Obituaries

Bobby Lane Cantrell

May 10, 2022

Bobby Lane Cantrell age 58, of the Belk Community, passed away Monday May 9, 2022 at his residence. He was born December 8, 1963 to his parents, Linda Graham Cantrell and the late Billy Gene Cantrell. He worked in Manufacturing. He is survived by his mother, Linda Cantrell of Smithville; sister, Donna (Phillip) Summerford of Arthur, IL; brother, Darryl (Rachel) Cantrell of Smithville; nieces and nephews, Alizabeth Frazier, Hailey Stotts, Hannah Cantrell, Mareia Cantrell and Ethan Cantrell. Graveside Services and interment will be 5 PM Thursday May 12, 2022 at New Union Cemetery in the Belk Community with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 PM till 4 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. We will leave at 4 PM to go to the New Union Cemetery for the graveside service. The family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Ronald Lawrence Huffstetler

May 10, 2022

Ronald Lawrence Huffstetler, was born on June 16, 1937. He lived a long and accomplished life. He was the first born of Clarence and Minnie Huffstetler, and he had three younger brothers, Norman, Jack, and Harris. He grew up in an idyllic setting on the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains, off Block House Road, in a place called Carpenters Campground, just outside of Maryville in east Tennessee. He was a graduate of Everett High School.

During the mid-1950’s in the hills of east Tennessee, the New York Yankees came calling, and he signed up to play baseball with them right out of high school. Ronald then spent a couple of memorable years playing baseball for the Yankees organization in the Nebraska farm leagues. Afterwards, he spend a short stint at the University of Tennessee where he met his wife, Peggy. He then joined the United States Air Force Reserves and served at Stewart Air Force base in Smyrna, Tennessee. While on deployment in Puerto Rico, he injured his ankle and was honorable discharged. While recuperating from this injury, he picked up a guitar and began a career as a county music entertainer where he was noticed and picked up by Buddy Killen and signed with United Artist. He was a member of the Country Music Song Writer’s Association and went by the stage name, Rink Hardin.He went on to write songs for Marty Robbins and Johnny Horton. He performed at the Grand Ole Opry several times and toured with likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, and George Jones over the years.

After he left the music business, he began work on the shipping docks and H.D. Lee Company near Nashville, TN. He rose through the ranks where he became a member of the management team. After retiring from Lee, he and his wife built a cabin on a farm in Lebanon before finally settling down to the family place on Hurricane Ridge at Center Hill Lake.

Ronald was preceded in life by his father and mother, Clarence and Minnie and brother Norman.

He is survived by his wife Peggy; brothers, Jack and Harris; sons, Marlon and wife Ginger; and Ricky; grandchildren, Mitchell, Grayson, Garrett, and Morgan. He passed away quietly at his home of natural causes on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 84 years of age.

Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, May 11 from 10am until the time of the funeral service at 1pm at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.




David Earl “Squirrel” Bain

May 9, 2022

Mr. David Earl “Squirrel” Bain age 59 of McMinnville, TN, died Sunday, May 08, 2022. He was born December 24, 1962 (he often quoted to those he was close to ‘my birthday’s coming up’), in McMinnville, TN, was a self-employed nurseryman and provided lawncare services throughout the community. He grew up in the Dibrell and Short Mountain area, attended the People’s Baptist Church as a youth and later attended Friendship Baptist Church and Smartt First Baptist Church. Squirrel was often described as ‘One of a Kind’. He was a good judge of character, loved his family and children most of all, was proud to be a grandfather, and enjoyed aggravating those he cared most about. Mr. Bain was preceded in death by his parents Jack Smith Bain and Francis Irene Self Bain, brother Charles Lee Bain, sister Jackie Dianne Bain Roberts, and nephew Jacob King.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years Linda Taylor Bain, daughter Andrea Bain Hillis and her husband Chris Hillis, son Taylor Bain and his wife Morgan Thaxton-Bain, granddaughter Navie Michele Bain, brothers Joe Darrell (Tonya) Bain and Marlon Smith (Gail) Bain, special friend Cody Cantrell, many cherished friends and family members, and several loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Funeral service will be 3:30 P.M. Thursday, May 12, 2022 at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Johnny Paul Newby and Larry Self will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and again on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. at McMinnville Funeral Home.




Jimmy Dwayne Evans

May 9, 2022

Mr. Jimmy Dwayne Evans, age 61 of Smithville, TN passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022 at his residence.

Mr. Evans was born on January 24, 1961 in Smithville, TN to his parents, the late Charles & Frankie Jo Stewart Evans. A Brother, Gary Evans also precedes him in death. He was retired from Nissan and was a Christian. Jimmy served in the National Guard when he was younger.

The family has chosen cremation. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later time.

Survivors include 5 Brothers, Larry (Jannie) Evans of Smithville, TN, Danny (Diane) Evans of Cannon County, TN, Ronnie (Carolyn) Evans of Smithville, TN, Eddie (Julie) Evans of Rockwood, TN, Frank (Darlene) Evans of Smithville, TN & Wanda (Roger) Bradford of Smithville, TN. Several Nieces & Nephews also survive.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




U.L. LaFever

May 5, 2022

Mr. U.L. LaFever, age 76 of DeKalb County, TN passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Stones River St. Thomas Hospital in Woodbury, TN.

Mr. LaFever was born on July 11, 1945 in DeKalb County, TN to his parents, the late Verble & Lula Dunn LaFever. Also preceding him in death is a daughter-in-law, Dana Purkey LaFever. Mr. LaFever had retired as the Owner/Operator of Center Hill Sports Marine & was a member of the Rescue Squad.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 2pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Tim Bumbalough will officiate with burial to follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Friday from 2pm-8pm & Saturday from 11am until the time of services at 2pm.

Survivors include his Wife of over 50 years, Helen Perry LaFever of Smithville, TN. Son, Eugene LaFever of Sparta, TN. Granddaughter, Sahara “Sara Beth” LaFever of Smithville, TN. Sister, Louisa (Jack) Phelps of Nashville, TN. Brother, Calvin Urias LaFever (Merle Sandlin) of Smithville, TN. Sister-in-law, Sue (Jimmy) Bryson of Donelson, TN.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




Mrs. Joeneal Green Colwell

May 4, 2022

Mrs. Joeneal Green Colwell age 80 of Rock Island passed away Tuesday at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Colwell was a retired seamstress with Form Fit Rogers and a member of New Union The Baptist Church for 48 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Colwell and her parents, William Bertram & Elsie Maureen Jones Green.

Visitation with the Colwell family will be on Wednesday from 3:30 to 8:00 at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and on Thursday at New Union The Baptist Church from 10:00 until service time at 1:00. Bro. Keith Sims & Bro. Darrell Cantrell will officiate and burial will be in New Union Cemetery.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Linda (Joshua) Parris, 1 son, Henry Lee (Kathy) Colwell, 3 grandchildren, Heather Michelle Colwell, Patrick Lee Cowell & Carl Andrew Parris all of Rock Island, sister-in-law- Patty (Jerry) Cantrell and brother-in-law, Eddie Colwell all of Smithville. Several nieces & nephews also survive.

The family has asked that donations please be made to the Dibrell Memorial Museum to help with a new roof.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




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