Wiley Roy Jones, Jr.

Aug 27 2016

Mr. Wiley Roy Jones, Jr. age 90 of Liberty passed away Friday night, August 26, 2016 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born July 23, 1926 to his parents, the late Wiley Roy and Ocie Oakley Jones, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Lee Carter. Wiley Roy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Patsy Jones of Liberty; daughter, Carolyn (Donnie) Spann of Dickson; 2 granddaughters, Carla Spann of Bellevue and Keri (Joel) Howell of White Bluff; 1 great-granddaughter, Greta Howell; 1 nephew, Mason (Pam) Carter of Liberty. Wiley Roy was a farmer, retired construction worker and member and deacon of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Monday, August 29, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Richard Buckner, Bro. Mark Smartt and Donnie Spann officiating and burial to follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mt Zion Cemetery Fund, in memory of Wiley Roy. Visitation will be Sunday 1:PM until 8:PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim

Aug 24 2016
Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim

Mrs. Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim age 87, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Hillesheim was born in Overton County on June 13, 1929, the daughter of the late George and Rosie Johnson Swann. Her husband, David George Hillesheim preceded her in death on August 27, 2003. She is also preceded in death by her son, Howard Gifford Jr. 1 brother, Cordell Swann & 5 sisters, Eunice Jones, Sarah Whitfield, Jewell Dailey, Pearl Swearingen & Tina Haney.

Mrs. Hillesheim attended Ward-Belmont College. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon, TN. She was vice-president of Goehner & Eaves Furniture store in Belleville, Ill. for 30 years prior to her retirement & moving to Alexandria in 1982. Mrs. Hillesheim was an active part of the Alexandria Senior Citizens for 20 years & serving for 2 of those years as the Executive Director.

She is survived by 2 grandchildren, Garrett Davis & Adrienne Lee Gifford, a step-grand child, Justin Jackson, and her daughter-in-law, Margaret Hawkins. Mrs. Hillesheim is also survived by 1 brother and 1 sister, Frank Swann, of Chicago, IL and Georgia Boles, of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hillesheim are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11am from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, August 26th from 4-8pm & Saturday, August 27th from 10am until the time of services at 11am.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center in memory of Mrs. Hillesheim.

Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Dwayne Scott Massengail

Aug 23 2016

Dwayne Scott Massengail age 49 of Smithville and a native of Michigan passed away Thursday afternoon, August 18,2016 at his residence. He was born September 3, 1966 to his parents, the late Harold Terry and Brenda Kay Dalton Massengail. He worked in construction. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Lykins Massengail of Smithville; 3 step-children, Ryan Lykins, Lonni Lykins and Deveen Johnson all of Smithville; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Dennis Massengail of South Carolina and Terry David Massengail of Michigan; 1 sister, Sandra Nunez of Michigan. The Massengail family has honored Dwayne's request to be cremated and a memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be 10:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Childress

Aug 21 2016

Mr. Jerry Childress, age 73 of Liberty, TN, died August 20, 2016 at St. Thomas West Hospital. Born in Sunflower County, Mississippi, he was the son of the late Wesley Frank Childress and Augazelle Robinson Childress. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A salesman for many years, after retirement he worked as a custodian at DeKalb West School in Liberty.

He is survived by wife of thirty-one years, Patricia Baumann Childress; three children: James (Lisa) Childress, John (Twinkle) Childress, Laura Clark; seven grandchildren: Jonathon, Patrick, Josh, Austin and Blake Childress, Zach and Taylor Clark; three sisters: Joyce Cole, Carolyn (Charles) Gardner, Joanne (Harold) Crowley.

Funeral services are Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 11 a.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Childress and Bro. Billy Hale officiating. Interment – Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Monday 2-8 p.m. and Tuesday after 9 a.m.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME , in charge of arrangements.

Mary Joines

Aug 21 2016

68 year old Mary Joines of Dowelltown died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and a bus assistant for the DeKalb County School System. The funeral will be Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from noon until the service at 3:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joines; parents, Marvin and Sarah Mabe Hutson; sister, Geneva Simmons; and brothers, Kenneth and Ed Hutson. Survivors include a daughter, Tammy and Mike Crook of Dowelltown. Grandchildren, Alicia and Robbie Maxwell and Jordan Crook of Dowelltown. Sister, Lou Jones of Sparta. Several nieces and nephews and several special caregivers. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, please make donations to the Dry Creek Baptist Church.

Gene Autry Cripps

Aug 20 2016

78 year old Gene Autry Cripps of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the Tabernacle The Baptist Church. He was also retired from Carrier Air Conditioning. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Garry McBride will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Cripps was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Chapman Cripps; parents, Johnny and Potter Taylor Cripps; a sister, Jeanette Dodson; and brothers, James "Curley" and Jerry Cripps. Survivors include a daughter, Michelle and David Burklow; a son, Patrick and Amy Cripps; three grandchildren, Callie, Zoe Potter, and Brody John Cripps; sisters, Judy and M.B. Silcox, and Brenda Cripps; brother, Johnny Cripps; sister-in-law, Linda and Boyd Trapp; and brother-in-law, Glen Dodson all of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy “BILL” James Dyer

Aug 18 2016

Funeral services for Billy “BILL” James Dyer, 69, of Baxter, will be Saturday, August 20 at 2 PM from the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Bill passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 27, 1946 in Baxter, TN to the late James and Vestie Harris Dyer.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Jimmy Ray Dyer, niece Lisa Dyer Hieatt, nephew James Brian Haggard, grandparents : Ambus and Fina Judd Dyer, Riley and Virgie Stewart Harris.

He was a Army veteran serving in Germany in the Vietnam Era.

He attended Baxter First Church of God.

He was a 1964 graduate of Upperman High School in Baxter. He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a B.S. degree in Social Studies and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Development. He taught History and Geography at Cookeville Junior High School, Avery Trace and served as Principal at Cane Creek Elementary School. He was a memberof the National Education Association (NEA) and the Putnam County Education Association (PCEA).

His interests included raising chickens, pheasants, excotic birds and cats. He loved to garden , raise cattle, the Santa Gertrudis breed and going to cattle auctions.. He loved to cook for family and friends and loved his family his students and his country. He was a member of the Santa Gertrudis Cattle Association.

Survivors include sister and brother-in-law Mary Nell and Eugene Haggard of Silver Point, brother and sister-in-law Lloyd and Louise Dyer of Alexandria, sister-in-law Shelby Dyer of Baxter, fiancée Patsy “PAT” Brown of Bloomington Springs, nieces and nephews: Tim (Tina) Haggard of Silver Point, Vicky (Mark) Walker of Alexandria, Brandon (Mandy) Dyer of Liberty, Denise Dyer of Baxter, Keith Cannon of Cookeville, Tracy and Leslie Cannon of Dowelltown, several great nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 8 and Saturday after 11 AM the funeral home.

Active Pallbearers will be Keith and Tracy Cannon, Brandon Dyer, John Harris, Larry Gambrell and Carl Wheeler.

Rev. Tim Sharp will officiate.

Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Delene Webb

Aug 16 2016

Mrs. Delene Webb age 96 of Smithville, TN, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at N.H.C. HealthCare in Smithville, TN. She was born May 09, 1920, in DeKalb County, TN, was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Maggie Mai Cantrell, husband F. C. Webb, Jr., son James H. Webb, daughters Melissa Webb and Sue Webb Malone, brother J. M. Cantrell, sister Mary Elizabeth Cantrell, grandson Jamie Webb and great grandson Dalton Knight.

Survivors include her son Ken (Robyn) Webb of McMinnville, daughter Judy (Phil) Inglis, grandchildren Janie (J. P.) Monier and Jennifer (Ricky) Guinn, Sr., and great-grandchildren Cole Monier, Joshua Webb, Justin Webb, Sebastian Knight, and Dammien Irvine.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 20, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Ricky Arnold will officiate. Interment will follow at Cantrell Cemetery in DeKalb County, TN. The Webb Family will receive friends Friday from 4 PM until 8 PM and again Saturday from 9 AM until the time of service at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Sue Shoemake

Aug 16 2016
Wanda Sue Shoemake

Wanda Sue Shoemake age 67 of Dowelltown passed away Monday night at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon. She was born May 27, 1949 to her parents the late Cleason and Birdie Lee Herman Bogle. Wanda worked in housekeeping at Quality Healthcare, was a homemaker and was a member of Mt. Moriah The Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Wesley Shoemake; 1 Sister: Judy Stroud and special friend J.R. Williams. Funeral services will be 1:PM Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Tim Pack officiating and burial to follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Thursday from 1:PM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until time of service at 1:PM. Survivors include 3 Children: Lisa Hall (Bobby) of Dowelltown, Lynn Baker (Keith) of Missouri, Johnny (Jacqueline) Shoemake of Alexandria; 4 Grandchildren: Dawn Shoemake, Travis (Veronica) Hall, Jordan Baker and girlfriend Garrielle Horn, Kimberly (Eric) McGee; 3 Great- Grandchildren: Caitlin Shoemake, Ramsey McGee, Alison Horn; Sisters: Jan Davenport of Liberty, Ann (Billy Joe) Cripps of Dowelltown; Brothers: Ralph (Laurel) Bogle of Smithville, Joe (Vicky) of Smithville, Tommy Bogle of Brush Creek, Tony Bogle of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Matthew Baron Gillard

Aug 16 2016
Matthew Baron Gillard

Matthew Baron Gillard, 54 years old, passed away in the Mediterranean Sea off the north coast of the Greek island of Crete on Friday, July 8th, 2016.

Born on March 23, 1962 in London, England, he grew up in Biggin Hill, Kent, where generations of Gillards have lived. After graduating from art college with a degree in product design, he worked as a painter and graphic designer in both Brighton and London. He was also a talented drummer and played in Christian bands “Meet Jesus Music” and "Kingdom Come" and in worship bands at Christian camps. At 29 years old, pursuing a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, he embarked on a solo journey around the world on his motorcycle via Europe, Iran, Pakistan and China and, on his way home through the USA he met his bride, Janna who was studying at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In 2 weeks, he had proposed and 5 months later he moved to the USA where they married on August 1, 1992.

In 1993 he began work as a graphic designer in Chicago and continued to freelance for the same company until the day of his death. He and Janna moved to Tennessee in 2000 where he designed and built a house in Temperance Hall, Dekalb County, in 2003. Having played guitar and drums since his youth, he wrote songs and led worship music at Crossroads Community Church in Baxter for 8 years, during which time he produced his own CD. He was led to serve the Lord with his many talents in Greece, where the family moved in 2015, and that is where he is buried.

He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, their two precious sons Gabriel Isaac Gillard (aged 12) and Grayson Guy Gillard (aged 10). In England: his parents Geoff and Carol Gillard of Biggin Hill; brother Nick and Rachel Gillard, niece Ellie, nephew Luke and wife Victoria of Liverpool, niece Carys and husband Tim Anderson of Leeds; sister Anna and Sean McCallion, nephew Alfie and niece Jasmine of Farnham. Also, Aunt Daphne, Aunt Rosie and Uncle Chris, Uncle David and Aunt Susie, all of Biggin Hill and cousins Alyson, Kevin and Tim; Ben, Isaac, Tom, Stephen and Emily; Dan, Joe and Amy; all of their spouses and children and close family friends Dan and Celia Thurgood and Nigel Hedden.

His in-laws, who considered him like a son and brother, are Janna’s parents, Jack and Barbara Isaacson, and sister Lisa and Terry Orme, with nieces and nephews Kierstin, Micah, Zane and Chloe, all of Chattanooga.

A special celebration of Matt’s life will be held for anyone who knows the family on Sat. Aug. 20 at The River Community Church in Cookeville, TN. Visitation is from noon-2pm. Service is from 2-3pm, followed by food and further fellowship at nearby Wilhite Baptist Church until 6pm.


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