Obituaries

Thelma Leonia Shaver Wright

Oct 31 2012

81 year old Thelma Leonia Shaver Wright of Livingston died at the Overton County Nursing Home on Tuesday.

Mrs. Thelma Leonia Shaver Wright was born on Brotherton Mountain in Putnam County on June 26, 1931 to the late Lemuel and Leona Crecellious Shaver.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 1 PM from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston, TN with burial to follow in the Brotherton Cemetery in Putnam County. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, evening November 1, 2012 from 6-9 PM. Bro. Wayne Blaylock will be officiating.

Survivors include four sons: Ray Rockwell, Don Rockwell, John Wright, and Andrew Wright; 1 Step Son: Frankie Wright; 2 Daughters: Kim Wright-Endsley and Sylvia Long; 3 Step Daughters: Roberta, Sheila and Bonnie. 18 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

In addition to her parents; she was preceded in death by her husband: Archie Wright; and two children: June Rockwell-Blaylock and Jimmy Rockwell.

Hall Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Wayne Miller

Oct 29 2012

59 year old Billy Wayne Miller of Smithville died Saturday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the New Home Baptist Church and he was a former nurseryman with Judkins Nursery. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Homer and Ione Sandlin Miller and a daughter, Christie Miller. Survivors include his wife Dyanna Miller; three sons, Anthony Miller, Jason and wife Kacy Miller, and Preston Miller; a step-daughter and step-son, Diane Roller and Chris and wife Brandy Hale; and ten grandchildren, John Wells, Ethan Beasley, Kayla, Brayden, Teegan, Ryder, and Rowan Miller, Makayla Roller, Morgan and Macey Hale; one great grandchild, Kinslee Adams; a brother, Carlon Miller; and two sisters, Tammy and husband Rich McDonald all of Smithville and Shirley Redmon of McMinnville. Five nieces, one nephew, and three great nieces, two great nephews, and one great great niece, and two great great nephews all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny Ray Farless

Oct 25 2012

19 year old Johnny Ray Farless of Smithville died Thursday at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage

The funeral will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. He was a member of the Emmanuel Bread of Life.

Farless was preceded in death by his father, Waylon Farless and grandparents, Rose and Larry Cobble.

He is survived by his mother, Keisha Farless and fiancee Charles Young of Smithville. A sister, Montana Farless of Smithville. Grandparents, Jerry and Terrie Bogle of Smithville, Ronnie and Cynthia Farless of Smithville, and Cheryl McCowan. Aunts, Amanda Cobble of Smithville and Amanda Farless and Crystal Farless.. Special cousin, Mackenzie Turner. Special friend, David Hutchins and girlfriend, Amanda Price.

The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Johnny Ray Farless

James Robert Colwell

Oct 25 2012

65 year old James Robert Colwell of Smithville died Thursday at NHC of Smithville. He was a truck driver for Denny Trucking, a Baptist, and a former member of the Jaycees. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bernard Houk will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Colwell was preceded in death by a son, William Allan Colwell; parents, Clarence William and Dealie Bates Colwell; three sisters, Johnnie Merriman, Vera Bell Davenport, Era Mai Summers; and two brothers, Clarene William Colwell, Jr and Frank Edward Colwell. Survivors include his wife, Linda Colwell of Smithville. A son, Andrew and his wife Christi Colwell of Smithville. Two step children, Alan and wife Shawn Crisp of Dowelltown and Rhonda and husband Neal Potter of Baxter. Two grandchildren, Trent Nicoson and Alex Colwell both of Smithville. Four step grandchildren, Robert Crisp and Matt Colwell of Smithville, Bradley Harriott, and Paige Herriot of McMinnville. One sister, Dorothy Young of Smithville with several other nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations please be made to the funeral fund at the funeral home to help with burial expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Patsy Darlene Fults

Oct 24 2012

46 year old Patsy Darlene Fults of the Pea Ridge Community died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was a member of the Sanders Fork Baptist Church and worked in Home Health. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Greg Mitchell will officiate and burial will be in the Nichols & Fults Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Wesley Fults. Survivors include a son, Jonathan Nichols of Pea Ridge. Her mother, Martha Fults of Smithville. A sister, Diane and husband Jeff Hardin of Smithville. Brothers, Russell and wife Helen Fults of Pea Ridge, Ricky and wife Janie Fults of Pea Ridge, Wesley "Bull" Fults of Woodbury, Jackie Fults of Smithville, Jeff Fults and companion Miranda of Pea Ridge. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Patricia Askew Allmon

Oct 22 2012

66 year old Patricia Askew Allmon of Alexandria died Saturday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was born in Wilson County. Allmon was a homemaker and member of the West Main Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Amon Frazier Askew and Maudie Bell Parkerson Askew; her husband of 31 years, David C. Allmon; several aunts, uncles, two nephews; and a sister-in-law. Survivors include two brothers, Walter Askew of Brush Creek and Shelie "Pee Wee" and wife Pam Askew of Alexandria. Two aunts, one uncle, several nieces and nephews, two sisters-in-law, and one brother-in-law also survive. The family has requested that donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria for funeral expenses.

Nell Haas Driver

Oct 18 2012

Nell Haas Driver, age 92, the Grand Matriarch of the James G. “Bobo” Driver Family, entered into Heaven on October, 18, 2012. During the past few years she lived at The Webb House, then the NHC Nursing home in Smithville were she passed away peacefully.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Enoch Henry Haas and Lela Lane Haas Curtis; her step-father Wesley Curtis; her two brothers, Harl and Walter Haas; her husband, James G. "Bobo" Driver; her third son, Randall Gray Driver; grandson Jake McClain Driver; and step-grandson J.R. Turrentine.

She is survived by five sons, Jim Driver and Donnie Driver of Smithville; Mickey and Debbie Driver of Houston, Texas; Gary Driver of Tullahoma; and Terry and Charlotte Ann Driver, who live in Indiana. Also surviving are step-sister Perri Mathis and husband Owen of Shelbyville; step-brother Jack Curtis and wife Inez of El Segundo, California; two nieces; 12 grandchildren and their families, including, 18 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Nell was born July 31, 1920 at her parents’ home at Snow Hill, about four miles west of Smithville. Her home was at the intersection of Snow Hill Road and Mann Hill Road. She grew up there with her dad and mom, and her two brothers. She attended Snow Hill Elementary School and Smithville High School. She played basketball on the Snow Hill grammar school team, and in high school played on the PTA seasonal team.

Her dad was a DeKalb County Justice of the Peace, and a farmer who had mules, horses, milk cows and who raised corn, tobacco, and large vegetable gardens. The family grew just about everything they ate. She was a member of 4H Club and attended their camps each summer at Columbia, Tennessee. Always an extrovert who loved to socialize, she had many school and neighborhood friends, some with whom she maintained lifelong relationships.

Growing up she attended Snow Hill Methodist Church where she belonged to the young people's group, the Epworth League. It was a group that studied scriptures, but also provided a place for young people to socialize. Her grandparents and parents donated land for the church, which was near their home, and which is still in use today.

Nell first met her husband of 54 years, James G. “Bobo” Driver, in 1936 when he was working for a road crew in front of her Snow Hill home. Soon after that she met him at a party at a neighbor's house. They liked each other instantly and after a few years of courtship they were married on November 27, 1938.

Bobo loved to play bluegrass music and sing, and so did Nell. Their six sons inherited their parents’ talent and passion for playing music. For years Bobo, Nell and their sons performed as the Driver Family Band, appearing at school and church functions all over middle Tennessee. The family has a picture showing them singing on the courthouse steps in Smithville on the Fourth of July 1953. They also performed at the Junior Grand Ole Opry in Nashville where they had many friends in the country music business.

Nell was well known in the Smithville Community for her volunteer work with several organizations, including the Smithville Jamboree. She served as registrar for the Jamboree for 15 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Smithville Church of Christ for over 40 years. Before retiring, she worked for the Smithville Community Development and Housing Agency for 12 years.

Nell’s great pride was her family. She sincerely loved them all, including her extended family, past and present. She cherished being “Mommy Nell” and having her home be the focal point of family gatherings, especially during the holidays of Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Her sense of humor, devilish smile, generous laughter, and ability to teach through example the importance of family and unconditional love, is a legacy that will live on through countless Driver family generations.

Visitation will be at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 20, and from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 21. Funeral Services will be at the funeral home chapel at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 21 followed by interment at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to remember and honor Nell’s life can contribute to the Nell Haas Driver Scholarship Fund at any Regions Bank, account 0166664926. The fund will be used to help a student from DeKalb County High School attend college.

Nell Haas Driver
Nell H. Driver

Carol Corley Christian

Oct 16 2012

70 year old Carol Corley Christian died Sunday at Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ned Upton Corley & Betty Edna Barry Corley. Survivors include a daughter, Angie and husband John Bruce of Lebanon; grandchildren, Justin Bruce, Kyle Bruce, & Morgan Bruce; brother, Kenneth and wife Vicki Corley of Alexandria; sister, Cathy and husband Danny Marler of Alexandria; numerous nieces & nephews. Ms. Christian was an active member of First Baptist Church in Gallatin and a former bookkeeper/secretary with McFarland Hospital. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until funeral service at 11:00 a.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Larry Yarborough will officiate and burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery. Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon is in charge of the arrangements.

Ada Kathleen Grizzle Turner

Oct 15 2012

90 year old Ada Kathleen Grizzle Turner of Gainesboro and formerly of Smithville died Sunday at Mabry Health Care in Gainesboro. She was former owner of the Dairy Bell Restaurant. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Mark Burnett and Kelly Stockton will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Mary Johnson Grizzle. Husbands, Jessie Miller and Johnny Turner; and four brothers, Claudie Grizzle, Grover, Newt, and Paul Johnson. Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Huskins of North Carolina. A son, Michael and wife Jeanette Turner of Gainesboro. Four grandchildren, Trey Keith and Alicia Bailey of North Carolina, and Charloette and Christa Turner of Sparta. Five great grandchildren, Heather Johnson and Jessica Turner of Sparta, Brody Turner Cook, Lawson Gray, and Leyton Garrett Bailey all of North Carolina. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmy Paul Mullican

Oct 15 2012

53 year old Jimmy Paul Mullican of Smithville died Saturday at his residence. He was a Baptist, a bus driver for the DeKalb County School System, and a farmer. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dewey Dyer will officiate and burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Buliagh Mai Carter Mullican; a brother, Troy and Jackie Lynn, Billy Harold, and James Alton Mullican; and sisters, Rena Mae Ashford and Faye Mullican. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Gail Mullican and son Paul Alton and his wife Kalee Mullican all of Smithville. A daughter, Lisa Gail and Chris Barrett of Rock Island. Grandchild, Adrian Lee Barrett of Rock Island. Sister, Linda and Lynn Lamberson of Temperance Hall. One brother, Toy C. Mullican; Mother-in-law, Edna Mae Ashford; Sister-in-law, Barbara and Steve Green; and Brother-in-law, Jerry and Jamie Ashford all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends and loved ones all survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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