Obituaries

J. Eldon "Corkey" Harvey

May 16 2016

J. Eldon "Corkey" Harvey age 82 of Watertown, died Sunday morning at NHC Healthcare in Smithville. Born July 31, 1933 at Statesville, he was the son of the late Jack Harvey and Montie Word Harvey and was preceded in death by his sister, Nellie Mai Johnson. Corkey was a 29 yr. employee of the Lebanon Woolen Mills and spent 24 yrs. with Nave Funeral Home and 15 yrs. with Hunter Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Mallie Martin Harvey of Watertown; nieces and nephews, Shirley Johnson, Brenda Whitehead and husband, John, Harold Ray Johnson and wife, Linda all of Watertown and Tammie Martin Burger and husband, Anthony of Smithville; great nieces and nephews, Scott Whitehead, Josh (Anna) Whitehead, Tara (Landon) Hewitt, Kaye Harman, Austin (Andrea) Johnson, Alex (Daphne) Johnson, Nancy Burger, Nicole (Brandon) Gay; several great great nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Edward Martin of Smithville and "adopted daughter", Brenda Fogus Adams and her husband, John and son, Jim Greer III of Lebanon. Funeral services 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Steffee officiating. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. till service time on Wednesday. Pallbearers, Scott and Josh Whitehead, Austin and Alex Johnson, Jack and Will Hunter, John Adams, Jim Greer. Honorary, Jerry Wayne and Freida Johnson, Paul and Jean Neal, Joe Don Parkerson, John Whitehead, Anthony Burger. Interment at Salem Cemetery, Liberty, TN.

Johnny "J.E." Johnson, Sr.

May 16 2016

86 year old Johnny "J.E." Johnson, Sr. of Smithville died Monday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was a member of Pomeroy Chapel. The funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bryan Jones will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Childus Wright Johnson; parents, Joe and Myrtle Pedigo Johnson; and two brothers, Glen Johnson and Cecil Johnson. Survivors include three children, Edith McReynolds of Woodbury, Johnny Johnson, Jr. and Cindy of Spring Hill, Nathan Johnson and Tara of Murfreesboro. Nine grandchildren, Heather McReynolds of Birmingham, Alabama; Kayla McReynolds of Woodbury; Marshall McReynolds of Woodbury; Garrett McReynolds of Woodbury; Kristen McReynolds of Woodbury, Erin McReynolds of Woodbury, Asia Bailey of Murfreesboro, Kevin Bailey of Murfreesboro, and Mia Ledbetter of Murfreesboro. Two sisters, Winnie and Bill Petty of Smithville and Rose Bratcher of McMinnville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Alford

May 15 2016

Jean Alford age 85 of Manchester passed away Saturday morning, May 14, 2016 at her residence. She was born September 29, 1930 in DeKalb County to her parents, the late John Robert and Bonnie Martin Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 5 sisters, Ella Murphy, Ova Mathis, Jessie Bauman, Lucille Brandon, Susie Farris; 6 brothers, John Estes, Samuel Estes, Robert Estes, Bill Estes, Frank Estes and Jewell Lawson; son-in-law, John Wesley Alford. Ms. Jean was a Pentecostal and a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Leonard Alford of Manchester; 1 son, John Robert Alford of Manchester; 2 daughters, Bonnie Alford (Jerry Freeze) of Manchester, Linda Meyers Alford of Smithville; 3 sisters, Pattie Johnson and Christine Murphy both of Liberty, Eula (Robert) Presley of McMinnville; 1 brother, Toy (Faye) Lawson of Liberty; many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Monday, May 16, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Wallace Caldwell officiating and burial to follow in the Welker Cemetery in Manchester. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 2:PM until 8:PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Patty Jean Brown

May 14 2016

74 year old Patty Jean Brown of McMinnville died Saturday at River Park Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bybee Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Homer and Sallie Mable Hendrixson Brown. Survivors include a brother, Billy Brown of Rock Island and several cousins, friends, and church family. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Wilma Thweatt Judkins

May 14 2016
Wilma Thweatt Judkins

Wilma Thweatt Judkins age 83 of the Keltonburg Community passed away Friday evening, May 13, 2016 at her residence. Ms. Wilma was born July 20, 1932 to her parents, the late Herman Eldridge and Hallie Mae Adcock Thweatt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Judkins; 6 sisters, Stella Young, Martha Gribble, Eldridge Thweatt, Betty Judkins, Lodean Ferguson and Lula Booth; 1 brother, Jesse Thweatt. She was a homemaker and attended the Keltonburg United Methodist Church. Survivors include her 2 daughters, Phyllis (Gary) Good and Donna Parsley both of Smithville. 3 grandchildren, Jack (Beth) Good, Abby (Craig) Watson, Daniel Parsley (Angelica Terrazas); 2 great-grandchildren, Laura Good and Matthew Agee; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Sunday, May 15, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mike Neal, Bro. Michael Hale and Abby Watson officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Carnell Walker

May 13 2016

Carnell Walker age 95 of Dowelltown passed away Wednesday night, May 11, 2016 at NHC Healthcare, in Smithville, TN. She was born November 8, 1920 to her parents the late William and Orie Oakley Bratten. In addition to her parents Ms. Walker was preceded in death by her husband Delton Walker and 2 brothers Frank (Betty) Bratten and Daws Bratten and 3 sisters Irene (Dawson) Colwell, Ollie (Elmer Lee) Cripps and Catherine (Sydney) Harpe. She was a shirt factory worker and a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be held 2:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Lee Neal officiating and burial to follow in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Friday 4:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 11:AM until time of service at 2:PM. Survivors include nephews Freddie (Linda) Cripps, Hugh (Patsy) Cripps, Wayne (Peggy) Harpe, Joe (Joyce) Colwell, Timmy (Hilda) Cripps; and nieces Ruth Ann (Paul) Kemp, Wanda Whited, Frankie Myrick, Faye Hankins, Barbara Via, Alma Dean Whited, Margie Whited, Sheryn (Horace) Temple, Adell (Randy) Estes; and sister in law Arnie Bratten. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Sherry Alice Faye Bensman

May 12 2016

40 year old Sherry Alice Faye Bensman of Alexandria died Monday at her residence. She attended the New Hope Baptist Church and she was an assembly worker at L&W. The funeral will be Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. Bensman was preceded in death by her father, Weston Ray Ashford; daughter, Hannah Powers; and grandmother, Macon B. Ashford. Survivors include her husband, Patrick Bensman of Alexandria. A son, Ethan Powers of Alexandria. A grandson, Roman Tyler Williams of Watertown. Mother, Geraldine Ashford of Alexandria. Brother and sister, Gary and Stacy Ashford of Alexandria and Mary and David Cole of Alexandria. Step children, Ashton Bensman, Taylor Bensman, and Tori Bensman. Nieces and nephews, Dakota, JD Ashford, Kayla, Carrie, Lorrie, Allison, and Dana Cole. Mother and father-in-law Pam and Patrick Ashford. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. James David Seber

May 12 2016
Dr. James David Seber

Dr. James David Seber age 50 of Sunbright, TN died Wednesday at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. Born Nov. 10, 1965, in Livingston, TN he was the son of Bro. Thurman and Laura Seber. David graduated as Salutatorian of the 1984 Class at Watertown High School and received his BA degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his medical degree from East Tennessee State Medical School. He was presently serving as Medical Director at the Morgan Co. Medical Center in Wartburg, TN. David is survived by his wife, Susan Walper Seber of Sunbright; children, Adam Jenkins of Harriman, Amanda (Nathan) Voyles of Madisonville, Ashley (Chris) Ballard of Maryville, Andrew, Aaron, Alex, Aiden and Addie Seber all of Sunbright; grandchildren, Koda, Hayden and Kayley Jenkins, Maddox Voyles, Aaliyah, Brooklyn, Callie and Kambreigh Ballard; parents, Bro. Thurman and Laura Seber of Alexandria; sisters, Peggy Leach of Alexandria and Sandy (Randy) Morris of Liberty; brother, Daniel (Amy) Seber of Smithville; nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Dr. Seber will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Sunbright First Baptist Church with Bro. Don Edwards officiating. Visitation at the church will be from 5 p.m till service time. Visitation in Watertown will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Prosperity Baptist Church with Bro. Herb Leftwich, Bro. Terry Geren and Bro. Mark Stinnett officiating. Pallbearers will be Dr. J.C. Wall, Jr. and the Deacons of Prosperity Baptist Church. Interment will be at the Prosperity Cemetery. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Taylor Maynard

May 10 2016
Lena Taylor Maynard

Mrs. Lena Taylor Maynard age 77 of Dowelltown and a DeKalb County native was born December 7, 1938 and passed away Monday evening, May 9, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center following a short illness. Lena was a retired dental assistant with Dr. Jerre Hale Dentistry, a homemaker and faithful member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Cleveland Columbus and Carrie Suzanne Summers Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Grady Taylor and Ralph Taylor; 4 sisters, Audrey an infant daughter, Virginia Hendrixson, Ellen Hendrixson, and Irene Judkins; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Melaine Maynard. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Edward Maynard of Dowelltown; 1 son, Edward Scott Maynard of Dowelltown; 2 sisters, Helen Stanley and Margaret and her husband, Earl Vanatta both of Dowelltown; 2 sisters-in-law, Joann (Billy) Smith and Margaret Bomstock; many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Thursday, May 12, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Mahan, Erick Bennett and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:AM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Whorton Springs Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Mrs. Lena. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Joel Thomas Hayes

May 10 2016
Joel Thomas Hayes

Joel Thomas Hayes age 38 of Dowelltown, passed away Monday morning May 9, 2016 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. Joel was born February 1, 1978 to his parents, Shirley Prater Hayes and the late Bobby "Blue" Hayes. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by 1 niece, Lindsey Hortert; maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lucille Prater and paternal grandparents, J.T. and Irene Hayes. He was a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church, 1996 graduate of DeKalb County High School and graduated Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing in 2009 and was a Ferrier. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Hayes of Dowelltown; sister, Lora (Tony) Hortert of Murfreesboro; niece, Rachel Hortert; 2 nephews, Christian and Garrett Hortert; lifetime companion, Karen McCormack; 2 aunts, Marcia (Bobby) Mayo of Woodbury and Barbara (Richard) Harris of Macon, GA. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial to follow in Prosperity 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 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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