Obituaries

Evalena Turner Redmon

Jun 10 2015

71 year old Evalena Turner Redmon of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC of Smithville. She was a Baptist, member of the Eastern Star, and retired owner of Redmon Nursery. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Eastern Star services will be announced later. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ella Mai Turner; one son, David Ray Redmon; sisters, Halena Driver, and Arlon Rose Cobble; two brothers, Elton and Jerry Wayne Turner; and father of her children, David C. Redmon. Survivors include a daughter, Wetonia "Sissy" Redmon of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Bradley Redmon of Smithville, Ashley and husband Gary Redmon-Murry of Soddy Daisy, and Hailey Redmon of Smithville. Sisters, Helen and Malcom Turner of McMinnville and Ruby Parsley of Smithville. Brother, John and his wife Glenda Turner of Smithville. Great grandchildren survive along with several nieces, nephews, and special nephew, Joey Parsley of Smithville. Special cousin Anita Martin of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jacob Morgan "J.M." Bratcher

Jun 10 2015

Jacob Morgan "J.M." Bratcher age 80 of Woodbury, passed away June 9, 2015 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born June 5, 1935 to his parents, the late V.E. and Ila Oakley Campbell Bratcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 son, Jeffery Bratcher; 2 brothers, Donald Bratcher and Jerry Bratcher; 1 sister, Wanda Brown. He was a retired construction worker, attended the Blues Hill Church of Christ and was a U.S. Army Veteran. J.M. is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jonell Bratcher of Woodbury; 3 sons, Barry (Regina) Bratcher of Freystade, Germany, Jason and Joel Bratcher both of Woodbury; 3 grandchildren, Aaron, Jacob and Vanessa Bratcher; half-brother, Barton (Phyllis) Todd of McMinnville; several nieces , nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Friday, June 12, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rannie Phillips officiating and burial to follow in Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be Thursday 11:AM until 8:PM and Friday 10:AM until the time of the service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

John Robert Underhill

Jun 10 2015

79 year old John Robert Underhill of Alexandria died Tuesday at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was a DeKalb County native, a member of the Tennessee National Guard, and a retired TVA employee. Underhill was a member of the Cooper's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Thurman Seber and Gary Caplinger will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service. Underhill was preceded in death by his parents, Shelie Valter Underhill and Cora Owen Patterson Underhill; his wife, Shelvie Jean Willoughby Underhill; and a brother, Morgan Underhill. He is survived by a son, James Robert Underhill of Alexandria. A daughter, Jean Yvonne Campbell of Alexandria. Grandchildren, Ashley Rebekah Roth and husband Caleb of Alexandria, Nicholas Robert Underhill of Alexandria, and Timothy Brian Campbell and wife Shelley of Alexandria. Great grandchildren, Timothy James Campbell, Elizabeth Kaye Roth, Ezra James Roth, and Noah John Roth. Sisters, Joyce Ann Crook and husband J.T. of Lebanon and Patsy Jean Adamson of Smithville. A brother, Jack Underhill and wife Faye of Alexandria. Nieces and nephews. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Regina Hope Cantrell Bates

Jun 8 2015

Regina Hope Cantrell Bates age 61 of Smithville passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 at NHC HealthCare Center of an extended illness. She was born August 29, 1953 to her parents, the late Lee and Dean Hall Cantrell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 granddaughter, Olivia Grace Taylor and 1 sister, Darlene Haas. She was a factory worker and was a member of the Smithville Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include 2 children, Cindy (Ken) Taylor of Smithville and Freddy Summers and companion Darlene Grisham of Dowelltown; 4 grandchildren, Shauna, Abbi and Kenlee Taylor and Devin Summers; 3 brothers, Jerry Lee (Jane) Cantrell of Smithville, Ronnie (Judy) Cantrell of McMinnville, Phillip (Marilyn) Cantrell of Smithville; Several nieces, nephews and family survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 3:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 3. In lieu flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with Funeral Expenses, in memory of Regina. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmy "Hammer" Davis

Jun 6 2015

64 year old Jimmy "Hammer" Davis of Sparta died Saturday morning at his residence. He attended the Johnsons Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He was an LPN with Home Healthcare. Davis was also a U.S. Military Veteran having served in the Vietnam War. The funeral will be Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 3 p.m. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Leona Blaylock Davis; two sons, Scott and Josh Davis; a brother, Jr. Davis; and a brother-in-law, Bobby Rice. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Connie Rice Davis of Sparta. Three grandchildren, Kyra Agee and Kylee Davis both of Smithville and Madison Davis of Sparta. Two brothers, Less and wife Regina Davis and Jack and wife Mary Ann Davis both of Sparta. One sister, Beulah and husband Lester Taylor of Sparta. Father and mother-in-law, Bob and wife Ruth Rice of Sparta. Two brothers-in-law, Kenneth and wife Shawn Rice and Terry Rice all of Sparta. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gradie Porter Matthews (Also Known as "Red")

Jun 6 2015

Mr. Gradie Porter "Red" Matthews age 81 of Livingston passed away Friday June 5, 2015 at his residence. He was born Nov. 1, 1933 in Overton Co.,Tennessee to Owen R. Matthews and Mary (Cox) Matthews. Gradie was a member of the Christian Community Church, a Veteran serving in the Army National Guard, Member of the Livingston Masonic Lodge # 259, Eastern Star # 206, Shriner, Hillbilles, Scottish Rites, Mentor Demolay's of the Livingston Chapter and also a member of the Livingston Lions Club.

Gradie is survived by: (2) Daughters: Pennie Ann Matthews and Callie Marie Mullinax (Bradley); (1) Son: Gradie Junior Matthews; (1) Sister: Frances Cobble; Also survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his Parents: Owen and Mary Matthews; Wife: Callie Evelean (Hammock) Matthews; (1) Brother: Lenard R. Matthews.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday June 9, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. from the Livingston Funeral Home with burial in the Okolona Cemetery.

The family of Mr. Gradie Matthews will receive friends on Monday June 8, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Everyone is welcome to the Easter Star Service Monday evening at 6:00 P.M. and the Masonic Service at 7:00 P.M. at the Livingston Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Chrildren Hospital ot the Livingston Lions Club

Jack Wayne Hale

Jun 5 2015

77 year old Jack Wayne Hale of Alexandria died Friday at his residence. He was a DeKalb County native, a carpenter, and a member of the New Middleton Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Shannon Cantrell and B.J. Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, L.V. Hale and Belvie Herman Hale; sisters, Maureen Scott, Elizabeth Scott, and Ofallon Malone; and brothers, James Hale and Kenneth Hale. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Aundra Hale of Alexandria. Children, Carmellia Ingram of Brush Creek, Jerome and wife Tammy Hale of Lebanon, Jeremy Hale of Newberry Springs, California, and Aundrenia and husband Danny Baker of Gordonsville. Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Sisters, Dorothy Inez Malone, Francis Willete Hale, and Betty Lou Clayborn all of Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in His Memory. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Ann Foutch Summers

Jun 5 2015

81 year old Ann Foutch Summers of Smithville died Friday at her residence. She was a Baptist and a retired co-owner of Summers Garage. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Frank Bledsoe will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Ruby Foutch; three brothers, Frank, Larry, and Jackie Foutch; and two sisters, Pat Keith and Brenda Taylor. She is survived by five children, Kathy Withers of Illinois, Buddy Morris and Vicki Judkins of Brentwood, Beth Ann Bouldin of McMinnville, Kristi and William Walter of LaVergne, and Gail and Rick Stewart of Smithville. Seven grandchildren, Anthony White, Christopher Judkins, Nathan and Tara Cantrell, Flint Gilley, Brandy Ledford-Gilley, Colt and Lacy Stewart and Hunter and Jessica Stewart. Eight great grandchildren, Cassidy and Kieran White, Aidan and Emery Cantrell, T.J. Finoti, Aubrey and Henry Gilley and Conner Ledford. One brother, Danny and Charlene Foutch of Mt. Juliet and a sister, Judy Parsley of Lenoir City. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses.

Phyllis Pirtle Josleyn

Jun 5 2015

Phyllis Pirtle Josleyn, 75 of Old Hickory, TN, left this earth on June 5, 2015 to be with Jesus. She is preceded in death by her parents John Lawson (J.L.) Pirtle and Frankie Pirtle of Smithville, TN.

Survived by kind, gentle, and loving husband Stephen R. Josleyn of 42 years. Also, cherished daughter Ashley (Todd) French of Winter Park, Fl, and dear grandchildren Edison Ro French, Anna Lawson French, and Stowe Roland French.

She is survived by: brother, Stephen (Darlene) Pirtle; sisters Carol (Tucker) Hendrix and Vicky (David) Terrell; nieces Melissa (Jay) Delaney, Rhonda (Doug) Oram, and Michelle Lawrence; nephews Roth (Jessica) Terrell, Justin (Emily) Terrell, and Brandon Pirtle; and her step-son Stephen R. Josleyn II and his sons Kyle Josleyn, Luke Josleyn, and Noah Josleyn.

Phyllis is survived by many dear, loving friends who have been so kind and supportive over the years. She was a member of Tulip Grove Baptist Church, where she was a children's Sunday School teacher for many years and an active member of the Unity Class in her later years. She ran the homeless outreach program Room in the Inn at Tulip Grove Baptist Church for seven years.

Her favorite Bible verse was Psalms 73:26: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my choice forever." She learned this verse as a little girl in Sunday School in Detroit, MI.

Visitation with friends and family will be held at the Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville, TN, on Sunday, June 7 from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. and on Monday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The funeral service, conducted by her nephew Dr. Justin Terrell, will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8 at the Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville, TN. A graveside service will follow at DeKalb Memorial Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Stephen Pirtle, Roth Terrell, David Terrell, Tucker Hendrix, Todd French, Jay Delaney, John Delaney, Doug Oram, Don Smith, and Van Calhoun.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Room in the Inn program at Tulip Grove Baptist Church in Old Hickory, TN or to the Gideons.

Shirley Ann Harris

Jun 4 2015

Shirley Ann Harris a resident of Chattanooga, TN and a former resident of Smithville, passed away Monday at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. She was born May 27, 1936 to her parents, the late Roy Clarence and Essie Davis Jackson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Winnell Harris. Ms. Shirley was retired from the Corp of Engineers and a member of the Gruetli Church of God. Survivors include 2 children, Danny (Colleen) Deason of Williamson, GA and Cindy (Danny) Tatrow of Chattanooga; 5 grandchildren, Rebecca Dunn, Robert Dunn, Wesley Tatrow, Danielle Tatrow and Luke Tatrow; 1 great-grandson, Kyle (Ashley) Dunn; 2 great-great-grandsons, Trevor and Hunter Dunn; 1 sister, Margaret Jane Orrick of Morristown, TN; 2 nieces, Susie Ross and Nancy Orrick. Funeral services will be conducted 4:PM Thursday, June 4, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Willard Griffin officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 4:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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