Obituaries

Hoyte Groom Garrison

May 10 2015

86 year old Hoyte Groom Garrison of Alexandria died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a feed store owner and a longtime member and former deacon of Salem Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Stephen Grubbs and Graden Kirksey will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-8 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time. All visitation will be at Salem Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John William Garrison and Nannie Watson; a son, William Timothy Garrison; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Delton and Ruth Vanatta. He is survived by his wife of 54 1/2 years, Wilma Lucille Garrison of Alexandria. A son Ronald Hoyte and wife Lisa Garrison of Smithville. Grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth Garrison and Jessica Brooke Garrison of Smithville and soon to be grandson, John Ethan Hale of Alexandria. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Salem Baptist Church in his memory.

Ludean Wright

May 10 2015

Ms. Ludean Wright age 96 of Murfreesboro and formerly of Smithville passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at NHC HealthCare Center in Murfreesboro. She was born December 6, 1918 to her parents, the late George L. and Sallie Miller Beshearse. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Verble Wright; son, Charles Douglas Wright, Sr.; grandson, Charles Douglas "Chuck" Wright; 2 brothers, Virgil and James Beshearse; sister, Lois Hibdon. Ms. Ludean was a member of the Doyle Church of Christ and was a homemaker and she and her husband owned and operated Wrights Supermarket and slaughter house in Smithville and Sparta. Survivors include 3 children, Shirley (Gene) Stone of Montgomery, Texas, Jimmy (Joyce) Wright of Lascassas, Carl L. (Donna) Wright of Tipton, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Clara Mae Hawkins of Smithville; Several nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be 3:PM Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Wilhite officiating and burial to follow in New Union Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 4:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements

Novella Merriman Brown

May 10 2015

Novella Merriman Brown, age 79, of Liberty, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at TriStar Skyline Hospital in Madison. She was a native of Cannon County.

She is survived by her Children, Charlene (Barry) Thaxton of Alexandria, Audrey (Bobby) Martin of Liberty, & Lorie Evone Brown of Liberty; Sisters, Florene Miller of Woodbury & Lillian Ford of Dearborne, MI; 12 Grandchildren, Lisa Simmons, Jamie Brown, Tisha Hendrixson, Allen Ashford, Dana Rae Stanley, Julie Moore, Samantha Florida, Benjamin Tate Brown, Kristy Grandstaff, Alex Brown, Leah Grandstaff, & Justin Florida; Son-in-law, Monroe Florida of Gassaway; Grand son-in-law, Jay Patterson; & 3 step grandchildren, Charles (Denise) Martin, Terry Lynn Martin, & Zack Stanley.

Ms. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Jefferson Merriman & Susie Ferrell; Husband, Jim Lester Brown; Daughters, Donna K. Florida & Sandra Lee Grandstaff; Granddaughter, Gidget Ashford, & Great Grandson, Landon Grandstaff Patterson.

Ms. Brown was a member of the Baptist church and a housewife and caregiver.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 8 PM Monday, May 11 & 9 AM until time of service Tuesday, May 12.

Kristie Cook Gipson

May 5 2015

45 year old Kristie Cook Gipson of Sevierville died Saturday at her residence. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Rannie Phillips will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. She was preceded in death by a brother, Shannon Cook; grandparents, Nell Judkins, John C. Anderson, Callie Lee Cook, and Clay Cook. She is survived by her husband, David Gipson of Sevierville; her precious dog Bella Mae; three children, Juston and Mary Lohorn of Smithville, Darin and Cheyene Caldwell of Smithville, and Erica and Austin Highers of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Abel Lohorn, Alissa Caldwell, and Cameron Highers; father, Eddie Cook and mother Faye Cook. Seven aunts, Rosie Davis of Liberty, JoDean Dutton of Woodbury, Beatrice Laperouse of Arizona, Wilma and Bob Mykleby of Arizona, Melissa and Danny Pirtle of Smithville, Debbie and Rannie Phillips of Woodbury, and Janie and Paul Armstrong of Smithville. Four uncles, Gene and Dean Cook of Liberty, Doug and Janie Cook of Smithville, John and Barbara Anderson of Georgia and Jimmy Cook of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Jennifer Cassinera

Apr 27 2015

Jennifer Cassinera, age 40, passed away on Friday, April 24 at her home in Smithville. She was originally from Conway, Arkansas. She was born November 22, 1974 to Roy and Carolyn Head. She was preceded in death by her father Roy E Head and her sister, Polly McAuley. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Cassinera and five children, Timothy Cassinera, David Cassinera, Wendy Cassinera, Emily Cassinera, and Livia Cassinera. She is also survived by her mother, Carolyn Head; a brother, Roy Head; three sisters, Susan Faulk, Lisa Moses, Amy Armond; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Jennifer will be deeply missed. At Jennifer's request there will be no funeral services.

Jeffrey Kyle Liggett

Apr 25 2015

Jeffrey Kyle Liggett age 54 of Smithville and a native of Lewisburg, TN, passed away Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 at his brother's residence. He was born July 28, 1960 to his parents, the late Thomas Harold and Jeanette Hamlett Liggett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 brother, Thomas R. Liggett. Jeff is survived by daughter, Deanne Ray of Hendersonville; 2 sons, David Liggett of Georgia and William Liggett of Lewisburg; daughter, Krystal Cox of Manchester; 9 grandchildren; twin brother, Joe (Karen) Liggett of Smithville; 2 sisters, Sharon (Ron) Sanders and Vickie (Jim) Limbaugh both of Lewisburg, several nieces and nephews also survive. The family has chosen a direct cremation and no services are planned. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

John W. Alford

Apr 24 2015

John W. Alford age 73 of Smithville, passed away Thursday afternoon, April 23, 2015 at DeKalb Community Hospital ER. He was born April 6, 1942 to his parents, the late John Robert and Ludie Inez Baltimore Alford. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Jimmy and Howell Alford. He attended the Bright Hill United Methodist Church and was retired from the city of Smithville. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Linda Alford of Smithville; 2 sons, Wesley Nathaniel (Cindy) Alford and Sandy Lee (Toni) Alford both of Manchester. One daughter, Christine (Ted) Stoffell of Manchester. Five grandchildren. Four great grandchildren. Two brothers, Leonard (Jean) Alford and Kenneth Alford of Manchester. One sister, Peggy (Richard) Arnold of Manchester. One half brother, Terry (Dale) Shelton of Manchester. Several nieces and nephews and many good friends. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Wallace Caldwell will officiate and burial will be in Welker Cemetery in Manchester. Visitation with the family will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Geneva Adamson Shoemake

Apr 23 2015

Geneva Adamson Shoemake age 89 of Smithville, passed away Thursday morning at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was born March 28, 1926 to her parents, the late Owen and Georgia Adamson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Shoemake and a sister, Frances Muscari. Geneva was a member of New Home Baptist Church, graduate of the Liberty High School and retired from the Metro Nashville Government. She is survived by a brother, John Edward (Shelia) Adamson of Smithville; nephew, Ed (Kerri) Adamson of Brush Creek; 2 cousins, Doris Hullett of McMinnville and Maydel Sandusky of Whitehouse; 2 step-nieces, Martha (Richie) Knowles of Smithville and Mary (Mark) Fritts of Soddy Daisy, TN; and Her wonderful Pet Dog Max. Funeral services for Geneva will be 1:PM Saturday, April 25, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mike Clayborn officiating with burial to follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 11:AM until 8:PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Patsy Nell Johnson

Apr 23 2015

81 year old Patsy Nell Johnson of Alexandria died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a 30 year employee of the DeKalb County Clerk's Office and a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Dan Mallett will officiate and burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from Noon until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Clint Reynolds and Louise Reasonover; and a brother, George Clint Reynolds. Survivors include her husband, Jack Johnson of Alexandria. Children, Jackie Johnson, Dave Johnson, Debbie and husband Bennie Curtis, and Donnie and wife Jocelyn Johnson all of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Brandon Johnson, Michelle Overstreet, Jamie Johnson, Clint Johnson, Chad Curtis, Ty Curtis, Jeremie Johnson, and Jennifer Johnson. Several great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews also survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Lee Rigsby

Apr 21 2015

Willie Lee Rigsby age 88 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was born December 12, 1926 to his parents, the late Martin Luther and Sallie Ann Pack Rigsby. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, May Rigsby; son, Dennis Rigsby; brother, Elijah Rigsby and sister, Ruby Cook. Willie Lee was a self-employed used automotive dealer, member of Liberty Lodge #77, member of Spring Street The Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. He is survived by 1 brother, Jackie (Frances) Rigsby of Smithville; daughter-in-law, Lenda Rigsby of Smithville; grandchildren, Shannon (Dale) Garner of McMinnville and Tommy (Susanne) Rigsby of Oregon; great-grandchildren, Piper Rigsby, Steven Garner and Canaan Garner; brother-in-law, Marvin Gooch of Kentucky; sister-in-law, Mary (Robert) Birch of Kentucky; 2 nieces, Vicky Smith and Lori Ann Nokes; 1 nephew, Jackie Darrell Rigsby; special friend, Jimmy Taylor of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Thursday, April 23, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. David Frazier and Mike Carpenter officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 3:PM until 9:PM and Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

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