Obituaries

Stevie Mathis

Feb 25 2017
Stevie Mathis

Mr. Stevie Mathis age 62 of Dowelltown passed away Friday morning at his son's residence in Homestead, FL. He was born February 17, 1955 to his parents, the late J.C. and Martha Sammye Williams Mathis. Stevie attended the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church and was self-employed construction worker. Survivors include 1 son, Jarrad (Jamie) Mathis of Homestead, FL; 3 grandchildren, Samantha, Willie and Annabelle Mathis; 3 sisters, Bobbie Don (Billy) Curtis of Liberty, June Dodd of Liberty and Darlene Mathis of Dowelltown; 2 brothers, Dwight (Shirley) Mathis and Gary (Judy) Mathis both of Liberty; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Gary Caplinger officiating and burial to follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 4 PM until 8 PM, Tuesday 4 PM until 8 PM, and Wednesday 9 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. In addition to flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Health Well Foundation or to the Salem Cemetery Fund, in memory of Stevie. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jackie Diane George Burton

Feb 25 2017
Jackie Diane George Burton

Jackie Diane George Burton age 60 of Smithville passed away Friday morning at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born November 22, 1956 in Nashville. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Roy D. Mathis and Alvin "Buck" Burton and her father, Floyd George. She attended Whorton Springs Baptist Church and was a sewing machine operator. Survivors include 4 children, Adam (Wanda) Mathis of Smithville, Dianne (Chris) Crook of Smithville, Joe (Amanda) Burton of Livingston and Karen (Aaron) Lester of Smithville; 14 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Deanda Wilkey of McMinnville, Carolyn Terry of Murfreesboro, Patricia Lake of Murfreesboro and Shelia Adamson of Dowelltown; special nieces, Shelia Gaw, Sandy Grantham and Martha Knowles. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Monday, February 27, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Christine Watson

Feb 24 2017
Christine Watson

83 year old Christine Watson of Smithville died Friday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was a factory worker and a member of the Banks Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Greg Whaley and Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service at 3 p.m. Watson was preceded in death by her parents, Denton and Estie Mae Lawson Scurlock; husband, Thomas Watson; three brothers, Alvie, Austin and Vernon Scurlock; and a sister, Ollie Mae Scurlock Bratcher. Survivors include two daughters, Jacquelyn and Don Camillo of South Carolina and Teresa Watson Miller of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Tina and Alisha Miller, Amanda Miller, and Julie Miller Pugh all of Smithville. Two step grandchildren, Lori Grant of South Carolina and Troy Camillo of Ohio. Five great grandchildren, Alyssa and Sarah Pugh of Smithville, Alohna, Malachi, and Noah of Smithville. Five step great grandchildren. Three sisters-in-law, Ruth Scurlock of Smithville, Juanita Scurlock of Greenbriar, and Elizabeth Watson Griswold of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, make donations to the Banks Church or the Cemetery or to Gideon Bibles.

Mildred Arnold

Feb 24 2017

80 year old Mildred Arnold of Smithville died Friday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a retired shirt factory worker and a member of the Church of God Seventh Day. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Paul Dunlap will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the funeral at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvestor and Emmie Elizabeth George Fish; a son, Jimmy Dean Arnold; and three brothers, Marlon and James Fish and Johna Bullard. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Jimmy Arnold; two sons, Charles and Darlene Arnold all of Smithville, Ricky and Anita Arnold; a granddaughter, Molly and Devin Merriman; one great grandson, Colton Merriman all of Short Mountain; a sister, Marie Sneed of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Elizabeth Snow

Feb 22 2017
 Martha Elizabeth Snow

97 year old Martha Elizabeth Snow of Smithville died Tuesday at Trevecca Health & Rehab in Davidson County. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Snow was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Provie Byford Blair; husband, Claudie Snow; infant daughter, Geraldine Snow; great grandson, Cristopher Nava; a brother, Calvin Blair; and two sisters, Gertrude Campbell and Versi Mai Cope. Survivors include two sons, Jerry and Linda Snow of Nashville and Claudie Lee, Jr. and Carol Snow of Colorado. Seven grandchildren, Elaine and Gilbert Nava, Steven and Michelle Snow all of Colorado, Janie and Dean Yannacito of Kansas, Sandra and Michael Dasilva of Colorado, Jerry, Jr and Patty Snow of Springfield, Janice Rodriguez and Pamela Hagar all of Nashville. Seventeen great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bryan Garrett Sadler

Feb 22 2017

Funeral services for Bryan Garrett Sadler, 32, of Cookeville will be held at 3:00pm, Saturday February 25, 2017 from the chapel of Presley Funeral Home.

He is survived by his parents: Edwin and Jane Sadler, a sister, Sonja House, and two brothers, Brett and Blake Sadler.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00am until the time of services at the funeral home.

Mr. Sadler passed away on Thursday February 16, 2017 in Cookeville.

Bryan was a correctional officer, the sports announcer for the Cookeville Cavaliers and a TSSAA baseball umpire.

The family request, "In lieu of flowers, take a kid to a ballgame".

Presley Funeral Home, Cookeville in charge of services

Nelson Eugene Hall

Feb 21 2017
 Nelson Eugene Hall

Mr. Nelson Eugene Hall, age 84 of Alexandria, TN passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN.

Mr. Hall was born on September 6, 1932 in Brush Creek, TN to his parents, the late Nelson Russell and Mary Jane Grandstaff Hall. He married his wife of 54 years, Ruth Delaney on July 8, 1960, and she precedes him in death. Also preceding in death is his son, Wallace Ray Hall. Mr. Hall graduated from Alexandria High School and served 21 years in the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Hall attended the Alexandria First Baptist Church.

Mr. Hall is survived by two daughters, Faye and husband David Werner of Lakeland, TN and Barbara and husband Jim Stamatis of Millington, TN. Grandchildren, Stephanie and husband Jim Snuggs of Hernando, MS, Hunter Stamatis of Millington, TN, Lauren and husband Richard Beard of Murfreesboro, TN, Andrea and husband Matt Hutton of Murfreesboro, TN, Wesley E. Hall of Peoria, IL and Kristin Hall of Madison, IN. Great grandchildren, Hunter Roberts, Nathan Beard, Erin Beard, Alivia Adams, and Keaton Adams. Siblings, Janice and husband Bobby Kelley of Lebanon, TN and Billy Hall of Murfreesboro, TN. Special friends and family, Rhonda and Tommy Johnson of Farmville, NC, Kevin and Beverly Kelley of Franklin, TN, Rick and Cheryl Kelley of Canton, GA, Marie Corbitt Kelly of Farmville, NC, Shannon Kelly of Farmville, NC, Donna Shasteen of Farmville, NC, Ray Shasteen of Walstonburg, NC, Richard Dean Shasteen of Clayton, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and interment for Mr. Nelson Hall are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria, TN. Bro. Billie Friel will officiate. The Hall family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Saturday, February 25th from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

George White Herman

Feb 20 2017

80 year old George White Herman of McMinnville died Monday at his residence. He was a retired nurseryman and a member of the Short Mountain Church of God. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Charlie Stanton will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Hassie Herman; step mother, Leona Herman; first wife, Bessie Marie Herman; a son, Lester Earl Herman; step son, Sam (Powell) Murphy; granddaughter, Cassandra Ann; sisters, Pearl Pittard, Daisy Herman, Clara Mai Caldwell; brothers, Elmer Herman, J.E. Herman, Hoyte Herman, and Roosevelt (Toby) Herman. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Martin of McMinnville. A son, Eddie and wife Shirley Herman of Christiana; his wife, Jenny Johnson Herman; and a step daughter, Vicky and Sam Linnear all of Smithville. A step son, Charles Murphy, Jr. of Woodbury. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A half sister, Freda Jeanette and Robert Cox of McMinnville. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Emily Dianne Freeman Durham

Feb 20 2017

Emily Dianne Freeman Durham of Priceville, Alabama went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 19, 2017 . She was at home and under the care of Hospice of the Valley. She was born Wednesday, August 3, 1949, in Wilmington, North Carolina to Leonard Maness Freeman and Margaret Estelle Mills Freeman. On April 4, 1969, she married the love of her life, Ray Durham and was blessed with a son, Scott Durham. She lived her life for them. She as not vain and was a selfless, unmaterialistic, giving woman. She was a champion for those who could not defend themselves. Those that were close to her received her undyling love. She was an avid reader, traveler, Yahtzee player, and loved spending time with her family. She worked as a civil servant for over 38 years, working most of her time with the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers. She was a tireless worker and volunteer. She spent many years giving her time to the youth sports of Decatur, Alabama. She is preceded in death by her parents: Leonard Manuss Freeman and Margaret Estelle Mills Freeman and her brother: Leonard Maness Freeman, Jr. Survivors include: Husband, Ray Durham, Jr.; One Son, Scott Durham and wife, Amber; Three Grandchildren, Andrew, Alan and Kelsey Durham; One Sister, Lynda Luna. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Hospice of the Valley for their kind, compassionate care given to Emily. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to the Hospice of the Valley in Decatur, Alabama. A Memorial service for Emily will be Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hughey Reynolds officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the funeral home. Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle, AL is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Lorelle Murphy

Feb 20 2017

Lorelle Murphy age 78 of Watertown died Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2017 at the Tennova Medical Center in Lebanon. Born in White County, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Ludie Mae Hicks Griffin and was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Murphy and a brother, Eston Griffin. Lorelle attended the Athens Missionary Baptist Church and had a 30 yr. career in the cafeteria at the Watertown Elementary and Jr. High Schools. She is survived by her daughters, Melissa Baker and her husband, Dan of Watertown and Tammy Manning and her husband, Bill of Lebanon; grandchildren, Allison Gannaway of Stephenville, TX and Adam Manning of Lebanon; brother, George Griffin of Smithville and 2 nephews. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Bro. Kevin Harrison and Bro. Pat Eller officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. till servie time Wednesday. Interment will be at Prosperity Cemetery.

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