Obituaries

Sherry Gayle Chumbley Bush

July 6, 2022

Sherry Gayle Chumbley Bush passed away on July 4, 2022 at age 85. She is preceeded in death by her parents Lucile Nixon Chumbley and John Herman Chumbley. Surviving family members include three sons: William Earl Bush, III, John Chumbley Bush, and Thomas Nixon Bush, seven grandchildren: William Earl Bush, IV, Eric Tye Bush, Evan Kyle Bush, Haley Brooke Bush, Allison Breanna Bush, Whiley Ray Bush, Elija Nixon Bush and one great granddaughter: Raleigh Bryne Bush.

Ms. Bush was born in Springfield, Tennessee on July 12, 1936. Her parents were highly respected and prominent educators in the DeKalb County school system, and she followed in their footsteps. Following high school graduation in 1954, Ms. Bush attended Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville for a year. She then transferred to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and earned a bachelor’s degree in education. After college, Ms. Bush married and became a a military spouse. During the 1960’s and early 1970’s, she lived and worked in several different areas of the United States and also in Germany. In 1974, she returned to middle Tennessee and worked for over thirty years in the DeKalb County School system, retiring in May of 2008 after a long tenure with DeKalb County Middle School. From 1998-2006, Ms. Bush also served as the Music Director at the First United Methodist Church in Smithville where she was a life long member. One of her favorite quotes came from John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you, in all the ways you can, in all places you can, at all times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Known for her exceptional warmth and kindness, Ms. Bush was loved and well respected in the community, and she will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home on Thursday July 7th from 2 p.m.-7p.m.A funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Smithville on Friday July 8th at 11:00 a.m., with music beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The family has requested that donations please be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp in memory of Mrs. Bush.




Tavous “Boppa” Junior Martin

July 4, 2022

Tavous “Boppa” Junior Martin age 71 of Smithville, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday morning, July 3, 2022 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.  He was born July 23, 1950 to his parents, the late Paul and Lassie Linder Martin.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 children , Tamyra Taylor and Dennis Braun; 1 brother, Jimmy Martin and 2 sisters, Paulette Winchester and Betty Cantrell.  Boppa was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church and served and worshipped in several other churches through the years.  He was a man that loved the Lord and worshipped with everything in him.  He retired from Tenneco and had worked at Texas Boot and Genesco earlier.  Boppa was a man that loved people.  He enjoyed sports and his Kentucky Wildcats.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Shirley Martin of Smithville; daughter, Susan (Chuck) Gulick of McMinnville; grandchildren, Shana (Will) Key of Smithville, LaTroya (Phil) Key of Monterey, Sydney (Kevin) Alambatin of McMinnville, Tracy (Stacey) Rollings and Jessica (Travis) Gregg both of Indiana; great-grandchildren, Tavia, Liam, Greyson, Kyleigh, Holden, Leilani, Kainoa, Hailee, Warren, Jaycee, Joslyn, Ryder, Ty, Liza and baby girl Key; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Braun of Indiana; brother, Jerry (Carlene) Martin of Smithville; sister, Dorothy George of Smithville; several nieces, nephews, special loved ones and friends also survive.  Funeral Worship Service will be 3:PM Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Andy Patterson and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday 1:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM.  In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be to the charity or local church of your choice, in memory of Tavous.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Jeffery Lee Gotch

July 3, 2022

Jeffery Lee Gotch age 64, of Smithville, passed away Thursday June 30, 2022, at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was born January 17, 1958, to his parents the late Frank and Frances Rhoten Gotch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Karen Guthrie and Susie; brothers, Allen Gotch and Tommy Winders. He worked in Auto Detailing. Mr. Gotch is survived by his wife Michele Gotch of Smithville; children, Lindsay Pelham of Mt. Prospect, IL, Emily Avina of Mt. Prospect, IL, Paul Graham of Lebanon, Megan Tice of Lebanon and Will Clegg of Smithville; special buddy Dino; grandchildren, Abby Avina, Leo Avina, Lily Pelham, Antonio Zavala; sisters Sally Maloney of MI, and Judy Hope of IN.; Funeral services will be held 1PM Tuesday July 5, 2022, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 11:00AM until the time of the service at 1:00PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Carl August Howard

July 1, 2022

Carl August Howard age 79, passed away June 23, 2022 at his residence in Smithville. He was formerly of Maryland. He was born October 9, 1942, to his parents the late, Carl Saltan and Mary Bocklage Howard. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Howard. Mr. Howard was a member of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked as a machinist for Black-n-Decker: A A I: I C A: and E V I. He is survived by his wife, Janet Howard of Smithville; children, Carl A. (Lara) Howard, II of Kentucky, and West (Carolyn) Howard of Gallatin; grandchildren, Nathan Howard, Anna Howard, Bryce Howard, Courtney (Danny) Rodriguez, Koryn Howard, and Kendall Howard; great-grandchild, Asher Jones; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were held Tuesday June 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with family officiating and burial was in DeKalb Cemetry. Visitation was Tuesday June 28, 12:00 Noon until the time of the service at 1:00PM. Pallbearers was Danny Rodriguez, Courtney Rodriguez, Nathan Howard, Bryce Howard, Carl Howard, II, and West Howard. DeKalb Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
age 79, passed away June 23, 2022 at his residence in Smithville. He was formerly of Maryland. He was born October 9, 1942, to his parents the late, Carl Saltan and Mary Bocklage Howard. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Howard. Mr. Howard was a member of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked as a machinist for Black-n-Decker: A A I: I C A: and E V I. He is survived by his wife, Janet Howard of Smithville; children, Carl A. (Lara) Howard, II of Kentucky, and West (Carolyn) Howard of Gallatin; grandchildren, Nathan Howard, Anna Howard, Bryce Howard, Courtney (Danny) Rodriguez, Koryn Howard, and Kendall Howard; great-grandchild, Asher Jones; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were held Tuesday June 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with family officiating and burial was in DeKalb Cemetry. Visitation was Tuesday June 28, 12:00 Noon until the time of the service at 1:00PM. Pallbearers was Danny Rodriguez, Courtney Rodriguez, Nathan Howard, Bryce Howard, Carl Howard, II, and West Howard. DeKalb Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.




Donnie “Brother Burr” Agee

June 28, 2022

Donnie “Brother Burr” Agee age 80 of Silver Point passed away Sunday morning June 26, 2022 at his residence. He was born June 8, 1942 to his parents, the late Earl & Betty Jane Starnes Agee. He was a crane operator, served 4 years in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Paul Revere, an Evangelist and a member of the Wolf Creek Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife: Clara Mae Wilson Agee; Brother: Ralph Lee Agee. Funeral services will be held 2:PM Wednesday June 29, 2022 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Herb Leftwich officiating and burial to follow in the Mt. Holly Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. Survivors include his daughter: Cindy (Jerry) Sparks of Silver Point; Sister: Susie (Forrest) Hicks of Monticello, Ky.; Several nieces and nephews; Very special friend: Sheral St. John; Special cousins: Peggy Wilson and Woody Steinheart also survive. In addition to flowers, family asks that donations be made to the Wolf Creek Baptist Church in memory of Bro. Agee. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Fannie Athelene Page

June 23, 2022

Fannie Athelene Page age 84 of Smithville, TN passed away Thursday night, June 23, 2022 at the Webb House Retirement Home in Smithville, TN.

Ms. Athelene was born on August 20, 1937 in Smithville, TN to her parents, the late Roy & Allie Mai Taylor Fuson. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Hobert Page and 2 brothers, Willie Lee Fuson & Roy Fuson, Jr. She was a Homemaker and was a member of the Malones Chapel Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. James Gibbs will officiate and burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, from 2pm – 8pm & on Sunday, from 11am until the service time at 2pm.

Survivors include 2 Sons, Dwayne (Deanna) Page & Stevie Page all of Smithville, TN. 2 Step Grandchildren & 5 Step Great Grandchildren. 4 Sisters, Bobbie Page of Mt. Juliet, TN, Barbara Malone of Alexandria, TN, Gladys Cantrell of Smithville, TN & Violet Starnes of Smithville, TN. 1 Brother, Eddie (Judy) Fuson of Smithville, TN. Two sisters-in-law, Doris Fuson  and Geraldean Fuson of Smithville, TN. Special Caregiver, Mrs. Betty Davis. The family would also like to give a special thanks to the staff of the Webb House & Avalon Hospice.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




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