Jimmy Astrell Arnold

April 6, 2021

Jimmy Astrell Arnold, age 86, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Mr. Arnold was born on November 4, 1934 in Smithville, TN to his parents, the late Troy & Eunie Pearl Williams Arnold. He was a farmer and attended the Church of God 7th Day.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his Wife- Mildred Arnold, 1 son- Jimmy Dean Arnold, 2 Brothers- Vestrell & Kenneth Arnold and Sister- Dora Lawson.

Survivors include 2 sons- Charles & Darlene Arnold and Ricky & Anita Arnold, 1 Granddaughter- Molly & Devin Merriman, 2 Great-Grandchildren- Reagan Grace Merriman and Carter Lane Merriman, 1 step great-grandson- Colton Merriman, 1 sister- Joan & George Hamilton all of Smithville, sister-in-law- Marie Sneed of Florida, Several nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, April 9, 2021 from 10am until the time of services at 2pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Dennis Clark will officiate and burial will follow in Banks Cemetery. We are not accepting food in our kitchen facility at this time.

Linda Ray Cook

April 5, 2021

Linda Ray Cook age 75, of Alexandria, passed away Saturday April 3,2021 at NHC Healthcare of Smithville. She was born April 28, 1945 to her parents, the late George and Gladys Chism Ray. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Puggy Cook; great-grandchild, Dylan Harwell; and brother, Roy Ray. Ms. Linda was a member of Upper Helton Baptist Church, co-owned and worked for 18 years with her husband at Puggy’s Carpet Store, and was a factory worker. She is survived by her children, Melinda (Mark) Miller of Smithville, Tina (Matt) Gipson of Alexandria, and Ernie (Kristin) Cook of Alexandria; grandchildren, Jamie (Holly) Anderson, Josh (Melissa) Miller, Jaya (Jerry) Harwell, Shannon (Jessica) Anderson, Tosha (Tommy) Maynard, Makayla Cook; 15 great-grandchildren; brother Ernest (Elene) Ray of Adams, TN; brother-in-law, Joe (Brenda) Cook of Watertown; sisters-in-law, Patsy Ray of Smithville, Dorothy George of Alexandria, Pam Young of Smithville, Lisa Rhody of Smithville. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Wednesday April 7, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Arms and Bro. David Revelle officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 12:00 noon till 7:00PM and on Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:00PM. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The pews in the chapel are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 people for the service. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and NO food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. In addition to flowers the family asked donations be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp in memory of Ms. Linda. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Ann Nixon Puckett

April 3, 2021

Martha Ann Nixon Puckett, age 81, passed away peacefully at home early on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, after a five-year struggle with dementia and additional recent complications from Parkinson’s disease. Ann was born on April 17, 1939, at her parents’ home in the Snow Hill Community of DeKalb County, a community in which she lived her entire life. She was known by many as Mrs. Puckett, the school teacher, and Miss Ann, the preschool Sunday School teacher and Girl Scout Leader.

Ann was a lifelong teacher, having started her professional teaching career at twenty years old at Laurel Hill in Lancaster, Tennessee, which was a one-room schoolhouse and where she taught students in all grades from primary to high school. Next, she and her husband, Hearon, moved to Bedford, Indiana, where they both taught at different local high schools for three years. When they moved back to Tennessee, Ann began teaching business and office education at DeKalb County High School, a job which she dearly loved.

After a 13-year break from teaching when her own children were young, Ann returned in 1983 as a Fifth Grade Science teacher at DeKalb Middle School, and continued teaching at DMS and later Northside Elementary until her retirement in 2002. During her science teaching years, Ann was well-known for her hands-on approach to learning and her classroom rabbits, baby chicks, hissing cockroaches and other critters. Ann also taught preschool Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at Indian Creek Baptist Church for over fifty years, a position that brought her great joy.

Ann became a passionate Girl Scout Leader and impacted the lives of many DeKalb County girls beginning when her daughter, Tecia, was in 2nd grade, and continuing until her younger daughter, Mary Ann, graduated high school. Ann especially loved directing the Jolly Jungle Day Camp every Summer, singing camp songs, and leading the friendship circle around the flag pole.

Ann was a 1956 graduate of DeKalb County High School, a 1959 graduate of Tennessee Tech University and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Education from the University of Tennessee.

Ann loved animals, nature, and cooking. She enjoyed gardening and preserving her harvest and also was an avid collector of recipes. She loved music and playing the piano, ukulele and autoharp, especially with her preschool Sunday School class.

Ann was an encourager, who always saw the good and the potential in everyone and everything. She loved nothing better than spending time with her family. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, and friend, who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Ann is survived by her sister, Sue N. Puckett-Jernigan of Dowelltown; daughters, Tecia Lou Puckett Pryor and Mary Ann Puckett of Smithville; sons-in-law, John Pryor and Bill Harpole; grandchildren, Harrison Puckett Pryor, Tess Annabel Barton, Ben Jackson Barton and Camille Kate Barton; nephew, Jason Paul Puckett; former son-in-law, Jack Barton; and a loving team of in-home caregivers. Ann was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Richard Hearon Puckett; her parents, William Hubert Nixon and Winnie Pearl Turner Nixon, and infant daughter, Kecia Ann Puckett.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 5, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, and Tuesday, April 6, 2021, from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Baptist Church on Hurricane Ridge Road. Ann’s Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 2pm at Indian Creek Baptist Church, with burial to follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens, all in Smithville, Tennessee.

Food will not be accepted in the funeral home kitchen at this time. We appreciate your understanding during this time of transition.

Donations in memory may be made to Indian Creek Baptist Church, Gideons International, DeKalb Animal Coalition, or to the charity of your choice in memory of Ms. Ann.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Shannon Eugene Tayes

April 3, 2021

Mr. Shannon Eugene Tayes age 51 of Dowelltown, TN passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Emergency Room of Ascension St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Shannon was born on April 5, 1969 in Cookeville, TN to his parents, Don Tayes & Elizabeth Key Gann. He was the owner/operator of Tayes Masonry.

The family of Mr. Tayes has chosen cremation. Memorial services will be held and a later time.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Paulette Knowles & a nephew, Billy Knowles. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Cindy Tayes and 2 children, Holly Tayes & Cody Thomas all of Dowelltown, TN. Brother, Don (Susan) Tayes of Baxter, TN and a niece, Sasha Knowles of Cookeville, TN.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Terry Jane Duggin Converse

April 1, 2021

Terry Jane Duggin Converse was taken to her heavenly home on March 30, 2021 at the age of 65 following a brief illness. She went peacefully with her two sons by her side holding her hands.

Terry was a loving wife and devoted mother. She spent her life in Nashville. She attended Hillsboro High School and Middle Tennessee State University before dedicating herself to motherhood and her family. Possessing a sharp intelligence, compassionate heart, and unceasingly strong spirit, she is cherished by her family and infinitely adored by her two boys.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. R.E. Bratten and Mr. & Mrs. Paul Duggin. She is survived by her husband, David (former leader of the Nashville Jazz Machine), children, Patrick and Andrew, parents, Jack & Mary Duggin & a sister, Jennifer Gholson.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2pm at Salem Baptist Church in Liberty, TN. Bro. Ray Gilder will officiate with burial following at Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday from 4-7pm and on Friday from 11am until the service time at 2pm. All visitation and services will be held at Salem Baptist Church, address: 483 West Main St. Liberty, TN 37095. If you wish to send flowers, please have them sent directly to the church.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in Smithville, TN is in charge of arrangements.

Gail Jones Becker

March 31, 2021

Gail Jones Becker age 49 of Manchester and a native of Smithville, passed away Monday evening March 29, 2021 at St. Thomas West Hospital of complications from Covid. She was born February 27, 1972 to her parents, Virginia Thomason Jones and the late James Arnold Jones. Gail was a graduate of DeKalb County High School and was a clerical worker at the Hospital. She was a member of the Central Church of Christ in Manchester on Main Street. Gail leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Wesley Becker of Manchester; 2 children, Adam Matthew Cubbins of Smithville and Rebecca Jean Becker of Manchester; mother, Virginia Jones of Smithville; 2 sisters, Sue (Noel) Martin of Cookeville and Deborah Browning of Smithville; several nephews, aunts and cousins. Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday April 1, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Allen Adams and Darrell Gill officiating and burial will follow in Jones Family Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 4 PM until 7 PM and Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The funeral home pews are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 for the 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 the arrangements.

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