Obituaries

Nickey Reese, Jr.

Sep 27 2017
Nickey Reese, Jr.

Nickey Reese, Jr. age 32 of Graysville, TN and a former resident of Smithville, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. He was born March 18, 1985 to his parents, Nickey Reese, Sr. and Remega Combs Nelson. He was preceded in death by 2 children, Adara and Kaiden Reese; 2 sisters, Leighanne Cripps and Michelle Beasley. He was a Baptist and a carpenter worker. Nickey is survived by 2 children, Kaylor and Meigabella Reese of Graysville, TN; mother and step-father, Remega and Kelly Nelson of Graysville, TN; father, Nickey Cantrell and companion, Melinda Stembridge of McMinnville; maternal grandmother, Mary Halferty of Dayton, Ohio; 1 brother, Brandon Reese of Splendora, Texas; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Thursday, September 28, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 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.

Jimmie Edgar Merriman

Sep 26 2017
Jimmie Edgar Merriman

Mr. Jimmie Edgar Merriman age 69 of Buffalo Valley, passed away Saturday night at Cookeville Regional Medical Center ER. He was born December 5, 1947 to his parents, the late Jack and Nettie Miller Merriman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 half-brothers, Edsel and Kenneth Kilgore. Jimmie was a member of Faith Chapel Church and a farmer. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Merriman of Buffalo Valley; 2 daughters, Pauline Ervin and Norma Ervin both of Smithville; 1 sister, Ruby Young of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Banks Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Hoyte Odom

Sep 25 2017
 James Hoyte Odom

87 year old James Hoyte Odom of Smithville passed away Sunday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church and he was retired from the Doctor's Building. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dr. John Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pascal and Maude Gilreath Odom; a son, James Edward Odom; and two sisters, Gladys Knowles and Elene Hayes. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joann Pack Odom of Smithville. A son, Richard and Jann Odom of Alabama. Two daughters, Regina Odom of Smithville and Renee Odom of Georgia. Three grandchildren, Chad and Julie Hendrixson of Smithville, Ashley and James Sward of Hendersonville, and Olivia Odom of Alabama. Two great grandchildren, Maggie Hendrixson of Smithville and Leena Pifer of Georgia. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangement. Donations may be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church.

Gladys Marie Fitts

Sep 24 2017
Gladys Marie Fitts

77 year old Gladys Marie Fitts of Brush Creek passed away Friday at the Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. She was a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria and was a retired machine operator at Work Wear Factory. The funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Fitts was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Willie Biggs Stafford; husband, James Fitts; daughter, Melissa Jackson; granddaughter, Brittany Fitts; brother, Richard Stafford; and sisters, Dora Stafford and Margaret Cline. Survivors include a daughter, Melinda and Tim Robertson of Brush Creek; sons, Michael and Porta Fitts of Maryland, Mickey and Lori Fitts of Illinois; grandchildren, James Fitts and Aaron Fitts of Maryland, Meghan Fitts and Briley Fitts of Illinois, Chad Robertson of Brush Creek, and Derek Robertson of Smyrna. Four great grandchildren. Brothers, Elbert Stafford of New Middleton and Willie Stafford of Westmoreland. Sisters, Cora Dillard of Portland, Mabel Mooneyham of Kentucky, and Kathy Clark of Hartsville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Phylis Knox Thompson

Sep 22 2017
Phylis Knox Thompson

80 year old Phylis Knox Thompson of Dowelltown passed away Thursday at St. Thomas West in Nashville. She was a homemaker. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. She was preceded in death by her husband James Knox; her parents, Frank and Eula Rasncick Adair; brother, Frank Adair, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Nate Ward and nephew Charles Wingo. Survivors include three children, James Knox, Sherri and Scott Carroll and Robert Knox; siblings, Nancy Adair Wingo, Wilma Adair Ward, W.K. and Deloris Adair and Robert and Sandy Adair; grandchildren, Jessica and Rino Hernandez, Joe Knox, Scott Carroll, Jr., Erin and Josh Turner, Joseph and Megan Carroll, and Robert Knox, II; Great grandchildren, Grace Naron, Aidan and Liam Turner, Ethan and Grayson Hernandez and Alexis Carroll. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Phyllis Knox Thompson Memorial Fund at Regions Bank in Smithville.

Harold Gray Taylor

Sep 22 2017
Harold Gray Taylor

80 year old Harold Gray Taylor of Mount Juliet passed away Thursday at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon. He was owner and contractor for Mount Juliet Home Builders, a member of Big Brothers of Mount Juliet, and the Silver Springs Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Russ Stevens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Vella Rhea Taylor and parents, Charles Edward and Verdie Hayes Taylor. Survivors include three children, Larry Douglas and Sandra Taylor of Murfreesboro, Jennifer and David Smith of Lebanon, and Lisa and Ed Spurlock of Hendersonville. Grandchildren, Brandon and Shawna Taylor of Christiana, Brandie and Nathan Pendergrast of Murfreesboro, Rebecca Sampson and fiancé Kenny Simons, and Daniel Sampson all of Lebanon, Andrew Spurlock and Audrey Spurlock both of Hendersonville. Great grandchildren, Maggie Beth Taylor and Madison Taylor both of Christiana and Kayleigh Joy Pendergrast of Murfreesboro and brother-in-law, Bill and Dee Cantrell of Alabama. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carol Ann Storie

Sep 21 2017
Carol Ann Storie

Carol Ann Storie age 65 of Smithville, passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born December 31, 1951 to her parents, the late Donald and Opal Manis Skeen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 son, James Casey Reagan and 1 brother, Bob Skeen. Carol was a member of Covenant Baptist Church and worked as a secretary in the automotive factory industry. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 33 years, James W. "George" Storie of Smithville; 7 children, Christie (Sean) Driver of Liberty, Scott (Dana) Reagan of Lafayette, James Bryan Storie of Smithville, Stephen Wayne Storie of Murfreesboro, Christopher Todd Storie of Smithville, Troy Lee Storie of Livingston, Tamara (Jason) Murphy of Smithville; 13 grandchildren, Garrett, Luke and Ben Driver, Stephen (Kaitlin) Reagan, Shawn Reagan, Nicholas Reagan, Dylan (Kayla) Reagan, Natasha (Chris) Pryor, William, Matthew and Nathaniel Storie, Nixon and Addison Murphy; 4 great-grandchildren, Casen Reagan, Nora, Brody and Camilla Pryor; 1 brother, Mike Skeen of Cowan, IN; 1 half-brother, Larry Matheny of Muncie, IN. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, September 24, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason and Bro. Kenneth Clayton officiating and burial to follow in the Clark Cemetery in Byrdstown with Bro. Tommy Davis officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 5 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Robbie Geraldine Curtis

Sep 20 2017
Robbie Geraldine Curtis

Robbie Geraldine Curtis age 89 of Watertown died Tuesay morning, Sept. 19, 2017 at Quality Health Care in Lebanon. Born Sept. 29, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Delbert Denton, Sr. and Willie Ola Hickey Denton. Jerry was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Van Curtis in 1997. She was a 1946 graduate of Watertown High School and a retired employee of DeKalb Telephone. She is survived by a daughter, Vickie Barrett of Birmingham, AL; sons, John L. (Becky) Curtis of Marietta, GA and Todd (Mary Lee) Curtis of Watertown; grandchildren, Jennifer Amanda Barrett of Hanceville, AL and Kyle Allen Curtis of Watertown; great granddaughter, Bella Michelle Whipple of Birmingham, AL; and brother, Delbert (Kay) Denton, Jr. of Lebanon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services Thursday. Interment at New Hope Cemetery.

Henry Elzie Cantrell

Sep 19 2017
Henry Elzie Cantrell

95 year old Henry Elzie Cantrell of Smithville passed away Tuesday at NHC Smithville. He was a farmer, Baptist and a Veteran of World War II. The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Phillip Summerford will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Eunice Young Cantrell. Twelve siblings, Effie Head, Ruth Binkley, Jeffie Humphrey, Resie Taylor, Horace, Jr. Cantrell, Fate Cantrell, Arlie Cantrell, Doris Cantrell, Leslie Cantrell, James Cantrell, Gentry Cantrell, and Charles Cantrell. Survivors include a sister, Ethel Redmon of McMinnville. Two brothers, Dennie Cantrell of McMinnville, Billy and Linda Cantrell of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Union cemetery fund.

Johnnie Lee Davis, Jr.

Sep 19 2017
Johnnie Lee Davis, Jr.

Johnnie Lee Davis, Jr. age 45 of Rickman, passed away Sunday morning, September 17, 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born July 29, 1972 to his parents, Johnny Lee Davis, Sr. and Margaret Hensley Davis. Johnnie was a nursery worker. He is survived by 4 children, Megan Harchenko of Sparta, Chris Davis, Brittany Zimmerman and Kayla Ervin all of Smithville; 8 grandchildren, LeSean, Saraya and Lyric Harville, Kwan Harchenko, Carson and Canaan Davis, Brantley and Lincoln Cameron; mother, Margaret Davis of Rickman; father, Johnny L. Davis, Sr. of Smithville; 3 sisters, Sheila Davis of Rickman, Angela Thompson of Baxter and Crystal Murphy; 1 brother, James Davis of Alabama. The family has honored Johnnie's request to be cremated and a memorial service will be held 11AM Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Nathan Thomason officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 10AM until the time of the service at 11AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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