Obituaries

Georgia Lee Merriman

Jan 16 2017
Georgia Lee Merriman

Georgia Lee Merriman age 88 of Smithville, passed away Monday afternoon, January 16, 2017 at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born October 6, 1928 to her parents the late George and Allie Taylor Melton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Merriman; 2 daughters Annie Stacy Merriman and Linda Osment; 1 sister Christine Hale. She was a Baptist and a retired shirt factory worker. Survivors include 5 children, Carolyn and (Jimmy) Agee of Smithville, Patricia and (Donald) Canerdy of Alabama, Eddie and (Angela) Merriman of Smithville, Michael and (Myra) Merriman of Smithville, Rachel and (Trent) Phipps of Smithville; 10 Grandchildren, Gidget L. Malone, Ginda Kilgore, Dr. Brian Agee, Kayla Adams, Katie Merriman, Alex Canerdy, Joshua Canerdy, Jacob Canerdy, Haylee Merriman, Haydan Merriman; and 5 Great-Grandchildren, Zach Malone, Kolter Kilgore, Kora Kilgore, Daniel Adams, Lucas Phipps; 1 sister, Clara Dodd; Several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Thursday, January 19, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Frank Bratcher and Bro. Bernard Houk officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 1:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley Ann Fletcher Pedigo

Jan 16 2017
Shirley Ann Fletcher Pedigo

Shirley Ann Fletcher Pedigo age 76 of Smithville, passed away Monday morning, January 16, 2017 at NHC. She was born April 15, 1940 to her parents the late Gene and Lydia Fletcher Perkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Larry J. Pedigo; 1 son, Richard Jones; granddaughter, Peggy Marie Pascal; great-grandson, Isaiah Church; sister and brother-in-law, J.W. and Hazel White; brothers, Jack, Joe, and Darryl Fletcher. She was a Methodist and worked in housekeeping at NHC. Survivors include 8 children, Billy Jones of Florida, Mary Ann Jones of Virginia, Joyce Ann Jones Lyons of South Carolina, Julie and (Larry) Brown of Smithville, Margie and (Bobby) Hale of Smithville, Patsy and (Stacy) Goodman of Alabama, Willie and (Kathy) Pascal of Smithville, and Larry, Jr. and (Paula) Pedigo of Smithville; 16 Grandchildren and 21 Great-Grandchildren; 1 brother, Billy Fletcher of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Clayton and Bro. Nathan Thomason officiating and burial to follow in Young Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 3:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Thelma Durham

Jan 16 2017

98 year old Thelma Durham died Sunday morning at NHC of Smithville. She was born to her parents, the late John and Carrie Waddington in Farwell, Michigan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer to whom she was married for 42 years and a son, Keith of Inglis, Florida. Also three brothers, Louis, Gilbert, and Tim Waddington and a sister, Fern Richards. She is survived by a sister, Helen Kube and her husband Bob of Farwell, Michigan and a son, Gary Durham and his wife Nancy of Smithville. She had six grandchildren, Todd Durham and his wife Dana of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Tami Strong and her husband Frankie of Plant City, Florida, Kari Booth and her husband John of Merritt Island, Florida; Penny Stough of Rosebush, Michigan; Ginger Gulick and her husband Kevin of Marian, Michigan; and Pepper Nichols and her husband David of Lake City, Florida. She also had ten great grandchildren. She was always surrounded by a large, loving family. At her request, there will be no service in Smithville. She will be buried in the Gilmore Township Cemetery in Farwell, Michigan. Along with her parents, her husband and her son, Keith. The cemetery is located across the road from the house in which she was born. Along with all the friends she made in Smithville, the family would like to thank each and every employee of NHC. They made Thelma's last days a joy. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Charles Wayne Durham

Jan 14 2017
Charles Wayne Durham

Mr. Charles Wayne Durham age 73 of Smithville, passed away Friday morning at his residence. He was born January 17, 1943 to his parents, the late David Cleon and Velma Azliee Yates Durham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 son, Eric Lee Linder; 2 brothers, William "Billy" Yates and David Cleon Durham; 1 sister, Viola Cobb. Charlie was a retired factory worker. Survivors include his wife, Frieda Ann Durham of Smithville; 8 children, Charles Wayne Durham, Jr. of Mississippi, Patricia Lynn Durham of Carthage, Donna Faye (Terry) Hughes of Carthage, Jimmy Don Durham of Greenfield, TN, Tina (Jeff) Waggoner of Smithville, Kuilon (Connie) Linder of Brush Creek, Tommy Linder of Smithville and Dustin Wayne Durham of Smithville; 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Allen Lee Durham of Mississippi and 2 sisters, Frances Erlene Durham Yates and Carol Sue Durham both of Mississippi. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 1 PM until 8 PM and Tuesday 9 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Edward Scott "Scotty" Judkins

Jan 12 2017
Edward Scott "Scotty" Judkins

Edward Scott "Scotty" Judkins - age 53 of Lebanon passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Presley & Katherine Russell and paternal grandparents, James & Bessie Judkins. Mr. Judkins is survived by daughters, Jennifer Judkins and Kristin Judkins (fiancé Drew Mason); parents, Joe & Martha Judkins; siblings, Steve (Carlene) Judkins, Sandy (Hank) Watkins, Susan (Eric) Carr, and Shane Judkins (Brittany Collins); grandchildren, Hannah Pratt and grandson on the way, Liam Scott Mason; nephew, Matthew Watkins; niece, Addyson Collins and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other loving family members. Mr. Judkins was a 1981 graduate of Lebanon High School and played on the Lebanon High School Baseball team. He worked for Texas Boot and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church where he was part of the church softball team. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service. Bro. Glen Denton will officiate. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Hank Watkins, Matthew Watkins, Eric Carr, Steve Judkins, Shane Judkins, & Brandon Allison. The family would like to thank the staff at The Dialysis Clinic for their special care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the American Kidney Foundation. PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Allen Rhoades

Jan 12 2017

69 year old Arthur Allen Rhoades of Alexandria died Wednesday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Rhoades was also a home health customer service representative. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Social Club and he attended Sunbury, Pennsylvania high school where he graduated in 1965. A graveside service will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents; Warren Allen Rhoades and Shirley Anita Dane; a sister, Kay Anita Ray; and a brother, Paul J. Herin Jr. Rhoades is survived by a daughter, Cathy Russell of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Granddaughters, Courtney Russell and Heather Russell-Sprenkel both of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Aunt, Nellie Nadzon. Nieces, Tara Herin Young, Jennifer Herin Staszak, Tracy Herin, and Shirley M. Ray of Alexandria. Five great nieces, seven great nephews, and cousins, Linda Rhoades Swartz, Cindy Gardner, Ramona Ross, and Marth Boop. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Dennis Calvin Tramel

Jan 9 2017

87 year old Dennis Calvin Tramel of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was a Baptist, Mason, and a US Army Veteran in the Korean Conflict. Tramel was also a Freewill Baptist Minister and he was retired from Southeastern Brake & Clutch Company. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Paul Tramel will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Julie Ann Arnold Tramel; his wife, Oma Taylor Tramel; seven sisters, Nancy Nokes, Beatrice Bryant, Velma Reece, Lena Vann, Ethel Ashford, Elrissa Whitlock Webb, and Myrtle Smith. Four brothers, James, Hack, Ernest and Walter Tramel. He is survived by three sons, Calvin Ray and Darlene Tramel, Ricky Tramel, and Roy and Marla Tramel all of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Kathy and Henry Colwell of Rock Island, C.J. & Tabby Tramel, Medeana and Arlin Byford, Joshua Tramel, and Myra and Blake Reffue all of Smithville. Eight great grandchildren, Heather and Patrick Colwell of Rock Island, James, Isaiah and Silas Tramel, Jada and Riley Palmer, and Lilly Reffue all of Smithville. Sister, Ruby Deal of Nashville and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah Ophaline Judkins

Jan 9 2017
Sarah Ophaline Judkins

Sarah Ophaline Judkins age 96 of McMinnville and a native of DeKalb County, passed away Friday night, January 6, 2017 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was born January 10, 1920 to her parents, the late Hershel and Martha Martin Judkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her husband, Jim A. Judkins; 1 son, Gene Edward Judkins; 2 daughters, Carol Herman and Aladean Judkins; step-son, James Calvin Knowles. She was a Primitive Baptist and a homemaker. Survivors include 2 sons, Clyde (Pauline) Judkins and Grady (Nina) Judkins both of McMinnville; 4 step-daughters, Linda (Steve) Hale, Anita (Eddie) Moore, Stella Dyer and Faye Cole all of Smithville; 3 step-sons, Gerald (Altie) Knowles, Melvin Knowles and Donald (Donna Kay) Knowles all of Smithville; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 16 step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Eld. Paul Violet and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 1 PM until 8 PM and Tuesday 9 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Stella Loretta Bounds Young

Jan 8 2017

Mrs. Stella Loretta Bounds Young age 87 of McMinnville, TN died Saturday, January 07, 2017, at St. Thomas River Park Hospital, in McMinnville TN. She was born November 27, 1929, in Warren Co., TN, was a homemaker, and a member of McMinnville Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. Young was preceded in death by parents James and Jalie Mae Dodson Bounds, her husband Walter Wood Young, twin sons Terry Lee Young and Jerry Lynn Young, 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Survivors include son Gary Walter Young, daughter Wanda Smith, daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and Kelly Basham, daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Roger Taylor, son Ronald Young all of McMinnville, step daughters Waltyne Cantrell and Judy (Jerry) Adams, 21 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family members and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Jerry Hennessee will officiate. Interment will follow at Webb Cemetery. The Young Family will receive friends Monday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and again Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cathy Oneida Parker

Jan 2 2017
Cathy Oneida Parker

66 year old Cathy Oneida Parker of Sparta died Sunday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Herbie Leftwich and Donnie Agee will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Parker was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Nettie Williams Alcorn; sisters, Frances Woods, Julana Martin, and Janie Bearbaum. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Danny Parker of Sparta. Two sons, Marty Parker of Woodbury and Shannon Parker of Sparta. Three grandchildren, Kalene and Isaac Farley, Braxton Parker, and Brantley Parker all of Sparta, One brother, William (Bill) and Mable Alcorn of Watertown. Three sisters, Marie and Larry Robinson of Temperance Hall, Jackie Raines of Manchester, and Sharon Hendrixson of Baxter and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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