Obituaries

Jimmy Arnold

Feb 10 2008

67 year old Jimmy Arnold of Smithville died Saturday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a retired custodian at DeKalb Middle School and a member of the New Home Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Junior Hibdon and Willard Ralph will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee and Gracie Arnold and a brother, Clovis Arnold. Survivors include his wife Sue Arnold of Smithville. A sister, Emmogene Arnold of Smithville. A niece, Rhonda and her husband Tim Young of Smithville. Special nephew, Adam and his wife Dawn Lawson of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Conger Green

Feb 10 2008

92 year old Ruth Conger Green of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker, a member of the Pisgah Methodist Church, a former Farm Bureau director, and a member of the Home Demonstration Club. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Minnie Corley Reynolds; two husbands, James Robert Conger and Howard C. Green. Survivors include one son, Danny Conger of Liberty. First cousins, Sue Willoughby, Roy Burton, Jack, Roger, and Albert Corley, Ann Windle, Floyd Corley, Martha Banks, and Mildred Bass. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence Aurbon Saylors

Feb 6 2008

57 year old Clarence Aurbon Saylors of Smithville died Tuesday at Riverview Regional Medical Center. He was a nursery worker. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Nellie Braswell Saylors; a brother, James "Red" Saylors; and a sister, Ruby Nell Ferrell. Survivors include his children, Timothy and his wife Christen Saylors of McMinnville; Lisa and her husband Buddy Lynch of Shelbyville; Tresa and her husband Barry Estes of McMinnville;and Michael and his wife Ashley Saylors of Smithville. Sisters, Glema and her husband Eddie King of Beersheba Springs and Joyce Farless of McMinnville. Fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Carolyn Maynard

Feb 6 2008

58 year old Carolyn Maynard of Smithville died Tuesday at her residence. She was a retired teacher at Smithville Elementary School where she taught for 35 years. She was also a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society, and the Tennessee Education Association. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Evelyn Smith Keith; two sons, Keith and Lee Tracy Maynard; and a brother, Ralph Keith. Survivors include her husband, L.T. Maynard; one daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Greg Heffner; and a sister, Helen Redmon all of Smithville. Two nieces, Jeanette Youngblood of Liberty and Tavia Keith of Smithville. One nephew, Chad Keith of Dowelltown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations please be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, in lieu of flowers.

Nina Myrle Chapman

Feb 5 2008

58 year old Nina Myrle Chapman of Smithville died Tuesday at her residence. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ora Bramlett Shelton; a son, Kyle Melton; a grandchild, Jacob Bunch and brothers, Eugene Shelton, Hubble Shelton, and Michael Shelton. She is survived by her children, Lisa and her husband Eddie Anderson of Smithville, Tony Vanatta of Smithville, Eric Vanatta of McMinnville, and Krissy and her husband Bobby Morgan of Smithville. Grandchildren, Emilee and Elisha Anderson, Justin Vanatta, Logan and Devin Vanatta, and Kane and Austin Morgan. Sisters, Louise Clark of Benton, Aundra Hale of Alexandria, Elizabeth Frazier of Alexandria, and Angelia Claubough of Cleveland. Brothers, Poley Shelton of Smithville, Curtis Shelton of Temperance Hall, and Jeff Shelton of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Potter Young

Feb 4 2008

65 year old Potter Young of Smithville died Monday evening at his residence. He was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church and a retired truck driver for Knowles and Sons Nursery. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Cemetery. Bransford England will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Magness Young and a sister, Peggy Maples. Survivors include a son, Richard and his wife Kim Young of Smithville. A daughter, Donna and her husband Brent Turner of Smithville. His mother, Annie Laura Young of Smithville. Grandchildren, Derek Young and Sydney Turner both of Smithville. Brothers, Kenneth and his wife Susan Young, Paul and his wife Pam Young, and Phillip and his wife Tammy Young all of Smithville. A niece, Laura and her husband Brian Hall of Smithville and a host of relatives and friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Chester Earl Sewell

Feb 4 2008

84 year old Chester Earl Sewell of Sparta died Saturday at Erlanger North Hospital in Chattanooga. Sewell was born in Willow Grove, Tennessee, the son of the late Roy A. Sewell, Sr. and Dovie Ann (Watson) Sewell. He was a member of the Findlay Church of Christ in Sparta, a lifelong farmer, and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Findlay Church of Christ in Sparta. Dwight Fuqua will officiate and burial will be in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church. Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Short Mountain Bible Camp at the Findlay Church of Christ or at the Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Survivors include a daughter, Lois Grizzell and her husband Gary of Cookeville. A son. Charles Sewell and his wife Laurie of Cookeville. His former wife, Marie Sewell of Sparta. Five step-daughters, Janie Foster and her husband Jerry of Smithville, Ellen Gibbs and her husband Bobby of Sparta, Helen Hensley of Sparta, Bonita Marcom and her husband Lyndon of Sparta, and Brenda Johnson of Sparta. Two brothers, Roy Sewell and his wife June of Sparta and C.C. (Cap) Sewell and his wife Alice of Algood. Two sisters, Frances Gillen and her husband Charles of Sparta and Ruth Payne of Algood. Six grandchildren, Mickey Sewell, Cory Sewell, Jana Sewell, Tyler Grizzell, Jalon Foster, and Loren Foster. Five great grandchildren also survive. Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Ronnie Johnson

Feb 1 2008

54 year old Ronnie Johnson of Smithville died Thursday morning at the Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was affiliated with the Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church and more recently with the Alexandria First Baptist Church. He was retired from Hardaway Construction. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Curt Waggoner will officiate and burial will be in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene A. and Heardie Belle LeFevre Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Jeanie Sue Johnson of Smithville. A sister, Kathy and her husband J.B. Bain of Smithville. A half brother, Michael Hendrixson of Florida. An uncle, Junior LeFevre of Cookeville. An aunt, Lucille Sutton of Hermitage. His father-in-law and mother-in-law, Earl and Norma Sowell of Alexandria. Sisters-in-law, Marilyn Keaton of Smithville and Diane Patton of Indiana. Brothers-in-law, Bill and his wife Angelai Sowell of Lebanon and Randy Sowell of Alexandria. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

David George Bennett

Jan 31 2008

57 year old David George Bennett, DVM of Brush Creek died Wednesday at his residence. Dr. Bennett was born in Knoxville, the son of June Caprice Anderson and the late George Emerson Bennett. He was a graduate of Huntsville, Alabama High School, received his BS at the University of Alabama and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1977, and returned to the Tennessee area to practice Veterinary Medicine. He was married in 1973 to Karen Elizabeth Ransom. He was a member of New Middleton Masonic Lodge # 249, F. & A.M. and the Brush Creek United Methodist Church. Dr. Bennett is survived by his wife of 34 years, Karen Bennett of Brush Creek. Three Children: Melissa Ransom Bennett Schwerzler, her husband, CW2 Martin Schwerzler and their children, Cole and Sabrina of Fort Stewart, Georgia, Martha Bennett Given, DVM, and her husband, Chad Given, DVM of Nashville, and David George Bennett, Jr. and his wife, Michella and their children, Cora and Emerson of Brush Creek. His mother, June Bennett of Brush Creek. A sister, Pam Bennett Throne, her husband, Ken Throne and their children, Gordie and Brittany of Pleasanton, California. A Celebration of Life for Dr. Bennett will be held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Brush Creek Cemetery. The Bennett family will receive friends at the Gordonsville Chapel on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. New Middleton Masonic Lodge # 249 will have a Masonic service at the Gordonsville Chapel on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Angel Darnell Mahler

Jan 31 2008

46 year old Angel Darnell Mahler of Johnson's Chapel died Wednesday at her residence. She was a Baptist and a teacher at LBJ & C Head Start. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Terry Little, Gary Farris, and Craig Mahler will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chesnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Lewis Johnson and father-in-law, Hubert "Coxie" Mahler. Survivors include her husband, Randall Mahler of Sparta. A daughter, Cathleen and her husband J.D. Humphrey of Walling. One son, Craig Mahler of Sparta. One grandchild, Jaxon Humphrey of Walling. Her mother, Nina Parsley Rhody of Smithville. A brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Rene Johnson of Smithville. Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ronnie and Frances Mahler of McMinnville, Iven and Peggy Craven of Rock Island, and Joey and Donna Phillips of Sparta. Her mother-in-law, Katheen Mahler of Sparta and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to Justin Potter Library or to the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.

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