Obituaries

Flora Bell Rankhorn

Jun 22 2012

86 year old Flora Bell Rankhorn of Smithville died Thursday at River Park Hospital in McMinnville of an extended illness. She was born in Warren County, a member of the Church of Christ, and a retired factory worker with Spartan Shirt Factory. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Jack Jones and Mark Parkhurst will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery in Warren County. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Sallie Etta Cope; her husband, James Edward Rankhorn; one son, Shadie Ray Rankhorn; a brother, Johnny Rayburn Cope; and three sisters, Dona Mae Turner, Martha Rankhorn, Mary Cope; and two grandsons, Shane and Christopher Rankhorn. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Regenia and Richard Myers of McMinnville. Two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Wayne and Jean Rankhorn of Eatonton, Georgia and Kenneth Douglas and Rita Rankhorn of Live Oak, Florida. Seven grandchildren, Shay Rankhorn and wife Brenda, Shelia Alphin, James A. Rankhorn, Shannon Rankhorn and wife Dena, J.C. Rankhorn and wife Laura, Jonathan Myers, and Janifer Keen and husband Greg. Three step-grandchildren, Tommy McClain and friend Sabrina, Cindy Cooper and husband Jeff, and Rex Green. Eleven great grandchildren, seven step-great grandchidren, and a sister, Gladys Cole of the Dibrell Community. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's, in lieu of flowers.

Nell Cantrell

Jun 21 2012

74 year old Nell Cantrell of Smithville died Wednesday at NHC of Smithville. She was a retired dispatcher for the Smithville Police Department where she served for 27 years. She was also a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. and Jack Patterson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Olen Estes Patterson. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Jack R. Cantrell of Smithville. Two daughters, Deanna and husband Darryl Counts of Smithville and Tonya Joins of Gallatin. Three grandsons, Jordan Gash of Smithville, Brandon Joins of Gallatin, and Derek and wife Brittainy Joins of Gallatin. One granddaughter, Rachel Gash of Smithville. Mother, Nadine Patterson of Smithville. Three sisters, Audrey Summers of Smithville, Billieann and husband Sam Odom of Smithville, and Judy and husband Buddy Wade of Tallahassee, Florida. Two brothers, Jack and wife Judy Patterson and Harold and wife Sue Patterson all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Clayton Melvin Neal

Jun 19 2012

Clayton Melvin Neal age 82 of McMinnville, TN, (Newtown Community) died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at River Park Hospital in McMinnville, TN. He was born February 15, 1930, in Warren County, TN, was a retired brick mason, a member of Northside Baptist Church, and attended Forest Park Baptist Church. Mr. Neal was preceded in death by parents Ray and Mary Winnie Raymond Neal, granddaughter Adiren Neal, great-granddaughter Baby Carter, a sister Alene Spivac, and brothers John Robert Neal, Ray Neal, Jr., and Billy Neal.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years Gail Holt Neal, children Donna Watson, Shirley and Mike Cooper, Jimmy and Gale Neal, and Bruce Neal, brother Morris and Shirley Neal all of McMinnville, TN, and sister Mary and John Young, Smithville, TN. Grandchildren Tyler Klasek, Stacey Redmon, Shane Redmon, Beth Cox, Cory Knowles, Kim Carter, Tish Watson, Kayla Neal, Sina Neal, and Kendra Cuellar, 17 great-grandchildren, and 9 step great-grandchildren.

A graveside service and interment is 2 P.M. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Vickers will officiate. The Neal Family will receive friends Tuesday from 3 P.M. until 9 P.M. and again Wednesday from 9 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Kimberly Marie Wince

Jun 18 2012

51 year old Kimberly Marie Wince of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Eastern Star, a cook, homemaker, and she attended the Baptist Tabernacle. A memorial service will be Thursday June 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Baptist Tabernacle. Gary McBride will officiate. No visitation will be held prior to the service, however the memorial service is open to friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Gail Harrington Brinkley. Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Gary Wince of Smithville. Two sons, Chris Dodson of Cookeville and Chris N. & wife Nickie Wince of Nashville. One daughter, Larissa G. Dodson of Shelbyville. Three grandchildren, Braxton Waldon of Shelbyville, Logan Johnson of Smithville, and Veralena G. Wince of Nashville. One sister, Sherry McEntee of Cleveland, Ohio. One brother, William Brinkley of Cleveland, Ohio and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends all survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations please be made, in lieu of flowers, to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Than Cantrell

Jun 17 2012

84 year old Than Cantrell of Smithville died Friday at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. He was a Baptist and a nurseryman. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Denton Martin and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Vistation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents, John Lee and Ona Young Cantrell; his wife, Leotra Pearl Cantrell; grandson, Travis Cantrell; brothers, Jay, Joe, Jewel, Prentice, and Morgan Cantrell; sisters, Nancy Humphrey, Carmine Poss, and Nell Fly. Survivors include sons, Kenneth Eugene and Donald Wayne Cantrell both of Smithville. Grandchildren, Ray Cantrell of McMinnville, Adrian Lilley of Mentor, Ohio and Joshua Cantrell of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Ethan Cantrell of Smithville, Madison, Isabella and Brett Cantrell all of McMinnville, Rajah Lilley of Mentor, Ohio. Brothers, Doyce Cantrell, Elmus and wife Gladys Cantrell all of Smithville, John and wife Nell Cantrell of McMinnville, Lewis and wife Wanda Cantrell and McClure and wife Pam Cantrell all of Smithville. Sisters, Joan Harrelson of Lebanon, Hilda and husband Floyd Corley of Tullahoma, and Janice and husband Johnny Martin of Smithville. Sisters-in-law, Frances Cantrell of Gallatin and Wilma Cantrell of Smithville. Brother-in-law, Joe Fly of Nashville. Nieces and nephews also survive. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Mary "Chilley" Davis Mooneyham

Jun 14 2012

83 year old Mary "Chilley" Davis Mooneyham died Thursday at Stones River Hospital. A resident of Woodbury, she was a native of Cannon Co. A member of the Centerhill Baptist Church, she was a white oak basket maker and was a retired seamstress at Valdor. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Greg Mitchell will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Survivors include her children, Louise Mayo of Woodbury and Buck and wife Paulette Mooneyham of Smithville. Grandchildren: Kandy Fish, Tim and wife Melanie Mayo, Tina Young, Tonya and husband Tim Cantrell and Brad and wife Christy Prater. Great Grandchildren: Ryan and Matt Sullivan, Ashley Mooneyham, Johnathan Caldwell, Tiffany, Bridget and Andrew Hutchins, Zach and wife Monica Cantrell, Kelby and Eli Cantrell, Micah and Liv Prater. A Brother: Jake and wife Ruth Davis of Woodbury. Sisters-in-law, Mary and Lois Davis both of Woodbury.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Washington Davis and Angie Manus Davis; her husband, Charles O. Mooneyham, Daughter & Son-in-law, Ida Mae & Gary Prater and 12 siblings. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bud Hale

Jun 14 2012

81 year old Bud Hale of Smithville died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a Baptist, and a retired mechanic with the DeKalb County School Bus Garage. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Leonard Herman and Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Hale was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mable Lawrence Hale; a brother, Jr. Hale; and a sister, Willa Dean Hale. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Oleda Hale; one daughter, Starr and her husband Larry "Horse" Ferrell all of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Jarrod Dodd of Smithville and Sherranna Dodd and husband Bobby Walker of Gallatin. Two great grandchildren, Hunter and Ava Walker of Gallatin. One sister, Dean and husband Nelson Young of Smithville. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Matthew Malachi Lawson

Jun 13 2012

28 year old Matthew Malachi Lawson of Smithville died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Born in Woodbury, he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. Lawson was also a logger. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. John Smartt will officiate and burial will be in the Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. He is survived by his parents, Charlie and Ruth Lawson of Smithville. Sisters, Diane and husband Shonnie Sanders of Woodbury, Amy Lawson of Liberty, and Virginia and husband Chad Carrier of Smithville. A brother, Mark Lawson of Smithville. Six nephews, four nieces, a special cousin, Shannon Herman, and aunts, uncles, and other cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hobart and Betty Linnear and Lemmie and Ruby Lawson. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Former UCHRA Director Phyllis Bennett Dies

Jun 11 2012

67 year old Phyllis Bennett, who ran the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency for over 30 years, died Saturday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She had gone on medical leave from the UCHRA last spring, but remained with the agency as a consultant.

She had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Phyllis began her career in 1973 with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. In 1978, she was appointed Executive Director until 2011 when she was hired as a consultant to the agency. Phyllis served 4 years as President of the Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies as well as being selected Who's Who in American Business Women .

During her 34-year tenure as Executive Director, she not only established but practiced the agency's motto of "Delivering Hope" to the people of the area by providing access to services through each of the fourteen county offices she established. Her giving spirit showed daily when seeing or riding UCARTS or CATS (Cookeville's first mass transit system) traveling our streets and highways or providing home delivered meals and electrical assistance to the most needy in the region. Phyllis's accomplished goals show when visiting or seeing Tennessee Careers Centers or when visiting Lakeside Resort & Educational Complex which was to help displaced workers through educating for new careers or promoting existing ones in the hospitality industry. The needs of our young people were never far from her heart. The Upper Cumberland's need to house and council young people are realized through the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency's Residential centers; Chance, Indian Mound and Cumberland Mountain School

Her visions for delivering this hope were made reality by her leading role in the expansion of Cover Kids, which provides insurance for uninsured children in low income homes, the Imagination Library; the Highland Initiative with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and N.C.D.S. Inc. and numerous other programs that assisted those in need. Although her passion was to provide for all in need, her heart was always for the people of the Upper Cumberland Region. She had an understanding of the needs for the rural area residents & fought to supply these needs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Clarence Redmon and Evelyn Redmon as well as her daughter, Tiffany Rodgers. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Weyman (Wayne) H. Bennett; a son, Milburn S. Rodgers III (Patty) of Cookeville; a sister, Faye Fuqua of Smithville; a brother, Terry Redmon (Phyllis) of Lebanon; two grandsons- Matthew Rodgers, Murfreesboro; Nickolas Rodgers (Bethany) and one great grandchild, Aaron S. Rodgers, Cookeville; Barbi Rodgers Malfi of South Carolina; three step children - Gary Bennett of Minneapolis, MN, Nancy Manning (Colin) Hendersonville; & Christian Bennett (Lisa)of Hixson; four step grandchildren Courtney , Madison, Christian, & Hailey Bennett all of Hixson.

Visitation will begin Tuesday, June 12 at the Washington Avenue Baptist Church from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville. Donations to the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency's Residential Programs or the American Cancer Society can be made in lieu of flowers. Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis Bennett

James Melvin Cantrell

Jun 11 2012

57 year old James Melvin Cantrell of Smithville died Monday at his residence. He was supervisor with Berry Farms Nursery and a Baptist. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Royce Moore will officiate with burial in Whorton Springs 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. He was preceded in death by a son, Shawn Melvin Cantrell; parents, James and Pauline Cantrell, and brother, Larry Wayne Cantrell. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Cantrell of Smithville; daughter, Angela and husband James Wade of Murfreesboro. Three grandchildren, Kayla Nicole, Sophie Elizabeth and James Roman Wade all of Murfreesboro. Two sisters, Faye Robinson of Nashville, and Judy and husband James Patton of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Chapel in charge of the arrangements.

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