Obituaries

WJ Page

January 16, 2021

Mr. WJ Page, age 85 of Alexandria, TN passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon, TN.

WJ was born on May 19, 1935 in Watertown, TN to his parents, the late Cecil & Ivy Judkins Page. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Barbara Cantrell Page. 2 Sisters, Wilma Parkerson & Mildred Page. 2 Brothers, Hobert Page & Lionel Page. WJ was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN. He served as a Military Policeman in the Army National Guard. As a young man, WJ attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music where he developed his love for singing gospel music at a young age. Over the next 50 plus years WJ and his family, the Page Family, would sing in churches and gospel singings all over the area. He was a Song Leader, Sunday School Teacher and a Deacon in church over the many years he served the Lord. He was a Supervisor at Work Wear Corp. in Alexandria most of his life and later retired from S&W Manufacturing.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12 Noon from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Glen Denton & Bro. Mike Shelby will officiate with burial to follow at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 2-6pm & on Monday from 10am until the service time at 12 Noon. Due to Covid 19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are not accepting food in our kitchen facilities at this time.

Survivors include his Children, Denise Page, Daryl & Renee Page, & Darrin Page all of Smithville, TN, and Jamie & Melissa Page of Gallatin, TN. Grandchildren, Jared & Jamie Lyn Dawson, Leslie Brook Page, Johnathan Page & Fiance’ Makencie Locke all of Smithville, TN, and Alyssa Page of Gallatin, TN. Great Grandchildren, Madison & Mason Dawson, and Laylani Page. 1 Brother, Robert and Bobbie Page of Mt. Juliet, TN

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




Gene Groves

January 15, 2021

Mr. Gene Groves, age 72 of Smithville, TN passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at St. Thomas Riverpark Hospital in McMinnville, TN.

Gene was born on January 1, 1949 in Smithville, TN to his parents, the late George & Delmer Martin Groves. Also preceding him in death is his wife, Judy Groves. 2 Children, Carl Groves & Tina Serna. Grandson, Damon Groves and a sister, Gracie Killough. He was a Nurseryman and was retired from the Sanitation Dept. of DeKalb County. Mr. Gene was of the Church of Christ faith.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12 Noon at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Robbie Black officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:30am until 11:30am at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home at which time the body will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are not accepting food in our funeral home kitchen at this time.

Survivors include a Daughter, Ola Regina (Sam) Johnson of Morrison, TN. 2 Granddaughters, Harley Richardson of Morrison, TN and Alysia Groves of McMinnville, TN. Grandson, Deven Groves of McMinnville, TN & 5 Great Grandchildren. Brother, Robert Groves of Smithville, TN.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses in memory of Mr. Groves.

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




Sam Odom

January 15, 2021

80 year old Sam Odom of Smithville died Friday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a retired pastor, farmer, mule skinner and former member of the DeKalb County Board of Education. Mr. Odom’s request was to have a private graveside service at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Jack Patterson will officiate. No visitation will be held. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Mildred Mangum Odom, sister, Dorothy Jean Gresham; brother, William Carl Odom; and son-in-law Greg Ray. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Billie Ann Odom. Four children, Marica Odom Sandlin, Shayne and Jamie Odom, and Jonathan and Sonya Odom all of Smithville and Amanda Odom Ray of Clarksville. Nine grandchildren, Ashley Odom Williams, Shandi Sandlin, Josh Odom all of Smithville, Jake Odom of Murfreesboro, Chris Odom of Smithville, Dillion Brown of Nebraska, Grace Odom of Smithville and Nicholas and Allie Ray of Clarksville. Sister, Reba Draiman of Florida. Brother, Phillip Odom of Nashville. Also survived by several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




William Hayden James Pugh

January 15, 2021

We lost our angel William Hayden James Pugh, stillborn January 7, 2021 at Centennial Women’s Hospital in Nashville, TN. Baby William is preceded in death by his grandparents Tommy and Lisa Pugh, his grandpa Aubrey Meece and great-aunt Linda Stienmark. Little William is survived by his twin brother Thomas Hunter Pugh his five brothers and sisters Koby Howard, Ceanna Howard, Alvictor Jr., Mercy Weir and his grandmother Joann Meece as well as lots of loving, and caring cousins. Graveside services will be 1 PM Tuesday January 19, 2021 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. There will not be any visitation or services held at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Donna Kay Knowles

January 14, 2021

Donna Kay Knowles age 70 passed away Tuesday night January 12, 2021 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. She was born November 6, 1950 to her parents, the late Grady Austin and Emmojean Jones Neal. She worked at Walmart for 14 years, owner of Big K’s K9’s and a member of the Smithville Church of God. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Friday January 15, 2021 at the Smithville Church of God with Bros. Chris Moore and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 4 PM until 7 PM and Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. All visitation will be held at the Smithville Church of God. Due to COVID-19 please exercise social distancing. Survivors include her husband of 53 years Donald Knowles of Smithville; Children: Richie (Martha) Knowles, Amanda Knowles both of Smithville; Grandchildren: Gabriel (Kylee) Knowles, Hannah Knowles both of Smithville; 2 Great-Granddaughters: Emberleigh and Emryn; Special Great-Nephew: Joshua Neal; 3 Sisters: Nina Lawrence of Smithville, Betty (Glynn) Byford, Diane (Danny) Evans both of McMinnville; 4 Brothers: David (Gloria) Neal of McMinnville, Kenneth (Jeanette) Neal, Jimmy (Carol) Neal, Danny Neal all of Smithville; Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Ruta Ivy

January 14, 2021

Ruta Ivy went home January 11, 2021. Ruta was born in Riga, Latvia in July, 1941 and immigrated to the U.S. during WWII. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was dedicated to rescuing animals and the Warren County Humane Society. Ms. Ivy was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McMinnville.

She is preceded in death by Christine DeLaCruz – daughter, Jimmy Ivy-husband, Vera Dabolins-mother, Arnold Dabolins-stepfather, Richard Priesburg-father, Natalie Tiltins -aunt and many loving pets

Ms. Ivy is survived by children; Dan(Cris Mangin) DeLaCruz of Smithville, Peter (Liz Boyd) DeLaCruz of Nashville. Sister, Ilze (Mike) Valente of Chicago, IL. Cousin; Valda (Gerry) Gebhart of Chicago, IL. Grandchildren; Sam (Jessieca) Hyneman, Rochelle (Mark) Bailey, Jacob DeLaCruz, Nolan Mangin, Braeden Mangin, Nicole (Kevin) Pedigo, Jesse Adams, Ryan Adams, Candace Smith. Great grandchildren; Noah and James Marone, Adielynn and Maddix Hyneman, Nolan and Madeline Bailey.

Memorial Service to be held at Ruta’s former home Sunday January 17 at 1:30pm, 551 Kirby Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110. This will be mostly outside in a casual setting. Lunch to follow.
Pastor David McMinn officiating .

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local animal shelter.




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