Obituaries

Harold Lewis McCarty

Mar 9 2017

79 year old Harold Lewis McCarty of Smithville died Wednesday at Skyline Medical Center. He was a Jehovah Witness and was a retired IT Manager with Demco Gray. The family has chosen direct cremation. There will be no visitation or service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Elizabeth Davis McCarty. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathleen McCarty of Smithville. Two sons, James R. McCarty of Smithville and Donald L. and Kimberly McCarty of Ohio. One daughter, Sharon and Michael Bell of Ohio. Four grandchildren. Seven great grandchildren. One sister, Harriett and Ronald Fisher of New York. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carl Wayne Wright, Sr.,

Mar 8 2017

Mr. Carl Wayne Wright, Sr., age 67 of Rock Island, Tennessee passed from this life on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Tennessee.

Wayne was born Thursday, October 13, 1949 in Smithville, Tennessee to the late Carl Nelson and Mary Elizabeth ( Hathaway) Wright. He was the husband of Eliane Wright.

Wayne was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and worked as a Driver for Sullens transport in McMinnville, TN.

He was a member of Fall City Baptist Church.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 44 years Eliane (Passons) Wright of McMinnville. TN, two sons, Carl Jr. and wife Melanie Wright of Rock Island, TN, Anthony and Megan Wright of McMinnville, TN, two sisters, Barbara and husband Charles Fish of Smithville, TN , Violet England of Hohenwald, TN, one brother, Freddy Wright of Rock Island,TN.

Five grandchildern, Dewayne Wright, Nathan Wright, Brandon Wright, Eric Wright, Weston Lockhart.

Wayne is proceded in death by his parents,Carl Nelson and Mary Elizabeth )Hathaway) Wright, two sisters, Marie Stover and Vada White, one infant brother, James Nelson Wright.

A Funeral service for Mr. Carl Wayne Wright will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joey Spicer officiating. Interment will follow in Gath Cemetery, McMinnville, TN.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 9, 2017 also Friday, from 8 AM to 2 PM the time of the service at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home.

Lillian Elizabeth Gothard Rice

Mar 7 2017
Lillian Elizabeth Gothard Rice

Mrs. Lillian Elizabeth Gothard Rice passed away on March 7, 2017 at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

She was born on April 5, 1936 in Smithville, Tennessee. Lillian was the youngest of six children of Lee and Athon Gothard. Lillian was a longtime member of Smithville First Baptist Church where she served as organist for many years. She grew up and attended school in Smithville. She worked hard in school and was an excellent student. Upon graduation, she attended Belmont College and Stetson University in Deland, Florida where she majored in organ music. Motherhood intervened and she lovingly raised five children. Later in life, her dedication to academics led her to enroll at MTSU and commute to Murfreesboro until she earned her college degree.

Words cannot convey how profoundly we will miss her wonderful smile, warm embrace and loving words. No one could ever care for us in the special way that she did, but we can cherish the fond memories of our time with her. The way she motivated and inspired us. The way she uplifted us and made us laugh. Mostly, we will remember how loved we always felt in her presence, and that is the way she would want to be remembered.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Georgia Gothard Johns and Frances Gothard Chamberlain; and a brother, Karl Gothard.

Her memory will be cherished dearly by her surviving family members-husband, James Ed Rice, son James Ed Rice Jr. (Jim Ed) and wife Benni, son Joe Marshall Rice and wife Norma, daughters Trina Rice Graham, Tammy Rice Allen and husband Steve and Terre Rice Puckett and husband Jason; granddaughters Lee Elizabeth Rice Stonestreet and Andrea Austin Rice, grandsons James Ed Rice III (Jed), William Gregory Graham, Paul James Allen and Daniel Jason Puckett. She is also survived by a sister Alice Gothard McClary and a brother Walter Lee Gothard.

The family would like to thank our beloved physician, Dr. Hugh Don Cripps, and all of our dedicated caregivers for the compassionate care and kind attention given to our mother.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and also on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Smithville from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be James Ed Rice III (Jed), William Gregory Graham, Paul James Allen, Daniel Jason Puckett, Randy Gothard and Keith Gothard.

Interment will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, First Baptist Church, or God's Pantry.

Kathy Jean Lastinger

Mar 3 2017
Kathy Jean Lastinger

Kathy Jean Lastinger age 62 of Smithville passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at her residence. She was born February 18, 1955 in Tomah, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her father, Mark Lastinger; 1 great-grandson, Aiden Michael Briley; 1 sister, Sandra Studder; 1 brother, Kevin Lastinger. She worked in nursing. Survivors include 3 children, Theresa Hatfield of Smithville, Michelle Crawford of Necedah, Wisconsin and Jeffery Hatfield of Smithville; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; mother, Cora Jean Lastinger of Smithville; 2 brothers, Stephen Lastinger of Alabama and Johnny Lastinger of West Palm Beech, FL. The family has honored Kathy's request to be cremated and there will be a Memorial Service held at a later date in Wisconsin. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Smith

Mar 3 2017
Billy Smith

Billy Smith age 77 of Dowelltown passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at his residence. He was born January 24, 1940 to his parents, the late Lloyd Brown and Nancy Parlee Braswell Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Davis; great-grandson, Dallas Davenport; brother, Jimmy Smith; niece, Penny Wilson. Mr. Bill was of the Baptist faith and was retired from the City of Smithville. Survivors include his wife, Frances Smith of Dowelltown; 7 children, Randy Smith of Woodbury, Tina Knowles of McMinnville, Henry "H.L." Smith of Dowelltown, Angela (Troy) Bain of Smithville, Danny Ponder of Nashville, Gary and Jeff Ponder both of Smithville; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Sunday, March 5, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Blues Hill Cemetery. 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. 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.

Jonavon Kenneth Lee Johnson

Mar 3 2017

Stillborn infant Jonavon Kenneth Lee Johnson was silently born Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. Jonavon was preceded in death by grandfather, Kenneth Ray Murphy; great-great-grandmother, Wilma Jo Ferrell; uncle, Joshua Lee Murphy. He is survived by his mother, Lisa Darnail Johnson; grandmother, Tabatha Shantell Murphy; great-parents, Jo Frances and Rickey Lynn Martin, Sr.; great-great-grandfather, Ellis Rye Ferrell; uncles, Christopher Avery Johnson, Daniel Lynn Johnson, Buddy Lee Murphy and Issac Luther Martin; aunts, Frances Shantell Murphy and Samantha Jo Murphy; great-uncles, Ellis Dewayne Carlton; great-great-aunt, Darnette Ferrell Hibdon; several more family members and friends whom we love and cherish. The family has chosen a direct cremation. A mother holds her children's hands for a moment, but their hearts forever. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

John Toy Hayes

Mar 3 2017
John Toy Hayes

John Toy Hayes age 81 of Smithville passed away Wednesday evening at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was born June 2, 1935 to his parents, the late John and Ella Jane Fuson Hayes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant daughter, Cuma Jane Hayes; infant son, Bill Hayes; 3 brothers, Alton, J.C. and Kenneth Hayes; 3 sisters, Nannie Mae Eastes, Irene Hayes and Frances Hayes and special friend, Robbie Johnson. He was a Pentecostal and worked in nursery business. Survivors include his daughter, Modena and husband Kenneth Johnson, Sr. of Smithville; 1 son, James and wife Kerrie Hayes of McMinnville; 5 grandchildren, Craig and wife Tara Rogers, Allison Rogers, Lauren Rogers, Kelsie Rogers, Breanna Hayes; great-grandchildren, Caden and Peyton Rogers; 1 brother, Harry Lee Hayes of Smithville; friend and caregiver, Carolyn Agee of Smithville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Saturday, March 4, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 2 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Nancy Kay Moss Turley

Mar 1 2017

69 year old Nancy Kay Moss Turley of Smithville died Tuesday at Curahealth Hospital in Nashville. She was a homemaker. The family has chosen direct cremation. There will be no visitation. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Esther Moss. Survivors include her husband, Jack Turley of Smithville. Two children, Michael Turley of Seymor and Melissa Cannon of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Calyn Stembridge and Stephen Jones. Two great grandchildren, Luke Stembridge and Eli Jordan. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dennis Reeder

Mar 1 2017

68 year old Dennis Reeder of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was a retired carpenter. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Tramel will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Reeder was preceded in death by his father, Hoss Reeder and two brothers, Ronnie Reeder and Jerry Anderson. Survivors include his wife, Ella Marie Reeder of Smithville. One son, Jason Reeder of Sparta. Two grandchildren, Jordan Lee and Dillion Cody Reeder of Smithville. One step daughter, Christina and Jackie Ervin of Smithville. Mother, Norene Anderson of Sparta. Several cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations for the services may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Hilda Dee Krill Meyers

Feb 27 2017
Hilda Dee Krill Meyers

Hilda Dee Krill Meyers, age 93, passed from this life into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 26, 2017. Born on April 28, 1923, she was preceded in death by her parents Edwin Carlton and Mabel Marjorie Gabriel Krill; sisters, Martha Jane Krill Pirtle, and Dorothy Lucille Krill Dunkle; brother, Carlton Jon Krill; father of her children, Merle C. Meyers; and daughter in-law, Trudie Lee Littlefield Meyers. She is survived by her son Jon and wife Megan Meyers, of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter, Jean Meyers of Smithville, TN; grandson Justin and wife Elizabeth Meyers, and great grandson, William Ross Meyers, of Downingtown, PA; sister Carolyn Joan Riehle of Edgerton, OH. She will be dearly missed by her beloved nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends, pets, and World Vision children. Hilda earned her Bachelors Degree from Bowling Green State University, and Masters Degree from Tennessee Tech University. She retired from the Dekalb County School System, where she was a kindergarten teacher, a Follow Through Program supervisor, and food services supervisor. She was a long time and active member of First United Methodist Church in Smithville, where she served as choir director, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, administrative board member, Counsel on Ministries and Worship committee member. Most important to Hilda was her Faith, Family and Friends and she lived her Life by the Golden Rule. Hilda also enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and crafting. Hilda had a wonderful sense of humor, and will be dearly missed by all she touched. Visitation will be Friday the 3rd from Noon until 8PM and Saturday from 10am-12pm. Funeral will be held at First United Methodist Church at 1pm. Honorary pallbearers (any member of the 1964-67 Smithville Methodist Kindergarten Classes) are asked to meet at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition to flowers the family has requested that donations be made to First United Methodist Church, TGA Scholarship Foundation, the DeKalb County Animal Coalition or any children's charity.

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