A grand lady who has assisted in the delivery of hundreds of newborns at the former Smith County Hospital which is now called Riverview Regional Medical Center has gone to her heavenly reward.
Mrs. Lucille Garrett age 92 of Carthage died peacefully at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had made her home exactly one year to the day since July 25, 2019 and the death angel called at 7:20 p.m. Saturday evening July 25, 2020.
A Celebration of Life for this great lady was conducted Friday afternoon July 31st at 1:00 p.m. from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with officiating. Burial followed in the Garden of the Cross at Smith County Memorial Gardens. Rev. Willie Cameron and Bro. Voyd “June Bug” Hogan Jr. officiated at the services.
One of nine children and the last surviving child, she was born Fannie Lucille Brown in the Elmwood Community and was the daughter of the late Alfred Fisher (Giddum) Brown Sr. who died at the age of 102 on July 27, 1986 and Mary Jane (Janie) Stewart Brown who died at the age of 86 on December 8, 1979.
The eight siblings preceding her in death were five sisters, C. Augusta Brown Carter, Clara Brown Gibbs, Treva Brown Bailey, Agnes Brown King, Era Lee Brown; three brothers, Dallas Brown, Alfred Fisher Brown Jr. and Frazier Brown.
Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by seven of her eleven children, twins who died at birth and John Glen Garrett, Lauretta Garrett Richardson, Ronald Garrett, Teresa Garrett Hill and Jimmie Garrett who died in an automobile accident at the age of 50 on July 25, 2009.
The father of her children, Robert Haskell (Hack) Garrett of the Riddleton Community, died at the age of 66 on October 28, 1985.
Mrs. Garrett was employed as a delivery nurse at the former Smith County Hospital and retired with over thirty three years of dedicated service.
She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Carthage where she had a long tenure as an usher at church services and at funeral services. After her long tenure as an usher she was selected by her congregation to become a “Church Mother”, which is an honor bestowed until death.
As were others of her time, she was educated in elementary school in the Smith County School System and attended high school at the Wilson County High School.
Surviving are her four beloved children, Francine Garrett Donnell of Carthage, Timothy Garrett and wife Denise, Katherine Huddleston and husband Robert all of Lebanon, Ronessa Garrett Blair and husband Virgil of LaVergne; sons-in-law, John Hill of Detroit, Michigan and Isaac Richardson of Alabama; an adopted daughter, Carolyn Lancaster; seventeen grandchildren, twenty nine great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great-grandchildren; devoted friends, Beulah Carter, Kesha Jackson, and Johnesha Ward; numerous nieces and nephews and close friends and church family.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE