Obituaries

Floyd Earl Cantrell

Jan 3 2018
Floyd Earl Cantrell

Mr. Floyd Earl Cantrell of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 15, 1944 to his parents, the late Hamp and Effie Pack Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Hamp Cantrell, Jr., James "Lucky" Cantrell and Ray Donald Cantrell; 2 sisters, Mildred Green and Dorothy Hutchins. Floyd was a carpenter and a Primitive Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Cantrell of Smithville; 4 children, Randal (Kandy) Cantrell of Smithville, Carlos Godsey of McMinnville, Debbie Murphy of Knoxville and Harley Godsey of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Mykel Cantrell and Kaycee Rossa both of Manchester; 2 great-grandchildren, Breyden Rossa and August Cantrell; 2 sisters, Ruth Tabor of Crossville and Betty Norris of Liberty; 2 brothers, Buster (Brenda) Cantrell of Woodbury and Larry (Anita) Cantrell of Watertown; 3 sisters-in-law, Debbie Suarez of Dowelltown, Cindy (Vick) Loden of Rockwood and Dorothy VanPatten of New York; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Friday, January 5, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 1 PM until 8 PM and Friday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia Frances Johnson

Jan 3 2018
Georgia Frances Johnson

Georgia Frances Johnson, 87 of Smithville, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Webb House Retirement Center in Smithville.

Born Thursday, November 6, 1930 in Smithville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Rufus and Lassie Hendrixson Fuson. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Austin Johnson. Special thank you to the care givers at The Webb House.

Funeral will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2017 at The First Assembly of God in Smithville with John and Kay Quintaro and Jan Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 10am until the time of service at the church.

Oaklawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.

James (Jim) Glendon Staley

Jan 1 2018
James "Jim" Glendon Staley

James "Jim" Glendon Staley, 77, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed away on December 30, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents James Hansford and Mary Magdalene Foster Staley, doting aunt Caroline Foster; brother Otis Staley; and sisters Thelma Staley Kirrane, Carrie Staley Workman, and Dorothy Staley.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bobbie Nell Allen Staley; daughter Sharon (Robert) Dunn of Cumming, GA, granddaughters Kaitlin Rose Dunn of Seattle, Washington and Rachel Elizabeth Dunn of Cumming, GA, and grandson Alexander Scott Dunn (Tiffany) of Bloomington, IL; son James Allen Staley of Columbia, TN; daughter-in-law Melissa Liggett Staley, and grandson Eli You-Bao Staley of Franklin, TN.

He is also survived by nieces June Ziegenfuss of Portsmouth, VA and Reggie Houk of Smithville, TN, nephew Dennis (Sharon) Staley (Detroit, MI); great nieces and nephews Cathy (Gary) Beltz of Smithville, TN, Glendon Houk of Smithville, TN, and Joy (James) Houk-Raper of Lascassas, TN; great, great nieces and nephews David (Darlene) Griffith (Smithville, TN), Whitney Houk (Smithville, TN), and Carlee and Caroline Hall of Lascassas, TN; and brother-in-laws Willie B. Allen of Donaldson, TN and George Sellars Allen of Alexandra, TN.

Jim was born on June 18, 1940 in Smithville, TN. The youngest of five children and named after his father, he was fondly called ‘Little Jimmy’ or ‘Pops.’ Jim attended Cumberland University where he met Bobbie and was known simply as ‘Staley.’ He went on to attend the University of Tennessee (UT) where he obtained his undergraduate, masters, and PhD in horticulture and developed a passion for UT football which he maintained throughout his life.

Upon graduating in 1970, Jim became the first horticulturist at Memphis State University (MSU). He had a love for horticulture and people and brought the two together as he helped expand and diversify the MSU Physical Plant grounds department and beautify the campus.

In 1977, Jim became Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) horticulturist and joined the faculty as Associate professor in the Agriculture department. In later years he served as Director of both Physical Plant and Murphy Center. Throughout his career, Jim served on various city beautification committees and was a member of Kiwanis. Jim retired in 1998 and he and Bobbie moved to Gallatin, TN where he fulfilled his dream of living on Old Hickory Lake to pursue his love of fishing. In 2016 they moved back to Murfreesboro, TN to be closer to family.

Jim was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather and was extremely generous with friends, family, and those in need. He was a man of integrity and a devout Christian and served as a deacon and elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro and Gallatin Presbyterian Church. Jim struggled with health issues for two decades and will be remembered for his unwavering faith, strength, and will to survive.

Visitation will be held at Northminster on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:00 with the funeral service following at 1:00 at Northminster Presbyterian Church all in Murfreesboro, TN. Rev. Marshall Gupton will officiate. A graveside service will follow in Talley Cemetery in Alexandria, TN, at 3:00 p.m.

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

Bobbye Ruth Fish

Jan 1 2018
Bobbye Ruth Fish

Bobbye Ruth Fish age 90 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, December 30, 2017 at her residence. She was born August 18, 1927 to her parents, the late Robert Taylor and Era Gill Taylor Webb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Will T. Fish; 2 sisters, Eufaula Turner and Ofala Watson; granddaughter, Torie Danyell Stacey. Ms. Bobby Ruth was a retired shirt factory worker and a member of the Smithville Church of God. She leaves to cherish her memory, 4 children, Galen (Darschell) Fish of Smithville, Michael (Tabatha) Fish of Brush Creek, Diana Fish Clayborn and Regina Malone both of Smithville; half-brother, Robert L. (Jackie) Taylor, Jr. of Lebanon and a beloved sister-in-law, Bobbye Sue Fish of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Wednesday January 3, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Chris Moore officiating and burial to follow in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 12 Noon until 8 PM and Wednesday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville Church of God, Building Fund in memory of Ms. Bobbye Ruth. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jackie Mark Mullican

Jan 1 2018

Jackie Mark Mullican age 56 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, December 30, 2017 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. He was born November 15, 1961 to his parents, the late Jackie Austin and Jimmie G. Hendrix Mullican. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Mullican. Jackie was a construction worker. He is survived by his daughter, Tabitha (Bobby Joe) Anderson of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Nikolas and Macy Anderson; 1 brother, Darrell Mullican of Nashville; 1 sister, Jayrah Hire of Smith County; mother of his daughter, Rebecca Petty of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. There will be a private memorial service held at Petty Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Eulain "Poley" Shelton

Dec 31 2017
Eulain "Poley" Shelton

Eulain "Poley" Shelton age 73 of Smithville, passed away Friday December 29, 2017 at his residence. He was born October 8, 1944 to his parents, Walter F. and Ora Bramlett Shelton. In addition to parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Eugene, Hubble and Mikey Shelton; 2 sisters, Louise Clark and Nina Chapman. Poley was a body shop worker and a carpenter. He is survived by his daughter, Renea (Carl) Lattimore of Liberty; 2 grandchildren, Dustin Lattimore and Mandee (Brandon) Dyer both of Liberty; 1 great-grandson, Fisher Dyer of Liberty; 3 sisters, Aundra Hale and Elizabeth Frazier both of Alexandria and Angela Clabough of Polk County, TN; 2 brothers, Curtis Shelton of Alexandria and Jeff Shelton of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Public Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 10 AM until 1 PM. Funeral Services and Burial will be private. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Debra Denise Dyer

Dec 29 2017
Debra Denise Dyer

42 year old Debra Denise Dyer passed from this life on Sunday, December 24. She was born on November 12, 1975 in Putnam County but was raised in DeKalb County. She was preceded in death by her mother, Deborah Ann Herron Dyer; her grandparents, Talmadge and Margie Herron; her sister, Lisa Michelle Dyer Hieatt; and grandparents, James L. and Vestie Dyer. Denise is survived by her son, Harris Dean Dyer; father, Lloyd and Louise Dyer of Alexandria; brothers, Brandon and wife Mandee, Keith Cannon, Tracy and wife Leslie Cannon, Larry and Darlene (Momma D.) Burch of Smithville, and Bobby and Barbara Stewart of Baxter. She is also survived by beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, The funeral service will be held at Presley Funeral Home in Cookeville. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 2 for family viewing at 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Public viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. until noon. The funeral will follow at noon. Burial will follow in the Goff Cemetery. Gary West will officiate. Presley Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Ray O'Conner

Dec 27 2017
Bobby Ray O'Conner

Bobby Ray O'Conner age 55 of Dowelltown passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born July 26, 1962 to his parents, Doris Elaine Moore and the late Robert Thomas O'Conner. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry Clayborn and Martha B. O'Conner and Hugh Lawson and Vada Moore; uncle, Norman O'Conner. He was a Baptist and a mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Amanda O'Conner of Dowelltown; 2 children, Bobby Ray O'Conner, Jr. and Kayla O'Conner; mother, Doris Elaine O'Conner of Dowelltown; 2 brothers, Patrick O'Conner and Michael O'Conner both of Dowelltown. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Friday, December 29, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Edwin Moore officiating and burial will follow in Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 1 PM until 8 PM and Friday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ova Norene Anderson

Dec 27 2017

94 year old Ova Norene Anderson of Sparta passed away Tuesday at NHC Cookeville. She was a member of the Old Zion Presbyterian Church and a Gold Star Mother. She was also a retired telephone company employee. The funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Peeled Chesnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Anderson was preceded in death by her parents, Brian and Louella Bond Summers; husband, Claude Anderson; three sons, Ronnie Reeder, Jerry Anderson, and Dennis Reeder; three brothers, Jessie Lee Summers, Noel Summers, and Wilson Summers. Survivors include two grandsons, Jason Reeder and Dewaine Winnett of Sparta; two sisters, Jeanette Smithson and Lois Randall of Smithville; brother, Mac Redmon of Smithville. Great niece, Darlene Maydon. Several cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Magalene Ervin Dutton

Dec 27 2017
Magalene Ervin Dutton

Magalene Ervin Dutton age 93 of Smithville passed away Monday night, December 25, 2017 at The Webb House in Smithville. She was born August 4, 1924 to her parents, the late Walter Cantrell and Bonnie Taylor Cantrell McHargue. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by step-father, Arlis McHargue; sister, Juanita Graham; special great nephews, Allen Graham and Tyler Graham. Ms. Magalene worked in factory work from 1942 until 1955 in Detroit and moved back to DeKalb County in 1955, about 1957 she went to work at Webb's Drug Store. In 1960 she opened a restaurant in Smithville on Main Street and owned and operated it for about 10 years. After that she started buying real estate and developing subdivisions. In 1969 she married Billy Dutton and moved to McMinnville. They had a roofing company, so she then became a roofer also. Ms. Magalene continued to work her real estate and the roofing company until 1995. She said that at the age of 70 she thought it was time to stop going on top of buildings, however she continued with her real estate. In Ms. Magalene's own words, she said "just call me a jack of all trades and a master of none." She was a member of Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church since the age of 14 and a former member of the Business and Professional Women's Club. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Faye McCormick, Regina Amon, Mitchell Graham, Kent Graham and Rex Graham; special cousin, Jo (Jess) Baker and a several great-nieces and nephews and friends. Funeral services celebrating the life of Ms. Magalene will be conducted 1 PM Saturday, December 30, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jimbo Eddins officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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