Denise Ann Bobbitt age 61 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, September 10, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born March 29, 1955 in Illinois. Denise worked for 18 yrs. at Walker Manufacturing. She is survived by her husband, Keith Bobbitt of Smithville; 1 daughter, Stephanie Jagneaux of Smithville; 5 grandchildren, 1 sister, Charmaine Mosely of Smithville; 2 brothers, Greg Moore of Utah and Pat Moore of Thailand. Keith has honored Denise's request to be cremated. The family will hold a private celebration of life service honoring Denise's life. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
June Teresa Griffith age 54 of Alexandria, passed away Friday night, September 9, 2016 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born March 13, 1962 to her parents, the late S.B. and Bobbie Jean Neal Griffith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death 2 brothers, Jimmy Griffith and James Griffith; 1 sister, Marie McBride; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Lillian Neal; paternal grandparents, Leonard and Virgil Griffith. She was a Pentecostal and a factory worker. Survivors include 2 children, Derrick (Rachel) Hudgins of Lebanon, Selina Hudgins of Gallatin; 7 grandchildren, Tori, Michael, Ethan and Adon Hudgins, Angel Heady, CJ Heady and Shyanna Rose; 2 sisters, Deborah Page of Dowelltown and Melissa Culwell of Lewisburg; 2 brothers, Charles (Phyllis) Griffith of Alexandria and Maurice Griffith of Smithville; long-time companion, Danny Skinner of Alexandria. Teresa's family has honored her request to be cremated and there will be a Gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life at Bethel Cemetery on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 4:30 PM until 6:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Opal M. Cripps Jones, age 96, passed away at her residence, September 7, 2016. She was a native of DeKalb County and a resident of Rutherford County. Opal was a member of Salem Creek Church of Christ.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Livie L. and Era Pearl Elledge Cripps; husband, Clyde Phillip Jones of 78 years; siblings, Ray Cripps, Carl Cripps, Hilda Cripps, Allene Keith, Josephine Cripps and Opha Turner; daughter-in-law, Shirley G. Jones; and granddaughter, Angela (Jones) Maraschiello. She is survived by her sons Larry (Gail) Jones of Phoenix, AZ, Michael and Roger Jones of Murfreesboro, and daughter Debbie (Jim) Fuller of Murfreesboro; 6 grandchildren, Karen (Frank) Soto of Edgewood, NM, Susan Jones, of Phoenix, AZ, Brian (Carole Ann) Jones of Las Vegas, NV, Kevin Jones of Murfreesboro, Josh (Jessica) Fuller of Gallatin, TN, and Victoria (Jason) Melhorn of Murfreesboro; 10 great grandchildren, Dalton, Hunter, Matthew, Sidney, Riley, Leah, Greysen, Averie, Jaxson, and Waylon; brothers, Thomas (Georgia) Cripps of Alexandria, Lloyd (Jessie) Cripps of Hendersonville; sisters, Corinne Clark of Hendersonville, and Doris Rowland of Lebanon.
A Chapel service will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Jennings and Ayers with Ron Harper and Joshua Houston officiating. Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be 4:00-8:00 PM, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Caris Healthcare and her caregivers for their compassionate hospice care.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422. Please leave online condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.
70 year old Wayne Reed Griffith of Liberty died Tuesday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was a Master Clocksmith and a Baptist. Griffith owned Clockworks on the square in Murfreesboro and had previously worked at Batey's Office Supply in Murfreesboro. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Josh Brown will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria and Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Sally Jim Corley Griffith. He is survived by a son, Brent and wife Cheri Griffith of Auburntown. Grandchildren, Tommy Griffith and Bethany Griffith of Auburntown. A sister, LeAnn Vandergriff of Liberty. A brother, Kenward and wife Jeanie Griffith of Liberty. Nieces and nephews, Kristin and Jeremy Hutchings of Sparta, Brittany Vandergriff of Sparta, Jonathan and Carrie Griffith of Murfreesboro, and Laura and Phil Metcalf of Mexico. Several great nieces and nephews survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Salem Cemetery Fund.
Deborah Godfrey Tuggle, 64, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 3, 2016 after a courageous 4-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
She was a native of Washington, NJ and graduated from Eastern Carolina University with a degree in Medical Technology. Later in life, she pursued her dream and passion for arts by attending the Appalachian Center for Craft, receiving her BFA in Fiber Arts from Tennessee Technological University.
Debbie leaves behind her husband, Mickey Tuggle of Smithville; daughter, Dylan (Peter) Thriffiley, New Orleans, LA; son, Jonah Tuggle, Chattanooga; Jonah's girlfriend, Jessica Tolliver; parents, Jack and Nancy Godrey, Washington, NJ; and her most precious grandson, Thompson Thriffiley, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, John (Mickey) Godfrey and Daniel W. Godfrey and sister-in-law, Kimberley Godfrey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Be the Match (National Marrow Donor Program).
89 year old Ammie Lee Miller of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center. She had been a member of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 1959 and was a retired seamstress with Alexandria Garment Factory. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Green will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Miller was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Flora Warren and husband Tom Miller. Survivors include a son, Mark and wife Libba Miller and a granddaughter, Sofia Miller all of Nashville; a brother, Jim Roy and Sue Warren of Mt. Juliet. Two nephews, one niece, and two sisters-in-law Naomi Miller of Dowelltown and Dorothy Vanatta of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations please be made to the First Assembly Adoption Fund, in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made in the office at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ruth Huddleston Walker, age 87, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Mrs. Walker was born February 13, 1929 in Wilson County, TN, the daughter of the late Charles Herschel Huddleston and Opal Cassity. She married John David Walker on October 16, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 2000. Mrs. Walker graduated from Watertown High School. She was a faithful member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church. She worked at Prichard’s Grocery as a clerk for over 20 years.
Mrs. Walker is survived by Son; David Walker of Mt. Juliet, TN. Three Brothers; Bob (Anita) Huddleston of Watertown, TN, Jewell (Virginia “Tootsie”) Huddleston of Watertown, TN, and Eugene (Doris) Huddleston of Lebanon, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Walker are scheduled to be conducted from the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2PM with Bro. Billy Friel officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.
Visitation with the Walker family will be held at the Avant Funeral Home on Thursday from 4PM until 8PM and at the Alexandria First Baptist Church on Friday after 11AM until the time of the service at 2PM.
Monica Tenley Thompson age 62 of Alexandria died Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at her residence. Born Nov. 3, 1953 in Madison, TN, she was the daughter of the late Howard L. and Nell Rowland Owen. A former Old Hickory barber, Monica was an auctioneer and antique dealer, operating the Little Red Hen Antiques and Auction House is Alexandria. She is survived by her husband, Darryl Thompson of Alexandria; children, Andrew Napper of Memphis, Alice Faulk of Old Hickory, Rebecca Lee Haynes of Alexandria; grandchildren, Hannah Cravens, Brittany Brown, Jesse Reed Napper, Chloe Faulk; sisters, Pamela Owen and Pricilla Ralston both of Murfreesboro. Family and friends will gather from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for a time of sharing and memories of Monica. A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. with Bro. Ron Kline officiating
Sonia Lynn Presley age 61 of Smithville passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016 at her residence. She was born September 30, 1954 to her parents, the late Robert and Ruby Cantrell Ballard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jason Lucci and 1 sister, Carolyn England. She was disabled and worked as a X-Ray Technician for many years. Sonia is survived by 2 grandchildren, Serena Lucci and Adrian Lucci both of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Sonia's family has honored her request to be cremated. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements
Kathy Staley Olds age 64 of Smithville passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at her residence. She was born January 2, 1952 to her parents, the late Dale Staley and Wilma Ferrell Staley. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by 1 sister, Jan Higdon and 1 nephew, Jamie Higdon. Kathy was a member of Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church and was a nurse, paramedic and a photographer with Wal-Mart. She is survived by 1 daughter, Tisha Vickers-Burns of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Dylan Michael Jamison Burns and Hannah Dale Groshon; mother, Wilma Staley of Smithville; 1 brother, Tim (Debbie) Staley of Smithville; nieces, Mindy Versluis, Chynna Cade, Brittany Cade, Kesha Staley Bradford and Kiley Staley. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Bonham Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Monday 4:30 PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 10AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
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