Obituaries

Lois Reeder Russell

Jan 11 2018
Lois Reeder Russell

Lois Reeder Russell age 53 of Lenoir, North Carolina and a native of DeKalb County, passed away Wednesday night, January 10, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 30, 1965 to her parents, the late Paul and Mildred Hawkins Reeder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Jerry Reeder and Billy Reeder; 1 sister, Judy Reeder; special uncle, Robert Lee Reeder and the father of her daughters, Dickie Rogers. She was a Baptist and a waitress. Lois is survived by her husband, Duane Russell of Dudley Shoals, NC; 2 daughters, Mary Rogers and Ashley Rogers both of Lenoir, NC; 1 son, Christopher Russell of Dudley Shoals, NC; grandchildren, Zoey Davenport, Daisha Staples, Jakob Moulton, Malachi Lawrence and coming soon Wizdom Rogers; 2 sisters, Peggy George and Doris Henry both of Smithville; 1 brother, Tommy Reeder of Smithville; sister-in-law, Kathy Reeder of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Sunday, January 14, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 1 PM until 7 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.

Helen Jeanette Ervin

Jan 10 2018
Helen Jeanette Ervin

60 year old Helen Jeanette Ervin of Smithville passed away Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Outreach Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Nathan Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Oval and Frances Davis Murphy; four sisters, Jena Hesson, Brenda Taylor, Martha Todd and Patricia Matthews; and two brothers, William Matthews and Terry Murphy. Survivors include two sons, Eric and Michelle Ervin and Jackie and Christina Ervin. Thirteen grandchildren, Destiny, Haley, Katie, Samuel, Lashae, Joshua, Nateisha, Amy, Tessa, Kaden, Brannon, Spencer, and Ezra Ervin all of Smithville. Two sisters, Pam Hooten of Michigan and Kathy Murphy of McMinnville. Five brothers, James and Darlene Matthews of Liberty, Willie Matthews, Roy and Dink Matthews, Randall Neal, and Doug and Norma Murphy all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Outreach Baptist Church Building Fund.

Janice Houk Zoller

Jan 8 2018
Janice Houk Zoller

58 year old Janice Houk Zoller of Smithville passed away Sunday at her residence. She was a Jehovah Witness. Zoller was also a caregiver for family and the public; secretary/Spanish translator for D.H.S. in Smithville; Voluntary translator for the school system; police department, public courts, DeKalb Hospital, county doctors for approximately 20 years; and interior decorator. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Young Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-9 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.; and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her son, Johnny Earl-Houk Cantrell; father, Earl G. Houk; sister, Pam Bell; and a brother, Bobby Houk. Survivors include her husband, David M. Zoller of Smithville. Mother and step-father, Sue and Sonny Guy of Smithville. A daughter, Nena Lawrence Cantrell of Smithville. A grandson, Raven Cantrell of Smithville. A sister, Rita Gail Houk of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Marsha Stults Herman

Jan 7 2018
Marsha Stults Herman

55 year old Marsha Stults Herman passed away Saturday, January 6. She was a Christian and a homemaker. Marsha enjoyed spending her time growing her own food, spending time with her 2 dogs, and never missed an opportunity to talk to others about health and essential oils. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Entombment will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-8 p.m.; Monday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until the service at 10 a.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Sonny Stults. Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Herman. Two children, Jacob Herman and Katie and her husband Jon Slager. Mother, Frances Stults. One brother, Kenny and his wife Tavia Stults. A sister, Kim Stults. Nieces, Jackie Davidson, Julie Richardson, and JoDee Prichard. A nephew, Sonny Stults. In addition to flowers, please make donations in memory of Mrs. Marsha to the DeKalb Animal Coalition.

Jerry Ray George

Jan 6 2018

Jerry Ray George, age 73, of Liberty passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at his home. He was a native of Cannon Co.

Survivors include his mother, Anna Mae Snow George of Woodbury; Sons, Timothy (Susie) George of Manchester & Danny George of Gassaway; Grandchildren, Amelia George & Hannah Tetters; and Brother, Curtis (Jeannie) George of Bradyville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Braxton George.

Mr. George was a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church and was a factory worker and truck driver. He also operated the Liberty Dance Hall.

Funeral Services will be 11 AM Monday, January 8, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 8 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the funeral home.

Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sammy Holmes

Jan 5 2018

Sammy Holmes, of Lebanon, passed away on January 2, 2018 at age 62. The family will be accepting friends at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, on Friday from 3-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service. The Funeral Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home. Interment will follow the service in Butler Cemetery, Jackson County TN. Pallbearers: Raymond Brooks, Jason Harp, Phillip Holmes, Shannon Harp, Dewayne Bain, Wayne Woodard, Randy Whited, and Wally Webb. Honorary Pallbearers: Daryl Young and Bobby Rader. Special thanks to Dr. Steven Cooper, nurse Melinda Taylor, and the nurses, staff, and patients of NHC Smithville. Sammy is preceded in death by parents Simon Casper Sr. and Georgie Dixon Holmes, sisters Sadie Irene Holmes, Mamie Marie McMahon, brothers Herbert Juvy Holmes, James Darrell Holmes, and Mack Howard Holmes, sister-in-law Jean Holmes, and brothers-in-law Eugene Whited and Nathan McClure. He is survived by sisters Ruth McClure, Betty Whited, Sue (Finis) Baines, Estelle (Jimmy D.) Harp, Nancy (Robbie) Harp, Mary (Albert) Colwell, Judy (Jimmy) Lynch, Nora (Jeff) Parker, and Linda (Norman) Webb; brother Herman Holmes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Ronald Timothy Jennings, Jr.

Jan 4 2018
Ronald Timothy Jennings, Jr.

Ronald Timothy Jennings, Jr., age 46, a McMinnville, TN resident and native was born March 10, 1971 and died January 4, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was an employee of Lojac, member of Westwood Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon, and son of Ronnie and Regina Jennings of McMinnville.

Mr. Jennings was married August 2, 1991 to Debbie Deason Jennings who survives. In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by two sons, Ryan Jennings and Wesley Jennings both of McMinnville; daughter, Samantha Jennings of McMinnville; brother, Brian Keith Jennings and wife Jodi of McMinnville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Norma Deason; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dale and Katie Deason of Florida, Tim and Beth Deason of McMinnville, Kevin and Angie Deason of Viola; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lori and Brad Mason of Doyle, Jennifer and Scott Moore of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his Church family at Westwood.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Westwood Church of Christ with Bob Deason, Tim Deason and Richard O’Connor to officiate. Interment will follow in Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at Westwood. There will be no service or visitation at High’s.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westwood Youth Group and Missions or American Cancer Society.

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd Earl Cantrell

Jan 3 2018
Floyd Earl Cantrell

Mr. Floyd Earl Cantrell of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 15, 1944 to his parents, the late Hamp and Effie Pack Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Hamp Cantrell, Jr., James "Lucky" Cantrell and Ray Donald Cantrell; 2 sisters, Mildred Green and Dorothy Hutchins. Floyd was a carpenter and a Primitive Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Cantrell of Smithville; 4 children, Randal (Kandy) Cantrell of Smithville, Carlos Godsey of McMinnville, Debbie Murphy of Knoxville and Harley Godsey of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Mykel Cantrell and Kaycee Rossa both of Manchester; 2 great-grandchildren, Breyden Rossa and August Cantrell; 2 sisters, Ruth Tabor of Crossville and Betty Norris of Liberty; 2 brothers, Buster (Brenda) Cantrell of Woodbury and Larry (Anita) Cantrell of Watertown; 3 sisters-in-law, Debbie Suarez of Dowelltown, Cindy (Vick) Loden of Rockwood and Dorothy VanPatten of New York; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Friday, January 5, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 1 PM 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.

Georgia Frances Johnson

Jan 3 2018
Georgia Frances Johnson

Georgia Frances Johnson, 87 of Smithville, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Webb House Retirement Center in Smithville.

Born Thursday, November 6, 1930 in Smithville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Rufus and Lassie Hendrixson Fuson. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Austin Johnson. Special thank you to the care givers at The Webb House.

Funeral will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2017 at The First Assembly of God in Smithville with John and Kay Quintaro and Jan Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 10am until the time of service at the church.

Oaklawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

James (Jim) Glendon Staley

Jan 1 2018
James "Jim" Glendon Staley

James "Jim" Glendon Staley, 77, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed away on December 30, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents James Hansford and Mary Magdalene Foster Staley, doting aunt Caroline Foster; brother Otis Staley; and sisters Thelma Staley Kirrane, Carrie Staley Workman, and Dorothy Staley.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bobbie Nell Allen Staley; daughter Sharon (Robert) Dunn of Cumming, GA, granddaughters Kaitlin Rose Dunn of Seattle, Washington and Rachel Elizabeth Dunn of Cumming, GA, and grandson Alexander Scott Dunn (Tiffany) of Bloomington, IL; son James Allen Staley of Columbia, TN; daughter-in-law Melissa Liggett Staley, and grandson Eli You-Bao Staley of Franklin, TN.

He is also survived by nieces June Ziegenfuss of Portsmouth, VA and Reggie Houk of Smithville, TN, nephew Dennis (Sharon) Staley (Detroit, MI); great nieces and nephews Cathy (Gary) Beltz of Smithville, TN, Glendon Houk of Smithville, TN, and Joy (James) Houk-Raper of Lascassas, TN; great, great nieces and nephews David (Darlene) Griffith (Smithville, TN), Whitney Houk (Smithville, TN), and Carlee and Caroline Hall of Lascassas, TN; and brother-in-laws Willie B. Allen of Donaldson, TN and George Sellars Allen of Alexandra, TN.

Jim was born on June 18, 1940 in Smithville, TN. The youngest of five children and named after his father, he was fondly called ‘Little Jimmy’ or ‘Pops.’ Jim attended Cumberland University where he met Bobbie and was known simply as ‘Staley.’ He went on to attend the University of Tennessee (UT) where he obtained his undergraduate, masters, and PhD in horticulture and developed a passion for UT football which he maintained throughout his life.

Upon graduating in 1970, Jim became the first horticulturist at Memphis State University (MSU). He had a love for horticulture and people and brought the two together as he helped expand and diversify the MSU Physical Plant grounds department and beautify the campus.

In 1977, Jim became Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) horticulturist and joined the faculty as Associate professor in the Agriculture department. In later years he served as Director of both Physical Plant and Murphy Center. Throughout his career, Jim served on various city beautification committees and was a member of Kiwanis. Jim retired in 1998 and he and Bobbie moved to Gallatin, TN where he fulfilled his dream of living on Old Hickory Lake to pursue his love of fishing. In 2016 they moved back to Murfreesboro, TN to be closer to family.

Jim was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather and was extremely generous with friends, family, and those in need. He was a man of integrity and a devout Christian and served as a deacon and elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro and Gallatin Presbyterian Church. Jim struggled with health issues for two decades and will be remembered for his unwavering faith, strength, and will to survive.

Visitation will be held at Northminster on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:00 with the funeral service following at 1:00 at Northminster Presbyterian Church all in Murfreesboro, TN. Rev. Marshall Gupton will officiate. A graveside service will follow in Talley Cemetery in Alexandria, TN, at 3:00 p.m.

Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements,

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