Obituaries

Thomas "Great Tom" Faulkner

Mar 1 2011

97 year old Thomas "Great Tom" Faulkner of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He worked for the U.S. Government. Faulkner also served in World War II and he was a Presbyterian. Mr. Faulkner's wishes were direct cremation. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Frank and Sara Whisonant Faulkner; wives, Sally and Pauline Faulkner; three brothers; and one sister. Survivors include a son, Charles and his wife Margaret Faulkner of Arrington. Three grandchildren, Melissa Bennett of Arrington, Brian Faulker of Nashville, and Kathryn Welden of California. Three great grandchildren, Charles and Olivia Bennett of Arrington and Araxie Welden of California. A memorial service will be announced later. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Myrtle Johnson

93 year old Myrtle Johnson of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Green will officiate with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Robert Glenn Johnson; a daughter, Dr. Faye J. Bowman, son-in-law, John M. Bowman, and eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived by a daughter, Denise and husband Jerry Brown, two step-grandsons, Stuart and wife Tracy Brown, and Scott Brown and fiance, Teresa Trapp. Five step-great grandchildren, Cohen, Seth, And Hannah Brown; Cory and Haylee Killian, all of Smithville. Sister, Iris Lester of Jamestown. Devoted caregivers, Carolyn and Molly Miller of Smithville. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations please be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Merle Clifton Meyers

Feb 28 2011

86 year old Merle Clifton Meyers of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired Chief Executive Officer of the Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Company; a charter member of the Tennessee Gas Association which formed in 1963, serving on its first board of directors as well as other levels. He was also an active member of both Civic and Industrial boards, former Chairman of the Smithville Industrial Board, President of the Smithville Lions Club, a Shriner, a 32nd degree Mason, and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a World War II veteran and a 50 year member of Smithville First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville First United Methodist Church. Dr. John Purdue will officiate and entombment will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic service to be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. No visitation will be held prior to the service at the church. Meyers was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Meyers; two sisters, Donna Walden and Arva Baker; a daughter-in-law, Trudy Meyers, and his second wife, Marilyn Nixon Meyers. Survivors include a son, Jon B. and his wife, Megan Meyers of Midlothian, Virginia. A daughter, Jean M. Meyers of Smithville. A grandson, Justin and his wife Elizabeth Meyers of Exton, Pennsylvania. Mother of his children, Hilda K. Meyers of Smithville. A sister, Wanda Underhill of Cypress, Texas and several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church Building Fund or to the Shriners Children's Hospital, in lieu of flowers.

Merle Clifton Meyers

Mrs. Jo Parton

Feb 28 2011

81 year old Mrs. Jo Parton died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Church Pentecost. She was also retired from Genesco. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Jerry Braswell will officiate and burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Novie Yates Taylor; granddaughter, Melissa Hunt; brothers, Albert Taylor, Solon Taylor, and James Taylor; and sisters, Carnell Keith and Elizabeth Young. Survivors include her husband, Frank Parton of Smithville. A daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Don Jones of Bowling Green, Kentucky. A granddaughter and her husband, Karri and Charles Provance of Bowling Green, Kentucky. A grandson-in-law, Jeff Hunt of Portland. Four great grandchildren, Dusty Hunt, Kristie Hunt, Gavin Provance, and Olivia Provance. A brother, Doyle Taylor of Smithville. Sisters, Patty Trusty and Barbara Fuson both of Nashville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Paul Culwell

Feb 27 2011

54 year old Danny Paul Culwell of Smithville died Saturday at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was a member of the Old Fashion Freewill Baptist Church and a nurseryman. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel . Bernard Houk, Jim Tollison and Tom Fittis will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fermon Brown and Ravanell Judkins Culwell, and a nephew, Wesley Jones. He is survived by his wife, Debra Jones Culwell of Smithville; two children, Tommy and wife Erin Culwell of Smithville, and Christy and husband Wayne Newby of McMinnville. Two grandchildren, Austin Newby and Annabella Culwell, and soon arriving grandson, Trigg Culwell. Two brothers-in-law, Carlton and Jeff Jones of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Ann Martin

Feb 26 2011

62 year old Betty Ann Martin of Smithville died Saturday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. She was a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church, a registered nurse, and a volunteer with Haven of Hope. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation Tuesday will be from noon until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlton R. and Mary Elizabeth Gomer Yates and a sister, Mary Garner. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Jim Martin of Smithville. Two sons, John Martin of Mount Juliet and Jay and his wife Kim Martin of Old Hickory. One grandson, Noah Martin. One sister, Faye Davidson of Dickson. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Terry Wayne Terrell

Feb 23 2011

57 year old Terry Wayne Terrell of Chattanooga died Wednesday at Erlanger Medical Center. He was owner of TWT Trucking Company and a Baptist. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Justin Terrell will offciate. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his father, Bernice E. Terrell; grandparents, Robert R. and Lucille Herndon; and John H. and Arlena Terrell; and his step-father, W.C. Crook. Survivors include a daughter, Julie Ann and her husband, Charles Puryear of Memphis. A son, John Matthew Terrell of Chattanooga. His mother, Doris Herndon Terrell of Smithville. A brother, David and wife Vicky Terrell of Smithville. Two nephews, Roth and wife Jessica Terrell of Smithville, and Justin and wife Emily Terrell of Fairburn, Georgia. The family has requested that donations please be made to the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center, in lieu of flowers. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carrie Mai Hayes

Feb 23 2011

85 year old Carrie Mai Hayes of Algood died Sunday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be Thursday at noon at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Algood Heritage Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service time. Survivors include four daughters, Emma Roberts, Edith Tubbs, Jeanette Howard, and Mattie Woods. Four sons, James, Donald, Curt, and Jerry Hayes. Four sisters, Ruby Jernigan, Mary Alice McClellan, Barbara Martin, and Margaret Hurt. Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Darlene Stanley

Feb 18 2011

53 year old Darlene Stanley of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist and she worked at the shirt factory. She was also a restaurant worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Shannon Cantrell and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie Stanley and her mother, Martha Myrie Hale Atnip. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and "Frog" England of Smithville. A grandson, Dakota England of Smithville. Her father, Willie Atnip, Jr. of Smithville. Sisters, Wilma Cantrell of Smithville, Janie Diane Hale of Temperance Hall, and Janice Walker and Darnell Crook both of Smithville. A brother, Jimmy Allen Atnip of Baxter. Three special nieces, Amanda Savage, Ashley Hobbs, and Tonya Crook. Nieces, Jamie Ashford, Jennifer White, Angela Johnson, Amy Haggard, Lisa Walker, and Kim Young. Nephews, Anthony Cantrell, Shannon Cantrell, Gabe Walker, Jimmy Allen Atnip, II, and Darrell Crook. Four special grandchildren, Raven, Skylar, Kylee, and Kinsley Savage. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made , in lieu of flowers, to DeKalb Funeral Chapel, to help with funeral expenses.

Mary Alice Hayes

Feb 17 2011

63 year old Mary Alice Hayes of Smithville died Thursday at her residence. She was a member of the Allens Chapel United Methodist Church and an office manager at the doctor's office. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church. James Hayes and Phil Tollett will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon until the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. She is survived by her children, Troy and wife Judy Thomas of Smithville, Chris Thomas of Murfreesboro, and Megan Lann of Smithville. Four grandchildren. Mother, Omega Hayes of Smithville. Father, Lester Hayes of Sparta. Brother, James and wife Debbie Hayes of Smithville. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church or to the Lighthouse Christian Camp. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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