Obituaries

Betty Williams Rose

Jan 23 2015

Betty Williams Rose, age 85 of Cookeville, TN passed away Sunday evening January 18, 2015 at the Hillview Nursing Home in Columbia. Mrs. Rose was born February 25, 1929 in Somerset, KY, the daughter of the late Guy Williams and Gladys Littrell Williams. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in May 1951 with a degree in Home Economics and immediately began working as the Home Demonstration Agent in Smith County. On August 22, 1954 she married Jerry Lancaster Rose of Smith County and he preceded her in death on May 10, 2005. From 1955 to 1960 she taught Home Economics at Gordonsville High School. Mrs. Rose devoted her life to raising her four children, providing them with the best education possible and supporting her husband in his work as President of the Cookeville Production Credit Association.

Mrs. Rose is survived by four children: Cindy Rose Dowell (Steve) of Carthage, Dr. Jerry Lancaster Rose, Jr. (Kari) of Columbia, TN, Rhedona Rose of Columbia, TN, and John Williams Rose (Chelsea) who owns the family Century Farm located near Temperance Hall, TN in DeKalb Co.

Mrs. Rose has four grandchildren: Lori Rose Dowell (Omar), New Orleans, LA, Stanley Greg Dowell, Washington, DC, Joseph Lancaster Rose, Starkville, MS and Ella Kate Rose, Columbia, TN.

She is survived by three sisters: Mary Williams Bowden (Shelley), Jamestown, TN, Margaret Williams Tipton (Winston), Muncie, IN and Jonelda Williams Blalock (Sid), Knoxville, TN. Sister-in-laws Frances Rose Driver, New Middleton, TN and Carlene Williams, Jamestown, TN also survive.

Four siblings predeceased Mrs. Rose. They were: Joyce Williams Johnson (Melvin), Livingston, Mildred Williams Pyle (Del), Sam Williams (Lou Nell) and Jerry Williams (Carlene) all of Jamestown, TN.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Rose are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, January 24, 2014 at 1PM at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the Rose family will be held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home on Friday from 3PM to 8PM and again on Saturday from 10AM until the service time at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Jerry and Betty Rose Agriculture Scholarship Fund, TTU Box 5047, Cookeville, TN 38505; TN Foundation for AG in the Classroom, PO Box 313 Columbia, TN 38402-0313; FFA Foundation, Box 5034, TTU, Cookeville, TN 38505; First Baptist Church "I Love My Church" fund, 2790 Pulaski Highway, Columbia, TN 38401; Zion Christian Academy Annual Fund, 6901 Old Zion Road, Columbia, TN 38401.

Porter Webb

Jan 23 2015

Mr. Porter Webb age 91 of Smithville, passed away Wednesday night of an extended illness at NHC. He was a factory worker, farmer, and a Mason. He was preceded in death by his parents Shelie Charles Webb and Chloe (Judkins) Webb, brothers Junior Webb, Everett Webb and Smith Webb, and sisters Milus Ann Barrett, and Sallie Rose McClain. He is survived by sisters Mildred (Johnny) Turner of Smithville, and Violet Jo Evans of Smithville; sister-in-law Delene Webb of Smithville; brother-in-law Willard MCClain of Cookeville. Nephews are Kenny (Robin) Webb of McMinnville, Richard Webb of Florida, Charlie Webb of McMinnville, Robert (Seleta) Barett of Joelton, Michael Barett of Joelton. Nieces are Judy (Phil) Inglis of Maryland, Linda (Alan) Schenider of Pennsylvania, Reta (Frankie) Caldwell of Smithville, Sheila (David) Schoenmann of Smithville, Renna (Dewayne) Garrett of McMinnvile, Angela (Doug) Kelley of Lebanon. Several Great and Great Great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 1PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Eugene Adkins and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with family will be on Friday 5PM until 9PM and Saturday 11AM until the time of the service at 1PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. A Masonic service will be held Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Jack Morgan Parker

Jan 21 2015

85 year old Jack Morgan Parker of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC of Smithville. He was a distributor for Shell Oil Company and he attended the First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jason Bowman will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 1-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Parker was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Morgan "TY" and Clara Cantrell Parker; and two sisters, Sallie Foutch and Peggy Parker. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Walteen Carter Parker of Smithville. Three sons, Jim Morgan and Allison Parker of Utah, John and Lisa Parker of Smithville, and Joseph Parker of Thailand. One daughter, Jama Martin of Smithville. Nine grandchildren, Haylee Parker of Arizona, Jasmine Parker and Xavier Morgan Parker both of Smithville, Ashley Marshall of Alexandria, Taylor Marshall of Smithville, William Marshall of Texas, Cody Martin of Smithville, Laura Martin of Cookeville, and Martha Martin of Knoxville. Three great grandchildren, Aden Martin of Smithville, Trinity Parker of Alexandria, and Aaliyah Marie Butler of Cookeville. One sister, Billie Ann Parker of Nashville and Mother-In-Law Bertha McBride of Smithville and two nieces, LeAnn Judkins of Smithville and Lucy Foutch of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp or the First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center Building.

Ola Geneva Knowles

Jan 21 2015

90 year old Ola Geneva Knowles of Dowelltown died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the New Union The Baptist Church and was retired from Oster. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jerry Womack will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haston Knowles; parents, Thaniel and Stella Adcock; a grandchild, Jim Knowles; and a sister, Thelma Adcock. Survivors include a son, Glenn Doyce Knowles and two daughters, Deborah and Christie Knowles all of Smithville; three grandchildren, Morris Edward Knowles and Crystal and Michael Moore of Smithville and Barbara Strickland and Von Franklin of Woodbury. Eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Lions Club and Northside Elementary Library.

Yvonne Green

Jan 21 2015

Ms. Yvonne Green age 79 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was born February 23, 1935 to her parents, the late Logan Green and Ollie Pinegar Green. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Helen Wright and a nephew Eddie Wright. She is survived by sisters, Jo Ann (Bill) Sparkman, Shirley (Tavous) Martin. 5 nieces, Katherine Pack, Pam (Steve) Turner, Penny Chapman, Susan (Chuck) Gulick, and Tamyra (Johnny) Taylor. Nephew Dennis (Marilyn) Braun. Great nieces, Tish Summers, Kate Pack, Crystal Young, Jennifer Sykes, Jessica Martin, Kelsey Spare, Sidney Alamlatin, Shanna Key, Latroya Key,& Tracey & Jessie Braun. Great Nephews, Todd Pack, & Josh Turner. 11 great great nieces & 9 great great nephews. Funeral service will be conducted 2pm Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Donnie Kelly & Bro. Bill Robertson officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with family will be on Thursday 2pm until 8pm and 10am until the time of the service at 2pm. Dearly loved by family and friends especially by Brayden and little Bratten. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia M. Rickman

Jan 19 2015

Virginia M. Rickman age 91 of Silver Point passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. She worked as a U. S. Postmaster, and played the piano at the Silver Point Baptist Church of ten years. Ms. Rickman was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Sallie Mae Weeks Myers; her husbands, Charles F. Kealhofer, A. A. Billy Tate, and Rupert Rickman; grandson, Trae Gowan; sisters, Lucille Ferguson, and Elsie Drane; brothers, Jack Myers, and Charles W. Myers. Survivors include son, Charles Kealhofer, JR . of Silver Point, and daughter, Sara Jo Gowan McAdams of Mississippi; grandchildren, Tamara Kealhofer, Charles “Bubba” Kealhofer,III, Sara Gowan Brown ; great-grandchildren, Jennifer Eldridge, Madison Eldridge, Haley Eldridge, Grace Eldridge, Brooke, Emma and Avey, Jacob Kealhofer and Kyle CostIlow; great-great-grand daughter, Jessilin Eldridge. Graveside service will be on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm in Durant, Mississippi with Bro. Tony Crow and Rev. Higdon Herrington officiating. Visitation with the family will be at DeKalb Funeral Chapel on Tuesday 6:pm until 8:pm. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. The family request in lieu of flowers contributions to be made to Silver Point Baptist Church.

Geneva Grace Colwell

Jan 19 2015

Geneva Grace Colwell, the two day old baby of Matthew and Kayla Neal Colwell, died Sunday at Vanderbilt Hospital. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Young Cemetery in Jackson County. Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. The baby was preceded in death by her step grandfather, Tracey Baker. In addition to her parents, the infant is survived by her maternal grandfather, Bruce Neal, maternal grandmother, Tammy Neal; paternal grandparents, Johnny and Heather Colwell; paternal grandmother, Selesa Barrett; two uncles, John Logan Colwell and Harley Wheeler; two aunts, Kerri Neal and Miranda Colwell. Special cousin, Kyndall Neal; paternal great grandfather, Eddie Colwell; maternal great grandparents, Douglas and Kathy Neal; maternal great grandmother, Linda Snyder all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirleen Clower

Jan 19 2015

Shirleen Clower age 43 of Tullahoma passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna Marie Todd Moore. She was disabled and a Pentecostal. Survivors include her father, Robert Moore of Tullahoma; sister, Dorothy Moore of Smithville; brother, Robert (April) Moore of McMinnville; 2 nieces and 1 nephew, Kelsey, Raeleigh and Bentley Moore; several other cousins and family survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Wednesday, January 21 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. and Sister Taylor officiating and burial will follow in Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 10AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward Francis Gass

Jan 17 2015

Mr. Edward Francis Gass age 80 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday afternoon at DeKalb Community Hospital ER. He was born March 6, 1934 to his parents, the late John Joseph James and Lillian Frances Wilson Gass. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Candice Marie Knoll and Corey Knoll. He was a Catholic and retired from Raytheon were he worked in production control in the missal division. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Gass of Smithville; 1 daughter, Jean Gass Knoll of Dunnellon, FL; 1 son, William John Gass, Sr. of Nashua, New Hampshire; 3 grandchildren, William John Gass, Jr. and Benjamin Francis Gass both of Nashua, New Hampshire and Brittney Amber Knoll of Pembroke Pines, FL; 2 great-granddaughters, Ariella Candice Marie O'Brien and Isabella Candice Marie O'Brien. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Saturday, January 17, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dwight Knowles officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 10AM until the time of the service at 11AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Helen Roberta Thomas

Jan 15 2015

Funeral services for Helen Roberta Thomas, 82, of Smithville and formerly of Cookeville will be held Sunday, January 18 at 2 pm in the Chapel of Presley Funeral Home in Cookeville with Bro. Tim McHenry and Bro. Bernard Houk officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday 5pm to 8pm and Sunday 12 pm until service time.

Mrs. Thomas passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at DeKalb Community Hospital.

She was born March 1, 1932 in Putnam County, TN to the late Simon and Mary Louvina Randolph Herron.

Mrs. Thomas was a long time member of Holliday Church of Christ. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt and a babysitter to many.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Golden Herren and a sister, Ora Palmer.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwight and Brenda Thomas, Joey and Jamie Thomas both of Cookeville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jeanette and Carroll Irby of Smithville, Janice and Tommy Long of Baxter, Maxine Trapp of Smithville; seven grandchildren, Mark (Nancy) Pullum, Tina (Steven) Saunders both of Cookeville, Hayley (Jon) Culwell of Smithville, Brad (Heather) Thomas, Amy (Jamie) Ellis, Sarah (Tony) Williams, Chase Thomas all of Cookeville; 12 great grandchildren, Jessica, Shelby, Hannah, Emily, Noah, Maddi Grace, Makennah, Alivia, Allee, Briley, Maddie & Reuben.

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