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OBIT: Mrs. Shirley Sloan High, Age 97, Of Carthage

Mrs. Shirley Sloan High

Longtime Carthage businesswoman, Mrs. Shirley Sloan High, died at 11 a.m. Thursday morning March 16, 2017 at her Jackson Avenue home under the tender care of High Point Hospice. She was 97.

Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Friday afternoon from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Frank officiating. Burial following the 1 p.m. funeral services was in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

The last surviving of four children, she was born Shirley Bernice Sloan on Saturday September 20, 1919 on Sloan Branch in the Pleasant Shade Community and was the daughter of the late Herbert Frederick Sloan who died at the age of 77 on October 12, 1966 and Emma Angeline Kemp Sloan who died at the age of 86 on September 9, 1978.

A sister, Gladys Beatrice Sloan Kemp, died December 11, 2007 at the age of 90 and two brothers preceded her in death, South Carthage businessman, tobacco warehouse owner and Graveltown Community farmer Billie “Little Billie” Sloan who died September 14, 1980 at the age of 67 and prominent Carthage Physician Dr. Lillard R. Sloan who died of a massive heart attack on January 28, 1958 at the age of 47 while making a house call on Morris Avenue in Carthage.

In Ringgold, Georgia on June 10, 1942 she was united in marriage to Turkey Creek Community native Henry Elisha High.

In 1949 Mr. and Mrs. High along with Mrs. High’s father Herbert “Pa” Sloan began the Spring Street Motor Co. selling Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler products following the transfer of the dealership rights from Kirby Bros., Carl and Gerald, who had decided to enter other endeavors.

Mrs. High was a 1937 graduate of Carthage High School and attended the Tennessee College for Women in Murfreesboro.

She was a member and Past Worthy Grand Matron of the Carthage Chapter #190 Order of the Eastern Star. She was also an active member of the Smith County Democratic Women and her favorite pastime was playing bridge with the Carthage Bridge Club.

Mrs. High was a member of the Carthage First Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband of over seventy four years are four children, Jane High of Nashville, Jean Gregory and husband Ray Dean of Mt. Juliet, John High of Monoville, Jill Wilmore and husband Marty of Pleasant Shade; seven grandchildren, Jamie High-Graham and husband Nick Gardner of Brooklyn, New York, Mike Gregory and Connie Gregory both of the Cato Community, Kim High Frank and husband Darren of Hendersonville, Mandy Mellons and husband Josh of Little Rock, Arkansas, Nathan Wilmore of Cookeville, Monica Hill and husband Cody of Horton, Alabama; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The High family requests memorials to either the Pleasant Shade Cemetery mowing fund or the Carthage First Baptist Church.