Obituaries

Walter Lee Burnett

Jul 18 2013

Mr. Walter Lee Burnett, age 84 of Alexandria, TN passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Mr. Burnett was born October 2, 1928 in Atlanta, GA the son of the late John Elder Burnett and Pearl O’Kelley. He married Dorothy Louise Gray Burnett on June 11, 1948 and she preceded him in death on October 2, 2010. He was also preceded in death by Three Siblings; Benjamin Burnett, Jimmy Burnett, and Juanita Screws, Niece; Pat Pittman, and Great Granddaughter; McKinsey Grace Cannon. Mr. Burnett owned and operated Burnett’s Dental Lab in Atlanta until 1980, when he moved to Alexandria. After moving to Alexandria he opened his Dental Lab and operated it there until his death. He was a member of Atlanta First Church of the Nazarene until moving to Alexandria and becoming a member of the Alexandria First Baptist Church.

Mr. Burnett is survived by Three Children; Danny (Rebecca) Burnett of Dowelltown, TN, Louise (Lloyd) Dyer of Alexandria, TN, Sharon (Sam) Cooke of Alexandria, TN. Seven Grandchildren; Justin Burnett of Dowelltown, TN, Jeremy (Cindy) Burnett of Antioch, TN, Keith Cannon of Cookeville, TN, Tracy (Leslie) Cannon of Dowelltown, TN, Brandon Dyer of Alexandria, TN, Sunny (Joe) Hunt of Dacula, GA, and Spencer Lee Hatchett of Lawrenceville, GA. Special Friend; Brenda Cannon of Cookeville, TN. Two Step Grandchildren; Lisa (Todd) Hieatt of Cookeville, TN and Denise (Brian) Hiatt of Franklin, TN. Five Great Grandchildren; Madelene Lee Burnett, Peyton Cannon, Devin Cannon, Noah Cannon, and Hunter Bryce Cannon.

Funeral Services for Mr. Burnett are scheduled to be conducted 1PM, Friday, July 19, 2013 at Alexandria First Baptist Church. Bro. Billie Friel will officiate and Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Burnett family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Thursday from 2PM to 8PM and on Friday at Alexandria First Baptist Church after 11AM.

Walter Lee Burnett

Ressie M.Taylor

92 year old Ressie Taylor of Smithville died Monday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a member of Mt. View The Baptist Church and a retired shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Thursday at Noon at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dennis Wood and Gary McBride will officiate with burial in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 12:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband W.B. Taylor; grandson, Sgt. Shannon Taylor and granddaughter, Trena Cantrell; parents, Horace and Euna Cantrell; three sisters, Effie Head, Jeffie Humphrey, and Ruthene Binkley. Eight brothers, Doris, Jim, Gentry, Charles, Arlie, Fate, Leslie and Horace, Jr. She is survived by two daughters, Ruth and C.Y. Cantrell of Smithville, Elene and Ernest Ray of Adams, TN. One son, Delane Taylor of Smithville. Three Grandchildren, Rejena Turner, Greg and Amanda Ray and Michelle Bullard. Five Great-Grandchildren, Shane and Regina Turner, Taylor and Lexi Bullard, Nicholas and Allie Ray. Two Great-Great-Grandchildren, Darrian and Elaina Turner. One sister, Ethel Redmon of Rock Island, TN. and three brothers, Dennie Cantrell of McMinnville, Billy and Elzie Cantrell both of Smithville. Three sisters-in-law, Maureen Cantrell, Jean Cantrell, and Helen Cantrell all of Smithville and several nieces and nephews. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mt. View The Baptist Church. DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.

William Carl Holmes

Jul 15 2013

William Carl Holmes, age 82, passed away on July 13, 2013. Mr. Holmes worked at TRW/RossGear and was a member of the Crossville Church of God. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon on Monday from 4-8 p.m. The Funeral Service, conducted by Brother Gene Burgess and Brother Danny Sellars, is 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Interment in Dixon Springs Cemetery, Carthage TN immediately following the service. Pallbearers: Jeremy Holmes, Paul Davis, Cole Lasater, Hunter Bane, Matthew Holmes, and Daniel Holmes. Honorary Pallbearers: Stanley Brown, Tony Brown, Austin Bane, Dylan Bane, and Jarred Davis.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years: Brenda Crow Holmes; Children: Carol (Darrell) Petty, Gary (Carmen) Holmes, Denise (James) White, Tim (Lydia) Holmes, Betty (Kirk) Lasater, and Lisa (Ronnie) Bane; brothers: Jimmy (Wanda) Holmes, W.J. (Alma) Holmes, and John Holmes; sisters: Diane (Jimmy) Smith, Beverly (Neal) Denton, Frances Martin, and Estelle Martin; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by son Eddie Davis, parents Jonah and Ruby Sircy Holmes, and siblings Paul Holmes, J.P. Holmes, Mayzelle Albritton, Mary Munsey, and James Shepherd Holmes.

Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of the arrangements

William Carl Holmes

Clyde "Tommy" Judkins

Jul 15 2013

85 year old Clyde "Tommy" Judkins of Smithville died Monday at Raintree Manor in McMinnville. He was a Methodist and a retired employee of Powermatic. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 pm. at the DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mike Neal and Michael Hale 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 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Judkins was preceded in death by his parents, Poper and Ruth Allen Lynam Judkins; his wife Betty Judkins; brothers, Troy and Glynn Judkins; and a sister, Ravanell Driver. Survivors include a daughter, Beverly and husband Tink Barnes of Smithville. One granddaughter, Heather and husband Keith Phillips of Franklin. Three great grandchildren, Molly, Phoebe, and Henry Phillips. One brother, Billy Roy and wife Billie Jean Judkins of Donelson. A sister, Maudell Womack of McMinnville. Two sisters-in-law, Wilma Judkins and Doris Judkins both of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Audrey Jean Summers

Jul 15 2013

78 year old Audrey Jean Summers of Smithville died Sunday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jack Patterson, Mark Summers, and Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Summers was preceded in death by her father, Olen Patterson; her husband, Bill Summers and a sister, Nell Cantrell. Survivors include two children, Mark and wife Nan Summers of Waycross, Georgia and Malia and husband David Laird of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Jason and wife Trina Summers of Glennville, Georgia; Adam and wife Melody Summers of Chelsea, Michigan; Rachel and husband Daniel Guenther of Wayne, Michigan; Timothy and wife Hope Summers of Waycross, Georgia; and Jack Famulski of Smithville. Fifteen great grandchildren. Mother, Nadine Allen Patterson of Smithville. Two brothers, Jack and wife Judy Patterson and Harold and wife Sue Patterson all of Smithville. Two sisters, Billie Ann and husband Sam Odom of Smithville and Judy and husband Buddy Wade of Tallahassee, Florida. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Felicia Suzzette Cantrell

Jul 12 2013

50 year old Felicia Suzzette Cantrell of Smithville died Thursday at her residence. She was a member of the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church and an employee of Federal Mogul. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Elder Ricky Arnold will officiate and burial will be in the New Bildad Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Cantrell, Jr.; her father, Maxi Shehane; a brother, Melvin Shehane and a half-brother, Anthony Ferrell. Survivors include her son and his Fiancee, Josh Cantrell and Shanea Nixon of Smithville. Daughter and son-in-law, Cristy and Jonathan Spears of Smithville. Grandchildren, Kaleb and Ethan Spears of Smithville. Mother, Ruth Cantrell of Smithville. Sisters, Barbara Bates and Sarah Rogers both of McMinnville. A brother, Ricky Shehane of Smithville and a half sister, Karen Stacey of Montana. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys L. Driver

Jul 12 2013

96 year old Gladys L. Driver of Liberty died Wednesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a DeKalb County native, a Methodist, and homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Freddie Savage and Freddy Curtis will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon until the service. Driver was preceded in death by her parents, Jim Curtis and Sarah Ann Neal Curtis; her husband, Odell Driver; a brother, Johnny H. Curtis; sisters, Mary Cason, Mattie Francis Malone; and one son-in-law, Howard Richardson. Survivors include a daughter, Margie Leette Richardson of Milton. Grandchildren, Kimberly and husband Clint Harper of Galax, Virginia, Sharon and husband Mark Hunter of Athens, Texas; and Mike Richardson of Milton. Great Grandchildren, Derek Harper of California. Adam Komandoski, Justin Komandoski, Olivia Komandoski, and Jade Hunter all of Athens, Texas. Brothers and sisters, Jimmy Curtis and Ralph and his wife Faye Curtis all of Alexandria, Roy D. and wife Linda Curtis of Watertown, and Gracie Henley and Amy Johnson both of Alexandria. Several nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Willard Woodrow Johnson

Jul 12 2013

Funeral services for 91 year old Willard Woodrow Johnson of Baxter, will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Baxter Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with eulogies provided by his family. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Johnson died Thursday morning in NHC of Sparta.

Johnson was born in Baxter to the late William Louis and Mary Lula Johnson Sr.

After serving in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, Willard along with his brother J. T. Johnson started Johnson’s Nursery in Baxter in 1946. Their father, the late W. L. Johnson started the Baxter Nursery in 1918. In 1949, the Johnson brothers built the first glass-covered green house between Nashville and Knoxville. They were the first in the state to root Japanese Hollies and Taxus yews in a greenhouse. Willard’s son, Chuck Johnson started his retail center in Cookeville in 1968. Chuck with his wife Sarah and two sons now operate the Johnson Nursery and Garden Center in Cookeville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Palk; two sisters, Florence Martin and Elizabeth Cullen; and five brothers, Dr .Louis Johnson, Jr., Hubert Johnson, Bernice Johnson, John Thomas Johnson Sr., and Harold Johnson.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years Agnes Yates Johnson (whom he married May 28, 1940 in Albany, Kentucky); son and daughter-in-law, Charles “Chuck” W. and Sarah Johnson of Cookeville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Dr. Ray Troop of McMinnville and Louise and Richard Charles of Cookeville; five grandchildren, Jennifer( Dr. John) Little of Knoxville, Charlie (Rebecca) Johnson, David (Susan) Johnson all of Cookeville, Russell ( Michelle) Palk, and Beth Palk all of Franklin, TN; 12-great grandchildren, John Grant, Matthew, and Sarah Frances Little; Conner and Cooper Palk; Callaway, and Abbey Palk; Leah and Foster Johnson; Anna, Emma, and Will Johnson.

Johnson’s family will receive friends Saturday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until service time at the Baxter Chapel.

The Baxter Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Thelma Webb

79 year old Thelma Webb of McMinnville died Monday at River Park Hospital. She was retired from Smithville Manufacturing. The funeral service will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Kenneth Clayton will officiate with burial in Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until the service at 2:00 P.M. She was preceded in death by her husband Smith Webb; parents, Roy and Nannie Adcock Walls. Grandchild, Tony Edge; four brothers, Clarence, Gene, Tommy and James Howell Walls and two sisters, Ann Farless and Janie Woodlee. She is survived by three daughters, Deloris Edge, Nancy Womack, and Renna Garrett, all of McMinnville. Two sons, David Puckett and Charles Webb, both of McMinnville. Twelve grandchildren, Tammy Edge, Jimmy Martin, Jr. and Paul Martin all of McMinnville, Johnathon, Jeffery, and Brandon Puckett, all of Smithville; Jacob and Levi Garrett, both of Cookeville; Jennifer Summers of Smithville; Amanda and Jaylen Garrett ,both of McMinnville, and Julian Webb of Smithville. Nine great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Phillip and Dan Walls both of Smithville, and Bobby Walls of Delaware. Five sisters, Ellen Clayton, Verna Green, Kathy Scott and Rita Walls, all of Smithville, and Wanda Hollis of McMinnville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Miles Daniel Shepard, Jr

Jul 9 2013

92 year old Miles Daniel Shepard, Jr. of Smithville died Monday at NHC of Smithville. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was previous owner/operator of Simsberry Ford in Simsberry, Connecticut. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in the Young-Bend Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Shepard was preceded in death by his parents, Miles, Sr. and Ethel Shepard. Survivors include two daughters, Susan and husband Thomas Lord and Wendy and husband Phillip Wise. Seven grandchildren, Scott and wife Angie St. Pierre, Sean Griffin, Heath and wife Jeanie Griffin, Rachel Griffin Bull and husband Brad, Brett Wise, Shane Lord, and Chandler Wise. Ten great grandchildren, Aaron, Collin, Easton, and Adalyn St. Pierre, Faith, Cole, and Kendyl Griffin, Lexie Bull, and Olivia Bull and Krista Owens. Two great great grandchildren, Khloe & Kaden Owens. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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