Obituaries

Brenda Joyce Taylor

Jul 23 2012

61 year old Brenda Joyce Taylor died Sunday at NHC of Smithville. She was a retired machine operator at Kingston Timer. The funeral will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tommy Taylor will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Junior Matthews and Betty Frances Murphy; a son, Jerry Wayne Taylor; and three sisters and a brother. Taylor is survived by her husband of 46 years, Grady Lee Taylor of Smithville. Three daughters, Melinda and husband Bobby Hullett, Janie and husband Adam Hale and Vickey and husband Freddy Atnip all of Smithville. Four sons, Ronnie Taylor and Stacy Braswell of Smithville, Billy and wife Kim Neal of McMinnville, Jimmy and wife Romanda Taylor of Smithville, and Timmy Taylor of Smithville. Nineteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and six brothers, James and wife Darlene Matthews of Gassaway, William and wife Rita Matthews, Willie Matthews, Roy and wife Debbie Matthews, Randall Neal, and Doug and wife Norma Murphy all of Smithville. Three sisters, Helen and husband Randall Ervin of Smithville, Pamela Hooten and partner Kevin Cain of North Carolina, Kathy Murphy and partner Ruben Vega of Morrison. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jenna Sue Roller

Jul 21 2012

41 year old Jenna Sue Roller of Smithville died Friday at her residence. She was disabled. A graveside service will be Monday ay 4:30 p.m. at the Ararat Cemetery. Charlie Lawson will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from Noon until 4:00 p.m. at which time the family will leave for the cemetery. She was preceded in death by her father, Alvie Estes and a sister, Lisa Devault. Survivors include children, Molly Lawrence and George Roller both of Smithville. Grandchild, Aiden LaBron Lawrence of Smithville. Mother, Dixie Estes of Smithville. Brothers and sisters, Jimmy Estes of Smithville, Jerry and wife Tammy Estes of Pea Ridge, Dorren Reece of Smithville, Cathy and husband Bruce Chapman of Liberty, and Patsy Estes and Ricky Estes both of Smithville. 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.

Timothy Lloyd Caldwell

Jul 21 2012

50 year old Timothy Lloyd Caldwell of Dowelltown died Friday at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was a maintenance worker with Foutch Industries. He attended the Faith Congregational Methodist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. B.J. Thomason and Nathan Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 a.m. until the service. Caldwell was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Ann Herman and a brother, Gregory Caldwell. Survivors include his father, Ralph (Tommy) Caldwell of Dowelltown. A niece, Rosha Prater of Colorado. Three aunts, Marie and husband Alfred Nixon of Watertown, Shirley Southard of Smithville and Patsey and husband W.H. "Red" Clark of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Douglas McArthur Swofford

Jul 20 2012

69 year old Douglas McArthur Swofford of Smithville died Thursday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was also a construction worker with the Nashville Bridge Company and worked twelve years for the City of Smithville. The funeral will be Saturday 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 Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Maggie Whitson Swofford and a brother, Kenneth Swafford. Survivors include his wife of three years, Alma Swofford of Smithville. A son, Robert Swofford of Lebanon. One step son, Adam and wife Sue Colwell of Smithville. Three step daughters, Frances and husband Tommy Cates of Smithville, Eva and husband Carl Bandy of Smithville, and Rita and husband Jimmy Taylor of Smithville. Special friends, John and wife Linda Alford of Smithville. Several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Warren Smith

Jul 16 2012

Danny Warren Smith, age 65, of Lebanon, TN passed away Sunday, July 15, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Smith was born August 20, 1946 in Dekalb County, TN the son of the late Frank and Irene Scott Smith. He was also preceded in death by his Daughter; Dana Smith Barrett, Granddaughter; Kayla Roberts, and Brother; John Donald “Don” Smith. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969. He went to Law School in Nashville for 3 years and later worked for TN Metal Works. He was the Human Resource Director for 5 years at Kotes. He had worked in maintenance at the Tennessean for the last 25 years. He served on the Wilson County Fair Board and the Foundation Committee of Fiddler’s Grove. He married Donna Faye Thomas on October 29, 2001.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife; Donna Faye Smith of Lebanon, TN, Three Children; Tracy (Mark) Christian of Watertown, TN, Kim Roberts (Steve Hill) of Gladeville, TN, and Kevin (Tonya) Roberts of Liberty, TN. Brother; Robert “Pete” Smith of Lebanon, TN, Sister; Janet Parrish of Madison, TN. Six Grandchildren; Cruz (Heather) Christian, Cody Christian, Hannah Christian, Zach Roberts, Noah Roberts, and Emily Roberts.

Funeral Services for Mr. Smith are scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 1 PM at Avant Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Wade officiating. Interment will follow in the Salem Cemetery.

Visitation with the Smith family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Monday from 4 PM until 8 PM and on Tuesday from 10 AM until service time at 1 PM.

Clifton Ray Dexter

Jul 14 2012

69 year old Clifton Ray Dexter of Smithville died Saturday at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation in Smith County. He was a member of the Prosperity Baptist Church, Christian Motorcycle Association, and he was a telephone line installer. He served in the U.S. Army. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Doyle Slager will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifton J. Dexter; a son, Gary Ray Dexter; and daughter, Delisa Sue Dexter. Survivors include a daughter, Tina and husband James Boston of Dowelltown. Grandchildren, Ashley and Anthony Bain, Dakota and Savannah Dexter all of Smithville. Great grandchild, Natalya McCarty of Smithville. Mother, Euphema Dexter of Cookeville. Brother, James Kenny and wife Wanda Dexter of Cookeville. Sister, Janie and husband Eddie Bain of McMinnville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the Lighthouse Christian Camp.

Sarah Frances Culwell Hullett

Jul 13 2012

79 year old Sarah Frances Culwell Hullett of Centerville died Thursday at Life Care Center in Centerville. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Chaplain Eddie Rogers and Kenneth Clayton will officiate and burial will be in the Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Hullett was preceded in death by her parents, Leigh Brown and Lera Josie Summers Culwell; husband, Briscoe Hullett; Children, Thomas David and Gary Lynn Hullett; grandchildren, Brandon Thomas Dee Hullett; brothers and sister, Fermon Brown, Boyd Leigh, and Evie May Culwell. Survivors include children, Arlene Cookie Hullett of Smithville, Frances Renny and husband David Stinson of Bon Aqua, Erbin Brisco and wife Denise Hullett of Knox, Indiana, Michael Allen Hullett of Nashville. Stepdaughter, Rosemary Luna of Wilmington, Delaware. Grandchildren, Jamie R. Ashford, Derrick Stinson, Phillip S. Walls, II, Phillip Brisco Hullett, Jennifer Arlene White, Nathan E. Hullett, Jimmy A. Atnip, II, Amanda Alexander, Nicholas Cody Walls, and John David Hullett, Joshua Dillon Farley. Great grandchildren, Renny and John Mason, Daniel Stinson, Matthew, Savannah, and Sarah White, Myrie Atnip, Kyle and Madison Hullett. Sisters and brother, Ocie Marie Arnold, Floyd Lee Culwell, Wanda Fay and husband Lewis Cantrell. Sister-in-law, Linda Culwell. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Amon David France

Jul 13 2012

93 year old Amon David France of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was an air conditioner maintenance worker for ARO, a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. and Garry McBride will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with full military honors. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. France was preceded in death by his wife, Lola France; parents, Daniel and Lou Della France; two brothers, Audie France and Alvie France; and a nephew, Billy France. Survivors include a sister, Ophlynn and Leffel Redmon of Smithville. A brother, Erby France of Smithville. Nieces and nephews, Sonia and Kenneth Vinson of Cloverport, Tennessee, Tawana and Randall Box of Brentwood, Danny and Debbie France of Dowelltown, Tim France of Smithville, Earl and Emaline France of Smithville, Barbara and Charles Young of McMinnville, and Marilyn and Larry Wilbourn of Soddy Daisy. Special caregiver, Debbie West. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Troy Johnny Bain

Jul 11 2012

92 year old Troy Johnny Bain of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a farmer, a former constable, and a Baptist. The funeral will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. B.J. Thomason and Tracy Lankford will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Bain was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Bain; a son, Troy "Bodie" Bain; parents, Johnny and Bertie Atnip Bain; brothers, Bernice, Honest, Alton, and J.E. Bain; and sisters, Flossie Linder, Velmer and Bonnie Bain, and Bertha Mae Bain. Survivors include a step-son, Cecil Judkins of Smithville. Step-daughter, Ponzella and husband Dewayne Redmon of Smithville. Eleven grandchildren, Jan, Jamie, Jennie, and Jana Judkins all of McMinnville, Walter Redmon of McMinnville, Shana and Will Key, Latroya and Phil Key all of Sparta, Ashley and Robert Upchurch of Murfreesboro, Misty Gingerich of Smithville, Troy "T.J" and Dalton Bain of Smithville. Ten great grandchildren. Daughter-in-law, Jeanna Bain of Smithville. A sister, Gradie Gribble of Smithville. Special loved ones, Tamyra and Johnny Taylor and several nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Braylen Michael Judkins

Jul 10 2012

Braylen Michael Judkins, the ten week old son of Michael Andrew and Crystal Dawn Judkins of Smithville, died Monday at the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Joe Cox will officiate and burial will be in the Jaco-Judkins Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. The child was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Andrew Judkins. In addition to his parents, the child is survived by a brother, Andrew Thomas Judkins of Smithville. Four sisters, Sonya McMahon, Shelby Roberts, Taylor Roberts, and Andrea Judkins all of Smithville. Grandparents, Eva Lois Judkins of Smithville, Juanita Gardens,and Timothy Tindle both of Sparta, Thomas Gasper of Shelbyville, Indiana; special cousin, Megan Rice; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

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