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OBIT: Mr. Bernice Washer, Age 72, Of The Lock 7 Community

Mr. Bernice Washer, age 72, of the Lock 7 Community was pronounced dead on arrival at 5:05 a.m. Monday morning January 29, 2018 at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage after becoming gravely ill at his Lock 7 Lane home.

Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Thursday afternoon February 1st at 1 p.m. Mr. Washer’s longtime pastor, Bro. John Amspaugh, and present pastor, Bro. Scott Ezell, officiated and burial followed in the Garden of Everlasting Life at Smith County Memorial Gardens.

One of eleven children, he was born Bernice Clay Washer in the Bluff Creek Community on August 29, 1945 and was the son of the late Jessie Wilson “Jess” Washer who died at the age of 76 on March 23, 1998 and Robbie Barrett Washer who died at the age of 87 on January 11, 2010.

Five siblings preceded Mr. Washer in death, a sister, Joyce Ann Washer Bennett who died on July 22, 2017 at the age of 66 and four brothers, Jessie Mitchell Washer who died on September 7, 1995 at the age of 52, Roger Dale Washer who died on February 6, 2003 at the age of 53, Jimmy Randy Washer who died on March 13, 2003 at the age of 46, and Larry David Washer who died on March 18, 2011 at the age of 56.

On December 4, 1965 at the Carthage Church of the Nazarene, where both Mr. and Mrs. Washer are now members, he was united in marriage to South Carthage native, the former Mattie Sue Bennett. The ceremony was performed by then church pastor, Rev. Merle Meade.

Mr. Washer was retired from Lojac where he was employed for over fifteen years.

Surviving in addition to his wife of just over fifty two years are his four siblings, twin brother, Bill Washer and wife Odean Harville Washer of the Pigeon Roost Community, Jewel Washer Rigsby and husband Dave of Lebanon, Willodean Washer Davis of South Carthage, Ronnie Washer of Carthage, Betty Washer Gibbs and husband Roger of South Carthage.

The family requests memorials in Bernice’s memory to the Carthage Church of the Nazarene.