September 29, 2022
John Edward Michael age 82, of Smithville, passed away Tuesday September 27, 2022 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville. He was born October 25, 1939 to his parents, the late James and Pearl Michael. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Billy, Lee, and Eugene; 1 sister: Elizabeth. Mr. John was a member of Northside Baptist Church in McMinnville where he served as a Deacon, served in the United States Air Force and worked as an Engineer with Carrier Cooperation. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bettie Michael of Smithville; 2 daughters: Johnna West of Smithville, and Lori Michael of Smithville; 3 grandchildren: Sarah (Billy) Fuson, Ashley (Quentin) Cook, Waylon West and fiance Samantha Ballard; 4 great-grandchildren: Brooklyn Fuson, Aubree Fuson, Aiden Cook and Brilee Fuson; 2 sisters: Mary Michael, and Betty Riggins. Funeral services will be 4 PM Friday, September 30, 2022 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday 4 PM till 8 PM and on Friday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 4 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the
Patsy L. Hayes
September 29, 2022
Patsy L. Hayes, age 75 of Smithville, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2022 from advanced cancer diagnosed on June 2, 2022 while hospitalized in St. Thomas Rutherford. At the time of her death in NHC Heathcare (Smithville), she was receiving comfort care with hospice.
She was born May 26, 1947 to her parents, the late Bertie Fuston and Rex Hayes Jr. (Smithville). In addition, to her parents, she was proceeded in death by her grandparents, Rex Sr. and Lou Durham Hayes, Valter Ray and Verna Ballinger Fuston (Dry Creek), and a loving aunt and loyal friend, Frances Fuston Frazier (Smithville). She is survived by her sister, Peggy E. Hayes (San Diego), cousin and neighbor, Susan Frazier Hinton (Smithville), and several other cousins.
Patsy was a graduate of DeKalb County High School, attended Freed-Hardeman University, and competed training in cytology at the University of Tennessee (UT) in Memphis. As a cytotechnologist, she worked in the medical laboratories at UT Medical Center (Knoxville) and Erlanger Hospital (Chattanooga). Upon retirement (1997) due to a poor health prognosis, she returned to Smithville and resided with and cared for her mother on the century-old Hayes Family Farm.
Patsy will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, loyal sister, and a dedicated friend. She was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and an avid UT Lady Volunteers basketball fan. Over the years, she graciously accepted and cared for those many cats who arrived at her door (and stayed).
Patsy elected cremation, a Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Friday, September 30, 2022, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Dan Gulley, Family and Friends officiating. Visitation will be 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Smithville Church of Christ Day Care, Humane Society, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those within her community returned Patsy’s generous nature and loving spirit. Special thanks are extended to Kathryn Haley Kinsey, childhood neighbor and life-long friend, and her husband, Dick, for their unselfish devotion and loyalty.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruth Cantrell Prinzivalle
September 28, 2022
Ruth Cantrell Prinzivalle age 90, of Smithville, passed away Tuesday September 27, 2022, at her residence. Ruth was born December 29, 1931, to her parents, the late Fred Parker and Beulah Frances Ponder Cantrell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Vincent Prinzivalle; siblings, Bill, Lawrence, and Frank Cantrell, Ruby Ballard, and Nell Connolly. She was a former member of the Order of the Easter Star and worked at Champion Sparkplugs in Detroit. Ruth is survived by daughter, Kim (Steve) Nash of Smithville; stepson, Nick Prinzivalli of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Mary Cantrell Lawson and Jane Cantrell both of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, September 29, 2022, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday September 29, 2022, 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers donations may be made to the DeKalb Animal Shelter or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in memory of Mrs. Ruth. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Yuri Lidia Guerra Desirena
September 28, 2022
The funeral for 39-year-old Yuri Lidia Guerra Desirena of Smithville and a native of Mexico will be Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Smithville First Assembly of God with visitation Thursday 2 PM until 5 PM. Following the service, she will be taken back to Mexico for burial. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Lee Oma Harris
September 26, 2022
Funeral services for Lee Oma Harris, 90, of Smithville, TN, will be Wednesday, September 28 at 1 PM at the Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Smellage Memory Gardens in the Boma Community of Putnam County. Bro. John Pippin will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 AM until service time at the funeral home..
Mrs. Harris died Sunday morning, September 25, 2022 at the home of her daughter in Clarksville, TN.
She was born December 24, 1931 in Silver Point to the late Bailey Owen and Ethel Avo Shanks Carr.
Lee Oma was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, working in her flowers. She also liked listening to TALK Radio, painting oil portraits and watching the hummingbirds. She also went to Smithville Senior Citizens.
She was a graduate of Baxter Seminary and attended Draughons Business College.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Marlon “Marty” Dale Harris, sister Regina Olivo, brothers Owen D., Darrell., David and Arvin Carr.
Survivors include husband of 66 years (Married December 23, 1955) Billy Everett Harris of Smithville, daughter and son-in-law Jill and James Somerville of Clarksville, grandson Sean Everett Somerville, sister and brother-in-law Tommie and Jim Driver of Bowling Green, Ky, several nieces and nephews.
Baxter Chapel of Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
September 23, 2022
Randy Gilley age 63, of Smithville passed away Tuesday August 30, 2022, at St. Thomas Mid-Town Hospital. He was born June 27, 1959, to his parents the late James Garland and Ethel Mae Hale Gilley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Betty Gilley Young, Mark and Stevie Young. Mr. Gilley was a member of Cave Springs Missionary Baptist Church and worked at the Rock Crusher in Liberty for 13 years and for DeKalb County Highway Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, Joannia Thompson of Smithville; stepchildren, Lee Ann Brakeall of Alexandria, Joseph Thomason, Jr. of Smithville, and Dewayne Thomason of McMinnville; granddaughter, Brittany (Cody) Harrell; nieces, Leslie (Charles) Martin of Smithville, and Amanda Young of McMinnville; special cousin, Kenneth (Marie) Derting of Liberty. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Salem Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. There will not be any visitation or services at the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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