Shirley A. Gibbs

April 27, 2018

Shirley A. Gibbs age 69 of Dowelltown passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She is the wife of Billy Gibbs of Dowelltown. The funeral arrangements for Shirley are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Ruth Ann Holmes

April 26, 2018

89 year old Ruth Ann Holmes of Smithville passed away Wednesday at the Webb House. She was a US Navy veteran and a homemaker. The funeral will be at the Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The date and time have not yet been announced. Burial will be in the Onslow Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester G. Holmes Sr.. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia and William Russell of Smithville. A son, Chester Holmes, Jr. of North Carolina. A sister, Joan Schaub of Ohio. Four grandchildren, Ashley and Nathan Pettit of Smithville, Robert Russell of Shelbyville, William and Allison Russell, II of Georgia, and Jonathan and Brittany Russell of Georgia. Twelve great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Special thanks to everyone and the Webb House. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to a local food pantry of your choice.

Teresa Dedmon

April 26, 2018

Ms. Teresa Dedmon, age 54, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Teresa was born August 3, 1963, in Dekalb County, TN, daughter of Tommie Webster Dedmon and the late Buford C. Dedmon. She was also preceded in death by Brother; Buford Earl Dedmon. Teresa worked as an In-Home Caregiver. She also worked as a waitress and managed the Snow White Restaurant in Watertown, TN, for a number of years. Teresa was a loving daughter, taking exceptional care of her mother.

Ms. Dedmon is survived by Mother; Tommie Webster Dedmon of Alexandria, TN. Nieces; April (Joel) Armstrong of Hickman, TN, and Misty Dedmon of Smithville, TN. Four Great-Nieces; Brettany Hunt, Brylee Hunt, Layla Dedmon, and Monica Lomas. One Great-Nephew; Brady Hunt.

Funeral Services for Ms. Dedmon are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 3PM with Bro. Jason Rich officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hillview Cemetery.

Visitation with the Dedmon Family will be held at Avant Funeral Home on Friday from 3PM until 7PM and again on Saturday after 1PM until service time at 3PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Dedmon family requests memorials be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Avant Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

Trinity Hope Vincent

April 26, 2018

Stillborn Infant Trinity Hope Vincent the daughter of Joshua and Tracy McMillin Vincent was stillborn on April 13, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare in Lebanon on April 13, 2018. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Vernon Vincent and stillborn sister Jozie Lee Ann Vincent. In addition to her parents, she is survived by 3 siblings, Dakoda Vance, Destiny Vincent and Joshua Vincent, Jr.; maternal grandparents, Wanda Burden of North Carolina and Roy McMillin of Kentucky; paternal grandmother, Vickey Milligan of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. The family will hold a private service for Trinity Hope. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Stewart

April 24, 2018

Peggy Stewart of Smithville passed away Sunday afternoon April 22, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital. She was born March 12, 1947 to her parents, the late Gentry Edward Cantrell and Mary Elizabeth Cantrell Priest. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ricky Lynn Cantrell and Eddie “Buck” Cantrell and a daughter-in-law, Tina Young. She was the Co-owner of Stewart Auto Grooming, a member of Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church and Peggy’s real enjoyment was the Toys for Tots Ride she organized for over 15 years. Peggy leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 39 years, Phillip Stewart of Smithville; 3 children, Salana Letsinger of Florence, AL, Joe Young of Smithville and Brian (Cindy) Young of Greenbrier; 5 grandchildren, Brittany Faith Letsinger, Spencer Mason Letsinger, Alanna (Brandon) Jones, Cody Lane Lawrence and Emma Leigh Ashford; 5 great-grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Jr., Addison Jones, Ronald “Zeke” Jones, Raylyn Renee Lawrence and Hazley Lane Lawrence; 1 sister, Barbara Farmer of Smyrna and 1 niece, Sundi Blanchard of Smyrna. Funeral Services will be conducted 2 PM Thursday, April 26, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Cantrell Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 3 PM until 8 PM and Thursday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Minnie Willene “Bill” Crawford

April 23, 2018

McMinnville resident and Warren County native Minnie Willene “Bill” Crawford, age 94, was born October 15, 1923 and died April 22, 2018 at Raintree Manor following a two-week illness.

A homemaker and a member of Shellsford Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late Thurman and Bessie Whiteaker Butcher. She was married on March 5, 1943 to James Thelvin Crawford who preceded her in death on January 20, 2009. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son, Jerry Crawford; two sisters, Geneva Warren and Emma Jean Cole; and two brothers, Rabon and Alton Butcher.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Linda Crawford of Smithville, TN and Tommy and Leisa Crawford of McMinnville; eight grandchildren and spouses, Tracy Crawford, Blake and Tonya Crawford, Justin and Keri Crawford, Seth Crawford, Toby Crawford, Amy and Daniel Seber, Kandi and Tim Barnes, and Amanda and Bo McCracken; thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brother and sister-in-law, Clinton and Irene Butcher of McMinnville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Betty Jo Crawford, Bobbie Crawford and Paul Edward Crawford all of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Shellsford Baptist Church with Chuck Craig officiating. Burial will follow in Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at High’s.

Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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