Thomas Joseph Sklenka

January 21, 2020

Thomas Joseph, better known as “Tom” Sklenka age 67, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at St. Thomas Stones River Hospital. He was born February 22, 1952 to his parents the late Thomas Edward and Florence Clara Pomianowski Sklenka. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Zinchuck; brother, Ted Sklenka. Tom was self-employed, working in automation controls, served in the United States Navy and grew up in the Catholic church. Mr. Sklenka is survived by his wife, Terry Lynn Sklenka of Gassaway; children, Toni Cole of Gassaway, Daniel (Storm) Sklenka of Woodbury, and Jennifer Sklenka and (Amy) of Smithville; grandchildren, Jacy, Peyton, Kaylee, Karly, Carter, Madyson, and Caidyn; brothers, Jimmy Sklenka, Jerry Sklenka, and Steven Sklenka; several nieces and nephews also survive. The family has chosen direct cremation and a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family ask memorial donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with final expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Vera Jean Newbell

January 20, 2020

Mrs. Vera Jean Newbell, age 87, of Huntsville, AL, and a native of Liberty, TN, passed away January 19, 2020.

Mrs. Newbell was born May 21, 1932 in Lancaster, TN, a daughter of the late John L. Fonzo Stacy and Era Mae Vaughn Stacy. She married James Thomas Newbell on December 19, 1953 in Wayne County, MI and he preceded her in death on November 16, 2004. She was also preceded in death by Son; Billy James Newbell, Sisters; Era Dean Stacy Turner, Ethelene Stacy Close, Bobbie Joan Stacy Hale, and Brother; Jack Fonzo Stacy.

Mrs. Newbell was a graduate of Liberty High School. She worked for the Chrysler Corporation for twenty years until her retirement in 1989. Mrs. Newbell is survived by Son; Dr. Bobby (April) Newbell of Huntsville, AL. Sister-in-Law; JoAnn Newbell of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Newbell are scheduled to be conducted from Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1PM. Interment will follow in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Liberty, TN.

Visitation with the Family will be at the Avant Funeral Home on Monday from 4PM until 7PM and on Tuesday after 11AM until service time at 1PM.


Jerry Donald Oliver, Sr.,

January 13, 2020

Jerry Donald Oliver, Sr., age 74 of Goodletsville, TN passed away January 12, 2020 after an extended illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie H. and Popie (Starnes) Oliver; sister, Callie Sue Oliver and brother, Perry F. Oliver.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, June H. Oliver; son, Jerry Donald Oliver, Jr (Sharon); daughter, Kelly Grooms (Tyler); grandchildren, Dylan Grooms, Shantrell McDaniel and Chloe McDaniel.

Jerry was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Madison, TN. He was a 1964 graduate from DeKalb County High School. Jerry worked for and retired from Metro Nashville Water Department.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 6:00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Hermitage Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Shrum and Chaplain Lane Stockeland officiating.

Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 pm until time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.
The family wishes to express Special Thanks to his caregivers from Guardian Hospice.

Billy D. Tisdale

January 12, 2020

80 year old Billy D. Tisdale passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his residence in Smithville. He was a former construction crane operator and also worked at Moog Manufacturing for 17 years. He was a member of the Brethren in Christ Church.

Visitation with the Tisdale family will be on Sunday, January 12th and Monday, January 13th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Brian Jones will officiate and burial will be in the Petty Cemetery.

Mr. Tisdale was preceded in death by his parents, Hobert Odell and Martha Jane Linder Tisdale; a son, Steve Tisdale; and a sister, Darlene Tisdale. He is survived by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Lera Petty Tisdale of Smithville; children, Billy W. and Angela Tisdale, Michael and Sandra Tisdale and Bobby Tisdale, all of Smithville, and Debra and Brent Bynum of Cookeville; grandchildren, Amy and Chad Hill, Joey and Anglina Tisdale, Brandon Colwell, Codey Tisdale, Brandi (Nick) Patterson, Riley Bullard, and Zachary Tisdale; eleven great grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Tisdale and Ann Tisdale of Lebanon; brothers, Jr. Tisdale and Bobby Tisdale of Lebanon and Ricky Tisdale of Carthage.

In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International in memory of Mr. Tisdale.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Harold Gene Blackwell

January 12, 2020

70 year old Harold Gene Blackwell of Sparta passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of the New Hope The Baptist Church in White County. He served his country in the United States Army and was a decorated Vietnam War Veteran.

Visitation with the family will be Monday, January 13, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Garry McBride will officiate and burial will follow in the Plainview Cemetery in White County with military honors.

Mr. Blackwell was preceded in death by his parents, William Carson and Jessie Estelle Griffin Blackwell; a son, Scottie Gene Blackwell; a brother, Billy Blackwell; and three sisters, Eva Nell Graham, Jeanette Blackwell, and Joann Blackwell. Survivors include one son, Russell Blackwell of Smithville; two brothers, Wayman and Linda Blackwell of McMinnville and Jerry and Charlene Blackwell of Nashville; four sisters, Janice and Willie Miller of Sparta, Inetta and Ron Taylor of Smithville, Wanda Troglen of Sparta, and Brenda and Scott Fullerton of Lebanon; grandchildren, Kerra Blackwell, Scottie Blackwell, Jordan Blackwell, and Emily Matthews. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmy L. Kimbrell

January 12, 2020

Jimmy Kimbrell, age 75, of Dowelltown, TN passed from this life to his heavenly home on January 11, 2020.

Jimmy was born on September 12, 1944 in Lawrenceburg, TN to the late Lawrence and Maggie Kimbrell and grew up in the Iron City community. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Woodrow and Louise Frazier, brothers-in-law, John Larry and Joe Ronald “Ronnie” Frazier, his sister-in-law, Billie Ann Frazier, his nephew, Ronald Frazier, and great nephew, Ryan Frazier.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Frazier Kimbrell, his daughter, Monica (David) Reynolds and grandchildren, Levi and Molly Reynolds, his sister, Judy Ann (Steve) Beard, sisters-in-law, Peggy (Carroll) Thomas, Deborah (Wayne “Buddy”) Fuson, Kathy (Ricky) Hendrix, Lisa (Jerald) Cripps, Rita Fuson-Frazier. He is also survived by his aunts, nieces, nephews, great nieces, special great nieces Elizabeth and Olivia Miller, great nephews, and cousins. He leaves with cherished memories a host of fishing and traveling companions.

“Pop” Jimmy taught us to put God first – always, love, be kind and to always find the humor in everything. The glass is always half full and these things that occur in this life are all “part of the journey”.
Jimmy graduated from Loretto High School in 1962. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve for 6 years and worked at TRW in Lebanon for many years where he later retired.

He was a faithful member of Dry Creek Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher and choir member. Throughout the years, he also served on various committees within the church, and for many years was in charge of managing the food services for the Wednesday night meals. He dearly loved his family, church family and friends.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the many visitors over the past few months and Avalon Hospice personnel for their compassionate and professional care.

Visitation will be held at DeKalb Funeral Chapel from 12 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1: p.m. at Dry Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Owens officiating and burial following in the nearby Frazier Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Dry Creek Baptist Church children’s music program or Gideon’s International.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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