Obituaries

Walter Van Jennings

Jan 16 2014

77 year old Walter Van Jennings of Statesville, died Thursday morning at University Medical Center in Lebanon. Born in DeKalb County, he was the son of the late Walter Ray Jennings and Maibelle Bethel Jennings and was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Jennings and his wife, Ann. Van was a graduate of Liberty High School and was a retired construction superintendent. Van is survived by his wife, Dorothy Armstrong Jennings; stepdaughter, DiAnne Gaddes and her husband, Floyd of Statesville; sisters, Linda (Roy Dee) Curtis of Watertown and Sarah (Robert) Walker of Alexandria; several nieces and nephews; and special little buddy, Howie. Funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Allen Lyon officiating. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. till service time on Saturday. Pallbearers, David W. Penuel, Randy and Ricky Jennings, Jim and Jason Brown, Lynn O'Neal, James Stanley, Jack Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers, Bennie Jennings, Robert Walker, Roy Lee Curtis, Willie Patton, James Lee Stanley, Richard Saddler, John Reynolds, Howard Gaddes. Interment at Jennings Cemetery. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Jane Young Sutton

Jan 15 2014

88 year Ruth Jane Young Sutton of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist and a retired factory worker. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dennis Arnold will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Sutton; parents, Bobby and Lydia Young; a daughter, Betty Swan; and a grandson, Brian Swan. Survivors include two sons, Billy and wife Linda Sutton of Smithville and Danny and wife Teresa Sutton of McMinnville. One daughter, Sue McCoig of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Steve Swan of McMinnville, Michelle Patton of Rock Island, Kati Minton, and Kyle Sutton both of McMinnville. Four great grandchildren, Chase Swan, Taylor Swan, Allie Patton, and Lake Minton. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilbur J. Bowman, Sr.

Jan 13 2014

93 year old Sgt. Wilbur J. Bowman, Sr. affectionately known to many as "Sarge" of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. Sarge was born Aug. 7, 1920 in Chattanooga, TN to his parents the late Sparlin and Loretta Quinn Bowman. He served in the U.S. Army for 26 years, having retired in 1963. He was on active duty during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Sarge taught ROTC at McMinnville High School for many years. He was a carpenter. On February 20, 1945 he married Della Mae Grooms, which preceded him in death. He is survived by 4 Sons, Wilbur J. (Beverly) Bowman, Jr. of Nashville, Dennis (Sandy) Bowman of Chattanooga, Larry (Mary Lou) Bowman of Texas and Tracy (Marienne) Bowman of Nashville; 6 Grandchildren, Gary, Brandi, Peter, Stacie, Shaun and Matthew and Several Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews; Special Friends, Diane, Beth, Kenneth and Betty and the Neal Family, Curtis Harness and Tom Hopkins. Funeral Services 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Donnie Kelly and Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Visitation will be Tuesday 1:PM until 7:PM and Wednesday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Wayne Vick

Jan 13 2014

64 year old Jerry Wayne Vick of Dowelltown died Sunday at Summit Medical Center. He was born in Nashville and a member of the Dowelltown United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Bobby Charles Martin will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Frank Vick and Ruthene Murphy and a brother, Ricky Lynn Vick. Survivors include a sister, Beverly and husband Wilber Bowman of Madison. A nephew, Matthew Bowman of Madison. A niece, Sarah Thomas of Kentucky. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Glen Frazier

Jan 13 2014

75 year old Glen Frazier of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a member and Elder of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Army Reserve, Military policeman, founder of the DeKalb County Jr. Pro Football League, former President of the DeKalb County Little League, and a former member of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department. Frazier was also a retired electronics teacher at DCHS. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Green will officiate and burial will be in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Frazier was preceded in death by his parents, William Spencer and Hassie Puckett Frazier and a brother, William Gary Frazier. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sammye Frazier of Smithville. Three children, Jonathan and wife Jennifer Frazier of Smyrna, Christie and husband Dennis Young of Smithville, and Will and wife Kim Frazier of Smithville. Nine grandchildren, Kaleb Frazier, Joshua Frazier, Kendall Frazier, Ryan Young, Riley Young, Alex Hall, Kenzie France, Bella France, and Gavin Frazier. Two sisters, Ilene Trapp of Smithville and Lila Downs of Knoxville. Two nieces, four nephews, two great nieces, nine great nephews, one great great nephew, and two great great nieces. An aunt, Jewel Love of Woodbury. Several cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the Cumberland Presbyterian Building fund or the Lighthouse Christian Camp.

Wilbur "Sarge" Bowman

Jan 11 2014

93 year old Wilbur "Sarge" Bowman of Smithville died Sunday. The funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Charlotte Warner

Jan 11 2014

Ms. Charlotte Warner, age 39 of Alexandria, TN passed away Friday January 9, 2014 at University Medical Center in Lebanon, TN.

Ms. Warner was born November 17, 1974 in Cleveland, OH the daughter of Robert West and the late Mable Jean West.

Ms. Warner is survived by her Father; Robert West of Alexandria, TN. Two Children; Damon Lee West and Crista Deshealea Warner both of Alexandria, TN. Two Sisters; Rose Gibbs of Alexandria,TN and Wanda Martin of Bartlesville, OK. Two Brothers; Albert West and Frank West both of Alexandria, TN. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral Services are scheduled to be conducted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:00AM at Avant Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Puckett officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Warner family will be held on Sunday from 5PM to 8PM and again on Monday from 10AM until service time at 11AM.

Melvin Billings

Jan 10 2014
Melvin Billings

90 year old Melvin Billings died Friday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. He was also a retired minister who pastored several different churches in DeKalb and surrounding counties. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Vaughn and Clara Felts Billings; his wife, Cecil Trapp Billings; a grandson, Lynn Tallent; a brother, Ernest Billings; and two sisters, Ellen Hutchins and Odene Prater. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce and husband Leonard Tallent of Smithville. Two grandsons, Marty Tallent of Smithville and Ronald and wife Andrea of McMinnville. Four great grandchildren, Brandon and Martelia Tallent of Smithville and Alex and Aaron Tallent of McMinnville. One sister, Alma Billings of Smithville. Two brothers, R.V. and wife Brenda Billings and Claude Billings all of Sparta. Sister-in-law, Frances Billings of McMinnville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

William "Bill" Forrest Randalls

Jan 9 2014

89 year old William "Bill" Forrest Randalls of Smithville died Thursday morning at Alive Hospice in Nashville. He was the son of the late John and Georgia Gleaves Randalls. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 wives, Eva Pauline Randalls and Clara Belle Randalls; daughter, Louise Gibson; grandson, Forrest Wayne Wright; 3 brothers, John, Tommy and Doris Randalls. Mr. Randalls was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Battle of the Bulge and was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church and was a former member of the Green Hills Baptist Church. Survivors include 2 daughters, Billie (Earl) Warrick of Nashville and Annita (Kale) Carver of Mt. Juliet; step-son, Eddie (Elizabeth) Ervin of Nashville; sister, Helen (Robert) Perkins of Radcliff, KY; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Monday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with W.D. Thomason officiating and burial at 2:PM Monday at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville. Visitation will be Sunday 1:PM until 7:PM and Monday 9:AM until the time of service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny Garvin Haley

Jan 8 2014

93 year old Rock Island resident and Cannon County native Johnny Garvin Haley died Tuesday at Highlands Medical Center in Sparta following a one-year illness.

Mr. Haley was the owner of Haley's Furniture Store, and was ordained to the ministry in 1953. He pastored nine Southern Baptist Churches in six Middle Tennessee counties, Smith, Wilson, DeKalb, White, Van Buren and Warren. He preached some 130 revival meetings throughout Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

He was preceded in death by parents, John Robert and Bonnie George Haley. He was married to his first wife, Ruby N. Malone Haley who preceded him in death April 12, 1961. He was also preceded in death by son, Jimmy Roy Haley; two sisters, Lorene Eaton and Gladys Haley; and two brothers, George and Kelton Brown Haley.

He was married October 7, 1967 to Mary Shockley Haley of Rock Island, TN. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby & Lorretta Haley of Watertown, TN, Donnie and Pat Haley of Sparta, TN and John and Angie Haley of Sparta, TN; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Jimmy Sparkman of Doyle, TN and Dianne and Randy Simmons of Doyle, TN; step-daughter, Annette Gass and husband Brad of Madison, TN; and ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday in High's Chapel with Dr. Cos Davis, Jr,, Jerry Womack, David Carden and Tyree Smith officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Doyle Cemetery, White County, TN at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 with Dr. Ray Maynard and David Copeland officiating.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International.

High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

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