Obituaries

Clarance “Joe” Webb

January 25, 2021

95 year old Clarance “Joe” Webb of the Jefferson Community of DeKalb County passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at his residence.

Mr. Webb was born January 30, 1925 in Smithville, TN. He was an army veteran in WWII who served in both France and Germany, a farmer, a retired road grader for DeKalb County, and a member of Jefferson Community Church.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be at Jefferson Cemetery with military honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8pm and on Thursday from 10am until the time of service at 1pm. Due to Covid 19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed, and the family has requested that mask be worn. We are also not accepting food in the kitchen at this time.

He was preceded in death by his parents-Charlie and Martha Ann Jones Webb; wife: Martha Louise Webb; sisters-Lillie “Jack” Thweatt and Josie Pack; Brother: Aaron Webb; and grandchildren: Gabriel Craig, Denny Mark, Nicky & James Turner

Survivors include 3 Daughters, Bobby Scott of McMinnville, Robbie and husband Albert Lynn of Viola, and Janice Strange of Smithville. 1 Son, Kelvin & wife Teresa Turner of Kansas. 4 Grandchildren, Bobby and Lou Shawna Scott of McMinnville, Daniel and Lisa Hallon of Viola, Larkin Turner of Kansas, and Joshua Craig of Smithville; Several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charity in memory of Mr. Webb.

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




Lawrence Earl Ralph

January 24, 2021

75 year old Lawrence Earl Ralph of McMinnville died Friday at his residence. He was a nurseryman and a member of the Sink Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Ryan Koegler will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Raymond Ferrell and father, Bill Ralph. He is survived by three sons, Lawrence David Ralph, Randy Dewayne Ralph, Chad and Melissa Ferrell; a step-son, Joey and Brenda Brannam; and a daughter, Helen and Greg Cathey all of McMinnville. Mother, Goldie Ferrell of Spencer. Ten grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Six brothers, David, James and Susan, Tyrus Jr., Richard and Connie, Gary and Renee Ferrell all of McMinnville, and Virgil and Alvina Ferrell of Manchester. Three sisters, Sue and Ron Dollberry and Melissa Keys of McMinnville and Gladys and Robert Johnson of Franklin. Several nieces, nephews and cousins survive. A special thanks to Avalon Hospice for the care provided to Mr. Ralph. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Lynn Eric Bontrager

January 24, 2021

Lynn Eric Bontrager age 68 of Smithville and a native of New York, passed away Thursday January 20, 2021 at his residence. He was born July 17, 1952 in Batavia, New York to his parents, the late Amos and Eleanor Smart Bontrager. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stillborn brother, Michael Charles Bontrager. He was a U.S. Army veteran, member of the American Legion Post 57 in Smith County and the Legion Riders, which he help start, and he was a Methodist. Lynn worked as a welder. He is survived by 7 children: Kage Hoshoft of Alexander, NY, Amy Bontrager of Batavia, NY, Merea Bontrager of Brockport, NY, Derick Bontrager of Batavia, NY, Beth (Justin) Lucas of Boise, ID, Sarah (Edgar) Cheney of Salt Lake City, UT, Wade (Tori Erb) Bontrager of Elma, NY; grandchildren: Tyler Hatt, Jade Hinrich, Eric Kleckler, David Kleckler, Brandon Krinkie, Alexis Krinkie, Cameron Bontrager, Paige, Lance, Samantha, Faith Lucas, Hannah, Julia, Benjamin, Peter, and Paul Cheney; sister, Carolyn (Frank) Mazurik of Statesville, TN; brother, Gene (Margaret) Bontrager of Smithville. Graveside services will be 1PM Friday, January 29, 2021 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens, Military Honors will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard and Mr. Bontrager will be escorted to the cemetery by the Legion Riders. There will not be any visitation or services at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines, the family ask that you please exercise social distancing for the health and safety of everyone. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Connie Phillip Billings

January 22, 2021

A Graveside service for Connie Phillip Billings, age 75 of Clarksville, will be Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Sango Cemetery. Bro. Chris Camp will officiate. Connie passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was born on December 7, 1945 in Sparta, TN to Virble and Velma Billings. He retired from Rogers Group after 30 years and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Connie was laid back, content, and calm. He loved his home and was a great cook. Most days he could be found spending time with his family or watching old western movies in his favorite chair with his cats: Skeeter, Chester, and Rowdy. Connie was an avid gun and knife collector and could build and fix most anything.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandparents, Pete & Hallie Billings and James “Jim” & Callie Looney; brothers, Garrie Pete Billings and Varion Turney Billings; and infant child, Garrie Phillip Billings. He is survived by his beloved wife, Billie Austin Billings; children: Rickey (Jane) Mathis, Vickie (Paul) Cothern, and Connie Katina (Samuel) Sliger; brother, Jerry (Sandra) Billings; sister, Marsha (Donald) Martin; grandchildren: Layne (Kayla) Mathis, Samantha (Brandon) Moran, and Rachel Cothern and her fiancé Justin; uncle, Austin (Regina) Billings; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Paul Cothern, Samuel Sliger, Darrell Peeler, Dale Looney, Mike Redmon, and Barry Martin.

Please visit Connie’s guestbook at www.sykesfuneralhome.com and share a memory with the family.




Nelta Jo Golden Cantrell

January 22, 2021

Nelta Jo Golden Cantrell, age 83, a McMinnville, TN resident and Warren County, TN native, was born August 5, 1937 and died January 21, 2021 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was a retired owner of Happy Land Day Care, a member of Bethany Church of Christ, and the daughter of the late Alaska Elkana and Josie Estella Pryor Golden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Donald Venus Cantrell; siblings, Henrietta Patton Mabery, Pauline Gribble, Arthur Golden, Alice Cantrell, Doris Whitlock, Austin Golden, Edwin Golden, Hubert “Hoss” Golden, and Stella Jean Parker Grissom; and granddaughter, Amy Lynn Miller.

Mrs. Cantrell is survived by four children and spouses, Anthony Cantrell of McMinnville, TN, Brad (Cyndi) Cantrell of McMinnville, TN, Jeff (Renea) Cantrell of Smithville, TN, and Donna Jo Farless of McMinnville, TN; eight grandchildren, Chandler Cantrell, Whitney & Tyler Stoner, Nathan & Caitlin Cantrell, Nick & Sarah Cantrell, Erica & Dillon Tubb, Tyler & Caroline Cantrell, Taylor Cantrell, and Ashley Farless; eight great-grandchildren, Knox, Kannon, Kase, Addison, Lily, Carter, Parker, and Ezra; three sisters-in-law, Joyce Golden of Mississippi, Diana Atnip of Smithville, TN, and Ruth Cantrell of Summitville; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Doug and Sarah Cantrell of Smithville, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Cantrell was a devoted christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed the outdoors, watching birds, planting flowers, and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved spending time with family, going to church and ladies bible class, singing, and gathering at her house for Sunday dinners.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at High’s Chapel with David Costello, and Richard Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in Webb Cemetery in Warren County. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at High’s. The family request that everyone wear mask and practice social distancing.

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Tammy Jennings

January 21, 2021

54 year old Tammy Jennings of Smithville passed away Thursday at Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was a Pentecostal. The funeral will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 3 p.m. She was preceded in death by her father, Alton Bain; daughter, Jennifer Shehane; two brothers, Kenny Bain and James Young; and three sisters, Eva Roberts, Nina Self, and Annette Bain. Jennings is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Bain of Smithville. Daughter, Jada and Dan Chamblee of Clinton. Son, Clint Shehane of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Ashton, Taylor, and Jordan Chamblee of Clinton, Kaden Washer of Smithville, Alyssa Shehane and Trevor Kirby of Carthage. Four brothers, Daddy and Jessica Bain of Baxter, Buck Bain, Dickie Bain, and Doug Young all of Smithville. Five sisters, Sandra and David Bain of Smithville, Donna and Tom Brock of Texas, Dot Miller and Doretta Taylor of McMinnville and Melissa and Ricky Murphy of Smithville and companion Ricky Shehane of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses.




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