Obituaries

Oreata Wilene Rowland

Oct 3 2007

93 year old Oreata Wilene Rowland of Alexandria died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lower Helton Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Barry Whitaker and Frank Randolph will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ephriam and Claris Allen Cope; her husband, Robbie Rowland; and a daughter, Melinda Ann Rowland. Survivors include a son, Robbie "Donnie" and his wife Annette Rowland of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Andrea and her husband Shad Henderson of Holiday, Florida, Daniel and his wife Mai Rowland of Newport Richey, Florida, Jason Harris of Shelbyville, and Casey Rowland of Liberty. Two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Harvey Odell Driver

Oct 3 2007

94 year old Harvey Odell Driver of Alexandria died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a farmer, a Methodist, and a DeKalb County native. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Burial will be in the Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Versia Scott Driver; a brother, Dawson Driver; and sisters, Lelia Mae Driver, Exum Chapman, and Beulah Malone. Survivors include his wife of 72 years Gladys Curtis Driver. A daughter, Margie Leette and her husband Howard Richardson of Milton. Grandchildren, Kimberly and her husband Clint Harper of Virginia, Sharon and her husband Mark Hunter of Texas, and Mike Richardson of Milton. Great grandchildren, Derrick Harper of Virginia, Adam, Justin, and Olivia Komondosky, and Jade Hunter; a sister, Bessie Spencer of Dowelltown and several nieces and nephews. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Letha Mandy Peters

Oct 1 2007

87 year old Letha Mandy Peters of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Faith Tabernacle. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jerry Braswell and Dwayne Cornelius will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Peters; her parents; two sons, Daniel Peters and William Manning; a daughter, Joyce Ann; two sisters, Ruby Summers and Louise Shehane; and two brothers, L.P. and Joe Pedigo. Survivors include four daughters, Amanda Hamilton of Smithville, Linda and her husband Clarence Standridge of Smithville, Elouise Powell of Florida, and Peggy and her husband Donald Minnear of Smithville. Twelve grandchildren, Regina Coley of Florida, Wondell Bolden of Kentucky, Karen Stelmach of Brentwood, Peggy Leonard of Columbia, Eugene Minnear, Tammy Quistgard, Joey Minnear, Ginger Standridge, and Richard Standridge all of Smithville, Renee Hobbs of Beersheeba, and David Smith and Mark Smith both of Morrison. Twenty four great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren. Four sisters, Polly Grace of McMinnville, Geraldean and her husband Lee Nave, and Mable Waggoner all of Smithville, and Ella Miller of Chattanooga. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia Kathryn Womack

82 year old Georgia Kathryn Womack of LaVergne and formerly of the Gath Community of Warren County died Saturday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She was born in DeKalb County. Womack was retired from the Genesco Corporation, a member of the LaVergne Church of Christ, and a former member of the Bybee Branch Church of Christ. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Whorton Springs Baptist Cemetery. Houston Bynum will officiate. The Womack family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Burgess Franklin and Josie Leora Cantrell Womack and sisters, Nettie Estes, Virginia Johnson, Jennie Alberta Estes, and Lydia Stevens. Survivors include a niece and her husband, Betty Jo and Don Krohn of Eugene, Oregon, a nephew and his wife, Jerry and Yvonne Estes of LaVergne and other family members and friends. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Wayne Thomas

Oct 1 2007

42 year old Donald Wayne Thomas of Athens, Alabama and formerly of DeKalb County died Saturday at his residence. He was born in Liberty. He worked at Athens-Limestone Hospital as a Paramedic. He taught EMT at Calhoun Community College. He was an independent dealer for the Clark Vault Company. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Gatlin Cemetery in Athens, Alabama. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, Alabama. He is survived by his wife, Caprice S. Thomas of Athens Alabama. His son, Jonathon Thomas of Tennessee. His father-in-law, Wallace DeVore of Madison, Alabama. His mother-in-law, Sue DeVore of Madison, Alabama. A sister, Teena Street of Tennessee. An uncle, Ricky Duke of Tennessee. A brother-in-law, Christopher DeVore and his wife Anna of Madison, Alabama. Five nieces, a nephew, a great niece, and several friends also survive. McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, Alabama is in charge of the arrangements.

Clara Bell Randalls

Oct 1 2007

87 year old Clara Bell Randalls of Dowelltown died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a retired shirt factory worker and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bill Robertson, W.D. Thomason, and Bob Perkins will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Atnip and a sister, Eva Pauline Randalls. Survivors include her husband, Bill Randalls of Dowelltown. Children, Joyce and her husband Jerry Spurlock of Smithville, Barbara Dean and her husband Kenneth Arnold of Smithville, Anna Ruth and her husband Jack Chidester of Nashville. Step-children, Billie Warrick and Eddie Ervin of Nashville, Annita Carver of Mount Juliet, Louise Gibson of Old Hickory, and Eva Hill of Smithville. Step-daughters-in-law, Ina Mai Hendrixson of Smithville, Vera Hendrixson of Dowelltown, and Grace Hendrixson of Nashville. One grand-daughter, Pam and her husband Michael Baines of Smithville. Two great grandchildren, Emily and her husband Josh Linder, and Michael Paul White all of Norfolk, Virginia. One great great granddaughter, Katie Madison Linder. One sister, Maudine Derting of Smithville. Twenty seven step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to either the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church building fund or to the Gideons International, in memory of Mrs. Randalls, in lieu of flowers.

Elsie Mai Braswell

Sep 25 2007

75 year old Elsie Mai Braswell of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired business owner of Maurice's Family Clothiers, a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church, and the Busy Bees. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Terry Little, John Purdue, and Freddy Curtis will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Norvella Hutchens Hayes. Survivors include her husband of 57 years Maurice Braswell of Smithville. Children, Eddie Braswell of Smithville and Teresa and her husband Kenneth Robinson of Murfreesboro. Two grandchildren, Chloe and Claire Robinson. Two brothers, James Hayes of Smithville and Johnny Hayes of Pegram. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made either to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, in lieu of flowers.

Edwin Webb

Sep 24 2007

83 year old Edwin Webb of Chattanooga and a native of Smithville died Saturday at NHC of Chattanooga. He was a retired Church of God minister and a member of the Smithville Church of God. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God. Walter P. Adkinson, Shannon Dodson, and Douglas Webb will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Sarah Jane Bain Webb; a son, Joel M. Webb; a brother, Gene Webb; and four sisters, Irene Webb, Betty Jo Little, Prudell Judkins, and Christine Magness. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Fern Webb of Chattanooga. Children, Douglas M. and his wife Lavern Webb of Nashville, Dinah G. and her husband Larry Lamunyon of Chattanooga, Marsha K. and her husband Dwight Anderson of Nashville, Mickey E. and his wife Pam Webb of LaFollette, Jan E. and her husband Bob Beard of Coral Springs, Florida. Eight grandchildren, Darrel Cross, Shannon, and Tori Dodson, Stephanie Cooper, Sonja Franks, Mylon Webb, Ryan Saturday, and Webb Beard. Nine great grandchildren. Two brothers, Smith and his wife Mary Webb of McMinnville and Glenn and his wife Marie Webb of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to either the Church of God Children's Home or to the Smithville Church of God, in lieu of flowers.

Leonard Nixon

Sep 19 2007

90 year old Leonard Nixon of Smithville died Tuesday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired Executive Director of the A.S.C.S. Office where he worked for over 20 years. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Gordon Lee and Terry Fesler will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Lockey Taylor Nixon; a daughter, Betty Nixon Vickers; three brothers, Hubert, Haskell, and Troy Nixon; and a sister, Bertha Cowan. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lorene Nixon of Smithville. Two children, Don and his wife Patsy Nixon of Smithville, Bobbie and Pat Murphy of Old Hickory. Five grandchildren, Kathy Vickers, Michael and Matthew Murphy all of Old Hickory, Kevin Vickers of Lebanon, and Steven Nixon of Columbia. One brother, Virgil and his wife Reba Nixon of Watertown. Several nieces and nephews also survive. A son-in-law, Don Vickers of Mount Juliet and five great grandchildren. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ralph Morris Batey

Sep 18 2007

62 year old Ralph Morris Batey of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired animal shelter worker with the City of Smithville. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bobby Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dink Batey and Goldie Trusty Bandy. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Jennifer Batey of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Morgan Batey and Dustin Jennings both of Smithville. Two brothers, Billy Batey of Watertown and Carl Bandy of Smithville and one sister, Denice James of Georgia. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that all donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

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