70 year old James Tommy Johnson of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a self employed carpenter. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Charles Ritchey will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Newt Johnson. Survivors include his mother, Mary Ella Hughes of Smithville. Five daughters, Judy Thomason and Rita Franklin of Smithville, Melissa, Linda, and Gail Johnson all of Nashville and thirteen grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that all donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.
82 year old John W. Watson of Green Hill Road, Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a Dairy farmer and a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m.. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr and Greg Hibdon will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Bedie Vanatta Watson; a brother, Steve Watson; and a grandson Berry Melton. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Bratcher Watson of Smithville. Three daughters, Patsy Helton of McMinnville, Rose and her husband Leonard Melton of Smithville and Barbra and her husband Virgil Hibdon, Jr. of Smithville. A son, Charles Watson and his fiance Carisa Myers of McMinnville. Eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. A brother, Tom and his wife Christine Watson of Smithville. A sister, Elizabeth and her husband Eddie Grisweld of McMinnville. An aunt, Sally Hibdon of McMinnville. Special niece, Ernesteen Cantrell of McMinnville, and several nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
87 year old Betty Sue Hancock of Liberty died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church, a member of the Eastern Star, and a retired teacher in the Metro-Davidson County area. The funeral will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Sycamore Baptist Church. Phil Hancock will officiate and burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 4:00 p.m. at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Valter Ray and Nonnie Bess Craddock Hancock; brothers, Reed, Ben, Alfred, and John Hancock; and sisters, Nell Hancock, Jane Phelps, and Mary Ruth Cripps. She is survived by a brother, Will Hancock of Whitwell and several nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
91 year old Lester C. Franks of Manchester and a former resident of Warren County, died Monday at the United Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Central Funeral Home in Manchester. Westley Hazel will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery in Warren County. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. He is survived by his wife, Era Webb Franks of Manchester. Two daughters, Sherry G. Clapp of Wentzville, Missouri and Brenda F. Krause and her husband Richard of Milton, Florida. Five grandchildren, Jason and his wife Jodi Clapp, Jeff and his wife Heather Clapp, Jamie Lauren Clapp, Erin Krause, and Meredith Krause. Four great grandchildren, Sara, Leigh, Lexy, and Jaylen, and a host of other relatives, friends and loved ones, some of whom live in the Smithville-DeKalb County area. Central Funeral Home in Manchester is in charge of the arrangements.
69 year old Billy Close Cantrell of Alexandria died Friday at his residence. He was a self employed carpenter and a Baptist. A memorial service will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dr. Haskel Greer will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Floyd and Opal Close Cantrell. Survivors include three sons, Mike and his wife Nickie Cantrell of Walling, Gary Cantrell of Mississippi, and Randy Cantrell of Algood. Eight grandchildren, Joey Cantrell of Virginia, MiKayla Cantrell of Walling, Nikki Cantrell of Smithville, Brendi Whittaker of Cookeville, Amber Scott of Clarksville, Tara Cantrell of Bristol, Felicia Cantrell of Florida, Breenna Cantrell of Florida. One great grandchild, Cheynne Scott of Clarksville and special friend, Helen \"Sissy\" Petty of Alexandria. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
42 year old David Wayne Murphy of Smithville died Sunday at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. He was a farmer. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Cannady Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, Author Lee and Kathleen Crook Murphy and brothers, Jeff and Ralph Murphy. Survivors include three daughters, Jessica Hubbard and Christina Murphy both of Smithville, and Stephanie Murphy of Jamestown. Two sisters, Anna Faye Baker of Walling and Kathy Murphy of Shelbyville. Four brothers, James, Harold, and Ricky Murphy all of Smithville, and Kenneth Murphy of Florida. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
74 year old Freeland Gibbs of Alexandria died Sunday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was a member of the Upper Helton Baptist Church and a retired employee of TRW Ross Gear. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Billy Robinson and Kurt Waggoner will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Lola Mae Burton Gibbs; an infant son, David Gibbs; a brother, Wendell Gibbs; and a sister, Elizabeth Ketchum. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Moss Gibbs of Alexandria. Four children, Sandra Fowler of Alexandria, Thomas and his wife Sherry Gibbs of Alexandria, Anita and her husband Robert Higgins of Elmwood, and Lisa and her husband Clark Oakley of Liberty. Nine grandchildren, Tracy Lawrence, Monica Hendrixson, Stacy Fowler, Megan Gibbs, Braiden, Jordon, and Ethan Alvis, and Cason and Addison Oakley. Three great grandchildren,Caitlyn and Rebecca Lawrence, and Ella Hendrixson. Two sisters, Martha Hood and Sally Rankins both of Indiana and a brother, James A. Gibbs of Indiana. The family requests that donations be made to Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro in memory of Mr. Gibbs, in lieu of flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
The funeral for 88 year old Vestie H. Dyer will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellow Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Survivors include two sons, Lloyd Dyer and Billy J. Dyer; one daughter, Mary Nell Haggard; and a sister, Ojill Warren. Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
76 year old Will D. Hancock of Whitwell died Wednesday. He was a graduate of Woodbury Central High School. His family resided in Chattanooga before he retired from DuPont. After retirement, Hancock and his family moved to Whitwell where he was a cattle farmer. He also served as president of the Marion County Livestock Association. Hancock was an active member of the Jasper First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time at the Jasper First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery at Liberty. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Thursday at the Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the Sycamore Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Friday followed by a graveside service at 3:30 p.m. at the Sycamore Cemetery. Hancock was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Mingle Hancock; his father and mother, Valter Ray and Nonnie Craddock Hancock; and nine brothers and sisters, Nell, Alfred, Ben, Bettye Sue, Reed, Ruth, John, Jane, and an infant sister. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Alan Stephenson of Nashville. A son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Lisa Hancock of Whitwell. Four grandchildren, Reed Stephenson of Kennesaw, Georgia; Kelli and her husband Roger Hancock Layne of Whitwell; Ben Stephenson of Nashville; and Tyler Hancock of Whitwell. Two great granddaughters, Pace Stephenson and Ava Layne and several nieces and nephews. Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Contributions may be sent, in lieu of flowers, to the Jasper First Baptist Church, 108 West Third Street, Jasper, Tennessee 37347
84 year old Evelyn Frances Curtis of Alexandria died Friday at the Summit Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a DeKalb County native. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church, where she was a member. Ronnie Smith and Tommy Curtis will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There will be no visitation on Sunday due to Easter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Willie Malone Kitchings; her husband of 66 years Paul Curtis; and a brother, Charles B. Kitchings. Survivors include two daughters, Faye and her husband William Wooldridge of Lebanon and Kaye Hearn of Mount Juliet. Five grandchildren, Rick and his wife Christy Robinson of Murfreesboro, Mitch Robinson of Lebanon, Angie and her husband Alan Elkins, Anita and her husband Chip Jackson, and Kim and her husband Scott Lattimore all of Mount Juliet. Six great grandchildren. A niece, Lyna Rorie of Watertown and a brother-in-law, Reverend Tommy and his wife Virginia Curtis of Smithville. Two step-grandchildren, Chip and his wife Carol Hearn and Trevor Hearn all of Mount Juliet Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the New Hope Cemetery Fund or to the Huntington Foundation, in lieu of flowers.
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