Obituaries

Vella Avis Hendrixson

Dec 12 2013

91 year old Vella Avis Hendrixson of the Dale Ridge Community died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was the daughter of the late Haskel and Lizzie Young Parsley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Lee Hendrixson, Son-in-law, Kennith Vanatta; 2 Brothers, Delton and Hamilton Parsley. She was a member of Smithville O.E.S. #374 and the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church. Ms. Vella was a retired Factory Worker and Housekeeping Supervisor at the Hospital. She is survived by 2 Daughters, Barbara Vanatta of Dowelltown and Faye and husband Bobby Hall of Alexandria; 3 Grandchildren, Amy (Shane) Wilcher of McMinnville, Bethney (Ronnie) Vaught of Brush Creek, Bradley (Lacy) Hall of Alexandria; 6 Great-Grandchildren, Brandon and Gracie Gay, Kelsey and Hunter Vaught, Mia and Noah Hall, 1 Great-Great-Grandson, Grayson Lee Johnson; Sister-in-law, Evelyn Parsley of Warren, Michigan; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins also survive. Funeral Services will be conducted 11:AM Friday, December 13, 2013 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Mike Gay and Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the Family will be on Thursady 3:PM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM.

Ella Lee Mathis

Dec 11 2013

81 year old Ella Lee Mathis of Woodbury died Wednesday at NHC of Smithville. She was a housewife and a member of the Mt. Ararat Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Ararat Church of Christ. Dorris Hughes will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Ararat Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.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, Audie and Nellie Bailey; husband, Thomas Mathis, and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include three daughters, Rose and husband Lloyd Watts and Nellie and husband Paul Bentley all of Woodbury and Tammie and husband Steve Young of McMinnville. Fifteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Ray Bratten

Dec 11 2013

91 year old Frank Ray Bratten of Liberty died Tuesday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Frank and Bobbie Gothard Bratten. He was retired from Ford Glass in Nashville, longtime member of First Baptist of Donelson, current member of Salem Baptist Church in Liberty and proudly served his country in WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was a Godly man who left a Godly legacy for his family. In addition to his parents Mr. Bratten was also preceded in death by his wife Anna Ruth Bratten; Son: Larry Don Bratten; Brother: Tom Bratten; Sister: Lavenia Bratten Mitchell. Survivors include Daughter and Son-in-Law: Patricia Bratten (Donald) Hicks of Forest, VA.; Grandchildren: Matthew Donald Hicks, Mark Allen Hicks, Melody Joy Hicks, Joe Don (Molly) Bratten and Mary Ann Bratten (Dwayne) Blair; Former Daughter-in-law: Charlotte Bratten of Readyville; Great Grandsons: Gabriel Blair,Abram Bratten and Braedon Jett. Funeral services will be held 11:AM Saturday at Salem Baptist Church in Liberty with Dr. Donald Hicks, Pastor of the FBC of Charlottesville, Virginia officiating and burial in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 3:PM until 8:PM and Saturday from 9:AM until time of the service at 11:AM. All visitation will be held at the Salem Baptist Church in Liberty. In addition to flowers, donations may also be made to the Gideons Memorial Bible Fund. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Terry Wayne "Tutor" Kent

Dec 11 2013

56 year old Terry Wayne "Tutor" Kent of Alexandria, died Tuesday evening at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Son of the late C.E. and Iva Dell Johnson Kent, he was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Faye Kent and brothers, Mike and Jerry Kent. He was a graduate of DeKalb County High School and was employed as a painter. Terry was a member of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Hall Kent of Alexandria; son, Jeremy Kent of Watertown; sisters, Linda Farmer and husband, William and Shirley Lowe and husband, Bob both of Lebanon; sisters-in-law, Lynn and Regina Kent; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Steve Mayle officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. till service time on Friday. Burial will be in Prosperity Cemetery. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Edward Cantrell

Dec 10 2013

42 year old Charles Edward Cantrell of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a Baptist, a mechanic, and a former employee of Estes Furniture Company. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cantrell was preceded in death by his father, Albert Cantrell; granddaughter, Haylea Marie Hughes; and grandparents, David and Hazel Mai Attkinson. Survivors include his fiancée, Veronica Mooneyham of Smithville. A daughter, Betty and husband Derek Hughes of Virginia. Two sons, Clint Cantrell and his fiancée Amanda Vann of Smithville and Dustin Herndon of Warren County. Four grandchildren. His mother, Rachel Caldwell of Warren County, Two brothers, Albert Cantrell and Tommy Willis. Three sisters, Tracey Thomason, Susan Willis and Nikki Lippard. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with expenses.

Mildred Marguerite Spencer

Dec 9 2013

Mildred Marguerite Spencer, 82 of Alexandria TN passed away on 6 December 2013.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday 11 December 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in McMinnville.

On 21 August 1948 married Levi A. Spencer (deceased 2002) for 54 years, survived by siblings Charlotte (Price) Halstead, Dorothy (Price) Spencer, Charles Edward Price, two sons Alburn C. Spencer (63) of Watertown TN. and Mark (Patricia) E. Spencer (56) of San Antonio TX,. Resident of Union Dale PA from 1954, moved to Alexandria TN in 1987.

She joyfully cherished the warm and loving relationships with friends and family, kind by spirit and heart, demonstrating exuberance and nurture, whether stranger or acquaintance, abode far or near.

Fulfilling roles as daughter, sister, spouse, lover, partner, mate, farmer, home maker, scouting den mother, nurse and Mom. Lovingly exemplified the formula for a wonderful marriage of play, respect, commitment and endearment.

Walter Roscoe Prichard, Jr.

Dec 9 2013

82 year old Walter Roscoe Prichard, Jr. of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Walter Roscoe Prichard, Sr. and Minnie Keys Prichard. He was retired from Star Mfg. In addition to his parents Mr. Prichard was also preceded in death by his wife Helen V. Prichard; Daughter: Pamela K. Prichard; Son: Norman Prichard; Brother: Bob Prichard and Sister: Cleo. Survivors include 4 children: Connie Sue Jolley of Smithville, Judy C. Rose of Huntsville, AL., Charles Edward Prichard and Grady Allen Prichard both of Smithville; 7 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren; 2 Sisters: Martha Jane Ryan of San Diego, CA., Ann Holmes of West Virginia and Brother: Fred Prichard of Florida. The funeral will be held at 1:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 11:AM until time of service at 1:pm. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Bennett Horton

Dec 8 2013

69 year old Ruby Bennett Horton of Alexandria died Saturday at Quality Care in Lebanon. She was the daughter of the late David Jay Bennett and Elsie Snyder Bennett. Horton was a Baptist and operated the Country Auctions in Alexandria. She is survived by her Husband, Charles Horton of Alexandria; Son, Glynn (Diana) Glover of Smithville; 2 Grandchildren, Misty Lynn Glover (Jay George) of McMinnville and Buddy Glover of Lebanon; 1 Great-Grandson, Dalton Jay George; Step-Grandson, Waymon Walker; Mother, Elsie Bennett of Lebanon; Brother, Thurman (Brenda) Bennett of Lebanon; Nephew, David (Deb) Bennett of Lebanon; Nieces, Connie (Tim) Tonguette of Lebanon, Anna Raye (Doug) Raines of Lebanon. Funeral Services will be conducted 11:AM Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 3:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hayes Thomas Leech

Dec 8 2013

82 year old Hayes Thomas Leech of Smithville died Saturday at NHC of Smithville. He was a Jehovah's Witness. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:30 a.m. Leech was a former Civilian Operating Engineer at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Leech; his parents; and a son, Steve Thomas Leech. He is survived by a grandson, Stephen Raleigh Leech and two granddaughters, Veronica Marie Miller and Brandy Michele Nicholl all of Arizona. A step son, Tommy Cates of Smithville and a step granddaughter, Rebecca Moore of the Pea Ridge Community. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Opal Kitchings

Dec 4 2013

98 year old Opal Kitchings died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Mississippi on Monday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Daisy Malone Foutch; her husband, Charlie Boyd Kitchings; and two sisters, Lucille Malone and Anna Foutch. She was a homemaker, a certified music teacher at the Alexandria and Brush Creek Schools, and a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria. She is survived by a daughter, Lyna Charles Rorie of Oxford, Mississippi, a granddaughter, Robin and husband Ben Bolton of Oxford, Mississippi, James W. Rorie and wife Kapie of Memphis. Five great grandchildren, Rorie, Benjamin, and Ann Lindsey Bolton and Maverick and Lexie Grace Rorie. The funeral will be Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church in Alexandria with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the service time on Saturday. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria and New Hope Baptist Church. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

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