Ruby Hawkins Griffin

July 11, 2018

Mrs. Ruby Hawkins Griffin, age 89, (known to everyone as Mema) was born on March 25, 1929 to the late Clure and Nettie Hawkins. She went to be with her Lord on July 9, 2018.

She was a very long-time resident of the Belk Community of DeKalb County and lived the last few years in Rock Island.

Preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Clifton Griffin; one daughter, Jo Nell Hall; grandson, Steve Davis; brother, James Hawkins; and sons-in-law, Dan Griffin and Danny Davis.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial to follow at the New Union Cemetery. Jason Brown and Trent Kell will officiate. Visitation with the Griffin family will be held on Wednesday at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home from 2 until 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m.

Survivors include daughters, Earlene Griffin of McMinnville, Maxine Davis of Hillsboro, and Penny and David Hankal and Lorie and Tim Wilcher of Rock Island. Seven grandchildren, Susan and Jeff Abbott, Stephanie and Scott Whitson, Joseph and April Hall, Sara Wilcher and Alex Saylor, Morgan and Shawnacey Wilcher, Taylor and Morgan Hankal, and Kristen and Zack Rowland. Fourteen great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Two sisters, Opal Barlow of Sparta and Agnes Hutson of Doyle. A host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

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

Jessica Lee Hobbs

July 9, 2018

Jessica Lee Hobbs age 33 of Smithville, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 8, 2018 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was born January 26, 1985 to her parents, Jerry Lee and Judy Hendrixson Johnson. Jessica was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wilson and Emm Lee Johnson, Carmon and Louise Hendrixson and Martha Caldwell. She worked at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital as a Radiographer/X-ray Technician and she loved animals. She leaves to cherish her memory, husband, Joshua Hobbs of Smithville; son, Bentlee Hobbs of Smithville; mother, Judy Johnson of Smithville; Father, Jerry “Buckwheat” Johnson of Smithville; brother, Chad Johnson of Smithville; 5 nieces and nephews, Brantley, Makira, Emma, Aspen and Carmon Johnson; special cousin, Trista Ashburn. Funeral services celebrating Jessica’s life will be 1 PM Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Randy Gregory and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 11 AM until 8 PM and Wednesday 9 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Sue Ellis

July 9, 2018

Sue Ellis, age 70, currently of Paris, TX, and a longtime resident of Alexandria, TN, passed away quietly on Friday, July 6, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 3, 1948 in Nashville, TN to Jesse Edgar and Beulah Williams Greer.

Sue had several careers in her working life, having served as Dr. Cripps medical assistant for several years, then retired from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. She also worked as a cosmetologist and as an Emergency Medical Technician at different times. Sue had many loves, her family most of all, her God, horses, and all kinds of animals. She enjoyed riding motorcycles with her husband and if you knew her, she was kind and straight to the point!

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Elmer Lee Ellis, Jr., of Alexandria, TN; a daughter, Tammy (John) Harrington, of Paris, TX; a son, Jeff (Lynette) Ellis and children, Jordy Ellis, Jorjenna (Jemini) Chrisman, all of Silver Point, TN; a son, Jamie (Patty) Ellis and children, Jay Ellis & Kristen Ellis, all of Watertown, TN; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Braedyn, & Caisyn; a brother, Don (Carol) Greer, Goodlettsville, TN; sister, Becky Hobbs, Smithville, TN; as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ellis are scheduled to be conducted from Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 1PM. Interment will follow in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation with the Ellis Family will be at the Avant Funeral Home on Monday from 4PM until 8PM and again on Tuesday after 11AM until service time at 1PM.

Martha Eloise Gothard

July 6, 2018

Martha Eloise Gothard age 82 of Cookeville and a native of Smithville, passed away Thursday evening, July 5, 2018 at NHC HealthCare in Cookeville. She was born January 29, 1936 to her parents, William Sanford and Geneva Raines Holcomb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Holcomb. Eloise was a homemaker and a member of the Smithville First Baptist Church. She leaves to cherish her memory, 3 children, Randy Gothard of Silver Point, Martha Jane Partridge of Lebanon and Sarah Gothard Smith of Lebanon; 6 grandchildren, Brittany Kuykendall, Adam Gothard, Matthew Beard, John Partridge, Luke Partridge and Abby Smith; 5 great-grandchildren, Samuel Karl and Christina Kuykendall, Grant Partridge, Maverick and Hampton Smith; sister, Imogene Johnston of Las Vegas; aunt, Katherine Hudson of Whitwell. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Monday, July 9, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 3 PM until 6 PM and Monday 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. In addition to flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Whorton Springs Cemetery Fund or Gideon Bibles. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Anthony Neal “Tony” Bates

July 1, 2018

Anthony Neal “Tony” Bates age 58 a native of Smithville and a longtime resident of Gainesboro, passed away Saturday morning, June 30, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Lee and Juanita Johnson Bates; son, Matthew Bates; 3 sisters, Wanda Kay Pack, Sheron Ann Whitworth and Sandra Bates; 2 brothers, Ronald Wayne and Donald Lane Bates. He was a Christian and a construction worker. He is survived by his wife, Regina Bates of Gainesboro; 3 children, Jared Bates of Gainesboro, Jordan Hutson of Gainesboro and Jennifer Hawkins of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Faith and Eli Judkins; 2 sisters, Thelma (Bobby “Stub”) Martin and Janet Hawker both of Smithville; 1 brother, Kenny (Maira) Bates of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday, July 5, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Bonham Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 10AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. 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.

J.B. Brown

June 30, 2018

82 year old J.B. Brown of Celina passed away Friday at his residence. A graveside service will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Old Union Cemetery in Hilham, Tennessee. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Enoch Hickman and Nellie Nannie Brown; brother, Willard Brown; sister, Anna Belle Ramsey; sons, John Rickey, Lonnie Lee, Roscoe Jaye and Carl Freeman Brown; daughters, Jean Marie McCormick and Judy Brown; wife Margie Hammock Brown; and a daughter-in-law, Carol Allen Brown. Survivors include companion, Christine Brewer; sons, Glen and Vonda Brown, Hoss and Holly Brown, Curtis Brown and David Bruce Brown; and a step-son, Jimmy Brewer. Daughter, Dorothy and Gary Sanders; step-daughter, Melissa and Kenneth Estep; brother, Freeman Brown; sisters, Emmaline Chaffin, Betty Bryant, Bobbie and Jess Ledbetter, Jewel and Doyle Bilbrey, and Janie and Lonnie Shoemake. Eighteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. Three special friends, Charlie Copeland, James Grub (Grubworm) and Fred Emmerton along with a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses in memory of Mr. Brown.

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