Obituaries

Baby Boy Sosa

Jan 28 2008

A graveside service for the stillborn infant of Lillian Elizebeth Sosa will be Monday, January 28th, at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Everyone will assemble at the cemetery for the service. The child was stillborn on October 26th.

Hunter Loren Davis

Jan 27 2008

16 year old Hunter Loren Davis of Smithville died Saturday night in a traffic accident. He was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and a sophomore at DeKalb County High School where he was a member of the FFA. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 pm. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Garland Cripps. He is survived by his parents, Ray and Annette Davis of Smithville. A brother, Tanner Davis of Smithville. A sister, Christian Davis of Atlanta, Georgia. His maternal grandmother, Violet Cripps of Smithville. His paternal grandparents, Ann Baldwin of Nashville and Raymond Davis of Nashville. A niece, Layla Davis of Atlanta, Georgia. Special girlfriend, Andrea Stringer of Smithville.His paternal great grandmother, Beatrice Moore of Nashville. Uncle, Stevie and his wife Brenda Cripps of Smithville. Aunts, Terresa Ayers of Smyrna and Lucy Davis of Donelson. Cousins, Chris Wood, Marcus and Corey Ayers, and numerous great aunts and uncles and a host of friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

A Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of Hunter Davis. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the scholarship fund.

Mattie Frances Malone

Jan 27 2008

82 year old Mattie Frances Malone of Alexandria died Saturday at the Boulevard Terrace Nursing Center in Murfreesboro. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. Elder Barry Whitaker and Elder Frank Randolph will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The Malone family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 2:00 p.m. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Leonard Saddler of Nashville. A granddaughter, Hana and her husband Joseph Fagan of Nashville. Brothers, Jimmy Curtis of Alexandria, Ralph and his wife Faye Curtis of Alexandria, Roy Dale and his wife Linda Curtis of Watertown. Sisters, Gladys Driver, Gracie Henley, and Amy Johnson all of Alexandria. A brother-in-law, Albert James Malone of Nashville. A sister-in-law, Willie Belle Harvey of Alexandria. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack Hudson Grandstaff

Jan 27 2008

71 year old Jack Hudson Grandstaff of Alexandria died Friday at the Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was a DeKalb County native, a car salesman, and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Danny Sellars will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by a son, Jackie Grandstaff; his mother, Ruth Green Grandstaff; a brother, Jerry Grandstaff; a great granddaughter, Shaelynn Linon; and a stepdaughter, Kimberly Collier. Survivors include children, Debbie and her husband Gary Jones and Jan and her husband Mike Grandstaff Dykes all of Lebanon. Friends, Kim and her husband Lonnie Sadler of Lebanon. His father, Elbert Grandstaff of Alexandria. Six grandchildren, Gary and his wife Melissa Jones, Melanie Jones, Jacquelynn and her husband Chris Linton, Hunt and Brittany Stutts, and Leslie Sadler. Six great grandchildren, Chase, Branden and Ashtyen Jones, Anthony Sells, Braelynn Linton, and Wyatt Jones. One niece and three nephews. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Jim L. Brown

Jan 26 2008

77 year old Jim L. Brown of Dowelltown died Friday of an extended illness at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Cannon County native, a farmer, and a member of the Clear Fork United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Roberta Campbell Brown; a daughter, Donna Kay Florida; a brother, Jr. Brown and a sister, Dorothy Ann Grizzle. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mrs. Novella Merriman Brown of Dowelltown. Four daughters, Charlene and her husband Barry Thaxton and Sandra and her husband Chris Grandstaff all of Alexandria, Audrey May and her husband Bobby Martin of Liberty; and Lorri Evone Brown of Dowelltown. One brother, Ben Brown of Woodbury. Five sisters, Patsy Phillips, Joyce Hale, Geraldine Bryson, and Sue Curtis all of Woodbury and Becky Haynes of Crossville. A son-in-law, Monroe Florida of Gassaway. Thirteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Opal Hale

Jan 24 2008

76 year old Opal Hale of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was retired from DeKalb General Hospital and a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dave Carden will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Mai Patterson; her husband, William "Junior" Hale; a sister, Erma Underwood; and a brother, Doris Patterson. Survivors include a brother, Carmon Patterson of Florida. Several nieces and nephews. Several great nieces and great nephews. Brothers-in-law, Austin Billings of Murfreesboro and Joe Underwood of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Lorene Hale, Martha Bluhm, and Evelyn Taylor all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Randall L. Geren

Jan 22 2008

86 year old Reverend Randall L Geren of Cleveland died Monday. He was an ordained minister in the Church of God and was an evangelist for over 20 years and served in pastoral ministry for over 35 years. He was a member of the North Cleveland Church of God and a member of the Unity Sunday School Class. Geren was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Melba Marie Geren; parents, Jim and Dovie Geren; two brothers, Rev. Gilbert Geren and James Geren; two sisters, Dorothy Gill and Mildred Neeley; one granddaughter, Jamie Marie Geren. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Linda Geren of Decatur. Two daughters and son-in-law, Charlotte Casteel of Cleveland and Tammy and Thomas White of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Rocky Casteel and wife, Stacey, Hollie Geren Rapello and husband, Paul, Randy Lewis Geren, Lacey Nicole Duke and husband, Patrick, and Lindsey Marie White. Three great grandchildren, Hannah Daily Casteel, Caroline Grace Casteel and Charlotte Marie Rapello. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The service will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the North Cleveland Church of God with Dr. G. Dennis McGuire, Mitch Maloney and Marshall Roberson officiating. Burial will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Grissom Funeral Home in Cleveland. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

John Tittle, Jr.

Jan 21 2008

73 year old John Tittle, Jr. of Dowelltown died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist and a mechanic. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Ben Fuston will officiate and burial will be in the Petty Cemetery. Vistation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John, Sr. and Lizzie Jennings Tittle; his wife, Helen Rogers Tittle; a son, William Tittle; a daughter, Rita Fay Tittle; two brothers, Henry and Jack Tittle; and three sisters, Rosie Murphy, May Tittle, and Betty Linnear. Survivors include three daughters, Lou Ann Wilkerson of Grant, Tennessee, and Darlene Cantrell and Teresa Hallback both of Dowelltown. Six sons, Thomas Tittle of Watertown, Joe Tittle of Smithville, James Tittle of Hickman, Raymond and Charlie Tittle both of Dowelltown, and Randy Tittle of Liberty. Ninteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren. Three sisters, Lee Cassity of Alexandria, Charlene Rogers of Watertown, and Ruth Linnear of Portland. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Frances Hale

Jan 21 2008

81 year old Mary Frances Hale of Dowelltown died Sunday night at DeKalb Community Hospital of an extended illness. She was a member of the Fuller's Chapel United Methodist Church, a retired factory worker, and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Perry Clayton, Donald Owens, and Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Hale was preceded in death by her parents, Rastis and Tinnie Lee Neal and a sister, Myrtle May Neal. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, James E. Hale of Dowelltown; a son, Randy Hale and his wife Trina Hale of Goodlettsville. Grandchildren, Christina and Vanessa Hale of Goodlettsville. A brother Paul and his wife Jean Neal of Liberty and a sister, Billie and her husband Houston Herman of Nashville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy R. Colburn, III

Jan 19 2008

40 year old Roy R. Colburn, III of Dowelltown died Saturday night at DeKalb Community Hospital from injuries he received in a traffic accident. He was employed by Tim's Truck Service and a member of the Church of God. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dewey Dyer will officiate and burial will be in the Cannady Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James B. McQueary; an uncle, Charles McQueary; and his step-father, Arzo Kennedy. Survivors include his wife, Anna Brown Colburn and two sons, Bradley and Brady Colburn all of Smithville. His mother, Sharon Kennedy of Dowelltown. His father, Roy Colburn, Jr of Georgia. His maternal grandmother, Helen McQueary of Dowelltown. A sister, Rhonda Cole and a brother, Stephen Kennedy both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home for burial expenses in lieu of flowers.

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