Obituaries

Pamela Sue Smith

Sep 20 2010

42 year old Pamela Sue Smith of Manchester died Sunday at Erlanger Medical Center. She was a factory worker and a member of West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. Javon Lawson will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel at which time the body will be taken to the cemetery for the service. She was preceded in death by her father, Verlon Duncan. Survivors include four children, Amy Young of Manchester, Tiffany Hobbs of Gordonsville, Stephanie Hobbs of Alexandria, and Mitchell Hobbs of Manchester. Three grandchildren, Alexis Frazier, Aleeya Frazier, and Alyssa Frazier. Her mother, Betty Duncan of Manchester. A sister, Brenda Dove of Alaska and a nephew, Joshua Cantrell. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel, in lieu of flowers, to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Marie Rucker Keaton

Sep 20 2010

75 year old Marie Rucker Keaton of Alexandria died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of Neely's Bend Baptist Church and she attended the Upper Helton Baptist Church. Keaton was also a retired factory worker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Jason Groe and Javan Lawson will officiate and burial will be in the Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Keaton was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Ola May Dedmon Williams; a daughter, Judy Thomas; brothers, Roy, Pete, and J.B. Williams; and sisters, Aline Bates and Mattie Oleta West. Survivors include her husband, James E. Keaton of Alexandria. Daughter, Barbara Teresa and husband Michael French of Texas. Granddaughter, Tina Carol Martin of Texas. Grandson, Robert Allen Parker of North Carolina. Great grandchildren, Stephanie Shea Malleo, Daniel Marie Malleo of Arizona, and Noel Marie Parker of Alabama. Step-daughters, Teresa and husband Edwin Bogle, Renee and husband Bobby Hale, and Vickie and husband Jimmy Woods all of Alexandria, Carol and husband Loyd Hollaway of Kingston, and Pam Curtis of Smithville. Step-grandchildren, Casey and husband Joey Agee, Dustin and wife Brittany Bogle, Bobby Lee Hale, Thomas and wife Keisha Hale, Brandi and husband Heath Womack, Tyler Woods, and Jodi Curtis. Three step-great grandchildren, Avery and Jordyn Agee and Layne Hale. Brothers, Johnny Edward Williams of Smithville and Brownie Williams of Boilings Branch and a sister, Louise Sweeney of Hartsville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmie A. Evans

Sep 18 2010

64 year old Jimmie A. Evans of Smithville died Friday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center of a short illness. He was a Vietnam Veteran and a retired Master Sergeant (E-8) from the United States Army. He was also the former superintendent for Rhodes Construction Company in Murfreesboro. He was a 1964 graduate of Central High School in Murfreesboro. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry L. Evans of Smithville and his mother-in-law, Ruth White of Murfreesboro. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan White Evans; son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Liz Evans; a granddaughter, Megan Evans; step grandchildren, Trevor Taylor, Scheyenne Taylor, and Eric Taylor all of Smithville. He is also survived by his mother, Katie Evans and a sister Lisa Hazlett both of Murfreesboro. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Joan Harrah of Nashville and Jane and husband David Lanehart of Murfreesboro. Nieces also survive. The family has chosen direct cremation but a memorial service will be at DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Thomas Fitts will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Alzheimers Association or the Justin Potter Library. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Priscilla Ann Davidson Judkins

Sep 16 2010
 Priscilla Ann Davidson Judkins

44 year old Priscilla Ann Davidson Judkins of Smithville died Wednesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Life and Praise Worship Center. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Shawn Patton will officiate and burial will be in the Jaco-Judkins Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Wayne Davidson, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Vance and Lyddie Roberts; and paternal grandparents, Bige Davidson and Minnie Allen. Survivors include three children, Eddie Lee Judkins, Jr., Amanda Mae Judkins, and Lydia Renee McCowan all of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Megan Lynn McCowan, Jacob Lee McCowan, and Madison Renee Carroll; mother, Brenda Roberts Higham of Sparta; father, Asher Davidson of Sparta; brother, Steve and his wife Sherry Davidson of Cookeville; and friends Danny Rigsby and Wanda and Lloyd Rigsby all of Smithville. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Joel Wheeler Talley

Sep 16 2010

61 year old Joel Wheeler Talley of Alexandria died Wednesday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. Talley was born in Alexandria, the son of the late Edith Vantrease and Paul Wheeler Talley. He was a 1967 graduate of Watertown High School. He was married to Sue Sellars on December 9th, 1967 and she preceded him in death on May 1st, 1993. He later married Cathy Francine Butner on October 1st, 1999. He worked for over 30 years with Pat Eatherly Construction Company and Crockett-Phillips Construction Company. He was a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Jeff Ford and Tim Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. The Talley family will receive friends at the Avant Chapel on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Talley is survived by his wife, Cathy Talley of Alexandria. Three children, Tonya Taylor of Alexandria; Trina and husband David Hedge of Smithville; and Paul and wife Mandy Talley of Brentwood. Step daughter, Alison Turner of Norris, Tennessee. A sister, Regina and husband Shields Reeder of Alexandria. A brother, Ross and wife Kim Talley of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Jared, Justin, and Chad Taylor, Kelsey and Macy Hedge, Hunter Close, Katie and Luke Turner. Great grandchildren, Emma and Eli Taylor. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Mable Jean West

Sep 15 2010

66 year old Mable Jean West of Alexandria died Tuesday at her residence. She was born in Whitesville, West Virginia, daughter of the late Virgie Mae Runions and Thurman Preston Mullins. West was also a member of the Snow Hill Baptist Church. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where the service will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Steve Puckett will officiate and burial will follow in Hillview Memorial Cemetery. The West family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from noon until the service at 2:00 p.m. West is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert West of Alexandria. Five children, Roseettie Gibbs of Murfreesboro, Wanda Martin of Smithville, Albert and wife Angelia West of Alexandria, Frank West of Alexandria, and Charlotte West of Alexandria. Eight grandchildren, Ray Martin, Angel and husband Trey Landrum, Mark and wife Jennifer Whitman, C.J. Whitman, Andrew West, Justin West, Damon West and Shea Warner. Six great grandchildren, Robert Martin, Charlie Landrum, Roland Hunt, Jr., Laura Ly Landrum, Makiah West, and Carter Whitman. Six brothers and sisters, Sam Mullins, Hazel Jet, Okey Mullins, Preston Mullins, Justine Ferrebee, and Elmer Mullins all of West Virginia. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Jamie Higdon

Sep 12 2010

36 year old Jamie Higdon of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a member of the Buckner's Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the Smithville Golf Club. He was disabled. The funeral will be Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Higdon was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Jan and Rick Cade; father, Floyd Higdon; and maternal grandfather, Dale Staley. Survivors include sisters, Mindy and husband Mark Versluis of Mount Juliet and Chynna and Brittany Cade of Smithville. Step-sister, Joan Cade of Smithville. Step-brother, Brandon Cade of Russel Springs, Kentucky. Maternal grandmother, Wilma Staley of Smithville. Step-grandmother, Helen Cade of Russel Springs, Kentucky. Niece and nephew, Jade Cade and Robi Cade. Uncle, Tim and wife Debbie Staley of Smithville. An aunt, Kathy Olds of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangments. The family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Bobby Miller James

98 year old Bobby Miller James of Rock Island died Thursday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was a member of the New Union The Baptist Church and a farmer. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. James was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Grace James; parents, Robert Cantrell and Mandy James; brothers, Homer and Spencer James; and sisters, Kate Bain and Gert Herron. Survivors include a son, Dan and wife Faye James of McMinnville and a daughter, Gena James of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Katherine Shelton Myatt

59 year old Mary Katherine Shelton Myatt of Liberty died Thursday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Liberty United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Michael Hale and Tommy Davis will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. All visitation will be at the church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh Todd, Jr. and Ann Roess Shelton. Survivors include her husband, Roy Myatt of Liberty. A brother, Todd and wife Polly Shelton of Knoxville. Sisters, Patty Dale of Oxford, U.K. and Leslie Shelton of Culleaka. Nieces and nephews, Josh Shelton of Kansas City, Missouri, Kate Shelton of Asheville, North Carolina, Lora Dale Griffiths, Peter Dale, and Alex Dale all of Natchez, Louisiana. Great niece and nephew, Lant and Kris Griffiths. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Liberty Library in memory of Mary, in lieu of flowers.

Larry Paul Young

Sep 8 2010

60 year old Larry Paul Young of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a retired parts and service director at Mike Anderson Ford, a City of Smithville police officer for 26 years, and a City of Smithville Alderman for six years. He was also a Baptist. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Magness "JR" and Annie Laura Stone Young; one brother, Potter Young and a sister, Peggy Maples. Survivors include his wife, Pam Cook Young; two brothers, Kenneth and wife Susan Young and Phillip Young; and mother-in-law, Hazel Cook all of Smithville. Two sisters-in-law, Dorothy George of Alexandria and Lisa Rhody of Smithville. Three brothers-in-law, Puggy and wife Linda Cook of Alexandria, Joe and wife Brenda Cook of Watertown, and Ronnie Cook of Smithville. Special niece, Laura Hall and special great niece Sydney Popvic both of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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