Obituaries

Ruth Dean Thweatt

September 16, 2021

Ruth Dean Thweatt, age 85, passed away September 15, 2021 at her residence in Smithville. She was born October 8, 1935 to her parents the late Valter and Emma Adamson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Thweatt; brother, Ronald Adamson; and daughter-in-law, Marsha Herman.

Ms. Thweatt attended the Smithville Church of Christ. She was a graduate from Watertown High School. Ms. Thweatt was a retired school teacher, having taught over twenty years at Smithville Elementary School. She was a member of the Smithville Senior Citizens and DeKalb County Retired Teachers. Ms. Thweatt loved her family, friends, and the Atlanta Braves.

Ms. Thweatt is survived by two sons, Ronnie Herman (Jayma Holcomb), Mike (Joanna) Herman, two grandchildren Jacob Herman (Ali Spika) and Katie (Jon) Slager, one great-grandchild, Livy Slager.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home. There will be a graveside service on Sat. at 10:00 am at DeKalb Cemetery.

The family has requested that no flowers be sent and donations can be made to DeKalb Animal Coalition or Lighthouse Christian Camp in memory of Mrs. Thweatt.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Kimberly Hale

September 14, 2021

Kimberly Hale age 41 of Alexandria, Tennessee went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Kim was born in Lubbock Texas on March 24, 1980 to the late, Wayne and Judy Wright. Kim was a beautiful wife, sister and friend to all that knew her. Kim will always be remembered for her love of life, laughter and sense of humor. Kim was member of Light of The World Church in Carthage. Kim is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Nathan Hale of Alexandria, Tennessee; father, Raymond Apple of Lubbock TX; father-in-law, Robert Carlon (Jean) Hale of Alexandria, TN; mother-in-law, Pam (William “Buster”) Pleasant of Rock Island; daughter, Ashleigh Pecina of Corpus Christi, TX; sisters Beth Salas of Bastrop, TX, Teresa Owings of Lubbock TX, Tracey Wright of Corpus Christi, TX, Susan Nobles of Snyder, TX and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends that were also family. Funeral services will be 2:PM Friday, September 17, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Billy Smith and Michael Christian officiating and burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in memory of Kim. 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 the arrangements.




Sammy Gene Taylor

September 14, 2021

Sammy Gene Taylor age 60 of Dowelltown, passed away Monday September 13, 2021 at his residence. He was born October 23, 1960to his parents, the late Herman and Kathleen Steele Taylor. He was an electrician, plumber, carpenter and mechanic. Sammy is survived by 1 son, Matthew Taylor of Dowelltown; half-brothers, Tommy Garrison of Dowelltown, Ricky Parks of Michigan and Dallas Ray of Kentucky; 1 half-sister, Annette Parks of Michigan. The family has chosen a direct cremation and a graveside memorial service will be held 2 PM Thursday, October 7, 2021 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in memory of Sammy. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Timothy Martin

September 13, 2021

Timothy Martin age 62, of Smithville passed away Friday night, September 10, 2021 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He was born February 10, 1959 to his parents the late Jimmy McDonald and Ruby Doris Carter Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandchild: Aiden Fults; nephew: Shannon Hobbs. Mr. Martin was a Baptist and worked at Federal Mogul for about 18 years. He is survived by his wife, Faye Martin of Smithville; children: Jimmy (Nikki) Martin, Jennifer (Nelson) Davis, Chris Martin, Cassondra (Donnie) Allen, Terry (Amanda) Emberton, Steven (Sara) Emberton all of Smithville, and Lynn Miller of Watertown; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive; brother: Greg Martin of Smithville; sister: Penny Martin of Smithville. Funeral services will be held 3 PM Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Billy Martin officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday 3 PM till 7 PM and on Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3 PM. Due to COVID the funeral home lounge is closed and NO food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Donna Sue Braswell Lawson

September 10, 2021

Donna Sue Braswell Lawson age 77, passed away Friday morning September 10, 2021 at her home in Dowelltown. She was born October 19, 1943 to her parents, the late Johnny Austin and Maggie Braswell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sisters, Faye Smith and Sandra Houk. Mrs. Lawson was a member of the Pentecostal Church and worked at DeKalb County Bank for 22 years and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Tony Lawson of Dowelltown; daughter, Teresa (Brad) Murphy of Sparta; grandchildren, Logan (Angela) Murphy of Smithville, Tanya Murphy of Sparta, Elijah (Reba) Murphy of Sparta, Zachariah (Lindsey) Murphy of Sparta, Andrew (Brianna) Murphy of Sparta; great-grandchildren, Emma and Lena Murphy of Smithville and Eli Houchin of Sparta; brother, James (Ruth) Pirtle of Smithville; father and mother-in-law, Toy and Faye Lawson of Liberty; nephews, Anthony Adcock and Danny (Melissa) Pirtle; niece, Judy Pirtle Hale; brother-in-law, Gary Lawson; sisters-in-law, Wanda Duggin, Patsy Whitaker and Rachel (Phillip) Bandy; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Sunday September, 12, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Zachariah Murphy and Bro. Toy Lawson officiating and burial to follow in Keith Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 4:00PM till 7:00PM and Sunday 10:00AM until the time of the service at 3:00PM. Due to COVID 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 “Bill” Jones

September 10, 2021

Mr. William “Bill” Jones, age 54 of Smithville, TN passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Ascension St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville, TN.

Bill was born on September 28, 1966 in Murfreesboro, TN to his parents, the late Grady Mitchell & Sylvia Bell Jones. Also preceding him in death is his grandmother, Nola Bell. Bill was formerly a Paramedic for both DeKalb County EMS & Cannon County EMS and had been a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corp. He was a member of the Macedonia The Baptist Church of Christ.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Tim Bennett will officiate with burial to follow at Jacobs Pillar Cemetery with honors provided by DeKalb County Emergency Services. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 12pm – 8pm & Monday from 9am until the service time at 1pm. Face masks are not required but are optional and we are not allowing food or drink in the funeral home kitchen at this time due to Covid.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Melissa Patterson Jones of Smithville, TN. Children, Noah (Sierra) Jones of Sparta, TN, Sarah (Caleb) Grandstaff of Alexandria, TN, Mariah (Clay) Kilgore of Smithville, TN & Isaiah (Addie Hale) Jones of Smithville, TN. Grandchildren, Zayden, Rayleigh & Elena Jones, Charlie Granstaff, Briar Rose & Marshall Hace Kilgore, Wrenolds & Marley Jones. Sister, Ann (Kirk) Gordon of PA. Father & Mother-in-law, Grady Harold (Edna Sue) Patterson of Smithville, TN.

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

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




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