Diann M. Symonds

Apr 1 2014

Diann M. Symonds was born June 24, 1946 in Rockport, Indiana, daughter of Norma and Cuba Austin Mercer. She lived with her grandparents when growing up. She attended Kennedy Grade School and Rockport High School. In High School she was active in many extracurricular activities including: band, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, GAA, FHA, Latin Club, Glee Club, Choir and had the lead in the school play. She graduated in June 1964 and in July 1964 she married Lloyd Ray Taylor from Tennyson. They had one daughter Ilinda Sue born November 5, 1965. She lived briefly in Troy and Tell City then moved in 1971 to Chicago where she began working for Esquire Incorporated, Coronet Films Division. She divorced Lloyd in 1971 and began attending Mayfair Jr. College where she graduated with honors with an Associates Degree in Psychology. While attending Mayfair College she worked in the school library and as a community organizer. Here she met Robert Neal Symonds whom she married May 13, 1978. They had one daughter Anna Natascha who was born January 25, 1978.

They traveled to France, Spain and Africa and then both attended Illinois Institute of Technology where she earned her Masters Degree in Sociology. She led a very active life as a Judge of Election, Special Canvasser for the Board of Education, Member of Eastern Star, True Kindred, and Past Royal Matron Order of the Amaranth. Robert died in 1985 and Diann left Chicago and moved to Florida then spent almost a year in Kenya East Africa. She wrote a book about this experience.

Afterwards she worked for a home health agency, marketing company and as a substitute teacher. She taught Spanish at Lewis and Clark College for the Upward Bound Program and taught Night School at Gordon Tech High School in Chicago and Biology/crafts for Operation Outreach at Alton, Illinois High School.

Mrs. Symonds passed away March 28,2014 at DeKalb Community Hospital.

She is survived by her daughters: Linda Sue Becker of Smithville, Tn. and Anna Symonds of Orangeburg, South Carolina; 3 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren.

Ms. Diann M. Symonds wishes were to be cremated. No services will be held.

Bernice Neal Robinson

Mar 31 2014

Bernice Neal Robinson, age 88, died on Friday, March 28, 2013, at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN after a short illness. Bernice had been residing with her grandson, Michael Moore, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. At the time of her death, she was visiting with her daughter, Peggy Moore-Breedlove.

Bernice was born on November 23, 1925, in Brush Creek, Tennessee. Her parents were Ernest Newton Neal and Lillie Mae Lawrence. Bernice had one sister, Mattie Francis Neal Frye. She grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Watertown High School in 1943. As a teenager, she worked for Goodner’s Dry Goods Store in Alexandria. After high school graduation, she took courses in business while attending Draughons College in Nashville, Tennessee.

After a brief courtship, Bernice married Robert Stanton Robinson on May 1, 1946. The couple lived in Clarksville, Tennessee where their daughter, Peggy Jean Robinson, was born. Bernice and Robert returned to Alexandria, Tennessee in 1949. Their son, Larry Robinson, was born in Lebanon, Tennessee. Bernice and Robert returned to Clarksville in 1956. Upon returning to Clarksville, Bernice worked for First Trust and Savings Bank as a teller and became a founding member of Excell Baptist Church.

In 1973, Bernice and Robert returned to Alexandria to care for Bernice’s father and built a home on the Neal farm. Bernice continued working as a teller at DeKalb County Bank and Trust in addition to assisting Robert with farm work and building a new home. She was an active member of First Baptist, West Main and Upper Helton Baptist Church and spent her free time helping her extended family and friends in the Alexandria community.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Peggy Jean Robinson Moore-Breedlove (Floyd), grandson Michael Moore (Cheri) and great-grandchildren Rachel Moore, Robert Stanton Moore, Juliana Moore; grandson James Moore (Lori) and great granddaughter Lilli Moore; daughter in law Rhonda Morrison Robinson, grandchildren Wade Robinson (Niki), great-grandchildren Adriana Robinson and Carsten Robinson; grandson Jerry Robinson (Cynthia), great-grandsons Diego and Rocky Robinson, step great-granddaughters Melanie and Mechelle Scott; granddaughter Wendy Robinson; step-grandson Jeff Breedlove (Lori); step granddaughter Teresa Watson (Johnny), step-great granddaughter Brandi Watson Parker (Clayton) and step great, great-granddaughter Bentlee Parker.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents and sister, husband Robert Stanton Robinson and son, Larry Neal Robinson and son-in-law James P. (Pat) Moore.

Visitation will be held at Anderson’s Funeral Home, Alexandria, Tennessee on Thursday, April 3 from 5 pm to 8 pm and Friday, April 4 from 10 am to 1 pm followed by a service at 1 pm. A brief graveside service and burial will be conducted at Sango cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee on Friday, April 4 at approximately 4:15 pm.

Bobbie Jean Ford

Mar 29 2014

79 year old Bobbie Jean Ford of Smithville died Saturday afternoon at NHC Healthcare. She was the daughter of the late Julius M. and Nora Ella Cantrell Roller. She was a housekeeper at NHC Healthcare in McMinnville and a member of Keltonburg United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husband Lionel Ford; Son: Rickey Ford; Brothers: Herman, James and Obbie Roller; Sisters: Emily Caten and Nellie Roller. Survivors include Daughter-in-law: Terrie Ford and her husband Ray Vaughan of Smithville; Granddaughter: Holly Ford Bullard of Smithville; Great Grandson: Rickey Bullard of Smithville; Sisters-in-law: Helen Roller of Rock Island, Willene Davis of Smithville and Helen (Ron) Griffith of Nashville; Several Nieces and Nephews; Special Friend: Leona Herman of Smithville. Funeral Services for Ms. Bobbie Ford will be held 4:PM Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Eugene Haley and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Monday from 2:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday from 10:AM until time of the service at 4:PM. In lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to Keltonburg United Methodist Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

John S. Anderson

Mar 28 2014

81 year old John S. Anderson of the Short Mountain Community died Friday morning at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. He was born July 7, 1932 to his parents, the late James Alvis and Haley Cox Anderson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Mr. Anderson was a U.S. Army Veteran, Member of the American Legion and served as Past Commander of the Blue Springs Missouri Chapter, Baptist and a retired factory worker. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elma Anderson of the Short Mountain Community; son, Jerry Anderson, Sr. of Kentucky; 3 grandchildren, Jerry Anderson, Jr., Crystal Pruitt and Heather Anderson; several great and great-great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with James Hayes officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday 2:PM until 7:PM and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM.

Eldred Lawrence Fish

Mar 24 2014

92 year old Eldred Lawrence Fish of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Smithville Church of God and he served as Mayor of Dowelltown from 1976 until 1989. He was also retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donnie Kelly and Jeff Armstrong will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Fish was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ina Payne Fish; a brother, Will Fish; a sister-in-law, Louye Self; and a brother-in-law, Auburn Nixon. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bobbye Nixon Fish of Smithville. One son, Greg and wife Sissy Fish of Dowelltown. Two daughters, Brenda and husband John Inglis and Linda and husband Jimmy Keith all of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Tia Inglis, Brandon Keith, Andrew and wife Andria Keith, and Nicholas Keith all of Smithville and Dalton Fish of Dowelltown. Four great grandchildren, Jordan Reeder, Dillan Reeder, Braden Givens, and Hannah Keith all of Smithville. Two sisters-in-law, Bobbye Ruth Fish and Helen Nixon both of Smithville. One brother-in-law, J.C. Self of Goodlettsville. Several nieces and nephews also survive and caregivers Becky Gesegnet, Elaine Cowart, Leslie Emme, and Tia Inglis. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Smithville Church of God Building Fund.

Jack Pugh

Mar 24 2014

85 year old Jack Pugh of Liberty died Sunday morning at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville. He was born October 7, 1928 to his parents the late Roy and Bessie Lee Parker Pugh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Pugh and a brother, Harold Pugh. Jack was a farmer and a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church. He is survived by his Wife of 62 years, Ruth Pugh of Liberty; 2 Daughters, Jackie (Tim) Cantrell of Smithville and Lori (Chris) Hall of Rutherfordton, NC; 8 Grandchildren, Stephanie Kirby, Hunter Pugh, Ben Pugh, Abby Cantrell, Caleb Halle, Wesley Hall, Alayna Hall and Lydia Hall. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Richard Williams and Chris Hall officiating and burial to follow in Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 12:Noon until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

William "Bauldy" Roller

Mar 23 2014

63 year old William "Bauldy" Roller of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a Baptist and a self-employed nurseryman. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Nathan Thomason will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Willie Mosley Roller; his wife, Wanda Morris Roller, and a daughter, Rhonda Murphy. Survivors include two daughters, Wendy and husband Greg Moss of Alexandria and Violet Trimble of Smithville. Two sons, William "Bear", Jr. and wife Kathy Roller and Claude Trimble of Smithville. Seven grandchildren, Ashlee and Nathan Thomason of Liberty, Whitney and Andy Brelje of Smithville, Allen Moss of Alexandria, Britni and Jason Musick, Heather Beecham and B.J. Woodlee all of McMinnville, and C.J. Murphy of Indiana. Seven great grandchildren, Grady and Emma Thomason, Jasie, Justice, and Jason, Jr. Musick, and Kiley Beecham and Breelyn Woodley. Thirteen brothers and sisters, John Roller, "Bo" and Mary Roller, Diana Malone, Michael and Lisa Roller, Sylvia and Andy Black, Virgie and Jimmy Hendrixson, Brenda Roller, Kathy and Jake Adcock, Melinda and Darrell Walker, Timothy, Randy, and Barbara Roller, and Ricky and Rose Roller. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive along with special family friend Bettye Davis. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Blake Martin

Blake Martin

A well known former local businessman has died.

Blake Martin, owner and operator of the former Walker Funeral Home, passed away Thursday in Savannah, Georgia where he lived. His wishes were to be cremated. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Faye Walker and father Clyde Edward Martin and grandparents, Albert Lee and Bunola Walker and Clyde E. and Mae Biles Martin.

Among his survivors are two daughters, Amy Lee Ting of Texas and Christina Kinkin of Illinois; grandchildren; a sister, Glenda Faye Hicks of Smithville; and niece and nephew.

Lillie Carmean Weaver

Mar 22 2014

78 year old Lillie Carmean Weaver of Dowelltown died Saturday at NHC of Smithville. She was a retired secretary at Erlanger Hospital and a member of the Prosperity Missionary Baptist Church. A graveside service will be Friday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Salem Cemetery. Michael Alley will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Elizabeth Cindy Robinson; husband, Robert Weaver; and four brothers, Lindle, J.B., Charles, and John Robinson. Survivors include one son, Ronnie and wife Cynthia Hancock of Mt. Juliet. One grandchild, Tamera Jennings of Lebanon. Two great grandchildren, Derrick Waters and Kemontinez Waters all of Lebanon. Two brothers, Bill and wife Sylvia Robinson of Kentucky and Rob and wife Apryle Robinson of Texas. Three half sisters, Gloria Ewing, Judy Braden, and Gwen Adams; and one half-brother, John Adams all of Hermitage. Three sisters-in-law, Katie Robinson of Nashville, Grace Robinson of Mt. Juliet, and Ella Mae Robinson of Dowelltown. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive along with devoted family Peggy Owens, Marvine Hancock, and Lee Bell, Jr. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joy Cook Bennett

Mar 21 2014

50 year old Joy Cook Bennett of Dowelltown died Friday morning at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville of an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Robert Larry Cook and Rita Cubbins Duke. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by an aunt, Shelby Ann Jennings. Joy was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church and worked in home health and was a former manager of Rite Aid. She is survived by 2 children, Victoria Bennett and Lance and his wife, Emmaly Bennett all of Dowelltown; 1 grandson, Slade Bennett; mother and step-father, Rita and Jewell Duke of Dowelltown; step-brother, Randall (Vickey) Duke of Smithville; aunts, Sandra (Rick) Widener of Smithville, Faye Chaffin of Nashville and Nancy (Tommy) Barber of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Sunday, March 23, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Clayton officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday 1:PM until 9:PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM.


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