Obituaries

Willie Lee Rigsby

Apr 21 2015

Willie Lee Rigsby age 88 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was born December 12, 1926 to his parents, the late Martin Luther and Sallie Ann Pack Rigsby. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, May Rigsby; son, Dennis Rigsby; brother, Elijah Rigsby and sister, Ruby Cook. Willie Lee was a self-employed used automotive dealer, member of Liberty Lodge #77, member of Spring Street The Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. He is survived by 1 brother, Jackie (Frances) Rigsby of Smithville; daughter-in-law, Lenda Rigsby of Smithville; grandchildren, Shannon (Dale) Garner of McMinnville and Tommy (Susanne) Rigsby of Oregon; great-grandchildren, Piper Rigsby, Steven Garner and Canaan Garner; brother-in-law, Marvin Gooch of Kentucky; sister-in-law, Mary (Robert) Birch of Kentucky; 2 nieces, Vicky Smith and Lori Ann Nokes; 1 nephew, Jackie Darrell Rigsby; special friend, Jimmy Taylor of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Thursday, April 23, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Frazier and Mike Carpenter officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 3:PM until 9:PM and Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Jack Preston McGuire

Apr 17 2015

80 year old Jack Preston McGuire of Smithville died Friday morning at NHC of Smithville. He was a former truck driver for Pirtle's Nursery. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dan Gulley will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 1-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. McGuire was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Della Colvert McGuire; a son, Jack McGuire, Jr.; a grandson, David Crook; a brother, a Dan McGuire; and a sister-in-law, Velma McGuire. Survivors include his wife, Sue Sadler McGuire of Smithville. A son, Eddie and wife Frances McGuire of Smithville. Daughter, Renee and husband Bobby Eldridge of Silver Point. Seven grandchildren, Megan and Jeremiah Jones both of Silver Point, Gavin Eldridge of Cookeville, Grant and Maggie McGuire both of Tullahoma, Austin Rouchefort and Angela Turner both of Smithville. Great grandchild, Toni Lynn Jones of Silver Point. Daughter-in-law, Sheri McGuire of Tullahoma. Sister, Ruth and husband Doston Caplinger of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Light House Christian Camp.

Donny Eugene Dodd

Apr 16 2015

Donny Eugene Dodd age 76 of Alexandria, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Eugene was born in Dekalb County, son of the late Harrison and Jennie Mai Hale Dodd. He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Eugene Dodd; brothers, Henry and Calvin Dodd; sisters, Annie Lee Smith, Dexie Thorne and Lucille Plariee. He was a farmer and avid coon hunter. Eugene is survived by his wife, Judy Walton Dodd of Alexandria; children, Judy (Woody) Dodds of Castalian Springs, Keith (Connie) Dodd of Lebanon, Donna (Monty) Martin of Watertown, Kim (Joey) Edwards of Lebanon, Tim Dodd of Alexandria; stepchildren, Wanda (Adam) Mathis of McMinnville and Roy Murphy of Smithville; grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Jodene Atnip of Watertown; nieces and nephews. Funeral services 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Atnip officiating. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Thursday and prior to services Friday. Interment at Hunter Memorial Park.

Margaret Ann Robinson

Apr 14 2015

73 year old Margaret Ann Robinson of Birmingham, Alabama and formerly of Smithville, died Thursday, April 9 after a short illness. She was an active member of the Metropolitan Church of God in Birmingham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim Solan and Roberta Snow Robinson, and her brother-in-law, John Reeves. She is survived by her sister, Jimmye Lynn Reeves.

Robinson was a 1960 graduate of Smithville High School. She worked in Nashville for a few years at the Executive Club, and was a long-time sales person at Lou Ann's Fashions after moving back to Smithville. In 1986, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama and worked many years at First General Lending, Pinnacle Bank, and for Crest Cadillac.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 18 at the First Baptist Church in Smithville at 1:00 p.m. with Ralph Vaughn officiating. Visitation will begin at 12 noon.

Gregory Scott Redmon

Apr 14 2015

Gregory Scott Redmon age 57 formerly of Watertown, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at his residence in Smithville. Scotty was born January 20, 1958 at Dibrell, son of Kenneth Mack Redmon and the late Sylvia Estes Redmon. He was a 1976 graduate of Watertown High School and was employeed as a carpenter and carpet installer. Scotty is survived by his son, Justin Redmon and fiancee', Ashton of Smithville; grandson, Conner Issac Redmon; father, Mack Kennth Redmon of Murfreesboro; sister, Kathy Phillips of Watertown; brother, Sammy (Teresa) Redmon of Murfreesboro; brother-in-law, Troy Phillips of Watertown; nieces and nephews, Kaitlyn (Naaman) Stillwell, Samuel Redmon and Dalton Phillips; great nephew, Braxton Redmon; aunts, cousins and many friends. A Memorial Service to celebrate Scotty's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Visitation will be from Noon till service time on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for Scotty's new grandson, Conner.

Robbie Dean Taylor

Apr 7 2015
Robbie Dean Taylor

Mrs. Robbie Dean Taylor age 83 of Dowelltown, passed away Monday April 6, 2015, due to injuries received in an automobile accident. She was born September 1, 1931 to her parents, the late Otis Grant and Bonnie Bessie Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Granddaughter Rachel Underhill, Great Grandson Trace Underhill, and Father of her Children Reed Turner. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a retired factory worker from Precision Rubber and a homemaker. She is survived by 2 Children, Mildred Hembree of Cookeville, and Judy White of Lebanon; 2 Grandchildren, Ken Underhill, and Stacey Watson; 3 Great Grandchildren, Zack Underhill, Tyler Underhill, and Ezra Watson. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday 2PM April 9, 2015 at Dekalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. B.J. Thomas and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Taylor Cemetery. Visitation with family will be on Wednesday 4PM until 8:PM and Thursday 12:PM until the time of service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Taylor Cemetery or The Ronald McDonald House. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Carl Lynn Sifford, Sr

Apr 6 2015

Rev. Carl Lynn Sifford, Sr., age 87 of Smithville passed away Monday April 6, 2015 at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. He was the son of the late Robert Lee and Ella Tipton Sifford. He was a retired Church of God minister having preached for over 60 years and was ordained as a Bishop, he was a member of Church of God in Johnson City, TN and attended the Smithville Church of God. Rev. Sifford was also a U.S. Navy Veteran. In addition to his parents Rev. Sifford was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn Sifford; 1 Son: Stephen Sifford; 1 Brother: Bobby Sifford; 1 Sister: Daisy Stewart. Funeral services will be held 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Danny Evans officiating. Graveside services and internment will be held Thursday at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville, S. Carolina. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 4:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until time of the service at 2:PM. Survivors include 3 Sons: Carl (Sue) Sifford, Jr., Ron (Patsy) Sifford both of Smithville and Calvin (June) Sifford of Douglasville, GA.; 8 Grandchildren: Melissa Friday, Michelle Ramirez, Carla Sue Madewell, Brandon Sifford, Kendra White, Jason Sifford, Jeana Lowe. Tracey Russell; 21 Great Grandchildren; 1 Brother: Herman (Betty) Sifford of Albany, GA. In lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to the Church of God Tennessee Home for Children in Sevierville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Young

Apr 3 2015

56 year old Michael Young of Dowelltown died Friday morning at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a Baptist and a construction worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Brian Jones will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m.. Young was preceded in death by his father, Jake Young. Survivors include his wife, Georgia Tramel Young of Dowelltown. A son, Nelson Young and daughter, Ashley Young; and two grandchildren, Cody Goff and Wyatt Young all of Smithville. Mother, Dorothy Caldwell Young; a brother, Timothy Young and sister, Rena Young all of Dowelltown. A half brother, David Vanatta of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Willie Harrison Cantrell

Apr 1 2015

Mr. Willie Harrison Cantrell age 64 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday morning at DeKalb Community Hospital ER. He was born December 6, 1950 to his parents, the late Leslie Harrison and Sally Louell Driver Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Rose Marie and Betty Lou Cantrell. He was a retired maintenance man with Smithville Furniture and was a Methodist. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bessie Lee Crook Cantrell of Smithville; 2 children, Lori Fox of McMinnville and Jack Harrison Cantrell of Murfreesboro; 2 grandchildren, Brandon and Jonathan Cleavenger;; 2 brothers, Kenneth and Danny Cantrell of Smithville; Special friend, Doug Boyd. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday, April 2, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Dean Eunice Claudean Stanley

Mar 31 2015

Dean Eunice Claudean Stanley age 84 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday morning March 31, 2015 at NHC HealthCare in Smithville. She was born April 30, 1930 to her parents, the late Jim and Beulah Campbell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Stevie Stanley; 2 brothers, Jessie Campbell and Tracy Campbell. She was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and worked side by side with her husband on the farm. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, James E. Stanley of Smithville; 1 daughter, Paulette (Randy) Bain of Smithville; 1 son, Steve Stanley of Smithville; 4 grandchildren, Lori (Manuel) Ramirez, Paul (Amy) Stanley, Jamie (Arturo) Ramirez, Tammy Moser; 13 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jimmy Douglas Campbell of Murfreesboro and Tilman Moss Campbell of Alexandria. Graveside services and interment will be conducted 11AM Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Blues Hill Cemetery with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 12 Noon until 7PM and Thursday 9AM until 10:30 at which time Mrs. Stanley's remains will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Guyana Mission Fund at the Smithville Church of Christ, in memory of Mrs. Dean. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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