Obituaries

Grady Thurman

Jan 24 2012

86 year old Grady Thurman of Smithville died Tuesday at his residence. He was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ, a retired construction worker, a farmer, and an employee of Carrier. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Tim Woodward and Dan Gulley will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Thurman was preceded in death by his parents, William Alonzo and Birchie Ann Vaughn Thurman; his wife, Edith Jo Thurman; a daughter, Sandra Sue Thurman; three sisters, Lorrine Foutch, Myrtle Gilam, Nadine Lawrence; and a nephew, Thomas Vaughn. Survivors include a son, William Moss Thurman of Cookeville. A nephew, David "Boxie" Foutch of Smithville. Special niece and nephew, Deborah Goodwin and Carl Lee Webb of Smithville. Special family, Melvin, Teresa, Karley, Carl, Robin, Justin, Mary, and Brayden Knowles; and special friend, Jean Love. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel, in memory of Mr. Grady, in lieu of flowers.

Frank Cantrell

Jan 23 2012

78 year old Frank Cantrell of Dowelltown died Monday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was a member of the People's Pentecostal Church, a Mason, member of the Liberty Lodge #77, and he worked in the shoe factory. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.. Robert Presley and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. 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 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Beulah Ponder Cantrell; a son, Danny Cantrell; granddaughter, Stephanie Cantrell; brothers, Lawrence and Bill Cantrell; and a sister, Nell Conley. Cantrell is survived by his wife, Neodia Cantrell of Dowelltown. A son, Dwight and wife Carol Cantrell of Pikeville. Step-son, Donald and wife Tammy Cantrell of Dowelltown. Six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and one step great granddaughter. Two sisters, Ruth Prinzivalli and Ruby Ballard both of Smithville; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Felicia Ann Murphy

Jan 22 2012

32 year old Felicia Ann Murphy of Liberty died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital E. R. A memorial service will be held Friday at 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A homemaker, Murphy was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff Murphy and Kimberly McCowan, and grandparents, Clyde and Ruby McCowan and "Doc" and Kathleen Murphy. She is survived by three children, Katelyn Walz, Carrie and Haley Carroll, all of Smithville; sister, Kayla Adams of Smithville; brother, Heath and wife Lindsay Murphy of Smithville; friend, Jamie Carroll of Smithville. 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.

Lemuel L. Beene

Jan 17 2012

73 year old Lemuel L. Beene of Liberty died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was born in Dickson County and was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church in Charlotte, TN. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty United Methodist Church in Charlotte with burial in Liberty Cemetery in Charlotte. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Liberty U.M.C. in Charlotte, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Lemuel Beene and Ailene Southerland Beene, and a sister, Sue Vaughn. He is survived by a daughter, Tina and husband Gary Johnson of Napierville, Illinois; grandchildren, Ashley Johnson and Dillon and wife Amber Johnson of Illinois; brother, Edward Beene of Liberty, and sister, Pat Underwood of Lebanon. A nephew, Joseph and wife Mary Underwood of Nashville; niece, Courtney Vaughn of Vanleer. Great-nephew George Underwood of Nashville. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Freddie Wayne Maxwell

Jan 16 2012

Funeral services for 60 year old Freddy Wayne Maxwell of Cookeville will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Whitson Funeral Home with burial in the Maynard Cemetery. Myron Greer will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7:00 A.M. till time of the services.

Maxwell died Saturday at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Putnam Co., TN to the late Harold (Pood) and Katie Gambrell Maxwell. Freddy was a Farmer and Logger.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law: Greg & Rachael Maxwell of Cookeville. Two daughters and a son-in-law, Marti Maxwell of Cookeville and Natasha and Shayne Judkins of Smithville. Mother of his children: Patricia Maxwell of Cookeville. Two Brothers and a sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Wanda Maxwell of Silver Point and Mike and Kim Maxwell of Baxter. A sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ronnie Anderson of Cookeville. Grandchildren: Allyson Judkins, Will Judkins, Katelyn Maxwell, and Brookelyn Maxwell. Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by:
Brother: Billy Charles Maxwell.

Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of the arrangements.

Lola Walker

Jan 14 2012

62 year old Lola Walker of Smithville died Saturday at her residence. She was a member of the Church of Christ and she was retired from Denny Lamp Company. The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. 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 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be no visitation on Monday. Walker was preceded in death by her parents, William Taft Whitefield and Eunice Mae Lawson Whitefield; brothers, William Taft Whitefield, Jr. and Waymon Howard Whitefield; and a sister-in-law, Mary Glenn Whitefield. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Walker; a son, Timothy and his wife Joanie Walker; grandchildren, Javan and Kendall Walker; special daughter, Tamara and husband Derrick Young; special granddaughter, Dominique Young; nephew, Jim Waldrop and wife Cari all of Smithville. Two sisters, Nell Stewart of South Pittsburg and Mary Whitefield of Smithville. One brother, Charles and wife Sue Whitefield of South Pittsburg. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations be made to any lung foundation of your choice in lieu of flowers. Please no flowers by request of the family.

Jerry Michael Henry

Jan 13 2012

61 year old Jerry Michael Henry of Smithville died Thursday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He was a member of the Church of Christ; an employee of Federal Mogul; and he served in the U.S. Air Force and Vietnam. The family has chosen direct cremation. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 2:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Lela Ann Eldridge Henry; a brother, Jimmy Newton Henry; two sisters, Wilma Henry Cobb and Joyce Henry; and mother-in-law, Mildred Reeder. Survivors include his wife, Doris Henry of Smithville. Four children, Joel Henry, Nancy Swoape, Jeremy Henry and Josh Beckham all of Smithville. Grandchildren, Jerica, Kaytlyn, Jared, and MaKenzy Henry, and Emily and Hannah Swoape. Three brothers, Bobby Henry and James Henry both of Sparta and Larry Henry of Smithville. One sister, Deborah Williams of Sparta. Two special friends, Robert Melton and Richard Pollard. 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.

Floy Louise Beshearse

Jan 11 2012

84 year old Floy Louise Beshearse of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church, a shirt factory worker, and a homemaker. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clay and Euna Cantrell Magness; husband, Shirley Beshearse; a son, Wayne Beshearse; and brothers, Austin, Gene, John, Don, and Claborn Magness. Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn and husband Bobby Reynolds of Smithville. A granddaughter, Andrea Beshearse of Hendersonville. Two great grandsons, Anthony Beshearse and Austin House and several nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the Mount Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

L.G. Puckett, Jr.

Jan 10 2012

Funeral services for 94 year old. L. G. Puckett, Jr. of Livingston will be conducted at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday from the First United Methodist Church in Livingston with Craig Green, Joie Puckett, and Christopher Shurtz officiating. Burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery in Smithville,

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 until 9 p.m. at the church.

Puckett died Monday at Livingston Regional Hospital. He was born in Baxter to the late Luther Greene Sr. & Lula Mae Maxwell Puckett. He was a businessman.

Mr. Puckett spent much of his youth in Smithville before moving to Livingston in 1937. He managed the Livingston branch of Jenkins & Darwin Dry Goods Store before establishing his own business, Puckett's Furniture and Appliances in 1954. In addition, he had a number of other businesses in Overton County during his work life including a construction business and an electric sign company.

He attended Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, now known as Tennessee Technological University, for two years where he played football. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII receiving a special Captain's Commendation for his exemplary service.

He was an active member of First United Methodist Church as well as a number of other associations including The Gideons International.

He is survived by four children, Mary Elaine Puckett Duewer and L.G. Puckett, III of Livingston, Vivian Joanna Puckett Shurtz of Canton, Georgia and Carolyn Puckett of Hampstead, Maryland; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Marguerite Atnip Puckett; his parents, L. G. Sr. and Lula Mae Maxwell Puckett; 1 sister, Anita Puckett Fedak, and 1 brother, Frank Puckett.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gideons International. Speck Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of the arrangements.

Mildred Rose Anderson

Jan 10 2012

68 year old Mildred Rose Anderson of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was retired from Kingston Timer and a member of the Emmanuel Bread of Life. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Agee and Nonnie Martin Hawkins; and a daughter, Cathy Darlene Ayers. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy and husband Carl Tyler and Tina and husband David Pedigo; and three grandchildren, Dustin Pedigo, and Amber and Jacob Tyler all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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