Obituaries

Michael E. Van Patten

Jun 10 2010

49 year old Michael E. Van Patten of Binghamton, New York died Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in New York. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home in New York. Elvin S. Murphy will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Van Patten was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Marlene Van Patten; and a sister, Nancy Van Patten. He was a well-known contractor for 33 years, having owned and operated Mike Van Patten Construction in Binghamton. He loved NASCAR racing, was a huge Dale Earnhart fan, and he enjoyed bowling. Mike would do anything for anyone who asked and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Dorothy Layton Van Patten of Binghamton. Children, Kristy "Chef" and husband James Aiken Smith of Saratoga Springs, New York and Steven "Bug" Arvin of Binghamton. Three grandchildren, Maddox "Lil' Buddy" Lucien and Remy Smith all of Saratoga Springs, New York. Three sisters, Debbie Suarez of Dowelltown, Cindy and husband Vic Loden of Rockwood and Bonnie and husband Floyd Cantrell of Smithville. A brother, Kenneth Van Patten of Rockwood. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with many friends and his beloved St. Bernard, Dale. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Addie T. Bailiff

Jun 10 2010

98 year old Addie T. Bailiff of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Snow Hill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dave Carden and Jonathan Willoughby will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ardie Ross Tramel; husband, Howard Bailff; three brothers, William H. Tramel, Roy Tramel, and Charlie Tramel; a nephew, Sam Coke; and nieces, Jacklyn Coke and Bobbie Coke. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Effie Lee Ellis, L.C. Tramel, Paul Tramel, Robert Tramel, David Tramel, and Dorothy Tramel, all of Smithville, LuBell Bain of Murfreesboro, Wayne Coke, and Peggy Coke both of Nashville. Several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Roy Lassiter

Jun 9 2010

67 year old Billy Roy Lassiter of the Wayside Community of McMinnville died Tuesday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville of a brief illness. He was born in Chattanooga and founded Lassiter's Auto Repair & Sales, Inc. in 1967. Lassiter was also a member of Friendship The Baptist Church, Warren Masonic Lodge No. 125, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a Shriner.. Lassiter was preceded in death by his parents Alton and Reba Simerly Lassiter, a son Jeff Lassiter, and a sister Nancy Allen.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years Treva Jean Jordan Lassiter, son and daughter-in-law Jodie and Jennifer Lassiter, daughter-in-law Tina Lassiter all of McMinnville. Grandchildren Lane, EmiLee, Annie, Anabel, and Alondra Lassiter. Step-grandchildren Erika and Allen Betschart. A brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Debbie Lassiter of Zipper Hills, Florida. A brother-in-law and sister-in-law Reverend Gerald (Coy) and wife Olene Jordan. Sisters-in-law Margaret, Ofallon, Claudia, and Betty Jordan, and Helen Jordan Smith. Special sisters Edrie Byars, and Maiverine and Hannah Romans, and special friends Dalton Fletcher and Jamie Todd.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Gerald (Coy) Jordan, Anthony Pelham, and Darrell Cantrell will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. A Masonic service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home by Warren Masonic Lodge # 125. The Lassiter Family will receive friends on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.. until 9:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

T.J. "T. Buck" Farler

Jun 9 2010

84 year old T.J. "T. Buck" Farler of Dowelltown died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. He was a farmer. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John B. and Minnie Moore Farler; brothers, William Jess Farler and James Edward Farler. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Inez Farler of Dowelltown. A nephew, Jerry and wife Teresa Farler of Alabama. Nieces, Regenia and husband Jerry Pack of McMinnville, and Ramona and husband Dan Fuson of Dowelltown. Great nieces, Cherie Page, Inez Bryant, and Katherine Farler. Great nephews, Keith Farler, Adam Farler, Jerry Farler, Jr., and James Pack; and special cousins, Willie Jim Cripps, Brighham Ayres, and Joe Ayres. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Darlene Caldwell

Jun 8 2010

51 year old Helen Darlene Caldwell of Smithville died Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She was a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, George Lee Vanatta and a step-daughter, Stephanie West. Survivors include her children, Jacqueline Franklin and companion Charles Pack of Smithville and Buddy Austin and wife Rachel Vanatta of Morrison, Vilot and husband Brandon Tucker of Smithville, and mother, Flonnie Caldwell Vanatta of Smithville. Three step-children, Jason West of Brush Creek, Travis West of Crossville, and Shauna West of Brush Creek. Grandchildren, Nathan, Jennifer, Daniel, Delana, Ella, John David, Malachi, Elijah, Braxton, Dalton, Devan, Timothy, and Deveah. Two great great grandchildren, Madison and Andrew. A sister, Melinda Vanatta and husband Dwayne Davis of Smithville. Companion, Charles West of Smithville. The family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Carl Wade Carter

Jun 7 2010

48 year old Carl Wade Carter of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a railroad worker, diesel mechanic, and a member of the Azel Christian Church in Azel, Texas. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Carter is survived by his wife, Cynthia Carter of Smithville. Children, Joshua Carter of Smithville, Aletha Carter of Arkansas, Kyle Carter, and Dustin Hale both of Azel, Texas. Grandchildren, Kyla and Bradley. His mother, Marie Carter of Azel, Texas. His father, Don Wrigley. A sister, Sherry Carter of Azel, Texas. A brother, Bobby Carter of Texas. His mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marie and Jimmy Luna. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Vestrell Arnold

Jun 7 2010

73 year old Vestrell Arnold of Dowelltown died Sunday at Centennial Medical Center. He was retired from Ross Gear and a member of the Old Fashion Free Will Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dillard Johnson will officiate and burial will follow in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Eunie Williams Arnold; a son, Jeff Arnold; two sisters, Dora Lawson and Margaret Arnold; and a brother, Clayton Arnold. Survivors include his wife Marie Culwell Arnold of Dowelltown. A daughter, Peggy and husband Marty Merriman of Dowelltown. Four sons, Jerry Bain of Temperance Hall; Larry Bain, Sr. of Smithville; David, Sr. and wife Priscilla Bain of Smithville; and Ronnie and wife Pat Arnold of Smithville. Sixteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren. One sister, Joan and husband George Hamilton of Smithville. Two brothers, Jimmy and wife Mildred Arnold and Kenneth and wife Barbara Arnold all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Donald "Donnie" James

Jun 7 2010

69 year old Bobby Donald "Donnie" James of Smithville died Friday night in North Carolina. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Terry Little and John Purdue will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Media Certain James and a brother, Joe Allen James. Survivors include his wife, Faye West James of Smithville. Three sons, Jeffery Don James, Timothy Kevin and wife Robin James, and Westley and wife Carole James. A daughter, Amy Alicia James and husband Dr. Kevin Rhody. Six grandchildren, Kristen Leigh, Grant Alexander, Adam Christian, and Hannah Elizabeth James, Alexander James, and Rachel Ann Rhody all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the First United Methodist Church building fund.

Lovell R. Knowles

Jun 6 2010

74 year old Lovell R. Knowles of Belmont, Louisiana died Friday at Christus Schumpert Highland in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born in Smithville. A funeral service will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Old Pisgah Baptist Church. Johnny Garrett, Leon Manshack, and Kevin Taylor will officiate and burial will be in the Belmont Cemetery in Belmont, Louisiana. The family will receive friends Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the Old Pisgah Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Knowles of Belmont, Louisiana; a son, Marty Knowles and wife Elaine of Malayasia; daughters, Donna Oxley and husband Tim of Belmont, Louisiana, Kim Burkett and husband Lynn of Converse, Louisiana and Callie Gregory and husband Blake of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana; sisters, Joyce Large of White Pine, Tennessee and Lois Davis, Betty Atnip, Ruth Hobbs, and Ruby Adcock all of Smithville. Special daughters-in-law, Vickie and Malou. Eleven grandchildren. Six great grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. The Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many, Louisiana is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Thomas Nixon Cripps

Jun 2 2010

86 year old Thomas Nixon Cripps of Hendersonville died Tuesday. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received the Bronze Star for the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Old Hickory for over 50 years. He was also retired from Dupont after more than 35 years of service. A graveside service will be Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Cemetery in DeKalb County. Richard Williams and Donald Owens will officiate.
Cripps was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Cripps. He is survived by a daughter, Darlena and her husband Dennis Clark. A son, Tommy and wife Beth Cripps. Grandchildren, Deanna Light, Jonathan Light, Juliet and husband Dace Shuck, Adam and wife Tiffany Cripps, and Michael and wife Jody Cripps. Eight great grandchildren also survive. The family requests that memorial contributions be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Leukemia Society at P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01202. Hendersonville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

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