Obituaries

Violet Jo Evans

June 1, 2019

Violet Jo Evans age 84 of Smithville, passed away Thursday May 30, 2019 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born October 25, 1934 to her parents, the late Shelie Charles and Chloe Judkins Webb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jewell Edward Evans; 4 brothers, Junior Webb, Everett Webb, Porter Webb and Smith Webb; 2 sisters, Milus Barrett and Sally McClain. She was a Christian, worked at Genesco, Federal Mogul and on the farm in the fields. She and her late husband were the former owners of Town & Country Video. Above all, she was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She leaves to cherish so many wonderful memories, 2 daughters, Reta (Frankie) Caldwell of Smithville and Shelia (David) Schoenmann of Smithville; 4 grandchildren, Wayne (Mary Ann) Caldwell, Shannon (Mark) Stanick, April (Joel) Armstrong and Misty Dedman (Jose Lomas); great-grandchildren, Courtney and Cody Betsworth, Brettaney and Lane Green, Justin, Jordan and Jayden Stanick, Alexis and Brayde Baker, Brady and Brylee Hunt, Layla Dedman and Monica Lomas; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Colt Rains and Ember Betsworth; 1 sister, Mildred Turner of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Sunday, June 2, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jerry Braswell and Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 2 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Charlotte Thomason Hayes

May 29, 2019

Charlotte Thomason Hayes age 67, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 in Cherokee, AL.  She was a homemaker and affiliated with the Baptist Church.  Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Hattie Thomason; brothers, Paul Thomason and Frank Thomason; sister, Rebecca Gingrich.  She is survived by her husband, Joe Hayes of Cherokee, AL; son, Joel (Kay) Hayes and daughter, C.J. Hayes all of Alabama; grandchildren, Dakota and Levi Hayes and Willow Vance all of Alabama; 2 brothers, Joe (Brenda) Thomason of Liberty and Jessie Thomason of Indiana; 2 sisters, Sue Trusty of Carthage, TN and Peggy (Doyle) Keaton of Liberty; several nieces and nephews also survive.  The family has honored Mrs. Hayes request to be cremated and no services or visitation held.  This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.



Jerry Layne Graham

May 29, 2019

Jerry Layne Graham age 57 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday night, May 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born February 9, 1962 to his parents, Jewell Ferrell Graham Knowles and the late Jerry Wayne Graham. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edward and Fannie Graham; maternal grandparents, Marshall and Josephine Ferrell; aunt, Josephine (Loyd) Hale. He was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church and worked several years with Graham Services. He is survived by mother, Jewell Graham Knowles of McMinnville; brother, Eddie Wayne Graham of McMinnville; uncles and aunts, Carlon (Melba) Graham of Smithville, Billie Graham of Akron, Ohio, Ann (Phillip) Hawkins of Smithville, Mary (Grover) Parker of Woodbury, Margie (Staco) Luna of McMinnville, Levonia (Glenn) Gill of Dibrell; special friend, Crystal Hale of Smithville. Funeral services will be 11:AM Saturday, June 1, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bernard Houk officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 4 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Joe D. Taylor

May 29, 2019

Joe D. Taylor age 88 of Lebanon passed away Tuesday afternoon May 28, 2019 at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro.  He was born August 30, 1930 to his parents, the late John Hershel and Effie Lorene Taylor.  He was a retired  construction worker and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by 2 grandchildren: Joseph Logan Higgins, Kaleb Douglas Woodcock; sister: Irene Malone; Brother: Carlon  Taylor.  Funeral services will be held 2:PM Saturday June 1, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Donald Owens officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the Taylor family will be Friday 4:PM until 8:PM and Saturday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM.  Survivors include his wife Faye Cubbins Taylor of Lebanon; Children: Gene (Glena) Taylor of Broken Arrow, OK, Pam (David) Higgins of Burns, TN, Jennifer Woodcock of Lebanon; 4 Grandchildren: Blaine (Missy) Higgins, Loren (Robert) Donegan, Paige (Barry) Baker, Evan Taylor; 5 Great Grandchildren: Hunter & Noah Donegan, Palmer & Pierson Higgins, Colton Baker; Sister-in-law: Linda Sue (Randy) Tramel of Smithville.  In addition to flowers, donations can be made to Alive Hospice, in memory of Mr. Joe.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Gail Miller

May 28, 2019

Gail Miller, age 69 of Smithville passed from this life on Friday, May 24 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  She was preceded in death by her parents Herb Checchi and Anna Marie “Skippy” Triolo; husband, Tom Miller; stepson, Jeffrey Miller; and sister, Bonnie Caplinger.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, son in law and granddaughter, who were also her caretakers, January, Josh, and Kennedy Agee and her beloved dog, Stella.  She is also survived by sons, Billy and Jess Zaderiko; step-daughter, Jessica Miller; sisters, Evvie Hunter,  Geri Checchi, Carrie Criscitelli; brothers, Mick, Herb, and Dino Checchi. Grandchildren, Joshua Zaderiko, Devin Zaderiko, Zach Odom, James Zaderiko, and Jaxon Zaderiko; three great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  The family has honored Gail’s request to be cremated.  There will be a Memorial Service celebrating Gail’s life, 6 p.m. Saturday June 8, 2019 at Smithville First Assembly of God with Josh Agee officiating.  Visitation with the family will be on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 6 p.m. at the Church.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Gail, to the charity of your choice.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Ina Ruth Bess

May 27, 2019

90 year old Ina Ruth Bess of Smithville passed away Sunday at NHC Smithville. She was a teacher in the DeKalb County School System for 58 years. Ms. Bess was also a BPW member, Sunday School teacher, Tigerette sponsor at DCHS for 39 years, director of many Junior and Senior plays at DCHS, 3 year BETA Club sponsor, and did voluntary service of birthday calls for members of the Smithville First Baptist Church for many years. She was a devout member of the Smithville First Baptist Church for 71 years. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Chad Ramsey and her grandson Scott Bess will officiate. Burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Ms. Bess was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Clara Bell Webb; ex-husband, Paul Bess; granddaughter, Kayla Renee Malone; two sisters, JoEvelyn Underhill and Janelle Lafever; and a brother, Ray Morris Webb. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Tina Bess and Greg and Malissa Bess all of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Scott and Ashley Bess of Biloxi, Mississippi, Kelli Bess of Smithville, and Brandon Schebel of Cookeville. One great grandchild, Bailey Kidd of Murfreesboro. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ms. Bess to the Smithville FBC Youth Group or Haven of Hope.




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