Obituaries

Vertrice Byrd Cook

Apr 5 2009

56 year old Vertrice Byrd Cook of Smithville died Saturday at her residence of an extended illness from Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was a member of the Jesus Name Pentecostal Church and a health care provider at Prospect, Incorporated. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Robert Burns will officiate and burial will be in Poplar Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Byrd and her grandparents, Jim and Mary Adamson. Survivors include children, Billy Cook, Jr. and Melena and her husband Michael Harrell. Grandchildren, Cody and Jacob Harrell, and Kayla and Madeline Cook. Her mother Alberta Byrd. Sisters, Toleda Jackson and Dean and her husband Marvin Yaney. Brothers, Forrest "Frosty" Byrd and friend Ruth Martin, Clay Byrd, and Jerry and his wife Donna Byrd. Several nieces and nephews also survive along with special friends and caregivers, Tabitha, Chevaughn, Kay, Reba, Regina, Tammy, and Linda. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Luna Johnson

Apr 3 2009

82 year old Mary Luna Johnson of Parsons, Tennessee died Thursday of an extended illness at the Decatur County Hospital in Decaturville, Tennessee. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Don Franks will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Johnson and a son, Wayne Johnson. Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Phillpott of Parsons. A daughter-in-law, Carolyn Johnson Maynard of Loudon. A brother, Reefus Luna of Sparta. Four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Regina Gail Pack

Apr 2 2009

49 year old Regina Gail Pack of Nashville died Tuesday at Southern Hills Hospital. She was a Baptist and an employee of Shoney's in Nashville. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bryan Jones and Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Jack Pack and a brother, Doug Pack. Survivors include two daughters, Misty and her husband Timmy McCathern and Billie and husband Wayne Johnson; Her mother, Virginia Adcock Daniels; Two brothers, Eudean and wife Tammy Pack and Darrell and wife Robin Pack all of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Makayla McCathern of Smithville and Shayla Woods of Lebanon. Three nephews, Chris and Derek Pack and Quenton McSparren all of Smithville, and Mitchell Green of Missouri. One niece, Stephanie Green of Sparta. Two great nephews and one great niece also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Cantrell Tittsworth

Apr 1 2009

89 year old Willie Cantrell Tittsworth of Scottsdale, Arizona died Friday. She was born in Warren County, a housewife, and a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Comer Mullican will officiate and burial will be in the Mount View Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse J. Tittsworth and a son, Tollye Wayne Tittsworth. Survivors include a daughter Reta Poncini of Scottsdale, Arizona. A son, James Gary Tittsworth and wife Jane Malo of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Grandchildren, Steven Wayne Tittsworth of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Rene Anderson of Phoenix, Arizona; Teresa Henry of Rosecommon, Michigan; Susan Goulette and husband Jeffrey of Romeo, Michigan; and Trina Reeves and husband David of Phoenix, Arizona. Great grandchildren, Andrea Henry Maczik of Richville, Michigan; Devon Reeves and Dillon Reeves both of Phoenix, Arizona; and two great great grandchildren, Riley Maczik and Hailey Maczik both of Richville, Michigan. Two brothers, Leonard Cantrell of Ozark, Alabama and Joe Cantrell of McMinnville. One sister, Christine Warmack of Dalton, Georgia. A sister-in-law, Juanita Cantrell of McMinnville. High Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mazzell Christian

Mar 31 2009

91 year old Mazzell Christian of Alexandria died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Wayne Jamison and Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She is survived by two daughters, Gradie Joyce Garvin of Alexandria and Helen Rozzell Rushing of Lebanon. Eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. A brother, Paul Kyle of Texas and two sisters, Dollie Robinson and Donia Adkins both of Georgia. Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eric Patrick Goodson

Mar 30 2009

27 year old Eric Patrick Goodson of Smithville died Friday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. He was a CNA and a Baptist. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dan Gulley and Steve Breedlove will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Thomas Clyde and Mildred Loette Green Allmon; a brother, Thomas Darrell Goodson; a step-sister, Brenda Fay Campbell; and an uncle, David Allmon. Survivors include his mother, Mary Louise Allmon Goodson Campbell of Alexandria. His step-father, Triman Campbell of Alexandria. A brother, Kenneth Dwayne Goodson of Alexandria. Step-sisters, Stacey Campbell of McMinnville and Sandra Campbell Baker of Murfreesboro. Aunts, Johnnie Mai Allmon and Joyce Dean Poss both of Smithville, and Patricia Allmon of Alexandria. An uncle, Joe and his wife Charlene Allmon of Gladeville. Several great aunts and uncles, nieces, and nephews, and cousins also survive along with special friends, Amanda Ford and Matthew Martin. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Billy "Janitor Billy" Colwell

Mar 28 2009

65 year old Billy "Janitor Billy" Colwell of Rock Island died Friday at Centennial Medical Center. He was retired from Powermatic and employed as Janitor at DeKalb County High School. Colwell was a ham radio operator and a member of the Mount Hope The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Greg Hibdon, and Dwight Knowles will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 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 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Auvel and Annie Helen Reeder Colwell. Colwell is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joeneal Green Colwell of Rock Island. A daughter, Linda and her husband Joshua Parris of Rock Island. One son, Henry Lee and his wife Kathy Colwell of Rock Island. Three grandchildren, Heather Michelle and Patrick Lee Colwell and Carl Andrew Parris all of Rock Island. One sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Jerry Cantrell of Smithville. Two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kennith and Lois Colwell of Smithville, and Eddie and Sandra Colwell of Sparta. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Dibrell School Library, DeKalb County High School Library, or to Justin Potter Library, in lieu of flowers.

Carolyn Sifford

Mar 26 2009

78 year old Carolyn Sifford of Smithville died Thursday morning at her residence. She was a member of the Johnson City Church of God and a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Danny Evans will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service will be at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin J. and Lillie Mae Garren Hester; a son, Stephen Garren "Pete" Sifford; brothers, Marion Hester and Calvin Hester, Jr.; and a sister Betty Wycuff. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Reverend Carl Sifford, Sr. of Smithville. Sons, Carl, Jr. and his wife Sue Sifford of Smithville, Ron and his wife Patsy Sifford of Smithville, and Calvin and wife June Sifford of Douglasville, Georgia. Eight grandchildren, Melissa Sanders of Jacksonville, Florida; Michelle Sanchez of Dade City, Florida; Carla Sue Sifford-Brown of Smithville, Brandon Sifford of Hawaii; Kendra White of Smithville; Jason Sifford of Smithville; Jeana Sifford of Douglasville, Georgia; and Tracey Stone of Douglasville, Georgia. Twelve great grandchildren. A brother, Patrick Hester of Lanexa, Virginia and a sister, Camilla Lamb of Virginia Beach, Virginia. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Leamon "Uncle John" Johnson

Mar 26 2009

79 year old James Leamon "Uncle John" Johnson of Smithville died Wednesday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was a Baptist and a retired employee of the DeKalb Highway Department. The funeral will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 4:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Gladys Wright Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Jessie Bell Shehane Johnson of Smithville. One son, James Lee Johnson of Smithville. Two brothers, Elmus and his wife Doris Johnson and Kenneth and his wife Mildred Johnson all of Smithville. One special niece, Misty Jane Kyle of Smithville. Several other nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Katy Cantrell

Mar 21 2009

82 year old Katy Cantrell of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pomeroy Chapel Brethren In Christ. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Youngbend Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mattie Adcock Cantrell; two sisters, Josie Shehane and Macon Haas; and brothers, Gene, Carl, John, and Joseph Cantrell. She is survived by a sister, Ernestine and her husband Eddie Young of Smithville. A brother, Hoyte Cantrell of Smithville. A sister-in-law, Faye Cantrell of Smithville. Special niece, Melba Vinca of Smithville. Several other nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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