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The Carthage Courier provides these Obituary listings as a public service FREE to all readers. Subscribers can also see the obituary listings with pictures (when available) in the online full edition of the Courier.
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Mrs. Madelene Roberts
, a homemaker of the Flatrock community, died at 6:39 p.m. Friday evening, April 22, 2016, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where she was admitted April 12th, being treated for cancer.
Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, April 25th at 1 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Gregory officiating. Burial followed in the Ridgewood Cemetery.
One of four children, she was born Bertie Madeline Thompson in Franklin in Williamson County on October 17, 1942 and was the youngest child of the late Howard Bethel Thompson, who died at the age of 68 on February 1, 1983, and the late Annie Lee Wiggleton Thompson, who died in 1943.
Preceding Mrs. Roberts in death were a sister, Sylvia Sue Thompson Glover, and two brothers, Frank Albert Thompson, who died November 11, 1993 at the age of 57, and Bethel Lee Thompson, who died May 5, 2005 at the age of 68.
Mrs. Roberts wed Robert Paul Roberts on October 29, 1966 at the Smith County Courthouse by W. H. Matthews.
Mrs. Roberts had been employed at both the former Smith County Hospital and Carthage General Hospital and for four years before retirement was employed at the Lux Time Division of Robertshaw Industries. 
She was a member of the Green Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of almost fifty years, is their only daughter, Sheena Roberts House, and husband, Michael, of White House and two granddaughters, Hannah and Cristol House also of White House. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE


Beasley’s Bend community resident Mr. Steve Hensley died at 10:06 a.m. Monday morning, April 18, 2016, at the Riverview Regional E.R. He became gravely ill at his Rome Road home earlier that morning.  He was 66.
Funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning, April 21st with Dr. Charles Smith and Rev. Tom Gibson officiating.  Mr. Rodney Good delivered the eulogy.  Interment followed on the Hensley family farm in the Beasleys Bend community.
Born Steven Bruce Hensley in the Petros community of Morgan County on October 21, 1949, he was the son of the late Bobby R. Hensley, a coal miner who died in 1994, and his precious mother, Nellie Lowe Hensley, of Speedwell, who survives.
On December 31, 1987 at the Hartsville United Methodist Church he was united in marriage to Mt. Vernon, Indiana native the former Linda Lee Kimble.
Mr. Hensley was a 1967 graduate of Central High School in Wartburg and a member of the Petros Baptist Church.
He retired following a 45 year career as an iron worker with the Iron Workers Local 492.  As a skilled metalsmith and artist, he completed many works of art, some of which are displayed on the Land Trust easement in Dixon Springs donated by Thomas Wilson “Wish” Beasley.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of almost 29 years and his mother, are his sons, Wyatt Hensley & wife, Jacqueline, of Dixon Springs, Jeff Hensley & wife, Patsy, of Wartburg, Steven Hensley & girlfriend, Michelle, of Bugtussle, Randy Hensley of Dixon Springs; step-son, Sgt. First Class Anthony Scott “Tony” Robb of Columbus, GA; brothers, Randy Hensley & wife, Veria, of Dixon Springs, Tim Hensley & wife, Linda, of Mount Juliet, Tad Hensley & wife, Janet, of Lebanon; 6 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren;  many loving friends in the Beasley’s Bend community and in Morgan County.
The Hensley family requests memorials to the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE


Mr. Walter “Smokey” Koske
, age 71, of Robinson, Pennsylvania died Monday morning, April 18, 2016, of a heart attack while visiting a friend on Beechboard Lane. He was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage.
Mr. Koske was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home for preparation and transport to the Stuart Funeral Home in New Florence, Pennsylvania where his services were conducted Saturday afternoon, April 23rd at 1 p.m. Pastor Janie Scarff officiated and burial followed in the Germany Lutheran Cemetery in New Florence, PA.
He was born Walter J. Koske Jr. in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 10, 1944 and was the son of the late Walter J. Koske Sr. and Idelle E. Koske.
Mr. Koske was preceded in death by his wife of over fifty one years, Erma Grace Koske.
He was a retired welder for Bethlehem Steel and currently was the owner of Koske Garage and Tire Center in New Florence.
He was an avid hunter, a sport he tremendously enjoyed sharing with his friends and family and was a collector of classic cars, of which he owned fifteen.
He is survived by a daughter, Wendy Mason and husband, Lenny, of Strongstown, PA; son, Chad Koske and wife, Heather, of Jelm, Wyoming; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE


Mr. Larry Bush, age 49, of Carthage died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, April 21, 2016, at the Palace in Red Boiling Springs where he was admitted April 1st. Prior to being transferred to the Palace he made his home at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage since September 11, 2006.
At the age of 12, Mr. Bush had surgery for a tumor on his brain and has suffered several strokes and debilitating health since then.
Bro. Tim Frank officiated at the 11 a.m. Saturday morning, April 23rd funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Ridgewood Cemetery.
Born Larry Kyle Bush in Carthage on June 11, 1966, he was one of five children and was the son of Birdie Elaine Silcox Bush Ross of Red Boiling Springs and the late James Willie Bush.
He attended elementary school at Forks River Elementary School before his surgery.
When health permitted he worked with Prospect at Gordonsville.
Before being placed in a health care facility he attended the Carthage Church of God.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two sisters, Sandra Linkage of Blackburn, West Virginia, Penny Flarida of Red Boiling Springs; two brothers, Ben Bush of Sparta and Sammy Bush and wife, Amanda, of Red Boiling Springs. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE


Longtime Cookeville businessman Mr. Reed Ramsey died at the age of 87 Friday evening, April 22, 2016, 6:20 p.m. at the NHC Cookeville.
Monday afternoon, April 25th funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. from the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Rev. Brent Davis officiated and burial followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens in Livingston.
One of seven children born to the late Luther and Etta Ray Ramsey, he was born Gilbert Reed Ramsey in Livingston on January 21, 1929.
Four siblings preceded him in death, two sisters, Gwen Ramsey Thrasher and Eudene Ramsey Boykin and two brothers, Dr. Alg Ramsey and an infant brother.
He was a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a degree in Agriculture.
Mr. Ramsey was a longtime insurance adjuster for the Tennessee Farm Bureau traveling throughout the Upper Cumberland area.
An astute businessman, he was owner of Moore and Ramsey Insulation Co. in Cookeville and later Century 21 Ramsey Realty.
Surviving is his daughter, Linda Carol Ramsey Thornton, and husband, Richard, of Cookeville;  two grandsons, Reed Ramsey Thornton and wife, Christy, of Mt. Juliet and Richard “Tate” Thornton of Cookeville; three great-grandchildren, Chloe, Hollie and Brittany Thornton; brother, Donal Ramsey of Monroe, sister, Delilah Stevens of Lakeland, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews and best friend, Bob Hill, of Cookeville.
The Ramsey family requests memorials to Mended Hearts Inc., Chapter 127, c/o Dot Chamberlain, Treasurer, 1420 Yorktown Circle, Cookeville, TN 38501.
This notice provided as a courtesy to the Ramsey family. SANDERSON of CARTHAGE


A retired Elmwood community businessman, loving daddy & Pa, and lifelong resident Mr. Jimmy McKinney died at the age of 76 at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016 at his Elmwood home with his wife at his bedside. He was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. and was under the loving care of Gentiva Hospice of Cookeville.
Mr. McKinney had fought a battle with Parkinson’s disease for the last several years and two and a half weeks prior to his death he suffered a bad fall.
At Mr. McKinney’s request he will be cremated and no services will be held. The cremation will take place at Cumberland Family Services in Algood. 
One of four sons of the late Alvin Bonnell “Panama” McKinney, who died August 13, 1972 at the age of 62, and Bonnie Mai Maxwell McKinney, who died February 25, 2006 at the age of 91, he was born James Alvin McKinney in Elmwood on December 20, 1939.
Two brothers preceded him in death, Johnny McKinney, who died at birth on July 8, 1954 and Jack Maxwell McKinney, who died at the age of 73 on April 4, 2005.
He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Jackie Raye McKinney, who died August 16, 1998 at the age of 22.
Mr. McKinney’s education career spanned from eight years at the former Elmwood Elementary School, to graduating in 1958 from Smith County High School where he majored in mathematics and science. In the 1958 Owl yearbook it was said of Jimmy “I believe that man will not merely endure, he will prevail”. He also attended Tennessee Technological University for one year.
He was employed for about three years with his father, Panama, who was a well-known skilled carpenter in the area and one of his major projects was the construction of the Sanderson Funeral Home in Carthage in 1955 and 1956.
In 1961, his mother opened the B & B Drive-in on Hwy. 70 near Horseshoe Bend Lane in Elmwood where he became best known as the friendly face of the B & B Drive-in. He became quite famous for his milkshakes, delicious ice cream, juicy burgers and sense of humor. 
Along with the good food and sense of humor, he befriended many people over the years and at times was known to dispense a little advice with his humor and food. Those years at B & B were a real joy to him and he truly enjoyed talking to and getting to know his customers. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting for anyone who walked through his door. His good humor and friendly disposition will be remembered with fondness by all the friends he made and the lives he touched.
A writing by Joseph Addison describes the impact Jimmy had on the lives of others “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
On November 23, 1969 he entered into a lifetime union in marriage to Hogans Creek community native, the former Rebecca Ann “Becky” Wilkerson. They were wed by Eld. James Thomas Gibbs at the home of A. J. and Louise Grisham.
When his health began to fail, he retired on December 20, 2014 on his 75th birthday from the restaurant career that had been his life, following fifty four years of serving the public.
Mr. McKinney’s hobbies over the years included quail hunting with his beloved bird dogs, playing poker and pool with his buddies, collecting and hunting Indian relics, metal detecting, collecting old coins, walking the hill where he grew up, watching sports of almost any kind, swinging on the back porch, whittling and spending time with his precious grandbabies, whom he absolutely adored.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of over forty six years, are their daughter, Leslie Maria McKinney Antle and husband, Les, of Elmwood; their son, Christopher James “Chris” McKinney of Baxter; brother, Jere McKinney and wife, Jimmie Mathis McKinney of Elmwood; two grandbabies who meant the world to him, Kittie Pearl Antle and Sunnie Maria Antle, also of Elmwood; nieces, Pam, Sandy and Debbie and the countless friends he made during his fifty four years at the B & B.   
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE


Shelly Binkley passed away in Carthage on the morning of Monday, April 18th, 2016. She was born in Charleston, SC January 19th 1961. 
She is survived by her children: Wilburn C., Christopher L. Binkley, and Allen R. Binkley; grandchildren: Chelsea Binkley, Carli Thaxton, Sierra Binkley, Johnathon Binkley, Katie Binkley, Lynna Binkley, Zachariah Binkley, Michael Binkley, and Katie Star. She donated her body to Vanderbilt University to help with the fight against cancer. We will miss her always. 


Mrs. Hazel Wilson Preston, age 92, of Gordonsville passed away Friday, April 22, 2016.
Mrs. Preston was born December 30, 1923 in Hilham, the daughter of the late George Thomas Wilson and Sarah Sutton Wilson. She married Sam B. Preston on September 11, 1943 and he preceded her in death on December 26, 2000. She was also preceded by brothers, Fred Wilson and Eston Wilson and sisters, Ruth Shoemake, Leva Roberts, Jean Hensley, Melia Wilson, Ruby Kelley, Modesta Nolen, and Mozelle Wilson.   
Mrs. Preston is survived by her daughter, Wanda Dennis (Jack) Wilson of Gordonsville  and granddaughter,  Amy (Robert) Waggoner of Lebanon; sister-in-law, Dimple Wilson and dear friend, Erlene Williams.
Funeral services for Mrs. Preston were conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2PM with Bro. Bobby Peoples officiating. Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Pall bearers were James Shoemake, John Shoemake, Mel Williams, Jonathan Peoples, Gerald Kelley, Marty McCaleb, Tommy Roberts, and Thomas Clark. Honorary pall bearers were Glen Vaden, Jerry Agee and Steve Angel.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Family Worship Center. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE


Mrs. Thelma Wortham Straub, age 71, of Buffalo Valley passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016. 
Mrs. Straub was born May 25, 1944 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of the late Douglas R. Wortham and Katherine Alice Rader Wortham. She was also preceded in death by a brother,  James Reed Wortham.  Mrs. Straub married John A. Straub on June 1, 1962. She attended the Buffalo Valley Church of Christ.    
Mrs. Straub is survived by her husband of 53 years, John A. Straub, of Buffalo Valley; daughter, Natalie Ann Straub (Ronnie Dale Swallows) of Buffalo Valley; grandsons, John Pursley, Jr. and Cougar Pursley; great-grandchildren, Beau Pursley, Douglas Pursley, and Cayden Pursley. Several other great-grandchildren also survive. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Straub were conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 1PM with Dennis Lowe officiating. Interment followed in the Gordonsville Cemetery. BASS  of GORDONSVILLE

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