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Obit – Mr. Jackie Gammon


Mr. Jackie Gammon age 72 of Hartsville was pronounced deceased at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin at 11:55 a.m. Sunday morning October 15, 2023 after suffering a fatal  aneurysm.

Eld. Stephen Brooks officiated at the 11 a.m. services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home on Thursday morning October 19th at 11 a.m.

There was a Masonic Chapel services on Wednesday evening October 18th beginning at 7 p.m. by Difficult Masonic Lodge # 451 F & AM.  

Born Jackie Howell Gammon on November 11, 1950 at the former McFarland Hospital in Lebanon, he was the second of three children, two sons and a daughter born to the late Willie Cephus Gammon Jr. who died at the age of 64 on June 10, 1994 and Martha Christine Hesson Gammon who died at the age of 72 on May 12, 2002.

Mr. Gammon was a member of the class of 1968 at Smith County High School where his major was science. He was also a member of the Latin and Pep clubs, played football his junior year, was in the junior play cast, and was in the chorus his senior year. It was stated of him in the “68 annual; “Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.”

Mr. Gammon was inducted into the Tennessee Air National Guard during the Vietnam War on January 16, 1970 and was honorably discharged as a Navy reservist on January 15, 1976 with the rank of Technical Sergeant. While in service he was a heating system technician. 

Active in the Gammon family businesses, they first constructed Gammon’s Texaco in 1969 on what was then Highway # 25 (now Dixon Springs Highway) where the Carthage McDonald’s is located.

In 1977 the family constructed the North Main Shopping Plaza on the North side adjoining Sanderson Funeral Home and they established the I. G. A. Super Market which would later become Foodland.

Mr. Gammon was originally a member of Cage Lodge # 474 in Riddleton where he was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason on March 26, 1982, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft Mason on May 14, 1982 and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on June 18, 1983.  

After the closing of the Cage Masonic Lodge he transferred his membership to Difficult Masonic Lodge # 451 of Free and Accepted Masons where he remained a member until his death.

After the family sold Foodland he was employed as an engineer in charge of facilities at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro and Memphis before returning to Hartsville as assistant manager of Hartsville Foodland after his brother Jerry’s retirement and maintained that position until retiring himself in 2016.

An avid car enthusiasts, he and one of his fellow enthusiasts, Seed Morton made the rounds at antique car shows. 

He was saved as a teenage and was baptized into the full fellowship of the North Carthage Baptist Church.

Surviving is his daughter, Susan Gammon of Hermitage, brother, Jerry Gammon and wife Suzanne Davis Gammon of the Tanglewood Community; sister, Jeanette Gammon Watts and husband Bruce of Carthage; former wife and the mother of their daughter, Evelyn Andrews Gammon of Hermitage; special friend, Danny Shoulders of Dixon Springs; nieces and nephews, Heather Gammon, Christine Gammon England and husband Paul Allen, Julie Gammon Wyatt and husband Luke, Jerry Wayne Gammon and wife Jodi, Matt Watts and wife Savannah, Jesse Watts; several great nieces and great nephews.

The Gammon family has requested memorials to either, Charlie’s Angels Saving Animals (C.A.S.A.) or Wags and Walks of Nashville.


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