Obituaries

Pauline Cantrell

Nov 23 2011

92 year old Pauline Cantrell of Smithville died Wednesday at Southern Hills Hospital. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Steve Allen will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ada Lyles Colwell; husband, James Woodrow Cantrell; a son, Larry Cantrell; two sisters, Delan and Nadine Cantrell; and two brothers, Clarence and Herbert Colwell. Survivors include two daughters, Faye Robinson of Nashville and Judy and husband James Patton of Smithville. One son, James and wife Kathy Cantrell of Smithville. Twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Fowler Lee Ramsey

Nov 23 2011

78 year old Fowler Lee Ramsey of Smithville died Wednesday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a retired truck driver with TDOT and a member and deacon of the Peoples Pentecostal Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Robert Presley will officiate and burial will be in the Boma Cemetery in Baxter. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Bell Ramsey; parents, Bill and Viola Ramsey; a daughter, Kathy Bilbrey; a grandson, Barry Lee Stone Ramsey; a sister, Hazel Alexander; and a brother, Willie Ramsey. Survivors include a daughter, Janie and husband Ricky Fults of Liberty. One son, Stoney Ramsey of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Virginia and husband Robert Oaks of McMinnville, Brandon Maynard of Nashville, Michaela Bilbrey of Smithville, Wesley Fults of Liberty, and Crystal Madewell of Baxter. Six great grandchildren. Special companion, Frankie Carroll of Smithville. Two sisters, Jessie and husband Doyle Christian of Woodbury and Jeanie and husband Curtis George of Woodbury. Three brothers, Ray Ramsey of Sparta, Jimmy and wife Judy Ramsey of Liberty, and Charlie Ramsey of Nashville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

T.J. Young

Nov 23 2011

86 year old T.J. Young of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was a member of the Pomeroy Chapel Brethren in Christ, a retired truck driver, and a member of Teamsters Union Local 327. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. James Allen and Larry Steffee will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Athelene Hullett Young and parents, Nathaniel and Ida Jane Bates Young. Survivors include two children, Jackie and wife Patsy Young and Larry and wife Janie Evans all of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Neal Young of Smithville, Amanda and husband Brad Townsend of Hillsboro, Brad and wife Rhonica Evans of Smithville, Garry Evans of Texas, and Kerry and husband Stephen Gunter of California. Five great grandchildren, Jordan, Jacob, and Breanna Townsend and Brady and Neely Evans. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Bratten Bailiff

Nov 23 2011

88 year old Robert Bratten Bailiff of Dowelltown died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was a member and deacon of the Dowelltown Baptist Church. Bailiff was also a factory worker, farmer, and former owner of the Dowelltown Cash Market. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale and Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Bailiff was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Nesmith and Fannie Gertrude Huggins Bailiff; his wife, Louise Gibbs Bailiff; grandchildren, Jeff and Tara Frazier; daughter-in-law, Joyce Bailiff; son-in-law, Henry Frazier; and a brother, Fuson Bailiff. Survivors include four children, Bobbie and husband Harold Lanier of Mount Juliet, Robert Bratten Bailiff, Jr. of Alexandria, Ann and husband Garlon Frazier of Liberty, and Doris and husband Edward James of Liberty. Ten grandchildren, Kaye Lytle, Bob Lanier, June Keith, Gerald Bailiff, Ricky Bailiff, Tiwanda Hall, Garnette Taylor, Denise Griffith, Kerri Wiser, and Steven Frazier. Sixteen great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and a nephew, Gid Bailiff of Woodbury. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Clifford Jackson Trapp

Nov 22 2011

87 year old Clifford Jackson Trapp of Sparta died Tuesday morning at the Sparta Community Hospital. He was a farmer and a Baptist. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Corinth Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Terry and Avo Ellender Pedigo Trapp; his wife, Meadie Carter Trapp; four sisters, Clella Petty, Claudia Emberton, Cecil Billings, and Clara Trapp; and four brothers, Clarence, Clyde, Clester, and Charlie Trapp. Survivors include a daughter, Glinda and husband Clarence Todd of Sparta. Three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

David Lee Vanatta

Nov 20 2011

57 year old David Lee Vanatta of Woodbury died at his home on Saturday of a short illness. He was a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church and an employee of the Woodbury Farmers Coop. Vanatta was preceded in death by his father, Edward Vanatta and his foster aunt, Alevia Vanatta; and brothers, Jerry and Charles Vanatta. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Richard Williams will officiate and burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. Vanatta is survived by his wife, Brenda Davenport Vanatta of Woodbury. Three children, Tracy Vanatta of Jacksonville, Florida, Danny and wife Jo Ann Vanatta of Dowelltown and Vanessa and husband Vince Shrum of Woodbury. Three grandchildren, Dusty Vanatta, Corey Sherman, and Rebekka Shrum. Five sisters, Peggy Bissonette, Linda Davis, and Carolyn Neal all of Smithville, Pam Rice and Crystal Lloyd both of Smyrna. Sister-in-law, Judy Vanatta of Smithville. Step-mother, Josephine Vanatta of Smyrna. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Ray Cunningham

Nov 19 2011

55 year old Danny Ray Cunningham of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a concrete finisher. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be held later. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Barbara Posey Cunningham and a grandmother, Ruby Posey. Survivors include his fiance, Abigail Pierce of Smithville. Two children, Michael Cunningham of Washington, DC and Kevin Cunningham of Murfreesboro. A cousin, Bobby Ables of Fayetteville. Lifelong friends, Wayne and wife Kathy Nobles and Roger and wife Candace Childress and numerous other lifelong friends. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jane Alexander

Nov 19 2011

85 year old Jane Alexander of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a bookkeeper for Smithville Motors, a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, and a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Monday at noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dan Gulley and Tim Woodward will officiate and burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Nellie Elrod; husband, John Alexander; brother, Dorris Elrod, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean and Robert Alexander; brothers-in-law, Gene Mitchell and Ed Neely ; and a great nephew, David Wayne Alexander. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandye and Steve Hays of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Brett and wife Tara Hays of Murfreesboro and Shea and husband Derrick Colwell of Smithville. Four great grandchildren, Ashley and Amber Hays of Murfreesboro, and Erin and Emme Colwell of Smithville. Four sisters-in-law, Hattie Elrod of Porterfield, Jean and husband Robert Drewry of Murfreesboro, Waldean Mitchell and Hazel Neely of Murfreesboro. Several special nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp, David Wayne Alexander Scholarship Fund, or the Church of Christ building fund.

Bill Summers

Nov 17 2011

86 year old Bill Summers of Smithville died Thursday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War, and an auto worker with the Ford Motor Company. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. Bill Robertson and Mark Summers will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and from 12:30 p.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Bernard and Sarah Alta Summers; two brothers, P.E. and Dean Summers; and a sister, Jean S. Barry. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Audrey Summers of Smithville. A son, Mark and his wife, Nansi Summers of Waycross, Georgia. A daughter, Malia and husband David Laird of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Jason Allen Summers, Mark Adam Summers, Rachel Anne Guenther, Timothy Andrew Summers, Hope Abigail Summers, and Jack Famulski. Twelve great grandchildren. A sister, Janie Watson of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Wayne Braswell

Nov 10 2011

60 year old John Wayne Braswell of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a Baptist, and a self employed handyman and farm worker. A graveside service will be Thursday at noon at Mount Holly Cemetery. Michael Hale will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at which time the family will depart for the cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Houston and Hattie Velma Fisher Braswell; and brothers, George Thomas, Cordell, Otis B., Gene, Jimmy, and Joe Braswell. He is survived by a brother, James Braswell of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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