Obituaries

John R. Vandergriff

Nov 28 2009

76 year old John R. Vandergriff of Tullahoma died Thursday at Harton Regional Medical Center. Vandergriff was the owner of Randolph and Vandergriff Incorporated and a member of Victory Baptist Church, the Tullahoma Downtown Lions Club and he was a Shriner and Mason. Vandergriff was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Air Force. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Macon Dutton Vandergriff and one brother, Gaston Vandergriff. Survivors include; Helen Bell, three daughters, Janet Dunn and husband Lee of Portland, Sandra Jo Vandergriff of Nashville, and Patricia DeVille of Murfreesboro; a special grandson, Jonathan Rodriguez of Shelbyville; two nephews, Bobby and wife Kathy Vandergriff and Terry Vandergriff; and special friends, Danny Wayne and Martha Bell, Johnny and Lisa Rodriguez, and a host of grand nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday at Kilgore Funeral Home in Tullahoma. The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel. Keith Nunley will officiate. A graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, with Military Honors at Salem Cemetery in Liberty. The family suggests donations be made to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Nashville or the Tullahoma Downtown Lions Club. Kilgore Funeral Home in Tullahoma is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville.

June Judkins Nixon

Nov 28 2009

76 year old June Judkins Nixon of Smithville died Friday night at DeKalb Community Hospital of an extended illness. She was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church and a homemaker. A public graveside service and burial will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Randall Ganues will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel at which time the body will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mae Redmon Judkins and brothers, Dean, Lynn, and Jimmy Judkins. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John Robert Nixon of Smithville. Two daughters, Gwen and her husband Harrell Tolbert and Sandra and her husband J.C. Wall all of Smithville. A granddaughter, Tara Tolbert of Smithville. A special great niece, Danielle and her husband Mark Collins of Smithville. A sister, Rubye Webb of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Geneva Judkins and Faye Reeder both of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Fannie Elizabeth Foster

Nov 25 2009

101 year old Fannie Elizabeth Foster of Lebanon died Tuesday at Cedars Health Care Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollie Alton Foster; a son, Carl L. Foster; parents, Lemval H. and Ella Johnson Shields; a sister, Nora McGeorge; and brothers, Barney and Alfred Shields. Survivors include children, Jo Dean Powell of Raleigh, North Carolina and Wayne and wife Bobbie Foster of Lebanon. Grandchildren, Teresa Earps, Phillip Foster, David Foster, Todd Foster, and William Thomas Powell, Jr. Five great grandchildren. One great great grandchild and a brother, Zollie H. and wife Elizabeth Shields of Florida. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Eldon H. Henderson

Nov 25 2009

77 year old Eldon H. Henderson, a resident of the Peeled Chestnut Community, died Tuesday at his residence. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery at Cassville. The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta. Survivors include his daughter Shawn Rice and husband Kenneth of Sparta. Grandsons, Daniel Rice and Dustin Rice. A brother, Farrell Henderson and wife Barbara of Sparta. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The family asks that memorials be made to the Shiloh Church of God or Taylor's Providence Cemetery in care of Hunter Funeral Home, P.O. Box 90, Sparta, Tennessee 38583. Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Roeba Mae Jones

Nov 24 2009

92 year old Roeba Mae Jones of McMinnville (Dibrell Community) died Monday at River Park Hospital in McMinnville She was in DeKalb County, was a homemaker and a member of Bybee Branch Church of Christ. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents William Henry and Canzaday Blankenship Mitchell, her husband Gentry A.Z. Jones, her sisters Austia Ray and Hallie Jane Cantrell, her brother George J. Mitchell, and son-in-law Ken Lee.
Survivors include her children Glyna Lee of McMinnville,, Donna and Doug Thweatt of Gallatin, Jane and Phil Bennett and Brenda and Richard Bumbalough all of McMinnville, her grandchildren Tammie and Alan Greer of Dallas, Texas, Melissa and Craig Sprinkles of Mooresville, North Carolina, Leann Bennett, Jason and Lynn Bumbalough, Jennifer and Chris Mears, and Mike Lee all of McMinnville, and great-grandchildren Leah and Lauren Sprinkles, Kellie and Carrington Bumbalough, and Kelly and Nick Greer. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Tony Lawrence will officiate. Burial will follow at Jefferson Cemetery in DeKalb County. The Jones Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. no visitation on Thanksgiving Thursday, and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or to the American Heart Association. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Repsie Johnson

Nov 24 2009

83 year old Repsie Johnson of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was a retired Mill Wright worker with the Chrysler Corporation and a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no visitation on Thursday. Visitation Friday will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Pearlie Bratcher Johnson and a son, Greg Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Pedigo Johnson. A son, Glen and his wife Betty Johnson of Smithville. One grandson, Bradley Johnson of Smithville. One granddaughter, Pamela Eckert of Warren, Michigan. One great grandson, Justin Johnson of Smithville. One brother, Austin Johnson of Smithville. Two sisters, Margarie Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas and June Keller of Hudson, Florida. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edward Tramel and Zora Inez Tramel

Nov 23 2009

James_and_Zora_Inez_Tramel-opt.jpg87 year old James Edward Tramel and his wife 90 year old Zora Inez Tramel both of Dowelltown died Saturday at their residence. The funeral for both will be Wednesday at noon at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Elder Ricky Arnold and Wayne Simmons will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. Mr. Tramel was a member of the Snow Hill United Methodist Church. He was retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and TVA. Mrs. Tramel was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church. She was also a homemaker. Mr. Tramel was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Julie Arnold Tramel; brothers, Reverend Ernest Tramel, Walter Tramel, and Haskell Tramel; sisters, Nancy Nokes, Velma English, Elrisia Whitlock, Lena Van, Beatrice Bryant, and Myrtle Smith. Mrs. Tramel was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Nancy L. Zora Close Ellis; a brother, Clarence Ellis; and a sister, Fannie Lillian Carr. The Tramels are survived by their children, Reverend James Paul Tramel of Clarksville and Linda Faye and husband Ron Phelps of Dalton, Georgia. Grandchildren, Todd Alan Phelps of Dalton, Georgia and Mark Andrew Phelps of Atlanta, Georgia. Three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren. Mr. Tramel is also survived by a brother, Calvin Tramel of Smithville; sisters, Ethel Keith Ashford of Smithville and Ruby Deal of Nashville. Caregivers for both Mr. and Mrs. Tramel are JoAnn Meece and Angie West. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Sue Sullens

Nov 22 2009

86 year old Betty Sue Sullens of Woodbury died Saturday at her residence. She was a member of the Short Mountain United Methodist Church. She was also retired from Carrier and a homemaker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bratten Tucker and Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Brown Sullens; parents, Roy and Allie Mae Grizzle Hale; brothers, Walter Hale and Joe Swan Hale; and sisters, Oleta Taylor and Virginia Wood. Survivors include her children, Jonelle and husband Jim Bratcher of Woodbury, Peggy and husband Donnie Scott of McMinnville, Regina and husband Pete Sadler of Dearborn, Michigan, and Frank and wife Darlene Sullens of Morrison. Grandchildren, Jason and Joel Bratcher, Corey and wife Joann Sadler, Leslie and husband Jon Martin, Jenna Sullens and fiancee Josh Winfree, Brian Scott, and Cody and wife Wendy Sullens. Four great grandchildren. Sister-in-law, Henrietta Hale. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lillie Mai Young

Nov 22 2009

90 year old Lillie Mai Young of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mount View The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Young Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Young; parents, Ben and Lizzie Young Taylor; a son, Eddie Wayne Young; and four brothers and three sisters. Survivors include one son, James and his wife Jeanette Young of Smithville. Three daughters, Helen and husband Rick Lee of Smithville, Carolyn and husband John Whitley of Mount Juliet, and Judy and husband Alan Rodgers of Hendersonville. Nine grandchildren, Ronny and Nancy Young of Smithville, Kim and Glyn Banks of Smithville, Donna and Kenny Schell of Mount Juliet, John and Becky Whitley of Mount Juliet, Rachel and Garth Branch of Clarksville, Meredith and Chris Lacey of New York, and Misty Felton of Knoxville. Thirteen great grandchildren, Aaron, Kara and Alyssa Young, Ashley and James Whitley, Whitley and Kenny Wayne Schell, Anna Branch, Ben and Maggie Felton, Christopher and Brianna Lacy, and Eli Rodgers. One great great grandson, Aiden Roberts. One sister, Goldie Pollard of Smithville. Special friend and caretaker Jean Bailey of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Ruth Adkins

Nov 20 2009

75 year old Wilma Ruth Adkins of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Free Will Baptist and a dietician for DeKalb Hospital and Knowles Hospital. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Gary Adkins will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Landy Lee and Edna Lucille Evans Curtis; sisters, Jessie Dunn and Naomi Curtis; and brothers, Arthur Curtis and David Lee Curtis. Adkins is survived by a son, Gary Adkins of Smithville. Grandchildren, Emily and Katie Adkins of Huntington, West Virginia. A sister, Betty Laboe of Smithville and brothers, Bob Curtis of McMinnville and Roger Curtis of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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