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OBIT: Lillian Sexton

Mrs. Lillian Sexton of South Carthage passed from this life into eternal rest at 11:09 p.m. Friday evening March 20, 2020 at the age of 89. She had made her home at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage since September 7, 2007.

Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted Monday afternoon March 23rd at 3 p.m. Eld. Kenny Hensley and Eld. Chris White officiated and burial followed in the Chestnut Mound Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

One of nine children, she was born Lillian Frances Whitehead in the Dillards Creek Community of Smith County and was one of nine children of the late Turner Freeman Whitehead who died at the age of November 14, 1950 at the age of 62 and Lula Frances Brown Whitehead who died at the age of 59 on November 19, 1948.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Marie Whitehead Simpson who died August 21, 1977 at the age of 55 and Emmalene Whitehead Simpson who died September 21, 2005 at the age of 72 and by four brothers, Charlie Henry Whitehead who died May 1, 1995 at the age of 77, Howard Whitehead who died December 2, 1967 at the age of 48, J. B. Whitehead who died February 28, 2003 at the age of 77 and John Whitehead who died February 28, 2003 also at the age of 77.

Mrs. Sexton was a member of the Jared Missionary Church in the Ditty Hollow at Chestnut Mound.

Surviving are her four children including three daughters, Linda Sexton Baker of the Club Springs Community, Betty Sexton Brown of the Horseshoe Bend Community, Patsy Sexton of South Carthage, a brother, William Sexton and wife Cindy of the Carr Ridge Community in Putnam County; sister, Ellen Whitehead Lockhart of Michigan; brother, James Whitehead of Nashville; sister-in-law, Martha Whitehead of Cookeville; nine grandchildren, twenty five great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great-grandchildren.

The Sexton family requests memorials to either the Jared Missionary Church, Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center activity fund or Alzheimers Tennessee.


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