Troy H. Hinton

Jan 18 2010

90 year old Troy H. Hinton, Huntsville, Alabama died Sunday.

He was born on April 9, 1919 to Samuel Manley and Alsey Davis Hinton in Fayette Co. Alabama. Eva Lee Hinton, wife of more than sixty years, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Murray, Ulyss, Loyd, and Lebron and sisters; Velma Sanders, Delia Noles, Trudie Sivley, Jewel Harbinson, He is survived by his sons and their wives, Wayne and Gay Hinton, of Huntsville, and Jerry and Susan Hinton, of Smithville, TN; grandchildren, Troy E. Hinton and Jill Hinton, of Union Grove, AL, Sara Hinton Lanwer and Bjorn Lanwer, of Huntsville, AL, David L. Hinton and Crystal Hinton, Norfolk, VA, Matthew Hinton, of Huntsville, AL, and R.D. Kelly, Jr., Union Grove, AL; great grandsons, Michael Hinton, and William L. Hinton; great granddaughters, Ella Lanwer, and Destiny Hinton along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Troy graduated from Curry High School and received a B.S. Degree from Jacksonville State University, and a Master’s Degree from Alabama A & M University in Huntsville. He retired from Huntsville City Schools in 1985 after serving as a Coach in several middle schools as well as Monrovia High School in the Madison County system.

He was also employed with PR Mallory Co. for twelve years from 1955 to 1967.

Troy was a World War II Veteran and served as a Sergeant in North Africa, Italy, and other
locations in Europe.

He also served as an official for over thirty years for high school and middle school football, basketball, baseball, and softball games. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels until he was eighty-eight.

He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, from 1955 to present. Other organizations include: VFW, American Legion, Huntsville/Madison County Retired Teacher’s Association. Lifetime Supporter of Jacksonville State University. Coach Hinton can be best remembered as a loving husband to his wife, Eva, for 60+ years, father, and motivator of people. His wit, intelligence, and humor is an inspiration to all those who knew him. Although coaching was his chosen profession, he believed in people, young and old, and encouraged them daily. He had the heart of a servant and was always willing to go that extra mile, Yes, Coach will live on in those whose lives he touched and perhaps will inspire generations to come.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Huntsville, AL. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Laughlin’s Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Padalino officiating.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Big Oak Ranch, Springville, AL or St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Memphis in his memory.

Jo Jacobs Robinson

Jan 18 2010

74 year old Jo Jacobs Robinson of Morrison and a native of Warren County died Sunday at her residence following an extended illness. A retired employee of McMinnville Garment Company and member of the Bascom United Methodist Church, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Minnie "Ma" Hollis Jacobs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Waldine Whitehead; brothers, Leslie, Gene, Harris Sr., Ted, Clarence and Bill Jacobs and granddaughter, Ella Rose Robinson. She was married to Carl M. Robinson of Morrison. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Robinson of Nashville, Michael and Leela Robinson of Morrison, and Mitch and Stephanie Robinson of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Kalyn, Kaine, Rhyan, Seth and Sam Robinson; great-grandchild, Kyler Robinson; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Helen Jacobs of Morrison and Charles and Lynne Jacobs of McMinnville; sister, Vivian Toman of Naperville, Illinois and sisters-in-law, Grace Jacobs of McMinnville, Edna Jacobs of Winchester, Jean Jacobs of Oneida, and Juanita Jacobs. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Bascom United Methodist Church with Stacy Cowan and Doug Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow in the Bascom Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday and 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Bascom United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Bascom United Methodist Church Building Fund or Lazarus House Hospice both in care of High Funeral Home in McMinnville, in charge of the arrangements..

Frankie Ray Manning

Jan 15 2010

51 year old Frankie Ray Manning of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a carpenter and a member of the Smithville First Free Will Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Young Manning of Smithville; Two sons, Jesse and wife Amber Manning and Michael and wife Stephanie Manning; and one daughter, Bethany Manning all of Indiana. His parents, Jesse Earl Manning and Jo Ann Ward Manning of Smithville. One brother, Johnny and wife Carol Manning of Florida, One sister, Kathy and husband Doug Burch of Smithville. A niece, Miranda Burch of Smithville. Special cousin, Alan Davis and special aunt, Linda Manning both of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Edgar Wilson “Eddie” Evins

Jan 15 2010

Eddie_Evins-opt.jpgEdgar Wilson “Eddie” Evins, age 77, passed away quietly Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He spent his last days on earth exactly as he wished; surrounded by the people he loved - devoted wife, adoring family and a few close friends sharing memories and stories.

A self-described “country banker" for the better part of his life, Eddie packed a whale of a lot into his 77 years, living fully, loving deeply and laughing often.

He was blessed to come from a large family and considered both Lebanon and Smithville as childhood homes. He attended Columbia Military Academy, Lebanon High School, David Lipscomb College and the U.S. Naval Academy before serving in the U.S. Navy as ship photographer for the USS Hornet and the USS Leyte. After his overseas tour, he returned to Tennessee to study business at UT Knoxville, where his blood turned deep orange and his passion for the Vols became his permanent trademark.

Eddie grew up in a prominent DeKalb County political family as the grandson of James Edgar Evins and nephew of Congressman Joe L. Evins. Eddie served with his good friend and fishing buddy Hudley Crockett on Buford Ellington's first gubernatorial campaign. Governor Ellington later appointed him to the Tennessee Boating Board and to the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission (predecessor of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) where he rose to the position of Chairman. When Hudley decided to run for political office in 1970 taking on long-time US Senator Albert Gore, Sr., he turned to his friend Eddie to manage his race. Eddie also served as Treasurer for Crockett’s 1974 gubernatorial race against Ray Blanton.

A native DeKalb Countian, Eddie was the President of the DeKalb County Bank for 30 years and served as a County Commissioner. He operated Sligo boat dock on Center Hill Lake, co-owned the Wilson County Fair in Lebanon, TN, (a position he proudly inherited from his Great-Uncle A.W. McCartney) and was a partner with his best friend Charlie Doak in a small service station in Lebanon. When his brother, Dan (a Shell Oil distributor at the time) came up with the notion of tying a country restaurant in with a handful of interstate-based gas stations, Eddie was instrumental in the creation of one of the greatest stories ever told: Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores® and served for 30 years on the board of director until he retired as a Founding Director. More important than his business acumen, Eddie was a servant at heart. He was a Co-founder and original Board Member of Friendship Christian School and a Sunday school teacher at College Street/College Hills and Alexandria Churches of Christ. Eddie spent his last 23 years at his true passion; helping those battling addictions find the path to God and recovery. He was instrumental in the establishment and daily operation of the College Street Fellowship House.

A Christian by faith and a gentle soul Eddie is best remembered for his caring heart and his passion for giving. To say he found his greatest joy by helping those in need would be an understatement.

In addition to passages from the Bible and the Big Book, one of his favorite quotes which remains on his wall today reads:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, totally used up, worn out and screaming Wow what a ride!”

If anyone lived life in this way, it was Eddie Evins.

He is survived by wife, Gloria Jean Evins, son Edgar Wilson Evins, Jr. and wife Kim Grayson Evins, a daughter Karlen Rose Evins and stepsons, Chadwick Jackson Hayes and Ashley Barrington Hayes. He also leaves behind two loving granddaughters: Tiffany Taylor Evins and Shannon McCartney Evins; and two step-grandchildren, Grayson and Jack Propst.

He is further survived by his three siblings William Jackson Evins, Jr., Myrtie Ann Evins Doak and Danny Wood Evins. His nieces and nephews are: Betty, Judy, Kathy, Dub, Cindy and Missy; Charlie, Bill, Ronnie and Andy; Daina, Meacham, Kate, Betsy and Joe; as well as sister in law Mrs. D. W. (Margarita) Evins. Additionally he leaves behind former wife and mother of his children, Nancy Alley Evins and former daughter-in-law, Pam Gattis Farmer.

The family will greet visitors from 4:00 - 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 19th and again from 10:00 - 11:00 am. on Wednesday January 20th at the College Hills Church of Christ at 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. A memorial service will be held on January 20 at the Church at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Friendship Christian School (Pete Merriman Scholarship Fund), the College Hills Church of Christ (children's program) or the College Street Fellowship House.


This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Elbert Hudson Grandstaff

Jan 13 2010

97 year old Elbert Hudson Grandstaff of Alexandria died Wednesday at the Quality Care Health Care Center in Lebanon. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Grandstaff was born in Alexandria, the son of the late Ida Mae Hunt and Charlie Hudson Grandstaff. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Jane Hall, Willie Mae Hearn, and Edith Reasonover Mathis; his first wife, Ruth Green Grandstaff and his second wife, Mary Gladys Reynolds Grandstaff; two sons, Jerry Hudson Grandstaff and Jack Hudson Granstaff; and a grandson, Jackie Wilson Grandstaff. He was a farmer and worked for many years and retired from the Kraft Company in Alexandria. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Alexandria. Grandstaff is survived by seven grandchildren, Debbie and her husband Gary Jones of Lebanon, Angela Grandstaff of Texas, Jan and husband Mike Sykes of Lebanon, Kim Saddler of Lebanon, Don and wife Bonnie Grandstaff of Brush Creek, Dale Grandstaff of Clarksville, and Chris Grandstaff of Lebanon. Nine great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren. A daughter-in-law, Marie Grandstaff Johnson of Gulf Shores, Alabama. A step-daughter, Betty and husband Larry Boss of Alexandria. Step grandchildren, Katrina and husband Ben Barrett of Murfreesboro and Joey and wife Kim Boss of Alexandria. Four step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive. Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

James Thomas "J.T." Young

Jan 13 2010

81 year old James Thomas "J.T." Young of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a member of the New Union Baptist Church, a member of Operating Engineers, the Cumberland Valley Trio, and a heavy duty equipment operator. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Junior Hibdon and Anthony Pelham will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Young was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Dossie Lee Adcock Young; brothers, Greg Young, George Young, Orvin Young, and Bill Young; and sisters, Rosha Henderson, Ola Haley, and Sirtie Orrick. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mabel Glenn Young of Smithville. Three children, Shirley and her husband Bill Sandlin of Smithville, Tony Young of Liberty, and Sherri Young of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Tony Young, Charles Burrage, Wesley Burrage, Mark Mason, and Chrystal Mason. Seven great grandchildren, D.J. Mason, Renny Mason, Michelle Mason, Natasha Burrage, Tiffanie Burrage, Morgan Burrage, and Cody Burrage. Three sisters, Birchie Jefferies of Dowelltown, Emma Smith of Franklin, and Onie Orrick of California. Special nephew, Billy Orrick. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Capitola Hensley

Jan 12 2010

55 year old Capitola Hensley of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a press operator at Federal Mogul. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Frazier will officiate and burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Sparta. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Zollie Ray Hensley and Fannie Jewell Terry; one sister, Lizzie Martin; and two brothers, Charlie and Ray Hensley, Jr. Survivors include two sisters, Carolyn Young of Cookeville and Barbara Griffin of Florida. Seven brothers, Tommy Hensley of Sparta, Johnny Hensley of North Carolina, Henry Hensley of Smithville, Gaines Hensley of Florida, Jerry Hensley of Manchester, David Hensley of Crossville, and Danny Hensley of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lisa Ann Hallmon

47 year old Lisa Ann Hallmon of Alexandria died Sunday. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Dekalb Community Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Dekalb Funeral Chapel with burial in Riverside Gardens in Woodbury. Raymond Hillis will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Milligan and Mary Davenport Holden; a sister, Janice Lane; and a brother, Bobby Milligan. She is survived by children, Brandy Woelk of Alcoa, Nikki Caldwell of Knoxville, and Jamie Victory of Bradyville. Four grandchildren, Maranda Victory, Brianna Victory, Malarie Hunter, Raven Woelk. One sister, Debbie Joseph of Smyrna. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe A. Kennedy

Jan 11 2010

84 year old Joe A. Kennedy of Smithville died Saturday at NHC of McMinnville. He was retired from TVA and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra West. Survivors include his wife, Jewell Fish Kennedy of Smithville. Two sons, Ricky Kennedy of Georgia and Randy Kennedy of Smithville. Six grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and a nephew Tim and his wife Brenda Fish of Watertown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made, in lieu of flowers to the funeral home for burial expenses.

Nettie Jim Pack

Jan 9 2010

86 year old Nettie Jim Pack of Pleasant View, Tennessee died Friday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. A graveside service will be held at Bonham Cemetery on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Members of the family will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday at 10:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Mary Stevens Jones Pack; a niece, Mary West; and brothers and sisters. She is survived by a special niece and guardian, Florence and Johnny Crook of Pleasant View. Two nephews, John Dillard and James Dillard both of Woodbury. Three nieces, Elizabeth Sue Biggs of Ashland City, Shirley Hollis of Mount Juliet, and Deborah and Calvin Allison of White House. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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