Obituaries

Bobby Ray Taylor

January 28, 2022

Bobby Ray Taylor age 65 of the Short Mountain community, passed away at St. Thomas West Hospital Friday morning January 28, 2022. He was born November 11, 1956 to his parents, the late George and Minnie Estes Taylor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Taylor; step-son, Leonard Johnson; and sister, Tammy Davenport. Mr. Taylor attended Mt. Aarat Church of Christ and worked for Cannon County Highway Department and Hillis Group as a truck driver. He is survived by brothers, Randall Taylor of Short Mountain, and Russell Taylor of Woodbury; sisters, Brenda Barrett of Short Mountain and Georgene (Jeffery) Grisham of Short Mountain; grandchildren, Brad (Brandi) Johnson, Melissa Johnson, and Debra Johnson; niece, Brenda (Wayne) Lattimore; great nieces, Miranda, Serenity, and Brandi; great-nephew, Joshua Grisham; special friend and caregiver, Mark Pryor and special friend, Jerry “Frog” Estes. Graveside services and interment will be 1:PM Monday, January 31, 2022 at Gunter-Grizzle Cemetery with Bro. Gary Hancock officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family ask for donations to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Ezra Jeffery Andrzejewski

January 28, 2022

Ezra Jeffery Andrzejewski the 3 month old son of Bradley and Ashley Powell Andrzejewski of Smithville, passed away Wednesday morning, January 26, 2022 at his residence. In addition to his parents, he is survived by maternal grandparents, Jason and Dawn Powell of Florida; paternal grandmother, Teresa Murrell of Rogersville, TN; aunt, Sarah Stricklyn of Memphis and 2 uncles, Ryan and Cody Miller both of Rogersville, TN. The family has chosen a direct cremation. A Memorial Service will be 1 PM Friday, February 4, 2022 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Pastor Gene Williams officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Friday, February 4th, 12 Noon until the time of the Memorial Service at 1 PM. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Gary Edward Woodard

January 28, 2022

Gary Edward Woodard age 65, of Smithville, passed away Thursday January 27, 2022 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born December 14, 1956 to his late father Billy Edward Woodard and his mother Alta Sue Holmes Bains. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by brother, Barry Scott Woodard; grandparents, Casper Simon and Georgie Holmes; uncles, Sammy Holmes, Darrel Holmes and Eugene Whited. Mr. Woodard served in the United States Marines and worked with Barnes Plumbing for many years. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Yovnne Marie Woodard of Smithville; mother, Alta Sue (Finis) Bains of Lebanon; mother-in-law, Lila Garrell of Smithville; children, Jeremy (Cassie) Woodard of Cookeville, Tommy (Amber) Woodard of Watertown, Mindy Woodard Johnson of Lebanon, Tonya Woodard Goodall of Lebanon, Stacee Giles (Robert Stills) of Smithville, Eric Bates (Tamara) of Smithville, Samuel Giles (Krisann Garmer) of Smithville, Kimberly Bates (Brian Todd) of Smithville, Bryan Scott Woodard of Smithville; brothers, Wayne (Kay) Woodard and Ernie Wood; 26 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; several special nieces and nephews. The family has honored Mr. Woodard request to be cremated. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Mary Ann Katherine Meiser

January 28, 2022

Mary Ann Katherine Meiser, age 84, of Smithville died Thursday January 27, 2022 at her residence.

She was born April 17, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Erwin Edward Hammer Jr. and Mary Adele Olsen Hammer. She was a seamstress and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son, Brian Thomas of Illinois; 2 daughters, Ann (Allan) Hottovy of Liberty and Megan Thomas of Illinois; 1 Step-Daughter, Diana Hawkins of Nevada; 5 Grandchildren, Kara and Krista Johnson, Tyler Stroud, John and Jeff Thomas; 1 Great Grandchild, Dexter Santiago; 3 Sisters, Priscilla Nilson of CA, Debbie Furlow of Illinois, and Prudence Huffman of Illinois; Special Friend, Ron Schneider of Smithville

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a Brother, Erwin Hammer III

The family has chosen direct cremation and there will be no visitation or funeral services at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home

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




Cindy Hatton Walker Taylor

January 24, 2022

Ms. Cindy Hatton Walker Taylor age 94 of McMinnville, TN, died Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Legacy Health & Rehab in Manchester, TN. She was born October 25, 1927, in Smithville, TN, and was a member of Smartt First Baptist Church. For 37 years, Ms. Taylor was employed by the Warren County School System as both a cafeteria worker and teacher’s aide at West Elementary School and Morrison Elementary School. She was preceded in death by parents Claude and Cumilla Fuson Walker, Sr., daughter Cindy Kaye Taylor, sisters Ruby Love, Pauline Allen, and Ruthie Walker, and brothers Samuel Walker, Claude Walker, Jr., Jack Walker, Sterling Hix Walker, Robert Walker, and Vernal Walker.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Linda and David Bain, grandchildren Andrea Bain Hillis (Christopher Fate) and Taylor Bain (Morgan Thaxton). Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends surviving.

Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Smartt First Baptist Church. Bro. Johnny Newby officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Smartt First Baptist Church, 4907 Manchester Hwy., Smartt, TN 37378. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or to Smartt First Baptist Church.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




William Albert Warren

January 24, 2022

William Albert Warren, age 86, of Smithville passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Ascension St. Thomas Hospital in Smithville. He was the former Associate District 4 Supervisor of the University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension Service and a member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Warren was a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he got a B.S. in Agricultural Education and his Masters in Extension Education. He was a veteran of the United States National Guard and an avid outdoorsman.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Brother Charles Williams will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Warren County. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 1:00 p.m.

Mr. Warren was preceded in death by his parents William Thomas Warren and Winnie Trail Warren; a wife, Eva Glenn Warren; Sisters, Alma Milligan, Lou Davis Higgins, and Margaret Williams; Brother, Alex Stone.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Judy Thweatt Warren of Smithville; 1 Daughter, Karen (Kim) Friesen of Indiana; 2 Grandsons, Grant and Garrett Friesen; Step-Children, Lori Odom (Jason Brown), and Scott Odom; step-grandchildren, Cooper and Kennedy Odom; Brother, Bob (Buddy Faye) Warren of McMinnville; Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

In addition to flowers, the family has requested donations to the DeKalb County 4H.




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