Obituaries

Mary Bell Robinson

Feb 4 2014

94 year old Mary Bell Robinson of Smithville died Monday at Raintree Manor in McMinnville. She was the daughter of the late Waymon E. and Julia Redmon Young. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Son, William Phillip Lee; Sister, Edith Evans; Brothers, Charlie, Winfred, Felix and Ed Young. She was a member of the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church and worked in Housekeeping at the Methodist Publishing House and a retired Shirt Factory Worker. She is survived by 2 Children, Kenneth (Sandra) Lee and Julie VanBommel both of McMinnville; 7 Grandchildren, Teresa (Greg) Lasiter, Phillip Lee, Andrea, Angelina and Melissa Farley, Joseph and Mari VanBommel; 13 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters, Lillie Mae Lawson and Ethel (Ralph) Arnold both of Smithville; Several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Elder Ricky Arnold officiating and burial to follow in New Bildad Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 1:PM until 7:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church or to the Alzheimers Association, in memory of Ms. Mary Belle. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangents

Terry L. Self

Feb 3 2014

66 year old Terry L. Self of Liberty died Sunday night at his residence. He was a member of the Upper Helton Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and he was retired from DTC. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Upper Helton Baptist Church. Jimmy Arms will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. All visitation and the funeral service will be at the Upper Helton Baptist Church in Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ruth Hawkins Self. Survivors include two children, Melinda and husband Brad Taylor of Smithville and Phillip and wife Tisha Self of Liberty. Four grandchildren, Lindsey Taylor and Kendal Taylor both of Smithville and Kayla Self and Jacob Self of Liberty. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Junior Roscoe Foster

Feb 1 2014

78 year old Junior Roscoe Foster died Friday Morning at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. He was the son of the late Alvie and Mattie Lee Puckett Foster. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mai Dean Parker Foster. Roscoe was a retired garment plant manager and attended Cornerstone Church in Nashville. He is survived by Daughter, Susan Green of Smithville; Grandson: Brandon Pirtle of Los Angeles, CA.; Sister: Joyce Hall of Dothan, AL.; Brother: John Foster of Statesville; Sister: Juanita Redmon of Detroit, MI; Niece: Jan Sparks and several other nieces and nephews; Cousin: Hearon Puckett of Dowelltown. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday February 5, 2013 at 2:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Pastor Deanna Wall officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:PM until time of service at 2:PM. In Lieu of flowers family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lavada Sauls

Feb 1 2014

81 year old Lavada Sauls of Smithville died Friday at NHC of Smithville. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Robert Presley will officiate and burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ethel Murphy Underwood. Two husbands, Lonnie B. Sauls and Henry Sanders. Three sons, Johnny William Sanders, Jackie Sanders, and Glenn Sanders. Grandson, Kevin Sanders. Three sisters, Ida Pearl Davis, Janie Mooneyham, and Cora Lee Prater. Two brothers, Nolan Underwood and Albert Underwood. Survivors include one son, Chester and wife Pat Sanders and two daughters, Janie Rowland and Joann Estes all of Smithville. Fifteen grandchildren, thirty five great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

William "Bill" Phillips

Feb 1 2014

76 year old William "Bill" Phillips of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was a U.S. Military veteran having served in the Marines. He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and he was a retired lab and x-ray technician. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 pm. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Joshua Phillips and Vincent Baker will officiate and burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. Phillips was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Edna Cook Phillips; his first wife, Nina Reeder Phillips, and a brother, C.T. Phillips, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Freeda Robinson Phillips of Smithville. Two sons, Randall and wife Amelia Phillips of Smithville and Marty and wife Teresa Phillips of Cookeville. Two grandchildren, Joshua Phillips of Nashville and William Heath Phillips in the U.S. Navy. Three step-children, Brenda Dilldine of Sparta, and Cheryl Perkins, and David Pedigo both of Smithville. Three step-grandchildren, Dustin Pedigo and Charica Perkins both of Smithville and Aareyann and Daylon Luna of Sparta. Four sisters, Norma Gunter, Mary and husband Cordell Lawson, and Jane Eller all of Smithville, and Faye and husband Don Campbell of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Gideon's International, to the Bethel Methodist Church, or to the cemetery fund.

Leona Thomason Colwell

Jan 31 2014

71 year old Leona Thomason Colwell of Liberty died Thursday afternoon at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was the daughter of the late Leon and May Bell Mencer Kelly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W.W. Thomason, Jr. "Chief". Leona was a retired factory worker and a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Maxie Colwell of Liberty; Daughter, Jennifer and husband Dewayne Bain of Smithville; Three step-children, Bobby and wife Ruby Thomason, Doyle Thomason, and Patsy and husband Jessie Drury all of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Rachel Edge and Saxon Bain. Four step-grandchildren, B.J. Thomason, Clint Thomason, Michael Caldwell, and Devin Drury. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:PM Monday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial to be in Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation will be 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 arrangements.

Leslie Brown Alexander

Jan 30 2014

Funeral services for 95 year old Leslie Brown Alexander of Cookeville will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville with Mike Head officiating. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Cemetery.

Alexander died Thursday at Kindred (Masters) Healthcare Center in Algood.

He was born in DeKalb County to the late James Isaac and Alton Smith Alexander.

He was of the Baptist Faith and a farmer before becoming disabled.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, James Alexander, Billy Alexander, and Ike Alexander; and his sister, Dorothy Beckham.

Survivors include his son, Paul Alexander of Detroit, Michigan; five grandchildren; four sisters and a two brothers-in-law, Frances and husband, Jackie Rigsby, Mary Foster all of Smithville, Audry Elem of Nashville, and Nancy and husband, Bill Callwell of McMinnville.

His family will receive friends Friday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Paul Douglas Haggard

Jan 30 2014

52 year old Paul Douglas Haggard of Smithville died Thursday at his residence. He was a farmer and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Haggard was preceded in death by his father, Bud Haggard. Survivors include his mother, Gladys Jones Haggard of Smithville. One brother, Danny Haggard of Murfreesboro. One niece, Danielle Haggard of Smithville. Special friends, Evelyn Fish of Smithville, Kelly Barnes, Doug Barnes, Brooklyn Barnes of Woodbury, Frankie Caldwell of Smithville, Michael James of Baxter, Melissa and Dale Lemons of McMinnville. Several cousins and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the funeral home, in lieu of flowers, to help with burial expenses.

Naomi Gay Cripps

Jan 29 2014

78 year old Naomi Gay Cripps of Smithville died Monday morning at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Susie Pirtle Gay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 Brothers, Austin Gay and Edsel Gay; 2 Sisters, Evelyne Underwood and Dean Waggoner; 1 Sister-in-law, Ora Gay. Mrs. Cripps was a member of the Whorton Springs Baptist Church and a Homemaker. She is survived by her Husband of 60 years Ray Doyle Cripps of Smithville; 2 Children, Susan (Bruce) Medley and Greg (Kelly) Cripps both of Smithville; 6 Grandchildren, Brandise Layne of Cookeville, Nichol Layne of Smithville, Chris Layne of Smithville, Brooke (Richard) Teachout of Smithville, Zach (Hilary) Cripps of Murfreesboro, Brian Cripps of Smithville; 6 Great-Grandchildren, Hunter Layne, Emily Layne, Aidan Blanchfield Layne, Braelyn and Bryleigh Teachout, Dreamer Cripps; 2 Brothers, Ralph (Frances) Gay of Smithville and Ronnie (Cathy) Gay of Fayettville, TN; Sister-in-law, Miranda Gay of Minnesota; Brother-in-law, James Underwood of Minnesota. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan and Ronnie Gay will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Tuesday 3:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mattie Jo McGinnis

Jan 25 2014

94 year old Mattie Jo McGinnis of Smithville died Saturday at Clinton, Tennessee. She was retired from the DeKalb County Board of Education and a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Vadie Hayes Hendrixson and husband, Tom Rye McGinnis. She is survived by two daughters, Elena and husband James Huddleston of Oak Ridge, and Tommie Farooque of Murfreesboro. Four grandchildren, Melanie and Greg Addington of Oak Ridge, Joel Huddleston of Florida, Derek and Amanda Adamson of Knoxville, and Malea and Eric Thompson and one great grandson Isaac Thompson all of Thompson Station. Two sisters, Georgia and husband Tom Cripps of Alexandria and Brownie Curtis of Smithville. Brother-in-law, Paul and wife Henrietta McGinnis of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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