Obituaries

Howard Lee Patton

May 25 2006

68 year old Howard Lee Patton of Smithville died Thursday of cancer at his residence. He was an electrician, plumber, and a member of the Webb's Chapel United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Tim Ferguson, Junior Hibdon, and Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Franklin and Cartie Clelia Cantrell Patton. Survivors include his wife Jean Patton of Smithville. Children, Lisa and her husband Eddie Rowland and Angie and her husband Barry Reed all of Smithville; David and his wife Shelly Patton of Atlanta, Georgia; and Sherry and her husband Phil Hanks of Nashville. Five grandchildren, Amanda, John, and Hannah Reed, Caleb Rowland, and a foster grandchild Eric Dysinger. One brother, Frank Thomas Patton of Mount Juliet and two aunts, Jean Haley and Nell Cantrell both of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Patton

Elizabeth

May 29 2006

94 year old Elizabeth \"Lizzie\" Caldwell of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Martha Mahathy Arnold; her husband, George Caldwell, Sr.; a son, George Caldwell, Jr.; and four grandchildren. Survivors include a son, Ralph Tommy Caldwell of Dowelltown. Two daughters, Marie Nixon of Watertown and Shirley Southard of Smithville. One sister, Ruby Vaughn of Dowelltown. Eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Jones

May 30 2006

68 year old Joe Jones of Smithville died Tuesday morning at his residence. The body is at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Arrangements are incomplete. A complete list of survivors and arrangements will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Joe Daniel Jones

May 30 2006

68 year old Joe Daniel Jones of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence of an extended illness. He was a Baptist and a retired mechanic. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Rex Bowles and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cephas and Grace Cantrell Jones; his spouse, Nelda Sue Jones; and two brothers, Charles and Roger Jones. Survivors include a daughter, Monica Jones Lofton of Smithville. A son, Jeff Jones of Antioch. Three brothers, Troy Jones of McMinnville, and Gary Jones and Cantrell Jones of Smithville. A sister, Billie Grace Estes of Smithville. A special sister-in-law, Paulette Carter of Smithville. Numerous nieces and nephews. Two step grandchildren, John Lofton of Iowa and Clint Lofton of Memphis. Special caregivers, Carl Smith, Mary Smith, Melissa Brown, and Lee Roy Lawson. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help the family with expenses in lieu of flowers.

Davina Hollie Greene

May 30 2006

30 year old Davina Hollie Greene of Alexandria died Tuesday at Saint Thomas Hospital of an extended illness. She was a dental assistant and a native of Kansas City, Missouri. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Alexandria. Curt Wagoner will officiate and burial will be in the Harpeth Hills Cemetery in Nashville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Tarver and an uncle, Bill Tarver. Survivors include her parents, Calvin and Francis Cunningham of Alexandria. One brother, Greg Stern of Nashville. A sister, Susan and her husband Curt Wagoner of Alexandria. Nephews, Zach Wagoner and Jacob Wagoner of Alexandria. Her grandmother, Bertha Tarver of Nashville. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie

May 30 2006

48 year old Eddie \"Buck\" Carol Cantrell of Smithville died Tuesday at UMC of Lebanon. He was a construction worker. The funeral will be Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Cantrell Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Gentry Ed Cantrell. Survivors include two children, Letitia and her husband Kevin Jones of McMinnville and Zeke Cantrell of McMinnville. One grandchild, Kieffer Bain. One brother, Ricky Cantrell of Smithville. Two sisters, Peggy and her husband Phillip Stewart of Smithville and Barbara Allen of Murfreesboro. Special niece, Sundi Blanchard of Smyrna and several other nieces and nephews survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ricky Lynn Grisham

May 31 2006

47 year old Ricky Lynn Grisham of Alexandria died Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He was an employee of Bays Bread. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Baxter. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. He was preceded in death by a brother, Radford Grisham and sisters, Faye Mullins and Donna K. Jackson. His parents are Dean Grisham and Gladys Hargis Grisham. His wife is Barbara Grisham of Alexandria. Other survivors include a daughter, Crystal and her husband Danny Caldwell Watson of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Bryanna and Hannah Watson and Hunter Lynn Caldwell. A sister, Ruth Hodge of Smyrna. Three brothers, Stanley Grisham and Larry Manier both of Cookeville, and James Grisham of Monterey. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Beverly Rogers

May 31 2006

65 year old Beverly Rogers of Smithville died Wednesday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. The body is at Love-Cantrell Funeral. Arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later.

Milns Thoburn Puckett

May 31 2006

97 year old Milns Thoburn \"M.T.\" Puckett of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a retired businessman and a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Puckett carved his name in state and county politics and area businesses for many years. He was a man of varied business interests. He established one of the first restaurants and lodging facilities on Center Hill Lake known as \"Puckett's Camp\".

He was one of the principle organizers of the Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District and was the principle organizer of Citizens Bank, which is now AmSouth Bank of Smithville.

Mr. Puckett was a well known residential and commercial general contractor for twenty five years.

He served six years in the Tennessee House of Representatives in the General Assembly. During those years, he was the primary sponsor of the Tennessee Water and Safety Act, which controls and regulates boats on the public waters of Tennessee.

He was very active in and a long time member of the First United Methodist Church, having served thirty years on the Board of Trustees of which he was chairman for twenty six years.

The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Carlton Thaxton will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Etta Reeves Puckett; his first wife, Alvilda Shanks Puckett; and a son, Dr. Jerry E. Puckett.

Puckett is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Puckett of Smithville. A daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Walter Whitson Carlen of Cookeville. Daughter-in-law, Katherine Smith Puckett of Naples, Florida. A step-daughter, Merle Sandlin of Smithville. Eight grandchildren, Henry Puckett, Stephanie Eby, Mary Puckett, Jerri Brown, Poly Billiu, Malinda Carlen Little, Whit Carlen, and step granddaughter, Jenny Saul and six great grandchildren.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. The family also requests that no food be brought.

Frank Burton Ervin

Jun 2 2006

72 year old Frank Burton Ervin of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Hospital. He was retired from Avco and was a member of the Pentecostal faith. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. David Latam will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by parents, Wilson and Maggie Pedigo Ervin. He is survived by his wife, Anna \"Jeannette\" Ervin. One daughter, Dorothy and her husband Steve Knipfer of Knoxville. Three sons, Thomas and his wife Marie Ervin of Smithville, Robert and his wife Patty Ervin, and David Randall and his wife Bobbie Ervin. Ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Two brothers, James and his wife Bobbie Ervin of Smithville and Glen and his wife Dorothy Ervin of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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