Obituaries

Barbara Masters

Dec 3 2012

Funeral Services for 77 year old Barbara Masters will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Cookeville Funeral Home with burial in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Paul Fox and Mike Webb will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, from 9:00 am until time of the service. Masters died on Saturday at her residence. She was born in Putnam County to the late Jimmy Lee and Mildred Montgomery McBroom. Masters was a member of the Bloomington Springs Church of Christ.

She is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law: Jimmy Jones and Kathleen of Michigan, John and Myra Jones of Gainesboro, Jerold and Maria Jones of Bloomington Springs, Joel and Laura Jones of Sparta, and a step-son: Mike Masters of Michigan, three daughters and a son-in-law: Janis Stout and Janine and David Adams all of Bloomington Springs, and a step-daughter: Sue Muccioli of Texas; ten grandchildren: Jason G. Jones, Julie Ann Johnson, Jeffery Jones, James Jones, Nina Paul, Brian Harris, Tiffany Harris, Megan Adams, Melissa Masters, and Camille Molmar, eleven great-grandchildren: Mason Fisher Jones, Gabriel Brook Jones, Jacob Aaron Johnson, Alisa Faye Johnson, Breanna Leanne Jones, Elijah Calvin Jones, Jackson L. Harris, Daniel Paul, Jr., David Addison Paul and Leah Arlette Paul.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands: James Jones and Albert Masters, son-in-law: Randy Stout and father and mother-in-law: Sid and Betty Jones.

Cookeville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Samuel Oscar Kennedy, Jr.

Nov 30 2012

75 year old Samuel Oscar Kennedy, Jr. of Smithville died Thursday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was a Catholic, a truck driver, and owner/operator of Central Transport. A memorial service will be Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Gregory Catholic Church. No service or visitation wil be held at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel, Sr. and Annie Lee Kennedy; two sisters, Louise and Barbie Kennedy; and a son, James Alan Kennedy. Surivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Kennedy of Smithville. Two sons, John F. and wife Jaclyn Kennedy of Blue Ash, Ohio and Samuel L. and wife Shelia Kennedy of Walling. Six grandchildren, James and Thomas Kennedy both of Lansing, Michigan, Tina and husband Jeremy Kennedy-Sauer of Sparta, Michael Newton of Georgia, and Athena and Cameron Kennedy both of Blue Ash, Ohio. One sister, Edna Pietrzyk of Virginia and several nieces and nephews survive. The family asks that donations please be made to the St. Gregory Catholic Church building fund, the Nashville Rescue Mission or the St. Jude Children's Hospital, in lieu of flowers. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Jean Parsley Thomason

Nov 30 2012

72 year old Martha Jean Parsley Thomason of Short Mountain Highway, Woodbury died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Hospital from injuries in a DeKalb County auto accident. She was a member of the Sunny Hills Baptist Church and a housewife. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. John Jones will officiate and burial will be in the Blues Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonah Thomason; her parents, Jessie and Lydia Walker Parsley; and her sister, Betty Jo Cope. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Sybil Gunter of McMinnville. Two grandchildren, Amy Campbell and Shane Gunter both of Warren County. Two great grandchildren, Tristen Gunter and Leila Gunter. Brothers, Jackie Parsley of Georgia and Jessie Parsley, Jr. of Woodbury. Sisters, Ruth Brown of Woodbury, Shirley Neal of Kentucky, and Peggy Young of New Hampshire. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

George E. Clayton

Nov 30 2012

76 year old George E. Clayton of Dowelltown died Friday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a construction worker. A memorial service will be Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Stewart O'rell will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen McDonald Clayton; a son, George B. Clayton; and a brother, Russell Clayton. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Clayton of Dowelltown. Children, Diana and husband Tadziu Sokol of Massachusetts, Valarie and husband Dennis Leasure of Smithville, Jonathan Teed and Bill Kirkhuff of New Jersey, Jody Jones of Smithville, and Jeremy Clayton of Dowelltown. Daughter-in-law, Dawn Clayton of Smithville.Grandchildren, Carrie Cantrell, Tammy Weaver, Eric Bujnevicie, Nick Bond, Jake Bond, and Hollie Parker. Eleven great grandchildren. Two sisters, Shirley DeHart and Jane Clayton. Step-brother, Jimmy Clayton. Several nieces and nephews survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Hobert Hawker

Nov 27 2012

89 year old Hobert Hawker of Liberty died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the American Legion, and he was a carpenter, painter, and farmer. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Matt Long will officiate and burial will be in the Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Paty and Versie Bratten Hawker; his wife, Rose Hawker; two brothers, Bratten and Junior Hawker; and two sisters, Clara Williams and Omar Allen. Survivors include children, Jeffrey Hawker and Sherry Smith both of Dowelltown. Granddaughter, Megan Hawker of Dowelltown. A sister, Thelma Townsley of Smithville. Nieces, Loretta Malone and Wanda Hawker. Nephews, Grant Williams, Larry Hawker, Danny Hawker, Bobby Yates, and Randy Hawker. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Lucille Wall

Nov 26 2012

89 year old Wilma Lucille Wall of Smithville died Sunday at the residence of her daughter. She was a homemaker and a member of the State Street United Methodist Church in Kentucky. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Don Davidson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobert and Eva Mai Robinson Curtis and husband, Bob Wall. Survivors include a son, Jim and wife Julia Wall, and a daughter, Jan Alexander all of Smithville. Three grandchildren, John and wife Heather Wall of Kentucky, Jenny and husband Doug Lynch of Florida, and Daniel Alexander of Virginia. Three great grandchildren, Chase and Cole Wall of Kentucky and Sarah Lynch of Florida. A sister, Bobbie Barnett of Georgia. Two sisters-in-law, Ruth Redmon and JoAnn Wall both of Smithville. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp, the Real Life Community Church, the State Street United Methodist Church in Kentucky, or to the David Wayne Alexander Scholarship Fund. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

David Miller Cantrell

Nov 25 2012

76 year old David Miller Cantrell, a native of Smithville and resident of Smithville and Michigan, died Thursday at the Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan of complications from lymphoma.

Cantrell was married to Virginia Cantrell, who is also a native of Smithville. He retired in 1994 from Unisys Corporation (formerly Burroughs Corporation) in Detroit where he worked as a Sergeant of Security since the 1970's. Known for his geniality and charm, David was a well-liked character on Detroit's east side and suburbs. Since his retirement, he worked out regularly at Bally's in St. Clair Shores, and spent summers in Smithville, where he raised cattle and hay with his brother, Kenneth Cantrell. Until his illness, he was active and productive.

David was a master class pistol shot. Teacher and mentor to a number of shooters, his expert advice on matters related to firearms was highly regarded and often sought out. He read widely on these subjects and collected an extensive library. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association of America.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, Virginia, David is survived by his son, David Anthony Cantrell; daughter, Cindy Lynne Cantrell and her husband, Brian Anse Patrick; daughter, Monica Burks; grandchildren, Cosmo, Catherine and Ben; brothers, Kenneth and Zane.

A fine, fine man, to the last David Cantrell was a gentleman. He never complained during his illness and he fought until death took him.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m.

Joyce Fay Pedigo

Nov 25 2012

84 year old Joyce Fay Pedigo of McMinnville died Friday, at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was born in Smithville, was a retired school teacher with the Jerseyville Illinois School System, a member of the retired teachers association, and a member of Jesus Name Pentecostal Church. Pedigo was preceded in death by parents Silas Roy and Alma Hattie Ponder Pedigo and an infant brother.

Survivors include a sister Irene and husband Lyle Cox of McMinnville, and brothers Royce and wife Marian Pedigo of Edwardsville, Illinois, Gene and wife Ruth Pedigo of Curran, Illinois, and Danny and wife Wanda Pedigo of Catham, Illinois. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel.. Robert Burns and Eddie Teston will officiate. Burial will follow at Burton Ponder Cemetery in Smithville. The Pedigo Family will receive friends Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Ben Barry Ferguson

Nov 21 2012

65 year old Ben Barry Ferguson of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was a retired iron worker and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be Sunday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Green will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, December 2 from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Kyle and Eva Lavergne Ferguson. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Renee Ferguson of Smithville. One daughter, Kyra and husband Ronald Vance Walker of Smithville. Two grandchidren, Maggie Elizabeth Robinson and Willow Grace Walker. Two brothers, Terry and wife Allison Ferguson of Ohio and Rusty Ferguson of Arizona. One sister, Renada and husband Dan Liddle of Ohio along with numerous nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Joe Black Effort for animals and the Lighthouse Christian Camp.

Diane Pearl White

Nov 19 2012

61 year old Diane Pearl White of Smithville died Saturday at the Palliative Care Unit of Vanderbilt Hospital. She was a Baptist, a Machinist at Federal Mogul, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at AmVets, and a Local 327 Union Member and Teachers Credit Union. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. No burial will be held. The family has chosen cremation after the funeral service. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. White was preceded in death by her parents, Robert "Dick" and Novella Pearl Johnson Smith; sister, Joanne Allison; and two brothers, Robert Earl Smith and Garland Smith. Survivors include her husband, Charles White; a son, Eddie and his wife Jennifer White; and three daughters, Charlene White and her fiance David Watkins all of Smithville, Mary Spangler of McMinnville, and Shelia and husband Paul Clayton of Utah. Seven grandchildren, Jessie Clayton of Utah, Charles "CJ" McCutcheon of Smithville, Matthew, Savannah, and Sarah Grace White, Kristyn and Madison Spangler of McMinnville. One brother, Paul and wife Beverly Smith of Nashville. Three sisters, Betty and husband Eugene Day of Nashville, and Mary "Liz" Agee and Deborah Tramel of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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