Obituaries

Frank Tramel (Junior) Bryant

Apr 29 2018
Frank Tramel (Junior) Bryant

89 year old Frank Tramel (Junior) Bryant passed away Saturday at NHC in Smithville. He was a retired assembly worker at Genesco in Nashville and a farmer. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was affiliated with the Short Mountain Church of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Thomas and Dora Beatrice Tramel Bryant, and one sister, Billie O'Fallon Byford. Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maggie Lorane Morrison Bryant; one sister, Mary Knowles; special nieces and caregivers, Linda Crook and Eden Nokes; special nephew and caregiver, James Crook; Several nieces and nephews also survive. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. In addition to flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Bryant's memory to the Short Mountain Church of God.

John Robert Nixon

Apr 27 2018
John Robert Nixon

Mr. John Robert Nixon age 87 of Smithville passed away Thursday afternoon at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. John was born November 18, 1930 to his parents, the late Floyd Vaskel and Clara Mai Christian Nixon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Nixon. He was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church, U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict, a Mason and member of Liberty Lodge #77, was a partner of Amonett -Nixon Chevrolet for 30 years, DeKalb County Clerk and Master for 16 years, Farmer and served as Chairman of the Smithville Electric Board from 1969 to 2017 and continued serving as a board member until the time of his death. Survivors include his 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen (Harrell) Tolbert and Sandra (J.C.) Wall both of Smithville; 1 granddaughter, Tara Tolbert and Fiancé, Steve Crook; 1 sister, Faye Reeder of Smithville; 1 sister-in-law, Geneva Judkins of Smithville; nephews, Joey Reeder, Larry and Dwayne Webb, Ritch and Mark Judkins; nieces, Ivadell Randolph and Kim Bianchini; special great-niece, Danielle (Mark) Collins. Public Graveside services and interment will be 1:00 Saturday, April 28, 2018 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Friday 3 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM until 12:30 PM at which time he will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley A. Gibbs

Apr 27 2018
Shirley Ann Gibbs

Shirley Ann Gibbs age 69 of Dowelltown passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born April 28, 1948 to her parents, the late Robert and Virginia Tarr Baker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Georgia Barber and Bonnie Howell and 1 brother, H.B. Baker. Shirley was a Baptist and a retired shirt factory worker. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Billy Gibbs of Dowelltown; 4 children, Tammy Evans of Georgia, Roxann Hunt of Smithville, Peggy Gibbs of Smithville and Michael Gibbs of Liberty; 6 grandchildren, David Evans, Ashley Buchanan, Amanda Sanders, Kayla Sanders, Vanessa Freeman and Natasha Thaxton; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Mary Murphy of Smithville, Sue Mitchell of Cookeville, Dorothy Leach of McMinnville and Betty Hancock of Carthage; 3 brothers, Glen Baker of Liberty, Jimmy Baker of Smithville and Billy Baker of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Sunday, April 29, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Wilson Williams and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 2 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Teresa Dedmon

Apr 26 2018
Teresa Dedmon

Ms. Teresa Dedmon, age 54, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Teresa was born August 3, 1963, in Dekalb County, TN, daughter of Tommie Webster Dedmon and the late Buford C. Dedmon. She was also preceded in death by Brother; Buford Earl Dedmon. Teresa worked as an In-Home Caregiver. She also worked as a waitress and managed the Snow White Restaurant in Watertown, TN, for a number of years. Teresa was a loving daughter, taking exceptional care of her mother.

Ms. Dedmon is survived by Mother; Tommie Webster Dedmon of Alexandria, TN. Nieces; April (Joel) Armstrong of Hickman, TN, and Misty Dedmon of Smithville, TN. Four Great-Nieces; Brettany Hunt, Brylee Hunt, Layla Dedmon, and Monica Lomas. One Great-Nephew; Brady Hunt.

Funeral Services for Ms. Dedmon are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 3PM with Bro. Jason Rich officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the Dedmon Family will be held at Avant Funeral Home on Friday from 3PM until 7PM and again on Saturday after 1PM until service time at 3PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Dedmon family requests memorials be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Ann Holmes

Apr 26 2018

89 year old Ruth Ann Holmes of Smithville passed away Wednesday at the Webb House. She was a US Navy veteran and a homemaker. The funeral will be at the Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The date and time have not yet been announced. Burial will be in the Onslow Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester G. Holmes Sr.. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia and William Russell of Smithville. A son, Chester Holmes, Jr. of North Carolina. A sister, Joan Schaub of Ohio. Four grandchildren, Ashley and Nathan Pettit of Smithville, Robert Russell of Shelbyville, William and Allison Russell, II of Georgia, and Jonathan and Brittany Russell of Georgia. Twelve great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Special thanks to everyone and the Webb House. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to a local food pantry of your choice.

Trinity Hope Vincent

Apr 26 2018

Stillborn Infant Trinity Hope Vincent the daughter of Joshua and Tracy McMillin Vincent was stillborn on April 13, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon on April 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Vernon Vincent and stillborn sister Jozie Lee Ann Vincent. In addition to her parents, she is survived by 3 siblings, Dakoda Vance, Destiny Vincent and Joshua Vincent, Jr.; maternal grandparents, Wanda Burden of North Carolina and Roy McMillin of Kentucky; paternal grandmother, Vickey Milligan of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. The family will hold a private service for Trinity Hope. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Stewart

Apr 24 2018
Peggy Stewart

Peggy Stewart of Smithville passed away Sunday afternoon April 22, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital. She was born March 12, 1947 to her parents, the late Gentry Edward Cantrell and Mary Elizabeth Cantrell Priest. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ricky Lynn Cantrell and Eddie "Buck" Cantrell and a daughter-in-law, Tina Young. She was the Co-owner of Stewart Auto Grooming, a member of Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church and Peggy's real enjoyment was the Toys for Tots Ride she organized for over 15 years. Peggy leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 39 years, Phillip Stewart of Smithville; 3 children, Salana Letsinger of Florence, AL, Joe Young of Smithville and Brian (Cindy) Young of Greenbrier; 5 grandchildren, Brittany Faith Letsinger, Spencer Mason Letsinger, Alanna (Brandon) Jones, Cody Lane Lawrence and Emma Leigh Ashford; 5 great-grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Jr., Addison Jones, Ronald "Zeke" Jones, Raylyn Renee Lawrence and Hazley Lane Lawrence; 1 sister, Barbara Farmer of Smyrna and 1 niece, Sundi Blanchard of Smyrna. Funeral Services will be conducted 2 PM Thursday, April 26, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Cantrell Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 3 PM until 8 PM and Thursday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Minnie Willene "Bill" Crawford

Apr 23 2018
Minnie Willene "Bill" Crawford

McMinnville resident and Warren County native Minnie Willene "Bill" Crawford, age 94, was born October 15, 1923 and died April 22, 2018 at Raintree Manor following a two-week illness.

A homemaker and a member of Shellsford Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late Thurman and Bessie Whiteaker Butcher. She was married on March 5, 1943 to James Thelvin Crawford who preceded her in death on January 20, 2009. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son, Jerry Crawford; two sisters, Geneva Warren and Emma Jean Cole; and two brothers, Rabon and Alton Butcher.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Linda Crawford of Smithville, TN and Tommy and Leisa Crawford of McMinnville; eight grandchildren and spouses, Tracy Crawford, Blake and Tonya Crawford, Justin and Keri Crawford, Seth Crawford, Toby Crawford, Amy and Daniel Seber, Kandi and Tim Barnes, and Amanda and Bo McCracken; thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brother and sister-in-law, Clinton and Irene Butcher of McMinnville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Betty Jo Crawford, Bobbie Crawford and Paul Edward Crawford all of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Shellsford Baptist Church with Chuck Craig officiating. Burial will follow in Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at High's.

Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Roberts Bannerman Myers

Apr 22 2018
Helen Roberts Bannerman Myers

Helen Roberts Bannerman Myers age 80 of McMinnville went home to be with the Lord on Friday evening, April 20, 2018 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was born September 14, 1937 in Musselburgh, Scotland to her parents, the late William Campbell and Helen Elizabeth Roberts Bannerman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 brother, John Hood Bannerman and 1 sister, Elizabeth Anne Raulerson. Helen worked for about 17 years at Lentz Cee Bee and was a homemaker. She was a faithful member of New Life United Pentecostal Church and was inducted to the Forbes Clan. A lady the had a passion for souls and was a prayer warrior, she told everyone about Jesus that she met and talked to. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 58 years, Billy Carrol Myers of McMinnville; 5 children, Carol Anne (Bruce) Northcutt of Smithville, Brian Keith Myers of McMinnville, Melody Jeane (Tim) West of Smithville, Lisa Gaye (Virgil) Joines, Jr. of McMinnville and Monica Lynne (Jeff) Robinson of McMinnville; 13 grandchildren, Jacob (Whitney) Northcutt, Jesse Northcutt, Jonathan Stuart (Courtney) Myers, Brian Thomas Myers, Sarah Elaine West, Rebekah Jeane West, James Joseph West, Terry Adam West, Mark Christopher (Erin) Joines, Rachel Elisabeth Joines, Stephen Daniel (Heather) Robinson, Dr. Matthew Allan Robinson and fiancé McKenzie Smallwood and Olivia Flanders; 2 great-grandchildren, Bethanie LeeAnn and Gracie Mae Northcutt; 1 brother, William Campbell Bannerman and 1 sister, Isabell Jeane Hart both of Missouri. Funeral services celebrating the life of Sister Helen will be conducted 2:PM Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at New Life United Pentecostal Church with Bros. Dwayne Cornelius and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in the Skurlock Cemetery in Quebeck. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 4:PM until 8:Pm at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Tuesday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2:PM at New Life United Pentecostal Church. In addition to flowers, Sister Myers request was for donations to be made to New Life Sunday School Children's Ministry. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Nancy Armstrong

Apr 19 2018

67 year old Nancy Armstrong of Walker Creek Road died Wednesday at her residence. She was an Optician and a member of the Intercontinental Church of God and a devout reader of her Bible. Armstrong graduated from Eau Gallie High School in Eau Gallie Florida in 1968. She was among the founding class of Flager College in St. Augustine, Florida. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in social studies in 1972. She then attended Hillsbourgh Community College and earned her certification as a licensed Optician. She had a successful business; Treasure Coast Optician in Vero Beach, Florida for over 18 years. In 1988 she moved to Tennessee owning and riding several horses. Years later she built her dream house on 14 acres. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Wayne Graves will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Armstrong and June Powell. She is survived by sons, Curtis Fox and Thomas and Tara Fox. Grandchildren, Curtis Fox, II and Zara Fox and a brother, Mayor Bennett Armstrong. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society. The family wishes to thank all of her family and friends for the many prayers.

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