Obituaries

Lee Grandstaff

Dec 15 2013

Mrs. Lee Grandstaff, age 79 of Alexandria, TN, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the NHC Healthcare in Smithville, TN.

Mrs. Grandstaff was born February 15, 1934 in Smith County, TN, to the late Buelah Pitman Midgett and Grady Midgett. She married Carl Nathaniel “Nat” Grandstaff and he preceded her in death on March 27, 1984. She was also preceded by Daughter; Joyce Grandstaff Bailiff. Mrs. Grandstaff was a member of the Malone’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She worked for the Work Wear Garment Factory for over 40 years.

Mrs. Grandstaff is survived by her Daughter; Barbara (Dwayne) Cantrell of Alexandria, TN. Two Grandchildren; Nancy (Sammy) Malone and Susan Cantrell Coats. Four Great-Grandchildren; Justin Coats, Phillip Coats, Kacie Malone, and Abby Malone. One Sister; Louise Oakley of Lebanon, TN, Step-Brother; Alex (Roselle) Driver of Chestnut Mound, TN, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Grandstaff are scheduled to be conducted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1PM at Avant Funeral Home with Bro. Thurman Seber and Bro. Bill Shaw officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.

Visitation with the Grandstaff family will be held on Monday from 10AM until 8PM and again on Tuesday after 10AM until the service time at 1PM.

Wilma Jean McElroy

Dec 14 2013

62 year old Wilma Jean McElroy of Smithville died Friday night at her residence. She was the daughter of the late John Robert Ford and Stella Marie Ford Wireman. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 3 Sisters, Wand Sue Cole, Margie Marie Williams and Helen Lauren Perkins. Mrs. Wilma was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. McElroy of Smithville; 2 daughters, Melissa (Steve) Rohrer of Columbia City, Indiana and Lisa (Lonnie) Albright of Kendalville, Indiana; 1 son, Kevin (Sherry) McElroy of Columbia City, Indiana; 8 grandchildren, Derek Rohrer, Brittany Rohrer, Miranda Rohrer, Cassandra McElroy, Kevin West, Emily Albright, Kayla Albright and Payton McElroy; 1 great-granddaughter, Skyelynn Bodkin; 1 great-grandson, Ryker West; 1 brother, Robert Ford of Lima, Ohio; 1 sister, Judy Campbell of Lima, Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Monday at Dekalb Funeral Chapel with Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in Dekalb Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday 1:PM until 5:PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made the American Cancer Society in memory of Mrs. Wilma. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Kathy Elaine Pedigo

Dec 13 2013

60 year old Kathy Elaine Pedigo of McMinnville died Thursday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after an extended illness. She was born in McMinnville, was a chemical engineer with DuPont, and of the Protestant Faith. Ms. Pedigo was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents J. T. (Thomas) Roller and Gracie Cope Roller and paternal grandparents Moses and Effie Reeder Pedigo.

Survivors include her parents Norvan and Wilma Pedigo, brother Donny Pedigo, sister Renee Hawkins, niece Keisha Myers and husband David, and nephew Adam Hawkins.

The funeral service will be 2 PM Sunday in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Jerry E. Womack will officiate. Burial will follow in Fuston Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 11 AM until 2 PM at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, to the Lupus Foundation, or to the American Diabetes Association.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joshua Lee Kalmar

Dec 12 2013

30 year old Joshua Lee Kalmar of Nashville died December 2 at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. Josh was an amazing son, father, hard worker and friend. His warm, happy, adventurous spirit touched the lives of everyone who knew him. Josh was preceded in death by his father Bunny Stiefel and his grandmother Dot Kalmar. He is survived by his daughter Aleea Kalmar of Smithville, mother Jackie Schultz of Nashville, twin brother Nick Kalmar of Monteagle, sisters Elizabeth Riley of McMinnville, and Miranda Morrison of Ringold, Georgia, special aunt Joanna Fuson of Smithville, special uncle Timmy Kalmar of Nashville, step-daughter Jamey Bradshaw of Smithville, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Services for Josh will be Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 P.M. in the Foster & Lay Chapel, with burial to follow in the Clouse Hill Cemetery, Tracy City, Tennessee. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M Arrangement are made by Foster & Lay Funeral Home, Tracy City, Tennessee (931)592-3691.

Elizabeth Allen Parkerson

Dec 12 2013

79 year old Elizabeth Allen Parkerson of Alexandria died Monday at the DeKalb Community Hospital.

She was born in DeKalb County to the late Charlie Allen and Omia Trusty. She married Elbert Lee Parkerson and he preceded her in death in 1993. She was also preceded in death by sisters; Nayomia Nokes and Louise Agee. She was a member of the Malone’s Chapel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Parkerson is survived by a son; Elbert Wayne Parkerson of Smithville. A daughter; Faye Neville of Smithville. Granddaughters; Tammy Driver and Lynda Neville of Smithville. Great-Grandson; Cain Bennett. Step-Granddaughter; Carla Mick of Smithville. Two Brothers; J.C. Allen of Brush Creek and Claude (Dean) Allen of Dale Ridge. Two Sister-in-Laws; Ruby Nell Parkerson and Sherry Parkerson. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

The funeral services for Mrs. Parkerson will be Friday at 1PM at the Avant Funeral Home with Johnny Adcock and Royce Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.

Visitation with the Parkerson family will be held Thursday from 11AM until 8PM and again on Friday after 10AM until the service time at 1PM.

Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Vella Avis Hendrixson

Dec 12 2013

91 year old Vella Avis Hendrixson of the Dale Ridge Community died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was the daughter of the late Haskel and Lizzie Young Parsley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Lee Hendrixson, Son-in-law, Kennith Vanatta; 2 Brothers, Delton and Hamilton Parsley. She was a member of Smithville O.E.S. #374 and the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church. Ms. Vella was a retired Factory Worker and Housekeeping Supervisor at the Hospital. She is survived by 2 Daughters, Barbara Vanatta of Dowelltown and Faye and husband Bobby Hall of Alexandria; 3 Grandchildren, Amy (Shane) Wilcher of McMinnville, Bethney (Ronnie) Vaught of Brush Creek, Bradley (Lacy) Hall of Alexandria; 6 Great-Grandchildren, Brandon and Gracie Gay, Kelsey and Hunter Vaught, Mia and Noah Hall, 1 Great-Great-Grandson, Grayson Lee Johnson; Sister-in-law, Evelyn Parsley of Warren, Michigan; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins also survive. Funeral Services will be conducted 11:AM Friday, December 13, 2013 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Mike Gay and Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the Family will be on Thursady 3:PM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM.

Ella Lee Mathis

Dec 11 2013

81 year old Ella Lee Mathis of Woodbury died Wednesday at NHC of Smithville. She was a housewife and a member of the Mt. Ararat Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Ararat Church of Christ. Dorris Hughes will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Ararat Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Audie and Nellie Bailey; husband, Thomas Mathis, and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include three daughters, Rose and husband Lloyd Watts and Nellie and husband Paul Bentley all of Woodbury and Tammie and husband Steve Young of McMinnville. Fifteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Ray Bratten

Dec 11 2013

91 year old Frank Ray Bratten of Liberty died Tuesday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Frank and Bobbie Gothard Bratten. He was retired from Ford Glass in Nashville, longtime member of First Baptist of Donelson, current member of Salem Baptist Church in Liberty and proudly served his country in WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was a Godly man who left a Godly legacy for his family. In addition to his parents Mr. Bratten was also preceded in death by his wife Anna Ruth Bratten; Son: Larry Don Bratten; Brother: Tom Bratten; Sister: Lavenia Bratten Mitchell. Survivors include Daughter and Son-in-Law: Patricia Bratten (Donald) Hicks of Forest, VA.; Grandchildren: Matthew Donald Hicks, Mark Allen Hicks, Melody Joy Hicks, Joe Don (Molly) Bratten and Mary Ann Bratten (Dwayne) Blair; Former Daughter-in-law: Charlotte Bratten of Readyville; Great Grandsons: Gabriel Blair,Abram Bratten and Braedon Jett. Funeral services will be held 11:AM Saturday at Salem Baptist Church in Liberty with Dr. Donald Hicks, Pastor of the FBC of Charlottesville, Virginia officiating and burial in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 3:PM until 8:PM and Saturday from 9:AM until time of the service at 11:AM. All visitation will be held at the Salem Baptist Church in Liberty. In addition to flowers, donations may also be made to the Gideons Memorial Bible Fund. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Terry Wayne "Tutor" Kent

Dec 11 2013

56 year old Terry Wayne "Tutor" Kent of Alexandria, died Tuesday evening at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Son of the late C.E. and Iva Dell Johnson Kent, he was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Faye Kent and brothers, Mike and Jerry Kent. He was a graduate of DeKalb County High School and was employed as a painter. Terry was a member of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Hall Kent of Alexandria; son, Jeremy Kent of Watertown; sisters, Linda Farmer and husband, William and Shirley Lowe and husband, Bob both of Lebanon; sisters-in-law, Lynn and Regina Kent; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Steve Mayle officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. till service time on Friday. Burial will be in Prosperity Cemetery. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Edward Cantrell

Dec 10 2013

42 year old Charles Edward Cantrell of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a Baptist, a mechanic, and a former employee of Estes Furniture Company. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cantrell was preceded in death by his father, Albert Cantrell; granddaughter, Haylea Marie Hughes; and grandparents, David and Hazel Mai Attkinson. Survivors include his fiancée, Veronica Mooneyham of Smithville. A daughter, Betty and husband Derek Hughes of Virginia. Two sons, Clint Cantrell and his fiancée Amanda Vann of Smithville and Dustin Herndon of Warren County. Four grandchildren. His mother, Rachel Caldwell of Warren County, Two brothers, Albert Cantrell and Tommy Willis. Three sisters, Tracey Thomason, Susan Willis and Nikki Lippard. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations please be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with expenses.

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