Lee B. (L.B.) Mullican

Apr 8 2014

74 year old Lee B. (L.B.) Mullican of McMinnville, died Monday at his residence. He was born September 06, 1939 in Centertown, TN, was a truck driver, a U.S. Army Veteran, and a member of the Church of Christ at Hwy. 56 North. Mr. Mullican was preceded in death by parents Cloy “Trader” and Freda Overall Griffith Mullican and brothers Dwyane Mullican and Sammy Mullican.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy Jean Madewell Mullican, children Donna Lee (Barry) Wanamaker, Ronald Lee Mullican and Jimmy Matthews, sister Geneva Joyce Mullican, brother Gary Edmond Mullican, sister-in-law Wanda Thomas Mullican, grandchildren Jacob Wanamaker, Penny Wanamaker, and Drew (Tiffany) Mullican, and great grandchildren Helena Mullican, Treyton Mullican, and Hayden Mullican. Many nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Wayne Cantrell and Bro. Bobby Mayfield will officiate. Interment will follow at Center Hill Cemetery at Hills Creek. Military grave rites will be administered by American Legion Post 173 and V.F.W. Post 5064. The Mullican Family will receive friends Tuesday from 3:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., Wednesday from 10 A.M. until 9 P.M., and again Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Henry, J.J., Larry DeLong, Steve Gauger, Jay Slatton, Treyton Cantrell, Penny and Jacob Wanamaker, Helena, Treyton and Hayden Mullican, and Bruce Medley are asked to served as honorary pallbearers

Online condolences may be made at

Sadie Lee Taylor Tallent

Apr 6 2014

76 year old Sadie Lee Taylor Tallent of Murray, Kentucky and a native of DeKalb County died Friday morning at Union City, TN. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Tallent. Graveside services and interment will be 2:PM Sunday at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 11:AM until 1:45 at which time we will leave to go to the cemetery for the graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family asked that donations be given to Whorton Springs Cemetery in memory of Ms. Sadie. In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by her parents: Ulysus Brent and Cora Elizabeth Taylor; 1 Sister: Nellie Darse Waggoner. Survivors include: Daughter: Janie Tallent and her husband Karl Zimmerman of Martin, TN.; Grandson: Dr. William (Jennifer) Zimmerman; Great Grandson: Joseph Zimmerman all of Martin, TN.; Siblings: Toy Ray Taylor, Mary Hughes and Myrtle Taylor of Smithville, Norma Jane Malone of Lafayette, IN., George Brent and his wife Gail Taylor of Smithville; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins; Special niece and nephew: Betty Sue Todd and Winfred Murphy of Woodbury, TN. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

James Lannis Hays

Apr 5 2014

71 year old James Lannis Hays of Statesville died Wednesday morning at the Lebanon Health and Rehab Center. Born in Cannon County, he was the son of the late Ernest Alfred Hays and Lula Clayborn Hays. Jimmy attended Watertown High School and was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church. He was a boiler maker and member of Local 363 in Illinois. Jimmy was a Past Master and 50 year member of Comer Lodge No. 417 F&AM. He is survived by his wife, Carol McColpin Hays of Statesville; son, James Lee Hays and wife, Janet of Statesville; daughter, Janice Lanee Williamson of Statesville; grandchildren, Casey Elizabeth Hays, Lindsey and Logan Williamson; step children, Karen Bell of Flora, IL, Kim (Sandy) Bell and Max (Sandy) Bell both of Bridgeport, IL; step grandchildren, Michael (Samantha) Cooper, Rachel (Perry) Boles, Chris (Rhonda) Cooper, Dalton, Kendra and Cassidy Shadle; sister, Sherry Parkerson of Smithville; brother, Jackson (Kathy) Hays of Auburntown; nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Jimmy's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Visitation with the family will be from 1 p.m. till service time on Sunday.

Thelma Christine Adcock

Apr 3 2014

85 year old Thelma Christine Adcock of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Temple Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Shannon Cantrell will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Thaniel and Stella Young Adcock. Survivors include one sister, Ola Geneva Knowles; two nieces, Christie and Deborah Knowles; one nephew, Glenn Doyce Knowles; and a special friend Anna Cuella all of Smithville. Several great nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville Lions Club. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Louis Bogle

Apr 1 2014

75 year old James Louis Bogle of Liberty died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center of Smithville. He was an equipment operator and a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Jimmy Arms will officiate and burial will be in the Beech Hill Cemetery at Gassaway. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. Bogle was preceded in death by his parents, Odas Parker Bogle and Annie Mae Gilley. Survivors include a son, Edwin and wife Teresa Bogle of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Casey and husband Joey Agee of Dowelltown and Dustin and wife Brittany Bogle of Alexandria. Great grandchildren, Avery Agee, Jordyn Agee, and McCullan Bogle. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Anderson Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Diann M. Symonds

Apr 1 2014

Diann M. Symonds was born June 24, 1946 in Rockport, Indiana, daughter of Norma and Cuba Austin Mercer. She lived with her grandparents when growing up. She attended Kennedy Grade School and Rockport High School. In High School she was active in many extracurricular activities including: band, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, GAA, FHA, Latin Club, Glee Club, Choir and had the lead in the school play. She graduated in June 1964 and in July 1964 she married Lloyd Ray Taylor from Tennyson. They had one daughter Ilinda Sue born November 5, 1965. She lived briefly in Troy and Tell City then moved in 1971 to Chicago where she began working for Esquire Incorporated, Coronet Films Division. She divorced Lloyd in 1971 and began attending Mayfair Jr. College where she graduated with honors with an Associates Degree in Psychology. While attending Mayfair College she worked in the school library and as a community organizer. Here she met Robert Neal Symonds whom she married May 13, 1978. They had one daughter Anna Natascha who was born January 25, 1978.

They traveled to France, Spain and Africa and then both attended Illinois Institute of Technology where she earned her Masters Degree in Sociology. She led a very active life as a Judge of Election, Special Canvasser for the Board of Education, Member of Eastern Star, True Kindred, and Past Royal Matron Order of the Amaranth. Robert died in 1985 and Diann left Chicago and moved to Florida then spent almost a year in Kenya East Africa. She wrote a book about this experience.

Afterwards she worked for a home health agency, marketing company and as a substitute teacher. She taught Spanish at Lewis and Clark College for the Upward Bound Program and taught Night School at Gordon Tech High School in Chicago and Biology/crafts for Operation Outreach at Alton, Illinois High School.

Mrs. Symonds passed away March 28,2014 at DeKalb Community Hospital.

She is survived by her daughters: Linda Sue Becker of Smithville, Tn. and Anna Symonds of Orangeburg, South Carolina; 3 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren.

Ms. Diann M. Symonds wishes were to be cremated. No services will be held.

Bernice Neal Robinson

Mar 31 2014

Bernice Neal Robinson, age 88, died on Friday, March 28, 2013, at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN after a short illness. Bernice had been residing with her grandson, Michael Moore, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. At the time of her death, she was visiting with her daughter, Peggy Moore-Breedlove.

Bernice was born on November 23, 1925, in Brush Creek, Tennessee. Her parents were Ernest Newton Neal and Lillie Mae Lawrence. Bernice had one sister, Mattie Francis Neal Frye. She grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Watertown High School in 1943. As a teenager, she worked for Goodner’s Dry Goods Store in Alexandria. After high school graduation, she took courses in business while attending Draughons College in Nashville, Tennessee.

After a brief courtship, Bernice married Robert Stanton Robinson on May 1, 1946. The couple lived in Clarksville, Tennessee where their daughter, Peggy Jean Robinson, was born. Bernice and Robert returned to Alexandria, Tennessee in 1949. Their son, Larry Robinson, was born in Lebanon, Tennessee. Bernice and Robert returned to Clarksville in 1956. Upon returning to Clarksville, Bernice worked for First Trust and Savings Bank as a teller and became a founding member of Excell Baptist Church.

In 1973, Bernice and Robert returned to Alexandria to care for Bernice’s father and built a home on the Neal farm. Bernice continued working as a teller at DeKalb County Bank and Trust in addition to assisting Robert with farm work and building a new home. She was an active member of First Baptist, West Main and Upper Helton Baptist Church and spent her free time helping her extended family and friends in the Alexandria community.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Peggy Jean Robinson Moore-Breedlove (Floyd), grandson Michael Moore (Cheri) and great-grandchildren Rachel Moore, Robert Stanton Moore, Juliana Moore; grandson James Moore (Lori) and great granddaughter Lilli Moore; daughter in law Rhonda Morrison Robinson, grandchildren Wade Robinson (Niki), great-grandchildren Adriana Robinson and Carsten Robinson; grandson Jerry Robinson (Cynthia), great-grandsons Diego and Rocky Robinson, step great-granddaughters Melanie and Mechelle Scott; granddaughter Wendy Robinson; step-grandson Jeff Breedlove (Lori); step granddaughter Teresa Watson (Johnny), step-great granddaughter Brandi Watson Parker (Clayton) and step great, great-granddaughter Bentlee Parker.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents and sister, husband Robert Stanton Robinson and son, Larry Neal Robinson and son-in-law James P. (Pat) Moore.

Visitation will be held at Anderson’s Funeral Home, Alexandria, Tennessee on Thursday, April 3 from 5 pm to 8 pm and Friday, April 4 from 10 am to 1 pm followed by a service at 1 pm. A brief graveside service and burial will be conducted at Sango cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee on Friday, April 4 at approximately 4:15 pm.

Bobbie Jean Ford

Mar 29 2014

79 year old Bobbie Jean Ford of Smithville died Saturday afternoon at NHC Healthcare. She was the daughter of the late Julius M. and Nora Ella Cantrell Roller. She was a housekeeper at NHC Healthcare in McMinnville and a member of Keltonburg United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husband Lionel Ford; Son: Rickey Ford; Brothers: Herman, James and Obbie Roller; Sisters: Emily Caten and Nellie Roller. Survivors include Daughter-in-law: Terrie Ford and her husband Ray Vaughan of Smithville; Granddaughter: Holly Ford Bullard of Smithville; Great Grandson: Rickey Bullard of Smithville; Sisters-in-law: Helen Roller of Rock Island, Willene Davis of Smithville and Helen (Ron) Griffith of Nashville; Several Nieces and Nephews; Special Friend: Leona Herman of Smithville. Funeral Services for Ms. Bobbie Ford will be held 4:PM Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Eugene Haley and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Monday from 2:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday from 10:AM until time of the service at 4:PM. In lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to Keltonburg United Methodist Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

John S. Anderson

Mar 28 2014

81 year old John S. Anderson of the Short Mountain Community died Friday morning at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. He was born July 7, 1932 to his parents, the late James Alvis and Haley Cox Anderson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Mr. Anderson was a U.S. Army Veteran, Member of the American Legion and served as Past Commander of the Blue Springs Missouri Chapter, Baptist and a retired factory worker. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elma Anderson of the Short Mountain Community; son, Jerry Anderson, Sr. of Kentucky; 3 grandchildren, Jerry Anderson, Jr., Crystal Pruitt and Heather Anderson; several great and great-great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with James Hayes officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday 2:PM until 7:PM and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM.

Eldred Lawrence Fish

Mar 24 2014

92 year old Eldred Lawrence Fish of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Smithville Church of God and he served as Mayor of Dowelltown from 1976 until 1989. He was also retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donnie Kelly and Jeff Armstrong will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Fish was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ina Payne Fish; a brother, Will Fish; a sister-in-law, Louye Self; and a brother-in-law, Auburn Nixon. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bobbye Nixon Fish of Smithville. One son, Greg and wife Sissy Fish of Dowelltown. Two daughters, Brenda and husband John Inglis and Linda and husband Jimmy Keith all of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Tia Inglis, Brandon Keith, Andrew and wife Andria Keith, and Nicholas Keith all of Smithville and Dalton Fish of Dowelltown. Four great grandchildren, Jordan Reeder, Dillan Reeder, Braden Givens, and Hannah Keith all of Smithville. Two sisters-in-law, Bobbye Ruth Fish and Helen Nixon both of Smithville. One brother-in-law, J.C. Self of Goodlettsville. Several nieces and nephews also survive and caregivers Becky Gesegnet, Elaine Cowart, Leslie Emme, and Tia Inglis. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Smithville Church of God Building Fund.


Subscribe to Obituary content

Follow Us


News Feed

WJLE Radio

2606 McMinnville Hwy
Smithville, TN 37166

Phone: 615 597-4265
FAX: 615 597-6025

Local News

6:30 A.M.
7:30 A.M.
8:55 A.M.
12:00 NOON
4:00 P.M.
9:45 P.M.

DTC Communications

Fiddlers Jamboree