Obituaries

Ruby Jean James

Dec 28 2011

The funeral for 79 year old Ruby Jean James will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Maynord Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. until the service. She is survived by seven sons, Timmy, Larry, Mickey, Frankie, Lloyd, Eddie, and Roger James. Two daughters, Susie Ramsey and Vicki Fields. Four brothers, Freddie, Leonard, Billy, and Royce James. Two sisters, Treble Roberts and Ann Overturf. Fourteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Ann Tramel

Dec 28 2011

51 year old Joe Ann Tramel of Smithville died Tuesday at her residence. She was a factory worker and a restaurant employee. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Thomason and a brother, Doyle Thomason. Survivors include her husband, Ricky "Possum" Tramel of Smithville. One Daughter, Medeana Tramel and Arlin Byford of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Jada Palmer and Riley Palmer. Her mother, Dean Thomason of Smithville. A sister, Sandra Thomason of Smithville. Two nephews and a niece, Roman Smith, Keshia Castilleos and Xavier Glenn. Special friend, Wendi Bain of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Hart

Dec 28 2011

53 year old Michael Hart of Scottsboro, Alabama died suddenly at his home on Sunday December 25. He was employed by Rock Tenn Electrical Instrumentation. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Scottsboro, Alabama. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Milton “Bob” Hart. Survivors include his mother, Nina Hart of Smithville; wife, Dianne Hart of Scottsboro, Alabama; daughter, Melissa Hart and two grandchildren, Kaden and Ethan Trapp all of Smithville; three brothers, Tim and wife Charlotte Hart of Pikeville, Tennessee, Mark and wife Christy Hart, and Daniel and wife Lisa Hart all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive. Scottsboro Funeral Home in Alabama is in charge of the arrangements.

Hazel Inez Redman Cantrell

Dec 23 2011

88 year old Hazel Inez Redman Cantrell of Evansville, Indiana died Wednesday at her daughter's residence. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rassie and Ida Young Redman; her husband, Solon Cantrell; a grandson, Jeffrey Ashley; twelve siblings, and several nieces and nephews. Survivors include four children, Michael and wife Flossie Cantrell, Sherry and husband Charlie Hiatt, Sandra and husband Alan Ault, and Carolyn and husband Ronald Marshall. Six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Central United Methodist Church.

Patricia Ann White

Dec 22 2011

62 year old Patricia Ann White of Dowelltown died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of D.A.R. 1812 and U.D.C.. She was also a retired registered nurse. At Patricia's request, her remains were cremated but a memorial service will be Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dowelltown United Methodist Church. Matt Long will officiate. She is survived by her parents, James H. and Ruth White of Dowelltown. Two brothers, Bobby and wife Sarah White of Alexandria and Stephen and wife Vicky White of Murfreesboro. Nieces and nephews, Elizabeth and husband Bryan Kleparek of Murfreesboro, James White of Dowelltown, Stephanie and husband Aaron Lawrence of Murfreesboro, John White of Baxter, Tamera White of Dowelltown, and Daniel and wife Caralee White of Smyrna. Great nieces and nephews, Kyra and Keva Kleparek, Logan and Carly Lawrence, and Taylor Ann White. An aunt, Lorraine and husband Richard Engel of Oak Ridge. An uncle, Michael Thompson of Odessa, Texas. Many cousins and friends, Susan Driver, Donna Emmerson, Annette Floyd, and Barbara Medlin. The family asks that donations be made to the Dowelltown United Methodist Church Building Fund, in lieu of flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Elaine Easterwood

Dec 19 2011

45 year old Barbara Elaine Easterwood of Smithville died Saturday at the Alive Hospice residence in Nashville. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. A memorial service will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate. No visitation will be held prior to the memorial service. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Cooper Pruitt; brother, Bobby Pruitt; Grandparents, Earnest and Louise Winchester and Marvin and Flora Pruitt; and step-father, Paul Thomason. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Easterwood; a daughter, Whitney Nicole Easterwood ; and two sons, Thomas Dalton Easterwood and Dylan Kane Easterwood all of Smithville. Mother, Janie Thomason of Dowelltown. Three brothers, Billy Pruitt, Jr. of Smithville, James Hale of Woodbury, and Jimmy Hale of Wartburg. Mother-in-law, Geraldine Sherrell of Woodbury. Four nieces and two nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Javin Lee Lawson

Dec 19 2011

52 year old Javin Lee Lawson of Watertown died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was pastor of the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Alexandria. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Herb Leftwich will officiate and burial will be in the Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 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. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemmie and Ruby Mai Estes Lawson;a sister, Louise Lawson; and a brother, James Lawson. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Fuston Lawson of Watertown. Sons, Jason and wife Christy Lawson of Mount Juliet, David and wife Melissa Lawson of Liberty, and Steven and wife Christmas Lawson of Watertown. Grandchildren, Avery and Everett Lawson of Mount Juliet and Abigail, Jonathan, and Caleb Lawson of Liberty. Sisters, Francis Shultz and Janie Spurlock both of Smithville. Brothers, Robert and wife Betty Lawson of Smithville, Jim and wife Betty Ruth Lawson of Smithville, Billy Lawson of Woodbury, Jerry and wife Patricia Lawson of Smithville, Charlie and wife Ruth Lawson of Smithville, Terry and wife Evelyn Lawson of Watertown, and Daniel and wife Kim Lawson of Liberty. Nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Audrey Martella "Mama Tee" Kirby

Dec 19 2011

89 year old Audrey Martella "Mama Tee" Kirby of Smithville died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was retired from Kingston Timer as a machine operator. She was also a member of the Mount Hope The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dwight Knowles, Virgil Hibdon, Jr. and Greg Hibdon will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hebron and Elmer Turner; her husband Virgil "Bud" Kirby; two brothers, J.P. and T.Z. Turner; and a son-in-law, Willie Lee Fuson. Survivors include a daughter, Doris Fuson; two sons, Deloy and wife Diane Kirby and Darrell and wife Jewell Kirby all of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Teresa Fuson Johnson, Renee and husband Brad Hennessee, and Tarron and husband Dale Johnson all of Smithville; Stephanie Kirby of McMinnville, Chad and wife Shelia Kirby and Chris Cantrell all of Smithville. Eight great grandchildren, Corey Williams of Nashville, Jessica Bain of Murfreesboro, James Caplinger, Caleb Bain, Zackary Caplinger, Taylor Parker, and Dallas and Brylee Kirby all of Smithville. Nieces, nephews, and cousins survive along with special caregiver, Joy Fay Carter of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Jefferson Cemetery or the Mount Hope The Baptist Church.

Gordon Omer Warfel

Dec 15 2011

88 year old Gordon Omer Warfel of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. Warfel was also an electrical engineer and he served in the U.S. Navy. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in the Westlawn Cemetery in Newton, Illinois. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Docia Adkins Warfel and two sisters, Ilah Britton and Violet. He is survived by his wife, Mainell Warfel of Smithville. Two children, Gordon William and wife Linda Warfel of Charleston, Illinois and Marie and husband Tommy Davis of Smyrna. Six grandchildren, Randall and wife Donna Warfel, Layne and wife Jennifer Warfel, Kim Warfel, Kent Cast, Nathan Davis, and Chandler and husband Scott Schwede. Seven great grandchildren, Jacob and Kendall Cast, Patrick and Hali Davis, Brenden Warfel, Braden and Maddox Schwede. A sister, Peggy Enright of Apex, North Carolina. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Cantrell

Dec 14 2011

51 year old Danny Cantrell of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was disabled. A Memorial service will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. B.J. Thomason will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ella Dean Turner Cantrell. Survivors include two children, Bryan and wife Mary Cantrell of Smithville and Heather and husband Caleb Shehane of McMinnville. Three grandchildren, Braxton Bryan Cantrell, Preston Lee Cantrell, and Eli Parker Cantrell; father and step-mother, Frank and Neodia Cantrell of Smithville. A brother, Dwight Cantrell of Cold Springs. A step-brother, Donald Cantrell of Dowelltown. Several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

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