Obituaries

Opal Hale

Jan 24 2008

76 year old Opal Hale of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was retired from DeKalb General Hospital and a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dave Carden will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Mai Patterson; her husband, William "Junior" Hale; a sister, Erma Underwood; and a brother, Doris Patterson. Survivors include a brother, Carmon Patterson of Florida. Several nieces and nephews. Several great nieces and great nephews. Brothers-in-law, Austin Billings of Murfreesboro and Joe Underwood of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Lorene Hale, Martha Bluhm, and Evelyn Taylor all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Randall L. Geren

Jan 22 2008

86 year old Reverend Randall L Geren of Cleveland died Monday. He was an ordained minister in the Church of God and was an evangelist for over 20 years and served in pastoral ministry for over 35 years. He was a member of the North Cleveland Church of God and a member of the Unity Sunday School Class. Geren was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Melba Marie Geren; parents, Jim and Dovie Geren; two brothers, Rev. Gilbert Geren and James Geren; two sisters, Dorothy Gill and Mildred Neeley; one granddaughter, Jamie Marie Geren. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Linda Geren of Decatur. Two daughters and son-in-law, Charlotte Casteel of Cleveland and Tammy and Thomas White of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Rocky Casteel and wife, Stacey, Hollie Geren Rapello and husband, Paul, Randy Lewis Geren, Lacey Nicole Duke and husband, Patrick, and Lindsey Marie White. Three great grandchildren, Hannah Daily Casteel, Caroline Grace Casteel and Charlotte Marie Rapello. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The service will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the North Cleveland Church of God with Dr. G. Dennis McGuire, Mitch Maloney and Marshall Roberson officiating. Burial will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Grissom Funeral Home in Cleveland. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

John Tittle, Jr.

Jan 21 2008

73 year old John Tittle, Jr. of Dowelltown died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist and a mechanic. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Ben Fuston will officiate and burial will be in the Petty Cemetery. Vistation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John, Sr. and Lizzie Jennings Tittle; his wife, Helen Rogers Tittle; a son, William Tittle; a daughter, Rita Fay Tittle; two brothers, Henry and Jack Tittle; and three sisters, Rosie Murphy, May Tittle, and Betty Linnear. Survivors include three daughters, Lou Ann Wilkerson of Grant, Tennessee, and Darlene Cantrell and Teresa Hallback both of Dowelltown. Six sons, Thomas Tittle of Watertown, Joe Tittle of Smithville, James Tittle of Hickman, Raymond and Charlie Tittle both of Dowelltown, and Randy Tittle of Liberty. Ninteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren. Three sisters, Lee Cassity of Alexandria, Charlene Rogers of Watertown, and Ruth Linnear of Portland. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Frances Hale

Jan 21 2008

81 year old Mary Frances Hale of Dowelltown died Sunday night at DeKalb Community Hospital of an extended illness. She was a member of the Fuller's Chapel United Methodist Church, a retired factory worker, and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Perry Clayton, Donald Owens, and Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Hale was preceded in death by her parents, Rastis and Tinnie Lee Neal and a sister, Myrtle May Neal. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, James E. Hale of Dowelltown; a son, Randy Hale and his wife Trina Hale of Goodlettsville. Grandchildren, Christina and Vanessa Hale of Goodlettsville. A brother Paul and his wife Jean Neal of Liberty and a sister, Billie and her husband Houston Herman of Nashville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy R. Colburn, III

Jan 19 2008

40 year old Roy R. Colburn, III of Dowelltown died Saturday night at DeKalb Community Hospital from injuries he received in a traffic accident. He was employed by Tim's Truck Service and a member of the Church of God. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dewey Dyer will officiate and burial will be in the Cannady Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James B. McQueary; an uncle, Charles McQueary; and his step-father, Arzo Kennedy. Survivors include his wife, Anna Brown Colburn and two sons, Bradley and Brady Colburn all of Smithville. His mother, Sharon Kennedy of Dowelltown. His father, Roy Colburn, Jr of Georgia. His maternal grandmother, Helen McQueary of Dowelltown. A sister, Rhonda Cole and a brother, Stephen Kennedy both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home for burial expenses in lieu of flowers.

Thomas J. Adams

Jan 19 2008

78 year old Thomas J. Adams of Mount Juliet died Friday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was a Sumner County native and a factory worker. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Jeff Wilson will officiate and burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Jo Adams; his parents, Thomas Elzy Adams and Loni Frances Allen Adams; two sisters; and two brothers. He is survived by four children, Dennis and his wife Carlene Adams of Hermitage, Glenda and her husband Brodie Anderson of Old Hickory, Gayle Wright of Statesville, and Louann and her husband Dickey Sanders of Smithville. Sixteen grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren, and a sister, Lorena Watson of Tower Hill, Illinois. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Alma Dean Sorrell

Jan 15 2008

84 year old Alma Dean Sorrell of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a Protestant and a retired General Motors factory worker. A graveside service will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Michael Hale will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be no visitation on Sunday. The family and friends will gather at the cemetery for the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Allen and Annie Martha Malone Cripps; brothers, Wilson, James, and T.W. Cripps; and sisters, Katherine Martin, Lillie Chapman, and Gladys Kelley. She is survived by a son, Bob Rucker of Bowling Green, Kentucky. A grandson, Scott Rucker of Bowling Green, Kentucky. A sister, Grace Fish of Dayton, Ohio. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Cecil Edward McClain

Jan 15 2008

62 year old Cecil Edward McClain of Woodbury died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was retired from Vaught Aircraft and a member of the Poplar Hill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Viola Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Pearl Turner McClain and two sisters, Anita McClain and Marie Turner. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Driver McClain of Woodbury. Three sons, Kent McClain of Manchester, Danny McClain of Maine, and Marcus Grandstaff of Alexandria. One daughter, Shirley Tomlin of McMinnville. Eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and five brothers, Louis and Ricky McClain of McMinnville, Bill and Jay McClain of Smithville, and Jimmy McClain of Murfreesboro. Five sisters, Jo Ann Stubblefield of Florida, and Janie Certain, Georgia McCorkle, Mae Prater, and Mary Jernigan all of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gelaska Adcock

Jan 14 2008

87 year old Mrs. Gelaska Adcock of the Green Hill area of Warren County died Sunday at NHC Healthcare in McMinnville. Born in DeKalb County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Keltonburg Church of Christ. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Phillip Adcock, Danny Jones, and Teddy Jones will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Vennie Judkins McGinness; her husband, Ike Adcock; a sister, Frankie Luna; and her brothers, Dennis McGinniss and James Hugh McGinnis and two infant brothers. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lena and Burton Jones of the Green Hill area. Grandchildren and their spouses, Danny and Penny Jones of Lenoir City, Teddy and Amanda Jones of the Green Hill area, and April and Wes Winton of Winchester. Great grandchildren, Dreama Jones, Dana Jones, Dillon Jones, Breanna Jones, Danielle Gelaska Jones, Gabrielle Jones, and Julie Mae Winton. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willard B. Brown

Jan 14 2008

70 year old Willard B. Brown of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a carpenter for Hardaway Construction and a Baptist. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Al Mahan will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Enoch Hickman Brown and Nellie Nannie Stafford Brown; a sister, Anna Bell Ramsey; and a brother, Jimmy Brown. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Shoemake Brown of Smithville. Four sons, Darrell Brown of Smithville, Bob Brown of Michigan, Ricky Bowman of Gordonsville, and Tom Bowman of Cookeville. Four daughters, Pamela Whitehead and Kathy Knowles of Smithville, Karen Wettlaufer and Connie Madill of Michigan. Twenty one grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Two brothers, J.B. Brown of Celina and Freeman Brown of Smithville. Five sisters, Janie Shoemake of Baxter, Bobbie Ledbetter of Baxter, Betty Bryant of Cookeville, Jewel Bilbrey of Algood, and Emmline Chaffin of Baxter. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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