Obituaries

Nell Hale

May 21, 2021

Ms. Nell Hale, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at her residence in Smithville. Ms. Hale was a Christian and a previous worker at the Shirt Factory.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Landon Hale; parents, Homer and Bonnie Estes; sister, Willett Lawson; brothers, Alvie Lee Estes and Junior Estes.

Visitation with the Hale family will be on Friday, May 21 from 4-8pm and on Saturday, May 22 from 9am until the time of the service at 11. The funeral will be held at Love-Cantrell Chapel with burial to follow in Mt. Arat Cemetery with Bro. Howard Carroll will officiating.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Meredith Hale of Smithville; 2 sisters-in-law, Elsie Miller and Macon Hale both of Smithville; special cousins, Verna Lee Bogle and Peggy Sue Bogle both of Woodbury; 1 Grandson, Treyton of McMinnville.




Jessie Bell Johnson

May 15, 2021

Jessie Bell Johnson age 84 of Smithville, passed away Friday, May 14, 2021 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. She was born February 21, 1937 to her parents, the late Shelia Robert and Julie Mai Williams Shehane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Leamon Johnson; 6 brothers, Robert, Hoyte, Toy B. Ben, Maxi and Frank Shehane; 7 sisters, Olena Shehane, Willene Saylors, Lura Jean Reeder, Mae Lattimore, Mary Lattimore, Alma Swafford and Frances Bates. Ms. Jessie Bell was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church and was a babysitter. She is survived by a son, James Lee Johnson of Smithville and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 PM Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Bernard Houk and Michael officiating and burial will follow in Banks Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 4 PM until 7 PM and on Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. Due to Covid-19, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Patricia Lee White Parsley

May 12, 2021

Patricia Lee White Parsley age 81, of Smithville passed away Tuesday May 11, 2021 at NHC of Smithville. She was born February 12, 1940 to her parents, the late Chester Rae and Mary Lou Cantrell White. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Solon Parsley; sister, Sharon Young; nephew, Anthony White, Jr,; step-daughter, Francis Elkins; cousin, Tom Davison. Ms. Patricia was a Presbyterian and a housewife. She is survived by her brother, Anthony M. (Pamela S. ) White of Loveland, Ohio; grandniece, Cassidy; grandnephew, Kieran; cousin, Kevin Davison of Detroit, MI; step-grandchildren, Johnny Whitt, Rodney McGinnis, Mark McGinnis, and Kim & Andera. Funeral services will be Friday May 14, 2021 at 1:00PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday 11:00AM until the time of the service at 1:00PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Due to COVID-19, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and NO food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Mary Sue Smiley

May 7, 2021

Mrs. Mary Sue Smiley Age 95 of Dickson passed away on Thursday at her residence. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. There will be a graveside service on Monday at 1:00 pm with burial in Town Cemetery. Bro. Dan Gulley will be officiating.

Mrs. Smiley was a member of the Church Of Christ and was a retired secretary with the IRS.

She was preceded in death by her 2 husbands James Carl Ogilvie and Robert Earl Smiley, parents Athol and Cleo Foster, and brother Athol Kay Foster (Julia). Mrs Smiley is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Sue Sowers and husband Doak, and Mary Elizabeth Barger and husband Tom, a son James Carl Ogilvie Jr. and his wife Kathy, step-son Robert E. Smiley; Five grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, one sister, Sammie Rhea George (Hugh).

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




David Lane McDowell

May 6, 2021

David Lane McDowell age 63 of Baxter, passed away in Miami, Florida on Sunday, May 2, 2021. He was born January 14, 1958 to his parents, the late Louie B. and Willa Mae Hayes McDowell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Louie McDowell, Jr and a sister, Patricia Clayborn. He was a Baptist and worked at Averitt for 25 years in Risk Management. David served on the DeKalb County Commission from 2010-2014. David leaves to cherish his memory, 1 daughter, Mary Kathryn “Katie” McDowell of Atlanta, GA; 2 sisters, Cheryl K. (David) Bower of Shelbyville, TN and Cathy L. (Ronnie) Gay of Fayetteville, TN; 10 nieces and nephews. The family is honoring David’s request to be cremated and a Memorial Graveside Service will be held 3 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2021 at Prosperity Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 12 Noon until 2:30 p.m. at which time Mr. McDowell’s cremains will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. Due to Covid-19, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the DeKalb Animal Coalition, per David’s wishes in memory of David. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Martha Jane Gothard Partridge

May 4, 2021

Martha Jane Partridge passed away on May 3, 2021 at age 61. The Memorial Service, conducted by Dan Dozier, is 5 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2021 in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2 p.m. until the service at 5 p.m.

Martha Jane Gothard Partridge was born in Smithville TN to Martha Eloise Holcomb and Karl Lee Gothard. She loved her job as a Scrub Tech and in Labor and Delivery at Vanderbilt Wilson County Medical Center. Outside of her job, she enjoyed time with her family and everything outdoors from the sand and surf of the beach to mowing the yard.

Ms. Partridge is survived by her sons James Matthew Beard, John (Ashley) Partridge, and Luke Partridge, grandchildren Grant Lee Partridge and Mason Tucker Partridge, siblings Randall Karl Gothard and Sarah Smith, sister-in-law Joy Buck-Gothard, nieces and nephews Brittany (Andrew) Kuykendall, Adam Gothard, and Sarah Abigail Smith, and great-niece and nephew, Maverick and Hampton Smith, Samuel and Christina Kuykendall. She is preceded at death by parents Martha and Karl Gothard.

In lieu of flowers, please make Memorial Donations to Sherry’s Run. Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.




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