Michael Shane Maples

March 30, 2018

Michael Shane Maples, 41 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his residence.

Born Friday, July 16, 1976 in Frankfurt , Germany, he was the son of Gary Maples and Martha Jane Brock. He retired with 20 years of service in the Army National Guard. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2004 until December 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Lewis Maples of Sparta; sons, Stephen Weston Maples and Daniel Shane Maples of Sparta; daughter, Alexis Grace Kamryn Maples of Sparta; parents, Ron and Jane Bennett of Sparta and Gary and Frances Maples of Spencer; mother-in-law, Nancy Lewis of Smithville; brothers, Chip Bennett (Renee) of Cookeville and Jonathan Bennett (Kristina) of McMinnville; sister, Angie Maples of Spencer; several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tad and Lucille Brock and brother, Gary Stephen Maples Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with Steve Tiebout officiating. Burial will follow in Smith Chapel Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard. The family will welcome friends at 10:00 am until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Rickey Lynn Stanley

March 28, 2018

57 year old Rickey Lynn Stanley of Smithville passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church and member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple, Center Hill Masonic Lodge #77, and the Order of the Eastern Star #374. He was also a former Texas Boot machine operator and farmer. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donald Owens will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. A Masonic Service will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Stanley and Amanda Ruth Ervin, and father-in-law, Garrison Lee Bond. Survivors include his spouse, Kathy Bond Stanley; daughter, Angela and Joe O’Connell; a son, Rickey, Jr. and Jessica Stanley; a sister, Melissa Stanley; brothers, Ronald Stanley, Eddie and Louella Stanley; Randall Stanley; half-brother, Michael and Mandy Stanley; half-sister, Jennifer Pack; step-brother, Wayne and Linda Bush; five grandchildren, Reann, Faithann and Jolynn O’Connell and Chelsie and Lily Stanley; mother-in-law, Grady Bond Gribble; sisters-in-law, Grady and John Hernandez of California and Linda and Richard Gonzalez of Texas; brothers-in-law, Joe and Bea Bond of Missouri; Danny Bond and Susan Johnson of Smithville and Johnny and Shannon Bond of Utah. Several nieces and nephews survive. Close personal friends, Benny Dawes, Debra Crawford, Carol Underhill, Johnny Paul, Claudine Crawford, Paulette and Bobby Robinson, Edsel and Edward Frazier, Beverly Knauer, and the Dry Creek Baptist Church family. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Al Menah Shrine Temple.

Brien A. Ellis

March 27, 2018

82 year old Brien A. Ellis of Smithville, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away at St Thomas DeKalb Hospital after a brief illness on March 26, 2018. Brien was born in England on June 4, 1935 and was raised in Wales until the age of 14 when he entered the British Royal Navy. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in England at what was known then as Nuturn (Federal Mogul). He was transferred to Nuturn in Smithville in 1979 where he met his loving wife of 34 years, Joyce May Ellis. He was also a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dr. John Carpenter will officiate and burial will be in the Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Teresa Hogdin Ellis; a daughter, Susan Ellis and Granddaughter named after him, Alexandra Sierra Norton. In addition to his wife of 34 years, Ellis is survived by four children, Christine, Jackie, Richard, and Tony Ellis and their families all of England. Three brothers, Kevin, Terry, and Gerad and one sister, Maureen all of England; three step-children, Greg Dugdale, Laura Dugdale of DeKalb County and Rosalin and Antonio Rangel of McMinnville. Thirteen grandchildren with four living close, Gregory Norton, Winston Dugdale, Olivia Dugdale, and Emma Grace Rangel. He is also survived by several great grandchildren of England. He is survived by many special friends, including Angela Wilsdorf, Alan Norton, and Gary and Kim Johnson. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Burton-Ponder Cemetery Fund.

Dwight Edward Luna

March 23, 2018

Mr. Dwight Edward Luna, 68 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his residence.

Born Sunday, August 28, 1949 in Smithville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Reefus and Ressie Luna. Mr. Dwight loved hunting and model cars.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Luna of Smithville; son, Brian Luna of Smithville; daughter, Heather Guy (Randy) of Sparta; brother, Larry Luna (Angela) of Smithville; sister, Bonnie Chacon (Marco) of Smithville; step-daughter, Ayde Ray; 2 grandchildren, Sierra Hendrien and Dakota Hendrien, and many friends and neighbors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dwight Edward Luna.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Johnson Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with John Cunningham officiating.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Virginia Lenora Hibdon Miller

March 21, 2018

99 year old Virginia Lenora Hibdon Miller of Smithville passed away Saturday at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She was a grocery store clerk and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. The family will officiate. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home however the graveside service is open to the public. Also a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Mother Miller was a very private person who loved her family dearly. She will be missed by all those who loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ada Hibdon; husband, Orval Miller; son-in-law, James Reed Knowles; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Alan Hooper. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Emogene and Brisco Robnson; a granddaughter, Donna and husband Charles Hicks; a grandson, Randy and his wife Dianne Knowles; great grandchildren, Donna and husband Danny Gann, Chris and his wife Cindy Hicks, Jason Knowles, Ryan Knowles, and Tiffany and her husband Justin Adams; great great grandchildren, Logan Gann, Lauren Gann, Emily Adams, and Avery Adams; special nieces and nephews, Diane and Deloy Kirby, Renee and Brad Hennessee, and Chad and Shelia Kirby and families. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Alive Hospice.

Betty F. Neal

March 19, 2018

96 year old Betty F. Neal of Alexandria died Sunday at NHC in Smithville. A graveside service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jonny and Blondell Neal; a sister, Annine John Keaton; nephews, Edward Neal Vanderpool, Hugh Gordon Keaton, and Brian Keaton; and three brothers-in-law, Steve Vanderpool, O.D. Keaton, and Taylor Payne, Jr. Survivors include two sisters, Evelyn Vanderpool of Murfreesboro and Roberta Jo Payne of Hermitage. Three nephews, Ken and Sandra Vanderpool, Ronnie and Jackie Payne, and David and Jill Keaton. Three nieces, Beverly and Danny Wayne Owens, Mitzi Payne, and Loretta Walker. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

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