Obituaries

Clayton R. McDonald

Feb 27 2012

53 year old Clayton R. McDonald of White Pine died Friday at his home. He was a long time chemical plant technician at SI Group. The family has chosen to have a direct cremation at his request and a celebration of Clay’s life will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Angelo’s at the Point Dandridge, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his father, John McDonald. Survivors include his mother, Connie McDonald of Maggie Valley, North Carolina; two sons, Caleb and wife Chala Cripps McDonald of Smithville, and Aaron McDonald of Austin, Texas; sister, Sandy McDonald of Morristown.; brother, Steve and wife June McDonald of Jefferson City; and special friend Sheila Noe of Morristown. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN. 38148. Arrangements by Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel.

Reverend Michael Farr

Feb 27 2012

56 year old Reverend Michael Farr, pastor of the Smithville Church of God, died Sunday evening at his residence in Tullahoma. The funeral will be Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God. Dr. Don Walker, Reverend Tim Cushman, and Reverend Terry Hart will officiate and burial will be at the Lebanon Cemetery in Cleveland, Tennessee at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God. Farr was preceded in death by his father, William Henry Farr. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Farr of Tullahoma. Daughters and sons-in-law, Bethany and Jerry Strait, Jr. and Paula and Paul Bentley, Jr. Granddaughters, Olivia and Annaly Bentley; a grandson, Jonah Strait; mother, Louise Farr; brothers, Bill and wife Jonnie Farr, Oliver and wife Faye Farr all of Lakeland, Georgia; Glenn and wife Chris Farr; James and wife Marie Farr; and Maynard and wife Barbara Farr all of Crossville. Sisters, Ruby and husband Curtis Cross, Lela and husband Raymond Gist, Linda and husband Terry Hawn, and Ann and husband Redgie Thompson. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the CJD Foundation at P.O. Box 5312, Akron, Ohio, 44334, or to the Smithville Church of God at P.O. Box 305, Smithville, TN. 37166, or to the Avalon Hospice at 1802 N. Jackson Street Suite 900, Tullahoma, TN. 37388. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Farr

David Ray Redmon

Feb 27 2012

47 year old David Ray Redmon of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was former owner of Redmon's Nursery and DeKalb Cemetery. He was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He is survived by two daughters, Hailey Redmon of Smithville and Ashley and husband Gary Murry of Soddy Daisy. One son, Bradley Redmon; Four grandchildren, Michael and Chrissy White, Emmalee Redmon, and Elijah Gingerich; Mother, Evalena Turner Redmon; Father, David Redmon; Sister, Wetoina "Sissy" Redmon; Companion, Deborah France; and mother of his children, Denise Redmon all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Donald Franklin Evans

Feb 27 2012

55 year old Donald Franklin Evans of Alexandria died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Country Side Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Donald Owens, Dwayne Cornelius, and Jackie Gaddes will officiate and burial will be in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Evans was preceded in death by his father, John Evans and a son, Thomas Michael Evans. He is survived by his wife, Tammy Evans of Alexandria. Four children, John Michael and wife Mandy Evans and Amy and husband Drake Ricard all of Franklin, Kentucky, David Glen and wife Crissy Evans of Dowelltown, and Ashley and husband Matt Buchanan of Smithville. Nine grandchildren. Mother, Bessie Evans of Murfreesboro. A brother, Nathan Dean and wife Kathy Evans of California. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Wanda Alice Vanatta

Feb 24 2012

55 year old Wanda Alice Vanatta of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Keltonburg United Methodist Church. The family has chosen direct cremation. There will be no visitation. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.A. and Frances Vanatta and a brother, Darrell Vanatta. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Rigsby of Smithville. Three daughters, Gayle and husband Phillip Thomas of Smithville, Trina Bullard of McMinnville, and Heather Ingram of Cookeville. Two sons, Christopher Rigsby and Aubrey Rigsby of Smithville. Six grandchildren. One sister, Shelia Lucy of Indiana and step-mother, Jo Carter of Franklin. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. J.K. Twilla

Feb 24 2012

85 year old Dr. J.K. Twilla of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a long time doctor in the DeKalb County area and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was also a member of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Green will officiate and burial will be in Town Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 1:00 p.m. Dr. Twilla was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Leonard and Rosa Jon Twilla. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jo Twilla of Smithville. Two sons, Neil Alan Twilla and John Kevin Twilla of Murfreesboro. Two grandchildren, Kevin and wife Desirae Twilla of Harrogate and Keli and husband Jared Davis of Smithville. Sister, Rose Mary and husband John Jarvis of Sparta. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested NO FOOD at the funeral home and NO FLOWERS. Donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Lena Vanderpool

Feb 23 2012

94 year old Lena Vanderpool of Smithville died last Thursday at St. Thomas Hospital. The funeral service will be Saturday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Snow Hill United Methodist Church with Royce Martin officiating. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, March 2nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Snow Hill United Methodist Church and Saturday, March 3rd from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Mrs. Vanderpool was born in DeKalb County, daughter of the late Talmedge and Rebecca Myrtle Moore Davis. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Vernie Vanderpool, son-in-law, Calvin Christman, sisters, Wilma Cubbins, Ovie Driver, Edith Seals and Altie Vandergriff. She is survived by daughters, Peggy Judkins and husband, Doug of Hendersonville, North Carolina and Nina Christman of Peyton, Colorado; sisters, Margie Close of Lebanon and Marie Robinson of Smithville, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church. Family Heritage Funeral Home in Gallatin in charge of arrangements.

Hilda Rhea Billings

Feb 22 2012

74 year old Hilda Rhea Billings of the Peeled Chestnut Community of Smithville died Tuesday at St. Thomas Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Johnson's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Judkins will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zollie and Rebbie Luna Young; three brothers, Thurman, Reece, and Virtesse Young; three sisters, Julie Hutchings, Arlene Rickman, and Ruth Billings. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Claude Billings of the Peeled Chestnut Community. Three sons, Steve and wife Tina Billings of Von Ore, Tennessee; John and wife Wendy Billings, and Jason and wife Sally Billings all of Michigan. One daughter, Hilda Claudette and husband Glen Peterson of Maryland. Eight grandchildren, Bruce and Stormie Billings of Von Ore, Emily, Elissa and John Wyatt Billings of Michigan, and Samantha, Jonathan, and Patricia Peterson all of Maryland. One sister, Helen Faul of Michigan. Special friend and Sister-in-law, Robbie Young of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmy McDonald Martin

Feb 21 2012

76 year old Jimmy McDonald Martin of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist and he served in the U.S. Army. Martin was retired from the City of Smithville and was a lab tech at DeKalb and Stones River Hospitals. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, William Floyd and Miltada Mai Clayborn Martin and two brothers, Dawes and James Martin. Survivors include a daughter, Penny Martin of Smithville. Two sons, Tim and wife Faye Martin and Greg Martin all of Smithville. Seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three step grandchildren, and five step great grandchildren. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Eugene Arnold

Feb 21 2012

70 year old Kenneth Eugene Arnold of Smithville died Saturday, February 11 at his residence. The funeral will be Friday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. Brad D. Driver, Pam Baines, and Michael Hale will officiate. Arnold was a member of the Indian Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was also a retired factory worker. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Eunie Pearl Williams Arnold; a brother, Vestrell Arnold; and a sister, Dora Lawson. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Barbara Dean Arnold of Smithville. A brother, Jimmy A. and wife Mildred Arnold of Smithville. A sister, Wilma Joan and husband George Hamilton of Smithville. Nieces, Opal Faye Glover, Peggy and husband Marty Merriman, and Pam and husband Michael Baines. Nephews, Ronnie and wife Pat Arnold, Charles Wayne Arnold, Ricky Lynn Arnold, and Greg Driver of Smithville. Great nephew, Brad Driver and Michael Paul White. Great niece, Emily Linder. Many other great nieces and nephews, Sister-in-law, Oceia Marie Arnold of Smithville. Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Jerry Spurlock of Smithville, Anna Ruth and Jack Chidester of Nashville, and Evie Hill of Smithville and many other family and friends. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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