Obituaries

Malcolm Rosswell Carnahan

December 18, 2019

Malcolm Rosswell Carnahan was born at home in Ramsey, Illinois, on April 15, 1937. He died at home in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 14, 2019.

He was the second of four sons born to Elizabeth Jane Spires Carnahan (1918-2000) and Charles Carrolton Carnahan (1911-1979). Their first-born, James Carrolton Carnahan, did not survive his birth, so Malcolm grew up as the oldest of three brothers, in Decatur, Illinois.

He graduated from Decatur High School in 1955 and from Eureka College in 1959 with a B.A. in sociology. That fall he entered Vanderbilt Divinity School and soon got involved in the Nashville Student Movement, participating in nonviolent training and the civil rights sit-ins in Nashville. In 1963 he graduated; married Joanna Webb Evins in Smithville, Tennessee; and entered the U.S. Army.

After serving in Vietnam in 1965-66, he was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant; was ordained as a minister in The Disciples of Christ denomination; and accepted a position as Assistant Minister with Fourth United Church of Christ in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

That’s where the family lived when their daughter was born in 1968, months before they moved to Chicago, Illinois, where their son was born in 1972. There Malcolm worked for the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.) even after the family later moved an hour south to Stelle, Illinois.

In 1975 Malcolm resigned from H.U.D. to become President of The Stelle Group, the nonprofit philosophical organization that created the intentional community of Stelle in the middle of Illinois corn country. He remained the group’s president through its move to Dallas, Texas in 1982.

By 1988 it had become clear that the end had come for this group that Malcolm saw as his life’s calling. He’d lived its teachings for 20 years, and he valued its philosophy for the rest of his life.

The family moved to Virginia then, for Malcolm to work in business with some friends. In time he developed meaning for himself and others in that world by helping many small-business owners create an over-arching company which they cooperatively owned and ran. After moving to Nashville in 2001 to live nearer family, he managed the company’s growth until retirement.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, his family members are their children Elizabeth Ann Carnahan Carter with her husband Ryan, and Colin Joseph Carnahan with his wife D’Nelle; his grandchildren Benjamin Rex Carter, Loren Ann Carter, and Landon Evins Carnahan; Malcolm’s brothers Charles Carrolton Carnahan, Jr. with his wife Stella, and Bryden Keith Carnahan with his wife Carolyn; his sisters-in-law Jane Fancher Evins Leonard with her husband Rob, and Mary Adelaide Evins Overton with her husband Gaius; plus eleven nieces and nephews and their spouses and children, and many cousins.

A memorial service will be held at two o’clock on Saturday, December 28, 2019, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Boulevard.

Malcolm was respected and cherished by every person in his family and by friends in many spheres of life. His family sees those relationships as the gifts that best honor him. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes stories about Malcolm’s life. There will be a basket at the service to hold written anecdotes anyone cares to share. Friends who find it meaningful to make other gifts in honor of Malcolm may wish to give them to causes that further values they saw him live.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.




Susie Aundra Hale

December 17, 2019

Susie Aundra Hale was born July 18, 1942 in Benton, TN, one of eleven children born to Walter and Ora Shelton and departed this life on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at the age of 77 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack W. Hale; daughter-in-law, Tammy Hale; sisters, Louise (Hoyt) Clark and Nina Chapman; brothers, Eugene (Kathryn) Shelton, Hubble, Michael and Poly Shelton.

Aundra is survived by her children, Carmellia Ingram of Alexandria, JeRome (Jenn) Hale of Lebanon, Jeremy Hale of California, Aundrenia (Danny) Baker of New Middleton; grandchildren, Brandon Ingram, Brody (Coletta) Ingram, Branger (Alexandra) Ingram, Reece (Kendra) Enoch, Campbell and Emma Baker, Mathew (Rachel) Hale, Taylor (Aaron) Hale, Rylee Hale; great grandchildren, Jada Hale, Tyler Hale, Jack Ingram, Preston Ingram, Brianna Ingram, Jaxon Ingram, Brooklyn Ingram, Mia Jade, Arianna, Bobby Jo, James, Jackie, Jamie and Brooklyn Sparkman; sisters, Angela (Terry) Clabough and Elizabeth Frazier; brothers, Jeffery (Georgette) Shelton and Curtis (Pam) Shelton; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home with Bro. Shannon Cantrell officiating. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday. Interment will be at Hillview Cemetery. Her grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donation to The Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.




Taft Hendrixson, Jr.

December 14, 2019

76 year old Taft Hendrixson, Jr. of Smithville passed away Friday at NHC Smithville. He was a Mason, member of the Smithville First Assembly of God,  former owner of True Value Hardware and Sunshine Cleaners, and he was Mayor of Smithville from 2006 to 2012. The funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Donnie Kelly will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m.  A Masonic service will be Sunday at 7 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Taft and Lucille Davis Hendrixson. Survivors include a daughter, Jill Marie Hendrixson-Goneke; two sons, Louis Taft Hendrixson, III, and Javon Ross Hendrixson; and two grandchildren, Brantley Grayson Goneke and Paris Monroe Girgsby all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Smithville First Assembly of God Youth Group.




Ricke Thomas Smith

December 11, 2019

Ricke Thomas Smith age 65 of Smithville passed away Tuesday morning, December 10, 2019 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was born December 8, 1954 in Hendricks, Minnesota to his parents, the late Raymond Earl and Ruth Hanson Smith. He was a Catholic and a carpenter. Ricke was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Patty Smith of Smithville; son, William (Toni) Roesman of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Duane Bolden and Lillian Roseman; 1 brother, Leroy (Janice) Smith of California. The family has chosen a direct cremation. A Memorial Service will be 1 PM Monday, December 16, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with father John Patrick Day officiating and Military Honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 12 Noon until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Carmella Chalfant

December 6, 2019

Carmella Chalfant age 47 of Dowelltown, passed away Wednesday morning, December 4, 2019 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER.  She was born October 23, 1972 in Smithville.  Carmella was a Homemaker and attended Buckner’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Donny Chalfant of Dowelltown; son, Axyl (Sydney) Chalfant of Smithville; 2 grandsons, Tristan and Jaxson; mother, Annie Estell Ferrell and Wallace Cooper of Smithville; 1 brother, Delane (Kay) Lawson of Smithville.  The family has honored Carmella’s request to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Phil Tollett officiating.  Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the DeKalb County Foster Children.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.



Brenda Evelyn Johnson

December 5, 2019

Brenda Evelyn Johnson age 60 of Smithville, TN, died Thursday, December 05, 2019, at her residence. She was born June 23, 1959 in Smithville, TN and was a self-employed nursery worker. Ms. Johnson was preceded in death by father Gene Edward Judkins, mother Emma Bell Redmon Cantrell, brother James Judkins, daughter Amy Davenport Stanley, and grandson Jaythan Johnson.

Survivors include her children Christy (Joseph) Arnold, Jennifer Johnson (Thomas Davis), and Billy Johnson (Crystal Dillon), siblings Ricky (Shelia) Judkins, Jean Ann (Allan) Paris, and Rita (Patrick) Ray, fiancée Ronnie Walker, sister-in-law Carolyn Judkins, grandchildren Jasmine (Ryan) Kilgore, Duston Saylors, Yasmin Arnold, Lealon Arnold, Jaira, Jase, Alexis, Whitny, Dalton, and Bryson Johnson, and great granddaughter Olivia Kilgore.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M Saturday, December 07, 2019, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Elder Joseph Arnold will officiate. Interment will follow at Blues Hill Cemetery. The Family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and again Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 2:00 P.M. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 931-473-6606.




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