Obituaries

William "Bill" Stanley Baker

78 year old William "Bill" Stanley Baker of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist, member of the U.S. Air Force, and a Maintenance Supervisor. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan will officiate and burial will follow in the Young Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Baker was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Stella Headley Baker; brothers and sisters, Helen, Charles, Isabell, Marshall, Thelma, Ruby, Jim, and Peggy. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Maxine Baker of Smithville. Children, Stanley and wife Diana Baker of Nashville, Mike Baker of Florida, Donna and husband John Kindle of Indiana, Joseph and wife Cathy Baker of Nashville, Judith Ball of Mount Ben Lomond, California, Mickey Dudek of Los Angeles, Shirley and husband Morty Graham of Louisiana, Barbara and husband Steve Bartz of Nashville, Ramona and husband Jerry Hudson of Smithville, and Jill Garrison of Louisiana. A brother, John (Bud) Baker of Metropolis, Illinois. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family would like to thank Lisa Ray of Suncrest Home Healthcare for the gentle loving care provided to our beloved Bill and to our friends at Whorton Springs Baptist Church for their unending love, compassion, and friendship.

Kelly Owens

Feb 8 2011

65 year old Kelly Owens of Gordonsville died Monday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a private investigator. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Chris Long and Danny Chance will officiate. Interment will be at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Retha Sharp Owens; a grandchild; brothers, Elbert, Luther, and Ronnie Owens; and sisters, Annie Tuttle and Martha Asher. Survivors include his wife, Karen Owens of Gordonsville. Children, Lisa and husband Vann, Marsha and husband J.M. Hall, and Melanie and husband Buddy Harmon all of Kentucky. Ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Brothers, Henry and wife Gail Owens of Kentucky, Kenneth and wife Jean Owens of Smithville, and Johnny Owens of West, Virginia. Sisters, Letha and husband Glen Price of Indiana and Lizzie Owens of Alexandria. Several nieces and nephews survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Atnip

Feb 7 2011

57 year old Bobby Atnip of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center of Smithville. He was a mechanic and a member of the Peoples Pentecostal Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Goldie Lee and Mary Braswell Atnip and two brothers, Gordon Lee Atnip and Joel B. Atnip. Survivors include a son, Bobby Allan Knowles of Florida. A grandson, Bobby Allan Atnip of Joelton. A brother, Duywane Atnip of Joelton. Four sisters, Nancy Marie Whitefield of Smithville, Rose and Buck Bain of Smithville, Lois Ann Atnip of Nunnelly, and Cotton and Priscilla Bain of Smithville. Special niece and nephew, Tina Bain and Troy Bain and special great nephew, Jase Bain all of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses in memory of Bobby.

Fran Melton

Feb 6 2011

46 year old Fran Melton of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist and worked as a home health nurse. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, James Doyle Melton, and Grandparents, Ruth and Richard Melton. She is survived by a daughter, Christy Brewington and Andre Wakefield, of Smithville; three grandchildren, John Ogden Melton, Ty Wakefield, and Nate Wakefield, all of Smithville; parents of the heart, Helen and B. L. Raymond of Smithville; siblings, Anita Kay and Donald Byrge of Smithville, Doyle and Angie Melton of Sparta, Tommy Melton of Murfreesboro, Gena and Craig Vaughn of Smithville, and Kirk and Kathy Martin of Smithville. Stepmother, Mainell and Carlton Melton of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, friends and relatives survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, to help with burial expenses.

Mildred Estelle Patrick

Feb 4 2011

83 year old Mildred Estelle Patrick of Alexandria died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was born in DeKalb County, daughter of the late Greeley Columbus and Elsie Barry Vickers. She worked at the Alexandria Shirt Factory and was a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria. Jeff Ford and Charlie West will officiate and burial will follow in the Vanatta Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday after 10:00 a.m. Patrick is survived by her son, Bobby and wife Johnnie Patrick of Alexandria. Two grandchildren, Donna and husband Roger Whitehead and Debra and husband Tim Caldwell all of Alexandria. Two great grandchildren, Jordan and Kendra Whitehead. A brother, Donald Vickers of Mount Juliet. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Ray Ferrell

Feb 3 2011

53 year old Danny Ray Ferrell of Woodbury died Thursday at his home of an extended illness. He was born in Cannon County and was a member of the Gospel of Faith Church, the Cannon County Walking Horse Association, and he worked at the Cannon County Highway Department. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Leonard Herman will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Tree Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Brown Ferrell and Sudie Nadine Ferrell; a brother, Charlie Ferrell, and a sister, Jo Dean Ferrell. Survivors include a son, Coty Ferrell and fiancee Tiffany Tramel of Woodbury. Fiancee, Pam Fitzgerald of Woodbury. A brother, David Ferrell of Woodbury. Sisters, Eunice Byford and Jean Dyer both of Woodbury, Lisa Merriman, Linda Ferrell, Janet King, and Shirey Dyer all of Smithville. A grandson, Brody Ferrell of Woodbury. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Tina Denise Dorton

Feb 3 2011

41 year old Tina Denise Dorton of Smithville died Wednesday at St. Thomas Hospital. She was a cook at Heartland Cafe and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in the Nickell Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alice Marie Luther Dorton. Survivors include a daughter, Allison Vance; two sons, Jonathon and wife Rebecca Byford and Brandon Byford. Seven grandchildren, Tyler Funk, Jayden, Skylar, Autumn, Jazmine, and Trinity Byford, and Makya Edge all of Smithville. Two brothers, Tommy Griffin of Smithville and Tony and wife Teresa Griffin of Greenbrier. Four sisters, Tabby and husband Miles Shehane and Tammy Petty of Smithville, Ann and husband Frank Hayes of California, and Kay Dorton of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home for burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Lois Frances Murphy

Feb 3 2011

56 year old Lois Frances Murphy of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center. Born in Wilson County, she was a caregiver and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Johnny Smartt will officiate and burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Friday. She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Fisher Murphy. Murphy is survived by a son, Stephen Nathaniel Smartt of Seattle, Washington. A grandson, Laszlo Smartt. Her mother, Betty Jean Murphy Wosyluk of Sparta. Brothers and sisters, Patricia Gail Murphy and Brad and wife Teresa Murphy of Sparta, Darlene and husband Andy Murphy and Susan Charlene Mashburn of Smithville, Audie and wife Evelyn Murphy of Madisonville, Billy and wife Karen Murphy of Walling, David and wife Tammy Murphy of McMinnville, Regina Carol Hannah of Smithville, Stephen and wife Vanessa Murphy of Woodbury, Micah and wife Teresa Murphy of Smithville, Samuel and wife Miranda Murphy of Smithville, and Deborah Zeisel of McMinnville. Special friends and caregivers, Phillip, Susan, and Lewis Gilbert George of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Steven Bradley Hildreth

Feb 2 2011

46 year old Steven Bradley Hildreth of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. Born in McMinnville, he was a Baptist and employed in computer technical support with the FedEx Corporation. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of McMinnville Funeral Home. Christine Archer will officiate and burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Barren Fork. The Hildreth family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Oleda Hildreth; maternal grandfather, Dixie Hale; and a brother, Michael Hildreth. Survivors include daughters, Tarrayn Hildreth and Kaylyn Hildreth; a son, Matthew Hildreth and the mother of his children, Dana Dalton Hildreth all of Collierville. Father, Joe and his wife Joan Hildreth of Pulaski. Mother, Linda Hildreth Landahl of Smithville. Sister, Tammy Hildreth Burton. Step-sister, Haley Tillman Garner. Step-brother, Brock Tilman. Grandmother, Elizabeth Hale. Nephews, Travis and Justin Davenport. Great nieces, Olivia and Emily Davenport. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Birchie Geneva Jeffries

Feb 1 2011

84 year old Birchie Geneva Jeffries of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was the retired owner of Birchie's Sweet Shop and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson and Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dossie Adcock Young; six brothers, Greg, George, Orvin, Bill, J.T., and Charlie Young; four sisters, Emma Smith, Rosha Henderson, Ola Haley, and Sirtie Orrick; and a son-in-law, Johnny Williams. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Pam Turner of Baxter. A daughter, Joannie Williams of Dowelltown. Six grandchildren, Amy and Patrick Cripps, Shelli Williams, Joshua and Erin Turner, Jessica and Lynus Martin, and Jennifer and Robbie Sykes all of Smithville, and Crystal and Jacob Young of Roane Mountain. Ten great grandchildren. Two sisters, Onie Smith of California and Lillie Calvin of Georgia. Special sister-in-law, Mable Young and special friend, Sherry Tusar both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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