funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, June 21st, at 3:00 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with his childhood friend, Eld. J.B. Shoulders, officiating. 
A Masonic Chapel Service was conducted Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. by the Difficult Masonic Lodge #451. Following the funeral services, Mr. Law will be cremated at Cumberland Family Services in Algood.
Born William Franklin Law in Carthage on December 4, 1939, he was the only child of Thomas Gordon Law, who died November 15, 1992 at the age of 82, and V.F. Givens Law, who died February 8, 1989 at the age of 69.
On December 13, 1986 at the Smith County Courthouse he was united in marriage to the former Judy Frances Gore, who survives.
Mr. Law was a 1957 graduate of Smith County High School where he majored in science and was a member of the C Club, Latin Club, and Debate Club. Following graduation he attended Tennessee Tech.  
He began working for Kemp Office Equipment Company following graduation where he was employed until 1967. 
In 1967 Mr. Law, Charles Green and James Clemons established Middle Tennessee Office Equipment in the former Smith County Motor Company building on the square in Carthage. He was a partner in the firm until 1988 when he sold to his two partners and began working in construction until his retirement.
He was a former member and Past Master of the Cage Masonic Lodge in Riddleton and transferred to the Difficult Masonic Lodge #451 F & AM. 
He was of the Missionary Baptist faith. His family donated the land for the Bide Russell Missionary Baptist Church in Riddleton.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of almost 30 years, are four children, Vicki Lynn Lawson of Riddleton, Frankie Law & wife, Cindy, of New Middleton, Tommy Law & wife, Debi, of Huntsville, AR, Krishina Hamlet & husband, Tony, of Gainesboro; four grandchildren, Russell Massey, Amanda Silcox, Megan Smith, and Krysten McCathran; 6 great-grandchildren.
The Law family requests memorials to the Grant Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Ritchie Neal Gwaltney, age 66, of Hickman,  passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Mr. Gwaltney was born October 10, 1949, a son of the late Luther Hoyte & Reba Neal Grisham Gwaltney. He married Millie Haynes on December 20, 1974, and she preceded him in death August 1, 2006. He graduated from Gordonsville High School in 1967 and was also a graduate of Cumberland University and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Mr. Gwaltney attended the Hickman Baptist Church. He worked as a truck driver for the William L. Bonnell Company and he was a farmer. Mr. Gwaltney served his country in the United States Army.  
Mr. Gwaltney is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Amber (Jamie) Winkler of Carthage; grandchildren, Jackson & John Haynes Winkler; brother, Lynn (Sunny) Gwaltney of Newnan, GA; sister, Sandra (James) Grisham of Lebanon. 
Graveside services for Mr. Gwaltney were conducted on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3PM at the Baird Memorial Cemetery in Hickman with Mike Bradshaw officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hickman Baptist Church. 

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