Obituaries

Esther Milagros (Munoz) Reader (Estep) Ogg

August 15, 2018

Esther Milagros (Munoz) Reader (Estep) Ogg passed Monday, August 13, 2018 after fighting a year and a half, stage four non alcohol related liver cancer.

Esther was born December 19, 1943 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to the late Leonidas Valentine Reader of Tyrone, Pennsylvania and her birth father, the late Reinaldo Munoz of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Michael Ogg, SR of Greenwood Lake/Middletown, New York and more recently her father Fredrick E. Reader of Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

Esther is survived by her daughter’s, Sandra (Estep) and Allan Bollin of Smithville, Tennessee and Shelley (Estep) and Michael Pinero of Clark Summit, Pennsylvania. Grandsons, Robert McGinnis, Sr. of Newburgh, New York, Christopher Bednar and Jonathan Pinero of Clark Summit, Pennsylvania and Shaun McGinnis of Smithville, Tennessee, and Seven Great, Great grandchildren. Her beloved dogs, Teddy, Missy, Sophie, and Copper.

Her first job was as a Secretary at the Tyrone Paper Mill. She also worked at Star Expansion in Mountainville, New York. Then she was a police dispatcher for the Town of New Windsor, then a Secretary for the State of New York Police crime lab. Then various positions at Kelly Army Hospital, West Point, New York from which she retired from. She was active in both COVAC and NEWVAC where she held various line and executive positions.

The best time she had since her diagnosis was when Mindy Erden of Newburgh, New York brought down Simon Mohr, Logan and Jake Erden, Robert Jr., and Abbygail McGinnis from New York. She loved when the kids called her GG.

She moved to Smithville, Tennessee in March 2005 from Greenwood Lake with her late husband and loved the town and its weather. She loved sitting on the porch and especially in summer watching the sunsets and the hummingbirds. She was bowled over by the solar eclipse in August, 2017. She loved technology and had computers before they were connected to the internet to play solitaire which she now does on her mini iPad or smart phone. She had beautiful penmanship. She liked Spanish, Puerto Rican and Cuban foods of her childhood but could eat her weight in burgers. Thursday was her favorite day of the week. It was Thursday Baby on the news and clean sheet day.

The family would like to thank Tennessee Oncology, Sarah Cannon Research, Avalon Hospice, Dr. Kevin Rhody, NHC, Buckeye Supplies, Hospice Service, Webb Pharmacy, and all their support staff who helped during this long hard journey.

The family is honoring her request to be directly cremated and no service is planned. A bio urn and tree will be planted at home in the spring. Donations may be made to Final Care Cremation Services to help with funeral expenses.




Jerry Foster

August 15, 2018

Coach Jerry “Red” Foster  age 59 of Smithville passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his residence.  He was born October 2, 1958 to his parents, the late, Elbert Les and Frances Lorene Kelly Foster.  He served as freshman boys’ coach from 1983-89 compiling a 92-22 record. He then moved to Jackson County High School as head boys’ coach from 1989-93 compiling a 101-87 record in four seasons, before returning once again to DCHS to direct the Lady Tiger basketball program, a position he held for seven years, from 1993-2000 with his teams recording a 93-85 record.  After leaving the coaching ranks, he continued to teach physical education at Northside Elementary School and continued to teach the game of basketball to youth of DeKalb County through the after school program, he also taught several years at DeKalb West School.  He was a member of the Buckner’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  He leaves to cherish his memory, 2 children, Jalon Wayne Foster (Kelsey Roberts) of Sparta and Loren (Will) Martin of Huntsville, AL; 1 sister, Brenda Kay Driver of Smithville; 1 brother, Prentice (Jan) Foster of Sparta; 1 nephew, Chad (Tara) Driver of Smithville; 2 great-nieces, Caroline and Lillie Cate Driver and a host of fellow teachers, friends and children with whom he made a lifetime impact on their lives.  Funeral services celebrating Coach Foster’s life will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 17, 2018 at the DeKalb County High School Gymnasium with Bros. Phil Tollett and  Bryan Simmons officiating.  Visitation will be on Thursday 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Friday 12:30PM until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at DeKalb County High School.  In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Coach Jerry Foster Memorial Fund that has been established in his memory for a scholarship to be given to a graduating DCHS student, those donations can be made at the funeral home.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Edward Knight, Jr.

August 14, 2018

Edward Knight, Jr. age 52 of Smithville passed away Friday morning, August 10, 2018 at his residence.  He was born September 27, 1965 to his parents, Tina Norris Knight and the late Edward Knight, Sr.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by an infant son, James Dalton Knight.  He worked at Tenneco Automotive and a U.S. Air Force veteran.  He is survived by 2 children, Mica Knight of McMinnville and Sabastian Knight of Smithville; mother, Tina Knight of Smithville; 2 sisters, Jennifer (Greg) Srabian of Boca Raton, FL and Angela (Timothy) Banks of Smithville; nieces and nephews, Jason Sturdivant, Anthony Hasseman, Autumn Banks, Richard, Mary and John Srabian and other extended family.  Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 6:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Gail B. Clark

August 13, 2018

Gail B.Clark age 78 passed away Thursday August 9, 2018 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville.  She was born April 17, 1940 to her parents, the late Charles Henley and Mary Elizabeth Lambright Bonnell.  She was a member of Christian Renewal Church of St. Simons in Georgia and an RN.  Ms. Clark is survived by 2 daughters: Tracie Hammock  and Rachel Allison both of Smithville; 3 Grandchildren: Angeala Clark, William Jones, Taylor Robinson; Great-Grandchild: Leah Tillett.  The family has honored Ms. Clark’s request to be cremated.  A  Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday August 19, 2018 at Christian Renewal Church in Georgia with Bro. Mike Murray officiating.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Lisa Vickers Gilreath

August 11, 2018

66 year old Lisa Vickers Gilreath of Smithville passed away Saturday at her residence.. She was a Baptist, a Pharmacy Technician, and a member of the Masonic Lodge. She worked 21 years with the Army Security Agency. The funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jonathon Willoughby will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Loring and Mildred Britton Vickers and a sister, Elaine Vickers. Survivors include a daughter, Stacie Miller of Bradyville. Granddaughters, Elaine Greer, Natalie Miller, and Macy Miller of Bradyville. Brother, Britton Vickers of Michigan. Sister, Marsha Penrod of South Carolina. Special cousins, Barry and Sherry Ricketts of Smithville and special friend, Gary Hawkins. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Richard Ernest Temple, Jr.

August 11, 2018

Richard Ernest Temple, Jr. age 69 of Smithville, passed away Friday morning at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.  He was born October 22, 1948 in Germany.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothy Cashman Temple, Sr.  He was a retired tow motor operator at Nissan, a member and Sunday School teacher at Calvary Baptist Church and a U.S. Army Veteran.  He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Elaine Temple of Smithville; 3 children, Cheryl Temple of New York, Kelly (Mike) Lawson of Smyrna and Raymond (Carla) Temple of Antioch; 2 step-sons, Brad (Jennifer) Evans and Justin (Brittany) Evans both of Smithville; 6 grandchildren, Courtney, Morgan, Emily, Michael and Carson Lawson and Brayden Temple; 6 step-grandchildren, Christiana, Courtney, Riley, Jordan and Mikayla Evans and Allen Evans; 1 sister, Jean Skinner of Massachusetts.  Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Martin officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.  Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Thursday  from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.  In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church, in memory of Richard.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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