Obituaries

James Edward LaFever

Jan 3 2009

The funeral for 93 year old James Edward LaFever (better known as Ed LaFever) will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the LaFever Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 7:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He is survived by his son, Richard LaFever. Four daughters, Joyce Ford, Penny Craighead, Barbara Cassilly, and Lisa Mackie. A sister, Willie Jo Thomas. The Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Eudele Ramsey

Jan 3 2009

The funeral for 69 year old Robert Eudele Ramsey will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Baxter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Rock Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He is survived by his wife, Susie James Ramsey. Two sons, John C. Ramsey and Justin W. Ramsey and a brother, Doug Ramsey. The Baxter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Homer Brown

Jan 3 2009

93 year old Joe Homer Brown of Rock Island died Friday at the Rain Tree Manor of Warren County. He was a farmer and a member of the New Bybee's Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tim Lewis will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Vell LeFever Brown and wife Sally Hendrixson Brown. Survivors include a son, Bill Brown of Georgia; a daughter, Patty Jean Brown of McMinnville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Alice Marie Colvert

Jan 2 2009

83 year old Alice Marie Colvert of Smithville died Thursday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was an ASCS office secretary and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She also played piano for the Community Chorus. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Town Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Harrison and Mabel Eller Colvert. She is survived by several cousins. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Beatrice Smith

Dec 27 2008

91 year old Willie Beatrice Smith of Alexandria and formerly of Statesville died Friday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. A retired garment factory worker, she was born in Statesville and was a member of the Statesville United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Smith; a son-in-law, Clyde Vanatta; sisters, Irene Armstrong, Lucille Taylor, and Arbella Vantrease. Her parents were the late Oza Hardin and Minnie Tennessee Ricketts Hardin. Survivors include two daughters, Nelda Bettes and Barbara Vanatta both of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Tammy Vanatta of Alexandria, Teresa and her husband Tom Lynch of Alexandria, and Richie Vanatta of Statesville. A great grandson, Kameron Vanatta of Pleasant Shade. A sister, Arlene Hayes of Sellarsburg, Indiana. One niece and two nephews. Caregiver, Dora Johnson. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Hester Walker Warren

Dec 26 2008

94 year old Hester Walker Warren of McMinnville died Wednesday of a short illness at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a housewife. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Charles Williams will officiate and burial will be in the Blues Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny Isaac Walker and Willie Reed Passons Walker; her husband, Jake Lane Warren; her son, Ernest Lee Warren; and her grandson, Steven Warren Stanley. She is survived by three sons, J.L., Norman, and Harold Warren all of Cannon County. Three daughters, Sepal and husband Rex Pedigo of McMinnville, Lucy and husband Steve Stanley of Smithville, and Carol and husband Aubrey Gunter of Short Mountain. Eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Thomason

Dec 24 2008

71 year old Paul Thomason of Dowelltown died Tuesday at his residence. He was a retired painter and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Hettie Thomason; a son, Doyle Thomason; a step-son, Bobby Pruitt; a sister, Rebecca Gingerich; and a brother, Frank Thomason. He is survived by his wife, Janie Winchester Thomason; two daughters, Joann and her husband Ricky Tramel and Sandra Snyder; one step-daughter, Barbara and her husband Thomas Easterwood all of Smithville. Three sons, Billy Pruitt, Jr. of Smithville, James D. and his wife Glenda Hale of Woodbury, and Jimmy Ray Hale of Nashville. Thirteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and three sisters, Sue Trusty of Carthage, Peggy and her husband Doyle Keaton of Liberty, and Charlotte and husband Joe Hayes of Alabama. Two brothers, Joe and his wife Brenda Thomason of Dowelltown and Jess and his wife Carolyn Thomason of Indiana. Love--Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Don Cantrell

Dec 24 2008

71 year old Don Cantrell of Smithville died Tuesday night at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was a member of Blue Springs Lodge #373, and the Whorton Springs Baptist Church. He was a former member of the Smithville Fire Department and a police officer for 35 years. Cantrell was also a truck driver with Smithville Freight Lines and ETA. A Masonic service will be held Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and the funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. James Williams, David Mahan and Michael Hale will officiate. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Sudie Cripps Cantrell. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sally Cantrell of Smithville. Children, Donnie and his wife Pat Cantrell, Gary and his wife Lisa Cantrell, Tammy and her husband Mark Ferrell all of Smithville, and Terry and his wife Tina Cantrell of McMinnville. Grandchildren Erica and Jason Bell, Elicia Cantrell, Travis and Adam Ferrell, Cody, and Daylon and Brooklyn Cantrell. Step grandchildren, Thomas and Savanna Russell, and Ashland Dillon. Great grandchild, Calliegh Cantrell. A sister, Lois and her husband Jim Williams of Gladeville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the Whorton Springs Baptist Church building fund, in lieu of flowers.

Jake Montana Hoover

Dec 24 2008

18 year old Jake Montana Hoover of Liberty died Sunday in an automobile accident at Liberty. He was born in DeKalb County, a student, and a member of Salem Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Mike Carpenter, Mark Wade, and Phil Dougan will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral at the church. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James O. Hoover; his great grandmother, Nevada Brennan; a great aunt, Donna Brennan; and an uncle, Russell Hogan. He is survived by his parents, Craig and Tammy Hoover of Liberty. A brother, Ryan Davidson of Liberty. Grandmothers, Patricia Hoover of Liberty and Donnie Wanger of Smithville. Uncles, Kim and Beth McDougal of Monticello, Florida, Jay Hoover of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Mitch McGilvra of Palm Bay, Florida. An aunt, Laurie and husband Doug Beals of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cousins, Jason and Jacob McDougal of Monticello, Florida and James and Beth Beals of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Best friend, Justin Poteete of Liberty and the entire Salem Baptist Church family. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that contributions be made to the family at the funeral home, in lieu of flowers.

Gloria White Milligan

Dec 23 2008

77 year old Gloria White Milligan of McMinnville died Monday at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. She was born in DeKalb County. She was a retired employee of Mary's Green House, a former member of the Morrison Ruritan Club, and a member of Morrison First Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Jerry Brewer and Tommy Dye will officiate and burial will be in the Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until the time of service at McMinnville Funeral Home. Mrs. Milligan was preceded in death by her parents James N. and Nancy Audrey Robinson Tittsworth, husband John C. Milligan, Sr., and sister Sandra Lorene Young. Survivors include her daughters Gloria Patricia McLoud and Melissa Sharpe and husband Charles, of Morrison; a son John C. Milligan, Jr. and wife Jenny of McMinnville; grandchildren Jason Douglas McLoud and wife Cindy, Tara Milligan and husband Patrick Graves, Lisa Milligan, Matthew Sharpe and wife Donna, and Monica Baker and husband Josh; great grandchildren Brad McLoud, Tayrin McLoud, Jesse C. Graves, Kaylyn Baker, Holden Baker, Kelton Baker, Sarah Sharpe, Cassie Sharpe, and Emma Sharpe, and special cousin and family Evelyn and Buster Wade and Sebrena and Trena of McMinnville. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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