Obituaries

Leighanne Cripps

Dec 30 2014

Leighanne Cripps age 37 of Smithville, passed away Sunday at her residence. She was born August 25, 1977 to her parents, Ernie Beasley and Remega Nelson. She was preceded in death by her sister, Michelle Beasley. She was a Methodist. Survivors include her husband, Greg Cripps of Smithville; 1 daughter, Madison Cripps of Smithville; mother, Remega (Kelly) Nelson of Chattanooga; father, Ernie (Peggy) Beasley of Baxter; Step-father, Nicky Reece of McMinnville; 2 brothers, Ethan Beasley of Baxter and Nick Reece of McMinnville; Grandparents, Lois (Ted) Rigsby of McMinnville; Mary Haferty of Ohio; mother-in-law, Linda (Nelson) Caldwell of Smithville; brothers-in-law, Jason Cripps and Tyler Caldwell both of Smithville; sister-in-law, Abbey Caldwell of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 10AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in memory of Leighanne. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Cordell Lawson

Dec 29 2014

84 year old James Cordell Lawson of Smithville died Monday morning at his residence. He was a member of the West End Avenue Church of Christ, a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and he was retired from U.S. Air Lines. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jack Byers will officiate and burial will be in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas at a later time. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from noon until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Lawson and parents, Elzie and Ora Johnson Lawson. Two sisters, Loreida Goss and Joellen Eperjesi and a brother, Roy Lawson. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Phillips Lawson of Smithville. Five daughters, Donna Lawson of Texas, Teresa and husband Paul Jones of Texas, Deborah and husband Lee Smith of Smithville, Vicky and husband Don Langston of Georgia, and Catherine McKeown of Murfreesboro. Three sons, Bill and wife Sharon Lawson of Texas, Lawrence Cantrell of Smithville, Edd and wife Roberta Cantrell of Pelham, and Jessie and Trey Andrews of Smithville. Fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. One sister, Gwen Bandy of Florida and one brother-in-law, Andy Eperjesi of Texas. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made to the West End Avenue Church of Christ in care of Don Henry, 212 Forrest Drive, McMinnville, Tennessee 37110

Betty H. Young

Dec 29 2014

Betty H. Young age 65 of Smithville, passed away Sunday night at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1949 to her parents, the late James Garland and Ethel Mae Hale Gilley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Young; daughter, Tracey Whitehead. Ms. Betty was a faithful Christian and member of Covenant Baptist Church and a retired shirt factory worker. She is survived by 2 daughters, Amanda (Bobby) Menzie and Leslie (Charles) Martin both of Smithville; 3 brothers, Randy Gilley of Liberty and Mark and Steve Young both of Smithville. There will be a Worship Service held at DeKalb Funeral Chapel Tuesday night, December 30, 2014 at 7:PM and Funeral Services will be conducted 11:AM Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason conducting both services. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 3:PM until 7:PM and after the worship service until 9:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until 11:AM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Covenant Baptist Church in memory of Ms. Betty. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Webb

Dec 27 2014

84 year old Billy Webb of Chattanooga died Thursday. He was a Baptist. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville Town Cemetery. Tommy Webb will officiate. He was preceded in death by his wife, Earline Young; parents, Houston and Sadie Burton Webb; a daughter, Nancy Webb Costello; and a grandson, Will Costello. Survivors include two sons, Rodney and wife Annette Webb and Dr. William Earl Webb. Six grandchildren and local survivors, Tommy Webb and wife Audrey. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Jean Winnard Dunham

Dec 26 2014

Wilma Jean Winnard Dunham age 89 of the Temperance Hall Community passed away Tuesday morning, December 24, 2014 at Cookeville Regional Medical in Cookeville. Ms. Wilma was born June 9, 1925 to her parents, the late Berdie Winnard and Novella Fitts Winnard McClellan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Dunham, step-father, Roy McClellan; half-brother, Howard McClellan and step-sister, Bessie Trusty. She was a Homamaker and attended the Long Branch Methodist Church. She is survived by 2 children, Ray (Wanda) Dunham, Jr. of Dowelltown and Betty (Joe) Agee of Temperance Hall; 2 grandchildren, Jonathan Agee of Alexandria and Johanna (Andy) Summers of Watertown; 3 great-grandchildren, Lucas, Haden and Brady Summers. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Sunday, December 28, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Floyd Massey officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Alma Caldwell Swofford

Dec 26 2014

68 year old Alma Caldwell Swofford of Smithville died Friday at her residence. She was a Baptist and retired from Tenneco. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Shelah Shehane and Julie Williams Johnson; husbands, Norval Caldwell and Douglas Swofford. Four sisters, Willine Saylors, Laura Jean Reeder, and Mai and Mary Lattimore. Six brothers, Frank, Maxie, Robert, Toy B., Ben, and Hoyte Shehane. She is survived by a son, Adam and wife Sue Caldwell; three daughters, Frances and husband Jimmy Cates, Eva and husband Carl Bandy, and Rita and husband Jimmy Taylor; seven grandchildren, Chris Caldwell, Tabitha and John Farmer, Betsy Cates, Heather and Brent Reed, Kim and Michael Keaton, Rebecca and Jonathon Moore, and Alex Keith; and fourteen great grandchildren, Brooke Gannon, James and Caroline Farmer, Hayden and Hastin Lincoln, Blaine and Madison Atnip, Christopher, Beth, and Bell Reed, Bentlee, Jaxon, and Asher Moore all of Smithville, and Gracie Caldwell of McMinnville. Two sisters, Jessie Bell Johnson and Frances and Harlon Bates of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Rose Mary Bain

Dec 22 2014

64 year old Rose Mary Bain of Smithville died Monday at her residence. She was a Pentecostal and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Goldie and Mary Braswell Atnip and brothers, Gordon Atnip, Joe B. Atnip, and Bobby Atnip. She is survived by her husband, Toy Johnny "Buck" Bain of Smithville. Three children, Troy and Angela Bain of Smithville, David Bain of Smithville, and Tina Bain of Smithville. Eight grandchildren, Justin Bass of Smithville, Adam Patterson of Smithville, Jasmine Caldwell of Sparta, Linda Bain of Smithville, Terry Bain of Smithville, Eddie Smith of Manchester, Kendra Bain of McMinnville, and Alyson Bain of Cookeville. Three great grandchildren, Nicholas Lackey, Terrance Bain, and Jaylen Smith of Smithville. Three sisters, Nancy Marie Whitefield of McMinnville, Lois Ann Atnip of Smithville, and Priscilla and Cotton Bain of Smithville. A brother, Duywane Atnip of Joelton. Special friends, Jack and Sue McGuire, Teresa and Don Bryant, and Kay Star along with a host of other family and friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Lee Puckett

Dec 22 2014

84 year old Bobby Lee Puckett of Lebanon died Sunday at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was a TWRA Wildlife Officer and a member of the Westland Methodist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Sean Stanfield will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Puckett was preceded in death by his parents, Othel and Lovie Lunsford Puckett and two brothers, Jim Puckett and Jerry Puckett. Survivors include his wife, Nina Puckett of Lebanon. Two children, Donna and husband Ronald Casamer of Nashville and Dudley Puckett of Lebanon. Four grandchildren, Valaree Casamer of Atlanta, Victoria and husband Noah Barratt of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and Eliza Lee Puckett and Nina Marie Puckett both of Lebanon. Two great grandchildren, Sparrow Ellanor Barratt and Wiley August Barratt both of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Doris Marie Driver

Dec 22 2014

63 year old Doris Marie Driver of McMinnville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist and employed at Shiroki North America. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Nick Pelham will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Rosie Arnold Driver. Survivors include four sisters, Peggy McClain of Woodbury, Pat and Phillip Pelham of McMinnville, Jewell and Darrell Kirby of Smithville, and Debbie and Jeff Scurlock of Smithville. One brother, Robert and Debbie Driver of McMinnville. Nine nieces and nephews, Marcus and Dianna Grandstaff of Woodbury, Crystal Scurlock of McMinnville, Nick and Leslie Pelham of Smithville, Jonathan Scurlock of Smithville, Leanne and John Morrison of McMinnville. Chris and Kayla Cantrell of Silver Point, Ashley and Ryan Black of Soddy Daisy, Melita and Jonathan Holland of Morrison, and Lindsey Driver of McMinnville. Eight great nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Myrtle "Granny" Cubbins Taylor

Dec 22 2014

80 year old Myrtle "Granny" Cubbins Taylor of Smithville died Sunday night at St. Thomas Hospital, West. She was a former store manager at Village Market. The funeral will be Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Shane Smith will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the service at 12:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Toy Ray Taylor; parents, William and Nettie Hicks Cubbins; two brothers, J.C. and Charles Cubbins; and a sister, Carolyn Cubbins. She is survived by two sisters, Elise Estes of Liberty and Dinah and Phil Cripps of Dowelltown. Several nieces and nephews. A brother-in-law, George and Gail Taylor and sisters-in-law, Norma Malone and Eva Cubbins of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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