Obituaries

Morris Vinson Watson

Apr 25 2017
Morris Vinson Watson

Morris Vinson Watson, age 81, died April 23, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness. He was born September 23, 1935 in Daylight Community, Warren County, Tennessee to the late Minister F. L. Watson and Eula Elizabeth Bond Watson. As a child, Watson’s family lived for a period of time in DeKalb County. He was ordained as a minister in September 1966 and pastored several churches during his ministry. He was a member of Newtown The Baptist Church of Christ. He was a fireman thirteen years with the McMinnville Fire Dept., and founding partner of L & M Carpet until his retirement in 2010. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a twin sister Doris Watson, and siblings John Lee Watson, Virgil Adcock, James Watson, Charles Watson, Anna Stinnett, Aaron Watson, George Watson, Lillard Watson, Rebecca Lemmons, Frank Watson, Jr , J C Watson, David Watson & Paul Watson. Mr. Watson was married June 30, 1956, in Ringgold Georgia to Eunice Angele Stoner who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Cheryl (Thomas) Mingle, Lanny Watson & Dell Watson all of McMinnville & Latecia ‘Tish’ (Larry) Cannon of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, Shonda (Shane) Jacobs of McMinnville; Steavon (Lindsey) Bogle of Manchester; Crystal (Aaron) Kiefer of Louisville, Kentucky, Lindsey (Robby) Brown of Murfreesboro, Ken Clayton, Murfreesboro, Dellan Watson McMinnville, & Luke Watson Clarksville; eight great-grand children, Shayna and Shy Jacobs, Jathan and Braylan Bogle all of McMinnville and Brook and Alaynah Bogle of Manchester, Caroline & Abby Kiefer of Louisville Kentucky, one sister Frances Billings of McMinnville and one brother Johnny (Barbara) Watson of Metropolis, Illinois and step grandchildren Zack Cannon of Murfreesboro, Ken Mingle of Manchester, Krista and Kevin (Laura) Mingle of McMinnville, step great grand children Kyrsten (Cody) Johnson, Allison, Morgan and Ava Mingle of McMinnville and Caitlin (Colby) Mooneyham of Bradyville and step great- great grand children Kayleigh and Jackson Johnson of McMinnville. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cody Holman Pastor of Newtown The Baptist Church of Christ and Brother George King of Hiawassee Church of Christ to officiate. Interment will be held in Mount View Cemetery in Warren County. Family will receive friends 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Sandra "Sandy" Faye Cooper Brown

Apr 25 2017
Sandra "Sandy" Faye Cooper Brown

Sandra "Sandy" Faye Cooper Brown, 71, of Smithville, TN and formerly of Goodlettsville, TN and West Palm Beach, FL died April 20, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN. Sandy was born to and preceded in death by Harry June Cooper, Jr. And Juanita Marie Thompson Cooper. Sandy was a devoted wife and loving mother. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Howard Charles Brown of Smithville; her children, Laura Michelle Brown of North Palm Beach, FL, Gregory Michael (Kerry) Ward of Gainesville, FL, Matthew Wayne (Jane) Brown of Smithville; 2 step-children, Denise Brown Chadwick of AL and Howie Brown of FL; 10 grandchildren, Tim Brown (Mari Fandl), Jessica Brown, Ashley Ward, Kyle Ward, Gabby Ward, Tyler Ward, Cooper Brown, Cale Brown, Michael Chadwick and Justin Chadwick; 1 great-granddaughter, Charley Rae Brown; 4 sisters, Linda (Ralph) Lamblin of Smithville, Lana Baker of FL, Connie Mann of AL, and Sheila (Gary) Dickerson of Ridgetop, TN; 1 brother, Terry Cooper of FL. The family has honored Mrs. Brown's request to be cremated and no memorial service to be held. The family request that donations be made to Alive Hospice in remembrance of Mrs. Sandy. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy "Walker Dog" Lackey, Jr.

Apr 22 2017
Billy "Walker Dog" Lackey, Jr.

Billy "Walker Dog" Lackey, Jr. age 65 of Smithville, passed away Friday afternoon at his residence. He was born November 27, 1951 to his parents, the late Billy Lackey, Sr. and Nora Mae Howard Lackey Pinegar. Billy attended the Old Fashioned Freewill Baptist Church and was a retired Truck Driver. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Lackey of Smithville; 5 children, Scotty (Patricia) Stubbe of Smithville, Charles Stubbe of Smithville, Tina (Keneth) Whitehead of Smithville, Tammy (David) Hough of Lake Wells, FL, and Jason (Linda Bain) Lackey of Smithville; daughter-in-law, Retta Lackey of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, Ashlee Whitehead (Jacob Rankhorn), Jessica Price, Madison Whitehead, Shelby Hough, Dakota Nokes, Tiera Anderson, Tabitha Goodwin, Joshua Lackey, Eli Lackey, Nicholas Lackey; 2 step-great-grandchildren, Madison Anderson and Kimber Nokes; 9 brothers and sisters, Wane Lackey of Chattanooga, Steven Lackey of Manchester, Tommy (Crissy) Lackey of Manchester, James Lackey of Sparta, Bethel (Linda) Golden of Smithville, Jean (Johnny) King of Sparta, Norma (David) Young of Sparta, Wanda (Jerry) Allen of Sparta, Angela (Julio) Garcia of Manchester and a host of nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Funeral services will be 2:PM Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Nathan Thomason and David Lawson officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Tuesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Maxine Baker

Apr 18 2017
Maxine Baker

Maxine Baker, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was called home on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the age of 91. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son, Randall; sisters, Dixie, Tutie and Hattie; brothers, Ed, Howard, Lloyd, Steve, Ty, Jiggs, Billie and granddaughter, Jackie.

She is survived by her brother Harvey; sisters-in-law Arlene and Elli; son, Joseph and wife Kathy; daughters, Judy, Mickey, Shirley and husband Morty, Ramona and husband Jerry, Barbara and husband Steve, Jill, Mike, Stan and wife Diana. Maxine leaves 9 grandchildren: Kim, Charlene, Todd, Jenny, Roxanne, Maggie, Jade, Max and Ben; 19 great-grandchildren: Franklin, Theodore, Kayli, Crissy, Michael, Mercedes, Micah, Melanie, Joseph, Matthew, Tiffany, Evan, Emma, Odin, Elliot, Jack, Ollie, Clover and Fox; great-great-granddaughter Aubrey Rose; her beloved Cobb nieces and nephew, her cherished friends at Whorton Springs Baptist Church and Wynde Weaver who has become a member of our family.

A special thank you to Ramona, Joseph and Wynde who, with great personal sacrifice provided the round-the-clock care that allowed Mom to stay in her own home.

Mom lived life to the fullest. She loved God, Sunday morning church with Joseph and Kathy, her family, country music, good food, playing guitar, singing the old songs and a glass of wine.

Her daughter Ramona said it best: She is a Godly woman.

Funeral Service celebrating Mrs. Maxine’s life will be 2:PM Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Dekalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Mahan officiating and internment will follow at Young Bend Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Family and friends will gather at DeKalb Funeral Chapel for the service at 2:PM.

Following internment Maxine’s family would like to invite you all to her home to share food and memories.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Pauline Wilson

Apr 18 2017
Mary Pauline Wilson

Mary Pauline Wilson age 57 of Smithville passed away Sunday afternoon April 16, 2017 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. She was born January 14, 1960 to her parents, the late James Robert and Peggy Ann Young Maples. Mary was a seamstress and member of Engrated Word of Cookeville. A memorial service will be held 1:PM Friday April 21, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Chris McMichael officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 11:AM until time of the service at 1:PM. Survivors include her husband Kevin Wilson of Smithville; 5 children: Heather Wilson, Jennia Wilson, Daniel Wilson all of Smithville, Chasity Johnson of Algood, Bruce Maples of Smithville; Sisters: Lou Ann Midgett of Dowelltown, Jamye Atnip of Smithville; Brother: Joey Maples of Smithville; 11 Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Paul King

Apr 12 2017

83 year old Richard Paul King of Brush Creek died Tuesday at his residence. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Episcopal Church in Lebanon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas King and Olive Gibson; a son, Richard King; and a brother, Tommy King. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Cynthia King of Brush Creek. Children, Donna and Danny Positano of Burlington, Connecticut, Michael and Tina King of Franklin, Tracy and Andrew Boutin of Burlington, Connecticut, and Kristen and Rick Layton of Maine. Grandchildren, Jesse King, Daniel King, Brian Positano, Adam Positano, and Madison Boutin. Several nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law, Wally Seitz and special friend, Ethel "Sissy" Reynolds. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Joyce Elizabeth Mayo

Apr 12 2017
Joyce Elizabeth Mayo

Joyce Elizabeth Mayo age 69 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday night, April 11, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was born January 24, 1948 to her parents, the late J.C. and Elizabeth Stafford Linder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Mayo. Joyce was a garment factory worker and member of the non-denominational church. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dave Mayo, Jr. of Smithville; 2 sons, Michael and Greg Mayo both of Smithville; 8 grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Destinee, Christina, Gregory, Kelly, Kaitlyn, and Jordan; 9 great-grandchildren; sister and caregiver, Zettie Ervin (Wayne Laleman) of Smithville; sisters and brothers, Sue (Adam) Caldwell of Smithville, Peggy Coppinger of McMinnville, Lois Ann Page of Smithville, Danny Linder of Texas, Roger and David Linder both of Smithville and Jerry Linder of Lebanon; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Friday, April 14, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 11:AM until 9:PM and Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Thelma Jean Mooneyham

Apr 11 2017
Thelma Jean Mooneyham

Thelma Jean Mooneyham age 77 of Murfreesboro and a native of DeKalb County, passed away Monday afternoon April 10, 2017at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was born April 13, 1939 to her parents, the late Lemuel Cecil and Lela Pearl Dutton Hale. Thelma was a homemaker and member of The Living Word Tabernacle Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Arvil Mooneyham; Children: Dwight Mooneyham, Vickie Marsh, Joseph Mooneyham, Billy Paul Mooneyham; Sister: Lillian Neal; Brothers: Cecil Robert Hale, Alvie Hale, Bratten Hale, Hubert Hale, Garland Hale, Truitt Hale, Landon Hale. Funeral Services will be 3 PM Thursday April 13, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Darren Kinzer officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday 5 PM until 8 PM and Thursday 10:AM until time of the service at 3 PM. Survivors include: 3 children Michael (Debra) Mooneyham of Woodbury, Veronica Mooneyham, Christopher Mooneyham both of Murfreesboro; Grandchildren: Shana (Will) Key, Stephanie (Curtis) Bone, Erica Mooneyham, Tiffany (James) Holder, Andrew Marsh, Paula Ross, Kayla Mooneyham, Katie Mooneyham, Bryan Mooneyham, Carrie Mooneyham, Megan Mooneyham, Tony Taylor, Chris Taylor; Sister: Elsie Miller of Smithville; Sisters-in-law: Nell Hale, Macon Hale both of Smithville, 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Norman Gray Ferrell

Apr 11 2017

Norman Gray Ferrell age 72 of Alexandria, passed away Monday afternoon in Liberty from injuries received in a logging accident. He was born November 22, 1944 to his parents the late Joe and Lucille Hale Ferrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step-daughter, Kayla Cantrell; twin brothers, Joe and John Ferrell; sister, Louann Ferrell. He was a Christian, mechanic and a logger. Norman is survived by his wife, Deborah Ferrell of Alexandria; 2 sons, Johnifer Norman Ferrell of Smithville and Joe Allen Ferrell of Liberty; 1 step-son, Kevin Bogle of Alexandria; 2 step-daughters, Mary Jo Ford of South Haven, MS and Tabitha Ford of Rutherford County; 6 grandchildren; 5 sisters, Jean (William) Edmonds of Alexandria, Wanda (Donnie) Braswell of Dowelltown, Betty Cantrell of Alexandria, Rosemary Bane and Marsha Endsley both of Brush Creek; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 10:AM Thursday, April13, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Tramel officiating and burial will follow in Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 2:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 8:AM until the time of the service at 10:AM. 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.

Hartford Jennings Lewis

Apr 10 2017
Hartford Jennings Lewis

Hartford Jennings Lewis age 83 of Lebanon, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 8, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife of 62 years and his three children. Funeral services for Mr. Lewis will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Mike Smith and Rev. Kevin Medlin officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in Liberty, TN. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. till service time on Tuesday. Hartford is survived by his wife, June Cripps Lewis; daughters, Ivana (Mike) Smith and Penny (Dennis) Howerton; son, Mark (Chari) Lewis; grandsons, Casey (Molly) Smith, Evan Smith, Andrew Jennings Howerton and William Hartford Lewis; great-grandchildren, Greyson and Charlie Smith. He is also survived by sisters, Dorothy (Earl) West, Annette Elrod and Betty Lattimore; sisters-in-law, Lucille Lewis and Julia Mae Lewis and brother-in-law, Bob Earl Fuston. Hartford was born April 16, 1933 on Easter Sunday, son of the late Floyd Jennings and Mamie Bell Lewis and was preceded in death by brothers, Robert Earl and William Clyde Lewis; sisters, Mamie Ruth Lewis and Linda Fuston; brothers-in-law, Jack Boyd, Perry Elrod and Danny Lattimore. Hartford graduated from Liberty High School in 1951 and soon after married June Cripps, a marriage that would last over 62 years. He was soon drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955, completed his basic training at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Co and finished his military obligation at Fort Wainwright in Fair Banks, AK. He was a Poplar Bear. Hartford spent many years as a banker for Commerce Union Bank in Nashville, Lebanon Bank, Watertown Bank and Wilson Bank & Trust. Although a banker by trade, he was a farmer at heart. Nothing made him happier than to be in his overalls watching his plants grow and yield. Heaven got a little greener when Hartford walked through the gates. He was a member of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 1969 and served as a deacon, elder, session leader, Sunday school teacher and choir member. Special thanks to Home Instead of Lebanon, Gentiva Healthcare, Alive Hospice and longtime caregivers Rita and Jennifer, for going the extra mile while caring for him. All your love and efforts were so greatly appreciated. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

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