Obituaries

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.

Vickey Ellis Judkins

Feb 6 2014

44 year old Vickey Ellis Judkins of Smithville died Monday in Smithville. She is the daughter of the late Norval and Mary Driver Judkins. A Graveside Service will be held Friday at 4:30 P.M. at the Jaco-Judkins Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Survivors include 2 Sisters: Mary Lee Judkins Mantz of McMinnville and Loyce Marie Judkins of Smithville; 1 Brother: Norval Lee Judkins, Jr. of Smithville. Several aunts and uncles also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Carl Johnson

Feb 6 2014

52 year old Bobby Carl Johnson died Tuesday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Ed and Luree Mears Johnson. He was a member of New Beginnings Church in Cookeville, and attended New Life United Pentecostal Church in Smithville. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 3 Brothers: Mike Johnson, Terry Johnson & Perry Johnson; 1 Sister: Fairy Bowman; Grandson; Derrick Ray Mashburn. A Graveside service will be held Friday at 2:PM at Hale Cemetery in the Pea Ridge Community. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at which time the body will be taken to the cemetery for the service. Survivors include 4 children: Mark (Kaycie) Johnson of Smithville, Mary Johnson (Jamie Barrett) of Woodbury, Fairy Johnson (Ray Mashburn) of Dowelltown and Angela Pittard (Jonathon Ferrell) of Dowelltown; Mother of his children: Kathy Johnson of Smithville; Mother-in-law: Carmine Bain of Dowelltown; 4 Brothers: Matt (Peggy) Johnson of Morrison, Ronnie (Becky) Johnson of Smyrna, Marty (Cathy) Johnson of Murfreesboro and Eddie Mears; Sister: Connie Johnson (Jerry Haslam) of Murfreesboro; Grandchildren: Joshua, Brooklyn, Kimberly, Tiffany, Justin, Addison, Brian and Christopher Johnson, Alyssa, Erick and Noah Mashburn, Ashley and Jrodyn Barrett, Landon and Kayden Fults and Adrian Larragoytia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements

Brassie Lou England Young

Feb 4 2014

70 year old Brassie Lou England Young of Sparta died Monday at Life Care Center of Sparta. She was born in Putnam County to the late John and Ivor Burgess England. She retired from Thomas Industries after 46 years of employment. She was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by 8 brothers and 2 sisters. Young is survived by her husband of 52 years, Oscar Young, Jr. A son, Jeff Young & wife Kim of Sparta. A granddaughter, Maelybeth Young of Sparta. A sister, Sylvia Farmer & Dennis of Sparta. Brothers, Johnny England & Frances of McMinnville, Ivan England & Pat of Crossville, Talmadge England & Elaine of Ozark, Alabama, and Ernest D. England & Lillian of Sparta. Sisters-in-Law, Edmonda Stephens of Sparta, Dora and Dan Cummings of Sparta, Nora Young of Smithville, and Elsie Young of Sparta . Brother-in-Law, Carl Young of Goleta, California along with a host of Nieces and Nephews . Caregiver, Barbara Parrish. The funeral service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Bear Cove Baptist Church. Frank Randolph and Jerry Pullum will officiate and burial will be in the Indian Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the Bear Cove Baptist Church. Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Knox Robert Melching

Feb 4 2014

Knox Robert Melching, the six day old son of Bobby and Martha Melching of Smithville died Monday at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. The body is at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. A private graveside service for family members only will be Wednesday at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his paternal great grandfathers, Eldon Baker of North Loup, Nebraska, and Dean Melching of Hendersonville; paternal great uncle, Jon Baker of Ashton, Nebraska; maternal great grandparents, Casto and Josie Puckett of Smithville; and maternal cousin, Josiah Graden Kirksey of Smithville. In addition to his parents, the child is survived by his paternal grandparents, Darren and Lori Melching of White House; paternal great grandmothers, Betty Kowalski of Loup City, Nebraska and Marilyn Melching Port St. Lucie, Florida; paternal great great grandmother, Esther Baker of Loup City, Nebraska; paternal aunt Melissa Melching of Cleveland; paternal uncles, Brian Melching of Cookeville, Benjamin Melching and John Melching of White House; maternal grandmother, Gail Kirksey of Smithville; maternal grandfather, Howard and wife Carole Ann Kirksey of Tullahoma; maternal great grandmother, Betty Kirksey of Murfreesboro; and maternal uncle, Graden, his wife Sabrina, and their children, Silas and Ella Grace Kirksey of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to Josiah's Closet of Smithville

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