Obituaries

Beverly Rogers

May 31 2006

65 year old Beverly Rogers of Smithville died Wednesday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. The body is at Love-Cantrell Funeral. Arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later.

Milns Thoburn Puckett

May 31 2006

97 year old Milns Thoburn \"M.T.\" Puckett of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a retired businessman and a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Puckett carved his name in state and county politics and area businesses for many years. He was a man of varied business interests. He established one of the first restaurants and lodging facilities on Center Hill Lake known as \"Puckett's Camp\".

He was one of the principle organizers of the Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District and was the principle organizer of Citizens Bank, which is now AmSouth Bank of Smithville.

Mr. Puckett was a well known residential and commercial general contractor for twenty five years.

He served six years in the Tennessee House of Representatives in the General Assembly. During those years, he was the primary sponsor of the Tennessee Water and Safety Act, which controls and regulates boats on the public waters of Tennessee.

He was very active in and a long time member of the First United Methodist Church, having served thirty years on the Board of Trustees of which he was chairman for twenty six years.

The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Carlton Thaxton will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Etta Reeves Puckett; his first wife, Alvilda Shanks Puckett; and a son, Dr. Jerry E. Puckett.

Puckett is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Puckett of Smithville. A daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Walter Whitson Carlen of Cookeville. Daughter-in-law, Katherine Smith Puckett of Naples, Florida. A step-daughter, Merle Sandlin of Smithville. Eight grandchildren, Henry Puckett, Stephanie Eby, Mary Puckett, Jerri Brown, Poly Billiu, Malinda Carlen Little, Whit Carlen, and step granddaughter, Jenny Saul and six great grandchildren.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. The family also requests that no food be brought.

Frank Burton Ervin

Jun 2 2006

72 year old Frank Burton Ervin of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Hospital. He was retired from Avco and was a member of the Pentecostal faith. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Latam will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by parents, Wilson and Maggie Pedigo Ervin. He is survived by his wife, Anna \"Jeannette\" Ervin. One daughter, Dorothy and her husband Steve Knipfer of Knoxville. Three sons, Thomas and his wife Marie Ervin of Smithville, Robert and his wife Patty Ervin, and David Randall and his wife Bobbie Ervin. Ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Two brothers, James and his wife Bobbie Ervin of Smithville and Glen and his wife Dorothy Ervin of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Evelyn Marie Redmon Bratcher Wolf

Jun 1 2006

78 year old Evelyn Marie Redmon Bratcher Wolf of the Green Hill Community of Warren County died Wednesday at her residence of an extended illness. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Ken Kirby will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donnie Edward and Samantha Emili Mitchell Redmon; two sisters, Lucretta Redmon and Pauline McCormick; a brother, J.B. Redmon; and a son-in-law, Dorris Vaughn. Survivors include daughters, Louise and her husband James Wrisner of Manchester, Jo Evelyn Vaughn and Darlene and her husband Roger Vaughn all of McMinnville. A son, Donnie and his wife Patricia Bratcher of Smithville. Grandchildren, James Thomas and his wife Trish Wrisner, Christie Hopkins, Angie McMahan, Josh Wrisner, Penny and her husband Nick Abraham, Olivia Pinegar, Jennifer Pinegar, Tina and her husband Dale Pack, Sabrina and her husband Keith Farler, and Karen and her husband Jared Knowles. Eighteen great grandchildren. Two sisters, Lula Mae McCormick and Joy Stembridge. Several nieces and nephews, and friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Beverly Carol Rogers

Jun 1 2006

65 year old Beverly Carol Rogers of Smithville died Wednesday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. She was a secretary at Geno's and a member of the Laurel Hill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Goldie Bardmess Barr and a son, Michael Zimmerman. She is survived by her husband, Donald Rogers of Smithville. Two children, Robert and Shirley Zimmerman and Pamela Zimmerman and her fiance, Ronald Wayne Roller all of Smithville. Eight grandchildren, Alexandra, Jaymie, Nikol, Bobbie, and Rachel Zimmerman, Brooke Roller, Christopher Sorrell, and Kylie Sorrell all of Smithville. Two sisters, Shirley and her husband, Marvin Beckham, and Norma Jean Leadlove all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenzie Leighton Wright

Jun 3 2006

85 year old Kenzie Leighton Wright of Smithville died Saturday of an extended illness at DeKalb Hospital. He was a Baptist, a farmer, and a member of the New Union The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Anthony Pelham will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Hattie Pullman Wright; and two sisters, Childus Wright Johnson and Kelvie Wright Redmon. Survivors include a brother-in-law, Johnny Johnson of Smithville. Nieces, Edith McReynolds of Auburntown, Andrea Redmon of Smithville, and Jaque Hale of Smithville. Nephews, Johnny Johnson, Jr. of Spring Hill and Nathan Johnson of Murfreesboro. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Deborah Darlene Puckett

Jun 4 2006

52 year old Deborah Darlene Puckett of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a Lab Technician and a member of the New Life United Pentecostal Church. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Paul Sanders will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow Wilson Banks. Survivors include a daughter, Misty Bush and her fiance Shawn Shehane of Smithville. One son, Josh and his wife Chelsie Young of McMinnville. Five grandchildren, Blaine, Preston, and Gracie Young of McMinnville, Alyssa and Brayden Shehane of Smithville. One sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Wayne Hill of Smithville. Her mother, Eunice Banks of Smithville. Special aunt and uncle, Peggy and Donald Minnear of Smithville and several other aunts and uncles.Three nieces Dava Pedigo,Terra Turner,and Tiffany Hendrixson. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carla Ann Steed Berry

Jun 4 2006

47 year old Carla Ann Steed Berry of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a substitute teacher for DeKalb County High School, a member of the First Baptist Church of Watertown, and a Girl Scout Leader. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 11th at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Don Mathis and Mike Carpenter will officiate. She was preceded in death by her father, Deerwood Steed. Survivors include a daughter, Jessica Berry of Smithville; her mother, Carlyne and her husband Leo Anderson of Texas; maternal grandmother, Estelle Vannoy of Collinsville, Texas; a brother, Lee and his wife Sandra Steed of Texas; one sister, Deborah and her husband David Hoover of Texas; two nephews, Evin and Ryan Hoover of Texas; and one niece, Ashley Murphy of Texas. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday, June 11th from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m.

Billie O'Fallon Byford

Jun 6 2006

69 year old Billie O'Fallon Byford of Smithville died Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. She was a retired factory worker at Federal Mogul and a member of the Smithville Church of God. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. B.J. Thomason, Jr. and Donnie Kelly will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Beatrice Tramel Bryant. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Nokes and her companion James Crook and Rena Bogle all of Smithville. Three step-children, Alice Beach of Atlanta, Keith Bogle of Murfreesboro, and Billy Bogle of Smithville. One brother, Frank, Jr. and his wife Maggie Bryant of Woodbury. One sister, Louise and her husband Dick Knowles of Smithville. Five grandchildren, five step grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 1;00 p.m. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Carl Cantrell

Jun 6 2006

77 year old James Carl Cantrell of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was a retired nurseryman and a member of the Smithville First Assembly of God. The funeral will be Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Danny Parker will officiate and burial will be in the Adcock Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest P. and Mattie Lee Adcock Cantrell; his wife, Betty Jean Cantrell; two brothers, John and Gene Cantrell; and a sister, Macon Haas. Survivors include two sons, Tallis and his wife Nancy Cantrell and Earnest Cantrell all of Smithville. One daughter, Vivian and her husband Tommy Garrison of Dowelltown. Three grandchildren, Shannon and Chad Pirtle and Talisa Cantrell of Smithville. Two brothers, Hoyte and Joe Cantrell of Smithville. Three sisters, Katie Cantrell, Josie Shehane, and Ernestine Young all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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