Obituaries

Jane Elizabeth Vandagriff

Aug 7 2014

84 year old Jane Elizabeth Vandagriff of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and the Women's Missionary Union. She taught piano for over 60 years. The funeral will be Friday at noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. B.J. Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until noon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Amanda Williams Vandagriff. Survivors include cousins, neighbors, friends, and members of the Calvary and Dry Creek Baptist Churches. In lieu of flowers, Miss Vandagriff requested that donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Jo Neal Twilla

Aug 5 2014

87 year old Ms. Jo Neal Twilla of Smithville died early Tuesday morning at the Webb House. She was a homemaker and a member of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Green will officiate and burial will be in Town Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. J.K. Twilla; parents, Henry Arthur and Nannie West Harvill; grandparents, James Forrest and Harriette Adcock West; seven aunts, Della Mae Stewart, Lilly Macon West, Ida Cleophie Wheat, Jessie Wright, Eula Deane Jones, Abolene Lewis and Naomi West Turner; and two uncles, James and Forrest West. Survivors include two sons, John Twilla of Murfreesboro and Cindy Twilla of Smithville and Neil and wife Desta Averitt Twilla of Auburntown. Two grandchildren, Kevin McKinley and wife Desirae Twilla of Lebanon and Kelli and husband Jared Davis of Smithville. One great granddaughter, Kimber Ray Davis of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church or to the Lighthouse Christian Camp.

James Reed Parker, Jr.

Aug 5 2014

James Reed Parker, Jr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the age of 70 in Beaufort, South Carolina due to lung cancer. Reed was born in Smithville, Tennessee and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Reed Parker, Sr., both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Alec O. Parker (grandparents) and Bundy and Hilda Parker Bratten (uncle and aunt, deceased) raised Reed in Smithville where he graduated from high school and later attended Tennessee Technological University.

Reed completed his degree in Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1964. He worked 30 years at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He specialized in Total Parenteral Nutrition with high risk surgical patients in which he calculated and monitored the IV administration of all medications and nutritional needs during their post surgery recovery. He worked closely with Jane Bratten, Assistant Director and Violet Fuson, Director of Pharmacy at Saint Thomas hospital, and both originally from DeKalb County and both now deceased. After retiring he worked as a relief pharmacist in several hospitals and pharmacies including, Dekalb Baptist Hospital, and hospitals in other cities including Nashville, Tennessee, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Casper, Wyoming, where he lived for three years.

In 1961 Reed broke a National Pleasure Boating Association record in his class, racing in the boat he and his Uncle Bundy Bratten built together. He also earned his pilot’s license in 1963. Reed enjoyed photography all of his life and at one time had a photographic studio in Nashville where he photographed several country music stars. Some of his photos became album covers for Barbara Mandrell, Billy “Crash” Craddock, Don Williams, Tommy Overstreet, Narvel Felts and others.

He is survived by his sister (cousin), Trudi Bratten Kissiah and her husband, Bill Kissiah also of Beaufort, South Carolina and their children, Lisa Kissiah Kitchens and her husband, Jeff, Sr., and their children, Jeff, Jr., Noah and Cherish, of Atlanta, Georgia; Melanie Kissiah Cumbee and her husband Collin and children, Justin and Jeremy of Tustin, California and Josh and Erika Cumbee of Los Angeles, California. Reed is also survived by other friends that he considered family, including Alison Williams of Memphis and, Lora and Alan Webb of Smithville, Regenia Lorance and her daughter Sheri Link of Portland, Tennessee.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, Smithville. Visitation will take place from 12 - 2 PM in the sanctuary. The service will be at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel will be in charge of the arrangements

Vera Bobbitt

Aug 3 2014

Vera Irene Bobbitt, known to her family as “Mema” and Webb House Family as “Bob”, passed away at the age of 90 on August 3, 2014 in Smithville, Tennessee. Mrs. Bobbitt was born January 21, 1924 in Black Oak, Arkansas. She resided in Memphis for many years and while there was a Volunteer for the Red Cross. In later years she moved to Donelson, Tennessee where she and her husband, Larry Bobbitt, owned Bobbitt’s Hearing Aid. She was a member of the Lebanon Road Church of Christ and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 88. She was also a Hostess at the Grand Ole Opry for 20 years, a job that she truly loved. Vera was known and beloved for her flamboyant hats and her snazzy style. She was a friend and a confidante to all with a wonderful sense of humor. She was the first resident of the new Webb House for the past seven years. She was preceded in death by her parents J.C. Mooneyham and Maureen Clyde Henry Mooneyham and her husband Major Lawrence A. Bobbitt. She is survived by her devoted daughter Pat Tatum, husband Larry Tatum, grandsons Mike Tatum, wife Stephanie, and Mitch Tatum, wife Gina, and 5 great grand children, Mackenzie, Will, Zach, Kindal, and Drew, as well as many friends and her Webb House Family. A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of the Webb House on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at a later date at the National Cemetery on Gallatin Road in Nashville. In lieu of the flowers, the family asks that all memorial donations be sent to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief which can be found at diasterrelieffort.org or the Ladies Auxiliary Post 88 in Donelson, Tennessee

Lue Autry Malone

Jul 31 2014

86 year old Lue Autry Malone of Dowelltown died Thursday at NHC of Smithville. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Elmer Ellis, Jr. and Sam Odom 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 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Malone; parents, Clarence and Louella Caplinger Trapp; daughter, Misty Malone; granddaughter, Adrienne Malone, and a brother and sisters, Oleda Duke, Johnny, Donald, and Mason Trapp, and JoAnn Baker. Survivors include five children, Joyce and husband Jimmy Wright of Murfreesboro, Wanda and husband Larry Tramel of Crossville, Rita and husband Charles Robinson of Liberty, Miles and wife Debra Malone of Liberty, and Jalene and husband Jeff Vanatta of Dowelltown. Nine grandchildren, Nathan and Gayle Wright, Natalie and Eric Weems, Mallory and Erik Carter, Natasha and Randy Vaughn, Lincoln Tramel, Jordan and Sabrina Melton, Sydney Robinson, Granger and Kristen Malone, and Rawlin and Jesse Vanatta. Eight great grandchildren. One brother, Boyd Trapp of Smithville. Two sisters, Peggy Agee of Smithville and Judy Johnson of Liberty. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Sofia R. Young

Jul 31 2014

89 year old Sofia R. Young of Bartlett, Tennessee and a Smithville native died Wednesday at her residence. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Father David Cooney will officiate. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 12:30 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was retired from the FAA and was a member of the St. Johns Catholic Church in Memphis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernice Gray Young and parents, Frank and Pauline Dux Sabatka. Survivors include two daughters, Karen and Jack Tipton of Cordova and Sharon Davenport of Bartlett. Four grandchildren, Joshua and Jessica Tipton of Memphis, Wesley Davenport of Cordova, Matthew and Ashley Tipton of Memphis and Sarah and Adam Ziegler of Clarksville. Four great grandchildren, Zachary and Mitchell Davenport of Rossville and Ross and Jack Tipton of Memphis. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Roberto Balderas Cruz

Jul 29 2014

19 year old Roberto Balderas Cruz of Smithville and a native of Mexico, passed Saturday night July 26, 2014 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was a Catholic and worked with Berry Family Nursery. He is survived locally by his grandfather, Antonio Balderas of Smithville. His parents and other family are in Mexico. There will be a Funeral Mass held Tuesday 7:00 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Father David Cooney officiating. Following the Mass, his remains will be returned to his family in Mexico for service and burial. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Ray Certain

Jul 26 2014

58 year old Danny Ray Certain of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was a retired water treatment operator. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Certain was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Lucille Miller Certain; a sister, Lois Ann Puckett; and a brother, Lynn Certain. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Betty Thomason Certain; one son, Trent Certain; one daughter, Tonya and Chris Roller; two grandchildren, Hunter and Chloe Robinson; and three sisters, Nettie Lou and Jerry Judkins, Marie Wilson, and Charlene Poss all of Smithville. One brother, James Certain of McMinnville. Three sisters-in-law, Janice and Richard Pollard, Louise Jones, and Virginia Jones. Special friends, Carlon Miller, Ronnie Taylor, Wayne Adcock, and Ronnie Davis all of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward Paschal Holt, Jr

Jul 25 2014

68 year old Edward Paschal Holt, Jr. of Smithville passed away Thursday Morning July 24, 2014 at his residence. He was the son of the late Edward and Bessie Ragsdale Holt, Sr. He was a retired farmer, apartment manager and member of Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by 2 sisters: Peggy Holt and Barbara Ann Rivers. Funeral Services will be held 1:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Avery Brown officiating and burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the Holt Family will be Friday from 3:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 10:AM until time of the service at 1:PM. Survivors include his wife of 36 yrs. Dorothy Holt of Smithville; 6 Children: Lisa Martin of Franklin, Eddy Holt of Smithville, Terry Holt of Nashville, Connie Overby of Fairview, Terri Barnhill of Pulaski and Heather Watkins of Franklin; 2 Sisters: Wilma Spears of Bon Aqua, Lucille Hepler of Lobelville; 18 Grandchildren and 4 Great-Grandchildren also survive.

Evelyn Rose "Punk" Billings Graham

Jul 23 2014

78 year old Evelyn Rose "Punk" Billings Graham of the Cassville Community of White County, died on July 22, 2014 after an extended illness at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, with family at her side.

Mrs. Graham was born May 13, 1936 to the late J.A. Billings and Lucy Hayes Billings. She also was preceded in death by her 2 Brothers: Roy Billings and Thurston Billings, 4 Sisters: Opal West, Edna Pirtle, Louada Wilhite and a infant sister.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years: Jimmy Graham of Sparta

Son & Daughter-in-law: Randy & Karen Graham of Sparta

Step-grandson: Rhett Blair of Sparta

Sisters: Neva Catledge of Memphis,TN, Mae West of Indianapolis,Ind.

Sister-in-law: Winnie Billings of Sparta

Nieces & Spouses: Cindy (Ron) Jarvis, Joan Billings, Linda (Mike) Underwood, Diane (Rick) Miller, Denise (Hartford) Daniels, Jackie (Harold) Meadows, Brenda (Larry) Wyatt, and Debbie Catledge

Along with Several Great-nieces, nephews, great-great-nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Service will be 2:00pm Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta with burial in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 6pm until 8pm and on Saturday 1 pm until funeral time. Rev. Rich Morgan will officiate the service.

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