Obituaries

James B. Atnip

January 11, 2019

James B. Atnip age 92 of McMinnville, passed away Thursday night at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville.  He was born May 5, 1926 to his parents, the late Russell and Cora Ferrell Atnip.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 children, James Russell Atnip and Debra Elaine Atnip; 1 great-grandson, Josh; 2 sisters, Joyce Ratliff and Bessie Waggoner; 1 brother, Gene Atnip.  James was a member of Gath Baptist Church, WWII U.S. Army veteran as field artillery and worked with Citizens Gas Co. and a former railroad worker.  He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy D. Atnip of McMinnville; 3 daughters, Linda Jo (Steve) Nunley, Glinda Steakley and Brenda T. Atnip all of McMinnville; 13 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, 31 great-great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Wayne Atnip of Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Sunday January 13, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Gath Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 11 AM until 8 PM. and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  



Waniford Allen Cantrell

January 10, 2019

87 year old Waniford Allen Cantrell of Smithville passed away Wednesday at NHC of Smithville. He served as Mayor of Smithville from 1982 to 1986 and was a former member and Chairman of the DeKalb County Board of Education. Cantrell, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Smithville First United Methodist Church. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Pascal Cantrell; his wife, Mary Kathryn Colvert Cantrell; and son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Darice Cantrell and a brother, Bernard Cantrell. Survivors include sons, Steven and Gloria Cantrell of Fairfax Station, Virginia; and Andrew Todd Cantrell of Franklin. Grandsons, John and Rae Cantrell of Springfield, Virginia; Steven Andrew and Allison Cantrell of Charleston, South Carolina; and J.W. and Kasey Cantrell of Charleston, South Carolina. Great granddaughters, Kathryn Cantrell of Springfield, Virginia and Baley Cantrell of Charleston, South Carolina. Great grandsons, Sean and Peyton Cantrell of Charleston, South Carolina and a brother, Jack Cantrell of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Charles Richard Poston

January 8, 2019

73 year old Charles Richard Poston of Smithville passed away Monday at NHC of Smithville. He was a Gold-Star Grandfather of Shannon Taylor, retired sawmill operator, and a member of the Indian Creek Baptist and People Pentecostal Churches. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Jimmy Gregory will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. He was preceded in death by his wife, Della Mai Poston; parents, Campbell Richard and Alma McDaniel Poston; three children, Minnie Poss, Ernest Murphy, and William Murphy. Three grandchildren, William Michael Murphy, Shannon Taylor, and Charles Michael Blanchfield; and two sisters, Stella Frances Butler and Betty Jo Grandstaff. Survivors include five daughters, Frances and George Fincher of McMinnville, Dimple and Charles Blanchfield of Smithville, Donna and Mike Hewell of Smithville, Darlene and David Griffith of Gassaway, Denise Redmon, and William Balmas of Soddy Daisy. Sixteen grandchildren, thirty nine great grandchildren, two sisters, Barbara Jean Butler of Carthage and Wilma Faye Winfree and Harold of Lebanon. One brother, Bobby Lee Poston of Carthage. Special caregiver Mary McCoy. Special thanks to Dr. Dingle, Dr. Turner, and the staff at NHC. Special friend Wetonia “Sissy” Redmon and several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Faye Jennings

January 8, 2019

Faye Jennings age 78 of Smithville, passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. She was born June 15, 1940, to her parents, the late Clead and Ettie Tindell Johnson. In addition to her parents, Faye was preceded in death by husband, Chester Donn and sister, Mary Ellen Blackwell. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ and worked in nursery business. Faye is survived by 2 brothers, Roy (Diane) Johnson of Carthage and Colon Johnson of Franklin, KY; 2 step-children, Michael (Susan) Donn of Concord, CA and Kathleen Donn of Milford, MI; 5 step-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren and 5 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Louise Keyt Frazier

January 8, 2019

Louise Keyt Frazier, 101, of the Dry Creek Community, Dowelltown, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Louise was born July 2, 1917, in Spencer, TN, to the late Rev. Widney Garfield and Elizabeth Ladd Keyt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Frazier; two sons and a daughter-in law, John Larry (Billie Ann) and Joe Ronald “Ronnie” Frazier; grandson, Joe Ronald Frazier II; great grandson Ryan Frazier; grandson –in –law Jonathan M. Kennedy; sister, Alma (Charles) White; three brothers, Lloyd, Charles (Willow Dean), and W.C. Keyt; sister-in-law, Virginia Keyt; and in-laws, Jim (Lona) Frazier, Roy (Claudie) Frazier, Anna Rhea (Greely) Washer, Gertrude (Trevor) Jordan, and Nettie Jim (Bernice) Edge.

She is survived by five daughters, Judy (Jimmy) Kimbrell, Peggy (Dr. Carroll) Thomas, Deborah (Wayne “Buddy”) Fuson, Kathy (Ricky) Hendrix, and Lisa (Jerald) Cripps; twelve grandchildren, Dr. Barbara Gail Frazier (Todd Nuckels), Dr. Bruno (Geri) Frazier, Henry (Dr. Natalie) Frazier, Monica (David) Reynolds, Dr. W. Joshua Frazier-Thomas, Jennifer Fuson, Jeffrey (Meg) Fuson, Michele (Todd) Kent, Dr. Jared (Jennifer) Hendrix, Matthew (Melody) Cripps, Jordan (Nicole) Cripps and Dr. Justin (Tiffany) Cripps; daughter-in-law, Rita Fuson-Frazier; twenty-seven great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a brother, James “Jimmy” Keyt, two sister-in-law’s, Antha Smith Keyt, and Marion Keyt; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Louise was a life-long educator whose career spanned 35 years as a teacher, principal, and school librarian. She was elected President of her senior class at DeKalb County High School in 1936 and subsequently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Library Science. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teachers’ Society and the TN Retired Teachers’ Association.

She was a faithful member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church since her marriage and subsequent move to the Dry Creek Community in 1939. Louise served the Lord many years as a Sunday school teacher, WMU leader, and treasurer.

Louise was also a member and office holder of the Royal Order of the Eastern Star in Liberty, and a columnist for the Smithville Review.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Jack Rhody and the staff at the Family Medical Center, Fay Adkins, Matilda Earl, Estelle Ferrell, Nora Harvey, Gail Thompson, Rosea Young, Suncrest Home Health, and Avalon Hospice personnel for their professional care.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, January 11, 2pm at the Dry Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Owens and Bro. Kenneth Tramel officiating and burial following at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be from 2 pm till 8 pm at DeKalb Funeral Chapel on Thursday, January 10th, and Friday, January 11th from 11 am until the time of the service at 2 pm at the church. There will be an Eastern Star Service held Thursday night at 7 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Pallbearers include: Grandsons

Honorary Pallbearers: Son-in-laws

In addition to flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Dry Creek Baptist Church, DeKalb West School Library, or Gideon’s International.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Gary Lane Hale

January 7, 2019

Gary Lane Hale age 45 of Sparta passed away Thursday January 3, 2019 at his residence. He was born September 25, 1973 to his parents, the late Burnice Hale and Nettie Brown Goodwin Hale. He was a factory worker and a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church. Graveside service will be held 3:30PM Tuesday January 8, 2019 at Whorton Springs Cemetery with Bro. Ricky Scott officiating. No public visitation will be held family and friends will meet at the cemetery for graveside. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by son Gary Lane Hale, II. Survivors include his wife: Dawn Hale of Sparta; 3 children: Jessica Betancur of McMinnville, Matthew Hale of Sparta, Nathaniel Hale of Columbia; Grandchildren: Cilia Lina Betancur, Logan Betancur, DeAngelo Betancur, Damian Betancur; Several aunts, uncles and cousins; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law: Al & Donna McManus of McMinnville; Brother-in-law: Alan (Michelle) McManus of Liberty; Niece: Jessica Anderson. Family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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