Obituaries

Paul Blankenship

Feb 15 2007

78 year old Paul Blankenship, former owner of Bradley Printing Company, died Thursday at his residence in the Belk Community. He was a member of the New Union The Baptist Church. The body is at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Arrangements are incomplete.

Paul Bradley Blankenship

Feb 15 2007

78 year old Paul Bradley Blankenship of Smithville (Belk Community) died Thursday at his residence. He was founder and former owner of Bradley Printing, and a longtime employee of the Smithville Review. He was also a member of the Gideon's and was a deacon of the New Union The Baptist Church since 1962 and a member for 66 years. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 pm. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Darrell Cantrell, Kenneth Brown, and Anthony Pelham will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reed and Mary Rankhorn Blankenship; a brother, Elzie Blankenship; and three sisters, Delma Wright, Nannie Wright, and Lola Griffin. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Ray Blankenship of Smithville. Two daughters, Paula and her husband Danny Roller of Rock Island and Teresa and her husband Keith Turner of Maryville. Four grandchildren, Sarah and Mary Elizabeth Roller of Rock Island, and Allison and Daniel Turner of Maryville. One sister, Birdell Lentz of Smithville. His father-in-law, Burnice Ray of Smithville. And a brother-in-law, Grady and his wife Charlotte Ray of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

William Ed

Feb 16 2007

77 year old William Ed \"Skillet\" Rutland of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was retired from Estes Furniture Company. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. James Hayes and Wade Smith will officiate and burial will be in the Baker Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Annie Rutland; his wife, Joleen Rutland; and a brother, Robert Rutland. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David, Sr. and Denise Rutland of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Lanetta League of Clarksville, D.J. Rutland, Trista Armour, and E.J. League all of Smithville. One sister, Janette League of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

David Allen Hesson, Sr.

Feb 16 2007

47 year old David Allen Hesson, Sr. of Smithville died Friday of an extended illness at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was a nursery worker. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Robert Page will officiate and burial will be in the Cannady Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 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 father, Bobby Hesson, Sr.; a daughter, Martha Sue Caldwell; two grandchildren, Jena Coronado and Christian Hesson; and a brother, Tommy Hesson. Survivors include his wife, Jena Hesson of Smithville. Three children, April and her husband Martin Coronado, James and his wife Sherry Hesson, and David, Jr. and his wife Kathey Hesson all of Smithville. His mother, Virginia Hesson of Cleveland. A brother, Bobby Hesson, Jr. of Cleveland. Five sisters, Jo Alred of Old Hickory, Edna Hesson of Atlanta, Georgia, Ruthy Marmon of Cleveland, and Briana Hesson and Miranda Hesson both of Kentucky. Six grandchildren and six step grandchildren also survive. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.

Clifford Ingram

Feb 17 2007

86 year old Reverend Clifford Ingram of Smithville died early Saturday morning at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Lockhart Ingram of Smithville. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. at the church. A complete list of survivors and obituary information will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Lena Turner Parsley

Feb 19 2007

74 year old Lena Turner Parsley of Smithville died Monday at her residence of an extended illness. She was a Baptist and a retired factory worker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Sarah Cripps and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Limmie and Altie Cantrell Turner; Howard Parsley; a sister, Earlene Johnson; and brothers, Frank and Kenneth Turner. Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Fields of Smithville. Two granddaughters, Amy Wheeler and Rhonda Lucci. Five great grandchildren. Two sisters, Linda Moser of Smithville and Helen Self of Liberty. Brothers, Boyd and his wife Nina Turner of Smithville and Reed and his wife Frances Turner of Lebanon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Cantrell

Feb 18 2007

70 year old Joe "Toot" Cantrell of Smithville died Sunday at NHC of Smithville. He was a nurseryman and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Danny Parker will officiate and burial will be in the Young Bend Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Mattie Lee Adcock Cantrell; three brothers, Gene, John, and Carl Cantrell; and a sister, Macon Haas. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Johnny Madewell of McMinnville. Two grandchildren and two great grandchildren all of McMinnville. Three sisters, Ernestine Young, Josie Shehane and Katie Cantrell all of Smithville. One brother, Hoyte Cantrell; sister-in-law, Fay Cantrell; and brother-in-law, Eddie Young all of Smithville and a special niece, Melba Vinca of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m.

Mrs. Grady Driver Hackett

Feb 20 2007

Mrs. Grady Driver Hackett of Monoville died Tuesday morning at the Lebanon Rehabilitation Center. The body is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where the service will be Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. Edward L. Anderson will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Liberty. She is survived by step-sons, Philip Hackett of Carthage and Tommy Hackett of Monoville. One step granddaughter, nieces, and a nephew also survive. Sanderson Funeral Home in Carthage is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Salem Cemetery Care Fund.

Leonard Collins

Feb 21 2007

77 year old Leonard Collins of Gordonsville died Tuesday at Riverview Regional Medical Center, Carthage of an extended illness. The body is at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home where the service will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. John Griffin and Dwight Knowles will officiate and burial will be in the Smith County Memorial Gardens in Carthage.. The family will receive friends at the Gordonsville Chapel on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosa Tayse Collins. Three children, Patsy Collins of Gordonsville, Connie and her husband Eugene Williams of Gordonsville, and Mark and his wife Danielle Collins of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Kevin and his wife Nichole Williams of Carthage, Keith Williams of Gordonsville, and Hunter Collins of Smithville. Three great grandchildren, Allision, Luke, and Hunter Williams all of Carthage. A sister, Betty Schafer of Leesburg, Virginia. Brothers, James Collins of Carthage and Reverend Herman \"Jake\" Collins of Pleasant Shade and Harold \"Slick\" Collins of Carthage. The Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

David Bryan Thompson

Feb 23 2007

40 year old David Bryan Thompson of Watertown died Thursday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born in DeKalb County and was an employee of Presicion Rubber Company. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Shannon Cantrell and Leon White will officiate and burial will be in the Jones Hill 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. He was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Randall Hicks and grandparents, Mildred Roberts and Ewin and Ada Hicks. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Bain Thompson of Watertown. A son, Bryan Thompson of Watertown. His parents, Tom and JoAnn Hicks of Watertown. Seven brothers and sisters, Betty and her husband Danny Prater of Smithville, Christy and her husband Lynn Tisdale of Brush Creek, Jimmy and his wife Jane Thompson of Louisville, Kentucky, Joseph and his wife Kim Hicks, Brad and his wife Stephanie Hicks, and Dee Hicks all of Lebanon, and Amy and her husband Elliott Persinger of Watertown. Nine nieces and fifteen nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

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