A retired military medical nurse, Miss Ann Hackett, died peacefully Sunday morning October 20, 2019 at 2:40 a.m. at the Alive Hospice Residence in Murfreesboro. Miss Hackett was 81.
Graveside services and interment with military honors were conducted Tuesday afternoon October 22nd at 1:00 p.m. in the Garden of the Cross at the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Burial was beside her brother Bobby.
She was born Ann Gregory Hackett in the Four-Way Inn Community on March 23, 1938 and was the daughter of the late Benton Bridgewater Hackett who died at the age of 80 on February 12, 1977 and the late Ovie Lee Gregory who died at the age of 89 on December 16, 2001.
She was preceded in death by three siblings, Beverly Jane Hackett who died April 12, 1950 at the age of 13, and twins Bobby Dean “Bear” Hackett who died December 26, 2002 at the age of 62 and Betty Hackett Carson who died April 18, 2011 at the age of 71.
She was a 1956 graduate of Smith County High School where she was a member of the Future Teachers Association, the camera club, hobby club and Future Homemakers of America.
Miss Hackett was a member of the Peyton Creek Baptist Church in the Monoville Community.
She joined the United States Army on March 20, 1963 during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 5th Class at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on March 18, 1966 with two years, eleven months and twenty nine days of service. While there she served as a Medical Corpsman.
Then on July 14, 1966 she joined the United States Air Force at the Air Force Base in Dallas, Texas and was again honorably discharged January 11, 1971 with the rank of Staff Sergeant at Charleston Air Force Base in North Charleston, South Carolina. While in the Air Force she again served as a medical corpsman and in addition as management of flight operations. Her term of service in the air Force was three years, one month and 5 days.
After leaving the active duty military she served as a member of the National Guard stationed in Smyrna and had total military service of twenty five years before retirement.
For her meritorious service she was awarded the Air Force Medal, Air Force Supply Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Surviving is her caregiver, Bonnie Kemp of the Four-Way Inn Community; brother-in-law, Paul Carson and nephew Greg Carson and wife Rachel Jenkins Carson and their son Robert Wayne Carson all of the New Middleton Community.