Obituaries

Joseph Patrick Mooneyham

Dec 7 2011

37 year old Joseph Patrick Mooneyham of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was formerly an auto technician at Tenneco Auto and he attended the Believers Tabernacle in Murfreesboro. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Samuel Kinzer and Joseph Hamid will officiate and burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Orvil Mooneyham and a brother, Dwight Mooneyham. Survivors include his wife, Christina Johnson Mooneyham and his mother, Thelma Hale Mooneyham both of Smithville. Two sisters, Veronica Mooneyham of Smithville and Vicki Marsh of Liberty. Three brothers, Michael and wife Debra Mooneyham of Woodbury and Billy and Chris Mooneyham both of Smithville. Eleven nieces and nephews, Shana Key, Stephanie Bone, Erika Mooneyham, Tiffany Holder, Andrew Marsh, Paula Ross, Kayla, Katie, Bryan, Carrie, and Megan Mooneyham. Two great nieces and nephews, Tavia Oakley and Jayden Mooneyham. Father-in-law, James Johnson and his fiance Quana Fox. Seven aunts and uncles, Frances Foster, Landon and Nell Hale, Macon Hale, Elsie Miller, Thelma Hibdon, Helen Ferrell and Margie Walls all survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Tonya Elaine Caldwell

Dec 5 2011

46 year old Tonya Elaine Caldwell of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center in Sparta. She was a waitress. Visitation will be from 5:00pm until time of the memorial service on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Evan Charles Bittner and Jan Bittner; and companion, Jerry Estel Summers. Survivors include a daughter, Brittney Barnes of Smithville. A granddaughter, Brooklyn Ponder of Smithville. Two brothers, Todd Bittner of Arizona and Tyler Bittner of Smithville. Special friends, Melinda Murphy, Velma McGuire, Peggy and Brownie Barnes, and Lori Black all of Smithville. The family asks that donations be made to the Children's Hospital or the Lighthouse Christian Camp, in addition to flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby L. Montgomery Mantick

Dec 5 2011

79 year old Ruby L. Montgomery Mantick of Zelienople, Pennsylvania died Saturday at the Passavant Retirement Community (PRC) in Zellenople, Pennsylvania. A graveside service will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. in Hillview Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Haskell and Gladys Montgomery and a sister, Ruth Daniels. Survivors include her husband of almost 60 years, Edward Frank Mantick. Four children, Deborah Mantick of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Mark Mantick of Zelienople, Pennsylvania, Neal Mantick of Watertown, Massachusetts, and Karen Glatz of Jacksonville, Florida. Grandchildren, Sara and Taylor Mantick of Zelienople. Brothers, Ralph Montgomery of Alexandria, Jerry Montgomery of Dowelltown, Carl Montgomery of Temperance Hall, and Larry Mongtomery of Liberty. A sister, Mary Cook of Liberty. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ethel Lee Crook

Dec 3 2011

91 year old Ethel Lee Crook of Lebanon died Friday at the Pavilion in Lebanon. She was born in DeKalb County and was a homemaker. She attended Liberty High School and was a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in the Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Crook; parents, Ace and Frances Adamson; and two brothers and four sisters. Survivors include a daughter, Paulette and husband James M. Gilley of Lebanon. Grandchildren and their spouses, Terry and Valorie Gilley of Nashville, Diane and husband Lee Hudson of Lebanon, Randy and wife Adrienne Gilley of Lebanon, and Darrell and wife Dani Gilley of Lebanon. Great grandchildren, Tyler and Brittany Gilley, Alex Gilley, Chase and Heath Gilley, and Emilee Hudson. Sisters, Estelle Hicks of Michigan, Alene Harvey of Alexandria, and Betty Bryan of Murfreesboro. Nieces and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Ruth O'Neal Phillips

Dec 3 2011

84 year old Virginia Ruth O'Neal Phillips of Auburntown died Friday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born in Wilson County. She was also a retired employee of the Auburntown Bank, member of the Auburn Baptist Church, and a graduate of Watertown High School. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Auburn Baptist Church. Jerry Osborne will officiate and burial will be in the Odom Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, J.T. O'Neal and Magnus Phillips and her parents, Theodore and Elizabeth Armstrong. Survivors include a son, Lynn and his wife Cathy O'Neal of Auburntown. A daughter, Darnelle and husband Jim Brown of Liberty. Grandchildren and spouses, Tracy and Ravi Goins of Auburntown, Emily and Chris Crook of Liberty, Jason and Jennifer Brown of Auburntown, and Jeanna and Tracy Caplinger of Auburntown. Great grandchildren, Emma Claire and Caitlyn Crook, Carly and Ben Brown, Kayna and Kayley Caplinger, Lauryn and Colin Crawley, and Dustin Mears. A sister, Dorothy and husband Van Jennings of Statesville and a niece, Diane and husband Floyd Gaddes of Statesville. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Maglene Judkins

Dec 2 2011

78 year old Mary Maglene Judkins of Smithville died Friday at Riverview Medical Center in Carthage. She was a retired CNA from a long term care facility and a member of the Keltonburg Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jaco-Judkins Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norval Lee Judkins, Sr.; parents, Homer and Eula Mae Driver; sister and brother, Joyce Marie Burgan and Frank Driver. Survivors include three daughters, Mary and Joe Mantz of McMinnville, Vicky Judkins of Smithville, and Loyce Judkins of Hickman. One son, Norville Lee Judkins, Jr. of Smithville. Seven grandchildren, Ricky Lynn Martin, Jr. and Amanda Beth Martin both of Smithville, Clayton Owen Judkins and Noah Nathaniel Judkins both of Hickman, Laurie Beth Judkins and Joshua Seth Judkins both of McMinnville, Brittany Taylor Dodson of Sparta. Three great grandchildren. One sister, Eva Lois Judkins of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and caregiver, Aiyana Henderson of Red Boiling Springs also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Austin Johnson

Dec 2 2011

87 year old James Austin Johnson of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was retired from the Chrysler-Dodge Auto Company in Detroit, Michigan. He was a Mason. He served in the Navy during World War II, and he was a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. A Masonic service will be held on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Pearly Bratcher Johnson; four brothers, Lloyd, Repsey, Raston, and Haskel Johnson; seven sisters, Ora Lawson, Ruby Wright, Mandy Wright, Addis Johnson, Perlene Colwell, Claudia Johnson, and Billie Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Georgia Fuson Johnson of Smithville. Two sisters, June and husband Deter Keller of Florida and Margarie Stephens of Texas. Special niece and nephew, Sue and Wayne Blair of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James "Jim" Wray

Dec 2 2011

69 year old James "Jim" Wray of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from the Army, government, and construction. The family has chosen direct cremation. Wray was preceded in death by his father, Fred Hamilton Wray. Survivors include two children, Crystal Wray of Smithville and Jennifer DeGraff of California. Four grandchildren, Victoria, Maegan, and Eric DeGraff, and Marley Wray. Companion, Lacy Mary Jones of Smithville. Mother, Mary Gladys Wray of Signal Mountain. Brothers, David Wray of Alabama and William Wray of Signal Mountain. Sister, Betsy Wray of Virginia. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lisa Diane Ferrell

Nov 28 2011

45 year old Lisa Diane Ferrell of Smithville died Monday at Centennial Medical Center. She was a member of the Church of God, a mother, and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Willie and Daisy Ferrell, Carmen and Louise Hendrixson, and mother-in-law, Wilma Ferrell. Survivors include her husband, Wade Ferrell of Smithville. Children, Shaun, David, Zack, Hannah, Rachel, Emilee, and Collin Ferrell. Parents, Walter and Faye Ferrell of Smithville. A brother, Davey and wife Jessica Ferrell of Smithville. Special friend, Rebecca Brewer. Father-in-law, Ellis Ferrell of Smithville. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marshall and Beverly Ferrell, Frances and Ricky Martin, and Darnette Hibdon all of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Alta Washer Fitts Payne

Nov 28 2011

90 year old Alta Washer Fitts Payne of Alexandria died Saturday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born on Walkers Creek, the daughter of the late Haley Taylor and Grover Washer. She worked for many years at the Alexandria Shirt Company and retired from Hartmann Luggage Company. She was a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ben Simpson will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters, John T. Washer, James W. Washer, William L, Washer, Frances Hunt, Christine Bragg, and Elizabeth Christian. She was also preceded in death by her husband Ruby G. Fitts in 1967. She later married Charles Payne and he preceded her in death in 2003. A son, James. T. Fitts preceded her in death in 1995. She is survived by six children, Joe G. and wife Lucille Fitts of Temperance Hall, Stephen and wife Jona Fitts of Brush Creek, Mary Ray of Brush Creek, Patricia and husband Buddy Bain of Alexandria, Brenda Wooden of Alexandria, and Barbara and husband Tommy Ray of Gordonsville. Daughter-in-law, Gladys Fitts of Brush Creek. Seventeen grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. Sisters, Molly Nolen of Hickman, Dorothy and husband Willie Bass of Mount Juliet, and Marie and husband Billy Hatcher of Mount Juliet. Sister-in-law, Ruth Washer of Gordonsville. Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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