Obituaries

T.R. Raymond

May 4 2009

79 year old T.R. Raymond of McMinnville (Gath Community) died Saturday at his residence. He was born in DeKalb County, was a retired material handler with Carrier, a farmer, cattleman, a horse trader, and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at noon at the Chapel of McMinnville Funeral Home. Bobby Muncey and Sam Odom will officiate and burial will be in the Gath Cemetery. The Raymond Family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at McMinnville Funeral Home. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert Leslie and Hassie Lee Certain Raymond; his first wife, Dorothy Jean Neely; his second wife, Leta Ann Cunningham; his sisters, Helen Raymond Bell, Louise Raymond Winchester, and Ruth Raymond Cantrell; and a brother, Walter Mutt Raymond. Survivors include sons, Robert and his wife Lena Raymond and Danny Raymond all of McMinnville. A daughter, Sylvia Raymond of Murfreesboro. Three step-daughters. Grandchildren, Jason Raymond, Alesha and Bud Pegg all of McMinnville and Angela and Glenn Merchant of Murfreesboro. Great grandchildren, Taylor, Brady, and Kennedi Pegg and Anna Raymond. A sister and brother-in-law, Mirl and Marvin Poss of McMinnville. Nieces, nephews, and cousins, survive along with many friends including special friend Donald Knowles and special nephew, James Raymond. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeff Lassiter

May 4 2009

41 year old Jeff Lassiter of McMinnville died Sunday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. He was born in Warren County, a bail bondsmen with Free Bird Bail Bonds, and a member of the Friendship The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Gerald "Coy" Jordan and Randy Valimont will officiate and burial will follow in the Mount View Cemetery. The Lassiter Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Tina Huff Lassiter. Children, Erika Betschart, Allen Betschart, Anabel Marie M. Lassiter, Alondra Kay "Ya Ya" M. Lassiter, and Emi Lee Grace Lassiter. His parents, Billy and Treva Jordan Lassiter. A brother and sister-in-law, Jodie and Jennifer Cantrell Lassiter. A nephew, Lane Lassiter. A niece, Annie Lassiter. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronny and Linda Whitworth Huff all of McMinnville. An uncle and an aunt, Reverend Gerald "Coy" and Olene Jordan of Gainesville, Georgia. Special loved ones, Maiverine Romans, Hannah Romans, and Edrie Byars, and special friend, Dalton Fletcher. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multi-County Cancer Support Network, 110 East Lauderdale Street, Tullahoma, 37388 or to Meals on Wheels, 106 East End Drive, McMinnville. 37110. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bryon Scott Linder

May 3 2009

27 year old Bryon Scott Linder of Smithville died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jason Lohorn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Linder and Albert and Winnie Taylor. Survivors include one son, Braxton Linder of McMinnville. His father, William David Linder of Smithville. His mother and step-father, Sandy and Cameron Dunn of Smithville. A brother, Scottie and his wife Juleigh Linder of Liberty. Two sisters, Jennifer and special friend Greg White of Smithville, and Tammy Vanatta of Smithville. Grandmother, Gladys Linder of Smithville. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Erbie Dalton Christian

May 1 2009

74 year old Erbie Dalton Christian of Alexandria died Wednesday at the Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was a logger and farmer. A graveside service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Baxter. Chris White will officiate. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Betty Ruth Christian; a son-in-law, Ricky Grisham; his parents, Nick and Ruby Christian; sisters, Elizabeth Davis. Evangeline Hood and Maggie Wheeler; and a brother, Eugene Christian. Christian is survived by a daughter, Barbara Grisham of Alexandria. A granddaughter, Crystal and her husband Danny Caldwell of Alexandria. Great grandchildren, Bryanna, Hannah, and Hunter. Brothers, James Christian of Buffalo Valley, Doyle Christian of Woodbury, and Roy Christian of Buffalo Valley. Sisters, Margaret Fields of Lebanon, and Pauline Elrod and Kathleen Moss both of Buffalo Valley. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Jamie Carl Hale

May 1 2009

26 year old Jamie Carl Hale of Liberty died Thursday in an ATV accident. He was a mechanic. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in the Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from noon until 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oscar and Cleo Bogle Hale and Buddy and Esta Mai Davis Bain. Survivors include his parents, James E. and Shirley M. Hale of Liberty. A sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and Jeff Curtis of Alexandria. A niece, Savannah Curtis of Alexandria. His fiance, Tiffany Frazier of Liberty and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Nina Faye Page Wicks

May 1 2009

58 year old Nina Faye Page Wicks of Cookeville died Friday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gospel of Faith Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Gospel of Faith Baptist Church on Tabernacle Road in DeKalb County. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Buck and Mina Bell Hale Page and two sisters, Lois Kennedy and Martha Page. She is survived by her husband, Phil Wicks of Cookeville. Two daughters, Rebecca Goats of Murfreesboro and Tina Barnes of Algood. One son, Wayne Young of Sparta. Three sisters, Carol Miller of Sparta, Judy Bullard, and Kathy Cantrell of Smithville. Three brothers, Robert and Charles Donald Page of Smithville and Jerry Page of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Gospel of Faith Baptist Church, in lieu of flowers. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lillian Ruth Beasley

Apr 30 2009

81 year old Lillian Ruth Beasley of Dowelltown and formerly of Estill Springs died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. Mrs. Beasley made her home in Franklin County until 2005 when she moved to Dowelltown. Beasley is preceded in death by her husband, David Beasley and her mother and father. She is survived by her son, Barnie and LuAnne Creek of Dowelltown; Nathan and Teri Beasley of Lambertsville, Ohio; David and Joyce Beasley of Toledo, Ohio. A granddaughter, Candace Danielle Smith of Dowelltown. Three grandsons, Brayden Seth Creek of Dowelltown, and John and Jason Beasley of Lambertsville, Ohio. Great great-granddaughter, Nadia Celeste Meyer of Dowelltown. Special extended family, Barbara & Eric VanDuzen of Toledo, Ohio and Pat & Gary Mucha of Smithville. The funeral service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester. David McGee will officiate. Burial will follow at Watson – North Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m.until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Billie Ferrell Haley

Apr 28 2009

86 year old Mrs. Billie Ferrell Haley of the Dibrell Community died Sunday at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. She was born in DeKalb County, a homemaker, and a member of the Dibrell Church of Christ. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of McMinnville Funeral Home. Steve Hillis will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Haley was preceded in death by her parents, John Elisha and Dovie Mae Lassiter Ferrell and her husband, Roy E. Haley. Survivors include her children, Carole and husband Greg Thrower of Houston, Texas and Ann Haley Hutchings of McMinnville. Grandchildren, Amanda Carolina Thrower, Kim and husband Richard Lucas, Lilly and husband Allen King, and Martha Alethea Hutchings. Great grandchildren, Trey King, Will King, and Lilly Elizabeth Lucas. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dibrell Memorial Museum or to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Minnie Bell Ervin

Apr 27 2009

105 year old Minnie Bell Ervin of Gallatin died Sunday at Brandywood Nursing Home. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Sumner Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Home. Ervin was born in Smithville, daughter of the late Felix Ervin and Elsie Hicks Ervin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruby Page, Cora Ervin, Emma Ervin, and Rosie Durham. She is survived by one brother, Bill Ervin of Smithville and a niece, Betty Poole of Saint Charles, Missouri. Alexander Funeral Home of Gallatin is in charge of the arrangements.

Dollie Gertrude Massa Turner

Apr 27 2009

80 year old Dollie Gertrude Massa Turner of Smithville died Sunday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holiness faith. The funeral will be Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Gertie Johnson Ferrell; husbands, Will Johnson, W.R. Massa, and W.H. Turner; a daughter, Irene Johnson Bain; five step daughters, Lela Mae Hobbs, Maggie Bell Ashford, Willie Mae Nash, Myrtle Turner Ezell, and Bertha Massa Earley. Four step sons, Claudie, Hubert, and Andrew Johnson and Harley Massa. Three sisters, Linnie McMahan, Media Waldon, and Bessie Overbey. Three brothers, Jim, Robert, and Earl C. Ferrell. Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Dyer Stanley of Sparta, Jo Ann and husband Aubrey Meece of Dowelltown, and Linda Steinmark of Florida. Two sons, Dale and his wife Lisa Bain of Smithville and Randall and his wife Donna Massa of Smyrna. Three step-daughters, Johnnie Hobbs of Murfreesboro, Lillian Dalton of Baxter, and Betty Rose Newby of McMinnville. Nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren. One sister, Ernestine Brown of Woodbury and a brother, Kenneth Ferrell of Florida. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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