Obituaries 7-30-19

Ruby Burton

Longtime South Carthage resident and homemaker Mrs. Ruby Burton died at the age of 92 at 12:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon July 18, 2019 at the Smith County Health & Rehabilitation Center (formerly Concordia) in Carthage where she was being cared for since July 2nd.

Mrs. Burton was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her services were conducted by her nephew Bro. Jeff Burton at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon July 21st. Burial followed beside her husband in the Gene Butler Cemetery in Brooks Bend.

She was the third of five children born to the late Elbert Samuel “Pete” Cook who died at the age of 88 on Nov. 9, 1980 and Genia Maie Cornwell Cook who died at the age of 95 on Nov. 12, 1997.

Three sisters preceded her in death. They were: Geraldine Cook Richardson who died Feb. 4, 2012 at the age of 93, Pearl Cook Thomas who died April 22, 2015 at the age of 94 and Reba Jean Cook Gentry who died May 5, 2017 at the age of 82.

She was united in marriage on June 22, 1946 in Rossville, Georgia to Brooks Bend Community native Johnnie Estes Burton. He preceded her in death on July 8, 2008 at the age of 84 following over sixty two years of marriage.

They had resided on Read Avenue in South Carthage since 1975, relocating there from the Brooks Bend Community.

Mr. and Mrs. Burton never had any children and were lovingly cared for by her Burton nephews and other family members following the death of her husband.

She was a member of the former Ensors Chapel United Methodist Church in the Jackson County section of the Funns Branch Community.

Surviving are two sisters, Betty Burton of the Gladdice Community and Helen Strong of Gainesboro.

The family requests memorials to the Gene Butler Cemetery Mowing Fund.


Kenneth Lee Stewart

Kenneth Lee Stewart passed away July 21, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Mr. Stewart was born in Dayton, Ohio July 19, 1928. When the Great Depression hit in 1929, his family returned to their roots in Gainesboro, Tennessee, where Mr. Stewart grew up farming with his brothers and father. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was fortunate to be stationed in Germany, which he came to love. After his time in Germany, he returned to Gainesboro and married his wife of 58 years, Juanita Jones Stewart. They soon moved to Detroit, Michigan where they raised their family. After retiring from General Motors in the Detroit area, they moved to Lebanon, Tennessee in 2004 where they became members of the Maple Hill church of Christ. Mrs. Stewart passed in 2010 and in September 2016, Mr. Stewart moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to live with his daughter Sharon, where he resided until his passing.

Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Jones Stewart, his parents, Henry and Mattie (Harris) Stewart, brothers Donald, James, Jonah, Henry Clay and Lewis Stewart and sisters Mary Elizabeth, Martha Jean, Anna Marie Stewart and Nellie Puckett. Mr. Stewart is survived by his sister, Mabel Brown of Cookeville, Tennessee, son, Ken (Barb) Stewart of Lebanon, Tennessee, daughter, Sharon (Neil) Bagozzi of Virginia Beach, Virginia, granddaughters, Karie (Kelly) Green, Kelly (John) Julian, Heather (Terry) Kuster, Nicole (Matthew) Guerrieri and Kristin (Collin) Bills and his great-grandchildren Annie, Daniel, Hudson and Paxton Green, Max, Kate and Claire Julian, Cooper and Cora Bills, Madilynne Kuster and Roman Guerrieri.

The family received friends at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, TN on Thursday, July 25, 2019, followed by a Graveside Service at John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery, in Gainesboro TN.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to “Sherry’s Run” in Lebanon. Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.

Sellars Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles F. Whitaker

Charles F. Whitaker, 88 of Jackson County passed away July 22 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held July 25 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. John Mabrey officiating. Interment followed in the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 21, 1930 in Jackson County. He worked as a Hi-Lo Driver at General Motors, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Center Grove Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by parents, Herman Whitaker and Vallie Haney Whitaker; sister, Lillie Mae Whitaker Goolsby; and an infant brother.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Pauline Whitaker of Gainesboro; daughters, Kathy (Terry) Geer of Cookeville and Vicky (Al) Vanderlinden of Clinton Township Mich.; grandchildren, Jason (Allison) Geer of Gallatin, Shannon Geer of Walling, Caitlyn (Nick) Constanza of Ind. and Alex (Courtney) Vanderlinden of Clinton Township, Mich; and much beloved great grandchildren, Hudson Whitaker Geer, Ava Hayes Geer and Kolton Alex Vanderlinden.

Gladys Hopper

Gladys Hopper, 88 of Gainesboro passed away July 22 at Mabry Health Care Center. Funeral services were held July 24 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Kenneth Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 26, 1930. She was a factory worker in the garment industry and a member of the Gainesboro Church of Christ and the Antioch Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by parents, Randle W. Hopper and Vida Mae Meadows Hopper; infant sister, Mildred Hopper; maternal grandparents, Mary Jane Jones Meadows and Will P. Meadows; and paternal grandparents, Cannie and Floyd Hopper.

Surviving relatives include: brother, Mack Hopper of Gainesboro; aunt Lucille Lawson of Gainesboro; and cousins and several friends.

Judy Mathis Denson

Funeral services for Judy Mathis Denson, 72 of Cookeville, were held Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Interment followed in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Bro. Tim Sharp officiated.

Mrs. Denson died Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born April 10, 1947 in Putnam County to the late Lillian Mathis. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her son Tyler Denson, brothers-in-law Jerry Denson and Ewin Denson.

She was a 1965 graduate of Upperman High School in Baxter and a graduate of Tennessee Tech University. She was a retired accountant with Hugh Bailey & Associates of Cookeville. She was a member of Boma First Church of God and the Jackson County Historical Society. She enjoyed working in her flowers and taking care of her cats.

Survivors include her husband Shirlie Denson of Cookeville, cousins: Dewey (Sue) Mathis of Cookeville, Bobby (Carolyn) Mathis, Johnny (Cindy) Mathis, Jeffrey (Donna) Mathis all of Baxter, Melissa (Radford) Duke of Silver Point, special nephews: Joey (Tammy) Denson of Gainesboro and Jackie Denson of Arkansas, sisters-in-law Joyce Denson of Gainesboro and Mary Lou Denson of Livingston and many extended family members.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (931)858-2134. You may share your thoughts and memories at





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