Obituaries

James Isaac Maxwell

Apr 10 2017
James Isaac Maxwell

James Isaac Maxwell, 87, of Welaka, FL went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Putnam Medical Center in Palatka, FL following a brief illness. James was born in DeKalb County, Tennessee on October 10, 1929 to Robert Lee and Annie Laura Maxwell. He was educated at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He went on to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and worked at several fish hatcheries around the country before arriving in Welaka to manage the Welaka National Fish Hatchery in 1972. He retired from his post in 1994 after 34 years of total service. A member of Welaka United Methodist Church for many years, Jim served on the board, as an usher, and also helped with church breakfasts and other activities. He enjoyed volunteering his time and talent, playing Rook, solving puzzles, and eating lots of ice cream. He loved spending time with his grandchildren/great grandchildren and taking them fishing. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the loving staff of Putnam Community Medical for all of their care and compassion. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Robert Maxwell. James is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Rose Maxwell of Welaka; two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Rosalou Maxwell of Spanish Fort, AL, and Dennis and Lynne Maxwell of Pomona Park; five grandchildren and spouses, Monica Maxwell, Michael and Laura Maxwell, James and AlvaGayle Maxwell, Jessica Maxwell, and Rebecca and Johnny Phosavath; eleven great grandchildren, and a nephew, Johnny Maxwell. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 11th at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor Dennis White and Pastor Earl Prevatt officiating. The family will begin receiving friends one hour prior to the start of the service. In honor and celebration of James’ life a Video Tribute will be shown.

There will be visitation held at DeKalb Funeral Chapel on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 12 Noon until 1 PM. Graveside services and interment will be Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Whorton Springs Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Welaka United Methodist Church. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka, FL and DeKalb Funeral Chapel are in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Estes

Apr 10 2017
Michael Estes

Michael Estes age 43 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born November 1, 1973 to his parents, the late Lonnie Fisher Estes and Rosa Lee Davis Estes. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grover and Viella Estes, Robert and Lillie Beatrice Davis. Michael worked at Smithville McDonald's for 20 years and was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his mother, Rosa Estes of Smithville; 2 sisters, Rose (Arthur) Brown of Smithville and Jennifer (Glen) Edge of Short Mountain; 1 brother, Donnie (Rie) Estes of Bethpage; 4 nephews, Michael Caldwell, Christopher (Beverly) Caldwell, Johnathon Edge (Sarah Ribble), Cody Edge; 1 great-nephew, Joshua Edge; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bernard Houk officiating and burial will follow in Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 11:AM until 8 PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Sharon Jane Jones

Apr 8 2017

53 year old Sharon Jane Jones of Smithville died Friday at Cookeville Regional Hospital. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Steve Puckett will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 3- 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.L. and Josie Davis Jones and a brother, Larry Joe Jones. Survivors include two sons, Nolan Barnett of Columbus, Tennessee and Joseph Barnett of Nashville. Two sisters, Glenda Stanley and Clara Murphy and two brothers, Arlin and Clessie Jones all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please make donations to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Wanda Rose Gaw Thompson

Apr 6 2017

Funeral services for Wanda Rose Gaw Thompson, age 76, of Cookeville will be held Friday, April 7, 2017 at 1:00pm in the Chapel of Presley Funeral Home with Bro. Freddie Harding and Sis. Dana Fouts officiating. Interment will follow in Cookeville City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday 10:00am until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Thompson passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Tristar Centennial Hospital in Nashville, TN.

She was born March 30, 1941 in Cookeville to the late Jesse Ridley Gaw and Mary Emma Nabors Gaw.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Buddy Gaw and brother-in-law, Albert Thompson.

Wanda was a lifelong resident of Cookeville, except for a short tour in New York with her husband, Tommy Thompson while he was in the Air Force. She worked diligently as a Real Estate Broker in Putnam County and she helped many families find their forever homes. She enjoyed meeting new people and never forgot the ones she already knew. She was a warm person with a wonderful smile who never met a stranger. She loved watching and talking about football, especially her favorite team the Dallas Cowboys. Wanda's biggest passion was her family that she loved dearly and was happy to spend time with whenever they got together.

She touched so many people’s lives professionally and personally and will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Tommy Nelson Thompson of Cookeville; sons, Tommy Thompson and Rita of Charlotte N.C., Tim Thompson and wife Jonamie of Tyler, TX, Kevin Thompson and wife Roxanne of Hilham TN, and Kyle Thompson and wife Becky of Smithville, TN.; brother, Wayne Gaw and wife Donna; grandsons, Cody Thompson of Cookeville, Zachary Thompson of Murfreesboro, Alex Thompson of Cookeville; granddaughters, Heather Thompson of Mooresville, N.C., Kristen Militello (Anthony)of New York, Valerie Farrell (Samuel) of Memphis, Courtney Reardon (Seth) of Hilham; and great grandson, Damien Militello of New York; brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Linda Thompson, sister-in-law, Faye Thompson and a host of nieces and nephews.

Helen Fay Stanley

Apr 4 2017
Helen Fay Stanley

88 year old Helen Fay Stanley of Dowelltown died Monday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital, ER. She was born to her parents, the late Cleveland and Carrie Summers Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, L.D. Stanley; daughter, Wanda Wallace; grandson, Jamie Webb; brothers, Grady and Ralph Taylor; sisters, Virginia Hendrixson, Irene Judkins, Ellen Hendrixson, and Lena Maynard. Ms. Stanley was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Herman Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons, Larry and wife Phyllis Stanley of Dowelltown and Dennis and wife Donna Stanley of Smithville. Grandsons, Tracy Stanley, Steve and wife Jessica Stanley, and Daniel Stanley. Granddaughter, Jennifer and husband Ricky Guinn. Step granddaughters, Jessica Ferrell, Felicia McPeak, Christie Ferrell, and Cissie Self. Fifteen great grandchildren. Sister, Margaret and husband Earl Vanatta of Dowelltown. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m.

Douglas Barrett

Apr 4 2017
Douglas Barrett

Douglas Barrett age 69 of Sparta and a former resident of Smithville, passed away Sunday night at NHC HealthCare in Sparta. He was born May 3, 1947 to his parents the late George Truman Barrett and Bertie crook Barrett. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Barrett and 1 daughter, Melody Guinn. Douglas was a member of the Shiloh Church of God of Prophecy and retired from Powermatic. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Goodwin Barrett of Sparta; 5 children, Angela (Shawn) Puckett of Smithville, Tommy (Stacie) Barrett of Shelbyville, Mitzi Sheryl Lunsford of Cookeville, Lee Reynolds (Kathy Davis) of LaVergne, Chris (Gina) Goodwin of Cleveland; 12 grandchildren, Shawna (Joseph) Matherne, John Puckett, Cain and Ethan Barrett, John (Jamie) Driver, Jennifer (Daniel) Butterbaugh, Tayla (Braden) Wade, Brandon and Amber Reynolds, Tiffany, Tyler, T.J. Goodwin; 1 great-grandson, Caleb Matherne; mother, Bertie Barrett of Alexandria; 2 brothers, Hoyte (Faye) Barrett of Smithville; Donald Barrett of Alexandria; sister, Rita (Gary) Beshearse of Smithville; special friends, Alfred Vinson and Bob (Ruth) Rice. Funeral services will be 2:PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. B. J. Thomason and Bro. Chad Bagley officiating and burial will follow in Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 2:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In addition to flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Shiloh Church of God of Prophecy. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ray Donald "Rusty" Webb

Apr 3 2017
Ray Donald "Rusty" Webb

Ray Donald "Rusty" Webb age 71 of Smithville passed away Saturday night, April 1, 2017 at NHC HealthCare Center of an extended illness. He was born December 13, 1945 to his parents, the late Clyde and Irene Webb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, W.H. Webb. Ray Donald's heartbeat and passion was baseball, he coached Little League Baseball from 1966 to 2005, he took the 1988 Little League Team to the CABA World Series in Des Moines, IA, where they came in 5th place. He was a member of Webb's Chapel United Methodist Church and a farmer and nurseryman. He leaves behind to cherish his memory a family that loved him and to whom he was "Papa", including his wife of 50 years, Betty Webb of Smithville; 4 children, Tracie (Greg) Baker, Tara (Michael) Hale, Trena (Anthony) Ferrell and Tad (Tracy) Webb all of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, Kalab Ferrell (Faith Eldridge), Rayanna (Chris) Chapman, Kayla (Chad) Harvey, Jaley Hale, Kadee Ferrell, Ty Webb, Maddox Hale, Tucker Webb, Tate Webb and J.T. (Roni) Baker; 3 great-grandchildren, Rusty Chapman, Jack Harvey and Haddeigh Harvey; 3 sisters, Sue Dexter Beshearse and Gail (Doyle) Slager both of Dowelltown and Patty (Eddie) Malone of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Funeral services will be held 4 PM Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale and Don Nixon officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday 12 Noon until 8 PM and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 4 PM. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of NHC and Avalon Hospice for the wonderful care and love shown to Papa. So many went above and beyond the call of duty to care for him. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ella Rich

Mar 31 2017
Ella Rich

Ella Rich age 67 of Smithville, passed away Thursday night at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was born December 4, 1949 to her parents, the late Isaac Richard and Ruth Arrie West Melton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie Rich; 2 brothers, Harlon and James Melton; 1 sister, Anna Belle "Ann" Young. Ella was a faithful member of the Mt. Hope The Baptist Church and was a retired Daycare Provider and Homemaker. She leaves to cherish her memories 2 children, Kevin (Nikole) Rich of Meridianville, AL and Kortny (Eric) Blaylock of Sparta; 5 grandchildren, Landin, Dylin, and Masin Rich, Brooklynn and Brody Blaylock; 1 brother, Carlon (Mainell) Melton of Smithville and 1 sister, Eva (Dennis) Roller of Dowelltown; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family also survive. Funeral services will be Sunday, April 2, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Frank Randolph and Garry McBride officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 1PM until 8 PM and Sunday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Lou Barnes Adams

Mar 31 2017
Anna Lou Barnes Adams

58 year old Anna Lou Barnes Adams of Smithville died Thursday at her residence. She was a Baptist and a former employee of Tenneco. The family has chosen direct cremation however a memorial service will be announced later. No visitation will be held. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Barnes and Betty Jean White Braswell; husband, Ricky Dale Adams and a daughter, Natasha "Tasha" West. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Dana West of Smithville. A daughter, Alicia Adams of Nebraska. Six grandchildren, Jacob Helms of Nashville, Emily Northcut of McMinnville, Brandon Sykes, Sadie and Shelby West all of Smithville, and Michael Florez of Nebraska. One sister, Berna Barnes of Smithville and one brother, Charlie Barnes of McMinnville. Sister-in-law, Brenda and Dale Buck of Silver Point. Several nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Steven Lee Gandy

Mar 31 2017

62 year old Steven Lee Gandy of Smithville died Thursday at Alive Hospice in Nashville. He was a Baptist and a retired construction worker. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Gandy was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Van Gandy and Lillian Inez Moore Rigsby; and a brother, Dwight Redmon. Survivors include two daughters, Leslie and Bruce Parsley of Smithville. and Stephanie and Glenn Sparks of Sparta. One son, Steven Levan and Paula Gandy of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Courtney and Dustin Estes, Conner Rice, Micah Gandy, and Nevaeh Gandy all of Smithville. Three step grandchildren, Jacob, Kristen, and Katherine Parsley of Smithville. One sister and brother-in-law Patricia and David Redmon of Smithville and one brother and sister-in-law, Dwayne and Ponzella Redmon of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations please be made to help with funeral expenses.

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