Obituaries

Maudine Dirting

Jul 28 2011

85 year old Maudine Dirting died Wednesday at the Select Specialty Hospital in Taylor Michigan. She was a resident of Michigan and a native of DeKalb County. Dirting was also a member of the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church and she worked for Smithville Furniture Company for many years. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dennis Young will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, B.W. Dirting; two sisters, Pauline Randalls and Clara Randalls. Survivors include a daughter, Donna and husband Danny Dameron of Trenton, Michigan; three grandchildren, Keith, Jessi, and Kenda Krach; three great grandchildren, Xavier, Xander, and Madison Krach; and a brother-in-law, Don McDonald of Murfreesboro. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia Cecelia Emily Walper

Jul 27 2011

69 year old Patricia Cecelia Emily Walper of Smithville died Wednesday at her residence. She was a secretary at Gordon's Construction and a member of Faith Baptist Church. A memorial service will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the home of her son Phillip Walper at 415 Sondra Drive, Smyrna. Charlie Wright will officiate. There will be no visitation. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Caroline Kuehl Charbonneau; brother, Raymond Charbonneau, and sister, Mary Ann McCoy. She is survived by a daughter, Susan and husband David Seber of Loudon; three sons, Steven and wife Caterine Walper of Laverne, Phillip and wife Heather Walper of Smyrna, and Gary Allan Walper of Florida. Twelve granchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Two brothers, Bobby Spencer and Mike Charbonneau, both of Illinois. A sister, Carol and husband Paul Delegge of Michigan. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in Charge of the Arrangements.

George Elmer LeFevre

Jul 27 2011

79 year old George Elmer LeFevre of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. He attended Faith Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and 38 years in the National Guard; He Served as Grand Jury Foreman for many years, Mason, served as Delegate to 2 State Constititional Conventions, taught Sunday School and Bible study. He was a retired lawyer, former assistant D.A, public defender, and federal prosecutor. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Al Mahan will officiate with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8 :00 p.m. and Friday from noon until the time of service at 2:00 p.m He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas Elmer "Bud" and Louisa LeFevre Pedigo; step-father, John Pedigo, sister, Virginia Gilbert, and a brother, James B. LeFevre. He is survived by his wife, Mary LeFevre of Smithville. Six children, Georgia Knott of Smithville, Vicki LeFevre of Huntsville, Alabama, Lisa and husband Joe Sokol of Alexandria, Virginia, James and wife Whitney LeFevre of Kevil, Kentucky, Robert LeFevre of Nashville, and Jennifer LeFevre of Sparta. Four grandchildren, Josh Adcock of Cookeville, Hayden LeFevre, Mason LeFevre, and Emma Grace LeFevre, all of Kevil, Kentucky. Two great-grandchildren, Brady and Riley Adcock. Two nephews, George and Buddy Gilbert. One niece, Sharon Flannery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Faith Baptist Church, American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

George LeFevre

Bill Gill

Jul 25 2011

85 year old Bill Gill of Cookeville and a native of the Wolf Creek Community of DeKalb County died Sunday at Masters Health Care Center. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jared Cemetery at Buffalo Valley. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Jared Gill. Daughters, Peggy Ann Slagle and Mary Caneer. Sons, William Marcus Gill and James Alfred Gill. Sisters, Dimple Holland and Clara Jared. Memorials made be made to Ashraya Orphanage Missions by contacting the funeral home. Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, Cookeville Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Marvin Lee Pittard

Jul 23 2011

66 year old Marvin Lee Pittard of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was a farmer, an employee of Southeastern Tire., and a member of the Covenant Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. Pittard was preceded in death by his parents, James Pittard and Hassie Taylor Pittard; a son, Melvin Pittard; a grandson, James Lee Pittard, Jr.; siblings, Ray Pittard, James Pittard, Hattie Crouch, Mary Lou Robinson, and Paulene Robinson. Survivors include his wife, Anette Pittard of Smithville. Children, Kathy Johnson of Smithville, Angela Pittard, and Jonathan Ferrell of Smithville, Jessie and Junior Mashburn of Smithville, Toby and Loretta Pittard of Woodbury. Ten grandchildren, Mark Johnson and Kayla Conners, Mary Johnson, and Jamie Barrett, Fairy Johnson and Ray Mashburn, Jessica Lane and Lonnie Brown, Jeremy Lane, Lori Lee Pittard, and Bradley and Lindsey Barrett. Eleven great grandchildren, Brooklyn Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Kimberly Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, Justin Johnson, Brian Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Alyssa Mashburn, Jayden McCown, Weslie McCown, Chasity Barrett, Ashley and Jordan Barrett. Four sisters, Judy Towel of Murfreesboro, Shirley and Nick Nickalson of Christiana, Betty Flemings of Murfreesboro, Ella Mae Pittard of Murfreesboro. Two brothers, Charles and Becky Pittard of Murfreesboro and Bobby and Melissa Pittard of Shop Springs. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Myrtle Love Greer

Jul 22 2011

94 year old Myrtle Love Greer of Viola died Thursday at Rain Tree Manor Nursing Center in McMinnville. She was born in DeKalb County. She was a homemaker, a retired employee of the U.T. Agriculture Extension Service, and a Baptist. Mrs. Greer was preceded in death by parents Willie and Sarah Smith Love, husband John Matthew Greer, and a brother Landon Love.

Survivors include daughters Deanie English of Brentwood and Faye and her husband Fred Greene of McMinnville. A brother Frank and his wife Naomi Love of Manchester. Grandchildren John (Ken) Kenneth (Alysia) English, Morris Kevin (Christina) English, Kimberly Denise (Ricky) Matlock, and Jason Matthew (April) Greene, great-grandchildren Brandon, Meghan, Lauren, Austin, and Sadie English, Holly Matlock, Caden and Ambria Greene, and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service wiull be at 2 P.M. Sunday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Donald Owens will officiate. Burial will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery . The family will receive friends Saturday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Sunday from 12:00 P.M. Noon until 2 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Debbie Louisa Jennings

Jul 21 2011

84 year old Debbie Louisa Jennings of McMinnville died Thursday at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was born in DeKalb County, was a retired employee of McMinnville Garment Company, and a member of Blue Springs Cove Church of Christ. Mrs. Jennings was preceded in death by parents William Daniel and Margaret France Jones, husband William Arthur Jennings, sisters Gillie Allen, Florence Humphrey, Annie Mannon, Mary Jones, Percilla Warren, Pelina Marsh, Vina Turner, and America Turner, and brothers Alec, Walter, Cephas, Tommy, Willie, Acquilla, Burgess, and Thurman (Jack) Jones.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Peggie Ann and Donald Moore of McMinnville and sisters Sue Carter of Winchester, Elsie Newby of McMinnville, and Judy Berryhill of Nashville. Grandchildren Jeff and Susan Smith, and Gail and Lee Curtis, great-grandchildren Brittany Jones, Micha Gentry, Taylor Smith, Tori Smith, Tia, Rylan, Kreed, Makinlee, Bren, and Braelee Curtis, and great-great grandchildren Emma Smith, Kylan Jones, and Kinslee Taylor.

The funeral service will be at 11 A.M., Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Gary Newby will officiate. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends Friday from 3 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Saturday from 9 A.M. until 11 A.M. at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels

Marty Dean Lamb

Jul 20 2011

39 year old Marty Dean Lamb of Sparta died Tuesday at his residence. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta. Bobby Wilhite and Dwight Fuqua will officiate and burial will follow in the Rose Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday after 4:00 p.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Survivors include a daughter, Haily Lamb of Sparta. A son, Mitchell Lamb of Sparta. The mother of his children and wife of 15 years, Janet Lamb of Sparta. Parents, Robert and Debbie Lamb of Sparta. Sister, Becky Sims and her husband Brandon of Sparta. Niece, Alayna Sims of Sparta. Grandparents, Harvey Richard and Billie Jean Clouse of Sparta. Grandmother, Rosa Nell Carter of Sparta. Great grandmother, Bessie Bumbalough of Sparta. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins survive along with many friends. Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Delbert Johnson

Jul 20 2011

71 year old Charles Delbert Johnson of Sparta died Wednesday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a retired barber. A memorial service will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Freddie Copeland will officiate and burial will be in the Johnson's Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Roscoe and Linnie Frances LaFever Johnson; two sisters, Juanita and Donna Johnson; and two brothers, Jessie Paul and Johnny E. Johnson. Survivors include a son, Timothy Joseph Johnson of Murfreesboro. One daughter, Susan and husband Mark Wilson of Smithville. A granddaughter, Amanda Wilson of Murfreesboro. Two sisters, Rose and husband George Daniels of Sparta and Wanda and husband Ben Wright of Michigan. Three brothers, Houston and wife Jean Johnson of Sparta, Walter and wife Jo Johnson of Smithville, and Buel and wife Sarah Johnson of Spencer. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Lee Lautzenheiser

Jul 15 2011

66 year old Gary Lee Lautzenheiser of Sparta died Friday, July 8th. He was born in Canton, Ohio to Ralph E. & Betty (McKeen) Lautzenheiser.

Lautzenheiser graduated from Louisville High School in 1962, worked on the family dairy farm until 1964, then was employed at the Ohio Power Company (AEP) Canton, Ohio for the next 32 years as a Lineman. He retired in 2000 and was employed part-time by Constitution Land Surveying of Louisville, Ohio. He resided in Louisville till 2008, then moved to Sparta.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Kiko Lautzenheiser of Sparta. Parents, Betty McKeen and Ralph E. Lautzenheiser of Louisville, Ohio. Five children, Tonya and Michael Heckendorn of Goose Creek, South Carolina; Brian and Jennifer Lautzenheiser of Warner Robins, Georgia; Mark Lautzenheiser of Sparta; Samuel and Whitney Lautzenheiser of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; and Dawn Lautzenheiser of Sparta. A sister, Barbara and husband Rick Kidwell of Findlay, Ohio. A brother, Dale and wife Debbie Lautzenheiser of Louisville, Ohio. Seven grandchildren, Derek, Samantha, Dillon, Payton, Heath and twins - Lila and Jackson
Memorial services will be held at the Lautzenheiser home in Sparta on Tuesday, July
19th at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chris Elliott Fund for
Glioblastoma Brain Cancer Research, or The MS Society, under the name of Dawn
Lautzenheiser.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements

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