Obituaries

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.

J. Lee Hendrixson

May 12 2007

81 year old J. Lee Hendrixson of Liberty died Friday at his residence. He was a retired machinist at Powermatic and he worked at the Highway 56 garbage collection center for 12 years. Hendrixson was also a Mason and a member of the DeKalb Lodge #358. He was a member of the Dale Ridge Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale and Mike Gay will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Dewey and Georgia Athelene Spencer Hendrixson and a brother, G.D. Hendrixson. Survivors include his wife, Vella Parsley Hendrixson of Liberty. Two daughters, Barbara and her husband Kenneth Vanatta of Dowelltown and Faye and her husband Bobby Hall of Alexandria. Three grandchildren, Amy and her husband Mike Gay, Bethney and her husband Ronnie Vaught, and Bradley and his wife Lacy Hall. Four great grandchildren, Brandon and Gracie Gay and Kelsey and Hunter Vaught. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Rita Martinelli

May 13 2007

82 year old Rita Martinelli of Manchester died Sunday at the Manchester Health Care Center. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, which are incomplete.

Rita Spencer Martinelli

May 14 2007

82 year old Rita Spencer Martinelli of Manchester died Saturday at the Manchester Health Care Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Mike Carpenter will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 1:40 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, David J. and Etta Atnip Spencer; her husband Charles Martinelli; two brothers, George B. and Truitt Spencer; four sisters, Inez and Louise Spencer, Vera Lewis, and Clydia Crowley. She is survived by a brother, James R. Spencer of Springfield. One sister, Vallie Larson of Texas, and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edgar V. Early

May 15 2007

88 year old Edgar V. Early of Troy, Texas died Tuesday. The funeral will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel in Temple, Texas. Burial will follow at Robert?s Cemetery in Troy. Early served in the National Guard at Temple for several years and served in the Army during World War II, from 1943-1945, earning a bronze star and other numerous medals. Early married Catherine Libson Durango in 1942 and together they had three children: Arlin ?Butch? Early and wife, Gloria, of Mart, Texas; Linda Franklin and husband, Ben, of Smithville, Tennessee; and Sharron McMullen and husband, Michael, of Troy; Grandchildren: Michael McMullen and wife, Sarah, of Magnolia, Texas; Misty Carol Franklin, of Smithville,; and Bobby, Dianna, Debbie, Dale, Tracy, Billy, James, Jeff and John Wright. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Thurman Hooper

May 14 2007

87 year old Thurman Hooper of Smithville died Sunday at NHC Health Care Center of Smithville. He was retired from the Carrier Corporation. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Hooper was preceded in death by his parents, Abb and Eliza Ashburn Hooper; his wife, Janie Hooper; a brother, Herman Hooper and a nephew, Jerry Lynn Sanders. Survivors include a sister, Violet and her husband Benton Sanders of Smithville. A brother, Lonnie and his wife Wilma Hooper of Kansas. Two nieces, Emogene and her husband Boyd Atnip of Smithville and Sandra and her husband Paul Turner of McMinnville. Two great nephews and two great great nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda Colwell

May 15 2007

50 year old Brenda Colwell of Smithville died Tuesday morning at Baptist Hospital in Nashville of a short illness. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Complete arrangements and a list of survivors are to be announced.

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