Obituaries from Macon County Times

April 12,  2005

Joshua Caleb Barton, 24, of Springfield, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2005.  He is survived by a daughter, Kursten Barton; father, Butch Barton, Gallatin, TN; mother, Sandy Barton Roach, White House, TN; brother, Ben Barton; sisters, Elizabeth Barton and Michelle Beard; grandparents, John and Joann Roach; Paul Barton, Chattanooga, TN; and Nelda Goodman Burnett, Lafayette,TN. He is also survived by several other relatives in Macon County.  Funeral services for Joshua Caleb Barton were conducted at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at Grace Park Baptist Church in White House, Tennessee.  Obituary notice a courtesy of Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN.

Koran Capshaw of Decatur, Illinois, died Thursday, March 31, 2005 at his home of cancer of the liver.  Funeral services were held Monday, April 4, 2005, 10:30 a.m. at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home in Decatur with Steve Ingram officiating. Burial was in Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany, with military rites conducted by the Bethany American Legion Post #507.  Koran was born June 20, 1924 in Lafayette, TN, the son of John and Mary Biles Capshaw. After graduating from Hermitage Springs High School in 1941, he came to Decatur and began his career at A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. In January 1943, he was drafted into the Army. He served 3 years in North Africa, Middle East, Europe and the Asiatic Pacific Campaigns. He was awarded the Bronze Star. In 1945 he returned to the Staley Co., where he retired in 1986 after 44 years.  Koran was a 51-year member of Stephen Decatur Lodge #979, Macon Chapter #21, Beaumanor Commandery #9. He served on the Board of Directors of the Staley Credit Union, was Chairman of the Board from 1983 to 1986 and was a member of Staley Foremans Club. He was also a member of Northwest Christian Church.  He married Ardith Clark on May 19, 1951 in Bethany.  Surviving in addition to his wife of 54 years are a son, Mark, of Decatur; and a brother, Dale Capshaw (Beverly) of Decatur.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Estes Capshaw; and one sister, Irene Capshaw Woodcock.

Billy Doss, 73, of the Underwood Community, passed away Friday, April 8, 2005 at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee. The Macon County, Tennessee native was born Thursday, July 2, 1931, a son of the late John Doss and Zula Bohanon Doss, was a member of White Oak Church of Christ, and a retired supervisor for F & M Manufacturing. On December 13, 1952, he was united in marriage to Catherine Roark Doss.  He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Catherine Doss, of the Underwood Community; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Melinda Doss, of the Keystone Community; David and Teresa Doss, of the Brattontown Community; a brother and sister-in-law, J. T. and Lois Doss, of Lafayette, TN; and 3 grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Durene Jones and Willie Mae Doss.  Funeral services for Billy Doss were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 10, 2005 at Alexander-Goad Funeral Home with Mike Roger officiating. Burial was in Underwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bart Jones, James Mahaney, Ricky Roark, Scotty Roark, Jerry Driver, Tim Roark, Randy Driver, Chris Phillips, and Shane Phillips.  Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN was in charge of arrangements.

Eldie Mai Durham, age 92, of Mill Street, Westmoreland, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2005.  Funeral services were held Friday, April 8, 2005, 2 p.m. at Anderson & Woodard Funeral Home. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.  She was the daughter of the late Razzie and Jennie Perry Trout. She was married to Hardy Wesley Durham, who also preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by sons, Michael and Fred Durham.  She is survived by two daughters, Patsy Collins of Louisville, KY, Velma Keen of McDaniels, KY; three brothers, Roby Troutt of Camden, TN, Bryson Troutt of Indianapolis, IN, Douglas Troutt of Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Cammie Frank of Sarasota, Florida; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.  Anderson & Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland was in charge of arrangements.

Dock Haley, 92, of Warren Co., TN, passed away April 8, 2005 at River Park Hospital. He was born February 27, 1913 in Warren Co., TN, a son of the late Joe Haley and Bertha Davenport. He was married to Thelma Rulene West Haley, who passed away August 15, 1986. He was a retired supervisor at Kingsboro Mill and a farmer.  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jackie & Shirley Haley, McMinnville, TN; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Gillespie, Della, FL; two granddaughters, four great-granddaughters, several nieces & nephews. He was also preceded in death by brothers, William Thomas & Joe Hubert Haley; and sisters, Icie Mae Womack & Frances Simpson.  Funeral services were held at High's Chapel on Sunday, April 10, 2005, at 1 p.m. with burial in Mt. View Cemetery.

Mrs. Patricia Diane Jones, age 56, of Gordonsville, TN, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.  Mrs. Jones was born May 10, 1948 in DeKalb County, TN, the daughter of Henry Garth Coffee and the late Beulah Harding Vanderpool. She was married to Miles Edward Jones on April 2, 1981 and they have lived in the Gordonsville area the last six years. She had been with First Insurance Group in Lebanon, TN as a customer service representative for the last 10 years. She was a member of Bide Russell Missionary Baptist Church in Riddleton, TN.  She is survived by her husband, Bro. Miles Jones of Gordonsville; daughter, Jennifer Sherri Blakemore, Gallatin, TN; three grandchildren; father, Henry Garth Coffee, Liberty, TN; two brothers, David Coffee of Liberty, TN and Johnny Coffee of Smithville, TN; two sisters, Sharon (Tom) Moore of Woodbury, TN and Lisa (Bruce) Brown of Smithville, TN.  Funeral services for Mrs. Jones were held at Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Saturday morning, April 9, 2005,  conducted by Bro. Tracy Deering and Bro. Joey Gregory. Interment was in Anderson & Son Memorial Park, Lafayette, TN. Bass Funeral Homes, Carthage Chapel, directors.

James Lloyd McCormick, age 81, of Dutch Creek Road in Westmoreland, TN, passed away Friday, April 8, 2005.  Funeral services were held Monday, April 11, 2005, 11 a.m. at Providence General Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Emery and Bro. Bobby Sutton officiating. Burial was in Roberts Tabernacle Cemetery.  He was the son of the late William Richard and Mary Tula Lyles McCormick. He played bluegrass music for over 55 years with the McCormick Bros. Bluegrass Band, played on the Grand Ole Opry and toured with numerous Grand Ole Opry stars, recorded music at Acme Records for two years, with Hickory Records for 8 years and Metro Media Records for 1 year.  He is survived by three brothers, Haskell McCormick & William Harold McCormick, both of Bethpage, Gerald Lee McCormick, Hendersonville; a sister, Louise Troutt of Gallatin. He was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Kelly McCormick.  Anderson & Woodard Funeral Home in Westmoreland, TN, was in charge of arrangements.

Luke Aaron Morehead was stillborn Tuesday at the T.J. Samson Community Hospital.  He was the infant son of Rev. Jaime and Christal Sewell Morehead of Glasgow. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Stephen Tyler Morehead and Jacob Andrew Morehead; paternal grandparents, Harold and Margaret Morehead of Hodgenville, KY; maternal grandmother, Teresa Crowe and husband Dewayne of Glasgow; maternal grandfather, Jerry Sewell, Lafayette, TN; and his maternal great-grandmother, Pauline Stinson of Glasgow.  Private funeral services were held.  A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Carthage native Ronald "Ron" Smith Pierce, Sr., age 62, of Nashville, died Tuesday evening, April 5, 2005 at the Alive Hospice in Nashville of complications from a brain tumor.  A Celebration of Life was conducted Friday, April 8 from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Hamilton, Bro. Dickie Johnson and Rev. Ron Powe officiating. Burial following the 1 p.m. celebration was in the family plot in Ridgewood Cemetery.  Mr. Pierce married his childhood sweetheart, Dr. Camilla Daffo Deckard of Lafayette on Jan. 26, 1963.  He was born one of two sons in Detroit, Michigan on March 30, 1943 to the late Herschel Edwin Pierce of Carthage and Daisy Pauline Smith Pierce Stanley, who preceded him in death. His step-father,, Charles Stanley, also preceded him in death. He graduated from the Smith Co. High in 1961. He was a 1965 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business and did post graduate work at M.T.S.U. graduating in 1966. At the time of his death, he served as supervisor of the Transportation Security Administration, a Federal Government position, at Nashville International Airport. He also was a former sales director and training agent for several multi-state trucking companies. He was also a member of Hamilton Road United Methodist Church, where he served as Trustee. He had also served as president of the Nashville Traffic and Transportation Club in 1991, vice-president of Delta Nu Alpha Chapter 135, Director of Tennessee Trucking Association, on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers of Nashville, Team Captain of Walk America for the March of Dimes, 1977 President of Nashville Motor Freight Assoc. He had served as an officer of M.T.S.U. Alumni Association and was a life member of the Middle Tennessee "T" Club.  Surviving in addition to his wife of 42 years are two sons, Ron Pierce, Jr. and wife Lisa and their sons, Luke Smith Pierce and Jake Bridges Smith of Gordonsville; Sean Pierce and Pam and her daughter Carla of Orlando, FL; brother, Edwin Pierce and wife Carolyn of College Park, GA; sister-in-law, Mildred Clark of Jackson County. Sanderson of Carthage, directors.

Ms. Julia Judith Schmansky, age 79, of Hartsville, TN, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.  She is survived by two sons, Calvin (Connie) Cothron, Springfield, TN, Bruce (Patricia Gammons) Cothron, Lafayette; two daughters, Judith Williams, Oklahoma City, OK, Pamela Hunt, Hartsville; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother, John Schmansky, Windham, CT; sister, Marcelina Schmansky, Windham, CT.  Funeral services were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home, Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 2 p.m., conducted by Elder Harold D. Linville. Pallbearers were Henry & Kenny Linville, Chad, Eric & David Cothron, Terry Smith, Henry Huffines and Larry Gerritsen. Interment was in Hartsville Memorial Garden. 

Hillous Eugene "Hot" Warner, 75, of Carr Branch Road, Lafayette, Tennessee, passed away Friday, April 8, 2005 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Macon County, Tennessee native was born Sunday, September 1, 1929, a son of the late John Taylor Warner and Jennie Ann Presley Warner, and was a retired farmer. He was the husband of Eula Frye Warner, who preceded him in death on December 14, 1991.  He is survived by 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Maie Warner, Red Boiling Springs, TN; Victoria and Jonathan Bray, Castalian Springs, TN; and Linda Harris, Indianapolis, IN; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Timmie Warner, Lafayette, TN; Jimmy and Ramona Warner, Bethpage, TN; his companion, Mattie Wright, of Lafayette, TN; 2 brothers, Jim Warner and Lewis Warner; 2 sisters, Emma Blackwell and Annie Andrews, all of Lafayette, TN; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by 3 sons, Larry, Norman, and Ricky Warner; a brother, Jessie Warner; a sister, Vick Wix; 3 half-brothers, John, William, and Jeff Warner; 2 half-sisters, Laura Warner and Mary Warner; and a grandson.  Funeral services for Hillous Eugene "Hot" Warner were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2005 at Alexander-Goad Funeral Home with Eld. James Ray Lawson officiating. Burial was in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Cornwell, Jonathan Bray, Jeff Armour, Sonny Rednour, George Walters, and Wayne Warner.  Alexander-Goad Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN was in charge of arrangements.