Obituaries

Irene Thomas

Dec 3 2016

Irene Thomas age 82 of McMinnville passed away Saturday morning, December 3, 2016 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was born January 16, 1934 to her parents, the late Lonnie and Minnie Pack Parsley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Jack, Buddy and William Parsley and 2 sisters, Frances Pinkard and Effie Hodges. She was a Baptist and retired from Kingston Timer's. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Thomas of McMinnville; 1 son, D.L. (Diane) Murphy of McMinnville; 3 grandchildren, Tammy( David) Murphy, Eddie (Bridgett) Murphy, and Jeff (Taledia) Murphy; 8 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 10:AM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Virgil Odell Nixon

Dec 2 2016

Virgil Odell Nixon age 95 of Watertown died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Tennova Health Care in Lebanon. Born in Dekalb County, he was the son of the late Ira and Lockie Taylor Nixon and was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Cowan and brothers, Hubert, Haskel, Troy and Leonard Nixon and an infant brother, Charlie. Virgil was a 32 year employee of AVCO Aerostructures and was an accomplished woodworker. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Reba Taylor Nixon and daughter, Debbie Nixon both of Watertown and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Smith officiating. Visitation 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. till service time on Sunday. Interment will be at Mt. Holly Cemetery in Smithville. The family wishes to thank Dr. Willard West and his staff and the nurses and physical therapist at American National Home Health for all their love and care.

Michael Kelly Pelham

Dec 2 2016
Michael Kelly Pelham

Michael Kelly Pelham age 40 of Cookeville and formerly of Smithville, passed away Thursday December 1, 2016 at his residence. He was born February 9, 1976 to his parents, Joe Shelton and Brenda Pelham Davis. He was disabled. Survivors include his mother, Brenda Pelham Davis of Cookeville; father, Joe Shelton of Murfreesboro; 1 sister, Amber Rochefort of Cookeville; 1 brother, Jeremy Davis of Marietta, GA. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Kay Smith, Shirley O’Dell and Cindy Thomen for the love and care that they have shown to Michael. Family and Friends will gather for funeral services 1:PM Monday December 5, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Mrs. Jan Alexander delivering the eulogy and burial will follow at Gaither Cemetery in Woodbury. Visitation will be Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Marguerite Cope Close

Dec 2 2016
Marguerite Cope Close

Mrs. Marguerite Cope Close age 81 of McMinnville, TN, died Thursday, December 01, 2016, at her residence. She was born October 22, 1935, in Sylva, North Carolina, was a homemaker, and a member of Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. Mrs. Close was preceded in death by parents Gentry and Vesta Cope, an infant sister Freda Jean Cope, and her brothers Marvin, Barton, and R. L. Cope.

Survivors include her husband Odis Close, son and daughter-in-law Charles Barry (Gwen) Close, grandchildren Kalli Close, Nick Close, and Dan (Kelly) Close, a sister Juanita Walker, and a brother Larry (Joan) Cope. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, December 04, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Darrell Cantrell and Elder Kenneth Brown will officiate. Interment will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Smithville, TN. The Close Family will receive friends Saturday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Sunday from 11 A.M. until 2:30 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Drusie Myers

Dec 2 2016

93 year old Drusie Myers of Mt. Juliet died Friday at the Quality Care Health Care Center. The funeral will be Monday at 12 noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 9 a.m. until the service at noon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Alta Page Close; her husband, James Myers; three sisters, Barbie Spencer, Opal Cantrell, and Mary Demali; and two brothers, Edward and Hoyte Close. Survivors include three sisters, Jo Kamia of Virginia, Doris Estes of Smithville, and Marjorie and A.W. Patterson of Mt. Juliet. Two brothers, Paul Close of Smithville and Otis Close of McMinnville. Several nieces and nephews survive. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart or Cancer Society. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Wall Redmon

Dec 1 2016
Ruth Wall Redmon

97 year old Ruth Wall Redmon of Smithville died Thursday at NHC of Smithville. She was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and a beloved employee for over 40 years as secretary at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dan Gulley will officiate and burial will be in the Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Redmon was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Redmon; parents, Cordie and Laura Bell Green Wall and five brothers, Clinton, Green, Alton Gentry, B.C., and Bob Wall. She is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and lots of special friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Smithville Day School at the Church of Christ or to the Keltonburg Cemetery.

Richard M. Fenimore

Nov 29 2016
Richard M. Fenimore

Arriving on Angels wings into the arms of our Lord, Richard M. Fenimore, left this life on Saturday, November 26, 2016. He was born January 12, 1930 to the late Richard A. and Irene Morris Fenimore. On November 8, 1952, he married Patricia Ryan who preceded him in death July 11, 2015. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Hale; grandson, Patrick Allen and father and mother-in-law, William and Dorothy Ryan. Mr. Fenimore was very involved in community activities, singing and helping with kids activities and programs. He was a member of the Catholic Church and was a maintenance technician. Survivors include 2 daughters, Lynn Smith of Castallian Spings, TN and Robin (Terry) Tate of Hazlegreen, AL; 5 grandchildren, Nanci (Eric) Drennan, Chris Allen, Michael (Janet) Allen, Shawn (Bailey) Tate and Jamie (Stephanie) Tate; 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob and Evan Cripps, Dustin Drennan, Christopher Allen, Michael Allen, Jr., Madolyn Allen, Kimberly Allen, Chauncey Langevin, Lacey Tate, Layna Tate and Avery Tate. There will be a Catholic Funeral Mass held 10:AM Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Gregory's Catholic Church with Father David Cooney officiating. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 9:AM until the time of Mass at 10:AM at St. Gregory's. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Mr. Fenimore. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Lee "Peewee" Mantz

Nov 29 2016

Mary Lee "Peewee" Mantz age 54 of McMinnville passed away Monday afternoon at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was the daughter of the late Norval Lee and Mary Magdalene Driver Judkins, Sr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Vickey Judkins and Diane. She was disabled. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Joseph E. Mantz of McMinnville; 2 children, Amanda Beth Martin of McMinnville and Rickey Lynn Martin, Jr. of Smithville; 1 grandson, Isaac Luther Martin; 1 brother, Norval Lee Judkins, Jr. of McMinnville; 1 sister, Loyce Marie Judkins of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. A special "Thank You" to Connie Beltz for your friendship and care given to Mary. The family has honored Mary's request to be cremated and a service will be held at a later date. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Cynthia Redmon

Nov 29 2016

54 year old Cynthia Redmon of Sparta died Monday at Centennial Medical Center. She was a member of the Shiloh Church of God and owner of Ragland Bottom Restaurant where she was a beloved waitress and operator for 31 years. The funeral will be Thursday at noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Chad Bagley will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Redmon; father, Royce Exum; brother, Randy Exum; and grandparents, Bud and Ova Venson and Luther and Ova Exum. Survivors include her husband, Jim Corder; son, Richard and wife Jackie Redmon; grandchildren, Logan and Chloe Redmon; special nephew, Christopher Frasier; mother Evelyn Exum; sisters, Lisa and husband Larry Frasier, Amy Troglia, Cathy and husband Lance Brown, Marla and husband Chip Meadows, Melissa and husband Eddie Ray Cole; special nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many special friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to Justin Potter Library in memory of Cynthia.

Hattie Dale Maynard

Nov 28 2016
Hattie Dale Maynard

79 year old Hattie Dale Maynard of Smithville died Monday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was a member of Clarks Chapel Baptist Church in Walling, Tennessee. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Gann will officiate and burial will be in the Young Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Colonial and Alta Mae Young; husband, Fred Gordan Maynard; and a son, Terry Gordan Maynard. Survivors include five children, Patricia Farler of Liberty, Evia Cooper Johnson and husband Gerald Johnson of Cookeville, Cyrethia and husband Mike Stevens of Chattanooga, Jerry Dale and wife Tammy Gail Maynard of Smithville, and Michael Anthony and wife Nancy Maynard of Sparta. Eleven grandchildren, Keith Farler, Danielle Farler, Craig Cooper, Carrie Cooper, Mica Stevens, Joshua Stevens, Tristan Jade Burgess, John Dale Maynard, Avery Sliger, Jacob Maynard, and Keylee Maynard. Eight great grandchildren. One sister, Linda and husband Bethel Golden of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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