Matthew Baron Gillard

Aug 16 2016
Matthew Baron Gillard

Matthew Baron Gillard, 54 years old, passed away in the Mediterranean Sea off the north coast of the Greek island of Crete on Friday, July 8th, 2016.

Born on March 23, 1962 in London, England, he grew up in Biggin Hill, Kent, where generations of Gillards have lived. After graduating from art college with a degree in product design, he worked as a painter and graphic designer in both Brighton and London. He was also a talented drummer and played in Christian bands “Meet Jesus Music” and "Kingdom Come" and in worship bands at Christian camps. At 29 years old, pursuing a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, he embarked on a solo journey around the world on his motorcycle via Europe, Iran, Pakistan and China and, on his way home through the USA he met his bride, Janna who was studying at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In 2 weeks, he had proposed and 5 months later he moved to the USA where they married on August 1, 1992.

In 1993 he began work as a graphic designer in Chicago and continued to freelance for the same company until the day of his death. He and Janna moved to Tennessee in 2000 where he designed and built a house in Temperance Hall, Dekalb County, in 2003. Having played guitar and drums since his youth, he wrote songs and led worship music at Crossroads Community Church in Baxter for 8 years, during which time he produced his own CD. He was led to serve the Lord with his many talents in Greece, where the family moved in 2015, and that is where he is buried.

He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, their two precious sons Gabriel Isaac Gillard (aged 12) and Grayson Guy Gillard (aged 10). In England: his parents Geoff and Carol Gillard of Biggin Hill; brother Nick and Rachel Gillard, niece Ellie, nephew Luke and wife Victoria of Liverpool, niece Carys and husband Tim Anderson of Leeds; sister Anna and Sean McCallion, nephew Alfie and niece Jasmine of Farnham. Also, Aunt Daphne, Aunt Rosie and Uncle Chris, Uncle David and Aunt Susie, all of Biggin Hill and cousins Alyson, Kevin and Tim; Ben, Isaac, Tom, Stephen and Emily; Dan, Joe and Amy; all of their spouses and children and close family friends Dan and Celia Thurgood and Nigel Hedden.

His in-laws, who considered him like a son and brother, are Janna’s parents, Jack and Barbara Isaacson, and sister Lisa and Terry Orme, with nieces and nephews Kierstin, Micah, Zane and Chloe, all of Chattanooga.

A special celebration of Matt’s life will be held for anyone who knows the family on Sat. Aug. 20 at The River Community Church in Cookeville, TN. Visitation is from noon-2pm. Service is from 2-3pm, followed by food and further fellowship at nearby Wilhite Baptist Church until 6pm.

Danny Knowles

Aug 15 2016
Danny Knowles

65 year old Danny Knowles of Smithville died Monday at his residence. He was a member of the Northside Church of Christ and owner of Danny Knowles and Daughters Nursery. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burness Lyons will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Aaron and Mary Frances Cantrell Knowles; two brothers, Laney Knowles and Eddie Knowles; and a sister, Judy Knowles Carr. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Brown Knowles of Smithville. Two beloved daughters, Danielle Lynn Knowles and Mary Frances Knowles both of Smithville. One brother, Rick and Angie Knowles of Smithville. A host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special niece, Rosie Arnold of Smithville. Special cousins Ricky and Lisa Atnip. Dearest friend, Faye Jennings of Smithville. Church brothers and sisters. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bazel "Dick" Knowles

Aug 14 2016
Bazel "Dick" Knowles

83 year old Bazel "Dick" Knowles of the Four Seasons Community died Saturday at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro. He was a member of Indian Mound The Baptist Church and a 50 year Mason and Past Master and Past Patron of the Eastern Star. He was also retired from Nashville Electric Service. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dwight Knowles and Chris Moore will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A Masonic service will be held Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Knowles was preceded in death by his parents, Wilse and Charlie Summers Knowles; three grandchildren, Jeremy and Joshua Knowles, and Christopher Winters; daughter-in-law, Barbara Knowles; sister, Elizabeth Knowles; and two brothers, Eston and Jessie Lewis "Dude" Knowles. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Louise Bryant Knowles of Smithville. Two sons, Richard and Betty Knowles of Goodlettsville and Barry Knowles of Joelton. Two daughters, Sherry and Ronnie Watts of Lebanon, Becky Cowan of Smithville, and custodial daughter, Jeanine and Grant Gardner of Lebanon. Four grandchildren, Ryan and Shara Cowan of Smithville, April and Jeremy Basham of Lebanon, Nathan Knowles of Joelton, and Maria and Jeremy Conley of Mt. Juliet. Thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie Leroy Taylor

Aug 12 2016

50 year old Eddie Leroy Taylor of Smithville died Friday at his residence. The family has chosen a private service. There will be no visitation. His parents were the late Freddie Brown Taylor and Reba Nell Phifer; a daughter, Kaitlen Nell Taylor; and a brother, Jerry Lee Taylor. Survivors include two daughters, Sharonda Taylor of McMinnville and Chelsea Bennett of Smithville. Three sons, Jacob Taylor of McMinnville, Jerry Douglas and Natasha Taylor of Livingston and Brandon Bennett of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Maxwell Anthony, Castiel and Alexander Taylor of McMinnville and Gracie Taylor of Livingston. One step granddaughter, Stella Murphy of Smithville. One sister, Frances and Jim Marr of Smithville. Two step daughters, Katherine Frisbee of Altamont and Kayla Bennett of Smithville. Two step sons, William Frisbee of Altamont and Cory Bennett of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Lee Martin

Aug 12 2016

Judy Lee Martin, age 71, of Liberty, died August 11, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 from Snow Hill United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at Snow Hill United Methodist Church from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th and 12:00 noon until time of service on Sunday, August 14th. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by parents, Elmer and Beulah Smith Hendrixson. She is survived by husband, Royce Martin of Liberty, TN; daughter, Deanna Hall and husband, Mickey of Lebanon, TN; son, Curtis Martin and wife, Kimberly of Liberty, TN; sisters, Nira Snyder of McMinnville, TN, and Lori Rogers and husband, Wes of Smithville, TN; four grandchildren, Heather Hall, Matthew Hall, Joshua Martin and Emma Grace Martin. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mavaneen Russell

Aug 12 2016

Mrs. Mavaneen Russell age 86 of McMinnville, TN, died Friday, August 12, 2016, at Raintree Manor Nursing Center in McMinnville, TN. She was born January 12, 1930, in DeKalb County, TN, was a homemaker and a member of Mount Hope The Baptist Church. Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her parents Monroe and Emma Cantrell Redmon and her brothers Clyde (Thelma) Redmon and Foster Redmon.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years Gene Russell, children Darrell (Barbara) Russell, Kenneth (Joan) Russell, and Jenene Russell Steele and husband Nick, grandchildren Anissa Russell Webster and husband Tim, Ben Steele, Taylor (Dustin) Stoetzel, and Emily Russell, great-grandchildren Jacob Webster, Luke Webster, Tyler Steele, Micah Webster, Kaitlyn Steele, Ezra Stoetzel, and Hudson Webster, sister Dorothy (Sanders) Webb, sister-in-law Edith Redmon, and special family friends Billy Jack and Alice Barnes. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, August 14, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Garry McBride will officiate. Interment will follow at Jefferson Cemetery in DeKalb County, TN, with Elder Dwight Knowles officiating at the graveside. The Russell Family will receive friends Saturday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Sunday from 11 A.M. until 3 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Dodd

Aug 12 2016

Jimmy Dodd age 78 of Liberty passed away Thursday morning, August 11, 2013 at his residence. He was born December 9, 1937 to his parents, the late Roy and Nell Groom Dodd. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Dodd and 2 sisters, Jean and Martha Dodd. Jimmy was a member of Salem Baptist Church, retired from TDOT and was retired from Tennessee National Guard with 25 years service. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, June Dodd of Liberty; 1 son, Todd (Kathy) Dodd of Liberty; grandson, Ryan Dodd of Liberty; sister, Debbie (Victor Lee) McMillen of Alexandria; special nephew, Chad Mathis; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Bobbie (Billy) Curtis and Darlene Mathis; brothers-in-law, Dwight (Shirley) Mathis, Gary (Judy) Mathis and Stevie Mathis. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Saturday, August 13, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mark Wade and Bro. Josh Brown officiating and burial to follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 1:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 11:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Salem Cemetery in memory of Jimmy. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Gail Taylor

Aug 10 2016
Linda Gail Taylor

60 year old Linda Gail Taylor of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC of Sparta. She was a Baptist and Seamstress. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, James Frank Driver and Marie Melton Veal; and a son, Rocky Taylor. Survivors include a daughter, Misty Taylor Myers; four grandchildren, Britani Taylor, Gage Myers, Aleris Shepherd, and Bentlee Shepherd; and a great grandson, Gunner Shepherd all of Smithville. A brother, Mark and wife Kathy Driver of Sparta. Five sisters, Carolyn and Ricky Summers of Sparta, Barbara and Barry Poss of Smithville, Anita and Grady Bailey of Sparta, Joyce and Ricky Pistole of Kingston, and Penny and Bryan Szklanski of Smyrna. Father of her children, Ronnie Taylor of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, please make donations to the Lighthouse Christian Camp.

William Edward Matthews

Aug 7 2016

64 year old William Edward Matthews of Smithville died Saturday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a Baptist and a nurseryman. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Nathan Thomason and Bobby Thomason will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Junior Matthews and Betty Frances Davis Murphy; a brother, Terry Murphy; four sisters, Martha Jane Todd, Patty Shoemake, Brenda Taylor, and Jena Hesson. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rita Davis Matthews; two sons, Gary and Susan Matthews and Stacy and Enedina Matthews; a daughter, Tina and Darren Templeton; eleven grandchildren, Josh Puckett, Jacob and Andrea Puckett, Janda and Josh Hendrixson, Shea and Justin Foster, Arrion, Arianna, Tayza, and Jonathan Matthews, and Kaitlin and Abby Ferrell all of Smithville, and Dillan Templeton of Texas. Six great grandchildren, Eli, Levi, and Ava Puckett, Serenity Foster, Mackenzie Hendrixson, and Avery Martin; five brothers, James and Darlene Matthews, Willie Matthews, Roy and Debbie Matthews, Randall Neal, Doug and Norma Murphy; and three sisters, Helen Ervin, Pam and Kevin Cain, and Kathy Murphy all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Janice Marie Keyt Burris

Aug 4 2016

Janice Marie Keyt Burris of Mt. Juliet, TN passed away July 5, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with MS. She was entombed on July 7, 2016 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville. Janice was the daughter of the late W.C. Keyt and Antha Keyt, she was the granddaughter of the late Rev. Widney and Elizabeth Keyt, who were from Smithville and the late Robert and Margie Smith, who were from McMinnville. She is survived by her son, Matthew O. Hodges of Nashville, TN; mother, Antha Keyt of Fairfield Glade, TN; 2 brothers, Timothy Keyt of Cookeville, TN, Robert Keyt of Chattanooga, TN, 1 nephew Timothy W. Keyt of Ft. Hills, AZ; and we will not forget Dudley, her best buddy, her dog. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel


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