Obituaries

Mary Frances Mayfield

Oct 6 2014

91 year old Mary Frances Mayfield of Alexandria died Sunday at NHC of Smithville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Jeff Ford will officiate and burial will be in the Fitzpatrick Cemetery in Celina. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Lorene Wood. She is survived by nieces, Doris and husband Jimmy Mulinax of Alexandria and Joyce Anderson of Alabama. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eunice Minnear Banks

Oct 6 2014
Eunice Minnear Banks

Eunice Minnear Banks, 83, went home to meet the Lord on Saturday, October 4, 2014, surrounded by loved ones at her daughters home. Mrs. Banks was born on July 23, 1931, in DeKalb County to Lonnie and Beulah Pedigo Minnear. She married the love of her life Woodrow Banks on August 8, 1948 and for the next 55 years they walked through this world together. Woodrow told her when she was 8 years old, and he was 16, that he was going to marry her one day and two weeks after she turned 17 he came home from Detroit where he had been working, and they went to Georgia and got married. He was a foreman at Chrysler Corporation, but she would not go back to Michigan with him so he became a farmer and she worked at the local shirt factory except for a period of time when they owned the City Café on the Smithville Square.

In 1971 she quit work at the factory when her first grandchild was born and after the grandchildren were all in school, she worked at Hartman Luggage for ten years and then retired to take care of her great grandchildren, who were the center of her world. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and tending her many flower beds, but most of all she enjoyed going to church and working for the Lord. She was a prayer warrior, kindhearted and well loved and respected by friends and family. She was a member of New Life Untited Pentecostal Church and one of the original founders of Laurel Hill United Pentecostal Church in 1970. Where she taught Sunday School for many years.

In addition to her parents and husband, Eunice was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Banks Young Puckett; two sisters, Reba Shehane and Helen Leftrick; and two brothers, Lewis Minnear and Eurbye Minnear. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Wayne Hill. 5 Grandchildren-Dava (Russell) Pedigo, Terra (Tad) Turner, Tiffany Hendrixson, Misty Shehane all of Smithville, Josh (Stephanie) Young of McMinnville, 13 Great Grandchildren-Drew and Alex Pedigo, Maggie and MacKenley Turner, Brayden and Lauren Shehane all of Smithville, Allen Faux of Murfreesboro, Emma and Deering Hendrixson of Burns, TN, Blaine Blankenship, Preston and Gracie Young, Kolby Simons of McMinnville, 1 Brother-Donald (Peggy) Minnear of Smithville, 1 Sister-Marilyn Caldwell of Smithville, several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and her church family.

A Going Home Service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the New Life United Pentecostal Church, 860 South Congress Boulevard. Visitation with the Banks family will be on Monday from 10am until 8pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, and on Tuesday from 10am until the time of the service at 2pm at the New Life United Pentecostal Church. Brothers Dwayne Cornelius and Clayton Neal will officiate with burial following at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life United Pentecostal Church in honor of Mrs. Banks.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

Favour is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Johnny Ray Hancock

Oct 1 2014

54 year old Johnny Ray Hancock of Liberty died Tuesday at Alive Hospice Center in Nashville. He was a self employed carpenter. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Hancock, Sr. and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Alice Hancock of Liberty. Three children, Jerald Hancock of Watertown, Jennifer Hancock of McMinnville, and Brandon Hancock of Liberty. One granddaughter, Lanae Hancock of Watertown. Three brothers, three sisters, and several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the funeral home to help with burial expenses. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Auston Corley Wood

Oct 1 2014

27 year old Auston Corley Wood of Smithville passed away Tuesday September 30, 2014 at his residence. Auston was the son of the late Hugh Wood and Cindy Stobart of Gassaway. He was self- employed and a member of New Life United Pentecostal Church. Memorial Service will be held 2:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dwayne Cornelius officiating. Visitation with the family will be Saturday from 12:PM until time of the service at 2:PM. He is survived by his wife Stacey Wood of Smithville; Children: Kaitlyn Wood, Bauss Wood, Adam Hicks and Legend Wood all of Smithville; Mother: Cindy Stobart of Gassaway; Brother: Billy (Angie) Smart of Texas; Father and Mother-in-law: Shane & Michelle Walker of Smithville; Sister-in-law: Kelley Walker of Smithville. In Lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Carolyn Redmon Minnear

Sep 29 2014

Judy Carolyn Redmon Minnear age 69 of Smithville passed away Sunday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was born November 29, 1944 to her parents, the late Joseph Redmon and Stella Moore Redmon Clark. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, George Clark; Special friend, Eurbye Minnear; Sisters, Ida Mai Benoit and Virginia Herron; Nephews, David Ray Redmon, Russell Herron and Woody Minnear. She was a retired factory worker. Judy is survived by her daughter, Tracey Minnear of Smithville; 2 brothers, David Redmon and J.R. Redmon both of Smithville; 9 Nieces and Nephews, Greg (Letita) Herron, Eddie Herron, Angelia (Dennis) Trapp, Richard (Tanya) Redmon, Seberina (Mark) Welsh, Wetonia "Sissy" Redmon, Tammy (Bill) Questguard, Joey Minnear and Eugene Minnear; Brother-in-law, Donald (Peggy) Minnear of Smithville; Several great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Donald Minnear officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday from 1:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Javin Brown Cripps

Sep 28 2014

83 year old Javin Brown Cripps of Mount Juliet and formerly of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a Baptist, a member of the Berryville Baptist Church in Old Hickory, and a self employed general contractor. The funeral will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Lenard Herman and Chad Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Cripps Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Tuesday at the Mount Moriah Church from 10:30 a.m. until the service at 12:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy, Sr. and Myrtle Jones Cripps and a sister, Nannie Rose Miller. Survivors include five children, Gayle Cripps of Carthage, Alfred Cripps of Murfreesboro, Jason Cripps of McMinnville, Angie Snow of Murfreesboro, and Jeff Cripps of Mount Juliet. Twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Brothers and sisters, Frank Cripps, Marie Ford, Troy Cripps, Jr., and Judy Williams and Connie Cripps. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Muskopf

Sep 25 2014

80 year old Kenneth Muskopf of Smithville died Thursday at NHC of McMinnville. He was a Christian, a Mason, and a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran. He was also a foreman at Porcelain Industries. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Steve Puckett will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Dorothy Muskopf and a brother, Leonard "Pete" Muskopf, Jr. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Melissa Muskopf of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Garrett Muskopf of Smithville, and Kellen and Axyl Chalfant of Smithville. One brother, Darrell Muskopf of Illinois. A host of nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann Marie Mulloy

Sep 25 2014

Ann Marie Mulloy, 81, of Gassaway passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at St. Thomas Hospital.

She is survived by her Son, Randy (Nancy) Mulloy of Liberty; Daughter: Beth Powers of Gassaway; Grandchildren: Courtney Powers, Shelby and Callie Mulloy; Step Grandson: Nick (Crystal) Gristy; Step Great Grandchildren: Alyssa, Kaylee & Zachary Gristy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard J. & Ethel Pugh Kidwell.

A member of the Gassaway Church of Christ, she was a retired School Teacher for 32 years with Cannon Co. Schools. She loved to cook and read. She collected glassware and antiques.

Funeral Services will be 2 pm Sat., September 27, 2014 at Gassaway Church of Christ with Bro. John Barker officiating. Interment will follow in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 10 am until 9 pm Friday, September 26, 2014 and 8 am until 1:15 pm Sat.

Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenny L. Rhody

Sep 25 2014
Kenny L. Rhody

49 year old Kenny L. Rhody of Smithville passed away Wednesday afternoon at his residence. Kenny was born July 26, 1965 to his parents the late Billy Rhody and June Taylor Rhody. Kenny was a former Smithville Police Officer, DeKalb County Volunteer Fireman and a DeKalb County School Board Member from 2002 until 2014. He was a member of the Smithville Church of God. Survivors include his daughter, Cora Beth Rhody of Smithville; granddaughter, Aydalyn Elizabeth Cook of Smithville; mother, June Rhody of Smithville; brother, Myron (Cindy) Rhody of Dowelltown; nephew, Colton Rhody of Smithville; 2 uncles, Jimmy Taylor of Dowelltown and Boyd Rhoady of the Green Hill Community; special cousin, Jan Taylor of Dowelltown. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Saturday, September 27 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Donnie Kelly and Jeff Armstrong officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In addition to flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Smithville Church of God Building Fund.

Margaret Tramel

Sep 24 2014

52 year old Margaret Tramel of Smithville died Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Webb's Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Kenneth Clayton and David Tramel will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Tramel; parents, Jeff and Ollie Durham Mears; and a brother, Aubrey Mears. Survivors include a daughter, April and husband Ryan Hawkins of Readyville. One son, Travis Tramel of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Kyra Agee, Justus, Jaya, and Jaiden Tramel and Kylee Davis all of Smithville. Eight sisters, Edna Young, Florene Cox, Treva and husband Paul Hutchins, Maggie Lance, and Joyce Davis all of McMinnville, Laura Davis of Smithville, Anita and husband Joe Reed of Woodbury, and Roberta Collins of Shelbyville. Five brothers, Thomas and wife Dorothy Mears, Johnny and wife Valerie Mears, James and wife Faye Mears, Charlie Mears all of McMinnville and George Mears of Woodbury. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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