Obituaries

Nina Ruth Puckett

May 13, 2024

Nina Ruth Puckett passed away in her home at the age of 91 on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. She passed peacefully on Mother’s Day surrounded by family and gospel music.

Nina was born in Smithville, TN on June 18th, 1932 to Will and Ella Turner. She grew up on the family farm with her 8 brothers, Aubrey, Wilson, Morris, Johnny, Donald, David, Kenneth, and Sam, and one sister, Arrieta Sue. Nina attended Jacobs Pillar Church, Oak Grove Elementary School, and DeKalb County High School. Nina married Bobby Lee Puckett in 1955 who was a dear partner of 59 years and the love of her life. They moved to Lebanon, TN in 1969 and raised 2 children, Donna Gail (Ron Casamer) and Dudley Lee. Nina was a devout Christian, living by faith and leading by example. She was a member of Westland United Methodist Church and taught Mother’s Day Out at First United Methodist and First Baptist Church for many years. She also served as a Wilson County Election Official. Nina was a cherished “Granny”, with 4 granddaughters, Valaree (Jay O’Connor), Victoria (Noah Barratt), Eliza Lee and Nina Marie. She has 4 great-grandchildren, Sparrow, Wiley, Violet and Nora, and one on the way, baby boy O’Connor. She was a remarkably nurturing and generous spirit who was deeply cherished and fiercely loved by her family. She will be remembered for her steadfast presence, generous heart, sweet humor, sassy spirit and amazing home cooking. A remarkable woman: always remembered, and forever our angel.

The family will receive visitors at Love-Cantrell Funeral home on Tuesday, May 14th from 10am to 1pm. The funeral service will be held at 1pm with Bro. Ric Lee officiating and a graveside ceremony will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery.

In honor of Nina, donations may be made towards advancing a cure for dementia through the Alzheimer’s Association.

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




Phillip C. Atnip

May 9, 2024

Phillip C. Atnip age 73, of Smithville, passed away Tuesday night May 7, 2024 at NHC Healthcare of Smithville after a short illness. He was born August 30, 1950, to his parents the late T. C. and Virginia Hicks Atnip. Mr. Atnip was of the Baptist Faith and worked at Carrier Corporation. He is survived by sisters, Maxine (Kenneth) Pritchett of Old Hickory, Wanda Parker of Smithville, and Debbie (Robert) Driver of McMinnville; nieces and nephews, Rhonda Pritchett, David (Andrea) Prichett, Layra Parker, Ashley (Ryan) Black, Lindsey (Grayson) Mayfield, Ryan Pritchett, Eli Crook, Connor Black and McKenna Black; God son, Cody Pack and special friends Jimbo Pack and Brian Pack. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Friday, May 10, 2024, with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Friday 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 2:00 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is honored to care for the Atnip family.




Linda Gayle Hill

May 6, 2024

Mrs. Linda Gayle Hill, age 83 of Smithville, passed away Friday evening at her residence. She was a graduate of the University of TN in Knoxville and worked as a dental hygienist for 46 years. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was born on August 26, 1940 in Beersheba Springs, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents; Richard and Thelma Rollins Hill, son; Bernie Sullivan, daughter; Donna Cope and Husband; Willie Joe Attinkson.

Visitation with the Hill family will be on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the service at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Buzzy Neal will officiate and burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.

Survivors include 4 grandchildren; Ryan (Jennifer) Sullivan, Clint (LaKota) Cope, Matthew Sullivan all of Smithville and John (Emily) Caldwell of Va, 1 brother; Raymond Hill of Smithville, special sister; Shirley Hyder of McMinnville and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

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




Nellie Jones

May 6, 2024

Nellie Jones age 90, of McMinnville passed away Sunday May 5, 2024, at N H C of McMinnville. She was born November 4, 1933, to her parents the late Johnny and Mary Young Waggoner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Beatrice Waggoner; sisters, Mozel Martin, Maureen Hickman, and Rebecca Hickman; brothers, Joe Waggoner, Truman Waggoner, and Grady Waggoner; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Jones was affiliated with New Life Pentacostal Church in Smithville and worked at the Shirt Factory. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Winston Jones of McMinnville; sister, Suzie White of Smithville; children, W. D. (Gayle) Jones of McMinnville, Kathy (Joe) Driver of Smithville, Aline Jones of McMinnville, Wanda (Jimmy) Dunn of McMinnville, and Candy (Rocky) Simmons of McMinnville; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Wednesday May 8, 2024, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Jones Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Tuesday May 7, 2024, 3 PM till 7 PM and on Wednesday May 8, 2024, 10:AM till the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is honored to care for the Jones family.




Shelia K. Welch

May 6, 2024

Shelia K. Welch, age 61, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Shelia passed away at home with her husband of 19 years by her side. She was born on October 28, 1962 in Macon County, Tennessee at the Smith-Chitwood Hospital to the late Erthon B. Krantz and Alta Oneta Davis Krantz. At the time of her death, she resided in Liberty, TN where she made her home with her loving husband.

Shelia and Richard were married on September 18, 2004. Between them, they have five daughters and 13 grandchildren. Shelia leaves behind the legacy of a beautiful family and boundless love.

Shelia was a devoted Christian and was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church. She treasured her Church and the friendships and fellowship she found there. In her last days on this Earth, she found great comfort knowing she would soon be in Heaven with her Father and loved sharing the great news of Jesus Christ. Her faith in God during such a difficult journey is an inspiration and gives much hope to those around her. With her testimony, her family takes comfort knowing there will be a great reunion one day.

Shelia was treasured by many, and her relationships defined her life. She knew the value of family and friends and worked hard to make sure everyone in her life knew they were special to her. She always pushed for family gatherings, knowing that our time on Earth is fleeting and that we must make the most of the time we have here. She was the family photographer, knowing the importance of capturing memories. Her family is left with the memories she captured and will find joy in looking back at the light and laughter she brought to the world.

Shelia also had a deep love and compassion for animals. She had many beloved pets throughout the years, but two held a very special place in her heart, Mickey and Minnie. She called them her “babies” and loved them dearly.

Shelia will be remembered for her big heart and fiery spirit. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on and her light will continue to shine in this world.

Shelia is survived by: Husband, Richard Welch of Liberty, TN; Daughter, Sandi Jenkins, Daughter, Katy Jenkins, Daughter and Son-in-law, Candi and Chris Barrett, Daughter and Son-in-law, Laura and Chanse Hudgens, Daughter and Son-in-law, Kimberly and Justin Waldrop, Grandchildren, Christian Jenkins, Robert Burton, Gabriel Jenkins, Timothy Welch, Lacey Welch, Sarah Hudgens, Daniel Hudgens, Jacob Waldrop, Katylin Waldrop, Emily Waldrop, Patrick Barrett, Kayla Barrett and Rebecca Barrett; Great Granddaughter, Piper Jenkin; Sister and Brother-in-law, Teresa and Glenn Foss of Cornersville, TN, Sister and Brother-in-law, Denise and Tim Hesson of Lafayette, TN, Brother, Eric Krantz of Hendersonville, TN, Sister-in-law, Pam and John Gaymon; special niece Crissy (Ryan) Kosier and A host of nieces and nephews.

Shelia is at the Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria, TN. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday May 9, 2024 at 11AM at the Prosperity Baptist Church with Bro. David Moody and Bro Dean Sircy officiating. Interment will follow in the Prosperity Cemetery.

Shelia’s family will receive friends on Wednesday May 8, 2024 from 1PM to 8 PM at Avant Funeral Home and on Thursday May 9, 2024 from 10AM until service time at 11Am at the Prosperity Baptist Church.




Grady Cope

May 1, 2024

Mr. Grady Cope, age 84 of Estill Springs, passed away Wednesday at his residence. He attended Christian Lighthouse Church in Tullahoma and was a retired truck driver.

Mr. Cope was born on September 9, 1939 in Smithville, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents; Hastle & Myrtle Cantrell Cope, 2 sons; Tim and Barry Cope, step-son; Bret Cates and 2 sisters; Betty Jones and Maxine Briggs.

Visitation with the Cope family will be on Friday from 11:00 am until the service time at 2:00 pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Larry Briggs will officiate and burial will follow in Jefferson Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Wanda Kay Cope of Estill Springs, 3 children; Melinda (Chris) Blocker of Smithville, Kayla Cope of Estill Springs and Bart (Tina) Cates of Hendersonville, 1 sister; Gloria Webb of Smithville, several grandchildren and close family also members survive.

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




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