Obituaries

Myrtle Love Greer

Jul 22 2011

94 year old Myrtle Love Greer of Viola died Thursday at Rain Tree Manor Nursing Center in McMinnville. She was born in DeKalb County. She was a homemaker, a retired employee of the U.T. Agriculture Extension Service, and a Baptist. Mrs. Greer was preceded in death by parents Willie and Sarah Smith Love, husband John Matthew Greer, and a brother Landon Love.

Survivors include daughters Deanie English of Brentwood and Faye and her husband Fred Greene of McMinnville. A brother Frank and his wife Naomi Love of Manchester. Grandchildren John (Ken) Kenneth (Alysia) English, Morris Kevin (Christina) English, Kimberly Denise (Ricky) Matlock, and Jason Matthew (April) Greene, great-grandchildren Brandon, Meghan, Lauren, Austin, and Sadie English, Holly Matlock, Caden and Ambria Greene, and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service wiull be at 2 P.M. Sunday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Donald Owens will officiate. Burial will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery . The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Sunday from 12:00 P.M. Noon until 2 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Debbie Louisa Jennings

Jul 21 2011

84 year old Debbie Louisa Jennings of McMinnville died Thursday at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was born in DeKalb County, was a retired employee of McMinnville Garment Company, and a member of Blue Springs Cove Church of Christ. Mrs. Jennings was preceded in death by parents William Daniel and Margaret France Jones, husband William Arthur Jennings, sisters Gillie Allen, Florence Humphrey, Annie Mannon, Mary Jones, Percilla Warren, Pelina Marsh, Vina Turner, and America Turner, and brothers Alec, Walter, Cephas, Tommy, Willie, Acquilla, Burgess, and Thurman (Jack) Jones.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Peggie Ann and Donald Moore of McMinnville and sisters Sue Carter of Winchester, Elsie Newby of McMinnville, and Judy Berryhill of Nashville. Grandchildren Jeff and Susan Smith, and Gail and Lee Curtis, great-grandchildren Brittany Jones, Micha Gentry, Taylor Smith, Tori Smith, Tia, Rylan, Kreed, Makinlee, Bren, and Braelee Curtis, and great-great grandchildren Emma Smith, Kylan Jones, and Kinslee Taylor.

The funeral service will be at 11 A.M., Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Gary Newby will officiate. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends Friday from 3 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Saturday from 9 A.M. until 11 A.M. at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels

Marty Dean Lamb

Jul 20 2011

39 year old Marty Dean Lamb of Sparta died Tuesday at his residence. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta. Bobby Wilhite and Dwight Fuqua will officiate and burial will follow in the Rose Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday after 4:00 p.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Survivors include a daughter, Haily Lamb of Sparta. A son, Mitchell Lamb of Sparta. The mother of his children and wife of 15 years, Janet Lamb of Sparta. Parents, Robert and Debbie Lamb of Sparta. Sister, Becky Sims and her husband Brandon of Sparta. Niece, Alayna Sims of Sparta. Grandparents, Harvey Richard and Billie Jean Clouse of Sparta. Grandmother, Rosa Nell Carter of Sparta. Great grandmother, Bessie Bumbalough of Sparta. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins survive along with many friends. Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Delbert Johnson

Jul 20 2011

71 year old Charles Delbert Johnson of Sparta died Wednesday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired barber. A memorial service will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Freddie Copeland will officiate and burial will be in the Johnson's Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Roscoe and Linnie Frances LaFever Johnson; two sisters, Juanita and Donna Johnson; and two brothers, Jessie Paul and Johnny E. Johnson. Survivors include a son, Timothy Joseph Johnson of Murfreesboro. One daughter, Susan and husband Mark Wilson of Smithville. A granddaughter, Amanda Wilson of Murfreesboro. Two sisters, Rose and husband George Daniels of Sparta and Wanda and husband Ben Wright of Michigan. Three brothers, Houston and wife Jean Johnson of Sparta, Walter and wife Jo Johnson of Smithville, and Buel and wife Sarah Johnson of Spencer. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Lee Lautzenheiser

Jul 15 2011

66 year old Gary Lee Lautzenheiser of Sparta died Friday, July 8th. He was born in Canton, Ohio to Ralph E. & Betty (McKeen) Lautzenheiser.

Lautzenheiser graduated from Louisville High School in 1962, worked on the family dairy farm until 1964, then was employed at the Ohio Power Company (AEP) Canton, Ohio for the next 32 years as a Lineman. He retired in 2000 and was employed part-time by Constitution Land Surveying of Louisville, Ohio. He resided in Louisville till 2008, then moved to Sparta.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Kiko Lautzenheiser of Sparta. Parents, Betty McKeen and Ralph E. Lautzenheiser of Louisville, Ohio. Five children, Tonya and Michael Heckendorn of Goose Creek, South Carolina; Brian and Jennifer Lautzenheiser of Warner Robins, Georgia; Mark Lautzenheiser of Sparta; Samuel and Whitney Lautzenheiser of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; and Dawn Lautzenheiser of Sparta. A sister, Barbara and husband Rick Kidwell of Findlay, Ohio. A brother, Dale and wife Debbie Lautzenheiser of Louisville, Ohio. Seven grandchildren, Derek, Samantha, Dillon, Payton, Heath and twins - Lila and Jackson
Memorial services will be held at the Lautzenheiser home in Sparta on Tuesday, July
19th at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chris Elliott Fund for
Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research, or The MS Society, under the name of Dawn
Lautzenheiser.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements

Ronald Wayne Bates

Jul 13 2011

59 year old Ronald Wayne Bates of Smithville died Tuesday, July 12 at his residence. He was an employee of Kingston Timer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sink Creek Baptist Church. Kenneth Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by parents, Homer Lee and Juanita Johnson Bates; and two sisters, Sharon Whiteworth and Kay Pack. Survivors include his wife, Vickie Bates of Smithville. A daughter, Angel and husband Charles Burrage, III of Smithville. A grandson, William Cody Burrage of Smithville. Two brothers, Tony Bates and Kenny Bates both of Smithville. Two sisters, Thelma Martin and Janet Hawker both of Smithville. Father-in-law, Jack Judkins of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Karen Pollard of Sparta, Janice Evins of Georgia and Melissa Ward of Smithville. A brother-in-law, Randy Judkins of Smithville. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.

Kathy Jane Winchester-Vardy

Jul 10 2011

43 year old Kathy Jane Winchester-Vardy of Dowelltown died Saturday night at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a homemaker, retired director of the DeKalb County Library, and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.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 father, Frank Winchester; a sister, Jackie Marie Sosa; a nephew, Christopher Rose; and a niece, Kelly Neal. Survivors include her husband, Mike Vardy of Dowelltown. Her mother, Mary Clark Winchester of Smithville. A sister, Gail Rose of Alexandria. Niece, Renee Riddle of Smithville. Nephews, Daniel Rose of Alexandria, Jaycen Neal of McMinnville, and Michael Noe Sosa; and great nephew, Ethan Winchester both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Raymond Caldwell

Jul 8 2011

85 year old Raymond Caldwell of Smithville died Friday at the Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was retired from the City of Smithville and he attended the Pomeroy Chapel Brethren in Christ. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bryan Jones and Dwight Knowles will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Jacob and Lena Ferrell Caldwell; two daughters, Tammy and Melissa Caldwell; four brothers, J.W., Wade, Norman, and Lonnie Caldwell; and two sisters, Nannie Mae Hale and Lois Moon. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Caldwell. One daughter, Patricia and husband Donnie Bratcher of Smithville. Three sons, Jimmy and wife Debbie Reeder of Paris, Frankie and wife Reta Caldwell and Nelson and wife Linda Caldwell all of Smithville. Eleven grandchildren, Shayne and T.J. Reeder of McMinnville, Frankie Wayne and Mary Ann Caldwell, Shannon and Mark Stanick, Tina and Dale Pack, Karen and Jared Knowles, Greg and Leighann Cripps, Jason Cripps, Raymond Tyler Caldwell, and Abbey Caldwell all of Smithville and Sabrina and Keith Farler of Dowelltown. Nineteen great grandchildren, Shayla, Jathon, Courtney, Alexis, Justin, Jordan, Brian, Bradley, Cody, Kirstyn, Aniston, Marshall, Isaac, Katherine, Madison, Jacob, Evan, Kerrigan, and Alanis. Two brothers, Bruce and wife Roxie Caldwell and Zeb Caldwell and two sisters, Flonnie Vanatta and Dorothy Young Miller all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys "Babe" Wilson

Jul 8 2011

91 year old Gladys "Babe" Wilson of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Seventh Day Adventist and a homemaker. A graveside service will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Whorton Springs Cemetery. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Joe Wilson of Smithville. Three sons, Danny and wife Judy Wilson of Smithville, Tom and wife Peggy Wilson of Chattanooga, and Bob and wife Debbie Wilson of Mount Juliet. One daughter, Bonnie and husband Eddie Smith of Texas. Eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy A. Bennett Parker

Jul 8 2011

72 year old Peggy A. Bennett Parker of Sparta died Thursday morning at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Parker was born June 17, 1939 in Hacksneck, Virginia to the late William "Bitty" Bennett and Ventrice Shelton Watson. She is also preceded in death by a daughter Judy Faye Parker and daughter-in-law Anita Kay Parker.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years Rev. Irving D. Parker, Sr. of Sparta

Children: Reverend Danny Parker and wife Opal of Smithville, Laura Ann Parker of Sparta, Bruce Parker and wife Bonnie of Sparta, Faith Lynn Parker of Richmond, VA and Mark Andrew Parker and wife Jamie of Sparta

20 grandchildren

7 great-grandchildren

sister: Shirley Bounds of Salsbury, Maryland

brothers: Johnny Bennett and Allen Watson both of Salsbury, Maryland

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, July 9, 2011 at DeRossett Brethren in Christ Church with burial in Copeland's Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00 p.m. Friday in the Parlor of Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta and Saturday after 10:00am at the church. Bro. Freddie Copeland will officiate.

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