Obituaries

Norma Keaton

Mar 12 2008

81 year old Norma Keaton of Alexandria died Tuesday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Brush Creek Baptist Church. Wayne Jamison and Robert Amason will officiate and burial will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. The Keaton family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the Brush Creek Baptist Church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service time at 11:00 a.m. She is survived by three children, Lorie and her husband Jim York of Alexandria; Jeffery and his wife Jennifer Keaton of Smithville; and Jocelyn Keaton of Liberty. Seventeen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren survive. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Edward Ray

Mar 12 2008

72 year old Paul Edward Ray of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a truck driver. A memorial service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The family has requested that all donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, in lieu of flowers, to help with burial expenses. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Myrtle Ray and two sisters, Ruby Layne and Bessie Conway. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Ray. Two daughters, Lisa Ray and Carla Ray both of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Nikkie and Amber Bain of Smithville, and Jayra Muncey of Smithville. One sister, Laury Hinkel of Pikeville, Kentucky. Two brothers, Orville Ray of Dorton, Kentucky and Hollis W. Ray of Daytona, Florida. A son-in-law, Jimmy (Rooster) Martin of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Emogene and her husband Arnold Bailey of Smithville and Arvid and Dorothy Turner of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Sain Barry

87 year old Jean Sain Barry of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired teacher at the L.B.J.&C. Head Start Center and a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithville First United Methodist Church. John Perdue will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Sarah Tramel Summers; two husbands, Brown Sain and Wilson Barry; and two brothers, P.E. Summers and Dean Summers. Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Audrey Summers of Smithville. One sister, Janie Watson of McMinnville. Two nieces, Sallie and her husband Gregory Lewis of Brentwood, and Malia Famulski of Illinois. Two nephews, Larry and his wife Mary Nell Summers of Smithville, and Darryl and his wife Tracy Watson of McMinnville. Several great nieces and nephews also survive. The family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations please be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church building fund. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Clara L. Schmidt

Mar 12 2008

77 year old Clara L. Schmidt of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired factory worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Schmidt and a brother, Sonny Martin. Survivors include children, Donna and her husband Gerald Christensen of Nevada, Peter and his wife Carol Schmidt of New Jersey, Alice Knight of Smithville, and Wendy and her husband Jeff Conners of Utah. Grandchildren, Tina Jones, Michael Knight, Christopher Knight, Jason Knight, Afton Brimhall, Landon Conners, Whitney Conners, Dawnmarie "Blais" Gomas; and a brother, Jimmy Martin of Massachusetts. The family has chosen direct cremation. No visitation or services will be held at this time. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

V.L. Wilson

Mar 11 2008

89 year old V.L. Wilson of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was owner/operator of Holmes Creek Boat Dock and a member of the Covenant Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bobby Colvert and Danny Fish will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. A Masonic Service will be held Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Amanda Lewis Wilson; a son, Don Wilson; and a sister, Vera Driver. Survivors include his wife, Callie Fuson Wilson of Smithville. Two daughters, Joyce Ann Hale and Paulette Mooneyham both of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Mark Wilson, Craig Hale, Kevin Wilson, Crystal Tisdale, Kandy Fish, and Tina Young all of Smithville. Eighteen great grandchildren, Byron Puckett, Amanda Wilson, Christen Hale, Nicholas Hale, Heather Dowell, Daniel Wilson, Jenna Wilson, Ryan Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, John Caldwell, Tiffany Hutchens, Ashley Mooneyman, Andrew Hutchens, Bridget Hutchens, Elizabeth Chalfant, Danny Fish, Jr., and Brandy Fish, and Kayla Fish. Several great great grandchildren also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that all donations please be made to the American Heart Association, in lieu of flowers.

Doyle Phillips

Mar 10 2008

76 year old Doyle Phillips of Brush Creek died Sunday at Alive Hospice Nashville. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Paul Violet will officiate and burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 1:00 p.m. Phillips is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty Lankford Phillips of Brush Creek. Two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Donna Phillips of Brush Creek and Jerry and Barbara Phillips of Carthage. Grandchildren, Jonah Phillips and Carly Phillips both of Brush Creek. Step grandchildren, Rodney, Nelson, and Tanya Lapointe of Canada and Chris LaPointe of Brush Creek. Memorials may be made to the Mount View Primitive Church in Smithville. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Walter Gray Foster

Mar 10 2008

60 year old Walter Gray Foster of Smithville died Saturday night at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was a member of the Spring Street The Baptist Church, a Mason and member of the Liberty Lodge #77, and he was retired from Carrier. The funeral will be Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Barry Whittaker, Robert Pollard, and James Wright will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 4:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Jackson and Lucille Young Foster; his first wife, Martha Ann Foster; a step-daughter, Vivian Garrison; and a brother, Jimmy Kenneth Foster. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Foster of Smithville. A daughter, Kathy and her husband Kirt Martin of Smithville. A step-son, Tallis and his wife Nancy Cantrell. Grandchildren, Ryan Herron, Shannon and Kim Pirtle, Chad Pirtle, and Talisa Cantrell. Brothers, Claude Eugene Foster of Smithville; Aubrey and his wife Mary Foster of Morris, Illinois; Joe Thomas and his wife Sue Foster of Smithville; and Donald Ray and his wife Linda Foster of McMinnville. A sister, Juanita and her husband Charlie Agee of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Stacey Foster and Glenda Winchester both of Smithville. Brothers-in-law, Len Gay of Virginia and Ken Gay of Indiana. DeKalb Funeral Chalel is in charge of the arrangements.

J.M. Cantrell

Mar 7 2008

75 year old J.M. Cantrell of Smithville died Friday at the Summit Medical Center in Nashville. He was a member of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a farmer. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan and E.H. Denman, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; 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 parents, Herbert Aaron and Maggie May Messick Cantrell and a brother, Herbert Cantrell, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean Cantrell of Smithville. Three children, Jada, Stefan, and Kyle Cantrell all of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Delena and Sayla Cantrell. Two sisters, Bessie Delene Webb of Smithville and Mary Priest of Crossville. Several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Hoyte Hale of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Adelyn Jackson

Mar 7 2008

79 year old Adelyn Jackson of Brush Creek died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Hickman Baptist Church. Donald Elmore and Robert Dewitt Agee will officiate and burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery. The Jackson family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at the Hickman Baptist Church from 12:30 p.m. until the service time at 2:00 p.m. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Marily and James Gorski of Murfreesboro and Elaine and Charles "Bud" Inman of Brush Creek. Four grandsons, Joshua and Brandi Morgan of Fort Lewis, Washington; Jonathan Morgan of Murfreesboro; Chris and Leann Inman of Riddleton; and Brent Inman of Cookeville. Great grandchildren, Briona Inman and Drew Inman. Step great grandchildren, Hali Woodard and Hunter Woodard. Two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry Ford and Lillia Mae Thomas of Columbia and Lewis Carol and Mary Lou Thomas of Pennsylvania. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Karl Lee Gothard

Mar 7 2008

74 year old Karl Lee Gothard of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was retired from the L & N Railroad and he ran a cattle operation for many years. He was a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church and the Tennessee Limousine Association. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, W.L. "Lee" and Athon Taylor Gothard and two sisters, Sarah Frances Chamberlain and Georgia Johns. Survivors include a son, Randy and his wife Joy Gothard of Cookeville. Two daughters, Martha Jane Partridge of Lebanon and Sarah Smith of Brentwood. Six grandchildren, Brittany Gothard of Kodak, Adam Gothard of Cookeville, Matthew Beard of Lebanon, John and Luke Partridge of Lebanon, and Abby Smith of Brentwood. One brother, Walter Gothard of Nashville. Two sisters, Alice McClairy of Nashville and Lillian Rice of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that all donations please be made to the Smithville First Baptist Church building fund, in lieu of flowers.

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