Obituaries

Rev. French M. Gothard

Oct 18 2016
Rev. French M. Gothard

Rev. French M. Gothard, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

He was born in Akron, OH on January 24, 1930, and was the only son of the late John and Mary Gothard. He was an incredible brother to his sisters, Frances (Ivan) Reiff, the late Evelyn Newberry and the late Sheila Craig.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth Hill Gothard; sons, David (Kathy) Gothard, Tim (Sandy) Gothard and Tom (Romelyn) Gothard; daughters, Lenna Gothard (Bill) Allen and Mary Gothard (Gene) Wood; sister, Frances (Ivan) Reiff; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Rev. French received a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Rev. French was an Elder in the United Methodist Church, and in 1959 he retired from the Tennessee Conference of UMC.

He proudly entered the United States Navy in 1948, where he retired as a Commander after 29 years. During his time in the U.S. Navy, he was an enlisted Boiler Tender on board a "baby flattop" carrier and LST during the Korean Conflict. He further served as a Navy Chaplain with the Seabees in Vietnam, onboard ships, Naval Air Stations, at Naval hospitals, with the U.S. Marines in Okinawa, at NAS Cubi Point, and in the Philippine Islands.

In 1950 Rev. French married the love of his life; Ruth, in Ringgold, GA. He was a loving and caring father to their five children, and later to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While he traveled to almost every state and many locations worldwide during his lifetime, he loved the trips out west with Ruth to prospect for gemstones the most. He was a highly talented and accomplished craftsman in fine woodworking, an expert in rock hounding and lapidary, and he taught classes at the Donelson Senior Center.

A Life Celebration service will be held 11:30 AM Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Pennington United Methodist Church, 2745 Pennington Bend Road with Rev. Bud Alexander officiating.

Family and friends are invited to share memories at the church from 4 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2016, and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, please make donations to Pennington United Methodist Church.

Cremation and Funeral Services of Nashville were in charge of the services.

Kenneth D. Pedigo

Oct 16 2016
Kenneth D. Pedigo

Mr. Kenneth D. Pedigo age 86 of McMinnville, TN, died Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He was born July 07, 1930, in Spencer, TN and was the 8th child to the late William Dexter Pedigo, Sr. who died in 1932 and Nettie Smith Pedigo who died in 1978. Kenneth served in the National Guard, owned and operated Pedigo Development, and was a member of the Church of Christ at Central. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Verna Dean Barnes Pedigo, sisters Hallie Brown and Evelyn Crouse, brothers Eugene Pedigo, Leonard Pedigo, Frank Pedigo, and William Dexter Pedigo, Jr., and son-in-law Johnny Thomas Taylor, Jr.

Survivors include his wife Myrna Pedigo, children Sylvia Rubley, Angelia Pedigo, and Lydia Taylor, step-children Gwen (Keith) Chisam, Tony (Tish) Lockhart, and Sherry (Duane) Hickey, brother Thomas Pedigo, sister-in-law Mary Gulley Pedigo, grandchildren Aaron Rubley, Seth (Angela) Rubley, and Terrence Crim, step-grandchildren Jeremy (Nicole) Chisam and Jeff (Courtney) Chisam, great-grandchildren Troy Rubley and Rayder Crim, step-great-grandchildren Anaston Chisam, Brayden Chisam, Brynlee Chisam, and Brody Chisam, special friend Deb Rigsby, and several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends.

Graveside service will be 2:30 PM Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Salem Cemetery. Carl D. Bouldin will officiate. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 PM until 2 PM at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Allen Chapman

Oct 14 2016

54 year old Richard Allen Chapman of Alexandria died Thursday at Hendersonsville Medical Center. He was retired from Norvelle Skin Solutions. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Chapman and Omega Sue Cantrell Sanders and a brother, Jimmy Wayne Chapman. Survivors include a son, Cory and Tiffanie Chapman; two grandchildren, Morgan and Klayton Chapman all of Woodbury; one sister, Lisa and Kevin Cox of Liberty; and special friend, Aubrey Kilgore of Brush Creek. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses..

Ray Robinson

Oct 14 2016
 Ray Robinson

Mr. Ray Robinson age 69 passed away at his residence, Thursday evening October 13, 2016. He was a custodian with DeKalb County Board of Education and was associated with the Baptist Church, and served in the United States Navy. Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Floyd Robinson and Annie Lee Robinson Taylor; sisters, Sally Judkins and Linda Summers. There will be no visitation held, family and friends will gather at the cemetery for a graveside service. Graveside service will be held Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2:PM at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Danny Bandy officiating. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Robinson; special step-daughter and caregiver, Becky Atnip; special friend, Christina Snipes; sister, Freeda Phillips; mother-in-law, Betty Jones; sisters-in-law, Darlene and Ronnie Pollard, and Cheryl and Darrin Barnes; brother-in-law, Tony and Patricia Jones; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family members also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Leonard E. Redmon

Oct 13 2016

78 year old Leonard E. Redmon of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a Baptist and retired from Westinghouse. The funeral will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Haggard and Shane Smith will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clata Tallent Redmon; a sister, Rufene Cantrell; brothers, Douglas "Mac", James "Jim", and William "Wig" Redmon; a niece and her husband, Ann and Leon Barnes; mother and father-in-law, Roy and Bessie Young Tallent; and brother-in-law, Leroy Tallent. Redmon is survived by two daughters, Wanda Redmon and Fiance Grady Prichard and Vonda and husband Glen Brown all of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Dustin and Karah Brown and Halea and C.J. Wilkerson of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Ayla, Addyson, and Annslee Brown and Zander Coleman all of Smithville. Four nieces, more like sisters, Hellon Emberton, Thelma Irby, and Brenda and John Clark, and Linda and Chuck Mosley. Two sisters-in-law, JoAnn and Beverly Redmon all of Texas. Brother-in-law, Leonard and Joyce Tallent of Smithville. A host of nieces, nephews, and extended family, neighbors, and friends. Caregivers, April Nolan, Christiana O'Neal, Kelly Cantrell, Michelle DeSilva, Lisa Baker, Tina Young, and Ashley Tittsworth. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department in the Belk and Keltonburg area.

June Teresa Griffith

Oct 12 2016

June Teresa Griffith age 54 of Alexandria, passed away Friday night, September 9, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born March 13, 1962 to her parents, the late S.B. and Bobbie Jean Neal Griffith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death 2 brothers, Jimmy Griffith and James Griffith; 1 sister, Marie McBride; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Lillian Neal; paternal grandparents, Leonard and Virgil Griffith. She was a Pentecostal and a factory worker. Survivors include 2 children, Derrick (Rachel) Hudgins of Lebanon, Selina Hudgins of Gallatin; 7 grandchildren, Tori, Michael, Ethan and Adon Hudgins, Angel Heady, CJ Heady and Shyanna Rose; 2 sisters, Deborah Page of Dowelltown and Melissa Culwell of Lewisburg; 2 brothers, Charles (Phyllis) Griffith of Alexandria and Maurice Griffith of Smithville; long-time companion, Danny Skinner of Alexandria. Teresa's family has honored her request to be cremated and there will be a Gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life at Bethel Cemetery on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 4:30 PM until 6: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.

Ricky Nokes

Oct 12 2016
Ricky Nokes

Ricky Nokes age 49 of Smithville passed away Tuesday morning October 11, 2016 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. He was born February 10, 1967. He was preceded in death by his mother and step father Deborah and Jess Chapman. Ricky was a Pentecostal and a mechanic. Funeral services will be held 2:30PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Donald Owens and Larry Steffee officiating with burial to follow in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday 1:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until time of the service at 2:30PM. Survivors include 1 Sister: Maudie Bass of Dowelltown; Brothers: Tony (April) Chapman of Smithville, Jamie Chapman of Dowelltown; Caregiver and Special Friend: Tammy Chapman of Smithville, Trista Lopez, Jamison Ortiz; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Great Nieces and Nephews also survived. In lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Barbara Dell Keaton

Oct 10 2016

Barbara Dell Keaton age 79 of Short Mountain Community passed away Monday morning October 10, 2016 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville. She was born January 8, 1937 to the late John and Nora Fuson Johnson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jack Keaton; 2 brothers: Charlie Johnson, Virgil Johnson; Sister: Lorene Hale. Ms. Keaton was retired from Federal Mogul and a member of Covenant Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held 3:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Leonard Herman and Mike Satterfield officiating and burial to follow in the Mt. Holly Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday 10:AM until 8:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until time of the service at 3:PM. Survivors include 2 children Steve (Tonya) Keaton of Baxter, Christie Brown of Smithville; Grandchildren: Cody Keaton, Corey Tate, Jack Brown, Seamus Brown; Sisters: Mary Jane Johnson, Violet Pack, Christine Tramel all of Smithville; Brother: A.C. (Elizabeth) Johnson of Smithville; Several nieces and nephew also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Travis West

Oct 10 2016
Charles Travis West

Charles Travis West age 28 of Crossville, a former resident of Smithville and native of Smith County passed away Friday night, October 7, 2016 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born April 13, 1988 to his parents, Charles "Chuck" West and the late Sandra Faye Kennedy West. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jason West. He worked in food service. Survivors include his father, Charles "Chuck" West of Smithville; 1 daughter, Devannah West of Crossville; 1 sister, Shauna West of Smithville; 1 half-brother, Daniel Shehane of Lebanon. Graveside services will be conducted 11:AM Wednesday October 12, 2016 at Dickens Cemetery in Chestnut Mound. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service, there will be no visitation or services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Taylor

Oct 6 2016
Jerry Taylor

71 year old Jerry Taylor of Smithville died Thursday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Taylor was a member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church and he was retired from American General Insurance Company. He was a warrant commissioner and he had other public service jobs for 20 years.The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Carpenter and David Mahan will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Odell Adcock Taylor. Survivors include his wife, Betty Bennett Taylor of Smithville. A daughter, Gina and Riki Howard of Brentwood. One son, Brad and Melinda Taylor of Liberty. One step daughter, Dana and Matt McKinney of Alexandria. One step son, David and Monica Reynolds of Alexandria. Eight grandchildren, Allison and Slater Howard of Brentwood, Lindsey and Kendal Taylor of Liberty, Kinsey and Ian Knight of Smithville, Kelby Melton of Smithville, Levi and Molly Reynolds of Alexandria. One great grandchild, Maverick Knight of Smithville. One sister, Barbara Prater of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Whorton Springs Baptist Church Building Fund

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