Obituaries

James "Jim" Puckett

Feb 16 2011

78 year old James "Jim" Puckett of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 12 noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Fowler will officiate and burial will be in the Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at noon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Othel Lee and Lovie Lunsford Puckett and a brother, Jerry Puckett. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Puckett; a son, Jason and his wife Terre Puckett; and a grandson, Daniel Puckett all of Smithville. Step daughter, Jackie Cowan and husband Vince Long and two step grandchildren, Maggie and Sophia Long all of Gallatin. A brother, Bobby and wife Nina Puckett of Lebanon. Three nieces, Bethni Hemphill of Hermitage, Susan Puckett Deaton, and Donna Puckett Cassimer of Nashville. A nephew, Dudley Puckett of Lebanon and a sister-in-law, Teresa Puckett of Hendersonville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations please be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Gideon's International in memory of Jim Puckett.

Ova J. Driver

Feb 15 2011

92 year old Ova J. Driver of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Snow Hill United Methodist Church and a shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Jerry Driver, James Driver, and David Driver will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood Driver; parents, Talmange and Myrtle Moore Davis; and sisters, Altie Vandergriff, Edith Seals, and Wilma Cubbins. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Linda Driver of Glasgow, Kentucky. Two grandchildren, James Driver of Frankfort, Kentucky and David Driver of Chattanooga. Three great grandchildren, Christopher Driver, Sarah Driver, and Jonathan Driver. Sisters, Marie Robinson and Lena Vanderpool both of Smithville and Margie Close of Mount Juliet. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Gideons International, in lieu of flowers.

Delores Eileen Cole Prelich

Feb 14 2011

79 year old Delores Eileen Cole Prelich of Smithville died Sunday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center after a short illness. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Andrew Michael and Ethel Mae Edwards Prelich. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Smithville where she served as a Sunday School teacher. She was also involved in the teaching ministry at the Webb House, a volunteer at Haven of Hope, and she participated in the jail ministry in DeKalb County. Mrs. Prelich was also the former minister of music at First Baptist Church in Smithville and Salem Baptist Church in Liberty. A memorial service will be held after the Sunday morning worship service at the Smithville First Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Andrea Cantrell of Smithville, Debra Hallison of Lakeworth, Florida, and Denise Fuson of Kodak, Tennessee. A son, Darryl Cole of Cookeville. A brother, Thomas Prelich of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Prelich was preceded in death by one son, Stephen. Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Ray Smith

Feb 12 2011

79 year old Donald Ray Smith of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was a 50 year member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran, and he was a retired builder and farmer. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Donald Owens, Bill Robertson, and Carl Smith will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Nan Smith; his mother and father-in-law, Reverend Grady and Evie Crook; two brothers, Marvin and Solon Smith; and three sisters, Evelyn Keith, Lucille Lepley, and Nazalle Lepley. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Margie Smith of Smithville. Four children, Mike Smith, Marlene and husband Danny Adams, Pat and husband Ronnie Arnold, and Mark Smith all of Smithville. Seven grandchildren, Michael and wife Tonya Smith of McMinnville, Jacob and wife Lacey Smith of Cookeville, Danielle and husband Anthony Carr, Jordan Adams, Blaine and wife Kayla Adams, Zachary Arnold, and Joshua Arnold all of Smithville. Seven great grandchildren and one sister, Reba Malone of Dowelltown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, lifelong friends, and his beloved church family at Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The family asks that memorials be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund or to the American Cancer Society. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobbie Gene Todd

Feb 12 2011

50 year old Bobbie Gene Todd of Smithville died Friday at Raintree Manor in McMinnville. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Carson Russ will officiate and burial will be in the Gunter Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Lawson Davis; three sisters, Wanda Todd, Donna Moore, and Joyce Farless. Survivors include her parents, James and Geneva Todd of Morrison. One sister, Judy Fish of Dowelltown. One brother, Ricky Todd of Murfreesboro. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances Ray McBroom Stone

Feb 10 2011

72 year old Frances Ray McBroom Stone of Woodbury died Wednesday. Born in Cannon County, she grew up in Woodbury and graduated from Central High School in the Class of 1956. She attended MTSU and later worked for many years as an executive secretary for the Rutherford County School System. She was also a member of the Woodbury Church of Christ. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Woodbury Church of Christ. Al Bugg, Jr. and Herb Alsup will officiate and burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Woodbury. Visitation will be Saturday at the Woodbury Church of Christ from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, James E. Stone, Sr. of Woodbury. Her mother, W.T. Hendrixson McBroom of Woodbury. Her son and daughter-in-law, Butch and Greta Stone of Woodbury. Brother-in-law, Charlie F. and Judy Stone of Kimberling City, Missouri. Five grandchildren, Tyler Stone, Sean Stone, Tabitha Stone, Jacob Stone, and Will Stone. She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Dave "R.D." McBroom. Smith Funeral Home in Woodbury is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that memorial donations be made, in lieu of flowers, at Smith Funeral Home.

Otha Dell Conger

Feb 10 2011

88 year old Otha Dell Conger of Smithville died Thursday at the Webb House Retirement Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. Tim Woodward and Dan Gulley will officiate and burial will be in Town Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.P. Conger. Survivors include two sons, Hilton Conger of Smithville and John Conger of Nashville. Two daughters, Jane Depriest of Oxford, Mississippi and Carol Buchanan of Decater, Alabama. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations please be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Katherine Conger Scholarship Fund, Smithville Day School, Lipscomb University Center for Families, or Justin Potter Library.

William "Bill" Stanley Baker

78 year old William "Bill" Stanley Baker of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist, member of the U.S. Air Force, and a Maintenance Supervisor. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan will officiate and burial will follow in the Young Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Baker was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Stella Headley Baker; brothers and sisters, Helen, Charles, Isabell, Marshall, Thelma, Ruby, Jim, and Peggy. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Maxine Baker of Smithville. Children, Stanley and wife Diana Baker of Nashville, Mike Baker of Florida, Donna and husband John Kindle of Indiana, Joseph and wife Cathy Baker of Nashville, Judith Ball of Mount Ben Lomond, California, Mickey Dudek of Los Angeles, Shirley and husband Morty Graham of Louisiana, Barbara and husband Steve Bartz of Nashville, Ramona and husband Jerry Hudson of Smithville, and Jill Garrison of Louisiana. A brother, John (Bud) Baker of Metropolis, Illinois. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family would like to thank Lisa Ray of Suncrest Home Healthcare for the gentle loving care provided to our beloved Bill and to our friends at Whorton Springs Baptist Church for their unending love, compassion, and friendship.

Kelly Owens

Feb 8 2011

65 year old Kelly Owens of Gordonsville died Monday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a private investigator. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Chris Long and Danny Chance will officiate. Interment will be at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Retha Sharp Owens; a grandchild; brothers, Elbert, Luther, and Ronnie Owens; and sisters, Annie Tuttle and Martha Asher. Survivors include his wife, Karen Owens of Gordonsville. Children, Lisa and husband Vann, Marsha and husband J.M. Hall, and Melanie and husband Buddy Harmon all of Kentucky. Ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Brothers, Henry and wife Gail Owens of Kentucky, Kenneth and wife Jean Owens of Smithville, and Johnny Owens of West, Virginia. Sisters, Letha and husband Glen Price of Indiana and Lizzie Owens of Alexandria. Several nieces and nephews survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Atnip

Feb 7 2011

57 year old Bobby Atnip of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center of Smithville. He was a mechanic and a member of the Peoples Pentecostal Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Goldie Lee and Mary Braswell Atnip and two brothers, Gordon Lee Atnip and Joel B. Atnip. Survivors include a son, Bobby Allan Knowles of Florida. A grandson, Bobby Allan Atnip of Joelton. A brother, Duywane Atnip of Joelton. Four sisters, Nancy Marie Whitefield of Smithville, Rose and Buck Bain of Smithville, Lois Ann Atnip of Nunnelly, and Cotton and Priscilla Bain of Smithville. Special niece and nephew, Tina Bain and Troy Bain and special great nephew, Jase Bain all of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses in memory of Bobby.

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