Obituaries

Reverend Donald Davis McCool

Oct 15 2017
Reverend Donald Davis McCool

Reverend Donald Davis McCool age 85 of Armada, Michigan and formerly of Crossville, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at Orchard Grove Health Campus. He was born May 13, 1932 in Charter Oak, Missouri to his parents, the late Walter Davis and Jesse Thelma Crank McCool. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, LaCleda McCool and 2 sisters, Dovie Mangold and Ola Denny. Reverend McCool was the former Pastor of Creston Pentecostal Church in Crossville. He leaves to cherish his memories, 3 children, Gregory (Mary Jo) McCool, Sr. of Thompson Station, TN, Kathy (Rick) Rudd of Sterling Heights, MI and Jeffory (Carla) McCool of Lapeer, MI; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; 5 brothers, Bobby McCool of West Memphis, AR, Billy McCool and Gary McCool both of Knoxville, Spencer McCool of Armada, MI, and Lanny McCool of Sterling Heights, MI. Funeral services celebrating the life of Rev. McCool will be held 1 P.M. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with Revs. Spencer McCool, Bob McCool, Billy McCool and Edward Stine officiating and burial will be in the Green Acres Memory Gardens in Crossville. Visitation with the McCool family will be on Tuesday from 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Ann Slager

Oct 13 2017

Judy Ann Slager, age 74, a local business woman of Alexandria passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 12, 2017 surrounded by her family. Ms. Slager co-owned and operated Alexandria Shop-Ezy for 17 years and Judy's Antiques in Alexandria for the last 27 years.

Ms. Slager was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Roy H. Slager, her parents Bill and Ella Malone Clayborn, and a brother Bobby Clayborn.

Ms. Slager is survived by her son Dennis (Teresa) Slager, two grandchildren Holly and Jon (Katie) Slager, one great-grandchild, Preston Williams and a brother Jackie Clayborn.

The family will be receiving visitors at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria on Friday October 13 from 4 p.m-8 p.m., Saturday October 14, 1 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday October 15 from 11 a.m. until the celebration of life at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Anderson Funeral Home. Interment at Hillview Cemetery to follow. Bro. Doug Dillard and Bro. Doyle Slager will officiate. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to DeKalb County Fair Association.

Mary Jane “Janie” Carpenter

Oct 12 2017
Mary Jane “Janie” Carpenter

Mary Jane “Janie” Carpenter, age 91, of Liberty, went to be with the Lord, October 10th 2017. A memorial service will be held to honor her memory, 2pm, Sunday the 15th of October at Whorton Springs Baptist Church. She was born in Dallas Texas but lived in many different places in her life including: Ashville NC, Clovis New Mexico, Damascus Virginia and Ft. Lauderdale FL to name a few. She was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and also loved having bibles studies in her home over the years. She loved to travel and in that endeavor loved traveling the highways and byways of the countryside, in her early years in her favorite car, a 1957 MGA roadster and later years in her RV she affectionately called the “Hen House”. She was a homemaker early in life and became a career medical professional working in many hospitals retiring as a registered Histologist. Her hobbies included, reading, house-looking, antiquing, old clocks and taking care of her cats and farm animals (mostly cows of which she named). Her exploits in life included, motorcycling, flying, boating, sailing, scuba diving, spear fishing, horseback riding, shooting and camping. She could tune up her car, change her own oil and do things that were uncommon for a “lady” of her day as she lived a life that was “Out of the Box”. Her fraternal connection was that of the Order of Eastern Star of Smithville for 27 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Harland Wright, mother, Mary Virginia (Robinson) Wright, a sister, Roselyn (Wright) Powell, and brother, Walter Harland Wright, Jr. Her survivors include two daughters, Melody (Carpenter) Jaquinta and Karon Sue Carpenter, three sons, James Biggerstaff, Craig Carpenter and Michael (Mary Anne) Carpenter, grandchildren, Michael Christian (Debra) Carpenter, Matthew (Alex) Carpenter, a great-granddaughter Molly Carpenter and a special friend and former caregiver Audry Martin. Her family also wishes to thank all the staff at NHC Smithville for their exceptional love and care.

Ponzella Judkins Redmon

Oct 11 2017

65 year old Ponzella Judkins Redmon of Smithville passed away Wednesday at her residence. She was a member of the Spring Street The Baptist Church. She was also a former employee of Westinghouse and she worked as a licensed practical nurse for 15 years. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil H. Judkins; mother, Margaret Judkins Bain; and brothers, Cecil Edward Judkins and Troy Edward Bain. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Dwayne S. Redmon of Smithville. Son, Walter Ray Redmon of Smithville. Grandsons, Robert Redmon and Jeffery Redmon of Lebanon. Granddaughter, Chelsea Young of Lebanon. Special sister-in-law, Patricia Redmon. Numerous nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the DeKalb Animal Coalition or the Relay for Life.

Betty Ann Harris

Oct 4 2017
Betty Ann Harris

Betty Ann Harris age 50 of Smithville passed away Monday afternoon, October 2, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital following a short illness. She was born April 29, 1967 to her parents, Shelby Hallback Griffith Davis and the late Robert Lee Griffith. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wardell Harris and 1 brother, Forrest York Griffith. Everyone that knew Betty loved her and she lived life to the fullest. Betty loved singing and the Lord. She attended the Liberty United Methodist Church and was a house cleaner. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Marie Tittle of Lebanon; 3 grandsons, Austin, Ethan, and Anthony Tittle; mother, Shelby Davis of Liberty; sister, Emma Jean Abney of Martinez, GA; sister-in-law, Vera Bair of Ridge Spring, SC; special friends, Teresa and Larry Caldwell; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Wilson Williams and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 11AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. A complete list of survivors will be announced later. 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.

Norma Jean Sullivan

Oct 4 2017
Norma Jean Sullivan

Norma Jean Sullivan age 53 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Friday night, September 29, 2017 at her residence in Mesa, Arizona. She was born June 21, 1964 to her parents, the late Dallas Burns and Lois Jean Page Hamilton. Norma owned and operated her own business, 4 Arizona Air Control in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by her husband, Michael Sullivan of Mesa, AZ; 3 sons, Joshua (Emily) Linder of Norfolk, VA, Roman (Ashley) Linder of Mesa, AZ and Roger "R.J." (Rosa) Linder of Fallon, IL; 3 grandchildren, Katie Linder, Riley and Colton Linder; 1 brother, Victor (Lavonna) Hamilton of Smithville; 1 half-sister, Angela Hamilton of Randolph, NY; close family friend, Mark Stevens of Mesa, AZ. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Thursday, October 12, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Steve Page officiating and burial will follow in Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Thursday 9:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Hilda Ashburn Adkins

Oct 2 2017
Hilda Ashburn Adkins

Hilda Ashburn Adkins passed away from this life on October 1, 2017 at her mother's residence surrounded by her family. She was born August 22, 1963 to Delorice Billings Ashburn and the late Helious Ashburn. Hilda always had a smile on her face, and she touched everyone that she met. She enjoyed gardening, particularly her flowers, horseback riding, and spending time with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Allens Chapel Methodist Church. Hilda was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Mrs. Adkins' funeral service will be on Wednesday, October 4 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Her visitation will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Helious Ashburn; grandparents, Isaac and Dora Billings, and Allie and Virda Ashburn. Survivors include her husband, Darrell Adkins of Sparta. A daughter, Shaundra and Kenny Cantrell of Smithville. A son, Tyrel Helton of Crossville. Two step-sons, Steve Adkins of Indiana and Eugene and wife Emma Adkins of Smithville. Grandchildren, Alexis, Eli, and Boston Cantrell of Smithville, Ava Helton of Murfreesboro, Henry Campus of Murfreesboro, Eli and Ethan Adkins of Indiana, and Ellie Adkins of Smithville. Mother, Delorice Ashburn of Sparta. Sister, Helen and David Barnes of Sparta, Donna and Greg Hutson of Sparta, and Kristy Beshearse of Sparta. Special niece, Allie Beshearse of Sparta. Special caregiver, Carolyn Powers of Smithville. Special friends, April, Cassie, and Ma Farless. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Naomi Sue Cripps-Kelly

Oct 2 2017
Naomi Sue Cripps-Kelly

Naomi Sue Cripps-Kelly, 89, of Smithville, TN passed away on September 30, 2017 in Hendersonville, TN.

Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home Smithville, TN.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday October 3rd at Smithville First Assembly of God with Bro. Donnie Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery.

Naomi Sue was born in Smithville, TN to Houston and Olivia Underwood on July 12, 1928. She married Freddie Hoyte Cripps on November 10, 1943 in Ringgold, GA. Hoyte having passed away in November 1989, Sue later married Mr. Albert Kelly, the late father of Reverend and Mrs. Donnie Kelly, Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God of Smithville, TN. By way of vocation, Sue was a Master Seamstress having owned and operated for many years Sewing by Sue, an alterations and gift shop located near the town square in Smithville. Throughout her entire life, she was involved in numerous church and community activities, with a particular focus on youth and Christian music productions. Sue was a life-time, charter member of the Smithville Church of God, but in recent years she attended the First Assembly of God located on Cookeville Highway in Smithville.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Houston Underwood, her mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Cripps, her husband, Freddie Hoyte Cripps and husband Albert Kelly, her brothers Billy Andrew and Austin Eugene Underwood, and a sister, Mrs. Odell Waggner.

Sue is survived by two sons, Fred W. Cripps and his wife Barbara, Larry D. Cripps and his wife Charlene, two brothers, James and Roger Underwood, one sister, Doris Hare, seven grandchildren, Patrick Jason Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin T. Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jacob Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Caleb Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Galaz, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Gash, and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Webb Cripps. She is also survived and exceedingly blessed with nine great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason, Kevin, Jacob, Matthew Caleb Cripps, Jason Galaz, Alex Webb Cripps and Caleb Gash.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made as a memorial to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital online or by calling 1-800-805-5856.

On behalf of our entire family, my brother Fred and I, as well as Barbara and Charlene, would like to thank the doctors and staffs of Main Street Senior Living and Avalon Hospice Care in Hendersonville, TN for providing amazing care, prayers, and loving support to our dear mother. The staff in both instances clearly went above and beyond what was expected to ensure and enhance our mother’s quality of life up and until the very end.

Nickey Reese, Jr.

Sep 27 2017
Nickey Reese, Jr.

Nickey Reese, Jr. age 32 of Graysville, TN and a former resident of Smithville, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. He was born March 18, 1985 to his parents, Nickey Reese, Sr. and Remega Combs Nelson. He was preceded in death by 2 children, Adara and Kaiden Reese; 2 sisters, Leighanne Cripps and Michelle Beasley. He was a Baptist and a carpenter worker. Nickey is survived by 2 children, Kaylor and Meigabella Reese of Graysville, TN; mother and step-father, Remega and Kelly Nelson of Graysville, TN; father, Nickey Cantrell and companion, Melinda Stembridge of McMinnville; maternal grandmother, Mary Halferty of Dayton, Ohio; 1 brother, Brandon Reese of Splendora, Texas; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Thursday, September 28, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 10 AM until the time of the 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.

Jimmie Edgar Merriman

Sep 26 2017
Jimmie Edgar Merriman

Mr. Jimmie Edgar Merriman age 69 of Buffalo Valley, passed away Saturday night at Cookeville Regional Medical Center ER. He was born December 5, 1947 to his parents, the late Jack and Nettie Miller Merriman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 half-brothers, Edsel and Kenneth Kilgore. Jimmie was a member of Faith Chapel Church and a farmer. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Merriman of Buffalo Valley; 2 daughters, Pauline Ervin and Norma Ervin both of Smithville; 1 sister, Ruby Young of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Banks Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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