Obituaries

Paul Eddie Starnes

May 3, 2022

Mr. Paul Eddie Starnes, age 71, of Alexandria, TN, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Mr. Starnes was born September 20, 1950 in Lebanon, TN, a son of the late Curtis Starnes and Virginia “Jim” Nixon Starnes. He was also preceded in death by Sisters; Barbara Jane Carter and Paula Thompson and Brother; Jimmy Lynn Thompson. Mr. Starnes married Beverly Schaub on November 24, 1972. He was a longtime member of the Lower Helton The Baptist Church.

Mr. Starnes is survived by Wife of 49 years; Beverly Starnes of Alexandria, TN. Son; Brandon Starnes. Grandchildren; Makayla (Oscar) Soto of Parsons, TN, Graci Starnes of McMinnville, TN, and Auna Leigh Grace Starnes of Alexandria, TN. Great-grandchild; Alyxander Soto. Siblings; Joe Don Starnes of Carthage, TN, Terry Starnes of Temperance Hall, TN, and Pamela Rackley of McMinnville, TN. Sister-in-Law; Patricia Thompson of Silver Point, TN.

Funeral Services for Mr. Starnes are scheduled to be conducted from the Avant Funeral Home on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 1PM with Bro. Eric Wood and Bro. Gary Glover officiating. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Avant Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4PM until 8PM and on Thursday after 10AM until service time at 1PM.

The family requests memorials be made to the Lower Helton The Baptist Church.




Betty Lou Jones

April 30, 2022

Mrs. Betty Lou Jones age 85 of McMinnville, TN, died Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro, TN. She was born on May 20, 1936, in Smithville, TN, grew up in the Keltonburg community, was a former employee of McMinnville Garment Factory and McMinnville Funeral Home, and was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Betty was affectionately known as “Gaga” by her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Kelley and Allie Moore Judkins, husband Thurman Ray “Jack” Jones, and brothers Nelson Judkins and Bobby Joe Judkins.

Survivors include her children Jimmy D. Jones (Connie Bell) and Jerry Jones, former daughter-in-law Gail Jones, sister-in-law Lounette Judkins, grandchildren Andrea Jones (Tyler Young), Daniel (Heather) Jones, Emilie (Codie) Phifer, and Kellie Jones (Cody Hayes), and great-grandchildren Kaidence Crouch, Konnor Crouch, Kamryn Crouch, Lea Blake, Luci Blake, Saylor Gojkovic, Hudson Jones, and Allison Hayes. Many other family members and family friends also survive.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 PM Sunday, May 01, 2022 at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Phillip Rowland, R.C. Christian, and Ricky Arnold will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. The Jones family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday and again from 12:00 PM until the time of service on Sunday at McMinnville Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gideon Bible Memorial Program or to Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro, TN.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 931-473-6606.




Dorothy Christine Patrick

April 27, 2022

Dorothy Christine Patrick age 83, of Smithville passed away Monday night, April 25, 2022, at her residence. She was born July 9, 1938 to her parents the late, Riley Bumbalough and Pearlie Bumbalough Hillis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Patrick; son, John Rice; daughter and son -in-law, Sabra and Noel Redmon; 2 grandchildren, Stephen Patrick and Little John Poss; sisters, Ann Cooper, Reda Patrick, and Irene Foster. Ms. Patrick was affiliated with New Life United Pentecostal Church and worked as a Sewing Machine Operator with Valdor Shirt Factory. She is survived by children, Jerome (Rhonda) Patrick of Webster, FL, Angela Jarvis of Smithville, Teresa Patrick of McMinnville, Loretta Elkins of Smithville, and Sandra (W D) Jones of McMinnville; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sister, Mae Bumbalough of Cookeville. Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday April 28, 2022 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial in Taylor Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 1:00PM till 5:00PM and Thursday 10:00AM until the time of the service at 1:00PM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




J L “Bud” Mahler

April 25, 2022

Mr. J L “Bud” Mahler, age 87, of Smithville, TN passed away Sunday morning, April 24, 2022 at Ascension St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Mr. Mahler was born on August 12, 1934 in Sparta, TN to his parents, the late Walter and Bertha Maynard Mahler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Mahler; a brother Hubert Mahler; and a sister, Willie Austin.  Bud worked for Oster as a mechanic before retiring, and he attended Pomeroy Chapel Brethren-Christ church. Mr. Mahler served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11am at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery.

Survivors include 1 son and daughter-in-law, Rick (Ava) Mahler of Smithville; 1 grandson, Ricky (Joey) Mahler of Smithville; several nieces, nephews & cousins also survive.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




Lynn Josephine Pichey

April 23, 2022

Lynn Josephine Pichey age 78, passed away Friday morning April 22, 2022 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born April 2,1944 to her parents, Leo and Josphine Seliva Pichey. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Pichey; her brother, Paul Pichey; sister, Frances Accardo. Ms. Pichey was a member of New Life United Pentecostal Church and worked as a Custodian at Northside Elementary School. She is survived by her son, Patrick Pichey of Smithville; grandchildren, Blake Pichey, Blake Moore, Brady Pichey, and Bryson Pichey; 2 brothers, Robert Pichey and Donald Pichey. Funeral services will be Sunday April 24, 2022 at 3:00PM at New Life United Pentecostal Church with Bro. Dwayne Cornelius officiating with burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday at New Life United Pentecostal Church from 1:00PM until the time of the service at 3:00PM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Bobby Ray Ponder

April 21, 2022

Bobby Ray Ponder age 85, passed away at his residence in Smithville, Wednesday April 20, 2022. He was born December 1, 1936 to his parents the late J. E. and Geneva Cantrell Ponder. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Garlon Ponder, Eugene Ponder, and Cordell Ponder; sisters, Lucille Collins, Helen Frazier, and Mairhene Prater. He was a member of Buckner’s Chapel United Methodist Church and worked at Textron. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jewell Dean Gibbs Ponder of Smithville; brother, Glendon J. (Marie) Ponder of Smithville; sisters-in-law, DeEtte Shelton of Dowelltown, Alma (Jerry) Montgomery of Dowelltown; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 11:00AM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Darrell Gill officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday 11:00AM till 7:00PM and on Saturday 9:00AM until the time of the service at 11:00AM. The funeral home lounge is currently closed and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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