Obituaries

Pauline Fish

Nov 15 2008

71 year old Pauline Fish of Smithville died Friday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Covenant Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bobby Thomason and Bryan Koegler will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin Fish; a son, Michael Fish; a grandson, Billy Clark, Jr.; sisters, Vergie Boswell and Letha Phelps; her father, Lonsey Ray Silcox; and her mother, Lula Mae Sadler. Survivors include three daughters, Janice and her husband David Stewart, Tanna and her husband Jerry Redmon, and Judy Fish all of Smithville. Two sons, Danny "Speedy" Fish of Smithville and Jerry and his wife Judy Fish of Dowelltown. Special friends, James Fisher and Regina Menchaca both of Smithville. Grandchildren, Paula Stewart, D.J. and Megan Stewart, Bryan and Nikki Clark, Joseph and Rena Clark, Danny and Nicole Fish, Brandy Fish, Kayla Fish, and Josh Redmon all of Smithville, Danielle and Cory Bowling of Elizabethton, Jeremy Fish of Nashville, and Jill Clark of Florida. Eight great grandchildren also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Maggie Braswell

Nov 12 2008

91 year old Maggie Braswell of Dowelltown died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Temple Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Shannon Cantrell and Gerald England will officiate and burial will be in the Keith Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband Hearl Pirtle; a daughter, Sandra Houk; a granddaughter, Penny Smith; and brothers, Wilson, Claudie, and Dub Keith. She is survived by two daughters, Faye Smith and Donna and her husband Tony Lawson all of Dowelltown. A son, James Pirtle of Smithville. Grandchildren, Anthony and Michael Adcock, Judy Pirtle Hale, and Danny Pirtle all of Smithville, and Teresa Murphy of Sparta. Great grandchildren, Logan, Tanya, Elijah, Zacharis, and Ella Murphy all of Sparta, and Jonathan Adcock and Scarlett Lawrence of Smithville. Great great grandchild, Emma Murphy of Smithville. Sisters, Florene Mullican of Smithville and Evelyn Allen of Greenbrier. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive along with special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Caldwell, Buddy Smith, and Clay Gill. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Bill Evins

Nov 11 2008

85 year old John Bill Evins of Smithville died Monday at the Webb House. He was a retired business owner of Smithville Builders Supply and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Evins was also a former DeKalb County Trustee, former Smithville Alderman, former Smithville Mayor, former member of the WJLE Board of Directors, former board member of First National Bank, a deacon of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church during the 1950's and 1960's and a board member of the Smithville Electric System. He was also a World War II veteran and navigator on a Transport Aircraft. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Cheryl Foster will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Veta Evins; parents, William Sellars and Virgil Roosevelt Tramel Evins; grandson, John Richard Foster; and a sister, Frances Womack. Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl and her husband Brent Foster of Lebanon; Judy and her husband Ron Maxwell of Alabama; and Billie and her husband Greg Hodges of the Virgin Islands. Five grandchildren, Ginger Wenger of Smithville, Michele and her husband Kevin Carson of Lebanon, A.J. and his wife Misty Fedak of Alabama, Erin and Jesse Hodges of South Carolina. Six great grandchildren, Brady Foster and Evin Dyer of Smithville, Eli and Micah Carson of Lebanon and Ike and Max Fedak of Alabama. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp or to New Frontiers, in lieu of flowers.

Clayton Eugene (Clay) Edwards

Nov 10 2008

45 year old Clayton Eugene (Clay) Edwards of Liberty died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was born in Orlando, Florida. Edwards was a sales representative and a member of Salem Baptist Church. Edwards was also President of the DeKalb County High School Football Quarterback Club; President of DeKalb West School Junior Pro Basketball; and member of the DeKalb County Fair Board. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Mike Carpenter, Mark Wade, and Phillip Dougan will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from noon until the service time. Visitation both days will be at Salem Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Tena Edwards of Liberty. Children, Abram Edwards and Sara Edwards both of Liberty. His mother, Peggy Edwards of Liberty. His father and step-mother, Charles Donald, Sr. and Glenda Edwards of Kenansville, Florida. A brother, Charles "Chuck" Donald and his wife Priscilla Edwards of Kissimmee, Florida. A sister, Tina Edwards of Kissimmee, Florida. A half sister, Monica and her husband Nick Emmons of Kenansville, Florida. Step sisters, Trisha and her husband Jamie Baker of Williston, Florida, Janice Thomas of Florida, and Barbara and her husband Scott Burnap of Ohio. Step brothers, Rick and his wife Dodie Thomas of Florida, and Jay Thomas of Florida. Sisters-in-law, Pat and her husband Joe Fletcher of Murfreesboro and Penny and her husband Pat McCann of Sulphur, Louisiana. A brother-in-law, David Coye of Sulpher, Louisiana. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The DeKalb County High School Football Team will serve as honorary pallbearers. Contributions for the family may be made, in lieu of flowers, at DeKalb Community Bank or at dekalbcountyfootball.com.

Donna Marie DeShano

Nov 10 2008

80 year old Donna Marie DeShano of Smithville died Sunday at her residence. She was a nurse. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, where she was a member as well as a member of the Ladies Guild. Father David Cooney will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The service will be Wednesday at the church at 10:30 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Claudine Lane. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth DeShano of Smithville. A son, Paul and his wife Betty DeShano of Michigan. Three daughters, Claudia and her husband Tom Hafstad of Smithville, Martha and her husband Lou Bediente of Michigan, and Laura DeShano of Michigan. Nine grandchildren, Stacy Hafstad Robinson, Dawn and her husband Adam Lawson, and Kelly Hafstad all of Smithville. Adam DeShano, and Amy DeShano both of Michigan, Lisa DeShano of Ohio, Ken and his wife Devon Bediente of Oklahoma, Michelle and Mark Frizzell of Michigan, and Kyle Lewandowski of Michigan. Six great grandchildren, Anna Lawson and Alli Lawson both of Smithville, Jake Bediente and Lilly Bediente of Oklahoma, and Gina Frizzell, and Mark Frizzell of Michigan. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please make all donations in memory of Mrs. Donna to Alive Hospice, in lieu of flowers.

Ruetta Close

Nov 10 2008

74 year old Ruetta Close of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dave Carden, Jonathan Willoughby, and Mike Gay will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Savage and Nancy Luna Kirby and a brother, Clyde Kirby. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Paul Close of Smithville. Two sons, Phillip and his wife Sue Close of Smithville and Richard and his wife Gina Close of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Shane and her husband Kevin Pitts of South Carolina, Chris and his wife Kelly Close of Murfreesboro, Caden Close and Conner Close both of Smithville. Two brothers, Edward and his wife Joyce Kirby of McMinnville and Virgil and his wife Martelia Kirby of Smithville. Two sisters, Dale Reynolds of Hermitage and Joe Puckett of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please make all donations in memory of Mrs. Ruetta to the Mount Herman Baptist Church Building Fund, in lieu of flowers.

Faye Helms

Nov 9 2008

75 year old Faye Helms of Smithville died Saturday at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. She was a member of the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Phil Tollett will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Kenneth Helms; two sons, Kenneth Neal Helms and William Barrett; and her parents, Fredrick and Bertie Yealock Pike. Survivors include four daughters, Vivian Yoskovich of Smithville; Valerie Rodriguez of South Carolina; Marlene Helms of Southgate, Michigan; and Darlene Stillings of Seattle, Washington. One sister, Sarah Pletz of San Antonio, Texas, Fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church, in lieu of flowers.

Dorothy Anna Kayl

Nov 8 2008

90 year old Dorothy Anna Kayl of Michigan died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a member of the First Methodist Church at Saint Clair, Shores. She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Kayl, Jr.; her parents, Albert and Stella Wilson Webb; and a sister, Ruth Gudenau. Survivors include children, Bevery Kayl and her husband Joe Portin of Smithville, Dawn and her husband Robert Morris of Colorado, and Fritz and his wife Sue Kayl of Michigan. Five grandchildren, Debbie, Carol, Richard, Amy, and Sally. Ten great grandchildren also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family has chosen direct cremation.

Clifton White Melton

Nov 6 2008

80 year old Clifton White Melton of Liberty died Wednesday at Stones River Hospital of an extended illness. He was born in Cannon County, a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, a member of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Colonial Corporation and a farmer. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Junior Hibdon, Tim Pack and Tim Pelham will officiate and burial will be in the Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. Melton and Ora Lee Hale Melton Anderson and his brother, Charles Anderson; and his step-father, Edgar Lee Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Corrine Jones Melton of Gassaway. A son, Stanton and his wife Mary Elizabeth Melton of Rockford, Illinois. Three grandchildren, Teneia Melton Capes and her husband Rodney of Chicago, Jordan E. Melton and his mother Rita Robinson of Liberty, and Jonathan Delta Melton of Rockford, Ilinois. One great grandchild, Natalie N. Capes of Chicago. Three sisters, Irene Roberts of Donelson, Billie Simpson of Smithville, and Fay Armstrong of Woodbury. One brother, E.L., Jr. and his wife Brenda Anderson of Liberty. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Morten Lawhorn

Nov 4 2008

77 year old Morten Lawhorn of Smithville died Monday at his residence. He was a Baptist and a Machinist for the CMP Corporation. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead, Kentucky. Don Rvers and Mitch Roe will officiate and burial will be in the Oakley and Fultz Cemetery in Morehead, Kentucky. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. Thursday at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos Vinson and Virginia Smith Lawhorn; a brother, Gilbert Lawhorn; a sister, Fern Lawhorn; and a granddaughter, Barbara Rice. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Audress Lawhorn of Smithville. Four children, Herbert and his wife Brenda Wilson, Sharon and her husband Kenneth Cline, Kevin and his wife Diane Lawhorn, and Elise Flannery all of Smithville. Two brothers, Kenneth Lawhorn and Binson Lawhorn both of Mansfield, Ohio. Three sisters, Alberta Winters of Colorado, Madge George and Shirley Williams both of Smithville. Eleven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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