Obituaries

Alice Jewel Jones Wiser

May 28, 2018

Alice Jewel Jones Wiser age 70 of McMinnville passed away Saturday morning, May 26, 2018 at her residence. She was born June 25, 1947 to her parents, the late Earby and Mable Turner Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Aletha Adcock, Thelma Earmon, Violet Jones and Jeanette Redmon. Jewel attended Newtown The Baptist Church and was retired from the Warren County School System as a Cafeteria Worker. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 53 years, Jerry Wiser of McMinnville; 2 daughters, Jill (Stan) Phillips of McMinnville and Janet (Rick) Phillips of McMinnville; 4 grandchildren, Allison (Corey) Page, Axie (Josh) Vaughn, Tyler Phillips and finance, Mikayla Farley, Caitlyn “Katie” Phillips; 1 great-grandson, Emerson Vaughn; 1 sister, Rebecca Ervin of Smithville; special cousin, Phyllis Martin of McMinnville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Monday, May 28, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Garry McBride and Cody Holman officiating and burial will follow in Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 12 Noon until 8 PM and Monday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Jefferson Cemetery, in memory of Mrs. Jewel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Billie Sue Hayes Foutch

May 28, 2018

Billie Sue Hayes Foutch age 82 of Liberty, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Webb House in Smithville. Born June 18, 1935 in Dekalb County, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Pauline Harvey Hayes and was preceded in death by her husband, Glen “Spark” Foutch in 2005 and a nephew, Jim Hayes. Billie was a 1953 graduate of Liberty High School and a member of Prosperity Baptist Church. She is survived by sisters and brother, Lounette Judkins of McMinnville, James (Nettie) Hayes of Old Hickory, Marie Knowles of Hendersonville, Joyce (Johnny) O’Conner of Donelson, Wanda (Ted) Ray of Liberty, Sarah (Ronnie) Kent of Smithville; niece, Julie Kent; nephews, Jason Ray, Mark Kent, Todd Kent and other nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at Prosperity Baptist Church with Bro. David Moody and Bro. Thurman Seber officiating. Visitation 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Prosperity Baptist Church and 11 a.m. till service time on Friday. Pallbearers, Jason Ray, Mark and Todd Kent, Ricky Barrett, Teddy Mathis. Honorary, Tanner Malone and Garrett Hayes. Interment at Prosperity Cemetery. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.




Greg Merterth Byford

May 28, 2018

Greg Merterth Byford, age 45, of Woodbury passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 at his home. He was a native of Cannon Co.

Survivors include his daughter, Myranda Byford; Son, Lucas Byford; Mother, Eunice Ferrell Byford; Sister, Ella (Mike) Green; Brother, Shane Byford, all of Woodbury; Special Friends, David Taylor, Nisey Maynard, & Charles Ferrell. Several nieces & nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alf Merterth “Mert” Byford.

Mr. Byford was a member of the Church of Christ and was a self-employed Mechanic. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and being with family and friends.

Funeral Services will be 4 PM Sunday, May 27, 2018 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Leonard Herman officiating. Interment will follow at Byford Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11 AM to 9 PM Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodbury Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net




Joe Judkins

May 28, 2018

79 year old Joe Judkins of Lebanon passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018. He is preceded in death by parents, James and Bessie Judkins; son, Scott Judkins; brothers, Jimmy, Dan, and Cotton Judkins. He is survived by wife of 57 years, Martha Judkins; children, Steve (Carlene) Judkins, Sandy (Hank) Watkins, Susan (Eric) Carr, and Shane (Brittany) Judkins; brother, Robert Judkins; sister, Joyce (Jerry) Bradshaw; grandchildren, Jennifer (Anthony Byrd) Judkins, Kristin (Drew Mason) Judkins, Matthew (Maggie) Watkins, and Addy Collins; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Pratt and Liam Scott Mason. Mr. Judkins was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and worked for Martha White/Shenandoah Mills for 42 years. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 12 noon until the funeral. Interment, Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Keith, Adam and Jerry Judkins, Greg and Brandon Allison, and Chris Bly. Honorary pallbearers, Hank Watkins, Eric Carr, Drew Mason, and Matthew Watkins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Kidney Foundation. PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL in charge of arrangements 615-444-7007 OBIT LINE 615-444-7700 www.partlowchapel.com




Sarah Ponzell Usrey

May 27, 2018

80 year old Sarah Ponzell Usrey of the Belk Community passed away Thursday at her residence. She was retired from Genesco. Usrey was a member of the New Union The Baptist Church and the Smithville Business and Professional Women’s Club. The funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Interment will be in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Mrs. Usrey was preceded in death by her husband, Arzie Usrey; and her parents, Brackett and Nadene Luna. Survivors include two daughters, Deana and Jack Green of Smithville and Cindy and Myron Rhody of Dowelltown; one son, Rickey and Daphanee Usrey of Centertown; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Harold and Linda Luna of Smithville; and one sister Louise Wright of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Usrey to the DeKalb County Relay for Life, the New Union The Baptist Church, or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.




Catherine Deloris Newby

May 21, 2018

74 year old Catherine Deloris Newby of Smithville passed away Monday at NHC Smithville. She was a life long resident and public servant of DeKalb County. Newby was retired from the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Donnie Kelly will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 8 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Linnie Reeder Summers; a son, Dennis Ellis; and two brothers, Junior Summers and Lairey Summers. Survivors include a son, Shannon Newby of Smithville. Granddaughters, Natasha and David Miller, Brandy Newby, and Shelley Newby all of Smithville. Sisters, Helen and David Fox of Smithville and Dianne and Ricky Taylor of Murfreesboro. Great grandchildren, Autumn Reinhart and Steven Miller of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




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