Obituaries

Peggy Parsley

May 31 2018
Peggy Parsley

Peggy Parsley age 83 of Smithville passed away Wednesday evening at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born October 12, 1934 to her parents, the late Albert Lee and Flora Ruth Trusty Hooper. Peggy is the wife of James Clayton Parsley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Maureen Florida, Doris Cripps, Faye Trotter Rawls and Milas Hibdon; brother, Hoyte Hooper and infant brother, Eugene Hooper. Peggy was a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church and worked many years in the shirt factory and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, James Clayton Parsley of Smithville; 2 sons, Lloyd Blish of Dayton and Larry (Janice) Blish of Smithville; 5 step-sons, Donnie and Ricky Parsley both of Goodlettsville, Ted Parsley of McMinnville, Scott Parsley of Nashville and Jason Parsley of Panama City, FL; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Bill (WJ) Poss and Dean Johnson both of Smithville and Sue Banker of Sparta; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Saturday, June 2, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Greg Whaley officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 12 Noon until 8 PM and Saturday 10AM until the time of the service at 2PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Tyree Henegar Smith

May 29 2018
Tyree Henegar Smith

Tyree Henegar Smith, age 68, a McMinnville, TN resident and Warren County native was born November 8, 1949 and died May 26, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was a retired teacher with Warren County School Systems, Pastor for Westside Baptist Church, and son of the late Jack Coleman and Marjorie Henegar Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Jim Smith.

Mr. Smith was married January 10, 1970 to Joyce Smith, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Nathan & Tesh Sims Smith of McMinnville; Alan & Kristina Day Smith of McMinnville; Ryan & Candace Dunn Smith of McMinnville; eight grandchildren, Crosley, Kaylee, Jackson, Elijah, Elsa, Addison, Isaac & Sophie; two brothers and sisters-in-Law, Jack and Linda Smith, Jr. of Lexington, KY & Karl and Pam Smith of Lexington, KY; sister, Keely Hogan of Nolensville, TN; sister-in-Law, Joye Womack Smith of Lexington, KY; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018 in High's Chapel with Nathan Smith, Alan Smith & Ryan Smith to officiate. Interment will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville, TN. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, and 10:00 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at High's.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lighthouse Ministries of Warren County at P.O. Box 7406, McMinnville, TN 37111 or to Westside Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Katie Ruth Caldwell Shook

May 29 2018
Katie Ruth Caldwell Shook

Katie Ruth Caldwell Shook was born November 9, 1935 in Smithville, Tennessee. She passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the age of 82 at her residence in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos E. Shook, who passed away February 19, 1972; parents, H. Clyde and Vera Summers Caldwell; her sister Francis, and her brothers Wayne, Jerry, Cordell and Joe Caldwell; and two grandsons, Jonathan Ellis and Justin Frizzell, whose passing she always mourned.

She is survived by one sister Margaret Ann Cantrell, four daughters, Brenda Ellis, Pamela Smith, Rita Jones, Janice Frizzell, and one son, Steve Shook, who were proud to call her “Momma”; grandchildren, Misty, Brandon Andy, Nick, Emily, Amanda, Steven, Kevin and Jessica, who all loved their Grandma dearly; nine great grandchildren who will all miss her love and affection, Karigan, Lillian, Anastasia, Arielle, Justin, Liam, Elliott, Hollis, and Braeden.

Katie was an avid gardener. She was a member of the Twin States Iris Society. Tall bearded iris was her favorite thing to grow.

For over the last thirty years, Katie was known to everyone as “Grandma”. She welcomed one and all into her home, sharing with them her cooking, wisdom or whatever else they needed. Katie was there to contribute her love and support to everyone. She will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville, Tennessee will be on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. Katie chose cremation and her ashes will be interred at Whorton Springs Cemetery following the Memorial Service.

Ronald Hugh Rogers

May 29 2018
Ronald Hugh Rogers

Mr. Ronald Hugh Rogers age 66 of Smithville, passed away Monday morning May 28, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born May 30, 1951 in Livingston to his parents, the late Hugh and Ailene McAlpin Rogers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Mildred Palk. Mr. Rogers was the Assistant UT Extension Agent having worked for 30 years starting in Clay County, TN in 1979 and then moved to DeKalb County in 1986 and worked until his retirement in 2009. Ron had a love for children and youth and worked with 4-H kids, Master Gardener Program, 4-H Congress, 4-H Chicken and Sheep Program, Regional and State competitions and various judging, worked 4-H camp each year, he was a member of the 911 board He enjoyed seeing kids excel and succeed. Mr. Rogers appreciated his great friendship and longtime working relationship with Steve Officer and the people of DeKalb County. Ron loved his cats and gardening. Ron was a faithful member of the Smithville Church of Christ having attended faithfully until his health kept him from being able to go. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda M. Rogers of Smithville; special cousin, Johnny Cole and Family of Rockwood; sisters-in-law, Louise (Leonard) Copeland and Family of Cookeville and Mrs. Lisa Medley and Family of Cookeville; brother-in-law, Larry (June) Harvey and Family of Allons, TN; special friends, John Bassinger, Steve Officer, Dale & Pam Ball, Wallace & Carolyn Caldwell and Brenda Shuttleworth and many other special friends, cousins and family members. Funeral services will be conducted 11AM Thursday, May 31, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating and John Bassinger, Sarah Ferrell and Heather Pinegar Young will share thoughts and memories of Mr. Rogers and burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Ron's request was for donations to be made to either the DeKalb County 4-H, DeKalb Animal Coalition, Smithville Church of Christ or Northside Church of Christ, in his memory. Mrs. Linda had asked that no flowers be sent and that no food be brought. Linda would love to express her appreciation to Clint Hall, the nurses and staff of NHC HealthCare for the care and compassion shown to Ron during the last 3 1/2 years, to U-Carts, DeKalb Ambulance Service, Dr. Wall and Dr. Dingle, St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital and ER nurses and staff. There are no words to say how grateful and thankful she is to each and everyone of you. May God richly bless you for your dedication and service that you have provided to Ronnie. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Judkins

May 27 2018

79 year old Joe Judkins of Lebanon passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018. He is preceded in death by parents, James and Bessie Judkins; son, Scott Judkins; brothers, Jimmy, Dan, and Cotton Judkins. He is survived by wife of 57 years, Martha Judkins; children, Steve (Carlene) Judkins, Sandy (Hank) Watkins, Susan (Eric) Carr, and Shane (Brittany) Judkins; brother, Robert Judkins; sister, Joyce (Jerry) Bradshaw; grandchildren, Jennifer (Anthony Byrd) Judkins, Kristin (Drew Mason) Judkins, Matthew (Maggie) Watkins, and Addy Collins; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Pratt and Liam Scott Mason. Mr. Judkins was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and worked for Martha White/Shenandoah Mills for 42 years. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 12 noon until the funeral. Interment, Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Keith, Adam and Jerry Judkins, Greg and Brandon Allison, and Chris Bly. Honorary pallbearers, Hank Watkins, Eric Carr, Drew Mason, and Matthew Watkins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Kidney Foundation. PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL in charge of arrangements 615-444-7007 OBIT LINE 615-444-7700 www.partlowchapel.com

Alice Jewel Jones Wiser

May 27 2018
Alice Jewel Jones Wiser

Alice Jewel Jones Wiser age 70 of McMinnville passed away Saturday morning, May 26, 2018 at her residence. She was born June 25, 1947 to her parents, the late Earby and Mable Turner Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Aletha Adcock, Thelma Earmon, Violet Jones and Jeanette Redmon. Jewel attended Newtown The Baptist Church and was retired from the Warren County School System as a Cafeteria Worker. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 53 years, Jerry Wiser of McMinnville; 2 daughters, Jill (Stan) Phillips of McMinnville and Janet (Rick) Phillips of McMinnville; 4 grandchildren, Allison (Corey) Page, Axie (Josh) Vaughn, Tyler Phillips and finance, Mikayla Farley, Caitlyn "Katie" Phillips; 1 great-grandson, Emerson Vaughn; 1 sister, Rebecca Ervin of Smithville; special cousin, Phyllis Martin of McMinnville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Monday, May 28, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Garry McBride and Cody Holman officiating and burial will follow in Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 12 Noon until 8 PM and Monday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Jefferson Cemetery, in memory of Mrs. Jewel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Greg Merterth Byford

May 26 2018

Greg Merterth Byford, age 45, of Woodbury passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 at his home. He was a native of Cannon Co.

Survivors include his daughter, Myranda Byford; Son, Lucas Byford; Mother, Eunice Ferrell Byford; Sister, Ella (Mike) Green; Brother, Shane Byford, all of Woodbury; Special Friends, David Taylor, Nisey Maynard, & Charles Ferrell. Several nieces & nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alf Merterth "Mert" Byford.

Mr. Byford was a member of the Church of Christ and was a self-employed Mechanic. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and being with family and friends.

Funeral Services will be 4 PM Sunday, May 27, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Leonard Herman officiating. Interment will follow at Byford Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11 AM to 9 PM Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.

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

Sarah Ponzell Usrey

May 24 2018
Sarah Ponzell Usrey

80 year old Sarah Ponzell Usrey of the Belk Community passed away Thursday at her residence. She was retired from Genesco. Usrey was a member of the New Union The Baptist Church and the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club. The funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Interment will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Mrs. Usrey was preceded in death by her husband, Arzie Usrey; and her parents, Brackett and Nadene Luna. Survivors include two daughters, Deana and Jack Green of Smithville and Cindy and Myron Rhody of Dowelltown; one son, Rickey and Daphanee Usrey of Centertown; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Harold and Linda Luna of Smithville; and one sister Louise Wright of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Usrey to the DeKalb County Relay for Life, the New Union The Baptist Church, or to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Billie Sue Hayes Foutch

May 24 2018
Billie Sue Hayes Foutch

Billie Sue Hayes Foutch age 82 of Liberty, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Webb House in Smithville. Born June 18, 1935 in Dekalb County, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Pauline Harvey Hayes and was preceded in death by her husband, Glen "Spark" Foutch in 2005 and a nephew, Jim Hayes. Billie was a 1953 graduate of Liberty High School and a member of Prosperity Baptist Church. She is survived by sisters and brother, Lounette Judkins of McMinnville, James (Nettie) Hayes of Old Hickory, Marie Knowles of Hendersonville, Joyce (Johnny) O'Conner of Donelson, Wanda (Ted) Ray of Liberty, Sarah (Ronnie) Kent of Smithville; niece, Julie Kent; nephews, Jason Ray, Mark Kent, Todd Kent and other nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at Prosperity Baptist Church with Bro. David Moody and Bro. Thurman Seber officiating. Visitation 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Prosperity Baptist Church and 11 a.m. till service time on Friday. Pallbearers, Jason Ray, Mark and Todd Kent, Ricky Barrett, Teddy Mathis. Honorary, Tanner Malone and Garrett Hayes. Interment at Prosperity Cemetery. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Catherine Deloris Newby

May 21 2018
Catherine Deloris Newby

74 year old Catherine Deloris Newby of Smithville passed away Monday at NHC Smithville. She was a life long resident and public servant of DeKalb County. Newby was retired from the DeKalb County Clerk's Office and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Donnie Kelly will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 8 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Linnie Reeder Summers; a son, Dennis Ellis; and two brothers, Junior Summers and Lairey Summers. Survivors include a son, Shannon Newby of Smithville. Granddaughters, Natasha and David Miller, Brandy Newby, and Shelley Newby all of Smithville. Sisters, Helen and David Fox of Smithville and Dianne and Ricky Taylor of Murfreesboro. Great grandchildren, Autumn Reinhart and Steven Miller of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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