Dixie Louis Underhill, 85 years old, passed away peacefully at home in McMinnville, TN. on July 1st, 2016 at 6:23 a.m. with his wife and 3 children by his side. He was under the care of Caris Hospice.
Born on October 3rd, 1930 in Smithville, TN, his parents were William Ernest and Mary Belle Vanatta Underhill. 3 brothers, Eugene, Harold, and Beecher.
He married his bride 66 years ago Naomi Bratcher Underhill.
Dixie joined the Army in 1952 and was Honorably discharged in 1955. He worked in Detroit, Michigan at the Cadillac Motor Car Division for 30 years. He then retired 1987 and moved to McMinnville, TN.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi Bratcher Underhill, his 3 children, 1 daughter, Cathy and husband Gregory Digue of Jackson, Michigan. 2 sons, Glenn and wife Kimberly Underhill of Taylor, Michigan and Kelvin and wife Nancy Underhill of Ortonville, Michigan. 4 grandchildren, Shanna Moricz, Clay Digue, and Kyle Underhill all of Michigan and Blake Digue of Kentucky. 8 great grandchildren, Drake, Devin, and Drew Moricz, Mackenzie, Matthew, Kaelyn, and Sean Digue, and Levi Underhill. 1 brother, Beecher and wife Jeannette Underhill of Good Hope, Georgia. 2 sisters-in-law, Gracie Bratcher of Smithville and Allyson R. Underhill of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Numerous nephews and nieces survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ernest and Mary Belle Vanatta Underhill. 2 brothers, Eugene and Harold Underhill and sister-in-law, Dorothy Underhill.
He was chairman of trustee of the Cemetery decorations at Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 1991 to 2010. He became an ordained Deacon in 1997. He attended Madison Street Baptist Church.
Services will be held at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville, TN. Visiting hours for family is Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.. Public visitation will be 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 6th 2016 from 10 a.m. until the funeral services at 4 p.m. with burial at Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville, TN. Officiating the services will be Brother Hardlen Simmons and Brother Carl Smith.
Pallbearers are Blake and Clay Digue, Kyle, Hal, Matt, and Josh Underhill.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Banks Cemetery and the Madison Street Baptist Church.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.