82 year old Brien A. Ellis of Smithville, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away at St Thomas DeKalb Hospital after a brief illness on March 26, 2018. Brien was born in England on June 4, 1935 and was raised in Wales until the age of 14 when he entered the British Royal Navy. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in England at what was known then as Nuturn (Federal Mogul). He was transferred to Nuturn in Smithville in 1979 where he met his loving wife of 34 years, Joyce May Ellis. He was also a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dr. John Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Teresa Hogdin Ellis; a daughter, Susan Ellis and Granddaughter named after him, Alexandra Sierra Norton. In addition to his wife of 34 years, Ellis is survived by four children, Christine, Jackie, Richard, and Tony Ellis and their families all of England. Three brothers, Kevin, Terry, and Gerad and one sister, Maureen all of England; three step-children, Greg Dugdale, Laura Dugdale of DeKalb County and Rosalin and Antonio Rangel of McMinnville. Thirteen grandchildren with four living close, Gregory Norton, Winston Dugdale, Olivia Dugdale, and Emma Grace Rangel. He is also survived by several great grandchildren of England. He is survived by many special friends, including Angela Wilsdorf, Alan Norton, and Gary and Kim Johnson. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Burton-Ponder Cemetery Fund.
Mr. Dwight Edward Luna, 68 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his residence.
Born Sunday, August 28, 1949 in Smithville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Reefus and Ressie Luna. Mr. Dwight loved hunting and model cars.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Luna of Smithville; son, Brian Luna of Smithville; daughter, Heather Guy (Randy) of Sparta; brother, Larry Luna (Angela) of Smithville; sister, Bonnie Chacon (Marco) of Smithville; step-daughter, Ayde Ray; 2 grandchildren, Sierra Hendrien and Dakota Hendrien, and many friends and neighbors.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dwight Edward Luna.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Johnson Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with John Cunningham officiating.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements
Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.com
99 year old Virginia Lenora Hibdon Miller of Smithville passed away Saturday at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She was a grocery store clerk and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The family will officiate. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home however the graveside service is open to the public. Also a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Mother Miller was a very private person who loved her family dearly. She will be missed by all those who loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ada Hibdon; husband, Orval Miller; son-in-law, James Reed Knowles; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Alan Hooper. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Emogene and Brisco Robnson; a granddaughter, Donna and husband Charles Hicks; a grandson, Randy and his wife Dianne Knowles; great grandchildren, Donna and husband Danny Gann, Chris and his wife Cindy Hicks, Jason Knowles, Ryan Knowles, and Tiffany and her husband Justin Adams; great great grandchildren, Logan Gann, Lauren Gann, Emily Adams, and Avery Adams; special nieces and nephews, Diane and Deloy Kirby, Renee and Brad Hennessee, and Chad and Shelia Kirby and families. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Alive Hospice.
96 year old Betty F. Neal of Alexandria died Sunday at NHC in Smithville. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jonny and Blondell Neal; a sister, Annine John Keaton; nephews, Edward Neal Vanderpool, Hugh Gordon Keaton, and Brian Keaton; and three brothers-in-law, Steve Vanderpool, O.D. Keaton, and Taylor Payne, Jr. Survivors include two sisters, Evelyn Vanderpool of Murfreesboro and Roberta Jo Payne of Hermitage. Three nephews, Ken and Sandra Vanderpool, Ronnie and Jackie Payne, and David and Jill Keaton. Three nieces, Beverly and Danny Wayne Owens, Mitzi Payne, and Loretta Walker. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.
Helen Rose Maxwell, 84, of Welaka, Florida went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 17, 2018 unexpectedly at her residence. Helen was born in Smithville, Tennessee and had been a resident of Welaka for the past 46 years, coming from Marion, Alabama. She was an active and faithful member of Welaka United Methodist Church where she had served in many capacities. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, cooking, baking, feeding others, gardening and watching the manatees from her dock. Her passion was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a hardworking homemaker. Preceding her in death was the love of her life, her husband of 67 years, James I. Maxwell; and three sisters, Jodie, Shirley and Ruby. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Rosalou Maxwell of Spanish Fort, AL, and Dennis and Lynne Maxwell of Pomona Park; a sister, Wilma Staley of Smithville, TN; five grandchildren and spouses, Monica Maxwell, Michael and Laura Maxwell, James and AlvaGayle Maxwell, Jessica Maxwell, and Rebecca and Johnny Phosavath; eleven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A service celebrating Helen’s life and honoring her Lord will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20th with Pastor Erle Prevatt and Pastor William Sparks officiating. The family will begin receiving friends at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka, Florida. Graveside services and interment will be Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Whorton Springs Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 2 P.M. until 2:45 P.M. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel at which time the family will leave to go to the cemetery for the graveside service. Memorial gifts may be sent to Welaka United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Welaka, FL 32193. Friends may sign the online register at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements in Florida and DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the local arrangements.
ROBERT CRISP, age 76 of the Forbus Community near Jamestown, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his Home. The funeral Service will be Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Jennings Funeral Homes Chapel in Jamestown. Burial will follow in the CUSH UPCHURCH CEMETERY in the Red Hill Community. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Jennings Funeral Homes Chapel in Jamestown.
Mr. Crisp was a former State Trooper for the Tennessee Highway Patrol who once worked in DeKalb County.
He is survived by his:
Wife, KATHY (ABBOTT) CRISP
Son, ROBERT ALLEN CRISP, JR. and wife SHAWN
Daughter, RHONDA POTTER
Grandchildren, ROBERT, BRADLEY, PAIGE & MATTHEW
A HOST OF GREAT- GRANDCHILDREN, OTHER FAMILY & FRIENDS
Sisters, RUBY SEWELL and MARY HUDDLESTON and husband CHARLES
Brothers, JESSE CRISP and wife BETTY, and JERRY CRISP and wife TERESA
He is preceded in death by his:
Father-GEORGE C. CRISP
Mother-DELMA VERTIE (MATTHEWS) CRISP
Daughter-CHARLOTTE LYNN CALDWELL
Sisters-PAULINE REPP and FAYE HINDS
Jennings Funeral Homes of Jamestown is in charge of the arrangements.
Jeremiah Dan Christensen, age 35, of Smyrna passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Celebration of Life will be 10:00am Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro, TN. Steve Howell will officiate. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery, Liberty, TN.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Rowland Christensen, parents, Dan and Elizabeth Christensen of Smyrna, brother, Josiah Christensen (Becky) of LaVergne, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mitchell and Debra Rowland of Liberty, sister-in-law, Ashley Rowland (Michael Jenkins) of Chattanooga, nephew and nieces, Elijah Christensen, Eliana Christensen and Emma Rowland.
Jerry was a member of the Experience Community and loved his time with Nationwide Studios as a color specialist before becoming a data collector with PPG Paints at Nissan in Smyrna. He had a passion for the outdoors especially hiking.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his memory.
Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00pm Friday, March 16, 2018 at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro, TN. 615-893-5151. www.woodfinchapel.com
Daniel Lee Mayo of Smithville was born May 19, 1970 to his parents, Dave, Jr and Joyce Linder Mayo and he passed away in Rock Island, TN. He was a construction worker. At the time of his passing he was survived by his wife, Janet Mayo of Celina; daughter, Kelly Danielle (John) Licht of McMinnville; grandson, Zaden Alexavier Licht; father, Dave Mayo, Jr.; mother, Joyce Linder Mayo, who passed away on April 11, 2017; brothers, Michael and Greg Mayo both of Smithville; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. The will be a Memorial Service celebrating Daniel's life on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 4 PM at the Harvest Time Church, located just off Tabernacle Road in Smithville with Bro. Robert Page officiating. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Rick Gesegnet, Jr. age 61 of Smithville passed away Tuesday night, March 13, 2018 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. He was born May 5, 1956 in Buffalo, NY to his parents, Patricia Ann Fekete and the late Richard Gesegnet, Sr. He was a Vietnam U. S. Army Veteran serving in Vietnam, a construction worker, member of the Smithville First Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the NRA. He is survived by his wife, Becky Gesegnet of Smithville; 2 daughters, Joanne (Phillip) Gilley of Deer Lodge, TN and Christina (Patrick) Murphy of Smithville; 6 grandchildren; mother, Pat Fekete of Sarasota, FL and 1 brother, Daniel Gesegnet of Sarasota, FL. Rick's request was to be cremated and there will be a Memorial Service held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Smithville First Baptist Church, Activities Building with Bro. Chad Ramsey officiating. The family will receive friends form 9:AM until the time of the service at 10 AM at the Activities Building of First Baptist Church. 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.
Lizzie Lou Owens age 67 of Alexandria, died Sunday, March 11, 2018 at her residence. Born March 17, 1950 in Blackwater, KY, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Retha Sharp Owens. She is survived by her niece, Tracy Owens of Alexandria; brothers, Henry Owens of Corbin, KY and Kenneth Owens of Smithville; sister, Letha Price of Portage, IN; nieces and nephews, Heather Owens, Tim Price, Pat Olson, Michelle Curtis; great nephew, Lewis Owens of Corbin,KY; other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Lizzie had requested cremation and the family will hold a time of remembrance at a later date. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.