46 year old Fran Melton of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist and worked as a home health nurse. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, James Doyle Melton, and Grandparents, Ruth and Richard Melton. She is survived by a daughter, Christy Brewington and Andre Wakefield, of Smithville; three grandchildren, John Ogden Melton, Ty Wakefield, and Nate Wakefield, all of Smithville; parents of the heart, Helen and B. L. Raymond of Smithville; siblings, Anita Kay and Donald Byrge of Smithville, Doyle and Angie Melton of Sparta, Tommy Melton of Murfreesboro, Gena and Craig Vaughn of Smithville, and Kirk and Kathy Martin of Smithville. Stepmother, Mainell and Carlton Melton of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, friends and relatives survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, to help with burial expenses.
83 year old Mildred Estelle Patrick of Alexandria died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was born in DeKalb County, daughter of the late Greeley Columbus and Elsie Barry Vickers. She worked at the Alexandria Shirt Factory and was a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria. Jeff Ford and Charlie West will officiate and burial will follow in the Vanatta Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday after 10:00 a.m. Patrick is survived by her son, Bobby and wife Johnnie Patrick of Alexandria. Two grandchildren, Donna and husband Roger Whitehead and Debra and husband Tim Caldwell all of Alexandria. Two great grandchildren, Jordan and Kendra Whitehead. A brother, Donald Vickers of Mount Juliet. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.
53 year old Danny Ray Ferrell of Woodbury died Thursday at his home of an extended illness. He was born in Cannon County and was a member of the Gospel of Faith Church, the Cannon County Walking Horse Association, and he worked at the Cannon County Highway Department. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Leonard Herman will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Tree Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Brown Ferrell and Sudie Nadine Ferrell; a brother, Charlie Ferrell, and a sister, Jo Dean Ferrell. Survivors include a son, Coty Ferrell and fiancee Tiffany Tramel of Woodbury. Fiancee, Pam Fitzgerald of Woodbury. A brother, David Ferrell of Woodbury. Sisters, Eunice Byford and Jean Dyer both of Woodbury, Lisa Merriman, Linda Ferrell, Janet King, and Shirey Dyer all of Smithville. A grandson, Brody Ferrell of Woodbury. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
41 year old Tina Denise Dorton of Smithville died Wednesday at St. Thomas Hospital. She was a cook at Heartland Cafe and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in the Nickell Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alice Marie Luther Dorton. Survivors include a daughter, Allison Vance; two sons, Jonathon and wife Rebecca Byford and Brandon Byford. Seven grandchildren, Tyler Funk, Jayden, Skylar, Autumn, Jazmine, and Trinity Byford, and Makya Edge all of Smithville. Two brothers, Tommy Griffin of Smithville and Tony and wife Teresa Griffin of Greenbrier. Four sisters, Tabby and husband Miles Shehane and Tammy Petty of Smithville, Ann and husband Frank Hayes of California, and Kay Dorton of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home for burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.
56 year old Lois Frances Murphy of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center. Born in Wilson County, she was a caregiver and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Johnny Smartt will officiate and burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Friday. She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Fisher Murphy. Murphy is survived by a son, Stephen Nathaniel Smartt of Seattle, Washington. A grandson, Laszlo Smartt. Her mother, Betty Jean Murphy Wosyluk of Sparta. Brothers and sisters, Patricia Gail Murphy and Brad and wife Teresa Murphy of Sparta, Darlene and husband Andy Murphy and Susan Charlene Mashburn of Smithville, Audie and wife Evelyn Murphy of Madisonville, Billy and wife Karen Murphy of Walling, David and wife Tammy Murphy of McMinnville, Regina Carol Hannah of Smithville, Stephen and wife Vanessa Murphy of Woodbury, Micah and wife Teresa Murphy of Smithville, Samuel and wife Miranda Murphy of Smithville, and Deborah Zeisel of McMinnville. Special friends and caregivers, Phillip, Susan, and Lewis Gilbert George of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.
46 year old Steven Bradley Hildreth of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. Born in McMinnville, he was a Baptist and employed in computer technical support with the FedEx Corporation. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of McMinnville Funeral Home. Christine Archer will officiate and burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Barren Fork. The Hildreth family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Oleda Hildreth; maternal grandfather, Dixie Hale; and a brother, Michael Hildreth. Survivors include daughters, Tarrayn Hildreth and Kaylyn Hildreth; a son, Matthew Hildreth and the mother of his children, Dana Dalton Hildreth all of Collierville. Father, Joe and his wife Joan Hildreth of Pulaski. Mother, Linda Hildreth Landahl of Smithville. Sister, Tammy Hildreth Burton. Step-sister, Haley Tillman Garner. Step-brother, Brock Tilman. Grandmother, Elizabeth Hale. Nephews, Travis and Justin Davenport. Great nieces, Olivia and Emily Davenport. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
84 year old Birchie Geneva Jeffries of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was the retired owner of Birchie's Sweet Shop and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson and Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dossie Adcock Young; six brothers, Greg, George, Orvin, Bill, J.T., and Charlie Young; four sisters, Emma Smith, Rosha Henderson, Ola Haley, and Sirtie Orrick; and a son-in-law, Johnny Williams. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Pam Turner of Baxter. A daughter, Joannie Williams of Dowelltown. Six grandchildren, Amy and Patrick Cripps, Shelli Williams, Joshua and Erin Turner, Jessica and Lynus Martin, and Jennifer and Robbie Sykes all of Smithville, and Crystal and Jacob Young of Roane Mountain. Ten great grandchildren. Two sisters, Onie Smith of California and Lillie Calvin of Georgia. Special sister-in-law, Mable Young and special friend, Sherry Tusar both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
98 year old Toy Alton Nixon of Murfreesboro and a long time resident of the Temperance Hall community died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Temperance Hall United Methodist Church, a farmer, a Mason, and member of DeKalb Lodge #358. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dickie Johnson will officiate and burial will be in the Baird Memorial Cemetery at Hickman. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. A Masonic service will be held Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Nixon was preceded in death by his parents, Bob Neal and Lula Tisdale Nixon; his wife, Clara Nixon; five brothers, Finis, Earnest, Floyd, Cecil, and Clarence Nixon; and two sisters, Nellie Belle and Mae Nixon. Survivors include a son, Gary and his wife Kay Nixon of Murfreesboro. Two grandsons, James and wife Crystal Nixon of Crossville and Jesse and wife Kelly Nixon of Muddy Pond. Two great grandchildren, Michael Nixon and Emily Nixon. A nephew, John R. Nixon. Nieces, Bobbie Sue Fish, Faye Reeder. and Shirley Green. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association or to the Alzheimers Association, in lieu of flowers.
85 year old Benjamin Burtrom "B.B." Johnson of Woodbury died Wednesday of an extended illness at Stones River Hospital. Born in DeKalb County, Johnson was a member of the Mount Aarat Church of Christ and a veteran of the Army. He was a dairy farmer and owner of Johnson's Grocery. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. James Cossey and Wayne Prater will officiate and burial will be in the Centerhill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Burley and Donie Bratcher Johnson; a daughter, Norma Johnson Gannon; a grandson, Mike Johnson; brothers, Aubrey, I.N., J.B., Vanus, Lanus, Eddie Royce, and Dellmar Johnson and his sister, Edith Farless. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Wilma Hale Johnson of Woodbury. Sons, Gary Johnson of Murfreesboro and Gerald Johnson of McMinnville. Grandchildren, Russell Gannon, Melanie Fann, Carol Davis, Denise Young, Walt, Paul, Jared, Alexandria, Cassandra, and Ben Johnson. Ten great grandchildren also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
95 year old Viola Jane Martens died Wednesday night at NHC Health Care Center in Smithville. She was a resident of McMinnville, a native of Knox County, Kentucky and a long time resident of Bellwood, Illinois and Guttenburg, Iowa. Martens attended Baptist and Methodist churches and she was retired from the Retail Clerks Union. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home in Villa Park, Illinois. Burial will be in the Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home in Villa Park, Illinois. Martens was preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. Martens; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Martens Bruder and Ralph F. Bruder; parents, Thomas H. and Lizzie Prichard Elliott; and three brothers and five sisters. She is survived by a son, Henry A. and wife Annette Martens of Villa Park, Illinois. Two daughters, Mary J. and husband General Oaks of McMinnville and Nola M. and husband John Scott of Smithville. Nine grandchildren, Amy and husband Ken Smith, Lori and husband Butch Wawrzaszek, David and wife Julie Bruder, Deanna and husband Joe Baures, Buddy and wife Linda Martens, Robert and wife Virgina Oaks, Aaron and wife Shannon Oaks, Denise and husband Thomas Reed, and Eric Brandt. Three step grandchildren, Charles and wife Robin Scott, Brenda Scott, and John Michael Scott. Twenty two great grandchildren, nine step-great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, three step great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Alzheimers Association or to the charity of your choice.