42 year old Lori Ann Eley of Smithville died Thursday. She was a member of the Catholic Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by a step daughter, Heather Eley and father-in-law, Don Eley. Survivors include her husband, Bruce Eley of Smithville. A son, Tyler James Seymour of the British Columbia. A step-son, Nathan Eley of Fort Worth, Texas. Two grandchildren, Kaidynce Faith Gray and Aidyn Michael Eley both of Smithville. Mother, Agnes Thomlison of British Columbia. Father, Lorn Thomlison of British Columbia. Brother, Craig Seymour of Canada. Mother-in-law, Vivian Eley of Woodbury. Sister-in-law, Donna Gwenn Eley Bush of Woodbury. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.
21 year old Heather Nichole Eley of Smithville died Thursday. She was a member of the Church of Christ, a student and homemaker. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Norman Pelham will officiate and burial will be in the Blue Wing Cemetery in Cannon County. Visitation will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Lori Eley; maternal grandmother, Suzanne Taylor; and paternal grandfather, Don Eley. Survivors include two children, Kaidynce Faith Gray and Aidyn Michael Eley. Her mother, Chrissy Eley of Fort Worth Texas. Her father, Bruce Eley of Smithville. A brother, Nathan Eley of Fort Worth Texas. Step brothers, Korben Deley of Fort Worth, Texas and Tyler Seymour of Canada. Step sisters, Hanna Denney, Kylee Deley, and Katey Deley all of Fort Worth, Texas. Step-mother, Hope Deley of Fort Worth, Texas. Paternal grandmother, Vivian Eley of Woodbury. Maternal grandfather, Randy Taylor of McMinnville. Maternal grandfather, John Ashley of McMinnville. High Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the family, in memory of Heather Nichole Eley at High Funeral Home.
78 year old Reed Allen Redmon of Smithville died Saturday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a Baptist and a member of the Carrier Steel Workers Union. He worked 29 years at Carrier. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Amie Barks Redmon; his wife, Frances Joyce Hawkins Redmon; three children, Marlene, James, and Glen Redmon; sisters, Beulah Caldwell, Mary Walker, Mamie Driver, Sadie Sandlin, Ravenell Milburn, and Ella Mai Jones; and brothers, Rex, Ralph, and Louis Redmon. Survivors include two children, Peggy and husband Timmie Adcock of Smithville and David and wife Maria Redmon of Michigan. Grandchildren, David, Jr. and wife Heather Redmon, Matthew Redmon, Tina and husband Mhill Marku, Simon and wife Traci Camaj, and Rob and wife Scarlett Camaj. A brother, Ernest and wife Linda Redmon of McMinnville. Special nieces, Donna and husband Jeremy Green, Christie Cawthorn, and Carolyn Caldwell. The family asks that donations be made to the DeKalb County Relay for Life in lieu of flowers. The family requests no food.
Mandy Grace McConnaughey, the five week old daughter of Don and Carrie McConnaughey of Smithville, died Friday at her residence. The family attends the Smithville First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. The child was preceded in death by her grandmother, Rebecca McConnaughey. In addition to her parents, the child is survived by a brother and sisters, Moses, Melody, and Gabby McConnaughey all of Smithville. Grandparents, Bob and Trudy Petty, Don "Skip" McConnaughey, and Glenda Petty and Mike Pridemore. An aunt, Heather Petty and cousin Haylee. An uncle, Chuck and wife Leesa McConnaughey and cousin, Killian. Great grandmother, Nana McConnaughey. Great aunt, Kitty and husband Steve Deakins. Uncle and aunt, Josh and Rana Pridemore and cousin Andrew. Uncle and aunt, Jerry and Nicole Pridemore and cousin Natalee. Great aunts and uncles, Pat and Shorty Petty and Betty and Robert Fox. Several other cousins survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
86 year old Henry David (H.D.) Driver of Madison, Tennessee died Thursday after an extended illness. H.D. was born in Smithville, TN on November 25, 1924 to Henry P. and Effie Love Driver. He graduated from DeKalb County High School in 1942. He joined the Navy and served in the Pacific operations until the end of the war. Upon returning from the war, he moved to Detroit, Michigan and worked for the Chrysler Corporation for 32 years while operating a television repair service. Upon retirement, he moved to Nashville. H.D. was preceded in death by four brothers, Houston, Garlin, Roy, and Winston. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dell Cantrell Driver; a sister, Sylvia Brigman of Atlanta and a brother Morris Driver of McMinnville. He is also survived by children, Patricia Driver of Detroit, David Driver of McMinnville, and Diane Driver of Nashville. Along with numerous nieces and nephews, he is also survived by three step daughters, Nancy (Ken) Bearden of Murfreesboro, Beth Mason of Winchester, and Cathy Smith of Tullahoma. H.D. was a lifelong member of the Baptist Denomination and was previously active at Lockeland Baptist, Nashville and was currently an active member of the Parkway Baptist Church, 505 Cunniff Parkway. Goodlettsville; where visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.on Monday with the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Ken Castleberry will officiate. Burial will be held at Whorton Springs Cemetery Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of H.D. Driver. Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville is in charge of the arrangements.
90 year old Melford Stone Smith of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She worshipped at the First United Methodist Church. Smith was also a member of the United Methodist Women, Friendship Sunday School Class, American Legions Ladies Auxiliary, Smithville Study Club, and the Busy Bees Quilting Group. She was employed by the Nashville Electric System and was retired from Justin Potter Library after serving 32 years. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until noon at the funeral home and from 12:15 until service time at the church at 1:00 p.m. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob Wilson and Katherine Davis Stone; four brothers, Waymon, Frank, J.D., and Clyde Stone; and one sister, Maurine Stone Weeks. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, W. Doyle Smith; two daughters, Barbara and husband Jim Wall and Brenda and husband and Doug Hooper all of Smithville. One son, Isaac Alvin II and wife Toni Smith of Alabama. Six grandchildren, Bryon Brown of Atlanta, Georgia, Daniel Hooper of Nashville, Justin Hooper of Knoxville, Robert Allen of Alabama, Brooke and Chris Norton of Alabama, and Matthew Smith of Alabama. One sister, Maxine and husband Mitchell Sherrill of Chattanooga and many nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that donations please be made to the First United Methodist Church, Justin Potter Library, or to the Lighthouse Christian Camp, in lieu of flowers.
76 year old Joe White Merriman of Smithville died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church. Merriman was also a retired farmer and nurseryman and he enjoyed coaching softball before his stroke on March 31, 1983. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dillard Johnson and Frank Bratcher will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Merriman was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Annie Underhill Merriman; seven brothers, Lillard, Hervie, J.E., Tom, Oliver, Jack, and Bill Merriman; and five sisters, Lillie and Gracie Murphy, Louise and Lee Bratcher, and Parlie Merriman. Survivors include four sons, Ronald and wife Denise Merriman, Marty and wife Peggy Merriman, Glynn and wife Rhonda Merriman, and Roy and wife Lisa Merriman all of Smithville. Two daughters, Crystal and husband Clayton Moore and Sandy and husband Hugh Willingham all of Smithville. Grandchildren, Kelly, Lorrie, Joseph, Corey, Meagan, Mason, Micah, Kayla, and Kelsie Merriman, Kasen and Lydia Johnson, Hunter Moore, Martin and Delia Willingham. A great grandson, Presley Merriman. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
76 year old Lonnie Joe Dunn of Smithville died Saturday at NHC of Smithville. He was a Methodist and a farmer. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Steffee and Trent Colwell will officiate and burial will be in the Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Riley Dunn and Ada Helen Pedigo Dunn; and three brothers, Gene, Harley, and Olen Dunn. Survivors include two brothers, James and his wife Shirley Dunn of Smithville and William H. Dunn of Michigan. One niece, Elaine and husband Marion Gill of Indiana. One nephew, Barry Dunn of Michigan. Several cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
93 year old Sam A. Love, a former DeKalb County Clerk and Master, died Tuesday at NHC of Smithville. He was a retired insurance agent and a retired U.S. Navy veteran from World War II. He was also a member of the Church of Christ. Love served as Clerk and Master from 1955 to 1982. He was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Rhea Foster Love; a son, Sam Morgan Love; parents, Morgan and Janie Puckett Love; and a brother, Frank Love. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tommy Webb and Tim Woodward will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He is survived by a cousin, Robert Shelby Love of McMinnville and devoted caregiver, Debra Robinson of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
58 year old Brenda Gail Thomas Stanley of Smithville died Monday at St. Thomas Hospital. She was a Baptist. A graveside service will be Tuesday at noon at Whorton Springs Cemetery. B.J. Thomason and Randy Smith will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at which time the family will depart for the cemetery for the graveside service at noon. Stanley was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Thomas and mother and step-father, Jessie and Ceasar Dunn. Survivors include sons, Benjamin and wife Marie Pascal of McMinnville and Danny Smithson of Smithville. Eleven grandchildren. Two sisters, Sue Patterson of Smithville and Donna DeVeil of McMinnville. Special friend, Mary Pack of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.