Obituaries

Wanda Dee Gossard

May 22 2014

65 year old Wanda Dee Gossard of Smithville died Wednesday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a member of the Smithville Church of God and former Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary and AmVets. She was formerly employed at Federal Mogul. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jeff Armstrong will officiate and burial will be in the Blackford Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Clara Johnson Nickerson and two brothers, Earl Nickerson and Author Nickerson. Survivors include three children, Lisa Schell of Smithville, Andrew and wife Leah Gossard of Spencer, and Michael and wife Brittany Schofner of McMinnville. Three grandchildren, James Gilles of McMinnville and Misty Gilles and Matthew Gilles both of Smithville. Ten great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

Billy Joe Ayers

May 22 2014

80 year old Billy Joe Ayers of Dowelltown died Thursday morning at NHC of Smithville. He was a farmer and a faithful member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Dry Creek Baptist Church. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-6 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. at Dry Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Callie Moore Ayers; a sister, Willie Jim Cripps; two brothers, Edward and Charles Ayers; a brother-in-law, Carl Cripps; and a nephew, Gary Wayne Cripps. Survivors include two nephews, Dwight Cripps of the Dry Creek community and Jerald and wife Lisa Cripps of Liberty. One niece, Wanda Cripps of Mount Juliet. Six great nieces and nephews, Angela Royalty and Paul Tubbs both of Lebanon, Matthew and wife Melody Cripps of Murfreesboro, Jordan and wife Nicole Cripps of Dowelltown, Justin and wife Tiffany Cripps, Tina and husband David Pedigo, and Tammy and husband Carl Tyler all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dry Creek Baptist Church in memory of Mr. Ayers.

Christine H. Cassity

May 19 2014

53 year old Christine H. Cassity of Woodbury and formerly of Alexandria died Sunday at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. Born in DeKalb County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. The family has chosen direct cremation. A family memorial will be held at a later date. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.V. Huddleston and Dimple Jones. Survivors include a son, Joshua Cassity of Alexandria. Brothers and sisters, Jane Martin of Defeated, Phyllis and husband Charles Griffith of Alexandria. Dewight and wife Diana Huddleston of Lebanon. Mai and husband Tom Clenney of Lebanon. Margie and husband Donnie Martin of Defeated. Ricky and wife Virginia Huddleston of Carthage, and Tracy Huddleston of Smithville. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in her honor, in lieu of flowers.

Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Vanatta

May 18 2014

50 year old Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Vanatta of Smithville died Tuesday, May 13 at Centennial Medical Center. He was born October 23, 1963 in Smithville, to his parents, the late Vaskel Eugene and Ella Dania "Dean" Pinegar Vanatta. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Vanatta. Kenney was a handy man. He is survived by a brother, David Vanatta, sister, Debbie McClain, special aunt, Louise Hendrixson, aunts, Sue Lassiter & Gladys Young, uncle, J.C. "Buck" Vanatta, several cousins and friends. Kenny's remains will be cremated and a graveside memorial service will be held at the Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Houston Lee Young

May 18 2014

92 year old Houston Lee Young of Hillsdale, Michigan died Saturday in Michigan. He was born August 21, 1921 in New Market, Alabama to his parents, the late John and Oshie Pedigo Young. He was a brother to 7 siblings, and his family moved to Smithville, Tennessee at an early age. Houston enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, after receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1945, he returned home to Smithville, Tennessee. In 1950, Houston married Alpha Cantrell and in 1951, they moved to Detroit, Michigan. He was a career employee at Chrysler Corporation until his retirement. A mechanic at heart, Houston was the neighborhood handy man. He delighted in working on cars, lawnmowers, bikes...... anything mechanical. Houston and Alpha moved to Hillsdale, Michigan where he lived for the past 10 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Alpha Dean Young; Loving father of Doyle Young, Dona (Wallace) Furtado, Rodney (Diane) Young, Rita (Daniel) Woodcock and Jason (Maria) Young; Loving grandfather of Meredith, Wallace Michael, Rene', Bryan, Robin, Jason, Joshua, Jasmine and Sophia; Loving great-grandfather of 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in Bonham Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation with the family will be Monday 2:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements

Hipolito Rivera Morales

May 16 2014

70 year old Hipolito Rivera Morales of Smithville passed away at his residence Tuesday May 13, 2014. He was the son of the late Isidro Rivera Banda and Maria Morales. He was a member of the First Baptist Spanish Church. Funeral services will be held 6:PM Friday Night at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and again on Saturday at 1:PM. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 11:AM until time of the service at 6:PM and again on Saturday from 11:AM until time of the service at 1:PM with Bro. Hector Ortega officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Benita Palomo Hernandez; Children: Raul Rivera, Alejandro Rivera, Jose Luis Rivera, Juan Manuel Rivera, Virginia Rivera, Rojelio Rivera, Noe Rivera and Elvia Rivera; Grandchildren: Jesus Raul Rivera, Bill Rivera, Jesus Alejandro Rivera, Jr., Guadalope Rivera, Jasmine Evelia Rivera, Elvia Rivera, Jesica Rivera, Eduardo Rivera, Renata Rivera, Juan Manuel Rivera, Jr., Ricardo Rivera, Cristofer Rivera, Jacob Rivera, Reveca Rivera, Jeniffer Rivera, Nicole Rivera, Maite Rivera, Naiomy Rivera, Fernando Huriel Rivera, Sebastian Rivera, Keila Rivera and Pricsila Rivera.

Susan Lynette Carter

May 14 2014

39 year old Susan Lynette Carter of Dowelltown died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was born in Detroit, Michigan. A Baptist, she was in sales. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom Stark and Shirley Wall and a sister, Sherry Stark. Survivors include her husband, Brian Carter. Children, Melissa Davies and Xander Sarjardo. A sister, Cindy Stark. A brother, John Stark. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. The family has chosen direct cremation with a memorial service to be held at Indian Creek Baptist Church Saturday May 24 at 1:00pm. Mike Carpenter will officiate.The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Anderson Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Wanda Lou Adcock

May 13 2014

72 year old Wanda Lou Adcock of A.B. Frazier Road died Monday at St. Thomas Midtown. She was a Baptist and a co-owner of Smithville Nursery. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Mahan and Mike Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Flora Hale Simmons; mother-in-law, Mildred Evans; and sister-in-law, Jean Hooper Clendenon. Survivors include her husband, Charlie Dean Adcock. Four children, Eddie and Rita Adcock of Smithville, Teela and Ralph Wise of Dandridge, Dewayne and Missy Adcock of Sugoinsville, and Denenne and Rob Willingham of Smithville. Eight grandchildren, Sandy and Alec Winter of Smithville, David and Shannon Adcock of McMinnville, Courtney Adcock, Evan Adcock, Ethan Adcock, and Jessie Adcock all of Surgoinsville, Terry Wise of Dandridge, and Hannah Willingham of Smithville. Six great grandchildren. Two brothers, Laverne and Otella Simmons of Pikeville and Harold and Juanita Simmons of Pikeville. One sister, Edna and Oliver Cordell of Pikeville. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Whorton Springs Building Fund, the Lighthouse Christian Camp, or to the Nashville Rescue Mission at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN, 37209

Robert Clay Baines

May 13 2014

78 year old Robert Clay Baines of Smithville died Tuesday morning at NHC Healthcare. He was born July 17, 1935 to his parents, the late Lindsey and Jessie Mai Bullard Baines. Robert was a member of New Life United Pentecostal Church, retired from Better Built and served in the National Guard for 6 years. He is survived by his Wife of 58 years, Dorothy Hutchen Baines of Smithville; 3 Sons, Gary Baines and Friend, Lisa Coffee; Mike (Pam) Baines and Ronald (Gail) Baines all of Smithville; 4 Grandchildren, Jason (Stacey) Baines of Cookeville; Caleb Baines and Fiance, Carrie Herrin of Smithville; Michael White and Fiance, Karla Gaddie and Emily and Josh Linder all of Norfolk, VA; 4 Great-Grandchildren, Macey and Matthew Baines both of Cookeville, Katie Linder and Wesley White both of Norfolk, VA; 1 Brother, Harold (Lou) Baines of Murfreesboro; Several Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Thursday, May 15, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Cornelius and Bro. Keith Huling officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 3:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. In addition to flowers, the family ask that donations be given to New Life United Pentecostal Church.

Paul Howard Cantrell

May 12 2014

56 year old Paul Howard Cantrell of Smithville died Saturday night, May 10, 2014 at his Mother's residence. He was the son of the late Howard Cross Cantrell and Billie Sue Humphrey Jones. Paul worked with Smithville Electric for 23 years. He is survived by his Mother, Billie Sue Jones of the Green Hill Community; Daughter, Erin Cantrell Pryor of Smithville; 2 Step-Brothers, Jeff Jones and Carlton Jones both of the Green Hill Community; 1 Step-Sister, Debra Culwell Newby of the Green Hill Community; 2 Aunts, Shirley Meade of Mississippi and Margie King of Sparta. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Tommy Culwell and Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 11:AM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM.

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