Obituaries

Latasha Renea Ballew

Jul 31 2017
Latasha Renea Ballew

Latasha Renea Ballew age 35 of Alexandria, died Sunday evening, July 30, 2017 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. Born May 27, 1982 in
Lebanon, Latasha was a graduate of Dekalb Co. High School and was employed as a pharmacy technician. She is survived by her son, Hunter
Lynn Ballew; mother, Glenda (Roger Barrett) Hutchinson; father, Ricky (Darlene) Hutchinson; sister, Amanda Hutchinson all of Alexandria;
grandparents, Dorothy Hutchinson of Watertown and Faye Smith of Alexandria; nephew, Ethan Marshall and niece, Hannah Huber. She was
preceded in death by her grandfathers, Tommy Hutchinson and Glenn Smith. Funeral services 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at Hunter
Funeral Home in Watertown with Bro. Dusty Desimone officiating. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services Thursday. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to the family in Latasha's memory. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Marlin Rigsby

Jul 30 2017

Danny Marlin Rigsby, age 69 of Smithville passed away Friday July 28, 2017 at his residence. He was the son of the late Jewel "Red" Brown and Margie Elizabeth Pascal Rigsby. He was also preceded in death by spouse, Chris Ann Rigsby; a grand-daughter, Shanna D. Jones; 3 brothers, James "Jim" Rigsby, Floyd Lynn Rigsby, and Ronald Dean Rigsby. Mr. Rigsby was a mechanic and of the Baptist faith. He is survived by 4 children, Danny Rigsby, Jr., Lisa Lillard, Theresa Williams, and Kimberly A. Patterson; grandchildren, Tisha Barks, Jayna Marlie Rigsby, Morgan Patricia Rigsby, Marylin Lillard, Dustin Allen and Stephen Clark; great-grandchildren, Raelyunne Barks and Raider William Crimm, and Jada Fay Manzano; 2 sisters, Melissa King and Margie Rigsby Miller; 4 brothers, Lloyd Rigsby, Bob Rigsby, Billy Rigsby and Donald Rigsby; sister-in-law, Elaine Rigsby. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. A graveside service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday August 1, 2017 at Jefferson Cemetery with Josh Bell officiating. Visitation with the family will be Monday 4:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until 10:30 at which time we will leave to go to the cemetery for the graveside service. Memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp or the charity of your choice. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Burchfield

Jul 28 2017
Charles Burchfield

Mr. Charles Burchfield age 72, of Smithville passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at his residence. He was born to his parents the late William Claude and Freddie Opal Manis Burchfield. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a step-grandchild, Brittney Malone; sister, Barbara Linkous and brother, Jerry Burchfield. Mr. Burchfield was a life-long farmer and construction worker and a member of Snow Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Stacey (Lori) Burchfield of Dowelltown; grandchildren, Ashley (Phillip) Redmon of Smithville, Tiffany Burchfield of Dowelltown, Leah Burchfield of Murfreesboro,; step-grandchildren, Casey and Jared Givens of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Hannah Redmon, Hailey Redmon, Kaylee Redmon, Dacien Redmon, Kenzie South, Lexie South, Chase South, and Tyler Jackson; brothers and sisters, Judy Burchfield, Carolyn Sproles, Brenda Burchfield and Junior Burchfield all of Rogersville, Danny Burchfield of Church Hill, and Linda Price of Surgoinsville. Special friends, Polly Harris and Marty Harris. Funeral services will be Sunday July 30, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale and Bro. Billy Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery; Visitation with the family will be Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and on Sunday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. The family ask in addition of flowers donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Brystice Amanger Wright

Jul 28 2017
Brystice Amanger Wright

78 year old Brystice Amanger Wright of Brush Creek died Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker, a Baptist, and a member of the Red Hats Club. The funeral will be Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Mike Gay will officiate and burial will follow in the family cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Wilbur Enlow and Bessie Bell Morris; a sister, Esther Rae Enlow Newman; brothers, Lagrand L. Enlow, Richard Harold Enlow, and John Henry Enlow. Survivors include her husband, Everett Wright of Brush Creek. Children, Terry and Teresa Powell of Alexandria, Jeff Powell of Dinuba, California, Ronald Powell of Nashville, Donald Powell and L.T. Kirk of Nashville, Roy and Valerie Wright of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Julie and Luke Schulte of Evergreen, Colorado. Grandchildren, Kevin, Katherine, Holly, JR, Justin, Shianne, and Savanna. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Franklin Ray Jones, Sr.

Jul 27 2017
Franklin Ray Jones, Sr

Franklin Ray Jones, Sr.,age 46 of Dowelltown passed away Wednesday afternoon July 26 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER in Smithville. He was born to his parents Terry Lee and Edith Darlene Hobbs Jones. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Blaine Joseph Jones; and grandparents, Millard Wayne and Ann Lillian Hobbs. Mr. Jones worked for the DeKalb County Highway Department and was affiliated with The New Beginnings Church. Survivors include a daughter, Courtney Lynn Jones of Dowelltown; a son, Franklin Ray Jones, Jr. of Watertown ;parents, Terry and Edith Jones of Dowelltown; brother, Terry Lee Jones, Jr. of Smithville; grandmother, Mildred Louise Wilker of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, cousins,, and nephews also survive. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Steve Keaton officiating and burial will follow in the Jones Family Cemetery in Dowelltown. Visitation with the family will be Friday from noon until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Phillip "Chip" Williams

Jul 25 2017
Thomas Phillip "Chip" Williams

Thomas Phillip "Chip" Williams, 63 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Born Monday, December 14, 1953 in Lebanon, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Edsel and Lucille Driver Williams. Chip was a big UT fan, loved his corvette, and most of all loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by;
His Wife, Betsy Davis Williams of Sparta, TN
Daughter, Jill Williams Fields (Aaron) of Lebanon, TN
Granddaughter, Emerson Fields of Lebanon, TN
Grandson, Crosby Fields of Lebanon, TN
Niece, Amy Towry of Fayetteville, TN

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Linda Williams Towry.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta with Doug Benningfield officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 26 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

The family would like to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Sparta for Chip's excellent care over the last two years.

Richard Lee Anderson

Jul 25 2017
 Richard Lee Anderson

59 year old Richard Lee Anderson of Alexandria died Monday at his residence. He was owner of A & A refrigeration and a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Alexandria. Billy Friel will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service at the First Baptist Church in Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents, Parker Anderson and Mattie Nell Jones. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Paulette Anderson of Alexandria. Children, Missy and Thomas Sliger of Alexandria, Jeff Taylor of Watertown, Dusty and Anna Taylor of Nashville, and Blake and Rebecca Taylor of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Parker Vantrease, Jackson Vantrease, Kassy Taylor, Dylan Taylor, Evie Taylor, and Mattie Taylor. A sister, Pam and Pee Wee Askew. A brother, Tim Anderson. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Mount Zion Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Jo Bailiff

Jul 24 2017
Betty Jo Bailiff

92 year old Betty Jo Bailiff of Smithville passed away Monday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. John Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Riley and Hattie Mae Mullican Love; her husband, Carl Ray Bailiff; brothers, Danny, Alton Parker, William Jennings, Tommy, Van, Robert Taylor, Woodrow Wilson, Cordell Hull, and Sherman Love; and sisters, Hattie Mae Evin, Margaret Launer Davis, Jewell Cantrell, and Ollie Bond. Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn and David Lewis of Knoxville and Janis and Merle Cannon of Nashville. One son, Wendell and Sandy Bailiff of Smithville. Cherished granddaughter, Carley Rae Bailiff of Smithville. Sister, Katie Lawhorn of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the First United Methodist Church or to the Lighthouse Christian Camp.

Lawrence Milburn Evans

Jul 22 2017
Lawrence Milburn Evans

78 year old Lawrence Milburn Evans of Smithville died Thursday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was retired from Federal Mogul and he was a Christian. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Evans was preceded in death by his wife, Lorena Evans; parents, Hershell Evans and Louise Pascal Hullett; granddaughter, Jennifer Garrett; brothers and sisters, Lerlene Nelson, Cordell Evans, Donald Ray Evans, Dorothy Turner, Carl Pascal, and Jack Evans. Survivors include two sons Garey and Beverly Evans and Glenn and Jenny Evans all of Smithville. Two daughters, Gena and Dimitri Wotchinski of Montreal and Gayle and Michael Garrett of Indiana. Grandchildren, Bobbie Sue and Tim Wilson of Smithville, Jason and Maday Demick, Joe and Mercedes Demick, Jesse and Desiree Demick all of Florida, Joyce Garrett and Justin Garrett both of Indiana. Great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Nathaniel, and Robert Brantley Wilson all of Smithville, Jayden Garrett of Indiana, and Jaxon and Braxton Demick of Florida. Two brothers, Calvin Logan and Patty Hullet and George Allen and Diane King. Sister-in-law, Thelma Evans. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Center.

Eric Rodney Grissom

Jul 20 2017

60 year old Eric Rodney Grissom of Smithville passed away Wednesday at NHC of Smithville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Bernice Hayes Grissom and a sister, Jennifer Grissom. Survivors include an aunt, Mary Hitchcock and an uncle Jack Grissom. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and a graveside service will be held at the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery Saturday at 11 a.m. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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