Obituaries

Magalene Rankhorn

Oct 31 2014

89 year old Magalene Rankhorn of Walling died Thursday at NHC of Sparta. She was a member of the Baptist Church of Christ and employed at the Doyle Shirt Factory. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Franklin Randolph and Tim Pelham will officiate and burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery in White County. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Finley and Minnie Lee Rankhorn; four brothers, Shady O., Robert L., James E., and John L. Rankhorn; and two sisters, Ona Mae Roberts and Sarah Edna Green. Survivors include two brothers, Billy and wife Carolyn Rankhorn of McMinnville and Arthur and wife Joretta Rankhorn of Oklahoma. Two sisters, Betty Jean Bowdain of Walling and Lee Ella and Gerald Young of Florida. One sister-in-law, Nell Rankhorn of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Lorene Oakley Nixon

Oct 28 2014

Lorene Oakley Nixon age 94 of Smithville passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at NHC. She was the daughter of Lanace and Lola Smith Oakley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Leonard Nixon and a daughter Betty Vickers. She was a Methodist and a Homemaker. Survivors include 2 Children Don (Patsy) Nixon of Smithville, Bobbie (Pat) Murphy, Grandchildren, Kathy Vickers of Old Hickory, Kevin Vickers of Smith Co., Steven Nixon of Columbia, Michael Murphy of Old Hickory, Matt Murphy of Spring Hill, and Son-In-Law Don Vickers, 5 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM, Thursday, October 30, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jeff Armstrong and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday October 29 from 2pm till 8pm and Thursday, October30, 12pm until the time of service at 2pm. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Dora E. Roller

Oct 27 2014

85 year old Dora E. Roller of McMinnville died Sunday at her granddaughter's residence in Morrison. She was a Christian and a retired caregiver. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Roller; parents, John and Edith Peace Jones; a son, William Roller, Jr.; and two great great grandchildren, Grady and Haley Hawkins. Survivors include three daughters, Edith Gail Hollon of McMinnville, Kathy Walker of Morrison, and Marylou Bandy of Smithville. Eleven grandchildren, Tina and husband Roger Boivin of Morrison, Chancy Smith of Lebanon, Brian and wife Connie Smith of Smithville, David and wife Sherry Giddeons of Smithville, Terry and wife Tammy Giddeons of Harrison Ferry , Regina Giddeons of Morrison, Gary Bandy of Smithville, Joann Crook and Todd McCloud of Smithville, William and wife April Roller of McMinnville and Amy Roller of McMinnville. Thirty great grandchildren and twenty five great great grandchildren and twenty one siblings survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Tommy Pelham

Oct 27 2014

Mr. Tommy Pelham age 74 of McMinnville, TN, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN. Born October 14, 1940, in Morrison, TN, he was retired from Mid-State Construction Co., was a member of Cumberland Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, and was currently pastoring at Johnson’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. Pelham was preceded in death by parents Wiley Vance and Lela Simmons Pelham, sister Liza Jane Pelham, and brothers Franchie Pelham, H.T. “Zeke” Pelham, James Pelham, Cecil Pelham, and Marshall Pelham.

Survivors include his wife Ann Pelham, son Jeff (Donna) Pelham, step daughter Ginger (Steve) Ricketts, brothers Gene (Mary) Pelham, Paris (Rhonda) Pelham, and Troy (Barbara) Pelham, grandson Casey (Tori) Pelham, step grandson Cody Ricketts, and great grandson Easton Pelham. A multitude of nieces and nephews and an innumerable host of friends also survive.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday, October 29, 2014, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Dennis Deweese will officiate. Interment will follow at Morrison Cemetery. The Pelham Family will receive friends Tuesday 11 AM to 9 PM and Wednesday 9 AM to 11 AM at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Program.

Johnny Lee Hale

Oct 24 2014

62 year old Johnny Lee Hale of Smithville died Thursday at his residence. He was a former factory worker and a member of the Poplar Hill Baptist Church in Watertown. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Ben Fuston will officiate and burial will be in the Poplar Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Watertown. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeffrey and Aubry Putty Hale; and a sister and brother, Reba Faye Hale and Ray Hale. Survivors include the love of his life, Jeannette Hale. Five children, Robert Matthew Hale, Jennifer and Jimmy Smallwood, William and Becky Hale, Randy and Savannah Hale, and Jimmy Hale and Turell Tidwell. Fourteen grandchildren, John and Gage Hale, Kirkland and Karson Smallwood, Dakota, Boomer, Helen, and S.J. Hale, Julissa, Emma Grace, C.J. and Brentley Hale, and Karaline and Bradyn Hale. Two brothers, Lonnie and Barbara Hale and P.I. and Janie Hale. Sister-in-law, Margaret Hale. Several nieces, nephews, and special friends, Keith and Mary Lou Bennett also survive. The Hale family would like to thank Avalon Hospice of Cookeville for the help and kindness they received and the loving care given to Mr. Hale during the last four months of his life. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

Willie A. "Bill" Ervin

Oct 24 2014

Willie A. "Bill" Ervin age 97 of the Snow Hill Community passed away Friday morning, October 24, 2014 at the Newport Health and Rehab. He was the son of the late Felix and Elsie Hicks Ervin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Minnie Bell Ervin, Ruby Page and Rosie Durham. He was a Baptist and a Farmer. Survivors include his lifelong Friend and Special Companion, Maxine Spurgeon of Smithville; Special Family and Caregivers, Randy and Pat Spurgeon of Newport; Special Baby, Stephanie Spurgeon of Newport; Several Nieces and Nephews and Special Friend, Jewell Duke of Dowelltown. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Sunday, October 26, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Mt. Holly Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 11:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Montie Lee Robinson

Oct 22 2014

Montie Lee Robinson, Age 96, of Alexandria, TN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 21st at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was born May 16, 1918 in Wilson County Tennessee to Thomas Jefferson Harvey Jr. and Maude Lee Gatton Harvey. She grew up attending Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church and was currently a member of First Baptist Church Alexandria. She graduated from Auburntown High School and married Burnard Robinson July 8, 1939. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, and devout Christian who was beloved by her family and friends. She delighted in her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and close friends whom she loved to check on daily. In her later years she enjoyed attending the Alexandria Senior Citizens' Center where she had many dear friends.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Thomas Jefferson Harvey Jr. and Maude Lee Gatton Harvey; her husband, Burnard Robinson (a veteran of WWII); her siblings, Susie Emaline Harvey, Gilbert Harvey, Joe Thomas Harvey, and Mable Christian; and her grandson, James Andrew Banks.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Steve) Sanders of Murfreesboro, TN and Betty (Dr. Roger) Banks of Madison, AL; her grandchildren Melissa (Tony) Galligani of Murfreesboro, TN; Rebecca (German) Pardo of Madison, AL; Rachel (Tommy) Huff of Antioch, TN; Amy (Richard) Kynard of Olathe, KS; Dr. Jonathan Burnard Sanders of Baton Rouge, LA; and Jessica Lee (Lee) Glasgow of Baton Rouge, LA; and her great grandchildren, Emily Banks of Olathe, KS; Tyler Galligani, of Murfreesboro, TN; Tommy and Will Huff of Antioch, TN; and William and Katie Pardo of Madison, AL; and her sister-in-law, Willie Harvey of Alexandria, TN.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 23rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday, October 24th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria, TN. The funeral will be held Friday at 1:00 pmin the chapel at Anderson Funeral Home with Brother Don Elmore, her former pastor and friend officiating. Internment will be at Hillview Cemetary in Alexandria. Donations can be made in her memory to First Baptist Church, Alexandria or Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, TN.

Sandy Sanders Wheeler

Oct 22 2014

Sandy Sanders Wheeler age 42 of Smithville passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Nashville. Sandy was born September 14, 1972 to her parents, Chester and Patricia Neal Sanders. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Sanders. She was a CNA. She is survived by 3 daughters, Tiffany (Adrian) Gallegos of Smithville, Brittaney (John Barber) Wheeler of Smithville and Haley Wheeler of McMinnville; 3 Grandchildren, Christopher Gallegos, Jasmine Gallegos and Gabriella Barber; parents, Chester and Pat Sanders; 2 sisters, Tammy (Jason) Chapman and Vanessa Freeman both of Smithville and brother, Jeffery (Courtney) Sanders of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday October 23, 2014 at People's Pentecostal Church (5008 McMinnville Highway) with Bros. Thomas Hewell and Michael Hale with burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 2:PM until 8:PM and on Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. All visitation will be held at the People's Pentecostal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Toy Ray Taylor

Oct 20 2014

Toy Ray Taylor, age 82, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at Dekalb Community Hospital E/R. He was a native of Dekalb County.

He is survived by The Love of His Life, Mary Hughes of Smithville; Daughter, Amy Rae (Chris) Byrd of Murfreesboro; Granddaughter, Emma Rae Byrd of Murfreesboro; Brother, George Brent (Gail) Taylor of Smithville; and Sister, Norma Malone of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, U.B. & Cora Hendrixson Taylor; and Sisters, Nellie Darse Waggoner and Sadie Tallent. He was a retired carpenter.

Graveside Services will be at Odom Cemetery at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 with Bro. Hunter Hay officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 to 12:30 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Woodbury Funeral Home.

Elsie Dutton Bryson

Oct 19 2014

Elsie Dutton Bryson, age 88, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Woodbury Health Care. She was born in Dekalb Co., but lived most all her life in Cannon Co.

She is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Bobby) Francis and Debbie (Van) Cheatham of Auburntown; Sister, Betty Kent of Portland, TN; 5 Grandchildren, Greg Francis, John (Kim) Francis, Jason Francis, Ethan Bryson, and Sara Beth (Martin) Sandes; 5 Great Grandchildren, Jonathan (Amanda) Francis, Jennifer Francis, Callie Francis, Lucas & Camila Sandes; 4 Great Great Grandchildren, Brooklyn, London, Allison, & Waylon Francis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest & Julie Norton Dutton; Husband, Willie Howard Bryson; Son, Timothy Howard Bryson; Siblings, Solon, Walter, & Floyd Dutton, Lura Fey, Altie Milligan, and Wilma Cason. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress at the Auburntown Shirt Factory.

Funeral Services will be 2 pm Monday, October 20, 2014 with Bro. Rick Lee officiating. Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 9 Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Woodbury Funeral Home.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

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