Obituaries

James Edward Hancock

Oct 19 2017

James Edward Hancock, age 79, of Gassaway passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at his home. He was a native of Cannon Co.

Survivors include his sons, Larry (Deborah) Hancock of Smithville & Gary (Jama) Hancock of Gassaway; 4 Grandchildren, Travis (Mary) Hancock, Chris (Lydia) Hancock, Emily (Erik) Hughes, & Matthew (Alex) Hancock; 9 Great Grandchildren, Kelsey Logan, Katie Hancock, Carter & James Hancock, Ethan & Josie Hancock, Porter, Cash, & Weston Hancock; Nephews & Niece, Wayne Hancock, Eddie Espy, & Joyce (Mike) Crosslin; and Sisters-in-law, Faye Burger & Lucille Parton.

Mr. Hancock was preceded in death by his parents, George Monroe Hancock & Lela Mae Keaton Hancock; Wife, JoAnn Parton Hancock; Brother, Earl D. Hancock; and Niece, Helen Espy.

The owner of Woodbury Insurance Agency, he was also the former owner of Gassaway Market, a farmer, and a Cannon County road commissioner since 1964.

Funeral Services will be 2 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Alex Woodward officiating. Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 PM Friday, October 20, 8 AM to 8 PM Saturday, October 21, and 8 AM until the time of service Sunday, October 22.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gassaway Community Center.

Nolan Richard Turner

Oct 19 2017
Nolan Richard Turner

77 year old Nolan Richard Turner of Smithville passed away Thursday at his residence. He was a retired manager of the Farm Bureau and Loan Officer and Public Relations Manager at DeKalb Community Bank. The funeral will be Saturday at 12 noon at the Smithville First Baptist Church, where he was a member. Rick Roberts and Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at noon at the Smithville First Baptist Church. Turner was preceded in death by his parents, Brown and Pearl Ford Turner and a daughter, Jo Ellen Huffman. Survivors include his wife, Polly Nixon Turner of Smithville. Sons, Jamie Turner of Dowelltown and Jonathan Turner of Nashville. Daughter, Jennifer and Rich Wisthuff of Hermitage. Granddaughter, Emma Wisthuff of Hermitage. Brothers, Bratten and Annie Turner of Lebanon, Jimmy and Lynn Turner of Alexandria, Willie and Lavella Turner of Alexandria, Joe and Velma Turner of Watertown, and Don and Gail Turner of Smithville. Sisters, Faye Turner Evans and Jean Turner Hope both of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to Gideons International. Pallbearers will be Stephen Officer, Dan Hancock, Mike Braswell, Mike Conley, Ernest Ray, Chad Colwell, Mark Willoughby, and Greg Evans. Honorary Pallbearers are Farm Bureau employees, DeKalb Community Bank employees, Agricultural Extension Committee and employees, Joe Stone, Gideons, First Baptist Sunday School Class, and Election Commission.

Nolan was born December 14, 1939 in Cannon County, Tennessee. At age one, the Turner family moved to DeKalb County. He was the 5th child of a family of eight children who was educated in the schools of DeKalb County, graduating from Liberty High School in 1957. He received his B.S. Degree in Agriculture (Agronomy) from Tennessee Tech in 1961. He received his C.L.U. Designation from American College in 1984. While at Tech, he was very active in school activities and he also worked for $.50/hour in the cafeteria and summer construction for all his college expenses.

Nolan was a member of the National Championship Collegiate Land Judging Team. He was instrumental in establishing an Agriculture Honor Society, known as Delta Tau Alpha, and became the Charter President at Tech. He was also Editor of "The Aggie Contact", a magazine for all Agriculture graduates. He was President of the Agronomy Club and Vice President of the Aggie Club. He was honored with "Who's Who in American College and Universities" from Tech. After graduation from Tech in 1961, he became the office manager for Production Credit Association in DeKalb County. He worked for them for 5 1/2 years and then changed jobs to Agency and Office Manager of DeKalb County Farm Bureau. He worked for Farm Bureau for 35 1/2 years before retiring. He won many awards and incentives in his insurance career.

The next three years he spent helping his son in the Auto Parts business, taught school, enjoyed being at home, relishing in his vegetable and rose gardens. In 2005, he went to work for DeKalb Community Bank (now known as Wilson Bank and Trust). He worked in loans and later as Business Development for about twelve years before retiring.

Community & Civic Activities

*Chairman of the DeKalb Utility District Board of Directors when the 1st water lines were laid.
*Chairman of the Board of DeKalb Farmer's Co-op. The Co-op building was built under his leadership
*Spent 32 years on the DeKalb County Election Commission, 25 years as Chairman
*Spent 23 years with the Fiddlers' Jamboree as official photographer, and souvenir booklet layout for 15 years
*Helped establish Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, President for two terms and helped build new houses
*He helped in starting The Gideons International Smithville Camp and served in almost all programs with them. He served 25 years as Gideon Memorial Bible Representative.
*He served as Cub Master and on the Boy Scouts Advancement Committee
*He was awarded the Long Rifle Award by the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee Council
*He trained Land Judging Teams for the F.F.A. and 4-H Clubs that won district and state titles.
*He served as State Chairman of the 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Committee in 1993-1994 and 1998-1999.
*He served on the county Agriculture Committee of U.T. Extension, and was Chairman for several years.
*He was awarded the Outstanding Agriculture Alumnus Award from T.T.U. in 1993
*He served on the Soil Conservation Committee of DeKalb County
*He was awarded The Legacy Award by the County Leadership Committee
*He served on the TN 4-H Foundation Board of Directors
*He served on the U.T. Extension District Advisory Board and was Committee Chairman
*He helped organize the Liberty High School Alumni Association and served as President for 13 years.
*He was President of the PTO of Smithville Elementary and DeKalb Middle School.

Hobbies
*Growing roses and sharing them with others
*refurbishing antique lamps
*Gardening

Church
*Taught youth and adults in Sunday School, RA's
*Served on Property & Finance Committees as Chairman
*He was in the Church Choir
*He was Church Treasurer for 9 years
*He was Salem Baptist Association Clerk for 5 years
*He was on the Salem Association Mission & Stewardship Committees

"I hope I have done something to make this county a better place to live under God's leadership"

"Loving self will soon pass, but loving God and others will last."

Judy Lynn Bullard

Oct 15 2017
Judy Lynn Bullard

Judy Lynn Bullard age 63 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, October 14, 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from injuries received in an automobile accident on Highway 56 in Smithville. She was born August 12, 1954 to her parents, the late Charlie Buck and Mina Bell Hale Page. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Martha Sue Page, Lois Hamilton and Nina Faye Wicks. She was a member of Harvest Time Church and retired from Kingston Timers. She is survived by 2 children, Richard (Shannon) Bullard of Cookeville and Jennifer Bullard of Smithville; 5 grandchildren, Aleah Lester, Kayden Jacobs, Rickey Bullard, Lucas Bullard and Addilyn Bullard; father of her children, Dale Bullard of Smithville; 2 sisters, Kathy Cantrell of Smithville and Carolyn Miller of Sparta; 3 brothers, Charles Page and Robert Page both of Smithville and Jerry Page of McMinnville; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Thursday, October 19, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Wendell Judkins officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 1 PM until 8 PM and Thursday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Reverend Donald Davis McCool

Oct 15 2017
Reverend Donald Davis McCool

Reverend Donald Davis McCool age 85 of Armada, Michigan and formerly of Crossville, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at Orchard Grove Health Campus. He was born May 13, 1932 in Charter Oak, Missouri to his parents, the late Walter Davis and Jesse Thelma Crank McCool. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, LaCleda McCool and 2 sisters, Dovie Mangold and Ola Denny. Reverend McCool was the former Pastor of Creston Pentecostal Church in Crossville. He leaves to cherish his memories, 3 children, Gregory (Mary Jo) McCool, Sr. of Thompson Station, TN, Kathy (Rick) Rudd of Sterling Heights, MI and Jeffory (Carla) McCool of Lapeer, MI; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 5 brothers, Bobby McCool of West Memphis, AR, Billy McCool and Gary McCool both of Knoxville, Spencer McCool of Armada, MI, and Lanny McCool of Sterling Heights, MI. Funeral services celebrating the life of Rev. McCool will be held 1 P.M. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with Revs. Spencer McCool, Bob McCool, Billy McCool and Edward Stine officiating and burial will be in the Green Acres Memory Gardens in Crossville. Visitation with the McCool family will be on Tuesday from 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Ann Slager

Oct 13 2017

Judy Ann Slager, age 74, a local business woman of Alexandria passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 12, 2017 surrounded by her family. Ms. Slager co-owned and operated Alexandria Shop-Ezy for 17 years and Judy's Antiques in Alexandria for the last 27 years.

Ms. Slager was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Roy H. Slager, her parents Bill and Ella Malone Clayborn, and a brother Bobby Clayborn.

Ms. Slager is survived by her son Dennis (Teresa) Slager, two grandchildren Holly and Jon (Katie) Slager, one great-grandchild, Preston Williams and a brother Jackie Clayborn.

The family will be receiving visitors at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria on Friday October 13 from 4 p.m-8 p.m., Saturday October 14, 1 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday October 15 from 11 a.m. until the celebration of life at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Anderson Funeral Home. Interment at Hillview Cemetery to follow. Bro. Doug Dillard and Bro. Doyle Slager will officiate. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to DeKalb County Fair Association.

Mary Jane “Janie” Carpenter

Oct 12 2017
Mary Jane “Janie” Carpenter

Mary Jane “Janie” Carpenter, age 91, of Liberty, went to be with the Lord, October 10th 2017. A memorial service will be held to honor her memory, 2pm, Sunday the 15th of October at Whorton Springs Baptist Church. She was born in Dallas Texas but lived in many different places in her life including: Ashville NC, Clovis New Mexico, Damascus Virginia and Ft. Lauderdale FL to name a few. She was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and also loved having bibles studies in her home over the years. She loved to travel and in that endeavor loved traveling the highways and byways of the countryside, in her early years in her favorite car, a 1957 MGA roadster and later years in her RV she affectionately called the “Hen House”. She was a homemaker early in life and became a career medical professional working in many hospitals retiring as a registered Histologist. Her hobbies included, reading, house-looking, antiquing, old clocks and taking care of her cats and farm animals (mostly cows of which she named). Her exploits in life included, motorcycling, flying, boating, sailing, scuba diving, spear fishing, horseback riding, shooting and camping. She could tune up her car, change her own oil and do things that were uncommon for a “lady” of her day as she lived a life that was “Out of the Box”. Her fraternal connection was that of the Order of Eastern Star of Smithville for 27 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Harland Wright, mother, Mary Virginia (Robinson) Wright, a sister, Roselyn (Wright) Powell, and brother, Walter Harland Wright, Jr. Her survivors include two daughters, Melody (Carpenter) Jaquinta and Karon Sue Carpenter, three sons, James Biggerstaff, Craig Carpenter and Michael (Mary Anne) Carpenter, grandchildren, Michael Christian (Debra) Carpenter, Matthew (Alex) Carpenter, a great-granddaughter Molly Carpenter and a special friend and former caregiver Audry Martin. Her family also wishes to thank all the staff at NHC Smithville for their exceptional love and care.

Ponzella Judkins Redmon

Oct 11 2017

65 year old Ponzella Judkins Redmon of Smithville passed away Wednesday at her residence. She was a member of the Spring Street The Baptist Church. She was also a former employee of Westinghouse and she worked as a licensed practical nurse for 15 years. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil H. Judkins; mother, Margaret Judkins Bain; and brothers, Cecil Edward Judkins and Troy Edward Bain. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Dwayne S. Redmon of Smithville. Son, Walter Ray Redmon of Smithville. Grandsons, Robert Redmon and Jeffery Redmon of Lebanon. Granddaughter, Chelsea Young of Lebanon. Special sister-in-law, Patricia Redmon. Numerous nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the DeKalb Animal Coalition or the Relay for Life.

Betty Ann Harris

Oct 4 2017
Betty Ann Harris

Betty Ann Harris age 50 of Smithville passed away Monday afternoon, October 2, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital following a short illness. She was born April 29, 1967 to her parents, Shelby Hallback Griffith Davis and the late Robert Lee Griffith. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wardell Harris and 1 brother, Forrest York Griffith. Everyone that knew Betty loved her and she lived life to the fullest. Betty loved singing and the Lord. She attended the Liberty United Methodist Church and was a house cleaner. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Marie Tittle of Lebanon; 3 grandsons, Austin, Ethan, and Anthony Tittle; mother, Shelby Davis of Liberty; sister, Emma Jean Abney of Martinez, GA; sister-in-law, Vera Bair of Ridge Spring, SC; special friends, Teresa and Larry Caldwell; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Wilson Williams and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 11AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. A complete list of survivors will be announced later. 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.

Norma Jean Sullivan

Oct 4 2017
Norma Jean Sullivan

Norma Jean Sullivan age 53 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Friday night, September 29, 2017 at her residence in Mesa, Arizona. She was born June 21, 1964 to her parents, the late Dallas Burns and Lois Jean Page Hamilton. Norma owned and operated her own business, 4 Arizona Air Control in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by her husband, Michael Sullivan of Mesa, AZ; 3 sons, Joshua (Emily) Linder of Norfolk, VA, Roman (Ashley) Linder of Mesa, AZ and Roger "R.J." (Rosa) Linder of Fallon, IL; 3 grandchildren, Katie Linder, Riley and Colton Linder; 1 brother, Victor (Lavonna) Hamilton of Smithville; 1 half-sister, Angela Hamilton of Randolph, NY; close family friend, Mark Stevens of Mesa, AZ. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Thursday, October 12, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Steve Page officiating and burial will follow in Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Thursday 9:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hilda Ashburn Adkins

Oct 2 2017
Hilda Ashburn Adkins

Hilda Ashburn Adkins passed away from this life on October 1, 2017 at her mother's residence surrounded by her family. She was born August 22, 1963 to Delorice Billings Ashburn and the late Helious Ashburn. Hilda always had a smile on her face, and she touched everyone that she met. She enjoyed gardening, particularly her flowers, horseback riding, and spending time with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Allens Chapel Methodist Church. Hilda was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Mrs. Adkins' funeral service will be on Wednesday, October 4 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Her visitation will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Helious Ashburn; grandparents, Isaac and Dora Billings, and Allie and Virda Ashburn. Survivors include her husband, Darrell Adkins of Sparta. A daughter, Shaundra and Kenny Cantrell of Smithville. A son, Tyrel Helton of Crossville. Two step-sons, Steve Adkins of Indiana and Eugene and wife Emma Adkins of Smithville. Grandchildren, Alexis, Eli, and Boston Cantrell of Smithville, Ava Helton of Murfreesboro, Henry Campus of Murfreesboro, Eli and Ethan Adkins of Indiana, and Ellie Adkins of Smithville. Mother, Delorice Ashburn of Sparta. Sister, Helen and David Barnes of Sparta, Donna and Greg Hutson of Sparta, and Kristy Beshearse of Sparta. Special niece, Allie Beshearse of Sparta. Special caregiver, Carolyn Powers of Smithville. Special friends, April, Cassie, and Ma Farless. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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