Obituaries

J.C. Derting

Oct 14 2009

71 year old J.C. Derting of Liberty died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a farmer, a graduate of Liberty High School, and a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Tommy Ashford will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Stacy Derting and his parents, Roy and Laura Mae Derting. He is survived by a son, Dennis Stacey of Liberty and many cousins and friends. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Fuson Palmer

Oct 14 2009

72 year old Peggy Fuson Palmer, formerly of Smithville and a resident of Chattanooga, died Tuesday at her second residence in Smithville. She graduated from the U.T. School of Pharmacy in 1957 and worked as a pharmacist for many years with Eckerd/Rite-Aid in East Ridge. She was an award winning craftswoman and quilter and her work was displayed at the White House. Palmer was also a member of the Jacobs Pillar United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Jacobs Pillar United Methodist Church. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. There will be no visitation on Saturday. Palmer was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Allie Redmon Fuson and a sister, Eulalia Cobb Vaughn. She is survived by her husband, John A. Palmer, Jr. of Chattanooga. One son, John A. Palmer III and his wife Elizabeth of Gainesville, Florida. One daughter, Janna Palmer Reid and her husband Evan of Milpitas, California. Two grandsons, Jackson and Evan Reid of Milpitas, California and a sister, Violet Fuson of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Mongello Baranec

Oct 14 2009

88 year old Mary Mongello Baranec of Dowelltown died Tuesday at NHC. She was a retired travel agent. The funeral will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Al Mahan will officiate. The family has chosen cremation after the service. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Frances Palumbo Quenqua; two husbands, Joseph R. Mongello and George Baranec; a son-in-law, James A. Rizzo; and a brother, Joseph Quenqua. Survivors include three daughters, Rachelle Rizzo of Missouri, Frances Dagostino of New Jersey and Beatrice and husband Tommy Garrison of Dowelltown. Two sisters, Lenore Matray of New York and Beatrice and Ernie Gernert of Nevada. Seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Michael "Bob" Senick

Oct 12 2009

63 year old Robert Michael "Bob" Senick of Liberty died at his residence last week. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a Catholic. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Middle Tennessee Veteran Cemetery in Nashville. Father David Cooney will officiate. There will be no visitation. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Senick. He is survived by his mother, Edith Senick of Venice, Florida and a sister Diana and her husband Robert Stines of Corbin, Kentucky. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Nettie L. Curtis

Oct 10 2009

98 year old Nettie L. Curtis of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a factory worker and a member of the Short Mountain Church of God. The funeral will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Freddy Curtis will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Curtis; her parents, James and Mary Herman Lawson; a daughter-in-law, Wilma Jo Curtis; brothers, Floyd, Clarence, and Hershal Lawson; sisters, Alice Seymour, Estie Scurlock, Flora Warren, Lela Bratcher, twin sister Emma Hale, and Cora Hampton. Survivors include sons, Homer and his wife Martha Curtis of Woodbury and Joe and his wife Sue Curtis of Smithville. Grandchildren, Randy Curtis, Alesia Smith, David Curtis, and Gary Curtis Jones. Four great grandchildren, one step great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Gerald Smith

Oct 10 2009

67 year old Robert Gerald Smith of Dowelltown died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital after a sudden illness. He was a native of Lawrence County, retired from the music industry, an Army veteran, and of the Methodist faith. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Loretto Memorial Chapel. Steve Vanhooser will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Loretto Memorial Chapel. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Smith. Survivors include his mother, Georgia Smith of Loretto. A son, Robert Smith and his wife Kandice of Mount Juliet. Three daughters, Tracy Lynn Simpson and husband Greg of Ethridge, Christy Delaine Dietz and husband Gary of Lavergne, and Shasta Nicole Smith of Clearwater, Florida. Four granddaughters, Logan Dietz, Taylor Dietz, Devin Smith, and Morgan Smith. One nephew, Chris Brown and wife Dee Dee of Loretto and a sister, Jenny Brown and husband Milton of Loretto. Loretto Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

John Thomas Cantrell, Sr.

Oct 10 2009

78 year old John Thomas Cantrell, Sr. of Smithville died Friday at Centennial Medical Center. He was by faith a Primitive Baptist, a carpenter, and a brick layer. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Paul Violet will officiate and burial will be in the Young Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by sons, Johnny Cantrell, Jr., Melvin Shehane, and Anthony Ferrell; grandchildren, Jennifer Shehane and Bridget Bates; parents, Zollie and Mamia Viola Adcock Cantrell; brothers, Gentry Ed and Ernest Cliff Cantrell; and a sister, Jackie Gay. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Cantrell of Smithville. Children, Rita Washer of Knoxville, Wanda Johanson of Smyrna, Karen and husband Spencer Stacy of Smithville, Sarah and husband Devin Rogers of Rock Island, Barbara and husband David Bates of McMinnville, and Ricky and wife Tammy Shehane of Smithville. Daughter-in-law, Felicia Cantrell of Smithville. Brothers, Virgil Seborn and his wife Louise Cantrell and Glynn A. Cantrell both of Smithville, and Zollie D. Cantrell of Knoxville. Sisters, Lillian and husband Brownie Tittsworth of Smithville, Lois and husband J.E. Gay, and Judy and husband Ronnie Cantrell both of McMinnville. Grandchildren, Beverly Sutton, Monica Trottershod, Cristy Spears, Matthew Johanson, Clent Shehane, Rebekkah Johanson, Joshua Cantrell, Travis Shehane, Chassity Rogers, Jessica Shehane, and Malachi Stacy. Eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Lee Kirby

63 year old Danny Lee Kirby of Dowelltown died Wednesday. He was retired from the Nashville Airport Police Department. Kirby was also a Mason and an Army veteran having served two terms in Vietnam. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family has chosen direct cremation. Kirby was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Anna Pearl Chaffin Kirby. He is survived by his wife, Terri Kenney Kirby of Dowelltown. A son, David and his wife Katresa Kirby of Nashville. A daughter, Andrea Williams of Franklin. Five grandchildren and a brother, Ron Kirby of Murfreesboro. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Bell Wright

Oct 8 2009

57 year old Linda Bell Wright of Smithville died Thursday at Baptist Hospital. She was a Baptist and an employee of Kingston Timer. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jimmy Wright and Tommy Taylor will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Lear Elizabeth Wright. Survivors include two sisters, Judy Wright of Smithville and Eva and her husband Jim Kennedy of Gallatin. Three brothers, Aubrey and his wife Jo Wright of Smithville, Jerry Wright of Lebanon, and Clancy Wright of Smithville. Five nieces, Tina Wright Miller of Smithville, Michelle Rigsby of Crossville, Kristie Davis of Lebanon, Jammie Wright of Antioch, and Misty Poss of Smithville. One nephew, Anthony Kennedy of Gallatin. Two great nieces, Leah Rigsby of Crossville and Alissa Wright of Antioch. Six great nephews, Nathan and Ben Gard of Smithville, Matthew Poss of Smithville, Gregory and Jake Davis of Lebanon, and Austin Kennedy of Gallatin. One great great niece, Makenlee Grace Gard of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence Loring Vickers

Oct 5 2009

83 year old Clarence Loring Vickers of Smithville died Sunday at the Beulah Edging Home in Paducah, Kentucky. He was a Baptist and owner of Vickers Nursery. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Junior Hibdon will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Author and Mary Vickers; a daughter, Elaine Vickers Allen; and a sister, Virginia Ricketts. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mildred Britton Vickers of Smithville. Four children, Mary Elisa Vickers Gilreath of Smithville, Marsha Vickers Penrod of Paducah, Kentucky, Author Britton Vickers of Smithville, and Susan Slay of Tampa, Florida. Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive along with a nephew, Barry Ricketts of Watertown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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