Obituaries

Lorena Mae Collier

Jul 1 2014

53 year old Lorena Mae Collier of Smithville died Monday evening at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ. She was disabled and a former factory worker. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. Dan Gulley and Larry Henry will officiate. Burial will be in the Old Philadelphia Cemetery in White County. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 2 from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, July 3 from 2-7 p.m. at the funeral home and Monday, July 7 from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her father, Loye Craddock and a brother, Carl Craddock. Survivors include her husband, John Collier of Smithville. Two children, Marlena Quick of Franklin and Regena and husband Randy Pedigo of Smithville. Her mother, Hassie Craddock of Smithville and a sister, Judy McBride of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Larry Norman Cantrell

Jun 30 2014

65 year old Larry Norman Cantrell of Dowelltown died Sunday at his residence. He was a U.S. Military veteran having served in the Marines and National Guard. He made a career in the military and was a 1st Sergeant at the Cookeville National Guard. Cantrell was also a Baptist. The funeral will be Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jay Watson will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 4:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Potter Cantrell and a brother, Bruce Cantrell. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Evelyn Tittle Cantrell of Dowelltown. Three sons, Brett and wife Vanessa Cantrell of Memphis, and Bruce and Logan Cantrell both of Smithville. Three daughters, Heather and husband Brandon Thompson of Nolensville, Angelia Moore, and Tiffany Audas both Smithville. Five grandchildren, Destiny Pack and Izzak Moore both of Smithville, McKenley Cantrell of Memphis, Wyatt Thompson of Nolensville, and Ronald Flanigan of Smithville. Mother, Josephine Cantrell of Smithville. One brother, Gary Cantrell of St. Louis. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Young Carter

Jun 27 2014

81 year old Dorothy Mae Young Carter died at her home on June 26, 2014. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Willie C. Young and Ruthie Gilley Young. She was a lifelong resident of the Short Mtn. Community in Cannon Co. Dot was a charter member of the New Short. Mtn. Methodist Church. She retired from MagneTek Century Electric in 1993 and began mowing yards all over Cannon County which she done for the next 15 years. She will be remembered by her Ford pickup pulling a trailer with John Deere lawnmowers and her “cap” that she always wore.

She is survived by her son: Eddie (Debi) Youngblood and her daughter, Vickie Youngblood Griffith both of the Sht. Mtn. Community; Grandchildren: Mark (Laurie) Youngblood, Marty (Cheryl) Youngblood, Matt Youngblood, Amanda (Josh) Thomas and Ashley (Devin) Young; Great Grandchildren: Cason, Daylen, Kaylee, Hattie, Peyton and Camden; Step-Granddaughter: Amber (Keith) Boehman; Step Great grandson: Brent Boehman; Special Son: James “Cookie” Cook and Caregiver: Lisa Miller Andrews.

Funeral Services will be 2 pm Sunday, June 29, 2014 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Rev. Don Spencer officiating. Interment will follow in the Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Sat., 06/28/14 and Sun., 06/29 from 10 am until time of service.

Benjamin Clifton Poss

Jun 26 2014

82 year old Benjamin Clifton Poss of Madison died Wednesday at Skyline Medical Center. He was an avid fisherman, Atlanta Braves and University of Tennessee fan. He was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Poss was a member of the Mount View The Baptist Church and he was retired from the Nashville Electric Service. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dwight Knowles and Dennis Woods will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with military and fire department honors. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service time at 2:00 p.m. Poss was preceded in death by his parents, David Everett and Wilma Taylor Poss; brothers, William Herbert Poss, Joe Ben Poss, and Mason Poss. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Peggy Joyce Bates Poss; sons, Danny and wife Pamela Poss, Terry and wife Jill Poss, and Teddy Poss; daughter, Donna and husband Mark Brooks; sisters, Reba Knowles and Wanda Dickens; brothers, Dean Poss and Glynn Poss; grandchildren, Justin and wife Jessica Poss, Jillian and husband Dennis Tollison, Brittany and husband Courtney Cagle, Ashleigh and husband Austin Hines, Benjamin Brooks, Halleigh Poss, Taylor Poss, and Zachary Poss; great grandchildren, Brileigh Poss, Braxton Poss, Mason Poss, and Carter Tollison; four legged child, Smokey; special care giver, Cindy Gabbert; and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations in memory of Mr. Poss may be made to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Roberta T. Ellis

Jun 23 2014

91 year old Roberta T. Ellis of Dowelltown died Sunday morning at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker, retired factory worker, and a long time member of the Snow Hill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Lee Ellis; parents, William Charlie and Emma Florence Robinson Turner; four sisters, Ola Walls, Lucille Paschal, Charlie Mai Young, and Sula Turner; and five brothers, Lemmie, Frank, Clyde, Erby, and Carl Turner. Survivors include a daughter, Dora Fay Turner of Dowelltown. Three grandchildren, Jonathan Turner of Nashville, Jennifer and husband Rich Wisthuff of Hermitage, and Jamie Turner of Dowelltown. One great grandchild, Emma Catherine Wisthuff of Hermitage. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Odell Bly

Jun 19 2014

37 year old Michael Odell Bly of Murfreesboro, died Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Born in Smithville, he was preceded in death by his mother, Judy Ann Thompson Bly. Michael is survived by a daughter, Ashley Bly of Murfreesboro; father and stepmother, Ricky and Marlene Bly of Liberty; sisters, Mary (Justin) Lohorn and Stephanie (Kenny Murphy) Bly both of Smithville; brothers, Brian (Kayla) Bly and Steven (Cristy Reeder) Bly both of Smithville; grandmother, Willa Dean Turner of Smithville. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Visitation will be on Sunday from 10 a.m. till service time. Interment will be at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria.

Sarah Ruth Vandergriff

Jun 19 2014

97 year old Sarah Ruth Vandergriff of Liberty passed away Thursday morning June 19, 2014 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville. She was born July 5, 1916 in Liberty to her parents, the late John Robert and Janetta Mai Ferrell Smithson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Vandergriff and a sister, Vinny Leal New. Mrs. Ruth was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church having joined the McMinnville First United Methodist Church on December 25, 1926 and then later became a member of the Dowelltown United Methodist Church and was President Emeritus of the United Methodist Women. She was a graduate of the Liberty High School in 1933, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Caney Fork Chapter, United Sates Daughters of 1812 Upper Cumberland Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy Murfreesboro #91. She is survived by daughter, Annette Floyd of Liberty; 2 grandsons John Clark (Krista) Floyd of Oakland, TN, James Bradley (Lee) Floyd of Olive Branch, MS; 2 great-grandsons, Braxton and Bryson Floyd of Olive Branch, MS; Nieces and Nephews, Harriett New of Chattanooga, Bill (Mary Beth) New of Lenoir City, TN, Burnace (Barbara) Vandergriff and Margaret (Cantrell) Jones both of Smithville, Ann Vandergriff of Salt Lake City, Utah, Douglas (Marlene) Snyder and Sandy (Ken) Delker both of Washington, MI. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00PM Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Dowelltown United Methodist Church with Bros. David Lunsford, Terry Little and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 3:PM until 8:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and on Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

Mitzi Ann Lawson

Jun 18 2014

45 year old Mitzi Ann Lawson of Woodbury died Sunday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal. A graveside service will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Ararat Cemetery. Robert Presley will officiate. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jewell and Willette Estes Lawson. Survivors include her boyfriend, John Helms of Woodbury. One son, Ryan Lawson of Readyville. Three daughters, Kendra Lawson of Alabama, Chelsey Lawson of Macon County, and Sarah Anne Barrett of Murfreesboro. One brother, Larry Parker of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. No visitation will be held at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

Lottie Cook

Jun 17 2014

95 year old Lottie Cook of Alexandria, died Monday evening at Dekalb Community Hospital in Smithville. Born in Dekalb County, she was the daughter of the late William and Matilda Hale Crook and was preceded in death by her husband, Yank Cook; son-in-law, Carroll "John" Clemons; grandson, Christopher Clemons; great granddaughter, Heather Thompson; stepsons, Robert, Roy and Carl Cook; 4 brothers and 6 sisters. Lottie was retired from the Auburntown Shirt Factory and was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughters, Betty Jane (Ricky) Barrett and Linda Clemons both of Alexandria; sisters, Bertie Barrett and Lucille Laythe; step-daughter-in-law, Hazel Cook; grandchildren, Charlotte (Mark) Webster of Brush Creek, Julie (Shannon) Malone of Alexandria, Junior (Laura) Ashford of Smithville, Joyce (Ronald) Kelly of Brush Creek and Stephanie McGhee; great grandchildren, Larissa Thompson, Reilly, MaKenna and Ryan Kelly, Caleb and Brady McGhee, Tanner Malone; great great grandchildren, Zoei and Zayne Thompson, Zayden Everette, Baylor and Bryce Thompson, Lyren Clark; step-grandchildren; Dorothy George, Puggy Cook, Joe Cook, Ronnie Cook, Pam Young, Lisa Rhody, Robbie Joan Fraizer, Susie Hights, Carol Hale, Joann Jones, David Cook, Bre'l Ashford. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. Don Rigsby and Rev. Thurman Seber officiating. Visitation 11 a.m. till 8 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services on Thursday. Pallbearers, Mark Webster, Shannon Malone, Ronald Kelly, Wayne Driver, Ted Ray, Hoyte Barrett. Interment at Salem Cemetery, Liberty, TN.

Ray Doyle "Tiny" Barnes

Jun 16 2014

Mr. Ray Doyle "Tiny" Barnes age 59 of Smithville, passed away Monday morning at his residence. He was the son of the late Luther and Nelda Poss Barnes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 brother, Vernon Barnes and 2 sisters, Denise Wenger and Zelda Barnes. He was a construction worker. Tiny is survived by his wife of 36 yrs., Shirl Barnes of Smithville; 3 sons, Doug (Kelly) Barnes of Smithville, Kevin (Christina) Barnes of Centertown and Josh Gunter of Smithville; Nieces and Nephew that where just like children: Lori Myrick, April Barnes and Donnie Barnes; Grandchildren, Brooklyn Barnes, Jacklyn Reed, Maggie Myrick, Rick and Zack Gunter, Jennifer and Hunter Barnes; 3 brothers, Kenny Barnes, Jeff Barnes and Thomas Rose; nieces, Jennifer Strickland, Peggy Redmon, Carla Barnes, Jessica Cantrell, Jennifer Flatt, Kayla Rose, Misty Sharp and Renee Barnes; nephews, Steven Barnes and Joshua Barnes; Several other nieces and nephews also survive; Close Friend, Cat Martin. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Lori Myrick and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in the Barnes Family Cemetery in the Short Mountain Community. Visitation will be Tuesday 1:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.

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