Obituaries

Gladys Marie Fitts

Sep 24 2017
Gladys Marie Fitts

77 year old Gladys Marie Fitts of Brush Creek passed away Friday at the Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. She was a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria and was a retired machine operator at Work Wear Factory. The funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Fitts was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Willie Biggs Stafford; husband, James Fitts; daughter, Melissa Jackson; granddaughter, Brittany Fitts; brother, Richard Stafford; and sisters, Dora Stafford and Margaret Cline. Survivors include a daughter, Melinda and Tim Robertson of Brush Creek; sons, Michael and Porta Fitts of Maryland, Mickey and Lori Fitts of Illinois; grandchildren, James Fitts and Aaron Fitts of Maryland, Meghan Fitts and Briley Fitts of Illinois, Chad Robertson of Brush Creek, and Derek Robertson of Smyrna. Four great grandchildren. Brothers, Elbert Stafford of New Middleton and Willie Stafford of Westmoreland. Sisters, Cora Dillard of Portland, Mabel Mooneyham of Kentucky, and Kathy Clark of Hartsville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Phylis Knox Thompson

Sep 22 2017
Phylis Knox Thompson

80 year old Phylis Knox Thompson of Dowelltown passed away Thursday at St. Thomas West in Nashville. She was a homemaker. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. She was preceded in death by her husband James Knox; her parents, Frank and Eula Rasncick Adair; brother, Frank Adair, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Nate Ward and nephew Charles Wingo. Survivors include three children, James Knox, Sherri and Scott Carroll and Robert Knox; siblings, Nancy Adair Wingo, Wilma Adair Ward, W.K. and Deloris Adair and Robert and Sandy Adair; grandchildren, Jessica and Rino Hernandez, Joe Knox, Scott Carroll, Jr., Erin and Josh Turner, Joseph and Megan Carroll, and Robert Knox, II; Great grandchildren, Grace Naron, Aidan and Liam Turner, Ethan and Grayson Hernandez and Alexis Carroll. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Phyllis Knox Thompson Memorial Fund at Regions Bank in Smithville.

Harold Gray Taylor

Sep 22 2017
Harold Gray Taylor

80 year old Harold Gray Taylor of Mount Juliet passed away Thursday at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon. He was owner and contractor for Mount Juliet Home Builders, a member of Big Brothers of Mount Juliet, and the Silver Springs Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Russ Stevens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Vella Rhea Taylor and parents, Charles Edward and Verdie Hayes Taylor. Survivors include three children, Larry Douglas and Sandra Taylor of Murfreesboro, Jennifer and David Smith of Lebanon, and Lisa and Ed Spurlock of Hendersonville. Grandchildren, Brandon and Shawna Taylor of Christiana, Brandie and Nathan Pendergrast of Murfreesboro, Rebecca Sampson and fiancé Kenny Simons, and Daniel Sampson all of Lebanon, Andrew Spurlock and Audrey Spurlock both of Hendersonville. Great grandchildren, Maggie Beth Taylor and Madison Taylor both of Christiana and Kayleigh Joy Pendergrast of Murfreesboro and brother-in-law, Bill and Dee Cantrell of Alabama. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carol Ann Storie

Sep 21 2017
Carol Ann Storie

Carol Ann Storie age 65 of Smithville, passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born December 31, 1951 to her parents, the late Donald and Opal Manis Skeen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 son, James Casey Reagan and 1 brother, Bob Skeen. Carol was a member of Covenant Baptist Church and worked as a secretary in the automotive factory industry. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 33 years, James W. "George" Storie of Smithville; 7 children, Christie (Sean) Driver of Liberty, Scott (Dana) Reagan of Lafayette, James Bryan Storie of Smithville, Stephen Wayne Storie of Murfreesboro, Christopher Todd Storie of Smithville, Troy Lee Storie of Livingston, Tamara (Jason) Murphy of Smithville; 13 grandchildren, Garrett, Luke and Ben Driver, Stephen (Kaitlin) Reagan, Shawn Reagan, Nicholas Reagan, Dylan (Kayla) Reagan, Natasha (Chris) Pryor, William, Matthew and Nathaniel Storie, Nixon and Addison Murphy; 4 great-grandchildren, Casen Reagan, Nora, Brody and Camilla Pryor; 1 brother, Mike Skeen of Cowan, IN; 1 half-brother, Larry Matheny of Muncie, IN. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, September 24, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason and Bro. Kenneth Clayton officiating and burial to follow in the Clark Cemetery in Byrdstown with Bro. Tommy Davis officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 5 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Robbie Geraldine Curtis

Sep 20 2017
Robbie Geraldine Curtis

Robbie Geraldine Curtis age 89 of Watertown died Tuesay morning, Sept. 19, 2017 at Quality Health Care in Lebanon. Born Sept. 29, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Delbert Denton, Sr. and Willie Ola Hickey Denton. Jerry was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Van Curtis in 1997. She was a 1946 graduate of Watertown High School and a retired employee of DeKalb Telephone. She is survived by a daughter, Vickie Barrett of Birmingham, AL; sons, John L. (Becky) Curtis of Marietta, GA and Todd (Mary Lee) Curtis of Watertown; grandchildren, Jennifer Amanda Barrett of Hanceville, AL and Kyle Allen Curtis of Watertown; great granddaughter, Bella Michelle Whipple of Birmingham, AL; and brother, Delbert (Kay) Denton, Jr. of Lebanon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services Thursday. Interment at New Hope Cemetery.

Henry Elzie Cantrell

Sep 19 2017
Henry Elzie Cantrell

95 year old Henry Elzie Cantrell of Smithville passed away Tuesday at NHC Smithville. He was a farmer, Baptist and a Veteran of World War II. The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Phillip Summerford will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Eunice Young Cantrell. Twelve siblings, Effie Head, Ruth Binkley, Jeffie Humphrey, Resie Taylor, Horace, Jr. Cantrell, Fate Cantrell, Arlie Cantrell, Doris Cantrell, Leslie Cantrell, James Cantrell, Gentry Cantrell, and Charles Cantrell. Survivors include a sister, Ethel Redmon of McMinnville. Two brothers, Dennie Cantrell of McMinnville, Billy and Linda Cantrell of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Union cemetery fund.

Johnnie Lee Davis, Jr.

Sep 19 2017

Johnnie Lee Davis, Jr. age 45 of Rickman, passed away Sunday morning, September 17, 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born July 29, 1972 to his parents, Johnny Lee Davis, Sr. and Margaret Hensley Davis. Johnnie was a nursery worker. He is survived by 4 children, Megan Harchenko of Sparta, Chris Davis, Brittany Zimmerman and Kayla Ervin all of Smithville; 8 grandchildren, LeSean, Saraya and Lyric Harville, Kwan Harchenko, Carson and Canaan Davis, Brantley and Lincoln Cameron; mother, Margaret Davis of Rickman; father, Johnny L. Davis, Sr. of Smithville; 3 sisters, Sheila Davis of Rickman, Angela Thompson of Baxter and Crystal Murphy; 1 brother, James Davis of Alabama. The family has honored Johnnie's request to be cremated and a memorial service will be held 11AM Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Nathan Thomason officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 10AM until the time of the service at 11AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Flora Ann Maxwell

Sep 18 2017
Flora Ann Maxwell

Flora Ann Maxwell age 77 of McMinnville, passed away Sunday morning, September 17, 2017 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was born September 12, 1940 to her parents, the late James Corbit and Treasie Hale Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 siblings, James Bobby Davis and Patsy Davis. She was a homemaker and a Freewill Baptist. Survivors include 1 daughter, Cynthia Davis and Stanley Paul Maxwell both of McMinnville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services and interment will be 10:AM Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Long Cemetery on Highway 30 with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service, no visitation will be held at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to help with funeral expenses and these may be made at Homeland Security Bank in McMinnville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Rita Joan Prince

Sep 18 2017
Rita Joan Prince

Rita Joan Prince, age 63, a Smithville, TN resident and DeKalb County, TN native was born July 3, 1954 and died September 16, 2017 in St. Thomas River Park Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was a secretary at Bybee Branch Church of Christ, where she was a member, and daughter of the late Clyde and Thelma Cantrell Redmon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Trena Hayes.

Mrs. Prince was married June 18, 1971 to Ricky Prince who survives. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Amy Prince and Holly Prince both of Smithville; brother-in-law, Johnny Hayes of Pegram, TN; aunts and uncle, Edith Redmon and Dorothy and Sanders Webb all of Smithville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don and Susie Griffith and Ronnie and Denise Prince all of McMinnville, TN and Jerry and Jerelene Prince of Lavergne, TN; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Central Church of Christ with Steve Hillis and Tony Lawrence to officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at High’s.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or the Gospel Broadcasting Network.

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Albert Thweatt

Sep 17 2017

80 year old Albert Thweatt of Smithville passed away Saturday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a Christian and a retired construction worker. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bobby Thomason will officiate and burial will follow in the Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday until the service at 11 a.m. Thweatt was preceded in death by his parents, Beecher and Lillie Thweatt; mother, Magelene Redmon Thweatt, and a brother, Mack Thweatt. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda White Thweatt of Smithville. Two sons, Kenny Beecher Thweatt of North Carolina and Ralph Allen Thweatt of Ohio. A daughter, Debi Thweatt of Florida. Four grandchildren. Three great grandchildren. One brother, Farris and Barbara Thweatt of Smithville. Four sisters, Joel and Harold Dawes of Smithville, Jannie and Clayton Christenberry of Knoxville, Judy and Albert Warren of Smithville, and Sue and Larry Taylor of Lebanon. Sister-in-law, Elaine Thweatt of Sparta. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jefferson Cemetery.

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