Obituaries

Kenneth Lee “Little Man” Bain, Jr.

December 3, 2020

Kenneth Lee “Little Man” Bain, Jr. age 39 of McMinnville and a native of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was born July 31, 1981 to his parents, Debra Johnson Bain and the late Kenneth Lee Bain. In addition to his dad, he was preceded in death by a sister, Stacey Powell. He was a member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church and had worked at Ferodo and did auto detailing. He is survived by his fiance, Roxanne Landis of McMinnville; 2 sons, Braxton and Gavin Bain both of Smithville; mother, Debra Bain of Smithville; sister, Nelda (Terry) Raibley of Indiana; nieces, Briana (Austin) Ellis and Tanisha Bandy; nephews, Jacob Bandy and Dayne Powell; great-nieces and nephews, Aaron Bandy, Alejandra Gutierrez and Isaiah Gutierrez; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Graveside services and interment will be 11:AM Saturday, December 5, 2020 at DeKalb Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. There will not be any services or visitation held at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery at 11AM for the graveside service. Due to Covid-19, please exercise social distancing at the service for the health and safety of everyone. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Peggy Scott

December 2, 2020

Peggy Scott age 71 of McMinnville passed away Tuesday December 1, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro. She was born June 25, 1949 to her parents, the late Frank & Betty Sue Hale Sullens. She was a retired factory worker having worked several years at Genesco and Federal Mogul and a member at Old Short Mtn. Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by Sister: Jonell Bratcher; Brother: Frank Sullens. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Friday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Chris Anderson and Bill Robertson officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held Thursday 4 PM until 7 PM and Friday 10:AM until time of the funeral at 1 PM. Survivors include: Husband of 48 and a half years Donnie Scott of McMinnville; Son: Brian (Tracey)Scott of McMinnville; Granddaughter: Hattie Scott of McMinnville; Sister: Regina Saddler of Michigan; Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Due to Covid-19 and Social Distancing Guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The funeral home pews are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 people for the service. The funeral home kitchen is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




A.C. Johnson

December 1, 2020

Mr. A.C. Johnson of Smithville, TN passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 at his residence.

He was a former funeral director at Hillcrest Funeral Home and a member of Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church.

Mr. Johnson was born December 8, 1940 to the late John and Nora Fuson Johson. Also preceding him in death was his first wife, Maxine Maynard Johnson; 4 sisters, Lorene Hale, Barbara Keaton, Christine Tramel, and Mary Jane Johnson; 2 brothers, infant Charlie Johnson and Virgil Johnson.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11am from the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Interment will follow at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday from 2-8pm & on Wednesday, from 9am until the service time at 11am. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are also not accepting food in our kitchen facilities.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Judkins Johnson; 2 daughters, Pam Johnson and Angie Johnson Anderson both of Smithville; 1 Sister, Violet Pack of Smithville; Special friend, Joyce Boyd; Special nephew, Jeff and Courtney Maynard of Clarksville; Special great nephew and niece, Logan and Emmy; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriners Children Hospital.




Judy Ann Griffin Merriman

November 29, 2020

Mrs. Judy Ann Merriman of Smithville, TN passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God.

Mrs. Merriman was born in Smithville, Tennessee to her parents, the late Martin Ross and Izena Young Griffin. Also preceding her in death was one brother, James Ross Griffin.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2pm from the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday from 2-6pm & on Wednesday, from 9am until the service time at 2pm. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are also not accepting food in our kitchen facilities.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Merriman of Smithville; 2 Sons, Jake and his wife Joyce Merriman and Steve Merriman all of Smithville; 4 grandchildren, Hailee Merriman, Austin Merriman, AnnaBelle Merriman, and Haverly “Izzy” Merriman all of Smithville; sister-in-law; Sandy Willingham of Smithville; brother-in-law, Mitchell Merriman of Smithville; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




Mary Ann Simms Goodwin (Ann)

November 29, 2020

Mary Ann Simms Goodwin(Ann) passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 25, 2020.  She was born to William James Simms and Zettie Florence Tittsworth Simms on August 8 1932; preceeded in death by husband of 67 years, Joe Goodwin.   Survived by six children – Ronnie (Deborah), Beth (Tom) Newkirk, Bill, Joey (Kathy), Pam (Gary) Green, and Jill (Doug) Omer.  Nine grandchildren,  – Scott (Amanda) Goodwin, Matt Goodwin, Tommy and Michael Newkirk, Grant (Taylor) Goodwin, Katelyn Goodwin, Wesley (Melissa) Young, Olivia and Hope Omer.   Eight great-grandchildren – Cooper and Kiptyn Goodwin, Jordan, Wyatt and Kaitlin Newkirk, Wyatt and Lanie Young, and Charlotte Rose Goodwin.  Sister – Sallye (Jim) Sykes and brother – Fred (Pat) Simms.  Numerous nieces and nephews, and special friend and caregiver, Janet Greer. A private family graveside service was officiated by Brother Terry Little with internment at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.   Love Cantrell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. In memory, donations may be made to: Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund – Johns Hopkins Myositis Center (in support of Inclusion Body Myositis) Lighthouse Christian Camp, American Ex Prisoners of War, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or the charity of your choice.




Charlotte M. Johnson

November 28, 2020

Charlotte M. Johnson age 55 of Smithville, passed away Wednesday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born May 30, 1965. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna Sue and James Bedford Knight; two brothers Joe Glenn Knight and James Phillip Knight; sister- in-law, Ledia Nokes. She is survived by one son, Bobby Johnson of Smithville, TN; sister, Frances (Lee) Watts and 2 brothers, Zolly Knight and Albert Knight; 2 daughters by heart and choice, Sandra Knight and Sue Knight; 1 granddaughter, Maria Johnson and grandchildren by heart and choice, Navaya, Anna, Romeo, Katelyn Knight and Chris Gibbs; 3 great grandchildren by choice; special niece and nephew Misty Blue Willingham and Stevie Watts; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews. She was a great soul that we know is now walking with her mommy, in the glory of heaven. Graveside services and interment will be 1 PM Sunday, November 29, 2020 at DeKalb Cemetery. There will be no visitation or services at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service at 1 PM. We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to Mike at Dekalb Funeral Chapel, and to all of those that donated for her service, she’s gone from this life to live the best. Due to COVID-19, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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