Obituaries

Alfred L. Ervin

April 16, 2021

Mr. Alfred L. Ervin, 80, of Smithville passed away on April 13, 2021. He was born in Smithville, TN on July 5, 1940. Preceding him in death were his parents, James Donald and Lucille Atnip Ervin; brothers, Jimmy, Bobby, and Tommy Ervin; and sister, Mayrene Stesanski.
He is survived by his wife, Jenny Ervin of Smithville; sons, Mark (Shannon) Ervin of Portland and Timothy Roy Ervin of Cookeville; daughter, Wendy Sue Ervin of Lebanon; stepson, Warren Weivel; stepdaughter, Teresa Gail (Randy) Bland; sister, Frankie Wagner of Houston, TX; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Ervin was a hard worker and faithful man. He worked laying gas lines and was a jack of all trades. Though he loved working and spent most of his time doing just that, he understood the need for balance in life. There was never a dull moment with him. He enjoyed cutting up and loved to tell jokes like his father had before him. A Christian man, he also understood what was important in life and had a consistent relationship with God, reading his Bible every day. The family will hold a private memorial service in his honor. Share memories and condolences with them at www.smithfuneralhomewoodbury.net Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337




Andrea Faith Judkins

April 16, 2021

Andrea Faith Judkins age18 passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Cumberland County. She was born January 28, 2003 to her parents Michael Andrew and Crystal Dawn Gasper Judkins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Braylen Judkins; grandfather, Frank A. Judkins; and aunt, Pam Hitchcock. Andrea attended Sink Creek Missionary Baptist Church and was a student at Cumberland County High School. Andrea was a person that loved everybody. She is survived by her parents, Michael and Crystal Judkins of Smithville; siblings, Sonya (Raven) Watson of Murfreesboro, Shelby (Dustin) Johnson of Smithville, Taylor (Donte) Roberts of Smithville, Andrew Judkins and Savannah Judkins of Smithville; grandparents, Eva Lois Judkins of Smithville, Juanita Garden of Sparta, and Thomas Gasper of Indianapolis, Indiana; nieces, Nikia and Paisley Watson, Trinity Johnson; nephew, Grayson Johnson; several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins; lifelong friend, Hailey Shuttleworth. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Monday April 19. 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Thomas Hale officiating and burial to follow in the Jaco-Judkins Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM and on Monday 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 people for the service. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. The funeral will be livestreamed on Dekalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. In memory of Andrea, the family asked that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Joyce E. Tallent

April 16, 2021

Joyce E. Tallent age 75 of Smithville passed away Friday morning April 16, 2021 at NHC of Smithville. She was born December 25, 1945 to her parents, the late Melvin and Cecil Trapp Billings. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Lynn Tallent. Mrs. Tallent was a member of Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church and she was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leonard Tallent of Smithville; 2 sons: Marty Tallent of Smithville, and Ronald (Andrea) Tallent of McMinnville; grandchildren: Brandon Tallent, Martelia Tallent, Alex and Aaron Tallent; uncles: R. V. (Brenda) Billings and Claude Billings of Johnson’s Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday April 18, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Earl Langley and Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 3:00PM till 7:00PM and on Sunday 11:00AM until the time of the service at 2:00PM. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, we ask for the health and the safety of everyone that you please exercise social distancing. The pews in the Chapel are marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 people for the service. The funeral home lounge is closed at this time and NO food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. The family of Mrs. Tallent would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff of NHC for the love and care given to Joyce. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Reba Lonell Atnip

April 15, 2021

Ms. Reba Lonell Atnip, age 83 of Smithville, TN passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.

Ms. Atnip was born on November 4, 1937 in Cookeville, TN to her parents, the late Laddie & Mertie Bohanan Anderson. Also preceding her in death is her Husband, Roscoe Atnip. 2 Sons, Randy Atnip & Eddie Atnip. 3 Brothers, Fowler , MJ & Gene Atnip. 2 Sisters, Lucille Gilreath & Christine Anderson. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Peoples Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Taylor Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, from 1pm-8pm, Friday, 10am-8pm & Saturday, 10am until the service time at 1pm. We are not accepting food in the funeral home kitchen at this time.

Survivors include 4 Daughters, Lou Dean Murphy, Rose Atnip & Mary Roller all of Smithville, TN & Rachel Atnip (Aaron Ponder) of Dowelltown, TN. 6 Sons, R.J. (Suzi) Atnip of Murfreesboro, TN, Jerry (Betty) Atnip, Ricky (Ally) Atnip, Teddy (Lori) Atnip, Freddy (Vickey) Atnip, Michael (Amy) Atnip all of Smithville, TN. 1 Sister, Rozell Bohanon of Nashville, TN. 23 Grandchildren & Several Great Grandchildren & Great Great Grandchildren also survive.

Love Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




Shirley Jean Blackford

April 15, 2021

Ms. Shirley Jean Blackford, age 68 of Smithville, TN passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Ms. Blackford was born on April 20, 1952 in Texas to her parents, the late Bobby & Betty Morgan Upchurch. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 1pm from the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Blackford Family Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, from 4pm – 8pm and on Sunday, from 11am until the service time at 1pm. We are not accepting food in our kitchen facility at this time.

Survivors include the Father of her Children, Dennis Blackford of Smithville, TN. 3 Children, Wendy Blackford, Barbara Cool & Bobby (Nichole) Blackford all of Smithville, TN. 6 Grandchildren- Brandon Kircher, Christian Hendrixson, Gavin Cool, Isabella Blackford & Everleigh Blackford.

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




Gregory Allen “Little Greg” Mayo, II

April 13, 2021

Gregory Allen “Little Greg” Mayo, II age 31 of Smithville, passed away Saturday April 10, 2021 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born November 1, 1989 in Smithville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eva Redmon, Willard Young, Dave, Jr. and Joyce Mayo. Little Greg was disabled and had worked at Evins Mill, was a 2007 graduate of DeKalb County High School and he was raised up attending the House of Prayer. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Darla and Todd Guess; father, Big Greg Mayo. son, Damien Lykins Mayo; sister, Christina Mayo; favorite nephew, Aiden Guess; nephews, Shawn, Jr and Cain Buck; niece, Shawna Buck; step-brother, Nick (Ashley) Guess all of Smithville; step-sister, Stephany (Kevin) Richards of Henderson, KY; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; friends, Samantha Sam, Nick Ambrose, Ethan Cantrell; best friends, Kenny Smith, Caroline Asher, Ashley Mayo and Little Michael Mayo. To honor Little Greg’s request his mother is having him cremated and a memorial service will be held later. 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.




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