Obituaries

Will Cantrell

Dec 15 2016
Will Cantrell

84 year old Will Cantrell of Smithville died Thursday at NHC of Smithville. He was in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict for four years. Cantrell worked for NASA at the Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. During the time he worked at NASA, he enjoyed a farming operation at Elkton, Tennessee. He was also a member of the Whorton Springs Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by two wives, Shirley Cantrell and Margaret Cantrell; parents, Lonnie and Nonnie Rhody Cantrell; and a brother Bob Cantrell. Survivors include four children, Michael and Lori Cantrell of Florida, Debbie Lynn and Dewayne Howell of Alabama, Kim and Pam Cantrell of Mount Juliet, and Allen Cantrell of Nashville. Seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren. One brother, James and Geraldine Cantrell of Smithville. One sister, Mertie Ann and Stan Williams of Old Hickory. Four nephews and two aunts, Mary Snow and Lena Rhody of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Whorton Springs Building Fund.

John Wayne Lanier

Dec 14 2016
John Wayne Lanier

John Wayne Lanier age 51 of Liberty, passed away Tuesday morning, December 13, 2016 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. He was born July 3, 1965 to his parents, the late David Lanier and Ruth Tittle. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Linda Sue Summers. John worked in Tree Service. Survivors include his wife, Susan Lanier of Liberty; 1 daughter, Kimberly Lanier of Smithville; 1 son, David Frank Lanier of Liberty; 5 grandchildren, Julio Lanier, Martrell Addison, Shian Lanier, David Frank Lanier, Jr. and Jayton Lanier; mother, Ruth Tittle of Portland; brother, David Lanier of Woodbury; father-in-law, Bobby Summers of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Friday, December 16, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Charlie Lawson officiating and burial will follow in Pedigo Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 11AM until 8 PM and Friday from 10 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Griffith

Dec 13 2016
Dorothy Griffith

Dorothy Griffith age 85 of Smithville, passed away Monday morning, December 12, 2016 at her residence. She was born December 14, 1930 to her parents, the late James Eston and Drussi Young Wright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Griffith, Sr.; 2 brothers, Bobby and Nelson Wright; 1 sister, Audine Trapp. She attended the Bethel United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. Survivors include 4 children, Lois (Chris) Christensen of Nebraska, Joyce Griffith of Smithville, Nadean (Allen) Talley of Spring City, TN and Walter, Jr (Betty) Griffith of Smithville; 4 grandchildren, Rebecca and Amanda Griffith, Jennifer Johnson and Amy (Adam) Raymond; 5 great-grandchildren, Dylan and Ashley Goodman, Alex Johnson, Aniston and Alexis Raymond; 1 brother, Lee Denton (Frankie) Wright of Cleveland, TN; 1 sister, Edna (Grady) Ellis of Alexandria. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m.Thursday, December 15, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Kevin Redmore

Dec 12 2016
Kevin Redmore

44 year old Kevin Redmore of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was a member of the Church of God and was a self employed contractor for Triple R. Construction. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the McElory Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Kernagis; sister, Stacey Redmore; and a grandson, Sollie Redmore. Survivors include his wife, Karri Redmore; a son, Justin Redmore; three step-daughters, Chelsey and husband Colby Boldin of Spencer, Shelbey and husband Robert Yates of McMinnville and Kaitlyn Byrd of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Donavin Byrd, Zoe Boldin, Camron Redmore, Skyler Boldin, Bryson Yates, and Brinsleigh Yates; two sisters, Dorothy Marie Powell and Becky Redmore; brother, William and wife Traci Frazier of McMinnville and several nieces and nephews. Mother and father-in-law, Douglas and Paulette Ellis of Doyle. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses.

Dorothy Willene Davis

Dec 10 2016

Dorothy Willene Davis 87, of Smithville passed from this life on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, TN. She was a retired factory worker, homemaker and member of Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. She was born November 21, 1929 to the late Lester Samuel and Maude Mae Lafever Ford. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Carl Davis; son, William Edgar Davis; grandson, B.J. Davis; 2 brothers, Lionel and Howard Ford; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Garrison and Treva Exum. She is survived by 1 daughter, Betty Frances Davis and 1 son, Carl Douglas Davis and wife Sandra of Smithville; 2 grandsons, Jacob and wife Dana Davis of Dowelltown, Jared and wife Kelli Davis of Smithville; 4 great-grandchildren, Kendall and Kloe Davis of Dowelltown and Kimber and Rhett Davis of Smithville; 1 sister, Helen and husband Ronnie Griffith of Nashville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Joel Wood and Bro. Bill Robertson officiating and burial to follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie Mabe

Dec 10 2016

Eddie Mabe age 57 of Smithville, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 at his residence. He was born July 14, 1959 to his parents, the late Jewel and Guynell Douglas Mabe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Carol Looney; 3 aunts, Pauline Billings, Wilma Gilliam and Marcella Shaver; 2 uncles, Dexter Mabe and Ruel Douglas. Eddie was a Paramedic and attended the Smithville Church of God. Survivors include 1 sister, Glenda Staley of Smithville; 2 nieces, Tina Rowland and Lee Ann Williams both of Smithville; 2 nephews, Don and Jimmy Crips both of Marietta, GA; 4 aunts, Louise Cantrell of Smithville, Linda (Gene) Jones of Sparta, Jo Ann Wrenn of Boaz, AL, and Marie Mabe of McMinnville; 2 uncles, Carlon (Jeanette) Mabe of Smithville and Donald Douglas of Eva, AL; several great-nephews and nieces and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Chris Moore officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Flonnie Caldwell Vanatta

Dec 6 2016
Flonnie Caldwell Vanatta

79 year old Flonnie Caldwell Vanatta of Smithville died Monday at Saint Thomas West. She was a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a retired factory worker at Genesco. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lena Ferrell Caldwell; her husband, George Vanatta; daughter, Helen Caldwell; six brothers, J.W., Norman, Bruse, Raymond, Wade, and Lonnie Caldwell; and three sisters, Nannie Mae Hale, Lois Moon, and Dorothy Miller. Survivors include a daughter, Melinda and Dewayne Davis of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Buddy and Mindy Vanatta of Woodbury, Jackie Avalos, Violet and Brandon Tucker, Johnna Maynard, Loni Easterwood all of Smithville and Sean Davis of Kentucky. Seven great grandchildren, Jon David Vanatta of Morrison, Daniel Avalos, Kaden, Amalee McPherson, Matthew Orcutt Jr., and Delana and Ella Tucker all of Smithville. One Brother, Zeb Caldwell of Smithville and several nieces, nephews, and church family. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations can be made to Banks Cemetery where she served on the committee for several years.

Jonathan Scurlock

Dec 6 2016
 Jonathan Scurlock

32 year old Jonathan Scurlock of Smithville died Monday at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was an Assistant Chief of the Short Mountain Fire Department and Rescue Squad for Cannon County. He also worked for Middle Tennessee Natural Gas in Woodbury. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dewayne Cornelius will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Debbie Scurlock of Smithville. Sister and sister-in-law, Crystal Scurlock and Dana Holland of McMinnville. Grandmother, Ruth Scurlock of Smithville. Special cousin Claire Caldwell. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and firefighter and rescue squad family. In addition to flowers, make donations in memory of Jonathan to the Short Mountain Fire Department of Cannon County. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeremy Silas Shelton

Dec 6 2016
Jeremy Silas Shelton

Jeremy Silas Shelton age 27 of Smithville, passed away Sunday afternoon, December 4, 2016 at his residence. He was born July 18, 1989 to his parents, Harvey Shelton and Ginger Standridge Price. He attended the Jesus Name Pentecostal Church in McMinnville and was employed at S & W Manufacturing. He is survived by his parents, Ginger (Hobert) Price of Smithville and Harvey Shelton of Athens, TN; 2 daughters; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Linda Standridge of Smithville; sister, Heather Shelton of Smithville; brother, Justin Price of Smithville; aunt, Amanda Hamilton of Smithville; uncle, Richard Standridge of Alexandria; several nieces, nephews, great-aunts, uncles, cousins and family also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Robert Burns officiating and burial to follow in Minnear Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Caylix Jayce Johnson

Dec 6 2016
Caylix Jayce Johnson

Caylix Jayce Johnson the 4 year old son of Heather Shelton and Chad Johnson, of Smithville passed away Sunday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born March 28, 2012 in McMinnville. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Jeremy Shelton. Caylix is survived by his parents, Chad Johnson and Heather Shelton of Smithville; siblings, Brantley Johnson, Carmon Johnson, Makira Johnson, Emma Johnson, Aspen Johnson and Kelvin Reagan; paternal grandparents, Judy Johnson and Jerry "Buckwheat" Johnson both of Smithville; maternal grandparents, Ginger (Hobert) Price of Smithville and Harvey Shelton of Athens, TN; maternal great-grandparents, Clarence and Linda Standridge of Smithville; aunt and uncle, Jessica (Josh) Hobbs and Justin Price; cousins, Bentlee Hobbs, Serenity and Alijah Price; God-parents, Wayne and Stephanie Reagan; several great-aunts, uncles and other family also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Robert Burns officiating and burial will follow in Minnear Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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