Obituaries

Lois Williams

Feb 6 2007

76 year old Lois Williams of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church and a retired factory worker. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Royce Martin and Phil Tollett will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton Floyd and Dora Ethel Hullett Robinson; a brother, Edward Robinson; and two sisters, Delia Foutch and Clysta Pedigo. Survivors include two daughters, Patti and her husband Jim Coe of Lascassas and Annette and her husband David Medley of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Jenny Lynn and her husband Jeremy Hudgens of Murfreesboro, Louie Jack and his wife Constance Medley of Smithville, and Cindy Nicole Medley of Smithville. Two great grandchildren, Dustin and Kinsey Hudgens. Three sisters, Jo and her husband Jess Baker, Omega Hayes, and Mary and her husband Paul Parsley all of Smithville. Three brothers, Charles and his wife Jacqueline Robinson of Smithville, Carl and his wife Jo Robinson of Morrison, and Brisco and his wife Helen Robinson of Cookeville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ou Chen

Feb 6 2007

45 year old Mr. Ou Chen of Palm Coast, Florida and formerly of Liberty died Sunday at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona, Florida. He was a Christian and owner of the China American Garden Restaurant in Florida. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Liberty United Methodist Church. Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. He was preceded in death by his father, Boun Chen and a nephew, Ming Chansiya. He is survived by his wife, Lyla Hong Chen of Florida. A son, David Tyler Chen of Florida. His mother, Onith Heuang Chen of Tennessee and Florida. Two sisters, Wai Ying of Hong Kong and Song and her husband Vang Chansiya of Florida. Four brothers, Kiang and his wife Pinoy Chen of Canada, Siao Tsan Chen of Japan, Tiu Joe and his wife Thann Chen of Chattanooga, and Pheng and his wife Lynne Chen of Florida. Seven nephews and six nieces survive, Wilson and Lois Williams of Liberty and many friends and loved ones. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hoytte Venson Griffith

Feb 7 2007

87 year old Hoytte Venson Griffith of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a farmer, member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a U.S. Army World War II Veteran. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Charles \"Buddy\" Pope and Greg Mullis will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. 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 wife, Jennie Lee Joins Griffith; his parents, John Garrison and Effie Evergreen Yeargin Griffith; brothers, Houston, Carl, and John Griffith; and a sister, Sarah Dean Moss. Survivors include a son, Roger and his wife Lynn Griffith of Smithville. Grandsons, Chris and his wife Jennifer Griffith and Ron and his wife Mindy Griffith all of Dowelltown. Great grandchildren, Kiersten, Cadee, and Aly Griffith. Two sisters, Elva Wilbert of New Jersey, Magdalene Joins of Smithville and a sister-in-law, Gladys Griffith of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jackie Wayne Bandy

Feb 8 2007

54 year old Jackie Wayne Bandy of McMinnville died Tuesday at his home. He was in the Tennessee Army National Guard, 278th ACR with 22 years of active service prior to retiring as Sergeant First Class. The funeral will be Friday at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Chapel of Pikeville Funeral Home. Burial will be in the T.Y. Swafford Cemetery with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Tennessee Army National Guard and the Warren County Sheriff's Department. The family will receive friends starting at 11:00 a.m. Thursday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hebron and Frances Bandy. Survivors include his wife, Bridget Bandy and a daughter Chloe Emmaline Jane Bandy both of McMinnville. A son, Brian Bandy, and daughter Katrina and her husband Andy Collier of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Matthew, Brent, and Tiffany. Brothers, Danny Bandy of Smithville, Carl Bandy of Silver Point, and Jeff Bandy of McMinnville. A sister Kathy Jones of Georgia. Mother-in-law, Neva Bayless Swafford of Pikeville. Sister-in-law, Russell Anne Swafford Talley, and a brother-in-law, Jeff Talley of Dunlap. The family requests that memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers to a scholarship fund for Chloe Bandy established by the Tennessee Army National Guard at Regions Bank in McMinnville. The Pikeville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

James Raymond Goff

Feb 8 2007

James Raymond Goff, infant son of Jerry and Rhonda Evans Goff of Smithville died Wednesday at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. A graveside service will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Goff family cemetery in the Austin Bottom community of DeKalb County. Ricky Arnold will officiate. Family and friends will leave the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. to go to the cemetery for the service at 10:00 a.m. There will be no visitation. The child was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry Goff and his great grandfather, Charlie Evans. In addition to his parents, the child is survived by a sister, Teshia Jo Goff. His paternal grandparents, Harry and Ivy Holmes of Smithville. His maternal grandparents, Ronnie and Carolyn Evans of Smithville. Paternal great grandparents, Barbara Allen of Cookeville and LeRoy Goff of Smithville. Maternal great grandmother, Frankie Jo Evans of Smithville. Uncles, Jonathon Goff and Jonnie Evans of Smithville. Aunt and uncle, Jo Carol and T.J. Summers. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Myrtle L. Jackson

Feb 13 2007

84 year old Myrtle L. Jackson of Indiana died Saturday at a Bloomington Hospital in Indiana. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Edward Todd will officiate and burial will be in the Baird Cemetery in Smith County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Alice Clemmons Jones; her husband, Will Allen Jackson; and a daughter, Dorothy Hawkins. Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Faye and Howard Wallace, Betty and Elmer Goolsby, and Linda Madewell of Indiana. Eleven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. Three sisters, Vernie Tate of Chattanooga, and Margaret Allison and Pearl Goolsby both of Cookeville. One brother, Donald Jones of Cookeville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:00 a.m.

Helen Murphy Hale

Feb 14 2007

87 year old Helen Murphy Hale of Chattanooga died Monday. She was born in DeKalb County to the late Frank M. and Dovie Rose O'Conner Murphy. She was a member of the Maranatha Baptist Church and an active member of the Challenger Sunday School Class. She also attended Signal Center Adult Day Care and was an Avon representaive for over 40 years. She was a former member of the O.E.S. Hale was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Howard Hale, and their son, Mackey Hale. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Chattanooga. John Collins, Luther Eslinger, and Billy Dean will officiate and entombment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens-South. The family will receive friends from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Maranatha Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Dwayne Hale of Chattanooga. A daughter, Jeanette Richey of Chattanooga. A daughter-in-law, Lila Hale of Chattanooga. Eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The family requests that memorials be made, in lieu of flowers, to Hospice of Chattanooga, P.O. Box 19269 Chattanooga, Tennessee 37416, Signal Center Adult Day Care at 109 N. Germantown Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411, or to the Maranatha Baptist Church, 1701 Hickory Valley Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37421. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga.

Virgil Carl Davis

Feb 17 2007

83 year old Virgil Carl Davis of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a self employed farmer and owner of Carl Davis and Sons Nursery. Davis was also a Baptist, a U.S. Army World War II Veteran, a 32nd degree Mason for 50 years and a past Master of Liberty Lodge #77. He was a member of the DeKalb Farm Bureau Board of Directors for nine years and was involved in Tennessee agriculture. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Edgar and Dollie Eller Davis; a sister, Mary Magnolia Davis Cantrell; and brothers, Earl Eugene and Ewin Edgar Davis. Survivors include his wife, Willene Ford Davis of Smithville. A daughter, Betty Davis of Chattanooga. Sons, Carl Douglas and his wife Sandra Davis and Edgar Davis of Smithville. Grandsons, B.J. Davis of Murfreesboro, Jacob and his wife Dana Davis of Dowelltown, and Jared Davis of Cookeville. Great granddaughter, Kendall Davis of Dowelltown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 3:30 p.m. A Masonic service will be held Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Paul David Scott

Feb 14 2007

41 year old Paul David Scott of Sparta died Wednesday at the White County Hospital. He was a student and a member of the Apostolic Arc. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Scott and his maternal grandparents, Jay and Sinda Hutchings. Survivors include his wife, Jill Savage Scott of Sparta. Two sons, Chris and Michael Scott of Cookeville. One step daughter, Marissa Maggo of Sparta. One step son, Charlie Maggo of Sparta. His mother, Lana Hutchings Scott of Sparta. Aunts and uncles, Bernard and Marie Kocis, Howard and Janice Stafford, and Frank Hutchings all of Sparta. Special cousins, Tyra Rodgers and Angie Stafford of Sparta. Three nieces, Taylor, Megan and Ashlee Rodgers and a host of other family and friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

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.

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