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Gaye D. Carden
Gaye D. Carden, age 76, passed away at her home in Clinton, TN on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Gaye lived in Nickelsville, VA but was born in Kingsport, TN. While in college, Gaye took the civil service test and achieved the highest score possible and shortly afterwards was offered a job in D.C. in the Department of Interior. Gaye moved to Atlanta, GA after working in D.C. While in Atlanta, Gaye worked for the Georgia Department of Interior and was the Legislative Assistant to the Georgia General Assembly. She also served as an Assistant to former President Jimmy Carter while he was the Governor of Georgia. In 1975, Gaye returned to TN and began working for Tennessee Valley Authority in 1978, which is where she retired from in 2000. Of all of her government service, she was most proud of her time at TVA which is where she developed many close friendships that bonded into family. After the death of her second child, she returned to work part-time at the Anderson County Courthouse. While at the Courthouse, she worked for former Trustee Rodney Archer, former County Mayor Rex Lynch, and County Mayor Terry Frank. Gaye also worked for Clinton Utilities Board and taught night classes at the Anderson County Career and Technical Center (Vocational School). Gaye has a lifetime of experience devoted to public service, and she had a Christian humility. Out of all of her accomplishments, she was the proudest of the many friendships that she developed along her journey.
Gaye is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Rita Dougherty; son, Ralph Jackson; daughter, Lori Carden; and sister, Faye Wilson.
She is survived by her husband, Ellis Carden; her son, Jeff Jackson; former daughters-in-law, Sue Jackson Harness and Stacey Jackson Schultz; brother, Mitch Doughtery and wife Denise of Rocky Top, TN; sister, Joy Dabney of Clinton, TN; grandchildren, Nathan Jackson and wife Jessica, Cole Jackson (Jennifer), Kristina Knight, and Logan Jackson; great grandchildren, Molly Jackson, and Blu Sky Knight; she is survived by her friend of 65 years, Sandy Chlebourn, and other special friends Nancy Breeding, Liz Donaldson, and Lee Boggs.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Wolf Valley Baptist Church in Heiskell, TN. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Rev Jeff Hawkins and Rev. Darrell Griffis officiating. The interment will follow directly after funeral service at Wolf Valley Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Danny Light officiating. Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN is in charge of arrangements.
I knew Gaye at the courthouse. We shared a lot of conversations. I always found her to be very sweet and friendly with everyone. She always ended our talk with you be sweet now honey. She was the sweet one. May she Rest In Peace now.
Cathy Oct 13 2021 9:42 PM
I met Gaye many years ago while we worked the polls. She was one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met. My heart is broken because we enjoyed many times together with her family and had lost touch since her last move. Such a wonderful christian lady. Deepest sympathy for the family. 🙏
Tammy Emch Oct 12 2021 8:17 PM
Gaye always with a smile, hug or a kind words for everyone. Her faith was an inspiration for us all. She will be greatly missed. Kathy, Dylan and Dustin Rains
Kathy Rains Oct 11 2021 8:55 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Gaye Carden
Kathy Rains Oct 11 2021 8:49 PM
Gaye and Ellis were next door neighbors for years. She was always a happy person. We couldn't have asked for better neighbors.
Ellis and Jeff we are so sorry for your loss.
Charles Colburn Oct 11 2021 11:30 AM
I knew Gaye from TVA, she always had the sweetest smile. My sympathy to her family.
Jeffrey Elmore Oct 11 2021 7:26 AM
My Deepest Sympathy to the Family; RIP Gaye
Cathy Daugherty Oct 10 2021 5:41 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Gaye Carden
Amanda Bryant Lynch Oct 9 2021 11:36 PM
It was a honor and a privilege to have taken care of your mom she was such a sweet lady and the memories I will cherish there alot of them but my favorite one is how she would always greet me with come in young lady and sit and talk to me for a few and as I was always leaving it was with a hug and love you see you next time
Michelle Rutherford Oct 9 2021 6:06 PM