Obituaries

Billy Gene Thomason

May 30 2008

69 year old Billy Gene Thomason died Friday morning at his residence in Smithville. He was a member of the Covenant Baptist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran, and he served 28 years as constable and member of the Tennessee Constable Council. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bobby Thomason will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vivian Thomason; a daughter, Kathy Sue Thomason; a grandchild, Joshua Lee Murphy; great grandchildren, Adarn and Kaiden Reese. A brother, James Thomason; and sisters, Patsy Thomason and Wanda Jenkins. Survivors include his wife, Mary Thomason of Smithville. Children, Tammy Thomason and Billie Robin Bibby both of Smithville. Grandchildren, Billy Martin, Shawn Buck, Danny Ray Murphy, and Robin Beth Buck all of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Damien Martin and Keith Buck of Smithville. Sisters, Louise Jones, Virginia Jones, Fay Simmons, Betty Certain, and Janice Pollard all of Smithville. A brother, Jonah Thomason. A special uncle, Tommy George and a special life long friend and mother of his children, Ruth Thomason. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to DeKalb Funeral Chapel, to help with funeral expenses.

Earnest (Sonny) Harville

May 30 2008

The funeral for 63 year old Earnest (Sonny) Harville will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday after 7:00 a.m. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Harville; a son, Wayne Harville; and a sister, Betty Palk. Whitson Funeral Home/Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joan Dickey Anderson

May 29 2008

Paducah Kentucky native and former McMinnville resident, Joan Dickey Anderson died at home on St Simons Island Georgia May 27th. Born September 28, 1929 in Paducah, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Mary King Dickey, who moved to McMinnville shortly after her birth and opened a florist business. A graduate of Central high school, Mrs. Anderson studied music and English at the University of Kentucky and Peabody College. A talented keyboardist, Joan provided music at many weddings, and events in McMinnville. After moving to Sebring FL, in 1985 she joined fellow musicians to form The Sun Dance Band which performed regularly until early 2007. A voracious reader, she was a generous supporter of literacy and made many contributions to Magness Library. She is survived by her husband, J.W. Anderson of St Simons; children and spouses, Dickey and Lisa Anderson of St Simons, Nancy and John Prince of Sewanee, Mary and Bill Wilson of Knoxville, Jack and Pamela Anderson of Smithville, and Caroline Anderson of Nashville. Eleven grandchildren also survive. Her remains were cremated. A celebration of her life will be held at Magness Library in McMinnville on Sunday June 1from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Magness Library.

Homer O. Pedigo

May 29 2008

90 year old Homer O. Pedigo of McMinnville died Wednesday at his residence of an extended illness. He was a farmer and a member of the Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville. Ray Gilder and Ricky Stewart will officiate and burial will be in the Providence Cemetery in McMinnville. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee F. and Tennie Bond Pedigo; three brothers, John Pedigo, Edward Pedigo, and Dan Pedigo; and a sister, Alta Burton. He was the husband of Emma L. Roller Pedigo for 65 years. Survivors include a daughter, Emma J. and her husband James Steeley of Mount Juliet. A son, Rayburn O. and his wife Cynthia Pedigo of McMinnville. Four grandchildren, Russell and his wife Teresa Pedigo, Brad and his wife Sandy Pedigo, Jonathan and his wife Jenny Steeley, and Melody and her husband Thomas Greene. Ten great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends survive. Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Delbert Lamar Tochterman

May 27 2008

59 year old Delbert Lamar Tochterman of Murfreesboro died Saturday. He was a native of Asheville, North Carolina and the son of the late John and Jessie Mae Tinsley Tochterman. The funeral service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Anderson-Rice Funeral Home in Asheville, North Carolina and burial will be in the Green Hills Cemetery with Military Honors. He is survived by his niece, Candy Thomas of Murfreesboro. Sisters, Brenda and her husband Billy Thomas of Arkansas and Martha Tochterman of Ashville, North Carolina. Three nieces, four nephews, eight great nephews, and one great niece. Tochterman was a U.S. Army Veteran. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.

Robert H. Driver

May 27 2008

87 year old Robert H. Driver of Alexandria died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. He was a farmer, a Smith County native, and a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria. The funeral will be Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Amos Jarman and Phillip Lane will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tosh and Minnie Belle Hunt Driver; his wife of 62 years, Lorene Driver; brothers, Charlie, Herman, Odis, Willie, Claude, and Clyde Driver; and sisters, Bessie Ballinger, Bonnie George, and Johnnie Wilkerson. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Sue Vaughn of Smithville. Grandchildren, Randy and his wife Natasha Vaughn of Alexandria and Cindy Vaughn of Murfreesboro. Great grandchildren, Drake Vaughn and Ellie Grace Vaughn both of Alexandria. A sister, Lura Bell and her husband Riley Cox of Lebanon. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Velma Farler

May 26 2008

95 year old Velma Farler of the Snow Hill Community died Sunday. She was a life long member and at the time of her death, the oldest member, of the Snow Hill United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Snow Hill United Methodist Church where visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Royce Martin and Doyle Slager will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Farler was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny F. and Ellie Crook Hendrixson; her husband, Othel Claxton Farler, and a brother, James Monroe Hendrixson. Survivors include a daughter, Billie Sue Parker of Smithville. A grandson, Kenneth W. Parker and his wife Doris of Gallatin. Memorials may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 3895 Dale Ridge Road, Liberty 37095. The Family Heritage Funeral Home in Gallatin is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Raymond Jewell

May 26 2008

65 year old Charles Raymond Jewell of Smithville died Sunday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was a native of Watertown, employed at Texas Boot Company, and was a farmer. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Mark Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Poplar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Martha Ann Ingram Jewell and sons, Kevin Raymond Jewell and Daryl Wayne Jewell. Survivors include his wife, Geneva Reynolds Jewell of Smithville. A son, Teddy and his wife Sandy Jewell of Gallatin. Grandchildren, Karri Jewell of Smithville and Teddy Wayne, Josh and Chad Jewell of Gallatin. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Larry League, Jr.

May 23 2008

32 year old Larry League, Jr. of Silver Point died Thursday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Northside Church of Christ. The funeral will be Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Carr, Jr. and Byrnes Lyons will officiate and burial will be in the Silver Point Church of Christ Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 5:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry League, Sr. and Judy League; his maternal grandparents, Claudie and Bonnie League and his paternal grandfather, Donald League. He is survived by two daughters, Tiffani League of Cookeville and Nakita League of Sparta. Two sons, Lance Clark League of Gallatin and D'Andre League of McMinnville. A sister, Loretta and her husband William Clemmons of Georgia. His paternal grandmother, Jeanette League of Smithville. Two nieces, Victoria and Bria Clemmons of Georgia. Three aunts, Claudine and her husband Fred Searcy of Smithville, Gweynda League of Smithville, and Gennelle League of Smithville. One uncle, Don League of Silver Point. A great aunt, Mary and her husband Virgil Carr of Nashville. Special friend, Dusty Gunter of Silver Point and a host of cousins and friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas E. Carr

May 23 2008

54 year old Thomas E. Carr of Nashville died Thursday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. The body is at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Arrangements are incomplete.

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