Obituaries

T.M. Hooper

Apr 16 2016

88 year old T.M. Hooper of Smithville died early Saturday morning at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a Navy Veteran, Mason at Short Mountain Lodge #373 and a member of the American Legion Post #0122.. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and a retired banker at Citizens Bank. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Dr. John Carpenter will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Maggie Hooper; a sister, Louise Story; and four brothers, Allen, Harry, Clyde, and Eddie Hooper. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita Hooper of Smithville. Son, Dr. Doug and wife Brenda Hooper of Smithville. Daughter, Janet and husband Mike Eldridge of Cookeville. Five grandchildren, Dr. Daniel Hooper of Nashville, Dr. Justin Hooper of Murfreesboro, Nathan Eldridge of Cookeville, David Eldridge of Cookeville, and Sarah Eldridge of Cookeville. Brothers, Jack and Maryls Hooper of California and Billy and Mary Jane Hooper of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Sue Swope-Beasley

Apr 13 2016

Peggy Swope-Beasley, age 71, of Alexandria, passed away on April 9, 2016. The Memorial Service, conducted by Pastor Donald Owens, is 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Dry Creek Baptist Church (5521 Dry Creek Road) Doweltown TN. In lieu of flowers, please make Memorial Donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105).

Mrs. Swope-Beasley is survived by husband F. Daniel Beasley; daughter: Rebecca L. Wall; son: Andrew K. Wall; stepsons: Joseph Beasley (Jessie) and Timothy Beasley (Heather); grandchildren: Danielle Baker Reynolds (David), Kodi Driggers, Camille Beasley, Chloe Beasley, Timothy Beasley Jr., Clara Beasley, Dannie Beasley, and Callie Beasley; sister: Gene Johnson; sisters-in-law: Vickie Coggin and Mary McLaurin (Melville); and great-grandchildren: Cadence Morgan Reynolds and Tatum Harper Reynolds. She is preceded in death by son Mitchell Wesley Butler, parents Curtis and Dovie Bethune, sisters Elizabeth Anderson and Nell Wall, mother-in-law Patricia Ann Beasley Stalker, and brother-in-law Michael L. Beasley. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.

Estelle Clark Billings

Apr 13 2016

Mrs. Estelle Clark Billings age 91 of Sparta passed away Monday morning April 11, 2016 at her daughter's residence.

Mrs. Billings was born August 15, 1924 in Putnam County to the late Willie B. Clark & Rosa Bartlett Clark. She worked 40 years in garment factories in Sparta, Cookeville and Smithville. After retirement she worked with senior citizens in Smithville, planning dances and trips in southern states. She loved gardening and taking care of her roses. She worked almost 20 years as a foster grandparent at Findlay, Woodland Park and Head Start schools. She loved helping children with their school work. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband John Waymon Billings; daughter Johnnie Faye Billings; brothers Sgt. Joe T. Clark and Fowler Terry Clark.

Survivors include her daughter Kaye Lee & husband Charlie

Grandson: Charlie Lee Jr, and wife Jennifer

Granddaughter: Frances Poston and husband Jack

Four great-grandchildren: Amie Jones, Hutch Lee, Matt Poston, Dillon Poston

Five great-great grandchildren: Zach Knowles, Kaylee Knowles, Ian Jones, Carlie Lee, Ayla Burton

Sister: Janie Harris of Michigan

Brother: Lewis Clark of Cookeville

A special sister-in-law Edith Foutch and husband Dan of Knoxville

Funeral services will be 1:00pm Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 10:00am Wednesday until service time at Hunter Funeral Home. Rev. DaWanna Lopez will officiate.

Charlie Lee, Jr, Jack Poston, Hutch Lee, Matt Poston, Dillon Poston and Zach Knowles will serve as pallbearers.

Linda Rhody Henson

Apr 11 2016
Linda Rhody Henson

Linda Rhody Henson, 67, died Sunday April 10, 2016 at Tennova Hospice in Knoxville, Tennessee after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Linda was a resident of Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Linda is survived by her son Kirk Henson of Knoxville, TN and daughter Shelley Henson Daley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son-in-law Marc Daley; mother, Lena Robinson Rhody of Smithville, TN; brothers, Austin Rhody, Jr. of Rockwood, Jim Rhody and Randy Rhody of Smithville; sisters-in-law, Nancy Rhody and Annette Rhody; special friend, Joe Sams of Dandridge, TN; nieces, Regina Brantley, Meghan Rhody; and Sarena Montgomery; and nephews, Kevin Rhody and Justin Rhody.

She was preceded in death by her father, Austin Rhody in 1967.

Linda was born April 19, 1948 in DeKalb County, Tennessee. She graduated from DeKalb County High School in 1966 as Valedictorian of her class. She earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Tennessee and worked as a Special Education teacher for over forty years with Knox and Jefferson County schools.

A memorial service celebrating Linda's life will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, 1850 Allen Ferry Road, Smithville, Tennessee at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens, 2700 McMinnville Highway, Smithville, Tennessee. The family will be receiving friends at Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church beginning one hour (12 noon) before the service.

The family will also receive friends in Jefferson City, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jefferson City Christian Church, 1439 Hicks Road, Jefferson City, Tennessee.

The family requests no flowers.

Callie Hatten Taylor

Apr 9 2016

Callie Hatten Taylor age 88 of Watertown, died Thursday afternoon, April 7, 2016 at Southern Manor Living in Lebanon. Born May 26, 1927 in Dekalb County, she was the daughter of the late Horace S. and Nola Edna Taylor and was preceded in death by sisters, Ina Mae Trapp and Clara Fuson and brothers, Lloyd, Hobert, H.D. and H.C. "Tye" Taylor. She was a retired employee of Precision Rubber Products. Hatten is survived by her sister, Reba Nixon and husband, Virgil of Watertown and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Funeral services 2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Don Mathis officiating. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. till service time Sunday. Pallbearers, Wayne and James Fuson, Terry Sage and Joe Thomas. Interment will be at Mt. Holly Cemetery in Smithville.

Dorothy Irene Caplinger

Apr 9 2016

79 year old Dorothy Irene Caplinger of Smithville passed away Saturday, April 9th at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

She was a homemaker & attended the Faith Congregational Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 2pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Chris Long will officiate & burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Monday, from 1 - 8pm & Tuesday, from 10am until the service time at 2pm.

Ms. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents-Floyd and Verrah Trapp Carter. Husband-Doyle Caplinger. Grandson-Brian Doyle Pack. 1 Sister- Beulah Mullican. 2 Brothers-Robert and Walter Carter. Father and Mother-in-Law-Delton and Elmer Caplinger. Survivors include a Daughter-Doylene Caplinger of Murfreesboro & a Son-Charlie and Rhonda Caplinger of Smithville. 2 Grandchildren-Michael and Jennifer Caplinger of Smithville. Sister-in-Law-Frankie and Jack Watkins of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the DeKalb County Animal Coalition in memory of Ms. Dorothy, or to the Smithville Church of God building fund.

Love - Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Aretta Livonia West Hatcher

Apr 9 2016
Aretta Livonia West Hatcher

87 year old Aretta Livonia West Hatcher of Smyrna, TN passed away Friday, April 8th at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital.

She was formerly employed with Dixie Record Company & attended the Stones River Baptist Church in Smyrna.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 11am from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dr. G. Ross Maroney will officiate & burial will follow at Keltonberg Methodist Cemetery. Family visitation will be Sunday, 1-6pm & Monday, 10am until service time at 11am.

Ms. Hatcher is preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Frances D. Adcock Russell. First husband, Forrest Eugene West & Second husband, Wayne Hatcher. One son, Freddie Glenn. Brother and Sister, Frank Russell and Claudean Young. Survivors include 4 Children-Carol and James Puckett of Smyrna, Larry and Brenda West of Nashville, Michael West of Smithville, and Ronald and Debbie West of Smyrna. 4 Grandchildren-Scarlet Adcock, Aleisha Burchett, Brian and Theresa West, Andrew West and his fiancé Eryn. 4 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Love - Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Grace Cubbins Parsley

Apr 9 2016

Ms. Grace Cubbins Parsley age 85 of Smithville passed away Friday night April 8, 2016 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. Grace was the daughter of the late George and Maude Clayborn Cubbins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Parsley; granddaughter and her husband, Jennifer (Alan) Clark; great-grandson, Ethan Parsley; 4 brothers, Bill, Dalton, Walter and Brown Cubbins; 4 sisters, Evie Crook, Dexie Young, Elsie Washer, Georgie Hendrixson. She was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and attended the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church and The Baptist Tabernacle and a homemaker. Survivors include 2 sons, Larry Parsley and Ricky (Maria) Parsley both of Woodbury; 5 grandchildren, Kristy Williams of Smithville; Stephen Parsley of Lenoir City, TN, Heather Parsley of Knoxville, Melissa Luttrell of Woodbury and Chad Morgan Parsley of Texas; 6 great-grandchildren; special friend, Erby France of Smithville; 2 sisters-in-law, Peggy Johnson and Linda Sue (David) Foutch both of Smithville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted 11:AM Monday, April 11, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Donald Owens officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 10:AM until 8:PM and Monday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Tommye D. Morren

Apr 9 2016

Tommye D. Morren, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville, TN. She was born on September 18, 1930, to her parents, the late Grover and Kindness (Dickenson) Talmadge. Mrs. Morren was a beloved mother and homemaker. She is survived by her four sons; John E. Morren (Marcia), Robert L. Morren (Robin), Charles E. Morren (Judy), William Earl Morren (Vera); two daughters, Lisa K. Giuffrida (Dominick), Deborah M. Flanagan (George); fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Morren was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John E. Morren, Sr.; brother, Rheul P. Dickenson; two sisters, Juanita Newsom and Ethel Hyde. Visitation will be Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Bethany United Methodist Church in Braxton, MS. from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. with the service following at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Tutor Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley Dean Cripps

Apr 5 2016
Shirley Dean Cripps

76 year old Shirley Dean Cripps of Smithville died Tuesday at her residence. She was a faithful member of the Smithville Church of Christ for 48 years and was retired from Kingston Timers after 32 years. Shirley was a wonderful cook and one of her favorite ways of loving her family was to prepare wonderful feasts of scrumptious home-cooked goodies. A few of her specialties include fried chicken, fried sweet potatoes, fried corn, green beans and yummy chocolate and pecan pies. Not only was her family blessed by her fabulous cooking, she was often found delivering these goodies to those of her congregation and community who had lost a loved one, who were ill or just needed a friendly face to come calling. She will also be remembered for her sweet spirit and her kindness to all she met. She will be missed terribly by her loving husband and family. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dan Gulley and Alex Woodward will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3-8 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.. On Friday, there will be no public visitation before 10 a.m. The family will then receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Thelma Stiles Glenn; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jerry Cripps, Jeanette Dodson, Brenda Chapman Cripps, James "Curly" Cripps, and Chloa Cripps. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Johnnie Cripps, Jr. Children, Tammy and husband Steve Williams and Scott and wife Gena Cripps. Grandchildren, Brenna Williams, Loren Cripps, and Tyree Cripps. A sister, Linda Glenn. Sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and M.B. Silcox, Brenda Cripps, Gene Cripps, and Glen Dodson. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the 3rd floor nurses at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center who were so caring to Shirley and her family and to the nurses of Alive Hospice who aided the Cripps family in caring for Shirley in her home. In addition to flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Mountain Empire Children's Coral Academy (donations can be given through www.meccacademy.org) or to the Smithville Church of Christ Youth Group. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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