Miscellaneous Tennessee Obituaries
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Chatt.Tennessee News Free Press - Sept. 19, 1983

Mrs. Margaret McGuire
Funeral services for Mrs.Margaret L.McGuire,77,of 2008 North Ave.,who died Saturday morning in a local hospital,were to be held today at 2:30 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home with the Revs.WOODY LEE,J.T.DOYLE,E.L.YOUNGBLOOD and JAMES HOPE officiating. Interment was to be in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park with WILLARD CARSON,JIMMY CARSON,TOMMY PENLEY,TOMMY HOWARD,CHARLES PROCTOR and LAMAR PROCTOR as pallbearers. Survivors include a daughter,MARY RUTH MCGUIRE,Rossville;a brother,W.L.MCINTIRE, Red Bank; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

From the Chattanooga Times paper,Jan.24, 1930.

HAGGARD - W. M.,aged 49, died yesterday afternoon at a local hospital.He was a member of Carpenters'Union No.74. Surviving are his wife;six daughters,Mrs. May Suddeth,Mrs.Walter Seay,MIsses Frances Catherine,Theoda and Peggy Sue Haggard; one son Eddie;five brothers,two sisters and three grandchildren.Private services will be held this afternoon at 2:o'clock from the Beason Cemetary.Arrangements in charge of Coulter's.

From the Chattanooga,Tennessee Times paper, Sept. 12, 1923.

ALEXANDER MURRAY ROPER, aged 34,died last night at 8:45 o'clock at a local hospital follwing an illness of only a few weeks' duration.He has for the past six months been a purchasing agent for the Signal Mountain Portland Cement Company,of this city,and was until that time connected with the American Steel Company and the Cuban Portland Cement works,of Havana, Cuba.He lived in Cuba for ten years before coming to this city with his family to reside,and was well known among the Americans there.He was a member of the Cheraw Lodge,F.and A.M.,of Cheraw,South Carolina,for several years.He is survived by his widow and one daughter,MARY ELIZABETH,both of this city.Mr Roper had also been a member of the Episcopal church for many years.His body was removed to Wann's funeral parlors last night,and the complete arrangements will be announced later.

From the Chattanooga,Tennessee. Times paper, Sept. 1, 1923.

The funeral of SIDNEY B. RAINEY,aged 69 years,who died at his home at 1:30 Monday morning,will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, at his old home,Acworth,Georgia with O'Donohues' mortuary in charge of the services.The REV.C.L.HUGHES will officiate. Interment will follow in the family cemetery.

From the Chattaooga,Tennessee Times paper Sept.7, 1923.

Ashville, N.C. Sept.7.- STEPHEN S. LYNCH, father of S.A.LYNCH, formely president of the Southern Enterprises,of Atlanta,died at a local hospital here today,following a prolonged illness.  MR.LYNCH,who was 81 years of age,was seriously wounded while serving in the Confederate army.He leaves a widow and five children.
From the Chattanooga,Tennessee.Times paper, Aug.10, 1942.

SPENCER, SAMUEL DUNN, 50,World War veteran and member of a prominent pioneer family of Chickamauga,Georgia, died Saturday night.  Surviving are three brothers, JAMES F. SPENCER, Chattanooga; B.F. and JOHN H. SPENCER, Chickamauga, Ga.  Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon (central war time)at Center Point Baptist Church, the REV. S. R.TUCKER officiating.  Interment in Center Point Cemetery.   Active pallbearers: WADE HENDERSON, CHARLIE OWENS, A.C.GOODSON, F.E.CLARK, GORDON HENDERSON, CARL BAILEY; honorary, J. B. HENDERSON, ALLEN CHASTAIN, C. R.IRELAND, JOHN MASSEY, THOMAS BRADLEY, N.ABERCROMBIE, B.C. GLENN, HENRY MULLIS, HENRY BRYANT and HENRY SHAHAN.  Until the hour of the funeral, the body will remain at the home of his brother, JOHN H.SPENCER, Chickamauga, Ga. Arrangements are by J. Avery Bryan Company.
Southern Standard Dec. 24, 1948

Grundy Farmer Is Death Victim
Lee P. Smartt, 37-year-old Grundy county farmer, died at his home in the Northcutt's Cove community Monday morning at 4 o'clock. He had been in ill health for some two years. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Armstrong church. John W. High officiated and burial was in the Armstrong cemetery.   The deceased, a native of Grundy county. was a son of H.B. Smartt and Mary Nunley Smartt. He was married to Miss Dorothy Hobbs, who survives. Besides his wife and father, he is survived by three daughters, Misses Berdie, Imogene and Juanita Smartt, all of Northcutt's Cove; three brothers, Andy Smartt, Viola, and R.T. and Jess Smartt, Both of McMinnville Rt. 2; and five sisters, Mrs. D. Northcutt, Mrs. Harvey Argo, Mrs.  Marcus Smartt  and Mrs. Shelby Smartt, all of McMinnville rural, and Mrs. Maggie White, Chickamauga, Ga. Arrangements were by High Funeral Home. 
Southern Standard January 21, 1949

Rites At Altamont For Marshall Smartt, 27
Marshall Smartt, 27, died at his home in the seventh district of Grundy county, Thursday morning at 7 o'clock. He had been in ill health for several months.  Funeral services were conducted at Altamont Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with John W. High officiating. Burial was in the Altamont cemetery.  The deceased was a son of Henry Smartt and Esther Bess Smartt and was born December 16, 1921. He was married to the former Miss Leona Coopinger, who survives. Other survivors are his parents, two sons, Johnnie David Smartt and Stanley Smartt, of Altamont; One brother, Wallace Smartt, of Altamont; and seven sisters, Mrs. Charles Walker, of Chattanooga; Mrs. Lewis Whitman, Mrs. Leo Bess, Miss Lucinda Smartt, miss Irene Smartt, Miss Winona Smartt and Miss Edna Clay Smartt, all of Altamont. Arrangements were by High Funeral Home 
Southern Standard February 4, 1949

Davenport, Mrs. Margaret
Mrs. Margaret Davenport, 91, died at the home of her son, Walter Davenport, near Oak Grove, 11th district, Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. John W. High officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Davenport was born November 18, 1857. She had been a resident of the Oak Grove community all of her life. She is survived by three sons, Walter Davenport and Clark Davenport, both of Oak Grove, and Colonel Davenport, Nashville. One daughter, Mrs. Floyd Hillis of Oak Grove, and one sister, Mrs. Callie Taylor. High's were in charge of arrangements. 
Southern Standard February 18, 1949

Cope, Abner L. (Ab)
Heart Ailment Claims Life of A. L. Cope, 78
Abner L. (Ab) Cope, 78, retired merchant and salesman, died at a local hospital Tuesday evening at 11 o'clock after an illness of several weeks. His death was attributed to a heart ailment.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Rev. William Moss and Rev. R.C. Reid, Methodist pastors, officiated, and burial was in the Mt. Zion cemetery. Mr. Cope was a Warren county native and had operated a store, later devoting his time to salesman's duties. He had been retired for several years. A member of the Methodist Church, the deceased was affiliated with the Odd Fellows Lodge at Hillsboro,  Coffee county. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Zora Bell Cope; one son, Frank Cope of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Mrs. E.Clyde green of Chattanooga, and Mrs. Smith Byars of McMinnville; two sisters, Mrs. J.V. Bouldin and Mrs. Will Cunningham, both of McMinnville, several nieces and nephews and grandchildren. Also one great-grandchild. Arrangements were by Bond Funeral Home. 
Southern Standard February 18, 1949

Mrs. Ellen Marie Hillis, 59, died at her home on U.S. Highway 70-S near Sparta, Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the McElroy Church of Christ in Van Buren county. Rev. Haley, Methodist pastor officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Hillis was a daughter of H.C. Green and Ruth Bounds Green and was a native of Tennessee. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. P. Cooper; two sisters, Mrs. Ray Dickerson, Chattanooga, and Mrs. Katherine Stewart, Wahington state. Also one brother, William Gree, Muncie, Michigan. (Should this be Ind.) Arrangements by High's. 
Southern Standard February 25, 1949

W. C. Gaffin, Sr., Retired Carrier, Dies At Home
W. C. Gaffin, Sr. retired rural carrier and church leader, died at his home on Sparta road Saturday evening at 10:15 o'clock, after an illness of several months. He was 73.  Funeral rites were conducted Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Magness Memorial baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. E. L Smothers, and Rev. H. M. Randall officiating. Burial was in the family plot in Riverside cemetery. Mr. Gaffin, well known as a church worker and song leader throughout Warren and adjoining counties, was a native of Illinois, born May 13, 1875. He moved to Warren county when eleven years old with his parents, Morris Gaffin and Jane Segler Gaffin, and was married to the former Miss Lucy Dodson in 1898. When rural mail service was inaugurated in the county, Mr. Gaffin became the first carrier to work out of McMinnville office. He began to serve McMinnville Route 6 in 1904 and continued his work with the Postoffice department until retirement in 1934. At the time of his retirement he was serving McMinnville Route 1. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church and was always active in the affairs of this congregation and with other churches in the local area. His interest in music and abilities as a song leader gave him a prominent place in the gospel song circles for many years. Besides his wife, Mr. Gaffin is survived by two sons, Luke M. Gaffin of Sparta, and Walter C. Gaffin,Jr., of Viola, and three daughters, Mrs. O.J. Lynn of Centerville, Tenn., Mrs. R. L. McDaniel, Ft. Myers,Fla., and Miss Eugenia Gaffin, a teacher in the county schools, McMinnville High Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Southern Standard February 25, 1949

Smith, Robert Wayne
Smith Child, Victim Of Lukemia Dies
Little Robert Wayne Smith, a victim of lukemia, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D. Smith, on Chancery street, Saturday afternoon at 3:10 o'clock. The child suffered an attack of pneumonia several weeks ago and had grown steadily worse since that time. He was confined to St. Thomas hospital, Nashville, for some time. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home.  Bro. Allen Phy, minister of the Central Church of Christ, officiated and burial was in Mt.View cemetery. Besides the parents, the survivors are one brother, Thomas Alfred Smith; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Hillis and John S. Patterson; and the great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Fuston and George A. Patterson, all of McMinnville. Arrangements by High's. 
Southern Standard February 25, 1949

Martin, J. Byron
McMinnville Native Succumbs To Illness
J. Byron Martin, 75, a native of McMinnville, died February 11, at Mid State Baptist Hospital, Nashville, following an extended illness.  Private funeral services were held Saturday morning with Rev. Peyton Williams officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet cemetery.  Mr. Martin was former manager of the Nashville office of Union Central Life insurance and was a son of the late Claude and Laura Northcutt Martin.  The moved to Nashville in 1885 and after 45 years of service with the Union Central Company, he was retired in April 1941. His wife, the former Miss Desha Milliken, died in 1940. 
Southern Standard March 4, 1949

Mrs. Charles Smartt
Viola Woman Is Death Victim
Mrs. Leora Ramsey Smartt, 75, widow of Charles Smartt and a member of a prominent Viola family, died at her home Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. She had been in ill health for some time.  Funeral rites were held Thursday afternoon, with W.P. Willis, minister of the Manchester Chrurch of Christ, officiating. Burial was in the Viola cemetery. A native of Coffee county, Mrs. Smartt was born November 26, 1873 at Hillsboro.  Her parents were Dave Ramsey and Hattie Strickler Ramsey and she was married to her late husband in 1898. Mr. Smartt, a prominent farmer and livestock raiser, wa for a time  president of the Farmers andMerchants Bank. He died in 1942. Mrs Smartt was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. The deceased is survived by three sons, Charles Smartt Jr., Euclid Smartt and Dick Smartt, all of Viola; four daughters, Mrs. William Emerson and Mrs. Lacy Willis, of Viola,   Mrs. Charles Belcher of Chattanooga and Miss Nancy Smartt of Nashville. Also one brother, Stewart Ramsey, and two sisters, Mrs. R. H. Bonner and Mrs. George Stubblefield, all of Viola. Arrangements were by High Funeral Home. 
Southern Standard March 4, 1949

Winnett, Jesse N.
J. N. Winnett, Former Court Member Dies
Jesse N. Winnett, a member of the Warren county Court for a number of years, died at his home near Centertown Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. He suffered a stroke of paralysis about 11 o'clock Sunday morning and until that time had apparently been in good health. He was 62 years of age.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Bates Hill C.P. church with John W. High officiating. Burial was in the Blues Hill cemetery. Mr. Winnett was a Warren county native, born January 14, 1886. He was a son of Frank Winnett and Mattie Emeling Gilley Winnett and was married to the former Miss Alice Holder, who survives.  The deceased represented the 11th district in the county court for two terms and also had farming interests near Centertown. He had recently been engaged in the grocery business.  Besides his wife, Mr. Winnett is survived by three brothers, Willie Winnett, and Alex Winnett of Centertown and Adam of Colbert, Okla.  Arrangements were by the High Funeral Home. 
Southern Standard March 4, 1949

Taylor Infant Dies Sunday; Rites Tuesday
Judy Ann Taylor, infant daughter of Robert C. Taylor, an employee of Mid-South Funeral supplies, Inc., and Opal Rigsby Taylor, died in a local hospital Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.  Prayer services and burial were at Bethany cemetery Monday afternoon. Besides the parents, the infant is survived by three brothers and three sisters. Arrangements were by High Funeral Home.