E J Roberts

Nov 2 2016
 E J Roberts

Mr. E. J. Roberts age 88 of the Jefferson Community of DeKalb County, passed away Tuesday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was born September 27, 1928 to his parents, the late John Milton and Becky Lou Farless Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 children, Carolyn Ann Roberts, Eugene Roberts, Cecil Roberts, and Brenda Koontz; 1 step-son, Eddie Neal; 1 grandson, Daymon Trapp; 2 brothers, Obie and James Roberts; 2 sisters, Vina Cleo Vandergriff and Martha Lou McDowell. Mr. E.J. was a member of the Mt. Hope The Baptist Church and retired from the City of McMinnville Water Dept. as a backhoe operator. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Hazel Delong Neal Roberts of Smithville; 3 children, Geraldean (Wayne) Madewell of Rock Island, Janet (Darrel) Trapp of Dowelltown, Donna (Buddie) Robinson of Smithville; 2 step-children, Floyd (Linda) Neal of McMinnville and Rose Ellen (Larry) Stevens of Smithville; 18 grandchildren, Beverly Cannon, Deanna Vaughn, Rebecca Bond, Shawn Koontz, Crystal Dillon, Steven Dale, Brian Roberts, Greg Roberts, Sandy Driver, Jayrah Trapp, Jamison Trapp, Emily Vanatta, Joni Robinson, Kessie Robinson, Zeva Robinson, Tony Neal, Marty Stevens, Sandra Majors; several great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Waymon Roberts of Morrison; 1 sister-in-law, Iva Roberts of Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Friday, November 4, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Garry McBride and Bro. Dwight Knowles officiating and burial to follow in Crain Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 11:AM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Lester Seal

Oct 31 2016

Paul Lester Seal, 97, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016 at his home. He was a native of Cannon Co.

He is survived by his children, Avery Trenton (Kathy) Seal of Woodbury and Paulette Seal Sirbaugh of LaVergne; Brother, Jimmy (Juanita) Seal of Manchester; Grandchildren, Trenton Paul Seal, Randall Kyson Sirbaugh, Rica Dale Sirbaugh French (Galen), Mandy Gale Seal McElroy (Robin), Brandi Michele Seal Reynolds (Michael); Great Grandchildren, Shawn Kyson Sirbaugh, Ethan & Eli McElroy, Kaden Reynolds, Emorie Claire McElroy, McKenzi Michele Reynolds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Mason Seal and Clara Mai Jones Seal; Wife, Lela Narcissa Roller Seal; 2 Sons: Kenny Mason Seal and Jerry Dale Seal; Siblings, William Robert Seal, John T. Seal, Franklin Seal, Allene Seal Ferrell, Georgia Faye Seal Brandon, Carmene Seal, Irene Seal McCord, & Angie Bea Seal Farrar.

Mr. Seal was a member of the Earlyville Church of Christ. He was a farmer, school bus driver and deputy sheriff for many years. He enjoyed raising mules and horses and was a member of the mule skinners association.

Funeral Services will be 3 pm Wednesday in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Lance and Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow Preston Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 3 PM to 9 PM Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

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Sherry Louise Knight

Oct 31 2016
Sherry Louise Knight

Sherry Louise Knight age 62 of Cookeville, passed away Sunday afternoon, October 30, 2016 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. Sherry was a member of the Heavenly Host Lutheran Church and a tax preparer. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Graham Eschenbach Miller; step-mother, Julia Eschenbach; husband, Joe Knight; son, Corey Paul; sister, Cathy Davis and birth parents, Virginia Kerht and Richard Waggoner. Survivors include 5 children, Anna (Roy) Goodwin of Rock Island, Ricky Paul (Mikeya Akins) of Mt. Juliet, Bobby (Mindy) Knight of Cookeville, Nathan Knight of Cookeville, and Kimberly Knight of Cookeville; 4 step-sons, Dennis (Lisa) Knight and Joey (Shelia) Knight both of Dodson's Branch, Brett Knight of Nashville and Timothy Alley of Florida; father, Richard Eschenbach of California; 3 brothers, Ted Eschenbach of Alaska, Al Eschenbach of California and Conrad Cassler of Colorado; 24 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; Funeral services will be 11:AM Saturday, November 5, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Rev. Andrew Smith officiating and interment to follow in Dodson Branch Cemetery in Cookeville. Visitation will be Friday 5: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.

Jim Campbell

Oct 30 2016
Jim Campbell

83 year old Jim Campbell of Dowelltown died Sunday at the Webb House Retirement Center. He was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church and retired owner and operator of Campbell Construction Company. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Gordonsville Cemetery. Dave Carden will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at which time the body will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Monroe and Ollie Parks Campbell; his wife, Ova Lorene House Campbell, and son James Phillip Campbell. Survivors include a son, Scott Campbell and fiancé Angie Fuston of Dowelltown. Four grandchildren, Alex and Marley Campbell of Smithville, Payton Campbell of Cookeville, and Ashton Campbell and Trey Fuston of Smithville. Two great grandchildren, Karly and Ava Campbell of Smithville. A sister, Zadie Wall of Mississippi. Three sisters-in-law, Drucy Mai Midgett of Smithville, Mary Louise House of Smithville, and Haley Jewell House of Dowelltown. Three brothers-in-law and their wives, Billy Freeman House and Susan of Dowelltown, Leland Carter House and Sue of Alexandria, and Douglas Patton House and Dinah of Alexandria. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Special caretaker, Barbara Nayola of Smithville. Special thanks to the Webb House and the loving staff for their exceptional care. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Hubert Page

Oct 28 2016

89 year old Hubert Page of Alexandria died Friday morning at NHC of Smithville. He was a DeKalb County native, union carpenter, and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Bessie Hale Page; a brother, Clint Page; a daughter, Doretta Scott; and a grandson, Greg Page. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jean Page of Alexandria. Daughters, Fay and husband Jimmy Baker of Smithville and Donna Martin of Smithville. Sons, Paul and wife Melinda Page of Shelbyville, Phillip Page of Smithville, and Michael and wife Tina Page of Alexandria. Nine grandchildren and several great great grandchildren survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Beecher "Junior" Ballew

Oct 28 2016
Beecher Ballew, Jr.

Beecher Ballew, Jr. age 80 of Smithville, passed away Thursday night, October 27, 2016 at NHC HealthCare in Smithville. He was born December 3, 1935 to his parents, the late Beecher Renzo and Mary Young Ballew. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Walter C., Finley, Jack, and Bobby Ballew and 1 sister, Thelma Dobbs. Junior was a Baptist and was retired from Kingston Timers. Survivors include 2 children, Hank (Charolette Caldwell) Ballew of Clarksville, Marie Daws (Jimmy "Bo") Barrett of Smithville; 7 grandchildren, Tressa Kaye Ballew, Hank (Lisa Shane) Ballew, Jr., Brad (Holly) Williams, Keisha (Tony) Smith, Nikki Daws Barrett, Stephen (Vickey) Barrett and Bradley Barrett; 4 great-grandchildren, Nicholas (Cainey Bailey) Ballew, Gavin and Tyler Williams and Zackery Smith; mother of his children, Mable Ballew Davis; sister, Gladys Davis of Adamsville, AL; special friend, Dorothy McCormick of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Sunday, October 30, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 3:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Cindy Cantrell Adams

Oct 28 2016
Cindy Cantrell Adams

Cindy Cantrell Adams age 56 of Smithville, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was born May 27, 1960 to her parents, Olen Hurl and Waltyne Young Cantrell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Adams and 1 sister, Toni Cathey. Cindy was a member of the Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church and a watch maker. She is survived by her parents, Olen Hurl and Waltyne Cantrell of Sparta; 2 sisters, Tena (Tim) Ferguson of Collinwood, TN and Becky (Craig) Greenwood of Herriman, Utah; 1 brother, Andrew (Jamie) Cantrell of Sparta; brother-in-law, Greg Cathey of Morrison; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3:30 PM Saturday, October 29, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Tim Ferguson officiating and burial will follow in Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Frida 4:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:30PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ray Olton Basham

Oct 27 2016

Ray Olton Basham, 72, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Stones River Hospital E/R following an extended illness. He was a native of Cannon Co.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Darlene Basham of Woodbury; Daughters, Sandra (Mike) Haggard of McMinnville and Sonya (Jerry) Cathey of Waverly; Step-Son, Chuck (Linda) McCormick of Manchester; Granddaughter, April (Mike) Floyd;

Grandsons, Cody Cathey & Kyle (Monica) Cathey; Great Grandsons, Dakota & Jacob Floyd; Brother, Ronald (Cindy) Basham of Woodbury and sister-in-law, Judy Basham of Woodbury.

Mr. Basham was preceded in death by his parents: Ray & Maude Parker Basham; his brothers, Harold Lawton Basham & Jerry Basham.

He was an Electrical Industrial Maintenance worker at Batesville Casket Company. Olton loved to fish and camp.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 29, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Donald Haggard & Bro. Tommy Womack officiating. Interment will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation with the family will be Friday, October 27, 2016 from 4 pm until 9 pm.

Martha Lamberson

Oct 27 2016
Martha Lamberson

Mrs. Martha Lamberson, age 83, of Defeated Creek and longtime resident of Temperance Hall, died Tuesday evening, October 25 at Kindred Healthcare in Carthage. She is survived by: daughter, Sandra Martin and husband Jackie of Defeated Creek; 2 grandchildren, Jason Martin and wife Kelli of Defeated Creek, Neely Oldham and husband Matt of Defeated Creek; great-grandchildren, Eli, Ty and Riley Martin, Jackson and Cassie Oldham; 3 sisters, Drucy Mai Midgett , Mary Louise House, Haley Jewel House, all of Smithville; 3 brothers, Billy Freeman House and wife Susan of Smithville, Leland Carter House and wife Sue of Alexandria, Douglas Patton House and wife Dinah of Liberty.

Mrs. Lamberson is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where her service will be conducted on Friday morning, October 28 at 11:00 AM. Bro. Jimmy Gregory will officiate. Interment in the Gordonsville Cemetery. Active pallbearers are: Jason Martin, Eli Martin, Matt Oldham, Jackson Oldham, Phillip Willoughby, and Harold Leath.

Visitation will begin on Thursday morning from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM and on Friday from 9:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM.

The family has requested memorials to the Easton Goad Foundation or Peytons Creek Baptist Church.

Vincent Eugene Ferrari

Oct 26 2016

Vincent Eugene Ferrari, formerly of Michigan and California, age 87, passed away on October 1, 2016 at his daughter's residence in Fort Mohave, Arizona.

He was born in South Rockwood, Michigan on May 10, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Eugene and Josephine (Frantz) Ferrari, sister Evelyn, brother Victor, and a son Brian Anthony.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Norene Lobdell Ferrari, daughters Sharon Ferrari Miller Walker of Smithville, Mary K. Ferrari of Fort Mohave, Arizona, and son, Matthew Ferrari of Wixom, Michigan. Survivors also include, sister Mary Ferrari of Oregon, brothers Leo (Pat) Ferrari and Alan Ferrari both of Michigan.

Mr. Ferrari leaves behind four granddaughters, Katherine Miller Arnold Cantrell (Todd) of Franklin, TN, Sheri (Dave) Collins of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, Valerie (Reverend Wade) Lewis of Glasgow, Kentucky and Kristy (Martin) Wilmath of Nashville, Michigan, six great-grandchildren, Jackson, Parker and Simon Lewis, Cody and Meghan Wilmath, and Lydia Arnold (Justin) Saunders and one great-great grandson Bentlee Dean Saunders. Also surviving are several nieces and their families.

Mr. Ferrari was a Catholic and a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Ferrari worked for the Wayne County Road Commission for 27 years starting as a laborer and retiring as an Assistant Superintendent of the Bridges and Roads division, and was instrumental in the construction of all bridges and roads in Wayne County, Michigan.

After retirement, Mr. Ferrari enjoyed his hobbies of wood working, cabinet and furniture making, and inventing.

A Life Celebration service will be held at a future date.

Provided as a courtesy by Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, Smithville.


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