James Aaron Webb

October 23, 2018

87 year old James Aaron Webb of the Jefferson Community, Smithville passed away Monday at his home. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a farmer. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Johnny Adcock will officiate and burial will be in the Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Webb was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Martha Ann Jones Webb and two sisters, Lillie “Jack” Thweatt and Josie Pack. Survivors include his wife of 68 years Gloria Webb of Smithville. Two daughters, Connie and husband David Parsley of Smithville and Donna Hendrix-Cripps of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Bruce and wife Leslie Parsley of Smithville, Bridgett and husband Aaron Loyd of Pikeville, Makenzy and husband Caleb Gash of Smithville and Alex and wife Whitney Cripps of Smithville. Ten great grandchildren, Jacob and wife Laura Parsley of Smithville, Courtney and husband Dustin Estes of Smithville, Katherine and husband Josh Hembree of South Carolina, Kristen Parsley of Martin, Connor Rice of Smithville, Samuel, John, and Shayla Loyd all of Pikeville, Britton Gash and Everett James Cripps both of Smithville. One brother, Clarence “Joe” Webb of Smithville. A number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jefferson Cemetery Fund.

Ida Willene Robbins

October 21, 2018

Ida Willene Robbins age 81 of Smithville passed away Friday night, October 19, 2018 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.  She was born May 3, 1937 to her parents, the late Elmore Lee and Maggie Lou Harness Lane.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Bert E. Carter and Henry Robbins; daughter, Brenda Janine Carter Knauer; 2 sisters, Helen Frances Wiseman and Stella Quick.  She was a retired factory worker and Non-Denominational.  She leaves to cherish her memory 4 children, Bob (Tarron) Carter of Dowelltown, Ida Lynn (David) Selin of Riverton, Utah, Roger Glenn (Kathy) Carter of Smithville and Becky George of Smithville; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Ricky Lane of Cookeville and 1 sister, Teresa Whitehead of Cookeville.  Funeral services will be conducted 1:PM Thursday, October 25, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale and family members officiating and burial will follow in Byars Cemetery in Gainesboro.  Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM.     DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Linda Kay O’Dear Arveaux

October 21, 2018

Linda Kay O’Dear Arveaux age 58 of Smithville passed away Friday morning, October 19, 2018 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.  She was born October 14, 1960 to her parents, the late George and Kathryn Copeland O’Dear.  She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Bynum John McKelvey, Jr.  Linda was a long haul 18 wheeler and a Methodist.  She is survived by her husband, Rick Arveaux of Smithville; twin sister, Brenda Faye O’Dear Martin of Smithville, sisters, Sue Hopper of Nashville and Kathy Howard of Lafayette, GA.  Visitation will be Thursday 12 noon to 4:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Graveside service  and interment will be Friday October 26, 2018 at 11:AM at the O’Dear Family Cemetery in Sewanee TN. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Vanessa Shehane Greer

October 21, 2018

Vanessa Shehane Greer age 63 of Rockwood and a native of DeKalb County, passed away Thursday evening at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, TN.  She was born November 7, 1954 to her parents, the late Robert Lee and Louise Pedigo Shehane.  She was a homemaker and member of the Town Creek Old Fashioned Missionary Baptist Church.  Survivors include 3 children, Kenny (Jennifer) Greer, Rhonda (Stephen) Greer and Josh (Renee) Greer all of Lebanon; 11 grandchildren, Katie and Kayla Greer, Kasey (Ethan) Jenkins, Dalton Squires, Kane and Kenzie Greer, Hunter McKoin, Gracie, Jada and Gary Owens and Cole Borcherding; 3 great-grandchildren, Addison, Jayden and Hunter Greer; Father of her children, Kenneth Greer, Sr. of Lebanon; 3 brothers, Wayne (Jean) Shehane of Smithville, Tommy (Rita) Shehane of McMinnville, Miles (Tabby) Shehane of Smithville; 1 sister, Lucy Russell of McMinnville; special nephew, Rychi Watson; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Buster Drenan officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be Monday 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  

Violet Jo Domanski

October 18, 2018

Yorktown, VA—Violet Jo Cantrell Hall Domanski, 93, passed away peacefully October 17, 2018 at the Dominion Village at Poquoson assisted living and memory care facility after a 12-year battle with dementia. Jo was born August 20, 1925, in the Keltonburg community of DeKalb County, TN; graduated from DeKalb County High School in 1944; and then lived in Detroit, MI from 1944 until she moved to Virginia in May of 2011. Jo was a member of the First Baptist Church located at 16428 Nine Mile Road, Eastpointe, MI.

Jo worked in the Detroit automotive industry where she met her first husband, Elmer Bell Hall, from Silver Point, TN. Jo and Elmer were married July 15, 1950 and shared their experiences and enthusiasm for life with many friends and family prior to his death, July 14, 1975. Later, Jo married Fredrick Domanski on May 12, 1990 with the wedding ceremony being performed by her late nephew, Rev. Bill Lassiter. Jo and Fred enjoyed traveling extensively during their retirement years prior to Fred’s death, October 31, 2005.

Jo was a loved and loving individual that brought a high level of commitment and joy to family and friends. Her positive and uplifting personality leaves an indelible memory for those that were fortunate to have known her.

Jo is the last surviving member of her immediate family which included her parents Walter Hamilton Cantrell and Eva Hennessee Cantrell and five siblings: Lorene Judkins (Willie), Hilda Lassiter (Ernest), Wilma Moss (Beecher), James Cantrell, and Homer Cantrell. Jo is survived by four nieces and nephews: Nadene Judkins Hostettler (Arlington, TX), James Moss (Yorktown, VA), Bill Moss (Goodlettsville, TN), and Jo Ann Moss Hess (Rio Vista, CA).

In addition to family, Jo had many friends in MI, and this was particularly the case for the close and long relationship she had with the family of the late Kenneth and Maxine Carey and their two daughters and families: Barbara Pierce (Printess) of Macomb, MI and Mary King (Harry) of Spring Hill, TN. Also, acknowledgment is made of the loving care and help provided by her neighbors, Denice and Otis Keith, during Jo’s earlier stages of dementia and the subsequent care by the Dominion Village staff at both Williamsburg and Poquoson, VA.

A graveside service will be conducted at the DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville by Rev. Bill Robertson at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 27, and Violet Jo’s cremated remains will be interred adjacent to that of her first husband, Elmer Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Justin Potter Library in Smithville, TN or the charity of your choice in memory of Mrs. Domanski.

Neil Dudney

October 17, 2018

Neil Dudney age 86 of Smithville passed away Tuesday evening, October 16, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville. Neil was born October 5, 1932 in Jackson County, to his parents, the late John Lyman and Ruby Mae Birdwell Dudney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe Lester Dudney and Charles Clark Dudney. He graduated from Jackson County High School and received a BS in Agriculture from Tennessee Tech University. His first job with the government was a substitute rural mail carrier for 5 years with the Gainesboro Post Office. In 1957, he began work with the USDA Soil Conservation Services in Linden, TN. He later transferred to Lawrenceburg and then to Wartburg, TN. While working in Wartburg, he married Emma Jean Wilmoth on January 6, 1962 and they became parents of twin girls, Janet and Susan. Neil was transferred to Smithville in August 1967 working as District Conservationist. In 1979 he received a certificate of merit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for outstanding performance of duties, one of only two given in the state. In 1987 he retired from the Soil Conservation Service after 30 years. He has been involved in other areas of the community through the years. He served as a member of the Board of Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Center Hill Academy and Lions Club. He helped make major improvements to Green Brook Park in 1979 and helped establish the Smithville Day School. Neil has been a member of the Church of Christ since being baptized at the Whitleyville Church of Christ in 1948. Since being in Smithville, he has served as a deacon for 12 years and an elder for 18 years at the Smithville Church of Christ. He was very involved with the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree from the beginning in 1972, where he began as a sound technician and later served as the President/Coordinator for 16 years until 2008. Mr. Neil Dudney was a man that loved God, family and community and dedicated himself to all three. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 56 years, Emma Jean Wilmoth Dudney of Smithville; twin daughters, Janet (Brian) England of Smithville and Susan (Brian) Berry of Cookeville; four grandchildren, Dr. Laura England (Brandon) Ross, Brandon (Sara) Shaw, Ethan (Rachel) Shaw and Dylan Shaw; two great-grandsons, Carson Shaw and Charles Ross; sister-in-law, Frances Dudney Crowder; niece, Linda Dudney and nephew, John Dudney. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Smithville Church of Christ with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating and burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday 4 PM until 8 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Friday 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM at the Smithville Church of Christ. In addition to flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Fund or to the Smithville Church of Christ Work Camp. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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