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Obit – Mr. Bill Napier

Mr. Bill Napier of South Carthage died Monday evening January 29, 2024 at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where he was admitted January 12th suffering from prostate cancer. His family was at his bedside and Mr. Napier was pronounced deceased at 11:05 p.m. by Caris Hospice of Cookeville who had been assisting with his care.

Funeral services conducted by Bro. Wayne Malone were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday morning February 3rd from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Garden of Everlasting Life at the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

There was a military chapel service conducted by American Legion Post # 57 of Carthage.

He was born Billy Durell Napier in Red Boiling Springs on January 8, 1930 and was the son of the late Thomas Lee (Tom) Napier who died at the age of 77 on January 15, 1970 and Willie Vera Poteet Napier who died at the age of 65 on March 27, 1964.

Both of his children preceded him in death, Sherrie Napier Montgomery who died December 8, 2020 at the age of 69 and a son Billy Joe Napier who died March 13, 2006 at the age of 53 and he also was preceded in death by a grandson, Shane Christopher Napier who died at 6 & 1/2 months of age on December 6, 1976.

He was also preceded in death by siblings, an infant who died at birth on April 19, 1932, Margaret Marie Napier Cohen who died May 3, 2010 at the age of 84, Frances Alene Napier who died at the age of 11 months on August 14, 1918, Nellie Napier who died at the age of 14 months on June 7, 1925, Louie Clay Napier who died July 19, 1990 at the age of 68, Melba D. Napier Phillips who died in 1990 at the age of 92, William Whitley “Dick” Napier who died February 19, 2005 at the age of 85,   Maryliegh Napier Brown who died August 31, 2000 at the age of 52, and  Joe Haley “Indian Joe” Napier who died August 2, 1977 at the age of 62.

Mr. Napier was a 1948 graduate of Red Boiling Springs High School.

He was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War having served our country form his induction In Indianapolis, Indiana on February 15, 1951 until his honorable discharge on February 14, 1955 with the rank of Airman First Class. During his tenure of service he was assigned to the 456th Flight Interceptor Squadron.

For his unwavering service to our country he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the 520th Air Defense Medal.

Mr. Napier was a non-denominational Christian.

Surviving is his special friend, Willowdean Washer Davis of South Carthage; five grandchildren, Kellie Warren of Indianapolis, Indiana, Heather Koontz and husband Kevin of Crestview, Florida, Jessica Dillon and husband Jamey of Murfreesboro, John Thomas (Tommy) Montgomery and wife Anette of Greenwood, Indiana, Jason Napier and wife Christina of Niceville, Florida; daughter-in-law, Gloria Napier of Niceville, Florida; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


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