Obituaries

Jonavon Kenneth Lee Johnson

Mar 3 2017

Stillborn infant Jonavon Kenneth Lee Johnson was silently born Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. Jonavon was preceded in death by grandfather, Kenneth Ray Murphy; great-great-grandmother, Wilma Jo Ferrell; uncle, Joshua Lee Murphy. He is survived by his mother, Lisa Darnail Johnson; grandmother, Tabatha Shantell Murphy; great-parents, Jo Frances and Rickey Lynn Martin, Sr.; great-great-grandfather, Ellis Rye Ferrell; uncles, Christopher Avery Johnson, Daniel Lynn Johnson, Buddy Lee Murphy and Issac Luther Martin; aunts, Frances Shantell Murphy and Samantha Jo Murphy; great-uncles, Ellis Dewayne Carlton; great-great-aunt, Darnette Ferrell Hibdon; several more family members and friends whom we love and cherish. The family has chosen a direct cremation. A mother holds her children's hands for a moment, but their hearts forever. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

John Toy Hayes

Mar 3 2017
John Toy Hayes

John Toy Hayes age 81 of Smithville passed away Wednesday evening at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was born June 2, 1935 to his parents, the late John and Ella Jane Fuson Hayes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant daughter, Cuma Jane Hayes; infant son, Bill Hayes; 3 brothers, Alton, J.C. and Kenneth Hayes; 3 sisters, Nannie Mae Eastes, Irene Hayes and Frances Hayes and special friend, Robbie Johnson. He was a Pentecostal and worked in nursery business. Survivors include his daughter, Modena and husband Kenneth Johnson, Sr. of Smithville; 1 son, James and wife Kerrie Hayes of McMinnville; 5 grandchildren, Craig and wife Tara Rogers, Allison Rogers, Lauren Rogers, Kelsie Rogers, Breanna Hayes; great-grandchildren, Caden and Peyton Rogers; 1 brother, Harry Lee Hayes of Smithville; friend and caregiver, Carolyn Agee of Smithville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Saturday, March 4, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 2 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Nancy Kay Moss Turley

Mar 1 2017

69 year old Nancy Kay Moss Turley of Smithville died Tuesday at Curahealth Hospital in Nashville. She was a homemaker. The family has chosen direct cremation. There will be no visitation. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Esther Moss. Survivors include her husband, Jack Turley of Smithville. Two children, Michael Turley of Seymor and Melissa Cannon of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Calyn Stembridge and Stephen Jones. Two great grandchildren, Luke Stembridge and Eli Jordan. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dennis Reeder

Mar 1 2017

68 year old Dennis Reeder of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was a retired carpenter. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Tramel will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Reeder was preceded in death by his father, Hoss Reeder and two brothers, Ronnie Reeder and Jerry Anderson. Survivors include his wife, Ella Marie Reeder of Smithville. One son, Jason Reeder of Sparta. Two grandchildren, Jordan Lee and Dillion Cody Reeder of Smithville. One step daughter, Christina and Jackie Ervin of Smithville. Mother, Norene Anderson of Sparta. Several cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations for the services may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Hilda Dee Krill Meyers

Feb 27 2017
Hilda Dee Krill Meyers

Hilda Dee Krill Meyers, age 93, passed from this life into the loving arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 26, 2017. Born on April 28, 1923, she was preceded in death by her parents Edwin Carlton and Mabel Marjorie Gabriel Krill; sisters, Martha Jane Krill Pirtle, and Dorothy Lucille Krill Dunkle; brother, Carlton Jon Krill; father of her children, Merle C. Meyers; and daughter in-law, Trudie Lee Littlefield Meyers. She is survived by her son Jon and wife Megan Meyers, of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter, Jean Meyers of Smithville, TN; grandson Justin and wife Elizabeth Meyers, and great grandson, William Ross Meyers, of Downingtown, PA; sister Carolyn Joan Riehle of Edgerton, OH. She will be dearly missed by her beloved nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends, pets, and World Vision children. Hilda earned her Bachelors Degree from Bowling Green State University, and Masters Degree from Tennessee Tech University. She retired from the Dekalb County School System, where she was a kindergarten teacher, a Follow Through Program supervisor, and food services supervisor. She was a long time and active member of First United Methodist Church in Smithville, where she served as choir director, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, administrative board member, Counsel on Ministries and Worship committee member. Most important to Hilda was her Faith, Family and Friends and she lived her Life by the Golden Rule. Hilda also enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and crafting. Hilda had a wonderful sense of humor, and will be dearly missed by all she touched. Visitation will be Friday the 3rd from Noon until 8PM and Saturday from 10am-12pm. Funeral will be held at First United Methodist Church at 1pm. Honorary pallbearers (any member of the 1964-67 Smithville Methodist Kindergarten Classes) are asked to meet at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition to flowers the family has requested that donations be made to First United Methodist Church, TGA Scholarship Foundation, the DeKalb County Animal Coalition or any children's charity.

Cynthia Diane Burrage

Feb 27 2017
Cynthia Diane Burrage

Cynthia Diane Burrage age 41 of Smithville passed away Friday afternoon, February 24, 2017 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born March 11, 1975. Cynthia was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Charles Wilson and Mable Mae Wilson Wallace; grandfather-in-law, J.T. Young. She was disabled and attended the Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Wesley Burrage of Smithville; 5 children, Natasha Burrage of Smithville, Tiffanie (Corey) Randolph of McMinnville, Dawn Burrage of Lafayette, Joseph Christopher of Alabama, and Thomas Burrage of Smithville; 1 step-daughter, Morgan Hendrix of South Pittsburg; 5 grandchildren, Corey, Carson and Mila Randolph, Bryson Hines and Addyson Burrage; mother, Kathy Hicks of Rock Island; father, Jimmy Bolen of West Virginia; sister, Laura Christopher of Alabama; mother-in-law, Shirley Burrage of Smithville; brother-in-law, Charles (Angel) Burrage of Smithville; nephew, Cody Burrage; grandmother-in-law, Mable Young of Smithville and other extended family and friends. Graveside services and interment will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at DeKalb Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 11 a. m. until 12:45 p.m. at which time we leave to go to the cemetery for the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Ruth Smith

Feb 26 2017

77 year old Willie Ruth Smith of McMinnville died Friday at St. Thomas Midtown. She was a Baptist and a Homemaker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Blues Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Alice Wreinser Sanders; great grandchild Dallas Davenport; brothers, Robert and Marshall Sanders; and sisters, Geneva Hobbs and Dorothy Meyers. Survivors include daughters, Angela and Troy Bain and Tina Knowles and a son, Henry Smith all of Smithville. Son, Randy Smith of Woodbury, Ten grandchildren, Jeff Smith, Amanda and Curtis Barlow, Jackie and Tabitha Knowles, Eddie Smith, Terry "T.J.", and Elizabeth Bain and Linda Bain all of Smithville, Kathleen and Dustin Waggoner of Spencer, Johnny Smith of McMinnville, Sherri Smith of Woodbury. Seventeen great grandchildren. Brother, Lincoln and Wilma Sanders of Woodbury. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses.

Stevie Mathis

Feb 25 2017
Stevie Mathis

Mr. Stevie Mathis age 62 of Dowelltown passed away Friday morning at his son's residence in Homestead, FL. He was born February 17, 1955 to his parents, the late J.C. and Martha Sammye Williams Mathis. Stevie attended the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church and was self-employed construction worker. Survivors include 1 son, Jarrad (Jamie) Mathis of Homestead, FL; 3 grandchildren, Samantha, Willie and Annabelle Mathis; 3 sisters, Bobbie Don (Billy) Curtis of Liberty, June Dodd of Liberty and Darlene Mathis of Dowelltown; 2 brothers, Dwight (Shirley) Mathis and Gary (Judy) Mathis both of Liberty; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Gary Caplinger officiating and burial to follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 4 PM until 8 PM, Tuesday 4 PM until 8 PM, and Wednesday 9 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. In addition to flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Health Well Foundation or to the Salem Cemetery Fund, in memory of Stevie. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jackie Diane George Burton

Feb 25 2017
Jackie Diane George Burton

Jackie Diane George Burton age 60 of Smithville passed away Friday morning at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born November 22, 1956 in Nashville. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Roy D. Mathis and Alvin "Buck" Burton and her father, Floyd George. She attended Whorton Springs Baptist Church and was a sewing machine operator. Survivors include 4 children, Adam (Wanda) Mathis of Smithville, Dianne (Chris) Crook of Smithville, Joe (Amanda) Burton of Livingston and Karen (Aaron) Lester of Smithville; 14 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Deanda Wilkey of McMinnville, Carolyn Terry of Murfreesboro, Patricia Lake of Murfreesboro and Shelia Adamson of Dowelltown; special nieces, Shelia Gaw, Sandy Grantham and Martha Knowles. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Monday, February 27, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Christine Watson

Feb 24 2017
Christine Watson

83 year old Christine Watson of Smithville died Friday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was a factory worker and a member of the Banks Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Greg Whaley and Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service at 3 p.m. Watson was preceded in death by her parents, Denton and Estie Mae Lawson Scurlock; husband, Thomas Watson; three brothers, Alvie, Austin and Vernon Scurlock; and a sister, Ollie Mae Scurlock Bratcher. Survivors include two daughters, Jacquelyn and Don Camillo of South Carolina and Teresa Watson Miller of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Tina and Alisha Miller, Amanda Miller, and Julie Miller Pugh all of Smithville. Two step grandchildren, Lori Grant of South Carolina and Troy Camillo of Ohio. Five great grandchildren, Alyssa and Sarah Pugh of Smithville, Alohna, Malachi, and Noah of Smithville. Five step great grandchildren. Three sisters-in-law, Ruth Scurlock of Smithville, Juanita Scurlock of Greenbriar, and Elizabeth Watson Griswold of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, make donations to the Banks Church or the Cemetery or to Gideon Bibles.

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