Obituaries

Donny Joe Yeager

Aug 28 2013

46 year old Donny Joe Yeager of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist and a construction worker. Mr. Yeager's request was to be cremated. No services are planned. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Yeager. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Deloris and Richard McKinley of Arkansas. One brother, Alan Yeager of Arkansas. A step-brother, Richard McKinley of Idaho. Step sisters, Julie McKinley of Idaho and Kelly McKinley of Arkansas. Special friends, Joyce Bailey and John Bailey both of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Melissa Irene Jackson

Aug 27 2013

51 year old Melissa Irene Jackson of Smithville died Tuesday morning at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Baptist. She was also disabled and a former home healthcare nurse. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dewey Dyer will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Jackson was preceded in death by her father, James Thomas Fitts and a sister, Brittany Fitts. Survivors include her husband of over 30 years, Donald Jackson of Smithville. Three special grandchildren, Misty, Riley, and Gregory. Her mother, Gladys Fitts of Brush Creek. One sister, Melinda and her husband Tim Robertson of Brush Creek. Two brothers, Michael and his wife Porta Fitts of Maryland and Mickey and his wife Lori Fitts of Illinois. Several aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law along with four nephews, two nieces, and two great nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses in lieu of flowers.

Mary Jacqueline “Jackie” Jarman

Aug 27 2013

80 year old Mary Jacqueline “Jackie” Jarman of Thompsons Station died Sunday. She was a retired Suntrust employee, Sunday School teacher and pastor’s wife. She is survived by her husband, Pastor Amos “Jug” Jarman; son, Matt (Kim) Jarman, daughter, Amy (Brent) Bain; brother, Carlton (Brenda) Fordham; sister, Jeri (Alan) McDowell; grandchildren, A.J. Jarman, Brandi Myers & Caleb Cannon. A Memorial Service will be conducted 11:00 AM Saturday at the Spring Hill First Baptist Church with visitation one hour prior to service. Visitation will be 3-8PM Friday at Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. SPRING HILL MEMORIAL PARK, FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES is in charge of the arrangements.

Alice Smith Wells

Aug 26 2013

79 year old Alice Smith Wells of Murfreesboro died Saturday. A native of Frankewing, TN, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Bessie Coble Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joe M. Wells.

Mrs. Wells is survived by her sons, Frank Wells and his wife Trudy of Murfreesboro, TN, and Tom Wells and his wife Cassie of Indianapolis, IN; sisters, Joyce Mitchell of Nashville, TN, Karita Johnson of Georgetown, TN, and Darlene Guider of Chattanooga, TN; four grandchildren, Emily Wells Madison, Graham Wells, and Joshua and Adam Shanks, and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM. Chris Madison will officiate.

Mrs. Wells was a member of the Baptist Church and former owner of ABTS Tax and Bookkeeping Service in Smithville.
This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Ella Ethlene Cripps

Aug 26 2013

100 year old Ella Ethlene Cripps of Dowelltown died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church, a retired shirt factory worker and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Novella Braswell Stanley; a granddaughter, Malissa Joe Cripps; a sister, Myrtle Vanatta; and a brother, L.D. Stanley. She is survived by two children, Bobbie and husband Wayne Foster of Lebanon and Billy Joe and wife Ann Cripps of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Phillip Foster, David Foster, Joey Cripps, and Steven and Bobby Anderson. Eight great grandchildren, Joshua, Sabrina, Marcus, and Alex Cripps, Haley, Kelsea, Briston, and Zaylyn Anderson. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Amon J. Pack

Aug 26 2013

86 year old Amon J. Pack died Sunday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Born in DeKalb County, Pack was a retired deacon of Burt's Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army. He was a life long farmer. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. David Moody will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. Holly Cemetery in DeKalb County. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. . Pack was preceded in death by his parents, Anderson J. Pack and Ruby Allen Johnson Pack and his brother, Lewis Pack. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara C. Page Pack of Woodbury. His children, Ronny Page Pack and wife Alice of Woodbury, Kathleen P. Davenport and husband Bobby of Woodbury, Elaine Davis and husband Mike of Liberty, and Allan Francis Pack and wife Sharon of Woodbury. Two sisters, Georgie Brandon and Virginia Hayes and her husband Buddy all of Woodbury. Ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Holly Cemetery in care of Woodbury Funeral Home.

Mallie Opal Tate Taylor

Aug 25 2013

103 year old Mallie Opal Tate Taylor died Saturday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Born in Cannon County, Taylor was a member of the Clear Fork Methodist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 8:00 p.m. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Izzie Patterson Tate; her husband, William C. Taylor, and ten brothers and sisters. Survivors include children, Randall Taylor of Auburntown, Rachel Melton of Auburntown, Wayne and wife Kathy Taylor of Woodbury, and Darlene and husband Jack Knowles of Baxter. A sister, Shelby Vickers of Woodbury. Grandchildren, Don Paul Taylor, Aubrey and wife Rachel Taylor, Cody Taylor and Ethan Taylor, Misty and Melissa Melton, Dustin and wife Jessica Taylor, and Lacey and husband Chris Buchanan. Eleven great grandchildren. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys Williams Curtis

Aug 24 2013

89 year old Gladys Williams Curtis of Murfreesboro, formerly of Alexandria, died Saturday at NHC in Murfreesboro where she had been in comfort care for several weeks.

The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ben Simpson will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the service.

Mrs. Curtis was born the second of ten children to Mamie Ford Smith and Thomas Clay Smith of Cottage Home on November 13, 1923. She was preceded in death by husband Doyal Chester Williams and husband Warren B. Curtis; her parents; two brothers, Bill and Bob Smith; four sisters, Alice Smith an infant, Dorothy Anderson, Katherine Curtis, and Marjorie Ghundt.

A native of DeKalb County, Mrs. Curtis was a member of the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria. Survivors are three children, June and husband Ralph Vaughn of Murfreesboro, Lenny and wife Jean Williams of Greenbrier, and Danny and wife Willa Williams of Hartsville. Eight grandchildren survive and thirteen great grandchildren. Also, one brother Thomas Smith, Jr. of Franklin and two sisters, Martha Davis of Alexandria and Janie Heath of San Antonio, Texas.

Mrs. Curtis was owner and operator of a beauty shop in Smithville for many years where she had a loyal clientele and formed many lifelong friendships. She later spent twenty years in Orlando, Florida and returned to DeKalb County in 1989 to reside in Alexandria until 2011 when she moved to Murfreesboro.

Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gail Negoshian Estes

60 year old Gail Negoshian Estes of Murfreesboro died Monday after a fierce battle with cancer. She was a native of Needham, MA. and the daughter of the late Malcolm and Anne Simonian Negoshian. She was also preceded in death by her son, Zachary Estes. She is survived by her husband, David Estes, son, Zane Estes, daughter, Zandra McKenzie and her husband, Zack; Granddaughters, Aerianna and Scarlett; brothers, Malcolm and Jack Negoshian, and sister, Nancy Negoshian. Woodfin Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Terry Lee Brown

Aug 15 2013

61 year old Terry Lee Brown of Dowelltown died Thursday at his residence. He was a truck driver and a welder. Brown was a U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Brown's request was to be cremated. There will be no visitation or services held. Brown was preceded in death by his father, Martin J. Brown. He is survived by his mother, Sarah J. Etty of Apopka, Florida. A sister, Betty L. Brown Sumner of Apopka, Florida. Companion Judy Gentry of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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