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OBIT: Mrs. Thelma Woodard Thaxton


Mrs. Thelma Woodard Thaxton

Mrs. Thelma Woodard Thaxton, of the Pleasant Shade Community, was pronounced dead at the Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage at 1:11 a.m. Monday morning August 13, 2018. She was transported from the Concordia Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had resided since September 12, 2017. Mrs. Thaxton was 80.

Mrs. Thaxton’s son-in-law, Bro. David Thaxton, officiated at the funeral services which were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Wednesday afternoon August 15th. Following the 1 p.m. funeral services burial was in the Garden of the Cross section at the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

She was born Thelma Joann Woodard in Carthage on May 26, 1938 and was one of six children of the late Baxter native Dewey Owen Woodard who died at the age of 83 on March 20, 2002 and Carthage native Violet Frances Silcox Woodard who died at the age of 97 on August 8, 2018, just five days before the death of Mrs. Thelma.

She was united in marriage on April 9, 1977 in Lebanon to Turkey Creek Community native Ray Thaxton who preceded her in death on June 5, 2015 at the age of 71 following over thirty eight years of marriage.

They were preceded in death by her three sons, David Owen Key died February 15, 2006 at the age of 48, Randall Kelly Key who died October 14, 2000 at the age of 38 and Steven Peter Key Dixon who died from an accident on July 31, 1976 at the age of 12.

She was also preceded in death by two granddaughters, Tabatha Kellow and Chrystal Coffee.

Mrs. Thaxton was a longtime employee of the former Carthage Shirt Corporation and after the closing in 1993 she was employed as a nurse tech at the former Smith County Health Care Center in Carthage, which was later Kindred Health Care and now Concordia.

She attended the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church in the Rock City Community.

Surviving are her three daughters, Melody Thaxton and husband David of South Carthage, Phyllis Kellow and husband Michael of Westmoreland, Frances Key of the Riddleton Community; five siblings, Juanita Woodard Hunt and husband Junior of the Monoville Community, Wendell “Bill” Woodard and wife Brenda of Murfreesboro, Frances “Candy” Thompson and Jesse Woodard both of the Pleasant Shade Community, Devon Duncan of Carthage; fifteen grandchildren, twenty four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.