Obituaries

Michael Andrew Ward

Sep 3 2017
Michael Andrew Ward

60 year old Michael Andrew Ward of Smithville passed away Sunday at his residence. He was a press operator at Federal Mogul and a member of the McMinnville Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jonathon Willoughby will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 6-8 p.m., Monday from 1-8 p.m., and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Jean Martin Ward; a sister, Alice Marie Christian; brother, Murrell Lee Ward; niece, Mary Christian; nephew, Paul Ward; and mother-in-law Lorene Barnes Tramel. Survivors include his wife of 31 years Janice Tramel Ward of Smithville. Two daughters, Resha and Chris Allen and Rena and Jonathon Willoughby of Smithville. Grandchildren, Quentin and Ashley Cook, Zackary Snyder, and Jathan and Lydia Willoughby of Smithville. Step grandson, Christopher Allen of Smithville. Great grandson, Aiden West of Smithville. Father Thurman Ward of Smartt Station at Morrison. Six brothers, Paul and Janice Ward of Smithville, Kenneth and Audrey Ward of Rock Island, Tim Ward of Rock Island, David and Reda Ward of McMinnville, Lynn and Laure Ward of Pikeville, and Jim Ward of North Carolina. Three sisters, Brenda and Ricky Henderson of Rock Island, Linda and Tommy Thompson of McMinnville, and Martha and Kenneth Braswell of Elm Hill; and father-in-law, L.C.Tramel of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Mount Herman Youth.

Doris Beshearse

Sep 3 2017
Doris Beshearse

Doris Beshearse age 76 of Smithville passed away Saturday evening, September 2, 2017 at her residence. She was born February 17, 1941 to her parents, the late Schuyler Bedford and Elizabeth Frances Redmon Hendrixson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Brown Hendrixson. Doris was a homemaker and member of the Short Mountain Church of God. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 55 years, Jerry Beshearse of Smithville; 3 children, Gary (Rita) Beshearse, Teresa (Darrell) Spencer and Terry (Wanda) Beshearse all of Smithville; 6 grandchildren, Lacey (Daniel) Foutch, Kandy (James) Culbertson, Caleb Spencer, Amber (Ryan) Presley, Josh (April) Hunt and Allie Beshearse; 7 great-grandchildren, Hunter Winne, Lele Gurley, River Hunt, Rylan Presley, Braylyn Hunt, Bentley Hunt and Brian Hunt; 1 sister, Mertie Ann Lawrence of Smithville and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Charles Stanton and Bro. Bernard Houk officiating and burial will follow in Banks Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 10 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.

Abraham Ruiz

Aug 31 2017
Abraham Ruiz

Abraham Ruiz the 2 month old son of Alfredo "Freddy" and Abigail Rosario Ruiz of Liberty, passed away Thursday morning, August 24, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born May 26, 2017 in Lebanon, TN. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a host of family and friends. He was of the Christian faith. We have taken Abraham to Edinburg, Texas where a graveside service and interment was held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Hillcrest Memorial Park. DeKalb Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Ronald H. Wilmore

Aug 31 2017

Ronald H. Wilmore, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on August 31, 2017.

He was born on May 24th, 1948, in McMinnville to Julian H. Wilmore and H. Naomi Madewell who preceded him in death along with his grandparents, Will Melton and Emma Lee Collins and Otis and Claudia Wilmore; one brother, Roger H. Wilmore; and one son, Ronald Terry Wilmore.

He was retired from Dezurik Manufacturing, where he worked for 31 years. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ. A wonderful and loving husband and father, he enjoyed old cars, motorcycles and spending time fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Rebecca L. Wilmore; daughter, Melissa (Joe) Fuson of Smithville, TN; step-daughter, Renee (LTC(R) Bruce) Gipson of McMinnville; and step-son, Robby (Bonnie) Mullican of Woodbury, TN. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Brittany Turner, Michael Mayfield, Taylor Mullican, Rachel Fuson, Andrew Fuson, Seth Fuson and Jase Wilmore; three great-grandchildren, Jenson Turner, Amber Turner and Laurel Mayfield; and two sisters, Patricia Lee (Ronnie) Greene of McMinnville and Deborah Wilmore-Foster of Oklahoma. Many other loving family and friends also survive.

We are so very thankful for the years God graciously gave us with him and for the knowledge that one day we will see him again.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in High’s Chapel with Doug Bost to officiate. Interment will follow in Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. Sunday until the time of service at High’s.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or The Gospel of Christ, P.O. Box 788, McMinnville, TN 37110.

Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com.

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christina Barbara Dobbyn

Aug 31 2017

Christina Barbara Dobbyn age 92 of Dowelltown and a native of Michigan, passed away Monday morning, August 28, 2017 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was born February 11, 1925 to her parents, Edward and Elza Turpening Gunn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Robert Donald Graham and Donald Dobbyn; 3 brothers, Hugh, Walt and Gilbert Gunn; 2 sisters, Anna Judd and Marion Kernott. Ms. Dobbyn was a retired restaurant owner and attended the Smithville First United Methodist Church. Survivors include 6 children, Donna K. (Terry) Gibson of Dowelltown, Glenda (Decho) Iliev of Rockledge, FL, Edward A. (Cindy) Graham of Smithcreek, MI, Michael (Pamela) Graham of Gate City, VA, Donald (Kathy) Dobbyn of Hermansville, MI and Daniel R. (Tami) Dobbyn of Pulaski, TN; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 1 sister, Iva Gallagher of Sandusky, MI and 1 sister-in-law, Reva Gunn of West Branch, MI. The family has honored Ms. Dobbyn's request to be cremated and a service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church or the Hospice of your choice, in memory of Ms. Christina. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bea Pack

Aug 29 2017
Bea Pack

95 year old Bea Pack of Smithville passed away Tuesday at her residence. She was a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church and retired from Texas Boot. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Kenneth Tramel will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis W. Pack; parents, Charlie and Minnie Tramel; three brothers, Chuck, Frosty, and W.C. Tramel; and two sisters, Annie Mae Taylor and Robbie Driver. Survivors include three daughters, Jannace and Darrell Alton of Hendersonville, Marcia and Lynn Peterson of Gallatin, and Sharon Pack of Smithville. Two sons, Jerry Pack and Mark Pack of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Scott and Kelley Alton of Hendersonville, Brian and Sharon Baird of Florida, Brandon Baird of Hendersonville, Julie and Todd Nevills of Hendersonville, and Jessica Peterson of Gallatin. Ten great grandchildren. One sister, Ruby Carter of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Young

Aug 25 2017
Kenneth Young

71 year old Kenneth Young of the Jefferson Community passed away Friday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a farmer and a member of the Mt. Hope The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Garry McBride will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 1-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service at 3 p.m. He was a member of the Cattleman's Association. Young was preceded in death by his parents, Magness Young, Jr. and Annie Laura Stone. Two brothers, Paul and Potter Young and a sister, Peggy Maples. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Susan Jones Young; a daughter, Laura Young Hall; granddaughter, Callie Hall; brother, Phillip and Rita Young; sister-in-law, Pam Young; and a brother-in-law, Calvin and Beverly Jones all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the DeKalb County Cattleman's Association Scholarship Fund.

Angel Ferrell

Aug 22 2017
Angel Ferrell

46 year old Angel Ferrell of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a Baptist. The family has chosen direct cremation. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nellie Brown Mathis; a son, Billy Ferrell; a sister, Tammy Mathis; and grandmother, Pat Stanley Mears. Survivors include two sons, Lee Allen Ferrell of Warren County and Jessie Glenn Ferrell of Smithville. One granddaughter, Destiny Cheyenne Keys of Smithville. Father, Robert Lee and Annie Mathis of Woodbury. One brother, Darrell and Casey Mathis of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Douglas Ferrell

Aug 22 2017
Douglas Ferrell

51 year old Douglas Ferrell of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a Baptist. The family has chosen direct cremation. He was preceded in death by his father, Billy John Ferrell; a son, Billy Ferrell; and an uncle Wheeler Ferrell. Survivors include two sons, Lee Allen Ferrell of Warren County and Jessie Glenn Ferrell of Smithville. One granddaughter, Destiny Cheyenne Keys of Smithville. Mother, Louise Murphy Taylor of Smithville. Three brothers, Glenn and Louise Ferrell of Smithville, David Taylor of Smithville, and Ben Taylor of McMinnville. One sister, Joyce and Tom Mosley Taylor of Spencer. One uncle, Hilton and Marie Ferrell of Woodbury. Special cousin, Tiffany Miller of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edward Hale

Aug 22 2017
James Edward Hale

Mr. James Edward Hale age 87 of Dowelltown passed away Monday evening, August 21, 2017 at NHC HealthCare Center in Hendersonville. He was born February 18, 1930 to his parents, the late Marion and Beulah Herman Hale. He was a construction worker, farmer, a US Army veteran having served in Korea and a member of Fuller's Chapel United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Frances Hale. Funeral services will be held 1:PM Thursday August 24, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Sam Ordung officiating and burial to follow in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday 11 AM until 9:PM and Thursday 10 AM until the time of service at 1 PM. Survivors include 1 Son: Randy (Trina) Hale of Goodletsville; 2 Grandchildren: Christina and Vanessa Hale. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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