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Mary Sue Dye, age 79, of Portland, passed away September 26, 2014, at Highpoint Hospice from complications of leukemia treatments.  She was born January 12, 1935, in Portland, and was the oldest daughter of Lonnie and Kathleen Cook Graves.  She was married to Billy K. Dye for 61 years, and they resided in Portland.   She graduated high school in Franklin, Ky., in 1953, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green in 1968, and her Master of Library Science degree from George Peabody College in Nashville in 1974.  She taught school in Portland and South Tunnel and was librarian for schools in both Sumner and Trousdale Counties.  She was a member of the Portland Church of Christ and an active volunteer in numerous civic organizations.  She was a member of the Sumner County Library Board, coordinated the establishment of the Bailey Room in the early 90s and other projects of The Friends of the Elmer Hinton Library in Portland.  In 1994, she helped organize The Restoration of Maple Hill Cemetery and worked diligently for many years thereafter to restore and document the cemetery’s graves.  She was a member of the Old Fountainhead Cemetery Association and authored a book on the history of the cemetery in 2000.  She was a member of the Simpson County Kentucky Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, The Simpson County Historical Society and The Tennessee Historical Society.  She spent years accumulating genealogical data for her descendants.

She is preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Leroy Graves, Betty Patrick and Ann James.  She is survived by her husband, Bill; sisters and brothers, Frances (Kenneth) Nash, Edna Nichols, Ruth (Steve) Redmon, Robert (Helen) Graves and William “Buster” (Cindy) Graves, all of whom reside in Kentucky; daughters, Kerry Sue (Wayne) Pruett of Portland and Holly (Glen) Bell  of Houston, Tex.; grandchildren, Jackson (Lori) Pruett, Tara Rose (Phillip) Campbell, both of Portland, and Rachel Anne Giese, M.D., of Little Rock, Ark.; great grandchildren, Hunter Pruett, Kerry Rose Pruett and Brooks Campbell; and many wonderful nieces and nephews who reside mostly in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

Visitation is 5 p.m., until 8 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home, and after 1 p.m., Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Portland Church of Christ.  Funeral service is 2:30 p.m., Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Portland Church of Christ with Bro. Randy Brown officiating.  Interment is at Maple Hill Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Jackson Pruett, Phillip Campbell, Wayne Pruett, Steve Redmon, Ken Redmon and Kenneth Nash.  The family expresses gratitude to Tennessee Oncology, Sumner Regional Medical Center, and Highpoint Hospice who provided care for her during her recent illness.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Portland Church of Christ Education Fund, 200 N. Russell St., Portland, TN 37148. 
Estelle Searcy, age 99, of Nashville, passed away September 26, 2014. She was born in Grundy County, Tenn., to the late Edmund Cooper Anthony and Levi Frances Anthony. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Allan Searcy. Estelle is survived by her sister, Josephine (EC) Ferguson of Madison; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation is 4 p.m., until 8 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014, and after 12 noon sunday.  Funeral service is 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September  28, 2014, at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Patton and Bro. Greg McCoy officiating. Interment is at Maple Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are James Melvin, Eric Pride, Seth Pride, Carter Blankenship, Rhyan McReynolds.
Mary Ann Carter, age 74, of Portland, passed away September 24, 2014. She was born in Simpson County, Ky., to the late Norman and Mamie Davenport. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Carter. Mary is survived by her daughters, Jane (Jimmy) Lamberth of Cottontown, Patricia (Jim) Gregory of Portland, Bonita (Butch) Simpson of Portland; sons, David Carter and Tim Carter, both of Portland; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Harold Davenport of Franklin, Ky. Visitation is 3 p.m., until 9 p.m., Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9 a.m., until 9 p.m., Friday, and after 9 a.m., Saturday.  Funeral  service is 2 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home with Bro. Jon Kirby and Bro. Chris Roberts officiating. Burial is at Sherron Cemetery. Pallbearers are Cody Lamberth, Alex Charlton, Tommy Charlton, Chris Lindsey, Timmy Carter, Mark Kizer, Daniel Simpson, and Joey Simpson. Honorary pallbearers are Matthew Hicks, Jason Shaw, Jacob Shaw, Hayden Kiser, and Triston Kiser.

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