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Sunday 05/03/2015
Obituary: Bertha Maye Johnson Gathmann
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Mrs. Bertha Maye Johnson Gathmann, age 97 of Franklin, May 3, 2015. Longtime resident of Williamson County. Member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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Friday 05/01/2015
Margaret Elizabeth Morton Mattox
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Margaret Elizabeth Morton Mattox died peacefully at home on April 28, 2015.  She was born on May 17, 1938 and was raised in Utica, NY.  She graduated from Proctor High School and St. Luke’s School of Nursing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Betty Morton of Utica, NY and her brother Daniel of Phoenix, NY.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Obituary: Wanda Faye Hartley Barnes
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Mrs. Faye Hartley Barnes, age 61, a resident of Lyles, Tenn., passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at her residence after a short battle with cancer.

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Obituary: Patricia A. “Pat” Wills
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Mrs. Patricia A. “Pat” Wills, age 65 of Franklin passed away April 29, 2015.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Obituary: Joyclin Ghamandi
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Mrs. Joyclin Ghamandi, age 58 of Brentwood, Tenn. passed away April 27, 2015. She was born in Guyana and was a long term resident of Teaneck, New Jersey before moving to Tennessee. She enjoyed cooking for her family, bird watching and was considered an expert landscaper where she loved her garden.

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Obituary: Gerald Alton LeCroy
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Gerald Alton LeCroy, 76, of Franklin, Tenn. died on April 28, 2015 in Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, with his wife by his side.

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Obituary: Lula Fain Moran Major
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 11:53 am

Mrs. Lula Fain Moran Major died April 28, 2015 at home in Williamson County at the age of 99. She was born October 2, 1915 in Williamson County, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1937 from Vanderbilt.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Obituary: Elizabeth Jane Hopkins
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Hopkins, age 82, of the Clay Hill Community of Marshall County, died Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Mrs. Hopkins was born in Marshall County and was a daughter of the late John and Ruth Rambo Chapman. She was a member of the Class of 1950 at Forrest High School in Chapel Hill. Mrs. Hopkins retired from BellSouth of Nashville after 30 years of service. She then joined United Telephone Company in Chapel Hill where she continued working for another 15 years, retiring again in 1998. She was a member of Farmington Church of Christ.

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Obituary: Matt Mitchell
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Mr. Matt Mitchell, age 31 of Franklin passed away April 26, 2015. He was a graduate of Centennial High School in 2002.

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Obituary: Lena Mai Fitts
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Mrs. Lena Mai Fitts, age 84 of College Grove, Tenn. passed away April 26, 2015. She was a member of the Allisona Church of Christ; College Grove Senior Citizens and Red Hat Society.

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Obituary: Jacob Arthur Kwierant
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Jacob Arthur Kwierant, age 23 of Franklin passed away on April 24, 2015. Jacob is survived by his parents, Tammy (Ted) Atwood and Scott (Kathy) Kwierant; brother, Michael Kwierant; sister, Rowan Atwood; step brother, Connor Atwood; grandparents, Judy and Ernie Kwierant and Paula and Ralph Atwood.

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Sunday 04/26/2015
Obituary: Eva L. Richey
Posted: April 26, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Eva L. Richey, age 92, of Marion, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 8:43 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the N.H.C. Franklin Nursing Center of Franklin. While living in Franklin for the last five years she had resided at Morningside of Franklin Senior Living Center.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Obituary: Burt John Wilson
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:16 am

Burt John Wilson, age 74 of Franklin, Tenn., passed away April 19, 2015. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Burt loved beauty; he loved the beauty of water, gardens and architecture. He loved his wife, his family, his church and his Savior. He lived life with passion and adventure.

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Obituary: Janie Hetterman-Hobbs
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 10:43 am

I was born into the loving family of Don and Louise Twigg Hettermann in Memphis, Tenn., both now deceased.  I have an older sister, Kay Hettermann Chester and a younger brother Gary Hettermann.  I am thankful for the day that Robert Hobbs took my hand and never let it go.  With this marriage, I have a combined family of five children: my three boys, Todd Roberts, Jason Roberts (An Nguyen), Seth Roberts and Robert’s daughters Suzanne Hagy (David Hagy) and Michelle Banks (George Banks).  Our family has been blessed with 6 grandchildren Ella Werthan, Meier Werthan, Toby Werthan, Isabella Banks, Adelaide Banks and Avery Linh Roberts.  Most of my career life was spent as a nurse in Maternal-Child Health and feel that the experiences I had as a nurse made me a better person, especially the years spent in Public Health. 

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Obituary: Maurice Hamilton Haugh
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Maurice Hamilton Haugh, age 90 of Franklin, Tenn., April 19, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Member at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. Former employee of Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD, the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD and retired from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Obituary: Roger Lee Young
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Mr. Roger Lee Young, age 64, of Spring Hill, Tenn., formerly of Homer City, Pa., passed away April 19, 2015 after a short illness.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Obituary: Kenneth Marvin Peercy
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Mr. Kenneth Marvin Peercy, age 64 of Franklin, Tenn., passed away April 17, 2015.

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Martha Lorena Council
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 11:49 am

Martha Lorena Council, age 78 of Summerville, S.C., formerly of Franklin, passed away April 17, 2015 in Summerville, S.C.

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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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