Obituaries

John Wayne Grandstaff

Jul 2 2017

58 year old John Wayne Grandstaff of Liberty passed away at his residence. He was an employee of Star Manufacturing, a DeKalb County native, and a member of the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Dennis Young and Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. The pallbearers are Kevin Rhody, Corey Morrow, Chris Chapman, Keith Billings, Tom Sklenka, Danny Chapman, Tyler Bundy, and Daniel Sklenka. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Lizzy, and Hobart Herman; parents, John B. Grandstaff and Mildred Herman; and a brother, Roy Grandstaff. Survivors include his wife, Donna Grandstaff of Liberty. A daughter, Tiffany and Corey Morrow of Liberty. A granddaughter, Lexy Gammons of Liberty. A nephew, Marcus and Diana Grandstaff of Woodbury. Three great nephews and several cousins also survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Clara Brown Lawrence

Jun 23 2017
Clara Brown Lawrence

97 year old Clara Brown Lawrence of Alexandria died Friday at Tennova Hospital in Lebanon. She was retired from Kingston Timers and a charter member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the West Main Baptist Church. Dusty Desimone will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4- 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Sunday from 1 p.m. until the service at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin Davis and Ila Lynam and a sister, Mildred Agnew. Survivors include children, Kenneth and Sandra Lawrence of Goodlettsville, Sandra and Gene Ross of Grapevine, Texas, Lisa and Ralph Agee, Jr. of Alexandria, and Gary "Bronson" and Sherrie Lawrence of Alexandria. Eight grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia "Pat" Overton Paris

Jun 21 2017

Patricia "Pat" Overton Paris, 85 of Smithville, Tennessee passed from this life on Monday, June 19, 2017, at NHC HealthCare of Smithville.

Pat was born Tuesday, December 1, 1931 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and she was the daughter of the late Gladys (Grieve) and Olin Overton.

Pat was a loving wife, mother, and Muffy to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son Randy Paris and his wife Donna Paris of Smithville, Tennessee and her daughter, Ginger Van Sant and her husband Richard Van Sant of Cumming, Georgia

She had 6 Grandchildren: David Van Sant, Richard Van Sant, Jr., Kate Karassik, Brandon Paris, Jennifer Griffith and Stephanie Smith. She had 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William Donald Paris.

Pat chose cremation and the family followed her wishes and a celebration of her life will be held at Elizabeth Chapel in Smithville, Tennessee on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dekalb Animal Coalition Construction Fund.

Please send to:

Dekalb Animal Coalition

PO Box 354

Smithville, Tennessee, 37166

George Mansfield Johnson, Sr.

Jun 20 2017

George Mansfield Johnson, Sr. age 88, of Walling, TN passed away Monday morning, June 19, 2017 at home. He was born June 26, 1928 to his parents, the late James Herman and Nancy Eller Johnson.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by, the mother of his children, Nellie Jane Johnson Keaton, Son, George M. Johnson, Jr., Granddaughter, Stacey Powell, Wife Clara Johnson, Stepdaughter Jenny Smith, Wife Jewell Hoffman Johnson. Four brothers, Dallas (Della Mae), Dink (Donna Bell), James (Margaret) and Earl Johnson, two sisters Tracey and Marie Johnson.

Mr. Johnson served in the United States Army Nov. 29, 1950 until Nov. 28, 1952. He was retired from DTC Communication in Dekalb County.

Mr. Johnson was a Christian and was known for his love for the Lord. He was an inspiration to many.

Mr. Johnson is survived by daughters Debra (Kenny) Bain of Smithville, Teresa A. Johnson and Janie Johnson of Walling, Stepdaughters Juanna (Rick) Mason, Janet (Don) Pugh, of Walling, Diane (Ben) Johnson of Walling, Grandchildren Nelda, Bandy, and Kenny Bain, Jr. of Smithville, Great Grandchildren, Jacob Bandy, Tanisha Bandy and Briana Bandy, Braxton and Gavin Bain all of Smithville, and Danye Powell of McMinnville, Great Great Grandchildren Aaron Cole Bandy, Alejandra Grace Gutierrez of Smithville, and a sister in law Katie Johnson Young of Sparta.
Many neices and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be at 1pm on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Alton Marcum and Robert Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Walling. Family will recieve friends from 3pm until 9pm on Tuesday, June 20 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers include; Lynn Johnson, Adam Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Garland Johnson, Anthony Johnson, and David Young.

Condolences to the family may be made at oaklawnmemorial.com

Christine Taylor Reeder

Jun 14 2017
Christine Taylor Reeder

Christine Taylor Reeder age 77 of Smithville, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born January 17, 1940 to her parents, the late Albert and Pauline Hoover Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Winnie Taylor; husband, Melvin Reeder; granddaughter, Lindsay Reeder; 1 brother, Buddy Taylor and 1 sister, Faye Lohorn. Ms. Christine was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle, retired factory worker and baby sitter. She is survived by 2 children, Regena (Reginald) Truitt of Smithville and Charles (Liz) Reeder of Cookeville; 5 grandchildren, Whitney Houk (Ana Armendariz), Corey Winchester, Amanda (Jeff) Rippy, Chavon Young and Reggie Truitt (Nesea Napper); 7 great-grandchildren; 6 sisters, Mary Ludy of Smyrna, Peggy (Ralph) Tramel of Smithville, Judy (Ronnie) Redmon of Dowelltown, Linda (Alvin) Armour of Smithville, Darlene Jones of Smithville and Sandy (Cam) Dunn of Smithville; 5 brothers, Ricky (Dianne) Taylor of Murfreesboro, Ronnie Taylor of Smithville, Jerry Taylor of Smithville, Jimmy (Rita) Taylor of Smithville, Tony (Vickie) Taylor of Murfreesboro; brother-in-law, Don Lohorn of Smithville; sisters-in-law, Brenda Taylor of Smithville, Sally Tims of Cookeville, Hazel Bowman of Carthage and Susie Vandergriff of Smithville; many nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 3 PM Saturday, June 17, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Garry McBride officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 11:AM until 8 PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy C. Adcock

Jun 13 2017
Dorothy C. Adcock

Dorothy C. Adcock of the Belk Community passed away Monday night, June 12, 2017 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was born April 25, 1927 to her parents, the late Bryan and Susie Rankhorn Green. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Adcock; daughter, Donna C. Phillips; 2 brothers, James and J.D. Green; 3 sisters, Josie Boyd, Maureen Sellars and Velma Walker. Ms. Dorothy was a faithful member of the Keltonburg Church of Christ and a homemaker. Survivors include 2 sons, Phillip (Carolyn) Adcock and Wayne (Brenda) Adcock both of Smithville; 4 daughters, Carol (Eddie) Green of Smithville; Jane (Don) Crouch of McMinnville; Peggy Shuster of Murfreesboro; Elaine (Trey) Axum of Woodbury; son-in-law, Barry Phillips of Hermitage; sister, Janice (Harris) Haley of McMinnville; sister-in-law, Ann Green of Clarksville; 16 Grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and her first great-great-granddaughter, LayLynn on the way; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, June 15, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Matthew Bouldin and Jonathan Stubblefield officiating and burial to follow in Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 11:AM until 8 PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Keltonburg Church of Christ Guyana Mission Fund, in memory of Ms. Dorothy. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Dean Buck

Jun 9 2017

Graveside services for Dean Buck age 82 will be held Monday at 2:30pm at Palmer Cemetery with burial in Palmer Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11:30 - 2:00pm at Baxter Funeral Home. Survivors include wife Evelyn Buck; sons Dean Keith Buck, David Gene Buck, Dale Andrew Buck, and Allen Buck; daughters Joann Buck McCarty, Debbie Buck Roark; and sister Marie Bowman. Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Phillip Stanley Walls

Jun 9 2017
Phillip Stanley Walls

Phillip Stanley Walls age 68 of Smithville, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his residence. He was born March 30, 1949 to his parents, the late Roy V. and Nannie L. Adcock Walls. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters, Janie Woodlee, Tommy Walls, Clarence Walls, Gene Walls, James Howell Walls, Ann Farless and Thelma Webb. Phillip was a nursery worker. Survivors include 2 sons, Phillip Stanley Walls, II and Cody Nicholas Walls both of Smithville; 2 brothers, Dan and Bobby Walls both of Smithville; 5 sisters, Rita Walls, Ellen Clayton, Kathy Scott and Verna Green all of Smithville and Wanda Hollis of McMinnville; special friend, Tracey Minnear of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. Phillip's family has honored his request to be cremated and a Memorial Service will be 5:30 PM, Thursday, June 15, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Michael Hullett and Michael Hale officiating and there will be a private family burial in Hullett Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 12 Noon until the time of the memorial service at 5:30 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

William Randel Eaton

Jun 7 2017
William Randel Eaton

Mr. William Randel Eaton, age 35 of Alexandria, and better known as “Little Randy” passed from this life on June 6, 2017 unexpectedly at his home.

Randy was born July 6, 1981 in Carthage, TN, the son of Randy O. Eaton and Debbie J. Eaton. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparetns; Ed and Sue Eaton, maternal step-grandfather; Roy L. Tripp, and Uncle; Timmy Cline. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.

Mr. Eaton is survived by Mother; Debbie Jo Eaton of Alexandria, TN, and Father; Randy Eaton of Alexandria, TN. Brother; Jerimey Howard of Alexandria, TN. Nieces; Kaia and Abegayle Howard of Alexandria, TN. Grandmother; Mary K. Tripp of Alexandria, TN. Uncles; Edward (Linda) Eaton of Texarkana, TX, and Mike Eaton of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral Services for Mr. Eaton are scheduled to be conducted at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alexandria, TN, on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 1PM with Bro. Dan Malett and Bro. Matt Smart officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Visitation with the Eaton family will be held at the Avant Funeral Home on Thursday from 12 Noon to 8PM and at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Friday from 10AM until service time at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Eaton Family requests memorial in Randy’s memory be made to assist with the funeral expenses.

Eleanor Smart Bontrager

Jun 7 2017
Eleanor Smart Bontrager

Eleanor Smart Bontrager age 96 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday night, June 6, 2017 at Woodbury Health & Rehab. She was born October 17, 1920 to her parents, the late Jesse and Catherine VanValkenburg Smart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Amos R. Bontrager; 1 son, Michael Charles Bontrager; 1 great-grandson, David Alan Fugle; 8 brothers and sisters, Floyd Smart, Harriet Mills, Ethel Seaburg, Leo Smart, Leon Smart, Jesse Smart, Louise Calnan, Kenneth Smart. Ms. Eleanor was a member of the Darien Methodist Church in New York and attended the Smithville First United Methodist Church. She was the owner of Dolly's Beauty Salon in New York and was a member of the Busy Bee's in Smithville. Survivors include 3 children, Eugene A. (Margaret) Bontrager of Darien Center, NY, Caroly (Frank) Mazurik of Watertown and Lynn (Patricia) Bontrager of Carthage; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, June 11, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 4 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to the charity of your choice, in memory of Ms. Eleanor. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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