Obituaries

Linda Pritchett

Apr 21 2010

66 year old Linda Pritchett of Brush Creek died Tuesday at Smith County Healthcare Center in Carthage. She was born in Brush Creek, the daughter of the late Janie Nellene Thomas and Thomas Elmer Pritchett. She was a 1961 graduate of Gordonsville High School. Pritchett worked at the Work Wear Corporation in Alexandria for 30 years. She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Smithville. The funeral will be at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Shane Smith will officiate. Burial will be in the Brush Creek Cemetery with Glenn Pritchett officiating. The family will receive friends at the Gordonsville Chapel on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She is survived by brothers, Glenn Edward and his wife Ruth Pritchett of Murfreesboro, James "Mutt" and wife Sue Pritchett of Brush Creek, and Dennis Franklin and wife Cathy Pritchett of Manchester. Sisters, Sarah Smith of Brush Creek, Debbie and husband James Bush of Gordonsville and Tammy Jane Ward of Watertown. Step-mother, Roberta Pritchett of Alexandria. Several nieces and nephews survive. The Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that contributions be made to the Smith County Help Center, 318 North Main Street, Carthage, in lieu of flowers.

Dana Elizabeth LaFever

Apr 19 2010

36 year old Dana Elizabeth LaFever of Smithville died Sunday. She worked for emergency medical services. The funeral will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. She is survived by her husband, Eugene LaFever of Smithville. One daughter, Sahara Bethany "Sara Beth" LaFever of Smithville. Parents, Joe and Joan Purkey of Knoxville. One brother, Scott Purkey of South Carolina. Maternal grandmother, Louise Williams of Kentucky. Parents-in-law, U.L. and Helen LaFever of Sparta. Local in-laws, Jack and Louisa Felts and Urias LaFever all of Sparta. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations please be made to the Girl Scout Troop #01146, in lieu of flowers.

Helen Frances Puckett

Apr 19 2010

74 year old Helen Frances Puckett of Smithville died Monday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a beautician, retired substitute teacher, and a member of the Mount View The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvie and Wilma Love Puckett. Survivors include nephews, Shawn and wife Angela Puckett, Randall Puckett, and Brian Puckett all of Smithville. Great nieces and nephews, Shawna and John, Josh, and Jacob. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Calvary Baptist Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Nellie Mary Tyree

Apr 19 2010

78 year old Nellie Mary Tyree of Statesville died Sunday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was retired from Texas Boot where she worked for 34 years. Tyree was born in Wilson County and she was a member of the Smith Fork Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Eltis Brown and Allen Lyon will officiate and burial will be in Bartons Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Tuesday. She was preceded in death by her parents, James A. and Rosie Bayne Morris and an infant brother, James Albert Morris. Survivors include her husband, Jackie Tyree of Statesville. Children, Shirley and husband Stephen Cummings of Carthage, Charles Lee and wife Kelly Garner of Hartsville, Mary Lou Usrey of Lebanon, Sadie Francis and husband Richard Nichols of Watertown, Marie Abou-Rhma of Lebanon, and Lucy Ann and husband Bud Taylor of Westmoreland. Step-children, Diane and husband Jimmy Owen of Statesville, Jackie Sue and husband Robert Taylor of Lebanon, Azel and wife Doris Tyree of Statesville, and Josh and wife Carrie Tyree of Liberty. Twenty four grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren. Brothers, Charlie T. Morris of Watertown and John and wife Louise Morris of Lebanon. Sisters, Pauline and husband Kenneth Dodd of Smithville and Frances and husband Junior Dodd of Alexandria. Nieces and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda Faye Turner Colgan

Apr 18 2010

60 year old Brenda Faye Turner Colgan of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and was employed at Texas Boot. Colgan was also a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donnie Turner; her parents, Calvin and Virgie Blair; a brother, Eugene Blair; paternal grandparents, Frank and Provie Blair; and her maternal grandparents, Levert and Estelle Hubbard. Survivors include her husband, George A. Colgan of Smithville. A son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Tammy Turner of Smithville. Three step-sons, Keel Colgan and Trace Colgan both of Florida and Crede Colgan of North Carolina. One step-daughter, Kerri Wait of Minnesota. One brother, Paul Blair of Smithville. One sister, Wilodean Turner of Smithville. Grandchildren, Christian and Caitlin Turner of Smithville, Lea Colgan of Florida, Marcus and Daniel Enomoto of Minnesota, Kristin and Kaylee Colgan of Florida, and Colton Rhody of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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.

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