Obituaries

Marilyn Joan Vinson

June 23, 2022

Marilyn Joan Vinson, 76, Smithville, TN, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 16, 2022.

Ms. Vinson was born in Lincoln County, KY, and retired from Lockheed Martin Corporate Financial Services. After retirement, she served faithfully at the Lighthouse Christian Camp in Smithville, TN, whose mission is to minister to disadvantaged children and share the hope, love, light and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ. She never ceased to stand in awe of God’s abundant faithfulness and provision.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Allen Senecal, father and mother J.C. and Gladys Vinson, sisters Cue Vinson Dunn, Vera Duvall and brother Clyde Vinson. Survivors include her daughter Cynthia Johnson Stroup, (Dan), son Charles Stephen Johnson (Julianna), granddaughter Ashley Johnson, grandson Samuel Johnson, sisters Ruth Jarrett, Mae Hogue, Ramona Hiatt (Jones), Ann Smith (JT), as well as several nieces and nephews.

No funeral services will be held. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery in Hustonville, Kentucky. Memorial donations in kind may be sent to Lighthouse Christian Camp, 205 Serenity Place, Smithville, TN 37166.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Timothy Floyd Shattuck

June 23, 2022

Timothy Floyd Shattuck born May 6, 1955 to his parents the late Eric and Alma Smith Shattuck. Beloved husband of Debra Sue Shattuck, passed away at his residence Saturday June 18, 2022 at age 67. Amazing father of Steven Michael Shattuck. He is very much loved by family and friends. Tim served three years in Germany in the Army. Served twenty-two years in New York State National Guard. He was very proud to serve his country. Also, worked for the State of New York as a developmental aide. Caring for the medically frail with special needs. Then moved to Dowelltown and retired. Tim attended Snow Hill Methodist Church. His hobbies, were Garding and Wood Working. He also loved his 3 dogs and 6 cats. Tim also volunteered to help with God’s Food Panty in Smithville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Alma Smith Shattuck. Mr. Shattuck is survived by his wife, Debra Shattuck of Smithville; son, Steven Shattuck of Smithville; grandchild, Gabrielle; brothers, David Shattuck of NY, Donald Shattuck of NY, Gary Shattuck of Mass.; sister Deborah Miller of NY. A celebration of Life for Tim will be held Saturday July 9, 2022 at 11:AM at Snow Hill Methodist Church with Pastor Kenneth Clayton officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to God’s Food Pantry in Smithville, TN. A very special Thank You for your love and support to Patricia Zornow. Also a very special Thank You to the members of Snow Hill Methodist Church for prayers, and love sent to us and for being his church family. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Joel Cranston Grisham

June 22, 2022

Joel Cranston Grisham of Smithville, age 78, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born December 11, 1943 to his parents the late Marshall and Lucille Gentry Grisham. Mr. Grisham was a Christian, served in the United States Air Force and the National Guard, and worked in Maintenace for Brinley and Associates. He is survived by his children, Jason Grisham of Smithville, Marsha Bush of Gordonsville, Jammy Grisham of Smithville and Jeffery (Georgene) Grisham of Short Mountain; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive. The family of Mr. Grisham has honored his request and is being cremated. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Betty Jo Stevens Krohn

June 20, 2022

Betty Jo Stevens Krohn, 92, passed away at home surrounded by family, on June 1, 2022, as songbirds gathered outside her window and sang loudly and beautifully.

Betty was born to Arthur Alton Stevens and Lydia Womack Stevens on June 28, 1929, in Smithville, Tennessee, just before the Great Depression. Betty’s family lived on a 40-acre farm without indoor plumbing or electricity. She had to walk over two miles to school (a one- teacher, one-room schoolhouse.) Teacher Miss Lucile Ferrell gave Betty her first dictionary as a prize for reading the most books at school. Miss Lucile was special to Betty because she always encouraged learning.

Betty’s mother made dresses and “bloomers” from printed potato sacks for Betty and her younger sister, Dorothy June (“June”). School lunches were simple, but Betty was always grateful for what she had. “No one could afford ‘light bread’ [sliced white bread] from the store,” Betty wrote later.

“Sometimes we would be lucky and have sausage or bacon in our biscuits, left from breakfast. Other times we had butter or kraut or jam or molasses. A baked sweet potato was a treat in winter. Some kids only had cold cornbread.”

When Betty was 13, her mother left Smithville to work as a “Rosie the Riveter” in a Detroit airplane factory during World War II. Her father found temporary work in Georgia, and then a steady job in a Detroit factory. While her parents were away working, Betty and 6-year-old June lived with their Grandma and Grandpa Stevens. Betty took care of her sister, cooked, cleaned and continued to work hard in school. Eventually Betty and June joined their parents in Detroit.

At age 16, Betty graduated from Western High School in Detroit. She earned a scholarship to business school at Wayne University in Detroit (now Wayne State University), where she met her husband of 62 years, Don Ray Krohn, MD. They married on August 11, 1951. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, she worked as an accountant in Ann Arbor while Don attended medical school at the University of Michigan. They soon began a family. In 1959, Don was drafted into the U.S. Air Force where he served as a physician. While Betty and Don were stationed in Bitburg, Germany, Betty gave birth to her fourth child, in 1961. They raised their children in the Detroit-area.

When their children were grown, the couple relocated to Betty’s hometown of Smithville. Betty tended a large garden at their Center Hill Lake home. They attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church. An avid reader, Betty enjoyed her volunteer work at the Smithville Public Library and made good friends. She researched genealogy and compiled thorough family records.

Betty and Don eventually settled in Eugene, Oregon, to be closer to family. They attended Immanuel Lutheran Church. Don passed away on August 2, 2013.

Betty’s house was the gathering spot for many occasions. Her family was extremely important to her, and she was a loyal friend. Thoughtful, caring, and generous, she made sure her guests were welcomed and well-fed. Betty gave more than she took in this world, and the world is better for it.

Betty is survived by her children: William “Bill” Krohn of Grapevine, Texas (significant other Melissa Morrish); Vicki Krohn Amorose of Eugene, Oregon (husband David); David Krohn, MD, of Traverse City, Michigan (wife Cynthia Buchalter-Krohn, MD); and Katherine Krohn of Eugene, Oregon. Betty is also survived by six grandchildren: Jen Krohn-McKelvey (husband lan McKelvey) of Seattle, Washington; Lindsay Leahey (husband Mark Leahey, Jr.) of Eugene, Oregon; Sarah and Hannah Krohn of Traverse City, Michigan; Rosie and Jackson Amorose of Eugene, Oregon; and three great-grandchildren: Mark and Lucy Jo Leahey, and Amelia Josie Krohn-McKelvey. She is survived by one nephew, Michael Vanatta.

Visitation will be from 4pm -7pm on Thursday, June 23 at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, Smithville Tennessee. The funeral service will be on Friday, June 24 at 11:00am at Love- Cantrell, Reverend Larry Green officiating, followed by interment at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will include Family members David Amorose, Mark Leahey, Jr., lan McKelvey, Mark Leahey Ill; close family friends Ron and Scott Goodwin; Honorary pallbearers: W.C. Braswell, life-long friend of Betty, and Jack Hurst, close family friend.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Kathryn Ann Russell

June 17, 2022

Kathryn Ann Russell age 69, of Smithville, formerly of Crossville, passed away at her residence Monday June 13, 2022. She was born October 3, 1952 to her parents the late Newell and Sarah Johnston Jenkins. Ms. Russell was a member of Crossville First United Methodist Church and attended Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church and worked as a Seamstress. She is survived by her daughter, Andria (Derek) Graham of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Alexis and Aleeya Graham; brother, Roger Dale (Ellen) Jenkins of Maryville, Tn. The family has honored Ms. Russell’s request to be cremated and services are being planned to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund or to Monroe Carroll Jr Children’s Hospital, in memory of Ms. Russell. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Cindy Taylor Malone Christian

June 14, 2022

70-year-old Cindy Taylor Malone Christian of Watertown, TN passed away Monday June 13, 2022 at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon. She was retired from the Federal Government and was of the Methodist faith. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 11a.m. in the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with internment to follow in Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Bro. Chris McMillen will officiate. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 and Thursday from 9 until the service at 11 am.

Mrs. Christian was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel & Frankie Hendrix Taylor and 1 brother, Donnie Taylor.

Survivors include her husband, James Christian of Watertown, 1 son, Bradley Malone of Temperance Hall, 1 daughter, Mary Katelyn Christian of Watertown, 1 brother Ricky (Ann) Taylor and 1 sister, Regena Taylor all of Dowelltown.

The family has asked in addition to flowers that donations please be made to the Snow Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.




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