Carol Lee Allen Brown

Apr 2 2018
Carol Lee Allen Brown

Carol Lee Allen Brown age 52 of Smithville passed away Saturday March 31, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 4, 1965 to her parents, the late Earl and Sandra Lee Allen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Lee Brown. Carol worked at Patty's Restaurant. Survivors include 2 children, Lonnie JB (Jessica Lane) Brown and Shanna Brown (David Amberson) both of Smithville; 5 grandchildren, Lilly Anne Brown, Weslin McCowan, Jayden McCowan, Rebecca Lee Brown, and Isaac Rain Magouirk; 3 sisters, Claudette Caldwell and Donna Greer both of Smithville and Tina Fay Parks of Gainesboro; 2 brothers, Steve Allen and Earl Allen, Jr. both of Gainesboro; step-mother, Debbie Allen of the Dodson Branch Community. Graveside services and interment for Carol will be held 2 PM Monday, April 9, 2018 at DeKalb Cemetery with Bro. Junior Shepherd and Steve Allen officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gradie Lee (Bond) Hernandez

Apr 1 2018
Gradie Lee (Bond) Hernandez

Gradie Lee (Bond) Hernandez, 70, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 30, 2018 in Riverside from Chronic Heart Failure.

She was born in Smithville, TN on April 22, 1947. She is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, John Hernandez. She leaves her daughter, Andrea Isaac and husband Jason, son Johnathan Hernandez, and granddaughters Arianna and Jennya Isaac, and June Hernandez. She is also survived by her mother, Gradie Gribble, and brothers and sisters, Joe Bond, Danny Bond, Linda Gonzales, John Bond, and Kathy Stanley.

Gradie met John Hernandez in 1968, and married in Murfreesboro, TN on June 4, 1970 at St. Rose of Lima. They were blessed with two children. Their daughter was born on August 1, 1975 and a son was born on December 14, 1976. They have three wonderful granddaughters, ages 17, 14, and 12 years old.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1968 and a Master of Science in Biology in 1970 both from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She also earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2005.

Gradie taught Mathematics at DeKalb County High School in Smithville, TN from 1970-1976. Her family moved to Riverside, CA in 1977. She began teaching Mathematics at Norte Vista High School in Riverside in 1981, and retired in 2008. After 33 years of teaching, she kept busy by spending time with her family and traveling with her husband to visit family across the United States. She also enjoyed painting and working with the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) and the Daughters of the American Revolutionary (DAR). Every Sunday she attended church with her husband at the Old Time Religion Baptist Church in Riverside.

Mrs. Hernandez will have a memorial at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary in Riverside on April 20, 2018 at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gradies’ life. Additionally, we are proud to share that Gradie was able to help two blind people by donating both corneas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to military organizations such as the USO or DAV.

Michael Shane Maples

Mar 30 2018

Michael Shane Maples, 41 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his residence.

Born Friday, July 16, 1976 in Frankfurt , Germany, he was the son of Gary Maples and Martha Jane Brock. He retired with 20 years of service in the Army National Guard. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2004 until December 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Lewis Maples of Sparta; sons, Stephen Weston Maples and Daniel Shane Maples of Sparta; daughter, Alexis Grace Kamryn Maples of Sparta; parents, Ron and Jane Bennett of Sparta and Gary and Frances Maples of Spencer; mother-in-law, Nancy Lewis of Smithville; brothers, Chip Bennett (Renee) of Cookeville and Jonathan Bennett (Kristina) of McMinnville; sister, Angie Maples of Spencer; several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tad and Lucille Brock and brother, Gary Stephen Maples Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Steve Tiebout officiating. Burial will follow in Smith Chapel Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard. The family will welcome friends at 10:00 am until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Rickey Lynn Stanley

Mar 28 2018
Rickey Lynn Stanley

57 year old Rickey Lynn Stanley of Smithville passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, Center Hill Masonic Lodge #77, and the Order of the Eastern Star #374. He was also a former Texas Boot machine operator and farmer. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. A Masonic Service will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Stanley and Amanda Ruth Ervin, and father-in-law, Garrison Lee Bond. Survivors include his spouse, Kathy Bond Stanley; daughter, Angela and Joe O'Connell; a son, Rickey, Jr. and Jessica Stanley; a sister, Melissa Stanley; brothers, Ronald Stanley, Eddie and Louella Stanley; Randall Stanley; half-brother, Michael and Mandy Stanley; half-sister, Jennifer Pack; step-brother, Wayne and Linda Bush; five grandchildren, Reann, Faithann and Jolynn O'Connell and Chelsie and Lily Stanley; mother-in-law, Grady Bond Gribble; sisters-in-law, Grady and John Hernandez of California and Linda and Richard Gonzalez of Texas; brothers-in-law, Joe and Bea Bond of Missouri; Danny Bond and Susan Johnson of Smithville and Johnny and Shannon Bond of Utah. Several nieces and nephews survive. Close personal friends, Benny Dawes, Debra Crawford, Carol Underhill, Johnny Paul, Claudine Crawford, Paulette and Bobby Robinson, Edsel and Edward Frazier, Beverly Knauer, and the Dry Creek Baptist Church family. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Al Menah Shrine Temple.

Brien A. Ellis

Mar 27 2018

82 year old Brien A. Ellis of Smithville, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away at St Thomas DeKalb Hospital after a brief illness on March 26, 2018. Brien was born in England on June 4, 1935 and was raised in Wales until the age of 14 when he entered the British Royal Navy. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in England at what was known then as Nuturn (Federal Mogul). He was transferred to Nuturn in Smithville in 1979 where he met his loving wife of 34 years, Joyce May Ellis. He was also a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dr. John Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Teresa Hogdin Ellis; a daughter, Susan Ellis and Granddaughter named after him, Alexandra Sierra Norton. In addition to his wife of 34 years, Ellis is survived by four children, Christine, Jackie, Richard, and Tony Ellis and their families all of England. Three brothers, Kevin, Terry, and Gerad and one sister, Maureen all of England; three step-children, Greg Dugdale, Laura Dugdale of DeKalb County and Rosalin and Antonio Rangel of McMinnville. Thirteen grandchildren with four living close, Gregory Norton, Winston Dugdale, Olivia Dugdale, and Emma Grace Rangel. He is also survived by several great grandchildren of England. He is survived by many special friends, including Angela Wilsdorf, Alan Norton, and Gary and Kim Johnson. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Burton-Ponder Cemetery Fund.

Dwight Edward Luna

Mar 23 2018
Dwight Edward Luna

Mr. Dwight Edward Luna, 68 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his residence.

Born Sunday, August 28, 1949 in Smithville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Reefus and Ressie Luna. Mr. Dwight loved hunting and model cars.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Luna of Smithville; son, Brian Luna of Smithville; daughter, Heather Guy (Randy) of Sparta; brother, Larry Luna (Angela) of Smithville; sister, Bonnie Chacon (Marco) of Smithville; step-daughter, Ayde Ray; 2 grandchildren, Sierra Hendrien and Dakota Hendrien, and many friends and neighbors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dwight Edward Luna.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Johnson Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with John Cunningham officiating.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Virginia Lenora Hibdon Miller

Mar 21 2018

99 year old Virginia Lenora Hibdon Miller of Smithville passed away Saturday at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She was a grocery store clerk and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The family will officiate. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home however the graveside service is open to the public. Also a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Mother Miller was a very private person who loved her family dearly. She will be missed by all those who loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ada Hibdon; husband, Orval Miller; son-in-law, James Reed Knowles; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Alan Hooper. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Emogene and Brisco Robnson; a granddaughter, Donna and husband Charles Hicks; a grandson, Randy and his wife Dianne Knowles; great grandchildren, Donna and husband Danny Gann, Chris and his wife Cindy Hicks, Jason Knowles, Ryan Knowles, and Tiffany and her husband Justin Adams; great great grandchildren, Logan Gann, Lauren Gann, Emily Adams, and Avery Adams; special nieces and nephews, Diane and Deloy Kirby, Renee and Brad Hennessee, and Chad and Shelia Kirby and families. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Alive Hospice.

Betty F. Neal

Mar 19 2018

96 year old Betty F. Neal of Alexandria died Sunday at NHC in Smithville. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jonny and Blondell Neal; a sister, Annine John Keaton; nephews, Edward Neal Vanderpool, Hugh Gordon Keaton, and Brian Keaton; and three brothers-in-law, Steve Vanderpool, O.D. Keaton, and Taylor Payne, Jr. Survivors include two sisters, Evelyn Vanderpool of Murfreesboro and Roberta Jo Payne of Hermitage. Three nephews, Ken and Sandra Vanderpool, Ronnie and Jackie Payne, and David and Jill Keaton. Three nieces, Beverly and Danny Wayne Owens, Mitzi Payne, and Loretta Walker. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Rose Maxwell

Mar 19 2018
Helen Rose Maxwell

Helen Rose Maxwell, 84, of Welaka, Florida went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 17, 2018 unexpectedly at her residence. Helen was born in Smithville, Tennessee and had been a resident of Welaka for the past 46 years, coming from Marion, Alabama. She was an active and faithful member of Welaka United Methodist Church where she had served in many capacities. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, cooking, baking, feeding others, gardening and watching the manatees from her dock. Her passion was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a hardworking homemaker. Preceding her in death was the love of her life, her husband of 67 years, James I. Maxwell; and three sisters, Jodie, Shirley and Ruby. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Rosalou Maxwell of Spanish Fort, AL, and Dennis and Lynne Maxwell of Pomona Park; a sister, Wilma Staley of Smithville, TN; five grandchildren and spouses, Monica Maxwell, Michael and Laura Maxwell, James and AlvaGayle Maxwell, Jessica Maxwell, and Rebecca and Johnny Phosavath; eleven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A service celebrating Helen’s life and honoring her Lord will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20th with Pastor Erle Prevatt and Pastor William Sparks officiating. The family will begin receiving friends at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka, Florida. Graveside services and interment will be Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Whorton Springs Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 2 P.M. until 2:45 P.M. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel at which time the family will leave to go to the cemetery for the graveside service. Memorial gifts may be sent to Welaka United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Welaka, FL 32193. Friends may sign the online register at Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements in Florida and DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the local arrangements.

Robert Crisp

Mar 17 2018
Robert Crisp

ROBERT CRISP, age 76 of the Forbus Community near Jamestown, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his Home. The funeral Service will be Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Jennings Funeral Homes Chapel in Jamestown. Burial will follow in the CUSH UPCHURCH CEMETERY in the Red Hill Community. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Jennings Funeral Homes Chapel in Jamestown.

Mr. Crisp was a former State Trooper for the Tennessee Highway Patrol who once worked in DeKalb County.

He is survived by his:







Brothers, JESSE CRISP and wife BETTY, and JERRY CRISP and wife TERESA

He is preceded in death by his:





Jennings Funeral Homes of Jamestown is in charge of the arrangements.


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