November 22, 2018
70-year-old Robert “Mike” Rhoten of Baxter passed away Wednesday November 21, 2018 in Murfreesboro at the St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was a retired C.P.A. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with internment to follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Friday from 4pm until 8pm and on Saturday from 10am until the service time at 11am.
Mr. Rhoten was preceded in death by his parents, John William and Glenna Mildred Cooper Rhoten; a Brother-in-law, Grady Waggoner; and his grandmother Roxie Cooper. Survivors include his loving wife of more than 50 years-Sharrion Rhoten of Baxter; 2 Daughters-Amanda and her husband Eric Parks of Murfreesboro, and Lori Rhoten of North Carolina; 1 Sister-Wanda Rhoten of Cookeville; 1 Granddaughter-Evelyn Rose Parks of Murfreesboro; Special Niece-Teresa Wright of Smithville; 3 Sisters-in-law-Oneda Waggoner of Smithville, Donna and her husband Jerry Moore of Baxter, and Minnie Shczech of TX. Several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and friends also survive.
The family kindly asks that there be no floral donations sent to the funeral home but if you would like to make a memorial donation to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Mr. Rhoten’s memory, it would be greatly appreciated.
Edward Lee Judkins, Sr.
November 21, 2018
Edward Lee Judkins, Sr. age 55 of McMinnville, passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 20, 2018 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born November 23, 1962 to his parents, the late John and Violet Judkins. He was a Baptist and worked topping trees. He is survived by 4 children, Edward “Eddie” Judkins, Jr. of Smithville, Amanda Judkins of Smithville, Lydia Judkins of Lafayette and Isaiah Judkins of Murfreesboro; step-son, Robert Davidson of Smithville; 8 grandchildren, Megan Judkins, Jacob McCown, Madison Carroll, Priscilla Carter, Stella Judkins, Brennan Atnip, Jase Atnip and Anniston Davidson; brother, John “JJ” Judkins of Smithville; sister, Elsie Judkins of Smithville; companion, Candida Davidson of McMinnville. Graveside Services and interment will be 11:AM Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Jaco-Judkins Cemetery. There will be no visitation or services at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary LeAnn Vandergriff
November 21, 2018
60-year-old Mary LeAnn Vandergriff of Liberty passed away Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker/artist and a member of Salem Baptist Church. A memorial service will be Saturday at 5p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Thurman Seber will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday at 12 noon until the service at Salem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Griffith and Sally Jim Corley Griffith; a brother, Wayne Griffith; her partner, later in life, Steve Braswell; and a nephew, Brent Griffith. Vandergriff is survived by her ex-husband and father of her children, Douglas Vandergriff, daughters, Kristin (Jeremy) Hutchings of Sparta and Brittany Vandergriff of Smithville. Grandchildren, Breydan Hutchings, Braxton Hutchings, and Brylan Hutchings. A brother, Kenward (Jeanie) Griffith of Liberty. Considered as step-children, Quastaia Braswell and Aaron Braswell. Nieces and nephews, Holly (Johnny) McCrary, Jonathan (Carrie) Griffith, Laura (Phil) Metcalf and Cherri Griffith. Several great nieces and nephews survive. The family has decided on cremation, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to help cover funeral expenses. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.
Barbara Lee Askew
November 20, 2018
67 year old Barbara Lee Askew of Brush Creek died Monday at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon. She was a member of the New Middleton Baptist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. B.J. Thomason will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service. Survivors include two sons, Brad and Judy Askew of Watertown and Brian Askew of Murfreesboro. Grandchild, Madison Askew of Brush Creek and a brother, Wayne Fleming of Brush Creek. She was preceded in death by her parents, Estel Fleming and Rachel Hawkins, and her husband, Walter Askew.
George Hunt Oliver
November 20, 2018
George Hunt Oliver, age 75, husband of Rebecca Lee Oliver for 49 years, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at his home in Smithville, TN. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, sons, Colonel Christopher (Stephanie) Oliver and Lieutenant Colonel William (Christina) Oliver currently serving in the USMC and twin daughters Allison (Michael) Safford of Smithville, TN. and Kathryn (Victor) Andrade of Anderson, South Carolina. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Makena McPherson of Texas, Piper, Houston, and Tate Oliver of Okinawa Japan and Christina Howard of Smithville.
George the youngest son of the late Weldon C. and Frances Hunt Oliver of Humbolt, TN. was preceded in death by his parents and brother Weldon Jr. He was born in Jackson, TN and raised in Humbolt, TN. George graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1965 and received a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
George was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1966 and rose to the rank of Colonel before his retirement in 1993 at Rarnstein AB Germany. He dedicated 26 years to military service in Aircraft Maintenance at various assignments throughout the world including tours in Spain, Germany, Italy and others. His Air Force jobs took him to almost every corner of Europe from Norway to Libya and Turkey. Following his retirement, he worked as a project manager for Lockheed-Martin in Texas and New Mexico. He was a true American patriot having proudly served a tour in Vietnam in 1971. His experiences helped shape him into the person everyone came to know and love. He even had an advice column in the family newsletter called “Curmudgeon’s Corner.”
George was a lifelong Tennessee Volunteers fan who loved his team win or lose. He liked to say he bled orange and Rocky Top was his favorite song. He passed down a love for his favorite music, the oldies from the 60’s and 70’s and accumulated a vast collection of vinyl records over the years. His favorite outdoor sports were fishing on local lakes, golf, and photography. He may have been best known for his fondness of flea marketing where he never passed on a sale.
Of all the things George ever did, being proud of his family and helping other people was his passion. After he retired from the Air Force he wanted to “come home” to his Tennessee. In the community he gave his time to God’s Food Pantry, Senior Citizens, Boy Scouts of America, Haiti Mission, Air Force Association, and served various positions within the Rotary Chapter in Smithville.
George loved his family and they loved him. He was well known and respected around the community and his humor and presence will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: God’s Food Pantry PO Box 807 Smithville, TN 37166 or for the new soccer field for DeKalb County High School/Middle School, Soccer Booster Cub Attn: Jane Brown PO Box 670 Smithville TN 37166.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 at the First United Methodist Church in Smithville, TN. The memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Smithville, TN on November 29 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside service for family and friends will be held in Medina, TN at the Mt. Zion Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 30.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Michael Wayne Hall
November 20, 2018
Michael Wayne Hall age 58 of Lancaster, passed away Monday morning, November 19, 2018 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born January 12, 1960 to his parents, the late Robert Rex and Virginia Ruth Pinegar Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 siblings, Barbara Ruth Hall and Robert Dwayne Hall. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the Wheelcats and On Target 4 Vets. He was disabled and previously worked as a iron worker. He is survived by his wife, Deanne Hall of Lancaster; 6 siblings, Linda Fay Brown of Smyrna, Delores Jean (Paul) Hobbs of McMinnville, Charles Alvin (Charlene) Hall of Clarksville, Myron Douglas Hall of Cleveland, Susan Marie Hall of Smyrna and Kathleen Elaine (David) Gartung of Smyrna; several nieces and nephews. The family has honored Michael’s request to be cremated and a Private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements
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