Thetta Dunn

Apr 27 2017
Thetta Dunn

Thetta Dunn, 66 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Nashville.

Thetta was a very special person. She was feisty, loud, full of life, and always approached everything with a great sense of humor. To say the least, she was unforgettable. She never met a stranger, and her family went far beyond blood. She may have only had two biological children, but there are dozens that call her Mama. Thetta was a Walmart Associate for 13 years. She made countless friends while working at the Sparta Walmart, and her laughter could be heard throughout the entire store. She was the rock of her entire family for so long, trying to hold them together during the storms. She will forever be missed.

Surviving are;
Daughter, Connie Tatrow (Robert) of Nashville, TN
Son, Brian Dunn (Jennifer) of Smithville, TN
Grandsons; Brock Tatrow, Clint Tatrow, and Tyler Dunn
Great Grandsons, Christopher Tatrow, and Colton Tatrow
Neice, Kimberly Al'Halawani of Sparta, TN
Nephew, Jamal Al'Halawani of Sparta, TN

She was preceded in death by her mother, Willene Johnson and a sister, Diana Blessing.

Funeral service will be at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Ronnie Taylor officiating. Family will receive friends from 4pm until 8pm on Friday, April 28.

Brother Charles "Chuck" Olson

Apr 26 2017
Brother Charles "Chuck" Olson

Brother Charles "Chuck" Olson age 87 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017 at VA Hospital in Nashville. He was born October 12, 1929 to his parents, the late Charles and Elva Haun Olson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harlen "Smokey" Olson. A man that has served God, Country and fellow man. Brother Olson was the example of being Christ like, he was the hands, feet and mouth of Christ. He served in the U.S. Army, where he was a paratrooper, and retired from the U. S. Air Force where he had over 20 years service. Brother Olson was a retired Baptist Minister having preached and pastored for over 50 years. He pastored Upper Helton, Snow Hill Baptist, Mt. Zion, Allardt First Baptist, Sycamore and Mt. Herman. Brother Chuck also had a nursing home ministry, jail ministry, lake ministry, was chaplain with the American Legion and member of the Ministerial Association. He served meals on wheels for about 20 years, was a member of American Legion #122 and was a former Smithville City Alderman and a faithful member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church. Brother Olson would carry friends to doctor appointments and was always lending a hand whenever he could help. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 63 years, Earlene Walls Olson of Smithville; son, Matthew (Bonnie) Olson of Alexandria; grandson, Charles (Darla) Olson of Pueblo, CO; sister, Elvera Maki of Cloquet, MN; sister-in-law, Marie Walls of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday, April 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Johnathon Willoughby and Dave Carden officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mt. Herman Baptist Church Building Fund, in memory of Brother Chuck. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 4:PM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1 p.m.. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Dallas Eugene Vandagriff

Apr 25 2017

82 year old Dallas Eugene Vandagriff of Nashville died Tuesday at Lakeshore Heartland in Donelson. He was a Presbyterian, U.S. Army Veteran, and a retired mechanic with Aladdin Industries. The funeral will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Greg Dunn will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the service at 4 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Bertie Yates Vandagriff and wife, Katherine Harmon Vandagriff. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Morris Vinson Watson

Apr 25 2017
Morris Vinson Watson

Morris Vinson Watson, age 81, died April 23, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness. He was born September 23, 1935 in Daylight Community, Warren County, Tennessee to the late Minister F. L. Watson and Eula Elizabeth Bond Watson. As a child, Watson’s family lived for a period of time in DeKalb County. He was ordained as a minister in September 1966 and pastored several churches during his ministry. He was a member of Newtown The Baptist Church of Christ. He was a fireman thirteen years with the McMinnville Fire Dept., and founding partner of L & M Carpet until his retirement in 2010. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin sister Doris Watson, and siblings John Lee Watson, Virgil Adcock, James Watson, Charles Watson, Anna Stinnett, Aaron Watson, George Watson, Lillard Watson, Rebecca Lemmons, Frank Watson, Jr , J C Watson, David Watson & Paul Watson. Mr. Watson was married June 30, 1956, in Ringgold Georgia to Eunice Angele Stoner who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Cheryl (Thomas) Mingle, Lanny Watson & Dell Watson all of McMinnville & Latecia ‘Tish’ (Larry) Cannon of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, Shonda (Shane) Jacobs of McMinnville; Steavon (Lindsey) Bogle of Manchester; Crystal (Aaron) Kiefer of Louisville, Kentucky, Lindsey (Robby) Brown of Murfreesboro, Ken Clayton, Murfreesboro, Dellan Watson McMinnville, & Luke Watson Clarksville; eight great-grand children, Shayna and Shy Jacobs, Jathan and Braylan Bogle all of McMinnville and Brook and Alaynah Bogle of Manchester, Caroline & Abby Kiefer of Louisville Kentucky, one sister Frances Billings of McMinnville and one brother Johnny (Barbara) Watson of Metropolis, Illinois and step grandchildren Zack Cannon of Murfreesboro, Ken Mingle of Manchester, Krista and Kevin (Laura) Mingle of McMinnville, step great grand children Kyrsten (Cody) Johnson, Allison, Morgan and Ava Mingle of McMinnville and Caitlin (Colby) Mooneyham of Bradyville and step great- great grand children Kayleigh and Jackson Johnson of McMinnville. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cody Holman Pastor of Newtown The Baptist Church of Christ and Brother George King of Hiawassee Church of Christ to officiate. Interment will be held in Mount View Cemetery in Warren County. Family will receive friends 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Sandra "Sandy" Faye Cooper Brown

Apr 25 2017
Sandra "Sandy" Faye Cooper Brown

Sandra "Sandy" Faye Cooper Brown, 71, of Smithville, TN and formerly of Goodlettsville, TN and West Palm Beach, FL died April 20, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN. Sandy was born to and preceded in death by Harry June Cooper, Jr. And Juanita Marie Thompson Cooper. Sandy was a devoted wife and loving mother. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Howard Charles Brown of Smithville; her children, Laura Michelle Brown of North Palm Beach, FL, Gregory Michael (Kerry) Ward of Gainesville, FL, Matthew Wayne (Jane) Brown of Smithville; 2 step-children, Denise Brown Chadwick of AL and Howie Brown of FL; 10 grandchildren, Tim Brown (Mari Fandl), Jessica Brown, Ashley Ward, Kyle Ward, Gabby Ward, Tyler Ward, Cooper Brown, Cale Brown, Michael Chadwick and Justin Chadwick; 1 great-granddaughter, Charley Rae Brown; 4 sisters, Linda (Ralph) Lamblin of Smithville, Lana Baker of FL, Connie Mann of AL, and Sheila (Gary) Dickerson of Ridgetop, TN; 1 brother, Terry Cooper of FL. The family has honored Mrs. Brown's request to be cremated and no memorial service to be held. The family request that donations be made to Alive Hospice in remembrance of Mrs. Sandy. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy "Walker Dog" Lackey, Jr.

Apr 22 2017
Billy "Walker Dog" Lackey, Jr.

Billy "Walker Dog" Lackey, Jr. age 65 of Smithville, passed away Friday afternoon at his residence. He was born November 27, 1951 to his parents, the late Billy Lackey, Sr. and Nora Mae Howard Lackey Pinegar. Billy attended the Old Fashioned Freewill Baptist Church and was a retired Truck Driver. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Lackey of Smithville; 5 children, Scotty (Patricia) Stubbe of Smithville, Charles Stubbe of Smithville, Tina (Keneth) Whitehead of Smithville, Tammy (David) Hough of Lake Wells, FL, and Jason (Linda Bain) Lackey of Smithville; daughter-in-law, Retta Lackey of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, Ashlee Whitehead (Jacob Rankhorn), Jessica Price, Madison Whitehead, Shelby Hough, Dakota Nokes, Tiera Anderson, Tabitha Goodwin, Joshua Lackey, Eli Lackey, Nicholas Lackey; 2 step-great-grandchildren, Madison Anderson and Kimber Nokes; 9 brothers and sisters, Wane Lackey of Chattanooga, Steven Lackey of Manchester, Tommy (Crissy) Lackey of Manchester, James Lackey of Sparta, Bethel (Linda) Golden of Smithville, Jean (Johnny) King of Sparta, Norma (David) Young of Sparta, Wanda (Jerry) Allen of Sparta, Angela (Julio) Garcia of Manchester and a host of nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Funeral services will be 2:PM Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Nathan Thomason and David Lawson officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Maxine Baker

Apr 18 2017
Maxine Baker

Maxine Baker, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was called home on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the age of 91. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son, Randall; sisters, Dixie, Tutie and Hattie; brothers, Ed, Howard, Lloyd, Steve, Ty, Jiggs, Billie and granddaughter, Jackie.

She is survived by her brother Harvey; sisters-in-law Arlene and Elli; son, Joseph and wife Kathy; daughters, Judy, Mickey, Shirley and husband Morty, Ramona and husband Jerry, Barbara and husband Steve, Jill, Mike, Stan and wife Diana. Maxine leaves 9 grandchildren: Kim, Charlene, Todd, Jenny, Roxanne, Maggie, Jade, Max and Ben; 19 great-grandchildren: Franklin, Theodore, Kayli, Crissy, Michael, Mercedes, Micah, Melanie, Joseph, Matthew, Tiffany, Evan, Emma, Odin, Elliot, Jack, Ollie, Clover and Fox; great-great-granddaughter Aubrey Rose; her beloved Cobb nieces and nephew, her cherished friends at Whorton Springs Baptist Church and Wynde Weaver who has become a member of our family.

A special thank you to Ramona, Joseph and Wynde who, with great personal sacrifice provided the round-the-clock care that allowed Mom to stay in her own home.

Mom lived life to the fullest. She loved God, Sunday morning church with Joseph and Kathy, her family, country music, good food, playing guitar, singing the old songs and a glass of wine.

Her daughter Ramona said it best: She is a Godly woman.

Funeral Service celebrating Mrs. Maxine’s life will be 2:PM Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Dekalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Mahan officiating and internment will follow at Young Bend Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Family and friends will gather at DeKalb Funeral Chapel for the service at 2:PM.

Following internment Maxine’s family would like to invite you all to her home to share food and memories.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Pauline Wilson

Apr 18 2017
Mary Pauline Wilson

Mary Pauline Wilson age 57 of Smithville passed away Sunday afternoon April 16, 2017 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. She was born January 14, 1960 to her parents, the late James Robert and Peggy Ann Young Maples. Mary was a seamstress and member of Engrated Word of Cookeville. A memorial service will be held 1:PM Friday April 21, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Chris McMichael officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 11:AM until time of the service at 1:PM. Survivors include her husband Kevin Wilson of Smithville; 5 children: Heather Wilson, Jennia Wilson, Daniel Wilson all of Smithville, Chasity Johnson of Algood, Bruce Maples of Smithville; Sisters: Lou Ann Midgett of Dowelltown, Jamye Atnip of Smithville; Brother: Joey Maples of Smithville; 11 Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Paul King

Apr 12 2017

83 year old Richard Paul King of Brush Creek died Tuesday at his residence. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Episcopal Church in Lebanon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas King and Olive Gibson; a son, Richard King; and a brother, Tommy King. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Cynthia King of Brush Creek. Children, Donna and Danny Positano of Burlington, Connecticut, Michael and Tina King of Franklin, Tracy and Andrew Boutin of Burlington, Connecticut, and Kristen and Rick Layton of Maine. Grandchildren, Jesse King, Daniel King, Brian Positano, Adam Positano, and Madison Boutin. Several nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law, Wally Seitz and special friend, Ethel "Sissy" Reynolds. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Joyce Elizabeth Mayo

Apr 12 2017
Joyce Elizabeth Mayo

Joyce Elizabeth Mayo age 69 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday night, April 11, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was born January 24, 1948 to her parents, the late J.C. and Elizabeth Stafford Linder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Mayo. Joyce was a garment factory worker and member of the non-denominational church. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dave Mayo, Jr. of Smithville; 2 sons, Michael and Greg Mayo both of Smithville; 8 grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Destinee, Christina, Gregory, Kelly, Kaitlyn, and Jordan; 9 great-grandchildren; sister and caregiver, Zettie Ervin (Wayne Laleman) of Smithville; sisters and brothers, Sue (Adam) Caldwell of Smithville, Peggy Coppinger of McMinnville, Lois Ann Page of Smithville, Danny Linder of Texas, Roger and David Linder both of Smithville and Jerry Linder of Lebanon; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Friday, April 14, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 11:AM until 9:PM and Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements


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