Obituaries

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.

Josiah Graden Kirksey

Jan 12 2008

Josiah Graden Kirksey, the four day old son of Graden and Sabrina Vanatta Kirksey of Smithville, died Saturday at his residence. The body is at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. A private graveside service for family members only will be Monday at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jerry Vanatta. In addition to his parents, the child is survived by his maternal grandmother, Judy Vanatta of Smithville. His paternal grandmother, Gail Kirksey of Smithville. His paternal grandfather, Howard and his wife Carol Ann Kirksey of Tullahoma. His paternal great grandmother, Betty Kirksey of Murfreesboro. Aunts, Michelle Hawkins and Martha Kirksey both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Smithville Church of God.

Carmack Allen

Jan 12 2008

70 year old Carmack Allen of Smithville died Friday at Centennial Hospital in Nashville. He was an inspector for the State of Tennessee. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nalcolm and Cecil Allen; a son, Keith Allen; and a brother, Larry Allen. Survivors include his wife, Dolores Allen of Nashville. One son, Michael Anthony Allen of Nashville. Three grandchildren, Ashley Martin of Smithville, and Kevin Allen, and Chris Allen of Nashville. One sister, Helen Matthews of Gallatin. Two brothers, Mike Allen of Gordonsville and Billy Allen of Johnson City. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Louis Purdue, Jr.

Jan 11 2008

72 year old Robert Louis Purdue, Jr. of Willisburg, Kentucky died Wednesday in Lexington, Kentucky. He was retired from Universal Fasteners in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Rosemont Baptist Church in Kentucky, where he was a member. Jerome Browne, Dick Wilkens, and Dr. Blake Shipp will officiate and burial will be in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joann Sims Purdue of Kentucky. Two sons, Reverend John Purdue of Smithville and Reverend Paul Purdue of Nashville. Four grandchildren also survive. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Elsie Miller Krantz

Jan 11 2008

70 year old Elsie Miller Krantz of Nashville died Thursday. She was retired from American General Insurance Company and a member of the Northwood Baptist Church of Nashville. The body is at Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home in Joelton where the funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Barry Smith will officiate and burial will be in the Joelton Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Novella Miller and brothers, Charlie and Thomas H. Miller II. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Marvis E. Krantz; sisters, Magdalene Keith and Eva J. Wright and numerous nieces and nephews. Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home in Joelton is in charge of the arrangements.

A.P. Conger

Jan 11 2008

89 year old A.P. Conger of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired farmer, a U.S. Mail Carrier, and a member of the Smithville Church of Christ. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. Tim Woodward will officiate and burial will be in Town Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Otha Dell Conger of Smithville. Two sons, Hilton Conger of Smithville and John Conger of Nashville. Two daughters, Jane Depriest of Mississippi and Carol Buchannan of Alabama. Eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Smithville Day School, Justin Potter Library, or to the Katherine Conger Scholarship Fund.

Christopher Jason Stanley

Jan 9 2008

33 year old Christopher Jason Stanley of Dowelltown died Tuesday at the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital. He attended the Real Life Community Church and was a store manager of the Family Dollar in Woodbury. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Don Davidson and E.A. Colvin will officiate and burial will be in the Braswell Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Haskell and Lydia Braswell and his paternal grandparents, Claude and Ailene Stanley. He is survived by his children, William Anthony and Victoria Elaine Stanley of Crossville. His mother and step-father, Peggy and John Caldwell of Dowelltown. His father and step-mother, Howard and Brenda Stanley of Smithville. A sister, Donna and her husband Jerry Byrd of Dowelltown. An aunt, Robbie Johnson of Smithville. A niece, Heather and her husband Arnold Bean of Dowelltown. A nephew, Jeremy Byrd of Nashville. A great nephew, Aydan Bean. Special friends, Mark and Jill McSparren of Dowelltown, Carlon Mabe of Smithville, and Ronnie Ferrell of McMinnville, and Elsie Justice of Cookeville. A host of friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

J.B. Hale

Jan 9 2008

57 year old J.B. Hale of Alexandria died Wednesday at his residence. He was a DeKalb County native and a retired employee of Vought Aerostructures. Hale was also a member of the Friendship The Baptist Church at Rock Island, a graduate of Watertown High School, and he attended Cumberland University. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Roger Grisham and Steve Breedlove will officiate and burial will be in the Jones Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Thursday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Brown and Christine Murphy Hale. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Hale; a son, Chad and his wife Melissa Hale and their two children of Smithville; a daughter, Amanda and her husband Kevin Grisham and their son of Lebanon; and two children, Stephanie Coffee and Aaron Hale by a previous marriage. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

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