Obituaries

Sherry Faye Johnson Thatcher

September 11, 2020

Sherry Faye Johnson Thatcher age 59 of Smithville passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 at her home.

Mrs. Thatcher was born on May 25, 1961 in Detroit Michigan to her parents, the late James & Dorothy Keene Johnson. Also preceding her in death is a sister, Karen Smith. She worked as an Ophthalmic Technician and attended Smithville First Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Andy Patterson will officiate with burial to follow at Prosperity Cemetery. There will be no visitation held prior to the services. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home at 1pm on Saturday for the funeral. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are temporarily not accepting food in our kitchen facilities.

Survivors include 2 Sons, Travis (Chelsie) Bryant of Smithville & Tristan Bryant of KY. 4 Grandchildren, Tyler Bryant of Sparta, Everett Bryant of Smithville, Jackson Bryant of KY & Annabelle Bryant of Sparta. Half Brother, Ray (Frances) Daniels of Cookeville. Good Friend, Robert Bryant of Gordonsville.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Darlene L. Summers

September 10, 2020

Darlene L. Summers age 78, passed away Tuesday September 8, 2020 at Centennial Medical Center. She was born September 24, 1941 to her parents Delbert and Dessie Reeder. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husband, James L. Summers; son Terry Austin; great-granddaughter, Trinity Faith Summers; 8 brothers and sisters. Ms. Summers worked as a store clerk and attended Allen’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by 3 children, Jimmy Summers, Timothy Summers (Tammy Horsley), and Patty Summers Warner (Curtis Adams) all of Smithville; grandchildren, Ricky Warner, Jr., Dustin Warner (Carrie Carol), Scott Austin, T. J. (Jo) Summers; great-grandchildren, Sean Austin, Trinton Summers, Gracie Summers, Makenna Warner; brother, Odell Reeder of Lebanon. Funeral services will be Saturday September 12, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel at 2 PM with Elder Ricky Arnold officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. Due to the COVID-19, the Governors Executive Order 38 and 51 Social Distancing Guidelines; Our pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow approximately 100-125 people for the service, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The Funeral Home Lounge is Closed and NO Food or Drinks are allowed in the funeral home. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed on DeKalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Void Beshears, Jr.

September 9, 2020

Mr. Void Beshears, Jr. age 83 of Smithville, TN passed away Tuesday night, September 8, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Beshears was born on October 6, 1936 in Smithville, TN to his parents, the late Void, Sr. and Ophia Waggoner Beshears. Also preceding him in death is a Brother, Eugene Beshears & a Sister- Bobby Murphy. He was retired from Smithville Manufacturing Company and was a Farmer.

Graveside Service & Interment will be on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 11am at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Leonard Herman officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, September 10th from 5-8pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. There will be no visitation held on Friday at the funeral home. Family and friends will gather at the cemetery just prior to the 11am service. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are temporarily not accepting food in our kitchen facilities.

Survivors include his Wife of 63 years, Patricia Hibdon Beshears of Smithville, TN. 2 Brothers- Jimmy (Louise) Beshears of Smithville, TN & Don (Norma) Beshears of Ashland City, TN. Mother-In-Law- Cecil, Williams of Smithville, TN. Bro-In-law- Rayburn (Brenda) Hibdon of Woodbury, TN. 2 Sisters- Wanda Blair of Cookeville, TN & Lestel (Jack) Cantrell of Lebanon, TN. Several Nieces & Nephews also survive.

In addition to flowers donations can be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp in memory of Mr. Beshears




Mark Anthony Graham

September 8, 2020

Mark Anthony Graham age 50 of Smithville, passed away Monday night, September 7, 2020 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. He was born November 17, 1969 to his parents, Barbara Gora Graham and the late James Garey Graham. He was a Christian and worked for several years for Pirtle Nursery. Mark is survived by 2 children, Kaylee Braswell and Lillian Graham both of Smithville; mother, Barbara Gora Graham Carter of Irwin, PA; 3 siblings, Michael Graham of Collinsville, MS, Melissa Geuy of Urbana, OH, and Michelle (Chuck) Rihn of Irwin, PA; fiance, Candice Daniels of Smithville; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. The family has chosen a direct cremation and a Memorial Service will be 1 PM Thursday, September 10, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 1 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Animal Coalition. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Edgar Royce Evans

September 6, 2020

Edgar Royce Evans age 75 of the Temperance Hall Community, passed away Saturday September 5, 2020 at his residence. He was born January 3, 1945 to his parents the late H. H. “Buster” and Alta Mae Caplinger Evans. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Martha Caroline Evans; brother, Hayden (MA Boyce) Evans. Mr. Evans enjoyed traveling and working the family farm. He was a farmer and retired from Bonnell after 36 years and member of New Middleton United Methodist Church. Mr. Evans is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joe Ann Frazier Evans of Temperance Hall; son, Gordon (Jen) Evans of Temperance Hall; daughter, Rachel (Greg) Ellis of Smithville; 5 grandkids, James and Kevin Evans of Temperance Hall, Logan, Katie, and Landon Ellis all of Smithville; step-grandson, Dakota Castle; step-granddaughter, Amanda Pickett; 1 niece and 2 nephews and several great nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 1PM Wednesday September 9, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Royce Martin officiating and burial to follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday September 8, 2020 4PM till 7PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1PM. Due to the COVID-19, the Governors Executive Orders 38 and 51 and Social Distancing Guidelines; Our pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow approximately 100-125 people for the service, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The Funeral Home Lounge is Closed and NO Food or Drinks are allowed in the funeral home at this time. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Wilma Lucille Garrison

September 6, 2020

Wilma Lucille Garrison of Alexandria, age 88 passed away Friday night September 4, 2020 at NHC of Smithville. She was born July 21, 1932 to her parents the late William Delton and Ruth Hunt Vanatta. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husband, Hoyte Garrison; a son, William Timothy Garrison; sisters, Lois Gregory, Lera Walden; brothers, William “Buddy” Vanatta, and Ray Donald Vanatta. Ms. Lucille worked for many years at Alexandria shirt factory, and she was a member of Salem Baptist Church. She is survived by son, Ronnie (Lisa) Garrison of Smithville; granddaughters, Rachel (Josh) Arnold of Smithville, Jessica (Ethan) Hale of Alexandria; great-grandchildren, Lucas River Garrison, Lucy Rayne Arnold, and John William Hale; sister, Brenda (David) Denney of Lebanon; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be Monday September 7, 2020 at 2 PM at the Smithville Church of God with Bro. Chris Moore and Bro. Graden Kirksey officiating and burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Monday 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 2:00 PM at the Smithville Church of God. Due to the COVID-19, the Governors Executive Orders 38 and 51 and Social Distancing Guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The family ask in addition to flowers donations may be made to Salem Cemetery or Smithville Church of God, Building Fund. The family sends a special “Thank You” to the Webb House, NHC and Dr. Doug Hooper for the love and care shown to Ms. Lucille during her illness. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




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