Obituaries

Gene Allen Morgan

Aug 12 2009

82 year old Gene Allen Morgan of Cookeville died Tuesday at Cookeville Regional Hospital. He was a retired tool and die manager and a member of the First Methodist Church of Cookeville. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Max Mayo will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from noon until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Opal Harrish Morgan and a brother, Richard Morgan. Survivors include his wife, Mary Snow Morgan of Cookeville. One son, Jeffery and wife Tracy Morgan of North Carolina. Two daughters, Monica and husband Steve Elam of Ohio and Marille Morgan of Florida. Three sisters, Nancy Compton, Caroline Melvin, and Jannie Huff all of Ohio. One brother, James Morgan of Ohio and nine grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Gray Roller

Aug 11 2009

81 year old Willie Gray Roller of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a housewife and a Baptist. The funeral will be Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Robert Burns will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Roller; her parents, Allan and Molly Hill Mosley; a grandchild, Amber Adcock; great grandchildren, Josh Reece, Jeremy Richardson, Jr. and Brandy Martin; brothers, Bennie, Woodrow, Hill and Billy Ray Mosley; and a sister, Gertrude Collier. Survivors include seven sons, Johnny F. Roller of Smithville, George and wife Mary Roller of McMinnville, William Roller of Smithville, Richard and wife Rose Roller of Smithville, Michael and wife Peggy Roller of McMinnville, and Timothy and wife Kim Roller of Smithville, and Randy Roller of Nashville. Seven daughters, Dianne Malone of Smithville, Sylvia and husband Andy Black of Smithville, Virgie and husband Jimmy Hendrixson of Smithville, Barbara and husband Greg Jones of Smithville, Brenda Roller of Smithville, Kathy and husband Jake Adcock of Joelton, Melinda and husband Derrell Walker of Morrison. One brother, Joe Mosley of Alabama. Three sisters, Bobbie White of Alabama, Pauline Mosley of Alabama, and Virgil Ricketts of Indiana. Thirty two grandchildren, forty two great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Ralph Williams

Aug 10 2009

75 year old James Ralph Williams of Watertown died Sunday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. Born in Smith County, Williams was a heavy equipment operator. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Jimmy Atnip will officiate and burial will be in the Jones Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday prior to the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mattie Lena Bennett Williams. Survivors include his wife, Norma Geraldine Williams of Watertown. A son. Ricky Williams of Murfreesboro. Two daughters, Vicki Hughes of Madison and Janice Timbs of Lebanon. Grandchildren, Amanda Deakins and Tabitha Huddleston. Great grandchildren, Kayleigh and Jordon Deakins and Aundrea Huddleston. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

James "Lucky" Cantrell

Aug 10 2009

62 year old James "Lucky" Cantrell died Sunday at a residence in Smithville. He was a Baptist, carpenter, a U.S. Army and Vietnam Veteran, and a member of the National Rifle Association. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bobby Thompson, B.J. Thompson, and Ben Simpson will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Effie Pack Cantrell; brothers, Ray Cantrell and Hamp Cantrell, Jr.; a sister, Dorothy Hutchins; and his ex-wife Rita Cantrell. Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Tarango of Dowelltown. A step-son, Dewayne Greer of Crossville. Grandchildren, Sebastian, Alexandria, and Tristian Tarango. Brothers, Buster "Buck" and wife Brenda Cantrell of Woodbury, Floyd and wife Bonnie Cantrell of Smithville, and Larry and wife Anita Cantrell of Watertown. Sisters, Mildred Green of Dowelltown, Ruth and husband Rudolph Tabor of Crossville, and Betty and husband Billy Norris of Liberty. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Rebecca Sue Wilkins

Aug 10 2009

63 year old Rebecca Sue Wilkins of Smithville died Sunday at her residence. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Mavis Smith Cook and Harold Cook; and her husband Lonnie Wilkins. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Sue and Michael Roller of McMinnville. One son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Jan Wilkins of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Michael Roller of Lavergne, Jennifer Kirby of Crossville, Justin Parker of Statesville, Bethany Roller of Sparta, Jacob Roller of McMinnville, and Jordan Wilkins of Smithville. Three great grandchildren. One brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Ebby Cook of Indiana. One sister, Diana Deaton of Indiana. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carolyn Ann Young

Aug 8 2009

51 year old Carolyn Ann Young of Woodbury died Friday at her residence. She was a Community Corrections Probation Officer and a member of the Dowelltown Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in the Gunter Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah and Hoyte Tramel; her husband, Michael Reed Young; and her father-in-law, Dallas Young. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Derek Fann of Woodbury. A son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Mandy Young of Woodbury. Her mother-in-law, Jennie Young of Woodbury. Three brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Sarah Tramel of Woodbury, Jerry and Carolyn Tramel of Smithville, and Eddie and Debbie Tramel of Alcoa. Two sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce Hendrixson of Dowelltown and Becky and Mike Nokes of Dowelltown. Two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jennifer and Ricky Nixon and Lisa and Timmy Nixon of Smithville. Thirteen nieces and nephews, and eight great nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billie Jean Hill

Aug 6 2009

77 year old Billie Jean Hill of McMinnville died Wednesday at the Woodbury Nursing Center of an extended illness. She was a registered nurse. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church where she was a member. Clyde Leeds will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until the service at the church. Hill was preceded in death by her husband, Earl R. Hill. She is survived by two sons, Randall Hill of Poquoson, Virginia and Thomas Hill of Smithville. Two grandchildren, David Hill and Rebecca Hill both of Smithville. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Humane Society, 94 Collie Drive, McMinnville, 37110.

J. Alton "Tooter" Reeder

Aug 5 2009

76 year old J. Alton "Tooter" Reeder of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was a retired handyman. A graveside service will be Thursday at noon at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Vennie Caldwell Reeder and several brothers and sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Marl Ann and husband Jim Reynolds of Hermitage and Peggy and husband Oscar Hendrix of Smithville. One son, Joe Reeder of Old Hickory. Six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Three sisters, Hazel Bowman of Carthage, Susie Vandagriff of Smithville and Sally Tims of Cookeville. One brother, Melvin and wife Christine Reeder of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the funeral home to help with expenses, in lieu of flowers.

J.C. Ellis

Aug 5 2009

82 year old J.C. Ellis of Watertown died Tuesday at Lebanon Health and Rehab. He was born in DeKalb County, served in World War II and an Army paratrooper, and he was retired from Precision Rubber. Ellis was also a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Comer Lodge #417 F &AM. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. David Hesson will officiate and burial will be in Wilson County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Robert Ellis and Annie Myrtle Yates Ellis and a brother, Glen Ellis. Survivors include his wife, Flora Shorter Ellis of Watertown. A sister, Louise and her husband L.C. Vandergriff of Watertown. A sister-in-law, Effie Lee Ellis of Smithville. Nieces, Pam Cain of Bradyville and Alana Atherton of Lebanon. Several cousins survive along with special friends, Jerry and Linda Stephens of Watertown. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles "Chuck" Jones

Aug 4 2009

57 year old Charles "Chuck" Jones of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was the owner of Scenic Roads RV. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. He is survived by his wife, Judy Jones of Smithville. A son, Trent Jones of Smithville. His parents, Richard and Delores Jones of Smithville. His father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Nancy Crowder. A sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Kevin Felts. A brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Phyllis Jones. Very best friends, Eddie and Rebecca Reale. Another sister-in-law and her husband Pat and George Witherspoon. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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