Obituaries

Sara V. "Ginny" Reed

Dec 17 2012

71 year old Sara V. "Ginny" Reed of Smithville died Monday at her daughter's residence. She was a member of the Webb's Chapel United Methodist Church and attended Smithville First Baptist Church. Reed was a farmer, homemaker, and she worked at Sundance. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Don Davidson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Reed was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Katherine Powers Farlow; a son, Brent Reed; a brother, Charles Farlow; and sisters, Beth and husband Joe Hensel; and Alice Libka. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Robert Jack Reed of Smithville. Children, Margaret and husband Doyle Curtis of Liberty, Bart and wife Glenda Reed of Warner Robbins, Georgia, Brian and wife Phyllis Reed, and Barry and wife Angie Reed all of Smithville; and daughter-in-law, Paulette Reed of Smithville. Fifteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Janet Farlow of Chiefland, Florida. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Amon Newton Snyder

Dec 17 2012

93 year old Amon Newton Snyder of Alexandria died Sunday at his residence. He had spent many years in the DeKalb County School System as a teacher and principal of DeKalb County High School. Born in DeKalb County, Snyder was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alexandria where he was a deacon, past Sunday School director, past church training director, and church treasurer for 33 years. Snyder served in the U.S. Army and Air Force from 1942-1945. He was a Mason, a Scottish Rite, and a member of the Alexandria Masonic Lodge #175. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Alexandria. Michael Cantrell, Don Elmore, and Curt Wagoner will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and Tuesday from noon until the service at the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Roscoe Snyder and Jennie Hendrixson and two sisters, Stella Corley and Lacye Mullinax. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lucy Snyder of Alexandria. Children, Jeffrey and wife Lou Ann Snyder of Alexandria, Penny and husband David Thompson of Alexandria, and Jamie and wife Twyla Snyder of Dickson. Grandchildren, Megan Thompson of Lebanon, Shelley Snyder of Ft. Worth, Texas, Drew Thompson of Alexandria, Levi Snyder of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Winston Snyder, Colton Snyder, and Holden Snyder all of Dickson. Nieces and nephews, Billye and husband Harold Foster, Charles and wife Jan Mullinax, Greg and wife Judy Corley, and Martha Corley. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Dean Magness

Dec 14 2012

91 year old Dean Magness of McMinnville died Thursday of an extended illness at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Central Church of Christ. A graveside service will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Warren County. Comer Mullican will officiate. She was preceded in death by her parents, William "Bill" and Quixie Milligan Watson; a son, Teddy Magness; two daughters, Linda Sacheck and Beth Addison; a brother, Waldon Watson; and two sisters, Gwen Brown and Audrey Henry. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Judi Love of Toccoa, Georgia and Marilyn and husband Phillip Cantrell of Smithville. Thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren survive. Memorial contributions may be made to the Warren County Relay for Life or to the American Alzheimers Association. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Lillie Belle Gilliam

Dec 13 2012

98 year old Lillie Belle Gilliam of Alexandria died Wednesday at the Dekalb Community Hospital.

Mrs. Gilliam was born April 3, 1914 in Fern Creek, KY; the daughter of the late Susie E. Brown and M. Guy Miller. She married Wilton Kenneth Gilliam and he preceded her in death on May 10, 1995. She moved to Alexandria in 1972 and was a member of the Alexandria Church of Christ.

Mrs. Gilliam is survived by Nieces, Nephews, and Stepchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lillie Belle Gilliam are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00AM at Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria, TN. Bro. Jeff Ford will officiate.

Visitation with the Gilliam family will be held on Friday from 4PM to 7PM and again on Saturday from 9AM until service time at 11AM.

The Gilliam family requests that donations in Mrs. Gilliam’s memory be made to the Alexandria Church of Christ.

Mary Joyce Judkins

Dec 10 2012

47 year old Mary Joyce Judkins of Smithville and a native of Warren County died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital following an extended illness.

An employee of Tenneco and member of the Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, she was the daughter of Jean Holt of McMinnville and the late Jessie Holt.

She was married to Bryan Judkins of Smithville. In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three daughters, Mindy Evans, Kayla Judkins and Hannah Judkins all of Smithville, TN; three grandchildren, Kenya Batey, Jordan Batey and Carly Batey all of Smithville, TN; three brothers, Dewayne (Teresa) Holt, Bobby Holt and Rick (Debbie) Woodlee all of McMinnville; two sisters, Patty (Lynn) Simmons and Bonnie Holt both of McMinnville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Janice Judkins of Smithville, TN; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Brian Young of Sparta, TN and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in High's Chapel with Bobby Bond officiating. Burial will follow in the Blues Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at High's.

High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

Stacey Bain Powell

Dec 10 2012

35 year old Stacey Bain Powell of McMinnville and a native of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a surgery technician and a member of the Locust Street Church of God. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale and Jeff Page will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Thurman Napier, Alton Bain, and Willie Mai Cantrell. Survivors include her husband, Gary Kip Powell of McMinnville. A son, Gary Dayne Powell of McMinnville. Parents, Carol and husband A.J. Bain and Kenneth and wife Debra Bain all of Smithville. Brothers, Dusty Bain and Kenny Lee Bain both of Smithville. Maternal grandmother, Donna Napier of Smithville. Step-sisters, Nelda Bandy and Nena Cantrell both of Smithville. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Elaine Powell of McMinnville. Two brothers-in-law, Garrett and Ren Powell both of McMinnville. Several nieces and nephews survive & several aunts and uncles.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Dan Mitchell Fite, Sr.

Dec 8 2012

65 year old Dan Mitchell Fite, Sr. of Dowelltown died Friday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist, member of the American Legion Post #122 and he was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Vietnam. Fite was also a construction worker for Johnson and Johnson. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Gay and Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Fite was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Hazel Gifford Fite; a son, Shannon Atnip; a brother, David Fite; and two sisters, Betty Humphrey and Kay Mosley. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Linda Fite of Dowelltown. Two sons, Danny and wife Wilma Fite of Kentucky and Mitchell Fite of Dowelltown. Two daughters, Luanna Bickett of Ohio and Tina Trigueros of McMinnville. Nine grandchildren, Bradley Fite of Kentucky, Alex Trigueros of Dowelltown, Blake Fite of Kentucky, Thomas Trigueros of Dowelltown, Issac Atnip of Smithville, Braydon, Brody, and Abbey Bickett of Ohio, and Katie Anip of McMinnville. One brother, Michael and wife Betty Fite of Ohio. One sister, Janet and husband Dale Brandenburg of Ohio. Five sisters-in-law, Margie and husband Gary Williams of Alexandria, Betty George of Dowelltown, Gail and husband Marlon Bain of McMinnville, Paulette and husband Bobby Parker of Gassaway, Tammy and husband Frog Estes of Smithville. Two brothers-in-law, Roy Atnip of Smithville and Michael and wife Frances Saylors of Smithville. Special son-in-law, Gelber Trigueros, John and Nolan Scott of Smithville, and Jerry and Pearl Kirby of Woodbury. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends all survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Grace Cronce Rush

Dec 7 2012

89 year old Grace Cronce Rush died Friday in McMinnville. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Alger and Amelia Cronce.

Rush enlisted in the U.S. Navy "Waves" during World War II and served as a Petty Officer Second Class at Fleet Post Office San Francisco. She was a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal for her service as part of our country's "Greatest Generation". Following the war, she returned to Milwaukee until she joined Trans World Airlines in 1946. She was one of the first classes of TWA stewardesses who were not required to be registered nurses. Rush was based by TWA in Los Angeles, California where she met her future husband, H.J. "Dick" Rush, who was also a Navy veteran of World War II.

Grace and Dick were married in 1949 and moved to New Jersey where he was stationed as a flight crew member for Eastern Airlines. They transferred to Miami, Florida in 1951 where they made their home until they moved to Hendersonville in 1963. Rush was an active member of the Lutheran Church and was one of the founding members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Gallatin. Rush was also a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McMinnville.

Rush is survived by her husband, Dick; her three children, Douglas of St. Louis, Missouri and his wife, Janette Lohman; Stevan of Naples, Florida; and Gregory of McMinnville and his wife Susan; and four grandchildren, Britney, Brie, William, and Melanie.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gallatin. Burial will be in the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Nashville. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service time at 10:00 a.m. at the church. The family requests that donations be made to the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 4083 Yager Road, McMinnville 37110, in lieu of flowers.

Claxteen Thwaitt Wall

Dec 6 2012

78 year Claxteen Thwaitt Wall of Smithville died Thursday at Alive Hospice in Nashville. He was a Methodist and a retired employee of Century Electric where he worked for 38 years. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Neal and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Wall was preceded in death by his parents, Elias Green and Maud Nola Delong Wall and a brother, Jack Wall. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Kathleen Wall of Smithville. A son, Danny and wife Carolyn Wall of Mt. Juliet. Three grandchildren, Brandon Wall, Amanda Wall, and Courtney Wall. Four sisters, Bobbye and her husband Norris Harrison, Melba and husband Roy Lee Pedigo, Ann and husband Carl Lee Webb, and Lynn and husband Douglas Cantrell all of Smithville. Two sisters-in-law, Era Franks of Manchester and Joann and husband James Sandlin of McMinnville. One aunt, Ruth Redmon of Smithville. Step-mother, Joann Wall of Smithville and a host of nieces and nephews. The family asks that donations be made to the Keltonburg United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society, or to the Charity of your Choice, in lieu of flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Sue Mason

Dec 4 2012

74 year old Betty Sue Mason of Smithville died Monday at the Park Ridge Medical Center. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Church of God. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Jason Nunley will officiate and burial will be in the Mt. View Cemetery in McMinnville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Franklin and Elliott Fisher Warren; a granddaughter, Stephanie Mason; and a great grandson, Colby Spencer Mason. Survivors include children, Shelia Lewis of Smithville, Terry and wife Barbara Mason, Michael and wife Sandra Mason, and Phillip Mason all of McMinnville. Special friend, Roger Young of Smithville and one brother, Jimmy and wife Jane Warren of McMinnville. Fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren survive. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel, in lieu of flowers, to help with funeral expenses.

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