Obituaries

Phillip Johnson, Jr.

Mar 18 2013

77 year old Phillip Johnson, Jr., better known as J.J. the King, a native of Bedford County, died Thursday March 14 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. He was the son of the late Phillip and Lena Smith Johnson, Sr. His wife is Christine Fisher. In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by two children, Robert and Rita; Sisters, Irene Ray, Lora Morris, Annie Belle Ray, Lee Anna Bailey, Ruby Ray and Magnolia; and a Brother, Charles Johnson. Phillip was an U.S. Army Veteran in which he retired with honors and a member of the Pilgrim Emanuel Baptist Church. Johnson is survived by two Sons, Johnny (Kim) Johnson of Brush Creek and Randy Johnson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Twelve Grandchildren; Sisters, Pauline (Gene) Wilson of Panama City, FL, Betty and Lucille Johnson both of Nashville; Brother, Oris (Bernadette) Johnson of Maryland; a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends. Interment Services will be conducted 2:PM Friday March 22 at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Nashville with Elder Perry Broadnex and Artie London officiating. Visitation with the Family will be on Friday March 22 from 11:AM until 1:PM at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home at which time the family will leave to go to the cemetery for the Service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Felix Cleveland Watts

Mar 17 2013

76 year old Felix Cleveland Watts of Chattanooga died Thursday at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. He was a former heavy equipment operator with Jones Brothers Construction and a Baptist. A graveside service will be Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Holly Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, Plea and Lucy Maggart Watts; two brothers, Royce and Hois Watts; and a sister, Mandy Watts. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Kathalene Watts of Chattanooga. One son, Brian Eric and wife Nicole Watts of Chattanooga and eight additional children all of Oklahoma. Four sisters, Ruth Ashford of Watertown, Linda Hamlet of Smithville, Ann Ferguson of Watertown, and Sue Phann of Woodbury. Four brothers Bud and wife Vicky Watts and Jr and wife Rose Watts all of Woodbury, David and wife Connie Watts of McMinnville, and John and wife Alicia Watts of Sims, Texas. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be given to the funeral home to help with expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Clistie Rosella Marsh Ray

Mar 17 2013

93 year old Clistie Rosella Marsh Ray of McMinnville (Dibrell Community) died Friday at River Park Hospital. She was born in DeKalb County, a homemaker, and a member of New Union The Baptist Church. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her parents I.W. and Rochia Neely Marsh, her husband Joseph Thurman (J.T.) Ray, Jr., and her sisters Goldie Baugher and Juanita Young.

Survivors include her children Patricia (Joe) Wright, Delbert (Linda) Ray, and Jerry (Brenda) Ray, grandchildren Jeri (Bart) Salyer, Seth (Ashley) Wright, LeAnn (Jared) Snow, Kim Ray, and Todd Ray, great-grandchildren Morgan Burton, Perry Burton, Cassidy Snow, and Ian Snow, one great-great grandchild Hazlie Burton, and one great-great grandchild on the way.

Funeral service will be 1:00 P.M. Monday in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Darrell Cantrell will officiate. Burial will follow at New Union Cemetery. The Ray Family will receive friends Sunday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Monday from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals On Wheels.

Nina Johnson Rhody

Mar 17 2013

76 year old Nina Johnson Rhody of Smithville died Saturday morning at her residence. She was a bank teller at Regions Banks and a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Terry Little will officiate and burial will be in the Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvie Vester, Sr. and Jocie Evelyn Tittsworth Parsley; her first and second husbands, Charles L. Johnson and Jack G. Rhody; a daughter, Angel D. Mahler; and step-son, Jim Rhody. Survivors include her son, Gary R. Johnson of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Cathleen and husband J.D. Humphrey of Walling and Craig and wife Sabrina Mahler of Carthage. One great grandson, Jaxon Humphrey. Two expected great grandbabies, baby boy Humphrey and baby girl Mahler. Three step-sons, Jack R. and wife Pam Rhody, Kevin and wife Amy Rhody, and Danny Rhody all of Smithville. A step-daughter, Kathy Rhody of Joelton. Brothers and sisters, Clayton and wife Peggy Parsley of Smithville, Reba and husband Pat Patton of McMinnville, Jerrie and husband Dan Paone of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Vester and wife Jane Parsley of Smithville, Judy and husband Fred Mundt of Denton, Texas; and Penny and husband Don Bolton of Murfreesboro. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the Cancer Society DeKalb County Relay for Life in memory of Nina, in lieu of flowers.

Mary Helen Billings Jennings

Mar 15 2013

95 year old Mary Helen Billings Jennings of Smithville died Friday morning at her residence. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. James Wright will officiate and burial will be in the Billings Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Felix and Louesa Davison Billings; husband, Grady Jennings; daughter, Evalois Jennings; and four brothers, Robert, George, Hubert, and Ammon Billings. Survivors include three daughters, Linda and husband Jim Mabe, Brenda and husband Buddy Taylor and Joyce and her husband, Terry Young all of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Sherry MaCartney of Carthage, Sue Mabe, Jeff Taylor and Jennifer Neal all of Smithville, Erin Johnson of Whitwell and Amy Young of Murfreesboro. Fourteen great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Tommy Harvey

Mar 13 2013

58 year old James Tommy Harvey of Alexandria died Wednesday at his residence. Born in Wilson County, Harvey was a realtor, farmer, and a member of the Helton Creek The Baptist Church. Harvey was a Navy veteran and a member of the DeKalb Soil Conservation Board and the National Association of Realtors RC&D Board. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Helton Creek The Baptist Church. James Wright, Frank Randolph, and Eric Wood will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at the church. Harvey was preceded in death by his father, Joe Thomas Harvey. Survivors include his mother, Alene Adamson Harvey of Alexandria. His wife of 39 1/2 years, Miranda Harvey of Alexandria. Children, Randal and wife Tara Harvey of Mount Juliet, Kevin and wife Angelia Harvey of Lebanon, and Chad and wife Kayla Harvey of Lebanon. Grandchildren, Kailey Harvey and Wyatt Harvey. Sisters, Mary Katherine and husband Richard Matus of Lebanon, Margaret Doris and husband Donnie Uselton of Lebanon, Charlotte Elaine and husband Ken Chapman of Lebanon, and Brenda Gail Crips of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. The family has requested that donations be made to Helton Creek The Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

B.L. Cantrell

Mar 13 2013

86 year old B.L. Cantrell of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired maintenance mechanic from the Corps of Engineers and a member of the VFW 7629 and AmVets Post 101. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife Eva Dean Cantrell; parents, Ben and Sarah Young Cantrell; a son, Kevin Cantrell; and a brother, Ben Cantrell, Jr. Survivors include a son, Steve Cantrell of Smithville. One granddaughter, Leslie and Joey Bounds and a great grandson, Tyler Bounds all of Virginia. Two sisters, Wilma Young of Murfreesboro and Lorene Jenkins of Smithville. One brother, CY and Ruth Cantrell of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dimple Hale

Mar 13 2013

74 year old Dimple Hale of Watertown died Tuesday morning at University Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born in DeKalb County, daughter of the late Grady and Lilly Dale Judkins and was preceded in death by a brother, James Judkins and sisters, Rose Judkins, Inez Taylor and Vada Davis. Dimple was a graduate of Liberty High School and was a member of Temperance Hall Pentecostal Church. She is survived by her husband, Ralph Hale; daughters, Jennifer (David) England and their children, Breanna and Aaron and Angela (Fabron) Nicholson and their children, Nathaniel and Madison; son, Samuel (Rebecca) Hale and their children, Trinity and Serenity; many foster grandchildren; sisters, Imogene Page of Smithville, Claudia Bain of Michigan, Margaret Cripps of Ohio, Helen Maxwell of Baxter; brothers, Buddy Judkins of Smithville, Douglas Judkins of North Carolina, Richard Judkins of Smithville; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Fabron Nicholson, Serita Martin and David England officiating. Visitation 2-8 p.m. Thursday. Interment at Mt. Holly Cemetery, Smithville.

Sabrina Diane Brown

Mar 13 2013

41 year old Sabrina Diane Brown of Dowelltown died Tuesday. Brown was disabled and she attended the Open Word Tabernacle. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Lee Denton and Jerry Braswell will officiate. A graveside service will be Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at Grinder's Creek Church of Christ cemetery in Hohenwald. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Brown is survived by her husband, Darrell Brown of Dowelltown. Three children, Kashia O'Guin, Haley Baker, and Chelsea Baker all of Hohenwald. A grandchild, Reagan Grippi of Hohenwald. Step-children, Cheyenne Autumn Matthews, Jack Brown, and Seamus Brown all of Smithville. Step grandchild, Malachi Matthews. Father and step-mother, Danny and Pauline Green of Smithville. Paternal grandmother, Mildred Green of Smithville. Sister, Misty Spicer of Memphis. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Sandra Elaine Joiner Funk

Mar 12 2013

64 year old Sandra Elaine Joiner Funk of Alexandria died Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Carthage Full Gospel. A graveside service will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Prosperity Cemetery. Jackie Dawson will officiate. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Joiner and Annie Mai Sullivan; a brother, Royce Joiner; and sisters, Carolyn Kirkland, Geraldine Joiner, and Earline Joiner. Survivors include a daughter, Amanda and husband Chris Dolby of Gordonsville. Grandchildren, Hunter and Elijah Dolby of Gordonsville. A brother, Lloyd Joiner of Florida. Nieces, Margaret Sexton of Florida and Teresa Magiolo of Hartsville. Nephews, Larry Joiner of Alexandria and Wayne Kirkland of Florida. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

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