Obituaries

David "Larry" Hilderman

Dec 21 2015

David "Larry" Hilderman age 82 of Smithville and a native of Florida passed away Sunday afternoon December 20, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born September 28, 1933 to his parents, the lated David and Anna Louise Creech Hilderman, Jr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Stanley Hilderman and a brother, Jimmy Hilderman. Larry was retired from Bell South as a switch man, attended New Life United Pentecostal Church and a U.S. Army Veteran. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lois Hilderman of Smithville; 3 children, Judy Lynn (Robert) Howard of Oak Grove, Missouri, Bobby (Cindy) Hildreman of Columbia, IN, Wendell Hilderman of Sevierville, TN; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Mary Lou Evans of West Palm Beech, FL; 1 brother, Donald Hilderman of Florida; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2PM Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dwayne Cornelius officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 11 AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

J. E. Young

Dec 21 2015

J. E. Young was born on June 23, 1941 and passed away on Dec. 19, 2015. He was born in Sparta, TN to Winifred and Edna Young.

He served in the Army from 1961-1964. He was a retired truck driver.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 52 years, Jane Young. Also by his children Steve Young, Jeff (Wendy) Young, and Jana (Mickey) Beck; Grandchildren Steven Brock Young, Tyler and Seth Beck, Samantha Haughertz, and Cameron Wilkins; Great-grandson Wyatt Young, brother Winifred Young, Jr. and step-sister Sandra, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Kristen Ancell at Nashville VA, Dr. Peter C. Meadows of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Dr. Karen Leidy of Murfreesboro VA, and the nurses at Alive Hospice.

If sending flowers, please try to send small plants so they can be donated after the service. Visitation will be held at Murfreesboro Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 11am until 1pm, with a Memorial Service to follow. Arrangements handled by Murfreesboro Funeral Home. 615-896-2229

David Gipson

Dec 19 2015

61 year old David Gipson of Sevierville died Thursday at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. He was retired from the Army National Guard with more than 27 years. He was also a Baptist and a former State Trooper and electrician. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Gaylon Dawson and Dean Gipson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kristie Cook Gipson; parents, Joe Gipson, Jr. and Ruby E, Shrum. Grandparents, Joe and Nelly Gipson, Sr. and Walden Shrum and Cora Drake. Survivors include a daughter, Misty and Tim Pomplun of Murfreesboro. Three step children, Justin and Mary Lohorn of Smithville, Darin and Cheyene Caldwell of McMinnville, and Erica and Austin Highers of Smithville. Six grandchildren. Four brothers, Billy Gipson of Murfreesboro, Larry and Kathy Gipson of Murfreesboro, Dean and Shirley Gipson of Shelbyville, and Rickey Gipson of Murfreesboro. Mother-in-law, Faye Cook of Smithville. Father-in-law, Eddie Cook of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces, and his dog Bella. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah Frances Walker

Dec 19 2015

73 year old Sarah Frances Walker of Alexandria died Friday at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. She was a former secretary at DeKalb West School. Walker was also a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. A graveside service will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Prosperity Cemetery. Donald Owen will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Ray and Maibell Bethel Jennings; and brothers, Van Jennings and Donald Jennings. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, James Robert Walker of Alexandria. A daughter, Dawn and husband Jon Hall of Crossville. Grandsons, Mason Hall and Tyler Hall both of Crossville. A sister, Linda and husband Roy D. "Pig" Curtis of Watertown. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements

Ressie "Bill" Luna

Dec 18 2015

89 year old Ressie "Bill" Luna of the Johnson Chapel Community died Friday afternoon at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Johnson Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reefus Luna; parents, William Richard and Minnie Acuff Luna. Four brothers, Burt, Hack, Wayne, and Otis Luna and two infant sisters. Survivors include a daughter, Bonnie and Marco Chacon of Sparta. Two sons, Larry and Angela Luna and Dwight and Maria Luna of Sparta. Seven grandchildren, Lisa Haycox, Larry Luna, Heather Guy, Brian Luna, Angel and Erick Chacon, and Kristi Gallahand. Four great grandchildren. Three great great grandchildren. Three sisters, Margaret Moore of Nashville, Bee Cook of Dickson, and Jessie Hawkins of Alabama. One brother, Ernest Luna of Colorado. Special caregiver, Veronica Cantrell of Sparta. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments

Jo Ann "Mama Jo" Robinson

Dec 18 2015

Jo Ann "Mama Jo" Robinson age 79 of Smithville passed away Thursday night at her residence. She was born February 20, 1936 to her parents, the late Kise and Pauline Bennett Kelly. zin addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Robinson and 1 brother, Troy Kelly. Ms. Jo was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a retired shirt factory worker and a homemaker. Survivors include 3 children, Gloria (Steve) Losie of Cumming, GA; Tammy (Charles) Lowe of Smithville; Beckie (Richard) Werpecinisky of Smithville; 7 grandchildren, Charity Rodriquez, Kristopher Robinson, Chris (Rachel) Lowe, Jamie Werpecinisky, Dowing Burke, Jonah Burke and Briley Werpecinisky; several great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Sunday, December 20, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial to follow in Bonham Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Kathy “Kat” Foster Martin

Dec 16 2015

Ms. Kathy “Kat” Foster Martin, age 47 Smithville, passed away Wednesday at Centennial Medical Center, Nashville. She was born March 11, 1968 to her parents, the late Walter Foster and Mainell Lawson Melton. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a sister, Fran Melton. Kat was affiliated with the Smithville Church of God, an employee of Johnson Control and a waitress . Survivors include son Ryan Herron of Smithville; Mother Mainell (Carlon "Uncle Dad") Melton of Smithville; Step-Mother, Brenda Foster of Smithville; 4 Brothers, Doyle (Angie) Melton of Walling, Keith (Rachel) Melton of Smithville, Tommy Melton of Smyrna, Gentry (Zarita) Melton of Bell Buckle; 2 Sister,s Anita (Donald) Byrge and Gina (Craig) Vaughn both of Smithville; Special friend Vernon Bennett of Dowelltown. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services for Ms. Kathy Martin will be held 2:pm Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jeff Armstrong and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and internment in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 4:pm until 8:pm, Friday 10:am until 8:pm and Saturday 9:am until time of service at 2:pm. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy Lee Jones

Dec 14 2015

70 year old Roy Lee Jones of Sparta died Saturday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a deacon for 20 plus years at the Johnson's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. He was also self-employed as a sewing machine salesman. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Paul Taylor will officiate and burial will be in Johnson's Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Left Jones and Elizabeth Ashburn Jones. One son, Gary Jones. A brother, Joe Jones. Two sisters, Rosell Robinson and Clara Nell Stoglin. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lou Jones; a son, Steve Jones; a daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Josh Holloway; three grandchildren, Marley Jones, Luke and Lauren Holloway; a brother, Frank and JoAnn Jones; and a sister, Oneida and Harold Massa all of Sparta. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Dobbs

Dec 14 2015

Ms. Ruth Dobbs age 80 of Smithville, passed away Sunday morning at Alive Hospice at Skyline in Madison. She was born July 31, 1935 to her parents, the late George and Emma Barnett Froeliche. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Don Dobbs and 1 sister, Nancy Gammon. Ms. Ruth was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church, a commercial artist and involved many years with the Humane Society. Survivors include 5 children, Clark Allen Dobbs of Panama, Bill Womack of Memphis, Clark Dobbs of Huntsville, Al, Becky Givens of Horn Lake, MS and Ron Dobbs of Smithville; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 1 sister, Mary Catron of Smithville; 1 brother, Ron Froeliche of Baxley, GA; 1 brother-in-law, Joe Gammon of McMinnville. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Wednesday, December 16, 2015 with Bro. Tom Fittis, Dr. John Carpenter and Bro. Joe Gammon officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 12 Noon until the time of the funeral at 3:PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the DeKalb Animal Coalition, in memory of Ms. Ruth. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Vincent Prinzivalle

Dec 10 2015

90 year old Vincent Prinzivalle of Smithville and formerly of Detroit, Michigan died Monday evening at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was born to his parents, the late Joseph and Angelina Ardito Prinzivalle. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Cantrell Prinzivalle of Smithville. A daughter, Kimberly Horsley of Smithville. A son, Nick Prinzivalle of Michigan. Two grandchildren, Joel Prinzivalle and Nicole Kolevar. A sister, Cathy Marrero of Florida. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale and Paul Connelly will officiate and burial will follow in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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