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Mary Lynch Givens
Mrs. Mary Lynch Givens, age 34 of Carthage, died Tuesday afternoon, December 17, 2002, at Smith County Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Givens; two children, Kayla Givens and Jacob Givens of Carthage; parents, Robbie & Barbara Lynch of Carthage; grandparents, Louise King of Nashville and Maggie Sue Kellow of Carthage; sisters, Elizabeth Severs of Watervale, Cathy Bowman of Carthage and Martha Silcox of Funns Branch; brothers, Mike King of Lebanon, Tim Lynch of Chestnut Mound, Jerry Lynch of Carthage and Josh Lynch of Carthage. Mrs. Givens' remains are at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted Friday afternoon, December 20, at 1:00 with Bro. Jimmy Gregory and Bro. Glen Gibbs officiating. Interment will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Carthage Chapel on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Mr. Blake Kannapel
Mr. Blake Kannapel, age 20 of South Carthage, died Monday evening, December 16, 2002, at Smith County Memorial Hospital after collapsing while playing basketball with friends at the Cornerstone Baptist Church at 55 Massey Road in Tanglewood. Mr. Kannapel, a graduate of Smith County High School on May 20, 2000 and currently a junior at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, was transported to Sanderson Funeral Home in Carthage on Monday evening, December 16 and transferred Tuesday morning, December 17, to the medical examiners office of Dr. Bruce Levy for an autopsy. The youth was the son of Don and Carolyn Mofield Kannapel of Cumberland Cove in South Carthage. He is also survived by two brothers, Austin Kannapel and Tyler Kannapel, both of South Carthage; grandmothers, Anna Belle Mofield of South Carthage and Thelma Lou Kannapel of New Albany, Indiana. Mr. Kannapel's remains are at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his service will be conducted Friday morning, December 17, at 11:00 with Bro. Arnold Dugan and Rev. Alvin Hitchcock officiating. Interment will follow in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Carthage Chapel on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Sallie Marie Fitzpatrick Bellar
Mrs. Sallie Marie Fitzpatrick Bellar, age 85 of Brandywine Estates, Old Hickory, died Monday, December 16, 2002 in Nashville at her grandson's residence. Graveside services and interment were held at Hermitage Memorial Gardens, Hermitage, on Wednesday afternoon, December 18, 2002 at 3:00, conducted by Bro. Kenneth Clayton. Mrs. Bellar was born in Chestnut Mound, the daughter of the late Minnie Scruggs and Snowden J. Fitzpatrick. She was married to Robert Lee "Bob" Bellar on November 27, 1937 and he preceded her in death on September 10, 2000. She worked 25 years at Dean Moore Supermarket in Hermitage Hills. Mrs. Bellar is survived by two daughters, Ann Bellar of Nashville and Brenda Harris of Titusville, Florida; three grandchildren, Robert Rankin, Heather Shadrix and Scott Harris; four great-grandchildren, Aubry Harris, Madison Harris, Hunter Shadrix and Preston Shadrix; one sister, Mrs. Muriel Agee of Lebanon. Bass Funeral Homes, Gordonsville Chapel, directors.

Roy K. Wills
Funeral services for Mr. Roy K. Wills, age 72 of Temperance Hall Hwy., Hickman, were held Monday, December 16, 2002 at the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church conducted by Bro. Sam Foreman and Bro. Odis Green. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Wills died Friday night, December 13, 2002, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital in Smithville. Mr. Wills was born in Sykes on March 18, 1930, the son of the late Beulah Grandstaff and Ollie Lee Wills. Two brothers, Odell Wills and C.D. Wills also preceded him in death. He was a 1948 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He served in the United States Army from October 1953 to September 1955. He was married to Bettye Gwaltney on January 12, 1954. He was a charter member of the Southside Lions Club in 1963 and had held various positions and was currently serving as treasurer. He had been a commissioner of Smith Utility District since February 1980. He worked for Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District from 1965 till his retirement in 1992 and was a part time farmer. He was a longtime member of the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sykes and has served as Elder and Clerk of Session since 1962. Mr. Wills is survived by his wife, Bettye Gwaltney Wills of Hickman; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Shari Wills of Brentwood and Kevin and Lori Wills of Birmingham, Alabama; four grandchildren, Kendra and Jackson Wills of Brentwood, Paige and Margo Wills of Birmingham, Alabama; brother, Glenn Wills and his wife, Lynn, of Lebanon; two sisters, Tony Baker of Alexandria and Ollie Jewel Nixon of Gordonsville; brother-in-law, Jack Gwaltney and his wife, Ethelene, of Nashville. Bass Funeral Homes, Gordonsville Chapel, directors.

Lena Mae Duke
Funeral services for Lena Mae Duke, age 80 of Smithville, were held Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Chapel. Interment followed in Whorton Springs Cemetery with Sis. Serita Martin officiating. Mrs. Duke died Monday, December 16, 2002, at Baptist DeKalb Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Temperance Hall Pentecostal Church. Mrs. Duke is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie McHenry and Susie Hemontalor Bates; three brothers, Edward, Author and Marvin Bates, and one sister, Myrtle Hutchenson. She is survived by her husband, Leon Duke of Lancaster; two daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah and Tony Glenn Rast of Pigeon Forge and Vivian Duke of Madison; five grandchildren, Darlene Rickles of Gordonsville, Delia Oldham of Carthage, Vivan Becker of Pigeon Forge, Tony Lee Rast of Pigeon Forge and Venus Konicki of Madison; six great-grandchildren, Jessica Becker, Kasey Oldham, Kayla Oldham, Chris Rickles, Crystal Rickles, Victoria Mae Konicki; one brother, Wilson Bates of Phoenix, Arizona; two sisters, Willie Midgett of Gordonsville and Alma Bila of Phoenix, Arizona. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, directors.

Dwight Perry
Mr. Dwight Perry of Lebanon died, at the age of 48, at 2:12 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2002, at University Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack. Graveside services were conducted at 1:00 Tuesday afternoon, December 17, by Eld. Barney Allison. Burial was in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Born Dwight Dewayne Perry on October 11, 1954 in Nashville, he was the son of the late Albert and Vickie Gifford Perry. Mr. Perry was a truck driver and a Missionary Baptist in belief. Surviving are two children, Candace Murphy and husband, Dewayne, of South Carthage, Dustin Perry of Carthage; sister, Janice Bradshaw of Antioch; two brothers, Edwin Brown of Nashville and Charles Perry of Springfield; grandson, Austin Murphy of South Carthage. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Charles Croslin
Mr. Charles Croslin of Nashville died at 1:40 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2002, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage of a chronic respiratory infection. He was 56. Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon, December 18, at 1:00 from the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Sullivans Bend. Bro. Jimmy Gregory officiated. Mr. Croslin was born February 27, 1946 in Lebanon, the son of the late Carman and Dorothy Grisham Croslin. Mr. Croslin, a Baptist in belief, was a drywall contractor in Davidson County. Surviving are two children, Cheryl and Charles Martin Croslin of Michigan; sister, Fay Severs of Vassar, Michigan; three brothers, Buford and Glenn Croslin of Lebanon, Rick Croslin of Saginaw, Michigan; three great-grandchildren. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Avannah Boyd
Mrs. Avannah Boyd, age 73 of Buffalo Valley died at 3:00 Thursday morning, December 12, 2002, at Carthage General Hospital, of liver failure. Services were conducted Saturday morning, December 14, at 11:00 from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bernie Barton officiating. Interment followed in the Rock Springs Cemetery at Buffalo Valley. Mrs. Boyd was married to Floyd Boyd on December 21, 1946. She was born in Buffalo Valley on April 14, 1929 and was the daughter of the late James Isaac and Eliza Christian Whitehead. She was a member of the Buffalo Valley Church of Christ. She and her husband operated Boyd's Market on Granville Highway at Chestnut Mound for 23 years, before their retirement in 1995. Surviving, in addition to her husband of fifty years, is a son, Bobby Boyd and wife, Shirley, of Paducah, Kentucky; two sisters, Evelyn Brown of Gordonsville, Rose Lampley of Ashland City; granddaughter, Nicole Boyd of Paducah, Kentucky. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Dow Draper
Wartrace community farmer Dow Draper died at 11:25 a.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002, at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center of injuries received October 14, 2002, when his four wheel all terrain vehicle overturned on his farm. He was 82. Services were conducted at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home in Kempville. Jack Honeycutt and Comer Meadows officiated and burial with full military honors followed in the Draper Cemetery on Wartrace Creek. In addition to being a farmer, Mr. Draper was the longtime caretaker of the Draper Cemetery. Born August 21, 1920 in the Wartrace community of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Fisher and Mallie Dixon Draper. His wife, Zelema Huffines Draper, died July 28, 1978. Mr. Draper was a member o the Willette Church of Christ and an Army veteran of World War II having served from December 2, 1942 until February 11, 1946. He received four medals for service and was in three battles including Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. Surviving are four sons, David Draper and wife, Linda, of Wilson, North Carolina, Roger Draper and wife, Cynthia, of Pleasant Shade, Jr. Draper and wife, Diane, of Wartrace, Steve Draper and wife, Melissa, also of Wartrace; two sisters, Bonnie Taylor of Nashville, Stella Tuttle of Bethpage; brother, Robert Draper of Highland; eight grandchildren, Xavian Draper of Macon, Georgia, Zachary Draper of Wilson, North Carolina, Paige, Justin and Jessica Draper, all of Pleasant Shade, Ashley, Thomas and Joseph Draper, all of Wartrace. The family has requested memorials to either the India Mission Fund or the Draper Cemetery Trust Fund. Sanderson Funeral Home of Kempville, directors.

Johnnie F. Bellar
Mrs. Johnnie F. Bellar, of the Club Springs community, died, on her 97th birthday, at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at the Westmoreland Care and Rehab Center following a lengthy illness. Graveside services and interment were conducted Thursday afternoon, December 12, at 1:30 from the Gordonsville Cemetery. Elder Charles Allen Gentry and Billy Brad Cowan officiated. Born in Elmwood on December 10, 1905, she was the daughter of the late John King and Lina Nichols Ferrell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Bellar, in September of 1976. Mrs. Bellar was of the Methodist faith. She is the mother and mother-in-law of Dr. Frank Bellar and his wife, Reba, of Lafayette. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Frank (Rick) Bellar, Jr. of Cookeville, Jim Bellar of Nashville, Diana Verlain of Key West, Florida; five great-grandchildren, Jon, Trey, Aza, Tye and Mye Bellar; half sisters, Lila and Ruby Law of Crossville; half brother, J.K. (Margaret) Ferrell of Lebanon. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Mark King
Mr. Mark Spencer King, age 39 of Elmwood, died Sunday evening, December 9, 2002, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center of injuries received in a two car accident on Monday evening, December 9, 2002, at the intersection of Main Street North and Dixon Springs Highway. Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, December 14, from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Rev. Jerry Payne, Rev. Bobby Ray Seay and Rev. Earl Dirkson officiated at the 1:00 p.m. services. Born in Carthage on January 20, 1963, he was the son of Frances Maddux King of Elmwood and the late Horace Edward King who passed away on April 26, 1995. He was baptized in September of 1977 and was a member of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church at Elmwood. He graduated from Smith County High School in 1981 and was a member of the Armed forces of the United States of America where he received an honorable discharge in July of 1998 after serving two four-year enlistments. Mr. King was currently employed as a truck driver for All American-Net Trucking Company of Lebanon. He went by the C.B. handle of "Spanky." He was married to Teresa Renea Shannon on September 3, 1988, who survives. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Gail Reeves, on February 19, 1986. In addition to his mother and wife of fourteen years, Mark leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Katrina and Keyona, a son, Marquesas; three brothers, James Edward King and wife, Hattie, all of Elmwood, Elisha Benjamin King and wife, Thelia, of Cookeville, Thomas Ray King and wife, Paulette, of Watertown; four sisters, Catherine Dirkson and husband, William, of Lebanon, Margaret Carr and husband, Alonzo, of Dixon Springs, Sue Frazier of LaVergne, Sharon Kersey of Indianapolis, Indiana; mother-in-law, Shirley Shannon of Indianapolis, Indiana. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Ona Mae Stallings
Mrs. Ona Mae Stallings, age 92 of South Carthage, died at 9:26, Tuesday morning, December 10, 2002, at Smith County Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. Services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, December 11 from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with burial in the Ridgewood Cemetery. Bro. Robert Hughes officiated at the 3:00 services. Born in Carthage on August 12, 1910, Mrs. Stallings was the daughter of the late Walter and Ada Elizabeth Denton Baker. She was married December 26, 1931 to Ernest C. Stallings who preceded her in death on June 18, 1979. She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mable Ruth Stallings on March 5, 1937. Four siblings also preceded her in death, Nelson and Fred Baker, Maggie Bell Dickens and Marie Denney. Mrs. Stallings was a longtime cook at the Carthage Elementary School and retired from the former Hire and Long 5 & 10 in Carthage with twenty-five years service. She was a member of the South Carthage Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving is a sister, Elizabeth Agee of South Carthage; several nieces and nephews. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Hallie Mae Clemons
Mrs. Hallie Mae Clemons, who had lived in three centuries, died, at the age of 103, at 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2002, at Carthage General Hospital. She had remained active until two days before her death. Services were held Thursday afternoon, December 12, 2002 from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home and burial followed in the family plot at Granville Cemetery. Dr. James Clardy and Rev. William Russell Cain officiated the 1:00 services. Born in the Granville community of Jackson County on August 5, 1899, she was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Minnie Tittle Huff. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-two years, James Michael" Jimmy" Clemons. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Aza Beulah Rector and Sallie B. Stout; a granddaughter, Barbara Clemons, who died in 1962; and a son-in-law, Doncue Mullinax. Mrs. Clemons was a longtime member of the Granville United Methodist Church and upon moving to Carthage became a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Adult Sunday School Class. Mrs. Clemons, a homemaker, had made her home on Fite Avenue in Carthage for many years. Surviving are three children, Jessie Lon Clemons and wife, Hazel, of Tanglewood, Minnie Lena Mullinax of Cookeville, James Edward Clemons and wife, Tommie, of Carthage; grandchildren, David Mullinax of Cookeville, Randall Clemons of Lebanon, Mike Mullinax of Cookeville, Barry Clemons of Carthage, Donette Hare of Mt. Juliet; step-granddaughter, Joyce Russell of Difficult; seven great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandsons. The family requests memorials be made to Granville Museum, Granville Cemetery or Carthage United Methodist Church. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Sherry Long
Graveside services and interment for Mrs. Sherry Dell Robinson Long, age 51 of Carthage, were held at the Gordonsville Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, December 10, 2002, conducted by Bro. Bobby Peoples. Mrs. Long died Monday morning, December 9, 2002, at Smith County Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Sherry was born in Nashville, the daughter of Odell Robinson and the late Wilma Doris Bellar Robinson. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Ellen Coyle, on July 29, 2002. Sherry is survived by her husband, Charles Russell Long, Carthage; two daughters, Kristen Soard of Royal Oak, Michigan and Darcey Rae Hutchinson of Gordonsville; three grandchildren, Quintin Coyle, Payton Hutchinson and Riley Hutchinson; father, Odell Robinson of Gordonsville; brother, Mike Robinson of Gordonsville; paternal grandmother, Lucy Robinson of Gordonsville. Bass Funeral Homes, Gordonsville Chapel, directors.

Warner Denton
Mr. Warner Denton, age 54, died Monday morning, December 9, 2002 at his Turkey Creek community home. Graveside services were held Wednesday afternoon, December 11, 2002, at 1:00, officiated by Eld. Charles Allen Gentry. Burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Mr. Denton attended Smith County High School. He was born in Lebanon on March 20, 1948 and was the son of Edna Mae Bowman Denton of Carthage and the late Nelson Gray Denton. Mr. Denton was a longtime employee of AVCO in Nashville. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are three children, Travis Denton of Gordonsville, Lyle Denton of Riddleton, Kristin Nicole Denton of Elmwood; three grandchildren, Olivia Denton of Gordonsville, Tyler Denton of Carthage, Lucas Denton of Riddleton. The family has requested memorials be to the Smith County Middle School Library.

Marcie Burton Nicely
Ms. Marcie Burton Nicely, age 45 of Carthage, died Thursday afternoon, December 5, 2002 at the Jefferson Avenue West home of her mother following a long illness. She was pronounced dead on arrival at 2:13 p.m. at Smith County Memorial Hospital. Services were conducted Sunday afternoon, December 8, 2002, from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral home and burial followed in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Rev. Dr. Ernest Jones officiated at the 1:00 services. Born October 7, 1957 in Carthage, she was the daughter of Hazel Crawford Burton Ross and the late J.B. "Hammer" Burton of Carthage. Mrs. Nicely attended Smith County High School and was a member of the Hickman Baptist Church. Before becoming disabled, Mrs. Nicely was employed at Genesco. Surviving, in addition to her mother, is a daughter, Heather Bane and husband, Stephen, of Buffalo Valley; brother, Mark Burton of Dallas, Texas; grandmother, Mary Crawford of Carthage. Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage, directors.

Donna Keeney
Mrs. Donna Keeney, of the Bagdad community in Jackson County, died, at the age of 67, at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2002, at her Salt Lick Road home of cancer. Services were conducted on Saturday afternoon, December 7, from the Hackett Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Larry Cole officiated. Mrs. Keeney as cremated on Tuesday. Born Donna Jean Haynes on May 14, 1935, in Fostoria in Senaca County, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John and Florence Brooker Haynes. She was married November 18, 1951 to James Lee Keeney. Mrs. Keeney retired in 1993 from the electronics division of the RCA Corporation. After both she and Mr. Keeney retired, they moved to Jackson County in 2000 from Alvada, Ohio. They had constructed a new home near the Cordell Hull Lake and had occupied the home in October of 2001. Surviving, in addition to her husband of fifty-one years, are five children, Vickie Ray of Speedway, Hank Keeney of Jacksonville, Florida, Pamela Novak of Findlay, Ohio, Michael Keeney of Alvada, Ohio, Karen Harden of McComb, Ohio; sister, Ann Haynes of Fostoria, Ohio. Sanderson Funeral Home of Kempville, directors.

Freddy (Paul) Allen
Mr. Freddy (Paul) Allen, age 72 of Almond Street, Carthage, died Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at Hendersonville Hospital in Hendersonville. Funeral services for Mr. Allen were held at the Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday morning, December 7, 2002, at 11:00 conducted by Bro. Dewey Dyer. Interment followed in the Gibbs Cemetery in South Carthage. Mr. Allen was born February 29, 1930 in Granville, Jackson County, the son of the late Una Ethel Hargis and William Carroll Allen. A brother, Rex B. Allen and a baby sister also preceded him in death. He worked in construction as a pipe line worker. He was Baptist in belief. He is survived by a dear companion, Jean Lowe of Carthage; daughter, A. Darlene Anderson of Cookeville; son, John C. Allen of Lebanon; five grandchildren, Regina Neal, Paul Neal Andrews, Amy Machelle Jones, Beth Marie Moody and Robert Anthony "Bubba" Wade; four great-grandchildren; brother, Cecil Allen of Red Boiling Springs. Bass Funeral homes, Carthage Chapel, directors.

Ben Burk, Jr.
Mr. Ben Burk, Jr., age 72 of the Buffalo Valley community in Putnam County, died Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, December 7, 2002, from the J. C. Hellum Funeral Home in Lebanon. Mr. Burk is survived by wife, Georgia Burk of Buffalo Valley; daughters, Frankie Moore of Detroit, Michigan, Teresa Merritt of Anderson, South Carolina, Sarah Oglesby of Lavonia, Georgia, Dorothy Jones of Carthage, Brenda Paul of Woodbury, and Larian Burk of Chattanooga; sons, James and Clarence Burk of Anderson, South Carolina, Benjamin Burk of Westminster, South Carolina; step-children, Branson Harris of Elmwood, Carolyn Carter of Buffalo Valley. This noticed provided as a courtesy to the Burk family.

Elder A.W. Carr
Funeral services for Elder A.W. Carr, age 82 of Lafayette, were conducted Friday, December 6, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. from the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Harold Dean Linville and Elder Jackie Stagner officiating. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Interment was in the Eulia Cemetery. Elder Carr passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at UMC Medical Center in Lebanon. A native of Macon county, he was the son of the late Russell and Pattie Scruggs Carr. He was married to Gerald Odean Jones Carr on November 1, 1941 who survives. He enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served our country during World War II. He later retired from G.F. Office Furniture, Incorporated in Gallatin. He was a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors, in addition to his wife of 61 years, include daughters and sons-in-law, Faye and Bud Troutt of Bethpage, Brenda and Steven Robertson of Lafayette, Patsy and Kenneth Bennett of Carthage, Cathy and Doyle Hawkins of Lafayette; sons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Betty Carr, Freddy and Carolyn Carr, both of the Willard community, Jerry and Patricia Carr of Bethpage, Raymond and Laurie Carr, David and Janet Carr, both of Lafayette; sisters, Lena Hesson of Westmoreland, Betty Clines of Portland, Dorothy Key of Gallatin; brothers, Fred Carr of the Eulia community, Oscar Carr of Gallatin; seventeen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Phillip Anderson & Son Funeral Home of Lafayette, directors.

Charles Edgar Stanley
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Edgar Stanley, age 91 of Gordonsville, were held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday morning, December 6, 2002, conducted by Bro. Dickie Johnson. Interment was in the Ridgewood Cemetery in Carthage. Masonic funeral rites were held on Thursday night by New Middleton Masonic Lodge No. 249 F&AM. Mr. Stanley was born February 5, 1911 in Macksville, Kansas, the son of the late Sarah Ann Hinderliter and Joseph Edward Franklin Stanley. He graduated from Macksville High School in 1929. He was married to Frances Marks in 1936 and they moved to New Middleton in 1947. She preceded him in death on May 24, 1971. He was married to Pauline Smith Pierce on September 1, 1972 and she preceded him in death on June 5, 2002. He lived on the farm in New Middleton until 1986 when he moved to Gordonsville. He worked for Smith County Farm Bureau as a tax preparer, retiring in 1976. He then helped his brother-in-law in the audit of books for Smith County government for the next 20 years. He was made a Master Mason in Kansas in 1935 and moved his membership to the New Middleton Masonic Lodge No. 249 F&AM where he was still a member. He was a long-time United Methodist and belonged to the New Middleton United Methodist Church and later the Gordonsville United Methodist Church and taught a Sunday School class for many years. Mr. Stanley is survived by two step-sons and daughters-in-law, Herschel Edwin and Carolyn Pierce of College Park, Georgia and Ronald Smith and Daffo Pierce of Mt. Juliet; three step-grandchildren, Lisa and Ron Pierce, Jr. of Gordonsville; Pam and Sean Pierce of Kissimmee, Florida and Kathryn Pierce of Atlanta, Georgia; two step-great-grandchildren, Luke and Jake Pierce of Gordonsville. Bass Funeral Homes, Gordonsville Chapel, directors.


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