Obituaries

Frances West Cantrell

Jan 6 2014

87 year old Frances West Cantrell of Smithville died Sunday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Curtis Jones will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Lillie Thweatt West; husband, Bethel "Doc" M. Cantrell; and three brothers, Cleve, Thomas, and Elzie West. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn and husband Joe Shielly of California and Pamela and husband Glen Marlow of Baxter. One son, Glen and wife Nancy Cantrell of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Gary Stoneman, Denise Jantz, Annette "Nikki" Kellis-Shropshire, Michael Kellis, and John-Luther Puckett. Six step grandchildren, Lisa Shoemaker, Debbie Pettitt, Sandra Edison, Sharon Kotecki, Reba Jones, and Gina Nixon. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frelan Brown Estes

Jan 4 2014

81 year old Frelan Brown Estes of Smithville died Friday at NHC of Smithville. He was retired from Guthrie Nursery. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Robert Presley will officiate and burial will be in Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m. Estes was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Hassie Anderson Estes and wives, Anna Bell Estes and Mary Estes. Three sisters, Ruby Lawson, Louise Taylor, and Lorene George and a brother, Grover Estes. Survivors include one son, Roy Estes and one grandson, Jimmy Lee Herman both of Smithville. Special friends, Aron and Judy Highsmith of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses in lieu of flowers.

Linda Faye Brown

Jan 2 2014

66 year old Linda Faye Brown of Smithville died Wednesday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was the daughter of Haskell and Flossie Pippin Dyer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Roy Colburn; 5 Brothers, William, Hubert, Gordon, Frank and Earl Dyer; 1 Sister, Stella Clemons. Linda was a Baptist and former shirt factory worker. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Freeman Brown of Smithville; 3 Children, Anna Colburn of Smithville, Michelle (Robert) Downing of Lady Lake, FL; Jason (Stephanie) Brown of Smithville; 4 Grandchildren, Bradley Colburn, Erika Brown, Robert Downing, Jr., and Brady Colburn; 1 Brother, Raymond Dyer of Smithville; 4 Sisters, Gladys Chaffin and Eller Chaffin both of Cookeville, Altie Knowles and Glenda Turner both of Smithville, Several Nieces and Nephews. The funeral service will be conducted 3:PM Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Dewey Dyer officiating and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bob Curtis

Jan 2 2014

75 year old Bob Curtis of McMinnville died Wednesday at his residence. He was the son of the late Landy Lee Lucille Evans Curtis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Granddaughter, Kimberly Curtis; 1 Grandson, Robby R. Curtis; 2 Brothers, Davie and Arthur Curtis; 2 Sisters, Jessie Dunn and Ruth Adkins. He was a member of the Providence Baptist Church and retired from the DeKalb County Highway Dept. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Evie Curtis of McMinnville; 3 Sons, Bobby J. Curtis, Jr., Ronnie J. Curtis and Ricky L. and his wife Jenni all of McMinnville; 8 Grandchildren, Bobby J. Curtis, III, Julie N. McCormack, Laura C. Curtis, Christina M. Curtis, Rachel D. Gay, Cory Curtis, Ricky L. Curtis, Jr., Landy R. Curtis; 23 Great-Grandchildren; 1 Brother, Roger and his wife Polly of Florida; 1 Sister, Betty and her husband Kenny Laboe of Smithville. The funeral service will be at 1:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Steve Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery in the Lucky Community. Visitation will be Friday 2:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Steve White

Jan 2 2014
Steve White

52 year old Steve White of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a Rural Route Carrier, and he had served as an Alderman for the City of Smithville for twelve years. He was also a member of the TN Downtowns Committee. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. White was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Bobby and Barbara Colvert; a nephew, Bryan White; and sister-in-law, Kathy White. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Lou Ann Colvert White of Smithville. Three daughters, Camry and husband Josh Kerley of Smithville and Carlee White and Chloe White both of Smithville. Parents, W.J. "Dub" and Treva White. Four brothers, Mark and wife Virginia White of Gallatin, Thomas and wife Tammy White, David White, and Paul White all of Smithville. Brother-in-law, John Baker and wife Karen Colvert of Murfreesboro. Nine nieces and nephews, Lacey Duke, Lindsey Holmes, Sara Spall, Nathaniel White, Emily Linder, Michael Paul White, Kelly Wiley, Baker Colvert, and Grant Colvert, Special great nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, you may make donations to a scholarship fund for Camry, Carlee, and Chloe.

Darlene Ruth Smith

Jan 2 2014

79 year old Darlene Ruth Smith of Sparta died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Lutheran and a homemaker. The family has chosen cremation. She was preceded in death by her parents, August Charles and Charlotte McDonald and a son, Jon S. Smith. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, John S. Smith. Two daughters, Kelly Spencer of Goodlettsville and Megan Dougherty of Severna Park, Maryland. Five grandchildren, Erin Morris, Nicholas Smith, Mason Smith, Harper Dougherty, and Devin Dougherty. One great grandchild, Sophie Morris. One brother, Merle McDonald of Jacksonville, Florida and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Truman Campbell

Jan 2 2014

87 year old Truman Campbell of Liberty died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Odus Gilmore and Nonnie Hayes Campbell and a son, Odus Clyde Campbell. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Fannie Bell Pitts Campbell of Liberty. Three daughters, Joan and husband J.C. Hughes of Auburntown, Joyce and husband Bobby Hendrixson of McMinnville, and Brenda and husband Rick Cantrell of Smithville. Two sons, Raymond and wife Debbie Campbell of Brush Creek and Rex Campbell of Auburntown. Fourteen grandchildren, Cindy and Sam Garrison and Cody and Kayla Hughes all of Auburntown, Jennifer and Jason Brown of Woodbury, Travis Hendrixson and Christopher Fletcher both of Smyrna, Cayla and Chelsey Cantrell, Carrie Hale, and Nelson Hendrixson all of Smithville, Jayne Hendrixson of Sparta, Shane and Rochelle Campbell, Kelli and Kerry Lollar, and Derrick and Amy Campbell all of Brush Creek, and Bryan and Shelley Campbell of Alexandria. Eighteen great grandchildren. One brother, Jack and wife Ann Campbell of Liberty. One sister, Mary and husband Jimmy Clark of Alexandria. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Edward Martin

Jan 1 2014

71 year old Billy Edward Martin of Smithville died Monday night at his residence. He was the son of the late John H. and Daisy Clayborn Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a Grandson, Daniel Martin. He was a retired steel worker and a Baptist. Survivors include wife of 52 years Gloria Jean Martin of Smithville; 3 children: Douglas L. Martin of Smithville, Donald Wayne Martin of Smithville and Lisa K. Martin of Phoenix, AZ.; 4 Grandchildren: Phillip, Cody, Martha and Laura; 3 Great Grandchildren: Cayden, Phillip Jr. and Aden; Brother: James Martin of Smithville; Sisters: Carolyn Sanders of Henderson, TX, Peggy Smith of Nashville and Ginger Steinbach of Smithville. Funeral Services will be Friday at 1:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Mike Clayborn officiating and burial in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 2:PM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until time of the service at 1:PM.

Diana Ortega Garcia

Dec 30 2013

27 year old Diana Ortega Garcia of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Euphema B. Dexter

Dec 30 2013

88 year old Euphema B. Dexter died Saturday Night at Kindred Healthcare in Algood. She was the daughter of the late Finious Elroy and Rosie Ellen Minno Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Husband, Rev. Clifton Jay Dexter; Son, Clifton Ray Dexter; 2 Grandchildren, Gary Ray Dexter and Delisa Dexter; 2 Great-Grandchildren. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gath Baptist Church. Survivors include Son, James K. (Wanda) Dexter of Cookeville; Daughter, Janie (Eddie) Bain of McMinnville; Sister, Rosalie Kelso of Murray, KY; 6 Grandchildren, 12 Great-Grandchildren and several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral Services for Ms. Dexter will be Tuesday at 1:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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