Dr. Harold David Maxwell

February 5, 2020

Dr. Harold David Maxwell, age 75, of Lumberton, NC passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was born in Smithville, TN to the late Toy Maxwell and the late Helen Brown Maxwell Carter. He will be remembered for his many years as a biology professor at UNC-Pembroke.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Putty.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Windom Maxwell of the home; a son, James Garfield Suggs II and wife Tiffany of Shelby, NC; two daughters, Robin Perrone and husband Dave of Charlotte, NC and Vivian Suzanne Britt and husband Michael of Orrum, NC; four grandchildren: Chelsea Suggs, Austin Suggs, Haleigh McClure, and Elizabeth Parker; one great-grandson, Aislan McClure; and a brother, Ronald Brown Maxwell and wife Judy of Killen, AL.

The family of Dr. David Maxwell deeply appreciates and gratefully acknowledges your kind expressions of sympathy. Your tributes to the memory of David have brought us much comfort. There are those whose lives death cannot diminish. Their love radiates forever in the hearts of family, friends and colleagues. We felt that love in your thoughtfulness as you shared your memories and experiences with us.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Whorton Springs Cemetery in Smithville, TN.

In lieu of flowers, the family would cherish donations to a scholarship to be announced at a later time by the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

Tootsie Mae Burchfield

February 5, 2020

Tootsie Mae Burchfield, age 84 of Smithville, TN passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020 at NHC Nursing Home in Smithville. Born in Oneida, TN on March 25, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Maggie Hendren Burress.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Eugene Burchfield, II (Chippy) and husband, Ronald Burchfield.

Tootsie is survived by her sons, Kevin Lee Burchfield and wife Penny from Smithville and Eric Wade Burchfield and wife Cyndi from Sparta; grandchildren, Erin N. Burchfield from Smithville and Robert Wesley Burchfield from Cookeville; step grandson, Steven P. Tarpley and wife Mandy from Smithville; great grandchildren, Allie Tarpley, Ace Tarpley and Sarah Stephens from Smithville; and many other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Carson Memorial Park in Oneida.

A memorial service will be on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church in Smithville, TN with Bro. Joel Wood officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105


Lighthouse Christian Camp
205 Serenity Place
Smithville, TN 37166


Gideons International
P.O. Box 292
Monticello, KY 42633

You may sign Tootsie’s online guestbook at

Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Tootsie Mae Burchfield.

Faye West James

February 4, 2020

76 year old Faye West James of Smithville passed away Monday at her daughter’s residence. She was a homemaker, member of the First United Methodist Church of Smithville and a member of the Women’s Bible Study at the First Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Terry Little will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband Donny James; parents, Harrison “Spur” and Omega West; and two brothers, Ronnie West and Eddie West. Survivors include four children, Jeff James of Smithville, Kevin and wife Robin James of Cookeville, Westley and wife Carole James of Mt. Juliet, and Amy and husband Kevin Rhody of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Kristen and husband Joseph Reeves of Cookeville, Grant and wife Taylor James of Cookeville, Adam James of Mt. Juliet, Hannah James of Mt. Juliet, Alex Rhody of Smithville, and Rachel Rhody of Smithville. Two great grandchildren, Lucy Reeves and Harrison James of Cookeville. Sister, Jennifer West of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

J.C. Byford

February 4, 2020

J.C. Byford age 75 of Dowelltown, was born March 26, 1944 and departed this life, Monday afternoon, February 3, 2020 at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was the son of the late Charlene and Glen Coffee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Betty Sue Davis; son, Randy Watts; 2 grandchildren, Christina Byford and Michael Bell; 1 great-grandson, Little John Byford. He was a member of the Alexandria Church of God and a retired employee of the City of Dowelltown. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Christine Byford of Dowelltown; sons, Danny (Jennifer) Watts of Liberty, Donnie (Jennifer) Watts of Manchester and Jeff Byford of Hartsville; 2 daughters, Frances (Ray) Bell of Nashville and Doris Byford of Smithville; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Paul (Linda) Byford of Smithville; 3 sisters, Linda Huffman of Cookeville, Eva Sevier of Dowelltown and Elaine Temple of Sparta. Funeral services will be 2 P.M. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Clifford Spence and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 12 Noon until 8 P.M. Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2 P.M. 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.

Samuel Dewayne Wright

February 2, 2020

Mr. Samuel Dewayne Wright, age 20 of Smithville passed away on Saturday night, February 1, 2020 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Samuel was born October 19, 1999 in Lebanon to his parents, John & Teresa Waggoner Wright. Samuel was employed with Donelson Air and he attended the Refuge Church in Smithville. He was the President of the Unique Obsessions Car Club of Smithville, an organization he was proud to be a part of.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 2pm from the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Graden Kirksey & Bro. Donnie Kelly will officiate with burial to follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday from 11am-9pm and Wednesday from 10am until service time at 2pm.

He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grand Father, Grady Samuel Waggoner & Paternal Grand Parents, Archie & Thelma Wright. Maternal Aunt & Uncles, Sharrion & Mike Rhoten & Joe White. Paternal Aunt, June Blaylock. Survivors include his Parents, John & Teresa Wright of Smithville. Sister, Olivia & Ivan Beale & a soon to be niece or nephew of Smithville. Maternal Grandmother, Oneda Montgomery Waggoner of Smithville. Uncles & Aunt, Jerome Waggoner of Smithville, Roy & Wilma Rockwell of Livingston, Andrew & Lynne Wright of Celina, Kim & Joe Endsley of Knoxville. Several cousins, friends and family also survive.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Refuge Church building fund in memory of Samuel.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Jean Page

January 31, 2020

76 year old Dorothy Jean Page of Alexandria passed away Thursday at her residence. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Ronnie Smith will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hirem Fred Scott and Sylvia Rogers Scott; her husband, Hubert; and brothers, James Wiley, Billy, Roy, and Vernon Scott. Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Lynn White of New Mexico. Grandchildren, Justin and Jennifer White, Lisa White, Jacob and Lydia White, and Jace White. Great grandchildren, Ellie White, Silas White, Luca White, Khloe Sherrod, and Olivia Sherrod. Step-children, Fay and Jimmy Baker of Smithville,  Donna Martin of Smithville, Paul and Melinda Page of Shelbyville, and Michael and Tina Page of Alexandria. Several nieces and nephews survive. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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