Obituaries

Chris Sean Young

Aug 2 2017

Chris Sean Young age 22 formally of Smithville passed away on July 23, 2017 in California. He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Cindy Fox Riddle; uncle John Bowlin; maternal great-grandparents, David and Tursey Jennings. He was self-employed. Survivors include his maternal grandparents, Penny and Kenzie Seals of Rogersville, TN; sisters, Haley Riddle of Greenville; great-aunt, Lola Callahan of Chuckey; adoptive father and mother, Darryl and Kimberly Young of Smithville; adoptive siblings, Elizabeth Atnip, Keith Carter and Samara Morgan all of Smithville and Joe Jones of Michigan; 2 nieces and 5 nephews and many friends. The family has honored Chris's request to be cremated. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 6 PM until 7 PM, with a Memorial Service at 7 PM with Bro. Dwayne Cornelius officiating. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the local arrangements.

Jacky Dale Beckham

Aug 2 2017

Jacky Dale Beckham age 61 of Smithville passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1956 to his parents, the late Ralph and Shirley Scruggs Beckham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Shawn Beckham. Jacky volunteered with God's Pantry and was affiliated with the Sink Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by 1 son, Chris Beckham of Mt. Juliet; 5 grandchildren, Jordan, Hannah, Amber, Carter and Caden; 3 cousins, Libby, Gary and Ralph Rich. Graveside services will be conducted 2 PM Thursday, August 3, 2017 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Thomas Hale officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Wilson Copeland

Aug 1 2017
Judy Wilson Copeland

Judy Wilson Copeland age 75 of Morrison, passed away Monday morning, July 31, 2017 at Centennial Medical Center. She was born April 7, 1942 to her parents, the late Pete and Dortha Atnip Wilson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 sister, Sherri Cantrell and 1 brother, Glenn Wilson. Judy was a Baptist and the owner of Creative Paradise in Morrison. She leaves to cherish her memory, 4 children, Vicky Jones Lowry of Rock Island, Jimmy R. Jones, Jr. of Morrison, Pam Jones of Atlanta, and Shannon Dewayne Cobble of Morrison; 8 grandchildren, Kesha Welborn of Atlanta, Jacquline Jones of McMinnville, Leslie Hancock of Atlanta, Daniel Conn of Atlanta, Tia Jones of Columbia, Cheyenne Hudgins of Hendersonville, Kevin Cobble and Timothy Cobble both of McMinnville; 8 great-grandchildren, Brittany Brown, Gabrielle Welborn, Gracie Harris, Brandon and Nathaniel Rosenthal, Ashley Hancock, Kayden and Kameron Cobble; 1 great-great-grandson, Haiden Welborn; 4 sisters, Wanda Day Harrelson of Gay, GA, Jackie (Bruce) Carter of Murfreesboro, Linda (J.T.) Capps of Dickson, Ola (Mike) Shadburn of Cumming, GA; 1 brother, Kirk Wilson of Smithville; 1 sister-in-law, Sandy Wilson of Liberty. Funeral services will be 10 AM, Thursday, August 3, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Billy Hale, Bro. Michael Hale and Brittany Brown officiating and burial will follow in Ervin Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 12 Noon until 7 PM and Thursday 8 AM until the time of the service at 10 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gwendolyn Gail Sandell

Aug 1 2017

Gwendolyn Gail Sandell age 55 of Smithville and a native of Dayton, TN, passed away Saturday morning, July 29, 2017 at her residence. She was born October 27, 1961 to her parents, Cecil and Helen Chandler Aurthor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Phillips; 2 sisters, Angie Rose and Terri Thurman and 1 grandson, Tucker Lee Crane. Mrs. Sandell was a CNA with Rhea County Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Bill Sandell of Smithville; son, Joshua Lee (Brittany) Crane of Dayton; 1 grandson, Tanner Lee Crane; sister, Connie Brock; 2 nieces, Nikki Rose and Erin Rose. The family has honored Mrs. Sandell's request to be cremated and there are no services planned. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Latasha Renea Ballew

Jul 31 2017
Latasha Renea Ballew

Latasha Renea Ballew age 35 of Alexandria, died Sunday evening, July 30, 2017 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. Born May 27, 1982 in
Lebanon, Latasha was a graduate of Dekalb Co. High School and was employed as a pharmacy technician. She is survived by her son, Hunter
Lynn Ballew; mother, Glenda (Roger Barrett) Hutchinson; father, Ricky (Darlene) Hutchinson; sister, Amanda Hutchinson all of Alexandria;
grandparents, Dorothy Hutchinson of Watertown and Faye Smith of Alexandria; nephew, Ethan Marshall and niece, Hannah Huber. She was
preceded in death by her grandfathers, Tommy Hutchinson and Glenn Smith. Funeral services 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at Hunter
Funeral Home in Watertown with Bro. Dusty Desimone officiating. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services Thursday. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to the family in Latasha's memory. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Marlin Rigsby

Jul 30 2017

Danny Marlin Rigsby, age 69 of Smithville passed away Friday July 28, 2017 at his residence. He was the son of the late Jewel "Red" Brown and Margie Elizabeth Pascal Rigsby. He was also preceded in death by spouse, Chris Ann Rigsby; a grand-daughter, Shanna D. Jones; 3 brothers, James "Jim" Rigsby, Floyd Lynn Rigsby, and Ronald Dean Rigsby. Mr. Rigsby was a mechanic and of the Baptist faith. He is survived by 4 children, Danny Rigsby, Jr., Lisa Lillard, Theresa Williams, and Kimberly A. Patterson; grandchildren, Tisha Barks, Jayna Marlie Rigsby, Morgan Patricia Rigsby, Marylin Lillard, Dustin Allen and Stephen Clark; great-grandchildren, Raelyunne Barks and Raider William Crimm, and Jada Fay Manzano; 2 sisters, Melissa King and Margie Rigsby Miller; 4 brothers, Lloyd Rigsby, Bob Rigsby, Billy Rigsby and Donald Rigsby; sister-in-law, Elaine Rigsby. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. A graveside service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday August 1, 2017 at Jefferson Cemetery with Josh Bell officiating. Visitation with the family will be Monday 4:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until 10:30 at which time we will leave to go to the cemetery for the graveside service. Memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp or the charity of your choice. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Burchfield

Jul 28 2017
Charles Burchfield

Mr. Charles Burchfield age 72, of Smithville passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at his residence. He was born to his parents the late William Claude and Freddie Opal Manis Burchfield. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a step-grandchild, Brittney Malone; sister, Barbara Linkous and brother, Jerry Burchfield. Mr. Burchfield was a life-long farmer and construction worker and a member of Snow Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Stacey (Lori) Burchfield of Dowelltown; grandchildren, Ashley (Phillip) Redmon of Smithville, Tiffany Burchfield of Dowelltown, Leah Burchfield of Murfreesboro,; step-grandchildren, Casey and Jared Givens of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Hannah Redmon, Hailey Redmon, Kaylee Redmon, Dacien Redmon, Kenzie South, Lexie South, Chase South, and Tyler Jackson; brothers and sisters, Judy Burchfield, Carolyn Sproles, Brenda Burchfield and Junior Burchfield all of Rogersville, Danny Burchfield of Church Hill, and Linda Price of Surgoinsville. Special friends, Polly Harris and Marty Harris. Funeral services will be Sunday July 30, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale and Bro. Billy Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery; Visitation with the family will be Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and on Sunday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. The family ask in addition of flowers donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Brystice Amanger Wright

Jul 28 2017
Brystice Amanger Wright

78 year old Brystice Amanger Wright of Brush Creek died Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker, a Baptist, and a member of the Red Hats Club. The funeral will be Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Mike Gay will officiate and burial will follow in the family cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Wilbur Enlow and Bessie Bell Morris; a sister, Esther Rae Enlow Newman; brothers, Lagrand L. Enlow, Richard Harold Enlow, and John Henry Enlow. Survivors include her husband, Everett Wright of Brush Creek. Children, Terry and Teresa Powell of Alexandria, Jeff Powell of Dinuba, California, Ronald Powell of Nashville, Donald Powell and L.T. Kirk of Nashville, Roy and Valerie Wright of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Julie and Luke Schulte of Evergreen, Colorado. Grandchildren, Kevin, Katherine, Holly, JR, Justin, Shianne, and Savanna. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Franklin Ray Jones, Sr.

Jul 27 2017
Franklin Ray Jones, Sr

Franklin Ray Jones, Sr.,age 46 of Dowelltown passed away Wednesday afternoon July 26 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER in Smithville. He was born to his parents Terry Lee and Edith Darlene Hobbs Jones. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Blaine Joseph Jones; and grandparents, Millard Wayne and Ann Lillian Hobbs. Mr. Jones worked for the DeKalb County Highway Department and was affiliated with The New Beginnings Church. Survivors include a daughter, Courtney Lynn Jones of Dowelltown; a son, Franklin Ray Jones, Jr. of Watertown ;parents, Terry and Edith Jones of Dowelltown; brother, Terry Lee Jones, Jr. of Smithville; grandmother, Mildred Louise Wilker of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, cousins,, and nephews also survive. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Steve Keaton officiating and burial will follow in the Jones Family Cemetery in Dowelltown. Visitation with the family will be Friday from noon until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Phillip "Chip" Williams

Jul 25 2017
Thomas Phillip "Chip" Williams

Thomas Phillip "Chip" Williams, 63 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Born Monday, December 14, 1953 in Lebanon, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Edsel and Lucille Driver Williams. Chip was a big UT fan, loved his corvette, and most of all loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by;
His Wife, Betsy Davis Williams of Sparta, TN
Daughter, Jill Williams Fields (Aaron) of Lebanon, TN
Granddaughter, Emerson Fields of Lebanon, TN
Grandson, Crosby Fields of Lebanon, TN
Niece, Amy Towry of Fayetteville, TN

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Linda Williams Towry.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta with Doug Benningfield officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 26 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

The family would like to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Sparta for Chip's excellent care over the last two years.

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