Obituaries

Mildred Carlene Henley Graves

Mar 21 2015

Mrs. Mildred Carlene Henley Graves passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, March 19, 2015, after a long illness.

Born on August 31, 1918 in Alexandria, Tennessee to parents Carl Rutland and Lois Emeline Evans Henley, the second of nine children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Berry Graves; grandson, Kenny Robinson; son-in-law, Kent Robinson; sisters, Mable (Floyd) Owen, Maureen (Lloyd) Sims, Charlotte White; brothers, Robert (Catherine) Henley, Samuel (Sara) Henley; brother-in-law, Howard Beadle.

She is survived by her daughters, Donna (Larry) Wright, Joyce Robinson, Dora Arnold and Nancy (Steve) Jones. In addition, she is survived by grandchildren, Jeff (Nicole) Wright, Kimberly Griffin, Dustin (Julie) Jones, Christopher (Lindsay) Arnold, Linsley (Matthew) Langley; great-grandchildren, Stephanee, Jenna, and Lydia Wright, Ashleigh (Andy) Snow, Glenna Beaty, Caden and Lila Jones, and Maria Arnold; sister, Margaret Beadle; brothers Russell (Lore) Henley and Gerald (Jo) Henley, brother-in-law Henry White, great-great grandchildren, Haylee and Baylee Killian and Adelynn Snow and several nieces and nephews.

She was a long time member of Fairview Baptist Church where she taught the Friendship Sunday School Class for 50 years.

Mildred was a sweet, humble, kind person that will be missed and was loved by all that knew her. She loved her family dearly and was a devoted Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great-great Grandmother.

Mildred retired after 25 years from Precision Rubber Products Accounting Department.

She was one of 37 graduates of Watertown High School, Class of 1937.

Her remains rest at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Lebanon, where funeral services will be held Monday, March 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. with Christopher Arnold officiating. Interment – Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Sunday 3-5 p.m. and Monday after 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mildred’s honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or PBS Channel 8 television.

John Raybon Cantrell

Mar 18 2015

John Raybon Cantrell age 76 of the Lucky Community of Warren County, passed away Tuesday evening at his residence of a 10 month illness. He was born November 1, 1938 to his parents, the late John Lee and Carrie Leona Young Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Nell Fly, Janice Martin, Nancy Humphreys and Carmine Poss; 7 brothers, Jay, Joe, Morgan, Thaniel, Jewel, Prentice and Doyce Cantrell. John owned Eagle Creek Nursery and was a farmer and a Baptist. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Glenell "Nell" Cantrell of McMinnville; 4 daughters, Lisa (Jackie) Norton, Johnna (Danny) Goff, Lori (Alan) Webb all of Smithville and Penny Cantrell and friend Tracy Burch of McMinnville; 1 son, Shawn (Dohuna) Cantrell of McMinnville; 11 grandchildren, Jacob and Olivia Norton, Nicholas Goff, Anderson, Martha, Emily and Thomas Webb, Barry and Kalie Elrod, Shawna and Eli Cantrell; 2 sisters, Joan Harleson of Lebanon; Hilda (Floyd) Corley of Tullahoma; 3 brothers, Elmus (Gladys) Cantrell, Lewis (Wanda) Cantrell and McClure (Pam) Cantrell of Smithville; 2 sisters-in-law, France Cantrell of Gallatin and Wilma Jean Cantrell of Smithville; 4 bothers-in-law, Joe Fly of Hendersonville, Johnnie Martin of Smithville, Ronnie and Thomas Jones of McMinnville; Special Aunt, G. Ritchey of McMinnville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Saturday, March 21, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Shannon Cantrell officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 4:PM until 8:PM, Friday 9:AM until 8:PM and Saturday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys Alberta Byrd

Mar 18 2015

Gladys Alberta Byrd age 82 of Dowelltown, passed away Monday afternoon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was born August 22, 1932 to her parents, the late Jim and Mary Fannie Tribble Adamson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Byrd; son, Clay Melvin Byrd; 2 daughters, Vertrice Cook and Phyllis Dean (Marvin) Yaney; brother, Rudolph Adamson; daughter, Mary Adamson Petty. Ms. Alberta was a homemaker and a faithful Christian, wife, mother, and grandmother. She set an amazing example of what it was to be a true Christian. She attended the Smithville First Assembly of God. Ms. Alberta is survived by 3 children, Jerry Byrd and Toledo Byrd McCloud both of Dowelltown and Forrest "Frosty" Byrd of Smithville; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Thursday, March 19, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Curtis Harness officiating and burial to follow in Poplar Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 1:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Vanessa Eve Langston

Mar 16 2015

46 year old Vanessa Eve Langston of Sparta died Saturday at Highland Medical Center in Sparta. She was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church and she worked at S&W. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Paran Cemetery in Overton County. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerold Langston. Survivors include two children, Rebecca and husband Jon Byford of Smithville and Jeff and wife Chrystal Flatt of Sparta. Three grandchildren, Autumn, Jazmine, and Trinity Byford of Smithville. Mother, Sandra Harp Humphrey and husband Linton. Sister, Ursula Turrington of Hawaii. Step-sister, Beth Holloway of Murfreesboro. Step-brother, Darin Humphrey. Four nephews, Joshua ad Jacob Turrington and Landon and Jordan Holloway. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ben W. Harris Herman

Mar 16 2015
Ben W. Harris Herman

Ben W. Harris Herman, born March 12, 1936, passed away on March 15, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hooper Herman and Sara Frances Ashford Herman. Survived by his sons: Ronnie and wife Marsha Herman, and Mike and wife Joanna Herman. Grandchildren, Jacob and Katie Herman. Brother, Leonard Herman and special friend Helen Groce.

After graduating from MTSU he started teaching in the Jefferson Community in DeKalb County in 1958 where he spent most of his 35 year career. He pursued further education and received his Master's degree later in life. During his extensive career, he held various posts including principal, history and social studies teacher, and even taught hundreds of DeKalb County teenagers how to drive. His last position was teaching 5th grade social studies at DeKalb Middle School.

Ben was always an entertainer--he always had a story to tell or a song to sing. For years, he had various musical adventures around middle Tennessee. He was a local personality on WJLE and wrote stories for the local paper. His love for his family and former students was always expressed through his recordings and writings.

He will be missed by his family, friends, students, and community.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Honored American Veterans Afield, PO Box 60727, Longmeadow MA 01116 or local donations can be made to the DeKalb Animal Coalition.

Visitation will be at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 17 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Leonard Herman will officiate.

Lewis Wesley Conklin

Mar 16 2015

Lewis Wesley Conklin age 72 of Smithville and a native of Logansport, Indiana passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. He was born May 25, 1942 to his parents, the late Harold, Sr. and Allie Mae Howell Conklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Demila Fuller. Lewis worked for A.O. Smith and also as a security guard in Indiana, after moving to Smithville, he worked at Federal Mogul and also worked at the laundry mat in maintenance. He was a member of the Riverview Church of God in Logansport and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Esther Conklin of Smithville; 5 children, Marvin Conklin, Nena Trexler, Buck Conklin, Brenda Rose and Joe Conklin all of Logansport; 3 step-children, Coreliss Graves, Ashley Guess and John D. Marler; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Harold Conklin, Jr. of Logansport; 2 sisters, Carolyn Oehlert and Sandy Oehlert both of Logansport; Mr. Conklin's request was to be cremated and no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. The family would like to express a special "Thank You" to Dr. William Sherwood, Dr. Jack Rhody, DeKalb Community Hospital and Staff, Centennial Medical Center and Staff, NHC and Staff, Suncrest Home Health Staff and Wal-Mart in Smithville for all the love, care and prayers. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Katrena Driver Moore

Mar 15 2015
Katrena Driver Moore

Katrena Driver Moore peacefully entered into heaven on Sunday March 15, 2015 at the age of 53.

Katrena is survived by her husband, Mark S. Moore, children, Corey and MacKenzie, sisters, Judy (Bratten) Cook of Smithville, TN, Lesa (Mike) Givens of Murfreesboro, TN, sister-in-law, Carol (Buddy) Cutsinger of Franklin, TN, mother–in-law, June Moore, and a host of devoted relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ravanell Driver, brothers, Steve and Eddy Driver, and father-in-law Eugene Moore.

Katrena was born in Smithville, TN and later moved to Murfreesboro where she became a bank loan officer, and worked for Procter & Gamble as a marketing representative.

She was a dedicated wife and loving mother. Her life revolved around her children, and she was actively involved in supporting and participating in all of their activities.

Katrena was devoted to aiding others, and had an incredible heart for community service. Those who knew Katrena, cherished her giving, playful spirit. She always put the needs of others before her own. She continually found joy in everyday life, despite the tribulation she endured. She truly brightened the day of everyone she met.

Katrena was an avid runner and often said that those moments were spent communicating with God.

Throughout her life, especially during her journey with cancer, she was a witness to numerous people about her deep, abiding faith in Jesus Christ. After her diagnosis, she proclaimed that God had chosen her to be a voice for his Kingdom. She lived everyday as a true servant of Christ. She was a member and faithful attender of Belle Aire Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held at Belle Aire Baptist Church from 2pm to 8pm on Monday March 16, 2015, also from 12pm to 3pm on Tuesday March 17, 2015. Funeral services will be held at Belle Aire Baptist Church at 3pm followed by graveside services at Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro.

Pallbearers will be Eddy Glen Driver, Mike Givens, Buddy Cutsinger, Barry Fly, Brad Fly, and Mitch Robinson. Honorary Pallbearers will be The Crossroads Sunday School Class of Belle Aire Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Special Kids Inc. or CaringBridge.org.

Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Christopher Lee Bain

Mar 15 2015

38 year old Christopher Lee Bain of Woodbury died Saturday at his residence. He was a logger and a member of the Short Mountain Church of God. The funeral will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Charles Stanton will officiate and burial will be in the Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. Bain was preceded in death by his father, Buddy Bain, Jr. and a niece, Kayla Michelle Brandon. Survivors include his mother, Mary Edna Bain. A brother, Dale and wife Lisa Bain. Three sisters, Mildred and husband Miles Herlong, Margaret Bain-Hines, and Misty and husband John Haugh. Partner, Julia Burlingame. Nephews, Josh Bain, Steven Bain, and Jimmy Murphy. Nieces, Leah Murphy, Melissa and husband Justin Kruegar, Samantha, Isabella, and Alexis Haugh, and Kaileigh Brandon. Great nieces, Emma Nash, Avery Bain, Estrella Lazoya, and Anabelle Krueger. Several uncles and cousins survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

James Smith Webb

Mar 14 2015

James Smith Webb, age 86, a McMinnville, TN resident and DeKalb County, TN native died March 14, 2015 following an extended illness.

He was self employed in rental properties, member of the First Baptist Church and son of the late Herbert and Sarah Jane Bain Webb.

He was married to Betty Ruth Davenport Webb who preceded him in death February 3, 1996 and was later married to Mary Evelyn Gann Webb who survives.

He was also preceded in death by son, Kent Webb; three brothers, Edwin, Glynn and Gene Webb and four sisters, Christine Magness, Prudell Judkins, Irene Webb and Betty Jo Little.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Mike (Jimmie) Webb and Nancy (Don) McBee of McMinnville; three granddaughters, Lauren McBee of Chattanooga, TN; Dara Webb (Kenny) Johnson of McMinnville and Ashley McBee of Murfreesboro, TN; two great-grandchildren, Hunter James and Kerrigan Hope Johnson and brother-in-law, Wayne "Buster" Davenport of McMinnville.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 in High's Chapel with Doug Webb to officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. View Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015 and 11:00 a.m. Monday until time of service at High's.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Department.

Clyde Medley

Mar 14 2015

Clyde Medley age 90 of Smithville passed away Friday evening, March 13, 2015 at DeKalb Community Hospital. Clyde was a member of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite, he was a member of Liberty Lodge #77, retired from Warren County Furniture and was an U.S. Army Veteran. Clyde was preceded by death by his parents; wife, Jewel Medley; brother, Herman Medley. He is survived by a step-son, Nelson (Fay) Gilreath of Smithville; granddaughter, Tarron (Bobby) Huddleston of Lebanon; grandsons, Shane (Donna) Cook of Liberty and Nathan Cook of Smithville; 4 great-grandsons Colby Huddleston, Quentin Cook, Taylor Cook and Heath Cook; 1 sister, Maggie McPherson of McMinnville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 3:PM Sunday, March 15, 2015 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Tommy Webb and Bro. Issac Gray officiating and burial to follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 3:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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