Obituaries

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.




Judy Ann Anderson

January 12, 2020

70 year old Judy Ann Anderson of Smithville passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at NHC of Smithville. She was a factory worker, formerly employed at Tenneco and Smithville Manufacturing. She was a member of the New Home Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation with the Anderson family will be on Wednesday, January 15th, from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 16th, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon from the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Bobby Lee Hale and Bro. Shannon Cantrell will officiate and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery.

Ms. Anderson was preceded in death by her parents, Austin Peay and Mandy Edna Pedigo Vaughn, and one sister, Johnnie Lois Clemmons. She is survived by her son, Eddie and Lisa Anderson of Smithville; grandchildren, Emilee Anderson, Elisha and Donny Orchard and Michael, all of Smithville; sisters, Jackie and Michael Jones, Patricia McCormick, and Peggy and Kenneth Cantrell, all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to flowers, donations may be made in Ms. Anderson’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Georgia Fay Nixon

January 9, 2020

Ms. Georgia Fay Nixon, age 76, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Ms. Nixon was born March 2, 1943, a daughter of the late George C. Nixon and Mary Frances Oakley Nixon. She was a graduate of Liberty High School. She worked at shirt factories for 40 years until her retirement. After retiring, she worked at the Dekalb West Cafeteria for 15 years. She was a longtime member of the Malone’s Chapel Baptist Church. Ms. Fay loved craftwork, flowers and gardening, and cooking for her family and church.

Ms. Nixon is survived by Two Brothers; Roger (Sherry) Nixon of Thompson Station, TN, and Tony (Tina) Nixon of Alexandria, TN. Two Nieces; Shanea (Josh) Cantrell of Smithville, TN, and Katie Nixon of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral Services for Ms. Nixon are scheduled to be conducted at the Avant Funeral Home at 2PM on Friday, January 10, 2020 with Bro. Jason Rich officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the Family will be at the Avant Funeral Home on Thursday from 12PM until 8PM and on Friday from 9AM until service time at 2PM.

The family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to Malone’s Chapel Baptist Church.




Judy Houk Pollard

January 9, 2020

74 year old Judy Houk Pollard passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. View The Baptist Church. Visitation with the family will be at the Love-Cantrell Funeral Home Chapel on Friday from noon until 9:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of the service at 11:00 am.  Mrs. Pollard was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Houk, her parents, James and Elizabeth Miller and a sister, Annell Summers. She is survived by her husband, Robert Pollard of Smithville; one son, Timothy and Cynthia Houk of Smithville; step-sons, Jason Pollard and Jamie Pollard of Smithville; step-daughter, Ronica and Brad Evans of Smithville; grandchildren, April Warren of McMinnville and Joshua and Robin Warren of Smithville, Brady Evans of Pennsylvania and Neely Evans of Smithville; great grandchildren, Michael Warren, Stevie Banfield, Michaela Banfield, Savanna Warren and Owen Warren; brother, Reed Miller of Smithville; nephews, Bradley Miller of Watertown and Brandon and Becky Miller of Smithville; and great nephews, Jordan and Mason Miller of Watertown.




Dorothy Corrine Melton

January 7, 2020

Dorothy Corrine Melton, 83, of Liberty passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020 at St. Thomas DeKalb. She was born in Rutherford Co., to her parents, Delta Gray Jones and Earlie Ester Hale Jones.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stanton & Mary Elizabeth Melton of Cherry Valley, IL.; grandchildren, Teneia (Rodney) Capes, Jordan (Sabrina) Melton, Jonathan (Allison) Melton; great grandchildren, Natalie, Brianna, Noah, Levi and Jay.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Melton was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton White Melton; brothers, James C. Jones, Oren Hale Jones and Howlett Gray Jones.

A member of Mt. Moriah Baptist church, DeKalb Co., Corrine was retired from Colonial Corp. where she was a seamstress. In addition to sewing, she enjoyed Tolle painting and was an excellent cook.

Funeral Services will be 11 am, Tues., Jan. 14, 2020 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Pelham and Bro. Nick Pelham officiating. Interment will follow in Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 4 pm – 8 pm Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 and Tues. until time of service.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for her family, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net




John Henry Thweatt

January 6, 2020

Mr. John Henry Thweatt, age 86 of Smithville passed away Sunday evening, January 5, 2020 at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.

Mr. Thweatt was born July 10, 1933 in Smithville to his parents, the late Clyde & Ruthiene Thweatt. He served his country in the United States Army from 1953-1955. John Henry worked for Tom’s Foods as a deliveryman for many years until 1990 when he was elected to public office. He served DeKalb County as County Clerk from 1990-2002. John Henry was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ. All who knew him affectionately knew John Henry as “The Peanut Man”.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 2pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Dan Gulley will officiate and burial will be at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, January 7th from 10am-8pm and Wednesday, January 8th from 9am until service time at 2pm.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Clyde and Ruthiene McCormick Thweatt; 1 Sister,Thelma Russell; 2 Brothers, Clarence Thweatt and Kenneth Thweatt; 1 Nephew, Phillip Russell.

Survivors include his wife, Dean Thweatt of Smithville; 4 Nephews, Gary Russell of Smithville, Brent (Sandy) Russell of Smithville, Kenneth Russell of Smithville, and Greg Thweatt of California; 2 Nieces, Tammy (Alan) Greer of Franklin and Anita (Jimmy) Puckett of Smithville; 1 Brother, Douglas (Donna) Thweatt of Gallatin; 2 Stepsons, Ronnie Herman and Jayma of Smithville, and Mike (Joanna) Herman of Smyrna. 2 Step grandchildren, several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins also survive.

In addition to flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Smithville Church of Christ Building fund.




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