Mary Alsup

Jun 25 2016

Mary Alsup, age 64 of Murfreesboro, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016. She was a native of the Walter Hill Community and the daughter of the late Lillard and Carmine Alsup.

Graveside service will be 2:00pm Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Alsup Family Cemetery, Alsup Mill Road, Wilson County, TN with Rev. David Lawson officiating.

Miss Alsup is survived by her brothers, Jerry Alsup and his wife Carol of Murfreesboro, John Alsup and his wife Judy of Dowelltown, sister, Pam Alsup of Murfreesboro, nephews, John and Jacob Alsup.

She attended Walter Hill Grammar School and was a graduate of Murfreesboro Central High School.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Miss Alsup.

Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

This information provided by DeKalb Funeral Chapel

Lewis Dale Cantrell

Jun 24 2016
Lewis Dale Cantrell

75 year old Lewis Dale Cantrell of Dowelltown died Friday at his residence. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, a Baptist, and a retired self employed nurseryman. The funeral will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Shannon Cantrell and David Lawson will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents, John Lee and Carrie Leona Young Cantrell. Sisters, Nancy Humphrey, Carmine Poss, Nell Fly and Janice Martin. Brothers, Jay, Joe, Morgan, Thaniel, Jewell, Prentice, Doyce, and John Cantrell; and brother-in-law, Johnny Martin. Survivors include his wife of 47 years Wanda Culwell Cantrell of Dowelltown. One son, Chris Cantrell of Smithville. Two sisters, Joan Harelson of Lebanon and Hilda and Floyd Corley of Tullahoma. Two brothers, Elmus and Gladys Cantrell and McClure and Pam Cantrell all of Smithville. Three sisters-in-law, Frances Cantrell of Nashville, Wilma Cantrell of Smithville, and Nell Cantrell of McMinnville. One brother-in-law, Joe Fly of Nashville. Special niece, Josie Culwell. Special nephew, Damien Tindell both of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Keel Christian Colgan

Jun 24 2016
Keel Christian Colgan

Keel Christian Colgan, age 54, of Baltimore, Maryland passed from this world on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Franklin Medical Center in Baltimore. Keel was born on May 2, 1962 in Birmingham, Alabama and in August of that same year he was introduced to his parents, George and Helen Colgan, as they adopted him and welcomed their new son into their home. Keel grew up with 3 siblings who loved their brother with all of the love that they had, and a lifelong bond was set into place between brothers and sister. Keel would begin what could only be described as a well traveled education in Lake Charles, LA where he was enrolled in Kindergarten at Lake Charles Elementary, then moving on to Tampa, FL and attending Brookwood Forest Elementary for 1st grade. From there he would spend the next 5 school years, 2nd grade through 6th grade, at Brookwood Forest Elementary in Mountain Brook, AL. Halfway through his 7th grade year he moved from Mountain Brook Junior High to Peachtree in Atlanta, GA where he would stay until he completed 9th grade. In 1977 he would move once again to finish his Primary and Secondary education at Seaholm in Birmingham, MI where he would graduate high school in 1980. During this time an immense and lifelong love of sports was established. Keel was a standout athlete from the beginning in little league baseball and junior pro football at a young age in Mountain Brook, AL and that talent followed him to high school where he played Football, and was a star Baseball player at Seaholm in Birmingham, MI. Keel also began his lifelong love of music during his formative years as he learned and excelled at the Saxophone in the Junior High Band in Mountain Brook, AL. After graduation, Keel continued his education at The College of Brockport, a state university in New York, where he earned his Bachelor of Economics degree. As he left college and continued his life, his journey would include him fathering 3 beautiful daughters whom he loved and cherished, and he would also become a loving uncle to his sibling’s children. As any of us become adults, we all continue to bloom and old ideas and past hobbies evolve but some things from our adolescence stay with us for life. For Keel that was his love of sports and music. Keel was a huge sports fan and loved all things Philadelphia and Baltimore especially the Eagles and Ravens. He enjoyed discussing sports history with his brothers and debating which historical teams were better than others. These discussions created a bond with his family and friends that he cherished throughout his life. However, when it came to his number one sports passion, it was Auburn University that stole his heart. He bled Auburn burnt orange, and navy blue through and through, and War Eagle was his battle cry. To honor that passion, an Auburn flag will fly at his gravesite as he is laid to rest in Smithville, TN. Keel also thoroughly enjoyed listening to music and especially Southern Rock and bands like The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, and many others. Music remained a constant in his life right up until the end as a guitarist sat by his bedside and played staples of the bands mentioned above as a peace covered his body and he passed from this world just as the song says, “free as a bird now”. Keel is survived by his Mother - Helen Colgan Matthews of North Carolina, 3 Daughters - Kaylee Colgan, Kristin Colgan and Jeren Colgan all of New Jersey, 1 Sister - Kerri Colgan-Wait of Minnesota, 3 Brothers -, Crede A. Colgan of Smithville, Tennessee, Trace C. Colgan of Florida, and Scott Turner of Smithville, Tennessee along with several nieces and nephews who also survive. He is preceded in death by his loving Father - George A. Colgan. A graveside memorial service will be held at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville, TN on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 3pm where Keel’s cremains will be laid to rest beside his father. Bro. Larry Green will officiate. The graveside memorial service is open to the public. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeremy Michael Banks

Jun 22 2016

Jeremy Michael Banks age 31 of Baxter passed away Monday night, June 20, 2016 at Tennova Jamestown Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born January 3, 1985 to his parents Michael Wayne Banks and Loraine Jean Watson Slater. Jeremy was an installer with a gas company. He is survived by 4 children, Shane, Hayden, Alex and Aubrey Banks; mother, Loraine (David) Slater of Chattanooga; father, Michael Banks of Kingston Springs; brother, Tony Banks of Baxter; 2 nephews, Camden and Landen Banks; 1 niece, Nora Banks; paternal grandfather, Charles Banks of Auburntown; girlfriend, Sarah Phillips of Clarkrange; aunts and uncles, Eric Banks, Gary Banks, Troy Banks, Mary Smith and Gerald Miller; several cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday, June 23, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 5:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wylie “WJ” John McConoughey

Jun 21 2016

Wylie “WJ” John McConoughey, 90, of Huber Heights, OH died peacefully on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at his residence at the Webb House in Smithville.

He was retired from DP&L Power Company; a 32-degree Master Mason of 62 years of Dayton Lodge 147, Dayton, Ohio; Wayne High School graduate Class of 1944; and a member of Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church in Huber Heights, Ohio.

He participated fully in several masonic organizations, including the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Patron multiple times; Scottish Rite; High Twelve Club #069 Dayton, serving as Secretary for over 10 years; and the International Order of Job’s Daughters, where he served as Associate Guardian for eight years. He also worked for many years as a precinct judge for the Montgomery County, Ohio election commission.

In the 1980’s, he was proprietor of Lakeview Inn in Lakeside, Ohio. It was a rewarding semi-retirement project where he forged great friendship and spent many evenings photographing beautiful Lake Erie sunsets. He delighted in singing and had a broad appreciation for music, but was especially fond of old time hymns, barbershop quartets and swing bands with a lot of brass.

His memorial service will be held on July 11, 2016 at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, 7505 Taylorsville Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424,

A private burial will be attended by immediate family Monday afternoon at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles “CE’ and Matilda “Jennie” Jane Doak McConoughey, brothers, Charles “Ted” and Nyal and sister, Helen.

Survivors include a son, Jim and Gina McConoughy of Illinois, and daughters, Lisa and Morris Lewis of Thompson Station, TN Katy and Bob Fritschie of Huber Heights, OH, Jennifer and William Sherwood of Smithville, TN. Nine grandchildren, Elizabeth McConoughey of Portland, OR; J Spencer McConoughey of Chicago; John Rebekah and Erin Lewis of Thompson Station, TN; Kelsey and Bob Fritschie of Huber Heights, OH; and James and Nate Sherwood of Smithville, TN. Nephew, Wayne McConoughey and niece, Janet McConoughey of Tucson, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church IMAGINE-Holden Chapel. Online giving can be made at or to the Dayton Masonic Foundation, 525 West Riverview Ave., Dayton, OH 45405

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Ralph Preston

Jun 20 2016

Charles Ralph Preston age 76 of Smithville and a native of Smith County, passed away Sunday night at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born February 22, 1940 to his parents, the late James Robert and Ruby Elizabeth Rollins Preston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Preston; brother, Dewey Preston and 2 sisters, Linda Walls and Thelma Jean Pope. Everyone that knew Charles, knew of his love for the Lord, fishing and his family. He hosted the Ragland Bottom and Holmes Creek Friday night Fishing Tournament for many years, served as a guide on Center Hill Lake and was a member of the PBF Trail. Charles was a faithful member and Deacon of People's Pentecostal Church. He is survived by 5 children, Charles A. Preston of Lancaster, Nancy (Tee) Wilson of Dowelltown, James Lonnie Preston of Statesville, Pam (Todd) Nunley of Lebanon and Sharon Preston of Smithville; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jimmy (Sharon) Preston and Jerry Preston both of Gordonsville; 2 sisters, Darlene (J.T.) Alvis of Lebanon and Rebecca Malone of Gordonsville; 1 aunt, Jean (Nelson) Smith of Hickman; special friend, Christine Murphy of Liberty and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Wednesday June 22, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Regina Carol Murphy

Jun 14 2016
Regina Carol Murphy

45 year old Regina Carol Murphy of Smithville died Monday at St. Thomas Rutherford. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Murphy will officiate and burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Betty Jean Murphy and a sister, Lois Frances Murphy. Survivors include two daughters, Natalie Gail Barrett of Smithville and Amber Cheyenne and Michael Caldwell of Smithville. One grandchild, Chevy Mae Sapphire Caldwell of Smithville. Three sisters, Patricia Gail Murphy of Sparta, Betty Darlene Murphy of Smithville, and Susan Charlene Mashburn of Smithville. Seven brothers, Charlie and Teresa Bradford Murphy of Sparta, Audie Ray and Evelyn Murphy of Lenoir City, Billy Glenn and Karen Murphy of Sparta, David Michael and Tammy Murphy of McMinnville, Joel Stephen and Vanessa Murphy of Woodbury, Micah Daniel and Teresa Murphy of Smithville, Samuel Malichi and Miranda Murphy of Woodbury. Special honorary sister: "Sissy" Goolsby of Sparta. Special friend, Timmy Lee Chadwick of Dowelltown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Regina's memory to help with funeral expenses.

Ashley Dawn Celestino

Jun 14 2016
Ashley Dawn Celestino

19 year old Ashley Dawn Celestino of McMinnville died Monday at Riverpark Hospital. She was a Dietary worker at NHC of Woodbury and a member of the First Assembly of God. She was also associated with Lighthouse Christian Camp, a former cheerleader, and softball player for DeKalb County. She enjoyed beauty pageants as well. The funeral will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 4 p.m. She is survived by her mother, Tammy Horsley of DeKalb County. Three sisters, Tiffany and Austin Wilmore of DeKalb County, Raven Celestino and Matthew Elliot of DeKalb County, and Kelsey Murphy of DeKalb County. One brother, Jacob Fogle of Illinois. Two nephews, Brayden and Troy Wilmore of DeKalb County. A niece, Oaklyn Celestino-Elliot of DeKalb County. Grandparents, Rick and Mary Wright of Broughton, Illinois. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Nathan Charles Cantrell

Jun 14 2016

Nathan Charles Cantrell, 39, of Smithville, passed away Monday, June 6 in Nashville.

Mr. Cantrell was born Aug. 8, 1976, in Smithville to Jane Scarlett Cantrell and the late William Edward Cantrell I.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Christopher Jon Hillebrand.

He is survived by his daughter Chloe Cantrell, his mother, Jane Cantrell; sister, Julia (Reed) Vanderpool; brothers, Billy Cantrell, Ted (Kathleen) Hillebrand, and Paul (Jill) Connely.

Nieces: Rebecca (Sam) Matson, Jocelyn and Addison Connely, Nephews Christopher John Hillebrand, Julian Vanderpool, Cayden and Gavin Connely.

Services for family and friends to celebrate Nathan’s life will be held at the Burton/Ponder Cemetery on Saturday July 16 at 10 a.m.

Denise Fischette Shoemaker

Jun 13 2016

Denise Fischette Shoemaker, passed away at her residence on Saturday, June 11, 2016. She had been ill for the past 8 months.

Ms. Shoemaker was born in Boston, Mass. however her parents moved to Newark, New York where she resided for most of her life. She moved to Sparta, Tennessee ten years ago upon her retirement.

She was employed by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developemental Disabilities in the areas of education and affirmative action.
She leaves behind her son, Scott (Jessica) Beach; sister, Theresa Fischette; and life time partner, Roger Kuehn.

There will be a celebration of her life Saturday, June 18 at 2pm at her residence. Family and friends are invited.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


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