Obituaries

Charlotte Warner

Jan 11 2014

Ms. Charlotte Warner, age 39 of Alexandria, TN passed away Friday January 9, 2014 at University Medical Center in Lebanon, TN.

Ms. Warner was born November 17, 1974 in Cleveland, OH the daughter of Robert West and the late Mable Jean West.

Ms. Warner is survived by her Father; Robert West of Alexandria, TN. Two Children; Damon Lee West and Crista Deshealea Warner both of Alexandria, TN. Two Sisters; Rose Gibbs of Alexandria,TN and Wanda Martin of Bartlesville, OK. Two Brothers; Albert West and Frank West both of Alexandria, TN. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral Services are scheduled to be conducted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:00AM at Avant Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Puckett officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Warner family will be held on Sunday from 5PM to 8PM and again on Monday from 10AM until service time at 11AM.

Melvin Billings

Jan 10 2014
Melvin Billings

90 year old Melvin Billings died Friday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. He was also a retired minister who pastored several different churches in DeKalb and surrounding counties. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Vaughn and Clara Felts Billings; his wife, Cecil Trapp Billings; a grandson, Lynn Tallent; a brother, Ernest Billings; and two sisters, Ellen Hutchins and Odene Prater. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce and husband Leonard Tallent of Smithville. Two grandsons, Marty Tallent of Smithville and Ronald and wife Andrea of McMinnville. Four great grandchildren, Brandon and Martelia Tallent of Smithville and Alex and Aaron Tallent of McMinnville. One sister, Alma Billings of Smithville. Two brothers, R.V. and wife Brenda Billings and Claude Billings all of Sparta. Sister-in-law, Frances Billings of McMinnville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

William "Bill" Forrest Randalls

Jan 9 2014

89 year old William "Bill" Forrest Randalls of Smithville died Thursday morning at Alive Hospice in Nashville. He was the son of the late John and Georgia Gleaves Randalls. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 wives, Eva Pauline Randalls and Clara Belle Randalls; daughter, Louise Gibson; grandson, Forrest Wayne Wright; 3 brothers, John, Tommy and Doris Randalls. Mr. Randalls was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Battle of the Bulge and was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church and was a former member of the Green Hills Baptist Church. Survivors include 2 daughters, Billie (Earl) Warrick of Nashville and Annita (Kale) Carver of Mt. Juliet; step-son, Eddie (Elizabeth) Ervin of Nashville; sister, Helen (Robert) Perkins of Radcliff, KY; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Monday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with W.D. Thomason officiating and burial at 2:PM Monday at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville. Visitation will be Sunday 1:PM until 7:PM and Monday 9:AM until the time of service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny Garvin Haley

Jan 8 2014

93 year old Rock Island resident and Cannon County native Johnny Garvin Haley died Tuesday at Highlands Medical Center in Sparta following a one-year illness.

Mr. Haley was the owner of Haley's Furniture Store, and was ordained to the ministry in 1953. He pastored nine Southern Baptist Churches in six Middle Tennessee counties, Smith, Wilson, DeKalb, White, Van Buren and Warren. He preached some 130 revival meetings throughout Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

He was preceded in death by parents, John Robert and Bonnie George Haley. He was married to his first wife, Ruby N. Malone Haley who preceded him in death April 12, 1961. He was also preceded in death by son, Jimmy Roy Haley; two sisters, Lorene Eaton and Gladys Haley; and two brothers, George and Kelton Brown Haley.

He was married October 7, 1967 to Mary Shockley Haley of Rock Island, TN. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby & Lorretta Haley of Watertown, TN, Donnie and Pat Haley of Sparta, TN and John and Angie Haley of Sparta, TN; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Jimmy Sparkman of Doyle, TN and Dianne and Randy Simmons of Doyle, TN; step-daughter, Annette Gass and husband Brad of Madison, TN; and ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday in High's Chapel with Dr. Cos Davis, Jr,, Jerry Womack, David Carden and Tyree Smith officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Doyle Cemetery, White County, TN at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 with Dr. Ray Maynard and David Copeland officiating.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International.

High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Travis Whitefield

Jan 8 2014

75 year old Travis Whitefield of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Smithville Shirt Factory employee. The funeral will be Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tommy Taylor will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Togo and Ida Whitefield; his wife, Frances Carter Whitefield; and two sisters, Reba and Lucille Whitefield. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon and husband Rick Yocum of Sparta. Two granddaughters, Becky and Amy Youcum of Sparta. Two grandchildren, Harliee Yocum and Colton Key of Sparta. Two brothers, Willis Whitefield of Smithville and James and wife Josephine Whitefield of Baxter. 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 the funeral expenses.

James "Duber" Miller

Jan 7 2014

78 year old James "Duber" Miller of Dowelltown died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He formerly served as a member of the DeKalb County School Board for sixteen years and was a former maintenance employee for the DeKalb County School System. Miller was a member of the United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Matt Long and Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Miller was preceded in death by his parents, James Claud and Lula Ferrell Miller; a son, David Miller; two sisters, Mildred Reneau and Margie Washer; and three brothers, Tom Miller, Oliver Miller, and Aubrey Miller. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Naomi Miller of Dowelltown. One son, Nathan and wife Sandra Miller of Sparta. Three granddaughters, Elizabeth Miller, Olivia Miller, and Alexandria Miller. One grandson, Cody Ellis. One sister, Dorothy Vanatta of Smithville. One sister-in-law, Ammie Miller of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews including very special nephew, Dean Adcock. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to Salem Cemetery.

Ruth Garland Taylor

Jan 6 2014

92 year old Ruth Garland Taylor of Alexandria died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Baptist Church. James Gibbs, Terry Fessler, and Mike Carpenter will officiate. Burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anson Beckwith and Ocie Hale Beckwith Tramel; an infant daughter, Dianna Sue Taylor. Two sisters, Christine Moore and Virginia Dean Beckwith and a nephew, Jerry Moore. She is survived by her husband of almost 69 years, J.B. Taylor of Alexandria. A daughter, Judy and her husband Eddie Fuson and a grandson, Zachary and his wife Leigh Fuson all of Smithville. A brother, W.J. and his wife Jane Tramel of McMinnville and two sisters, Marguerite Jones of the Dale Ridge Community and Linda and husband Fred Stanley of Nashville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances West Cantrell

Jan 6 2014

87 year old Frances West Cantrell of Smithville died Sunday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Curtis Jones will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Lillie Thweatt West; husband, Bethel "Doc" M. Cantrell; and three brothers, Cleve, Thomas, and Elzie West. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn and husband Joe Shielly of California and Pamela and husband Glen Marlow of Baxter. One son, Glen and wife Nancy Cantrell of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Gary Stoneman, Denise Jantz, Annette "Nikki" Kellis-Shropshire, Michael Kellis, and John-Luther Puckett. Six step grandchildren, Lisa Shoemaker, Debbie Pettitt, Sandra Edison, Sharon Kotecki, Reba Jones, and Gina Nixon. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frelan Brown Estes

Jan 4 2014

81 year old Frelan Brown Estes of Smithville died Friday at NHC of Smithville. He was retired from Guthrie Nursery. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Robert Presley will officiate and burial will be in Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m. Estes was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Hassie Anderson Estes and wives, Anna Bell Estes and Mary Estes. Three sisters, Ruby Lawson, Louise Taylor, and Lorene George and a brother, Grover Estes. Survivors include one son, Roy Estes and one grandson, Jimmy Lee Herman both of Smithville. Special friends, Aron and Judy Highsmith of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses in lieu of flowers.

Linda Faye Brown

Jan 2 2014

66 year old Linda Faye Brown of Smithville died Wednesday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was the daughter of Haskell and Flossie Pippin Dyer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Roy Colburn; 5 Brothers, William, Hubert, Gordon, Frank and Earl Dyer; 1 Sister, Stella Clemons. Linda was a Baptist and former shirt factory worker. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Freeman Brown of Smithville; 3 Children, Anna Colburn of Smithville, Michelle (Robert) Downing of Lady Lake, FL; Jason (Stephanie) Brown of Smithville; 4 Grandchildren, Bradley Colburn, Erika Brown, Robert Downing, Jr., and Brady Colburn; 1 Brother, Raymond Dyer of Smithville; 4 Sisters, Gladys Chaffin and Eller Chaffin both of Cookeville, Altie Knowles and Glenda Turner both of Smithville, Several Nieces and Nephews. The funeral service will be conducted 3:PM Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Dewey Dyer officiating and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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