Obituaries

Elizabeth Sandlin Blew

Feb 12 2015

98 year old Elizabeth Sandlin Blew of Alexandria died Wednesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Repe Sandlin and Pearl Sandlin; her husband Charlie Blew; a daughter, Charlene Blew; and a sister, Grady Bell Harris. She is survived by nephews, Bill and wife Jodi Harris of Florida and Jack and wife Nancy Harris of Lynchburg. A niece, Louise and husband Clifford Trimble of Florida. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth Ann Bennett

Feb 10 2015

Elizabeth Ann Bennett age 54 of Carthage and a DeKalb County native, passed away Saturday February 7, 2015 in Carthage from injuries received in an automobile accident. She was born December 10, 1960 to her parents, the late Virgil Paul and Pauline George Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 son, Billy Randall Bennett, Jr.; sister, Rita Faye Gorman; brothers, Jimmy Lee Johnson, Billy Wayne Jonson, and Virgil Sherman Johnson. Elizabeth worked at Famous Footwear and was a faithful Christian and member of Christ Pentecostal Church in Brush Creek. She is survived by her husband, Randall Bennett of Carthage; 2 daughters, Briana Nicole Bennett and Rhonda Gail Bennett both of Carthage; 3 sisters, Paulette (Charles) Crawford of Carthage, Linda Sue Vaughn of Smithville; Paula (Greg) White of Bowling Green, Kentucky; 4 brothers, Jerry (Lucinda) Johnson of Brush Creek, TN, Edward (Joann) Johnson of Smithville, Michael Johnson of Lebanon, and Lester (Jane) Johnson of Portland, TN; special nephew, Jacky Edward (Sherry) Brady and special friend, Tommy Gibbs. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Christ Pentecostal Church (402 Alexandria Highway, Brush Creek, TN) with Bro. Billy Hale officiating and burial to follow in Hale Cemetery at Pea Ridge. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday 2PM until 8PM and Wednesday 10AM until the time of the service at 1PM. All visitation and services will be held at Christ Pentecostal Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Louise Smithson

Feb 8 2015

91 year old Louise Smithson of Romulus, Michigan died Friday. The funeral will be Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Voran Funeral Home in Taylor, Michigan. A graveside service will be Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mount Ararat Cemetery in Smithville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Smithson, Sr. Survivors include her children, Walter Smithson, Jr. and wife Ann, Brenda Love and husband Joe, Sue Gullett, Sharon Nagy, Edward Smithson and wife Gail, Randall Smithson, Sherri Massey and husband Craig, sister, Sara Moore, seventeen grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 10 from 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at Taylor Chapel of Voran Funeral Home in Taylor Michigan. The public may attend the graveside service at the Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Smithville on Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Association. Voran Funeral Home in Taylor, Michigan and Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville are in charge of the arrangements.

Ashley Michelle Bain

Feb 7 2015

Ashley Michelle Bain age 28 of Smithville, passed away Thursday February 5, 2015. She was born August 29, 1986 to her parents, Cleveland Clay and Phyllis Gay Bain. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Homer and Jackie Cantrell Gay and paternal grandparents Clay and Ruth Redmon Bain. Ashley was a member of Gath Baptist Church and attended the Smithville First Assembly of God, and she was a factory worker. She is survived by her 3 children, Jacqueline Renee Bain, Makhia Hope Bain, and Elijah Cayden Coleman all of Smithville; Mother, Phyllis Gay Bain and James Weddington of Smithville; Father, Cleveland Clay (Diane) Bain of Smithville; 2 Brothers, Cleveland Derrick Bain of Nashville and Clay Andrew (Jamie) Bain of Smithville; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins also survive. There will be a public visitation on Monday, February 9, 2015 from 2:PM until 8:PM. Funeral services will be private. 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 arrangements.

Marie Wilson

Feb 4 2015

71 year old Marie Wilson of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired nurse at DeKalb Community Hospital. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. A memorial service will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the First Assembly of God. Chris McMichael will officiate. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Lucille Miller Certain; two brothers, Lynn and Danny Certain; and a sister, Lois Ann Puckett. Wilson is survived by two sons, Mark and Susan Wilson and Kevin and Mary Wilson all of Smithville. Five grandchildren, Heather Dowell of Dowelltown, Amanda Woodruff of Murfreesboro, Jeanna Wilson of Dowelltown, Daniel Wilson of Smithville, and Byron Wilson. Eight great grandchildren. One brother, James Certain of Dibrell. Two sisters, Nettie Lou Judkins and Charlene Poss of Smithville. One sister-in-law, Betty Certain of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations please be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

David Carl "Big Dave" Redmon

Feb 3 2015

David Carl "Big Dave" Redmon age 73 of Smithville, passed away Monday morning at his residence. He was born September 26, 1941 to his parents, the late Joseph Redmon and Stella Moore Redmon Clark. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, David Ray Redmon; step-father, George Clark; sisters, Judy Minnear, Virginia Herron, Ida Mai Benoitt; brother, Dwight Redmon. He attended the Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Cookeville. David was retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and was a retired nurseryman. Survivors include his daughter, Wetonia "Sissy" Redmon of Smithville; 3 grandchildren, Bradley (Misty) Redmon, Ashley Redmon (Gary) Murray, Hailey Danielle Redmon; 6great-grandchildren, Michael White, Chrissy White, Emmalee Redmon, Elijah Redmon, Ezraya Gingerich, Logan David Murray; 2 brothers, J.R. Redmon and Dwayne Redmon both of Smithville; special friends, Mary Huffines and William Morris. Funeral services will be conducted 2PM Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 4PM until 8PM and Wednesday 10AM until the time of the service at 2. 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.

Dorothy Ward Turner

Feb 2 2015

79 year old Dorothy Ward Turner of Smithville died Monday. She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church and was a retired owner and operator of Sportsman Restaurant. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Eugene Adkins will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Ruth Murphy Ward. Survivors include her husband, Arvid Turner of Smithville. Two daughters, Sue and Ronnie Cook of Smithville and Brenda and Jeff Safranik of Wisconsin. Three sons, Tim Mullins of Smithville, J.R. and Loretta Mullins of McMinnville, and Dylan Roller of Smithville. Seven grandchildren, Angie Moreno of Illinois, Desiree Ferrell of Smithville, Christopher McPherson of Smithville, Tim Mullins, Jr. of Smithville, Greg Taylor of Mt. Juliet, Jeffrey Safranik of Wisconsin, and Cheryl Knuth of Wisconsin. Twelve great grandchildren. Two sisters, Bootsie Cash of Smithville and JoAnn and Tim Bradford of Smithville. Two brothers, Buck and Donna Ward of Smithville and David and Marcia Ward of Alabama. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lieutenant Colonel Glen L. Nichols, Sr.

Feb 2 2015

92 year old Lieutenant Colonel Glen L. Nichols, Sr., U.S. Army Retired of Smithville died early Sunday morning at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was an Elder for over 30 years at the Smithville Church of Christ and a retired General Contractor.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. Dan Gulley and Ralph Vaughn will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ.

Colonel Nichols, a 25 year veteran of the United States Army, was born and reared in Algood, a part of neighboring Putnam County. In February 1941, he was part of the Tennessee Army National Guard based in Cookeville and said unit was soon called into WWII. He attended Officer Candidate School and became Second Lieutenant and later becoming First Lieutenant. Following the War, he returned to the Volunteer State to further his education at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. While there, he met a young lady whom he described as "the prettiest girl on campus". Marie Patterson from Smithville would later become Mrs. Glen Nichols and the mother to Glen, Jr. and Sharon. He then attended American University in Washington where he received a Masters Degree. During this time, Officer Nichols remained in the Army Reserve. Major Nichols' unit was activated in 1947 and shipped to Japan. Later our country was drawn into the Korean War, where he commanded an artillery unit. Following a quarter-century of military service, Colonel Glen Nichols, Sr. taught business and economics at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech University. He also enjoyed the building trade, had his own construction company and left his mark on several significant properties in the Middle Tennessee area. He also had a distinguished career with the Model Cities program.

Mr. Nichols was one of the seven original founders of the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce over 50 years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Cora Etta Lee Nichols and mother of his children, Marie Patterson Nichols; a sister, Reba Stamps; and a brother, Robert Nichols.

Nichols is survived by his wife, LaMurle Jarrett Parker Nichols of Smithville. One son, Glen, Jr. and Margaret Nichols and a daughter, Sharon and Dale Beaty all of Smithville. Two stepdaughters, Mimi Bowling of Mt. Juliet and Lynn Fann of Texas. Ten grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian Light of Knoxville, Amanda Mathis and Abby Evans of Smithville, Kerri and Adam Hudson of Nashville, Patterson and Brad Wilson of Knoxville, Lori and David Purnell of Lebanon, Josh and Wendy Bowling of Nashville, Kelly and Marco Marcini of Italy, Amy and Mark Strauss and Ben and Marissa Fann all of Texas, and Michael and Monica Beaty of McMinnville. Fifteen great grandchildren. Two brothers, John Thomas and Dorothy Nichols and Earl Young Nichols all of Algood. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Louis Fuson

Jan 30 2015

85 year old Louis Fuson of Liberty died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a DeKalb County native, a farmer, and a founding deacon of the Faith Congregational Methodist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Faith Congregational Methodist Church. Freddie Savage and Dennis Campbell will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home and from noon until the service at the church. Fuson was preceded in death by his parents, Solon Fuson and Verda Midgett Fuson; a son, Jerry Fuson; a daughter, Joyce Fuson; and a brother, Freddie Brown Fuson. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Reba Driver Fuson of Liberty. Children, Rebecca and husband James Taylor of Liberty; Layne and wife Darlene Fuson of Liberty; and Tracy and wife Stephanie Fuson of Liberty. Grandchildren, Brian Bandy, Katrina and Andy Collier, Brandon and Brenda Fuson, Christopher Fuson, Shane and Raven Fuson, Quentin Fuson, and Riley Fuson. Great grandchildren, Brent and Allison Collier, Matthew and Brooke Collier, Tiffany Collier, Sarah Fuson, Lillie Fuson, and Carson Fuson. Great great grandchild, Danica Collier. A brother, Charles Fuson of McMinnville. A sister, Darnell Fuson of McMinnville. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Faith Congregational Methodist Church in his memory. Brian Bandy, Brandon Fuson, Christopher Fuson, Shane Fuson, Quentin Fuson, Matthew Collier, Brent Collier, Andy Collier, Riley Fuson, and Kyle Pelham will serve as pallbearers.

Marion Katharyn Cantrell Green

Jan 29 2015

Marion Katharyn Cantrell Green, 86, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015, of natural causes. She was a long-term survivor of a stroke suffered 17 years earlier.

She was born April 21, 1928, to the late Dewey Lee and Hazel Parsley Cantrell. She married Joe Houston Green on May 21, 1947, and they lived a long life together in the Green Hill community.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband Joe, son Joe Allan, sister Dorothy (Paul) Bratcher, and great-grandsons Hunter and Harrison Bryan.

She was an incredibly devoted, hardworking woman throughout her life, both as a seamstress and homemaker. But her life’s work and proudest accomplishments were caring for and loving those who knew her as Ma, Mother and Granny.

Marion was a quintessential wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother—exceedingly kind, gentle and always forgiving. Her family will forever remember her as a living embodiment of unconditional love.

Her memory and best attributes live on through her son Larry (Amy) Green, daughter Barbara (Darrell) Russell, and daughter-in-law Teresa Green of McMinnville, Tenn.; brothers Dewey Lee (JoAnn) Cantrell and Landon (Sylvia) Cantrell of McMinnville, Tenn.; grandchildren Kelly (Mike) Hicks of Chattanooga, Tenn., George (Tara) Green of McMinnville, Tenn., Anissa (Tim) Russell Webster of McMinnville, Tenn., Staci Green of Chattanooga, Tenn., Laura (Rob) Sparkman of Tullahoma, Tenn., Julie (Rex) Rutledge of Chattanooga, Tenn., Carrie Green of McMinnville, Tenn., Adam Green of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Katherine (Brian) Reed of McMinnville, Tenn; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Marion’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to her caregivers and friends the past several years, both at her home and NHC HealthCare in Smithville, Tenn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Voluntary Service, Alvin C. York Campus or the American Stroke Association.

The funeral service is 1 p.m. Friday at McMinnville Funeral Home, with Teddy Jones officiating. The burial will follow at Webb Cemetery at Bluff Springs. Visitation is Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and again Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at McMinnville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at mcminnvillefuneralhome.com. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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