Obituaries

William David Linder

March 15, 2021

William David Linder age 67 of Smithville, passed away Friday morning March 12, 2021 at his sisters home in Smithville. He was born April 30, 1953 to his parents, the late George Dalton and Gladys Raynell Ashburn Linder. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bryon Scott Linder; brother, Dalton Lee Linder and sister, Reba Nell Linder. David was a heavy equipment operator, worked at DTC for several years and worked at many other places in his lifetime and he attended Indian Creek Baptist Church. David leaves to cherish his memory 2 daughters, Jennifer Linder and fiance, Josh Bain and Tami Vanatta both of Smithville; son, Scottie Linder and fiance, Brandy Perry of Smithville; 3 sisters, Patricia Linder, Debra Anderson and Linda (George) Bibby all of Smithville; grandchildren, Braxton Linder, Logan Smith, Teka Linder, Brandon Linder, Ethan White, Elijah White, Brayden Nicholas, Tristen Vanatta, and Trevor Lance; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be 1:PM Monday, March 15, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Precious Memories Cemetery in Smithville. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 4:PM until 7:PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The pews in the chapel are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 for the service. 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.




Jerry Thomas Cantrell

March 12, 2021

Mr. Jerry Thomas Cantrell age 78 passed away at his residence in Smithville, March 11, 2021. He was born November 18, 1942 to his parents the late Ray Lee and Josephine Washer Cantrell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Glenda Buchanan. He attended Calvary Baptist Church and was a truck driver and a farmer. He is survived by a son, Jerry Lynn “Butch” (Kristi) Cantrell of McMinnville; daughter, Tina (Elize) Blakely of Kentucky; son-in-law, Stanley Holland of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Logan and Adam Cantrell of McMinnville, Jason Holland of Murfreesboro, Kevin Holland of South Carolina, Ethan Beasley, Rowan and Teegan Miller, Ryder Miller, Kayla Adams, Brayden Miller; great-grandchild, Ryan Thomas; special friend, Margie Miller of Smithville. A graveside service will be Saturday March 13, 2021 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens at 12:00 Noon. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Ricky Lee Shehane

March 12, 2021

Mr. Ricky Lee Shehane age 56 of Smithville, TN passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Emergency Room of St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Mr. Shehane was born on April 23, 1964 to his Parents, the late Maxie Shehane & Ruth Judkins Cantrell. Also preceding him in death is a Daughter, Jennifer Shehane & 2 Brothers, Melvin Shehane & Buck Ferrell. Sister, Felisha Cantrell. He was disabled and had been a Nursery Worker.

Mr. Shehane’s wishes were that he be cremated. The family will hold a memorial service at a later time.

Survivors include his Son, Clent Shehane & 2 God Sons, Cody Murphy & Alex Murphy. 3 Sisters, Sarah Rogers, Barbara Bates & Karen Stacey. Mother-in-law, Elizabeth Bain. Brother-in-law, Ricky & Melissa Murphy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to help with final expenses.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Winket Jefferson Tramel

March 12, 2021

Winket Jefferson Tramel of Huntsville, Alabama, died March 2, 2021, following complications from COVID.

He was born in Dekalb County Tennessee on January 18, 1938, to Tallmer Petway Tramel and Ocie Hale Beckwith Tramel.

He was married to the love of his life, Emily Jane Geer Tramel on June 15, 1958. He loved to tell everyone he met that he had been married over 62 ½ years to his wonderful wife, and that he loved her more now than the day that he married her. They had 2 children, Deborah Lynne Tramel Collette (David) and Robert Wallace Tramel (Terri).

Winket was a native of Dekalb County Tennessee and he graduated in 1956 from Dekalb County High School. He went on to graduate from Tennessee Technological University in 1963 with a degree in Civil Engineering. While in college he was elected to Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was honored to serve on the prestigious Joint Engineering Council. He lived and worked in McMinnville, Tennessee for the majority of his life, only recently moving to Huntsville, Alabama, to be near his children. He worked for 35 years for the same company, building many life long relationships, retiring in 1998 as a branch manager for APAC, Inc.

Prior to his move to Alabama, he was an active member of First United Methodist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee, where he loved to attend the Sunday Morning Contemporary Service. He was very involved in outreach and helping other people. He cooked and delivered meals for the Good Neighbor program, helped lead the Superstar program for seniors, and worked with the Fuel Bag program providing food for school children on weekends. His service to the community and to the church earned him a Special Mission Recognition Membership awarded by The United Methodist Women (UMW). He also prepared breakfast for Breakfast Rotary, which earned him an honorary Lifetime Rotary Membership.

Throughout his life he had many hobbies, some of which included photography, woodworking, model trains, and jigsaw puzzles. He loved to watch both the Tennessee Titans and the Tennessee Volunteers football games. He also earned a pilots license in his younger years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Tallmer Petway Tramel and Ocie Hale Beckwith Tramel; and two sisters, Christine Tramel Moore (Howard) and Ruth Beckwith Taylor (J.B.).

He is survived by his devoted wife Emily Jane Geer Tramel; his children, Deborah Lynne Tramel Collette (David) and Robert Wallace Tramel (Terri); three grandchildren, Emily Clare Collette (Bartlee Linton), Olivia Anne Collette, and Mark Robert Tramel; two sisters, Marguerite Tramel Jones (McKinley) and Linda Tramel Stanley (Fred); sister-in-law Virginia Geer Clifford (George); and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on March 19, 2021, at 10:00 am at Mt. View Cemetery in McMinnville, Tennessee. The family requests all attendees to wear masks and to social distance, regardless of vaccine status, in order to prevent the spread of COVID.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Building Fund at First United Methodist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee.

This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.




James Douglas Frazier, Jr.

March 11, 2021

James Douglas Frazier, Jr. age 82 of Alexandria, passed away Thursday morning, March 11, 2021 at his granddaughter’s home in Smithville. He was born January 16, 1939 to his parents, the late James Douglas and Lera Altie Ashburn Frazier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Hazel Frazier and 4 brothers, Azero, Norman, Henry and Lester Frazier. He was a carpenter and a Baptist. Junior is survived by 3 children, Kim (Gene) William of Alexandria, Shane (Beth) Frazier of Smithville and Kyshanna Frazier of Alexandria; grandchildren, Caressa Parker, Caleb Parker and Peyton Frazier; great-granddaughter, Trinity Parker; siblings, Roscoe (Pauline) Frazier of Dowelltown, Leo (Mildred) Frazier of GA, Neodia Cantrell of Dowelltown, Marie (Horace) Bratcher of Dowelltown, Virginia (Joe) Hendrixson of Liberty and Garlon (Ann) Frazier of Liberty; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday, March 13, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Friday 4 PM until 7 PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The pews in the chapel are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 people for the service. 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.




Jessica Owen

March 8, 2021

Jessica Owen age 43 passed away Saturday at her residence in Smithville. She was born January 4, 1978 to her parents James Owen and the late Cheryl Lynn Owen. She was affiliated with Freewill Baptist Church and worked in the office/clerical at Model City. Ms. Owen is survived by her father, James Owen of Smithville; 1 sister, Ashley Nichole Owen of Smithville; 1 brother, James Lynn (Jennifer) Owen of Smithville; 1 niece, Haylea Owen; 2 nephews, Christian and Colton Owen. Graveside services will be Wednesday March 10, 2021 at DeKalb Cemetery at 1:00PM with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. There will not be any services or visitation held at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery. The family asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




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