Obituaries

Joe White Merriman

Oct 23 2011

76 year old Joe White Merriman of Smithville died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center. He was affiliated with the Freewill Baptist Church. Merriman was also a retired farmer and nurseryman and he enjoyed coaching softball before his stroke on March 31, 1983. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Dillard Johnson and Frank Bratcher will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Merriman was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Annie Underhill Merriman; seven brothers, Lillard, Hervie, J.E., Tom, Oliver, Jack, and Bill Merriman; and five sisters, Lillie and Gracie Murphy, Louise and Lee Bratcher, and Parlie Merriman. Survivors include four sons, Ronald and wife Denise Merriman, Marty and wife Peggy Merriman, Glynn and wife Rhonda Merriman, and Roy and wife Lisa Merriman all of Smithville. Two daughters, Crystal and husband Clayton Moore and Sandy and husband Hugh Willingham all of Smithville. Grandchildren, Kelly, Lorrie, Joseph, Corey, Meagan, Mason, Micah, Kayla, and Kelsie Merriman, Kasen and Lydia Johnson, Hunter Moore, Martin and Delia Willingham. A great grandson, Presley Merriman. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lonnie Joe Dunn

Oct 22 2011

76 year old Lonnie Joe Dunn of Smithville died Saturday at NHC of Smithville. He was a Methodist and a farmer. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Larry Steffee and Trent Colwell will officiate and burial will be in the Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Riley Dunn and Ada Helen Pedigo Dunn; and three brothers, Gene, Harley, and Olen Dunn. Survivors include two brothers, James and his wife Shirley Dunn of Smithville and William H. Dunn of Michigan. One niece, Elaine and husband Marion Gill of Indiana. One nephew, Barry Dunn of Michigan. Several cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sam A. Love

Oct 18 2011

93 year old Sam A. Love, a former DeKalb County Clerk and Master, died Tuesday at NHC of Smithville. He was a retired insurance agent and a retired U.S. Navy veteran from World War II. He was also a member of the Church of Christ. Love served as Clerk and Master from 1955 to 1982. He was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Rhea Foster Love; a son, Sam Morgan Love; parents, Morgan and Janie Puckett Love; and a brother, Frank Love. The funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tommy Webb and Tim Woodward will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He is survived by a cousin, Robert Shelby Love of McMinnville and devoted caregiver, Debra Robinson of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda Gail Thomas Stanley

Oct 17 2011

58 year old Brenda Gail Thomas Stanley of Smithville died Monday at St. Thomas Hospital. She was a Baptist. A graveside service will be Tuesday at noon at Whorton Springs Cemetery. B.J. Thomason and Randy Smith will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at which time the family will depart for the cemetery for the graveside service at noon. Stanley was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Thomas and mother and step-father, Jessie and Ceasar Dunn. Survivors include sons, Benjamin and wife Marie Pascal of McMinnville and Danny Smithson of Smithville. Eleven grandchildren. Two sisters, Sue Patterson of Smithville and Donna DeVeil of McMinnville. Special friend, Mary Pack of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. 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.

Clara Nell Cantrell

Oct 17 2011

85 year old Clara Nell Cantrell of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. Cantrell was a member of the Keltonburg United Methodist Church and she worked at Wright's Grocery and Fuston's 5 &10. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale, Mike Neal, and Dick Scott-Welch will officiate and burial will be in the Keltonburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas and Della Miller Cantrell; brothers and sisters, James T. Cantrell, Fred Cantrell, Aubrey Cantrell, Frank "Chick" Cantrell, Cartie Patton, Mattie Lee Stoner, Lela Mae Rigsby, Shelby Cripps, and Helen Cantrell. Survivors include a sister, Jean Haley of Smithville. Nieces, Jane and husband J.E. Young of Smyrna, Billie and husband Billy Roy Judkins of Donelson, and Jean Patton of Smithville. Nephews, Phillip Stoner and Eugene and wife Diane Haley all of Smithville. Several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to the Keltonburg United Methodist Church, in lieu of flowers.

Barbara Ann Baker Colvert

Oct 14 2011

76 year old Barbara Ann Baker Colvert of Dowelltown died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was one of the founding members of Covenant Baptist Church. Colvert was a member of the Sparta and Smithville Senior Yoga Clubs. She attended the Cassville School and graduated from Sparta High School. She then attended Middle Tennessee State University earning a Masters Degree in Education. Colvert was a retired teacher and was a partner in Basement Sales. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with Thurman Seber officiating. Entombment will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Landreth and Velma Louise Hill Baker. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Bobby Colvert of Dowelltown. Two children, John and wife Karen Colvert of Murfreesboro and Lou Ann and husband Steve White of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Kelly Colvert and Matt Wiley, Jason Baker Colvert, and Grant Ian Colvert all of Murfreesboro; Camry Lou Colvert White, Carlee Colvert White, and Chloe Colvert White all of Smithville. Three great grandchildren, Kaylin Colvert Wiley, Lyla Dawn Wiley, and Piper Ann Wiley all of Murfreesboro. Three brothers and sisters, Betty Herndon of Smithville, Bill Baker of Cassville, and Mary Louise Fitzgerald of Lafayette. Special friend, Glenda Griffin and family of Dowelltown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to Justin Potter Library, in lieu of flowers.

Roy Wade Scott

Oct 13 2011

58 year old Roy Wade Scott of Alexandria died Wednesday at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was born in Cannon County. He was also a farmer. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Wade; his parents, Hiram Fred Scott and Sylvia Rogers Scott; and brothers, James Wiley Scott and Billy Scott. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Ruby Gibbs Scott of Alexandria. Children, Dorothy Richardson of Murfreesboro, Emily Scott of Smithville, Andy Scott of Smithville, Misty Bowman of Cookeville, and Tonya Vanness of Baxter. Grandchildren, Jamie Richardson, Kelsey and Isaac Scott, Destiny and James Whitehead, and Elaina Vanness. A sister, Jean Page of Alexandria. A brother, Vernon Scott of Alexandria and nieces and nephews. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Ezzie Lee Hutchings Hendrixson

Oct 9 2011

81 year old Ezzie Lee Hutchings Hendrixson of Smithville died Saturday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a Baptist, a homemaker, a gardener, and an oil painter. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Mike Carpenter and Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Mount Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Orby Lee Hutchings and Flora Hutchings Pruitt and five brothers. She is survived by her husband, T.J. Hendrixson of Smithville. A daughter and son-in-law, Cathy Hendrixson Culver and Robert Culver, Jr. of Michigan. Grandchildren, Rebecca Culver Meyn and Robert Culver, III both of Michigan. Great grandchild, Emma Grace Meyn of Michigan. An aunt, Ethel Waggoner. A niece, Barbara Easterwood, and a nephew, Billy Pruitt, Jr. The family asks that donations be made to your favorite charity, in lieu of flowers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Cooper

Oct 8 2011

81 year old Jean Cooper of Murfreesboro died Friday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. She was a native of DeKalb County but lived most of her life in Rutherford County. She was a member of New Vision Baptist Church, and a homemaker

Cooper was preceded in death by her parents, Ewin Pack and Sally Mai Smithson Pack; husband, Jack Cooper; daughter, Deborah Lynn Miller; son, Rudy V. Miller; and brother, Auburn Pack. She is survived by her son, Russ Donivan Miller of Murfreesboro; daughter, Sherry Holsted of Murfreesboro; brother, Buford Allen Pack; three grandchildren, Kathy Cantrell, Valerie Lewis and Adam Holsted; six great-grandchildren, Lydia Saunders, Jackson Lewis, Parker Lewis, Simon Lewis, Sophie Holsted, Max Holsted; and one great-great-grandchild, Bentlee Saunders.

A chapel service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday at Jennings and Ayers Chapel in Murfreesboro. Phillip Robinson and David Goins will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens

Visitation with the family will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Sunday at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home; 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro.

Frank Andrew Judkins

Oct 7 2011

78 year old Frank Andrew Judkins of McMinnville died Friday at his residence. He was a Baptist. He worked in construction, was employed at Carrier, and was a farmer. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in Cantrell Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Judkins was preceded in death by his parents, Hershell and Martha Harriet Martin Judkins; children, Bruce Windell Ellis, Kathy Diane Judkins, and Margaret Ann Judkins; a brother, Jessie Haston Judkins; and a sister, Betty Judkins. He is survived by his wife, Edna Frances Judkins of McMinnville. Children, Joyce Ann Judkins of Smithville, Alvin Glenn Judkins of Smithville, Frankie June Rice of Dibrell, and Michael Andrew Judkins of Smithville. Step-children, Charles Ray Judkins, Freddie Joe Judkins, and Mary Frances Ferrell all of McMinnville. Sisters and brothers, Sarah Ophalene Judkins and Nettie Marino both of McMinnville, Jack Judkins, Martha Willie Ferrell, Ed Judkins, and Ruth Cantrell all of Smithville. Thirteen grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and fourteen step great grandchildren. 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.

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