Obituaries

Ruby May Lawson

Oct 25 2010

87 year old Ruby May Lawson of Smithville died Sunday at NHC of Smithville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Lawson will officiate and burial will be in the Coleman Cemetery in Rutherford County. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lemmie Lawson; parents, Robert and Hassie Anderson Estes; two children, James and Louise Lawson; a brother, Grover Estes; sisters, Lorine George and Louise Taylor; and grandchildren Danny Hobbs, Christopher Lawson, and Penny Lawson. Survivors include two daughters, Frances Shultz and Janie and Delmer Spurlock; eight sons, Robert and wife Betty Lawson, Jim and wife Betty Ruth Lawson, Jerry and wife Patricia Lawson, Charlie and wife Ruth Lawson all of Smithville; Billy Lawson of Woodbury, and Javin and wife Cindy Lawson; and Terry and wife Evelyn Lawson all of Watertown; and Daniel (Buck) and Kimberly Lawson of Liberty. Twenty six grandchildren, forty eight great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren. A brother, Freelin Estes of Smithville. Special friends, Virginia Hayslip and Linda Judkins and a special niece, Cindy Travis. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Rayburn Nokes

Oct 24 2010

70 year old Charles Rayburn Nokes of Smithville died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center of Smithville. He was a member of the Snow Hill United Methodist Church and he worked in retail sales. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Royce Martin and Doyle Slager will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelia and Gertrude Derting Nokes. Survivors include a son, Charles and his wife Kristie Nokes of Smithville. A grandson, Justin Nokes. Step-granddaughters, Olivia and Lyndsey Miller. A brother, Clyde Nokes of Short Mountain. Sisters, Oleda Bullard and Dorothy Bell Bryant both of Murfreesboro. Companion, Jean Goodwin of Dowelltown. Nephews, Gerry Nokes, Nick Nokes, Bill Nokes, Jeff Nokes, and Derrick Bryant. Nieces, Linda Dockery and Lisa Bryant. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church in memory of Rayburn, in lieu of flowers.

Jackie Eugene Thomas

Oct 24 2010

55 year old Jackie Eugene Thomas of Dowelltown died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Dowelltown Baptist Church and a nursery worker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Frazier and Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in the Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Eugene and Jesse Vada Atnip Thomas; and a sister, Barbara Dean Hicks Thomas. Survived by companion Patsy Gibbs of Dowelltown. Two sisters, Mary Lou Hale of Smithville and Mary Elizabeth and husband Mark Hale of Dowelltown. A brother, Jessie and wife Becky Thomas of Dowelltown. Five children, Barbara Ann Thomas of Woodbury, Michael Thomas of Lebanon, Misty Thomas, Jackie Bernal Thomas, and Shannon Thomas all of South Carolina. Thirteen grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lenzy Ray Stanley

Oct 24 2010

82 year old Lenzy Ray Stanley of Smithville died Saturday at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. He was a Baptist, a retired school bus driver, nurseryman, and a farmer. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Tommy Davis and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Nancy Thomas Stanley; four sons, Ray Morris, Jerry, Donnie, and Marshal Stanley; wives Ophalen Stanley and Shelby Stanley; great-grandson, Michael Murphy; step-daughter, Jeanette Chapman; brothers, Hobert and Claude Stanley; and a sister, Lucille Tidwell. Survivors include step-daughters, Tonya and husband Wade Youngblood of Dowelltown, Denise and husband Wayne Bogle of McMinnville, and Jennifer Kincaid of Cookeville. Grandchildren, Priscilla and husband Bobby Mingle and Chris and Dana Stanley all of Gassaway; Samantha and husband Tony Vanatta of Ringgold, Georgia, Jerry and wife Allisha Stanley of Cleveland, and Donna and husband Matthew England; Drenda Murphy and companion Basil Foutch; and Roger and wife Letta Chapman all of Smithville. Seventeen great-grandchildren, four great great grandchildren. Brothers, Robert Stanley of Smithville and Billy Stanley of Smyrna and sisters, Dean King of Smithville and Wilma Bilbrey of Nashville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Rose Robinson

Oct 23 2010

82 year old Helen Rose Robinson of Cookeville died Friday at her residence. She was a retired restaurant owner and a member of the First Baptist Church. She requested to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Georgianna Jodway LaFrinere and a sister, Dorothy Calo. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Brisco Robinson of Cookeville. One daughter, Karen and her husband Dwayne Foster of Smithville. One grandson, Kirt and Tina Boles of Australia. One granddaughter, Krysta Foster of Lebanon. Three great grandchildren, Nathan, Samuel, and Carla Boles of Australia. Two sisters, Irene Buckner and Pat Krupa both of Michigan. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Genitiva Hospice in lieu of flowers.

Ralph Williams

Oct 23 2010

71 year old Ralph Williams of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was retired from Mark IV. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Vistitaton will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Alley and Ethel Hendrixson Williams; three brothers, Gene, Louie, and Ray Williams, and a sister, Mable Williams. Survivors include a daughter, Tammy and her husband Greg Owens of Smithville. One son, Randy Williams of Smithville, his Fiance, Clata Owens. Two grandsons, Codi Funk and Devon Owens of Smithville. One brother, J.B. Williams of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that all donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Wilma Jo Ferrell

Oct 22 2010

74 year old Wilma Jo Ferrell of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church and a former co-owner of Ferrell's Grocery Store and a factory worker. A graveside service will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Bernard Houk will officiate. No visitation or service will be held at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Ailene Hibdon George. Survivors include her husband, Ellis Ferrell of Smithville. Children, Marshall and his wife Beverly Ferrell, Frances and husband Ricky Martin, Wade and wife Lisa Ferrell, and Darnette Hibdon all of Smithville. Seventeen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A brother, Wayne George of Ashland City. Half-brother, Tim George of Smithville. Sisters, Mary McNeese and Edna Moore both of Nashville. Half-sister, Cindy George of Woodbury. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gordon Walker

Oct 18 2010

92 year old Gordon Walker of Alexandria died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be at the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Don Elmore and Curt Wagoner will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The Walker family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 pm. and on Wednesday at the Alexandria First Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International. Walker was born on June 1st, 1918 in the house where he lived when he died. He was the son the late May Marler and Robert Walker. Three brothers, Robert, James, and John Walker preceded him in death. A son-in-law, Homer "Ed" Edwards preceded him in death on August 18th, 2004. He was married to Grace Givan on September 10th, 1942. He was a farmer and had been a member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church for some 80 years. Walker is survived by his wife of 68 years, Grace Givan Walker of Alexandria. A daughter, Helen Walker Edwards of Alexandria. A son and daughter-in-law, Billy and LaVonne Walker of Alexandria. Six grandchildren, Steve and wife Amy Edwards of Murfreesboro, Angie and husband Keith Garrett of Vonore, Tennessee; Tim and wife Nicole Edwards of Knoxville; Julie and husband Kent Beasley of Lebanon; Jill and husband Tim Chappell of Alexandria; and Cindy Walker of Alexandria, Eight great grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Ava, Audrey, Colton, Brady, and Lola Klaire Chappell and Jack Walker Beasley. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerrol Wayne Stults

Oct 18 2010

63 year old Jerrol Wayne Stults of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a member of Scott's Chapel Church in Cypress Inn, Tennessee. Stults was also in construction and a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Stults was preceded in death by his father, Ray Alton Stults. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Stults of Smithville. Children, Crystal and husband James Guijalva of Smithville, Jennifer and husband Ronald Summers of Rock Island, Kirk and wife Samantha Stults, and Stacey and Shannon Holt all of Waynesboro. Five grandchildren, one great grandchild. His mother, Irene Stults of Waynesboro. A sister, Judy and husband Jerry Hayes of Waynesboro and a brother, Jim Stults of Waynesboro. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Karen Sue Applegate Rigsby

Oct 18 2010

50 year old Karen Sue Applegate Rigsby of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was the Dietary Manager at NHC, member of the Bethel Methodist Church, and a member of the Eastern Star. A memorial service will be Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the Bethel Methodist Church. Royce Martin will officiate. Survivors include two daughters, Roberta and husband Allen Wilkerson and Piper Rigsby all of Smithville. Parents, Bob and Phyllis Applegate of Aberdeen, Ohio. Two sisters, Bev and husband Roger Gifford of Ripley Ohio and Sandy Pumpelly of Aberdeen, Ohio. Six nieces and nephews, Leslie and husband Chris Miller of Ripley, Ohio, Gretchen and husband Todd Stout of Louisville, Kentucky, Kenton, Tucker, Chloe and Blaine Pumpelly of Aberdeen, Ohio. Three great nieces and nephews, Emily and Emerson Miller of Aberdeen, Ohio and Carson Stout of Louisville, Kentucky. She is also survived by many special friends, family members, and the entire staff of NHC Healthcare. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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