Obituaries

Mary Frances Whitefield

Feb 29 2012

75 year old Mary Frances Whitefield of Smithville died Wednesday at River Park Hospital. She was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, a homemaker and formerly worked at the shirt factory. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tommy Taylor will officiate and burial will be at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Mary Emma Carter; daughter, Frances Denise Whitefield, and sister, Margie Elizabeth Carter. She is survived by her husband, Travis Whitefield of Smithville; one daughter, Sharon and husband Rick Yocum of Sparta; two granddaughters, Amy and Becky Yocum both of Sparta. One great granddaughter, Harliee Yocum of Sparta. One brother, Eugene and wife Joy Faye Carter of Smithville. Two brothers-in-law, James Whitefield of Baxter and Willis Whitefield of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ozro K. Franklin

Feb 29 2012

98 year old Ozro K. Franklin of the Blue Springs Community died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of Pine Crest Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tn. and a regular attendee of the First Baptist Church in Smithville, and a member of the American Legion. He was a heavily decorated 22 year veteran of the U.S. Army, 17 of which served overseas. He participated at Normandy on the second day of combat, and went all the way through Europe to the Rhine River while helping liberate one prison camp, surrounded in the Battle of the Bulge, and also served two tours of duty in the Korean War, and also spent time in Panama and the Phillipines. He was also a retired ETSU police officer. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tim Singleton will officiate with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the service time at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, General and Julia Berry Franklin; wife, Lydia Mae Franklin; two sisters, Earlene Carver and Ivory Yates, and three brothers, Ronald, Conley, and Donald Franklin. He is survived by one son, Benjamin G. Franklin and wife Linda; one granddaughter, Misty and husband Daniel Agee, and special caregiver, Pat Arnold, all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Phillip Pavone

Feb 29 2012

65 year old Frank Phillip Pavone of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He served in in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a member of the DAV,and the VFW. He was a Catholic. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Father David Cooney and Bob Neener will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Mary Agnes Michela Pavone, and a sister, Gloria Engelhardt. Another sister, Josephine Pavone is also deceased. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Pavone of Smithville; sons, Allen Tidwell, Frank Pavone, Jr., Phillip Pavone, Patrick Pavone, and Thomas Pavone, all of Illionois. Ten grandchildren. Sisters, Darlene, and Rosemary Pavone, and Geraldine Lipkie; brothers, Anthony and Tommy Pavone. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Ray

Feb 29 2012

82 year old Ruth Ray of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare. She was a Baptist was retired from Genesco. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Garry McBride and Darrell Cantrell will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Thurman and Lula Lakey Ray; five sisters, Lois Ray, Imogene Rogers, Beulah Hazel Ray, Doris Ray and Novella Ray; and four brothers, Burnice, George, J.T., and Clayton Ray. Survivors include a brother, Donald Ray and a sister, Nell Rankhorn of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Talma Smith Curtis

Feb 28 2012

83 year old Helen Talma Smith Curtis died Sunday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

A member of Sycamore Baptist Church, she was a homemaker. A resident of Woodbury, she was born in Tony, AL

Survivors: Children: Doris Curtis of Woodbury, Carolyn (Wayne) Thomas of Smithville, Eddie (Yvonne) Curtis, Teddy Curtis, Kenneth Curtis, Talma Mosley all of Woodbury.

3 Siblings: Ruth Zachos of Lima, Ohio, William Dee (Betty) Smith of Murfreesboro & Dottie (Jim) Jones of Woodbury.

3 Sisters-in-law: Elsie, Vern and Josie Smith.

10 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Mable Ross Smith; her husband, Douglas Curtis; brothers: Daniel, Alvin, Harris, Wesley, Milton, and Frank Smith; sisters: Edith Caylor, Dorcas Filyaw and Rachel Smith & great grandson, William Hicks.

Funeral service will be in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012 with Bro. Richard Williams officiating.

Burial will be in Sycamore Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Clayton R. McDonald

Feb 27 2012

53 year old Clayton R. McDonald of White Pine died Friday at his home. He was a long time chemical plant technician at SI Group. The family has chosen to have a direct cremation at his request and a celebration of Clay’s life will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Angelo’s at the Point Dandridge, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his father, John McDonald. Survivors include his mother, Connie McDonald of Maggie Valley, North Carolina; two sons, Caleb and wife Chala Cripps McDonald of Smithville, and Aaron McDonald of Austin, Texas; sister, Sandy McDonald of Morristown.; brother, Steve and wife June McDonald of Jefferson City; and special friend Sheila Noe of Morristown. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN. 38148. Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.

Reverend Michael Farr

Feb 27 2012

56 year old Reverend Michael Farr, pastor of the Smithville Church of God, died Sunday evening at his residence in Tullahoma. The funeral will be Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God. Dr. Don Walker, Reverend Tim Cushman, and Reverend Terry Hart will officiate and burial will be at the Lebanon Cemetery in Cleveland, Tennessee at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God. Farr was preceded in death by his father, William Henry Farr. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Farr of Tullahoma. Daughters and sons-in-law, Bethany and Jerry Strait, Jr. and Paula and Paul Bentley, Jr. Granddaughters, Olivia and Annaly Bentley; a grandson, Jonah Strait; mother, Louise Farr; brothers, Bill and wife Jonnie Farr, Oliver and wife Faye Farr all of Lakeland, Georgia; Glenn and wife Chris Farr; James and wife Marie Farr; and Maynard and wife Barbara Farr all of Crossville. Sisters, Ruby and husband Curtis Cross, Lela and husband Raymond Gist, Linda and husband Terry Hawn, and Ann and husband Redgie Thompson. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the CJD Foundation at P.O. Box 5312, Akron, Ohio, 44334, or to the Smithville Church of God at P.O. Box 305, Smithville, TN. 37166, or to the Avalon Hospice at 1802 N. Jackson Street Suite 900, Tullahoma, TN. 37388. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Farr

David Ray Redmon

Feb 27 2012

47 year old David Ray Redmon of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was former owner of Redmon's Nursery and DeKalb Cemetery. He was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He is survived by two daughters, Hailey Redmon of Smithville and Ashley and husband Gary Murry of Soddy Daisy. One son, Bradley Redmon; Four grandchildren, Michael and Chrissy White, Emmalee Redmon, and Elijah Gingerich; Mother, Evalena Turner Redmon; Father, David Redmon; Sister, Wetoina "Sissy" Redmon; Companion, Deborah France; and mother of his children, Denise Redmon all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Donald Franklin Evans

Feb 27 2012

55 year old Donald Franklin Evans of Alexandria died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Country Side Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Donald Owens, Dwayne Cornelius, and Jackie Gaddes will officiate and burial will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Evans was preceded in death by his father, John Evans and a son, Thomas Michael Evans. He is survived by his wife, Tammy Evans of Alexandria. Four children, John Michael and wife Mandy Evans and Amy and husband Drake Ricard all of Franklin, Kentucky, David Glen and wife Crissy Evans of Dowelltown, and Ashley and husband Matt Buchanan of Smithville. Nine grandchildren. Mother, Bessie Evans of Murfreesboro. A brother, Nathan Dean and wife Kathy Evans of California. 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.

Wanda Alice Vanatta

Feb 24 2012

55 year old Wanda Alice Vanatta of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Keltonburg United Methodist Church. The family has chosen direct cremation. There will be no visitation. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.A. and Frances Vanatta and a brother, Darrell Vanatta. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Rigsby of Smithville. Three daughters, Gayle and husband Phillip Thomas of Smithville, Trina Bullard of McMinnville, and Heather Ingram of Cookeville. Two sons, Christopher Rigsby and Aubrey Rigsby of Smithville. Six grandchildren. One sister, Shelia Lucy of Indiana and step-mother, Jo Carter of Franklin. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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