Grady Eldon Taylor

Jul 14 2015

The funeral for 68 year old Grady Eldon Taylor will be Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville. Burial will follow in Green Acres Memory Gardens. Visitation will be prior to the service from noon to 3:00 p.m. Survivors include his wife, Diane Taylor; daughters, Valerie Keyes and Carmen Taylor; brothers, Paul and Ricky Taylor and sisters, Margaret Judkins and Freda Wharley. Many nieces and nephews also survive him. Family requests memorials be made to Pomona First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 57 POW Camp Road, Crossville, TN, 38557. This information was provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Arvid Turner

Jul 11 2015

81 year old Arvid Turner of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist and a retired owner and operator of Sportsman Restaurant. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Elder Arnold Bailey and Elder Josh Bell will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 8:00 p.m. A special singing will be held on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. open to the public. Visitation will also be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Turner was preceded in death by his parents, Avery and Luevirta Hamilton Turner; his wife, Dorothy Ward Turner; a daughter, Renita Kay Turner; a son, Ricky Allen Turner; a brother, Charles Henry Turner; and a sister, Delma Ruth Land. He is survived by two sons, David and Charles Avery Turner of Florida. Two sisters, Emogene and husband Arnold Bailey and Brenda Jane Ray all of Smithville. Step-children, J.R. and wife Loretta Mullins of McMinnville, Brenda and husband Jeff Safranik of Wisconsin, and Timothy Eugene Mullins. Special great nephew, Josh Bell of Smithville and special step great grandson, Dylan Roller of Smithville. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Glenda Joycelen Ingram

Jul 11 2015

Glenda Joycelen Ingram age 79 of Smithville passed away Friday afternoon, July 10, 2015 at her residence. She was born March 27, 1936 to her parents, the late Cecil and Christie Kelley Hartzell. She was a member of the Fall City Baptist Church and a Nurse. Mrs. Glenda is survived by her husband of 60 years, Claude Ingram of Smithville; 5 children, Gwenda (Rick) Notestine of West Bloomfield, MI, Robert (Ginny) Ingram, Sr. of Murfreesboro, Michael Ingram of Lebanon, Martin Ingram of Gordonsville and Kelly (Jay) Cantrell of Smithville; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Judie (Clair) Ickes of Portland, OR, Jo Ann Harrison of Virginia. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jerry Spicer officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday 4:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Diane Louise Roach

Jul 8 2015

Diane Louise Roach age 61 of Smithville, passed away Wednesday morning at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She was a Baptist and was a nursery worker. Diane was survived by her companion, Ricky Sweeney of Smithville; 4 daughters, Barbie, Patricia, Chrissy, Tonya; several grandchildren; special friend, Randall Neal of Smithville; adopted niece and nephews, Alissya Lopez, Michael, Diego, Martin, Jr. Cornado. Graveside services will be conducted Friday 11:AM, July 10, 2015 at the Bonham Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 11AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Gladys Simpson

99 year old Charles Gladys Simpson died Sunday morning at the Webb House Retirement Center. She was born to her parents, the late Robert and Nettie Mai Page Simpson. She will be greatly missed by her family but she left them many wonderful memories. Ms. Gladys grew up on her family farm on Hannah's Branch and was a graduate of Baxter Seminary and Middle Tennessee State University. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Grand Representative to the State of Nevada in Tennessee, Grand Martha (2000) and Worthy Grand Matron (1956). She taught school in DeKalb County from 1936 until 1977 when she retired to take care of her aging parents. She rode on horseback to her first teaching job at Dale Ridge. During her career, she also taught at Dismal, Dowelltown, Temperance Hall, Snow Hill, Alexandria, Lower Helton, Liberty, and West schools of DeKalb County. She was active in the Retired Teachers Association, Family and Community Education (FCE), and the United Methodist Women group called the "Busy Bees" that made children's quilts for children who were sick or removed from their homes to Human Services for various reasons. Survivors include a brother, James E. Simpson of Gallatin. Nephews, Thomas Simpson and Brenda of Lenoir City and Robert Simpson of Maryville. Great niece, Michelle and David Scott of Oak Ridge and great nephews, Chad Simpson, Andrew Simpson, and Mark Simpson all of Maryville. The family extends deepest appreciation to the Webb House staff for their loving care for the last eight years. The funeral service will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville First United Methodist Church with John Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice. Family Heritage Funeral Home in Gallatin is in charge of the arrangements.

Bonnie Ruth Howell

Jul 6 2015

70 year old Bonnie Ruth Howell of Smithville died Sunday night at the Upper Cumberland Hospice House in Cookeville. She was a retired cook at DeKalb Community Hospital and a member of the Covenant Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Howell was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Hill Howell; parents, Robert and Louise Tarr Baker; a grandchild, Hannah Ashford; a brother, H.B. Baker; and a sister, Georgia Barber. Survivors include five daughters, Louise Howell of Smithville, Annette Cox of South Carolina, and Kelly Barnes of Smithville, Tracie and husband Wayne Tramel of Dowelltown and Robin Keaton of Smithville. One son, Joey Howell of Smithville. Thirteen grandchildren, Renee Steff, Brandon Cox, Charles Cox, Samantha Bowman, and Crystal Conners all of Smithville, Kayla Miller of Dowelltown, Stephen Howell, Braxton Howell, Dalton Howell, and Landon Jones all of Smithville, Emily Keaton of Woodbury, Lucas Hale of Liberty and Madison Bass of Smithville. Several great grandchildren. Eight brothers and sisters, Betty Scurlock of Carthage, Dorthy Leach of McMinnville, Mary Murphy, and Shirley Gibbs of Dowelltown, Sue Mitchell of Cookeville, Billy Baker of Smithville, Glenn Baker of Liberty and Jimmy Baker of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral is in charge of the arrangements.

Landon "Mutt" Mathis

Jul 1 2015

Landon "Mutt" Mathis age 55 of Smithville, passed away Sunday night, June 28, 2015 at his residence. He was born July 25, 1959 to his parents, the late Floyd and Nancy Bain Mathis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death sister, Patricia McCollough, 4 brothers, Freddie Dean, Larry, Julis Lee and Bobby Mathis. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Mathis; 5 brothers, Jimmy (Pam) Mathis, Gail Mathis, Lanny (Sharon) Mathis, Mikie (Teresa) Mathis, Timothy (Dana) Mathis; 5 sisters, Janice (Jimmy) Barrett, Rosetts Mathis and Floyd Brown, Helen Fults, Margie Gunter, and Joyce Jaco; sister-in-law, Reana (Brad) Marsh. Graveside services will 11:00AM, Friday July 3, 2015 at Center Hill Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Janie Raymond Love

Jun 29 2015

Ms. Janie Raymond Love age 81 of Smithville, passed away Monday afternoon at the DeKalb Community Hospital. Janie was born December 30, 1933 to her parents, the late Bernard and Letha Young Raymond. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glynn Roy Love and a brother, B.L. Raymond. She was a homemaker and member of the Indian Mound The Baptist Church. Survivors include 1 nephew, Earl Raymond of Smithville; sister-in-law, Helen Raymond of Smithville; 2 great-nephews, Brian (Kristin) Raymond of Kentucky and Adam (Amy) Raymond of Smithville. A god-son, Jason Walker of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Friday, July 3, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Frank Randolph and Mike Clayborn officiating and burial to follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 3:PM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Elene Odom Hayes

Jun 28 2015

Elene Odom Hayes went to her eternal life June 25, 2015 at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA, surround by family.

She was born September 5, 1922 in Smithville, Tennessee. At the age of three she decided she would become a teacher and never strayed from that goal. After graduating from high school she attended Cumberland University and met a handsome dark headed soldier named Louis A. Miller. It was love at first sight and they wrote to each other while he was overseas in World War II. She graduated from Middle Tennessee Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1945 and they were married in July of 1946.

She continued her education at George Peabody College and taught school throughout Metro Nashville Public School system and DeKalb County Schools in Elementary and Middle School where she retired in 1989 after teaching for 45 years. She loved teaching children to read and treated every child in her classroom equally and with kindness and respect. Former students and fellow teachers had deep admiration for her professionalism and her ability to control a classroom without raising her voice.

She had a deep abiding faith and studied the bible daily. In addition to her Friendship Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church Smithville she was also a member of the Easter Star, Retired Teachers Association, American Legion Auxiliary and numerous clubs throughout her lifetime. She took time to visit hospitals, nursing and retirement homes and made phone calls to homebound friends. She never wanted anyone to feel lonely or unloved. She loved deeply and forgave quickly.

She loved her family, friends and neighbors, especially her four granddaughters. Her legacy continues in her son, Carlton Miller of Smithville ; daughter, Carlene Miller Hurst, son-in-law Hughes Hurst of Lawrenceville, GA; granddaughters Meredith Hurst Campbell (Kyle) of Atlanta, Georgia, Victoria Hurst of Chicago, IL, Katherine Miller and Elizabeth Miller of New London, CT. Also, her brother, Hoyte Odom, sister-in-law Joann Odom of Smithville and many cousins, nieces and nephews; special neighbors Joe and Helen Taylor.

Mrs. Hayes was preceded in death by her parents, Pascal Clayborn Odom and Lula Maude Gilreath Odom; husband Louis A. Miller of 34 years; sister Gladys Knowles (whom everyone thought was her twin) . Later in life she married but was sadly preceded in death by husband Wilson Cripps and then Verble Hayes.

Visitation with family will be Monday, June 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Christian Fellowship Center of First United Methodist Church 102 W. Church St., Smithville, TN 37166

Memorial Service at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church located at 108 N. 4th St.

The Rev. Michael W. Hurst and Rev. Randall Ganues will be officiating.

Private graveside burial at Whorton Springs Cemetery

Donations may be made to the Retired Teachers Association scholarship fund, Smithville First United Methodist Church or to any literacy program to promote reading.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the local arrangements.

Paul "Coach" Parker

Jun 26 2015

Paul "Coach" Parker age 65 of the Dibrell Community passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. Paul was born May 21, 1950 to his parents, the late Ralph Gibbons Parker and Grace Ike Womack Parker. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Mary Ann. He was a Presbyterian, retired Teacher and Basketball Coach. Paul was survived by his companion, Mandy Johnson of Dibrell Community; 3 sons, Brad (Kim) Parker of Ringgold, GA, Jeremy (Emily) Parker of Knoxville, Bryan Parker of Dibrell; 6 grandchildren, Alex, Braley, Grant, Luke and Grady Sue Parker and Kaelob Flood; mother, Grace Parker of Sparta. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Sunday June 28, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Larry Green and Lyon Walkup officiating and burial to follow in the Parker Farm Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2. In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the Smithville Elementary School Library of the Dibrell Elementary School Library. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements


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