57 year old David Lee Vanatta of Woodbury died at his home on Saturday of a short illness. He was a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church and an employee of the Woodbury Farmers Coop. Vanatta was preceded in death by his father, Edward Vanatta and his foster aunt, Alevia Vanatta; and brothers, Jerry and Charles Vanatta. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Richard Williams will officiate and burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. Vanatta is survived by his wife, Brenda Davenport Vanatta of Woodbury. Three children, Tracy Vanatta of Jacksonville, Florida, Danny and wife Jo Ann Vanatta of Dowelltown and Vanessa and husband Vince Shrum of Woodbury. Three grandchildren, Dusty Vanatta, Corey Sherman, and Rebekka Shrum. Five sisters, Peggy Bissonette, Linda Davis, and Carolyn Neal all of Smithville, Pam Rice and Crystal Lloyd both of Smyrna. Sister-in-law, Judy Vanatta of Smithville. Step-mother, Josephine Vanatta of Smyrna. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
55 year old Danny Ray Cunningham of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a concrete finisher. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be held later. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Barbara Posey Cunningham and a grandmother, Ruby Posey. Survivors include his fiance, Abigail Pierce of Smithville. Two children, Michael Cunningham of Washington, DC and Kevin Cunningham of Murfreesboro. A cousin, Bobby Ables of Fayetteville. Lifelong friends, Wayne and wife Kathy Nobles and Roger and wife Candace Childress and numerous other lifelong friends. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
85 year old Jane Alexander of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a bookkeeper for Smithville Motors, a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, and a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Monday at noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dan Gulley and Tim Woodward will officiate and burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Nellie Elrod; husband, John Alexander; brother, Dorris Elrod, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jean and Robert Alexander; brothers-in-law, Gene Mitchell and Ed Neely ; and a great nephew, David Wayne Alexander. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandye and Steve Hays of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Brett and wife Tara Hays of Murfreesboro and Shea and husband Derrick Colwell of Smithville. Four great grandchildren, Ashley and Amber Hays of Murfreesboro, and Erin and Emme Colwell of Smithville. Four sisters-in-law, Hattie Elrod of Porterfield, Jean and husband Robert Drewry of Murfreesboro, Waldean Mitchell and Hazel Neely of Murfreesboro. Several special nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp, David Wayne Alexander Scholarship Fund, or the Church of Christ building fund.
86 year old Bill Summers of Smithville died Thursday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War, and an auto worker with the Ford Motor Company. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. Bill Robertson and Mark Summers will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and from 12:30 p.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Bernard and Sarah Alta Summers; two brothers, P.E. and Dean Summers; and a sister, Jean S. Barry. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Audrey Summers of Smithville. A son, Mark and his wife, Nansi Summers of Waycross, Georgia. A daughter, Malia and husband David Laird of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Jason Allen Summers, Mark Adam Summers, Rachel Anne Guenther, Timothy Andrew Summers, Hope Abigail Summers, and Jack Famulski. Twelve great grandchildren. A sister, Janie Watson of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
60 year old John Wayne Braswell of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a Baptist, and a self employed handyman and farm worker. A graveside service will be Thursday at noon at Mount Holly Cemetery. Michael Hale will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at which time the family will depart for the cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Houston and Hattie Velma Fisher Braswell; and brothers, George Thomas, Cordell, Otis B., Gene, Jimmy, and Joe Braswell. He is survived by a brother, James Braswell of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
89 year old William Schuylar Ellis of Liberty died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church and he attended the Fullers Chapel United Methodist Church. Ellis was also a farmer. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Matt Long, Wilson Williams, and Elmer Ellis, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Ellis was preceded in death by his parents, William Adamson and Ninnie Self Ellis; his wife, Mary Virginia Ellis; a son, William Schuylar Ellis, Jr; brothers, Elmer Ellis and Grady Ellis; and sisters, Athalene Driver and Lorene Vanatta. Survivors include three daughters, Lois and husband Wilson Williams of Liberty, Brenda and husband Skipper Stewart of Georgia, and Deborah and husband Don Castner of Clarksville. Grandchildren, LeeAnn and husband Michael Prince, Shasta and husband Billy Stanton, Will and wife Dana Stewart, Daniel and wife Emily Stewart, Beth Castner, and Matthew Castner. Great grandchildren, Parker Prince, Bill Stanton, Ben Stewart, Ross Stewart, and Ryder Stewart. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
83 year old Jodean Adcock of McMinnville died Tuesday at River Park Hospital. She was a member of the Sink Creek Missionary Baptist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Dillard and Alma Luna Jaco; her husband, Albert Haston Adcock; and a sister, Helen Judkins. Suvivors include children, Phyllis Nolan of Indianapolis, Indiana, Calvin Kent Adcock of Smithville, and Robyn Webb of McMinnville. Eight grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Sisters, Emma Jean Crain of Indiana, Dorothy Atnip of McMinnville, and Barbara Adcock of Smithville and Betty Moornaw of Indiana. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles Williams died Sunday in Georgia. A complete list of arrangements and list of survivors will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.
73 year old Robert "Bob" Milantoni of Smithville died Monday at his residence. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Milantoni was a long time patrol officer for the Detroit Police Department. He retired from the department in 1986. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lieutenant Colonel P.A. Milantoni. Survivors include children, Lisa and husband Mark Nadon of St. Clair Shores, Jonathan and wife Amy Milantoni of St. Clair Shores, Donald Milantoni of Pompano Beach, Florida, and Douglas and wife Debbie of Eastpointe. Grandchildren, Meaghan and husband Matthew Lopiccolo, David, Daniel, Andrew, and Michael Nadon, Matthew and Alexandria Milantoni, Nicholas Milantoni, and Braiden and Hannah Quinn. Sisters and brothers, Anita Spartaro, John and wife Nancy Milantoni, George and wife Helen Milantoni, Fred Milantoni, Kathy Lint and Jena Elman. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
53 year old Gwynn Prater of Smithville died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was a pipe fitter. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at DeKalb Cemetery. No visitation will be held. Prater was preceded in death by his parents, William Prater and Dorothy Greer Ervin; and a sister, Gail Walker. Survivors include a half-sister, Shirley and husband Raymond Joslyn of Smithville. A brother-in-law, Ronnie Walker of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Donations may be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.