Obituaries

Dorothy Jean Puckett

May 3, 2020

Dorothy Jean Puckett age 79 passed away Saturday morning, May 2, 2020 at her residence. She was born September 14, 1940 to her parents, the late Obie and Vera Earline Redman Certain. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Puckett; step-father, Lonnie Rigsby and brother, Gordon Certain. Dorothy worked at Geny’s Wholesale Florist in Nashville, worked with the Food Pantyr and Clothes Closet and was a member of the Bright Hill United Methodist Church. She leaves to cherish her memory, 2 children, Jimmy (Anita) Puckett of Smithville and Fran (Dave) Bennett of Maryville; 6 grandchildren, Mikki (Matt) Trentham, Hunter Bennett and Fiancé, Lyndsey, Kristian (Dustin) Nelson, Kidman Puckett and Fiancé, Dophcar, Lexi Bennett and Addison Puckett; 4 great-grandchildren, Lakelyn and Camden Nelson, Violet and Asher Trentham; nephews, Terry, Eric and Jeff Certain; special family, Hooper Judkins, Frances Kiaha and Erma Haun. Due to the Governor’s Executive Order 30, and the recommendation of family only services and continued Social Distancing, there will be a Private Graveside Service Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Burton-Ponder Cemetery. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Bright Hill United Methodist Church, in memory of Ms. Dorothy. Those donations can be made by calling the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be made on the funeral home website and any sympathy cards may be mailed to the funeral home at P.O. Box 634, Smithville, TN 37166 and we will give them to the family. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




John Franklin Suggs

May 2, 2020

73 year old John Franklin Suggs of Alexandria died Friday at his residence. He was a residential painter, a Baptist, and a US Army veteran. The family has chosen cremation. Suggs was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce Wilbur Suggs and Nell Marie Scott; a brother, Tommy Suggs, and a sister Ramona Suggs. He is survived by three sons, John Jason Suggs, Joshua Ryan and Nikita Suggs, and Joseph Eugene and Devin Suggs all of Savannah, Georgia. Grandchildren, Colin and Noah Suggs. Sisters and brothers, Jackie Orr of Reddick, Florida, Bruce Suggs, Jr of Gainesville, Florida, and Ricky Suggs of Reddick, Florida. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.




Delorice Marie Ashburn

April 28, 2020

Mrs. Delorice Marie Ashburn age 82 of Sparta passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at the Emergency Room of St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

She was born on March 9, 1938 in Smithville to her parents, the late Isaac & Dora Hawkins Billings. Mrs. Ashburn attended Laurel Hill Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

In accordance with the Governors Executive Order Number 17 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation. Private Graveside Services for the family will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Peeled Chestnut Cemetery. Bro. Tim Bumbalough will officiate.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Helious Ashburn. Daughter, Hilda Adkins & 2 sisters, Maureen Moore & Virda Billings. Survivors include 3 Daughters, Helen (David) Barnes, Donna (Greg) Hutson, Kristy Beshearse all of Sparta. 3 Grandchildren, Shaundra (Kenny) Cantrell of Smithville, Tyrel Helton of Smithville & Allie Beshearse of Sparta. 5 Great Grandchildren, Alexis, Eli & Boston Cantrell, Ava Helton & Henry Campus. Great Great Grandchild, Maddox Howard. Special Caretaker & Friend, Carolyn Powers of Smithville.

The family of Mrs. Ashburn would like to send a special thank you to the nursing staff at NHC of Smithville for the love and kindness they received while at the nursing home.

In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery Fund in memory of Mrs. Ashburn.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Gary Good

April 28, 2020

Gary Good age 67 of the Keltonburg Community of DeKalb County, passed away Monday morning April 27, 2020 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born July 19, 1952 to his parents, the late Carl and Glenda Jones Good, Sr. Gary was a member of the Keltonburg United Methodist Church and Photography Trainer with Olan Mills and Eastman Kodak, he also work at Northside Elementary and enjoyed music. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Phyllis Good of Smithville; 2 children, Jack (Beth) Good of Lascassas and Abby (Craig) Watson of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Laura Good and Matthew Agee; 1 brother, Carl (Michelle) Good, Jr. of Lascassas; 2 sisters, Linda (Dave) Clark of Murfreesboro and Debbie Shelton Driver (Roger Young) of Smithville; several nieces and nephews. Due to the COVID-19, Governor’s Executive Order and Social distancing requirements, there will be a private funeral service on Thursday April 30, 2020 with Bro. Michael Hale and Craig Watson officiating, following the funeral the family will honor Gary’s request to be cremated. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Justin Potter Library, in memory of Gary, those donations can be made by calling the funeral home. You can send condolences to the family on the funeral home website or any expressions of sympathy to the funeral home at P.O. Box 634, Smithville, TN 37166 and we will get them to the family. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Reba Mae Knowles

April 24, 2020

Mrs. Reba Mae Knowles age 93 of Smithville passed away Friday morning, April 24, 2020 at the Webb House Retirement Home.

She was born on April 8, 1927 in Smithville to her parents, the late Everett & Wilma Taylor Poss. Mrs. Reba was a member of Mt. View The Baptist Church and was retired from the DeKalb County School System having worked at the Middle School.
In accordance with the Governors Executive Order Number 17 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation. Private Graveside Services for the family will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Young Bend Cemetery. Bro. Dwight Knowles will officiate.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Clifton Knowles. Daughter, Sandra Knowles & 3 Brothers, Clifton, Mason & Glynn Poss. Survivors include her Son, Dwight (Donna) Knowles & Daughter, Vickie Knowles both of Smithville. 2 Grandchildren, Shelly (Chad) Jennings & Jared (Karen) Knowles both of Smithville. 4 Great Grandchildren, Hunter & Emma Jennings, Isaac & Katherine Knowles. Brother, Dean Poss of Smithville. Sister, Wanda (Edd) Hidgon of Gallatin. Sisters- in- law, John Ann Poss of Smithville, Peggy Poss & Ina Mae Cantrell both of Nashville. Several Nieces & Nephews also survive.

In addition to flowers, donations can be made to the Young Bend Cemetery Fund in memory of Mrs. Reba.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Calvin “Casey” Jones

April 22, 2020

Mr. Calvin “Casey” Jones age 76 of Smithville passed away Wednesday morning, April 22, 2020 at his residence.

Calvin was born on December 19, 1943 in Sacramento, CA to his parents the late J.C. & Rebecca Lowery Jones. Also preceding him in death is his son, James Brian Jones. Calvin had just recently retired from a lifelong career of farming. He was a member of the DeKalb County Cattleman’s Association, a former board member of the DeKalb Farmers Co-op & he was of the Baptist faith.

In accordance with the Governors Executive Order Number 17 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation. Private Graveside services for the family will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Beverly Tittsworth Jones of Smithville. 2 Daughters, Tamera (Brad) Vaughn of Lebanon & Pam Baumann (Terry Daniel) of Smithville. 3 Grandchildren, Brian Baumann of Smithville, Ashley (James) Smith of Mt. Juliet & Allen Ivey of Mt. Juliet. 3 Great Grandchildren & the loves of his life, Anniston Ivey, Preston & Madison Smith. Sister, Susan Young of Smithville. Special Nieces & Nephews also survive.

In addition to flowers donations can be made to the DeKalb County Cattleman’s Association for a Scholarship Fund in memory of Calvin.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




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