Obituaries

Gladys Linder

Sep 28 2009

79 year old Gladys Linder of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Steffee will officiate and burial will be in the Adcock Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 .m. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Linder; her parents, Alvie and Bertha Pedigo Ashburn; a daughter, Reba Fiffer; a son, Dolton Linder; three grandchildren, Mary Sue Hodges, Jerry Lee Taylor, and Bryon Linder; four brothers, J.B., James, Harley, and Silas Ashburn; and a sister, Willie Bee Moore. Survivors include a son, David Linder of Smithville. Three daughters, Patricia Linder of Smithville, Debora Anderson of Smithville, and Linda and husband George Bibby of Nashville. Eleven grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren survive along with a sister, Ruby and her husband Floyd Nokes of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean N. Alexander

Sep 22 2009

83 year old Jean N. Alexander of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist and a bookkeeper for Smithville Motors from 1958 until 1986. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Alexander; her parents, Joe and Lera Tilfrod Northcutt; and a brother, Foster Northcutt. Survivors include two sons, Jim Alexander of Cookeville and Tommy and his wife Joyce Alexander of Smithville. One sister, Carol Banta of Smithville. Two brothers, Dixon and wife Isabell Northcutt of Brentwood and Charles W. "George" Northcutt of McMinnville. Four grandchildren, Jenny Elizabeth and Doug Lynch of Orlando, Florida; Rob Alexander of Smithville; David Alexander of Murfreesboro; and James Daniel Alexander of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Edith Northcutt of Woodbury, Hazel Neely of Murfreesboro, and Waldean Mitchell of Murfreesboro. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jean and Richard Drury of Murfreesboro, John and Jane Alexander of Smithville. Daughter-in-law, Jan Alexander of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Nola B. Vandergriff

Sep 18 2009

94 year old Nola B. Vandergriff of Smithville died Thursday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She was also a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star #477 and a real estate secretary/bookkeeper. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. B.J. Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Willie and Nola Ford Vandergriff; brothers, Walter Vandergriff and Valter Vandergriff; and sisters, Pauline Moon and Lois Vandergriff. Survivors include nieces, Nelda Sue Burklow, Carolyn and husband Kenneth Mullinax, Debra and husband Mitchell Rowland, Linda and husband Jerry Hassler, Vivian and husband Jimmy Hudson, and Sarah Dean and husband William Carew. Nephews, Wayne and wife Becky Vandergriff, Douglas and wife Shelia Vandergriff, Valter and wife Beth Vandergriff, and Thomas and wife Beverly Moon. Twenty five great nieces and nephews and numerous great, great nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund

Virginia Lee Ricketts

Sep 16 2009

86 year old Virginia Lee Ricketts of Watertown died Tuesday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was a homemaker and a member of Fall Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Fall Creek Baptist Church with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Billy Trice and Greg Bell will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Hunter Funeral Home; and from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:00p.m. at Fall Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Vickers and Mary Robinson Vickers; her husband, Riley Ricketts; niece, Elaine Vickers; and an infant twin sister. She is survived by a son, Barry and wife Sherry Ricketts of Watertown; step grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Wayne Rollins of Lebanon, and Mitch Johnson of Mayfield, Kentucky; a brother, Clarence and wife Mildred Vickers of Smithville; brothers and sisters-in-law, William "Snooky" and wife Pat Ricketts of Watertown, Ray and wife Jean Ricketts of Lebanon, and Lillian Cressman of Sundance, New York. Nieces and nephews, Marsha Penrod, Lisa Gilreath, Britt and wife Paula Vickers, Angela and husband Tim Goolsby, Randy and wife Gale Ricketts, Anita and husband Joe Hodges, Rose Hutchinson, Brenda and husband Bobby Crook, Barbara Thompson, John and wife Lisa Hutchinson, Don and wife Paula Cox Hutchinson, Ricky and wife Shaikai Wright, Paulette and husband Truman Ransom, Susan and husband Vick Worthington, and Jan and husband Kenny Denzin. Several great nieces and nephews. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Nixon

Sep 16 2009

80 year old Billy Nixon of Smithville died Tuesday at Dekalb Community Hospital. He was a retired photographer for the U.S. Government and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Finis and Jessie Jones Nixon; a sister, Yutharyee Leftwich; one brother, Huel Dee Nixon. He is survived by his wife, Rita Johnson Nixon of Smithville; Two daughters, Barbara and husband Serge Bush of Huntsville, Alabama, and Regina Gayle Brayshaw of Florida; two sons, Richard and wife Lora Nixon of North Carolina, and Daniel Nixon of Florida. Ten grandchildren. Four great grandchildren. One brother, Ken Nixon of Knoxville. One sister, Stacie Vance of Murfreesboro. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frankie Elaine Carroll

Sep 16 2009

47 year old Frankie Elaine Carroll of Manchester died Tuesday at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal. A graveside service will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Center Hill Cemetery. Colby Partin, Christina Grammer, and Robert Presley will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Wilma Murphy Faris; a sister, Betty Jean Farris; and a brother, Eddie Farris. Survivors include her husband, James Carroll of Manchester. One son, Jamie Carroll of Wartburg. A daughter, Candice Carroll of Smithville. Five grandchildren. Two brothers, Jimmy and wife Becky Farris and Robert and wife Linda Farris all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with the arrangements.

Kevin Cantrell

Sep 15 2009

54 year old Kevin Cantrell of Smithville died Monday at his residence. He was manager at the VFW. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in the Young Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Dean Prater Cantrell. Survivors include a daughter, Leslie and husband Joseph Bounds of Virginia. One brother, Steven Cantrell and father, B.L. Cantrell both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann Marie Hobbs

Sep 14 2009

79 year old Ann Marie Hobbs died Sunday at her residence. She was a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison White Hobbs; her parents, Marshall G. and Chloe Patterson Ratleph; brother, Charles Eugene Ratleph; infant sister, Reba Jo Ratleph; a grandson, Patrick Koster; and a nephew, Charles Ratleph. Survivors include her children, Debbie and husband Jack Tauber of Saint John, Indiana and Wilburn and wife Janice Hobbs of Lansing, Illinois. Grandchildren, Phillip Koster, Adam Hobbs, Joshua Hobbs, Andrew Koster, and Gregory Hobbs. Great grandchildren, Madison Koster, Mason Koster, Hunter Hobbs, and Ethan Hobbs. Sisters-in-law, Oleta and husband Bud Hale of Smithville and Johnnie Hobbs of Murfreesboro. Brothers-in-law, John and wife Josie Hobbs and Bill Hobbs of Smithville. Nephews, Jeffery and Brian Ratleph. Niece, Marsha Karen Alstrom. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Allen Walper

Sep 13 2009

69 year old Gary Allen Walper of Dowelltown and formerly of Chicago, Illinois died Friday at his residence. He was employed by American Airlines, a U.S. Army veteran, and an active member of the Faith Baptist Church in Smithville. A memorial service will be held at the Faith Baptist Church on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Al Mahan will officiate. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Florence Schmidt Walper and a brother, Phillip Walper. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Walper. A daughter, Susan and her husband Dr. David Seber. Sons, Steven and his wife Cathryn Walper, Phillip and his wife Heather Walper, and Gary Walper, Jr. Twelve grandchildren, Adam, Amanda, Ashley, Crystal, Andrew, Aaron, Alex, Aiden, Abby, Addison, Julius, and Sam. Two great grandchildren, Piper and Koda. Brothers, Lee and his wife Mary Ann Walper, Ron and his wife Joan Jones, and Kenneth and his wife Sue Walper. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

James Robert "Bob" Rush

Sep 10 2009

90 year old James Robert "Bob" Rush died Wednesday at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage. He was born in Davidson County, a Chrysler factory employee, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Army. The funeral will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Jason Groe will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from noon until the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Simon Rush and Pearl Hatton Starnes and a niece. He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Rush of Carthage; a sister, Clara Mae Damron of California and three nephews. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

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