Obituaries

Rocky Shane Harmon

Apr 17 2010

38 year old Rocky Shane Harmon of Sneedville died Wednesday at his residence. Harmon, born in Smithville, attended grammar school in Oklahoma, Florida, and Short Mountain and he graduated from Cannon County High School. Harmon was also a member of the Stewart's Chapel Church of Christ in McMinnville. He is survived by his wife, Pheadra James Harmon of Sneedville. Two sons, London and Rocky Harmon of McMinnville. Two daughters, Vanessa Harmon of Liberty and Victoria Harmon of Short Mountain. Three step children, Kortni Fleenor, Tyler James, and Morgan Fleenor all of Sneedville. His mother, Michelle and husband Keith Slatton of Smithville. His father, Gary Harmon of Altamont. A brother, Stoney Harmon of Campaigne. Two sisters, Crystal Schulz of Murfreesboro and Shiney Gibbs of Smithville. Grandmother, Mary and husband Howard Gunter of Short Mountain. Grandfather, Earl Gassaway of Smithville. Aunt, Agness Byrd of McMinnville. Several other uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews survive. A graveside service will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Blues Hill Cemetery in Short Mountain. Carson Rust will officiate. The Harmon family will receive friends at DeKalb Funeral Chapel on Sunday from noon until 2:30 p.m. The Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Helen Burgess Mabe VanStrander

Apr 16 2010

73 year old Helen Burgess Mabe VanStrander of Alexandria died Thursday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born in Brush Creek, the daughter of the late Nellie Anne Howell and Harvey McMillan Burgess. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Franklin Mabe; a daughter, Mary Christine Mabe; and a son, Steve Mabe, Sr. She was later married to Richard Van Strander. She worked for the Wilson County Shirt Company in Watertown and later at Kroger in Lebanon. VanStrander was a homemaker and a member of the Auburntown Church of Christ. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the service will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. David Dunn and Glenn Ramsey will officiate and burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemeter. Visitation will be at Avant Chapel on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Van Strander is survived by her husband, Richard Van Strander of Alexandria. A son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Janet Mabe of Chicago, Illinois. A grandson, Steve Mabe, Jr. and his wife Rachel of Smithville. Granddaughters, Monika Mabe and Tabitha Mabe of Chicago, Illinois. Great grandsons, Heath Mabe and Lance Mabe of Smithville. Brothers, Eldon and wife Carol Burgess of Cookeville and Billy and wife Linda Burgess of Brush Creek. Sisters, Ann and husband Lee Armstrong of Nashville and Wanda and husband Sidney Williams of Brush Creek. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Stephanie Jill Kennedy

Apr 13 2010

34 year old Stephanie Jill Kennedy of Smithville died Monday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Findley Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale and Dwight Fuqua will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Henry Moore and two brothers, Tony and Michael Moore. Survivors include children, Courtney Whiteaker and Ben Whiteaker both of Smithville; her mother, Mary Pack of Smithville; two sisters, Diane Austin of Mount Juliet and Teresa Johnson of Murfreesboro; a brother, Jason Moore of Smithville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Bobby Lee Hall

Apr 12 2010

77 year old Bobby Lee Hall of Watertown died Saturday at his residence. He was a truck driver and a member of the Watertown Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Hall, born in Wilson County, was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He was an AmVet, lifetime member of the V.F.W., and a member of the North American Hunting Club. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Rodger McCann will officiate and burial will be in the Wilson County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday prior to the service. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Yolanda Hall; father, Everette Hall; mother, Effie Hall; stepmother, Lola Hall; a sister, Doris Barney; and a brother, Charles Hall. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty West Hall of Watertown. A daughter, Sherrie and her husband Hank Gore of Hendersonville. Two sons, Wesley and his wife Tiwanda Hall of Watertown and Mike and his wife Gina Hall of Abilene, Texas. Grandchildren, Zack Gore, Carl and wife Cara George, Olivia, Dylan, Kaysee, and Katie Hall, and Toy and husband Bobby Parham. Great grandchildren, Malachi, Lyric, Ellie, and Josiah Parham. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Wayne Johnson

Apr 10 2010

62 year old Billy Wayne Johnson of Smithville died Saturday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. He operated Johnson Tree Service. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Buford Bain will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m.; Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Pauline George Johnson; a brother, Sherman Johnson; and a sister, Rita Gorman. Survivors include his wife, Marie Ferrell Johnson of Smithville. Two daughters, Teresa and husband Ellis Denson of Gallatin and Rhonda and husband Ricky Medlin of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Bradley and Zachary Jernigan and Kayla Brewington, all of Gallatin; Jonathan Davis, Christopher Medlin and Peyton Medlin all of Smithville. Four brothers, Teddy and wife JoAnn Johnson of Smithville; Lester and wife Jane Johnson of Portland, Michael and wife Karen Johnson, and Jerry Johnson all of Brush Creek. Three sisters, Sue and husband Paul Vaughn of Liberty, Paulette and husband Charlie Crawford and Ann and husband Randall Bennett all of Carthage. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the funeral home to help meet funeral expenses.

Bertha Helena Hafstad

Apr 10 2010

95 year old Bertha Helena Hafstad died Thursday in Taylor, Michigan where she lived. She also resided in Smithville on occasion with her daughter, Kathy Rice. She was born in Savannah Township, Minnesota. The funeral will be Saturday, April 10th at the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Taylor, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband Garrett Clifford Hafstad
She is survived by five children, JoAnn Bretzlaff of Smithville, Robert and wife Jerrie Hafstad of Taylor, Michigan, Rosemary Garcia of Highland, Michigan, Tom and wife Claudia Hafstad of Smithville, and Kathy and husband Lash Rice of Smithville. Twenty grandchildren, more than 50 great grandchildren and several great, great, grandchildren also survive. Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Taylor, Michigan is in charge of the arrangements.

Earline Young Webb

Apr 10 2010

80 year old Earline Young Webb of East Ridge near Chattanooga died Friday. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. Robbie Gallaty will officiate. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Chattanooga. A graveside service will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. (central time) at the Town Cemetery in Smithville. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mayme Young; her father, Sam Young; her daughter, Nancy Webb Costello; and her grandson, William DeVoll Costello. Survivors include her husband, William H. Webb; sons, J. Rodney and his wife Annette Webb, Dr. William E. "Smearl" and wife Anne Webb; grandchildren, Allison Webb, Burton Webb, Lashley Webb, Houston Webb, Regan Costello, and Lauren Costello Hester; and great grandchildren, Sadle Kaye Ritter and Webb McDaniel Hester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nancy Costello Memorial Fund at the Girls Preparatory School or to Brainerd Baptist Church. East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carl Gene Grove, Jr

Apr 8 2010

38 year old Carl Gene Grove, Jr. of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a self-employed lawn service worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Aaron Cantrell Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Judy Grove; and infant sister, his paternal grandparents, George and Delma Grove; his maternal grandparents, Clifton and Lois Bonner; special great uncle, Odie Martin; and an aunt Gracie Killough. Survivors include his father, Gene Grove of Smithville; his mother and step-father, Barbara and Eldon Currey; two sisters, Tina Serna and Regina Nunley; two step-brothers, Eldon and Rodney Currey all of McMinnville. An uncle, Robert Grove of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. The family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home for funeral expenses in lieu of flowers.

Lillian Pedigo Taylor

Apr 8 2010

95 year old Lillian Pedigo Taylor of Smithville died Thursday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church and worked at the shirt factory until she was 85 years young. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Micheal Hale will officiate with burial in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar "Doak" Taylor, Sr.; grandchildren, Sherri G. Taylor and Jeffery A. Taylor; parents, Green and Ada Bond Pedigo; a brother, Martin Lee Pedigo; and sisters, Roxie Johnson and Lucille Blair. Survivors include two sons, Delmar D., Jr. and his wife Christina Gail Taylor of Louin, Mississippi and Donald G. and his wife Kathy Taylor of Smithville. Grandchildren, Christopher D. Taylor, Gary W. Taylor, Gregory E. Taylor, and Eddie Taylor. Seven great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and two sisters, Lorene Goff of Michigan and Ruthie Johnson of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles A. Murphy

Apr 6 2010

73 year old Charles A. Murphy of Watertown died Monday at his residence. He was born in Cannon County. Murphy was a farmer and a mechanic. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Ben Fuston will officiate and burial will be in the Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, and prior to the service on Thursday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Ethel Estel Murphy; a son, Samuel Powell Murphy; and sisters, Ann Hale, Liz Merritt, and Lillie Mae Hutchinson. Survivors include his wife, Judy Tarpley Murphy of Watertown. A son, Charles, Jr. and his wife Jean Murphy of Woodbury. Daughters, Vicky and her husband Sam Linnear of Auburntown, Lisa and husband Jeffery Taylor of Watertown, and Jolene and husband Jon Smith of Watertown. Grandchildren, Jennifer Linnear, Jack Murphy, Reva Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Tyler Pedigo, and Katlyn and Austin Smith. Step-grandchildren, Bobby Bailey, Tiffany, Christy, and Mayleane Davenport, and Kassy Taylor. Two great grandchildren. Two sisters, Pat Mears of Woodbury and Louise and husband Jay Garrett of Smithville. A brother, Medford and wife Ruth Murphy of Woodbury. Several nieces and nephews survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

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