Obituaries

Carnell Walker

May 13 2016

Carnell Walker age 95 of Dowelltown passed away Wednesday night, May 11, 2016 at NHC Healthcare, in Smithville, TN. She was born November 8, 1920 to her parents the late William and Orie Oakley Bratten. In addition to her parents Ms. Walker was preceded in death by her husband Delton Walker and 2 brothers Frank (Betty) Bratten and Daws Bratten and 3 sisters Irene (Dawson) Colwell, Ollie (Elmer Lee) Cripps and Catherine (Sydney) Harpe. She was a shirt factory worker and a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be held 2:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Lee Neal officiating and burial to follow in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Friday 4:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 11:AM until time of service at 2:PM. Survivors include nephews Freddie (Linda) Cripps, Hugh (Patsy) Cripps, Wayne (Peggy) Harpe, Joe (Joyce) Colwell, Timmy (Hilda) Cripps; and nieces Ruth Ann (Paul) Kemp, Wanda Whited, Frankie Myrick, Faye Hankins, Barbara Via, Alma Dean Whited, Margie Whited, Sheryn (Horace) Temple, Adell (Randy) Estes; and sister in law Arnie Bratten. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Sherry Alice Faye Bensman

May 12 2016

40 year old Sherry Alice Faye Bensman of Alexandria died Monday at her residence. She attended the New Hope Baptist Church and she was an assembly worker at L&W. The funeral will be Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. Bensman was preceded in death by her father, Weston Ray Ashford; daughter, Hannah Powers; and grandmother, Macon B. Ashford. Survivors include her husband, Patrick Bensman of Alexandria. A son, Ethan Powers of Alexandria. A grandson, Roman Tyler Williams of Watertown. Mother, Geraldine Ashford of Alexandria. Brother and sister, Gary and Stacy Ashford of Alexandria and Mary and David Cole of Alexandria. Step children, Ashton Bensman, Taylor Bensman, and Tori Bensman. Nieces and nephews, Dakota, JD Ashford, Kayla, Carrie, Lorrie, Allison, and Dana Cole. Mother and father-in-law Pam and Patrick Ashford. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. James David Seber

May 12 2016
Dr. James David Seber

Dr. James David Seber age 50 of Sunbright, TN died Wednesday at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. Born Nov. 10, 1965, in Livingston, TN he was the son of Bro. Thurman and Laura Seber. David graduated as Salutatorian of the 1984 Class at Watertown High School and received his BA degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his medical degree from East Tennessee State Medical School. He was presently serving as Medical Director at the Morgan Co. Medical Center in Wartburg, TN. David is survived by his wife, Susan Walper Seber of Sunbright; children, Adam Jenkins of Harriman, Amanda (Nathan) Voyles of Madisonville, Ashley (Chris) Ballard of Maryville, Andrew, Aaron, Alex, Aiden and Addie Seber all of Sunbright; grandchildren, Koda, Hayden and Kayley Jenkins, Maddox Voyles, Aaliyah, Brooklyn, Callie and Kambreigh Ballard; parents, Bro. Thurman and Laura Seber of Alexandria; sisters, Peggy Leach of Alexandria and Sandy (Randy) Morris of Liberty; brother, Daniel (Amy) Seber of Smithville; nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Dr. Seber will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Sunbright First Baptist Church with Bro. Don Edwards officiating. Visitation at the church will be from 5 p.m till service time. Visitation in Watertown will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Prosperity Baptist Church with Bro. Herb Leftwich, Bro. Terry Geren and Bro. Mark Stinnett officiating. Pallbearers will be Dr. J.C. Wall, Jr. and the Deacons of Prosperity Baptist Church. Interment will be at the Prosperity Cemetery. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Taylor Maynard

May 10 2016
Lena Taylor Maynard

Mrs. Lena Taylor Maynard age 77 of Dowelltown and a DeKalb County native was born December 7, 1938 and passed away Monday evening, May 9, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center following a short illness. Lena was a retired dental assistant with Dr. Jerre Hale Dentistry, a homemaker and faithful member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Cleveland Columbus and Carrie Suzanne Summers Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Grady Taylor and Ralph Taylor; 4 sisters, Audrey an infant daughter, Virginia Hendrixson, Ellen Hendrixson, and Irene Judkins; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Melaine Maynard. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Edward Maynard of Dowelltown; 1 son, Edward Scott Maynard of Dowelltown; 2 sisters, Helen Stanley and Margaret and her husband, Earl Vanatta both of Dowelltown; 2 sisters-in-law, Joann (Billy) Smith and Margaret Bomstock; many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Thursday, May 12, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Mahan, Erick Bennett and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:AM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Whorton Springs Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Mrs. Lena. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Joel Thomas Hayes

May 10 2016
Joel Thomas Hayes

Joel Thomas Hayes age 38 of Dowelltown, passed away Monday morning May 9, 2016 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. Joel was born February 1, 1978 to his parents, Shirley Prater Hayes and the late Bobby "Blue" Hayes. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by 1 niece, Lindsey Hortert; maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lucille Prater and paternal grandparents, J.T. and Irene Hayes. He was a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church, 1996 graduate of DeKalb County High School and graduated Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing in 2009 and was a Ferrier. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Hayes of Dowelltown; sister, Lora (Tony) Hortert of Murfreesboro; niece, Rachel Hortert; 2 nephews, Christian and Garrett Hortert; lifetime companion, Karen McCormack; 2 aunts, Marcia (Bobby) Mayo of Woodbury and Barbara (Richard) Harris of Macon, GA. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial to follow in Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 2:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Herman "Peanut" Cross

May 10 2016

84 year old Herman "Peanut" Cross of Byrdstown died Sunday at his residence. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Wolf River United Baptist Church in Byrdstown. Burial will be in the Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Wolf River United Baptist Church and Thursday morning before the service at the church. He is survived by his wife, Betty Tompkins Cross of Byrdstown. Five sons, Danny and wife Sandy Cross of Byrdstown, Ricky and wife Brenda Cross of Byrdstown, Rob and wife Debbie Cross of Byrdstown, Michael Cross of Hendersonville, and Tony and wife Shelly Cross of Smithville. Two sisters, Allene and husband Wendell Crouch of Byrdstown and Geraldine Oliver of Sulpher Springs, Indiana. Thirteen grandchildren. Local grandchildren include Eli, Isaac, Ali, Silas, and Abby Grace Cross all of Smithville. Fifteen great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, and other family members survive. Brown Funeral Chapel in Byrdstown is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Henry Lee Puckett

May 9 2016

70 year old Henry Lee Puckett of Silver Point died Saturday at NHC of Cookeville. Puckett was retired and a member of the Willow Avenue Church of Christ. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 .m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Silver Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Puckett was preceded in death by parents, Dalton General and Cora Beatrice Bates Puckett. Seven brothers, Carl, William, Elbert, Ralph, Floyd, Winn, and Billy Puckett. Two sisters, Nancy Evelyn Puckett and Clara Mae Castro. Survivors include a sister, Lennie Jean LaPore and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Keith Wilkerson

May 8 2016

68 year old Bobby Keith Wilkerson of Lebanon died Saturday at Quality Care Health Care Center. He worked at Kraft Food in Sales for 28 years. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Jim Fox and Terry Little will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Ernest and Bonnie Trapp Wilkerson and a sister, Sandra Kay Wilkerson. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jane Wilkerson of Lebanon. Four sons, Joshua and Jessica Wilkerson of Manchester, Jason Wilkerson of Hermitage, John and Heather Wilkerson of Lebanon, and Matthew Wilkerson of Lebanon. Three grandchildren, Chase Wilkerson of Manchester, Aiden Wilkerson of Lebanon, and Wyatt Wilkerson of Lebanon. Four step grandchildren, Michael Newsome of Florida, Cody Newsome of Florida, Zachary Newsome of Florida, and Kane Snow of Manchester. Mother-in-law, Mary Evelyn Taylor of Smithville. One sister, Sarah Ann Brown of Smithville. Two nephews, Scott and Stuart Brown of Smithville. A host of other nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp or to the American Cancer Society.

James Lewis Humphrey

May 8 2016

James Lewis Humphrey age 51 of Liberty, died Friday at his residence. He was born Dec. 1, 1964 in Grand Rapids, MI, son of Lonnie D. Humphrey and the late Caryl Zwart Humphrey. James worked in the food service industry as a chef for O'Charley's Restaurant. He is survived by his wife, Tena Blackburn Humphrey of Liberty; children, Jamie Humphrey of Donelson, Jonathon Humphrey of Greenbriar, James Curtis Humphrey of Greenbriar, Jessica Humphrey of Hendersonville; stepsons, Jason Rodgers of Gordonsville and Justin Lea of Watertown; several grandchildren; father and stepmother, Lonnie and Carol E. Humphrey of LaVergne; brothers, Scott Wayne (April) Humphrey of California, Bruce Lee (Tabitha) Humphrey of Nashville; sisters, Betty (Joel) Levine, Kimberly (Tony) McLester, Kathryn (Wayne) Hammett all of Nashville; nieces and nephews. Funeral services 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home at Watertown with Bro. Tim Blackburn officiating. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Sunday and prior to services Monday. Interment at Hunter Memorial Park.

Dora Mangum Hutchings

May 5 2016

Mrs. Dora Mangum Hutchings age 83 of McMinnville, TN, died Wednesday, May 04, 2016, at her residence in McMinnville, TN. She was born February 07, 1933, in Smithville, TN, was a homemaker and a member of McMinnville First Baptist Church. Mrs. Hutchings was preceded in death by parents Jessie Brown and Novella Bond Mangum, granddaughter Jaclyn Colette Fletcher, sisters Elizabeth Cummings, Mildred Odom, Vella Blythe, and Lela Boileau and brothers Fred, Jimmy, Jack, Ferman, Herman and Gene W. Mangum, and John Van Hooser, and Bill Van Hooser.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years Joe M. Hutchings, children Joseph (Lorie) Hutchings, Patricia (Wesley) Suddarth, and Celia (John) Fletcher, grandchildren Wesley M. (Evonne) Suddarth, John Hunt Fletcher, Catherine Ashley Fletcher, Christa Mae Fletcher, Alyssa Claire Hutchings, and Jame Pryce Hutchings, and great-grandchildren Timothy Suddarth and Victoria Suddarth. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 07, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bo Hendrix and Rev. John E. Fletcher will officiate. Interment will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery. The Hutchings Family will receive friends Friday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Saturday from 10 A.M. until 11 A.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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