Obituaries

Deborah Godfrey Tuggle

Sep 6 2016
Deborah Godfrey Tuggle

Deborah Godfrey Tuggle, 64, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 3, 2016 after a courageous 4-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family.

She was a native of Washington, NJ and graduated from Eastern Carolina University with a degree in Medical Technology. Later in life, she pursued her dream and passion for arts by attending the Appalachian Center for Craft, receiving her BFA in Fiber Arts from Tennessee Technological University.

Debbie leaves behind her husband, Mickey Tuggle of Smithville; daughter, Dylan (Peter) Thriffiley, New Orleans, LA; son, Jonah Tuggle, Chattanooga; Jonah's girlfriend, Jessica Tolliver; parents, Jack and Nancy Godrey, Washington, NJ; and her most precious grandson, Thompson Thriffiley, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, John (Mickey) Godfrey and Daniel W. Godfrey and sister-in-law, Kimberley Godfrey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Be the Match (National Marrow Donor Program).

Ammie Lee Miller

Aug 31 2016
Ammie Lee Miller

89 year old Ammie Lee Miller of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center. She had been a member of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 1959 and was a retired seamstress with Alexandria Garment Factory. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Green will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Miller was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Flora Warren and husband Tom Miller. Survivors include a son, Mark and wife Libba Miller and a granddaughter, Sofia Miller all of Nashville; a brother, Jim Roy and Sue Warren of Mt. Juliet. Two nephews, one niece, and two sisters-in-law Naomi Miller of Dowelltown and Dorothy Vanatta of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations please be made to the First Assembly Adoption Fund, in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made in the office at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Ruth Huddleston Walker

Aug 31 2016
Ruth Huddleston Walker

Mrs. Ruth Huddleston Walker, age 87, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Mrs. Walker was born February 13, 1929 in Wilson County, TN, the daughter of the late Charles Herschel Huddleston and Opal Cassity. She married John David Walker on October 16, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 2000. Mrs. Walker graduated from Watertown High School. She was a faithful member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church. She worked at Prichard’s Grocery as a clerk for over 20 years.

Mrs. Walker is survived by Son; David Walker of Mt. Juliet, TN. Three Brothers; Bob (Anita) Huddleston of Watertown, TN, Jewell (Virginia “Tootsie”) Huddleston of Watertown, TN, and Eugene (Doris) Huddleston of Lebanon, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Walker are scheduled to be conducted from the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2PM with Bro. Billy Friel officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the Walker family will be held at the Avant Funeral Home on Thursday from 4PM until 8PM and at the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Friday after 11AM until the time of the service at 2PM.

Monica Tenley Thompson

Aug 31 2016
Monica Tenley Thompson

Monica Tenley Thompson age 62 of Alexandria died Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at her residence. Born Nov. 3, 1953 in Madison, TN, she was the daughter of the late Howard L. and Nell Rowland Owen. A former Old Hickory barber, Monica was an auctioneer and antique dealer, operating the Little Red Hen Antiques and Auction House is Alexandria. She is survived by her husband, Darryl Thompson of Alexandria; children, Andrew Napper of Memphis, Alice Faulk of Old Hickory, Rebecca Lee Haynes of Alexandria; grandchildren, Hannah Cravens, Brittany Brown, Jesse Reed Napper, Chloe Faulk; sisters, Pamela Owen and Pricilla Ralston both of Murfreesboro. Family and friends will gather from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for a time of sharing and memories of Monica. A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. with Bro. Ron Kline officiating

Sonia Lynn Presley

Aug 29 2016

Sonia Lynn Presley age 61 of Smithville passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016 at her residence. She was born September 30, 1954 to her parents, the late Robert and Ruby Cantrell Ballard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jason Lucci and 1 sister, Carolyn England. She was disabled and worked as a X-Ray Technician for many years. Sonia is survived by 2 grandchildren, Serena Lucci and Adrian Lucci both of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Sonia's family has honored her request to be cremated. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Kathy Staley Olds

Aug 29 2016

Kathy Staley Olds age 64 of Smithville passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at her residence. She was born January 2, 1952 to her parents, the late Dale Staley and Wilma Ferrell Staley. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by 1 sister, Jan Higdon and 1 nephew, Jamie Higdon. Kathy was a member of Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church and was a nurse, paramedic and a photographer with Wal-Mart. She is survived by 1 daughter, Tisha Vickers-Burns of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Dylan Michael Jamison Burns and Hannah Dale Groshon; mother, Wilma Staley of Smithville; 1 brother, Tim (Debbie) Staley of Smithville; nieces, Mindy Versluis, Chynna Cade, Brittany Cade, Kesha Staley Bradford and Kiley Staley. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Bonham Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Monday 4:30 PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 10AM until the time of the 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.

Wiley Roy Jones, Jr.

Aug 27 2016

Mr. Wiley Roy Jones, Jr. age 90 of Liberty passed away Friday night, August 26, 2016 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born July 23, 1926 to his parents, the late Wiley Roy and Ocie Oakley Jones, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Lee Carter. Wiley Roy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Patsy Jones of Liberty; daughter, Carolyn (Donnie) Spann of Dickson; 2 granddaughters, Carla Spann of Bellevue and Keri (Joel) Howell of White Bluff; 1 great-granddaughter, Greta Howell; 1 nephew, Mason (Pam) Carter of Liberty. Wiley Roy was a farmer, retired construction worker and member and deacon of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Monday, August 29, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Richard Buckner, Bro. Mark Smartt and Donnie Spann officiating and burial to follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mt Zion Cemetery Fund, in memory of Wiley Roy. Visitation will be Sunday 1:PM until 8:PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim

Aug 24 2016
Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim

Mrs. Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim age 87, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Hillesheim was born in Overton County on June 13, 1929, the daughter of the late George and Rosie Johnson Swann. Her husband, David George Hillesheim preceded her in death on August 27, 2003. She is also preceded in death by her son, Howard Gifford Jr. 1 brother, Cordell Swann & 5 sisters, Eunice Jones, Sarah Whitfield, Jewell Dailey, Pearl Swearingen & Tina Haney.

Mrs. Hillesheim attended Ward-Belmont College. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon, TN. She was vice-president of Goehner & Eaves Furniture store in Belleville, Ill. for 30 years prior to her retirement & moving to Alexandria in 1982. Mrs. Hillesheim was an active part of the Alexandria Senior Citizens for 20 years & serving for 2 of those years as the Executive Director.

She is survived by 2 grandchildren, Garrett Davis & Adrienne Lee Gifford, a step-grand child, Justin Jackson, and her daughter-in-law, Margaret Hawkins. Mrs. Hillesheim is also survived by 1 brother and 1 sister, Frank Swann, of Chicago, IL and Georgia Boles, of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hillesheim are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11am from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, August 26th from 4-8pm & Saturday, August 27th from 10am until the time of services at 11am.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center in memory of Mrs. Hillesheim.

Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Dwayne Scott Massengail

Aug 23 2016

Dwayne Scott Massengail age 49 of Smithville and a native of Michigan passed away Thursday afternoon, August 18,2016 at his residence. He was born September 3, 1966 to his parents, the late Harold Terry and Brenda Kay Dalton Massengail. He worked in construction. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Lykins Massengail of Smithville; 3 step-children, Ryan Lykins, Lonni Lykins and Deveen Johnson all of Smithville; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Dennis Massengail of South Carolina and Terry David Massengail of Michigan; 1 sister, Sandra Nunez of Michigan. The Massengail family has honored Dwayne's request to be cremated and a memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be 10:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Childress

Aug 21 2016

Mr. Jerry Childress, age 73 of Liberty, TN, died August 20, 2016 at St. Thomas West Hospital. Born in Sunflower County, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Wesley Frank Childress and Augazelle Robinson Childress. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A salesman for many years, after retirement he worked as a custodian at DeKalb West School in Liberty.

He is survived by wife of thirty-one years, Patricia Baumann Childress; three children: James (Lisa) Childress, John (Twinkle) Childress, Laura Clark; seven grandchildren: Jonathon, Patrick, Josh, Austin and Blake Childress, Zach and Taylor Clark; three sisters: Joyce Cole, Carolyn (Charles) Gardner, Joanne (Harold) Crowley.

Funeral services are Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 11 a.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Childress and Bro. Billy Hale officiating. Interment – Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Monday 2-8 p.m. and Tuesday after 9 a.m.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME , in charge of arrangements. www.ligonbobo.com

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