January 15, 2021
80 year old Sam Odom of Smithville died Friday at NHC of Smithville. He was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church, a retired pastor, farmer, mule skinner and former member of the DeKalb County Board of Education. Mr. Odom’s request was to have a private graveside service at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Jack Patterson will officiate. No visitation will be held. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Mildred Mangum Odom, sister, Dorothy Jean Gresham; brother, William Carl Odom; and son-in-law Greg Ray. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Billie Ann Odom. Four children, Marica Odom Sandlin, Shayne and Jamie Odom, and Jonathan and Sonya Odom all of Smithville and Amanda Odom Ray of Clarksville. Nine grandchildren, Ashley Odom Williams, Shandi Sandlin, Josh Odom all of Smithville, Jake Odom of Murfreesboro, Chris Odom of Smithville, Dillion Brown of Nebraska, Grace Odom of Smithville and Nicholas and Allie Ray of Clarksville. Sister, Reba Draiman of Florida. Brother, Phillip Odom of Nashville. Also survived by several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
William Hayden James Pugh
January 15, 2021
We lost our angel William Hayden James Pugh, stillborn January 7, 2021 at Centennial Women’s Hospital in Nashville, TN. Baby William is preceded in death by his grandparents Tommy and Lisa Pugh, his grandpa Aubrey Meece and great-aunt Linda Stienmark. Little William is survived by his twin brother Thomas Hunter Pugh his five brothers and sisters Koby Howard, Ceanna Howard, Alvictor Jr., Mercy Weir and his grandmother Joann Meece as well as lots of loving, and caring cousins. Graveside services will be 1 PM Tuesday January 19, 2021 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. There will not be any visitation or services held at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Donna Kay Knowles
January 14, 2021
Donna Kay Knowles age 70 passed away Tuesday night January 12, 2021 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. She was born November 6, 1950 to her parents, the late Grady Austin and Emmojean Jones Neal. She worked at Walmart for 14 years, owner of Big K’s K9’s and a member of the Smithville Church of God. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Friday January 15, 2021 at the Smithville Church of God with Bros. Chris Moore and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 4 PM until 7 PM and Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. All visitation will be held at the Smithville Church of God. Due to COVID-19 please exercise social distancing. Survivors include her husband of 53 years Donald Knowles of Smithville; Children: Richie (Martha) Knowles, Amanda Knowles both of Smithville; Grandchildren: Gabriel (Kylee) Knowles, Hannah Knowles both of Smithville; 2 Great-Granddaughters: Emberleigh and Emryn; Special Great-Nephew: Joshua Neal; 3 Sisters: Nina Lawrence of Smithville, Betty (Glynn) Byford, Diane (Danny) Evans both of McMinnville; 4 Brothers: David (Gloria) Neal of McMinnville, Kenneth (Jeanette) Neal, Jimmy (Carol) Neal, Danny Neal all of Smithville; Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
January 14, 2021
Ruta Ivy went home January 11, 2021. Ruta was born in Riga, Latvia in July, 1941 and immigrated to the U.S. during WWII. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was dedicated to rescuing animals and the Warren County Humane Society. Ms. Ivy was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McMinnville.
She is preceded in death by Christine DeLaCruz – daughter, Jimmy Ivy-husband, Vera Dabolins-mother, Arnold Dabolins-stepfather, Richard Priesburg-father, Natalie Tiltins -aunt and many loving pets
Ms. Ivy is survived by children; Dan(Cris Mangin) DeLaCruz of Smithville, Peter (Liz Boyd) DeLaCruz of Nashville. Sister, Ilze (Mike) Valente of Chicago, IL. Cousin; Valda (Gerry) Gebhart of Chicago, IL. Grandchildren; Sam (Jessieca) Hyneman, Rochelle (Mark) Bailey, Jacob DeLaCruz, Nolan Mangin, Braeden Mangin, Nicole (Kevin) Pedigo, Jesse Adams, Ryan Adams, Candace Smith. Great grandchildren; Noah and James Marone, Adielynn and Maddix Hyneman, Nolan and Madeline Bailey.
Memorial Service to be held at Ruta’s former home Sunday January 17 at 1:30pm, 551 Kirby Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110. This will be mostly outside in a casual setting. Lunch to follow.
Pastor David McMinn officiating .
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local animal shelter.
Ralph Edwin Gay
January 13, 2021
Ralph Edwin Gay age 78 of Smithville passed Tuesday afternoon at Tri-Star Medical Center in Nashville. He was born October 4, 1942 to his parents, the late Willie E. and Susie Jane Pirtle Gay. He worked at the DeKalb Co. Highway Dept. and was a member at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Sisters: Naomi Cripps, Evelyn Underwood, Dean Waggoner; Brothers: Edsel & Austin Gay. A Graveside service will be held 2 PM Thursday January 14, 2021 at Bethel Cemetery with Bro. Bill Robertson & Bro. Ronnie Gay officiating. Due to Covid-19 please exercise social distancing. Survivors include 3 sons: Mike (Michelle) Gay of Cookeville, Daryl (Jennifer) Gay, Thomas(Denise) Reed both of Smithville; Grandchildren: Brandon Gay, Gracie Woodside, Christian Gay, Ashlyn Gay, Allison Gay, Amanda Vaughn, Laura Reed; Great-Grandchildren: Grayson, Jackson, Gunner, Kinsley, Brayden, Maddie, Van, Amelia; Brother: Ronnie (Cathy) Gay of Fayetteville; Brother-in-law: Ray Doyle Cripps of Smithville; Sister-in-law: Miranda Gay of Minnesota. In addition to flowers family asked that donations be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Mr. Ralph. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is is charge of the arrangements.
Helen “Tony” Baker
January 12, 2021
Helen “Tony” Baker, age 87, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Smith County Health and Rehab in Carthage, TN.
Tony was born April 9, 1933 in Sykes, TN, a daughter of the late Ollie Lee Wills and Beulah Granstaff Wills. She was also preceded in death by brothers; C.D. Wills and Roy Wills, infant sister; Dixie Odell Wills, brother-in-law; Tommy Nixon, Son; Joel Baker, daughter; Glenda Baker, and husband; Bobby Baker.
Tony Baker was a faithful member of the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She worked at the Alexandria Shirt Factory/Red Kap for several years. She was a 1951 graduate of Gordonsville High School.
Ms. Baker is survived by Children; Ricky (Ria) Baker of Alexandria, TN, and Wendy Baker of Sykes, TN. Grandsons; Travis (Brandye) Thomas, Josh Baker, Derrick (Stacey) Baker, and Alexey Floyd. Granddaughters; Jessie Baker, Avalon Floyd, Samantha (J.R.) Spain, Donna (Kyle) Garbe, and Tori Baker. Great-grandsons; Jonathan Baker, Lucas Spain, Jackson Spain, and Jordan (Jennelle) Wood. Great-granddaughters; Zoey Thomas, Cheyenne Baker, Sadie Baker, Taylor (Jeremy) Bratcher, and Isabella Spain. Great-great grandson; Oliver Wood. Sister; Ollie Jewel Nixon of Gordonsville, TN. Brother; Glenn (Lynn) Wills of Lebanon, TN. Sister-in-Law; Bettye Wills of Hickman, TN. Special Friends; Claudia and Denney Schooley.
Funeral Services for Tony Baker are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1PM with Rev. Dennis Croslin and Rev. Brent Wills officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be at Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10AM until service time at 1PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
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