Obituaries

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.

Edna Barry Corley

Dec 1 2007

83 year old Edna Barry Corley of Alexandria died Friday at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Church of Christ. Charlie West will officiate and burial will be in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Avant Funeral Home and at the Alexandria Church of Christ on Sunday from noon until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She is survived by three children, Carol C. Christian of Gallatin, Kenneth Corley and his wife Vicki of Alexandria, and Cathy C. Marler and her husband Danny of Alexandria. Four grandchildren, Angie and her husband John Bruce of Lebanon, Rickey and his wife Samantha Baines of Alexandria, Nick Corley of Alexandria, and Erica and her husband Dusty Bradley of Lebanon. Five great grandchildren, Justin Bruce, Kyle Bruce, and Morgan Bruce all of Lebanon, Zachary Baines of Alexandria, and Chloe Belle Bradley of Lebanon. Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Willette M. Anderson

Nov 26 2007

100 year old Willette M. Anderson, owner of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria, died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a DeKalb County native and had been in the funeral business since 1936. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria, where she was a charter member. Amos Jarman and Thurman Seber will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the funeral home and Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Martin and Ella Vandergriff Martin; her husband of 65 years, Robert T. Anderson; brothers, Charles B. Martin and James H. "Chic" Martin; and a sister, Maurine Malone. Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Phyllis and Carl Paschal of Alexandria. Four grandchildren, Pam and her husband Aaron Huddleston of Lebanon, Sharon Paschal of Alexandria, Lanee and her husband Terry Young of Mount Juliet, and Ron and his wife Tina Paschal of Alexandria. Great grandchildren, Brandon Huddleston of Daytona, Florida, Beth and her husband Aaron Eakes of Nashville, Lincoln Young and Whitney Young both of Mount Juliet, and Justin Paschal and Jessica Paschal both of Alexandria. An adopted nephew she raised, Rheada and wife Claudine Malone of Nashville. Nephews, Freddy and his wife Laverne Martin of Alexandria and Bobby Charles and wife Audrey Martin of Dowelltown. Sister-in-law, Ila Mai Martin of Alexandria. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Alene Bandy

Nov 26 2007

82 year old Alene Bandy of Smithville died Sunday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Willie Pack Murphy; her husband, T.J. Bandy; two brothers, Robert and B.L. Murphy; and a sister Wilma Farris. Survivors include a daughter, Lois and her husband Douglas Walker of Smithville. One son, Jerry and his wife Mary Lou Bandy of Smithville. Three grandsons, Eddie and Steve Walker and Gary Bandy all of Smithville. Two granddaughters, JoAnn Floraze and Jeanette Neal both of Smithville. Fifteen great grandchildren. One great great grandson. One sister, Delcie Stevens of Smithville. One brother, L.D. "Bunt" Murphy of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Kirke Eddy Vernon

Nov 24 2007

66 year old Kirke Eddy Vernon of Cumming, Georgia died at Northside Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. He was a long time resident of Connecticut. Vernon was the son of the late Hollis Vernon and Jean Wilkes. He regularly attended the Black Rock Congregational Church of Fairfield, Connecticut and hosted a weekly Bible study. He also represented Connecticut in multiple Senior Olympic Games for both tennis and swimming events. A memorial service will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Cumming First United Methodist Church. Rimes McElveen will officiate. A reception will be held immediately following the service. The family requests that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, in Mr. Vernon's memory to Big Brothers Big Sisters at 1-888-412-BIGS or at www.bbs.org, or the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org. Vernon is survived by his wife, Martha Vernon of Cumming, Georgia. Two sons, Chris and his wife Cynthia Page Vernon of Franklin, Tennessee and Patrick and his wife Andrea Vernon of Orlando, Florida. A brother, Charles Vernon of Windsor, Connecticut and grandchildren, Amelia and Campbell Vernon. McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory in Cumming Georgia is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Evelyn Ruth Davis

Nov 24 2007

66 year old Evelyn Ruth Davis of Allens Ferry Road, Sparta died Thursday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta. Burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Survivors include her husband, Reverend Thomas Lee Davis, Jr of Sparta. Two sons, Marcus L. and his wife Karen Davis of Crossville and Dewayne and his wife Leah Cohn Davis of Columbia, Missouri. Grandchildren, Lindsay, Kelsey, Laura, and Eli Davis. Hunter Funeral Home of Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

James Alton Hildreth

Nov 22 2007

74 year old James Alton Hildreth of the Green Hill Community died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital of an extended illness. He was a farmer, native of Warren County, and a member of the Green Hill Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Homer Galyan will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery at Bluff Springs in Warren County. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Survivors include his wife, Nan Flanders Hildreth of the Green Hill Community. Sons and daughters-in-law, Rikey and Gwen Hildreth, Garry Hildreth, and Danny and Ann Hildreth all of the Green Hill Community. Grandchidren, Lesley and Jon Neale, Abby Hildreth, Eric Hildreth, Hayden, and Corbin Hildreth. A sister, Eva Inglis of the Lucky Community and nieces, Betty Merriman and Patsy Inglis. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Dee Vann

Nov 21 2007

97 year old Ruby Dee Vann of Gallatin died Wednesday at Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was a retired secretary at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church, and a member of the Smithville Study Club. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Neal Cemetery in Watertown. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Vann; parents, John and Fannie Bates Foutch; and two sisters, Ora Reed and Ethel Barrett. Survivors include a nephew, Ralph and his wife Lucille Reed of Lebanon and two nieces, Juanita Barber of Hermitage and Dorothea Marschall of Gallatin. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that all donations please be made to the Smithville First Baptist Church or to the Gallatin First Baptist Church, in lieu of flowers.

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