Obituaries

Winfred T. Turner

Jan 9 2009

81 year old Winfred T. Turner of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired maintenance worker from Vanderbilt Hospital and a member of the Mount Hope The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dwight Knowles will officiate and burial will be in the Indian Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Naomi West Turner; three brothers, Orville Lee, Gent, and Rob Turner; a son. Winfred Dwayne Turner; and a grandchild, Angela O'Neal. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Waldron Turner of Smithville. A daughter, Shirley Norris and husband David Eldridge of Cookeville. Two step-daughters, Diane and husband Rayford Seales of Kentucky and Debbie Smith Embree of Nashville. One step-son, Mark and his wife Connie Smith of Murfreesboro. One grandchild, Diana O'Neal of Florida. Seven step grandchildren and four step- great grandchildren. A brother, Hubert and his wife Carolyn Turner of Smithville. A sister, Sue Roberts of McMinnville. And a sister-in-law, Audean and her husband Ernest Pack of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Courtney Kristin Pirtle

Jan 7 2009

22 year old Courtney Kristin Pirtle of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a secretary at Pirtle's Nursery and a member of the Church of the Nazarene. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Trent Colwell and Rannie Phillips will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John B. and Nell Hobbs Judkins. She is survived by her parents, Danny and Melissa Judkins Pirtle; a sister, Trista Pirtle; a brother, Danny Pirtle, Jr.; and her paternal grandparents, James and Ruth Houk Pirtle all of Smithville. Four aunts, Judy and husband Ronnie Hale, Faye Cook, and Janie and husband Paul Armstrong all of Smithville, and Debbie and husband Rannie Phillips of Woodbury. One uncle, John and his wife Barbara Anderson of Georgia. One special friend, Jamie Tuttenburg of Smithville. Several cousins and extended family also survive. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to the Church of the Nazarene Youth Group, in lieu of flowers.

Harrison Donel "Toostie" Cook

Jan 5 2009

80 year old Harrison Donel "Toostie" Cook of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Salem Baptist Church, the U.S. Air Force, and the Boilermakers Union #454. He was also a retired construction worker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mike Carpenter and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vester and Minnie Hall Cook; and brothers, Flossie B. Cook and Hoyte Cook. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Geraldine Hendrixson Cook of Smithville. Children, Gloria and her husband Steve Corbin of Lynchburg and Don M. and his wife Sandy Cook of Tullahoma. Step-son, Mike and his wife Melody Hendrixson of Florida. Grandchildren, Kelly Langdford, Jenny Breal, Jon Hendrixson, Sean Borne, and Lee Cook. Great grandchildren, Daisy Bondurant and Lilah Keaton Breal and mother-in-law, Elsie Hendrixson of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to either the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers.

Billy Joe Cowan

Jan 3 2009

61 year old Billy Joe Cowan of McMinnville died Friday at his residence of an extended illness. He was a factory worker and a member of the Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville. Greg Hibdon will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver B. and Erma C. Courtney Cowan. Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Bianne and John Pennington of McMinnville. Two nieces and their husbands, Katrina Pennington and Rusty Thompson and Regenia Pennington and John Rovsek all of Atlanta, Georgia. Two great nieces, Abigail Thompson and Hannah Grace Rovsek. One uncle and two aunts also survive. Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edward LaFever

Jan 3 2009

The funeral for 93 year old James Edward LaFever (better known as Ed LaFever) will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the LaFever Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 7:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He is survived by his son, Richard LaFever. Four daughters, Joyce Ford, Penny Craighead, Barbara Cassilly, and Lisa Mackie. A sister, Willie Jo Thomas. The Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Eudele Ramsey

Jan 3 2009

The funeral for 69 year old Robert Eudele Ramsey will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Rock Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He is survived by his wife, Susie James Ramsey. Two sons, John C. Ramsey and Justin W. Ramsey and a brother, Doug Ramsey. The Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Homer Brown

Jan 3 2009

93 year old Joe Homer Brown of Rock Island died Friday at the Rain Tree Manor of Warren County. He was a farmer and a member of the New Bybee's Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tim Lewis will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Vell LeFever Brown and wife Sally Hendrixson Brown. Survivors include a son, Bill Brown of Georgia; a daughter, Patty Jean Brown of McMinnville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Alice Marie Colvert

Jan 2 2009

83 year old Alice Marie Colvert of Smithville died Thursday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was an ASCS office secretary and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She also played piano for the Community Chorus. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Town Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Harrison and Mabel Eller Colvert. She is survived by several cousins. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Beatrice Smith

Dec 27 2008

91 year old Willie Beatrice Smith of Alexandria and formerly of Statesville died Friday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. A retired garment factory worker, she was born in Statesville and was a member of the Statesville United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Smith; a son-in-law, Clyde Vanatta; sisters, Irene Armstrong, Lucille Taylor, and Arbella Vantrease. Her parents were the late Oza Hardin and Minnie Tennessee Ricketts Hardin. Survivors include two daughters, Nelda Bettes and Barbara Vanatta both of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Tammy Vanatta of Alexandria, Teresa and her husband Tom Lynch of Alexandria, and Richie Vanatta of Statesville. A great grandson, Kameron Vanatta of Pleasant Shade. A sister, Arlene Hayes of Sellarsburg, Indiana. One niece and two nephews. Caregiver, Dora Johnson. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Hester Walker Warren

Dec 26 2008

94 year old Hester Walker Warren of McMinnville died Wednesday of a short illness at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a housewife. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Charles Williams will officiate and burial will be in the Blues Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny Isaac Walker and Willie Reed Passons Walker; her husband, Jake Lane Warren; her son, Ernest Lee Warren; and her grandson, Steven Warren Stanley. She is survived by three sons, J.L., Norman, and Harold Warren all of Cannon County. Three daughters, Sepal and husband Rex Pedigo of McMinnville, Lucy and husband Steve Stanley of Smithville, and Carol and husband Aubrey Gunter of Short Mountain. Eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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