Obituaries

Debbie Jean Rowe

Dec 16 2017
Debbie Jean Rowe

Debbie Jean Rowe age 43 of Smithville, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 14, 2017. She was born May 10, 1974 to her parents, Robert Rowe and the late Patricia Puckett Rowe. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wilburn and Lois Puckett and Christmas and Frances Rowe; uncle, Steve Puckett. Debbie was a member of the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church and attended the Mt. Herman Baptist Church, worked at Amazon Warehouse and was the owner/operator of Animal House Enterprises. Survivors include 2 sons, Lance Ball and Harlli Silcox and Lane and wife, Haley Ball both of Smithville; father, Robert Rowe and Pat Ford of Smithville; brother, Dwain and wife, Teri Rowe of Smithville; special friend, Shawn Sisk of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, December 17, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Trent Colwell and Jonathan Willoughby officiating and burial will follow in Puckett Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 2 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, due to Debbie's love and passion for animals, the family asks that donations be made to any Animal charity of your choice, in memory of Debbie. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bill Shaw, Sr.

Dec 16 2017
Bill Shaw, Sr.

Bill Shaw, Sr. age 76 of Smithville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday evening, December 15, 2017 at his residence. He was born June 13, 1941 to his parents, the late Kyle Lee and Mary Irene Robinson Shaw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 son, Michael Shaw and 1 brother, Bob Shaw. Bro. Bill was a longtime Pastor, Police officer, Fireman, worked at Tenneco and was a member of the Dillon Street Baptist Church and the Alexandria Masonic Lodge #175 and a former member of the Alexandria Lions Club. He had such a passion for preaching the gospel and leading people to the Lord. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Shaw of Smithville; son, Billy, Jr. and wife, Ann Shaw of Murfreesboro; 4 grandchildren, Brandon (Sarah) Shaw, Ethan Shaw and Fiance, Rachel Batchelor and Dylan Shaw all of Cookeville and Macie Shaw of Bethpage; 5 step-grandchildren, Ryan, Riley, Ellie, Erin and Millie O'Boyle all of Murfreesboro; 1 great-grandson, Carson Shaw; 2 brothers, Don (Margie) Shaw of Dandridge, TN and Stanley (Tina) Shaw of Jefferson City; sister-in-law, Judy Shaw of Jefferson City; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Monday, December 18, 2017 with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 11 AM until 6 PM and Monday 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Outreach Baptist Church Building Fund, in memory of Bro. Bill. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Greta Lynn Grantham Higgins

Dec 15 2017
Greta Lynn Grantham Higgins

Greta Lynn Grantham Higgins age 49 of Sparta, passed away Wednesday night at her residence. She was born January 20, 1968 to her parents, Lynn Grantham and Peggy Waggoner Gillespie. She was a barber and a Baptist. Greta is survived by 1 daughter, Nicole (Chris) White of Sparta; mother, Peggy Waggoner Gillespie of Smithville; father, Lynn Grantham of Donelson; 1 sister, Tracy Cantrell of Dallas, TX and 1 nephew, Eric Cantrell of McMinnville. There will be a private service held for Greta. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Louise Barnes

Dec 15 2017
Betty Louise Barnes

Betty Louise Barnes age 84 of Smithville passed away Thursday afternoon, December 14, 2017 at NHC HealthCare. She was born August 4, 1933 to her parents, the late James Milous and Eva Rose Herman Ayers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, George Barnes and Harold Pack; 1 grandson, Kevin Barnes. She attended the Short Mountain United Methodist Church and was a nursery worker. Survivors include 3 children, Shirl Barnes of Smithville, James (Pam) Barnes of McMinnville, Rick (Cynthia) Barnes of Smyrna; 4 grandchildren, Doug Barnes, April Barnes, Donnie Barnes and Gracie Barnes; 9 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter; 2 sisters, Ruth Wilson of Lebanon and Jody Ferrell of McMinnville. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Saturday, December 16, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Lori Myrick and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Friday 5 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 9 AM until the time of the service at 3 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeffrey Ponder

Dec 15 2017
Jeffrey Ponder

Jeffrey Ponder age 54 of Dowelltown, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born November 13, 1964 to his parents, Mary Frances Pratt Ponder Smith and the late Frank Eugene Ponder. In addition to his father, Eugene Ponder, Jeff was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Evans and step-father, Bill Smith. He was a Baptist and an electrician with Federal Mogul. Survivors include 1 son, Brandon Carpenter of Dowelltown; 1 granddaughter, Kylie Carpenter; mother, Frances Smith; 2 brothers, Danny Ponder of Nashville and Gary Ponder of Dowelltown; 2 step-brothers, Randy Smith of the Blues Hill Community and H.L. Smith of Smithville; 2 step-sisters, Tina Knowles and Angela Bain both of Warren County; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 PM Saturday, December 16, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial in Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 3 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lillie Mai Lawson

Dec 13 2017

100 year old Lillie Mai Lawson of Smithville passed away Tuesday at NHC of Smithville. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and she was a seamstress. The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Elder Ricky Arnold will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Waymon and Julia Redmon Young; husband, Clarence Lawson; and ten brothers and sisters. Survivors include a son, Vann and Elaine Lawson of McMinnville. A granddaughter, Twana and Jonathan Green of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Justin and Nicole Atnip of Mt. Juliet and Trista Atnip of Smithville. Great great grandchildren, Brody Atnip of Mount Juliet and Brennan and Jase Atnip and Anniston Davidson all of Smithville. A sister, Ethel Arnold of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Josephine Graham Hale

Dec 13 2017
Josephine Graham Hale

Josephine Graham Hale age 84 of Smithville passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. She was born August 15, 1933 to her parents, the late John Edward and Fannie Mai Caldwell Graham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Hale; brother, Wayne Graham; brothers-in-law, Hoyte Hale and James (Hazel) Hale. She was a faithful member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church, a factory worker, childcare giver and homemaker. She leaves to cherish her memory 2 children, Rickey (Diane) Hale and Mark (Patty) Hale both of Smithville; 7 grandchildren, Chris Hale, Alicia Setzer, Justin Hale, Addison Hale, Brittany Richards, Christina Ferguson and Kaylene Ferguson; 1 sister, Ann (Phillip) Hawkins of Smithville; 2 brothers, Carlon (Melba) Graham of Smithville and Billie (Helen) Graham of Akron, Ohio; sister-in-law, Helen Hale of Smithville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Friday, December 15, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Bernard Houk and Dathan Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 2 PM until 8 PM and Friday 9 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Dewayne Evans

Dec 12 2017
Jerry Dewayne Evans

Jerry Dewayne Evans age 56 of McMinnville, passed away Sunday night, December 10, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born December 9, 1961 to his parents, the late James F. and Edith Young Evans. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna G. Evans. Jerry was a nursery worker. He is survived by 2 step-children, Amanda (Jeremy) Henry of McMinnville and Charles Shannon (Jennifer) Adcock of Smithville; 4 step-grandchildren, Ryan and Ethan Carter, Makenzey Henry and Nate Adcock; 2 brothers, Michael and Phillip Evans. The family has chosen a direct cremation. There will be a Graveside Memorial Service, Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 1 P.M. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Nathan Thomason officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Freddy Lee Wright

Dec 12 2017

Freddy Lee Wright, age 65 of Rock Island and native of DeKalb County, Tennessee passed from this life on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at his home.

Freddy was born Saturday, July 19, 1952 in Smithville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Carl Wright and the late Elizabeth Hathaway Wright.

Freddy is survived by his wife - Patricia Wright sister - 1 sister Barbara Fish of Smithville TN. sisters-in-laws - Carolyn Sue Fults and Elaine Passons Wright - special uncle - Lee Denton Wright -several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

In addition to his parents, Freddy was preceded in death by his brother Carl Wayne Wright, 3 sisters Marie (Council) Stover, Violet England, and Vada White, sister-in-law, Janie Elizabeth Fuqua.

Funeral service for Mr. Freddy Lee Wright will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday December 12, 2017 at Gradens of Memory Funeral Home with interment in the Old Bybee Chapel Cemetery, Rock Island, TN.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 12th from 10 AM to 1 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family has ask donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expences.

Toledo Byrd

Dec 11 2017
Toledo Byrd

Toledo Byrd age 61 of Dowelltown, passed away Saturday night, December 9, 2017 at her residence. She was born January 10, 1956 to her parents, the late Melvin Edward and Gladys Alberta Adamson Byrd. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Dean Yaney and Vetrice Cook; 1 brother, Clay Byrd; 2 brothers-in-law, Marvin Yaney and Billy Cook, Sr. and 1 sister-in-law, Linda Byrd. Toledo was a Pentecostal and worked as a switchboard operator with the V.A. She is survived by 3 children, Melvin (Shelia) McCloud of McMinnville, Todd McCloud of Smithville and Tolesha Suggs of Sparta; 7 grandchildren, Brett Earls, Tyler, Logan and Lexi McCloud, Conner, Cadance and Jieseyn "Jiebo" Suggs; 2 great-grandchildren, Addyson and Melody Earls; 2 brothers, Jerry Byrd of Dowelltown and Frosty Byrd of Smithville; special caregiver and cousin, Penny Martin and Alexis Bennett; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Connie Brown officiating and burial will follow in Poplar Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Visitation will be Tuesday 2 PM until 8 PM and Wednesday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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