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Carter White Murphy

April 22, 2021 — November 5, 2021

Carter White Murphy was born on Thursday, April 22, 2021 to his loving parents, Clifton R. Murphy, Sr. and Mary L. Nichols, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Carter's family was blessed with 6 months and 14 days with him before he went to his heavenly home on November 5, 2021.

Though Carter was born premature, he was a happy and healthy baby, and his size earned him the nickname "Hoss" from his parents. Born with enough hair to make a mohawk, Carter's dad took every opportunity to style his hair that way, and his hair matched his spirit. Carter was a bundle of joy with an outgoing personality. He was very energetic and loved to show off his boots that Ma Ruth got for him. An observant baby, he already knew faces and voices and would light up at the sound of his mother's. He also loved all of his big brothers and sisters and would play with them and his cousins like he was the same size.

Carter knew what he needed to be happy in life, and aside from his family's love, he was content with his favorite blanket and a bottle. He loved to wrap up in his blanket with it pulled up to his chin, especially when listening to music with his mom and dad. "My Hero" was a song he liked to listen to with his daddy. Carter loved visiting his aunt and uncle, Beth and Keith's, house. Carter had just reached the milestone of being able to roll over on his own, and he was working on cutting some more teeth.

Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Bobby "BJ" Johnson and Ricky "Pa" Murphy. Carter is deeply loved and remembered by his Mom and Dad; grandmothers, Ruth Murphy of Woodbury and Kathy (Rick) Hindsley of Smithville; big brothers and sisters, Kimberly, Tiffany, Justin, and Addison Johnson, Ally and Emma Nichols, Christian Dehaven, Hunter, Kaylee, Kaytlynn, Kaydyn, KayAnna, Clifton Jr., and Jaxon Murphy; aunt and uncles; Fairy and Mark Johnson of Smithville, David and BJ Murphy of Woodbury, Kayla and Joey Nicholson of Woodbury, and Keith Barrett and Beth Murphy of Woodbury; and numerous cousins, great aunts, and great uncles. Carter will always remain his parents' precious baby and his siblings little brother.

Visitation will be held at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 12-8 pm. Funeral services will be Thursday, November 11, 2021 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 with expenses. Share memories and condolences at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337 Because every life has a story

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

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