Obituaries

Charles Ralph Preston

Jun 20 2016

Charles Ralph Preston age 76 of Smithville and a native of Smith County, passed away Sunday night at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born February 22, 1940 to his parents, the late James Robert and Ruby Elizabeth Rollins Preston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Preston; brother, Dewey Preston and 2 sisters, Linda Walls and Thelma Jean Pope. Everyone that knew Charles, knew of his love for the Lord, fishing and his family. He hosted the Ragland Bottom and Holmes Creek Friday night Fishing Tournament for many years, served as a guide on Center Hill Lake and was a member of the PBF Trail. Charles was a faithful member and Deacon of People's Pentecostal Church. He is survived by 5 children, Charles A. Preston of Lancaster, Nancy (Tee) Wilson of Dowelltown, James Lonnie Preston of Statesville, Pam (Todd) Nunley of Lebanon and Sharon Preston of Smithville; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jimmy (Sharon) Preston and Jerry Preston both of Gordonsville; 2 sisters, Darlene (J.T.) Alvis of Lebanon and Rebecca Malone of Gordonsville; 1 aunt, Jean (Nelson) Smith of Hickman; special friend, Christine Murphy of Liberty and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Wednesday June 22, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Regina Carol Murphy

Jun 14 2016
Regina Carol Murphy

45 year old Regina Carol Murphy of Smithville died Monday at St. Thomas Rutherford. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Murphy will officiate and burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Betty Jean Murphy and a sister, Lois Frances Murphy. Survivors include two daughters, Natalie Gail Barrett of Smithville and Amber Cheyenne and Michael Caldwell of Smithville. One grandchild, Chevy Mae Sapphire Caldwell of Smithville. Three sisters, Patricia Gail Murphy of Sparta, Betty Darlene Murphy of Smithville, and Susan Charlene Mashburn of Smithville. Seven brothers, Charlie and Teresa Bradford Murphy of Sparta, Audie Ray and Evelyn Murphy of Lenoir City, Billy Glenn and Karen Murphy of Sparta, David Michael and Tammy Murphy of McMinnville, Joel Stephen and Vanessa Murphy of Woodbury, Micah Daniel and Teresa Murphy of Smithville, Samuel Malichi and Miranda Murphy of Woodbury. Special honorary sister: "Sissy" Goolsby of Sparta. Special friend, Timmy Lee Chadwick of Dowelltown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Regina's memory to help with funeral expenses.

Ashley Dawn Celestino

Jun 14 2016
Ashley Dawn Celestino

19 year old Ashley Dawn Celestino of McMinnville died Monday at Riverpark Hospital. She was a Dietary worker at NHC of Woodbury and a member of the First Assembly of God. She was also associated with Lighthouse Christian Camp, a former cheerleader, and softball player for DeKalb County. She enjoyed beauty pageants as well. The funeral will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 4 p.m. She is survived by her mother, Tammy Horsley of DeKalb County. Three sisters, Tiffany and Austin Wilmore of DeKalb County, Raven Celestino and Matthew Elliot of DeKalb County, and Kelsey Murphy of DeKalb County. One brother, Jacob Fogle of Illinois. Two nephews, Brayden and Troy Wilmore of DeKalb County. A niece, Oaklyn Celestino-Elliot of DeKalb County. Grandparents, Rick and Mary Wright of Broughton, Illinois. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Nathan Charles Cantrell

Jun 14 2016

Nathan Charles Cantrell, 39, of Smithville, passed away Monday, June 6 in Nashville.

Mr. Cantrell was born Aug. 8, 1976, in Smithville to Jane Scarlett Cantrell and the late William Edward Cantrell I.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Christopher Jon Hillebrand.

He is survived by his daughter Chloe Cantrell, his mother, Jane Cantrell; sister, Julia (Reed) Vanderpool; brothers, Billy Cantrell, Ted (Kathleen) Hillebrand, and Paul (Jill) Connely.

Nieces: Rebecca (Sam) Matson, Jocelyn and Addison Connely, Nephews Christopher John Hillebrand, Julian Vanderpool, Cayden and Gavin Connely.

Services for family and friends to celebrate Nathan’s life will be held at the Burton/Ponder Cemetery on Saturday July 16 at 10 a.m.

Denise Fischette Shoemaker

Jun 13 2016

Denise Fischette Shoemaker, passed away at her residence on Saturday, June 11, 2016. She had been ill for the past 8 months.

Ms. Shoemaker was born in Boston, Mass. however her parents moved to Newark, New York where she resided for most of her life. She moved to Sparta, Tennessee ten years ago upon her retirement.

She was employed by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developemental Disabilities in the areas of education and affirmative action.
She leaves behind her son, Scott (Jessica) Beach; sister, Theresa Fischette; and life time partner, Roger Kuehn.

There will be a celebration of her life Saturday, June 18 at 2pm at her residence. Family and friends are invited.

Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.com

John Mares

Jun 13 2016

John Mares age 62 of Smithville, passed away Sunday morning June 12, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born July 21, 1953 in Mexico. John worked in masonry work and was a member of the Church of Christ. He is survived by 2 daughters, Mary Lou Mares and Brenda Mares both of Texas; 6 grandchildren; 1 sister and 2 brothers all from Mexico; special friend, Ellen Pollard of Smithville; extended family, Donny (Terra) Pollard and children, Lakelynn and Mason, Crissy Pollard, Missy Pollard and Tricia Pollard and children, Richard, Macayla, Allison and Landon. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Alvaro officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Lane Taylor

Jun 12 2016

77 year old Joe Lane Taylor of Smithville died Saturday at St. Thomas West in Nashville. He was a self-employed truck driver and he was a member of the Mt. Hope The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Cleo Sanders will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Robert and Frances Myra Pirtle Taylor; four brothers, Phillip Wayne, Charles Edward, J.B. and Freddie Brown Taylor; two sisters, Oma Tramel and Darlene Crimes; and a grandson, Gregory Luna. Survivors include his wife, Eloise Taylor of Smithville. Two daughters, Tressia and Robert Luna and Lytres and Gary Osborne all of Smithville. One son, David Scott of Smithville. Three brothers, Grady Taylor and James Robert Taylor of Smithville and Douglas and Natha Taylor of Texas. Five grandchildren, Lee Osborne of Sparta, Regina Turner, Justin Luna, Tiffany and Heather Scott, and their mother Reba Scott all of Smithville. Great grandchildren Allan Luna of Smithville and James Luna of Knoxville. Darrian and Elaine Turner of Smithville and Gwendolyn and Lucas Osborne of Sparta. One great great grandchild, Alex Turner of Smithville. Special niece Kristy Howard of McMinnville and a host of other nieces, nephews, and friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with expenses.

Thomas "Tom" Lassiter

Jun 12 2016
Thomas "Tom" Lassiter

Thomas "Tom" Lassiter age 86 of Smithville passed away Friday night, June 10, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital of an extended illness. Tom was born November 21, 1929 to his parents, the late Bernard and Lillie Moss Lassiter. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Billy and Charles Lassiter and 1 sister, Louise Hendrixson. He was a member of the Snow Hill Baptist Church, U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict and was retired from TRW in Lebanon. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Sue Lassiter of Smithville; 2 children, Vicky (Trey) Hill of Brentwood and Todd (Misty) Lassiter of Smithville; 4 grandchildren, Presley Hill, Brady Hill, Macey Lassiter and Emileigh Lassiter; 1 sister-in-law, Jennie Mae Lassiter of McMinnville. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Mondau, June 13, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Steve Puckett and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Monday 11:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ed "Big A" Ackerson

Jun 9 2016

Ed "Big A" Ackerson age 82 of the Snow Hill Community of Dowelltown, passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born August 18, 1933 to his parents, the late Merrett Edgar and Edith Dickerson Howell Ackerson, Sr. Ed was a saddle maker and he and his wife owned and operated Big A Saddle Shop for 35 years, he attended the Lower Helton The Baptist Church. Survivors inclue his wife of 44 years, Mary Ackerson of Dowelltown; 2 sons, Merrett Ackerson of Smithville and Laredo Ackerson of Pennsylvania; 3 grandchildren, Erica (Joel) Kersjes, Casey (Kyle) Centers and Tyle Ackerson; 4 great-grandchildren, Aiden and Shaylyn Centers, Ethan and Brooklyn Kersjes. Funeral services will be conducted 1PM Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home in Bangor, PA and burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Rosetta, PA. Visitation with the family will be Monday 12 Noon until 8PM and Tuesday 12 Noon until time of the service at 1PM. There will be no visitation or services in Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Eudean "Dino" Wheeler

Jun 9 2016
Eudean "Dino" Wheeler

Eudean "Dino" Wheeler age 64 of Smithville passed away Wednesday morning at his residence. He was born July 19, 1951 to his parents, the late Edwin Lane and Connie Inez Lattimore Wheeler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Helen Keith, Hazel Marie Wheeler and Bobbie Woods and 1 brother, Jackie Wayne Wheeler. Eudean was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Carrier in McMinnville. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Sue Wheeler of Smithville; 3 children, Donnie Wheeler of Smithville, Amy Lowrance of Austin, Texas and Lonnie Wheeler of Smithville; 7 grandchildren, Tiffany Gallegos, Brittaney Williams, Austin Lowrance, Shawnee Lowrance, Isabella Lowrance, Kyra Lowrance, and Harley Wheeler; 3 great-grandchildren, Christopher, Jasmine and Gabriella; 5 sisters, Marlene Goodwin of Smithville, Judy Johnson of Brush Creek, Sue Wilkerson of Smithville, Christine Matthews of Smithville and Robbie Callis of Lebanon; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Sunday, June 12, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bernard Houk officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 12 Noon until 8PM, Saturday 10AM until 8PM and Sunday 10AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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