Obituaries

Louise Hedge

102 year old Louise Hedge of Smithville and a native of Hickman County died Friday at NHC Healthcare in Smithville. She was a member of the Fairfield Baptist Church and a homemaker. A graveside service for Ms. Hedge will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Oakmont Cemetery in Centerville, TN. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service on Sunday. Her Grandson David Hedge will officiate. She was preceded in death by her parents Albert Dickson and Anna Taylor Hickman Petty; two husbands, Roy Allen Hedge and David Clay Hedge; two sons, Paul and Amos Hedge, and three brothers and four sisters. She is survived by three grandchildren, Cheryl and Chris Vance, Angela and Todd Miller and David and Trina Hedge, all of Smithville. Four Great-Grandchildren, Kelsey and Macy Hedge, Carly and Connor Vance; two Daughters-in-law, Frances Hedge of Smithville and Patty Hedge of Hohenwald. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville Church of Christ Playground fund, in memory of Ms. Louise. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Alan "Bear" Rozelle

Jul 25 2013

68 year old Alan "Bear" Rozelle of Liberty died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was office coordinator at Federal Mogul and owner of Picker's Delight Music Store. Rozelle was also an Army Veteran, a member of the Scottish Rite, and a member of the Short Mountain Lodge #373. He was preceded in death by parents Nelson Floyd, Sr. and Mary Davenport Rozelle. One brother, Nelson Rozelle, Jr. and one niece, Laura Rozelle. He is survived by two daughters, Michelle and Paul Oswald of Carthage, and Renee and Troy Guzenski of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Vanessa Oswald, Ella and Ethan Guzenski, and one sister-in-law, May Rozelle of Pennsylvania. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice.

Beulah Mai Hendrixson

Jul 24 2013

94 year old Beulah Mai Hendrixson of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was retired from Fuston's Five and Dime Store and a member of the Snow Hill United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Royce Martin, Jim Rogers, and Doyle Slager will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-9 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Hendrixson was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Hendrixson; parents, Isaac and Callie Dirting Smith; a brother, Othel Smith; and two sisters, Maureen Tramel and Alvilda Hendrixson. Survivors include three daughters, Nira Snyder of McMinnville, Judy and husband Royce Martin of Liberty, and Lori and husband Wes Rogers of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Chris and Kelley Snyder of Rock Island, Shannon and Lisa Snyder of McMinnville, Deanna and Mickey Hall of Lebanon, Curtis and Kimberly Martin of Liberty, and Allison Rogers of Smithville. Nine great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. One brother, Doyle Smith of Smithville. Four caretakers, Helen Fults of Liberty, Martha Fults of Smithville, Faye Murphy of Smithville, and Wanda Byford of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Emory Paul Kirksey

Jul 22 2013

94 year old Emory Paul Kirksey of Chattanooga died Monday at Hickory Valley Retirement Center. He was a Baptist and a retired Air Traffic Controller with the FAA. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Mark Bass will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Kirksey was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Carlton and Ida Theus Kirksey; his wife, Deanne Paris Kirksey; and a brother, Addis Kirksey. Survivors include a brother, Rufus Clayton Kirksey; nephews, Kenneth and Phillip Kirksey; and a niece, Tina Barger. A step-sister, Dorothy Hinton Jinks and a step-brother, Cecil Hinton. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

T.J. White

Jul 22 2013

73 year old T.J. White of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He worked as a farmhand. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tommy Taylor will officiate and burial will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Elsie Bennett White. He is survived by four sisters, JoDean Redmon, Jewell Tate, LaVelle Anderson, and Joyce Webster. Brother-in-law, Paul Webster. Several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Mae Reeder

Jul 22 2013

93 year old Lena Mae Reeder of Alexandria died Saturday morning at NHC Health Care in Smithville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, J.L. Reeder on Nov. 6, 2012. Lena was the daughter of the late Will and Mallie Young Sorrells and was preceded in death by 4 brothers 4 sisters and 2 grandchildren. She is survived by 3 sons, William Edward Reeder and wife, Patsy, Fred Allen Reeder and wife, Edwina and Charles Thomas Reeder; 5 daughters, Virginia Ann Curtis and husband, Tommy, Betty Ruth Swindell and husband, Sam, Nancy Marie Hayes and husband, Joe, Carolyn Frances Rice and husband, Gary, Linda Gale George and husband, Jimmy; 15 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Gary Rickman and Rev. Tommy Curtis officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday and prior to services on Tuesday. Burial will be at Poplar Hill Cemetery.

Haskel Junior Hawkins

Jul 18 2013

69 year old Haskel Junior Hawkins of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Covenant Baptist Church and a co-owner of Hawkins and Cook Construction Company. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Hawkins was preceded in death by his wife Judy Russell Hawkins; parents, William Haskel Hawkins and Bonnie Barnes Turner; and a son, Shane Hawkins. Survivors include a daughter, Jan and husband Allen Wilkins of Smithville. A son, Ricky Hawkins of Sparta. His wife, Ann Hawkins of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Josh Hawkins and Jordan Wilkins of Smithville, and Brandon Hawkins of Sparta. Two great grandchildren Alixs and Hunter Hawkins. A sister, Dorothy and husband Ryan Masters of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Lee Ballard

85 year old Ruby Lee Ballard of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Methodist and a retired factory worker. The funeral will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate with burial in Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 3:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Beulah Ponder Cantrell; husband, Robert Leonard Ballard; Grand-children, Jason Lucci and Crystal Allen; brothers, Lawrence, Bill and Frank Cantrell, and sister, Jessie Nell Conley. She is survived by two daughters, Sonia Presley of Smithville and Carolyn Jones of Nashville; two Grand-children, Robert Don England and Cassie England. Great-Grand-children, Tyler Bennett, Kayla Wheeler, Cole, Jacob, and Ezra Allen, Serena and Adam Lucci. One great -great- Grandchild, Sabastian Bennett, and a sister, Ruth Prinzvalle of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Walter Lee Burnett

Jul 18 2013

Mr. Walter Lee Burnett, age 84 of Alexandria, TN passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Mr. Burnett was born October 2, 1928 in Atlanta, GA the son of the late John Elder Burnett and Pearl O’Kelley. He married Dorothy Louise Gray Burnett on June 11, 1948 and she preceded him in death on October 2, 2010. He was also preceded in death by Three Siblings; Benjamin Burnett, Jimmy Burnett, and Juanita Screws, Niece; Pat Pittman, and Great Granddaughter; McKinsey Grace Cannon. Mr. Burnett owned and operated Burnett’s Dental Lab in Atlanta until 1980, when he moved to Alexandria. After moving to Alexandria he opened his Dental Lab and operated it there until his death. He was a member of Atlanta First Church of the Nazarene until moving to Alexandria and becoming a member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church.

Mr. Burnett is survived by Three Children; Danny (Rebecca) Burnett of Dowelltown, TN, Louise (Lloyd) Dyer of Alexandria, TN, Sharon (Sam) Cooke of Alexandria, TN. Seven Grandchildren; Justin Burnett of Dowelltown, TN, Jeremy (Cindy) Burnett of Antioch, TN, Keith Cannon of Cookeville, TN, Tracy (Leslie) Cannon of Dowelltown, TN, Brandon Dyer of Alexandria, TN, Sunny (Joe) Hunt of Dacula, GA, and Spencer Lee Hatchett of Lawrenceville, GA. Special Friend; Brenda Cannon of Cookeville, TN. Two Step Grandchildren; Lisa (Todd) Hieatt of Cookeville, TN and Denise (Brian) Hiatt of Franklin, TN. Five Great Grandchildren; Madelene Lee Burnett, Peyton Cannon, Devin Cannon, Noah Cannon, and Hunter Bryce Cannon.

Funeral Services for Mr. Burnett are scheduled to be conducted 1PM, Friday, July 19, 2013 at Alexandria First Baptist Church. Bro. Billie Friel will officiate and Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Burnett family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Thursday from 2PM to 8PM and on Friday at Alexandria First Baptist Church after 11AM.

Walter Lee Burnett

Ressie M.Taylor

92 year old Ressie Taylor of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a member of Mt. View The Baptist Church and a retired shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Thursday at Noon at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dennis Wood and Gary McBride will officiate with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 12:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband W.B. Taylor; grandson, Sgt. Shannon Taylor and granddaughter, Trena Cantrell; parents, Horace and Euna Cantrell; three sisters, Effie Head, Jeffie Humphrey, and Ruthene Binkley. Eight brothers, Doris, Jim, Gentry, Charles, Arlie, Fate, Leslie and Horace, Jr. She is survived by two daughters, Ruth and C.Y. Cantrell of Smithville, Elene and Ernest Ray of Adams, TN. One son, Delane Taylor of Smithville. Three Grandchildren, Rejena Turner, Greg and Amanda Ray and Michelle Bullard. Five Great-Grandchildren, Shane and Regina Turner, Taylor and Lexi Bullard, Nicholas and Allie Ray. Two Great-Great-Grandchildren, Darrian and Elaina Turner. One sister, Ethel Redmon of Rock Island, TN. and three brothers, Dennie Cantrell of McMinnville, Billy and Elzie Cantrell both of Smithville. Three sisters-in-law, Maureen Cantrell, Jean Cantrell, and Helen Cantrell all of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mt. View The Baptist Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

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