Obituaries

Cope

Apr 29 2006

77 year old Sally Jo (Locke) Cope of McMinnville died Saturday at River Park Hospital. She was a Warren County native, member of the Smartt Church of Christ, and a 35 year employee of the Tennessee Department of Forestry. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of McMinnville Funeral Home. Bill Martin and Larry Vinson will officiate and burial will be in the Gardens of Memory. The Cope family will receive friends on Sunday from noon until 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation on Monday will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Webster and Mazel Sellars Locke and brothers, Aubrey Locke and Howard Locke. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, R.L. Cope; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Bud Franklin of Gallatin; a son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Carolyn Cope of Morrison. Grandsons, Clay Franklin and Matt Cope. Granddaughters, Malia Franklin and Meredith Cope. Two sisters, LaVerne Ours of Smithville and Nelda Watts of Chattanooga. Two brothers, D.W. Locke of Plano, Illinois and Carl Locke of Snellville, Georgia. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that memorials be made to the Smartt Church of Christ or to the Love Outreach at First Baptist Church in McMinnville.

F.L. Rich

May 8 2006

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86 year old F.L. Rich of Woodbury died Sunday at his home of an extended illness. He was a Baptist minister for 67 years and a carpenter. The funeral will be Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Thurman Seber and Bobby Nichols will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emer and Callie Grizzle Rich and two brothers, Medford and Dillion Rich. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Christine Bryson Rich of Woodbury. Five sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Mary Rich of Marietta Georgia, Donald and Ella Rich of Smithville. Robert and Wanda Rich of McMinnville, Jerry and Nell Rich of Knoxville, and Larry and Joan Rich of Woodbury. Ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great great grandson also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

S.B. Griffith

May 8 2006

71 year old S.B. Griffith, a resident of Madison and a native of Smithville, died Sunday at his daughter's residence of an extended illness. He was a retired construction worker. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Virgil Braswell Griffith; two sons, James and Jimmy Griffith; and a daughter, Marie McBride. Survivors include five children, Charles and his wife Phyllis Griffith of Alexandria, Deborah Page and Maurice Griffith of Smithville, Teresa Griffith and Melissa Culwell of Nashville. Fourteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren. Long-time companion, Sue Spears of Madison. Special friends, Douglas and Kathy Neal and L.W. Neal of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.

Linda Gail Curtis

May 8 2006

57 year old Linda Gail Curtis of Smithville died Sunday of an extended illness at her son's residence. She was a member of the Whorton Springs Baptist Church and self employed with Home and Garden Party. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Jerry Harwell and David Mahan will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Marjorie Caldwell Thweatt and her husband, Joe Larry Curtis. Survivors include a son, Mark and his wife Benita Byars of Smithville. A step-son, Roger Curtis of McMinnville. A foster-son, Billy Bogle of Smithvile. A sister, Cecil Kier of Las Vegas, Nevada. Five grandchildren, Cody Byars, Courtney Byars, and Jodi Curtis all of Smithville, and Caitlyn and Cierra Parsons of Reno, Nevada. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Willie B. Morgan

May 8 2006

93 year old Mrs. Willie B. Morgan of the Lucky Community of Warren County died Saturday at her residence. She was born in DeKalb County to the late Rufus and Lora Robinson. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Herbert Pedigo and her second husband, Frank Morgan; sisters, Alta Mae Robinson and Elizabeth Robinson; and brothers, Howard, Paul, Frank, and Alfred Robinson. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery in DeKalb County. The family will receive friends on Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at McMinnville Funeral Home. A homemaker and a Methodist, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Hattie and John K. Jones of McMinnville. A brother and sister-in-law, Charles Huston and Millie Robinson of Richmond, Virginia. Grandchildren and their spouses, Jan and Reed Wade of Knoxville and Dwight and Tammy Jones of McMinnville. A sister-in-law, Jo Ann Robinson of Smithville. Two great grandchildren, Lane and Jake Jones also survive. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sandra Kay Witty Willoughby

May 13 2006

50 year old Sandra Kay Witty Willoughby of Alexandria died Thursday at UMC of Lebanon of an extended illness. She was a Warren County native, a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ, and an order entry employee for Goldner Company. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Trey Helton and Howard Knox will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Gardens. Survivors include her husband, John Willoughby of Alexandria. A daughter, Katie Willoughby of Alexandria. Two step-sons, Johnathon and his wife Rena Willoughby of Smithville and Jessie Willoughby of Dowelltown. Two grandchildren, Lydia and Jathan Willoughby of Smithville. Her father, Howard Witty and his wife Barbara Witty of McMinnville. Three step-brothers, Brent, Greg, and Derrick Pennington of McMinnville. Her mother-in-law, Georgie Willoughby of Hickman. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sylvia Stewart Witty. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dean Cantrell

May 15 2006

82 year old Ms. Dean Cantrell of Smithville died Monday morning of an extended illness at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church and former owner of the Keltonburg Grocery Store. She was also a retired nurse, sales clerk, and a dispatcher. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer Cecil and Ethel Taylor Hall; her husband, Gentry Lee Cantrell; a daughter, Darlene Haas; and a sister, Ruby Brown DeBruce. Survivors include her children Jerry Lee and his wife Jane Cantrell of Smithville. Ronald Glynn and his wife Judy Cantrell of McMinnville. Phillip Wayne and his wife Marilyn Cantrell of Smithville. Regina Hope Bates of Smithville. Twelve grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren survive along with two sisters, Patricia Wooten of Mount Clemens, Michigan and Joan Burge of Clinton Township, Michigan. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Thelma Bell Davenport Mathis

May 15 2006

82 year old Thelma Bell Davenport Mathis of Liberty died Monday morning at DeKalb Hospital. She was a member of the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Charles Allen Gentry and Dewey Dyer will officiate and burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:00 a.m. An Eastern Star service will be held Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney Tolbert and Lou Ola Bransford Davenport; a daughter, Sharon Starr Mathis; brothers, U.C. and Homer Davenport; and a sister, Velma Lois Wilkerson. Survivors include her husband, Guy G. Mathis of Liberty. Three children, Patricia Ann and her husband Odie Tallent of Smithville, Thelma Guylene and her husband, Dr. Robert R. Atnip of Smithville, and Van Miller and his wife Debbie Mathis of Liberty. Nine grandchildren, Louie Hendrixson, Jill Goneke, Javon Hendrixson, Lisa Tramel, Bob Atnip, Tara Jane Summers, Jared Atnip, Eric Mathis, Pamela Shaw. Two step-grandchildren, Josh and Jason Tallent. Seven great grandchildren, Andy Hendrixson, Chase and Caleb Tramel, Ari Scott, Preston Summers, Chandler, and Olivia Shaw. One brother, William B. Davenport of Lebanon. Three sisters, Elease Cripps and Robbie Sanders of Lebanon and Maxine Bowers of Gallatin. A sister-in-law, Thelma Davenport of Lebanon. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Pauline Mason

May 15 2006

75 year old Pauline Mason of Smithville died Sunday of an extended illness at DeKalb Hospital. She was a Baptist and a retired police dispatcher. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Sycamore Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brunell and Annie Duggin Gassaway; her husband, Alton E. Mason; and a son, Larry Mason. She is survived by a nephew, Mike and his wife Trena Gassaway of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Pauline Witty of Woodbury, Ruth Mason of Michigan City, Indiana, and Ruby Carroll of Knoxville. Ms. Mason's remains have been cremated. There will be no visitation or service at the funeral home. Family and friends will gather at Sycamore Cemetery on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Troy Malcolm Lee

May 15 2006

73 year old Troy Malcolm Lee of Liberty died Sunday morning at his residence of a sudden illness. He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and was self-employed in hardwood flooring. The funeral will be Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Smithville Church of God where he was a member. Donnie Kelly will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the church and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wynona Corrilyn \"Mimi\" Lee and a grandson, Adam Troy Lee. Survivors include special friend, Janet Clendenon of Liberty. Seven children, Troy Malcolm Lee, Jr. of Gasden, Alabama; Robin Lee Rushing of Northport, Alabama; Holly Barnes of Smithville; Bradley Hughes Lee of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Tracey Lee and Kelly Lee Hollingsworth both of Smithville; and Christopher Phillips Lee of Atlanta, Georgia. Seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren survive along with four brothers, Russell Lee, Charles Daniel Lee, Jr., Ebb Lee, and Roy Lee all of Alabama. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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