Obituaries

Jewel Young

Aug 25 2008

87 year old Jewel Young of McMinnville died suddenly Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired employee of Levi's and a Baptist. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Family members will officiate and burial will be in the Old Bybee Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Edmonds; her husband, Firman Edward Young; and a son, Ed Young. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Jean Young of Billings, Montana. Two daughters and a son-in-law, Janice and Jerry Womack and Joan Bozeman all of McMinnville. Another daughter-in-law, Wilma Jean Young of McMinnville. Grandchildren, Regina and Jeff Matheny of Rock Island, Sam and Felicia Young of McMinnville, Scott Young of Dandridge, Tennessee, Jeremy and Jennifer Womack of McMinnville, Melissa and Phillip Chockley of Naples, Italy, Wesley and Jamie Womack of McMnnville, Jacob Bozeman of Spring Hill, and Jared Bozeman of Spring Hill. Nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Aubrey F. Greer

Aug 23 2008

79 year old Aubrey F. Greer of McMinnville died Thursday at River Park Hospital of an extended illness. He worked as a police officer for 33 years for the City of McMinnville. He was also a farmer and a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville. Carl Smith and Jackie Matheny will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Ruth Mullican Greer; parents, Floyd N. Greer and Lula Ann Waller Greer Davenport; and step-father, Irvin Davenport. Survivors include a son, Gene Greer of McMinnville. A sister, Robbie D. Walker of Smartt Station. Four grandchildren, Nathan and his wife Tess Greer of Rock Island, Ryan and his wife Kayla Renee Greer of McMinnville, Joshua Greer of McMinnville, and Kayla Ruth Ann Greer of McMinnville. Two great grandchildren, Logan Greer and Hallie Greer of Rock Island. The family will receive friends Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Betty Lou Lankford Phillips

Aug 22 2008

69 year old Betty Lou Lankford Phillips of Brush Creek died Monday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was born in Defeated, Tennessee in Smith County, the daughter of the late Louova Craighead and Sealous Opral Lankford. She was married to Robert Doyle Phillips, who preceded her in death. A son, James Robert Phillips, also preceded her in death. She worked at the Alexandria Garment Plant and was a member of the Mount View Primitive Baptist Church in Smithville. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria, where the funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Paul Violet will officiate and burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Mount View Primitive Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Barbara Phillips of Carthage and William and Donna Phillips of Brush Creek. Grandchildren, Jonah Phillips and Carly Phillips both of BrushCreek. Step grandchildren, Rodney, Nelson, and Tanya LaPointe of Canada and Chris LaPointe of Brush Creek. Four brothers, Jack and his wife Carolyn Lankford, Neal and his wife Linda Lankford, Ebbie and his wife Cheryl Lankford, and Junior and his wife Anita Lankford. Two sisters, Dorothy Sircy and Mary Ruth Halliburton. Bass Funeral Homes, Avant Chapel in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Emmy Karoline Eaton

Aug 21 2008

Emmy Karoline Eaton, 21 day old infant daughter of Hugh and Shalyn Eaton of Smithville, died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. A graveside service will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Cemetery. Dave Carden will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. when the family will go to the cemetery for the service. In addition to the parents, the child is survived by grandparents, Larry and Lynn Eaton of Smithville, Starla Hash of Smithville, and Paul Jelskis of Lakeland, Florida. Great grandmothers, Rubbie Carter and Roberta Hash of Smithville. Aunts, Shara Cowan of Smithville and Sharlee Rymer of McMinnville. Several cousins also survive. The family has asked that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Ronald McDonald House or to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Matty Frances Cantrell

Aug 21 2008

77 year old Matty Frances Cantrell of Smithville died Wednesday at her residence. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 374 for 50 years. She was a Worthy Grand Matron and was selected to serve as Worthy Grand Ruth for the Tennessee Grand Chapter in Nashville. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Pafford and John Purdue will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. A public Eastern Star service will be held Friday at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Cantrell and parents, Clifton B. and Jodie White Cantrell. Survivors include a daughter, Gail C. Poss of Smithville. A granddaughter, Michelle Poss and her husband Clifton B. Sobel, Jr. of Murfreesboro. The First United Methodist Church Wednesday morning prayer group and Friendship Sunday School Class will be the honorary pallbearers.

John E. Dorton

Aug 20 2008

85 year old John E. Dorton of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a World War II veteran having served in the 6th Armored Division of Patton's 3rd Army. He was also a retired foreman at Genesco. A graveside service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Nickell Memorial Park Cemetery in Centerville. Dan Gulley will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Marie Luther Dorton. He is survived by daughters, Kay Dorton of Nashville; Ann and her husband Frank Hayes of Grass Valley, California; and Tina Denise Dorton of Smithville. Five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and sisters, Mary W. Duncan of Camden and Jean Larkins of Burns, Tennessee. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Elberta Christian

Aug 19 2008

88 year old Virginia Elberta Christian of Woodbury, and formerly of California, died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. She was a housewife and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Wyatte Christian; one son, Dayle Christian; a daughter, Gayle Gottschall; her parents, Albert Ray and Josaphine Fullington Roberts, and brothers and sisters. The body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at her daughter's home in Woodbury. Also, there will be a memorial service with burial of the remains in the Memorial Gardens in Napa Valley, California, at a later date. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and William "Shorty" Kellerman of Woodbury. One son, Darold Christian of Bakersfield, CA. Nine grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and eighteen great-great grandchildren also survive along with one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Russ Beasley of Richmond, Missouri. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hilda Bratten

Aug 15 2008

86 year old Hilda Bratten of Smithville died Thursday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was former owner of Bratten's Studio and Jewelry, member of the First Baptist Church, and member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and the Eastern Star. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. The body will be at the church Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bundy Bratten; parents, Alex and Beulah Hale Parker; and a brother, Reed Parker. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Trudi and Bill Kissiah of Georgia. Two grandchildren, Melanie Cumbee and Lisa Kitchens of California. Six great grandchildren, Josh, Justin, and Jeremy Cumbee of California and Jeffery, Noah, and Cherish Kitchens of Georgia. One great Goddaughter, Allison Williams of Memphis and a nephew, Reed Parker, Jr. of South Carolina. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosa Haller

Aug 14 2008

97 year old Rosa Haller of Silver Point died Wednesday evening at NHC of Smithville. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper- Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Maynard Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Survivors include a son, William Haller and two daughters, Floretta Anderson and Linda Durham. The Baxter Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia E. Pelham

Aug 12 2008

The funeral for 81 year old Georgia E. Pelham will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Kurk and her husband Allen and Johnnie Belinda Hurd of Cookeville One son, Ronald D. Pelham of Knoxville and a sister, Eva Dean Wright of Sparta. Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of the arrangements.

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