Obituaries

Roberto Balderas Cruz

Jul 29 2014

19 year old Roberto Balderas Cruz of Smithville and a native of Mexico, passed Saturday night July 26, 2014 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was a Catholic and worked with Berry Family Nursery. He is survived locally by his grandfather, Antonio Balderas of Smithville. His parents and other family are in Mexico. There will be a Funeral Mass held Tuesday 7:00 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Father David Cooney officiating. Following the Mass, his remains will be returned to his family in Mexico for service and burial. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Ray Certain

Jul 26 2014

58 year old Danny Ray Certain of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and was a retired water treatment operator. The funeral will be Monday 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 Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Certain was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Lucille Miller Certain; a sister, Lois Ann Puckett; and a brother, Lynn Certain. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Betty Thomason Certain; one son, Trent Certain; one daughter, Tonya and Chris Roller; two grandchildren, Hunter and Chloe Robinson; and three sisters, Nettie Lou and Jerry Judkins, Marie Wilson, and Charlene Poss all of Smithville. One brother, James Certain of McMinnville. Three sisters-in-law, Janice and Richard Pollard, Louise Jones, and Virginia Jones. Special friends, Carlon Miller, Ronnie Taylor, Wayne Adcock, and Ronnie Davis all of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward Paschal Holt, Jr

Jul 25 2014

68 year old Edward Paschal Holt, Jr. of Smithville passed away Thursday Morning July 24, 2014 at his residence. He was the son of the late Edward and Bessie Ragsdale Holt, Sr. He was a retired farmer, apartment manager and member of Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by 2 sisters: Peggy Holt and Barbara Ann Rivers. Funeral Services will be held 1:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Avery Brown officiating and burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the Holt Family will be Friday from 3:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 10:AM until time of the service at 1:PM. Survivors include his wife of 36 yrs. Dorothy Holt of Smithville; 6 Children: Lisa Martin of Franklin, Eddy Holt of Smithville, Terry Holt of Nashville, Connie Overby of Fairview, Terri Barnhill of Pulaski and Heather Watkins of Franklin; 2 Sisters: Wilma Spears of Bon Aqua, Lucille Hepler of Lobelville; 18 Grandchildren and 4 Great-Grandchildren also survive.

Evelyn Rose "Punk" Billings Graham

Jul 23 2014

78 year old Evelyn Rose "Punk" Billings Graham of the Cassville Community of White County, died on July 22, 2014 after an extended illness at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, with family at her side.

Mrs. Graham was born May 13, 1936 to the late J.A. Billings and Lucy Hayes Billings. She also was preceded in death by her 2 Brothers: Roy Billings and Thurston Billings, 4 Sisters: Opal West, Edna Pirtle, Louada Wilhite and a infant sister.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years: Jimmy Graham of Sparta

Son & Daughter-in-law: Randy & Karen Graham of Sparta

Step-grandson: Rhett Blair of Sparta

Sisters: Neva Catledge of Memphis,TN, Mae West of Indianapolis,Ind.

Sister-in-law: Winnie Billings of Sparta

Nieces & Spouses: Cindy (Ron) Jarvis, Joan Billings, Linda (Mike) Underwood, Diane (Rick) Miller, Denise (Hartford) Daniels, Jackie (Harold) Meadows, Brenda (Larry) Wyatt, and Debbie Catledge

Along with Several Great-nieces, nephews, great-great-nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Service will be 2:00pm Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta with burial in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 6pm until 8pm and on Saturday 1 pm until funeral time. Rev. Rich Morgan will officiate the service.

Betty Jean Baker Herndon

Jul 23 2014

81 year old Betty Jean Baker Herndon of Smithville died Tuesday at Centennial Medical Center. She was a member of F.C.E., Gleaners Sunday School Class and a Tuesday morning Bible Study Group. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for 60 years and a retired school teacher. She taught 27 years at Smithville Elementary School. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville First Baptist Church. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. until noon at the funeral home and the service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Russell Herndon; parents, Ira and Velma Hill Baker; grandson, Weston Cole; a sister, Barbara Baker Colvert; daughter-in-law, Margie Herndon; and sister-in-law, Judy Baker. Survivors include her children, Lynn Badgett and husband Richard West, Robert Russell Herndon, Jr and wife Tami, Martha Riggs and husband Greg, Mary Pugh and husband Joe, Mark Herndon and wife Sandi, and Carol Cole and husband Todd. She is also survived by her brother, Bill Baker and sister, Mary Louise Fitzgerald and husband Paul. Twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Two sisters-in-law, Doris Terrell Crook and Betty Sue Herndon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. It was Mrs. Herndon's request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp.

Paul Bryan Granstaff

Jul 22 2014

77 year old Paul Bryan Granstaff of Watertown, died Monday evening, July 21, 2014 at his residence. Born in Sykes, TN, he was the son of the late Clyde Lelon Granstaff and Ruby Lee Jones Granstaff. He was a graduate of Gordonsville High School and a US Navy veteran. Paul and his family operated the Watertown CeeBee Grocery for several years and he was a police officer for 26 yrs. Paul is survived by his wife, Iva Roberts Granstaff; daughter, Tonya Blanks and son, Michael Granstaff all of Watertown; grandchildren, Kiana and Shawn Blanks; step grandchildren, Tiphanie and Chelsie Poss; step great granddaughter, Kylee; sister, Laverne Martin and husband, Freddy of Alexandria; nephew, Jason (Resa) Martin of Murfreesboro; nieces, Trena Gassaway of Dickson and Dana Christine Martin of Alexandria. Funeral services 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Amason and Bro. Kenneth Bowen officiating. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services on Thursday. Pallbearers, James Ivy Wills, Tony Parsley, Jerry Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Jimmy Allmon, Jason Dodd. Ronnie Jackson, David Agee; Honorary Pallbearers, Glenn and Ricky Oakley, Hank Dunklin, Howell Roberts, J.T. Webster, James Ray Moore, Gene Sykes, Bernie Ash, Tom Wiley, Jack Underhill, Odell Judkins. Interment with military honors at Jones Hill Cemetery.

Danny Beckwith Stoots

Jul 22 2014

70 year old Danny Beckwith Stoots of Smithville died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was a self employed truck driver. The funeral will be Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eunice Beckwith Stoots. Survivors include a son, Kevin and wife Michelle Stoots of Michigan. Special friends, Rick and Gail Stewart and Bill and Betty Cameron all of Smithville. Godsons, Colt and Lacey Stewart and Hunter and Jessica Stewart both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Isabell, Jr.

Jul 18 2014

54 year old John Isabell, Jr. of Smithville died Friday morning at his residence. He was a Christian, former President of the DeKalb County Education Association, and he belonged to a Writers Group in Cookeville and was a member of the Jaycee's. Isabell was a teacher with the DeKalb County School System. He taught school in both the Middle and High School. The funeral will be Monday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service time at 4:00 p.m. Isabell was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Isabell, Sr.; grandparents, Bessie and William Isabell and Ethel Hammons and father-in-law, Gordon Davis. Isabell is survived by his wife of ten years, Lori Isabell of Smithville. Mother, Cora and husband Grover Tiptin of Indiana. A brother, Jerry and wife Kim Isabell of Ohio. Two sisters, Pam Emmons of Indiana and Teresa and husband Rich Johns of Ohio. Nieces and nephews, Stacey Emmons, Nick and Matt Johns, Haley Brown and Kyle and Kaleb Davis. Mother-in-law, Diane Davis of Crossville. Special friends, Tony and Melissa Roysdon of Smithville, Luke Bullock of Cookeville, Greg Pryor of Algood, Jim and Catherine Deppen of Nashville, Paul Johnson of Nashville, Mike Smith of Indiana, Tracy Nash of Seymour, Laura and Johnny Clemmons of Cookeville, Steve Killian of Georgia, Mike Wilson of North Caroline and friends in the DeKalb County School System. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family suggest that donations be made to the Hope Lodge (a division of the American Cancer Society).

William Dean "Bill" Bird

Jul 16 2014

66 year old William Dean "Bill" Bird of Smithville died Tuesday July 15, 2014 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late Merle and Lois Kercheval Bird. He was a construction worker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Lakin, Kansas. A memorial service will be held 1:PM Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation with the family will be Friday 11:AM until time of service at 1:PM. Survivors include 5 children: Sherri Bowring of Frisco Texas, William S. Bird of Marquette Kansas, Clint Bird of Covington Washington, Cristopher C. Bird of Smithville, Beau Bird of Manhatten Kansas; 5 Grandchildren: Emily Bird, Shelby Bowring, Skyler Bowring, Trista Bird, William B. Bird; Brother: Leonard Bird of Federal Way Washington; Sister: Jackie Bird of Auburn Washington; Significent Other: Kat Martin of Smithville.

Eddie Jewell Adkins

Jul 16 2014

49 year old Eddie Jewell Adkins of Smithville died Tuesday July 15, 2014 at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Cecil and Elsie Goodwin Adkins. He was a long time route salesman with Merita Bread and a member of Laurel Hill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held 1:PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Ralph Benningfield and Lonnie Buser officiating and burial in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until time of service at 1:PM. Survivors include wife of 30 years Karen Adkins of Smithville; Daughter: Amy (Mike) Gilpin of Smithville; Granddaughter: Alyssa Gilpin of Smithville. In Lieu of flowers family asked that donations be made to help with funeral expenses.

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