Obituaries

Viella Thomas Estes

May 21 2007

86 year old Viella Thomas Estes died Tuesday at Short Mountain after a short illness. She was a Cannon County native and a resident of the Short Mountain Community. Mrs. Estes was also a member of the Short Mountain Church of God and a retired factory worker, farmer, and housewife. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Freddy Curtis will officiate and burial will be in the Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation begins at 6:00 p.m. Monday and continues all day Tuesday and until the funeral on Wednesday. Mrs. Estes was preceded in death by her parents, Elie and Littie Mae Summers Thomas and her husband, Grover Lee Estes. Survivors include a son, Lonnie Estes of Short Mountain. Four daughters, Dorothy Hobbs of Pea Ridge in the Short Mountain Community, Ruth and her husband Medford Murphy of Short Mountain, Betty and her husband Jessie Tanner of Short Mountain, and Virginia and her husband J.R. Waycaster of Short Mountain. Three sisters, Gladys Hollandsworth of Old Hickory, Mary Lou Cope of McMinnville, and Faye Robinson of Woodbury. Fifteen grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Illa Kay Howard Weber

May 21 2007

79 year old Illa Kay Howard Weber of Walling died Sunday at the Life Care Center in Sparta. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Survivors include three sisters, Ann Hall and her husband Jim of Battle Creek, Michigan, Rosa Collingwood of Walling, and Lillian Evans and her husband Everett of Walling. Two brothers, Horace Howard and special friend Ruby Cooke of Smithville and Bill Howard and his wife Sandy of Walling. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael David Womack

May 22 2007

60 year old Michael David Womack of Smithville died Monday. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and was a retired owner of the Armature Shop. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Sligo Boat Dock. His remains have been cremated and will be scattered on Center Hill Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Ray and Gene von Bloomberg Womack and his first wife, Barbara Hayes Womack. Survivors include his wife, Lisa Carter Womack of Smithville. A daughter, Georgia Gene Womack of Winter Park, Florida. A sister and brother-in-law, Patti and Tom Clarke of McMinnville. A niece, Rae Clarke of Chattanooga. A nephew, Charlie and his wife Megan Clarke of Murfreesboro. Mother-in-law, Georgia Hayes of Rock Island. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Nadene Carter of Temperance Hall. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barbara Womack Memorial Scholarship Fund at Warren County High School.

Weltha Turner

May 24 2007

101 year old Weltha Turner of Dowelltown died Wednesday evening at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a cook in the DeKalb County School System for 25 years, and was a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. The funeral will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. James Williams will officiate and burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery in Liberty. She was preceded in death by her parents, Felix and Frona Smith Garner, her husband, Mike Turner, and one grandchild. Survivors include three sons, Jack Turner of Dowelltown, Mike Turner, Jr. of Cookeville, and Thomas Turner of Smithville. Two daughters, Joann Reeves of Louisville, Kentucky, and Sue Braswell of Cookeville. Eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren also survive. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 1:00 p.m. The family asks that donations be made to the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center Buiding Fund, in lieu of flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Clara Elizabeth Griffith

May 24 2007

61 year old Clara Elizabeth Griffith of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Armor and Maggie Key. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Griffith of Smithville. One son, Randal and his wife Kandy Cantrell of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Mykel and Kaycee Cantrell. Her mother-in-law, Gladys Griffith of Smithville and an aunt, Lennie Smith of Livingston. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Trace Allan Underhill

May 25 2007

7 year old Trace Allan Underhill of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral service will be Sunday at 4:00pm at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and burial will follow at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 4:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Underhill, Sr. and an aunt, Rachel Underhill. He is survived by his parents, Ken, Jr. and Julie Underhill and two brothers, Tyler & Zack Underhill all of Smithville. Grandparents, Kathy Crouch of Smithville, Wayne Crouch of Rock Island, and Mildred and David Hembree of Cookeville. Great Grandparents, Ona Prater of Woodbury, Ruby Crouch of Rock Island, Robbie Taylor of Smithville, and Reed Turner of Lebanon. An Aunt & Uncle, Alan & Sasha Crouch of McMinnville and cousins, Samaire & Dennis Crouch of McMinnville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations please be made to the funeral home for burial expenses. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charlie Douglas Emberton

May 25 2007

74 year old Charlie Douglas Emberton of Smithville died Friday at his residence in the Belk Community. He was a farmer and a member of the New Union The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Wendell Judkins and David Monks will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Ferrell Emberton. Five brothers, Jessie, Harvey, Dean, Dave, and James Emberton. Three sisters, Virginia Young, Louise Smith, and Jo Barber. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Wright Emberton of Smithville. Three step children, Wendell and wife Margaret Judkins of Smithville, Denise and husband David Monks of North Carolina, and Kimberley Basham of Florida. Three step grandchildren, Will and wife Britni Judkins of Smithville, Sarah Beth Monks of Murfreesboro, and Johnathan Monks of North Carolina. One brother, Paul and his wife Helen Emberton of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Lynn Redmon

May 26 2007

61 year old Gary Lynn Redmon of Smithville died Friday May 25,2007 at DeKalb Community Hospital. Funeral services will be Monday May 28,2007 at 10:00am at Keltonburg United Methodist Church with Bro. Mark Pafford officiating. Burial will be at Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00pm until 9:00pm at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Monday from 9:00am until time of service at the church.
Mr. Redmon was a Methodist, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the V.F.W. and AmVets. He was a maintenance worker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Hazel Eugenia Ours Redmon. He is survived by 2 children, Jason Redmon of Georgia and Jennifer Silcox of Sparta. One grandchild, Destiny Redmon of Lebanon. One sister, Pam Hendrixson of Smithville.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Lynn Redmon

May 26 2007

61 year old Gary Lynn Redmon of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Methodist, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a member of the VFW and AmVets. He was also a maintenance worker. The funeral will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Keltonburg United Methodist Church. Mark Pafford will officiate and burial will be in the Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Hazel Eugenia Ours Redmon. Survivors include two children, Jason Redmon of Georgia and Jennifer Silcox of Sparta. One grandchild, Destiny Redmon of Lebanon and one sister, Pam Hendrixson of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, in lieu of flowers.

James Hoyte Close

May 26 2007

79 year old James Hoyte Close of Lebanon died Saturday at his residence. He was retired from Nashville Auto Auction. He was also a Methodist and a Chartered member for 49 years of the Masons.He was also an Army Veteran. The funeral will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Kenneth Clayton and Alan and Ray Dupree will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from noon until the time of the service at 3:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Alta Page Close. One brother, Ed Close and two sisters, Mary Demali and Opal Cantrell. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margie Davis Close of Mount Juliet. One son, Jim and his wife Phyllis Close of Mount Juliet. One daughter, Vickie and her husband Ray Dupreee of Mississippi. Grandchildren, Jamie and Mike Hobbs, Todd Close, and Alan Dupree. Great grandchildren, Mikee Brown and Bailey Hobbs. Two brothers, Paul and his wife Ruetta Close of Smithville and Otis and Marguerite Close of McMinnville. Five sisters, Barbie Spencer of Smithville, Doris and husband Jack Estes of Smithville, Drusie Myers of Mount Juliet, Marjorie and A.W. Patterson of Mount Juliet, and Jo Kinia of Virginia. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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