Obituaries

Angel Darnell Mahler

Jan 31 2008

46 year old Angel Darnell Mahler of Johnson's Chapel died Wednesday at her residence. She was a Baptist and a teacher at LBJ & C Head Start. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Terry Little, Gary Farris, and Craig Mahler will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chesnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Lewis Johnson and father-in-law, Hubert "Coxie" Mahler. Survivors include her husband, Randall Mahler of Sparta. A daughter, Cathleen and her husband J.D. Humphrey of Walling. One son, Craig Mahler of Sparta. One grandchild, Jaxon Humphrey of Walling. Her mother, Nina Parsley Rhody of Smithville. A brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Rene Johnson of Smithville. Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ronnie and Frances Mahler of McMinnville, Iven and Peggy Craven of Rock Island, and Joey and Donna Phillips of Sparta. Her mother-in-law, Katheen Mahler of Sparta and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to Justin Potter Library or to the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.

Harrison White Hobbs

Jan 29 2008

81 year old Harrison White Hobbs of Lowell, Indiana died Sunday at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was a Baptist and a retired heavy equipment crane operator. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Leonard Herman will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Houston and Ella Ashford Hobbs; a grandchild, Patrick Koster; brothers, Arnold Hobbs and Sammy Hobbs; and a sister, Juanita Ferrell. Survivors include his wife, Ann M. Hobbs of Lowell, Indiana. Children, Debbie and her husband Jack Tauber of St. John, Indiana and Wilburn Hobbs of Lansing, Illinois. Grandchildren, Phillip Koster, Adam Hobbs, Joshua Hobbs, Andrew Koster, and Gregory Hobbs. Great grandchildren, Madison Koster, Mason Koster, and Hunter Hobbs. A sister, Oleta and her husband Bud Hale of Smithville. Brothers, John and his wife Josie Hobbs and Bill Hobbs all of Smithville. A sister-in-law, Johnnie Hobbs of Murfreesboro. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny Lee Williams

Jan 28 2008

62 year old Johnny Lee Williams of King Ridge Road, Dowelltown died Saturday at his residence. He was a respiratory therapist and a member of the Smithville Church of Christ. A private graveside service will be held and Dan Gulley will officiate. No visitation will be held with the Williams family. He was preceded in death by his father, William Dallas Williams and a sister, Virginia Nokes. Survivors include his wife, Joannie Williams of Dowelltown. Two daughters, Amy and her husband Patrick Cripps of Smithville and Shelli Williams of Murfreesboro. Grandchildren, Callie Cripps and Zoe Cripps. His mother, Mildred Williams. An aunt and uncle, Jewell and Earnest Davis of McMinnville. An uncle, Aubrey Williams of McMinnville. A nephew, Charles Nokes of Smithville. The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to a memorial fund in memory of Johnny at the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Baby Boy Sosa

Jan 28 2008

A graveside service for the stillborn infant of Lillian Elizebeth Sosa will be Monday, January 28th, at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Everyone will assemble at the cemetery for the service. The child was stillborn on October 26th.

Hunter Loren Davis

Jan 27 2008

16 year old Hunter Loren Davis of Smithville died Saturday night in a traffic accident. He was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and a sophomore at DeKalb County High School where he was a member of the FFA. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 pm. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Garland Cripps. He is survived by his parents, Ray and Annette Davis of Smithville. A brother, Tanner Davis of Smithville. A sister, Christian Davis of Atlanta, Georgia. His maternal grandmother, Violet Cripps of Smithville. His paternal grandparents, Ann Baldwin of Nashville and Raymond Davis of Nashville. A niece, Layla Davis of Atlanta, Georgia. Special girlfriend, Andrea Stringer of Smithville.His paternal great grandmother, Beatrice Moore of Nashville. Uncle, Stevie and his wife Brenda Cripps of Smithville. Aunts, Terresa Ayers of Smyrna and Lucy Davis of Donelson. Cousins, Chris Wood, Marcus and Corey Ayers, and numerous great aunts and uncles and a host of friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

A Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of Hunter Davis. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the scholarship fund.

Mattie Frances Malone

Jan 27 2008

82 year old Mattie Frances Malone of Alexandria died Saturday at the Boulevard Terrace Nursing Center in Murfreesboro. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. Elder Barry Whitaker and Elder Frank Randolph will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The Malone family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 2:00 p.m. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Leonard Saddler of Nashville. A granddaughter, Hana and her husband Joseph Fagan of Nashville. Brothers, Jimmy Curtis of Alexandria, Ralph and his wife Faye Curtis of Alexandria, Roy Dale and his wife Linda Curtis of Watertown. Sisters, Gladys Driver, Gracie Henley, and Amy Johnson all of Alexandria. A brother-in-law, Albert James Malone of Nashville. A sister-in-law, Willie Belle Harvey of Alexandria. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack Hudson Grandstaff

Jan 27 2008

71 year old Jack Hudson Grandstaff of Alexandria died Friday at the Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was a DeKalb County native, a car salesman, and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Danny Sellars will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by a son, Jackie Grandstaff; his mother, Ruth Green Grandstaff; a brother, Jerry Grandstaff; a great granddaughter, Shaelynn Linon; and a stepdaughter, Kimberly Collier. Survivors include children, Debbie and her husband Gary Jones and Jan and her husband Mike Grandstaff Dykes all of Lebanon. Friends, Kim and her husband Lonnie Sadler of Lebanon. His father, Elbert Grandstaff of Alexandria. Six grandchildren, Gary and his wife Melissa Jones, Melanie Jones, Jacquelynn and her husband Chris Linton, Hunt and Brittany Stutts, and Leslie Sadler. Six great grandchildren, Chase, Branden and Ashtyen Jones, Anthony Sells, Braelynn Linton, and Wyatt Jones. One niece and three nephews. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Jim L. Brown

Jan 26 2008

77 year old Jim L. Brown of Dowelltown died Friday of an extended illness at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Cannon County native, a farmer, and a member of the Clear Fork United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Roberta Campbell Brown; a daughter, Donna Kay Florida; a brother, Jr. Brown and a sister, Dorothy Ann Grizzle. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mrs. Novella Merriman Brown of Dowelltown. Four daughters, Charlene and her husband Barry Thaxton and Sandra and her husband Chris Grandstaff all of Alexandria, Audrey May and her husband Bobby Martin of Liberty; and Lorri Evone Brown of Dowelltown. One brother, Ben Brown of Woodbury. Five sisters, Patsy Phillips, Joyce Hale, Geraldine Bryson, and Sue Curtis all of Woodbury and Becky Haynes of Crossville. A son-in-law, Monroe Florida of Gassaway. Thirteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Opal Hale

Jan 24 2008

76 year old Opal Hale of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was retired from DeKalb General Hospital and a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dave Carden will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Mai Patterson; her husband, William "Junior" Hale; a sister, Erma Underwood; and a brother, Doris Patterson. Survivors include a brother, Carmon Patterson of Florida. Several nieces and nephews. Several great nieces and great nephews. Brothers-in-law, Austin Billings of Murfreesboro and Joe Underwood of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Lorene Hale, Martha Bluhm, and Evelyn Taylor all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Randall L. Geren

Jan 22 2008

86 year old Reverend Randall L Geren of Cleveland died Monday. He was an ordained minister in the Church of God and was an evangelist for over 20 years and served in pastoral ministry for over 35 years. He was a member of the North Cleveland Church of God and a member of the Unity Sunday School Class. Geren was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Melba Marie Geren; parents, Jim and Dovie Geren; two brothers, Rev. Gilbert Geren and James Geren; two sisters, Dorothy Gill and Mildred Neeley; one granddaughter, Jamie Marie Geren. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Linda Geren of Decatur. Two daughters and son-in-law, Charlotte Casteel of Cleveland and Tammy and Thomas White of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Rocky Casteel and wife, Stacey, Hollie Geren Rapello and husband, Paul, Randy Lewis Geren, Lacey Nicole Duke and husband, Patrick, and Lindsey Marie White. Three great grandchildren, Hannah Daily Casteel, Caroline Grace Casteel and Charlotte Marie Rapello. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The service will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the North Cleveland Church of God with Dr. G. Dennis McGuire, Mitch Maloney and Marshall Roberson officiating. Burial will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Grissom Funeral Home in Cleveland. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

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