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Lewis Vance
Lewis Vance, 75, of Gallatin died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 at his residence. Funeral services are Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Newby Funeral Home with Elder Dee Russell officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Mr. Vance was born in Warren County, Ky. on May 21, 1927, son of the late Jacob Vance and Effie Beaty Vance.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Evelyn Wright Vance of Gallatin; daughters, Teresa (Will) Saunders of Gallatin and Connie (Theron) Kocher of Gallatin; brother, Vernice (Gertrude) Vance of Gallatin; sister, Ann Whitledge of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; five grandchildren, Phillip (Jennifer) Vance of Norfork, Va., Bradley Saunders of Gallatin, B.J. Saunders of Gallatin, Ryan Kocher of Gallatin and Jake Kocher of Gallatin.
Memorials may be made to Sumner Gallatin Health Care.
Newby Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Curt Akers
Curt Akers, 83, of Jamestown, Tenn., formerly of Gallatin, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 at his residence. Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Newby Funeral Home with Elder Dee Russell officiating. Burial will be in Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 7 from 1 to 7 p.m. Pallbearers are Gary Akers, Rick Akers, Craig Akers, Jeff Williams, Jim Sutton and Paul Nichols. 
Mr. Akers was the son of the late Mack Hall Akers and Sallie Mitchell Akers. He was born in Galveston, Ky. on Sept. 13, 1919.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Akers was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Tackett Akers; daughter, Joyce Akers Clark; son, Dayton Hall; and two brothers, John Mitchell and Sie Akers.
He is survived by sons, Gary Akers of Rochester, N.Y., Richard Akers of Jamestown, Tenn., Victor Akers of Gallatin, and Craig Akers of Rochester, N.Y.; daughters, Brenda Akers Fox of Rochester, N.Y., Teresa Akers of Hendersonville, Karen Akers Mitchell of Memphis, Pam Akers Sutton of Gallatin and Nona Akers Williams of Gallatin; brothers, Kenneth Akers of Branham Creek, Ky., and Richard Akers of Rochester, N.Y.; sisters, Verdie Adams of Rochester, N.Y., Bamie Taylor of Rochester, N.Y., and Rooney Allen of Lowlville, N.Y.; 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Newby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie Butler Mansfield
Bonnie Mansfield, 84, died Nov. 4, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 at Alexander Funeral Home with Dr. James Fitch officiating. Entombment will be in Memory Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Perry McArthur Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church. Active pallbearers are Allen Butler, Robert L. Butler Jr., Dean Heady, Jim Young, Taylor Bracey and Brock Flynn.
Mrs. Butler was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Vaughn Mansfield. She was a lifelong resident of Gallatin and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by daughters, Anne Simmons, Madison, Ala., and Joy Flynn Sharp, Nashville; grandsons, Taylor Bracey, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Brock Flynn, Westcliffe, Col.; great-grandchild Grace Butler; sisters, Peggy Kirk, Gallatin, and Betty Cunningham, Nashville; brothers, Grady Butler, Chattanooga, Austin Butler, Gallatin, Robert L. Butler Jr., Hendersonville, and Allen Butler, Portland.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 205 East Main St., Gallatin, TN 37066.
Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Owen Franklin Robinson “Sonny Laird”
Services for Owen Franklin Robinson were held Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at the Key-Stewart United Methodist church at 1 p.m.
Mr. Robinson was born May 24, 1939, to the parents of Henry and Marie Robinson in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended Union Elementary and graduated from Union High School in 1956. 
After completing two years at Fisk University in Nashville, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he enlisted in the United States Army and was a performing member of the U.S. Army band. He worked for 25 years at Gary Co. and retired from Western Reserve Co. in Gallatin. 
Sonny Laird as he was fondly called was a member of Key-Stewart United Methodist Church.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife, Dorothy Woods Robinson, four devoted daughters, Veronica Robinson, Jacqueline (Howard) Johnson, Nicole Robinson, all of Gallatin and J’Rema (Malcolm) Montgomery of Murfreesboro; four grandsons, Nigel Black, Nicolaus Mays, Howard III and J’Quen Johnson and one granddaughter, Anissa Johnson; two nieces, Jeanette and Michelle Watts and one nephew, Michael Watts, all of Jacksonville, Fla.
Johnson and Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy O. Jenkins
Graveside services for Dorothy O. Jenkins, 82, of Portland will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 at Crestview Cemetery with Pastor Mike Blankenship officiating.
Visitation is Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral services at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home in Portland.
Mrs. Jenkins was born in Hickman County, Tenn, Sept. 30, 1920, the daughter of Pearlie M. She died Nov. 10, 2002 in Sumner County.
Mrs. Jenkins, a widow, is survived by one son, Mike Jenkins of Portland; one granddaughter, Shelbi Jenkins of Gallatin; and one brother, Arthur Martin of Ashland City.

Orville Rush
Orville Rush, 76, of Westmoreland, died Nov. 7, 2002 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. No funeral services are planned.
Rush was born in Frenchtown, Pa. on Nov. 16, 1925. He was the owner of Gallatin Sewing Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Louise Irons Rush and two sisters, Mildred Mattocks and Audrey Lamb.
Rush is survived by his wife, Eloise Theuret Rush of Westmoreland; sons, Larry and Murray Rush of Brooksville, Fla.; Gary Rush of Las Vegas; daughter, Delora Jones of Palm Harbor, Fla.; grandchildren, Pam, Stacey, Mark, Crystal and Nicole Rush, Kyle Jones; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Beasley, Dakotah Beasley, Joey Jones, and a sister, Wreatha McKinney of Shakertown, Pa.
Anderson and Woodard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Beatrice Carr
Mrs. Beatrice Carr, 89, of Gallatin died Nov. 9, 2002. Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in Bethpage Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 10 a.m. until time of service.
Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her parents, C.R. “Base” Williams and Carlean Roberson Williams; and her husband, Delmer “Dickie” Carr. 
She is survived by a son, Billy Don Carr of Gallatin; grandsons, Billy Russell Carr of Gallatin and David Carr of Hendersonville; and great-grandson, Andrew Carr.
Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Randy Payne
Mr. Randy Payne, 40, died Nov. 9, 2002 at his home, 467 East Camp Trail. The body was cremated.
Mr. Payne was survived by wife, Tonya Hancock Payne; daughter, Ashley Payne; and son Michael Payne.

Annie Frances Gammons
Services for Annie Frances Gammons, 98, of Westmoreland, were 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at Anderson and Woodard Funeral Home with Bro. G.W. Knight and Bro. Randal Carter. Burial was at Eulia Cemetery.
Mrs. Gammons died on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 at Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Macon County on Nov. 24, 1903, the daughter of the late John and Nancy Cook Farley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John David Gammons; daughter, Ivy Lillian Gregory; and brothers, Tom Farley, Johnny Farley, Jess Farley, Jean Farley, Dewey Farley and Odell Farley.
A homemaker, Mrs. Gammons was a member of the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Shirley Blankenship of Westmoreland; grandsons, Jerry L. Gregory and Terry W. Gregory of Lafayette; brother, Hagger Farely of Hartsville; sister, Pearl Scruggs of Hartsville; seven great grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren and three step great-great grandchildren.

Gerald Henry Grissom
Mr. Gerald Grissom, 74 of Gallatin, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002 at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. from the Anderson & Anderson Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Weekley officiating. Interment will be in Crestview Memorial Park. Active pallbearers are Arthur Phillips, Tony Kirkpatrick, Dan Sutherland, Alton Aldridge, Jack Lopez, and Charles Campbell Carr. Visitation with the family will begin Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m.
Mr. Grissom was born on Oct. 1, 1928 in Honea Path, S.C., the son of the late George and Abbie Lyons Grissom. He married the former Ann Downs on Oct. 2, 1952, who survives. He was a 23 year veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring in 1969. He worked for 12 years at Fruehauf Corporation. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Hendersonville and was a member of the Music City Winnie’s Camping Club.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Alma Kwartler, Doris Grissom and Bobby Johnson; and brother, G.W. Grissom.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Gerald “Jerry” (Myra) Grissom, Taos, N.M.; sister, Jessie Finney, Jacksonville, Fla.; and grandchildren, Melanie and Andrea Grissom, Tampa, Fla.
Arrangements by Anderson & Anderson Funeral Home.
Memorials in the form of donations may be made to the Hendersonville Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice Alive. These may be made at the Anderson & Anderson Funeral Home.

Forrest Freeman Anderson
Funeral services for Forrest Freeman Anderson, 79, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Decatur, Ala., at the Chapel of Roselawn Funeral Home with Michael L. King, Ralph Stout and Alan Watkins officiating, with a graveside service at Gallatin City Cemetery in Gallatin the same day at 3 p.m. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Mr. Anderson, a retired civil engineer, died Saturday at Baptist/Princeton Medical Center. He was born January 31, 1923 in Gallatin to Herman Howard Anderson and Blanche Freeman Anderson. He married the former Margaret Anne Harris of Gallatin on June 27, 1944. Survivors include his wife, Anne Harris Anderson; two sons, Forrest Freeman Anderson Jr. and Howard Harris Anderson, both of Decatur; and one brother, Herman Howard Anderson Jr. of New York City.
He was a military veteran of World War II who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces, piloting B-24 heavy bombers from airfields in England. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering and moved to Decatur in 1953 to accept a position of Chief Engineer, Architectural Metals, for Decatur Iron and Steel Company. Subsequently, he was president of North Alabama Engineering Company, president of Scott Industries, Inc., and general partner in Riverview Development Company, all in Decatur. He was baptized a Christian at age 13 and a member at Grant Street Church of Christ since moving to Decatur in 1953.
Pallbearers for the funeral service include Dr. Thomas C. Bingham, A.J. Coleman, Cecil L. Endsley, John C. Fisher, James R. Fite Sr., Dr. Robert M. Miller, Richard B. Smith and Chad F. Smith.
Pallbearers for the graveside service include Walter T. Durham, Sam Hollins, Huelin Hollins, Fred A. Kelly, Bill Loguc, Ray Rector, Tom Richey and G. Earl Swan.

Wade Law
Mr. Wade Law, 93, of Gallatin, died at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002 at his home following an extended illness. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Elder Scott Nesbitt officiating. Burial was in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. A Masonic Chapel service was conducted on Monday at 7 p.m.
Mr. Law was born in Jackson County on Sept. 8, 1909 and was the son of the late Arthur and Minnie Beulah Mathews Law. He was married Jan. 31, 1931 to the former Bessie Robinson, of Defeated Creek. They made their home in Defeated Creek until moving to Gallatin in 1958. He was a former carpenter and farmer and retired at 70 as a brick mason, a trade he practiced for over 40 years. He was a member of the Cornwells Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Defeated Creek and a 50 year member of the King Solomon’s Temple #94, F&AM in Gallatin.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Law was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Kenneth Law in June, 1934, and two grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of almost 72 years, he is survived by four children: Gloria Kemp, of Hartsville, Christine Dixon, of Cottontown, Dwight Law Sr. and Elaine Murley, both of Gallatin; two sisters, Beulah Nesbitt of Hendersonville, Willene Taylor of Madison; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Sanderson Funeral Homes, Carthage Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Taimie Lunsford Johnston
Mrs. Taimie Johnston, 81, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, with Bro. James Goodwin officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Scottsville, Ky. Pallbearers are her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are the Glory Class of Beacon Baptist Church.
Mrs. Johnston was retired from Metro Bordeaux Hospital and a member of the Beacon Baptist Church, Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ewing Albert Johnston Jr.
Mrs. Johnston is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ewing Johnston; son, Harry Johnston (Carmine); daughters, Joyce Jackson (Howard), June Jakes, Judith Sulentic (Dave) and Janice Mason; sister, Irene Williams; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Cole & Garrett, Goodlettsville, in charge of arrangements.

Hascal Eugene Graves
Mr. Hascal Graves, 45, of 235 Doug Williams Road, Portland, died Nov. 24, 2002 at Tennessee Christian of Portland. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home, Portland with Bro. James Spruill officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Graves was born Oct. 30, 1957 in Portland. He was a self-employed drywall contractor.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Hascal Graves.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Tralece Graves of Portland; mother, Gladys Graves of Portland; sister, Carolyn McCoin of Portland; brother, Ricky Graves of Erin, Tenn.; three nieces and two nephews. 

Billy Wilson
Mr. Billy Walton Wilson, 72, of Woodville, Texas died Nov. 10 in Tyler Hospital. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Floyd James Funeral Home chapel, Tyler, with Bro. Mike Ford officiating. Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews.
He was born July 9, 1930 in Allen County, Ky., the son of Carmel Erastus and Mattie Pearl Jones Wilson. He was a retired gas control superintendent with Tennessee Gas Transmission Co./Tenneco in Houston for 34 years. He served in the Air Force and was a member of West University Baptist Church, Houston. He attended Vanderbilt University and was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Margarette Wilson-Macleod, of Tyler; sons, Tony Wilson, of Winona, and Mark Wilson, of Houston; daughter, Louann Wilson Pfister, of Orlando, Fla.; brothers, Bobby Terrel Wilson, of Granger, Ind., and Carmel Howell Wilson, of White House; sister, Neva Sue Carroll, of Lincoln City, Ore.; one granddaughter; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Liberty Hill Cemetery Association, 1195 Jernigan Road, Tyler, TX. 75705.

Gary Cecil Millican
Graveside services for Gary Cecil Millican, 61, of Gallatin, are 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at the Whitaker Family Cemetery in Roxanna, Ky. with Bro. Elwood Cornett officiating.
Visitation with the family is 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Anderson and Anderson Funeral Home in Gallatin.
Mr. Millican died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002 at his home.
He was born on Oct. 28, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of Cecil E. and Marjorie Lenore Millican, of Oklahoma City, Okla. He married the former Katherine S. Whitaker in 1982.
Mr. Millican was a pilot for TWA, retiring after 23 years. Following his retirement he was self-employed, operating Millican’s Landscaping.
Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by one daughter, Kimberlee Millican, of Kansas City, Mo.; one son, Kevin (Charlynn) Millican, of Peculiar, Mo.; sisters Mary Ann Wisenhut, of Chandler, Texas, and Paula Waldrich, of Nashville; brothers, Richard Millican, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steven Millican, of Harrah, Okla.; and three grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be sent as donations to the Veterans Administration.
Arrangements were made by Anderson and Anderson Funeral Home.

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