Obituaries

Doyle Hi Christian

February 20, 2020

83 year old Doyle Hi Christian of Woodbury went on to be with the Lord surrounded by family on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was born September 29th, 1936 in DeKalb County and married the love of his life on October 28, 1955 in Smithville. He was a trader, farmer, and logger for over 40 years before his retirement. More importantly he was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

Doyle was saved and served the Lord with all his heart. Doyle loved his family and was a wonderful provider for them throughout his life. He could often be found on the farm, in the woods, or trading. Doyle was a quiet man that used the sunrise as his alarm clock. Though he said little, his life led his family by example and his actions spoke volumes.

Mr. Christian loved life and enjoyed being in nature. Throughout life, he made many friends at livestock barns and trading adventures. Doyle had an amazing smile and contagious laughter that would make people want to be around him. Doyle was an honest, hard-working man that his family loved and will be reunited with one day in heaven.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. David Dodd will officiate with burial to follow at DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, February 22nd from 11am-8pm and Sunday, February 23rd from 10am until the service time at 1pm.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by a Daughter, Reba Provins. 2 Grandchildren, Gary Mitchell Fleet & Candy Annette Fleet. Sisters, Elizabeth Davis, Evangeline Hood, Margaret Fields, Pauline Elrod, Maggie Wheeler. Brothers, James, Erbie & Eugene Christian. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Jessie Ramsey Christian of Woodbury. 2 Daughters, Linda & George Tripp of Liberty & Sally Sullivan of Bonecave. 5 Grandchildren, Paula Davis of Woodbury, Heidi Herman of Woodbury, Angela Georgette Tripp of Liberty, Sara & Brandon Johnson of Chattanooga, Cassie Leigh Tripp of Liberty. 6 Great Grandchildren, Lydia Danielle & Eric Cantrell of Lebanon, Katelyn Alysia Carr of Chattanooga, Christian Aron Trail of Liberty, Brady Doyle Davis of Murfreesboro, Oliver Johnson & Zayne Johnson both of Chattanooga. Sister, Kathleen & Bill Moss of Buffalo Valley. Brother, Roy & Margie Christian of Buffalo Valley.

In addition to flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in memory of Mr. Doyle Christian.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Corbin Eudene Keith

February 14, 2020

Corbin Eudene Keith age 88 of Smithville passed away Thursday night, February 13, 2020 at his residence. He was born July 5, 1931 in Smithville. He was preceded in death by his mother, O’Fallon Keith Pack; wife, Marine Hill Keith; son, Dennis Layne Keith. Mr. Corbin was a member of the Outreach Baptist Church and a U.S. Army Veteran with 27 years of service and worked at Pirtle Nursery and Bouldin & Lawson in McMinnville. He is survived by 2 daughters, Kathy (Phil) DeBord of Smithville and Janda (Joshua) Hendrixson of Smithville; special granddaughters, Lori Keith of Lebanon and Stephanie Davis of McMinnville; 3 grandchildren, Cara (Shaun) Everson of Ft. Hood, Texas, Jason (Rachel) DeBord of Lawton, OK, Crystal (Billy) Sandell of Cookeville; 12 great- grandchildren, Shea (Justin) Foster of Smithville, Arrion (Emily) Matthews of Smithville, Arianna Matthews of Cookeville, Alanna (Brandon) Jones of Baxter, Lance Curtis of McMinnville, Kaleb Everson of Ft. Hood, TX, Nathan Zakszewski of Lawton, OK and Keegan DeBord of Lawton, OK, Dillyn Keith of Cookeville, Corey McCloud of Cookeville, Alyssa McCloud of Cookeville, and Jaden Everson of Fort Hood, Texas. 6 great-great-grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Jr., Mackenzie Hendrixson, Serenity Foster, Avery Martin, Addison Jones and Ronald Jones. Funeral services will be 1 P.M. Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Nathan Thomason and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be Monday 1 P.M. until 7 P.M. and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 P.M.  In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Outreach Baptist Church Building Fund, in memory of Mr. Corbin. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Linda Garnett Landahl

February 14, 2020

Mrs. Linda Garnett Landahl age 77 of Smithville, TN, died Friday, February 07, 2020, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro, TN. She was born in Woodbury, TN on April 03, 1942, was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Landahl was preceded in death by her parents Dixie Denby and Rebecca Elizabeth Gunter Hale, husband Robert Benjamin Landahl, sons Michael Joe Hildreth and Steven Bradley Hildreth, and brother Jerry Denby Hale.

Survivors include her daughter Tammy Burton, grandchildren Travis Davenport, Justin Davenport, Kristy Stubblefield, Taran Hildreth, Kaylan Hildreth, Matthew Hildreth, and Brandy Chantelle, great grandchildren Madeline Stubblefield, Olivia Grace Davenport, and Emily Faith Davenport, and niece Leslie Crabtree. Many family friends also survive.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4:00 P.M. Sunday, February 16, 2020, at Barren Fork Baptist Church. Bro. Dave Dawson will officiate.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 931-473-6606.




Donna Greer

February 13, 2020

Donna Greer age 56 of Smithville passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 12, 2020 at her residence. She was born August 12, 1963 to her parents, the late Earl and Sandra Titcombe Allen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Brown. She was a Baptist and a cook. She is survived by 5 children, Jason Allen of Smithville, Ashley Mingle of Smithville, Cody Boner of Smithville, Sandra Knight of Smithville and Sue Knight of Clarksville; 12 grandchildren, Justin Allen, Kensley Allen, Brantley Boner, Noah Boner, Gracie Boner, Hunter Harville, Chris Gibbs, Navaya Knight, Anna Knight, Katelyn Knight, Romeo Knight, Dillon Johnson; 2 great-grandchildren, Addison and Ayden Gibbs; 1 brother, Steve Allen of Gainesboro. Graveside services and interment will be 11:AM Saturday, February 15, 2020 at DeKalb Cemetery with Bro. Steve Allen officiating. There will not be any visitation at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at DeKalb Cemetery for the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Floyd Lee Culwell

February 13, 2020

Floyd Lee Culwell age 73 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, February 8, 2020 at the V.A. Medical Center in Nashville. He was born June 14, 1946 to his parents, the late Eligah Brown and Lera Josie Summers Culwell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Fermon and Boyd Culwell and 3 sisters, Ocia Marie Arnold, Sarah Frances Hullett and Evie Mai Culwell. Floyd was a mechanic and a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Vietnam. Survivors include 4 children, Floy Lee Culwell, II of Smithville, Samantha Greene of Sparta, Michelle Gurley of Smithville and Sandra Culwell of Smithville; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Wanda Cantrell of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 3:30 PM Saturday, February 15, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Lawson officiating and burial will follow in Bonham Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Saturday 11:AM until the time of the service at 3:30PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Maurice Lee Griffith

February 13, 2020

Maurice Lee Griffith age 59 of Dowelltown passed away Tuesday February 11, 2020 at his residence. He was born October 31, 1960 to his parents, the late S.B. Griffith and Bobbie Jean Neal Houk. Maurice was a Baptist and a drywall finisher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Stephan Patrick; step-son, Jerry Lee Estes; 2 brothers, James and Jimmy Griffith; 2 sisters, Marie McBride and Teresa Griffith. Funeral services for Mr. Griffith will be held 1 p.m.
Saturday February 15, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial to follow in Mt. Ararat Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Saturday 10:AM until time of the service at 1 p.m.
Survivors include 2 sons, Matthew and Billy Griffith both of Smithville; 1 granddaughter, Kynlee Griffith; several step-grandchildren; mother of his children, Darlene Jackson of Smithville; 2 sisters, Deborah Page of Dowelltown and Melissa Culwell of Smithville; 1 brother, Charles (Phyllis) Griffith of Alexandria; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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