Obituaries

John E. Dorton

Aug 20 2008

85 year old John E. Dorton of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a World War II veteran having served in the 6th Armored Division of Patton's 3rd Army. He was also a retired foreman at Genesco. A graveside service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Nickell Memorial Park Cemetery in Centerville. Dan Gulley will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Marie Luther Dorton. He is survived by daughters, Kay Dorton of Nashville; Ann and her husband Frank Hayes of Grass Valley, California; and Tina Denise Dorton of Smithville. Five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and sisters, Mary W. Duncan of Camden and Jean Larkins of Burns, Tennessee. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Elberta Christian

Aug 19 2008

88 year old Virginia Elberta Christian of Woodbury, and formerly of California, died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. She was a housewife and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Wyatte Christian; one son, Dayle Christian; a daughter, Gayle Gottschall; her parents, Albert Ray and Josaphine Fullington Roberts, and brothers and sisters. The body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at her daughter's home in Woodbury. Also, there will be a memorial service with burial of the remains in the Memorial Gardens in Napa Valley, California, at a later date. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and William "Shorty" Kellerman of Woodbury. One son, Darold Christian of Bakersfield, CA. Nine grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and eighteen great-great grandchildren also survive along with one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Russ Beasley of Richmond, Missouri. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hilda Bratten

Aug 15 2008

86 year old Hilda Bratten of Smithville died Thursday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was former owner of Bratten's Studio and Jewelry, member of the First Baptist Church, and member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the Eastern Star. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. The body will be at the church Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bundy Bratten; parents, Alex and Beulah Hale Parker; and a brother, Reed Parker. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Trudi and Bill Kissiah of Georgia. Two grandchildren, Melanie Cumbee and Lisa Kitchens of California. Six great grandchildren, Josh, Justin, and Jeremy Cumbee of California and Jeffery, Noah, and Cherish Kitchens of Georgia. One great Goddaughter, Allison Williams of Memphis and a nephew, Reed Parker, Jr. of South Carolina. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosa Haller

Aug 14 2008

97 year old Rosa Haller of Silver Point died Wednesday evening at NHC of Smithville. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper- Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Maynard Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Survivors include a son, William Haller and two daughters, Floretta Anderson and Linda Durham. The Baxter Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia E. Pelham

Aug 12 2008

The funeral for 81 year old Georgia E. Pelham will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Kurk and her husband Allen and Johnnie Belinda Hurd of Cookeville One son, Ronald D. Pelham of Knoxville and a sister, Eva Dean Wright of Sparta. Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of the arrangements.

Thelma Jean Brazier

Aug 12 2008

76 year old Thelma Jean Brazier of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Steffee will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Jim Brazier; her parents, Harlan and Vina Barks Bates; her step-mother, Maude Bates; and a brother, Homer Bates. Survivors include a son, James and his wife Dora Brazier of Smithville. One grandson, James Brazier, Jr. of Georgia. Great granddaughter, Mackenzie Brazier of Georgia. Step great granddaughter, Suzanne Freeman and Perry Hines of Nashville. One step grandson, Jay Freeman of Nashville. One brother, Harlan and his wife Frances Bates of Smithville. Three sisters, Kathy and her husband, Ernie Edge, Louella and husband Eddie Stanley, and Ethal Pinegar all of Smithville and a special niece, Thelma Ruth Martin of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Terry Anthony Atnip

Aug 12 2008

46 year old Terry Anthony Atnip of Silver Point died Monday night at his residence. He was a self-employed mechanic. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Thomas Hewelle will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. He is survived by his parents, E.J. and Virginia Atnip of Silver Point; a son, Anthony Dotson of Shelbyville; and two brothers, Gary Atnip of Nashville and Jeffery Atnip of Baxter. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Watson

Aug 12 2008

79 year old Thomas Watson of Smithville died Monday afternoon at his residence. He was a retired Mechanic, a member of the Banks Presbyterian Church, a Mason and member of the Eastern Star. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Nelson and Bedie Vanatta Watson; two brothers, J.W. and Steve Watson and a son-in-law, Steve Miller. Survivors include his wife, Christine Watson of Smithville. Two daughters, Jacquelyn and her husband Donald Camillo of Washington and Teresa Miller of Smithville. Three granddaughters, Tina and Amanda Miller of Smithville, and Julie and her husband Bradley Pugh of McMinnville. Two step grandchildren, Lori and her husband Troy Grant of South Carolina and Troy Camillo of Ohio. Eight great grandchildren, Alyssa and Sarah Pugh of McMinnville, Braxton Pugh of Smithville, Nicholas, A.J. and Jake Camillo of Ohio and Alex and Ava Grant of South Carolina. One sister, Elizabeth Powell Griswold of McMinnville and an aunt, Sally Hibdon of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jewell Terry Petty

Aug 11 2008

70 year old Jewell Terry Petty of Tullahoma died Saturday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. A native of DeKalb County, he was the son of the late Fred Petty and Clella Trapp Petty. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carol Petty. He was a retired realtor. A graveside service will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Reid of Southport, Florida. Two step-sons, Steve Hammonds of Harvest, Alabama and Woody Hammonds of Murfreesboro. Two step-daughters, Lisa Jennings of Harvest, Alabama and Ginny Conquest of Huntsville, Alabama. Three granddaughters, Logan, Jordan, and Taylor, all of Southport, Florida. The Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Gairett Hobert Bratten, Jr

Aug 11 2008

77 year old Gairett Hobert Bratten, Jr. of Dowelltown died Sunday at his residence. He was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church, a retired mechanic, and a U.S. Army Veteran. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Matthew Long and Perry Clayton will officiate and burial will be in the Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gairett and Edith Lawrence Bratten, Sr.; his ex wife, Ina Ruth Ruthford; a brother, Robert Bratten; and a sister, Dorothy Danner. Survivors include children, Timmy and his wife Shirley Bratten of Michigan, Connie and her husband Gasper Long of Dowelltown, and Jeff and his wife Janice Bratten of Knoxville. Grandchildren, Ashley Long, Skyler Bratten, Linda Long, Julie Bratten, Janna Bratten, Matthew Bratten, Christopher Bratten, Christina Bratten, Jeff Bratten, Kilie Bratten, Kole Bratten, Catilina Espinoza, and Isabella Espinoza. Very close friend, Grant Williams. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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