Obituaries

Allie Attress Johnson Hudson Cantrell

Oct 8 2014

Mrs. Allie Attress Johnson Hudson Cantrell, age 95 of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Cantrell was born December 30, 1918 in DeKalb County to the late Ike Davis Johnson & Era Mai Rigsby Johnson. She was a retired shirt factory worker. She loved to quilt and it was a treat for anyone that visited her home to enjoy her cooking. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by husband Layron Hudson; son Malcolm Hudson; granddaughter Kim Ward; grandson Joe Dewayne Dickerson; siblings Wilson, Ruby, Henry, Ellen, David, Harvey and Jody.

Survivors include her two daughters Mary (Doug) Stafford and Larona (Joe) Dickerson all of Sparta

Grandchildren: Jeff (Sherry) Stafford, Gina (Bill) Phelps, Jack Stafford and Veronica Cantrell

Great-grandchildren: Chris Abston, Josh Smith, James Michael (Tasha) Teeples, Miya Clark, J.D. (Darlene) Stafford, Bridgette Stafford

Five great-great grandchildren

Several nieces and nephews also survive

Funeral services will be 11:00am Friday, October 10, 2014 in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Johnson's Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-8:00pm at Hunter Funeral Home. L.D. Anderson will officiate.

Mary Frances Foster

Oct 8 2014

79 year old Mary Frances Foster of Smithville died Tuesday. She was a member and Pastor of the Pentecostal Emmanuel Bread of Life. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Roger Grissom and Sue Hutchinson will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Foster was preceded in death by her parents, Cridner and Nancy Martin; a son, David B. Hale; a daughter, Oleda Kerr; two brothers, Aubrey Denon Martin and George H. Martin; and four sisters, Nonnie Hawkins, Cornelia Braswell, Elsie Choate, and Geneva Wooden. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Lewis Foster of Smithville. Two daughters, Doretta and husband Jerry Hutchins, Sr. of Smithville and Donna Swain of Memphis. Four grandchildren, Jerry, Jr. and Laura Hutchins of Dowelltown, Jerretta and Terry Certain of Murfreesboro, Christian and Leslie Phillips of Illinois and Hunter Swain of New York. Seven great grandchildren, Joel Certain of Knoxville, David Hutchins of Liberty, Katlin and Lindsey Hutchins of Dowelltown, Grace Certain of Murfreesboro, and Owen and Sean Phillips of Illinois. Two special friends, Sherry Brannon and Marilyn Mashburn of Smithville and three special caregivers, Carolyn Dyer, Mina Lions, and Jessie Mashburn. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, the family has asked that donations please be made to the Emmanuel Bread of Life Building Fund.

J.C. "Buck" Vanatta

Oct 7 2014

Mr. J.C. "Buck" Vanatta age 87 passed away Monday at Skyline Medical Center. He was born May 24, 1927 to his parents the late Charlie and Parthena Bennett Vanatta. In addition to his paretns, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Minnie Herman and Maureen Jones and 4 brothers, Ernest, Howard, Eugene, and Loyd Vanatta. Buck was a construction worker and a Baptist. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Vanatta of Dowelltown; 2 sisters, Frances Gilley of Nashville and Sue (Tom) Lassiter of Smithville; Several nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday 11:AM until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Susan Young Cripps

Oct 7 2014

Susan Young Cripps, age 69, died unexpectedly in the Cardiac Care Unit of Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, TN, on September 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Gary Wilson Cripps, who died just 7 weeks before Susan; her parents, Richard Scruggs Young, Jr, and Billie Hill Young; her grandparents, Richard and Mary Rebecca Foster Young and John (Chub) Hill and Ida Puckett Hill; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Cripps, all of Smithville

Susan is survived by 3 daughters: Marcy Cripps of Smithville, Susannah Cripps Daughtry and husband, Blake, of Dothan, Alabama, and Molly Cripps of Nashville; 4 grandchildren Libby and Kate Hufham and Jeb and Bryce Daughtry of Dothan; a sister, Marsha Young Darrah and brother-in-law, Dr. David Darrah, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dr. Hugh Don and Rita Cripps; nieces, Jane Darrah Ramsey, Kate Darrah Miller, Martha Cripps Cooper, Sarah Cripps, and Ashby Cripps Woodward all of Smithville, and Rachel Cripps McCarter of Cookeville; nephews, Greg, Jason, and Justin Cripps of Smithville.

A memorial service will be held at Love-Cantrell Funeral Chapel on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm, service to follow at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lighthouse Christian Widows Home, the Nashville Rescue Mission, or DeKalb Animal Coalition, 409 West Main, Smithville, TN 37166.

Lola Marie Murphy Hart

Oct 7 2014

Ms. Lola Marie Murphy Hart age 86 of Smithville and a native of Gravelly Springs, AL passed away Saturday evening at her daughters residence. She was born July 1, 1928 to her parents, the late Johnny Wiley and Iciephean Horton Murphy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 husbands, James Hart and Howard Hart; son, Terry Hart; 3 brothers, Woodrow, Charley and Johnny Murphy; 7 sisters, Mary Eunice Rich, Nevada Newton, Eunice Bevis, Mildred Campa, Vergie Fowler, Odella Smith and Carrie Robbins. Ms. Lola was a homemaker and a member of Valley View House of Prayer in Alabama. She is survived by 5 children, Brenda White of Waterloo, AL; Carolyn Myrick of Center Star, AL; Sharon Barron of Smithvile, TN; Dawna Hart of Florence, AL and Clint Hart of Waterloo, AL; step-son, Charles Hart of Florence, AL; 2 sisters, Roxie Villers of Gravelly Springs, AL and Dorothy Malone of Tuscumbia, AL. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Florence, AL with Bros. Larry Burbank and Paul Holloway, Jr. officiating and burial to follow in Murphy's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM at the Lighthouse Apostolic Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Frances Mayfield

Oct 6 2014

91 year old Mary Frances Mayfield of Alexandria died Sunday at NHC of Smithville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home. Jeff Ford will officiate and burial will be in the Fitzpatrick Cemetery in Celina. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Lorene Wood. She is survived by nieces, Doris and husband Jimmy Mulinax of Alexandria and Joyce Anderson of Alabama. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Eunice Minnear Banks

Oct 6 2014
Eunice Minnear Banks

Eunice Minnear Banks, 83, went home to meet the Lord on Saturday, October 4, 2014, surrounded by loved ones at her daughters home. Mrs. Banks was born on July 23, 1931, in DeKalb County to Lonnie and Beulah Pedigo Minnear. She married the love of her life Woodrow Banks on August 8, 1948 and for the next 55 years they walked through this world together. Woodrow told her when she was 8 years old, and he was 16, that he was going to marry her one day and two weeks after she turned 17 he came home from Detroit where he had been working, and they went to Georgia and got married. He was a foreman at Chrysler Corporation, but she would not go back to Michigan with him so he became a farmer and she worked at the local shirt factory except for a period of time when they owned the City Café on the Smithville Square.

In 1971 she quit work at the factory when her first grandchild was born and after the grandchildren were all in school, she worked at Hartman Luggage for ten years and then retired to take care of her great grandchildren, who were the center of her world. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and tending her many flower beds, but most of all she enjoyed going to church and working for the Lord. She was a prayer warrior, kindhearted and well loved and respected by friends and family. She was a member of New Life Untited Pentecostal Church and one of the original founders of Laurel Hill United Pentecostal Church in 1970. Where she taught Sunday School for many years.

In addition to her parents and husband, Eunice was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Banks Young Puckett; two sisters, Reba Shehane and Helen Leftrick; and two brothers, Lewis Minnear and Eurbye Minnear. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Wayne Hill. 5 Grandchildren-Dava (Russell) Pedigo, Terra (Tad) Turner, Tiffany Hendrixson, Misty Shehane all of Smithville, Josh (Stephanie) Young of McMinnville, 13 Great Grandchildren-Drew and Alex Pedigo, Maggie and MacKenley Turner, Brayden and Lauren Shehane all of Smithville, Allen Faux of Murfreesboro, Emma and Deering Hendrixson of Burns, TN, Blaine Blankenship, Preston and Gracie Young, Kolby Simons of McMinnville, 1 Brother-Donald (Peggy) Minnear of Smithville, 1 Sister-Marilyn Caldwell of Smithville, several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and her church family.

A Going Home Service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the New Life United Pentecostal Church, 860 South Congress Boulevard. Visitation with the Banks family will be on Monday from 10am until 8pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, and on Tuesday from 10am until the time of the service at 2pm at the New Life United Pentecostal Church. Brothers Dwayne Cornelius and Clayton Neal will officiate with burial following at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life United Pentecostal Church in honor of Mrs. Banks.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

Favour is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Johnny Ray Hancock

Oct 1 2014

54 year old Johnny Ray Hancock of Liberty died Tuesday at Alive Hospice Center in Nashville. He was a self employed carpenter. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Hancock, Sr. and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Alice Hancock of Liberty. Three children, Jerald Hancock of Watertown, Jennifer Hancock of McMinnville, and Brandon Hancock of Liberty. One granddaughter, Lanae Hancock of Watertown. Three brothers, three sisters, and several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the funeral home to help with burial expenses. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Auston Corley Wood

Oct 1 2014

27 year old Auston Corley Wood of Smithville passed away Tuesday September 30, 2014 at his residence. Auston was the son of the late Hugh Wood and Cindy Stobart of Gassaway. He was self- employed and a member of New Life United Pentecostal Church. Memorial Service will be held 2:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dwayne Cornelius officiating. Visitation with the family will be Saturday from 12:PM until time of the service at 2:PM. He is survived by his wife Stacey Wood of Smithville; Children: Kaitlyn Wood, Bauss Wood, Adam Hicks and Legend Wood all of Smithville; Mother: Cindy Stobart of Gassaway; Brother: Billy (Angie) Smart of Texas; Father and Mother-in-law: Shane & Michelle Walker of Smithville; Sister-in-law: Kelley Walker of Smithville. In Lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Javin Brown Cripps

Sep 28 2014

83 year old Javin Brown Cripps of Mount Juliet and formerly of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a Baptist, a member of the Berryville Baptist Church in Old Hickory, and a self employed general contractor. The funeral will be Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Lenard Herman and Chad Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Cripps Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Tuesday at the Mount Moriah Church from 10:30 a.m. until the service at 12:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy, Sr. and Myrtle Jones Cripps and a sister, Nannie Rose Miller. Survivors include five children, Gayle Cripps of Carthage, Alfred Cripps of Murfreesboro, Jason Cripps of McMinnville, Angie Snow of Murfreesboro, and Jeff Cripps of Mount Juliet. Twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Brothers and sisters, Frank Cripps, Marie Ford, Troy Cripps, Jr., and Judy Williams and Connie Cripps. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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