Obituaries

Jimmy Hullett

Sep 9 2011

61 year old Jimmy Hullett of Dowelltown died Thursday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was a self- employed painter and a member of the Brush Creek United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Floyd Massey will officiate and burial will be in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Roy and Mary Cassie Davenport Hullett; a grandson, Jimmy Lee Gibbs; brothers, Mack and Alton Hullett; and a sister, Ailene Farless. Survivors include his wife Alice Hullett of Dowelltown. Two children, Lisa Fayen Gibbs and Jimmy Dwayne and wife Debbie Hullett both of Dowelltown. A grandchild, Amanda Gibbs of Liberty. Two sisters, Hazel Stanley of Smithville and Fay Smith of Alexandria. Special son-in-law, Lee Gibbs of Liberty. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Morris Lee Puckett

Sep 8 2011

75 year old Morris Lee Puckett of Sparta died Thursday at his residence. He was a member of the Church of God, a U.S. Army veteran, and he worked in a garment factory. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Donnie Kelly and Chad Bagley will officiate and burial will be in the Plainview Cemetery in Cassville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Casto and Josie Staley Puckett and his wife, Mary Donavee Harris Puckett. Survivors include two daughters, Nena LeaAnn and husband Dan Daily of Kansas City, Kansas and Tina Puckett of Sparta. Grandchildren, Aaron Puckett, Kaitlyn Daily, and Samuel Daily. Sisters, Marie Webb of Smithville, Betty Pollard of Sparta, Hilda and husband Keith Garrett of Smithville, Carolyn and husband Jerry Tramel of Smithville, and Gail Kirksey of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the Jeff Garrett Scholarship Fund, in lieu of flowers.

Louise "Mama Lou" Christian Frazier

Sep 8 2011

85 year old Louise "Mama Lou" Christian Frazier of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Pentecost and a floor supervisor in a factory. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Charles Braswell and Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bobby and Alpha Cripps Bain; her first husband, Carlon Christian; brothers, Samuel, Charles, Creston, and Boyd Bain; mother and father-in-law, Hobert and Beulah Christian; step-daughter, Margaret Pack; and a step-son Eddie B. Frazier. Survivors include her husband, Edsel Frazier of Smithville. A daughter, Linda Stone of Cookeville. Granddaughters, Renee Johnson, Kendra and husband Rick Guinn, Melanie and husband John Crews, and Amanda and husband John Dakas all of Smithville. Grandsons, Bryan Malone of Atlanta, Georgia, Jason and wife Janella Pack of Christiana. Great grandchildren, Macy Felts, Mackenley Turner, Nickolas Agee, Trey and Elizabeth Guinn, Chloe and Logan Pack, and Andrew and Annabella Dakas. Three sisters, Elizabeth and husband Charles Braswell of Ringgold, Georgia, Martha and husband Charles Preston of Smithville and Billie Bates of Paducah, Kentucky. Sisters-in-law, Mary Bain Colwell of Smithville and Claudia Bain of Westland, Michigan. her former son-in-law, Ernest Stone and son-in-law, Donnie Pack. Brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Frances Frazier of Smithville. Sister-in-law, Adaleen Frazier of Sparta. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews and caregivers Brenda and Steve Cripps. The family asks that donations be made to the charity of your choice or to the Children's Ministry at the Edge Worship Center, in lieu of flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Jean Murphy

Sep 6 2011

74 year old Betty Jean Murphy of Sparta died Monday at Saint Thomas Hospital. She was a retired machine operator with Dowelltown Manufacturing and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Johnny Smartt will officiate and burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery in Statesville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lily Murphy; her husband, Charlie Murphy; a daughter, Lois Smartt; five brothers; and a sister. Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Murphy of Sparta, Darlene and husband Andrew Murphy, Charlene Mashburn and Regina Hannah all of Smithville. Seven sons, Brad and wife Teresa Murphy of Sparta, Audie and wife Evelyn Murphy of Madisonville, Billy and wife Karen Murphy of Walling, David and wife Tammy Murphy of McMinnville, Steve and wife Vanessa Murphy of Woodbury, Micha and wife Teresa Murphy, and Samuel and wife Miranda Murphy all of Smithville. Thirty eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren. One brother, Clyde Murphy of Walling and a sister, Bissie Dodd of Watertown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sylvia Jewel West

Sep 5 2011

86 year old Sylvia Jewel West, a native of Smithville and resident of Port Orange, Florida, died Friday at Daytona Beach Florida. She was a Christian. West also worked in accounting. A graveside service will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Michael Hale will officiate. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jewel Brown and Covar Maxwell West; and brothers, Ralph and Jack West. Survivors include a son, Dr. Michael West Shreeve of Port Orange, Florida. A daughter, Debra Gustafson of Shelton, Washington. Grandsons, Michael W. Shreeve, Jr. of Lithia, Florida and Kiley Gustafson of Seattle, Washington. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Felix Brown Webb

Sep 4 2011

78 year old Felix Brown Webb of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the state of Tennessee Highway Department. Webb was also an Army veteran and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Webb was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Lee and Nora Ada Cantrell Webb; and a sister, Geneva Webb Turner. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bettye Blankenship Webb of Smithville. One son, Kevin Webb of McMinnville. Five grandchildren, Mari Katherine, Bethany, Peyton, Heather, and Sarah Webb all of McMinnville. Two sisters, Jo Grace Webb Lowery of Smithville and Mary Frances Webb Rigsby of Rock Island. Sister-in-law, Doris Judkins of Smithville. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Jimmy Lurta Beacham

Sep 3 2011

84 year old Ms Jimmy Lurta Beacham of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Hobert and Daisy Clayborn Martin; husband Ervin Lemuel Beacham; a daughter, Mary Ray; four sisters, Minnie Taylor, Ruby Louise Parton, Rosa Lee Martin, Thelma Lee Martin; and three brothers, Brown, Johnny, and Frank Martin. Survivors include two daughters, Vicky Vanatta and Barbara Beacham both of Dowelltown. Four sons, Ramon Beacham of Smithville, Jessie and wife Jan Beacham of McMinnville, Jimmy and wife Cindy Beacham of McMinnville, and Mark and wife Renee Beacham of Dowelltown. Eleven grandchildren. Two brothers, James and wife Evelyn Martin of Dowelltown and Billy and wife Gloria Gean Martin of Smithville. Five sisters, Dean Ferrell of Woodbury, Ginger and husband George Steinbach of Smithville, Lois Hale of Lebanon, Carolyn and husband Jim Sanders of Texas and Peggy Smith of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Timothy "Tadpole" Adcock

Sep 2 2011

49 year old Timothy "Tadpole" Adcock of Smithville died Friday. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Don Davidson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He attended Center Hill Baptist Church, served in the U.S. Navy, and he was a former member of the DeKalb County Commission. Adcock was also a nurseryman. Adcock was preceded in death by his parents, Auvil D. and Polly Carter Adcock and a brother, Randall Adcock. Survivors include children, Alexandra Adcock of Murfreesboro and Landus Adcock of Honduras. A brother, Jerry Adcock of Smithville. Nephews, Josh Adcock of Cookeville and Eric Adcock of Cookeville. A niece, Kristen Braseel of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Emma Lee Johnson

Sep 1 2011

91 year old Emma Lee Johnson of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist and a retired Smithville shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Craig Mahler will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Bernard and Clara Mae Young Taylor; her husband, Wilson Johnson; a son, Ray Johnson; two sisters, Elizabeth Sandlin and Maureen Parsley; and five brothers, Robert, Charlie, Manuel, Ben, and E.J. Taylor. Survivors include three daughters, Kathleen Mahler of Sparta, Dorothy and husband Alton Haggard of Smithville, Era and husband Harold Billings of Sparta. One son, Jerry Johnson of Smithville. One sister, Wilma Redmon of Smithville. Two brothers, Tommy and wife Geneva Taylor of Smithville and Aubrey and wife Polly Taylor of Smyrna. Fourteen grandchildren, thirty three great grandchildren, and sixteen great great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Allen Drake

Aug 31 2011

70 year old Robert Allen Drake of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a truck driver for the Sussex County, New Jersey Road Department and a member of the Church of the Nazarene. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Shane Smith will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 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, Orville and Marion Henion Drake; three brothers, Donald, Thomas, and Fredrick Drake; and a sister, Janet Drake. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Arlene Gery Drake of Smithville. One son, Joey Drake of Illinois. Two sisters, Betty Ricker of Washington and Evelyn Looney of Nebraska. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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