Obituaries

Lola Walker

Jan 14 2012

62 year old Lola Walker of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a member of the Church of Christ and she was retired from Denny Lamp Company. The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no visitation on Monday. Walker was preceded in death by her parents, William Taft Whitefield and Eunice Mae Lawson Whitefield; brothers, William Taft Whitefield, Jr. and Waymon Howard Whitefield; and a sister-in-law, Mary Glenn Whitefield. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Walker; a son, Timothy and his wife Joanie Walker; grandchildren, Javan and Kendall Walker; special daughter, Tamara and husband Derrick Young; special granddaughter, Dominique Young; nephew, Jim Waldrop and wife Cari all of Smithville. Two sisters, Nell Stewart of South Pittsburg and Mary Whitefield of Smithville. One brother, Charles and wife Sue Whitefield of South Pittsburg. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to any lung foundation of your choice in lieu of flowers. Please no flowers by request of the family.

Jerry Michael Henry

Jan 13 2012

61 year old Jerry Michael Henry of Smithville died Thursday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He was a member of the Church of Christ; an employee of Federal Mogul; and he served in the U.S. Air Force and Vietnam. The family has chosen direct cremation. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 2:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Lela Ann Eldridge Henry; a brother, Jimmy Newton Henry; two sisters, Wilma Henry Cobb and Joyce Henry; and mother-in-law, Mildred Reeder. Survivors include his wife, Doris Henry of Smithville. Four children, Joel Henry, Nancy Swoape, Jeremy Henry and Josh Beckham all of Smithville. Grandchildren, Jerica, Kaytlyn, Jared, and MaKenzy Henry, and Emily and Hannah Swoape. Three brothers, Bobby Henry and James Henry both of Sparta and Larry Henry of Smithville. One sister, Deborah Williams of Sparta. Two special friends, Robert Melton and Richard Pollard. 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.

Floy Louise Beshearse

Jan 11 2012

84 year old Floy Louise Beshearse of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church, a shirt factory worker, and a homemaker. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clay and Euna Cantrell Magness; husband, Shirley Beshearse; a son, Wayne Beshearse; and brothers, Austin, Gene, John, Don, and Claborn Magness. Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn and husband Bobby Reynolds of Smithville. A granddaughter, Andrea Beshearse of Hendersonville. Two great grandsons, Anthony Beshearse and Austin House and several nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

L.G. Puckett, Jr.

Jan 10 2012

Funeral services for 94 year old. L. G. Puckett, Jr. of Livingston will be conducted at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday from the First United Methodist Church in Livingston with Craig Green, Joie Puckett, and Christopher Shurtz officiating. Burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery in Smithville,

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 until 9 p.m. at the church.

Puckett died Monday at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was born in Baxter to the late Luther Greene Sr. & Lula Mae Maxwell Puckett. He was a businessman.

Mr. Puckett spent much of his youth in Smithville before moving to Livingston in 1937. He managed the Livingston branch of Jenkins & Darwin Dry Goods Store before establishing his own business, Puckett's Furniture and Appliances in 1954. In addition, he had a number of other businesses in Overton County during his work life including a construction business and an electric sign company.

He attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, now known as Tennessee Technological University, for two years where he played football. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII receiving a special Captain's Commendation for his exemplary service.

He was an active member of First United Methodist Church as well as a number of other associations including The Gideons International.

He is survived by four children, Mary Elaine Puckett Duewer and L.G. Puckett, III of Livingston, Vivian Joanna Puckett Shurtz of Canton, Georgia and Carolyn Puckett of Hampstead, Maryland; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Marguerite Atnip Puckett; his parents, L. G. Sr. and Lula Mae Maxwell Puckett; 1 sister, Anita Puckett Fedak, and 1 brother, Frank Puckett.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gideons International. Speck Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of the arrangements.

Mildred Rose Anderson

Jan 10 2012

68 year old Mildred Rose Anderson of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was retired from Kingston Timer and a member of the Emmanuel Bread of Life. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Agee and Nonnie Martin Hawkins; and a daughter, Cathy Darlene Ayers. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy and husband Carl Tyler and Tina and husband David Pedigo; and three grandchildren, Dustin Pedigo, and Amber and Jacob Tyler all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Christine Chapman

Jan 9 2012

91 year old Christine Chapman of Smithville died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Believer's Tabernacle. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Venus and Ollie Hendrix Jones; her husband, Chester Chapman; a son, Willie Chapman; a grandson, Michael Murphy; two brothers, Brown and J.B. Jones; and two sisters, Ova Hale and Sarah Lynch. Survivors include two daughters, Macon Hale and Pauline and husband Danny Green of Smithville. A son, Roy and wife Teresa Chapman of Smithville. Grandchildren, Drenda and husband Basil Foutch Murphy, Roger and wife Leeta Chapman, and Amanda and husband Jeremy Neal. Step-grandchild, Sabrina and husband Darrell Brown. Great grandchildren, Veronica Atnip, Stephanie and Bryan Leist, Christie Chapman, and Deanna Neal. Great great grandchildren, Christian and Alexis Atnip, Savanna Murphy, Mikey Steinback, and Kinzi Foutch; and a sister, Samantha Hale of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews including special niece Helen Taylor of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Larry "Butch" Boling

Jan 9 2012

65 year old Larry "Butch" Boling of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. He was also a carpenter and owner of a store. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Hodges Cemetery. Larry Steffee will officiate. Boling was preceded in death by his parents, James and Zylpha Dewitt Boling; a brother, Rod Boling; and sisters, Darlene Partain and Doris Boling. He is survived by children, John Boling of Indiana and Annette Buss of North Carolina. Grandchildren, Allix, Jake, and Derek Lasser of North Carolina. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack Cheatam Corley

Jan 7 2012

79 year old Jack Cheatam Corley of Liberty died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. He was a farmer. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alva Burton Corley and a niece, Wendy Willoughby. Survivors include a sister, Sue and husband Billy Willoughby of Alexandria. Brothers, Roy Burton and wife Jackie Corley of Springfield, Missouri; Roger Corley of Smithville; and Albert Corley of Liberty. Nephews, Mark Willoughby of Alexandria and Mike Corley of Clarksburg, West Virginia. A niece, Pat Allen of Alexandria and several cousins and friends. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Alice Louise Cox

Jan 7 2012

79 year old Alice Louise Cox of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ, manager of Furrs Cafeteria and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dan Gulley will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Mittie Tackett Wilson; her husband, Jesse E. Cox; a son, Gary Eugene Cox; two sisters; a brother; and a granddaughter, Mandy Cartwright. Survivors include daughters, Linda Cartwright and Debra Robertson both of Smithville. A son, Stanley and wife Judy Cox of Oklahoma. Grandchildren, Jesse Cox of Smithville, Bridget and husband Bob Hailey of Oklahoma, Andrea Barton of Oklahoma and Erica Cox of Smithville. Four great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Preston of Amarillo, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the funeral home to help with expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Jodie Underwood Turner

Jan 6 2012

91 year old Jodie Underwood Turner of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Robert and Minnie Lee Hibdon Underwood; husband, James Floyd Turner; a grandchild, James Glenn Hicks III "Trey"; brothers, Grady, Houston, Charles, Toy, Homer, and Jackson Underwood; and five sisters, Cora Hall, Georgia Hildreth, Elsie Certain, Mable Eubanks, and Rachel Young. Survivors include a daughter, Evon and her husband Jim Hicks of Cookeville. One son, Hugh Riley and wife Bennie Turner of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Lee Turner and Katherine Hicks of San Francisco, Meredith and Jerry Cantrell of McMinnville, and Jim Bob and Conethia Turner of Smithville. Three great grandchildren, Treyton Cantrell of Smithville and Colton and Aizley Turner of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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