Obituaries

Ricky Wayne Hayes

August 18, 2021

Ricky Wayne Hayes age 67, of Smithville, passed away Monday night August 16, 2021 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born November 29, 1953 to his parents, James Hayes and the late Mary Hayes. Ricky was a member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church and retired after 37 years from Timers, after retiring he worked for Averitt for a few years. He is survived by his father, James Hayes of Smithville; sister, Vicky (Joe) Bogle of Smithville; nephew, Tony (Amanda) Trapp of Smithville; niece, Michelle (Paul) Cantrell of Smithville; special great nieces and nephews, Brittany Wilkerson, Gage Trapp, Kylee Cantrell, Holden Trapp, Bryson Trapp; several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Friday August 20, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Mahan officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday 4 PM till 7 PM and on Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Haley Jewel House

August 16, 2021

Haley Jewel House age 86, passed away Monday August 16, 2021 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Born April 1, 1930 into the family of Condell and Lillian Close House. She was the eighth child of thirteen children. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brother, Fred Dawson House that was killed in action in World War II, 2 other brothers, James Earl as a baby and 1 stillborn, Robert Lee House; sisters, Minnie Frances Miller, Drucy Mai Midgett, Martha Lee Lamberson, Evelyn Nokes and Ova Lorene Campbell. She was a member of Dale Ridge Baptist Church and worked at the Rubber Plant in Lebanon where she retired from in the mid 90’s. She was never married. She is survived by 1 sister, Mary Louise House, a special needs sister that Ms. House cared for the last 40 years; brothers, Billy Freeman (Susan) House of Dowelltown, Leland Carter (Sue) House of Alexandria, and Douglas Patton (Dinah) House of Liberty; several nieces and nephews also survive. A Public Graveside service will be held 2 PM Tuesday August 17, 2021 at Gordonsville Cemetery with Bro. Donald Owens officiating. There will not be any visitation or services at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




John Henry Parker

August 16, 2021

John Henry Parker age 80 of Watertown, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. Born Sept. 9, 1940 in Dekalb County, he was the son of the late Shelia Henry Parker and Vernie Lou Hale Parker and was preceded in death by his brothers, Jackie and James Parker and sisters, Billie Grizzle and Jean Richardson. John was 36 year retiree of TRW Ross Gear. He is survived by his wife, Edna Ruth Murphy of Watertown; daughter Christi Vastola and her husband, Mark of Lebanon; grandsons, Conner and Logan Vastola; sisters, Jessie Mai Ferrell, Elizabeth Burnett and Joyce Sparkman; nieces and nephews. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 at the Hale Cemetery on Pea Ridge Rd. in Dekalb County. Bro. Glenn Denton will officiate. Hunter Funeral Home Watertown, TN 615-237-9318




Valletta Arlene Reed

August 16, 2021

Valletta Arlene Reed age 92, of Smithville passed away Sunday August 15, 2021 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born September 28, 1928 to her parents, the late Arnold and Jessie Reichardt Keene. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lora Henshaw and Dorris Avona. Ms. Reed was a member of the Smithville Assembly of God and worked as a Caregiver at the Nursing Home. She is survived by 9 children, Teresa Mustain of Missouri, Terry Lee Reed of Pahokee, FL, Larry Reed and Darrell Reed both of Okachobee, FL, Anna Reed of Canal Point, FL, Terrell Lynn Reed of Kentucky, Elizabeth Hillis of Hillsboro,TN, Vickie Dyal of Smithville, and Junior Reed of Michigan; 27 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday August 18, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Burnes Lyons and Bro. Tony Roberts officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 2:00PM. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




William Childers

August 16, 2021

Mr. William Childers age 87 of the Belk Community of Smithville, TN passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon, TN.

Mr. Childers was born on January 5, 1934 in Franklin County, KY to his parents, the late Acy & Vessie Beaty Childers. Also preceding him in death is his Wife, Lorena Wright Childers. 9 Brothers & Sisters. Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law, Buel & Evelyn Wright. Mr. Childers was retired from Magnatech & was a Farmer. He was of the Freewill Baptist faith and a member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church in Alabama. Mr. Childers served his country in the United States Army.

Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 1pm at New Union Cemetery. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home. Family and friends will gather at the cemetery just prior to the 1pm Graveside Service.

Survivors include a Son, Shane (Cindy) Childers. 2 Grandsons, Joshua Childers & Ryan Childers. Great Grandson, Travis Childers. 3 Brothers-in-law, Mark (Hilda) Wright, Bobby (Marie) Wright & Joe (Patricia) Wright. Host of Nieces & Nephews also survive.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Outreach Baptist Church or to the Coordinated School Health Backpack Program in memory of Mr. Childers.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




Lash R. Rice

August 15, 2021

Mr. Lash R. Rice, age 71 of Smithville, TN passed away Saturday morning, August 14, 2021 at his home.

Mr. Lash was born on October 22, 1949 in Barbourville, KY to his parents, the late William & Greenie Smith Rice. He was retired from Smithville Food Center & had been a minister since 1983 having pastored the Keltonburg Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 4pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Tom Hafstad & Bro. David Dodd will officiate with burial to follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 1pm until the service time at 4pm.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Kathy Hafstad Rice. 2 Sons, Scott (Alice) Rice & Jason (Alisa) Rice, all of Smithville, TN. 5 Grandchildren, Megan & Joshua Rice, Jordan Zurcher, Ivy & Kelsa Rice all of Smithville, TN. 2 Great Grandchildren, Brandon & Eva June Buchanan of Beth Page, TN. Special friends for over 50 years, Tom & Claudia Hafstad of Smithville, TN. Several Cousins also survive.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a church or charity of your choice in memory of Mr. Lash.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




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