Brittany Annette Carmack, 28, of Woodbury, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2023. She was born in Smithville, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 27, 1994. Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Willie L.G. & Dianna Catherine Carmack and Haskel Arzo & Mary Elizabeth Merritt; and nephew, DJ Carmack. She was followed in death by her son, Jace L.G. Carmack.
She is survived by her parents, Billy Ray and Mary Ellen Carmack; daughters, Aubree Elaine Carmack and Journee Jade Carmack; boyfriend, Gibson Lawrence Siviter; brother, Haskel Dewayne (Jackie Caffey) Carmack; sister, Kaitlyn Jeanette (Dalton Green) Carmack; special second mother, Bit Odom; special brother, Justin Odom; step-brother, Billy "BJ" Smith; step-sister, Elizabeth Belcher; nephews, Remington Kenneth Ryder Carmack, Colton James Carmack, Jeremiah Ray Caffey, Lazarus Carmack, and Bronson Carmack; nieces, Elizabeth Jane Carmack and Tinsley Vanessa Caffey; and several great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
Country as cornbread and a southern bell, Brittany grew up doing anything from riding four wheelers to beauty pageants. That grit and elegance boded well for riding horses, and her charm and wit kept people around her, especially her close friends, Kayla Stephens Duncan and Emily Whittemore Bess. They attended Woodbury Grammar School and Cannon County High School together, but Brittany was strong willed and decided school wasn't the path she wanted to go.
If it gives you any insight as to who she was, her Uncle Ricky gave everyone nicknames, and the one that stuck for Brittany was "Rubberhead." She was stubborn and always had to get the last word. Quick witted, a comeback was bouncing out of her mouth as soon as you'd finished talking. None of it was done out of hate though. Brittany was someone who was full of love and loved to cut up. Proverbs 12:25 says, "Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad," and Brittany wasn't going to worry about things beyond her control. Instead, she focused her energy toward spreading happiness into the hearts of everyone she met through word and deed.
Brittany gave abundantly to others. Seeing her out and about, her cheerful disposition kept a smile on her face as well as everyone else's. She came preprogrammed with the wisdom to not take things too seriously. Her outlook was, "Today is today. I'm living life." But whether it was a smile, a piece of wisdom, or some assistance, Brittany was sure to give freely to others. Leaving high school and having a wandering spirit gave Brittany ample opportunities to continue sharing joy. Over the years, she worked at Yorozu, Amazon, and Taco Bell, to name a few, but she never stayed in one place for too long. She must have realized that it would have been a shame to bottle up so much happiness and love in one place.
But people weren't the only ones Brittany had her sight set on. Whenever she needed to recharge her social batteries, adventure called her name. She loved camping and being on the lake. At bonfires and on boats topped her list on where she wanted to be. The family enjoyed going out on the boat to watch fireworks for the 4th of July, and Brittany's eyes gave the fireworks a run for their money on lighting up. But in Brittany's eyes, there was one place better than the woods and the lake. The ocean! Her attraction to the water matched her go with the flow personality, and she still talked about their family trip to Destin, Florida. Since the beach was a rarer occasion, Brittany combined her love for camping with her love for music. Bonnaroo became an event that she looked forward to and made a habit of going.
In each aspect of her life, Brittany had a theme cropping up. Family. She loved her family, and her life revolved around them. With a 9-year age gap between her and Kaitlyn, Brittany made sure she was still part of her life. And being the middle child with her personality? Brittany also made sure her involvement was memorable. Sibling shenanigans were not in short supply. On a camping trip to the lake, Brittany tried to hit Dewayne with a broom fooling around, and another time, she chased Kaitlyn down the stairs after a lobbed teddy bear went wrong and the eye hit Brittany in the face. These memories seem simple, but they will become cherished tales.
Now, it wasn't only her siblings that have tales to tell of Brittany. Just like she did with everyone else, she was sure to spread the love. Even being called "Rubberhead," Brittany always managed to find a way over to Uncle Ricky's house, and in one of her last conversations with her mom, Pa Willie came up. She and Mrs. Mary reminisced of when Brittany got her hair cut, pulled her boots on, and just had to tell Pa because she was so proud of herself. Time spent and memories made with Bob Nichols and John Boy as well as other family members and close friends rush to the forefront of her family's minds.
Most of all though, these experiences that became memories made Brittany who she was. It was these experiences that formed and shaped her into a devoted and loving mother to her precious babies. It breaks the family's hearts to know they will grow up without her, but whether it's through tales around the campfire or her old TikTok videos, Brittany lives on in their hearts.
"Love lives on forever in each memory and thought
Of the special ones who meant so much and the happiness they brought.
Love lives on forever - it will never fade away –
For, in our hearts, our loved ones are with us every day."
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 4-8 pm at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 2 pm in the Gentry-Smith Funeral Home chapel. Tim Gentry will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to assist the family with expenses.
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