Obituaries

Tammy Ann Vanatta

Jan 14 2016
Tammy Ann Vanatta

Ms. Tammy Ann Vanatta age 55, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at her home.

Ms. Vanatta was born November 20, 1960 in Lebanon, TN, the Daughter of Barbara Ann Smith Vanatta and the late Clyde Vanatta, who preceded her in death on November 22, 2003. Tammy was saved on September 21, 1982 and was a member of the West Main Baptist Church. She loved her church dearly. Tammy worked at Dillard’s and Prichard’s Grocery for numerous years, and worked at the Alexandria Café for 17 years. She loved life, kids, and worked hard. Tammy touched numerous lives and will be dearly missed.

Tammy is survived by Mother; Barbara Vanatta of Alexandria, TN. Sister; Teresa (Tom) Lynch of Alexandria, TN. Brother; Richie Vanatta of Statesville, TN, and Nephew; Kameron Vanatta of Statesville, TN.

Celebration of Life Services for Ms. Vanatta are scheduled to be conducted from the Sandlin Center at the Alexandria Fairgrounds on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 2PM with Bro. Dusty Desimone and Bro. Ben Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in the Simpson Cemetery.

Visitation with the Vanatta family will be held at the Avant Funeral Home on Saturday from 10AM until 8PM and at the Sandlin Center at the Alexandria Fairgrounds on Sunday from 10AM until the time of the service at 2PM.

The Vanatta Family requests that you attend Tammy’s funeral dressed as you remembered Tammy, such as: Hippie, Vintage, Vandy Fan, 49ers Fan, Steelers Fan, Elvis, Halloween, James Taylor, Hall & Oats, Donna Summers, the Beetles, or any others.

In lieu of flowers, the Vanatta Family requests memorials in Tammy’s memory be made to the West Main Baptist Church.

Clarence Royce Neely

Jan 12 2016

Mr. Clarence Royce Neely age 81 of Smithville passed away Tuesday morning, January 12, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born November 11, 1934 to his parents, the late Wallace Neely and Elsie Patton Neely Bell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Thelma Cope, Christine Cantrell and Dorothy Jean Adcock; 2 great-grandchildren, Peanut Scott and Jeffrey Pasley. Mr. Clarence was a faithful member of Covenant Baptist Church where he served as Choir Director, a Garment Factory Executive, was in the Tennessee National Guard for 12 years, Mason and member of Liberty Lodge #77, Scottish Rite, and a Shriner. He is survived by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Walteen Neely of Smithville; son, Kevin Royce (Rexanna) Neely of Smithville; 6 grandchildren, Matthew Royce Neely, Erica Denise Neely, Jeremiah Joseph (Monique) Pasley, Tabatha Marie Pasley, Jeffrey Daryl (Holly) Pasley and Matthew Allen Pasley; 8 great-grandchildren, Malachi Royce Neely, Jericho Zachariah Neely, Jeremy Scott Fink, Dominic Leon Pasley, Landon Pasley, Miah Pasley, Elijah Scott, Sideny Scott, Skylar Scott; 1 brother, Bryan (Jo Ann) Neely of McMinnville; 2 sisters, Vivian Vickers of Cookeville and Karen (Vernon) Goines of Manchester. There will be a Masonic Service conducted 7:PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Friday, January 15, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating and burial to follow in Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 11AM until 8:PM and Friday 10AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Shriners Children Hospital. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Loring Banks, Jr

Jan 9 2016

Charles Loring Banks, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 at Vanderbilt Hospital. He was born in Smithville, TN on January 21, 1952 and was 63 years old. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1976 and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He worked with his father-in-law at Pulaski Pure Milk Co. for several years. He was a resident of Tuscumbia, AL for the last 30 years. He was owner of Party Pack in Littleville for 25 years. He previously owned several other businesses in the area: Charlie’s Place, Paradise Video, Charlie’s Auto Parts, and Bills Café. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m at Colbert Memorial Chapel in Tuscumbia, AL with a memorial Service to follow in chapel. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Pulaski, TN.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Ann McPeters Banks and his mother and father, Anna Ruth and Charles Loring Banks, Sr.

He is survived by his son, Phillip Loring Banks; sisters, Freda Pinagar (Kenneth), Ann Palmer (Jerry), Joy Whitman (Trent); brother, Timothy Banks (Angela); sister-in-law, Janice Arnette; nephews, Brad, Josh, Jason, Anthony and Aiden; nieces, Courtney and Autumn.

Colbert Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

You may sign our on- line registry at www.colbertmemorial com.

This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Clarence Bilbrey

Jan 9 2016

Mr. Clarence Bilbrey, age 88 of Smithville, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016 at his residence. He was born May 1, 1927 to his parents, Fletcher and Lula Walker Bilbrey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael David Bilbrey; 6 brothers, Thurman, Luther, Clyde, Haskell, Fred and Dewey Bilbrey and 1 sister, Edna Short. Clarence was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church and a self-employed construction worker. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Cola Dean Bilbrey of Smithville; Daughter: June Bilbrey (Bill) Benson of Smithville; Son: Mark (Karen) Bilbrey of Florida; Grandchildren: Franklin (Jenny) Baker, Robin Baker, Jeremy Bilbrey, Brandi Bathon, Dustin Bilbrey, B.J. Bilbrey; 1 Sister: Ethel Blaylock; 1 Brother: Roy Bilbrey; 11 Great-Grandchildren; 3 Great-Great Grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bernard Houk officiating. Graveside services will be conducted 1:30 at Harris Chapel Cemetery in Rickman. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. A complete obituary will be announced on Monday. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wanda Lee Knox

Jan 9 2016

63 year old Wanda Lee Knox of Liberty died Friday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was a member of the Dowelltown Baptist Church, the Red Hat Club, and a Whirlpool Customer Service employee. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Richard Petty will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim George Fish and Una Lee Vanatta Fish; four sisters, Joyce White, Jewell Kennedy, Nettie Nokes, and Gloria Chapman. Three brothers, Freddie Fish, Don Fish, and L.D. Fish. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Jeff Knox of Liberty. Two sisters, Georgia and Jerry Emerson of Michigan and Kathy and Bobby Vaughn of Murfreesboro. Two brothers, J.C. and Charlene Fish of Jackson, Tennessee and Charles and Dot Fish of Murfreesboro. Special niece, Teresa Pyles of Liberty and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe I. Taylor

Jan 9 2016

Joe I. Taylor age 84 of Smithville went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 7, 2016. He was born to his parents Issac and Hattie Jewell Tisdale Taylor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Brothers: Roy, Johnny, Bob and Dan Taylor; Sisters: Myrtle Taylor, Elsie Lynch, Clara Nixon, Onie Durham, Ruby Mullican and Julie Ervin. Joe was a retired factory worker, self employed furniture salesman and a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church for 73 years. Survivors include his wife of 50 years Helen Taylor of Smithville; 2 Sisters: Oma Taylor of Smithville, Audrey Snyder of McMinnville; Sister-in-law: Hazel Taylor of Smithville; Special Niece: Dean (Fred) Judd of Smithville; 2 Brothers-in-law: Harold (Barbara) Hale, Jimmy (Jacque) Hale both of Smithville; Many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 2:PM Sunday January 10, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Terry Fesler and Mike Carpenter officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 11:AM until 9:PM and Sunday 10:AM until time of funeral at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Sue Bell Jones

Jan 5 2016

Mrs. Sue Bell Jones age 71 of McMinnville, TN, died Monday, January 04, 2016. She was born September 13, 1944 in Warren County, TN, was a private sitter in healthcare and was a member and Sunday School teacher at Friendship The Baptist Church. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by parents Otis Haskell and Hazel Glenn Martin, Sr., first husband Glen E. Bell, and sister Judy Ann Martin.

Survivors include her husband Lane Jones, children Martin (Lisa) Bell, Deanna (Jeff) Smith, and Mendie (Brent) Craven, step children Greg (Amy) Jones and Angela (Bill) Coleman, sister Nadean (Kenneth) Brown, brothers Ollis (Mary Frances) Martin, Haskel Martin, Doug (Carol) Martin, and Otis (Sylvia) Martin, Jr., grandchildren David Craven, Brynn Craven, and Marlee Smith, step grandchildren Andrew Coleman, Jonathan Coleman, Bailey Jones, Madison Jones, Morgan Jones and Bryson Davis, and special friend Claudine Ray. Several nieces, nephews, family members and friends also survive.
Funeral service will be 1 PM Thursday, January 07, 2015, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Tim Pack, Darrell Cantrell, and Brent Craven will officiate. Interment will follow at Webb Cemetery with prayer by Jason Brown. The Family will receive friends Wednesday from 4 PM until 8 PM and again Thursday from 10 AM until 1 PM at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com

24-Hour Obituary information Line is 931-473-5700.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 931-473-6606.

Paulette Stanley Bain

Jan 4 2016

Paulette Stanley Bain age 66 of Smithville, passed away Sunday night January 3, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born April 25, 1949 to her parents James and the late, Dean Campbell Stanley. Paulette was a faithful member of the Smithville Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for over 30 years, she was a retired nurse that gave her all to her patients she cared for. She is survived by her husband, Randy Bain of Smithville; daughter, Tammy Moser of Antioch, TN; father, James Stanley of Smithville; brother, Steve Stanley of Smithville; Special niece, Karem Coker of Berry, AL; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Larry Bain of Smithville; special friends, Joanie Williams, Rita Lankford and Margaret Ferrell. Funeral services for Paulette will be 12 Noon Thursday, January 7, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 12 Noon until 7:PM and Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 12 Noon. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Missionary Fund at the Smithville Church of Christ, any Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hazel Lee Felts

Jan 3 2016

86 year old Hazel Lee Felts of the Johnson's Chapel Community of DeKalb Co. passed away Saturday morning at her home. She was retired from BJ Apparel and attended the Johnson's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will held on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Tim Jared will officiate & burial will follow at Plainview Cemetery in White County. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 5-8pm & Monday from 10am until the service time at 1pm. Ms. Felts is preceded in death by her Husband, H.C. Felts. Parents, Harvey & Kathryn Elrod Harris. Son, Charles Felts & daughter-in-law, Geraldine Felts. 3 grandchildren, Charles Jr. & Chris Felts & Ty Bohannon. Brother, Darnell Harris & 3 sisters, Alvaree Holland, Louise Henderson & Donvall Puckett. Survivors include 1 daughter, Debbie & Lonnie Hitchcock of Sparta. 1 son, Harvey & Glenda Felts of Smithville. 3 grandchildren, Melody & Tim Anderson of Smithville, Lindsay & Todd Hasty of Sparta & Brandon Bohannon of Sparta. 3 great grandchildren, Macy & Justin Nokes of Smithville, Dakota Dexter of Murfreesboro & Savannah Dexter of Cookeville. She was a loving wife, mother & granny. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Johnson's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in memory of Ms. Hazel

Clyde Phillip Jones

Jan 3 2016

Clyde Phillip Jones age 100, passed away on January 1, 2016 at his residence. He was a native of Dekalb County, but has lived in Murfreesboro since 1962. He was a Church of Christ preacher, farmer and also worked in the auto repair business. He was a 1934 graduate of Liberty High School. He was a member of the Salem Creek Church of Christ. Clyde served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a Sergeant in the 45th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Buldge. While serving in the Army he received the following declarations: Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, European Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal with 3 Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He is survived by his wife of 78 years, Opal M. (Cripps) Jones, son Larry (Gail) Jones of Phoenix, AZ, sons Michael and Roger Jones of Murfreesboro, and daughter Debbie (Jim) Fuller of Murfreesboro; 6 grandchildren, Karen (Frank) Soto of Edgewood, NM, Susan Jones, of Phoenix, AZ, Brian (Carole Ann) Jones of Las Vegas, NV, Kevin Jones of Murfreesboro, Josh (Jessica) Fuller of Gallatin, TN, and Victoria (Jason) Melhorn of Murfreesboro; and 9 great grandchildren, Dalton, Hunter, Matthew, Sidney, Riley, Leah, Greysen, Averie, and Jaxson. He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. Jones and Hassie May (Smithson) Jones, daughter-in-law Shirley G. Jones, granddaughter Angela (Jones) Maraschiello and sisters Bessie (Jones) Bell and Jessie (Jones) Adamson.

Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home. A chapel service will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 4, 2016 at Jennings & Ayers with Ron Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Milton Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends and family will serve as active pallbearers. Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home, 820 S. Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please online condolences for the family at www.jenningsandayers.com

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