Obituaries

Lawrence Frederick Galten

July 7, 2020

Lawrence Frederick Galten age 61 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at his residence. He was born August 27, 1958 in Savannah, GA to his parents, the late Robert Frank and Sherry Ann Galten. Lawrence was a member of Outreach Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy Veteran and a factory worker. He is survived by 2 children, Malia (Scott) Kowitt of Chandler, AZ and Alan (Nicole) Galten of Bellemont, AZ; 3 grandchildren, Sarai Crawford, Cy Durfee and Lucy Galten. The family has honored Mr. Galten’s request to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Friday July 17, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Nathan Thomason officiating and inurnment will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 PM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Animal Coalition, in memory of Lawrence. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Timmie D. Adcock

July 7, 2020

Timmie Davis Adcock age 54 of Smithville, passed away Monday morning July 6, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. Timmie was born December 21, 1965 to his parents, Flora Mai Vaughn Adcock and the late Elmer Davis Adcock. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Willie Vaughn and Richard and Ruby Adcock; aunt, Nell (Earl) Raymond; uncle, James Vaughn; father and mother-in-law, Reed and Joyce Redmon; sister-in-law, Marlene Redmon; 2 brothers-in-law, James Allen and Glen Redmon. Timmie served as a Director at DeKalb Farmer’s CO-OP, formerly served on DeKalb Soil Conservation and Farm Service Agency, he was a member of the New Union The Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Adcock of Smithville; mother, Flora Mai Adcock of Smithville; aunt, Marie (Jimmy) Taylor of Smithville; brother-in-law, David (Maria) Redmon of Michigan; 2 nephews, Jr. (Heather) Redmon and Matthew Redmon; cousins, Brian (Kristen) Raymond of Kentucky, Adam (Amy) Raymond of Smithville, Jeremy Taylor (Amanda Griffith) of Smithville, LeVaughnda (Casey) Midgett of Smithville, Brianna and Thomas Raymond, Aniston and Alexis Raymond, Luke, Reed and John Midgett. Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, July 9, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Johnny Adcock officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 4 PM until 7 PM and Thursday 11AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. Due to COVID-19, the Governors Executive Order 38 and Social Distancing Guidelines; Our pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow approximately 100-125 people for the service, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The Funeral Home Lounge is Closed and NO Food or Drinks allowed in the funeral home. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed on DeKalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




John Lawrence Dyess

July 6, 2020

John Lawrence Dyess age 68 of Liberty, passed away Friday morning, July 3, 2020 at his home. He was born January 2, 1952 to his parents, the late John Lawrence and Kathleen Maddox Dyess, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John “Casey” Dyess. He was a faithful and active member of the Dowelltown Baptist Church, he managed his family’s orange grove and owned a nursery. John loved nature and fishing and spending time with his friends. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Dyess of Liberty; son, Jason (Jeni) Dyess of LaBelle, FL; daughter, DoriAnn (Cy) Clayton of Savannah, GA; 4 grandchildren, Drew (Lauren) Dyess of Sarasota, FL, Dean, Daxtyn and Donovan Clayton all of Savannah; 2 great-grandchildren, William and Ben Dyess; 2 sisters, Carol Thomas of Five Points, AL and Peggy (Jerry) Hampton of LaBelle, FL. The family has chosen a direct cremation. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:PM at Dowelltown Baptist Church with Bro. Thomas Hale officiating. His cremains will be buried with his son in LaBelle, FL. Visitation will be Tuesday 4:PM until the time of the service at 6:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dowelltown Baptist Church. Mrs. Marry would like to express her appreciation to their dear friends, church family, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Avalon Hospice for the love and care shown to her and John during this time. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




C J Jatala “Thomas Lee Coates-Jatala

July 1, 2020

C J Jatala “Thomas Lee Coates-Jatala age 53 of Dowelltown, passed away Sunday morning, June 28, 2020 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville from injuries received in an automobile accident earlier in June. He was born in Kankakee, IL to his parents, Rita Lyla Coates Harriman Kolb and Kachero Evon Jatala. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Diana Marie Harriman; nephew, Matthew Thomas Grissom and Niece, Cherokee Rose Harriman. He was a Baptist and an entertainer. He is survived by his wife, Charity Sullivan Jatala of Smithville; son, Chase Sullivan of Smithville; mother, Rita Lyla Harriman Kolb of East Prairie, MO; sisters, Loretta Lynn Grissom of Smyrna and Heather Hargis of LaVergne; mother-in-law, Vivian Redmon of Smithville; 3 nieces, 2 nephews a host of friends and his best friend Kattie. The family has chosen a direct cremation and a Celebration of Life will be held 5 PM Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 325 Old Snow Hill Road, Dowelltown. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Coty Brandon Griffin

July 1, 2020

Coty Brandon Griffin age 31 of Smithville, passed away on Sunday morning, June 28, 2020 at his residence. He was born March 6, 1989 to his parents, Donnie Griffin and Janie Ann Lawson Spurlock. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lemmie and Ruby Lawson and paternal grandfather, Eston Griffin. He served in the US Marines for almost 5 years, worked in logging and construction. He is survived by his father, Donnie Griffin of Smithville; mother, Janie Spurlock of Smithville; 2 children, Westyn and Millee of Smithville; sister, Jamie (Phillip) Bain of Smithville; paternal grandmother, Mildred Judkins; girlfriend, Kayla Sanders of Smithville; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, July 2, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Charlie Lawson officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2 PM. Due to COVID-19, the Governors Executive Orders 38 and 51 and Social Distancing Guidelines; Our pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow approximately 100-125 people for the service, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The Funeral Home Lounge is Closed and NO Food or Drinks allowed in the funeral home. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed on DeKalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Anna Jeannette Ervin

June 29, 2020

Anna Jeannette Ervin passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020 in Rockwood, Tennessee. She was born July 21, 1935 in Pennsylvania. She moved for a short time to Detroit MI, where she met and later married her beloved husband of 50 years, Frank Ervin. Together they returned to his hometown of Smithville and started a family. She quickly adapted to living in the country and through her life, she became a skilled cook, gardener, seamstress and cared for many children. From 1956, she spent most of her days living and loving her family in Smithville. She was a member of United Pentecostal Church, and she worked at many of the local factories.

Never one to sit idle even in retirement, she and Frank worked for the Corps of Engineers for 10 years caring for the Holmes Creek Campground, where they kept the campsites tidy and enjoyed fishing nearly every day of the summer. They were known for competing to see who caught the most bluegill in one day. She was an excellent cook, baker of pumpkin rolls, avid gardener, skilled quilter, and quick with a puzzle. She lovingly cared for her grandchildren and several enjoyed living with her for periods of time. She loved traveling to visit friends and family and was always up for an adventure. She was generous, competitive, focused and fiercely loyal to her family.

When her husband passed in 2006, Anna moved to East Tennessee for 5 years before returning to the Webb House in Smithville, where she enjoyed 5 years making friends, folding gift boxes and growing zinnias.

She is survived by her 4 children, Thomas (Marie) Ervin of Smithville, Robert (Patty) Ervin of Spring City, TN, Dorothy (Steve) Knipfer of Lenoir City, TN, David Randall (Babbie) Ervin of Columbia, TN, 10 grandchildren, Brandon Ervin, Amber Roper, Adam Ervin, Jason Evans, Chris Ingram, Joe Ingram, Matt Ervin, Jennifer Ervin, Julia Cole, James Ervin, many great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

A private graveside service will be held at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Michael Hale will officiate. Donations in memory of Anna may be made to Haven of Hope. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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