Obituaries

Virginia Bland Patton

Mar 7 2008

84 year old Virginia Bland Patton of Knoxville and formerly of Watertown died Wednesday at Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville. Born in Watertown, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Dr. Paul Rader will officiate and burial will be in the Jones Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wilson Patton and parents, Clark and Virgie Hubbard Bland. Survivors include a son, Perry and his wife Dorothy Patton of Nashville. Three daughters, Sharon and her husband Raymond McCord of Knoxville, Marilyn and her husband Mark Willoughby of Alexandria, and Celeste and her husband John Whaley of Knoxville. A sister, Joyce and her husband Neil Lokey of Murfreesboro. Grandchildren, Charlie and Sarah Patton, Terrie Patton Johnson, Amanda Corley, Rachel Patton McCord, Andrew Whaley, Brittany Willoughby, and Luke Willoughby. Great grandchildren, Rocky Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Summer Patton, and Conner Patton. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Harrison Lee Hale

Mar 7 2008

54 year old Harrison Lee Hale of Lafayette died Thursday at the University Medical Center in Lebanon. Born in Murfreesboro, Hale was a Chef and a member of the Gladeville Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Robert McFarland will officiate and burial will be in the Jones Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time. He was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Dorothy Carter Hale. Survivors include a companion, Melissa Wright of Lafayette. Two sons, Daniel and Timothy Hale. Two brothers, James Hale of Rockvale and Dewey Hale of Murfreesboro. Three aunts, Bea and her husband Kenneth Christian of Watertown, Lucille Ferrell of Alexandria, and Dellia Mae and her husband Richard Poston of Smithville. An uncle, L.W. Hale of Alexandria. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Ione Spencer Calhoun

Mar 5 2008

94 year old Ione Spencer Calhoun of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a teacher for 40 years with the DeKalb County School System, a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Smithville Businesses and Professional Women's Club, and a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Sarah Foutch Spencer; three brothers, Willie Jewel, Dewey, and Rhenix Spencer; three sisters, Sally Elledge, Pauline Taylor, and Beuna Vaughn. Survivors include one daughter, Lynn Rooker of Murfreesboro. One grandson, Stephen Ashburn of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations be made to the Smithville First Baptist Church building fund, in lieu of flowers.

Bessie Lola (Thompson) Smith

Mar 4 2008

87 year old Bessie Lola (Thompson) Smith of Cookeville died Monday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville. Charles Jones and James Eidson will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, Freeman, Sherman, and Clifton Thompson; two sisters, Veechel Stringfellow and Mary Lou Katong; and two sons-in-law, Bobby Huffines and Johnny Harris. She is survived by five daughters, Mary N. Huffines of Cookeville, Betty Ann Harris and Linda R. Cronk of Gallatin, Myrl S. Dyer of Cookeville, and Hazel Jean Greenwood of Gainesboro. Two sons, Robert Morris Smith of North Highland, California and Raymond Carl Smith of Cookeville. Five sisters, Trudy Zilphia Barlow of Cookeville, Norma Jean Smith of Gainesboro, Ruby Smith of Cookeville, Villa Maxwell of Hillham, and Marcella Lancaster of Livingston. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and other friends and relatives. Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of the arrangements.

Laney Delaine Knowles

Mar 3 2008

65 year old Laney Delaine Knowles of Smithville died Sunday evening at White County Hospital. He was a member of the Mount Herman Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Paul Violet will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Aaron and Mary Frances Cantrell Knowles; a sister, Judy Carr; and a brother, Eddie Knowles. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Underwood of Smithville and Cynthia Carter of Texas. Five grandchildren, Alicia and Matthew Foster and Payton France of Smithville, Dustin Hale and Josh Carter of Texas, and two brothers, Danny and Rick Knowles of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Imogene Cantrell Crook

Mar 3 2008

69 year old Imogene Cantrell Crook of Liberty died Sunday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 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 parents, Gentry and Velvo Arnold Cantrell; her husband, Charles William Crook; three brothers, Thomas, Albert, and Eddie Cantrell; and two sisters, Freda Hobbs and Dorothy Cantrell. Survivors include three sons, Wayne and his wife Darnell Crook of Smithville, Billy and his wife Diane Crook, and Ronald and his wife Kay Crook all of Liberty. One daughter, Melissa Reyes of Liberty. Eleven grandchildren, Chris Crook of Cookeville, Bradley, Darrell, Tonya, and Emily Crook all of Smithville, Dakota Ortega, Storm, Xzyver, and Kiara Reyes, Brittni Fisk, and Lindsay Crook all of Liberty. Three great grandchildren. Four sisters, Christine Todd of California, Omega Sue Sanders,Cleta Horn of Smithville, and Betty Ann Vanzina of California. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

April Patterson

Mar 3 2008

31 year old April Patterson of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a nurse. The funeral will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:30 p.m. She is survived by her husband, Shawn Patterson of Smithville. Three children, Joshua, Danielle, and Justin Patterson. Her parents, David and Pam Roach of Smithville. A brother, David Nathan Roach of Smithville. Her grandparents, Gail Bishop of Smithvile and Marion Pose of Mobile, Alabama. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the funeral home to help with expenses

Dennis Rigsby

Mar 2 2008

61 year old Dennis Rigsby of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Mount Hope The Baptist Church and a U.S. Marine Veteran. He was also a member of the Liberty Lodge # 77, the Short Mountain Lodge #373, the Eastern Star #374, and a Shriner. Rigsby was retired from Carrier where he worked for 33 years. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Leslie Moore and Tim Baker will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. A Masonic Service will be held Monday night at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Lenda Rigsby of Smithville. Two children and their spouses, Tommy Wayne and Karen Rigsby of Smithville and Shannon and Dale Garner of Morrison. Four grandchildren, Roberta Applegate, Piper Jordan Rigsby, Steven Dale Garner, and Cannan Hope Garner. His parents, Willie Lee and May Rigsby of Smithville and a special friend, Jimmy Taylor. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bertha A. "BERK" Moore

Mar 1 2008

Mrs. Bertha A. "Berk" Moore age 77 of Smithville passed away Monday Feb 25, 2008 at her home. She chose cremation.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday March 1st from 3-5 pm at the Smithville Church of the Nazarene fellowship hall.
Mrs.Moore is survived by 2 sons, Steven Moore of Smithville and George Moore of smithville. A daughter, Pam and Lee Leak of Old Hickory, TN. Four grandchildren. Brother in law, Walter Prichard of Smithville and a sister in law, Gloria Albu of Marianna, Fla. and many neices and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Bonnie S. LaFever

Feb 26 2008

69 year old Bonnie S. LaFever of Ragland Bottom Road, Sparta died Tuesday at her residence. She was born in Fayette County to the late Talmadge and Ruby Garner Houston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Inez Houston Davis and a brother, Lawrence Houston. The funeral will be Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta. Faye Tucker, Dr. Scott Hall, and Ralph Benningfield will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Lawn Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Survivors include her husband, Calvin Urias LaFever of Sparta. One sister, Shelby Jean Houston McWherter of Somerville, Tennessee. Three brothers, Joseph Ray Houston and his wife Cyleno of Hickory Valley, Tennessee, Garner Houston and his wife Sue of Somerville, Tennessee, and Donald Houston of Somerville. One daughter, Pat Hall and her husband, Dr. Scott Hall; and five grandchildren, Sara, Madeline, Lucas, Caleb, and Zoe. Oaklawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the American Cancer Society.

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