Obituaries

Thelma Hawker Townsley

Jun 2 2016

98 year old Thelma Hawker Townsley of Gordonsville died Thursday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was a resident of NHC Healthcare Center, Smithville, a homemaker, and a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church. A graveside service will be Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Pisgah Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Patey Hawker and Versie Hawkier; her first husband, W.J.Yates; her second husband, Fred Townsley; a sister, Clara Williams; brothers, Bratten Hawker, Hobert Hawker, Junior Hawker, and Omar Allen. Survivors include a son, Bobby Yates of Gordonsville. A granddaughter, Dvonne and Terry Davis of White House. A nephew, Grant Williams of Dowelltown. Several cousins also survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah A. Wilkerson Brown

Jun 2 2016

Sarah A. Wilkerson Brown age 72 of Smithville went to her heavenly home on Wednesday night, June 1, 2016. She was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Bible School, singing in the choir and other activities until her illness prevented her to continue. She was the Office Manager with America Service Contractors. Sarah was born August 19, 1943 in Durant, OK to her parents, the late Lester Ernest and Bonnie Trapp Wilkerson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 sister, Sandra Kay Wilkerson and 1 brother, Bobby Keith Wilkerson. Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Stuart and Tracy Brown and Scott and Teresa Brown both of Smithville; 3 grandchildren, Cohen, Hannah and Seth Brown; 2 step-grandchildren, Cory Killian and Brad (Kim) Trapp; 5 step-great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law, Jane Wilkerson of Lebanon; 4 nephews, Jason, Josh, John and Matthew Wilkerson. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Saturday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Terry Little, Bro. John Carpenter and Bro. Isaac Gray officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 11:AM until 8:PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Youth Fund or Food Pantry Ministry or to Lighthouse Christian Camp in memory of Sarah. The family would like to extended their appreciation to the staff of St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital, Ann Whitefield and Mel Nistad, the staff of The Webb House for the wonderful care that has been to Ms. Sarah. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edward Judkins

May 31 2016

James Edward Judkins, age 57, a McMinnville, TN resident and DeKalb County, TN native died May 30, 2016 in St. Thomas River Park Hospital following a sudden illness.

He was the grounds keeper at Bridgestone, member of the Primitive Baptist Church and son of the late Gene Edward Judkins and Emma Bell Redmon Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step-father, Alton Morgan Cantrell.

Mr. Judkins was married September 23, 1977 to Johnnie Carolyn Davenport Judkins who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Anna Marie Judkins of McMinnville; special daughter, Natalie Anne Judkins of McMinnville; grandmother, Sarah Ophalene Judkins of McMinnville; brother and sister-in-law, Ricky Lynn and Shelia Judkins of McMinnville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda and Ronnie Johnson, Jean Ann and Allen Paris and Rita and Pat Ray all of McMinnville. Several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 in High's Chapel with Elder Ricky Arnold to officiate. Interment will follow in New Bildad Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and 10:00 a.m. Thursday until time of service at High's.

Willie Bell Harvey

May 31 2016

Mrs. Willie Bell Harvey age 91, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at her daughter’s home.

Mrs. Harvey was born May 30, 1925 in Alexandria, TN, the daughter of the late Mark Anthony & Etta Emeline Davenport Malone. Mrs. Willie and her late husband Gilbert Harvey were married in 1942. Also preceding her in death, 6 siblings, Corinne Kirby, Athalene McGiness, Birttie Foutch, Albert James Malone, Vester Malone & Johnny Malone. Mrs. Harvey was a member of the Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church for 72 years. She was a beautician for over 73 years & was the owner & operator of Willie’s Beauty Shop.

Mrs. Harvey is survived by her 2 children, Timothy (Maureen) Harvey of Clarksville, TN & Tamela (Cread) Clifton of Gallatin, TN. 3 grand children, Sara (David) Hill of Memphis, TN, Camille (Trent) Sanders of Knoxville, TN & Kyle Clifton of Gallatin & his fiancé Mallory. 1 great grandchild, Charlotte Hill. Sister-in-law, Ruth Malone of Nashville. Several nieces & nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Harvey are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 2PM with Bro. Kyle Clifton & Bro. John Cheatham officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Harvey family will be held at Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 12NOON until the time of the service at 2PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Harvey Family requests memorials in Mrs. Willies memory be made to the Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church. Donations can be sent to 25 Roundtop Rd. Alexandria, TN 37012.

Vickey Lynn Clark Jordan

May 31 2016

Mrs. Vickey Lynn Clark Jordan age 57 of McMinnville, TN, died May 28, 2016, at her residence in McMinnville, TN. She was born July 06, 1958, in Smithville, TN, was a former employee of Yorozu Automotive Tennessee, Inc. and a member of Bonner Church of Christ. Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her husband David Edward (Patchie) Jordan, mother Mary Sue Winchester Chapman, and a brother Alan Clark.

Survivors include her son Wesly Jordan, father William H. (Red) and wife Patsy Clark, step-daughter Stacy (Mike) Coffelt, step-grandchildren Courtnie (Ricky) Comfort and Layne Coffelt, step great-grandchild Lillie Page Comfort, brothers David Clark and Billy Clark, sisters-in-law Sandra (Wayne) Bell and Teresa (Mark) Parker, and brother-in-law Josh Jordan.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 02, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Tim Long will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Jordan Family will receive friends Wednesday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again Thursday from 9 A.M. until 11 A.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bonner Church of Christ or to Meals on Wheels.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Haskell Martin

May 29 2016

76 year old Haskell Martin of Smithville died Saturday at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He served eight years in the National Guard and he was an avid fisherman. Martin was also a member of the Baptist Tabernacle Church and foreman with Jewell Hale Construction. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Treva Hibdon Martin; two sisters, Judy Ann Martin and Evelyn Sue Bell Jones. Survivors include a daughter, Debbie and husband Tim Staley. Two granddaughters, Kesha and husband Chase Bradford and Kiley Staley all of Smithville. A sister, Nadean and husband Kenneth Cantrell Brown. Brothers, Ollis Ray and wife Mary Frances Martin, Douglas Lee and wife Carol Martin, and Otis Haskell, Jr. and wife Sylvia Martin all of McMinnville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Eugene Minnear

May 28 2016
Donald Eugene Minnear

81 year old Donald Eugene Minnear of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church, and a retired employee of Love Manufacturing. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jerry Braswell will officiate and burial will be in the Minnear Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Mary Pedigo Minnear; a son, Woody Minnear; a grandson, Michael Minnear; two brothers, Lewis and Eurbye Minnear; and five sisters, Betty and Sue Minnear, Reba Shehane; Eunice Banks; and Helen Leftrick. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy Minnear; two sons, Eugene and Joy Minnear; a daughter, Tammy and Bill Quistgaard; six grandchildren, Rebecca Hodges, Caleb Minnear, Jonathan Conaster, Clint Cope, Marly and Alex Campbell, and Lily Quistgaard; three great grandchildren, Keagan, Karley, and Ava; a sister, Marilyn Caldwell; two special nieces, Vivian and Wayne Hill and Renee and Charles Hobbs all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews and church family survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the DeKalb County Rescue Squad.

Infant Jozie Lee Ann Vincent

May 26 2016

Infant Jozie Lee Ann Vincent the daughter of Josh and Tracy Vincent was still born, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Vernon Vincent and maternal grandfather, Kenneth Scott Burden. Survivors include her parents, Josh and Tracy Vincent of Smithville; 2 brothers and 1 sister, Dakoda Vance, Destiny Vincent and Joshua Vincent, Jr.; maternal grandparents, Roy (Stephanie) McMillin of Kentucky and Wanda Burden of North Carolina; paternal grandparents, Vickey (Kenneth) Milligan of Smithville; maternal great-grandparents, Leola Gregory and James McMillin both of Kentucky; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. There will be a visitation with the family, Saturday May 28, 2016 9:AM until 11:AM with a service to follow at 11. Burial will be in Auburn, Kentucky. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Hobert " Toby " Agee

May 26 2016

Hobert " Toby " Agee age 65 of Smithville passed away Wednesday night May 25, 2016 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. He was the son of the late William Jackson and Alvie Louise Johnson Agee. Mr. Hobert was a Mason, Mule Skinner, Farmer and attended Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by niece Teresa Knowles. Funeral Services will be held 2:PM Sunday with Bros. B.J. Thomason and Nathan Thomason officiating and burial to follow in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Friday 10:AM until 9:PM, Saturday 10:AM until 9:PM and Sunday 10:AM until time of the service at 2:PM. Survivors include his wife of 46 years Judy Agee of Smithville; Children: Melissa (David) Sharp of Smithville, Donnie (Stephanie) Agee of Rock Island, Michael (Kelly) Agee of Smithville;
7 Grandchildren: Katie, Austin, Kyra, Presley, Stetson, Kylee, Danya; Great-Grandchild: Paisley Grace Adams; Daughter-in-law: Connie Agee Johnson; Brothers: Charlie (Juanita) Agee of Smithville, Danny (Deborah) Agee of Smithville, Jimmy (Carolyn) Agee of Smithville, Bobby (Carolyn) Agee of Smithville; Sister: Jean (Danny) Bandy of Smithville; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins also survived. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Etta Frances Vanatta Bayne

May 25 2016

Etta Frances Vanatta Bayne age 93, formerly of Watertown, died Tuesday evening, May 24, 2016 at The Pavilion in Lebanon. She was born Aug. 4, 1922 in Alexandria, TN, daughter of the late Dolphin Vanatta and Jennie Mai Crowder Vanatta and was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Dee Bayne and a son, R.D. Bayne. Frances was a wife, mother and homemaker and worked several years in garment manufacturing. She was a member of Adams Ave. Church of Christ. Frances is survived by her son Van Eddie Bayne and wife, Janet of Lebanon; grandchildren, Crystal (Craig) Parisher of Mt. Juliet, Rodger Derek "R.D." Bayne of Murfreesboro, Jacquelyne (Matt) Swallows and Jennifer Bayne both of Lebanon; great grandchildren, Jordan and Grace Bayne and Alexis Swallows; sister-in-law, Lucy Slager. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday and prior to services Saturday. Pallbearers, R.D. Bayne, Jordan Bayne, Craig Parisher, Matt Swallows, Marvin and Dwayne Willoughby. Interment at Hillview Cemetery, Alexandria, TN. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at The Pavilion and Gentiva Hospice for all their love and care.

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