Obituaries

T.J. Hendrixson

Apr 25 2016

T J Hendrixson age 87 of Smithville passed away Monday morning April 25, 2016 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He was born December 7, 1928 to his parents Shag and Elsie Page Hendrixson. In addition to his parents Mr. Hendrixson was preceded in death by his wife Ezzie Lee Hutchings Hendrixson and 1 brother Kenneth Hendrixson. He was a building maintenance supervisor and a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be held 1:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mike Carpenter officiating and burial to follow in the Mt. Holly Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday 2:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 11:AM until time of service at 1:PM. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Cathy (Bob) Culver of Michigan; 2 grandchildren: Rebecca (David) Culver-Meyn, Robert N. Culver III; 2 great granddaughters: Emma Grace Meyn, Elliana Cathy Meyn; Sisters: Geraldine Cook, Clarine Hendrixson, Yvonne (Doug) Bonner all of Smithville. In addition to flowers the family asked that donations be made to American Cancer Society or Indian Creek Baptist Church Building Fund. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Fuston

Apr 25 2016

74 year old Linda Fuston of Smithville in the Shiny Rock Community died Sunday at her residence. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Jennings and Mammie Bell Allen Lewis; two brothers, Robert Earl and Clyde "Bub" Lewis; and a sister, Mammie Ruth Lewis. Fuston is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bob Earl Fuston; a daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Richard Close; a son and his girlfriend, Tony Fuston and Thena Edwards all of Smithville. A brother and sister-in-law, Hartford and June Lewis of Lebanon. Three sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorothy and Earl West and Annette Elrod all of Murfreesboro and Betty Lattimore of Liberty. Two sisters-in-law, Lucille Lewis of Alexandria and Julia Mae Lewis of Wilson County. Three grandchildren, Trey Fuston and Caden and Conner Close all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive including one special niece, Dana Turner of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mt Herman Baptist Church.

Shannon Dwight Adkins

Apr 18 2016

Shannon Dwight Adkins age 29 of Smithville passed away Sunday morning April 17, 2016 in Kentucky. He was born August 12, 1986 to Daryl Adkins and Tammy Bevins. Shannon was a Glass & Door Installer and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by step grandfather Michael Hollon. Funeral services will be held at 2:PM Thursday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Stacy Jernigan officiating and burial to follow at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday 1:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 9:AM until time of the service at 2:PM. Survivors include 3 children: Addy Adkins and Kollin Adkins both of Pikeville, Ky., and Aubrey Elkins of Morristown, Tn.; Mother: Tammy Bevins (Michael Williams) of Smithville; Father: Daryl Adkins of Pikeville, Ky.; 1 Brother: Ean Dakota Adkins of Wayne Co., Tn; Maternal Grandparents: Paulette Hollon of Cookeville, Gary (Kathy) Bevins of Pikeville, Ky.; Paternal Grandparents: Lois Ailene Adkins of Pikeville, Ky., Don Adkins of Pikeville, Ky.; Numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Smithville, TN is in charge of the arrangements.

Ronald Dean Rigsby

Apr 18 2016

Ronald Dean Rigsby, age 55 passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his brother’s residence in DeKalb County, Smithville, TN . He was born April 1, 1961 to the parents: the late Jewell Brown (Red) Rigsby and Elizabeth Pascal Rigsby. He was a disabled U.S. Air Force Veteran and later worked as a nursery worker and attended the Keltonburg United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers James (Jim) Rigsby and Floyd Lynn Rigsby; sister-in-law, Wanda Rigsby; nephew, Micah Beavert Rigsby; and two nieces, Christie Dawn Miller and Eulalia Rigsby. He is survived by two sisters: Melissa Ann King and Margie Rigsby Miller; and five brothers: Danny Marlin Rigsby, Lloyd Glenn Rigsby, Billy Joe Rigsby, Bob Mitchell Rigsby and twin brother, Donald Gene Rigsby, sisters-in-law, Elaine Rigsby and Debbie Beavert Rigsby; 33 nieces and nephews: Meshia Rigsby Johnson (Jayson Johnson), Danny Rigsby, Jr., Lisa Rigsby, Theresa Rigsby, Kimberly Ann Rigsby, Riley Anthony Bullard, Terry Lynn Bullard, Symantha Bullard Haley (Richard Haley), Jamie Bullard, Melisha Martin, Heather Nicole Rigsby, Aubrey Glenn Rigsby, Christopher Rigsby, Audrey Gayle Thomas (Phillip Thomas), Trina Bullard, Charles Rigsby (Bridget Rigsby), Franklin Ray Rigsby, William Anthony Miller (Jasmine Miller), Jason Lee Miller (Kacy Miller), Benjamin Rigsby (Celina Campbell), Leah Locklear (Stephen Locklear), Hannah Rigsby, Jonathan Rigsby (Lisa Marie Rigsby); several great-nieces and great-nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Jason Miller officiating and burial to follow in Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 1:PM until 9:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Haven of Hope or Lighthouse Christian Camp, in memory of Ronald. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby E. Pettis, Sr

Apr 18 2016

Mr. Bobby E. Pettis, Sr. age 81 of Smithville passed away Sunday afternoon at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. Mr. Bob was born February 3, 1935 to his parents the late, Wiley and Sarah Walters Pettis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 brother, Wiley Pettis and 1 sister, Martha Nell Prine. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, retired from retail management and was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jeanenne W. Pettis of Smithville; 2 sons, Bobby E. Pettis, Jr. and wife Melissa of Rockvale, TN; Tony R. Pettis of Sparta; 4 grandchildren, Jeanette Richy of Kansas City, MO, Jaclyn Saunders and husband Bryan of Murfreesboro, Eric Pettis of Birmingham, AL and Marissa Pettis of Tullahoma; 2 great-grandchildren, Kevin and Lydia Rey Saunders. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Dr. John Carpenter officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Orville Lykins

Apr 17 2016

Mr. James Orville Lykins age 70 of Smithville, passed away Thursday morning at his residence in the Keltonburg Community. He was born January 26, 1946 to his parents, the late William Floyd and Nancy Jane Mulllins Lykins. James was a Labor Foreman. Survivors include 3 children, Mary Wright of Smithville, Kathy Massengil of McMinnville and Anthony Lykins of Smithville; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Emily Budka of Downers Grove, IL. Mr. Lykins request was to be cremated. Memorial services will be conducted 1:00 PM Saturday, April 30, 2016 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with visitation from 11:AM until the time of the service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Louette Hale Johnson

Apr 16 2016

Wilma Louette Hale Johnson, age 91, died Friday, April 15, 2016 at St. Thomas Stones River Hospital.

Survivors include her 2 sons: Gary (Joaylce) Johnson & Gerald (Evia) all of Smithville; 1 son-in-law: Jackie Gannon of Woodbury; Siblings: May Ruth Hosale of Madison, Ellis (Joan) Hale of Lebanon, and Linda (Don) Joines of Mt. Juliet

She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Less Hale and Ida Morris Hale; Husband, B.B. Johnson; Daughter, Norma Gannon; Grandson, Mike Johnson; Brothers, Carlene, James, Selmer, and Hubert Hale.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Church of Christ and also a housewife.

Funeral services will be 10 AM Monday, April 18, 2016 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Centerhill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11 AM to 6 PM Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Woodbury Funeral Home.

T.M. Hooper

Apr 16 2016

88 year old T.M. Hooper of Smithville died early Saturday morning at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a Navy Veteran, Mason at Short Mountain Lodge #373 and a member of the American Legion Post #0122.. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and a retired banker at Citizens Bank. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Dr. John Carpenter will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Maggie Hooper; a sister, Louise Story; and four brothers, Allen, Harry, Clyde, and Eddie Hooper. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita Hooper of Smithville. Son, Dr. Doug and wife Brenda Hooper of Smithville. Daughter, Janet and husband Mike Eldridge of Cookeville. Five grandchildren, Dr. Daniel Hooper of Nashville, Dr. Justin Hooper of Murfreesboro, Nathan Eldridge of Cookeville, David Eldridge of Cookeville, and Sarah Eldridge of Cookeville. Brothers, Jack and Maryls Hooper of California and Billy and Mary Jane Hooper of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Smithville First United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Sue Swope-Beasley

Apr 13 2016

Peggy Swope-Beasley, age 71, of Alexandria, passed away on April 9, 2016. The Memorial Service, conducted by Pastor Donald Owens, is 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Dry Creek Baptist Church (5521 Dry Creek Road) Doweltown TN. In lieu of flowers, please make Memorial Donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105).

Mrs. Swope-Beasley is survived by husband F. Daniel Beasley; daughter: Rebecca L. Wall; son: Andrew K. Wall; stepsons: Joseph Beasley (Jessie) and Timothy Beasley (Heather); grandchildren: Danielle Baker Reynolds (David), Kodi Driggers, Camille Beasley, Chloe Beasley, Timothy Beasley Jr., Clara Beasley, Dannie Beasley, and Callie Beasley; sister: Gene Johnson; sisters-in-law: Vickie Coggin and Mary McLaurin (Melville); and great-grandchildren: Cadence Morgan Reynolds and Tatum Harper Reynolds. She is preceded in death by son Mitchell Wesley Butler, parents Curtis and Dovie Bethune, sisters Elizabeth Anderson and Nell Wall, mother-in-law Patricia Ann Beasley Stalker, and brother-in-law Michael L. Beasley. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.

Estelle Clark Billings

Apr 13 2016

Mrs. Estelle Clark Billings age 91 of Sparta passed away Monday morning April 11, 2016 at her daughter's residence.

Mrs. Billings was born August 15, 1924 in Putnam County to the late Willie B. Clark & Rosa Bartlett Clark. She worked 40 years in garment factories in Sparta, Cookeville and Smithville. After retirement she worked with senior citizens in Smithville, planning dances and trips in southern states. She loved gardening and taking care of her roses. She worked almost 20 years as a foster grandparent at Findlay, Woodland Park and Head Start schools. She loved helping children with their school work. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband John Waymon Billings; daughter Johnnie Faye Billings; brothers Sgt. Joe T. Clark and Fowler Terry Clark.

Survivors include her daughter Kaye Lee & husband Charlie

Grandson: Charlie Lee Jr, and wife Jennifer

Granddaughter: Frances Poston and husband Jack

Four great-grandchildren: Amie Jones, Hutch Lee, Matt Poston, Dillon Poston

Five great-great grandchildren: Zach Knowles, Kaylee Knowles, Ian Jones, Carlie Lee, Ayla Burton

Sister: Janie Harris of Michigan

Brother: Lewis Clark of Cookeville

A special sister-in-law Edith Foutch and husband Dan of Knoxville

Funeral services will be 1:00pm Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 10:00am Wednesday until service time at Hunter Funeral Home. Rev. DaWanna Lopez will officiate.

Charlie Lee, Jr, Jack Poston, Hutch Lee, Matt Poston, Dillon Poston and Zach Knowles will serve as pallbearers.

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