Obituaries

Grace Freeman Tramel

May 24 2014

88 year old Grace Freeman Tramel of Knoxville and formerly of Smithville died Friday at NHC Farragut in Knoxville. She was a Methodist. Tramel had also worked in the Y12 Department at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She was a homemaker. A graveside service will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Town Cemetery. No visitation will be held at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Winston Tramel, Jr.; parents, Ferdinand and Mary Rebecca Bryant Freeman; and a sister, Reba Freeman Littlejohn. She is survived by a daughter, Marcia Tramel-Morren and husband John of Naperville, Illinois. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ralph Lee Bradford

May 23 2014

83 year old Ralph Lee Bradford of Smithville died Friday morning at Cookeville Regional Hospital. He was the son of the late Hubert & Opal Austin Bradford. He was a member of Trinity Assembly in Algood, retired Rural Mail Carrier, Bus Driver, Grocery Store Owner, Mechanic, Volunteer Fireman & a Devoted Hunter & Fisherman. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife Jo Puckett Bradford and son Alan Bradford. Celebration of Life Services will be held 3:PM Sunday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Mike Campbell and Jim Moore officiating and burial to follow in the Puckett Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 11:AM until 9:PM and Sunday 10:AM until time of the service at 3:PM. Survivors include 2 children: Teri (Hugh) Davenport of Celina, Greg (Gina) Bradford of Smithville; Daughter-in-law: Suzanne (Bill) Gash of Smithville; 9 Grandchildren: Brad (Beth) Davenport, Jennifer (Rodney) Langford, Matt (Brittany) Davenport, Mandy (Paul) Talley, Chase (Kesha) Bradford, Cory Bradford, Alli (Andrew) Moore, Adam Lindsey & Matthew Lindsey; 9 Great Grandchildren: Isaiah, Nolan, Anaiah, Emmy, Andrew, Elianah, Ezalee, Mahala, Rellen; 1 Sister: Sondra Hawkins of Sparta; Fishing Buddies: Clyde Medley & Bobby Bare. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to either the Lighthouse Christian Camp or to the Gideons Bible Program, in memory of Mr. Ralph.

Flonnie Vanderpool Fletcher

May 23 2014

84 year old Flonnie Vanderpool Fletcher of Woodbury died Wednesday at St. Thomas Rutherford following an extended illness.

She is survived by her children: Elanie (Don) Hackett of Manchester, Earl (Peggy) James of Murfreesboro, Robert (Tina R.) Fletcher of Auburntown, Mary Ann Britnell and Jeff (Tina Marie) Fletcher both of Woodbury; Twin Sister: Nonnie Tramel of Dowelltown and Special Friend: David Wilson. 7 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren also survive.

Ms. Fletcher was preceded in death by her parents, James Daniel Vanderpool and Mattie Bonham Vanderpool; her husbands, Edwin James and Buford Fletcher and several brothers and sisters.

A member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, she was a homemaker and a seamstress. She was a loving mother, grandmother and a fine Christian woman.

Funeral Services will be 2 pm Sunday, May 25, 2014 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Nichols and Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in the Jennings Cemetery, Statesville, TN. Visitation with the family will be from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM Saturday.

Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

David Dennis Miller

May 23 2014

60 year old David Dennis Miller of Smithville passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. There will be a graveside service 1:PM Friday at Banks Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to the service. He is survived by 5 children, Shane Miller, Shannon Herman, Holly Miller, Ashley Miller, and Jessica Miller; sister, Brenda Buck; brother, Royce Foster. In lieu of flowers, donations to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.

Wanda Dee Gossard

May 22 2014

65 year old Wanda Dee Gossard of Smithville died Wednesday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a member of the Smithville Church of God and former Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary and AmVets. She was formerly employed at Federal Mogul. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jeff Armstrong will officiate and burial will be in the Blackford Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Clara Johnson Nickerson and two brothers, Earl Nickerson and Author Nickerson. Survivors include three children, Lisa Schell of Smithville, Andrew and wife Leah Gossard of Spencer, and Michael and wife Brittany Schofner of McMinnville. Three grandchildren, James Gilles of McMinnville and Misty Gilles and Matthew Gilles both of Smithville. Ten great grandchildren. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

Billy Joe Ayers

May 22 2014

80 year old Billy Joe Ayers of Dowelltown died Thursday morning at NHC of Smithville. He was a farmer and a faithful member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Dry Creek Baptist Church. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-6 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. at Dry Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Callie Moore Ayers; a sister, Willie Jim Cripps; two brothers, Edward and Charles Ayers; a brother-in-law, Carl Cripps; and a nephew, Gary Wayne Cripps. Survivors include two nephews, Dwight Cripps of the Dry Creek community and Jerald and wife Lisa Cripps of Liberty. One niece, Wanda Cripps of Mount Juliet. Six great nieces and nephews, Angela Royalty and Paul Tubbs both of Lebanon, Matthew and wife Melody Cripps of Murfreesboro, Jordan and wife Nicole Cripps of Dowelltown, Justin and wife Tiffany Cripps, Tina and husband David Pedigo, and Tammy and husband Carl Tyler all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dry Creek Baptist Church in memory of Mr. Ayers.

Christine H. Cassity

May 19 2014

53 year old Christine H. Cassity of Woodbury and formerly of Alexandria died Sunday at Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. Born in DeKalb County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. The family has chosen direct cremation. A family memorial will be held at a later date. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.V. Huddleston and Dimple Jones. Survivors include a son, Joshua Cassity of Alexandria. Brothers and sisters, Jane Martin of Defeated, Phyllis and husband Charles Griffith of Alexandria. Dewight and wife Diana Huddleston of Lebanon. Mai and husband Tom Clenney of Lebanon. Margie and husband Donnie Martin of Defeated. Ricky and wife Virginia Huddleston of Carthage, and Tracy Huddleston of Smithville. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in her honor, in lieu of flowers.

Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Vanatta

May 18 2014

50 year old Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Vanatta of Smithville died Tuesday, May 13 at Centennial Medical Center. He was born October 23, 1963 in Smithville, to his parents, the late Vaskel Eugene and Ella Dania "Dean" Pinegar Vanatta. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Vanatta. Kenney was a handy man. He is survived by a brother, David Vanatta, sister, Debbie McClain, special aunt, Louise Hendrixson, aunts, Sue Lassiter & Gladys Young, uncle, J.C. "Buck" Vanatta, several cousins and friends. Kenny's remains will be cremated and a graveside memorial service will be held at the Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Houston Lee Young

May 18 2014

92 year old Houston Lee Young of Hillsdale, Michigan died Saturday in Michigan. He was born August 21, 1921 in New Market, Alabama to his parents, the late John and Oshie Pedigo Young. He was a brother to 7 siblings, and his family moved to Smithville, Tennessee at an early age. Houston enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, after receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1945, he returned home to Smithville, Tennessee. In 1950, Houston married Alpha Cantrell and in 1951, they moved to Detroit, Michigan. He was a career employee at Chrysler Corporation until his retirement. A mechanic at heart, Houston was the neighborhood handy man. He delighted in working on cars, lawnmowers, bikes...... anything mechanical. Houston and Alpha moved to Hillsdale, Michigan where he lived for the past 10 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Alpha Dean Young; Loving father of Doyle Young, Dona (Wallace) Furtado, Rodney (Diane) Young, Rita (Daniel) Woodcock and Jason (Maria) Young; Loving grandfather of Meredith, Wallace Michael, Rene', Bryan, Robin, Jason, Joshua, Jasmine and Sophia; Loving great-grandfather of 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in Bonham Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation with the family will be Monday 2:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements

Hipolito Rivera Morales

May 16 2014

70 year old Hipolito Rivera Morales of Smithville passed away at his residence Tuesday May 13, 2014. He was the son of the late Isidro Rivera Banda and Maria Morales. He was a member of the First Baptist Spanish Church. Funeral services will be held 6:PM Friday Night at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and again on Saturday at 1:PM. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 11:AM until time of the service at 6:PM and again on Saturday from 11:AM until time of the service at 1:PM with Bro. Hector Ortega officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Benita Palomo Hernandez; Children: Raul Rivera, Alejandro Rivera, Jose Luis Rivera, Juan Manuel Rivera, Virginia Rivera, Rojelio Rivera, Noe Rivera and Elvia Rivera; Grandchildren: Jesus Raul Rivera, Bill Rivera, Jesus Alejandro Rivera, Jr., Guadalope Rivera, Jasmine Evelia Rivera, Elvia Rivera, Jesica Rivera, Eduardo Rivera, Renata Rivera, Juan Manuel Rivera, Jr., Ricardo Rivera, Cristofer Rivera, Jacob Rivera, Reveca Rivera, Jeniffer Rivera, Nicole Rivera, Maite Rivera, Naiomy Rivera, Fernando Huriel Rivera, Sebastian Rivera, Keila Rivera and Pricsila Rivera.

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