Obituaries

James Harold (Tuffy) George

Feb 20 2014

81 year old James Harold (Tuffy) George of McMinnville (Lucky Community) died Thursday at his residence. He was born January 10, 1933, in DeKalb County, TN, was a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, a farmer, and a longtime member of Northside Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, teacher, and served on various church committees. Mr. George was preceded in death by parents James Andrew and Mary Cripps George, a sister Vernie Mae George, and brothers Ollie and John Robert George.

Survivors include his wife Peggy Jo Sanders George, daughters Karon (David) Wood, and Beth (Mike) Hamby, sister Rebecca Vaughn, and brother Hank George all of McMinnville, TN, grandchildren Derrick (Holly) Wood, Jason (Suzie) Wood, Steven (Stephanie) Hamby, and Laurel Beth Hamby, and great-grandchildren Dillan, and Alexus Wood, Kailey, Kody, and Kolton Wood, Austin and Tiffany Cantrell, and Abigail Hamby. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Saturday, February 22, 2014, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Donald Owens and Bro. Michael Carr officiating. Interment will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The George Family will receive friends Friday from 4 PM until 8 PM and again Saturday from 10 AM until 1 PM at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Muscular Sclerosis Foundation.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jo Ann Moss

Feb 19 2014

81 year old Jo Ann Moss of Silver Point died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a retired Designer from General Motors. A graveside service will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Holly Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Helen Elizabeth Dyer Moss; her husband, Matthew Owens; and two brothers, Lee Moss and William Moss. Survivors include one daughter, George Ann and Lee Roy Ranney of New York. Two sons, Larry Skipp of Silver Point and Doug and Shawn Mary Skipp of Michigan. Five grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

James "Buddy" Taylor

Feb 17 2014

68 year old James "Buddy" Taylor of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was an avid fisherman, a former sheet metal mechanic and he attended the New Home Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Winnie Summers Taylor; a sister, Faye Lohorn; and several nieces and nephews. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Brenda Taylor; two children, Jeff and wife Kim Taylor and Jennifer Neal all of Smithville. Eight grandchildren, Elicia Taylor and husband Jonathon Puckett and Travis and wife Olivia Neal all of Smithville, Megan Neal of Rock Island, Casey Taylor, Olivia Taylor, Dalton Williams, Kati Williams, and Mason Taylor all of Smithville. Three great grandchildren. Twelve brothers and sisters, Ricky and Diane Taylor and Tony and Vickie Taylor all of Murfreesboro, Ronnie Taylor, Jerry Taylor, and Jimmy and Rita Taylor all of Smithville, Christine and Melvin Reeder, Linda and Alvin Armour, Peggy and Ralph Tramel, Judy and Ronnie Redmon,Darlene Jones, and Sandra and Cameron Dunn all of Smithville, and Mary and Jack Ludy of Smyrna. Two sisters-in-law, Linda and Jim Mabe and Joyce and Terry Young all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny Edward Williams

Feb 17 2014

73 year old Johnny Edward Williams of Smithville died Saturday Night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Edgar & Ola May Dedmon Williams. He was retired from the City of Smithville and a Member of the Smithville Church of Christ. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Doris Williams; Brothers: Roy, Pete & J.B. Williams; Sisters: Aline Bates, Mattie Oleta West and Marie Rucker and his father in law Sam Hendrixson. Funeral Services will be held 2:PM Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Dan Gulley and Tim Woodward officiating and burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Monday 11:AM until 8:PM and Tuesday 10:AM until time of the service at 2:PM. Survivors include Mother-in-law Nina Hendrixson of Smithville; Sister-in-law Donna Hendrixson and Fiance Terry Mahle of Smithville; Niece: LaVaughnda (John) Baker of McMinnville; Great Nephew: Wesley Tatrow of McMinnville; Sister: Louise Sweeney of Hartsville; Brother: Brownie (Ann) Williams of Gordonsville; Sister-in-law: JoAnn Williams of Murfreesboro; Nieces: Teresa (Michael) French, Annette Williams (Kenneth) Warrick, Jeanette Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville Church of Christ. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of arrangements

James H. White

Feb 15 2014

90 year old James H. White of Dowelltown died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was born in Dowelltown to his parents, the late Robert J. and Bessie Allen White. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a Daughter, Patricia Ann White; 2 Sisters, Geraldine Wilson and Mildren Judish. He was a lifelong member of the Dowelltown United Methodist Church, 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of DeKalb Lodge #358, Scottish Rite, Al Menah Temple Shriners in Nashville, Smithville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. He served in the 320th Infantry 35th Division in Europe serving in the U.S. Army in WW II. White taught Agriculture at Liberty High School after the War and then went to work for Kraft Foods in Alexandria before being appointed Postmaster in Dowelltown. He formerly served as the City Recorder for Dowelltown. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ruth Thompson White of Dowelltown; 2 Sons, Robert J. "Bobby" and wife Sarah White of Alexandria, Stephen A. and wife Vicky White of Murfreesboro; 5 Grandchildren, Elizabeth and her husband Bryan Kleparek of Murfreesboro, James H. White of Dowelltown, Stephanie and her husband Aaron Lawrence of Murfreesboro, John R. White of Dowelltown, Daniel B. White of Murfreesboro; 5 Great-Grandchildren, Kyra Kleparek, Logan Lawrence, Keva Kleparek, Taylor White, Carly Lawrence; 1 Sister, Lorraine and her husband, Richard "Dick" Engel of Oak Ridge; Brother-in-law, Robert Michael Thompson of Odessa, Texas; Adoptive Family, Rob and Nora Harvey; Special Friends, Matilda Earl and Caeleb Grey and Several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted 11:AM Tuesday at the Dowelltown United Methodist Church with Terry Little and David Lunsford officiating. Burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dowelltown United Methodist Church Building Fund or to the charity of your choice. Visitation will be Monday 2:PM until 8:PM at the Funeral Home and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11 at the Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Comer Bratcher

Feb 15 2014

76 year old Comer Bratcher of Smithville died Friday night at his residence. He was born to his parents, the late Euyl and Lela Lawson Bratcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a Brother, Danny Bratcher and Mother-in-law, Louise Winchester and Father-in-law, James Ernest Winchester, Sr. Bratcher was a Farmer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice Bratcher of Smithville; 2 Daughters, Sherry Bowling and Stephanie (Robert) Myers both of Murfreesboro; 3 Grandchildren, Zachary Bowling, Ashley Bowling and Fiance Jon Slager, Brinlee Myers; 2 Step-Granddaughters, Thressa Myers and Maddie Myers; 1 Great-Grandson, Malachi Bowling; 3 Sisters, Edith (Willus) Roberts of McMinnville, Earlene (R.L.) Redmon of Smithville, Frances (Kenneth) Waggoner of Smithville; 1 Brother, Harold (Dorothy) Bratcher of Smithville; Several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted 1:PM Monday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Donnie Kelly officiating and burial to follow in Banks Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 6:PM until 9:PM, Sunday 11:AM until 9:PM and Monday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lou Ada Neal

Feb 14 2014

78 year old Lou Ada Neal of Smithville died Thursday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born on April 7, 1935 to Herbert and Sarah Elizabeth Poss Colwell. Many years ago she was involved with Cub Scouts where she served as a den mother. She worked several years in various factories. She truly enjoyed meeting people and visiting in their homes, as she sold Avon products for over 45 years, as well as Mary Kay products, Tupperware and Home Interior. She was known by everyone as a beautiful and poised lady, with great respect for others. She will be remembered for being a very kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of the Bright Hill United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brother Auvil Colwell and sister Audrey Colwell Moore. She is survived by her Loving and Devoted husband of 62 years and faithful caregiver, Paul Y. Neal, 2 daughters: Kathy and husband Ronnie Hendrixson of Smithville, Rhonda and husband Robert Jarvis of Alexandria; 1 Son: Marty Neal of Smithville; 3 Grandsons: Chris and wife Dianne Crook of Smithville, Brad Crook and Shauna Stringer of Liberty, Matthew and wife Christy Hendrixson of Smithville; Granddaughter Angela and husband Gary Phelps of Auburntown; 10 Great Grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 2:PM Sunday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Tramel and John Carpenter officiating and burial in Whorton Springs Cemtery. Visitation with the Neal family will be Saturday 10:AM until 8:PM and Sunday 9:AM until time of service at 2:PM. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Avalon Hospice, St. Jude's Hospital or charity of your choice. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Reed August Hacker

Feb 13 2014

45 year old Reed August Hacker of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was the son of David & Virgie Reed Hacker. He was a welder at Star Manufacturing and a member of First Christian Church in Sparta. Mr. Hacker's request was to be cremated. A Memorial visitation with the family will be held Saturday from 2:PM until 4:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. In addition to his parents he is survived by Daughter: Ashley Crystal Bastion of San Antonio, TX; 2 Brothers: Bruce Michael Hacker of Greenville, MI and David Hacker of Columbia, SC; 1 Sister: Vanessa June Wolverton of Smithville. In lieu of flowers family has asked that donations be made to First Christian Church in Sparta. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Dianne Pirtle

Feb 13 2014

66 year old Dianne Pirtle of Rock Island died Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Union Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Wendell Judkins will officiate and burial will be in the Old Bybee Cemetery in Rock Island. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Pirtle; parents, Lester and Vera Mai Adcock; and a nephew, Scott Adcock. Survivors include a daughter, Melody and husband Dewey Brock; two grandchildren, Brittany Brock and Cody Brock; and one brother, Joe and wife Denise Adcock all of Rock Island. An aunt, Mary Phillips of McMinnville. Nieces and nephews, Tina Hamblen of Franklin, Shawn Adcock of Rock Island, and Greg Hall of Ohio. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to Eastside Elementary School in Rock Island. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

James William "Jim Bear" Knowles

Feb 9 2014

57 year old James William "Jim Bear" Knowles of Smithville died at his residence on Saturday surrounded by his son and several friends. He was born August 16, 1956 in DeKalb County. Bear was a retired salesman of his family business Knowles & Sons Nursery and a real estate agent with Luna Reality both in Smithville, TN. He attended Allens Chapel United Methodist Church and was a member of Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Irene Frazier Knowles, 1 Brother: Steven Frazier Knowles and Sister-in-law Tammy Cook Knowles. Funeral services will be held 2:PM on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Phil Tollett and Lynn Russell officiating, Eulogy by Jim Judkins and burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 12:PM until 9:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until time of the service at 2:PM. He is survived by his son Dustin Knowles of Smithville; 1 Granddaughter: Victoria Knowles of Murfreesboro; 2 Brothers: Larry (Melissa) Knowles of Murfreesboro and Kenneth Knowles of Smithville; 1 Sister: Linda Sue Knowles of Smithville; Sister-in-law: Laurie Knowles of Murfreesboro; 3 Aunts: Macon Judkins of Smithville, Grace Frazier Whittington of Purlear, North Carolina, Sherry Frazier Fisher of Brebard, North Carolina; 2 Nephews, several nieces, cousins and a host of friends. In Lieu of flowers family has asked that donations be made to Relay for Life, Alive Hospice and the Kidney Foundation in memory of Jim "Bear" Knowles. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

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