Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Allocco

April 21, 2022

Mary Elizabeth Allocco age 64, of the Short Mountain Community passed away Saturday morning, April 16, 2022, at St Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. She was born June 18, 1957 to her parents the late Thomas Ross and Inas Irene Beatty Hill. Ms. Allocco was a Girl Scout Leader for many years, Volunteer Firefighter at Short Mountain for several years, and was a mechanical engineer. She is survived by her sister, Cindy Hill of the Short Mountain Community; brothers, Dusty (Janice) Hill of Florida and Bob Hill of Ohio; nephew, Tommy Hill. The family has chosen a direct cremation and a Memorial Gathering will be held Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 3:00PM until 5:00PM at Gondola Restaurant in McMinnville. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Melvin Earl Barrett

April 21, 2022

Melvin Earl Barrett age 88 years and 9 months, passed away April 20, 2022 at his residence in Woodbury. He was born July 28, 1933 to his parents the late W. H. and Bertha Walker Barrett. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by son-in-law, Larry Prater; brothers, W. T., Donald and Austin Barrett; sister, Ovie Bogle; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Altie and Elzie Vickers. Mr. Barrett was a member of Old Pleasant View Baptist Church, served in the United States Army, worked at Carrier Corporation for 29 years and Colonial for 18 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Glynda Vickers Barrett of Woodbury; daughter, Pamela Prater of Woodbury; granddaughter, Jessica Prater of Woodbury; several nieces and nephews also survive. Graveside services will be held Saturday April 23, at 2:00PM at Pleasant View Cemetery with Bro. Russell Vickers officiating and burial to follow. There will not be any visitation at the funeral home. Everyone will meet at the Pleasant View Cemetery at 2:00PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Betty Jean Malone

April 16, 2022

Betty Jean Malone age 86 of Dowelltown, went home to be with the Lord on Friday morning, April 15, 2022 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was born November 4, 1935 to her parents, the late Joe Don and Bonnie Judkins Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Malone; daughter, Donna Willoughby; 2 granddaughters, Cindy Armour and Dana Malone; 1 grandson, Cody Ray and 2 stillborn infant grandsons, Sammy and Mitchell Ray; 1 brother, Tommy (Sue) Hall; infant sister, Roberta Hall; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don (Loretta) Malone, Debbie (Danny) Bishop and Frances (Troy) Moss. She was born in Lebanon and grew up in Alexandria. Mrs. Betty was a member of the Lower Helton The Baptist Church and retired at the age of 70 after having worked 32 years as a cook in the DeKalb County School System. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. She leaves to cherish her memory, 2 children, Wayne (Doris) Malone of Dowelltown, Lisa (Kenneth) Ray of Smithville; grandchildren, Johnathon (Rena) Willoughby of Smithville, Jessie (Gennie) Willoughby of Sparta, Andy (Heather) Malone of Coalmont, Joe Ray and Johnny Ray both of Smithville; and John Armour; great-grandchildren, Brittney (Nathan) Gard, Nathan (Hannah) Armour, Kelly Armour, Preston Ray, Jathan and Lydia Willoughby, Jake, Maddie and Jessie Wilson; great-great-grandchildren, Makenlee, Logan and Reese Gard, Klara and Khloe Armour and Tristan Baynes; 3 brothers, J D (Becky) Hall of Lebanon, Jerald (Sherry) Hall and Bobby (Fay) Hall both of Alexandria; sister-in-law, Jimmie (David) Carter of Alexandria; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, April 17, 2022 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dennis Woods officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 1 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Patricia Lynn Young Killian

April 15, 2022

Patricia Lynn Young Killian was born on February 21st, 1956 in Smithville, Tennessee. She went to her Savior peacefully at her home on April 12th, 2022, after bravely battling ALS for over five years with her indomitable spirit and unwavering faith.

She was a native of Smithville, Tennessee and the daughter of the late Grady Lee Tramel and Christine Johnson Tramel. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and sister, Phyllis Faye Cantrell. Survivors include her husband: Jerry Killian; son: Chad Young and wife, Casi, Nashville; daughters: Emily Young, Knoxville, and Lindsay Young Honaker and husband, Brian, Knoxville; stepsons: Jeff Killian and wife, Catey, Knoxville, and Scott Killian, Asheville; grandchildren: Eva Ruth and Arthur Wynn Killian (Jeff), Annie Beth and Tramel Wilson Honaker (Lindsay), and Emma Sue and Mattox Wilson Young (Chad). She is also survived by brother Ronnie Tramel and sister Donna Puckett, both of Smithville, along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Trish was talented and wore many hats – makeup artist, interior designer, physician recruiter, soux chief, and she was one amazing realtor. But, there is no doubt her greatest joy was her adventure as Grandy. She relished every minute spent with her grandbabies. She taught them all about the kitchen, Jesus, making cookies, and decorating cakes.

If you ever had the chance to enjoy a meal at her table it is likely one of the best you’ve had. From pinto beans to fancy tenderloins and every recipe in between – she mastered them all.

Trish loved baking cakes, gospel music, Jimmy Buffet, Grey’s Anatomy, canning vegetables every summer, and growing roses. She loved banana split blizzards, grilled cheese, chocolate gravy, Chapstick, and diet coke. She was a member of First Baptist Church Concord.

She and her true love Jerry loved a long drive or exotic adventure, from the curvy roads of Tennessee to the coast of Aruba and even the Dairy Queen. They had so much fun. She will forever be his favorite co-pilot.

She loved her babies, Chadwick, Emily Beth, Lindsay Anne, more than anything in the world. There was no corner of the earth too far her to journey if they called and needed her. There is no doubt that “Mom” was her favorite title.

If you needed something and she had it – she gave it to you. If she didn’t, she would try to find it. Her true passion was working in ministries that served and supported single moms.

Our family has been loved on, cared for, and supported by so many friends and a handful of agencies during Mom’s battle with ALS. We want to extend our gratitude to our team at Tennova Hospice, especially Terri, Marie, Indy, Josh, and Tim. And we are awfully thankful for a few gals who provided so much comfort and guidance along the way, Angela, Cydna, and Andrea.

Funeral services will be held at Click Funeral Home on Kingston Pike in Farragut, Tennessee on Saturday, April 16th, at 2:00pm. Prior to that, the family will receive friends between noon and 2:00pm on the same day. The service will be officiated by Paul Standifer; music will be provided by Jason Jennings, Luanne Wade, and Lauren Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be: Chad Young, Jeff Killian, Scott Killian, Brian Honaker, Ronnie Tramel, Craig Killian, Jason Killian, Stephen Sloan, and Jason Jennings.

Trish was one of the kindest people on earth and we are privileged that Heaven let us borrow her for 66 years.




Mrs. Ruby Jean Harville Young

April 14, 2022

Mrs. Ruby Jean Harville Young age 70 of Smithville, TN passed away Wednesday night, April 13, 2022 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Mrs. Young was born on July 16, 1951 in Smithville, TN to her parents, the late Jack & Nettie Miller Merriman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmie Merriman. She was a Christian , she worked in the Nursery Industry and was also a Homemaker.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 11am at Banks Cemetery. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home. Family and friends will gather at the cemetery just prior to the 11am services.

Survivors include her Husband, Clyde Randall Young of Smithville, TN & 2 Sons, Gene Lattimore & Eric Lattimore. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Thomas Paul Close

April 11, 2022

Mr. Thomas Paul Close age 89 of Smithville, TN passed away Sunday night, April 10, 2022 at his home.

Mr. Paul Close was born on August 27, 1932 in Liberty, TN to his parents, the late Elmer & Alta Page Close. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruetta Kirby Close. 3 brothers, Ed, Hoyte & Odis Close. 5 sisters, Barbie Spencer, Opal Cantrell, Drusie Meyers, Jo Kania & Mary Damali. Mr. Paul worked for TRW (Ross Gear) for over 33 years before he retired and he was a lifelong farmer. He attended Mt. Herman Baptist Church and was a member of Snow Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Paul served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 2pm from the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Mike Gay and Bro. Jonathan Willoughby will be holding the service with burial to follow at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, from 3pm-8pm & Wednesday, from 10am until the service time at 2pm.

Survivors include 2 Sons, Phillip (Sue) Close & Richard (Gina) Close all of Smithville, TN. 4 Grandchildren, Shayne (Kevin) Pitts of Knoxville, TN, Chris (Kelly) Close of Murfreesboro, TN, Caden Close & Conner Close both of Smithville, TN. 4 Great Grandchildren, Aaron Close & Hannah Close both of Murfreesboro, TN, Leah Pitts & Madeline Pitts both of Knoxville, TN. 2 Sisters, Margie (AW) Patterson of Mt. Juliet, TN & Doris Estes of Smithville, TN. Sister-in-law, Jo Puckett of Smithville, TN. Several Nieces, Nephews & Cousins also survive.

Special thanks to Jimmie Kirby and Brandi Cantrell for helping take care of Mr. Paul for the last 8 months.

In addition to flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




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