Obituaries

David Weber Crandall

Feb 28 2013

89 year old David Weber Crandall died Tuesday at NHC of Smithville. He was born in Cheshire, Connecticut. Crandall resided in Wolcott, Connecticut most of his life. He moved to Smithville with his wife in 1996. Crandall served in the US Army Air Force during World War II. He was a Jehovah's Witness and served as an Elder in the Wolcott and Smithville congregations. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Crandall. A son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Natheene (Nat) Crandall of Smithville. A daughter and son-in-law, Diane (Dee) and Michael Tatum of Lawrenceburg. Special niece, Sharon Moore Speed and other nieces and nephews. Crandall was the son of the late Howard E. and Anna Norick Crandall. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Crandall Moore; a brother, Howard Crandall; a step brother, Frank Buckingham. A memorial service will be at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Smithville on Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. Harold McCarty will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Sallie Frances Parkerson

Feb 27 2013

82 year old Sallie Frances Parkerson of Alexandria died Tuesday at Dekalb Community Hospital .

Ms. Parkerson was born in DeKalb County, the daughter of the late Oliver Lige Parkerson and Movie Malone. She was also preceded in death by Six Siblings; Toy Parkerson, Elbert Parkerson, Jim D. Parkerson, M.B. Parkerson, Isabell Stephens, and Bessie Fitts. She was a life long member of Malone’s Chapel (Walker’s Creek) Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from Alexandria Garment after forty years of service.

Ms. Parkerson is survived by her Sister; Miss Ruby Parkerson of Alexandria, Two Brothers; Dillard Parkerson of Lebanon and John (Ruth) Reynolds of Alexandria. Two Sisters in Law; Elizabeth Parkerson of Alexandria and Sherry Parkerson of Smithville. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Parkerson are scheduled to be conducted 1PM Friday at Avant Funeral Home. Mike Clayborn, Mike Gay, and Johnny Adcock will officiate and Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.

Visitation with the Parkerson family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Thursday after 11AM and Friday after 9 AM.

Kennith Vanatta

Feb 25 2013

Kennith Vanatta age 70 of the Snow Hill Community passed away Monday morning at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was the son of the late Elzie & Aunia Bell Parker Vanatta. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 Premature Children; Paternal Grandparents, Harvey & Avo Vanatta; Maternal Grandparents, Ewin & Effie Parker. Kennith was a Member of Faith Baptist Church, Member and Past Worshipful Master of Liberty Lodge #77 and the Smithville Eastern Star #374 and retired from TRW in Lebanon. Survivors include his wife Barbara Hendrixson Vanatta of the Snow Hill Community; Daughter, Amy (Shane) Wilcher of McMinnville; 2 Grand- Children, Brandon Gay of Smithville and Gracie Gay of McMinnville; Mother-in-Law, Vella Hendrixson of Smithville; Aunts and Uncles, JC and Jean Vanatta, Earl and Margaret Vanatta and Barbara Vanatta all of the Snow Hill Community; Sister-in-Law, Faye (Bobby) Hall of Alexandria. Funeral Services will be conducted 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Terri Lynn Weaver, Dennis Stanley and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the Family will be Tuesday 4:PM until 8:PM with a Masonic Service at 7:PM and Wednesday 12:30PM until the time of the service at 2:PM

Betty Mai Parsley

Feb 25 2013

76 year old Bettie Mai Parsley of Watertown died Sunday afternoon at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Haskel and Myrtle Puckett Dunn and was preceded in death by her husband, James Floyd Parsley and son-in-law, Ernie Gaddes. Bettie is survived by 5 children, Gail (Kerry David) Hale of Lebanon, Darlene (Layne) Fuson of Liberty, Melba Gaddes of Watertown, Janette (David) Davenport of Liberty, James (Katina) Parsley of Lebanon; 6 grandchildren, Brandon (Brenda) Fuson, Kayla and Holly Gaddes, Jessica and Kandi Davenport, Derek Parsley; 6 great grandchildren and a cousin, Delores Edge. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Billy Hale officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. till service time on Tuesday. Interment will be at Jones Hill Cemetery. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Quentin Caplinger

Feb 24 2013

88 year old Quentin Caplinger of Smithville died Saturday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired restaurant owner and a member of the Memorial Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Tommy Taylor and Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. unti the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lona Hill Caplinger; a son-in-law, Kenneth Hughes; five brothers, Clarence, Charlie, Obie, Rayford, and Monroe Caplinger; and four sisters, Ruth Sandlin, Elsie Caplinger, Ione Cantrell, and Geraldine Summers. Survivors include his wife of 65 years Frances Caplinger of Smithville. Two children, Sue Hughes and Gary Caplinger of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Ryan Hughes and Westin Caplinger. Two great grandchildren, Brady Hughes and McKenna Hughes. A brother, Doston and his wife Ruth Caplinger of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp in memory of Mr. Caplinger. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann Miller

Feb 21 2013

77 year old Ann Miller of Smithville died Thursday at her residence. She was a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was retired from Kingston Timers. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Glenn Warren, Gary Hancock, and Reed Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clay and Callie Murphy Cook; her husband, Charles Miller; and a son, Steve Miller. Survivors include children, Judy and husband Lynn McGee of Smithville and Melissa and husband Michael Ferrell of Woodbury. Grandchildren, Hunter Grizzle and Fiance Rachel Seal of Woodbury, Tina Miller and Alisha Taylor of Smithville, Amanda Miller of Smithville, and Julie and husband Bradley Pugh of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Alyssa and Sarah Pugh of Smithville, Braden, Kiley, and Nate Martin of Smithville. Brothers, Gene and wife Dean Cook of Smithville, Doug and wife Janie Cook of Smithville, Eddie Cook, and Jim Cook of Smithville. Sisters, Rose and husband Calvin Davis of Smithville, Jo Dean Dutton of Gassaway, Bea Laperouse of Arizona, and Wilma and husband Bob Mykleby of Arizona. Sisters-in-law, Eva Joyce Wright of Nashville and Magdalene Keith of Murfreesboro. Brother-in-law, Marvis Krantz of Nashville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Building Fund in memory of Mrs. Ann. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Marshall Carter

Feb 19 2013

59 year old Gary Marshall Carter of Smithville died Tuesday morning at his residence. He was a logger and a member of the Whorton Springs Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Carter was preceded in death by his father, L.G. Carter; his maternal grandparents, Estill and Lena Judkins; and his paternal grandparents, Alfred and Allie Carter. Survivors include his wife, Glenda Popplewell Carter of Smithville. Four children, Gary Lynn Carter of Greenbrier, Jonathan Ross and wife Ashley Carter of Woodbury, Kallie Leann Carter and Haley Glynn Carter of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, and Victoria. His mother, June Carter of Smithville. A brother, Terry Alan Carter of Smithville and a brother of heart, Jeffrey Carter of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Ann Thomason

Feb 19 2013

55 year old Judy Ann Thomason of Smithville died Monday at the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and her faith was non-denominational. The funeral will be Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Richard Franklin will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m until the service at 3:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, James Thomas Johnson. Survivors include her husband, Jeff Thomason of Smithville. Four children, Stephanie Bly, Michael Bly, Steven Bly, and Brian Bly all of Smithville. Ten grandchildren, Justice Bly, Pacey Bly, Alexis Bly, Isaiah Bly, Allison Bly, Nicole Blackford, Brittany Murphy, Tyler Murphy, Madison Gossard, and Ashley Bly. Mother, Dean Turner of Smithville and a sister, Rita Franklin of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Louise Griffin

Feb 18 2013

91 year old Mary Louise Griffin of Fairborn, Ohio and formerly of Portsmouth, Ohio died Friday at Dayspring HealthCare Center in Fairborn. She was retired from Kenner Toy Factory and was a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Portsmouth, Ohio at 1:00 p.m. Adam Streitenberger will officiate. Recitation of Rosary will be 7:30 p.m. Monday at Melcher Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Griffin was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Dena Zappa Francia; a daughter, Mary Lou Cotterel; and eight brothers and five sisters. Survivors include a son, Joseph and wife Kathy Griffin of Fairborn. Eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A sister, Catherine Doman of Livonia, Michigan. Several nieces and nephews. She is survived locally by a granddaughter, Glenda Hall and Terry of Dowelltown. A great grandson, Gage Estes of Dowelltown. A great granddaughter, Molly Hall of Dowelltown. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Billie Joyce Taylor

Feb 18 2013

79 year old Billie Joyce Taylor of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist, a former cashier with H.G. Hill Food Store and she was a former factory worker at Texas Boot. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in the Mt Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert "Bob" Taylor; a son, Timmy Taylor; and an infant son, Josh Taylor. Survivors include two daughters, Sherrie Sue and husband Ron Merriman of Huntsville, Alabama and Bobbie and husband Phillip Clayton of Smithville. A son, Ronnie Lynn and wife Renee Taylor of Smyrna. Seven grandchildren, Chad and Tavia Keith of Smithville, Scott and wife Nicole Clayton of Cookeville, Chrissy Clayton Means of Cookeville, Ryan and wife Magen Clayton of Milton, Anna Taylor and husband Daniel Flatt of Smyrna and Tara Taylor of Smyrna. Six great grandchildren, Kaleb, Brady, Seth, Dakota, Ariana, and Addyson. A brother and sister, Wallace Green of Virginia and Johannie Agee Taylor of Liberty. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

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