Obituaries

Rickey Eugene Murphy

November 2, 2020

Rickey Eugene Murphy age 61 of Smithville, passed away Saturday October 24, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. He was born March 27, 1959 to his parents, the late Arthur Lee and Kathleen Crook Murphy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Oleta Murphy and son, Rickey Wayne Murphy. He was a Baptist and a nursery worker. Rickey is survived by 2 daughters, Teresa Thomas and Norma Ervin both of Smithville; 8 grandchildren, Chris Davis, Kayla Ervin, Brittany Zimmerman, Jonathan Chapman, Jessie Herman and Heather Parsell; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Harold Murphy of Smithville and Kenneth Murphy of Florida; 2 sisters, Faye Baker of Sparta and Kathy Murphy of Shelbyville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Graveside services and interment will be 1:PM Monday November 2, 2020 at Cannady Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery at 1:00 for the service, no visitation or services at the funeral home. 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




Alice Beatrice Anderson

October 31, 2020

79 year old Alice Beatrice Anderson of Alexandria died Thursday at Alive Hospice in Nashville. She was a homemaker, member of the Mt Zion Baptist Church, and a member of the Red Hat Society and FCE Club. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Jared Randolph will officiate and burial will be in the Harpeth Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carsie Floyd Craighead and Annie Mai Brewington; her husband of 59 years James Arlin Anderson; brothers, Floyd Craighead, Jr. Craighead, and Johnny Craighead; and a sister, Patricia Holland. She is survived by children, Debra and Ray Meadows of Charlotte, Tim and Beverly Anderson of Smyrna, and Robin and David Ligon of Fairview. Eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and a sister, Marie Adams. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.




Bryan Edward Clark

October 31, 2020

Mr. Bryan Edward Clark, age 41 of Smithville, TN passed away Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Emergency Room of St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Bryan was born on August 31, 1979 in Murfreesboro, TN to his Mother, Tanna Fish Harris & his Father, Billy Clark, Sr. He was formerly a Marine Mechanic and attended the Outreach Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2pm from the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Nathan Thomason & Bro. Daniel Campbell will officiate with burial to follow at Banks Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday from 2pm-8pm & Sunday, from 10am until the service time at 2pm. Due to Covid-19 precautions, social distance measures will be observed. We are temporarily not accepting food in our kitchen facilities.

He was preceded in death by his Brother, Billy Clark Jr. 2 Uncles, Michael Fish & Alan Clark. Aunt, Vickie Jordan. 2 Grandmothers, Pauline Fish & Mary Sue Winchester Chapman & Grandfather, Marlin Fish. Survivors include 3 Sons, Caden, Billy James & Connor Clark all of Smithville, TN. Mother, Tanna & Tony Harris of Smithville. Father, Billy Clark Sr. of Bon Air, TN. Wife, Nikki Clark, 2 Brothers- Joseph Clark & Nathan Harris, 3 Sisters- Jill & Franklin Lane, Kaley Mooneyham all of Smithville, TN and Kendra & Ben Foust of McMinnville, TN. Grandfather, W.J. “Red” Clark of Smithville, TN. Several Nieces, Nephews & Cousins also survive.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses in memory of Brian.




Judy Parsley

October 30, 2020

85 year old Judy Parsley of Smithville passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Judy was born on November 12, 1934 in Lafayette , Indiana to her parents, the late Earl & Helen Saylors. She was a homemaker, worked in the nursing field and loved to paint. She was a member of the Bethlehem Community Church and had taught Sunday School.

Visitation with the family will be on Monday, November 2, 2020, from Noon until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Young Bend Cemetery. Social distancing is requested and masks are required to attend the visitation and the funeral service.

Ms. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Helen Stewart Saylors; husband, Travis M. Parsley, Jr.; granddaughter, Charity Stone; and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by five children, Terry (Pat) Parsley of Michigan, Ronald Parsley of Illinois, Pam (McClure) Cantrell, Travis E. (Shelly) Parsley and Regina (Jeff) Stone, all of Smithville; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brothers, Sonny Saylors and Lyndon Saylors; and sisters, Janet (Jake) West, Wanda West, and Wetonna Wagers.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Alpha Dean Young

October 28, 2020

Alpha Dean Young, age 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 24, 2020 in Hillsdale, Michigan. She was born on June 16, 1931 to Roland and Clara (Taylor) Cantrell. She married Houston Young on March 9, 1951.

Alpha grew up in Smithville, Tennessee with her siblings Charlene, Mary Ann and Alton. She enjoyed playing on the basketball team in her youth. She met Houston Young and married at the age of 19, moving to Detroit, Michigan to start their lives together during the automobile industry boom. Working at General Motors as a seamstress, she raised 5 children: Doyle, Dona, Rodney, Rita and Jason. Alpha instilled in them her love for her home state of Tennessee and of family, making frequent trips with them, going to state fairs and visiting family members.

When you heard your middle name leave Alpha’s lips, you listened. If she was giving advice about your problems, you knew she was right. She kept everyone out of trouble. Whether that meant protecting her sister from lizards crawling up the wall or getting rid of some chiggers with a little help from a kerosene bath, she was there with the answer. When the seams felt like they were coming apart, she always had some way of stitching them back together.

Most of all, she instilled the meaning and importance of family to everyone around her. She was a catalyst in bringing her tight-knit family together and set the example for how everyone could be there for each other in both good times and bad. She taught you to kick your heels up and dance with the rest of them. She was the epitome of a devoted mother, raising her children to be caring and compassionate. This devotion extended to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who she cared for as if they were her own. She braved Michigan snowstorms to watch her grandchildren, spoiled them with late night pumpkin pie and never forgot a birthday. Her capacity to love was limitless and her impact is timeless.

After their kids and many of their grandkids started their own families, Alpha and Houston moved from Detroit to Hillsdale, Michigan and began a more relaxed life reminiscent of their Smithville upbringings. Alpha kept watch of the birds visiting outside her window and Houston worked outside and in the garage. After Houston’s death on May 17, 2014, Alpha continued to be the matriarch of the family. Even as her health declined in later years, she never lost her fiery sense of humor or her capacity to show love to her family. She was still the example of “great” that her family all strived to be. Her lasting legacy will be the countless memories she shared with her family and the lessons she taught them along the way. Her wish would be that we hold onto all those moments dearly and always remember her fondly.

Survivors include five children, Doyle Young of Hillsdale, Dona (Wallace) Furtado of St. Joseph, Rodney (Diana) Young of Pittsford, Rita (Daniel) Woodcock of New Hudson and Jason (Maria) Young of Canton; 9 grandchildren including Meredith, Wallace Michael, Rene’, Bryan, Robin, Jason, Joshua, Jasmine and Sophia; 15 great-grandchildren, with a 16th on the way; and brother, Alton Cantrell of Colorado.

Funeral services for Alpha Young will be held Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:AM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel in Smithville, TN with burial following at Bonham Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 4 PM to 7 PM and Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM.




Michael Arthur Goralski

October 28, 2020

Michael Arthur Goralski age 62 of McMinnville passed away on Sunday October 25 at St. Thomas Midtown. Mr. Goralski is the owner of Ace Fence Company in McMinnville. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur & Jessie Ruth Goralski. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Goralski of McMinnville, 3 Children- Stephanie, Michael Jay & Brittany Goralski, 2 Grandchildren- Keegan Goralski & Maylin Vaughn, 4 brothers & 2 Sisters also survive. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. The family will announce a celebration of life at a later date. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




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