Obituaries

Naomi Gay Cripps

Jan 29 2014

78 year old Naomi Gay Cripps of Smithville died Monday morning at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Susie Pirtle Gay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 Brothers, Austin Gay and Edsel Gay; 2 Sisters, Evelyne Underwood and Dean Waggoner; 1 Sister-in-law, Ora Gay. Mrs. Cripps was a member of the Whorton Springs Baptist Church and a Homemaker. She is survived by her Husband of 60 years Ray Doyle Cripps of Smithville; 2 Children, Susan (Bruce) Medley and Greg (Kelly) Cripps both of Smithville; 6 Grandchildren, Brandise Layne of Cookeville, Nichol Layne of Smithville, Chris Layne of Smithville, Brooke (Richard) Teachout of Smithville, Zach (Hilary) Cripps of Murfreesboro, Brian Cripps of Smithville; 6 Great-Grandchildren, Hunter Layne, Emily Layne, Aidan Blanchfield Layne, Braelyn and Bryleigh Teachout, Dreamer Cripps; 2 Brothers, Ralph (Frances) Gay of Smithville and Ronnie (Cathy) Gay of Fayettville, TN; Sister-in-law, Miranda Gay of Minnesota; Brother-in-law, James Underwood of Minnesota. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. David Mahan and Ronnie Gay will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Tuesday 3:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mattie Jo McGinnis

Jan 25 2014

94 year old Mattie Jo McGinnis of Smithville died Saturday at Clinton, Tennessee. She was retired from the DeKalb County Board of Education and a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Bass will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Vadie Hayes Hendrixson and husband, Tom Rye McGinnis. She is survived by two daughters, Elena and husband James Huddleston of Oak Ridge, and Tommie Farooque of Murfreesboro. Four grandchildren, Melanie and Greg Addington of Oak Ridge, Joel Huddleston of Florida, Derek and Amanda Adamson of Knoxville, and Malea and Eric Thompson and one great grandson Isaac Thompson all of Thompson Station. Two sisters, Georgia and husband Tom Cripps of Alexandria and Brownie Curtis of Smithville. Brother-in-law, Paul and wife Henrietta McGinnis of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Captain John "Lucky" Carpenter

Jan 25 2014

90 year old Captain John "Lucky" Carpenter of Smithville died Friday at the V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, a Mason, Shriner, and a retired ship captain. He was also a member of Salem Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Michael Carpenter and Kenneth Clayton will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday. Carpenter was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Nellie Ray Gambrell Carpenter; a son, Johnny Carpenter; and a half brother, David Carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Karen Carpenter of Smithville. Four sons, Craig Carpenter of Smithville, Michael Carpenter of Liberty, John Rex Carpenter of Texas, and Kirk Sean Carpenter of Virginia. Three daughters, Melody Jaquinta and Karon Sue Carpenter both of Florida, and Shauna Noel Johnson of Manchester. Seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a half sister, Carla Jackson of Texas. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorene Meeks

Jan 25 2014

92 year old Lorene Meeks of Smithville died Friday at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. Mrs. Meeks was born September 21, 1921 in Star City, Arkansas, to the late Albert, Jr. and Beckie Gillespie. She was a member of Smithville Church of Christ, and a cook for many years at Beverly Healthcare. Mrs.. Meeks is survived by: 1 Son and Daughter-In-Law: Aaron and A.V. Meeks of Smithville, 1 Granddaughter and Grandson-In-Law: Deborah and Michael Allen of Cookeville, 1 Great Grandson: Addison Allen of Cookeville, 2 Sisters and 1 Brother-In-Law: Merle Wraalsen of Mobile, Alabama, Pauline and Bob Cockrell of Monticello, Arkansas, Several Nieces and Nephews, In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her Husband: Leo Meeks, 1 Sister: Mildred Thurman, and 1 Brother: Lloyd Gillespie. The funeral services for Mrs. Meeks will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m at the Chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home in Cookeville. Dan Gulley will officiate. Burial will follow in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Cookeville. The family will receive friends at Crest Lawn Funeral Home, Sunday from 4:00 pm until 8:00pm. Crest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy D. Hale

Jan 24 2014

81 year old Billy D. Hale died Thursday at the Webb House Retirement Center. He was a brick mason, a member of the Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church, and he attended the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Hale served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Tim Pelham will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Hale was preceded in death by his spouse, Bobbie Stacy Hale; parents, Andrew and Mary Hale; brothers, Ray, Reed, and Elmer Hale; and sisters, Ethel Mae Gilley and Callie Mathis. Survivors include daughters, Kathy and husband Bill Nokes of Pea Ridge and Debora and husband Elvis Pedigo of Smithville. Grandchildren, Wesley and wife Samantha Nokes of Smithville, Corey and wife Rebecca Pedigo of Huntsville, Alabama, and Natasha Nokes of Bradyville. Great grandchild, Lakelynn Anderson of Bradyville. Sister-in-law, Jean Newbell of Lebanon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ricky "Bell Herman "Estes

Jan 24 2014

48 year old Ricky "Bell Herman" Estes died Wednesday at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a tree trimmer. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Aarat Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Estes was preceded in death by his father, Alvie Estes and sisters Lisa Devault and Jenna Roller. Survivors include his wife, Cindy A. Estes of Woodbury. Three children, Amy Estes, Sara South, and Kasey Estes all of Smithville. His mother, Dixie Sweeton of Smithville. Grandchlldren, Aaliyah and Isaiah Cummings, Araya and Orion Ittayem, Conner Grisham, and Jakota and Jakob Estes. Sisters, Doreen Pedigo of Smithville, Kathy and husband Bruce Chapman of Liberty, and Patsy Estes of Smithville. Brothers, Jimmy Estes of Smithville and Jerry and wife Tammy Estes of Pea Ridge. Special friends, Homer and Melissa Petty. Several nieces and nephews survive. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mable B. Christian

Jan 24 2014

87 year old Mable B. Christian of Alexandria died Thursday at the Pavilion in Lebanon. A Wilson County native, she was a Bank Teller and a member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Billie Friel and Don Elmore will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. Christian was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Jefferson Harvey, Jr. and Maude Gatton Harvey; her first husband, Paul Dunn; her second husband, Marvin Christian; a son Ronnie Dunn; brothers, Joe T Harvey and Gilbert Harvey; and an infant sister. Survivors include a grandson, Ronnie Paul Dunn of Georgia. A step-son, Bob and wife Linda Christian of Alabama. A sister, Montie Lee Robinson of Alexandria. Daughter-in-law, Sandra Dunn of Georgia. Sister-in-law Willie Harvey of Alexandria. Step-grandchildren, Jeanne and husband Ben Styles of Alabama and Carol and husband Chris Joiner of Alabama. Four step-great grandchildren. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Keeble Maynard Thweatt

Jan 22 2014

81 year old Keeble Maynard Thweatt of Smithville died Tuesday at her residence. She was a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church and a retired Smithville shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Terry Fesler and Mike Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Thweatt was preceded in death by her husband Lelon Thweatt; children, Diana Cantrell and Harold Thweatt; parents, William Arvie and Willie Ann Maynard; brother, Clifton Maynard; and a granddaughter, Wanda Powers. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Sykes of Smithville and Martha and husband Darryl Rowland of Smithville. One son-in-law, Charles Cantrell of Smithville. Nine grandchildren, Glenda and husband Steve Johnson, Scottie Sykes, Phillip and wife Debbie Thweatt, Christie and husband Brian Carter, Chad Rowland, Sonya Dyzban, Tonya Stewart, Becky and husband Kyle Thompson, Todd and wife Jenny Cantrell. Seventeen great grandchildren. Siblings, Gerald and wife Pat Maynard of Nashville, Marshall Maynard of Brush Creek, Sally and husband Troy Jones of Liberty, Barbara and husband Tommy Crague of Nashville, Sybil and husband John Wait of Murfreesboro, Naomi and husband James Malone of Mount Juliet, and Shirley Wright of Nashville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lottie Mae Fisk

Jan 21 2014

78 year old Lottie Mae Fisk, a McMinnville resident and Warren County native died Tuesday at River Park Hospital following a lingering illness.

She was the daughter of the late Jessie Lee and Willie Etter Lusk Carr, a retired housekeeper and member of the Hiawassee Church of Christ.

She was married in 1956 to James L. Fisk who preceded her in death September 10, 1979. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sister, Shirley Anne Dillard.

Mrs. Fisk is survived by two sons, Lee Edward (Betty) Fisk of Smithville, TN and James Thomas Fisk of McMinnville; three daughters, Emma Winton and Mary A. Wright of McMinnville, TN and Jessie (Harrison) Biles of Rock Island, TN; 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dora Bell (G.W.) Crisp and Johnnie Sue Carr of McMinnville; four brothers, Clearance Edward (Hattie) Carr of Chicago, IL; Jessie Ray (Elsie) Carr, Anniston, AL; Carl Carr and Morris Clarke Carr of McMinnville. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at High's Chapel with George King, Jr. to officiate. Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery at Martin Charge.

Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until time of service Thursday at High's.

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

Billie Jean Sanders

Jan 21 2014

63 year old Billie Jean Sanders of Smithville died Sunday at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie Sanders; parents, Ernest Carl and Wilma Lorene Page Vanatta; granddaughter, Adriana Murphy, and a sister, Mary Faye Pedigo. Survivors include two daughters, Misty Cassity and Crystal Thompson and two sons, Bradley and Blake Sanders all of Smithville. Twelve grandchildren, Taven Blair, Keith Buck, Justin and Zachary Murphy, Allison, Haylee, Josh, Jaxsten, and Skylar Sanders all of Smithville and Tierra, Briana, and Kaylee Parrent of Crossville. Two sisters, Dean and husband Jimmy Johnson and Elizabeth Bain all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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