Obituaries

William "Bill" Phillips

Feb 1 2014

76 year old William "Bill" Phillips of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was a U.S. Military veteran having served in the Marines. He was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church and he was a retired lab and x-ray technician. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 pm. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Joshua Phillips and Vincent Baker will officiate and burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. Phillips was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Edna Cook Phillips; his first wife, Nina Reeder Phillips, and a brother, C.T. Phillips, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Freeda Robinson Phillips of Smithville. Two sons, Randall and wife Amelia Phillips of Smithville and Marty and wife Teresa Phillips of Cookeville. Two grandchildren, Joshua Phillips of Nashville and William Heath Phillips in the U.S. Navy. Three step-children, Brenda Dilldine of Sparta, and Cheryl Perkins, and David Pedigo both of Smithville. Three step-grandchildren, Dustin Pedigo and Charica Perkins both of Smithville and Aareyann and Daylon Luna of Sparta. Four sisters, Norma Gunter, Mary and husband Cordell Lawson, and Jane Eller all of Smithville, and Faye and husband Don Campbell of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Gideon's International, to the Bethel Methodist Church, or to the cemetery fund.

Leona Thomason Colwell

Jan 31 2014

71 year old Leona Thomason Colwell of Liberty died Thursday afternoon at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was the daughter of the late Leon and May Bell Mencer Kelly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W.W. Thomason, Jr. "Chief". Leona was a retired factory worker and a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Maxie Colwell of Liberty; Daughter, Jennifer and husband Dewayne Bain of Smithville; Three step-children, Bobby and wife Ruby Thomason, Doyle Thomason, and Patsy and husband Jessie Drury all of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Rachel Edge and Saxon Bain. Four step-grandchildren, B.J. Thomason, Clint Thomason, Michael Caldwell, and Devin Drury. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:PM Monday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial to be in Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation will be 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 arrangements.

Leslie Brown Alexander

Jan 30 2014

Funeral services for 95 year old Leslie Brown Alexander of Cookeville will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville with Mike Head officiating. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Cemetery.

Alexander died Thursday at Kindred (Masters) Healthcare Center in Algood.

He was born in DeKalb County to the late James Isaac and Alton Smith Alexander.

He was of the Baptist Faith and a farmer before becoming disabled.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, James Alexander, Billy Alexander, and Ike Alexander; and his sister, Dorothy Beckham.

Survivors include his son, Paul Alexander of Detroit, Michigan; five grandchildren; four sisters and a two brothers-in-law, Frances and husband, Jackie Rigsby, Mary Foster all of Smithville, Audry Elem of Nashville, and Nancy and husband, Bill Callwell of McMinnville.

His family will receive friends Friday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Paul Douglas Haggard

Jan 30 2014

52 year old Paul Douglas Haggard of Smithville died Thursday at his residence. He was a farmer and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Haggard was preceded in death by his father, Bud Haggard. Survivors include his mother, Gladys Jones Haggard of Smithville. One brother, Danny Haggard of Murfreesboro. One niece, Danielle Haggard of Smithville. Special friends, Evelyn Fish of Smithville, Kelly Barnes, Doug Barnes, Brooklyn Barnes of Woodbury, Frankie Caldwell of Smithville, Michael James of Baxter, Melissa and Dale Lemons of McMinnville. Several cousins and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the funeral home, in lieu of flowers, to help with burial expenses.

Naomi Gay Cripps

Jan 29 2014

78 year old Naomi Gay Cripps of Smithville died Monday morning at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Susie Pirtle Gay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 Brothers, Austin Gay and Edsel Gay; 2 Sisters, Evelyne Underwood and Dean Waggoner; 1 Sister-in-law, Ora Gay. Mrs. Cripps was a member of the Whorton Springs Baptist Church and a Homemaker. She is survived by her Husband of 60 years Ray Doyle Cripps of Smithville; 2 Children, Susan (Bruce) Medley and Greg (Kelly) Cripps both of Smithville; 6 Grandchildren, Brandise Layne of Cookeville, Nichol Layne of Smithville, Chris Layne of Smithville, Brooke (Richard) Teachout of Smithville, Zach (Hilary) Cripps of Murfreesboro, Brian Cripps of Smithville; 6 Great-Grandchildren, Hunter Layne, Emily Layne, Aidan Blanchfield Layne, Braelyn and Bryleigh Teachout, Dreamer Cripps; 2 Brothers, Ralph (Frances) Gay of Smithville and Ronnie (Cathy) Gay of Fayettville, TN; Sister-in-law, Miranda Gay of Minnesota; Brother-in-law, James Underwood of Minnesota. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan and Ronnie Gay will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Tuesday 3:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mattie Jo McGinnis

Jan 25 2014

94 year old Mattie Jo McGinnis of Smithville died Saturday at Clinton, Tennessee. She was retired from the DeKalb County Board of Education and a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Vadie Hayes Hendrixson and husband, Tom Rye McGinnis. She is survived by two daughters, Elena and husband James Huddleston of Oak Ridge, and Tommie Farooque of Murfreesboro. Four grandchildren, Melanie and Greg Addington of Oak Ridge, Joel Huddleston of Florida, Derek and Amanda Adamson of Knoxville, and Malea and Eric Thompson and one great grandson Isaac Thompson all of Thompson Station. Two sisters, Georgia and husband Tom Cripps of Alexandria and Brownie Curtis of Smithville. Brother-in-law, Paul and wife Henrietta McGinnis of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Captain John "Lucky" Carpenter

Jan 25 2014

90 year old Captain John "Lucky" Carpenter of Smithville died Friday at the V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, a Mason, Shriner, and a retired ship captain. He was also a member of Salem Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Michael Carpenter and Kenneth Clayton will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday. Carpenter was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Nellie Ray Gambrell Carpenter; a son, Johnny Carpenter; and a half brother, David Carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Karen Carpenter of Smithville. Four sons, Craig Carpenter of Smithville, Michael Carpenter of Liberty, John Rex Carpenter of Texas, and Kirk Sean Carpenter of Virginia. Three daughters, Melody Jaquinta and Karon Sue Carpenter both of Florida, and Shauna Noel Johnson of Manchester. Seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a half sister, Carla Jackson of Texas. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorene Meeks

Jan 25 2014

92 year old Lorene Meeks of Smithville died Friday at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. Mrs. Meeks was born September 21, 1921 in Star City, Arkansas, to the late Albert, Jr. and Beckie Gillespie. She was a member of Smithville Church of Christ, and a cook for many years at Beverly Healthcare. Mrs.. Meeks is survived by: 1 Son and Daughter-In-Law: Aaron and A.V. Meeks of Smithville, 1 Granddaughter and Grandson-In-Law: Deborah and Michael Allen of Cookeville, 1 Great Grandson: Addison Allen of Cookeville, 2 Sisters and 1 Brother-In-Law: Merle Wraalsen of Mobile, Alabama, Pauline and Bob Cockrell of Monticello, Arkansas, Several Nieces and Nephews, In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her Husband: Leo Meeks, 1 Sister: Mildred Thurman, and 1 Brother: Lloyd Gillespie. The funeral services for Mrs. Meeks will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m at the Chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville. Dan Gulley will officiate. Burial will follow in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville. The family will receive friends at Crest Lawn Funeral Home, Sunday from 4:00 pm until 8:00pm. Crest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy D. Hale

Jan 24 2014

81 year old Billy D. Hale died Thursday at the Webb House Retirement Center. He was a brick mason, a member of the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church, and he attended the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Hale served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Tim Pelham will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Hale was preceded in death by his spouse, Bobbie Stacy Hale; parents, Andrew and Mary Hale; brothers, Ray, Reed, and Elmer Hale; and sisters, Ethel Mae Gilley and Callie Mathis. Survivors include daughters, Kathy and husband Bill Nokes of Pea Ridge and Debora and husband Elvis Pedigo of Smithville. Grandchildren, Wesley and wife Samantha Nokes of Smithville, Corey and wife Rebecca Pedigo of Huntsville, Alabama, and Natasha Nokes of Bradyville. Great grandchild, Lakelynn Anderson of Bradyville. Sister-in-law, Jean Newbell of Lebanon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ricky "Bell Herman "Estes

Jan 24 2014

48 year old Ricky "Bell Herman" Estes died Wednesday at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a tree trimmer. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Aarat Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Estes was preceded in death by his father, Alvie Estes and sisters Lisa Devault and Jenna Roller. Survivors include his wife, Cindy A. Estes of Woodbury. Three children, Amy Estes, Sara South, and Kasey Estes all of Smithville. His mother, Dixie Sweeton of Smithville. Grandchlldren, Aaliyah and Isaiah Cummings, Araya and Orion Ittayem, Conner Grisham, and Jakota and Jakob Estes. Sisters, Doreen Pedigo of Smithville, Kathy and husband Bruce Chapman of Liberty, and Patsy Estes of Smithville. Brothers, Jimmy Estes of Smithville and Jerry and wife Tammy Estes of Pea Ridge. Special friends, Homer and Melissa Petty. Several nieces and nephews survive. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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