Obituaries

Sandy Sanders Wheeler

Oct 22 2014

Sandy Sanders Wheeler age 42 of Smithville passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Nashville. Sandy was born September 14, 1972 to her parents, Chester and Patricia Neal Sanders. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Sanders. She was a CNA. She is survived by 3 daughters, Tiffany (Adrian) Gallegos of Smithville, Brittaney (John Barber) Wheeler of Smithville and Haley Wheeler of McMinnville; 3 Grandchildren, Christopher Gallegos, Jasmine Gallegos and Gabriella Barber; parents, Chester and Pat Sanders; 2 sisters, Tammy (Jason) Chapman and Vanessa Freeman both of Smithville and brother, Jeffery (Courtney) Sanders of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday October 23, 2014 at People's Pentecostal Church (5008 McMinnville Highway) with Bros. Thomas Hewell and Michael Hale with burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 2:PM until 8:PM and on Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. All visitation will be held at the People's Pentecostal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Toy Ray Taylor

Oct 20 2014

Toy Ray Taylor, age 82, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at Dekalb Community Hospital E/R. He was a native of Dekalb County.

He is survived by The Love of His Life, Mary Hughes of Smithville; Daughter, Amy Rae (Chris) Byrd of Murfreesboro; Granddaughter, Emma Rae Byrd of Murfreesboro; Brother, George Brent (Gail) Taylor of Smithville; and Sister, Norma Malone of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, U.B. & Cora Hendrixson Taylor; and Sisters, Nellie Darse Waggoner and Sadie Tallent. He was a retired carpenter.

Graveside Services will be at Odom Cemetery at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 with Bro. Hunter Hay officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 9:00 to 12:30 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Woodbury Funeral Home.

Elsie Dutton Bryson

Oct 19 2014

Elsie Dutton Bryson, age 88, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Woodbury Health Care. She was born in Dekalb Co., but lived most all her life in Cannon Co.

She is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Bobby) Francis and Debbie (Van) Cheatham of Auburntown; Sister, Betty Kent of Portland, TN; 5 Grandchildren, Greg Francis, John (Kim) Francis, Jason Francis, Ethan Bryson, and Sara Beth (Martin) Sandes; 5 Great Grandchildren, Jonathan (Amanda) Francis, Jennifer Francis, Callie Francis, Lucas & Camila Sandes; 4 Great Great Grandchildren, Brooklyn, London, Allison, & Waylon Francis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest & Julie Norton Dutton; Husband, Willie Howard Bryson; Son, Timothy Howard Bryson; Siblings, Solon, Walter, & Floyd Dutton, Lura Fey, Altie Milligan, and Wilma Cason. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress at the Auburntown Shirt Factory.

Funeral Services will be 2 pm Monday, October 20, 2014 with Bro. Rick Lee officiating. Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 9 Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Woodbury Funeral Home.

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

Ralph Montgomery

Oct 15 2014

Mr. Ralph Montgomery, age 85 of Alexandria, TN passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville, TN.

Ralph was born November 7, 1928 in Buffalo Valley, TN, the son of the late Haskell and Gladys Maxwell Montgomery. He was also preceded in death by Two Sisters; Ruth Daniels and Ruby Mantick. Mr. Montgomery served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1955 and worked at Genesco for 35 years until his retirement.

Mr. Montgomery is survived by Two Sons; Kevin (Karen) Montgomery of Antioch, TN and Kenneth Montgomery of Clinton, TN. Five Grandchildren; Chris Montgomery, Shawn Montgomery, Trey Montgomery, Lance Montgomery and Jessica Sullivan. Sister; Mary Crook of Liberty, TN, Three Brothers; Jerry (Alma) Montgomery of Dowelltown, TN, Carl (Lois) Montgomery of Temperance Hall, TN, and Larry (Jenny) Montgomery of Liberty,TN.

Funeral Services for Mr. Montgomery are scheduled to be conducted 1PM, Thursday, October 16, at Avant Funeral Home. Bro. Wilson Williams will officiate and Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Montgomery family will be held at Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2PM to 8 PM and on Thursday after 10AM until service time at 1PM.

Mary Pearl Hooper

Oct 14 2014

76 year old Mary Pearl Hooper of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Methodist and a former machine operator at Valdor. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Hooper; parents, Robert and Clara Driver Medley; son-in-law, Austin Strickland; and a brother, Ray Medley. Survivors include two daughters, Diane Strickland and Natasha Thaxton both of Smithville. Two sons, Bobby and wife Terri Hooper of Smithville and Michael and wife Teresa Hooper of Tullahoma. Four grandchildren, Jimmy Bain of Smithville, Nikki Hooper of Tullahoma, Travis Baisden, and Vanessa Freeman of Smithville. Five great grandchildren, Kennedy Thaxton and Karlee Knapp both of Smithville, Kimberleigh, Michael, and Chayse Freeman all of Smithville. One brother, Robert and wife Barb Medley of Smithville. Sister-in-law, Leona Herman of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart or Lung Societies.

Mr. Allie Bates

Oct 12 2014

75 year old Mr. Allie Bates of Smithville died Friday at NHC of Smithville. He was retired from the sanitation department with the City of Smithville. The family has chosen direct cremation. Bates was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Maudie Rene and Harlon Bates and a son, Alan Jackson Bates. Survivors include a son, James Bates of Nashville. A brother, Harlon and wife Frances Bates and three sisters, Kathy and husband Ernest Edge, Louella and husband Eddie Stanley and Ethel Ann Pinegar all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

Hobert Elmore Jackson

Oct 10 2014

Mr. Hobert Elmore Jackson, age 100, of McMinnville, TN, died Friday, October 10, 2014, at Raintree Manor. He was born on January 08, 1914, in DeKalb County, TN, was a retired fireman with the McMinnville Fire Department, a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge in Morrison, and a member of Newtown The Baptist Church. Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Jefferson and Martha Henderson Jackson, wife Berniece Marcum Jackson, brothers Odas Jackson, Elbert Jackson, and Albert Jackson, and sisters Ressie Jackson, Arlena Luna, Nota West, Allie Jackson, and Letha Poore.

Survivors include children Brenda (Doug) Jones of McMinnville, Don Jackson of McMinnville, and Paul (Cyclene) Jackson of Virginia, grandchildren Jim Blankenship, Donna Overall, Jeremy (Carla) Jackson, and Jennifer Jackson, great grandchildren Justin, Cody, Abagail, Rachel, Alec, and Adain, and brothers-in-law Alton (Pearl) Marcum and Earl Marcum. Many nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

Funeral service is 1 PM Monday, October 13, 2014, at Spring Hill The Baptist Church. Cody Hollman will officiate. Interment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery in White County. The Jackson Family will receive friends from 1 PM until 8 PM Sunday and again from 11 AM until 12 PM Noon Monday at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Ed L. Eaton

Oct 9 2014

Ed L. Eaton, age 84 of Lebanon, TN and a native of Alexandria, TN, was taken Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from Summit Medical Center in Hermitage and received by heavenly angels and taken to his father’s home. Ed was born April 30, 1930 to Tommy and Elizabeth McMillen Eaton in Alexandria. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Eaton. He was a graduate of Watertown High School where he played football and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was employed with the Wilson Farmer’s Co-Op for thirty five years.

He is survived by the love of his life for sixty three years, Sue Williams Eaton; three sons: Edward (Linda) Eaton, Randy “BoBo” (Debbie Jo) Eaton, Mike Eaton; grandchildren: Katie (Jeremy) Pitman, Mary Grace Eaton, Randy Eaton, Jeremy (Jane) Howard; great-grandchildren: Kimberly and Blaine Pitman, Kaia and Abegayle Howard.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. from the Immanuel Baptist Church, 214 Castle Heights Ave. Lebanon, with Pastor John Hunn officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Alexandria. Members of his Wilson Farmer’s Co-Op family will serve as Honorary and Active Pallbearers. Visitation Friday 3-8 p.m. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Lebanon and Saturday after 9 a.m. at the Immanuel Baptist Church.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.

Allie Attress Johnson Hudson Cantrell

Oct 8 2014

Mrs. Allie Attress Johnson Hudson Cantrell, age 95 of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Cantrell was born December 30, 1918 in DeKalb County to the late Ike Davis Johnson & Era Mai Rigsby Johnson. She was a retired shirt factory worker. She loved to quilt and it was a treat for anyone that visited her home to enjoy her cooking. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by husband Layron Hudson; son Malcolm Hudson; granddaughter Kim Ward; grandson Joe Dewayne Dickerson; siblings Wilson, Ruby, Henry, Ellen, David, Harvey and Jody.

Survivors include her two daughters Mary (Doug) Stafford and Larona (Joe) Dickerson all of Sparta

Grandchildren: Jeff (Sherry) Stafford, Gina (Bill) Phelps, Jack Stafford and Veronica Cantrell

Great-grandchildren: Chris Abston, Josh Smith, James Michael (Tasha) Teeples, Miya Clark, J.D. (Darlene) Stafford, Bridgette Stafford

Five great-great grandchildren

Several nieces and nephews also survive

Funeral services will be 11:00am Friday, October 10, 2014 in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Johnson's Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-8:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home. L.D. Anderson will officiate.

Mary Frances Foster

Oct 8 2014

79 year old Mary Frances Foster of Smithville died Tuesday. She was a member and Pastor of the Pentecostal Emmanuel Bread of Life. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Roger Grissom and Sue Hutchinson will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Foster was preceded in death by her parents, Cridner and Nancy Martin; a son, David B. Hale; a daughter, Oleda Kerr; two brothers, Aubrey Denon Martin and George H. Martin; and four sisters, Nonnie Hawkins, Cornelia Braswell, Elsie Choate, and Geneva Wooden. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Lewis Foster of Smithville. Two daughters, Doretta and husband Jerry Hutchins, Sr. of Smithville and Donna Swain of Memphis. Four grandchildren, Jerry, Jr. and Laura Hutchins of Dowelltown, Jerretta and Terry Certain of Murfreesboro, Christian and Leslie Phillips of Illinois and Hunter Swain of New York. Seven great grandchildren, Joel Certain of Knoxville, David Hutchins of Liberty, Katlin and Lindsey Hutchins of Dowelltown, Grace Certain of Murfreesboro, and Owen and Sean Phillips of Illinois. Two special friends, Sherry Brannon and Marilyn Mashburn of Smithville and three special caregivers, Carolyn Dyer, Mina Lions, and Jessie Mashburn. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family has asked that donations please be made to the Emmanuel Bread of Life Building Fund.

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