74 year old Reverend James Gordon Williams of Smithville died Friday at the Alvin C. York V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born in Norene and was a Southern Baptist Minister for 44 years having preached at Bledsoe Creek, Dowelltown, Linwood, Smith Fork, Hickman, Whorton Springs, and Hurricane Baptist Churches. He was also a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Fall Creek Baptist Church. Jimmy Atnip and Jackie Edwards will officiate and burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Ellen Wrather Williams; a grandson, Phillip Tarpley; a son-in-law, Mike Midgett; brothers, Clarence, Claude, Mason, John E., and Glenn Williams. He is survived by his wife, Fran Hodge Williams of Smithville. Four daughters, Connie and husband Butch Sullivan of Corner, Alabama, Glenda Midgett of Lebanon, Penny and husband Kevin Burchfield of Smithville, and Traci Williams of Smithville. Grandchildren, Josh and wife Sandy Sullivan of Fultondale, Alabama, Wesley and wife Tiffany Midgett of Lebanon, Steven and wife Mandy Tarpley of Statesville, and Wesley and Erin Burchfield of Smithville. Great granddaughter, Jordan Nicole Sullivan. A sister, Lucille Weaver of Lebanon. Brothers, Robert and wife Martha Williams of Lebanon, Enoch and wife Doris Faye Williams of Norene. A sister-in-law, Sue Williams of Hendersonville. Nieces and nephews also survive. The family requests that memorials be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Hurricane Baptist Church, Gideons International, or to the American Cancer Society. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.
80 year old Rachel Hawkins Fleming of Brush Creek died Friday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born in Watertown. Fleming was also a homemaker, a Baptist, and a member of the Eastern Star. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Tommy Willis will officiate and burial will be in the Brush Creek Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover Hawkins, Sr. and Kiny Taylor Hawkins; her husband, Estel "Shorty" Fleming; and eleven siblings. Survivors include a son, Wayne Fleming of Brush Creek. A daughter, Barbara Askew of Brush Creek. Grandchildren, Brad and wife Judy Askew of Watertown and Brian Askew of Murfreesboro. Great grandchild, Madison Askew of Watertown. Sister-in-law, Katherine Hawkins of Lebanon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
55 year old Jan Higdon Cade of Smithville died Thursday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She was a member of the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church. She was also a self employed child care provider. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rick Cade and her father, Dale Staley. Survivors include her children, Jamie Higdon of Smithville, Mindy and husband Mark Versluis of Mount Juliet, Chynna and Brittany Cade of Smithville, Joan Cade of Smithville ,and Brandon Cade of Russell Springs, Kentucky. A grandchild, Jade Cade of Smithville. Her mother, Wilma Staley of Smithville. A sister, Kathy Olds of Smithville. A brother, Tim and wife Debbie Staley of Smithville. Three nieces also survive. The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Jan's children in her memory at the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
66 year old Kenneth "Ken" Martin Bierbaum of Silver Point died Tuesday at his home. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Bernard and Madeline Klein Bierbaum. He was a member of the National Guard, a retired inspector with Tube Turns Technology in Louisville, and a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Louisville. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Herbert Leftwich will officiate and burial with military honors will be in Crest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Janie Alcorn Bierbaum and a step-son, Allen Clay Cook. Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda (Pee Wee) Bierbaum of Louisville, Kentucky. Step-daughters, Lori Broughton of Vine Grove, Kentucky, and Donna Taylor and Janet Franklin both of Smithville. Sister and brother-in-law, Thresa and Bob Morris of Mount Vernon, Illinois. A grandson, Derek Martin Schafer. Special friends, Annie Roberts, her son, Arnold Newcomb, her sister, Betty Coons, brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Mable Alcorn of Wilson County, sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Larry Robinson of Liberty, Sharon Hendrixson of Baxter, Jackie Rains of Manchester, and Cathy and Danny Parker of Sparta. Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
88 year old Fowler G. Stanton of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Smithville. Terry Little and Dr. John Purdue will officiate. Mr. Stanton's wishes were for his former students to arrive at the Memorial service one hour early for a special tribute in Song. A visitation with the family will be Friday, March 5th at the CFC building of the Smithville First United Methodist Church from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Stanton is survived by his wife, Oleta Stanton of Smithville. Two daughters, Melody and her husband Dr. Tim Foster of Old Hickory and Sonata and husband Randy Rayburn of Nashville. A step-daughter, Dona Jane D. and husband Pat Clements of Nashville. Step-son, Harold Edward and wife Vicki Copeland of Cookeville. Two granddaughters, Lauren and Katie Foster. Three grandsons, Duke Rayburn, and Eathen and Braden Copeland. Memorials may be made to the Music Department of the schools where Mr. Stanton taught: Jackson County High School, Smith County High School, or DeKalb County High School. The Carthage Chapel of Bass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
88 year old Rubye Lee Easterly of Dowelltown died Sunday at Richmond Place Health and Rehab. She was a Presbyterian and a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ambrose Easterly; a daughter, Sandra Easterly Sweazey; and a brother, Thomas Hobert Robinson. Survivors include four daughters, Cathy and husband Cliff Feltham of Lexington, Kentucky, Susan White of Renton, Washington, Anne Easterly and husband Ted Potter of Iowa City, Iowa, and Jane Easterly of Galesburg, Illinois. Ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
67 year old Wilma Ray Batey of Watertown died Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a DeKalb County native. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Roger Grisham will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her father, Ova Jay Bain; a sister, Linda Parrish; and a brother, Roy Dale Bain. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Billy Anderson Batey of Watertown. Her mother, Martha Jennings of Lebanon. A brother, Larry and wife Cassie Bain of Lebanon. Three sons, Billy and wife Tracy Batey of Watertown, Dean and wife Cindee Batey of Manchester, and Joe Batey of Watertown. A daughter, Sissy and husband Jimmy Cozart of Statesville. Grandchildren, Kezney, Kaitlin, Danielle, Brandy, Josh, and Zachary Batey, Jan Cozart, and Heather Johnson. Great grandchildren, Natalie, Logan, Swanson, Kenya, Jordan, and Carley Batey. Special nieces, Janet Presley, Melanie Young, and other nieces and nephews. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.
88 year old Rubye Easterly of Smithville died Sunday night at Richmond Health and Rehab in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the widow of the late Ambrose Easterly. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. A complete list of survivors and time of visitation will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.
82 year old James Colwell of Dowelltown died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a carpenter, farmer, U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the Gospel of Lighthouse Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Tommy Taylor and Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 9:00 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. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Harvey and Maggie Vanatta Colwell; brothers, Hobart Evans Colwell and Harvey Colwell, Jr., sisters, Grady Mai Smith, Ruby Tittsworth, Ada Lee Tomlin, and Hattie Cathey. He is survived by his wife of 57 1/2 years, Edna Ruth Hendrixson Colwell of Dowelltown. A son, David and his wife Sue Colwell of Dowelltown. A daughter, Diane and her husband Terry Hendrixson of Cookeville. Grandchildren, Angie Fuston, Suzanne Anderson, Tabitha Colwell, Josh Hendrixson and fiancee Janda Emmons, and Daniel Hendrixson. Great grandchildren, Trey Fuston, Peyton Young, and Morgan Green. Sister-in-law, Ellen Colwell of Dowelltown. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
84 year old Mary Louise Turner of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and did secretarial work. She was also a member of the Jacobs Pillar United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bernard Houk and Royce Martin will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Aubrey Turner, Sr.; her parents, Adam William and Fannie Lou Bullard Beshearse; a son, William Aubrey Turner, Jr.; and brothers, Charles Beshearse, A.W. Beshearse, and Shirley Beshearse; a sister, Rhea Beshearse Neal. Survivors include a daughter, Kay and husband Billy Redmon of Murfreesboro. A daughter-in-law, Betty Turner of Smithville. Granddaughters, Teri and husband Ben Blake of Murfreesboro and Kathy and husband Neal Bryant of Smithville. Grandsons, William Aubrey "Bill" Turner, III and wife Kimberly of Smithville, and Todd and wife Karen Redmon of Murfreesboro. Great granddaughters, Mary Jan Blake and Kayla Redmon. Great grandsons, Justin Turner, Alex Turner, Tyler Redmon, Benjamin Blake, Luke Bryant, and Turner Bryant. Sisters, Nadene Mayberry and Phyllis Poplin both of Nashville and June Parker of Dickson. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.