Obituaries

Frank R. Morrison

Mar 29 2016

83 year old Frank R. Morrison of Woodbury passed away Monday night, March 28th at Woodbury Health Center.

Mr. Morrison worked for over 40 years with General Motors & he was a member of the Short Mountain Church of God.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Friday, 4-8pm & Sat. 10am until the service time at 2pm.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Barney & Fannie Hatcher Morrison. 1st wife, Lois Morrison. Son, Steve Morrison. 2 sisters, Elinora Morrison & Ola Christian. Brother, John Morrison. Survivors include wife, Dorothy Daniel Morrison of Woodbury. Son, Mark & wife Denise Morrison of Ohio. Daughter, Jill Morrison of Ohio. Daughter-in-law, Diana Morrison of FL. Stepchildren, Larry Daniel & Denise & husband Charles Stanton both of McMinnville. 8 grandchildren & 6 great grandchildren. Sister, Maggie & husband Frank Bryant of Woodbury. Brother, Charlie & wife Ninivive Morrison of Whitwell. Several nieces & nephews also survive.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Short Mountain Church of God in memory of Frank.

Love - Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Jean Venske

Mar 28 2016
Beverly Jean Venske

Beverly Jean Venske age 86 of Smithville, passed away Saturday March 26, 2016 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. Mrs. Venske was born March 8, 1930 to her parents the late Arthur and Rosetta Harris Pulda. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Elliott; 3 brothers, Otto, Frederick and Arthur; 3 sisters, Rosetta, Katherine and Eleanor. Beverly was a Lutheran, she worked several years as a telephone operator then worked and retired from Timers, after retiring she was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Donald Venske of Smithville; 3 children; Michelle (Mark) Elliott of Murfreesboro, Jeanine (Shannon B.) Cantrell of Smithville, and Mike (Heather) Robinson of California; 8 grandchildren, Stephen Elliott, Bri (Nick) Cole, Chase (Micaela) Cantrell, Alyssa Koch, Macey Cantrell, Keith Elliott, Holly Robinson, and Michael Robinson; 5 great-grandchildren; Macey Robinson, Caraline Cole, Aila Odom, Ashtyn Odom and Isabelle Cole; 2 special nieces, Theresa Argall and Marcia Peller. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Rev. Martin Nutter officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 1:PM until the time of the service at 3:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, in memory of Mrs. Venske

Peggy Joyce Bissonette

Mar 25 2016

68 year old Peggy Joyce Bissonette of Smithville passed away Thursday, March 24th at NHC of Smithville.

Ms. Peggy was a retired Waitress with the Chicken Real & Captain D's Restaurants & she also worked at the Smithville Shirt Factory. She was a member of the Mt. Herman Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, 3-8pm & Saturday, 9am until service time at 1pm.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rackley. Grandson, James Pittard. Parents, Ben & Betty Jo Chapman Vanatta. 3 brothers, Jerry, Charles & David Vanatta. Survivors include 2 daughters, Paulette & husband Charlie Evans of McMinnville & Annette & husband Mike Gaus of Smithville. 2 grandchildren, Cody & Hunter Keaton both of McMinnville. Stepmother, Josephine Vanatta of Smyrna. 4 sisters, Linda Davis & Carolyn & husband Jimmy Neal both of Smithville, Pam & husband Steve Rice & Crystal Taylor both of Smyrna. Several nieces, nephews & special sister-in-law, Judy Vanatta of Smithville.

Love - Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Deborah Ann Renah Sigler

Mar 22 2016

54 year old Deborah Ann Renah Sigler of Smithville passed away Sunday, March 20th at Stone Crest Medical Center in Symrna.

Mrs. Sigler was a Waitress at Sundance Restaurant in Smithville.

The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wilder George Marshall & 3 brothers. Survivors include her husband, Tim Sigler of Smithville. 3 sons, James Elkins of Michigan, Patrick & wife Kerry Long of Michigan & Austin Sigler of Smithville. 2 daughters, Chelsea & husband Randy Belman of Michigan & Destiny Sigler of Michigan. 5 grandchildren. Mother, Joyce Stanley Marshall. 4 sisters, Judy Williams & 1 brother. 2 nieces, Samara Williams & Bobbie Jo Carver. 1 nephew, Terry Vantassel.

Love - Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Paulette Diane Reed

Mar 20 2016

Paulette Diane Reed age 53 of Smithville passed away Saturday morning, March 19, 2016 at NHC HealthCare Center. She was born May 20, 1962 to her parents, the late Paul and Vera McKay Rodgers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Brent Reed and 1 sister, Darlene Smith. She worked at Federal Mogul and was a Baptist. Survivors include 2 sisters, Jane Melton of Smithville and Donna Jones of Tullahoma; 2 brothers, Herbert Jones of Smithville and Jerry Jones of Oklahoma. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Monday, March 21, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rick Robertson officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty May Vaughn Wilson

Mar 18 2016
Betty May Vaughn Wilson

89 year old Betty May Vaughn Wilson of the New Home/Cross Roads community of Smithville passed away Thursday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Ms. Betty Wilson was a member of New Home Baptist Church for over 50 years & a homemaker. She wrote a column for the Smithville Review, “The New Home News” for over 50 years.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2:30pm at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, 4-8pm & Sunday, 12noon until the service time at 2:30pm.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, J.D. Vaughn & C.W. Wilson. Son, Jerry Wayne Vaughn. Parents, William & Lilly White Cantrell. Stepfather, Roscoe Ervin. 2 brothers, Mac Ervin & W.B. Cantrell. Sister, Ruby Conway. Survivors include her son, Ralph & wife June Vaughn of Murfreesboro. 2 grandchildren, Randy & wife Natasha Vaughn of Alexandria & Cindy Vaughn of Smithville. 4 step grandchildren, John Eaton of Brentwood, Janna Smith of Nashville, Jennifer Skelton of Franklin & Mary Bennett of Hermitage. 2 great grandchildren, Drake & wife Amanda Vaughn of Alexandria & Ellie Vaughn of Alexandria. 11 step grandchildren. Sister, Jo Ann Pittman of Smithville & a sister-in-law, Rebecca Ervin. Several nieces, nephews & friends also survive.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Snow Hill Baptist Cemetery fund in memory of Ms. Betty.

Love - Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Violet Grace Cripps

Mar 18 2016

Violet Grace Cripps age 78 of Smithville passed away Thursday morning at her residence. Violet was born April 4, 1937 to her parents, the late Ray and Della Redmon Colwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Cripps; daughter, Marlene Cripps; grandson, Hunter Davis; and brother, Billy A. Colwell. She was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church and a homemaker. Survivors include 2 children, Stevie (Brenda) Cripps of Smithville and Annette (Ray) Davis of Liberty; 4 grandchildren, Tanner (Emily) Davis, Christian Davis, Sheena (Thomas) George, Crystal Sullivan; 10 great-grandchildren, Jace Davis, Layla Davis, Olympia and David Martin, David, Kaylee and Hannah George, Leah, Robbie and Devin Green; sister, Dorothy (Bill) White of Smithville; sister-in-law, Nancy Colwell of McMinnville; 2 nieces and 1 nephew, Gail Jones, Donna Hendrix and Ron "Wormy" Parker. Funeral Service for Ms. Violet will be held 2:PM Sunday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 12:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 9:AM until time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Douglas “Shorty” Mathis

Mar 17 2016

James Douglas “Shorty” Mathis age 50 of Smithville and formerly of Auburntown passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his residence. Jimmy was born January 21, 1966 to his parents Joseph Edward Doggett and Betty Lee Smith Mathis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Linda Paitsel and Debbie Nowlan. He was a Baptist and Disabled. Survivors include 1 brother, Richard (Pat) Wilt of Smithville; 3 nephews and 1 niece, Richard H. Wilt, Pamela Wilt Haney and Matthew and Joseph Paige; several great-nieces and nephews; cousin, Jack (Kathy) Hays of Auburntown; special dog, Goldie and many friends. There will be a graveside memorial service 1:PM Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Prosperity Cemetery on Hwy 96 in Auburntown. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Gunter

Mar 12 2016

Betty Gunter age 79 of Joelton, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Gene Gunter. She leaves behind 2 daughters, Kathy (Dr. John) Carpenter and Karen (Jerry) Rollins, who feel it was a privilege to have her as their mother; 3 grandchildren, Michael (Kim) Rollins, Brian (Megan) Carpenter and Brooke Carpenter; 6 great-grandchildren, Wesley, Abbie, Jodi, Joshua, Hannah and Collin. Funeral services will be conducted 11AM Monday, March 14, 2016 at Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home in Joelton with Pastor Deeanna Wall officiating, burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 11AM until 8PM, Sunday 1PM until 8PM and Monday 9AM until the time of the service at 11AM. Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home in Joelton is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Earl Ray Gassaway

Mar 11 2016

Earl Ray Gassaway age 80 of Smithville, TN passed away suddenly March 1, 2016. He was born in Woodbury, TN on October 31, 1935 to his parents the late Walter Gray and Dessie Brown Higgins Gassaway. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Robert White, Tom Milton and Kenneth Gray Gassaway and 1 sister, Leatrice Brewington. Earl served in the U.S. Army with the 5th Evacuation Hospital from July 1958 to April 1960. He retired with the rank of Private First Class. He was retired from Wheaton Industries in Millville, N.J. in 1983 after 23 years as an electrical motor repairman. Earl attended Central High School in Woodbury, TN and graduated from Delaware School of Barbering in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a registered barber with the state of New Jersey and also a first class electrician. Earl was Past Master of Salome Lodge #145 F&AM in Cedarville, NJ and a member of Liberty Lodge #77 F&AM in Smithville. Gassaway was a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. He had also sung and played in a bluegrass band. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Billie Gassaway of Smithville; 1 sister, Winnie Evelyn Worley of Pitman, NJ; several nieces, nephews and cousins; very special caregivers, Diane Hardin, Martha Fults, Shela Montgomery, Jennifer Nichols, Hope Thomas, Christine Bain and Sherry Brannon. Special mention and appreciation to the DeKalb County Emergency Medical Services. The Gassaway Family has chosen direct cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, The Shriner Hospital for Children or the American Cancer Society. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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