Obituaries

John Henry Puckett

Jul 24 2006

82 year old John Henry Puckett of Watertown died Sunday morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage. He was born in DeKalb County, a retired employee after serving 29 years at the Ford Glass Plant, a Baptist, and a U.S. Army Veteran. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Jack Stone will officiate and burial will be in Poplar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Louvella Frazier Puckett. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Martha Key Puckett. A daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Steve Northcott of Watertown. A son and daughter-in-law, John E and Christy L. Puckett of Watertown. Seven grandchildren, Jennifer Maxfield and Tyler Northcott both of Watertown, Janet West of Bellview, Ashley Puckett and Logan Puckett both of Lebanon, and Mallorie Puckett and Michael Puckett both of Alberta Canada. Three great grandchildren, Cheyenne Madden, Trinity West, and Melanie West all of Bellview. Three brothers, James Puckett of Birmingham, Alabama, T.J. Puckett of Detroit Michigan, and Gene Puckett of Cookeville. Two sisters, Mearl Driver Dorsey of Donelson and Ritha Nell Farley of Cookeville. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Edwin Ray

Jul 25 2006

65 year old Edwin Ray \"Buddy\" Dunham died Sunday at the Cookeville Regional Hospital. He was born in DeKalb County. Dunham was also a member of the Hickory Valley Methodist Presbyterian Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Thurman Funeral Home in Sparta. Freddie Copeland and Floyd Massey will officiate and burial will be in the Frasier Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Thurman Funeral Home. In addition to his parents, Othel Floyd Dunham, Sr. and Lillie Pauline Washer Dunham, he was preceded in death by a brother, Oswald Dunham. He is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Wilson Dunham of Sparta. A son and daughter-in-law, James Edwin \"Jimmy\" and Kim Dunham of Sparta. A daughter and son-in-law, Linda Michelle and Jeff Lafever of Sparta. Sisters and brothers-in-law, Jimmie Faye and Cranston Massey of Elmwood and Martha Jane and Jack Lieb of Nashville. A brother, Othel Floyd Dunham, Jr. of Doyle. A grandson, Zane Hunter Lafever of Sparta and several nieces and nephews. Thurman Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Joe Corley

Jul 26 2006

79 year old Billy Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Alexandria died Wednesday from injuries he suffered in a three wheeler accident. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Dan Mallette and Richard Buckner will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Corley is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruth Hancock Corley. Four children, William Randall and his wife Angie Corley of Chapel Hill; James Quinn Corley of Smyrna; Tony Joe Corley of Liberty; and Kimberly and her husband William Turner of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Jonathan Q. Corley, William Shane Corley, Calef Corley, Chase Corley, Justin Turner, and Alex Turner. A sister, Wilma Corley Oakley of Alexandria. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul E. Howard

Jul 27 2006

81 year old Paul E. Howard of Alexandria and formerly of Pocola, Oklahoma died Wednesday at his residence. He was a retired contractor and horseman. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Don Mathis will officiate and burial will be in the Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Len Howard and Mary Bolt Howard. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Phyllis Stafford Howard of Alexandria. A son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Debbie Howard of Watertown. Three daughters, Mary Frances and her husband Jim Evans of Lebanon, Sandy and her husband Henry Crawford of Jacksonville, Florida, and Ladonna McClendon of Orlando, Florida. Five grandchildren, Larry Paul Bowden, Brandy Lee Bowden, and Brady Len Bowden all of Lebanon, Richard Mistone of Watertown, and Kimberly Williams of Ohio. Two sisters, Ruby Nell Perkins of Pocola, Oklahoma and Mary Lee Williams of California. Special friends, Linda and Nick Mitchell, Debra Ray, and Dub and Debbie Prescott. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements

Thurston Millard Cantrell

Jul 28 2006

60 year old Thurston Millard Cantrell of Sparta died Thursday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was a DeKalb County native. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the East Sparta Church of God. Jerry Barnwell will officiate and burial will be in the Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be after 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Cantrell and Ola Rigsby Cantrell. Survivors include his wife, Linda Faye Lowery Cantrell of Sparta. A daughter and son-in-law, Christie and Billy Hammons of Rickman. A granddaughter, Hannah Hammons of Rickman. Twin brother, Willard Cantrell of Cookeville. Four sisters, Leta Snodgrass of Sparta, Alene Jones of McMinnville. Kathleen Cantrell of Nashville, and Lucille Smith of Smithville. Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home

Joe Thomas Harvey

Jul 28 2006

89 year old Joe Thomas Harvey of Alexandria died Friday at UMC Hospital. He was a Wilson County native and a farmer. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church where he was a member for 77 years and an Elder for 50 years. Tim Diffenderfer will officiate and burial will be in the Talley Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Maude Gatton Harvey; a brother, Gilbert Harvey; an infant sister; and son-in-law, Eddie M. Crips. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Alene Adamson Harvey. Children, Mary Katherine and her husband Richard Matus, Margaret Doris and her husband Donnie Uselton, and Charlotte Elaine and her husband Ken Chapman all of Lebanon, James Tommy and his wife Miranda Harvey of Alexandria, and Brenda Gail Crips of Smithville. Grandchildren, Kendra and her husband David Erie of Lebanon, Shelley Lynn Lanius of Lebanon, Randall and his wife Tara Harvey of Mount Juliet, Kevin and his wife Angelia Harvey of Alexandria, Chad Harvey of Mount Juliet,and Ryan Crips and Jeff Crips both of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Andrea Chapman, Drew Erie, Kailey Harvey, and Wyatt Harvey. Sisters, Montie Lee Robinson and Mable Dunn Christian both of Alexandria. A sister-in-law, Willie Harvey. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church or to the Talley Cemetery, in lieu of flowers.

Shirley Mabe

Jul 29 2006

68 year old Shirley Mabe of Alexandria died Friday night at her residence. She was the wife of William Mabe. The body is at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria where arrangements are incomplete.

Shirley Mabe

Jul 29 2006

68 year old Shirley Mabe of Alexandria died Friday night at her residence. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Lower Helton Baptist Church. Barry Whiteaker and Larry Thomas will officiate and burial will be in the Brush Creek Memorial Gardens. The Mabe family will receive friends at Avant Funeral Home on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William Mabe of Alexandria. Four children, Wayne and his wife Edie Mabe of Livingston, Barbara Lester of Alexandria, Anita and her husband Larry Thomas of Pulaski, and Melissa Mabe of Alexandria. Six grandchildren, Jessica and her husband Brad Atkins, Rebecca Thomas, Jeremy Thomas, Josh Lester, Candace Lester and Cameron Lester. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Dianna Fuson Carter

Jul 30 2006

55 year old Dianna Fuson Carter of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was Director of Medical Records at DeKalb Community Hospital and a member of the Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Tuesday until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Carrie Graham Fuson; her husband, James Ronald Carter; a son, Dustin Carter; and a sister, Paulette Fuson Keith. Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Fuson and a son, Wesley Carter both of Smithville. Two step-daughters, Rhonda Lucci of Smithville and Amy Wheeler of Lascassas. Five step grandchildren, Serena and Adrian Lucci of Smithville, Elizabeth, James, and Sarah Wheeler of Lascassas. Two sisters, Rita Fuson-Frazier of Hermitage and Cathy Fuson Frazier of Smithville. A brother-in-law, Bobby Keith of McMinnville. Two nieces, Dori Lee Keith Mooneyham and Claudette Frazier Lasser both of Smithville. Three nephews, Ronald Frazier of Nashville, Lane Keith of Florida, and Jamie Frazier of New Port. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia Ann Cantrell

Aug 1 2006

70 year old Patricia Ann Cantrell of Sparta died Monday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the Johnson's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Dollar General Store in Smithville. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Garry Farris and Doug Benningfield will officiate and burial will be in the Old Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack Oscar and Dorothy Elizabeth Elrod Brock; her husband, William Othel Cantrell; and a brother, Jack Wayne Brock. She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda and her husband David McCheyne of Lavergne; a sister, Sandra Copeland of Sparta, sisters-in-law, Fanny Brock of Sparta, Brenda Billings, Deborah Luna, Janice Cantrell all of Johnson's Chapel, Phyllis Malone of North Carolina, and Nell Cantrell. A brother-in-law, Olen Hurl Cantrell of Johnson's Chapel. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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