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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Obituary: Iris Merritt Jones
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Ms. Iris Merritt Jones, age 63 of Marshall County, Tenn., passed away April 12, 2015 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was preceded in death by mother, Willie White Merritt and daughter, Kellie Michelle Jones. She is survived by father, James A. “Jim” Merritt of Franklin; son, Timothy Blake Swallow of Lewisburg, Tenn.; daughter, Tabitha Jones (Travis) Howell of Columbia, Tenn.; brothers, Mike (Chris) Merritt of Thompsons Station, Tenn. and Darrell (Kay) Merritt of Nashville; grandchildren, John Dillon Bennett, Hunter Bennett, Terasa Howell and James Swallow.

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Obituary: Jayme John Sperduti
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Jayme John Sperduti, age 44, left this Earth to be with our Lord on April 14, 2015.

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Obituary: Serepta Lee Sadd
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 11:06 am

Mrs. Serepta Lee Sadd, age 80 of Franklin, Tenn., April 14, 2015. She was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church. She graduated from Morris Harvey College. She started her teaching career in West Virginia, Mentor, Ohio, Kettering, Ohio and Corning, N.Y.

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Obituary: Caroline Grace Best
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 10:45 am

Caroline Grace Best, age 77, died April 3, 2015 in Lawrenceville, GA. 

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Obituary: Carol Meline Williams
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Carol Meline Williams was born April 25, 1942 in Long Beach Calif., the daughter of George C. and Ethel Mae Meline. 

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Monday 04/13/2015
Obituary: James Edward Smotherman
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 4:57 pm

James Edward Smotherman, born September 25, 1931 at Wartrace, Tenn., passed away April 12, 2015 at Vanderbilt Hospital. A resident of College Grove since 1967, he was preceded in death by his parents W. E. Smotherman and Willie M. McClaran, his brother Travis E. Smotherman and his sister Dorothy Smotherman Cates.

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Obituary: Betty Bishop Stewart
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Ms. Betty Bishop Stewart, age 70, of Nashville, Tenn. passed away April 12, 2015 at her home. She is survived by son Louis, Jr. (Mandy) Baker; daughters, Billie Baker, Becky (Tony) Barnes, Sandra (John) Burgess and Sharol (Marty) Price; brothers, Jimmy Bishop, John Bishop, David Warren and Danny Warren; grandchildren, Mandy Thomas, Paula Lunn, Derek Ely, Amy Baker, Brooke Burgess, Taylor Price, Kameron Burgess and Liam Baker; seven great-grandchildren.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Obituary: Vera Moore Williams
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Mrs. Vera Moore Williams, 96, of Franklin, Tenn., passed away on April 8, 2015 in the early morning.

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Obituary: Ann Bruce Mauldin Faircloth
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 1:59 am

Rock Hill - Ann Bruce Mauldin Faircloth passed away April 7, 2015 at the age of 87. A native of Rock Hill, S.C., she was the youngest of six children born to Mayme Williams Mauldin and William Mark Mauldin.

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Monday 04/06/2015
Obituary: Patricia Ann “Patty” Allison
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Mrs. Patricia Ann “Patty” Allison, age 62, of Spring Hill, Tenn. passed away April 5, 2015.

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Obituary: Minnie Katherine Chrisman
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Mrs. Minnie Katherine Chrisman, age 89 of Arrington, Tenn. passed away on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. Born near Eagleville, Tenn. to William Robert Douglas and Bertha May Vincent in 1925.

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Sunday 04/05/2015
Obituary: Sharon Lynn Schempp
Posted: April 05, 2015 - 9:59 pm

Sharon Lynn Schempp's body died at age 61, on Feb. 21, 2015, due to a short illness with cancer. She was born Feb. 11, 1954. She is survived by her husband, Ted Schempp, and her daughter, Stephanie Martinez. Sharon was a Senior Learning Designer at Healthways Corporation, in Franklin, and was a member of Grace Chapel, also in Franklin. Sharon shared the leadership with her husband, Ted, of Bruised Reed Ministries, Inc., where she volunteered with a team of several others monthly, at The G4S Young Women's Academy, in Nashville.

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Obituary: Sharon Joyce Hall Joseph
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 2:01 am

Mrs. Sharon Joyce Hall Joseph, age 72 of Franklin, Tenn., passed away April 3, 2015.  Formerly from Springfield, Mo. and made her home there for over 50 years where she worshipped with the Water Mill Church of Christ.  She was a member of Franklin Church of Christ.  She is survived by husband of 54 years, M. Clay Joseph; sons, Mitchell (Lisa) Joseph, Mark (Lori) Joseph, Monty (Melanie) Joseph and Morey (Jelaine) Joseph; brother, Jim (Mary) Hall; sister-in-law, Kristie Joseph (Erich) Grotheer; grandchildren, Caleb, Corban, Carly, Aaron, Connor, Molly, Emma, Marlo and Paxton Joseph; great grandchildren, Walker and Addie Tyne Joseph. 

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Obituary: Lewis Townsend Blair
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 10:52 am

Mr. Lewis Townsend Blair, age 87 of Franklin, Tenn., March 28, 2015.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Obituary: Mary Roy Lambert
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Mary Roy Lambert, 77, of Franklin, Tenn. formerly of Tiptonville, Tenn. passed away on March 25, 2015. She was a devoted minister’s wife and was involved with the First Baptist Church of Tiptonville. She retired from the Lake County Regional Correctional Facility after 17 years as an employee.

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Obituary: Mary Louise Marlin Sullivan Forton
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 10:38 am

Mary Louise Marlin Sullivan Forton, age 81 of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. passed away March 19, 2015. She retired from Hudson’s in Michigan.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Obituary: Lewis Ray Hargrove
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Lewis Ray Hargrove, age 72 of Columbia, Tenn. passed away with his family by his side March 24, 2015.

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Obituary: Josiah “Joe” Carr Eggleston
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Mr. Josiah “Joe” Carr Eggleston, age 83 of Franklin, Tenn., passed away on March 24, 2015. He was a longtime member of Franklin First United Methodist Church.

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Obituary: Mary Louise Marlin Sullivan
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Mary Louise Marlin Sullivan, age 81 of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. passed away March 19, 2015. She was retired from Hudson’s in Michigan. Sullivan was preceded in death by parents, Louise Ormes and Fleming Marlin, Sr.; sister, Hazel Bradley; brother, Fleming Marlin, Jr.; grandson, James Joseph Sullivan.

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Obituary: Donald Clark Weil
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Mr. Donald Clark Weil, age 90 of Brentwood, Tenn. passed away March 21, 2015 at Somerfield at the Heritage.

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Obituary: Lewis Ray Hargrove
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Lewis Ray Hargrove, age 72 of Columbia, Tenn. passed away with his family by his side March 24. Lewis was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, which would help anybody in need. He served in the National Guard from 1964-1971, then later retired from Georgia Boot Company.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Obituary: William “Bill” Richard Rainey, Jr.
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Mr. William “Bill” Richard Rainey, Jr. age 68 of Franklin, Tenn. passed away on March 23, 2015. Rainey was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of West Main Church of Christ.

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Monday 03/23/2015
Obituary: Camilla Doris Barker Catron
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Mrs. Camilla Doris Barker Catron, age 90 of Franklin, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 17, 2015.  Doris was a devoted member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, where she was active for many years.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold E. Catron Sr..  Doris is survived by her sons, Harold E.  “Eddie” Catron Jr. of Franklin, Robert E. “Bob” Catron of Spring Hill and William C. “Biff” (Marlette) Catron of Grayson, GA; grandchildren, James E. (Kelley) Catron, Joseph E. Catron, Jonathan C. Catron and Rachel C. (Lance) Petty; great granddaughter, Madison Grace Catron. 

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Friday 03/20/2015
Obituary: Robert M. “Bob” Bufford
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Mr. Robert M. “Bob” Bufford, age 91 of Franklin, Tenn. went to be with the Lord on March 19, 2015. He was an Elder for over 40 years of the Churches of Christ. He was in the auto parts business until he retired.

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Obituary: Evelyn Hatley Billings
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Mrs. Evelyn Hatley Billings, age 94, passed away peacefully March 19, 2015. She was born Nov. 6, 1920 in Vardamen, Mississippi to Ben E. and Martha Hatley.

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Obituary: Tamara Lyn Stephens
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 1:54 am

Tamara Lyn Stephens, 40, of Thompsons Station, Tenn. passed away March 16, 2015.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Obituary: Catherine Louise 'Cat' Crafton Mangrum
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 7:16 pm

Mrs. Catherine Louise “Cat” Crafton Mangrum, age 80 of Thompson Station, Tenn. went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 17, 2015. She was a lifelong resident of Franklin and worked in factories and as waitress for several years at Toby’s Restaurant. She was loved by many because of her serving and unselfish love for her family and friends.

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Obituary: Mary Nell Pazzaglia
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Mary Nell Pazzaglia, age 75 of Spring Hill, Tenn. born in Converse, La. and lived as a child in Mitchell, La. passed away March 18, 2015.

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Obituary: Tracy Lynn England
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Tracy Lynn England, age 49, of Franklin, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 following an extended battle with diabetes.

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Obituary: James Monroe Bonner
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Mr. James Monroe Bonner, age 69 of Spring Hill, Tenn. born sunrise 1945, died sunset peacefully March 15, 2015 at his home. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, Bonner was a longtime Instrument Tech Engineer for Sverdrup Technology Inc. at the Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn.

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Obituary: B. Carroll Johnson
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 9:53 pm

B. Carroll Johnson, age 73 of College Grove, Tenn., passed away March 16, 2015.

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Obituary: B. Carroll Johnson
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 2:13 pm

B. Carroll Johnson, age 73 of College Grove, Tenn., died Monday, March 16, 2015. A retired bank executive with the Bank of College Grove/ Bank of Franklin, Mr. Johnson was a devoted father, grandfather and husband who loved all of his family dearly. Carroll was a member and past deacon of the Leiper’s Fork Primitive Baptist Church. Since his retirement, he became an avid gardener, raising prized tomatoes and loved curing country hams. One of his favorite hobbies was repairing old and antique guns. 

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Monday 03/16/2015
Obituary: William Howard Chriesman
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Mr. William Howard Chriesman, age 95 passed away at the Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. on March 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, MP Cotton Chriesman and father, William Chriesman.

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Obituary: Andrew Thomas Karp
Updated: March 16, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Andrew Thomas Karp, 71, of Franklin, Tenn. passed away on March 9. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Laura Mahowald Karp, first wife Mary Katherine Brunke Karp, brothers Daniel and Frank, sisters Laura Mae Rudeen and Katherine Klein Clarken.

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Saturday 03/14/2015
Obituary: Eloise Hall Hoover
Posted: March 14, 2015 - 7:05 am

Mrs. Eloise Hall Hoover, age 92 of Franklin, Tenn. passed away March 11, 2015.

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Friday 03/13/2015
Obituary: William E. “Bill” Bartusch, Jr.
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Mr. William E. “Bill” Bartusch, Jr., age 63, of the Caney Spring community, died Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015. Born in Berwyn, IL, Mr. Bartusch was a son of the late William E. Bartusch, Sr. and Sammie Lee Parker Bartusch who survives. He was a retired Operations Technician with Saturn Corporation in Spring Hill, Tenn.

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Thursday 03/12/2015
Obituary: Michael Ernest “Mike” Poag
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Mr. Michael Ernest “Mike” Poag, age 65, of Lynchburg, Tenn. passed away March 10, 2015.

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Obituary: Thomas Earl Locke, Jr.
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 10:25 am

Thomas Earl Locke, Jr. age 78 of Franklin, Tenn., March 10, 2015. Mr. Locke was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. A retired banker in Williamson County, he was a cattle farmer for many years.

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Obituary: Buna Vesta Stewart
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 10:17 am

Mrs. Buna Vesta Stewart, age 83 of Arrington, Tenn., passed away March 10, 2015. She was preceded in death by parents William and Mary Cooper Ford; brothers, J.B. and Robert Ford and sister, Lois Clayton.

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Tuesday 03/10/2015
Obituary: Mary Frances Berkihiser
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 10:39 am

Mrs. Mary Frances Berkihiser, age 102 of Brentwood, Tenn. passed away March 7, 2015 in Franklin, Tenn. She was born in Washington Co., Okla. to the late Roy Friend and Mary Stephens.

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Monday 03/09/2015
Obituary: Charlotte Julia McCord
Updated: March 09, 2015 - 11:44 am

Ms. Charlotte Julia McCord, age 92 of Franklin, Tenn., passed away March 6, 2015 at her home. She was born in Franklin to the late William and Charlotte L. Jamison. She was preceded in death William H. McCord; daughter, Mary McCord Tedford and brother, Billy Jamison.

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Obituary: Thomas Edward Murdic
Updated: March 09, 2015 - 12:14 pm

Mr. Thomas Edward Murdic entered this life on Nov. 30, 1953, and was one of six children born to Robert and Jane Murdic. Even as one of the middle siblings, his big personality and boisterous nature definitely made him stand out among his peers.

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Saturday 03/07/2015
Obituary: Valerie Faith White
Posted: March 07, 2015 - 7:40 pm

Mrs. Valerie Faith White, age 74 of Franklin, Tenn., passed away March 4, 2015. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late James and Virgil Stewart Hobart.

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Obituary: Mary A. Jolayemi
Posted: March 07, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Mrs. Mary A. Jolayemi, age 58, of Franklin, Tenn., passed away March 1, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga.

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Friday 03/06/2015
Obituary: Wilbur Clayton Binkley
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Mr. Wilbur Clayton Binkley, age 90 of Franklin, Tenn., passed away March 4, 2015.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Obituary: Kay Adelaide Ogilvie Williams
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 9:04 pm

Kay Adelaide Ogilvie Williams, born May 11, 1932, has passed away.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Obituary: Karl Gordon Schmid
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Karl Gordon Schmid, age 81 of Franklin passed away March 2, 2015.

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Monday 03/02/2015
Obituary: James Ivan Parnell
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 11:13 am

James Ivan Parnell was born 20 May, 1940, in Stephenville, Texas and left this earth to be with the Lord on Feb. 28, 2015. 

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Obituary: Virginia W. Hill
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 11:08 pm

Mrs. Virginia W. Hill died peacefully Feb. 14, 2015, at Somerfield Health Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Brentwood United Methodist Church with Bishop Robert Spain officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the church.

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Sunday 03/01/2015
Obituary: Cheryl Smithson Fondaw
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Mrs. Cheryl Smithson Fondaw, age 66 of Nashville, Tenn. passed away Feb. 27, 2015. She was a graduate of Franklin High School where she was a cheerleader.

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