Obituaries

David Michael Roger Petty

February 12, 2022

David Michael Roger Petty passed away in Whiteville, TN. He was preceded in death by his father, Hugh Don Petty; mother, Helen Petty; step-father, Robert Stanley; brother, Darrell Petty. He is survived by 2 sisters, Deborah Ferrell of Alexandria and Lorrie Lindsey of Smithville; 2 brothers, Danny Petty of Smithville and Dewey Petty of McMinnville; half-sister, Robin Carpenter of Ohio; half-brother, Nick Reese of McMinnville; 2 step-daughters, Misty Braswell of Florida and Amy Braswell of Smyrna; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Graveside services will be 1 PM Monday, February 14, 2022 at Hale Cemetery at Pea Ridge. There will not be any visitation or services at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Joseph Parker

February 11, 2022

Mr. Joseph Elijah Parker age 42 of Smithville, TN passed away Thursday night, February 10, 2022 at his residence.

Mr. Parker was born on December 27, 1979 in Nashville, TN to his parents, Jack & Walteen Carter Parker. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Parker & aunts, Peggy Parker & Sally Foutch. Mr. Parker was a self employed Photographer & was a member of Smithville First Baptist Church.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday, February 13, 2022 from 12 noon until 4pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held later at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his Mother, Walteen Parker of Smithville, TN. 1 Sister, Jama Martin of Smithville, TN. 2 Brothers, Jim (Allison) Parker of Utah & John (Lisa) Parker of Smithville, TN. Grandmother, Bertha McBride of Smithville, TN. Special Aunt, Billie Ann Parker of Nashville, TN. Uncle, Joe (Cindy) Carter of Smithville, TN. Several Nieces, Nephews & a Special Cousin, Charlie Caplinger of Smithville, TN also survive.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Smithville First Baptist Church Youth Group or to the Dekalb Animal Coalition in memory of Mr. Parker.




CMSgt. Richard Wayne Wilt, USAF, (Retired)

February 10, 2022

CMSgt. Richard Wayne Wilt, USAF, (Retired), of Smithville, Tennessee passed away at age 65 on February 9, 2022. He fought the good fight against cancer for 5 ½ years. Mr. Wilt was born March 12, 1956, to his parents, the late John William and Betty Lee Smith Wilt in Mt. Clemons, MI. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Wilt (Vietnam) and James “Shorty” Mathis; two sisters, Debbie Nowlin and Linda Paitsel.

He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1974 and retired in 2006 at which time he moved to Auburntown, TN. During his time in the Air Force, he was on five continents, in twenty-six countries and in 48 states. His awards included: Meritorious Service (2), AF Commendation, Outstanding Unit (3), Overseas, Recruiting, National Defense, AF Longevity, AF Reserve, AF Military Academy, AF Small Arms Expert, AF Training, Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait, and Kuwait Liberation.

He attended a 4-year Education for Ministry (EFM) Class through the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and he also had 3 1/2 years college. Richard was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Cookeville, TN where he served as a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Eucharistic Minister, the Altar Guild, was a Sunday school teacher and the leading Mentor for the EFM class.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Patricia Wilt of Smithville; 2 children, Richard Henry (Melissa) Wilt of Valdosta, GA, Pamela Sue (Jon) Haney of Auburn, AL; 4 grandchildren, Josie and Henry Wilt and Jake and Aubrey Haney; sister, Susan Burner of Phillipi, WV; 2 cousins, Jackson Hays of Auburntown, TN and Terry Wilt of Newburg, WV, and nephew Matthew Paige, Reva, VA.

Funeral services will be held 3 PM Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Cookeville, TN with the Rev. Michael Blaess officiating and military honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation at the Church before the Service at 1:30pm. Visitation will be at DeKalb Funeral Chapel on Monday, February 14, 2022 from 3:00-6:00 pm. Burial with full military honors will be held at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, WV on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 2 PM EST.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Building Fund, in memory of Richard.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Michael Dwight Foutch

February 10, 2022

Michael Dwight Foutch age 49, of Liberty passed away February 8, 2022. He was born May 21, 1972, to his parents, the late Teddy Foutch and Betty Vickers Foutch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Bobbie (William) Chapman. Mr. Foutch was a member of Alexandria First Baptist Church, he was a Tool and Die Maker, and worked at Wal-Mart. He is survived by his wife, Nicola Foutch of Liberty; children, Taylor Lynn Foutch of Liberty, Jesse Dwight Foutch of Liberty, Thomas Michael Foutch of Liberty; aunts, Glynda (Melvin) Barrett of Woodbury, Linda Vickers of Woodbury; several cousins also survive. A Celebration Of Life will be held 2 PM Sunday, February 20, 2022, at Alexandria First Baptist Church with Bro. Billy Friel officiating. Visitation will be Monday February 14, 2022, at 4 PM till 8 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the building. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Paul McKinley Neal

February 10, 2022

Paul McKinley Neal age 82 of Liberty, passed away Tuesday February 8, 2022 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was born October 5, 1939 to his parents, the late Rastis and Tinnie Lee Neal. He worked at Jersey Farm Milk Service for 24 years, also worked at Athalon Sports and TN Wholesale Drugs, he was a former Alderman for Liberty and a member of Salem Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by Sisters: Billie (Houston) Herman, Mary (James) Hale, Myrtle Neal; Sister-in-law: Linda Pursell. Funeral service will be held Friday at 2 PM at Salem Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 4 PM until 8 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Friday from 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM at Salem Baptist Church. Mr. Paul is survived by his wife of 63 years Jean Neal of Liberty; Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law: Dale (Marie) Malone of Mt. Juliet, J.T. (Peggy) Pursell of Liberty, Dale Pursell of Liberty; several nieces and nephews also survive. The Funeral Home lounge is closed at this time and NO FOOD or DRINKS are allowed in the building. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Don Mabe

February 9, 2022

Don Mabe, age 56, of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away following a brief illness, on Monday, February 7, 2022, at Unity Medical Center.

Born in McMinnville, Tennessee, on February 5, 1966, Don devoted his life to being a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He was a twenty year member of Trinity Baptist Church in Manchester, Tennessee and a Member of Christian Motorcyclists Association- Holy Spirit Reigns Chapter of McMinnville, Tennessee. Don loved riding motorcycles and witnessing for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; he never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. In his spare time, he enjoyed raising his chickens and woodworking. Don will surely be missed by his loving family and friends.

Preceding him in death, is his father, William “Dexter” Mabe and one sister, Donna Tedrow.

Survivors include his mother, Lillian “Marie” Mabe; loving wife of thirty-two years, Tara Mabe; one son, Christopher Mabe; one daughter, Christin (Phillip) Brown; one sister, “Debbie” (Ricky) Arnold; and one granddaughter, his pride and joy, Lillian “Lilly” Brown.

Funeral services will be held at Coffee County Funeral Chapel on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 2PM, with Bro. Ricky Arnold officiating. The family will receive visitors from 11AM until time of service.

Interment to immediately follow at Fredonia Cemetery in Manchester, Tennessee.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to assist the family with the arrangements




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