Obituaries

Eleanor Smart Bontrager

Jun 7 2017
Eleanor Smart Bontrager

Eleanor Smart Bontrager age 96 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday night, June 6, 2017 at Woodbury Health & Rehab. She was born October 17, 1920 to her parents, the late Jesse and Catherine VanValkenburg Smart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Amos R. Bontrager; 1 son, Michael Charles Bontrager; 1 great-grandson, David Alan Fugle; 8 brothers and sisters, Floyd Smart, Harriet Mills, Ethel Seaburg, Leo Smart, Leon Smart, Jesse Smart, Louise Calnan, Kenneth Smart. Ms. Eleanor was a member of the Darien Methodist Church in New York and attended the Smithville First United Methodist Church. She was the owner of Dolly's Beauty Salon in New York and was a member of the Busy Bee's in Smithville. Survivors include 3 children, Eugene A. (Margaret) Bontrager of Darien Center, NY, Caroly (Frank) Mazurik of Watertown and Lynn (Patricia) Bontrager of Carthage; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, June 11, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 4 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to the charity of your choice, in memory of Ms. Eleanor. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley Ann Dunn

Jun 6 2017

80 year old Shirley Ann Dunn of Smithville passed away Tuesday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was a florist at the Flower Box and a member of the Brethren in Christ. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Steffee will officiate and burial will be in the Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents; Abe and Clara Colwell; unnamed still born twins; brothers, Willie Abe Colwell, Austin Colwell, and Lynn Colwell. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, James Dunn of Smithville. Two sisters, Ella Rhea and Tommy Hale of Alexandria and Sandra and Roger Kirby of Cookeville. Sister-in-law, Brenda Colwell of Smithville. Brother-in-law, Harvey Dunn of Smithville. Eight nieces and nephews, Billy and Greg Arnold of Elmwood, Brenda Robinson of Smithville, Trent and Chad Colwell of Smithville, Gabe Colwell of Cookeville, Barry Colwell of Sparta, and Alan Kirby of Cookeville. A host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorenea Evans

Jun 6 2017
Lorenea Evans

77 year old Lorenea Evans of Smithville passed away Monday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a Christian. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from noon until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Geneva Hall Morris and Granddaughter, Jennifer Garrett. Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Evans of Smithville. Two sons, Garey and Beverly Evans and Glenn and Jenny Evans of Smithville. Two daughters, Gena and Dimitri Wotchinski of Montreal and Gayle and Michael Garrett of Indiana. Grandchildren, Bobbie Sue and Tim Wilson of Smithville, Jason and Maday Demick, Joe and Mercedes Demick, and Jasse and Desiree Demick all of Florida, Joyce Garrett and Justin Garrett of Indiana. Great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Nathaniel and Robert Brantley Wilson of Smithville, Jayden Garrett of Indiana and Jaxon and Braxton Demick of Florida. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Center.

Danny Bishop

Jun 5 2017
Danny Bishop

Mr. Danny Bishop, age 74, of Brush Creek, TN, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Mr. Bishop was born November 15, 1942 in Erin, TN, the son of the late James Boyd Bishop and Ida Beatrice Daniel Bishop. He was also preceded in death by Brothers; James Woodrow Bishop, Preston Alonzo Bishop, and Conrad Glen Bishop. He married Deborah Malone on January 27, 1997. Danny drove a truck for 47 years. He worked as a sharecropper with Senator Albert Gore, Sr., and drove for C.E. Hackett, Senator Gore, and later for Performance Food Group for nearly thirty years. He was a member of the Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14 F&AM, being raised to the degree of Master Mason on November 30, 1976. Mr. Bishop was also a member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple in Lebanon, TN. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Mr. Bishop is survived by his Wife; Debbie Malone Bishop of Brush Creek, TN. Two Daughters; Sharon Glover of South Carthage, TN, and Angela (Gale) Sanders of Lewisburg, TN. Three Grandchildren; Brian (Jennifer) Dillehay, Andrea Glover, and Megan (Chris) Watson. Four Great-Grandchildren; Ava, Ethan, Malorie, and Owen. Two Step Great-Grandchildren; Joshua and Christopher. Brother; Wayne (Paulette) Bishop of Maggart, TN, and Minnie Evelyn (Roger) Carpenter of Crossville, TN. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bishop are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2PM with Bro. Ronnie Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Brush Creek Memorial Gardens. Masonic Funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 7PM.

Visitation with the Bishop family will be held at the Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday from 1PM to 8PM and on Wednesday from 10AM until service time at 2PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Bishop Family requests memorial in Mr. Danny’s memory be made to the Shriner’s Hospital.

Pallbearers: Kason Lester, Mitchell Lester, Josh Collins, Brian Williams, Coda Goodwin, John Malone, Ben Malone, Dylan Holycross.

Honorary Pallbearers: Kevin Lester, Jeff Reynolds, Ron Paschall, C.E. Hackett, Tom Lynch, Buddy Collins, and Roger McKinney.

Mary Lavenia Braswell Threadgill

Jun 3 2017
Mary Lavenia Braswell Threadgill

Mary Lavenia Braswell Threadgill age 89 of Nashville and a native of DeKalb County, passed away Friday afternoon, June 22017 at Creekside Health and Rehab in Madison. She was born March 22, 1928 to her parents, the late Clifton and Josie Hullett Braswell. in addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Phil Threadgill; daughter, Donna Arnold. Survivors include 2 daughters, Nina (Marlin) Zweep of Colorado and Pam Beeler of Nashville; 1 sister, Francis McBride of Hermitage; 2 grandsons, Patrick Isabell and Matthew (Sandra) Beeler; 1 granddaughter, Brittney (Josh) Kincaid; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces. Funeral services will be 1 PM Monday, June 5, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 1PM until 5 PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Ms. Threadgill. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Patsy Winfree

Jun 2 2017
Patsy Winfree

63 year old Patsy Winfree of Lebanon passed away Tuesday in Lebanon. She was a retired nurse and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Brad Rogers will officiate and burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Winfree and mother, Dorothy Irene Smith Brewington. Survivors include two daughters, Christie and Bobby Williams of Lebanon and Beth and Kevin Kent of Dowelltown. Father, Matthew Brewington of Lebanon. One brother, Tommy and Rhonda Brewington of Lebanon. Five grandchildren, Jacob, Adam, and Ashten Willimas of Lebanon and Wesley and Kaylee Kent of Dowelltown. Aunt, Martha Brewington of Lebanon. Several nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses.

Jacob Lee Tramel

May 30 2017
Jacob Lee Tramel

34 year old Jacob Lee Tramel of Smithville passed away at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital on Sunday. He was a Baptist. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Clayton Neal and Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grady Tramel, Christine Tramel, and Mary Hayden. Survivors include his parents, Tammy and Dan McCallie of Chattanooga and Ronnie and Phyllis Tramel of Smithville. Two sons, Mason Tramel of Woodbury and Madden Tramel of Smyrna. Sister, Leah Snow of Smithville. Brother, Hunter Tramel of Smithville. Step-sister, Haley and Danny Hartman of Nashville. Nephews, Isaac Robinson and Brody Snow of Smithville. Niece, Harper Rhody of Smithville. Special friend, Emily Gilley of Woodbury. Grandparents, Richard and Kathy Drummond of Alabama and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the DeKalb Animal Coalition and the Lighthouse Christian Camp.

Freddy Ray (Fred) Arnold

May 26 2017
Freddy Ray (Fred) Arnold

Mr. Freddy Ray (Fred) Arnold age 83 of Morrison, TN, died Friday, May 26, 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He was born May 18, 1934, in Nashville, TN, was a retired sales representative with Townecraft Cookware and a member of New Union The Baptist Church. Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by parents W. T. and Ethel Ray Arnold, daughter Sandra Arnold, grandson Michael Beecham, great-grandson Trent Fincher, sisters Ruby Cantrell and Geneva Hale and brother Clifford Arnold.

Survivors include his wife Faye Certain Arnold, children Randall Ray Arnold, Keith Coleman Arnold, Anita Arnold, Bruce (Cerissa) Smith, Vickie (Randy) Wade and Howard E. (Vickie) Smith, brother Vernon (Janice) Arnold, 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, nephews Wayne Cantrell and Tommy Hale, and nieces Kathy Baker and Brenda Gay. Other family members and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, May 29, 2017, at New Union The Baptist Church. Elder Darrell Cantrell and Bro. Charlie Stanton will officiate. Interment will follow at New Union Cemetery in DeKalb County, TN. The Arnold Family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and again Monday from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Lee Vanatta

May 25 2017
Earl Lee Vanatta

87 year old Earl Lee Vanatta of Dowelltown passed away Thursday at his residence. He was a retired grinder at TRW in Lebanon where he worked for 26 years. He was also a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church and he loved playing horseshoes, fishing, and hunting. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dave Carden and Jonathan Willoughby will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Avo Bain Vanatta; brothers, Elzie Vanatta and Ewin Vanatta; sister-in-law, Aunia Bell Vanatta; son-in-law, Jimmy Harold Hendrixson; and nephew, Kennith Vanatta. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margaret Taylor Vanatta and a daughter, Linda Frances Hendrixson of Dowelltown. Two grandchildren, Michael and Tracey Hendrixson of Smithville and Jason and Tisha Hendrixson of Dowelltown. Five great grandchildren, Mikayla Hendrixson of Murfreesboro, Matt Florida, Elijah Hendrixson, Sydnee Hendrixson, and Izzy Hendrixson all of Dowelltown. Special sister-in-law, Barbara Vanatta. Brother-in-law, Edward Maynard. Nephew, Jeffery and Jalene Vanatta. Niece, Barbara Jean Vanatta and special friend, Vernon Bennett. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Geraldine Davis Hendrixson

May 25 2017
Geraldine Davis Hendrixson

GERALDINE DAVIS HENDRIXSON was born on March 22, 1920, grew up in the Dry Creek community of DeKalb County, and died on May 24, 2017. She was the daughter of William Marshall and Martha Helen Corley Davis. She graduated from Liberty High School where during a production of a play, she met her future husband, Sellars Hendrixson of Smithville. Gerry and Sellars were married for sixty-five years until his death in 2003. They lived all their married years in the house that she designed as a young woman, and her family members still love and enjoy. She loved beauty and had impeccable taste. Her interest in interior design, architecture, landscape, fashion, and art lasted throughout her life. In her mid-80’s she was a passionate member of the interior decorating team at her beloved First Baptist Church. Her graceful signature touches are prevalent throughout the sanctuary.

Gerry was known and loved for her generosity, compassion, graciousness, and enthusiastic love of life. Her friends were legion, spanning all ages and walks of life. She loved entertaining and her hospitality was legendary. All who knew her valued her warmth, fun-loving spirit, and kindness.

Gerry was devoted to her family and received her greatest joy in caring for them. From her, they learned about bravery, grace, self-sacrifice, and appreciation for life. Gerry’s family will always cherish their sweet memories of her.

Gerry was preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandson, Davis Hendrixson; and six siblings.

Gerry is survived by her daughter, Linda and husband Don Fuson; her son, Billy and wife Pam Hendrixson; her grandchildren, Radley Hendrixson, Hunter and wife Monica Hendrixson, Brad and wife Nathalie Fuson, Martha Fuson and husband Patrick Holder; great-grandchildren, Rosson, Carlie, Ella, and Max Hendrixson, Sasha and Katia Fuson, and Patrick and Sellars Holder.

Her requested private family graveside burial for family only will be held at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville, TN. Dr. Jim E. Hunter, nephew, of Louisville, KY will officiate the private service.

The family would like to thank Gerry’s devoted family physician, Dr. Hugh Don Cripps. They are also deeply grateful for her support teams at Webb House Retirement Center and Caris (Hospice) Healthcare of Cookeville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 West Church Street, Smithville, TN 37166, or the charity of your choice.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

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