Obituaries

Maggie Birdell Lentz

Feb 16 2009

84 year old Maggie Birdell Lentz of Munford, Tennessee died Saturday at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. She was a Baptist and was retired from Union Planter's Bank. The funeral will be Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Anthony Pelham will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Lentz; parents, Reed and Mary Rankhorn Blankenship; two brothers, Paul and Elzie Blankenship; and three sisters, Delma and Nannie Wright and Lola Griffin. She is survived by a son, Bradley Reed Lentz of Munford. A step-son, Joe Lentz of Utah. A sister-in-law, Geraldine Blankenship of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Crystal Angel Allen

Feb 16 2009

32 year old Crystal Angel Allen of Crossville died Saturday at her residence. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Curtis Jones will officiate and burial will be in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Ballard. Survivors include her husband, Carl Allen of Crossville. Children, Tyler Lee Bennett, Kayla Ashley, Trinity Cole Wheeler, Jacob Kane and Ezra Cage Allen all of Crossville; her mother, Carolyn England of Smithville; grandmother, Ruby Ballard of Smithville; half-brother, Robert England of Smithville; half-sister, Cassie England of Smithville; and an aunt, Sonia Presley of Smithville. The family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Carmine Alsup

Feb 15 2009

89 year old Mary Carmine Alsup of Murfreesboro died Saturday at StoneCrest Medical Center. She was born in Rutherford County and was the daughter of the late Homer & Annie Mae McRae Alsup. She is survived by her sons, Jerry Alsup and his wife, Carol of Murfreesboro, John Alsup and his wife, Judy of Smithville; daughters, Pam Alsup and Mary Alsup of Murfreesboro; grandsons, John Miller Alsup and Jacob Alsup of Smithville. Visitation with the family will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro. A graveside services will be at 2 p.m Monday at Alsup Cemetery in Wilson County. Mrs. Alsup was preceded in death by her husband Lillard Jacob Alsup, a step son, Sonny Alsup and her brothers, James, John, Hubert and Bill Alsup. Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Gordon Fish

Feb 15 2009

91 year old Gordon Fish of Lebanon and a long time resident of the Long Branch Community of DeKalb County died Friday at his residence. Fish was born in Temperance Hall, the son of the late Bonnie Beulah Malone and Johnny Lloyd Fish. He did construction work on the building of Center Hill Dam. He retired from TVA after 30 years. He was a member of the Long Branch Community Church and was Sunday School Superintendent for over 50 years. The body is at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home where the service will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. James Lee Williams and Mark Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Gordonsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Gordonsville Chapel on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Fish was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Winfree and Jimneva Self. A great grandson, Mark Anthony Fletcher, Jr. and a son-in-law, Fred Fletcher. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Alene Maynard Fish of Lebanon. A daughter, Ruthene Fletcher of Lebanon. Three grandchildren, Wayne and his wife Debbie Fletcher of Lebanon, Lisa Rosenboom of Lebanon, and Mark and his wife Wanda Fletcher of Watertown. Five grandchidren, Kristi Fletcher, Ashley Cook, Brandi Cousino, Stacy Woods, and Emily Woods. Seven great great grandchildren. A sister, Joyce Trusty of Lancaster. The Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Wayne Cantrell

Feb 14 2009

28 year old Gary Wayne Cantrell of Liberty died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was an employee of Federal Mogul, member of the Old Fashion Freewill Baptist Church, and he was a firefighter of the Liberty Station. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Lawson will officiate and burial will be in the Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Tina Ashford Cantrell. He is survived by his wife, Felisha Vanatta Cantrell; one son, Dakoda Wayne Cantrell; and one daughter, Aveya Grace Cantrell all of Liberty. His mother, Edna Ashford of Smithville. Three sisters, Rhonda King of McMinnville and Barbara Green and Gail Mullican of Smithville. One brother, Jerry Ashford of Smithville. His grandmother, Ma Ruby Carter, and aunt and uncle, Ronnie and Debbie Carter. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Grace Louise Norton

Feb 13 2009

88 year old Grace Louise Norton of Smithville died Friday at her residence. She was a housewife, homemaker, and a member of the Keltonburg Church of Christ. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Phillip Adcock and Teddy Jones will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Arrie Brown Duncan; brothers, Bay, Fud, Fred, Carl, and Hill Duncan; and sisters, Pat Cole, Reba Ray, and Laura Cole. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Arvil Norton of Smithville. Children, Russell and his wife Margaret Norton, Jackie and his wife Lisa Norton, and Brenda Kay and her husband Danny Cantrell all of Smithville. Ten grandchildren, Crystal, Brandi, Nioka, and Annieka Norton, Dwayne Foster, Tonia Pack, Jacob and Olivia Norton, and Bryan and Heather Cantrell. Eleven great grandchildren. One brother, B.L. Duncan of Pegram. Special caregivers, Pamela Yates and Angie Escobedo. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Phillip Reed Keith

Feb 13 2009

64 year old Phillip Reed Keith of McMinnville died Thursday at River Park Hospital. He was a retired factory worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Green and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claudie and Carnell Taylor Keith; a sister, Brenda Hildreth; and a brother, Carl Keith. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Keith of McMinnville. Children, Gina and her husband Jimmy Lewis of Smithville, Amy and her husband James Hayes of Smithville, and Ashley Keith and fiance John Curtis of McMinnville. Grandchildren, Caitlyn Potter, Chelsie Lewis, Brittney Cantrell, Christian Cantrell, and Jayme Linn Hayes all of Smithville. Brothers, Vernon Keith and Bobby Keith both of McMinnville and Paul Keith and Steve Keith both of Nashville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

John Edward Bratten

Feb 12 2009

76 year old John Edward Bratten of Liberty died Thursday at his residence. He was a contractor, and active member of the N.R.A. and he was in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. David Mahan will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Bratten was preceded in death by his parents, John and Iona Bratten. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Melba Louise Bratten of Liberty. A son, Terry Strayn of Smithville. Grandchildren, Robbie Strayn of Dowelltown, Jennifer and husband Dewayne Bain, April Strayn Drennan, and John E. Strayn all of Smithville. A brother, Bill James and his wife Dee Bratten of Michigan. Great grandchildren, Britta, Rachel, Marley, Shelby, Megan, Saxon, and Brandon. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eugene Milton Bell

Feb 12 2009

62 year old Eugene Milton Bell of Smithville died Thursday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was employed by Jack Barnes Plumbing. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Milton Bell. Survivors include a daughter, Brittney Bell of Smithville. His mother, Carolyn Bell of West Palm Beach, Florida and a sister, Diane Babcock of West Palm Beach, Florida. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy Wesley Fults

Feb 10 2009

73 year old Roy Wesley Fults of Liberty died Monday of an extended illness at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Warren County native, a stock yard worker, and a member of the Auburntown Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Bobby Colvert will officiate and burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday after 10:00 a.m. Fults was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Bell Rowland Fults and his brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Cricket Duggin, Jimmy Fults, and Sue Bullard. He is survived by his children, Russell and his wife Helen Fults of DeKalb County, Ricky and his wife Janie Fults of Cannon County, Wesley "Bull" Fults of Cannon County, Jackie Fults of DeKalb County, Diane and her husband Jeff Hardin of DeKalb County, Patsy Fults and Tommy Johnson of Cannon County, and Jeffery and his wife Sandy Fults of DeKalb County. The mother of his children, Martha Fults of DeKalb County. A sister, Edith and her husband Eddie Roy Judkins of DeKalb County. Ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and four step great grandchildren survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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