Obituaries

Clara Nell Nixon

Apr 7 2009

89 year old Clara Nell Nixon of Watertown died Tuesday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born in DeKalb County, and was a garment factory worker, and a member of the Round Lick Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Burial will be in the Mount Holly Cemetery in Smithville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dee Nixon; her parents, Isaac and Hattie Jewell Belle Taylor; and four brothers and four sisters. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Annette Nixon of Mount Juliet. Grandaughters, Lisa Harvey of Saginaw, Texas and Lori Dean of Mount Juliet. Seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. A brother, Joe and his wife Helen Taylor of Smithville. Three sisters, Onie Margaret Durham, Oma Frances Taylor and Audrey Pearl Snyder all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Pauline (Polly) Stone Coe

Apr 6 2009

90 year old Pauline (Polly) Stone Coe of Murfreesboro died Sunday at National Health Care Center. She was born in Clay County and was the daughter of the late Oliver Bennett and Wealthy Cherry Stone. Mrs. Coe was a member of the Bethlehem Church of Christ. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Nickey Nichols will officiate. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Coe was preceded in death by her husband, R.E. Coe, a grandson, Darin Coe; brothers, Oliver Stone and Hugh Stone; and sisters, Ruth Allen and Lenora Mullinax. She is survived by her sons, Ralph Coe and his wife, Joyce of Auburntown; Jim Coe and his wife Patti of Lascassas, and E.C. Coe of Murfreesboro. Sisters, Elizabeth Dyer of Clearmont, Florida; Helen Hennard of Murfreesboro; Mary Pinkerton of Montgomery, Alabama; and Edith Stone of Lascassas. Four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren survive. Memorials in memory of Mrs. Coe may be made to the Bethlehem Church of Christ Building Fund. Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements

John Douglas Pennington

Apr 5 2009

65 year old John Douglas Pennington of McMinnville died Friday of an extended illness. He was a factory worker in Lebanon. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell and Cope Funeral Home. Junior Hibdon and Greg Hibdon will officiate and burial will be in the Gardens of Memory in Warren County. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his father, Jodie Fred Pennington; his mother Flossie Meadows Pennington; three brothers, Frank Goglio, Leonard Pennington, and Charles Don Pennington; and one sister, Betty Jo Hayes. Pennington is survived by his wife, Mary Bianne Pennington of McMinnville. Two daughters, Reginia Rovsek and her husband John Rovsek of Atlanta, Georgia and Katrina Pennington Thompson and her husband Rusty Thompson of Atlanta, Georgia. Two granddaughters, Hannah Grace Rovsek and Abigail Pennington Thompson both of Atlanta, Georgia. Love-Cantrell and Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Vertrice Byrd Cook

Apr 5 2009

56 year old Vertrice Byrd Cook of Smithville died Saturday at her residence of an extended illness from Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was a member of the Jesus Name Pentecostal Church and a health care provider at Prospect, Incorporated. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Robert Burns will officiate and burial will be in Poplar Hill Cemetery in Watertown. 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 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Byrd and her grandparents, Jim and Mary Adamson. Survivors include children, Billy Cook, Jr. and Melena and her husband Michael Harrell. Grandchildren, Cody and Jacob Harrell, and Kayla and Madeline Cook. Her mother Alberta Byrd. Sisters, Toleda Jackson and Dean and her husband Marvin Yaney. Brothers, Forrest "Frosty" Byrd and friend Ruth Martin, Clay Byrd, and Jerry and his wife Donna Byrd. Several nieces and nephews also survive along with special friends and caregivers, Tabitha, Chevaughn, Kay, Reba, Regina, Tammy, and Linda. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Luna Johnson

Apr 3 2009

82 year old Mary Luna Johnson of Parsons, Tennessee died Thursday of an extended illness at the Decatur County Hospital in Decaturville, Tennessee. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Don Franks will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Johnson and a son, Wayne Johnson. Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Phillpott of Parsons. A daughter-in-law, Carolyn Johnson Maynard of Loudon. A brother, Reefus Luna of Sparta. Four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Regina Gail Pack

Apr 2 2009

49 year old Regina Gail Pack of Nashville died Tuesday at Southern Hills Hospital. She was a Baptist and an employee of Shoney's in Nashville. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bryan Jones and Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Jack Pack and a brother, Doug Pack. Survivors include two daughters, Misty and her husband Timmy McCathern and Billie and husband Wayne Johnson; Her mother, Virginia Adcock Daniels; Two brothers, Eudean and wife Tammy Pack and Darrell and wife Robin Pack all of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Makayla McCathern of Smithville and Shayla Woods of Lebanon. Three nephews, Chris and Derek Pack and Quenton McSparren all of Smithville, and Mitchell Green of Missouri. One niece, Stephanie Green of Sparta. Two great nephews and one great niece also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Cantrell Tittsworth

Apr 1 2009

89 year old Willie Cantrell Tittsworth of Scottsdale, Arizona died Friday. She was born in Warren County, a housewife, and a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Comer Mullican will officiate and burial will be in the Mount View Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse J. Tittsworth and a son, Tollye Wayne Tittsworth. Survivors include a daughter Reta Poncini of Scottsdale, Arizona. A son, James Gary Tittsworth and wife Jane Malo of Sterling Heights, Michigan. Grandchildren, Steven Wayne Tittsworth of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Rene Anderson of Phoenix, Arizona; Teresa Henry of Rosecommon, Michigan; Susan Goulette and husband Jeffrey of Romeo, Michigan; and Trina Reeves and husband David of Phoenix, Arizona. Great grandchildren, Andrea Henry Maczik of Richville, Michigan; Devon Reeves and Dillon Reeves both of Phoenix, Arizona; and two great great grandchildren, Riley Maczik and Hailey Maczik both of Richville, Michigan. Two brothers, Leonard Cantrell of Ozark, Alabama and Joe Cantrell of McMinnville. One sister, Christine Warmack of Dalton, Georgia. A sister-in-law, Juanita Cantrell of McMinnville. High Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mazzell Christian

Mar 31 2009

91 year old Mazzell Christian of Alexandria died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Wayne Jamison and Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She is survived by two daughters, Gradie Joyce Garvin of Alexandria and Helen Rozzell Rushing of Lebanon. Eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. A brother, Paul Kyle of Texas and two sisters, Dollie Robinson and Donia Adkins both of Georgia. Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eric Patrick Goodson

Mar 30 2009

27 year old Eric Patrick Goodson of Smithville died Friday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. He was a CNA and a Baptist. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dan Gulley and Steve Breedlove will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Thomas Clyde and Mildred Loette Green Allmon; a brother, Thomas Darrell Goodson; a step-sister, Brenda Fay Campbell; and an uncle, David Allmon. Survivors include his mother, Mary Louise Allmon Goodson Campbell of Alexandria. His step-father, Triman Campbell of Alexandria. A brother, Kenneth Dwayne Goodson of Alexandria. Step-sisters, Stacey Campbell of McMinnville and Sandra Campbell Baker of Murfreesboro. Aunts, Johnnie Mai Allmon and Joyce Dean Poss both of Smithville, and Patricia Allmon of Alexandria. An uncle, Joe and his wife Charlene Allmon of Gladeville. Several great aunts and uncles, nieces, and nephews, and cousins also survive along with special friends, Amanda Ford and Matthew Martin. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Billy "Janitor Billy" Colwell

Mar 28 2009

65 year old Billy "Janitor Billy" Colwell of Rock Island died Friday at Centennial Medical Center. He was retired from Powermatic and employed as Janitor at DeKalb County High School. Colwell was a ham radio operator and a member of the Mount Hope The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Greg Hibdon, and Dwight Knowles will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Auvel and Annie Helen Reeder Colwell. Colwell is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joeneal Green Colwell of Rock Island. A daughter, Linda and her husband Joshua Parris of Rock Island. One son, Henry Lee and his wife Kathy Colwell of Rock Island. Three grandchildren, Heather Michelle and Patrick Lee Colwell and Carl Andrew Parris all of Rock Island. One sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Jerry Cantrell of Smithville. Two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kennith and Lois Colwell of Smithville, and Eddie and Sandra Colwell of Sparta. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Dibrell School Library, DeKalb County High School Library, or to Justin Potter Library, in lieu of flowers.

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