Obits 2-28-17

Susan Marie Smith


Susan Marie Smith, 73, passed away Feb. 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Memorial services were held Feb. 21 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. The family has chosen cremation. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 25, 1943 in Roslyn, NY. She was a nurse.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Lucy Carpenter; her husband, Richard “Donnie” Smith; three brothers, Brud, Gene, and Bobbie.

Surviving relatives include three sons, Monty (Rosie) Smith of Gainesboro, Mitchell Smith of Baxter, and Mark (Kim) Smith of Algood; seven grandchildren, Krystal, Monty Jr., Carol, Mark Jr., Brandon, Ryan, and Meagan; two great grandchildren, Abrielle and Cameryn; one sister, Pat Myers of Ames, Iowa.


Billy B. Stafford

Lumber Industry

Billy B. Stafford, 75, passed away Feb. 22 at his residence. Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Aug. 14, 1941 in Jackson County. He worked in the lumber industry.

He was preceded death by his parents, Jay P. Stafford and Mandy Ethel Stafford; one daughter, Melissa Gail Stafford; four brothers, Raymond, John Thomas, Charles Richard, and Jimmy Dale Stafford; two sisters, Maybelle Stafford and Judy Carol Stafford.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Helen Sue Stafford of Gainesboro; one son, Billy W. Stafford of Gainesboro; one sister, Gladys Haney; several grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.



The family of Jim Meadows wants to thank everyone that came out to honor his life. We were overwhelmed by all the people that came to pay their respects to Jim. We know some of you waited in line for hours to get in and share your sorrow with us. We want to thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts.

We so appreciate everyone that had a hand in making this go as smoothly as it did, with a special thanks to Lakelan Barham and Charles Burgess for sharing with us the real truth of Jim’s life. We know that wasn’t easy, but your words were so appreciated. The “last call” and “presentation of the flags” to the family by the firefighters was so impressive. Thanks also to all the firefighters, hotroders, and truck drivers that showed up to send him out in a style that he would have relished.

The kindness and generosity you showed to all of us at the time of Jim’s death are much appreciated. The food, the cards, the phone calls, the flowers, and other acts of kindness shown to our family will never be forgotten. We are so blessed to have friends like you.

It is during times of great loss that we realize how limiting words can be and how special our friends truly are. Thanks again for sharing you memories of Jim with us. We have found comfort in the knowledge that his spirit will live on to those he has left behind.

Sandy, Danielle, and Jed Meadows

Janet Meadows and Jackie Meadow’s family



The family of Billy Joe Matthews would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our relatives, friends and neighbors for their support and kindness during this time. Thank you to all who attended Billy Joe’s funeral, sent flowers and gifts, made donations, made phone calls and visits, sent prayers our way, brought food and helped set up food for the family.

A special thank you to Nolen Cantrell, Greg Davis and all the truck drivers who led the funeral line. Your thoughtfulness and kindness made our hearts lighter during a difficult time.



Louise, Michael, Mark and family


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