Obituaries

Myrtle Lee Luna

May 20 2017
Myrtle Lee Luna

72 year old Myrtle Lee Luna of Sparta died Thursday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Taylor Providence Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed puzzles, crafts, and she loved the Lord. The funeral will be Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Phillip Luna and Joe England will officiate and burial will be in the Taylor Providence Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service at 4 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rastus and Emma Lee Taylor Luna; a half sister, Rosetta Luna, and five half brothers, Rayburn, Otis, Randall, Wilbur, and Royce Luna. Survivors include caretakers and cousins, John and Jan Pittman and Martha England all of Sparta and several other cousins. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wayne Petty

May 17 2017
Wayne Petty

64 year old Wayne Petty of Smithville died Wednesday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a foreman with Rogers Group. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bryan Jones will officiate and a private burial will be in the Cantrell Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Petty. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Sue Petty of Smithville. One daughter, Dana and Jacob Davis of Dowelltown. One step-son, Barry and Kelly Martin of Cookeville. Four grandchildren, Kendall and Kloe Davis of Dowelltown, Taylor Martin of Smithville, and Hunter Summers of Brush Creek. Mother, Winnie Petty of Smithville. One brother, Randy Petty of Smithville. Three sisters, Treva and Terry Turner, Marlene Bly, and Rebecca Petty all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Thompson

May 17 2017
Mary Elizabeth Thompson

Mary Elizabeth Thompson age 89 of Alexandria died Wednesday morning, May 17, 2017 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville. Born Dec. 29, 1927, she
was the daughter of the late John Calvin Bly and Rosie Bennett Bly and was preceded in death by her husband, Pinkney O. Thompson in 1999;
sister, Willie Mae Bly and brothers, Hudson and Odell Bly. Mary is survived by her nieces, Shirley Ray, Margie Ball and Ida Mae Byrd; nephews, Danny and Larry Bly; great nieces and nephews and special friend, Clyde Allen Ray. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Visitation will be from Noon till service time on Friday. Interment will be at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Nellie Marie Ferrell

May 16 2017

Nellie Marie Ferrell, age 69, of Woodbury passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was a native of Dekalb Co.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Paul H. Ferrell of Woodbury; Daughter, Viva Gail Johnson of Smithville; 3 Grandchildren, Brad (Brandy) Johnson of McMinnville, Melissa Johnson of Cookeville, & Debra Johnson of McMinnville; Siblings, Jennie Herman of Smithville, Mary Chapman of Smithville, & Jo Helen Melton of La Vergne; 4 Great Grandchildren & 2 Step Great Grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jones Vernon Johnson & Mai Lawrence Johnson; and brothers, Willie, Frank, Fred, & Issac Johnson.

Mrs. Ferrell was a member of the Baptist church and was a seamstress at Colonial Corporation and Valdor. She loved flowers and working in her garden.

Funeral Services will be 3 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Aarat Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11 AM to 9 PM Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

Ronnie Cantrell

May 16 2017
Ronnie Cantrell

Ronnie Cantrell age 73 of McMinnville, passed away Monday evening, May 15, 2017 at NHC HealthCare in McMinnville. He was born October 23, 1943 to his parents, the late Gentry Lee and Elmer Dean Hall Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Darlene Haas and Regina Bates. Ronnie was a mechanic and the owner of Cantrell's Marine for 35 years and a member of the Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy Cantrell of McMinnville; 2 sons, Robbie Cantrell and Jeff (Julie) Cantrell both of McMinnville; 5 grandchildren, Payton Cantrell, Carter Cantrell, Cyndi Cantrell, Lilly Cantrell and Ella Cantrell; 2 brothers, Jerry Lee (Jane) Cantrell and Phillip (Marilyn) Cantrell both of Smithville. Three sisters-in-law, Louise Cantrell and Lillian (Brownie) Tittsworth all of Smithville and Lois (J E) Gay of McMinnville. One brother-in-law, Zollie D. Cantrell of Signal Mountain. Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Elder Paul Violet officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 1 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.

Jason Pankey, Jr.

May 15 2017
Jason Pankey, Jr.

Mr. Jason Pankey, Jr. age 82 of Smithville and a long-time resident of Murfreesboro, passed away Sunday afternoon at his residence. Mr. Pankey was born May 13, 1935 in Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Adcox Dickens. A graduate of Central High School in Murfreesboro and attended Middle Tennessee State for 2 years, he worked as a cabinet and furniture maker for Bell Brothers and then Haynes Brothers. He eventually opened his own business and built houses until his retirement. In his younger days, he enjoyed deer hunting with his friends and in retirement, his passion was fishing. Mr. Pankey was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Navy Seabees for 31 years and was a member of the Murfreesboro First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jo Faulkner Pankey of Smithville; 1 son, Jason Pankey, III and wife, Mary of Murfreesboro; 2 grandsons, Jason Isaac Pankey and Ryan Nathaniel Pankey; special friends, Jeff and Susan Goldstein and family; several nieces and nephews in the Middle Tennessee area also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Isaac Gray and Tommy Webb officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery with Military Honors by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Tuesday 4 PM until 8 PM and Wednesday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Justin Potter Library, in memory of Mr. Pankey. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Violet Marie Trimble

May 13 2017
Violet Marie Trimble

Violet Marie Trimble age 51 of Rock Island, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. She was born August 26, 1965 to her parents, the late Claude "Toad" Trimble and Wanda Morris Trimble Roller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, William "Bauldy" Roller and sister, Rhonda Murphy. She was disabled. Survivors include 1 sister, Wendy (Greg) Moss of Alexandria; 2 brothers, Claude Trimble and William "Bear" (Kathy) Roller both of McMinnville; 7 nieces and nephews, Brittany (Jason) Musick, Heather Beacham, Braydon Woodlee, CJ Murphy, Ashlee (Nathan) Thomason, Whitney (Andy) Brelje and Allen Moss; several great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3 PM Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Nathan Thomason officiating and burial to follow in the Morris Family Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3 PM. 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 arrangements.

Harrison "Sonny" Biles, Jr.,

May 12 2017

Smithville, TN resident and Warren County, TN native Harrison "Sonny" Biles, Jr., age 87, was born September 20, 1929 and died May 10, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness.

A retired supervisor with Arnold Engineering Air Force Base in Tullahoma, TN, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of East End Drive Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Harrison E. and Catherine Spurlock Biles, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by first wife, Bobbie Northcutt Biles; brother, Bobby Biles; sister, Josephine Crabtree; and great-granddaughter, Tyneisha Bell.

He was married December 31, 1994 to Jean Stokes Biles of Smithville, TN. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Harrison Eugene (Jessie) Biles, III, Paul Biles, Billy Biles, and David Biles all of McMinnville, and Leroy (Steve) Biles of San Antonio, TX; five step-children, Timothy Tubbs of Washington, D.C., Gregory Tubbs of Cookeville, TN, Anthony (Angela) Tubbs of Smithville, TN, Darla (Stephen) Whitaker of Smyrna, TN, and Shaun Tubbs of Smithville, TN; devoted granddaughter, Charlisa Woods; brother, George Biles of Nashville, TN; four sisters, Frankie Dalton, Marjorie Martin, Sally (Frank) Smith, and Barbara Biles all of McMinnville; twenty-two grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; life-long friends, Robert "Bub" Bonner and Phillip "Buddy" Smith; a host of nieces, nephews and church family; and special niece, Mary Sanders.

Funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at East End Drive Church of Christ with Burnes Lyons and Phillip Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery with full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.

Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Poss

May 10 2017
Wanda Poss

76 year old Wanda Poss of Smithville died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Hospital. She was a Baptist, President of Woodsmen of the World of Smithville, retired Senior Citizens Director, and she was retired from Kingston Timer. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donnie Kelly will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyce Vickers and Gertie Bluhm Vickers and Bobbie Vaughn Turner. Survivors include a son, Byron Poss and Donnell, two grandchildren, Keshia Poss and Westly Poss all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Jim Brazier

May 10 2017

Mr. Jim Brazier age 79 of Liberty, passed away Wednesday morning, May 10, 2017 at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon. He was born July 14, 1937 to his parents, the late Harmon and Violet Mae Turner Brazier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Earlene Campbell and Alvarene Brazier Holloway. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, farmer and a member of The Way. Mr. Brazier is survived by his wife, Sharon Brazier of Liberty; 3 children, Steven Phillips of Wyoming, Teresa Sloat of Watertown and Brian Do of Liberty; 1 grandson, Matthew Phillips; 2 sisters, Mable Holloway of Tullahoma and Onevia Brazier of Decherd. The family of Mr. Jim has honored his request to be cremated and there will be no services held. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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