May 3, 2018
76 year old Peter Heelam of Smithville passed away Sunday at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. He was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and a retired Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer III. A memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. Dan Gulley will officiate. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eleanor Wilson Heelam and step-daughter Christina Carol Adams. Survivors include his wife Gail Heelam of Smithville, formerly of Nashville. Daughters, Kim Heelam Cook and David of Brentwood, Angela Heelam Keller and Michael of Pennsylvania, and step-daughter Michelle Fiori of New Jersey. Grandchildren, Shaun and Michael Cook of Brentwood, Alaina McCormick and Jamie Clark and step-grandchildren Trent and Kendra Fiori of New Jersey. Six great grandchildren also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Frank Tramel (Junior) Bryant
April 29, 2018
89 year old Frank Tramel (Junior) Bryant passed away Saturday at NHC in Smithville. He was a retired assembly worker at Genesco in Nashville and a farmer. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was affiliated with the Short Mountain Church of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Thomas and Dora Beatrice Tramel Bryant, and one sister, Billie O’Fallon Byford. Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maggie Lorane Morrison Bryant; one sister, Mary Knowles; special nieces and caregivers, Linda Crook and Eden Nokes; special nephew and caregiver, James Crook; Several nieces and nephews also survive. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. In addition to flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Bryant’s memory to the Short Mountain Church of God.
John Robert Nixon
April 27, 2018
Mr. John Robert Nixon age 87 of Smithville passed away Thursday afternoon at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. John was born November 18, 1930 to his parents, the late Floyd Vaskel and Clara Mai Christian Nixon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Nixon. He was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church, U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict, a Mason and member of Liberty Lodge #77, was a partner of Amonett -Nixon Chevrolet for 30 years, DeKalb County Clerk and Master for 16 years, Farmer and served as Chairman of the Smithville Electric Board from 1969 to 2017 and continued serving as a board member until the time of his death. Survivors include his 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen (Harrell) Tolbert and Sandra (J.C.) Wall both of Smithville; 1 granddaughter, Tara Tolbert and Fiancé, Steve Crook; 1 sister, Faye Reeder of Smithville; 1 sister-in-law, Geneva Judkins of Smithville; nephews, Joey Reeder, Larry and Dwayne Webb, Ritch and Mark Judkins; nieces, Ivadell Randolph and Kim Bianchini; special great-niece, Danielle (Mark) Collins. Public Graveside services and interment will be 1:00 Saturday, April 28, 2018 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Friday 3 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM until 12:30 PM at which time he will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Shirley A. Gibbs
April 27, 2018
Shirley A. Gibbs age 69 of Dowelltown passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She is the wife of Billy Gibbs of Dowelltown. The funeral arrangements for Shirley are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.
Ruth Ann Holmes
April 26, 2018
89 year old Ruth Ann Holmes of Smithville passed away Wednesday at the Webb House. She was a US Navy veteran and a homemaker. The funeral will be at the Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The date and time have not yet been announced. Burial will be in the Onslow Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester G. Holmes Sr.. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia and William Russell of Smithville. A son, Chester Holmes, Jr. of North Carolina. A sister, Joan Schaub of Ohio. Four grandchildren, Ashley and Nathan Pettit of Smithville, Robert Russell of Shelbyville, William and Allison Russell, II of Georgia, and Jonathan and Brittany Russell of Georgia. Twelve great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Special thanks to everyone and the Webb House. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to a local food pantry of your choice.
April 26, 2018
Ms. Teresa Dedmon, age 54, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
Teresa was born August 3, 1963, in Dekalb County, TN, daughter of Tommie Webster Dedmon and the late Buford C. Dedmon. She was also preceded in death by Brother; Buford Earl Dedmon. Teresa worked as an In-Home Caregiver. She also worked as a waitress and managed the Snow White Restaurant in Watertown, TN, for a number of years. Teresa was a loving daughter, taking exceptional care of her mother.
Ms. Dedmon is survived by Mother; Tommie Webster Dedmon of Alexandria, TN. Nieces; April (Joel) Armstrong of Hickman, TN, and Misty Dedmon of Smithville, TN. Four Great-Nieces; Brettany Hunt, Brylee Hunt, Layla Dedmon, and Monica Lomas. One Great-Nephew; Brady Hunt.
Funeral Services for Ms. Dedmon are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 3PM with Bro. Jason Rich officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.
Visitation with the Dedmon Family will be held at Avant Funeral Home on Friday from 3PM until 7PM and again on Saturday after 1PM until service time at 3PM.
In lieu of flowers, the Dedmon family requests memorials be made to assist with funeral expenses.
Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.
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