Obituaries

Nettie L. Curtis

Oct 10 2009

98 year old Nettie L. Curtis of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a factory worker and a member of the Short Mountain Church of God. The funeral will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Freddy Curtis will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Curtis; her parents, James and Mary Herman Lawson; a daughter-in-law, Wilma Jo Curtis; brothers, Floyd, Clarence, and Hershal Lawson; sisters, Alice Seymour, Estie Scurlock, Flora Warren, Lela Bratcher, twin sister Emma Hale, and Cora Hampton. Survivors include sons, Homer and his wife Martha Curtis of Woodbury and Joe and his wife Sue Curtis of Smithville. Grandchildren, Randy Curtis, Alesia Smith, David Curtis, and Gary Curtis Jones. Four great grandchildren, one step great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Gerald Smith

Oct 10 2009

67 year old Robert Gerald Smith of Dowelltown died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital after a sudden illness. He was a native of Lawrence County, retired from the music industry, an Army veteran, and of the Methodist faith. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Loretto Memorial Chapel. Steve Vanhooser will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Loretto Memorial Chapel. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Smith. Survivors include his mother, Georgia Smith of Loretto. A son, Robert Smith and his wife Kandice of Mount Juliet. Three daughters, Tracy Lynn Simpson and husband Greg of Ethridge, Christy Delaine Dietz and husband Gary of Lavergne, and Shasta Nicole Smith of Clearwater, Florida. Four granddaughters, Logan Dietz, Taylor Dietz, Devin Smith, and Morgan Smith. One nephew, Chris Brown and wife Dee Dee of Loretto and a sister, Jenny Brown and husband Milton of Loretto. Loretto Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

John Thomas Cantrell, Sr.

Oct 10 2009

78 year old John Thomas Cantrell, Sr. of Smithville died Friday at Centennial Medical Center. He was by faith a Primitive Baptist, a carpenter, and a brick layer. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Paul Violet will officiate and burial will be in the Young Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by sons, Johnny Cantrell, Jr., Melvin Shehane, and Anthony Ferrell; grandchildren, Jennifer Shehane and Bridget Bates; parents, Zollie and Mamia Viola Adcock Cantrell; brothers, Gentry Ed and Ernest Cliff Cantrell; and a sister, Jackie Gay. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Cantrell of Smithville. Children, Rita Washer of Knoxville, Wanda Johanson of Smyrna, Karen and husband Spencer Stacy of Smithville, Sarah and husband Devin Rogers of Rock Island, Barbara and husband David Bates of McMinnville, and Ricky and wife Tammy Shehane of Smithville. Daughter-in-law, Felicia Cantrell of Smithville. Brothers, Virgil Seborn and his wife Louise Cantrell and Glynn A. Cantrell both of Smithville, and Zollie D. Cantrell of Knoxville. Sisters, Lillian and husband Brownie Tittsworth of Smithville, Lois and husband J.E. Gay, and Judy and husband Ronnie Cantrell both of McMinnville. Grandchildren, Beverly Sutton, Monica Trottershod, Cristy Spears, Matthew Johanson, Clent Shehane, Rebekkah Johanson, Joshua Cantrell, Travis Shehane, Chassity Rogers, Jessica Shehane, and Malachi Stacy. Eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Lee Kirby

63 year old Danny Lee Kirby of Dowelltown died Wednesday. He was retired from the Nashville Airport Police Department. Kirby was also a Mason and an Army veteran having served two terms in Vietnam. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family has chosen direct cremation. Kirby was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Anna Pearl Chaffin Kirby. He is survived by his wife, Terri Kenney Kirby of Dowelltown. A son, David and his wife Katresa Kirby of Nashville. A daughter, Andrea Williams of Franklin. Five grandchildren and a brother, Ron Kirby of Murfreesboro. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Bell Wright

Oct 8 2009

57 year old Linda Bell Wright of Smithville died Thursday at Baptist Hospital. She was a Baptist and an employee of Kingston Timer. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jimmy Wright and Tommy Taylor will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Lear Elizabeth Wright. Survivors include two sisters, Judy Wright of Smithville and Eva and her husband Jim Kennedy of Gallatin. Three brothers, Aubrey and his wife Jo Wright of Smithville, Jerry Wright of Lebanon, and Clancy Wright of Smithville. Five nieces, Tina Wright Miller of Smithville, Michelle Rigsby of Crossville, Kristie Davis of Lebanon, Jammie Wright of Antioch, and Misty Poss of Smithville. One nephew, Anthony Kennedy of Gallatin. Two great nieces, Leah Rigsby of Crossville and Alissa Wright of Antioch. Six great nephews, Nathan and Ben Gard of Smithville, Matthew Poss of Smithville, Gregory and Jake Davis of Lebanon, and Austin Kennedy of Gallatin. One great great niece, Makenlee Grace Gard of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence Loring Vickers

Oct 5 2009

83 year old Clarence Loring Vickers of Smithville died Sunday at the Beulah Edging Home in Paducah, Kentucky. He was a Baptist and owner of Vickers Nursery. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Junior Hibdon will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Author and Mary Vickers; a daughter, Elaine Vickers Allen; and a sister, Virginia Ricketts. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mildred Britton Vickers of Smithville. Four children, Mary Elisa Vickers Gilreath of Smithville, Marsha Vickers Penrod of Paducah, Kentucky, Author Britton Vickers of Smithville, and Susan Slay of Tampa, Florida. Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive along with a nephew, Barry Ricketts of Watertown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Love Maxwell

Oct 3 2009

66 year old Judy Love Maxwell of Smithville died Friday at Hendersonville. She was a retired property manager with the state of Tennessee and was employed with Home Depot. She was also a Pentecostal. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father Van Love. Survivors include two sons, Scott Maxwell of Alabama and Todd Maxwell of Goodlettsville. Her mother, Inez Love of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Ashley Maxwell and Anthony Maxwell both of Alabama. One great grandchild, Ashton Maxwell of Alabama. Two sisters, Treva Hunt of Hendersonville and Barbara Christian of Texas. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Edward Vanatta

Oct 1 2009

48 year old Charles Edward Vanatta of Smithville died Thursday at his residence. He was a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Carden will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Ben Edward Vanatta and a brother, Jerry Vanatta. Survivors include a daughter, Felicia Ann Vanatta Cantrell of Gassaway. One son, Kevin Lavard Vanatta of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Dakoda Wayne Cantrell and Aveya Grace Cantrell both of Gassaway. His mother, Josie Vanatta of Smithville. Five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Pam and Steve Rice of Smyrna, Crystal Lloyd of Smyrna, Carolyn and Jimmy Neal, Peggy Bissonette, and Linda Davis all of Smithville. One brother and sister-in-law, David and Brenda Vanatta of Woodbury. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends survive including special niece Ashley Bly of Smyrna. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorene Parker

Sep 30 2009

87 year old Lorene Parker of Liberty died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Leonard Herman will officiate and burial will be in the Cripps Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Parker; her parents, Charlie and Maudie Barrett; and a great niece. Survivors include two sisters, Aline and husband Arron Faulkner of Murfreesboro and Mary and husband Gene Taylor of Statesville. Three nieces, two nephews, three great nieces, six great nephews, five great great nieces, and five great great nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Marilyn J. Tague

Sep 29 2009

72 year old Marilyn J. Tague of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker. Tague was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Tague and her parents, Austin and Ethel Godfrey Howe. Survivors include four children, Trina Hill and husband Rick Fosnough of Smithville, Raymond Tague of Smithville, Sandra and husband DiBattiste of Kentucky, and Gary and wife Terry Tague of Indianapolis, Indiana. Ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has chosen direct cremation.

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