Obituaries

Donald Sheets

Apr 4 2012

92 year old Donald Sheets of Smithville died Wednesday at his residence. He was a retired Aircraft Engineer and a Catholic. Sheets was also a member of the American Legion and a World War II veteran, having served in the Army and Air Force. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gregory Catholic Church. Father David Cooney will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m. with the Rosary service at 6:30 p.m. and Monday from 9-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Margaret Sheets. Survivors include his wife,Carolyn Sheets of Smithville. Six children, Margaret and husband John Boehnlein of Indiana, Jane and husband Jerry Allsop, Patricia and husband Carl Muia, and Donald J. and wife Sue Sheets all of South Bend, Indiana, Thomas J. Sheets of San Diego, California, and Laura and husband Bryan Vanlandingham of Granger, Indiana. Twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. One sister, Marjorie Baldini of Naples, Florida. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests that donations please be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America organization, in lieu of flowers.

Gary Dale Gibbs

Apr 2 2012

56 year old Gary Dale Gibbs died Monday at his residence. He lived in Dowelltown but he spent most of his life in Smith County where he was raised. He was an assembler at Shiroki North America and was a member of the HAM radio operators. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Wilson Williams will officiate with burial in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. He was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Gibbs. He is survived by his wife Carol Cook Gibbs of Dowelltown; seven children, Robbie Strayn, Jennifer Bain, April Strayn Lee, all of Smithville; Shane, Dale and Tara Gibbs, all of Smith County, and Nathan Gibbs. Parents, Arlis and Louise Gibbs of Smith County. Two brothers, Farris and Roger Gibbs; three sisters, Teresa McMillian, Angie Henry, and Sandy Gibbs all of Smith County. Nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack Eugene Estes

Apr 2 2012

88 year old Jack Eugene Estes of Smithville died Saturday at Alive Hospice Center of St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Estes was owner and operator of Estes Supermarket for over 30 years and he served as Assessor of Property in DeKalb County from 1984 to 1996. He was also a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. A memorial service will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Terry Fesler will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. Estes was preceded in death by his parents, Brackett and Mary Eva Hendrixson Estes. He is survived by his wife, Doris Estes of Smithville. Three children, Tarron, Mark, and Steven Estes. Three grandchildren, Gage, Jonathan, and Hannah Estes. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to Tammy Horsley, the caretaker of Mr. Estes or to the Indian Creek Youth Camp, in lieu of flowers.

Jack Estes

Hassie Mai Smith Osment

Mar 30 2012

94 year old Hassie Mai Smith Osment of McMinnville died Thursday at her home. She was born in Warren County. Osment was a member of the Short Mountain Church of God and a homemaker. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Clifford Daniel, Charlie Stanton, and Steve Osment will officiate and burial will be in the Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hawley and Mary Walker Smith; husband, Selmer Osment; son-in-law, Robert Wade; daughter-in-law, Linda Osment; granddaughter, Velba Kay Wade; grandson, Jeffery Osment; two brothers, Lloyd Brown Smith and George Smith; and two sisters, Estelee Cope and Bertha Goff. Survivors include children, Macon Osment Wade of McMinnville, Bratton and wife Louellen Osment of McMinnville, Ernest and wife Betty Osment of Woodbury, Joe Dorris Osment of Smithville, Roy and wife Lela Osment of Woodbury, and Patsy and husband Peanut McBride of McMinnville. A brother, Edward and wife Jean Patterson of McMinnville. Twenty one grandchildren, thirty eight great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren also survive. Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Glenn Loyd Cantrell

Mar 30 2012

54 year old Glenn Loyd Cantrell of Smithville died Thursday at Centennial Medical Center. He was a Baptist. a U.S. Army veteran, a retired truck driver from Darrell Bryan Trucking and Kent's Texaco Service Station. The funeral will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Nick Pelham will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Gentry Gregory Cantrell; paternal grandparents, Horace and Euna Cantrell; and maternal grandparents, Earl Gary and Bonnie Gay Flatt. He is survived by a son, Chris Cantrell of Smithville. Mother, Jean Gay Cantrell of Smithville. Two sisters, Eunice and husband Rick Ramsey of Alexandria and Melissa and husband Melvin Ray of Smithville. One brother, Jerry and wife Patty Cantrell of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made for burial expenses to the funeral home in lieu of flowers.

Hobert Linnear, Jr.

Mar 28 2012

56 year old Hobert Linnear, Jr. of Alexandria died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was a factory worker and a member of the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He was born in DeKalb County. The funeral will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Thomas Hale will officiate and burial will be in Jennings Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. Linnear was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Tennessee Linnear. Survivors include his children, Angela Marie and husband James Wilkerson of Smithville, Michael Lynn and wife Amy Linnear of Alexandria, Donnie Wayne and wife Melody Linnear of Lebanon, Ronnie Lane Linnear of Lebanon, and Crystal Michelle and husband Michael Keaton of Lebanon. Grandchildren, Nathan Lawson, Dixie Cragmile, Gavin, Gabriel and Gage Linnear, and Arigail Keaton. Step-grandchildren, Stephanie Driver, Shellie and C.J. Wilkerson, and Dillon Knowles. Father, Hobert Linnear, Sr. of Watertown. Sisters, Ruth Ann and husband Charlie Lawson of Smithville and Brenda and husband J.R. Estes Linnear of Brush Creek. Hunter Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Violet Hooper Sanders

Mar 28 2012

90 year old Violet Hooper Sanders of Smithville died Tuesday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a retired housekeeper at DeKalb Hospital and a member of the Allen's Chapel Methodist Church. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs 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 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benton Sanders; a son, Jerry Sanders; parents, Abb and Eliza Ashburn Hooper; and three brothers, Herman, Lonnie, and Thurman Hooper. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Wilma Hooper of Kansas and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Donnie Rich

Mar 28 2012

70 year old Donnie Rich of Smithville died Wednesday at St. Thomas Hospital. He was a member of the Mount Hope The Baptist Church and a salesman for Enco Materials. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dwight Knowles and Frank Randolph will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 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. Rich was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Leboun Rich, a brother, Thomas Rich, and a niece, Tammy Rich. Survivors include his wife, Ella Melton Rich of Smithville. A son, Kevin and wife Nikole Rich of Alabama. Daughter, Kortney and husband Eric Blaylock of Sparta, Four grandchildren, Landin and Dylin Rich both of Alabama, Brooklynn and Brody Blaylock both of Sparta, Mother, Christine Rich of Woodbury. Three brothers, Robert and wife Wanda Rich of McMinnville, Jerry and wife Nell Rich of Knoxville, and Larry and wife Joan of Woodbury. Aunt, Irene Rich of Murfreesboro. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers, and sisters-in-law all survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Christine Colwell Smithson

Mar 27 2012

81 year old Christine Colwell Smithson of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a secretary, sporting goods representative, and she worked at the Doctors Building. The funeral will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Terry Little and John Carpenter will officiate burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. Smithson was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Edna Certain Colwell; her husband, Bob Smithson; sisters, Lucille Hendrixson and Lillian Robinson; brothers-in-law, J.D. Hendrixson and C.A. Robinson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Helen Smithson. Survivors include brothers, Frank and wife Mary Colwell of Smithville, Felty and wife Sarah Colwell of Scottsville, Kentucky. Sisters, Charlene and husband Herbert Pipkin of LaFayette and Rose and husband Paul Dillen of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bryan Jay "BJ" Davis

Mar 26 2012

31 year old Bryan Jay "BJ" Davis of Carthage and a native of Smithville died Sunday after a brief illness. He was a graduate of DeKalb County High School in 1999 and a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in 2004. Davis was an educator at Smith County Middle School and the Girls and Boys Basketball Coach. He was also a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bill Robertson will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 4:00 p.m. Davis was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Clayton and Hazel Ray and his paternal grandfather, Carl Davis. B.J. is survived by his parents, Carl Douglas and Sandra Gail Ray Davis of Smithville. Two brothers, Jacob and wife Dana Davis and Jared and wife Kelli Davis all of Smithville. Two nieces, Kendal and Kloe Davis of Smithville. Paternal grandmother, Willene Davis of Smithville. The love of his life, Jennifer Bamford and her daughter, Reese Bamford. Aunts and uncles, Betty Davis, Edgar Davis, Kenneth and wife Lisa Ray. A host of family and friends also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

B.J. Davis

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