Obituaries

Thomas Byron Nixon

Jun 29 2010

77 year old Thomas Byron Nixon of Alexandria died Tuesday at Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation Center. Nixon was born in Sykes, the son of the late Ruby Lee Willoughby and Willie Fred Nixon. A step-brother, Odell Winfree and a step-sister, Novella Wilkerson preceded him in death. He served in the United States Army in 1954-55. Nixon worked in banking in Davidson and Wilson County. He was a member of the Mount Juliet Lodge #642 F & A.M. and a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria. Burial will be in the Union Hill Cemetery in Sykes. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. Nixon is survived by his wife of 54 years, Fay Christian Nixon of Alexandria. Sons and daughters-in-law, John Fredrick and Nicky Nixon of Sandy Springs, Georgia and Barry Steven and Sandra Nixon of Lebanon. A daughter and son-in-law, Greta Faye and Marlin Massey of Corinth, Mississippi. Seven grandchildren, Daniel Asher Nixon of Sandy Springs, Georgia; Joseph Micah Nixon of Sandy Springs, Georgia; Megan Leigh Nixon of Lebanon; Jordan Paige Nixon of Lebanon, Joshua Christian Nixon of Lebanon; Thomas Benjamin Massey of Corinth, Mississippi and Nathaniel Martin Massey of Corinth, Mississippi. Great granddaughter, Keegan Christian Nixon of Lebanon. Aunt, Georgia Paschal of Lebanon. Step-sisters, Clara Lee Vantrease of Alexandria and Lee Ett Anderson of Carthage. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ or to the American Diabetes Association.

Lorene Malone Bates

Jun 29 2010

80 year old Lorene Malone Bates of Watertown died Tuesday at the Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. She was a factory worker and a DeKalb County native. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Burial will follow in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Bates; a daughter, Shirley Dutton; parents, Ed and Mary Christian Malone; and sisters, Maggie Cooper and Bobbie Stacy Derting. Survivors include a granddaughter, Laurie Southard and Barrett Tipton of Alexandria. A great grandson, Caleb Tipton. A son-in-law, Jerry Wayne Dutton of Alexandria. Nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Carolyn "Blondie" Walker

Jun 26 2010

64 year old Carolyn "Blondie" Walker of Smithville died Saturday at her residence in Smithville. She was a lab secretary, an Episcopal, and a member of the VFW. Amvet, and Moose Lodge. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mark Pafford will officiate. The family has chosen cremation. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She is survived by her husband, Don Walker of Smithville. Children, Kim Schaendorf of Waylan, Michigan; Cindy and husband Roger Dowis of Midland, Michigan; Michael and wife Missy Klemkosky of Fort Drum, New York; Carrie Klemkosky of Middleville, Michigan; Kim and husband Jeff Holloway of Arkansas; Shelly and husband Dan Bott of Chicago, Illinois; Tony Walker, and Troy and wife Hannah Walker of Illinois. Nineteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren. Sisters, Judy Avery of Midland, Michigan and Penny Reed of Smithville. Mother-in-law, Gloria Peterson of Springfield, Illinois. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Laura Young

Jun 24 2010

89 year old Annie Laura Young of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare in Smithville. She was a Baptist and a retired nurse. The funeral will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Magness Young, Jr. and her parents, Frank and Lula Mae Bass Stone; a daughter, Peggy Maples; a son, Potter Young, and a daughter-in-law, Tammy Young. She is survived by three sons, Kenneth and wife Susan Young, Paul and wife Pam Young, and Phillip Young, all of Smithville. Three brothers, Joe Stone and Ernest Stone of Smithville, and Billy and wife Bonnie Stone of LaFayette. Three sisters, Janice Davis of Smithville, Mary and husband Jerry Bailey of Alexandria, and Bobbie and husband Charles Fite of Lebanon. Seven grandchildren, Richard and wife Kim Young, Donna and husband Brent Turner, Jamye Maples, Joey Maples, Laura and husband Brian Hall, Mary and husband Kevin Wilson, all of Smithville, and LouAnn and husband Jimmy Midgett of Dowelltown. Eight great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rubye Beatrice Cantrell

Jun 23 2010

94 year old Rubye Beatrice Cantrell died Monday at her residence in Jacksonville, Florida. She was formerly of the Belk Community, and a lifelong member of the New Union Baptist Church. She was employed by Kingston Timers. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Anthony Pelham will officiate, with burial in New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleaburn Cantrell, and her parents, W.A. and Ethel Ray Arnold. She is survived by a son, Wayne and wife Louise Cantrell of Florida.; a grandson, Rob and wife Dr. Ammala Cantrell of Flprida.; four great grandchildren, Christy, Lauren, Michelle, and Tres'. Sister-in-law, Helen and husband Herman Roller of McMinnville; two brothers, Vernon and wife Janice Arnold of Georgia and Fred and wife Faye Arnold of Tennessee. A sister, Geneva Davis of Watertown. A host of great-great nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Jo Johnson

Jun 21 2010

66 year old Mary Jo Johnson of Smithville died Monday at her home. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Whorton Springs Baptist Church in Smithville, where she was a member. David Mahan and Paul Stringer will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Clayton and Ruby Alexander Bonds; one sister, Ruby Nell Holtzhouser; one brother, Danny Ray Bonds; a nephew, Jonathan Bonds; and one brother-in-law, Christian Richard Dalton. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Ray Johnson . A daughter, Kimberly Denise Johnson, daughter and son-in-law, Amy Lynell and Michael Wright; two grandsons, Matthew Sheldon and Westin Andrew Wright, all of Smithville. A brother and sister-in-law, Rondal and Sue Bond of Cordova. A sister, Judy Dalton of Sedalia, Missouri. A sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Billy Davis of Kewanee, Missouri and one special niece, Robin Holtzhouser of Little Rock, Arkansas. Several other nieces and nephews also survive. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Whorton Springs Baptist Church Building Fund. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Sadler

Jun 21 2010

68 year old Joe Sadler of Dearborn Heights, Michigan died Saturday. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Sadler-LaFever Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Survivors include a son, Steve Sadler; brothers, Coy, Bob, and Gerald Sadler; and sisters, Freda Whitefield, June Guffy, Jewel LaFever, and Sue McGurie. Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Etta Goines

Jun 20 2010

91 year old Mary Etta Goines died Saturday at Life Care in Sparta. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Lower Cherry Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home. Survivors include children, Kenneth Goines, Harlon and wife Gail Goines, all of Sparta; Mildred and husband Bobby Stephens of Smithville; Joe and wife Linda Goines, Charlotte and husband Myles Bohannon, and Charles and wife Sherry Goines, all of Sparta. One brother, Edward and wife Beulah Howell of Sparta. Twelve grandchildren, twenty great granchildren, and one great great grandchild. Thurman Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Cheryl Lynn Jennings

Jun 17 2010

58 year old Cheryl Lynn Jennings of Alexandria died Thursday at U.M.C. Hospital in Lebanon. She was born in Davidson County, and was a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Ronnie Smith will officiate with burial in Eastview Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Loraine Swann Davis; a brother, Jimmy Davis; mother and father-in-law, Beulah and Charles Jennings, and brother-in-law, Bill Jennings. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Bob Jennings of Alexandria. Children, Brian Wayne and wife Tonya Jennings of Grant, Micheal and wife Leslie Emme of Lavergne, and Angela and husband Mike Choate of Cookeville. Grandchildren, Jose Jennings, Hannah Jennings, Allie Emme, Grayson Emme, Haley Choate, And Katie Choate. Brothers and sisters, Linda Poston, Elaine Smith, and Frankie Alexandra. A sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Jimmy Mullinax. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Vaughn Romer Lantz

Jun 14 2010
Thomas Romer Lantz

81 year old Thomas Vaughn Romer Lantz of Murfreesboro, a former Smithville Postmaster, died Saturday. He was born Thomas Vaughan Lantz on October 22, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Joseph Angelo and Florence Josephine Walk Lantz, following her death Tom was adopted by Charles and Mary Romer, sister to Tom's mother.

In 1946, at age 17, Tom enlisted in the then Army-Air Corp and was stationed at Orlando, Florida, where he met and married Ilan Hughes, mother of their five sons. Over the next 23 years, Tom served his country proudly in the US Air
Force during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1968.

Following retirement from the USAF, Tom graduated the University of North Alabama with a bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Counseling. He taught school and coached football at E.O. Coffman Middle
School in Lawrence County for seven years. He served as Postmaster in Middleton and Smithville, TN until retirement in 1992. After retiring from the US Postal Service, Tom served as a bus driver in Rutherford County.

He was a Master Mason and member of Masonic Lodge 77 in Smithville, Tennessee.

He is survived by his wife, Gilda Wood Romer, sons, Lantz (Amy) Romer of Columbia, Bobby (Tillie) Romer of Nebraska, Andy (Fran) Romer of Pam Coast, Florida, David (Teresa) Romer of Lawrenceburg, Shaun (Belinda) Romer of Lawrenceburg, sister, Ann Marie McDonald of New York, 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, daughter-in-law: Linda Romer of Lawrencburg, niece and nephew, Jann Morton, Jay McDonald, one great niece, and one great
great niece. He was preceded in death by his brother, Louis Lantz and sister, Carol Lantz Shaffer.

Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00pm Monday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro. Funeral service will be 11:00 am Tuesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Masonic Rites. Shaun Romer, Chris Madison, Family and Friends
will officiate. Graveside service will be 3:30 pm Tuesday at Mimosa Cemetery in Lawrenceburg with Full Military Honors.

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