Obituaries

Edsel B. Frazier

June 29, 2020

Mr. Edsel B. Frazier of Smithville passed away Saturday June 27, 2020 at his granddaughter’s residence. He was 94 years of age. Born March 13, 1926 in Dry Creek, Tennessee along with his twin brother Edward Frazier to the late Bob Lee and Hassie Hubbard Frazier. He was preceded in death by two wives, Martha Ann Frazier and Louise Frazier; son Edsel (Eddie) B. Frazier Jr, daughter Margaret Ann Pack; twin brother Henry Edward Frazier, brother James Frazier, sister Ruby Smithson and step-daughter Linda Stone

Edsel was a veteran of World War II: 1st Battalion E Company, 99th Infantry Division serving as 1st Scout during the Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe Hodges 1st Army Division, Mr Frazier was also a Mason, an Al Menah Shriner (Cpt DeKalb Motor Division), a delegate of the Grand Chapter of Tennessee Order of the Eastern Star, a member of The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Liberty Lodge #77 for 50 years. Retired from the U.S. Post Office he was a nurseryman with Frazier Brothers Nursery and member of Dry Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Frazier lived bravely for many years with the rare disease Multiple System Atrophy or Shy-Drager Syndrome and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.

There will be a Public Viewing Wednesday 4pm-7pm at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and a Private Graveside Service at 11am Thursday at Town Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Speakers will include Bro. Donald Owens, Bro. Michael Hale and family members.

The service will be live streamed on DeKalb Funeral Chapel’s Facebook page for those unable to attend.

Out of respect for the family, they have asked for no hand shaking or hugging due to COVID-19 and Social Distancing Guidelines. If you would like to pay honor to Mr. Edsel, the family asks that you line up on Congress Blvd between the funeral home to Town Cemetery. Visitors may also line the outer edge of the cemetery, but please keep distance for the health and safety of everyone.

The lounge at the funeral home is currently closed and no food or drinks are allowed.

Edsel Frazier is survived by grandchildren Bryan G. Malone, Melanie (John) Crews, Jason (Janella) Pack, Amanda (John) Dakas, Renee (Ronald) Whited, Kendra (Rick) Guinn

Great-grandchildren: Jack Crews, Chloe and Logan Pack, Andrew and Annabella Dakas, Macy (Justin) Nokes, Mackenley (Tia) Turner, Nik Agee, Trey, Elizabeth, Zoe and Destiny Guinn and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren: Evelyn Jane and Harrison Nokes, Aiden Joseph, and Carson Guinn.

Niece Susan (Jerry) Hinton her mother Francis Frazier, great-nephew Rance (Annette) Kelly and their daughters Katelyn and Caroline and the family of Jim Frazier of Texas, cousins Jennie (Ladd) Smith.

The family would like to give special thanks to caregivers Brenda Cripps, Melba Vinca and personal physician and friend Dr. Hugh Don Cripps.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Dry Creek Baptist Church.




Jerry Bruce Judkins

June 28, 2020

Jerry Bruce Judkins age 79, of Smithville passed away Friday June 26, 2020 at his residence. He was born July 1, 1940 to his parents the late James Bruce and Paloma Beasley Judkins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sons, Glenn Crook and Gary Crook; brothers, Steve Judkins and Jim Judkins; grandson, David Crook. Mr. Judkins worked as an Nurseryman and was a member of The Old Fashion Free Will Baptist Church. Mr. Judkins is survived by his wife, Nettie Lou Certain Judkins of Smithville; children, Renee Judkins, Marie Therse Judkins, Jerry B. (Mimi) Judkins all of Michigan, Eric (Denna) Judkins of Smithville, Brenda (Frank) Bratcher of Carthage, and Bro. Billy (Ofelia) Crook of Smithville. Visitation will be Monday June 29, 2020 at 10:A.M. until 2:P.M. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday June 29, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bryan Bratcher and Bro. Billy Crook officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Due to the COVID-19, the Governors Executive Order 38 and Social Distancing Guidelines; Our pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow approximately 100-125 people for the service, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The Funeral Home Lounge is Closed and NO Food or Drinks allowed in the funeral home. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed on DeKalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. DeKalb Funeral is in charge of arrangements.




Martha Notie Lou Winfrey

June 28, 2020

Martha Notie Lou Winfrey, age 89, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Mrs. Winfrey was born Friday, March 20, 1931 in Temperance Hall, Tennessee and is preceded in death by her parents, Priest Debit Rutland and Layuna Stokes Rutland; sons, Charles Shaw and David Shaw.

Mrs. Winfrey retired from Vanderbilt University as a clerical associate after 25 years of service. She enjoyed knitting, flower and vegetable gardening, cooking and baby sitting.

Survived to cherish her memory are her daughters, Sandra Chumney, Martha McKinney, Donna Winfrey; son, Danny (Roxanne) Bass; 17 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted 1:00 Monday, June 29, 2020 in Dowell Cemetery on Avant Road in Alexandria, Tennessee.

Family and friends will gather to remember Mrs. Winfrey at a visitation Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home 1150 South Dickerson Pike Goodlettsville, Tennessee.




Paul Dean Parsley

June 27, 2020

Paul Dean Parsley age 92, went home to be with the Lord on Friday June 26, 2020 at NHC in Murfreesboro. He was born September 11, 1927 to his parents, the late John Hood and Velma Pedigo Parsley. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Jorene Washer Parsley; his second wife, Mary Robinson Washer Parsley; brother, Warren Parsley; and sister, Emogene Parsley Washer Nicely. He followed in his father’s footsteps working in and managing Parsley Brothers Nursery. He also spent several years working in a factory, setting up machines and making sure everything worked properly. His favorite hobby was wood working, his favorite wood was cherry. He made many pieces of furniture, for his home, his church, his family and others in the community. Mr. Paul was a Christian man and a proud member of Jacobs Pillar United Methodist Church, he was also a member of the Liberty Lodge #77 and a former Worshipful Master. He was a shiner and a member of the Smithville Rotary Club. Mr. Paul is survived by his daughter, Lori Parsley Driver of Smithville; grandson, Eddy Glen (Stephanie) Driver of Murfreesboro; great-granddaughters, Shelby and Saleen Driver; sister, Mary Lou Parsley Wade of Pennsylvania; special grandson, Relley Yott of Smithville; and numerous friends. There will be a visitation for family and close friends Sunday 8:A.M. until 10:A.M. Funeral Services will be 10:A.M. Sunday in the Parlors of DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro, Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, the Governors Executive Order 38 and Social Distancing Guidelines; Our Chairs in the Parlors are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow approximately 50 people for the service, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The Funeral Home Lounge is Closed and NO Food or Drinks allowed in the funeral home. The family ask in lieu of flowers donations to be made to Whorton Springs Cemetery or to Whorton Springs Baptist Church Building Fund. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




John Alsup

June 26, 2020

Mr. John Alsup age 78 of Dowelltown passed away Thursday June 25, 2020 at his residence. He was born April 28, 1942 to his parents, the late Lillard Jacob, and Mary Carmine Alsup. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Alsup and a brother, Sonny Alsup. Mr. Alsup served in the United States Air Force, he worked as a car dealer and he attended The Old Fashioned Free Will Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Judy Alsup of Dowelltown; sons, John Miller Alsup of Dowelltown and Jacob Lee Alsup of Brentwood; sister, Pam Alsup of Murfreesboro; brother, Jerry Alsup of Murfreesboro. Funeral services will be Sunday June 28, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mark Miller officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday 4:P.M. until 7:P.M. and on Sunday 10:A.M. until the time of the service at 2:P.M. Due to COVID-19, the Governors Executive Order 38 and Social Distancing Guidelines; Our pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow approximately 100-125 people for the service, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise Social Distancing. The Funeral Home Lounge is Closed and NO Food or Drinks allowed in the funeral home. The Funeral Service will be live-streamed on DeKalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the DeKalb Animal Coalition or to the charity of your choice, donations may be made at the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Richard Lee Franklin

June 26, 2020

Mr. Richard Lee Franklin, age 62 of Dowelltown passed away at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville.

Richard was born on December 26, 1957 in Carthage, TN to his parents, the late Harry & Reba Bryant Franklin. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Rita Kaye Franklin & a brother, Ronnie Edward Franklin. He worked in Landscaping, was a Minister and had formerly pastored the In Christ United Church. He also served in the United States National Guard.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12noon from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Keith Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday from 10am until the service time at 12noon. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are temporarily not accepting food in our kitchen facilities.

Survivors include 2 Children, Christopher (Jamie) Franklin of Orlando, FL & Stacey Robinson (Jeremy Bilbrey) of Dowelltown. 8 Grand Children, Destiny & Jamison Franklin both of Smithville, Brianna Franklin of Orlando, FL, Keirstine Robinson, Kaden Robinson, Malakai Bilbrey, Kristian Bilbrey & KayDe’Anna Bryant Bilbrey all of Dowelltown. 2 Brothers, Keith Franklin of Smithville & Kenneth (Charlene) Franklin of Wyoming. 1 Sister, Charlene (Gary) Goff of Smithville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations please be given to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




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