John Jeffries Carlton

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John Jeffries Carlton, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 after a 16 year battle with prostate cancer. Jeff was the son of William Bert Carlton of Anderson County and Anna Jane Arnold of Frankfort.
He was the grandson of John Willie Carlton, who served as sheriff, magistrate, and county clerk of Anderson County, and Marjorie Jeffries; and George Quarles Arnold, Sr. and Corabelle Smither of Frankfort.
Jeff was born Aug. 28, 1951 in Union County at Camp Breckinridge where his father was stationed as a first lieutenant in the Army and was later a member of South Frankfort Presbyterian. He was a graduate of Frankfort High School 'Class of 1969.'
Jeff served as president of Anderson County Farm Bureau and Anderson County Cattlemen's Association, while he and his first wife, Sandra Hall Carlton, and two sons, Will and John, lived at his family farm "Rolling Acres" on Ninevah/Clifton Rd. He also represented Anderson Co. before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.
Many Frankfort residents will remember his self-penned song "White Rock Hotel" and his band Cassanova Cowboys.
Jeff followed his love of music to Nashville in 1971 and again in 1985 with his family and cousin Billy Spencer, III, who followed in 1986, working for music legends such as Troy Seals, Will Jennings, David Briggs, James Stroud, and Bill Ham, later moving his residence to Hendersonville, Tennessee.
A man of many talents, he worked as a songwriter, studio musician, studio manager, producer, publisher, executive, and later, consultant, of many of Nashville's top studios and publishing companies, fostering and promoting the talents of many of country's leading singer/songwriting stars over the years.
Throughout the course of his career, Jeff worked with greats such as Roy Orbison, Steve Winwood, Roy Acuff, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, and Kenny Chesney, songwriters Tony Martin, Lee Thomas Miller, Bobby Pinson, Tom Shapiro, Ashley Gorley, Erin Enderlin, and Shane McAnally, and worked for Quadrafonic Sound Studio, House of David, Willin'David Music, Stroudavarious, Hamstein, Viberoom Music, and Bigger Picture in various roles.
Most recently, Jeff was serving as consultant for THiS Music Publishing and Tape Room Music Publishing and had been associated with Parallel Music Publishing. He was the 2015 recipient of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) President's Choice Award and the 2018 recipient of the American Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Independent Spirit Award, which was presented at the Ryman Auditorium. Locally, he was inducted into Frankfort Independent School's Hall of Fame in 2017.
Jeff is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William A. Rash; and his grandparents.
Jeff leaves behind his brother Robert L. Rash (Allene); two sons from his first marriage, William Bert Carlton and John Hall Carlton; his wife, Christine Schaner Carlton, with whom he has one son, Robert Ewing Carlton (Kelsey) who is currently VP of Development at SmackSongs, and one daughter, Jaimee Brook Dillon; three granddaughters, Kennedy Christine Payne, Braelyn Ann Dillon, and Tatum Emrie Carlton; one niece, Katherine Rash; and aunts and uncles, Judy Carlton Bailey (David), Edward Lynn Carlton (Rachel), and Ailleen Wheeler Arnold (Quarles, dec'd).
Services in Tennessee are pending at this time.

Published in The Anderson News on Aug. 30, 2018
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