Obituaries

Ruth Elaine Hunter

Jan 21 2016

Mrs. Ruth Elaine Hunter of Smithville passed away Wednesday night at her residence. She was a member of Allen's Chapel Methodist Church & formerly worked at Toshiba Manufacturing. Mrs. Hunter was a member of the Emmaus Community, the Women of Faith & the Food Ministry at Allen's Chapel. DUE TO THE WEATHER, THE FUNERAL SERVICE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO MONDAY AT 11:00 A.M. AT THE CHAPEL OF LOVE-CANTRELL FUNERAL HOME. Burial will follow at Hunter Cove Cemetery in Overton County. She was preceded in death by her parents Marcum and Susie Mills. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Larry Hunter of Smithville. 1 Daughter, Tina and Steve Pickett of Chattanooga. 1 Son, Jonathan and Emily Hunter of Mt. Juliet. 5 Grandchildren and 1 Brother, Al and Katie Mills of Kentucky. In addition to flowers donations can be made to the Allen's Chapel Methodist Church in memory of Mrs. Hunter.

Leona Hooper-Herman

Jan 20 2016

81 year old Leona Hooper-Herman of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a Methodist and a Homemaker. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jack Patterson will officiate and burial will be in the Mt Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Bryant and Sudie Foster Hooper; her husband, Grady Herman; a sister, Claire Boss; two brothers, Leo and James Hooper; and special friend Bobby Ford. Survivors include one daughter, Freda Cox of McMinnville. One step-son, George and Jenny Herman of Dibrell. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Special niece, Diane Strickland of Smithville and two nieces and two nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Janice Stone Davis

Janice Stone Davis age 89 of Smithville passed away Tuesday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born August 6, 1926 to her parents, the late Frank L. And Lula M. Bass Stone. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Solon Davis; 1 daughter, Betsy Lynam; 2 sons, Billy Joe and Jimmy Wayne Davis; 1 grandson, Shane Wyatt Davis; sister, Anna Laura Young; sister-in-law, Tincy Stone. Ms. Janice was a member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church, Eastern Star and a homemaker. Survivors include 1 son, Michael (Cindy) Davis of Nolensville; 5 grandchildren, Nicole (Mike) Bird of Nashville, Mark (Roxie) Lynam of Murfreesboro, Tisha (Scott) Rowland of Nashville, Chrissy Davis of Nashville, and Adam Davis of Cookeville; 10 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Ernie Lynam of Smithville; 2 sisters, Mary (Jerry) Bailey of Alexandria and Bobbie (Charles)Fite of Lebanon; 3 brothers, Billy (Bonnie) Stone of Lafayette, Ernest Stone and Joe Stone both of Smithville; special niece, Melinda Tallent and special caregiver, Leata Chapman. Funeral Services will be conducted 1:00 PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Mahan and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Griffith Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral at 1:00 p.m. Due to the weather NO visitation will be held today (Wednesday). DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Glenda Fay Estes Felts

Jan 18 2016

Glenda Fay Estes Felts, 65 years of age, embraced the Light of Christ on the morning of January 14, 2016 after an extended illness. Glenda was a retired beautician, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.

Glenda was preceded in death by her father and mother, Glen Estes and Ana Fay Walker, and her brother Blake Martin. Survivors include: her husband, Harvey Felts; son, Shayne and Natasha Judkins; daughter, Shana Judkins; stepdaughter Melody Felts Anderson and husband Tim; grandchildren, Ally Judkins, Will Judkins, and Lynlee Judkins; step grandchildren, Dakota Dexter and Savanah Dexter; great grandchild, Grayson Johnson; nieces, Christina Kinkin, Amy Ting, Marla Turner, Belinda Lack, and Renee Cantrell

Services announced.

Wanda Carol Corbin

Jan 18 2016
Wanda Carol Corbin

Funeral Services for Wanda Carol Corbin, 64, of Silver Point will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2pm from the chapel of Presley Funeral Home with Pastors Jason Bowman and Bobby Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5-9pm and again on Wednesday from 12 noon until time of services at the funeral home.

Mrs. Corbin passed away on Sunday afternoon, January 17, 2016 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born October 13, 1951 in Carthage to the late Garrett Sadler Vinson and Martha Sue Sullins Minton. Also cared for and loved by Clarence Joyce Minton.

She loved The Lord and will be remembered as a blessing to everyone whose path she crossed. A devoted Christian, loving mother and "Nannie" and "Ba" to her grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons, Greg Medlin and wife Teresa of Smithville, Matt and Nichole Wilson of Cookeville; grandchildren, Ashley and Dosson Medlin of Smithville, Alec and Lillianna Wilson of Cookeville; brother, Marty Vinson of Cookeville; sisters, Darlene Wheeler, Vicky Braswell, and Rita Clouse all of Cookeville; several Nieces and Nephews.

JD Burgess, Brian Johnson, Nick Wilson, Richard Panker, Jason Pitman, and CD Webb will serve as pallbearers.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Wanda Carol Corbin please visit our Sympathy Store.

Lora Dell Vanderpool

Jan 18 2016

Ms. Lora Dell Vanderpool age 92 of Liberty passed away Sunday morning, January 17, 2016 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was born January 15, 1924 to her parents, the late Felly B. and Maggie Dodd Mathis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Frank Vanderpool; 3 brothers, Frank Gray Mathis, Henry Howard Mathis, Felly B. Mathis, Jr.; 1 sister, Willette Barrett. Ms. Lora Dell was a member of Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 45 years and a homemaker. She is survived by 2 sons, David Vanderpool and Randy (Kim) Vanderpool both of Liberty; step-granddaughter, Brianna Cumming; 1 brother, Guy Mathis of Liberty; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Eld. Charles Allen Gentry and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 1:PM until 9:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements

Mrs. Willie Frances Dyer

Jan 18 2016

Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Frances Dyer, age 82 of Smithville, TN, will be held at the Chapel of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:00PM with Bro. Dewey Dyer officiating. Burial will follow at Oddfellow Cemetery in Baxter. Visitation with the family will be held on Monday from 4:00-9:00PM and Tuesday after 10:00AM.

Mrs. Dyer passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Bethesda Healthcare Center in Cookeville. Mrs. Willie Frances Dyer was born on May 26, 1933 in Buffalo Valley, TN to the late Willard and Lou Nell (Litchford) Williams. Frances was of the Baptist faith and worked as a homemaker, and garment worker with the Cookeville Shirt Factory.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Hubert Dyer; 2 Infant Daughters: Flossie Nell and Mabel Sue Dyer; 2 Brothers: Buck and Jackie Williams; and 4 Sisters: Margaret Lou Smith, Ruth Uhles, Charlene Boyd, and Jean Simpson.

She is survived by 4 Sons and Daughters-In-Law: Harold(Diane) Dyer of Smithville, TN, Wayne Dyer of Smithville, TN, Lonnie Dyer of Putnam County, TN, and Rev. Ron(Cindy) Dyer of Cookeville, TN.

Brother: Troy D. Williams of Portland, TN

Sister: Sadie Mahney of Carthage, TN

9 Grandchildren: John Thomas and Joey Dyer, Quinton Dyer, Matthew Shane Dyer, Evin Andrew Dyer, Kaye and Christon Dyer, Melissa Albright, and Ashley Dyer.

8 Great Grandchildren.

WHITSON FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

Lena M. Mullican

Jan 15 2016

Lena M. Mullican, age 79, of Oak Ridge TN and formerly of Smithville, went to meet her LORD on January 9, 2016 at NHC Healthcare in Oak Ridge, TN.

Lena lived and worked in Smithville for many years at DeKalb County Hospital and for several doctors. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Lena was preceded in death by her daughter Pamela French Hale, mother Virgie Ruby Fisher Cantrell, stepfather Lee Harmon Cantrell, father Eldred Jefferson Fisher, brother Roger Lee Cantrell, and grandparents Ersie and Waymon Walker. Survivors include one granddaughter, Jessica French Hale of McMinnville; two sisters, Rose Ann (Jack) Kile of Knoxville and Linda (Hilary) Suddarth of Castalian Springs; niece Hannah Grace Creasey of Knoxville; nephew George (Caroline) Hatcher Jr. of Greenbrier; other nieces, nephews, and cousins; and aunt Helen Roller of Rock Island, sister of deceased Lee Harmon Cantrell.

Funeral services, with Bro. B.J. Thomason officiating, will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2pm in the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with interment immediately following at New Union Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held at 1pm prior to the 2 pm services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations in memory of Lena be made to the New Union Cemetery Fund, Calvary Baptist Church, or other charity of choice.

Tammy Ann Vanatta

Jan 14 2016
Tammy Ann Vanatta

Ms. Tammy Ann Vanatta age 55, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at her home.

Ms. Vanatta was born November 20, 1960 in Lebanon, TN, the Daughter of Barbara Ann Smith Vanatta and the late Clyde Vanatta, who preceded her in death on November 22, 2003. Tammy was saved on September 21, 1982 and was a member of the West Main Baptist Church. She loved her church dearly. Tammy worked at Dillard’s and Prichard’s Grocery for numerous years, and worked at the Alexandria Café for 17 years. She loved life, kids, and worked hard. Tammy touched numerous lives and will be dearly missed.

Tammy is survived by Mother; Barbara Vanatta of Alexandria, TN. Sister; Teresa (Tom) Lynch of Alexandria, TN. Brother; Richie Vanatta of Statesville, TN, and Nephew; Kameron Vanatta of Statesville, TN.

Celebration of Life Services for Ms. Vanatta are scheduled to be conducted from the Sandlin Center at the Alexandria Fairgrounds on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 2PM with Bro. Dusty Desimone and Bro. Ben Simpson officiating. Interment will follow in the Simpson Cemetery.

Visitation with the Vanatta family will be held at the Avant Funeral Home on Saturday from 10AM until 8PM and at the Sandlin Center at the Alexandria Fairgrounds on Sunday from 10AM until the time of the service at 2PM.

The Vanatta Family requests that you attend Tammy’s funeral dressed as you remembered Tammy, such as: Hippie, Vintage, Vandy Fan, 49ers Fan, Steelers Fan, Elvis, Halloween, James Taylor, Hall & Oats, Donna Summers, the Beetles, or any others.

In lieu of flowers, the Vanatta Family requests memorials in Tammy’s memory be made to the West Main Baptist Church.

Clarence Royce Neely

Jan 12 2016

Mr. Clarence Royce Neely age 81 of Smithville passed away Tuesday morning, January 12, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born November 11, 1934 to his parents, the late Wallace Neely and Elsie Patton Neely Bell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Thelma Cope, Christine Cantrell and Dorothy Jean Adcock; 2 great-grandchildren, Peanut Scott and Jeffrey Pasley. Mr. Clarence was a faithful member of Covenant Baptist Church where he served as Choir Director, a Garment Factory Executive, was in the Tennessee National Guard for 12 years, Mason and member of Liberty Lodge #77, Scottish Rite, and a Shriner. He is survived by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Walteen Neely of Smithville; son, Kevin Royce (Rexanna) Neely of Smithville; 6 grandchildren, Matthew Royce Neely, Erica Denise Neely, Jeremiah Joseph (Monique) Pasley, Tabatha Marie Pasley, Jeffrey Daryl (Holly) Pasley and Matthew Allen Pasley; 8 great-grandchildren, Malachi Royce Neely, Jericho Zachariah Neely, Jeremy Scott Fink, Dominic Leon Pasley, Landon Pasley, Miah Pasley, Elijah Scott, Sideny Scott, Skylar Scott; 1 brother, Bryan (Jo Ann) Neely of McMinnville; 2 sisters, Vivian Vickers of Cookeville and Karen (Vernon) Goines of Manchester. There will be a Masonic Service conducted 7:PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Friday, January 15, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating and burial to follow in Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 11AM until 8:PM and Friday 10AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Shriners Children Hospital. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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