Obituaries

Sylvia Lee Bell Jones

May 18, 2020

Ms. Sylvia Lee Bell Jones, age 76 of Smithville and formerly of Murfreesboro, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Sylvia was born on May 24, 1943 in Birmingham AL to her parents, the late William & Nola Pegram Bell. Also preceding her in death is her husband, Grady Mitchell Jones. She formerly worked as a secretary for Middle Tennessee State University and attended the Macedonia The Baptist Church of Christ in Smith County.

In accordance with the Governors Executive Order Number 30 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it strongly recommends the continuation of private family services. There will be no public visitation held at the funeral home. Private Graveside services for the family will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Murfreesboro with Bro. Tim Bennett officiating.

Survivors include 1 Son, Bill (Melissa) Jones of Smithville. 1 Daughter, Sylvia Ann (Kirk) Gordon Sr. of PA. 7 Grandchildren, Noah (Sierra) Jones, Mariah (Clay) Kilgore & Isaiah Jones all of Smithville, Sarah (Caleb) Granstaff of Alexandria, Kirk (Ashley) Gordon Jr., Joshua & Jacob Gordon all of PA. 6 Great Grandchildren, Zayden Lee, Wrenolds & Rayleigh Jones, Briar Rose Kilgore, & Elena Jones all of Smithville, John Edward Gordon of PA, Brothers-in-law, Sisters-in-law and Friends also survive.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Newton

May 17, 2020

Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Newton age 68 of Smithville, passed away Sunday morning, May 10, 2020 in Smithville. She was born June 11, 1951 to her parents, the late Orville and Ethel Alberta Barley Whitmore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Skip Newton; 4 siblings, Gerald Biggers, Nickie Biggers, Larry Whitmore and Terry Whitmore. She was a restaurant and factory worker. Bobbie leaves to cherish her memory, 3 children, Kris Power (Rhonda King) of Smithville, Shane Newton of Gainesboro, Angela Newton of Cookeville; 7 grandchildren, Jacob Power, Stephan Phillips, Shawn Phillips, Michael Phillips, Gabriel Newton, Shane Newton, Jr., and Israel Newton; 8 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Dale Biggers of Louisiana; 1 sister, Jennie Biggers Trayanoff of Louisiana; special friends, Ann Cantrell, Ricky Cantrell, Hayle and Jade Cantrell and Bridgett Shannon Sink. The family has honored Ms. Newton’s request to be cremated and no services are planned. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Matthew Anthony William Murphy

May 14, 2020

Matthew Anthony William Murphy age 28 of Liberty, TN passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Tri Star Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

Matthew was born on June 22, 1991 in DeKalb County to his parents, Rebecca Sarvey and the late Michael Murphy. Also preceding him in death was his Grandfather, Willie Murphy. He formerly worked as a Nurseryman.

The family of Mr. Murphy has chosen cremation. No services are planned at this time.

Survivors include his Mother, Rebecca Sarvey of Ohio. Sister, Felica Murphy of Ohio. Grandmother, Jackie Lawson Murphy of Liberty, TN. Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces & Cousins also survive.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge or arrangements.




Eric Van Mathis

May 13, 2020

Eric Van Mathis age 46 of Liberty passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020. He was born June 5, 1973 to his parents, Van and Debbie Parsley Mathis. Eric was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Delton and Nell Parsley and paternal grandparents, Guy and Thelma Mathis; uncle, Danny Parsley and aunt, Sharon Star Mathis. He was a member of Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church, 1991 graduate of DeKalb County High School, graduate of Tennessee Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree and worked in Accounting. He leaves to cherish his memory, parents, Van and Debbie Mathis of Liberty; sister, Pamela (Richard) Delay of Lebanon; niece and nephews, Chandler Shaw (Molly), Olivia Shaw and Ryker Delay; great-niece, Haven Shaw; aunts and uncles, Libby (Jerry) McCormick, Jeff (Michelle) Parsley, Patricia (Odie) Tallent and Guylene (Robert) Atnip all of Smithville; several cousins also survive. Due to the COVID-19, the Governor strongly encouraging that the public component of funerals be postponed and only attended by close family members, social distancing requirements and public health safety, There will be a Graveside Service 4 PM Friday, May 15, 2020 at Sycamore Cemetery with Bro. Stephen Brooks officiating. Anyone attending, PLEASE exercise Social Distancing for the health and safety of everyone. The Graveside Service will be livestreamed at DeKalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. Condolences may be sent to the family on the funeral home website. Also, any expressions of sympathy may be mailed to the funeral home at P.O. Box 634, Smithville, TN 37166 and we will get them to the family. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




James L. Clark

May 11, 2020

James L. Clark age 84 of Alexandria, died Sunday afternoon, May 10, 2020 at his residence. Born Sept. 8, 1935, he was the son of the late James Hudson Clark and Sammie Bell McMillen Clark and was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Anderson. Jimmy was a graduate of Liberty High School and served with the Tennessee National Guard, he was employed for over 37 years at AVCO. Jimmy was a member of Alexandria First Baptist Church and served as Deacon Emeritus for 47 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Campbell Clark; children, Terry “Fuzzy” Clark and wife, Susan, Tommy Clark, Sylvia Lamberson and husband, Earl and Sonia Lamberson; grandchildren, Jason (Morgan) Clark, Jasma (Kory) Morgan, Logan (Elizabeth) Clark, Morgan Clark, Josh (Megan) Lamberson, Taylor, Peyton and Seth Lamberson; great grandchildren, Marissa, Kennedi and Brett Clark, Chase Lamberson, Dylan, Alex and Audrey Gordon; sister, Nell Lane and her husband, Cliff. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Alexandria First Baptist Church with Bro. Billie Friel officiating. Visitation at the church from 2-8 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. till service time on Tuesday. Pallbearers will be grandsons, grandsons-in-law and Steven Fuller; great grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers. Interment will be at Hunter Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Alexandria First Baptist Church Kitchen Fund. The family wishes to thank AceraCare Hospice for their love and care. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME (615)237-9318




Aubrey McGuill Meece

May 10, 2020

Aubrey McGuill Meece age 80 of Dowelltown and a native of Old Hickory, passed away Saturday morning, May 9, 2020 at his residence. He was born March 9, 1940 to his parents, the late Luke McGuill and Ella Beatrice Meece. Aubrey was a 1957 graduate of Dupont High School and attended David Lipscomb College for 2 years. He was a member of the Madison Church of Christ, served in the National Guard for 4 years, former member of the Tennessee Ski Club, was an engineer at Dupont in Old Hickory for about 40 years and worked at Smithville Food Lion for 5 years. He was a loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Meece of Dowelltown; 2 sons, Scotty (Christen) Meece of Portland and Mark Meece of Hendersonville; 3 step-daughters, Angela West of Carthage, Sharon Barnwell of Sparta and Mindy Ware of Sparta; 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Susan Meece of Old Hickory and Myrna Sisco Meece of Mt. Juliet; 2 nieces, 1 great-niece and 1 great-nephew. Due to the COVID-19, the Governor strongly encouraging that the public component of funerals be postponed and only attended by immediate family members, social distancing requirements and public health safety, There will be a PRIVATE Graveside Service Monday, May 11, 2020 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff of Caris Hospice, NHC HealthCare, Dr. Dingle and Bill Turner for the love and care shown to Aubrey during his sickness. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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