Thurman Paul Ward

October 6, 2018

Morrison, TN resident and Van Buren County, TN native Thurman Paul Ward, age 91, was born June 22, 1927 and died October 6, 2018 at Raintree Manor following an extended illness.

A retired boiler operator and maintenance for Cumberland Lumber Company, a United States Army veteran of WWII, and a member of the Baptist Church, he was the son of the late Titus Page and Bytha Jane Simmons Ward. He was married on September 9, 1944 to Wilma Jean Martin Ward who preceded him in death. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Alice Christian, Murrell Lee Ward and Michael Ward; granddaughter, Mary Christian; grandson, Paul Houston Timothy Ward; brother, Marion Thomas Ward; and two sisters, Delma Haston and Bonnie Miller.

He is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Janice Ward of Smithville, TN, Kenneth and Audrey Ward of Rock Island, TN, David and Reda Ward of McMinnville, Thurman Lynn and Laurie Ward of Pikeville, TN, James Ward of North Carolina, and Tim Ward of Rock island, TN; three daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Kenneth Braswell of Carthage, TN, Brenda and Ricky Henderson of Rock Island, TN and Linda and Tommy Thompson of McMinnville; twenty grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Janice Tramel Ward of Smithville, TN; sister-in-law, Juanita Oliver of McMinnville; and special friend, Carol Varner of Morrison, TN.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 8, 2018 in High’s Chapel with Ray Skyles and Hershel Short officiating. Burial will follow in Eureka Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Monday at High’s.

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High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen Fay Hays

October 3, 2018

Kathleen Fay Hays age 67 of Auburntown died Monday evening, Oct. 1, 2018 at Alive Hospice in Nashville. Born Jan. 1, 1951 in New Orleans, LA, she was the daughter of Eileen Soulant Johnston and the late Johnny Johnston. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Sandy and Butch Johnston and an infant twin sister. Kathy is survived by her husband, Jackson Sea Hays of Auburntown; children, John Alan (Monica) Freeman of McAllen, TX, Alicia Diane Freeman and Theodore Alan Freeman both of Auburntown; stepchildren, Angela Kay Hays of Manchester and Jackie Hays of Auburntown; 6 grandchildren, Ariana, A.J., Kassandra, Johnny, William and Tyler; mother, Eileen Johnston of McAllen, TX; sister, Karen (Richard) McLaughlin of McAllen, TX; brothers, Chris (Susie) Johnston of Poplarville, MS and Billy Johnston of McAllen, TX; nieces and nephews. A time of remembrance and memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 7, 2018 at Hunter Funeral Home at Watertown with Bro. Johnny Adcock officiating. Visitation with the family will be from Noon till service time on Sunday.

Tony Joe Corley

October 3, 2018

Mr. Tony Joe Corley, age 54, of Liberty, TN, passed away Tuesday Oct. 2, 2018.

Tony was born September 29, 1964, son of Ruth Hancock Corley and the late Billy Joe Corley. He graduated from DeKalb Co. High School in 1982; he was a construction worker and a Christian attending the Lancaster 7th Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Corley is survived by his mother:  Mrs. Ruth Hancock Corley of Liberty, TN; Brothers:  William Randall (Angie) Corley of Chapel Hill, TN; and James Quinn Corley of Smyrna, TN; Sister:  Kimberly (William) Turner of Smithville, TN; Aunt:  Rita Webb Sherrill of Lebanon, TN.

Funeral Services for Mr. Corley are scheduled to be conducted from the chapel of Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 2 PM with Bro. Leslie Walper officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery on Lower Helton.

Visitation with the Corley family will be at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria, on Wednesday from 4PM until 8PM and on Thursday from 11AM until service time at 2 PM.


Mary Helen Murphy

October 1, 2018

Mary Helen Murphy age 73 of Smithville and a longtime resident of Dowelltown and the Sycamore Community, passed away Monday morning, October 1, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.  She was born August 24, 1945 to her parents, the late Robert and Louise Tarr Baker.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Murphy; 2 sons, Ray Murphy, Jr. and Brian Murphy; 1 brother, H.B. Baker; 3 sisters, Georgia Barber, Bonnie Howell and Shirley Gibbs.  She was a homemaker and a retired factory worker.  Mary was a Baptist.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday, October 4, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Timothy Baker officiating and burial will follow in Sycamore Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM.  Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Murphy of Nashville; 3 grandsons, Jon Murphy of Nashville, Nathanyel (Natasha) Pedigo of Smithville and Trenton (Kim) Pedigo of Dowelltown; 11 great-grandchildren, Savannah, Sophia, Jackson, Kenadee, Katie, Alexis, Madison, Aiden, Landon, Lillian and Rylan; 3 brothers, Billy Baker of Smithville, Glen (Billie Ann) Baker of Liberty, Jimmy (Fay) Baker of Smithville; 3 sisters, Betty Scurlock of carthage, Dorothy Leach of McMinnville and Sue Mitchell of Cookeville; several nieces and nephews.  The family would like to express their appreciation to Cookeville Regional Hospital for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Ms. Mary.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Varena Paris Thompson

September 29, 2018

Mrs. Varena Paris Thompson, age 96, of Brush Creek, TN, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018.

Mrs. Varena was born August 20, 1922 in Brush Creek, TN, daughter of the late Edgar Campbell Paris and Levia Ballengar Paris. She was also preceded in death by Siblings; Estes Paris, Alton Paris, and Virginia Oakley, Sister-in-Law; Oma Dale Webster, and Brother-in-Law; Edward Thompson. Mrs. Varena married L.V. Thompson on December 18, 1943 and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1996.

Mrs. Thompson graduated from Gordonsville High School in 1940 and then later from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. She worked for the Smith County School System for thirty years until her retirement in 1984, spending most of her tenure at Gordonsville Elementary School. Mrs. Varena also taught at Donelson Elementary School and Woodbine Elementary School. She was a longtime faithful member of the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by two Daughters and Son-in-Laws; Brenda and Charles Prichard of Brush Creek, TN, and Renee and Ray Wisdom of Alexandria, TN. Grandchildren; Stan (Michelle) Prichard, Stephanie (Greg) Fish, Stein Prichard, Logan Clark, and Morgan Clark. Great-Grandchildren; Dalton (Caroline) Fish, Spencer (Victoria) Prichard, and Shelby Prichard. Sister; Betty Jo Hackett Manning of Alexandria, TN, and Brother-in-Law; Bob Oakley of Brush Creek, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Thompson are scheduled to be conducted from the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 2PM with Bro. Dusty Desimone and Bro. Dennis Croslin officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Hill Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordosnville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday from 12PM to 8PM, and at the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Monday from 10AM until 2PM.

Donations in Mrs. Varena’s memory may be made to the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church or the Union Hill Cemetery Fund.


Jackie Lee Linder

September 27, 2018

65 year old Jackie Lee Linder of Alexandria passed away Tuesday at Trousdale Medical Center. He was a Southern Baptist and a self employed construction worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Adcock Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Linder was preceded in death by his parents, Classie and Flossie Bain Linder; siblings, J.C. Linder, Ruby Gerrard, Martha Caldwell, and Joe Linder. Survivors include  five children, Chris and Jamie Linder of Gallatin, Teresa Gibbs and Larry Durnley of Hartsville, Benjamin and Alicia Linder of Gallatin, Amanda and Cam Linder of Gallatin,  and Sandy Keen of Nashville. Fifteen grandchildren, T.J. and Brittany Gibbs, Logan and Destiny Gibbs both of Hartsvile, Nikki Green of Alabama, Bennie Elaine Linder of Gallatin, Frankie and Mary Linder of Lebanon, Cameron Linder and Zoe Linder of Lafayette, Erica Cheyanne Linder, Jayden Taylor, Zachery Taylor, Calee Lenae Linder, Cason Linder, Zayne Bennett, Taylor Bennett all of Gallatin, and Brooklynn Keen of Westmoreland. Three great grandchildren, Kayson Gibbs of Hartsville, Aryia Oreo Linder of Gallatin, and Aspen McFarland of Gallatin, companion, Kathy Swain and her children Ronnie, Brittany, and Erica. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, all donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

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