Obituaries

Richard Wayne Nixon

Oct 22 2017

Richard Wayne Nixon age 63 of Watertown, died Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2017 at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon. Born Sept. 3, 1954 in Smith
County, he was the son of Nettie Ann Foutch Nixon and the late Billy Finis Nixon. Richard attended Watertown High School and was a carpenter and farmer. He is survived by his sons, Jason Nixon of Knoxville and Jeffrey (Sarah) Nixon of College Grove; grandchildren, William and Mary Nixon; mother, Nettie Ann Nixon of Watertown; brother, Billy Gerald (Brenda) Nixon of Watertown; niece, Rachel (Jackie) Russell of Pleasant Shade and great nephew, John Russell. Funeral services 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Don Mathis officiating. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. till service time on Monday. Interment at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Martin Arnold

Oct 20 2017

57 year old Martin Arnold of McMinnville died May 12, 2016 at his residence. A graveside service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Kenneth Mansell will officiate. At the time of his death, Arnold was preceded in death by his father Landon Arnold. At the time of his death, he was survived by his mother Lera Arnold. He is survived by a daughter, Misty Arnold of McMinnville. Sisters, Cathy Mansell of Morrison, Janice and Paul Ward of Smithville, and Hope Knight of Morrison. Grandchildren, Garrett and Kendra Arnold of McMinnville, Gabriel and Sara Arnold of McMinnville, and Abigail Britton of McMinnville. A great grandson, Jonah Arnold. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lera Nell Arnold

Oct 20 2017

83 year old Lera Nell Arnold of McMinnville passed away on Thursday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ. A graveside service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Comer Mullican and Kenneth Mansell will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. for family only. Arnold was preceded in death by her husband, Landon C. Arnold; a son, Martin (Marty) Allen Arnold; sisters, Melbie Walker and Fay Griffin; and brothers, J.B. Walker, Charles Walker, and Cordell Walker. Survivors include four daughters, Cathy Mansell of Morrison, Janice and Paul Ward of Smithville, Hope Knight of Morrison, and Madison and Adam Dye of California. A sister, Shirley Cook. Brothers, and sisters-in-law, Douglas and Lois Walker, Jerry and Patty Walker, and Dwight and Minnie Walker. Brother, Ronnie Walker and Brenda. Two sisters-in-law, Ruth Walker and Pat Walker. Brother-in-law, George Griffin. Nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Beulah May "Faye" Young

Oct 20 2017

Beulah May "Faye" Young age 75 of Smithville, passed away Thursday night, October 19, 2017 at NHC HealthCare Center. She was born November 10, 1941 to her parents, the late Paul V. and Ruth N. Caplinger Sandlin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Garland, Gene and Doug Sandlin. Faye was a member of Pomeroy Chapel Brethren In Christ Church and retired from Fuston's Antiques. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 59 years, Thomas M. Young of Smithville; 1 son, Tim (Karen) Young of Smithville; 1 grandson, Jessie (Megan) Anderson of Gallatin; 2 great-grandsons, Dylan (Hannah) Anderson of Ft. Worth, Texas and Lane Anderson of Gallatin; 1 sister, Geneva (Thomas) Taylor of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1:30 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bryan Jones officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 4 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1:30 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Harry Lee Hayes

Oct 20 2017
Harry Lee Hayes

74 year old Harry Lee Hayes of Smithville passed away Thursday at his residence. He was a Baptist and a retired nurseryman and bail bondsman. A graveside service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Family members will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Hayes was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ella Jane Fuson Hayes; four brothers, Alton, J.C., Toy and Kenneth Hayes; three sisters, Irene Hayes, Nannie Mae Eastes, and Frances Hayes. Survivors include two daughters, Gena and Scott Cripps and Candace Hayes. One son, Aaron and Julie Hayes. Three grandchildren, Loren and Tyree Cripps and Scott Rayburn. Special nephew, James and Kerrie Hayes. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to Alive Hospice.

Edna Mai Burton Ashford

Oct 19 2017
Edna Mai Burton Ashford

78 year old Edna Mai Burton Ashford of Smithville passed away on Wednesday. She was a self employed upholsterer and a member of the Old Fashioned Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Leonard Herman and David Lawson will officiate and burial will be in the Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Marshall and Etta Frances Barrett Burton; husband, James Edward Ashford; daughter and her husband, Tina Marie and Jerry Cantrell; sons, James David Ashford, Timothy Edward Ashford, and Jerry Allen Ashford; grandson, Gary Wayne Cantrell; son-in-law, Jimmy Mullican; sisters, Ava Paulette Burton, Frances Elizabeth Burton, Helen Faye Bowen, and Janice Renee McClanahan; father and mother-in-law, John and Maggie Ashford; brothers-in-law, Frank Bowen, Eugene McClanahan, and Owen Ashford. Survivors include daughters, Wanda Gail Mullican, Barbara and Steve Green, and Rhonda Cantrell; grandchildren, Lisa and Chris Barrett, Paul and Kaylee Mullican, Amanda and Anthony Hasemann, Hannah and Nathan Armour, and Felisha and Henry Cantrell; step-grandchildren, Rennie Young and John Mason; great grandchildren, Adrian Barrett, Austin Cantrell, Dakoda Cantrell, Aveya Cantrell, Kyler Turner, Braylee Turner, Auna Starnes, Klara Armour, and Khloee Armour, and special sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edward Hancock

Oct 19 2017

James Edward Hancock, age 79, of Gassaway passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at his home. He was a native of Cannon Co.

Survivors include his sons, Larry (Deborah) Hancock of Smithville & Gary (Jama) Hancock of Gassaway; 4 Grandchildren, Travis (Mary) Hancock, Chris (Lydia) Hancock, Emily (Erik) Hughes, & Matthew (Alex) Hancock; 9 Great Grandchildren, Kelsey Logan, Katie Hancock, Carter & James Hancock, Ethan & Josie Hancock, Porter, Cash, & Weston Hancock; Nephews & Niece, Wayne Hancock, Eddie Espy, & Joyce (Mike) Crosslin; and Sisters-in-law, Faye Burger & Lucille Parton.

Mr. Hancock was preceded in death by his parents, George Monroe Hancock & Lela Mae Keaton Hancock; Wife, JoAnn Parton Hancock; Brother, Earl D. Hancock; and Niece, Helen Espy.

The owner of Woodbury Insurance Agency, he was also the former owner of Gassaway Market, a farmer, and a Cannon County road commissioner since 1964.

Funeral Services will be 2 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Alex Woodward officiating. Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 PM Friday, October 20, 8 AM to 8 PM Saturday, October 21, and 8 AM until the time of service Sunday, October 22.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gassaway Community Center.

Nolan Richard Turner

Oct 19 2017
Nolan Richard Turner

77 year old Nolan Richard Turner of Smithville passed away Thursday at his residence. He was a retired manager of the Farm Bureau and Loan Officer and Public Relations Manager at DeKalb Community Bank. The funeral will be Saturday at 12 noon at the Smithville First Baptist Church, where he was a member. Rick Roberts and Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at noon at the Smithville First Baptist Church. Turner was preceded in death by his parents, Brown and Pearl Ford Turner and a daughter, Jo Ellen Huffman. Survivors include his wife, Polly Nixon Turner of Smithville. Sons, Jamie Turner of Dowelltown and Jonathan Turner of Nashville. Daughter, Jennifer and Rich Wisthuff of Hermitage. Granddaughter, Emma Wisthuff of Hermitage. Brothers, Bratten and Annie Turner of Lebanon, Jimmy and Lynn Turner of Alexandria, Willie and Lavella Turner of Alexandria, Joe and Velma Turner of Watertown, and Don and Gail Turner of Smithville. Sisters, Faye Turner Evans and Jean Turner Hope both of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to Gideons International. Pallbearers will be Stephen Officer, Dan Hancock, Mike Braswell, Mike Conley, Ernest Ray, Chad Colwell, Mark Willoughby, and Greg Evans. Honorary Pallbearers are Farm Bureau employees, DeKalb Community Bank employees, Agricultural Extension Committee and employees, Joe Stone, Gideons, First Baptist Sunday School Class, and Election Commission.

Nolan was born December 14, 1939 in Cannon County, Tennessee. At age one, the Turner family moved to DeKalb County. He was the 5th child of a family of eight children who was educated in the schools of DeKalb County, graduating from Liberty High School in 1957. He received his B.S. Degree in Agriculture (Agronomy) from Tennessee Tech in 1961. He received his C.L.U. Designation from American College in 1984. While at Tech, he was very active in school activities and he also worked for $.50/hour in the cafeteria and summer construction for all his college expenses.

Nolan was a member of the National Championship Collegiate Land Judging Team. He was instrumental in establishing an Agriculture Honor Society, known as Delta Tau Alpha, and became the Charter President at Tech. He was also Editor of "The Aggie Contact", a magazine for all Agriculture graduates. He was President of the Agronomy Club and Vice President of the Aggie Club. He was honored with "Who's Who in American College and Universities" from Tech. After graduation from Tech in 1961, he became the office manager for Production Credit Association in DeKalb County. He worked for them for 5 1/2 years and then changed jobs to Agency and Office Manager of DeKalb County Farm Bureau. He worked for Farm Bureau for 35 1/2 years before retiring. He won many awards and incentives in his insurance career.

The next three years he spent helping his son in the Auto Parts business, taught school, enjoyed being at home, relishing in his vegetable and rose gardens. In 2005, he went to work for DeKalb Community Bank (now known as Wilson Bank and Trust). He worked in loans and later as Business Development for about twelve years before retiring.

Community & Civic Activities

*Chairman of the DeKalb Utility District Board of Directors when the 1st water lines were laid.
*Chairman of the Board of DeKalb Farmer's Co-op. The Co-op building was built under his leadership
*Spent 32 years on the DeKalb County Election Commission, 25 years as Chairman
*Spent 23 years with the Fiddlers' Jamboree as official photographer, and souvenir booklet layout for 15 years
*Helped establish Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, President for two terms and helped build new houses
*He helped in starting The Gideons International Smithville Camp and served in almost all programs with them. He served 25 years as Gideon Memorial Bible Representative.
*He served as Cub Master and on the Boy Scouts Advancement Committee
*He was awarded the Long Rifle Award by the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee Council
*He trained Land Judging Teams for the F.F.A. and 4-H Clubs that won district and state titles.
*He served as State Chairman of the 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Committee in 1993-1994 and 1998-1999.
*He served on the county Agriculture Committee of U.T. Extension, and was Chairman for several years.
*He was awarded the Outstanding Agriculture Alumnus Award from T.T.U. in 1993
*He served on the Soil Conservation Committee of DeKalb County
*He was awarded The Legacy Award by the County Leadership Committee
*He served on the TN 4-H Foundation Board of Directors
*He served on the U.T. Extension District Advisory Board and was Committee Chairman
*He helped organize the Liberty High School Alumni Association and served as President for 13 years.
*He was President of the PTO of Smithville Elementary and DeKalb Middle School.

Hobbies
*Growing roses and sharing them with others
*refurbishing antique lamps
*Gardening

Church
*Taught youth and adults in Sunday School, RA's
*Served on Property & Finance Committees as Chairman
*He was in the Church Choir
*He was Church Treasurer for 9 years
*He was Salem Baptist Association Clerk for 5 years
*He was on the Salem Association Mission & Stewardship Committees

"I hope I have done something to make this county a better place to live under God's leadership"

"Loving self will soon pass, but loving God and others will last."

Judy Lynn Bullard

Oct 15 2017
Judy Lynn Bullard

Judy Lynn Bullard age 63 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, October 14, 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from injuries received in an automobile accident on Highway 56 in Smithville. She was born August 12, 1954 to her parents, the late Charlie Buck and Mina Bell Hale Page. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Martha Sue Page, Lois Hamilton and Nina Faye Wicks. She was a member of Harvest Time Church and retired from Kingston Timers. She is survived by 2 children, Richard (Shannon) Bullard of Cookeville and Jennifer Bullard of Smithville; 5 grandchildren, Aleah Lester, Kayden Jacobs, Rickey Bullard, Lucas Bullard and Addilyn Bullard; father of her children, Dale Bullard of Smithville; 2 sisters, Kathy Cantrell of Smithville and Carolyn Miller of Sparta; 3 brothers, Charles Page and Robert Page both of Smithville and Jerry Page of McMinnville; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Thursday, October 19, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Wendell Judkins officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 1 PM until 8 PM and Thursday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Reverend Donald Davis McCool

Oct 15 2017
Reverend Donald Davis McCool

Reverend Donald Davis McCool age 85 of Armada, Michigan and formerly of Crossville, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at Orchard Grove Health Campus. He was born May 13, 1932 in Charter Oak, Missouri to his parents, the late Walter Davis and Jesse Thelma Crank McCool. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, LaCleda McCool and 2 sisters, Dovie Mangold and Ola Denny. Reverend McCool was the former Pastor of Creston Pentecostal Church in Crossville. He leaves to cherish his memories, 3 children, Gregory (Mary Jo) McCool, Sr. of Thompson Station, TN, Kathy (Rick) Rudd of Sterling Heights, MI and Jeffory (Carla) McCool of Lapeer, MI; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 5 brothers, Bobby McCool of West Memphis, AR, Billy McCool and Gary McCool both of Knoxville, Spencer McCool of Armada, MI, and Lanny McCool of Sterling Heights, MI. Funeral services celebrating the life of Rev. McCool will be held 1 P.M. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with Revs. Spencer McCool, Bob McCool, Billy McCool and Edward Stine officiating and burial will be in the Green Acres Memory Gardens in Crossville. Visitation with the McCool family will be on Tuesday from 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

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