Obituaries

Claudette Morgan

August 25, 2021

Claudette Morgan age 60, of Smithville, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2021. She was born April 18, 1961 to her parents, Alidia Genovese Vanwagner and the late Jerry Lynn Vanwagner. She worked as a Caregiver. She is survived by 2 sons, Tom Morgan (Caressa Parker) of Smithville and James Morgan (Ashley Buchanan) of Smithville; grandchildren, J. J. Morgan, Hunter and Ayden Buchanan; mother, Alidia Vanwagner of Willow, NY. The family has honored Ms. Morgan’s request to be cremated. No public services are planned. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements




Vivian Redmon

August 24, 2021

Vivian Redmon age 66 of Smithville, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born January 13, 1955 to her parents, the late Louie Brown and Hazel Nell Tittsworth Haynes. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Haynes; sons-in-law, Jammey Sullivan, and C. J. Jatala; aunt, Shelby Tittsworth. Ms. Redmon was a Baptist and worked at Federal Mogul. She is survived by her daughter, Charity Sullivan Jatala of Smithville; grandson, Chase Sullivan of Smithville; sister, Leeann Crips of Smithville; special family members, Chandler and Makenzie Haynes, Kingsley Haynes, Trisitin Haynes, Tracy Haynes, Beverly “Bat” Jones, and Cody Crips; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Graveside services and interment will be 6 PM Tuesday at DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 4 PM until 5:45 PM at which time Ms. Redmon will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. 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 arrangements.




Billy Ray Baker

August 23, 2021

Billy Ray Baker age 74, of Smithville passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born November 30, 1946 to his parents the late Walter Robert and Virginia Louise Tarr Baker. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings, Georgia May Barber, H. B. Baker, Betty Jo Hancock, Bonnie Ruth Howell, Mary Helen Murphy, Shirley Ann Gibbs and Robert Baker, Jr. He worked as a carpenter. He is survived by 2 brothers, Glenn (Billie Ann ) Baker of Liberty, Jimmy (Fay) Baker of Smithville; 2 sisters, Dorothy Nell Leech of McMinnville, and Virginia Sue Mitchell of Cookeville; daughter, Shelia Herron of Smithville; girlfriend, Nicole Gilley of Smithville; 3 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Baker’s family has honored his request to be cremated. No services are planned. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Charles W. Clayborn

August 23, 2021

81 year old Charles W. Clayborn of Alexandria died Sunday at his residence. He was retired from AVCO and was a member and Deacon at Helton Creek The Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Gary Glover and Leonard Herman will officiate with a eulogy by his grandson Thomas. Burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ed Clayborn and Loretta Parkerson and a son, Charles Barry Clayborn. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Hale Clayborn of Alexandria. Children, Connie and husband Johnny Florida of Alexandria, Eddie and wife Jamie Clayborn of Brush Creek, and Tommy and wife Maria Clayborn of Cottage Home. Grandchildren, Jennifer Florida, James and wife Heidi Clayborn, Stefanie and husband Cyrus Shores, Heather Janecke, Thomas Clayborn, and Eric Clayborn. Great grandchildren, Dallas Shores, Jax Shores, Jordyn Janecke, Axle Janecke, Isabella Clayborn, and Hunter Weilacher; Sister, Joyce Boyd; Brother Mike and his wife Jan Clayborn; Daughter-in-law, Michelle Clayborn; and Sister-in-law, Willette Hale. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins survive. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to St. Jude, the American Heart Association, or the American Lung Association in his name.




Edwin Dale Evans

August 23, 2021

Mr. Edwin Dale Evans age 63, of Barnesville, GA and formally of Smithville, died Saturday August 21, 2021 from cardiac arrest. Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Era Evans and brothers, Frank A. “Chuck”, Roy, Kenneth and Brown Evans. He worked in tool & die and was a Baptist. He is survived by sister, Joyce Norred of Woodstock, GA; brothers, Dennis Evans of Sugar Hill, GA, Earl Evans, Jr. and Theresa of Barnesville, GA; sisters-in-law, Faye Evans, Juanita Evans and Janice Evans; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 27, 2021 4 PM to 7 PM and Saturday 9:AM until the time service at 11:AM. Funeral service will be held 11:AM Saturday, August 28, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and interment will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. 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.




Barry Cook

August 22, 2021

Barry Cook age 68 of Alexandria, passed away Saturday afternoon, August 21, 2021 at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. He was born April 3, 1953 to his parents, Jean Akin Cook and the late Buddy Cook. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pam Baker Cook. Barry was a member of the Upper Helton Baptist Church, retired from Federal Mogul, was currently working at Manheim and a farmer. He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Teresa Cook of Alexandria; 5 children, Amanda Ruth Loring (Michael Weaver) of Washington, Troy (Julie) Cook of Dowelltown, Morgan Thaxton-Bain (Taylor) of McMinnville, Eddie Parrish (Kiersten Shuster) and Jacob Parrish both of Cookeville; 4 grandchildren, Dallas Cook, Alley-Beth Cook, Drew Cook and Kennedy Shuster; mother, Jean Cook of Alexandria; sister, Cynthia (Butch) Agee of Liberty; 2 nephews, Josh (January) Agee and Joey (Casey) Agee; 6 great-nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 3:PM Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Jimmy Arms and Bryan Jones officiating and burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 4:PM until 8:PM and Tuesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3:PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Upper Helton Baptist Church Building Fund or Salem Cemetery Fund, in memory of Barry. 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.




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