Obituaries

Laura Elizabeth France

Aug 3 2007

26 year old Laura Elizabeth France of Alexandria died Thursday at her residence. France was born in El Salvador. She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Lebanon. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Buford Bain will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be from noon until the service on Sunday. She is survived by her husband, Roy Allen France of Alexandria. A sister, Katherine Joy and her husband Shane Souders of Lebanon, and a nephew Owen Souders of Lebanon. Her parents are Joe and Janet Wagner. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Wagner. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

James Paul Taylor

Aug 2 2007

84 year old James Paul Taylor of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a retired welder, and he attended the Mount Herman Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Weeks, Martha Wilks, and 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 time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Martin and Movie Mason Yates Taylor; his first and second wives, Earlene Taylor and Roberta Taylor; sisters, Carnell Keith and Elizabeth Young; and a brother, Albert Taylor. Survivors include one son, James Larry Taylor of Hoover, Alabama. One granddaughter, Shannon Taylor. One step-grandson. Two brothers, Solon Taylor and Doyle Taylor of Smithville. Three sisters, Jo Parton of Smithville and Patty Trustee and Barbara Fuson both of Nashville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Annette Wilson Duke

Jul 30 2007

51 year old Betty Annette "Betty Boop" Wilson Duke died Sunday of an extended illness at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was a resident of Smithville and a Cannon County native. She was also a dietary aide at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury and a member of the Center Hill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Greg Mitchell will officiate and burial will be in the McMahan Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m; after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, and Wednesday until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her mother, Floy D. Wilson; a son, Jason Duke; and brothers, Charles and Jeffery "Mutt" Wilson. Survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Duke of Spencer. Three grandchildren, Jason, Tyler, and Juan all of Cookeville. Four sisters, Faye Bedwell, Debbie Campbell, and Crystal Robinson all of Woodbury, and Emma Conatser of Smithville. Three brothers, Bobby Wilson of Woodbury, Wayne Wilson of Nashville, and Jimmy Wilson of McMinnville. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Darlene Crymes

Jul 30 2007

63 year old Darlene Crymes of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Frances Pirtle Taylor; a son, Mark Anthony Lawrence; and a sister, Oma Mai Tramel. Survivors include her husband, Billy Crymes of Smithville. A daughter, Louise and her husband Glenn Ferrell of Smithville. One son, Michael and his wife Rachel Lawrence of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Jennifer Pack, Rebecca Lawrence, Steven Lawrence, and Harley Lawrence all of Smithville. Five brothers, Grady and his wife Brenda Taylor, Louie and Nathan Taylor, Joe Lane Taylor, and James Robert Taylor all of Smithville, and Freddy Brown Taylor of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in memory of Ms. Crymes to help with funeral expenses.

Lee Homer Miller

Jul 30 2007

79 year old Lee Homer Miller of Smithville died Monday at his residence. He was a retired nurseryman and a member of the New Home Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. and Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lee and Annie Vanhooser Miller; sisters, Johnnie Miller Certain and Nettie Johnson; a brother, James Miller; a brother-in-law, Charlie Certain; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Miller; a son-in-law, Author Redmon; and a granddaughter, Christie Miller. Survivors include his wife, Ione Sandlin Miller of Smithville. Daughters, Shirley Ann Miller Redmon, Tammye Carol Miller and her husband Rich McDonald all of Smithville. Two sons, Carlon Lee Miller and Billy Wayne Miller both of Smithville. Grandchildren, Angela and her husband, Chester Williams, Tina and her husband Ron Pascal, Leslie Redmon and friend Chad Hillis, Anthony and his wife April Miller, Jason and his wife Kasey Miller, Jamie Pack and boyfriend Calvin Smith, Jennifer Pack, and Joseph Pack all of Smithville. Nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jewell Brown Lawson

Jul 27 2007

69 year old Jewell Brown Lawson of Liberty died Thursday in Nashville. He was a retired nurseryman. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Leonard Herman will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Ararat Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from noon 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, Everett Lawson and Minnie Bell Bain Lawson Farless; his wife, Willette Estes Lawson; a brother, Limmie Lawson; three sisters, Emmie Farless, Thelma Caldwell, and Susie Farris; and a half brother, Carlon Mathaney. Survivors include a daughter, Mitzi Lawson of Woodbury. A step-son, Larry Parker of McMinnville. A grandson, Ryan Lawson. Granddaughters, Kendra, Chelsey Lawson, and Sara Barrett all of Woodbury. A step granddaughter, Layra Crook of Liberty. A brother, Toy and his wife Faye Lawson of Liberty. A half brother, Charlie and his wife Shirley Mathaney of Nashville. Sisters, Christine and her husband Willie Murphy of Liberty, Dorothy and her husband Bob Davis of Smithville, and Eula and her husband Robert Presley of McMinnville. Half- sisters, Lucille Brandon and Carnell Johnson of McMinnville, and Jean Arnold of Manchester. An aunt, Delcie Ervin of McMinnville. Several nieces and nephews and special friend, Lucille Day of Nashville and special caregiver, Junior Day of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Geraldine McClure

Jul 26 2007

77 year old Geraldine McClure of McMinnville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired factory worker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Brice and Ophia Elizabeth Johnson McClure; a sister, Diana Rainwater; and a brother, Marlon Brice McClure. She is survived by a sister, Wanda Bond of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. Ms. McClure's remains have been cremated. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jane McGinnis

Jul 26 2007

73 year old Jane McGinnis of the Keltonburg Community died Wednesday at her residence. She was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a farmer, and a retired school teacher, having taught for 34 years in the DeKalb County School System. A graveside service and burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Michael Hale will officiate. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis R. and Lina Jane Love McGinnis. She is survived by a son Danny Love McGinnis of Smithville and a niece, Sally Ann Thompson of Texas. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the DeKalb Middle School Library in memory of Ms. McGinnis in lieu of flowers.

Adara Jade Reese

Jul 23 2007

Adara Jade Reese, infant daughter of Beth Buck and Nick Reese of Smithville,died Sunday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A graveside service will be held Monday (today) at 6:00 p.m. at the Petty Cemetery. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kaiden Joshua Reese; an aunt, Michelle Beasley; and cousins, Joshua Reese and Joshua Murphy. In addition to her parents, the infant is survived by her maternal grandparents, Robin and Clint Bibby of Smithville and Dean and Shirley Buck of Michigan and her paternal grandparents, Nickey and Remega Cantrell of Smithville. She is also survived by her great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

John W. Melton

Jul 22 2007

61 year old John W. Melton of Auburntown died Saturday at his home of an extended illness. He was a Cannon County native, a Baptist, a member of the National Guard, and an employee of the Tennessee Farmer's Co-op at Lavergne. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Jerry Osborne and Ricky Scott will officiate and burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Grey Melton and Leonia Bell Melton. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Rachel Melton of Auburntown. Two daughters, Misty Melton of Auburntown and Melissa Melton of Smithville. A brother, Bobby Don and his wife Irma Melton of Woodbury. Three sisters, Patsy and her husband Billy Reeder of Watertown, Katherine and her husband Dwight Sadler of Auburntown,and Delores Morris of Auburntown. His mother-in-law, Mallie Taylor of Auburntown. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Darlene and her husband Jack Knowles of Baxter and Wayne and his wife Kathy Taylor of Woodbury and Randal Taylor. Special friends, Blake, Tammy, Trent, and Breanna O'Neal and Ralph, Sandy, Dillon, and Jessica Jackson. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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