Flonnie Caldwell Vanatta

Dec 6 2016

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. 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 Shelton

Dec 6 2016

The funeral arrangements for Jeremy Shelton are incomplete and will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Caylix Johnson

Dec 6 2016

The funeral arrangements for Caylix Johnson the son of Heather Shelton and Chad Johnson, are incomplete and will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Crystal Dianne Fults

Dec 5 2016

Crystal Dianne Fults, 36, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb hospital. She was a native of Cannon Co.

She is survived by her parents, Sharon Elkins Jennings & Doug Jennings of Woodbury and James & Joann Estes of Smithville; Brother, Ronald (Jessica) Estes of Smithville; 2 Step-brothers, Chuck (Debbie) Jennings of Woodbury and Adam Jennings of FL.; Grandmothers, Georgia Bryson Elkins of Woodbury and Linda Davis of Smithville; Nieces and Nephews, Chloe, Ezraya, & Spencer Estes and Logan Jennings. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Crystal was a member of the Baptist Church and worked at S & W Mfg. in Smithville. She was also a CNA. She loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in the Cherry Cemetery. Pallbearers include Ronald Estes, Brent Estes, Brent Elkins, Jeremiah Miller, Anthony Elkins, Jeff Tenpenny and Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Smith and Terry St. John. Visitation with the family will be after 1 pm Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or

Donald Venus Cantrell

Dec 5 2016
Donald Venus Cantrell

Donald Venus Cantrell, age 79, a McMinnville, TN resident and Warren County, TN native was born June 20, 1937 and died December 3, 2016 in St. Thomas West Hospital following a brief illness.

He was a retired farmer and inspector with Carrier Corporation and son of the late W.T. "Bill" and Bertha Cantrell. He loved God, the church and his family. He was a faithful lifelong member of the Church of Christ, taught bible class for 40 years and was an avid bible reader. He enjoyed watching and playing sports, a member of the TSSAA for many years, served in the National Guard for 8 years and donated over 200 pints of blood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, David Cantrell; and granddaughter, Amy Miller.

Mr. Cantrell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nelta Golden Cantrell; four children and spouses, Anthony Cantrell, Brad and Cyndi Cantrell and Donna Jo Farless all of McMinnville and Jeff and Renea Cantrell of Smithville, TN; nine grandchildren, Chandler and Whitney Cantrell, Nathan Cantrell and wife Caitlin, Nick Cantrell and wife Sarah, Erica Cantrell, Tyler Cantrell and wife Caroline, Taylor Freeney and husband Dylan and Ashley Farless; six great-grandchildren, Knox, Kannon, Kase, Addison, Lilly and Carter; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Sarah Cantrell of Smithville; sister, Dianna Cantrell Atnip of Smithville, TN; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Alice Cantrell of Morrison, TN, Faye and N. B. Stiles of McMinnville and Ruth Cantrell of Summitville, TN; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edwin and Joyce Golden of Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in High's Chapel with David Costello and Richard Bowman to officiate. Interment will follow in Webb Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday and 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service at High's.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossville Church of Christ, Waldron Missions, PO Box 1010, Crossville, TN 38557.

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Thomas

Dec 3 2016

Irene Thomas age 82 of McMinnville passed away Saturday morning, December 3, 2016 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was born January 16, 1934 to her parents, the late Lonnie and Minnie Pack Parsley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Jack, Buddy and William Parsley and 2 sisters, Frances Pinkard and Effie Hodges. She was a Baptist and retired from Kingston Timer's. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Thomas of McMinnville; 1 son, D.L. (Diane) Murphy of McMinnville; 3 grandchildren, Tammy( David) Murphy, Eddie (Bridgett) Murphy, and Jeff (Taledia) Murphy; 8 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 10:AM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Virgil Odell Nixon

Dec 2 2016

Virgil Odell Nixon age 95 of Watertown died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Tennova Health Care in Lebanon. Born in Dekalb County, he was the son of the late Ira and Lockie Taylor Nixon and was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Cowan and brothers, Hubert, Haskel, Troy and Leonard Nixon and an infant brother, Charlie. Virgil was a 32 year employee of AVCO Aerostructures and was an accomplished woodworker. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Reba Taylor Nixon and daughter, Debbie Nixon both of Watertown and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Smith officiating. Visitation 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. till service time on Sunday. Interment will be at Mt. Holly Cemetery in Smithville. The family wishes to thank Dr. Willard West and his staff and the nurses and physical therapist at American National Home Health for all their love and care.

Michael Kelly Pelham

Dec 2 2016
Michael Kelly Pelham

Michael Kelly Pelham age 40 of Cookeville and formerly of Smithville, passed away Thursday December 1, 2016 at his residence. He was born February 9, 1976 to his parents, Joe Shelton and Brenda Pelham Davis. He was disabled. Survivors include his mother, Brenda Pelham Davis of Cookeville; father, Joe Shelton of Murfreesboro; 1 sister, Amber Rochefort of Cookeville; 1 brother, Jeremy Davis of Marietta, GA. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Kay Smith, Shirley O’Dell and Cindy Thomen for the love and care that they have shown to Michael. Family and Friends will gather for funeral services 1:PM Monday December 5, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Mrs. Jan Alexander delivering the eulogy and burial will follow at Gaither Cemetery in Woodbury. Visitation will be Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Marguerite Cope Close

Dec 2 2016
Marguerite Cope Close

Mrs. Marguerite Cope Close age 81 of McMinnville, TN, died Thursday, December 01, 2016, at her residence. She was born October 22, 1935, in Sylva, North Carolina, was a homemaker, and a member of Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. Mrs. Close was preceded in death by parents Gentry and Vesta Cope, an infant sister Freda Jean Cope, and her brothers Marvin, Barton, and R. L. Cope.

Survivors include her husband Odis Close, son and daughter-in-law Charles Barry (Gwen) Close, grandchildren Kalli Close, Nick Close, and Dan (Kelly) Close, a sister Juanita Walker, and a brother Larry (Joan) Cope. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, December 04, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Darrell Cantrell and Elder Kenneth Brown will officiate. Interment will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Smithville, TN. The Close Family will receive friends Saturday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Sunday from 11 A.M. until 2:30 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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