Obituaries

Ruby Nell Ferrell

Dec 14 2007

63 year old Ruby Nell Ferrell of Smithville died Friday at her residence. She was a retired shirt factory worker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Danny Bandy will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Nell Braswell Saylors and a brother, James O. Saylors. Survivors include her husband Taft Ferrell of Smithville; a brother, Clarence Arbon Saylors of Smithville. Two sisters, Joyce Farless of McMinnville and Glema King of Beersheba Springs. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Patti C. Neal McDaniel

Dec 13 2007

62 year old Patti C. Neal McDaniel of Indianapolis died Wednesday. She was born in Smithville to the late Jim and Ruth Neal. She was a homemaker and a member of the Garfield Park Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the New Crown Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Jack McDaniel. Sons, Curtis Murphy; Ricky and his wife Melissa Murphy; and Calvin and his wife Angel Murphy. A daughter, Lisa and her husband Dell Bane. Brothers, Walter Shockley and James Shockley. Twenty grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Fountain Square Mortuary in Indiana is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie "Jay" Thomas

Dec 9 2007

70 year old Willie "Jay" Thomas of Dowelltown died Sunday at NHC of Smithville. He was a farmer and a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Ada Martin Thomas; two brothers, Willie Eugene Thomas and James E. Thomas; and a sister, Bertha Bennett. Survivors include three brothers, Joe Thomason of Sweetwater and Alfred and Willie Thomas both of Smithville. Three sisters, Retha Frazier of Woodbury, Minnie Murphy of Smithville, and Lou Verna Woodruff of West Virginia. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Nayomia Nokes

Dec 7 2007

76 year old Nayomia Nokes of Liberty died Friday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a retired shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Nokes; her parents, Charlie and Oma Allen; and a sister, Louise Agee. Survivors include a son, Lucion and his wife Mary Nokes of Liberty. Two grandchildren, Jeffery Nokes of Liberty, and Penny and Randy Bouldin of McMinnville. One great grandchild, Justin Nokes of Carthage. One sister, Elizabeth Parkerson of Alexandria. Two brothers, Claude Allen of Liberty and J.C. Allen of Brush Creek. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

O.D. Keaton

Dec 7 2007

83 year old O.D. Keaton of Old Hickory died Wednesday. He was a member and deacon of the Dowelltown Baptist Church. He was also a U.S. Navy Veteran, an avid HAM radio operator, and a lifetime member of the American Radio Relay League. Keaton was also Chief Chemist for the Water Quality Control Division of the State of Tennessee. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Bond Memorial Chapel in Mount Juliet. Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Liberty with full military honors. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to the service at Bond Memorial Chapel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Alma Tramel Keaton; his wife, Annie John Keaton; and a son, Hugh Gordon Keaton. Survivors include his children, David Keaton of Fort Worth, Texas; Loretta and her husband Donnie Walker and Brian and his wife Kathy Joann Keaton all of Old Hickory. Grandchildren, Kathryn Keaton, Clay and his wife Jennifer Keaton, Daniel Keaton, Mitchell Keaton, Melodie Keaton, Ladonne Walker, and Deanna and her husband Jason McGill. A great grandchild, Tyler Clay Keaton and step-grandchildren, Richard A. Van Oden and Jeremiah R. Mull. The Bond Memorial Chapel in Mount Juliet is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Annie Odell Summers

Dec 5 2007

79 year old Annie Odell Summers of Dowelltown died Wednesday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe and Agnes Buckner Pedigo; two sisters, Frances Bandy and Carrie Inez Pedigo; and four brothers, Aaron, Ed, Norville, and Elsie Pedigo. She is survived by her husband, James Summers of Dowelltown. Two daughters, Barbara Summers of Brush Creek and Brenda Sue and her husband Wayne Petty of Smithville. Two sons, David and his wife Monica Summers of Dowelltown and Eddie and his wife Jean Summers of Watertown. Eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Three sisters, Kanzada Summers of Dowelltown, Lorene Chasteen of Winchester and Maria Luna of Smithville. One brother, Elvis Pedigo of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Paul Vandagriff

Dec 5 2007

86 year old John Paul Vandagriff of Alexandria died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the service will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Thurman Seber will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

O.M. Jackson

Dec 4 2007

82 year old O.M. Jackson of Sparta died Tuesday at the Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was a member of the Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church and a U.S. Navy Veteran. Jackson was also a retired carpenter, farmer, and a construction worker. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Peeled Chestnut United Methodist Church. Tommy Davis and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be taken to the church on Thursday with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, H.W. and Callie Billings Jackson and his wife, Covita Burrus Jackson. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Joe Oakley of Sparta. Two grandsons, Joe Derek Oakley of Smithville, Daren and his wife Tabitha Oakley of McMinnville. Three great grandchildren, Kristen, Mara Jade, and Tavia Oakley. One sister, Polly Park of St. Claire Shoes, Michigan. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Morris Steven Allen

Dec 1 2007

49 year old Morris Steven Allen of Liberty died Saturday at Gateway Medical Center. He was disabled and a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be Wednesday at noon at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Shane Smith and Perry Clayton will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. He is survived by his wife, Judith Goodwin Allen of Liberty. His parents, John and Geneva Allen of Lafayette. Six children, Shawn and his wife Tiffany Allen and their children Hannah and C.J. of Smithville; Jennifer and her husband Benito Castroena and their children MacKenzie, Drew, and Jaeleigh of Smithville; Sammy and his wife Sonja Allen and their children Kobe, Jarrica, Dante, Josh, Matthew, Elijah, Eliza, and Dakota of Coalmont; Kim Pack and children, Misty and her husband Kirk Wilson and Brian Pack of Smithville; Jeff and his wife Nikki Goodwin and children, Gunnison, Garrison, and Grace Ann of Nashville; Kathy and her husband Dewayne Jacobs and children Tavia and MaKayla Easterwood of Alabama. Four great grandchildren, Brittany Petty, Cody Pack, J.J. Pack, and Cameron Wilson. One brother, Edward Allen of Coalmont and special nephew, Aaron Ammons. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Gideons International for Bibles in memory of Steve.

Solon Lee Taylor

Dec 2 2007

86 year old Solon Lee Taylor of Smithville died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church, and he was retired from Val-Dor Shirt Factory in Smithville. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Sam Odom and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Mai Tramel Taylor; his parents, Martin and Novie Taylor; brothers, Albert and James Taylor; sisters, Carnell Keith and Elizabeth Young; a granddaughter, Deanna Taylor and a great granddaughter, Olivia Taylor. Survivors include three sons, Wayne and his wife Jean Taylor, Eddie and his wife Cynthia Taylor, and Jeff and his wife Brenda Taylor all of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Ken Taylor, Kelly Key, Kari Harris, Katrena Amason, Karen Pelham, and David Taylor. Ten great grandchildren, Shauna, Abbi, and Kenlee Taylor, Matthew and Andrew Key, Sam Harris, Taylor and Brinley Amason, and Bradley and Bryna Pelham. A brother, Doyle Taylor of Smithville. Three sisters, Jo and her husband Frank Parton of Smithville, Barbara and her husband James Fuson and Patty Trusty all of Nashville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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