Obituaries

Billy Terry Puckett

May 17 2011

62 year old Billy Terry Puckett of Silver Point died Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He was a member of the Church of Christ and an employee of the DeKalb County Road Department. The funeral will be Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dalton and Cora Beatrice Bates Puckett; two sisters, Clara Castro and Evelyn Burnett; and a brother, Winn Puckett. Survivors include a brother and sister, Henry Puckett of Silver Point, Jean Lepore of Texas, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Ronnie Joe Love

May 16 2011

68 year old Ronnie Joe Love of Smithville died Monday at his residence. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dwayne Cornelius and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the Social Security Administration Office. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Evelyn Young Love, and a brother, Danny Love. He is survived by two children, Lori Ann Kelsey of Smithville, and Wade Love of Lebanon; two grandchildren, Leslie Love of Smithville, and DaKota Kelsey of Smithville. Two great-grandchildren, Riley Pegg and Cameron Morris. One sister, Ruth Stirnemann of Lebanon. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers to the Kyle or Kenny Robinson scholarship fund or to the David Wayne Alexander scholarship

Jackie Sanders

May 16 2011

55 year old Jackie Sanders of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was disabled. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Glenn Chapman will officiate with burial in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Sanders; brothers, Glen, John William, andMarshall Sanders. He is survived by his wife, Sue Sanders of Smithville; mother of his children, Billie Jean Sanders of Smithville. Children, Misty Cassity, Crystal Thompson, Bradley Sanders, and Blake Sanders, all of Smithville. Grandchildren, Taven Blair, Tierra Thompson, Briana Thompson, Keith Buck, Allison Sanders, Hailey Sanders, Joshua Sanders, Justin Lynn Murphy, Zachery Murphy and Kaylee Thompson. Mother, Lavada Sauls of Smithville, brothers, Chester Sanders of Smithville, Lincoln Sanders of Woodbury, and Robert Sanders. Sisters, Janice Rowland of Smithville, JoAnn Estes of Smithville, Geneva Hobbs of McMinnville, Mary Dorothy Myers of McMinnville, and Willie Ruth Smith 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.

Wilma Jo Burger

May 12 2011

81 year old Wilma Jo Burger died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church and she worked at the shirt factory and Kingston Timer. The funeral will be Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dr. John Purdue and Mark Pafford will officiate and entombment will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the service 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hervey Martin and Verna Mae Daniel Purser. Survivors include her husband of almost 63 years, Cecil Burger of Smithville. Four children, David and wife Kyoko Burger of Japan, Gereda Burger of Massachusetts, Pamela and husband Danny Poss of Smithville, and Anthony and wife Tammie Burger of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Nancy Burger, Simon Burger, Erica Burger, Nicole Burger, and Zach Poss. A sister, Mildred and husband Howard Harrell of Murfreesboro. A sister-in-law, Sudie Vickers of Liberty. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church Building Fund, in lieu of flowers.

Polly R. Park

May 12 2011

80 year old Polly R. Park died Monday at Yale, Michigan. She was a resident of St. Clair Shore Michigan and a former resident of the Peeled Chestnut Community. She was a Presbyterian and a retired school bus driver. A graveside service will be Monday at noon at the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Tommy Davis will officiate. Visitation will follow the service at the cemetery. Park was preceded in death by her husband, Raymon Park and parents, Henderson and Callie Billings Jackson. Survivors include two daughters, Evie and husband John Smallacombe of Croswell, Michigan and Anne and husband Doug Hoffmann of White Lake, Michigan. Three grandchildren, Melissa, Jessica, and Chelsea Hoffmann all of White Lake, Michigan. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Christy Lynn Herring

May 11 2011

27 year old Christy Lynn Herring of Smithville died Wednesday at her residence. Herring was a salesperson and she attended the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. A memorial service will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bernard Houk will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Greg Mitchell Herring. Survivors include her mother and step-father, Lisa and Wayne Merritt of Smithville. A sister, Callie Howell of Smithville. One brother, Wyatt Alsdorf of Florida. Grandparents, Roger and Polly Curtis of Florida, Jenny and Pops Alsdorf of Florida, and Sue Merritt of McMinnville. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Tammy Donnell Griffin

May 5 2011

Tammy Donnell Griffin died Wednesday at her residence. She was the daughter of Albert Donnell and the late Joan Malone Donnell. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Francis and Alta Mae Malone and Howard and Grace Donnell. She was a 1977 graduate of DeKalb County High School. She was married to George Michael Griffin on January 1, 1985, and was a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria. She worked for Stones River Hospital as an Insurance Representative. Mrs. Griffin is survived by her husband, Michael Griffin and two children, Tara and Tyler Griffin all of Alexandria. Her father, Albert Donnell and his wife Susan of Auburntown. A brother, Tony Donnell of Watertown. Sister-in-law, Jennifer Donnell of Watertown. Special cousin, Stevie Dedmon of Gordonsville. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the West Main Baptist Church. Ben Simpson will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at Avant Funeral Home on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at the church after 10:00 a.m. The Griffin family requests that memorials be made to the West Main Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas David Hullett

May 2 2011

53 year old Thomas David Hullett of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a construction worker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dillard Johnson will officiate and burial will be at the Hullett Cemetery at a later time. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Hullett was preceded in death by his father, Brisco Hullet; a son, Thomas Brandon Dee Hullett; and a brother, Gary Lynn Hullett. Survivors include two sisters, Arlene Cookie Hullett of Smithville and Frances Norene "Renny" Stison of Bon Aqua. Two brothers, Erbin Brisco Hullett of Knox Indiana and Michael Allen Hullett of Nashville. A half sister, Rose Mary Luna of Wilmington, Delaware. Special companion, Joyce Judkins of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Gary (Gene) Cox

Apr 28 2011

57 year old Gary (Gene) Cox of Smithville died Thursday at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was a member of the Church of Christ, a U.S. veteran, a carpenter, and a homebuilder. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. John Patterson, Jr. and Tim Woodward will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse E. Cox and a niece, Amanda Cartwright. Survivors include his wife, Vicki Cox of Smithville. Children, Bridget and her husband Bob Halley of Jenks, Oklahoma, Erica Cox and Brandon Gay of Smithville, Jesse Cox of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Sara Patterson of Alexandria, John, Jr. and wife Jessica Patterson, and Kristi Henry of Castalian Springs and Shone Petty of Smithville. Grandchildren, Bryce Halley, Paige Burton, David Burton, Nelissa Dowell, Dalton Bain, John Patterson III, Rachel Patterson, Caleb Henry, A.J. Oster, and Chloe Petty. His mother, Alice Louise Cox of Smithville. Sisters, Linda Cartwrght and Debra Robertson of Smithville. A brother, Stanley and wife Judy Cox of Okay, Oklahoma. A niece, Andrea Burton. Two great nieces and nephew and many special friends. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Jewel Reed Arnold

Apr 27 2011

64 year old Jewel Reed Arnold of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired machine operator at Carrier Corporation and a Primitive Baptist minister. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Elder Jeff Winfrey will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Robinson. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Christeen Young Arnold; a son, Dennis Reed and wife Gina Arnold; five grandchildren, Kealah Curtis, Adam, Jordan, Bryson, and Samuel Arnold all of Smithville. One great grandchild, Gauge Pack. Parents, Ralph, Jr. and Ethel Christine Young Arnold and a brother, Ricky and his wife Debbie Arnold all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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