Obituaries

Martha Bell Spencer

May 13 2009

92 year old Martha Bell Spencer of Dowelltown died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Dowelltown United Methodist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Matthew Long will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Spencer was preceded in death by husbands, John E. Young and Vaskell Spencer; her parents, James E. and Vinnie Redmon; sons, Larry Joe Young, John E. Young, Jr. and an infant son; step-daughters, Ms. Jimmie Vickers and Jewel Medley; and a step-grandson, Gary Vickers. She is survived by her children, Retha Nell and husband Billy Braswell of Dowelltown and Dixie Faye Greer of Smithville. Grandchildren, Susan Reynolds, Stephen Braswell, Rebecca Thomas, Jo Ann Davis, Janie England, Angela Trapp, Richard Redmon, Joey Young, Brian Young, and Salana Letsinger. Step-grandchildren, Nelson Gilreath, Terry Anderson, and Katrina Vickers. Half-sisters, Hazel Taylor, Mildred Hogan, and Julia Lord of Georgia. A half-brother, Charles Redmon of Sparta. Special cousin, Ella Mai Jones. Twenty great grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Dowelltown United Methodist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bill Grissom

May 12 2009

87 year old Bill Grissom of the Peeled Chestnut Community, Sparta died Monday at NHC of Smithville. He was a retired machine operator at Cookeville Tool & Die. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Peeled Chesnut Cemetery. James C. Grissom will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no visitation on Wednesday. The family will meet at the cemetery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Grissom; his parents, Reverdy and Amanda Grissom; a daughter, Jennifer Grissom; and a brother, Robert Glenn Grissom. Survivors include one son, Rodney Grissom of Smithville. One sister, Mary and her husband Gerald Hitchcock of Rock Island. One brother, Jack Grissom of Spencer. One sister-in-law, Aleda Grissom of Spencer and several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Lee Estes

May 12 2009

28 year old Jerry Lee Estes of Dowelltown died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Penecost and a self-employed tree trimmer. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Glenn Chapman will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Ararat Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Alvie Estes and Ray Murphy. He is survived by children, Austin and Allison Estes, Destiny and Monie Murphy; his father and step-mother, Jerry "Frog" and Tammy Estes; his mother, Darlene Griffith Jackson; step-dad, Maurice Griffith; brothers, Matthew and Billy Griffith; grandparents, Dixie Estes and Cleta Horn; and lots of special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Sandra Faye Kennedy West

May 9 2009

45 year old Sandra Faye Kennedy West of Liberty died Thursday at her residence. She was a homemaker. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She is survived by children, Daniel Shahan of Lebanon, Charles Jason West of Smithville, Shauna Stringer of Brush Creek, and Charles Travis West of Crossville. Her parents, Joe and Jewel Kennedy of Smithville. Brothers, Ricky and Randy Kennedy and Richard Hunt. Her ex-husband, Charles Habart West of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James M. Owens

May 7 2009

70 year old James M. Owens of the Riverwatch Community died Tuesday night at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He is survived by his wife. Jane Owens of Riverwatch. Two sons, James Owens and his wife Tonya of Tullahoma and Charles Owens and his wife Monica of San Diego, California. One sister, Catherine Dunn and husband William of Roxboro, North Carolina. Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Golf Team at DeKalb County High School in care of 120 Iverness Place, Riverwatch

Jerry Hale Haas

May 6 2009

67 year old Jerry Hale Haas of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC of Smithville. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Snow Hill Methodist Church. The family has chosen direct cremation and a memorial service will be held later. There will be no visitation. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernie Harl Haas and Eva Mai Hale Haas; one daughter, Marlene Haas Stoglin; and his ex-wife, Macon Haas. He is survived by two daughters, Letitia and husband Greg Herron of Smithville and Stephanie Haas of Smithville. Two sons, Jeremy Lee Haas and Trent and his wife Lori Haas all of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Gregory and Shantay Herron, Michael Minnear, Brandon Haas, Steven Haas, and Chyanna Fagan all of Smithville. Two great grandchildren, Kailey and Dedrick Herron of Smithville. Two step great grandchildren, Devin and Jalen Pleasant of Smithville. One sister, Deborah and her husband Dave Keeling of California. Several aunts and uncles also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Meelan Elosie Perry

May 5 2009

70 year old Meelan Elosie Perry of Lancaster died Tuesday at Cookeville Regional Hospital. She was a retired Dowelltown Post Master, a Christian of the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene, and a member of the DeKalb County Women's Republican Party. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene. Kevin Thomas will officiate and burial will be in the Gordonsville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Josh and Sadie Rice Lindsey and a brother, James Lindsey. Survivors include her husband, Walter Perry of Lancaster. Three sons, Joel and his wife Teresa Perry of Greenbrier, Mark Perry of Florida, and Todd and his wife Teresa Perry of Dowelltown. Four grandchildren, Erin Perry, Josh and Meagan Perry all of Lancaster, Hailey Perry of Dowelltown, and Emily Perry of Greenbrier. One devoted sister, Iney Akins of Alabama and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Cookeville Church of the Nazarene, in lieu of flowers.

T.R. Raymond

May 4 2009

79 year old T.R. Raymond of McMinnville (Gath Community) died Saturday at his residence. He was born in DeKalb County, was a retired material handler with Carrier, a farmer, cattleman, a horse trader, and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at noon at the Chapel of McMinnville Funeral Home. Bobby Muncey and Sam Odom will officiate and burial will be in the Gath Cemetery. The Raymond Family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at McMinnville Funeral Home. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert Leslie and Hassie Lee Certain Raymond; his first wife, Dorothy Jean Neely; his second wife, Leta Ann Cunningham; his sisters, Helen Raymond Bell, Louise Raymond Winchester, and Ruth Raymond Cantrell; and a brother, Walter Mutt Raymond. Survivors include sons, Robert and his wife Lena Raymond and Danny Raymond all of McMinnville. A daughter, Sylvia Raymond of Murfreesboro. Three step-daughters. Grandchildren, Jason Raymond, Alesha and Bud Pegg all of McMinnville and Angela and Glenn Merchant of Murfreesboro. Great grandchildren, Taylor, Brady, and Kennedi Pegg and Anna Raymond. A sister and brother-in-law, Mirl and Marvin Poss of McMinnville. Nieces, nephews, and cousins, survive along with many friends including special friend Donald Knowles and special nephew, James Raymond. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeff Lassiter

May 4 2009

41 year old Jeff Lassiter of McMinnville died Sunday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was born in Warren County, a bail bondsmen with Free Bird Bail Bonds, and a member of the Friendship The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Gerald "Coy" Jordan and Randy Valimont will officiate and burial will follow in the Mount View Cemetery. The Lassiter Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Tina Huff Lassiter. Children, Erika Betschart, Allen Betschart, Anabel Marie M. Lassiter, Alondra Kay "Ya Ya" M. Lassiter, and Emi Lee Grace Lassiter. His parents, Billy and Treva Jordan Lassiter. A brother and sister-in-law, Jodie and Jennifer Cantrell Lassiter. A nephew, Lane Lassiter. A niece, Annie Lassiter. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronny and Linda Whitworth Huff all of McMinnville. An uncle and an aunt, Reverend Gerald "Coy" and Olene Jordan of Gainesville, Georgia. Special loved ones, Maiverine Romans, Hannah Romans, and Edrie Byars, and special friend, Dalton Fletcher. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multi-County Cancer Support Network, 110 East Lauderdale Street, Tullahoma, 37388 or to Meals on Wheels, 106 East End Drive, McMinnville. 37110. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bryon Scott Linder

May 3 2009

27 year old Bryon Scott Linder of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jason Lohorn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Linder and Albert and Winnie Taylor. Survivors include one son, Braxton Linder of McMinnville. His father, William David Linder of Smithville. His mother and step-father, Sandy and Cameron Dunn of Smithville. A brother, Scottie and his wife Juleigh Linder of Liberty. Two sisters, Jennifer and special friend Greg White of Smithville, and Tammy Vanatta of Smithville. Grandmother, Gladys Linder of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

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