Mary LeAnn Vandergriff

November 21, 2018

60-year-old Mary LeAnn Vandergriff of Liberty passed away Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker/artist and a member of Salem Baptist Church. A memorial service will be Saturday at 5p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. Thurman Seber will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday at 12 noon until the service at Salem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Griffith and Sally Jim Corley Griffith; a brother, Wayne Griffith; her partner, later in life, Steve Braswell; and a nephew, Brent Griffith. Vandergriff is survived by her ex-husband and father of her children, Douglas Vandergriff, daughters, Kristin (Jeremy) Hutchings of Sparta and Brittany Vandergriff of Smithville. Grandchildren, Breydan Hutchings, Braxton Hutchings, and Brylan Hutchings. A brother, Kenward (Jeanie) Griffith of Liberty. Considered as step-children, Quastaia Braswell and Aaron Braswell. Nieces and nephews, Holly (Johnny) McCrary, Jonathan (Carrie) Griffith, Laura (Phil) Metcalf and Cherri Griffith. Several great nieces and nephews survive. The family has decided on cremation, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to help cover funeral expenses. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Lee Askew

November 20, 2018

67 year old Barbara Lee Askew of Brush Creek died Monday at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon. She was a member of the New Middleton Baptist Church and a homemaker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. B.J. Thomason will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service. Survivors include two sons, Brad and Judy Askew of Watertown and Brian Askew of Murfreesboro. Grandchild, Madison Askew of Brush Creek and a brother, Wayne Fleming of Brush Creek. She was preceded in death by her parents, Estel Fleming and Rachel Hawkins, and her husband, Walter Askew.

George Hunt Oliver

November 20, 2018

George Hunt Oliver, age 75, husband of Rebecca Lee Oliver for 49 years, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at his home in Smithville, TN. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, sons, Colonel Christopher (Stephanie) Oliver and Lieutenant Colonel William (Christina) Oliver currently serving in the USMC and twin daughters Allison (Michael) Safford of Smithville, TN. and Kathryn (Victor) Andrade of Anderson, South Carolina. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Makena McPherson of Texas, Piper, Houston, and Tate Oliver of Okinawa Japan and Christina Howard of Smithville.

George the youngest son of the late Weldon C. and Frances Hunt Oliver of Humbolt, TN. was preceded in death by his parents and brother Weldon Jr. He was born in Jackson, TN and raised in Humbolt, TN. George graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1965 and received a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.

George was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1966 and rose to the rank of Colonel before his retirement in 1993 at Rarnstein AB Germany. He dedicated 26 years to military service in Aircraft Maintenance at various assignments throughout the world including tours in Spain, Germany, Italy and others. His Air Force jobs took him to almost every corner of Europe from Norway to Libya and Turkey. Following his retirement, he worked as a project manager for Lockheed-Martin in Texas and New Mexico. He was a true American patriot having proudly served a tour in Vietnam in 1971. His experiences helped shape him into the person everyone came to know and love. He even had an advice column in the family newsletter called “Curmudgeon’s Corner.”

George was a lifelong Tennessee Volunteers fan who loved his team win or lose. He liked to say he bled orange and Rocky Top was his favorite song. He passed down a love for his favorite music, the oldies from the 60’s and 70’s and accumulated a vast collection of vinyl records over the years. His favorite outdoor sports were fishing on local lakes, golf, and photography. He may have been best known for his fondness of flea marketing where he never passed on a sale.

Of all the things George ever did, being proud of his family and helping other people was his passion. After he retired from the Air Force he wanted to “come home” to his Tennessee. In the community he gave his time to God’s Food Pantry, Senior Citizens, Boy Scouts of  America, Haiti Mission, Air Force Association, and served various positions within the Rotary Chapter in Smithville.

George loved his family and they loved him. He was well known and respected around the community and his humor and presence will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: God’s Food Pantry PO Box 807 Smithville, TN 37166 or for the new soccer field for DeKalb County High School/Middle School, Soccer Booster Cub Attn: Jane Brown PO Box 670 Smithville TN 37166.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 at the First United Methodist Church in Smithville, TN. The memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Smithville, TN on November 29 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside service for family and friends will be held in Medina, TN at the Mt. Zion Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 30.

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


Michael Wayne Hall

November 20, 2018

Michael Wayne Hall age 58 of Lancaster, passed away Monday morning, November 19, 2018 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER.  He was born January 12, 1960 to his parents, the late Robert Rex and Virginia Ruth Pinegar Hall.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 siblings, Barbara Ruth Hall and Robert Dwayne Hall.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the Wheelcats and On Target 4 Vets.  He was disabled and previously worked as a iron worker.  He is survived by his wife, Deanne Hall of Lancaster; 6 siblings, Linda Fay Brown of Smyrna, Delores Jean (Paul) Hobbs of McMinnville, Charles Alvin (Charlene) Hall of Clarksville, Myron Douglas Hall of Cleveland, Susan Marie Hall of Smyrna and Kathleen Elaine (David) Gartung of Smyrna; several nieces and nephews.  The family has honored Michael’s request to be cremated and a Private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Laddie B. Jerrells

November 19, 2018

Mr. Laddie B. Jerrells age 58 of Smithville passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018 at NHC HealthCare Center in Sparta.  He was born April 26, 1960 to his parents Jeanne Lovejoy Jerrells Earhart and the late Morrell Gene Jerrells.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Jerrells. Laddie was a self-employed in lawn service.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Jerrells of Smithville; 3 children, Laddie Jerrells, II and wife, Roxana, Zach Jerrells, Audrey Jerrells all of Smithville; mother, Jeanne Earhart and husband, Sandy of Indiana; 2 sisters, Shannon and husband, Steve Phillip and Paula and husband, John Cotner both of Indiana; 1 brother, Joby and wife, Michelle Jerrells of Indiana.  Graveside services and interment will be 11:AM Saturday, November 24, 2018 at DeKalb Cemetery with Bro. Duane Park officiating.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery at 11:00 a.m. for the graveside service.  In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to help with funeral expenses.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Nell Ray Rankhorn

November 19, 2018

86 year old Nell Ray Rankhorn of the Belk Community in Smithville passed away Saturday at NHC in Warren County. She was a homemaker, member of the New Union The Baptist Church, and a lifetime member of the Eastern Star (Center Hill Lodge). The funeral will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Garry McBride and Marty Hensley will officiate and burial will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from noon until 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Thurman and Lula Lakey Ray; her husband, John Lenard Rankhorn; three sisters, Imogene Rogers, Lois Ray, and Ruth Ray; and three infant sisters preceded her in death as well as five brothers, Burnice George, J.T., Clayton, and Donald Ray; a daughter, Sharon Bouldin;  and two grandsons, Keilin and Carson Hensley. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Garry McBride of Smithville and Tamara and Marty Hensley of Rock Island. One son, Michael Rankhorn of Smithville. Seven grandchildren, Chris and Betsy McBride of Quebec, Stephanie and Jeff Walls of Rock Island, Jennifer and Paul Davis of McMinnville, Natalie and Mike Jennings of Cookeville, Johnna Hensley and her fiancé Bobby Wright of Sparta, Peyton Hensley and Elijah Hensley both of Rock Island. Thirteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the New Union Cemetery.

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