Obituaries

Jerry Allen Ashford

Sep 28 2016
Jerry Allen Ashford

Jerry Allen Ashford age 43 of Smithville passed away Tuesday night, September 27, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born April 26, 1973 to his parents, the late James Edward Ashford and Edna Mai Burton Ashford. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Jimmy Ashford, Timmy Ashford and Gary Cantrell; 1 sister, Tina Marie Cantrell; and 2 brothers-in-law, Jimmy Mullican and Jerry Cantrell. Jerry attended the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was a former grave digger and disabled. He is survived by his wife, Jamie Ashford of Smithville; daughter, Renny (Ryan) Young of Smithville; son, John Ashford of Smithville; step-son, DJ Mason of Smithville; 1 grandson, Wyatt James Mason; mother, Edna Ashford of Smithville; 3 sisters, Gail Mullican, Barbara (Steve) Green and Rhonda Cantrell all of Smithville; mother-in-law, Renny (David) Stinson of Dickson; father-in-law, Jimmy (Jenny) Atnip of Baxter; 3 sisters-in-law, Felicia Cantrell of Murfreesboro, Jennifer (Ed) White of Smithville and Megan Stinson of Sevierville; 2 brothers-in-law, Jimmy Atnip (Stephanie Barber) of Smithville and Derek Stinson of Sevierville. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Friday, September 30, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Isaac Gray officiating and burial to follow in Hale Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 11:AM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1: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.

John Benjamin Nichols

Sep 23 2016
 John Benjamin Nichols

Thirty-five year old John Benjamin Nichols of Seattle died Thursday, September 8th.

He was born December 2, 1980 to his parents, Kathy (Gary) Malone of Smithville and Jerry Nichols of Shelbyville.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a Baptist.

The family will hold a celebration of life service honoring Ben’s life, Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Burton-Ponder Cemetery in Smithville.
The family has honored Ben’s request to be cremated.

He is survived by his son, Dylan Lee Nichols of Seattle. His sister, Melissa Greer of Cookeville. Half-sister, Megan Harden-Fulton of Unionville, Step-brother, Bryan Malone of Atlanta, Step-sister, Melanie (John) Crews of Smithville, Nephews, Jackson Greer, Dax Harden and Jack Crews. Niece, Layla Fulton, and cousins.

Fred G. Gaw

Sep 21 2016

Fred G. Gaw, age 80 of Smithville, Tennessee passed from this life Monday, September 19, 2016, at Signature Health Care of Putnam County in Algood, Tennessee.

Mr. Gaw was born Wednesday, January 15, 1936 in Cookeville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Jim and Ella (Hooks) Gaw.

He was a loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend. He was a devout Christian, served in the National Guard, and loved hunting and fishing.

Mr. Gaw is survived by:

2 Daughters and Sons-in-law:
Jeanie and Eddie Cowan of Bangham, TN
Annette and Jeff Sullivan of Charlotte, NC

1 Son and Daughter-in-law:
Roger and Sheila Gaw of Smithville, TN

6 Grandchildren:
Derrick, Alicia, Emily, Megan, Taylor, and Eric

3 Great Grandchildren:
Caitlin, Jasmine, and Jeremy

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his Wife: Ila Mae (Scott) Gaw, and 1 Sister and 3 Brothers.

Funeral services for Mr. Gaw will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2016 beginning at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Warren officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 2:00 PM.

Crest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Austin Gothard Clayton

Jean Austin Gothard Clayton

Jean Austin Gothard Clayton age 87 of Dowelltown went home to be with the Lord Monday night, September 19, 2016 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born June 26, 1929 to her parents, the late Austin Lee "Hawker" and Ethel Lee McDowell Gothard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death her former husband and the father of her children, Paul Mason Clayton; 1 son, Phillip Clayton. Ms. Jean was the oldest living member of the Dowelltown United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women. She leaves to cherish her memory, 3 children, Ronald (Cathy) Clayton of Smithville, Susan (Darry) Driver of Dowelltown and Lucinda (Richard) Carter of Temperance Hall; 1 daughter-in-law, Bobbie Clayton of Smithville; 9 grandchildren, Scott (Nicole) Clayton, Chrissy Clayton Means, Ryan (Magen) Clayton, Sean (Christie) Driver, Brad (Kelly) Driver, Jeremy Haas, Stephanie Haas Fagan, Derek (Kelley) Carter and Kari Carter; 13 great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Seth Clayton, Addyson Means, Riley Clayton, Brady, Levi, Garrett, Luke and Ben Driver, Chyannie Fagan, Brayden, Kye and Jace Carter; 1 great-great-granddaughter, Callie Fagan. Funeral Services will be conducted 1:PM Thursday, September 22, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Kenneth Clayton and Perry Clayton officiating and burial will follow in Salem 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 1:PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dowelltown United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Ms. Jean. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Tommy Eugene George

Sep 19 2016

77 year old Tommy Eugene George of Smithville died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was owner and operator of Dot's Sports Print. The funeral will be Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Wayne George will officiate. The family has chosen cremation after the funeral. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 5:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lola Johnson George; daughter, Diane Mooneyham; son, Jerry George; six sisters, Vivian Thomason, Estelle Brown, Irene Nolen, Margie Fisher, Vennie Luke, and Margaret George; and eight brothers, William, Marvin, Edward, Henry, Clifton, Jerry, Jewell, and Tony George. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dot Martin George of Smithville. Two daughters, Charlotte Trapp of Smithville and Tonya and husband Travis Lee of Baxter. Six grandchildren, Heather, Ginger, and Brian Trapp, and Paula Ross all of Smithville, Erika Mooneyham of Murfreesboro, and Jerry George of Louisiana. Six great grandchildren, special friend, Debbie George, and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

David Leon "Boxie" Foutch

Sep 19 2016
David Leon "Boxie" Foutch

Mr. David Leon "Boxie" Foutch age 75 of Smithville, passed away Sunday morning at his residence. He was born March 29, 1941 to his parents, the late John Thomas and Lorene Thurman Foutch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers-in-law, Jack Bond, Howard Parsely and Chester Parsley; 1 sister-in-law, Lorell Hobson. David was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and served as DeKalb County Clerk for 8 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Linda Sue Foutch of Smithville; 1 brother, Glen (Lois) Foutch of Smyrna; 1 sister, Anna Jean Bond of McMinnville; 2 nieces and 2 nephews; 6 great-nieces and nephews; 1 sister-in-law, Peggy Johnson of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating and interment will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 2:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Lovis Parsley

Sep 17 2016
Charles Lovis Parsley

75 year old Charles Lovis Parsley of Smithville died Thursday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a veteran and a member of the American legion. Parsley was a huge fan of DeKalb County sports and was honored by being given the award for the Most Dedicated Sports Fan of the Year in 2014. He was a bridge builder for Sane Construction Company. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. The family has chosen cremation. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Parsley was preceded in death by his parents, Travis Martin and Emma Hatton Bond Parsley; three brothers, Travis, Maxie, and Glynn Parsley; and a sister, Chloa Cripps. Survivors include two sons, Charles William Hauschild of Illinois, Dolan and his wife Lori Parsley of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Shelby Hauschild of Illinois, Samantha Bruce of Florida, and Megan Daniel of Tennessee. One great grandchild, Shawn Bruce of Florida and two sisters, Geraldine Lassiter of Indiana and Linda Cantrell of Smithville. The family asks that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with expenses. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Denise Ann Bobbitt

Sep 14 2016

Denise Ann Bobbitt age 61 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, September 10, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born March 29, 1955 in Illinois. Denise worked for 18 yrs. at Walker Manufacturing. She is survived by her husband, Keith Bobbitt of Smithville; 1 daughter, Stephanie Jagneaux of Smithville; 5 grandchildren, 1 sister, Charmaine Mosely of Smithville; 2 brothers, Greg Moore of Utah and Pat Moore of Thailand. Keith has honored Denise's request to be cremated. The family will hold a private celebration of life service honoring Denise's life. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

June Teresa Griffith

Sep 11 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 1, 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.

Opal M. Cripps Jones

Sep 9 2016

Opal M. Cripps Jones, age 96, passed away at her residence, September 7, 2016. She was a native of DeKalb County and a resident of Rutherford County. Opal was a member of Salem Creek Church of Christ.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Livie L. and Era Pearl Elledge Cripps; husband, Clyde Phillip Jones of 78 years; siblings, Ray Cripps, Carl Cripps, Hilda Cripps, Allene Keith, Josephine Cripps and Opha Turner; daughter-in-law, Shirley G. Jones; and granddaughter, Angela (Jones) Maraschiello. She is survived by her sons Larry (Gail) Jones of Phoenix, AZ, Michael and Roger Jones of Murfreesboro, and daughter Debbie (Jim) Fuller of Murfreesboro; 6 grandchildren, Karen (Frank) Soto of Edgewood, NM, Susan Jones, of Phoenix, AZ, Brian (Carole Ann) Jones of Las Vegas, NV, Kevin Jones of Murfreesboro, Josh (Jessica) Fuller of Gallatin, TN, and Victoria (Jason) Melhorn of Murfreesboro; 10 great grandchildren, Dalton, Hunter, Matthew, Sidney, Riley, Leah, Greysen, Averie, Jaxson, and Waylon; brothers, Thomas (Georgia) Cripps of Alexandria, Lloyd (Jessie) Cripps of Hendersonville; sisters, Corinne Clark of Hendersonville, and Doris Rowland of Lebanon.

A Chapel service will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Jennings and Ayers with Ron Harper and Joshua Houston officiating. Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 4:00-8:00 PM, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Caris Healthcare and her caregivers for their compassionate hospice care.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please leave online condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.

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