Obituaries

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.

Homer Wright

Jun 13 2010

78 year old Homer Wright died Saturday at his residence in Smithville. He was a retired Principal from Gateway Elementary School in Nashville.He was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and a disabled Navy veteran. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tim Woodward will officiate. Burial will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. 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 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Maudie Johnson Wright. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Wright of Smithville.Three daughters, Lisa Ratte of Nashville, Leigh Ann and Mark Stamps of Hendersonville, and Linda and Brad Jones of Cottontown; two sons, Kevin and wife Sharon Wright of Cross Plains, and Bart and wife Beverly Lempicki of Cottontown. One sister, Lera and husband Maurice Savage of Huntsville, Alabama. Thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Hibdon Hooper

Jun 12 2010

85 year old Wilma Hibdon Hooper, a well known local businesswoman who was owner and operator of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville for more than 50 years died Saturday at NHC of Smithville. Hooper was also a former owner of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in McMinnville and she once owned a grocery store in the Smithville area for many years. She was also a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The funeral will be Monday at 5:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Junior Hibdon and E.H. Denman, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 5:00 p.m.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Washington and Ada Genella Johnson Hibdon; her husband, Allen D. Hooper; and a brother, Junior Hibdon.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Deloy Kirby; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Renee and Brad Hennessee; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Chad and Shelia Kirby; three great grandsons, James and Zackary Caplinger and Dallas Kirby; and a great granddaughter, Brylee Kirby all of Smithville. One sister, Virginia Miller of Brentwood. A special niece, Emogene Hardy of Brentwood. Brothers and sisters-in-law, T.M. and Juanita Hooper of Smithville, Jack and Marlys Hooper of California, Billy and Mary Jane Hooper, and Billie Ruth Hooper all of Smithville. One special great niece, Donna and husband Charlie Hicks of Nashville. One special great nephew, Randy and wife Diane Knowles of Nashville.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Allen D. Hooper Memorial Fund.

Ruby Adcock

Jun 11 2010

92 year old Ruby Adcock of Smithville died Friday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Indian Mound Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Helen Vanatta Knowles; husband, Richard Adcock; a son, Elmer Adcock; and four brothers, Herbert, Aaron, J.T., and Lovell Knowles. Survivors include a grandson, Timmie and wife Peggy Adcock and one daughter-in-law, Flora Mai Adcock all of Smithville. Four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Ruth and Ronnie Hobbs, Lois and Jimmy Davis, Betty and Charles Atnip all of Smithville and Joyce Large of White Pine, Tennessee. One brother-in-law. Sterling Martin of Smithville. One sister-in-law, Ruthie Adcock of Indian Mound. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael E. Van Patten

Jun 10 2010

49 year old Michael E. Van Patten of Binghamton, New York died Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in New York. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home in New York. Elvin S. Murphy will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Van Patten was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Marlene Van Patten; and a sister, Nancy Van Patten. He was a well-known contractor for 33 years, having owned and operated Mike Van Patten Construction in Binghamton. He loved NASCAR racing, was a huge Dale Earnhart fan, and he enjoyed bowling. Mike would do anything for anyone who asked and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Dorothy Layton Van Patten of Binghamton. Children, Kristy "Chef" and husband James Aiken Smith of Saratoga Springs, New York and Steven "Bug" Arvin of Binghamton. Three grandchildren, Maddox "Lil' Buddy" Lucien and Remy Smith all of Saratoga Springs, New York. Three sisters, Debbie Suarez of Dowelltown, Cindy and husband Vic Loden of Rockwood and Bonnie and husband Floyd Cantrell of Smithville. A brother, Kenneth Van Patten of Rockwood. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with many friends and his beloved St. Bernard, Dale. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Addie T. Bailiff

Jun 10 2010

98 year old Addie T. Bailiff of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Snow Hill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dave Carden and Jonathan Willoughby will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ardie Ross Tramel; husband, Howard Bailff; three brothers, William H. Tramel, Roy Tramel, and Charlie Tramel; a nephew, Sam Coke; and nieces, Jacklyn Coke and Bobbie Coke. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Effie Lee Ellis, L.C. Tramel, Paul Tramel, Robert Tramel, David Tramel, and Dorothy Tramel, all of Smithville, LuBell Bain of Murfreesboro, Wayne Coke, and Peggy Coke both of Nashville. Several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Roy Lassiter

Jun 9 2010

67 year old Billy Roy Lassiter of the Wayside Community of McMinnville died Tuesday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville of a brief illness. He was born in Chattanooga and founded Lassiter's Auto Repair & Sales, Inc. in 1967. Lassiter was also a member of Friendship The Baptist Church, Warren Masonic Lodge No. 125, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a Shriner.. Lassiter was preceded in death by his parents Alton and Reba Simerly Lassiter, a son Jeff Lassiter, and a sister Nancy Allen.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years Treva Jean Jordan Lassiter, son and daughter-in-law Jodie and Jennifer Lassiter, daughter-in-law Tina Lassiter all of McMinnville. Grandchildren Lane, EmiLee, Annie, Anabel, and Alondra Lassiter. Step-grandchildren Erika and Allen Betschart. A brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Debbie Lassiter of Zipper Hills, Florida. A brother-in-law and sister-in-law Reverend Gerald (Coy) and wife Olene Jordan. Sisters-in-law Margaret, Ofallon, Claudia, and Betty Jordan, and Helen Jordan Smith. Special sisters Edrie Byars, and Maiverine and Hannah Romans, and special friends Dalton Fletcher and Jamie Todd.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Gerald (Coy) Jordan, Anthony Pelham, and Darrell Cantrell will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. A Masonic service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home by Warren Masonic Lodge # 125. The Lassiter Family will receive friends on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.. until 9:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

T.J. "T. Buck" Farler

Jun 9 2010

84 year old T.J. "T. Buck" Farler of Dowelltown died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. He was a farmer. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John B. and Minnie Moore Farler; brothers, William Jess Farler and James Edward Farler. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Inez Farler of Dowelltown. A nephew, Jerry and wife Teresa Farler of Alabama. Nieces, Regenia and husband Jerry Pack of McMinnville, and Ramona and husband Dan Fuson of Dowelltown. Great nieces, Cherie Page, Inez Bryant, and Katherine Farler. Great nephews, Keith Farler, Adam Farler, Jerry Farler, Jr., and James Pack; and special cousins, Willie Jim Cripps, Brighham Ayres, and Joe Ayres. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Darlene Caldwell

Jun 8 2010

51 year old Helen Darlene Caldwell of Smithville died Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She was a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, George Lee Vanatta and a step-daughter, Stephanie West. Survivors include her children, Jacqueline Franklin and companion Charles Pack of Smithville and Buddy Austin and wife Rachel Vanatta of Morrison, Vilot and husband Brandon Tucker of Smithville, and mother, Flonnie Caldwell Vanatta of Smithville. Three step-children, Jason West of Brush Creek, Travis West of Crossville, and Shauna West of Brush Creek. Grandchildren, Nathan, Jennifer, Daniel, Delana, Ella, John David, Malachi, Elijah, Braxton, Dalton, Devan, Timothy, and Deveah. Two great great grandchildren, Madison and Andrew. A sister, Melinda Vanatta and husband Dwayne Davis of Smithville. Companion, Charles West of Smithville. The family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

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