Obituaries

William Leffel Redmon

June 12, 2024

Mr. William Leffel Redmon, age 91 of Smithville, passed away early Wednesday morning at his residence. He was retired after employment for 12 years at Genesco and 24 years at Carrier Corporation. He was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle.

He was born in Smithville on July 19, 1932. He was preceded in death by his parents; Christopher Lee and Eliza Jane Martin Redmon, 1 brother; Jackson Lee Redmon and 1 sister; Lucille Beshearse.

Visitation with family will be on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 12:00 noon until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Brother Martin Bell will officiate.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years; Ophylnn France Redmon, 1 daughter; Sonia (Kenneth) Vinson of Cloverport, TN and 1 sister; Gail (Paul) Blair of Smithville.

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




Alvin Anthony Armour

June 11, 2024

Mr. Alvin Anthony Armour, age 69 of Smithville, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2024. He was a nurseryman for more than 46 years, and a sanitation worker for the DeKalb County Landfill for the last 7 years. He was a member of New Home Baptist Church.

He was born on October 29, 1954 in Nashville, TN to his parents, the late Jessie and Clara Mai Bratcher Armour. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Kilgore Armour; and 2 brothers, Jessie Armour, Jr. and Kenneth Armour.

Visitation with the Armour family will be on Thursday from 3-8pm and on Friday from 10am until 1pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 1pm in the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Armour is survived by 2 daughter, Peggy (Mike) Redmon and Brenda (Wayne) Adcock; 2 sons, David (Terrie) Kilgore and John (Ginda) Kilgore; 8 grandchildren, Connor Hullett, Lauren (Cole) Parsley, Byron (Paige) Adcock, Colby (Taylor) Kilgore, Clay (Mariah) Kilgore, Colby Barnes, Kolter Kilgore, and Kora Kilgore; and 9 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Home Baptist Church or St. Jude Children Hospital.

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




Randall “Pappy” Taylor

June 9, 2024

Randall “Pappy” Taylor age 69 of the Short Mountain Community, passed away Saturday morning, June 8, 2024, at his residence. He was born July 12, 1954, in Smithville, to his parents, the late George Emery and Minnie Louise Estes Taylor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Taylor and sister, Tammy Davenport. Pappy worked with the Cannon County Highway Department. He is survived by 2 sisters, Brenda Barrett and Georgene (Jeffrey) Grisham both of Liberty; brother, Russell Taylor of Woodbury; niece, Brenda (Wayne) Lattimore; great-nieces, Miranda, Serenity and Brandi; great-nephew, Joshua Grisham; honorary sister, Glenda Hale; honorary brother, Mark Pryor and 2 special friends, Charles Taylor and Steven Hobbs. Graveside services and interment will be 1 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at Melton Cemetery at Short Mountain with Gary Hancock officiating. There will not be any visitation at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service at 1 PM Tuesday. The family asks that in addition to flowers, donations be made to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is honored to care for the Taylor family.




Jo Evelyn Bratcher Vaughn

June 8, 2024

Mrs. Jo Evelyn Bratcher Vaughn, age 71 of Smithville, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at St. Thomas West in Nashville. She worked at Stones River Hospital for over 30 years as a certified dietary manager. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was born on March 31, 1953 in McMinnville, TN to her parents, the late Joseph and Evelyn Marie Redmon Brathcher. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Doris Vaughn; 3 sisters, Darlene Vaughn, Anita Smith and Delores Clouse; and 1 brother, Terry Dean Bratcher.

Visitation with the Vaughn family will be on Sunday from 9:00 am until the time of service at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Webb Cemetery.

She is survived by 1 daughter, Penny (Eric) Pearson of Smyrna; 2 grandchildren, Samantha York and Andrew Abraham; 3 great-grandchildren, Brantley York, Camden York and Coleson Moffitt; 3 brothers, Donnie (Patricia) Bratcher of Smithville, Bruce Bratcher of Ohio and Jospeh Bratcher of McMinnville; 2 sisters, Louise Wrisner of Manchester and Debbie Allendar of Ohio.

Love Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




James M. Fitts Jr (Jim)

June 7, 2024

James M. Fitts Jr (Jim), age 86, was born on March 7, 1938, and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 4, 2024. Jim was born in Nashville to James and Sammye Phillips Fitts, and graduated from David Lipscomb High School with the Class of 56, Tennessee Tech, and the University of Tennessee Medical School. After graduating medical school, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Navy, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant Medical Officer at Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Honolulu. He then completed his medical residency in Memphis before moving to Columbia and establishing his practice as the first Urologist in Columbia, TN, where he practiced for 40 years while bringing many innovations to Columbia including its first Outpatient Surgery Center and Mobile Lithotripsy Unit. He also served as Chief of Staff at Maury Regional Hospital for 2 terms.

He loved his patients, which was always the favorite part of his profession that he enjoyed so much all of his life. He was a man of many interests including travel, antiques, woodworking, reading, and all things about western history. He always said his favorite trip that he ever took was a weeklong rafting trip down the Grand Canyon with his children, Trey and Katherine. He also greatly enjoyed keeping lifelong friendships with his friends at David Lipscomb High School, enjoying countless lunches in Midtown and various events across the Midstate over the years. They have truly been his friends for life. Jim is predeceased by his Mother, Father, Brother Samuel Phillips Fitts, and the mother of his children, Ann Brown Fitts. He is survived by son Trey Fitts of Murfreesboro; daughter Katherine Fitts Bond and grandchildren Tyler and Tanner Bond of Franklin; sister Nancy Belle Stanley of Knoxville, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the Fitts family will be on Saturday from 10:00 am until the service at 11:30 am in the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Town Cemetery.




Norma Neal

June 3, 2024

Norma Neal age 66 of Centertown, passed away Saturday June 1, 2024, at her residence. She was born October 29, 1957, to her parents the late Hoyte Leon Neal and Evie Sue Walker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Landon Myers. Ms. Norma was a member of Bethlehem Community Chruch and was a homemaker. She is survived by daughter, Misty Myers (Bobby) of Centertown; 4 grandchildren, Courtney (Joshua) Baxter of Centertown, and Kayla Myers of Centertown, David Myers and Stephanie Hawkins; 4 great-grandchildren, Cora Winchester, Ariyah Winchester, Baeli Baxter, and Tydus Baxter; sisters, Betty Sue Neal of Smithville, Rebecca Crank of Smithville, Judy (Aron) Highsmith of Smithville and Sandy Swift of Canada; brothers, Leon Neal of Murfreesboro, Jeff Neal of MIchigan; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held 3 PM Tuesday June 4, 2024, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. David Lance officiating with burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday at 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 3:00 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is honored to care for the Neal family.




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