Obituaries

Sonia Lynn Presley

Aug 29 2016

Sonia Lynn Presley age 61 of Smithville passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016 at her residence. She was born September 30, 1954 to her parents, the late Robert and Ruby Cantrell Ballard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jason Lucci and 1 sister, Carolyn England. She was disabled and worked as a X-Ray Technician for many years. Sonia is survived by 2 grandchildren, Serena Lucci and Adrian Lucci both of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Sonia's family has honored her request to be cremated. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Kathy Staley Olds

Aug 29 2016

Kathy Staley Olds of Smithville passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at her residence. The funeral arrangements for Kathy are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Wiley Roy Jones, Jr.

Aug 27 2016

Mr. Wiley Roy Jones, Jr. age 90 of Liberty passed away Friday night, August 26, 2016 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born July 23, 1926 to his parents, the late Wiley Roy and Ocie Oakley Jones, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Lee Carter. Wiley Roy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Patsy Jones of Liberty; daughter, Carolyn (Donnie) Spann of Dickson; 2 granddaughters, Carla Spann of Bellevue and Keri (Joel) Howell of White Bluff; 1 great-granddaughter, Greta Howell; 1 nephew, Mason (Pam) Carter of Liberty. Wiley Roy was a farmer, retired construction worker and member and deacon of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Monday, August 29, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Richard Buckner, Bro. Mark Smartt and Donnie Spann officiating and burial to follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mt Zion Cemetery Fund, in memory of Wiley Roy. Visitation will be Sunday 1:PM until 8:PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim

Aug 24 2016
Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim

Mrs. Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim age 87, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Hillesheim was born in Overton County on June 13, 1929, the daughter of the late George and Rosie Johnson Swann. Her husband, David George Hillesheim preceded her in death on August 27, 2003. She is also preceded in death by her son, Howard Gifford Jr. 1 brother, Cordell Swann & 5 sisters, Eunice Jones, Sarah Whitfield, Jewell Dailey, Pearl Swearingen & Tina Haney.

Mrs. Hillesheim attended Ward-Belmont College. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon, TN. She was vice-president of Goehner & Eaves Furniture store in Belleville, Ill. for 30 years prior to her retirement & moving to Alexandria in 1982. Mrs. Hillesheim was an active part of the Alexandria Senior Citizens for 20 years & serving for 2 of those years as the Executive Director.

She is survived by 2 grandchildren, Garrett Davis & Adrienne Lee Gifford, a step-grand child, Justin Jackson, and her daughter-in-law, Margaret Hawkins. Mrs. Hillesheim is also survived by 1 brother and 1 sister, Frank Swann, of Chicago, IL and Georgia Boles, of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hillesheim are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11am from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, August 26th from 4-8pm & Saturday, August 27th from 10am until the time of services at 11am.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center in memory of Mrs. Hillesheim.

Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Dwayne Scott Massengail

Aug 23 2016

Dwayne Scott Massengail age 49 of Smithville and a native of Michigan passed away Thursday afternoon, August 18,2016 at his residence. He was born September 3, 1966 to his parents, the late Harold Terry and Brenda Kay Dalton Massengail. He worked in construction. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Lykins Massengail of Smithville; 3 step-children, Ryan Lykins, Lonni Lykins and Deveen Johnson all of Smithville; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Dennis Massengail of South Carolina and Terry David Massengail of Michigan; 1 sister, Sandra Nunez of Michigan. The Massengail family has honored Dwayne's request to be cremated and a memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be 10:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Childress

Aug 21 2016

Mr. Jerry Childress, age 73 of Liberty, TN, died August 20, 2016 at St. Thomas West Hospital. Born in Sunflower County, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Wesley Frank Childress and Augazelle Robinson Childress. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A salesman for many years, after retirement he worked as a custodian at DeKalb West School in Liberty.

He is survived by wife of thirty-one years, Patricia Baumann Childress; three children: James (Lisa) Childress, John (Twinkle) Childress, Laura Clark; seven grandchildren: Jonathon, Patrick, Josh, Austin and Blake Childress, Zach and Taylor Clark; three sisters: Joyce Cole, Carolyn (Charles) Gardner, Joanne (Harold) Crowley.

Funeral services are Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 11 a.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Childress and Bro. Billy Hale officiating. Interment – Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Monday 2-8 p.m. and Tuesday after 9 a.m.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME , in charge of arrangements. www.ligonbobo.com

Mary Joines

Aug 21 2016

68 year old Mary Joines of Dowelltown died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and a bus assistant for the DeKalb County School System. The funeral will be Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from noon until the service at 3:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joines; parents, Marvin and Sarah Mabe Hutson; sister, Geneva Simmons; and brothers, Kenneth and Ed Hutson. Survivors include a daughter, Tammy and Mike Crook of Dowelltown. Grandchildren, Alicia and Robbie Maxwell and Jordan Crook of Dowelltown. Sister, Lou Jones of Sparta. Several nieces and nephews and several special caregivers. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, please make donations to the Dry Creek Baptist Church.

Gene Autry Cripps

Aug 20 2016

78 year old Gene Autry Cripps of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the Tabernacle The Baptist Church. He was also retired from Carrier Air Conditioning. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Garry McBride will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Cripps was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Chapman Cripps; parents, Johnny and Potter Taylor Cripps; a sister, Jeanette Dodson; and brothers, James "Curley" and Jerry Cripps. Survivors include a daughter, Michelle and David Burklow; a son, Patrick and Amy Cripps; three grandchildren, Callie, Zoe Potter, and Brody John Cripps; sisters, Judy and M.B. Silcox, and Brenda Cripps; brother, Johnny Cripps; sister-in-law, Linda and Boyd Trapp; and brother-in-law, Glen Dodson all of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy “BILL” James Dyer

Aug 18 2016

Funeral services for Billy “BILL” James Dyer, 69, of Baxter, will be Saturday, August 20 at 2 PM from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Bill passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 27, 1946 in Baxter, TN to the late James and Vestie Harris Dyer.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Jimmy Ray Dyer, niece Lisa Dyer Hieatt, nephew James Brian Haggard, grandparents : Ambus and Fina Judd Dyer, Riley and Virgie Stewart Harris.

He was a Army veteran serving in Germany in the Vietnam Era.

He attended Baxter First Church of God.

He was a 1964 graduate of Upperman High School in Baxter. He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a B.S. degree in Social Studies and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Development. He taught History and Geography at Cookeville Junior High School, Avery Trace and served as Principal at Cane Creek Elementary School. He was a memberof the National Education Association (NEA) and the Putnam County Education Association (PCEA).

His interests included raising chickens, pheasants, excotic birds and cats. He loved to garden , raise cattle, the Santa Gertrudis breed and going to cattle auctions.. He loved to cook for family and friends and loved his family his students and his country. He was a member of the Santa Gertrudis Cattle Association.

Survivors include sister and brother-in-law Mary Nell and Eugene Haggard of Silver Point, brother and sister-in-law Lloyd and Louise Dyer of Alexandria, sister-in-law Shelby Dyer of Baxter, fiancée Patsy “PAT” Brown of Bloomington Springs, nieces and nephews: Tim (Tina) Haggard of Silver Point, Vicky (Mark) Walker of Alexandria, Brandon (Mandy) Dyer of Liberty, Denise Dyer of Baxter, Keith Cannon of Cookeville, Tracy and Leslie Cannon of Dowelltown, several great nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 8 and Saturday after 11 AM the funeral home.

Active Pallbearers will be Keith and Tracy Cannon, Brandon Dyer, John Harris, Larry Gambrell and Carl Wheeler.

Rev. Tim Sharp will officiate.

Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Delene Webb

Aug 16 2016

Mrs. Delene Webb age 96 of Smithville, TN, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at N.H.C. HealthCare in Smithville, TN. She was born May 09, 1920, in DeKalb County, TN, was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Maggie Mai Cantrell, husband F. C. Webb, Jr., son James H. Webb, daughters Melissa Webb and Sue Webb Malone, brother J. M. Cantrell, sister Mary Elizabeth Cantrell, grandson Jamie Webb and great grandson Dalton Knight.

Survivors include her son Ken (Robyn) Webb of McMinnville, daughter Judy (Phil) Inglis, grandchildren Janie (J. P.) Monier and Jennifer (Ricky) Guinn, Sr., and great-grandchildren Cole Monier, Joshua Webb, Justin Webb, Sebastian Knight, and Dammien Irvine.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 20, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Ricky Arnold will officiate. Interment will follow at Cantrell Cemetery in DeKalb County, TN. The Webb Family will receive friends Friday from 4 PM until 8 PM and again Saturday from 9 AM until the time of service at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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