Obituaries

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.

Martha Bell Spencer

May 13 2009

92 year old Martha Bell Spencer of Dowelltown died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Dowelltown United Methodist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Matthew Long will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Spencer was preceded in death by husbands, John E. Young and Vaskell Spencer; her parents, James E. and Vinnie Redmon; sons, Larry Joe Young, John E. Young, Jr. and an infant son; step-daughters, Ms. Jimmie Vickers and Jewel Medley; and a step-grandson, Gary Vickers. She is survived by her children, Retha Nell and husband Billy Braswell of Dowelltown and Dixie Faye Greer of Smithville. Grandchildren, Susan Reynolds, Stephen Braswell, Rebecca Thomas, Jo Ann Davis, Janie England, Angela Trapp, Richard Redmon, Joey Young, Brian Young, and Salana Letsinger. Step-grandchildren, Nelson Gilreath, Terry Anderson, and Katrina Vickers. Half-sisters, Hazel Taylor, Mildred Hogan, and Julia Lord of Georgia. A half-brother, Charles Redmon of Sparta. Special cousin, Ella Mai Jones. Twenty great grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Dowelltown United Methodist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bill Grissom

May 12 2009

87 year old Bill Grissom of the Peeled Chestnut Community, Sparta died Monday at NHC of Smithville. He was a retired machine operator at Cookeville Tool & Die. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Peeled Chesnut Cemetery. James C. Grissom will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no visitation on Wednesday. The family will meet at the cemetery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Grissom; his parents, Reverdy and Amanda Grissom; a daughter, Jennifer Grissom; and a brother, Robert Glenn Grissom. Survivors include one son, Rodney Grissom of Smithville. One sister, Mary and her husband Gerald Hitchcock of Rock Island. One brother, Jack Grissom of Spencer. One sister-in-law, Aleda Grissom of Spencer and several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Lee Estes

May 12 2009

28 year old Jerry Lee Estes of Dowelltown died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Penecost and a self-employed tree trimmer. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Glenn Chapman will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Ararat Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Alvie Estes and Ray Murphy. He is survived by children, Austin and Allison Estes, Destiny and Monie Murphy; his father and step-mother, Jerry "Frog" and Tammy Estes; his mother, Darlene Griffith Jackson; step-dad, Maurice Griffith; brothers, Matthew and Billy Griffith; grandparents, Dixie Estes and Cleta Horn; and lots of special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Sandra Faye Kennedy West

May 9 2009

45 year old Sandra Faye Kennedy West of Liberty died Thursday at her residence. She was a homemaker. The family has chosen direct cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. 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.

James M. Owens

May 7 2009

70 year old James M. Owens of the Riverwatch Community died Tuesday night at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He is survived by his wife. Jane Owens of Riverwatch. Two sons, James Owens and his wife Tonya of Tullahoma and Charles Owens and his wife Monica of San Diego, California. One sister, Catherine Dunn and husband William of Roxboro, North Carolina. Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Golf Team at DeKalb County High School in care of 120 Iverness Place, Riverwatch

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