Obituaries

Rita Spencer Martinelli

May 14 2007

82 year old Rita Spencer Martinelli of Manchester died Saturday at the Manchester Health Care Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Mike Carpenter will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 1:40 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, David J. and Etta Atnip Spencer; her husband Charles Martinelli; two brothers, George B. and Truitt Spencer; four sisters, Inez and Louise Spencer, Vera Lewis, and Clydia Crowley. She is survived by a brother, James R. Spencer of Springfield. One sister, Vallie Larson of Texas, and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edgar V. Early

May 15 2007

88 year old Edgar V. Early of Troy, Texas died Tuesday. The funeral will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel in Temple, Texas. Burial will follow at Robert?s Cemetery in Troy. Early served in the National Guard at Temple for several years and served in the Army during World War II, from 1943-1945, earning a bronze star and other numerous medals. Early married Catherine Libson Durango in 1942 and together they had three children: Arlin ?Butch? Early and wife, Gloria, of Mart, Texas; Linda Franklin and husband, Ben, of Smithville, Tennessee; and Sharron McMullen and husband, Michael, of Troy; Grandchildren: Michael McMullen and wife, Sarah, of Magnolia, Texas; Misty Carol Franklin, of Smithville,; and Bobby, Dianna, Debbie, Dale, Tracy, Billy, James, Jeff and John Wright. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Thurman Hooper

May 14 2007

87 year old Thurman Hooper of Smithville died Sunday at NHC Health Care Center of Smithville. He was retired from the Carrier Corporation. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Hooper was preceded in death by his parents, Abb and Eliza Ashburn Hooper; his wife, Janie Hooper; a brother, Herman Hooper and a nephew, Jerry Lynn Sanders. Survivors include a sister, Violet and her husband Benton Sanders of Smithville. A brother, Lonnie and his wife Wilma Hooper of Kansas. Two nieces, Emogene and her husband Boyd Atnip of Smithville and Sandra and her husband Paul Turner of McMinnville. Two great nephews and two great great nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda Colwell

May 15 2007

50 year old Brenda Colwell of Smithville died Tuesday morning at Baptist Hospital in Nashville of a short illness. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Complete arrangements and a list of survivors are to be announced.

Brenda Colwell

May 16 2007

50 year old Brenda Colwell of Smithville died Tuesday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. She was a member of the Lower Helton The Baptist Church and an employee of Nissan. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Barry Whiteaker and Frank Randolph will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.,Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Schaub. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Tony Fuston of Smithville. A grandson, Trey Fuston of Smithville. Her mother and step-father, Jimmie Scaub and David Carter of Smithville. Sisters, Beverly and her husband Paul Starnes of Alexandria, Connie Hale of Watertown, Glenda Burchfield of Alexandria, and Linda Williams of Lebanon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Inez Tubbs

May 18 2007

85 year old Inez Tubbs of Smithville died Thursday night at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The body is at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Arrangements are incomplete.

Inez Tubbs

May 18 2007

Inez Tubbs age 85 of Smithville died Thursday May 17th at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker. Visitation will be Sunday starting at 1:00pm until service time at 2:00pm. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2:00pm at Love Cantrell Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Burnes Lyons will officiate.
Interment will follow the funeral at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Ms. Tubb was preceded in death by her parents: Charles & Mittie Lee Everette Johnson and Husband William C. Tubbs, Sr. Survivors include 4 sons: Billy Jackson Tubbs of Nashville; Bobby Tubbs of Old Hickory; William Tubbs, Jr. of Cookeville and Walter Kenneth Tubbs of Murfreesboro. 5 daughters: Joann Worthington of Sparta; Annette Evans of Dowelltown; Connie Leftwitch of Sparta; Shirley Rutland of Nashville; and Wanda Tubbs of Smithville. 27 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; & 5 great great grandchildren. 1 brother: Thomas B. Tubbs of Nashville; 1 sister-inlaw: Inez Moore of Alexandria and a host of neices and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Inez Tubbs

May 18 2007

85 year old Inez Tubbs of Smithville died Thursday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burnes Lyons will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mittie Lee Everette Johnson and her husband, William C. Tubbs, Sr. Survivors include four sons, Billy Jackson Tubbs of Nashville, Bobby Tubbs of Old Hickory, William Tubbs, Jr. of Cookeville, and Walter Kenneth Tubbs of Murfreesboro. Five daughters, Joann Worthington of Sparta, Annette Evans of Dowelltown, Connie Leftwich of Sparta, Shirley Rutland of Nashville, and Wanda Tubbs of Smithville. Twenty seven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. One brother, Thomas B. Tubbs of Nashville, One sister-in-law, Inez Moore of Alexandria and many nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Phyllis Marie Benshoff

May 19 2007

29 year old Phyllis Marie Benshoff of Smithville died Friday, May 18th at her residence. She was a member of the Smithville Church of God. Benshoff was also disabled. She was preceded in death by her mother, Johanna Woodyard Benshoff. Survivors include her father, Donald Benshoff, Jr. of Smithville. The family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers. The remains have been cremated. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God. Robin Phillips and Michael Farr will officiate.

Billy Guy Smith

May 19 2007

80 year old Billy Guy Smith of Murfreesboro died Friday at his residence. He was born in DeKalb County and was the son of the late Thomas Clay, Sr. and Mammie Ford Smith. He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church , a World War II veteran, a retired Civil Service worker and his most recent retirement was from the City of Murfreesboro Building Codes Department. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Jennings and Ayers Chapel in Murfreesboro. Russell Richardson will officiate and burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Jennings and Ayers Funeral.He is survived by two daughters, Linda and her husband Jimmy Skinner of Eagleville and Sherry and her husband Todd Dockery of Jacksonville, Florida. One brother, Thomas Clay Smith, Jr. of Thompson Station. Three sisters, Mary Gladys Curtis of Alexandria, Janie Heath of San Antonio, Texas and Martha and her husband William Davis of Alexandria. Two grandchildren, Michelle and her husband Darrell Huffman of Rockvale and Todd Dockery, III of Jacksonville, Florida. Two great-grandchildren, Tate and Mahaley Huffman of Rockvale. Smith was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Louise King Smith; a brother, Robert Ford Smith; and three sisters, Katherine and her husband Jimmy Curtis, Dorothy and her husband Clarence Anderson and Margie Gundt. Memorials to Mr. Smith may be made to the Grace Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society. The Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

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