Obituaries

James A. "Shorty" Strickland

May 30 2009

57 year old James A. "Shorty" Strickland of Smithville died Friday at his residence. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Royce Martin will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Pack Strickland; grandparent, Effie Head; and father-in-law, Leo Hooper. Survivors include his wife Diane Strickland of Smithville. A son, Billy Ray and his wife Kim Strickland of Smithville. Grandchildren, Cody Strickland of Woodbury and Destiny Strickland of Lebanon. Brothers, Donnie Strickland of Rock Island and Danny Strickland of Tullahoma. Sisters, Virginia Sprayberry of Chattanooga and Robbin Kenean of Smithville. Special daughter, Natasha Thaxton. Special granddaughter, Kennedy Thaxton, and special mother-in-law, Pearl Hooper of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Maudie Bell Askew

May 26 2009

91 year old Maudie Bell Askew of Alexandria died Monday at the Quality Care Nursing Home in Lebanon. She was a DeKalb County native, a homemaker, and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Walter and Hettie Malone Parkerson; her husband, Pete Askew; brothers and sisters, Odis Parkerson, Alec Parkerson, Cordell Parkerson, Eva Ray Malone, Loretta Clayborn, Robert Parkerson, Shelby Parkerson, Evelyn Martin, Frank Parkerson, and Lona Faye Lawrence. She is survived by her children, Patrica Askew, Walter and his wife Joyce Askew, and Shelie "Pee Wee" and his wife Pam Askew all of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Brad and his wife Judy Askew of Watertown, Brian Askew of Murfreesboro, Sonya and her husband Reed Edge of Dowelltown, Shasta and husband Donny West and Sara Askew all of Alexandria. Five great grandchildren. Brothers and sisters, Butch and wife Barbara Parkerson of Temperance Hall, Jean and husband Jimmy Reasonover, and Lucille Jennings all of Alexandria. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert "Bob" Cantrell

May 24 2009

60 year old Robert "Bob" Cantrell of Murfreesboro and formerly of Smithville died Saturday at Alive Hospice of Nashville. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Resurrected Life church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Gary Dyer will officiate and burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Everette and Jimmie Lou Cantrell; four brothers, William Everette, Jr, Harold Gene, Jerry Wayne, and Richard Donald Cantrell; and two sisters, Wanda Faye Johnson and Virginia Mise. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Marie Cantrell; one son, Jeff Moore; a daughter, Andrea Skelton; and two grandchildren, Austin and Brandon Moore all of Murfreesboro. Two brothers, James Frank Cantrell and Melvin Lee Cantrell of Clinton. Four sisters, Barbara and husband Ferrell Henderson and Carlene and husband Ricky Brown of Sparta, Debbie and husband Ronnie Carter of Smithville, and Diane and husband Jerome Phifer of Big Spring, Texas. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Grey Burton

May 22 2009

61 year old Michael Grey Burton of Wolf Creek died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a truck driver for Purity Dairies and a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Herb Leftwich will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Hazel Jacobs Burton; brothers, Tom Burton and Walter Whitson; and a sister, Gloria Burton. He is survived by his wife, Judy Burton of Wolf Creek. A daughter, Angela and her husband Michael Hutchings of Wolf Creek. A granddaughter, Lyndsea Hutchings of Sparta. Brothers, Terry Burton and Jack Burton of Wolf Creek and Bill Burton of Smyrna. Sisters, Keeble Helm of Wolf Creek and Jean Kelly of Nashville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Hale Haas

May 22 2009

67 year old Jerry Hale Haas of Smithville died Tuesday, May 5th at NHC of Smithville. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Snow Hill Methodist Church. A memorial service will be Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 p.m. at the Snow Hill Methodist Church. Royce Martin will officiate. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturday. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernie Harl Haas and Eva Mai Hale Haas; one daughter, Marlene Haas Stoglin; and his ex-wife, Macon Haas. He is survived by two daughters, Letitia and husband Greg Herron of Smithville and Stephanie Haas of Smithville. Two sons, Jeremy Lee Haas and Trent and his wife Lori Haas all of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Gregory and Shantay Herron, Michael Minnear, Brandon Haas, Steven Haas, and Chyanna Fagan all of Smithville. Two great grandchildren, Kailey and Dedrick Herron of Smithville. Two step great grandchildren, Devin and Jalen Pleasant of Smithville. One sister, Deborah and her husband Dave Keeling of California. Three nephews, Seth, Joseph, and Adam Eaton of California. Several aunts and uncles also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Alene Crook McMahan

May 22 2009

88 year old Alene Crook McMahan of Alexandria died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. She was a DeKalb County native, a seamstress, and a member of the New Vision Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Russell Vickers will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer G. McMahan and her parents, William Crook and Matilda Hale Crook. She is survived by a daughter, Emma Jo Farmer of Watertown. A son, Kenneth and his wife Brenda McMahan of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Teresa and husband Josh King of Smithville, Trevor McMahan of Lebanon, and Donna and husband Richard Wapole of Lebanon. Great grandchildren, Shanna Brooke Wapole, Taylor Cheyenne Wapole, Payton Dwayne Cantrell, and Jailyn Nicole King. Sisters, Lottie Cook of Alexandria, Bertie Barrett of Liberty, and Lucille Laythe of Fort Pierce, Florida. A brother, Haskel Crook of Cottage Home and several nieces and nephews. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Reverend Ralph L. Macy

May 21 2009

79 year old Reverend Ralph L. Macy of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. No service will be held. The family has chosen direct cremation. Macy was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph A. and Ester Snyder Macy and a sister and two brothers. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Macy of Smithville. Children, Jessica and husband Jim Dohn, Patricia Van Wart, Andrea and husband Dave Popaj, Kathleen Reisch, Veronica and husband Frank Terrana, Paul Macy, Robert and wife Quida Macy, Woodrow and wife Beverly Burns, and Kimberly Baker. Twenty six grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren survive along with sisters, Norma Jean Bley, Dorothy Valvo, Evy Coppola, Laura Macy and Joe Lo Tempio. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Teresa Beth McKee Waggoner

May 19 2009

52 year old Teresa Beth McKee Waggoner of Sparta died Monday at the White County Hospital. She is survived by her son, Kris Waggoner of Sparta. Her mother, Linda Estes and Pete Strasburg of Sparta. Her father, James and wife Betty McKee of Sparta. A sister, Vicki McKee and husband Steve McClanahan of Sparta. Two nephews, Dain & Alec McClanahan both of Sparta. An aunt, Dora Estes and James Brazier of Smithville. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Estes, and Mr. and Mrs. Hollis McKee, two uncles: Don Estes and Bass Estes, and an aunt,Sylvia Estes Redmon. The funeral service will be Thursday, at 2:00 p.m at Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta with burial to follow in the DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Jonathan Angel will officiate. The family will receive friends at Hunter Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until the service time on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the HYDROCEPHALUS FOUNDATION, INC. 870 MARKET ST. SUITE 705 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94102. Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements

Bass Estes

May 16 2009

81 year old Bass Estes of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was owner of Estes Furniture and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Liberty Lodge #77 and a Mason and Shriner. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Estes was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Albert and Kate Sullivan Estes; a son, Roger Estes; a brother, Don Estes; and a sister, Sylvia Redmon. He is survived by his wife, Montie Estes of Smithville. One daughter, Donna Estes Cripps of Murfreesboro. One son, David and his wife Gail Estes of Murfreesboro. Two step-sons, Pat and wife Beverly Wallace of Murfreesboro and Mark and wife Jennifer Wallace of Smithville. Twelve grandchildren, Jason Cripps, Jacob Cripps, Katie Cripps, Zane Estes, Zandra McKenzie, Jessica Wallace, Julie Wallace, Spencer Wallace, McCullough Wallace, Teresa Allen, and Brandon and Andy Estes. Two great grandchildren, Hunter and Lauren Cripps of Indiana. A daughter-in-law, Dot Estes of Smithville. Two sisters, Linda Strausburg of Sparta and Dora Estes of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the ALS "Lou Gehrig's" Foundation.

Sandra Faye Kennedy West

May 14 2009

45 year old Sandra Faye Kennedy West of Liberty died May 7th at her residence. She was a homemaker. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16th at noon at the Dowelltown Baptist Church. She is survived by children, Daniel Shahan of Lebanon, Charles Jason West of Smithville, Shauna Stringer of Brush Creek, and Charles Travis West of Crossville. Her parents, Joe and Jewel Kennedy of Smithville. Brothers, Ricky and Randy Kennedy and Richard Hunt. Her ex-husband, Charles Habart West of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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