Joel Thomas "Joey" George

Apr 12 2018
Joel Thomas "Joey" George

Joel Thomas "Joey" George age 55 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday night at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born September 2, 1962 to his parents, Dorothy Cook George and the late Emmett Lee George. He was a Baptist and a construction worker. He is survived by 4 children, Brandy Brower of Washington, Sheena Roper of Smithville, Britany George of Sparta and Seth George of Smithville; 9 grandchildren; mother of his children, Becky George of Smithville; mother, Dorothy George Wooden of Alexandria; 2 brothers, Jeff and Michael George both of Alexandria; several nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. The family has honored Joey's request to be cremated and there will be a Memorial Service 2 PM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday from 12 Noon until the time of the memorial service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

JoAnn Pittman

Apr 6 2018
JoAnn Pittman

72 year old JoAnn Pittman of Smithville passed away Friday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the New Home Missionary Baptist Church and was retired from the DeKalb County Board of Education. The funeral will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bobby Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Keith Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe and Lillie Mae White Ervin; brothers, Mack Ervin, R.J. Ervin, Alvie Ervin, Red Ervin, Marlon Ervin, and W.B. Cantrell; sisters, Betty Wilson, Ruby Conway, and special companion Charles Ayers. Survivors include a daughter, Angie and William Meadows of Smithville. Grandchildren, Stephanie and Billy Tiner of Smithville, Brandon Rackley and companion Kim Wyatt of Smithville. Great granddaughter, Sophia Ann Tiner of Smithville. Sister-in-law, Rebecca Ervin of Smithville. Nephews, Ralph and June Vaughn of Murfreesboro, Douglas and Barbara Ann Ervin of Smithville, and Randy and Pam Conway of Indiana. Nieces, Kimberly and Mark Violet of Smithville, Tracy and Jay Thibodeaux and Carol and Mike Landolt all of Texas. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made to the New Home Missionary Baptist Vision Fund.

Debra Ella Hayes

Apr 5 2018

58 year old Debra Ella Hayes of Rock Island passed away Thursday at St. Thomas Hospital West, Nashville. She was employed by Tenneco and a member of the Shepherd of Hills Lutheran Church in McMinnville. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. in the Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church in McMinnville. The family has chosen direct cremation. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Donald Hayes and Joyce Wilma Litchenberg Arnold; infant son; paternal grandparents, Charles and Blanche Sims Hayes; maternal grandparents, Oscar and Ella Fischer Litchenberg; uncle, Ronald Litchenberg; and aunt, Carolyn Hayes. Survivors include three sisters, Donna I. and Robby Lawson of Rock Island; Denise P. and George Noland of Claremore, Oklahoma; and Denell R. and Jason McDonald of Claremore, Oklahoma; one brother, Christopher W. and Cindy Tiepelman of San Springs, Oklahoma; two uncles, William and Sharon Litchenberg of Florissant, Missouri and David and Carolyn Litchenberg of St. Louis, Missouri. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations in memory of Debra may be made to the Shepherd of the Hills Building Fund, 4083 Yager Road, McMinnville, TN. 37110

Jerry Wayne Redmon

Apr 5 2018
Jerry Wayne Redmon

58 year old Jerry Wayne Redmon of Smithville passed away Thursday at Alive Hospital in Nashville. He was a Baptist and a retired assembler with Star Manufacturing. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Joel Wood will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Redmon is survived by his parents, R.L. and Earlene Redmon of Smithville; a son, Josh and Tera Redmon of Kentucky; daughter, Danielle and Cory Bowling of Bluff City, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Josie Redmon of Kentucky and Jason, Addison, and Mason Bowling of Bluff City, Tennessee; two sisters, Patricia and Amon Cantrell and Donna and Bob Smith of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Allen Page

Apr 3 2018
Robert Allen Page

Robert Allen Page age 70 of Smithville passed away Monday night, April 2, 2018 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. He was born January 17, 1948 to his parents, the late Charlie Buck and Mina Belle Hale Page. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Nina Faye Wicks, Lois Hamilton, Martha Sue Page and Judy Bullard. Robert was a truck driver with Smithville Concrete for 27 years, a minister for over 40 years and was the Pastor of the Harvest Time Church, he also served in the National Guard. He is survived by 2 children, Melissa (Ted) Leaver of Smithville and Steve (Tonya) Page of Sparta; 9 grandchildren, Kheela (Michael) Ditterline, Kristen Blair, Wesley Blair, Stephanie Page, Heather Page, Steven Page, Brett Page, Garrett (Tiffini) Hoke and Chase (Dakota) Hoke; 7 great-grandchildren, Peytin Adcock, Layla Dillard, Gavin Dillard, Addison Curtis, Kallen Curtis, Gunner Angel and Easton Hoke; 2 sisters, Kathy Cantrell of Smithville and Carolyn Miller of Sparta; 2 brothers, Charles Page of Smithville and Jerry Page of McMinnville; several nieces, nephews, cousins and his Harvest Time Church family also survive. Funeral services celebrating Robert's life will be 3 PM Friday, April 6, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Tramel and Wendell Judkins officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 12 Noon until 8 PM and Friday 9 AM until the time of the service at 3 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Tammy Winetta Lowe

Apr 3 2018

Tammy Winetta Lowe, age 50, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at St. Thomas Dekalb Hospital. She was a native of Dekalb Co.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Lowe of Smithville; Sister, Beckie Werpecinisky of Smithville; Son, Christopher Leon Lowe of Nashville; and Niece and Nephew, Briley Werpecinisky & Kris Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank & JoAnn Kelly Robinson.

Ms. Lowe worked as a Bookkeeper in Accounting and enjoyed doing artwork, especially painting and photography.

Memorial Graveside Services will be 12 Noon Saturday, April 7, 2018

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311,

Carol Lee Allen Brown

Apr 2 2018
Carol Lee Allen Brown

Carol Lee Allen Brown age 52 of Smithville passed away Saturday March 31, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 4, 1965 to her parents, the late Earl and Sandra Lee Allen. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Lee Brown. Carol worked at Patty's Restaurant. Survivors include 2 children, Lonnie JB (Jessica Lane) Brown and Shanna Brown (David Amberson) both of Smithville; 5 grandchildren, Lilly Anne Brown, Weslin McCowan, Jayden McCowan, Rebecca Lee Brown, and Isaac Rain Magouirk; 3 sisters, Claudette Caldwell and Donna Greer both of Smithville and Tina Fay Parks of Gainesboro; 2 brothers, Steve Allen and Earl Allen, Jr. both of Gainesboro; step-mother, Debbie Allen of the Dodson Branch Community. Graveside services and interment for Carol will be held 2 PM Monday, April 9, 2018 at DeKalb Cemetery with Bro. Junior Shepherd and Steve Allen officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gradie Lee (Bond) Hernandez

Apr 1 2018
Gradie Lee (Bond) Hernandez

Gradie Lee (Bond) Hernandez, 70, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 30, 2018 in Riverside from Chronic Heart Failure.

She was born in Smithville, TN on April 22, 1947. She is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, John Hernandez. She leaves her daughter, Andrea Isaac and husband Jason, son Johnathan Hernandez, and granddaughters Arianna and Jennya Isaac, and June Hernandez. She is also survived by her mother, Gradie Gribble, and brothers and sisters, Joe Bond, Danny Bond, Linda Gonzales, John Bond, and Kathy Stanley.

Gradie met John Hernandez in 1968, and married in Murfreesboro, TN on June 4, 1970 at St. Rose of Lima. They were blessed with two children. Their daughter was born on August 1, 1975 and a son was born on December 14, 1976. They have three wonderful granddaughters, ages 17, 14, and 12 years old.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1968 and a Master of Science in Biology in 1970 both from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She also earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 2005.

Gradie taught Mathematics at DeKalb County High School in Smithville, TN from 1970-1976. Her family moved to Riverside, CA in 1977. She began teaching Mathematics at Norte Vista High School in Riverside in 1981, and retired in 2008. After 33 years of teaching, she kept busy by spending time with her family and traveling with her husband to visit family across the United States. She also enjoyed painting and working with the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) and the Daughters of the American Revolutionary (DAR). Every Sunday she attended church with her husband at the Old Time Religion Baptist Church in Riverside.

Mrs. Hernandez will have a memorial at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary in Riverside on April 20, 2018 at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gradies’ life. Additionally, we are proud to share that Gradie was able to help two blind people by donating both corneas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to military organizations such as the USO or DAV.

Michael Shane Maples

Mar 30 2018

Michael Shane Maples, 41 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his residence.

Born Friday, July 16, 1976 in Frankfurt , Germany, he was the son of Gary Maples and Martha Jane Brock. He retired with 20 years of service in the Army National Guard. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2004 until December 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Lewis Maples of Sparta; sons, Stephen Weston Maples and Daniel Shane Maples of Sparta; daughter, Alexis Grace Kamryn Maples of Sparta; parents, Ron and Jane Bennett of Sparta and Gary and Frances Maples of Spencer; mother-in-law, Nancy Lewis of Smithville; brothers, Chip Bennett (Renee) of Cookeville and Jonathan Bennett (Kristina) of McMinnville; sister, Angie Maples of Spencer; several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tad and Lucille Brock and brother, Gary Stephen Maples Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Steve Tiebout officiating. Burial will follow in Smith Chapel Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard. The family will welcome friends at 10:00 am until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Rickey Lynn Stanley

Mar 28 2018
Rickey Lynn Stanley

57 year old Rickey Lynn Stanley of Smithville passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, Center Hill Masonic Lodge #77, and the Order of the Eastern Star #374. He was also a former Texas Boot machine operator and farmer. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. A Masonic Service will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Stanley and Amanda Ruth Ervin, and father-in-law, Garrison Lee Bond. Survivors include his spouse, Kathy Bond Stanley; daughter, Angela and Joe O'Connell; a son, Rickey, Jr. and Jessica Stanley; a sister, Melissa Stanley; brothers, Ronald Stanley, Eddie and Louella Stanley; Randall Stanley; half-brother, Michael and Mandy Stanley; half-sister, Jennifer Pack; step-brother, Wayne and Linda Bush; five grandchildren, Reann, Faithann and Jolynn O'Connell and Chelsie and Lily Stanley; mother-in-law, Grady Bond Gribble; sisters-in-law, Grady and John Hernandez of California and Linda and Richard Gonzalez of Texas; brothers-in-law, Joe and Bea Bond of Missouri; Danny Bond and Susan Johnson of Smithville and Johnny and Shannon Bond of Utah. Several nieces and nephews survive. Close personal friends, Benny Dawes, Debra Crawford, Carol Underhill, Johnny Paul, Claudine Crawford, Paulette and Bobby Robinson, Edsel and Edward Frazier, Beverly Knauer, and the Dry Creek Baptist Church family. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Al Menah Shrine Temple.


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