Obituaries

Wilma Jo Ferrell

Oct 22 2010

74 year old Wilma Jo Ferrell of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church and a former co-owner of Ferrell's Grocery Store and a factory worker. A graveside service will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Bernard Houk will officiate. No visitation or service will be held at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Ailene Hibdon George. Survivors include her husband, Ellis Ferrell of Smithville. Children, Marshall and his wife Beverly Ferrell, Frances and husband Ricky Martin, Wade and wife Lisa Ferrell, and Darnette Hibdon all of Smithville. Seventeen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A brother, Wayne George of Ashland City. Half-brother, Tim George of Smithville. Sisters, Mary McNeese and Edna Moore both of Nashville. Half-sister, Cindy George of Woodbury. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gordon Walker

Oct 18 2010

92 year old Gordon Walker of Alexandria died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be at the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Don Elmore and Curt Wagoner will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The Walker family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 pm. and on Wednesday at the Alexandria First Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International. Walker was born on June 1st, 1918 in the house where he lived when he died. He was the son the late May Marler and Robert Walker. Three brothers, Robert, James, and John Walker preceded him in death. A son-in-law, Homer "Ed" Edwards preceded him in death on August 18th, 2004. He was married to Grace Givan on September 10th, 1942. He was a farmer and had been a member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church for some 80 years. Walker is survived by his wife of 68 years, Grace Givan Walker of Alexandria. A daughter, Helen Walker Edwards of Alexandria. A son and daughter-in-law, Billy and LaVonne Walker of Alexandria. Six grandchildren, Steve and wife Amy Edwards of Murfreesboro, Angie and husband Keith Garrett of Vonore, Tennessee; Tim and wife Nicole Edwards of Knoxville; Julie and husband Kent Beasley of Lebanon; Jill and husband Tim Chappell of Alexandria; and Cindy Walker of Alexandria, Eight great grandchildren, Logan, Emma, Ava, Audrey, Colton, Brady, and Lola Klaire Chappell and Jack Walker Beasley. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerrol Wayne Stults

Oct 18 2010

63 year old Jerrol Wayne Stults of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a member of Scott's Chapel Church in Cypress Inn, Tennessee. Stults was also in construction and a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Stults was preceded in death by his father, Ray Alton Stults. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Stults of Smithville. Children, Crystal and husband James Guijalva of Smithville, Jennifer and husband Ronald Summers of Rock Island, Kirk and wife Samantha Stults, and Stacey and Shannon Holt all of Waynesboro. Five grandchildren, one great grandchild. His mother, Irene Stults of Waynesboro. A sister, Judy and husband Jerry Hayes of Waynesboro and a brother, Jim Stults of Waynesboro. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Karen Sue Applegate Rigsby

Oct 18 2010

50 year old Karen Sue Applegate Rigsby of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was the Dietary Manager at NHC, member of the Bethel Methodist Church, and a member of the Eastern Star. A memorial service will be Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at the Bethel Methodist Church. Royce Martin will officiate. Survivors include two daughters, Roberta and husband Allen Wilkerson and Piper Rigsby all of Smithville. Parents, Bob and Phyllis Applegate of Aberdeen, Ohio. Two sisters, Bev and husband Roger Gifford of Ripley Ohio and Sandy Pumpelly of Aberdeen, Ohio. Six nieces and nephews, Leslie and husband Chris Miller of Ripley, Ohio, Gretchen and husband Todd Stout of Louisville, Kentucky, Kenton, Tucker, Chloe and Blaine Pumpelly of Aberdeen, Ohio. Three great nieces and nephews, Emily and Emerson Miller of Aberdeen, Ohio and Carson Stout of Louisville, Kentucky. She is also survived by many special friends, family members, and the entire staff of NHC Healthcare. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerrol Wayne Stults

Oct 18 2010

63 year old Jerrol Wayne Stults of Smithville died Sunday night at his residence. The funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and a complete list of survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced
later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Geneva Blanks Harrell

Oct 16 2010

76 year old Geneva Blanks Harrell died Friday at Alive Hospice in Nashville of an extended illness. She was born in Cannon County and a resident of Murfreesboro. She was also a member of the Kingwod Church of Christ and an administrative assistant. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Herb Alsup and Doug Hutchins will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sibyl Melton and her parents, Clyde L. Blanks and Gladys Wilson Blanks. Survivors include her husband, Sterling Harrell of Murfreesboro. Children, Brenda Harrell McKenzie and husband Terry of Murfreesboro, Beverly Harrell Wallace and husband Pat of Murfreesboro, and Brian Harrell of Murfreesboro. Sisters, Audrey and husband Ebert Gilley of Brentwood and Ethel and husband Raymond Pedigo of Woodbury. Grandchildren, Jessica Wallace, Julie Wallace, and Cassy Lynn McKenzie. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carlon "Carl" Dale Lawrence

Oct 14 2010

59 year old Carlon "Carl" Dale Lawrence died Monday. He was a longtime businessman with the Giles County Farm Bureau Agency where he eventually retired. The family will receive friends Friday beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Survivors include his wife, Darlene and daughters, Michelle Lawrence and Amanda White and husband Tim. Five grandchildren, Clay Hughes, Victoria Hughes, and Hannah, Maggie, and Sadie White. His brother, Luther Lawrence and his wife Nina of Smithville. Sisters, Margaret Davis of Estelle Springs and Marie Jackson of Lebanon along with several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Giles County Farm Bureau FFA Club, 4-H Club, or to the Sharon Kennedy Fund. Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home and Sellars Funeral Home of Lebanon are in charge of the arrangements.

Don Austin (Hog Man) Womack

Oct 13 2010

53 year old Don Austin (Hog Man) Womack of the Gath Community died Monday at River Park Hospital. He was born in Warren County. He was a die setter with A. O. Smith Corporation and he attended Gath Baptist Church. Womack was preceded in death by his father Austin Womack. Survivors include his wife Vickie Womack of McMinnville. His mother Maudell Womack of McMinnville. A son Jeremy Womack and friend Chasity of McMinnville. A daughter and son-in-law Bethany Womack Nunley and husband Micah of McMinnville. A brother and sister-in-law Doug and Carolyn Womack of McMinnville and granddaughter Nadia Nunley. The funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday at the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Ray Gilder will officiate and burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and again on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Walter Perry

Oct 13 2010

75 year old Walter Perry of Lancaster died Tuesday at the Skyline Madison Campus. He was a teacher and a member of the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene, where he was a lifetime Sunday School teacher. He served in Korea and was an Eagle Scout. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene. Kevin Thomas will officiate and burial will be in the Gordonsville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Friday from noon until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. No visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Meelan Perry; parents, Willie and Eula Perry; and a brother, Jack Perry. Survivors include three sons, Joel and his wife Teresa Perry of Greenbrier, Mark Perry of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and Todd and his wife, Teri Perry of Dowelltown. Four grandchildren, Emily Perry of Greenbrier, Erin Perry of Doweltown, Josh and his wife Megan Perry of Smithville, and Hailey Perry of Dowelltown. One great granddaughter, Mallory Perry of Smithville. Two sisters, Jancie Abney of Valley, Alabama and Gail and husband Bobby Blackmon of Fredonia, Alabama. Devoted caregiver, Stephanie Beckwith and devoted friends Doris and Ernest Lannom. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Alive Hospice of Nashville or the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.

Cornelia Smartt Hodges

Oct 12 2010

Cornelia Smartt Hodges, 104, former resident of the Smartt Station Community near McMinnville, Knoxville, and Columbia, Tennessee, died Friday, October 8, 2010, at Martha Jefferson House in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee, with Rev. Roger Nicholson officiating. The family suggests memorials to the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville 37996. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols.com.

Born in the Smartt Station Community near McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Judge Robert White Smartt and Annie Fancher Smartt. She was a graduate of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Peabody College in Nashville.

Her first husband, Flavius Josephus Hendley of Maury County, died June 21, 1942. Later, she married Dr. John Cunyus Hodges, long-time professor of English at the University of Tennessee and benefactor of the John C. Hodges Library on the university campus. Dr. Hodges died in 1967. Mrs. Hodges remained a resident of Knoxville until 2004 when she moved to Charlottesville to be near to her sons.

Active in civic, community, and university affairs in Knoxville, she was a member and served as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church; a member of Cherokee Garden Club, Knoxville Book Club, UT Faculty Club, Colonial Dames, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Survivors include two sons, William R. (Gisela) Hendley of Hampton-Sydney, Virginia, and J. Owen (Birgit Winther) Hendley of Charlottesville, Virginia; a brother, John M. (Harriet) Smartt of Knoxville; sisters-in-law, Martha Smartt of McMinnville and Joan Smartt of Nashville; grandchildren, John (Vanessa) Hendley of Charleston, West Virginia, Laura (Jude Bowe) Hendley of Helena, Montana, Joseph Hendley of Charlottesville, Virginia, Jane Hendley of Richmond, Virginia, Ingeborg Hendley of Austin, Texas, Owen W. Hendley and Cornelia Hendley of Charlottesville, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Eli Bowe and Amos Bowe.

She is also survived by nineteen nieces and nephews, Franklin (Cheryl) Galbraith, John (Paula) Smartt, and Jane (David) Stroud of Knoxville; Joanna (Malcolm) Carnahan and Robert Galbraith of Nashville; George (Tammy) Smartt, Keith (Marlene) Smartt, and Teresa (Leo) Barrett of McMinnville; Mary (Gaius Overton) Evins and Lloyd (Donna) Emmons of Smithville; Lynn (Jo) Galbraith and Bill Smartt of New York, New York; Jane (Rob) Leonard of Washington, D.C.; Sabra (Rick) Kleinau of Tryon, North Carolina; Rick (Jonette) Emmons of Granger, Indiana; Wilda (John) Komora of Montana City, Montana; Doug (Carole) Smartt of Radford, Virgina; Bob (Mary Carol) Smartt of Boulder, Colorado; Elizabeth Smartt of Chicago, Illinois; and thirty-nine great-nieces and great-nephews.

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