Obituaries

Deborah Inez Hawkins

Jun 7 2013

51 year old Deborah Inez Hawkins of McMinnville died suddenly at her home on Thursday.

She aided her pastor husband for twenty years at Antioch Baptist Church in Coalmont, and the last year at Grace Tabernacle in McMinnville.

She was preceded in death by brother, Jeffery David Hobbs.

She is survived by her husband of thirty-one years, Rev. Ricky Hawkins, daughter, Jessica Nichole Hawkins and son, Ethan Garrick Hawkins, all of Tarlton Valley, TN; parents, Carl David and Catherine Hobbs of McMinnville; sister, Shelia and her husband Steve Johnson of McMinnville, a host of loving nieces and nephews; and special great-nieces, Emilya Hobbs and Eden Grissom.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at High Funeral Home in McMinnville. William Wanamaker and Mike Rigsby will officiate. Burial will be at King Cemetery in Grundy County. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sunday at High Funeral Home.

Haskell Crook

Jun 7 2013

96 year old Haskell Crook of Liberty died Thursday at his residence. He was a farmer and a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Thurman Seber will officiate and burial will be in the Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Crook and Matilda Hale Crook; his wife, Bobbie Adamson Crook; brothers, Charlie, Floyd, and Paul Crook; sisters, Zula Poss, Daisy Curtis, Willie Corley, Alta Malone, Ada Willoughby, and Alene McMahan. Survivors include his wife, Estill Crook of Liberty. A daughter, Judy and husband Joe Driver of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Maria and husband Tommy Clayborn of Liberty and Jacob and wife Kari Ashford of Liberty. Great grandchildren, Thomas Clayborn of Liberty, Heather and husband Jesse Janecke of Louisiana, A.J. Laracco of Liberty, Claudia Ashford of Liberty, and Taylor Ashford of Liberty. Sisters, Lottie Cook, Bertie Barrett, and Lucille Laythe. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Elaine Petty

Jun 7 2013

44 year old Helen Elaine Petty of Smithville died Wednesday at the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a waitress and a shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Ray Jenkins will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 5:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Joel B. Atnip and a son, Dylan Cleveland Petty. Survivors include her children, Tony Lee Petty, Jr. and Eric Layne Petty both of Smithville. Mother and step father, Laurel and Dennis Jenkins of Sparta. Two sisters, Tammy Joel and husband Ray Jenkins of Kentucky and Bridgett Atnip of Smithville. One brother, Anthony Doel Atnip of Smithville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Cordell Walker

Jun 6 2013

72 year old Cordell Walker of Smithville died Wednesday morning at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was owner and operator of Walker's Body Shop, Auto Equipment Sales & Rental Service in Smithville. He served two terms as Smithville Alderman and ran twice for Mayor. He was also a member of the Taylor's Providence Baptist Church in Sparta. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Phillip Luna will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Walker was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Maggie Green Walker; two sisters, Melba Walker and Fay Griffin; two brothers, J.B. Walker and Charles (Chuck) Walker; a sister-in-law, Bettye Walker; and brothers-in-law, Landon Arnold and Al Cook. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth Walker of Smithville. Two daughters, Tina Taylor of Smithville and Kimberly Jones of Sparta. Grandchildren, Skyelar Patrick and Keira Taylor of Smithville, Derrick and Dustin Jones of Sparta. Two sisters, Lera Arnold of McMinnville and Shirley Cook of Smithville. Four brothers, Douglas and wife Lois Walker of Smithville, Jerry and wife Patti Walker of Smithville, Dwight and wife Julia Walker of Cassville, Ronnie Walker and Brenda Johnson of Smithville. Sister-in-law, Pat Walker of Sunnyside, Washington. Brother-in-law, George Griffin of Smithville and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Best friends, Jimmy Johnson, Phillip Luna, and Polly Wilkins and their families. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Teresa Tucker Knowles

Jun 6 2013

44 year old Teresa Tucker Knowles of Smithville died Wednesday morning at the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Yankeetown Freewill Baptist Church in Sparta. The funeral wil be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale and Freddy Copeland will officiate and burial will be in the Tucker Family Cemetery at Silver Point. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 9:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Knowles was preceded in death by her father, James Tucker; grandparents, Willard and Vallie Tucker, William and Louise Agee, and Hebron and Frances Bandy. Survivors include a daughter, Karley Knowles of Smithville. Companion, Melvin Knowles of Smithville. Step-children, Carl Wayne Knowles and Justin and wife Mary Knowles of Smithville. Grandsons, Brayden and Braxton Knowles. Mother and step-father, Jean and Danny Bandy of Smithville. Sisters, Linda and husband David Robinson of Smithville and Dana and husband Jeff London of Smithville. A brother, Kevin and wife Brenda Bandy of Alexandria. Nephews, Heath and wife Tiffany Robinson, Cody Robinson, Caleb London, Zachary and Dawson Bandy. Nieces, Courtney London and Emily Robinson. A great nephew, Conner Robinson. A host of aunts, uncles, and cousins survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Loudean Preston

Jun 2 2013

84 year old Martha Loudean Preston of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired factory worker and a homemaker. She was also a member of the People's Pentecostal Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bill Shaw and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Preston was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alfha Cripps Bain; a daughter, Pat Tisdale; brothers, Charles, Sammy, Creston, and Boyd Bain; and a sister, Louise Frazier. Survivors include her husband, Charles Preston of Smithville. A daughter, Cathy and husband Don Driver of Smithville. A son, Wayne Tisdale of Hickman. Grandchildren, Sandra Driver and Melanie Caplinger. Great grandchildren, Dakota Clark, Quinton Johnson, Landon Bowman, and Marley Jones. A great great grandchild, Lyren Clark. Step children, Charles A. Preston of Watertown, Nancy Wilson of South Carolina, Pamila Nunnley of Lebanon, Lonnie Preston of Watertown, and Sharon Jonell Dodd of Smithville. Two sisters, Elizabeth Braswell of Georgia and Billie Bates of Kentucky. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Joycie Elizabeth Kirby

May 30 2013

83 year old Joycie Elizabeth Kirby of McMinnville died Wednesday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Town The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Kirby was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Lilly Rigsby Roberts; her husband, Edward Kirby; and a brother, Kenneth Roberts. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Kirby of McMinnville. One son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Debbie Kirby of Ooltewah. Four grandchildren, Andrea Prince of Cleveland, Ava Kirby, Curt Templeton of Colorado, and Amanda Sheppard of McMinnville. Thirteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Two sisters, Evelyn Young Love of McMinnville and Martha Louise Webb of Jefferson. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Tammy Cook Knowles

May 30 2013

55 year old Tammy Cook Knowles of Smithville died Wednesday night at her residence. She was a retail manager and had worked for UCHRA. She was also a member of the Salem Baptist Church in Liberty and attended the Bright Hill Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dr. John Carpenter and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Hoyt Cook. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Knowles of Smithville. A daughter, Hillary Knowles. Her mother, Billie Cook of Smithville. Special caregivers, Dean Johnson and Bridgett Sink. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Huntingdon's Choroa Foundation and the Bright Hill Methodist Church in memory of Tammy.

John Edward Hale, Jr.

May 29 2013

95 year old John Edward Hale, Jr. of Liberty died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He served as Mayor of Liberty for 42 years. He was a board member with UCHRA and the Upper Cumberland Development District. Hale was also a Deacon at Salem Baptist Church. He was a retired Attendance Supervisor for the DeKalb County School System. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Dr. Bill Northcott will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church in Liberty. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Edward Hale and Sadie Hale and two brothers, Dr. Jerre Hale and James Hale. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria Hale of Liberty. Two sons, Tom Hale of Kentucky and Jamie and wife Carol Hale of Liberty. One daughter, Sally and husband Randy Baskin of Mount Juliet. Four grandchildren, Jacob Hale of Liberty, Leah Schitter of California, Anna Baskin of Mount Juliet, and Jonathan Baskin of Mount Juliet. Two great grandchildren, Lucas Hale and Livy Schitter. One sister, Betty and husband Harry Henderson of Martin, Tennessee. Five sisters-in-law, Betty Hale of Smithville, Mary Herbert of Nashville, Judy Sandlin of Alexandria, Jo Hobson and Barbara Hobson of Nashville. Several nieces and nephews survive along with a large loving church family. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Salem Baptist Church or Cemetery.

Edward Hale

Ophie Lee Hayes

May 28 2013

90 year old Ophie Lee Hayes of Smithville died Monday night at NHC Healthcare Center of Smithville. She was a retired shirt factory worker and a member of the Covenant Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bernard Houk and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral at 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Evie Walden Keith; her husband, Floyd Hayes; and two brothers, Donald Keith and T.D. Keith. Survivors include a daughter, Shirley and husband David Driver of Smithville. Two sons, Donald and wife Dimple Hayes of Watertown, Joe and wife Helen Hayes of California. Eight grandchildren, Sue Shelton, Bill Hayes, Jenny Nelson, Eugene Driver, Gail Hall, Randy Hayes, Jim Hayes, and John Hayes. Six great grandchildren. Six great great grandchildren. A brother, Houston Keith of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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