Obituaries

Clyde Edward Martin

Oct 2 2011

77 year old Colonel Clyde Edward Martin died Saturday , October 1 at his residence. He was born in Columbia, Tennessee, son of Clyde E. and Mae Biles Martin. He was a 1953 graduate of DeKalb County High School in Smithville. He joined the Tennessee National Guard in 1952 serving a tour in Korea on active duty as an enlisted soldier. Col. Martin earned a direct commission as a second lieutenant and retired as a full colonel serving honorably for thirty five years. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Martin.

Surviving are his wife, Catherine Martin of Savannah, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Blake and Dawn Martin of Savannah, Georgia; sons, Tyler Gerow of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina and Casey Thompson of Savannah, Georgia; adopted daughter, Brenda Martin of Murfreesboro, grandchildren, Amy Lee Ting and her husband, Chris of Pooler, Georgia; Christina Kinkin of Chicago, Illinois; great grandson, Kyle Kinkin of Chicago, Illinois; mother-in-law, Ammie Brooks of Savannah, Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Brooks Ryan and her husband, Tony of Tybee Island, Georgia; Judy Griffin of Savannah, Georgia and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 3 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel in Savannah, Georgia. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 4 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church with The Reverend John Tran, Celebrant.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Full Military Honors and Masonic Rites.

Remembrances may be made to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, P.O. Box 30859, Savannah, GA 31410 or Spanish Oaks Hospice, 8510 Whitefield, Avenue., Savannah, Georgia 31406.

Elijah Sterling Martin

Sep 28 2011

90 year old Elijah Sterling Martin of the Jefferson Community died Wednesday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a retired factory worker and a member of the Mount Hope The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nannie Young Martin; his wife, Roberta Adcock Martin; five brothers, J.W., R.D., Chris, Gordon, and John Martin; and a sister, Ruby Martin. Survivors include two daughters, Donna and husband Dwight Knowles and Rita Martin. Four grandchildren, Nathan Estes, Andy and wife Emily Estes, Shelly and husband Chad Jennings and Jared and wife Karen Knowles. Five great grandchildren, Hunter and Emma Jennings, Isaac and Katherine Knowles, and MaKayla Cornett all of Smithville. Family friend and caregiver, Jo Nell Martin of Smithville. Two sisters, Robbie Sewell of Florida and Sibyl Bess of McMinnville. Sister-in-law, Sharon Martin of Florida. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Justin Dale Waggoner

Sep 26 2011

54 year old Justin Dale Waggoner of Sparta died at his residence on Friday. He was a factory worker, employed at the Smithville Shirt Factory and later at Federal Mogul. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta. Frank Davis will officiate and burial will be in the Corinth Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Omaze Lee Waggoner. Survivors include his wife, Melonia Waggoner of Sparta. Four brothers, Carson and wife Linda Waggoner of Lebanon, Gene and wife Linda Waggoner of Liberty, Jerry and wife Leann Waggoner of Smithville, and Tony Waggoner of Smithville. Three sisters, Sue and husband Bill Johnson of Lebanon, Marie and husband Doyle Washer of Smithville, and Angela and husband Billy Wayne Tisdale of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

William W. (Bill) Merriman

Sep 25 2011

78 year old William W. (Bill) Merriman of Smithville died Saturday at NHC of Smithville. He was a retired farmer and a Freewill Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dillard Johnson and Donnie Kelly will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Annie Underhill Merriman; his wife, Johnnie Mary Colwell Merriman; six brothers, Lillard, Hervie, J.E., Tom, Oliver, and Jack Merriman; and five sisters, Lillie and Gracie Murphy, Louise and Lee Bratcher, and Parlie Merriman. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Hugh Willingham; two sons, Mitchell Merriman and Steve and his wife Judy Merriman; seven grandchildren, Martin and Delia Willingham, Brittany, Adriana, Dallas, Jake, Joyce, and Steve Merriman; three great grandchildren, Hailee, Austin, and Annabelle Merrriman; and a brother, Joe Merriman all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, in lieu of flowers, to help with funeral expenses.

Clifford Dale Reynolds

Sep 23 2011

62 year old Clifford Dale Reynolds of McMinnville died Friday after a year long battle with cancer. He was self-employed with Reynolds Amusement. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Jerry Helton and David Mahan will officiate and burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery at Mud Creek in Warren County. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.E. and Lora Jane Winningham Reynolds; three brothers, Hesper, Cordell, and Waldo Reynolds; one sister, Anna Gunnels; and three sisters-in-law, Patsy, JoLeta, and Agnes Reynolds. Survivors include his wife, Amy McGiboney Reynolds of McMinnville. Two children and their spouses, Brad and Jackie Reynolds of Cookeville and Alisa and Jason Rice of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Auston Reynolds of Cookeville, Evan Reynolds of McMinnville, Ivy Rice of Smithville, and Kelsa Rice of Smithville. Five brothers and sisters-in-law, J.B. and Bonita Reynolds, Charles and Barbara Reynolds, Ronnie Reynolds, and Rodney Reynolds all of McMinnville, and Hyle and Rosemary Reynolds of Peoria, Illinois. One sister, Johnnie Hurn of Arizona. Two sisters-in-law, Audrey Reynolds of Michigan and Roberta Reynolds of McMinnville. A brother-in-law, Warren Gunnels of Arizona. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Thomas Patton

Sep 20 2011

68 year old Frank Thomas Patton of Old Hickory died Saturday at his residence. The funeral will be Wednesday at noon at the Bond Memorial Chapel in Mount Juliet. Burial will be in Robertson County Memorial Gardens in Springfield. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Patton was preceded in death by his wife, Jaynie Seay Patton; parents, Bennie and Cartie Cantrell Patton; and a brother, Howard Patton. Survivors include sons, Eddie and wife Angel Patton of LaVergne and Tracy and wife Rhonda Patton of Hendersonville. A daughter, Tynya Patton of Nashville. Thirteen grandchildren, one great grandchild, sister-in-law, Jean Patton of Smithville, and two aunts, Nell Cantrell and Jean Haley of Smithville. Bond Memorial Chapel in Mount Juliet is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Bonnie Lou Stembridge

Sep 19 2011

45 year old Bonnie Lou Stembridge of Smithville died Monday at her residence. She was a homemaker. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Woods Cemetery. Michael Hale will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at which time the family will depart for the cemetery. She was preceded in death by her father, Mandon Smith; her husband, Barry Stembridge; a sister, Barbara Smith; and a brother, Randall Smith. She is survived by two children, Michelle and her husband Eric McCoy of Smithville and Eddie Colwell and his fiance Josie Culwell of Smithville. A step-son, Jason and wife Tosha Stembridge of Cookeville. Five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. His mother, Louise Larue Smith. Sisters, Debbie and husband Dewayne Carlton of Smithville and Faye Tomlin of Linden. A brother, Randy Smith of Jamestown. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

James Edward Carroll

Sep 19 2011

49 year old James Edward Carroll of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a custodian at DeKalb County High School and he attended the New Life United Pentecostal Church. The service will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Michael Hale and Dwayne Cornelius will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward L. Carroll. Survivors include two children, Jamie Carroll of Smithville and Candice Carroll of McMinnville. Five grandchildren. His mother, Frankie Carroll of Smithville. A brother, Steven Carroll of Smithville. A sister, Angela Carroll of Dowelltown. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Ione Ellis

Sep 19 2011

86 year old Ione Ellis of Dowelltown died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church and performed housekeeping services at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Junior Hibdon and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claud and Callie Bain Hendrixson; daughter, Rhea Nell Spencer; and a brother, Chester Hendrixson. Survivors include children, Walteen Billings of Smithville and Wanda Burchfield of Old Hickory. Grandchildren, Rickey Mathis of Smithville, Vickie and husband Paul Cothern of Lebanon, Stacey and wife Lori Burchfield of Dowelltown, Scott and wife April Spencer of Goodlettsville, and Katina and husband Samuel Sliger of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Ashley and husband Phillip Redmon, Tiffany Burchfield, Leah Burchfield, Layne Mathis, Samantha Cothern, Rachel Cothern, and Ellis and Christian Spencer. Great great grandchidlren, Hannah Redmon, Hailey Redmon, Caylee Redmon, and Kenzie South. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Rex Ray Redmon

Sep 19 2011

68 year old Rex Ray Redmon of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist and a Carrier employee. The funeral will be Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leeta Hawkins Redmon; his parents, Hershel and Ammie Sue Barkes Redmon; two brothers, Ralph and Lewis Redmon; six sisters, Mammie Driver, Mary Redmon, Ella Mae Jones, Ravanell Redmon, Beulah Caldwell, and Sadie Pearl Sandlin. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Marie and James Tallas Cantrell of Smithville. A granddaughter, Talisa Marie Cantrell of Smithville. Two brothers, Reed Redmon of Smithville and Ernest and wife Linda Redmon of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. At the request of the family, please do not bring any food.

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