Obituaries

Gary Lee Fuson

March 28, 2024

Gary Lee Fuson age 77 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at his residence. He was born March 8, 1947 to his parents, the late Luther Lee and Robbie Bennett Fuson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Kimberly Fuson; son, Gary Lee Fuson, II; daughter, Danealle Pace and sister, Paula Smith. Mr. Fuson was a police officer, U.S. Army veteran, member of the Am Vets Post 101 and American Legion Post 122. He is survived by children, William (Sarah) Fuson of Smithville, Nicole (Robert) Bruhn of Dowelltown, Maria Fuson of Virginia, Michael Morris of Smithville and James Fuson of Alabama; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special caregivers, Brandi and Elizabeth from Adoration. Funeral services will be 11:AM Saturday, March 30, 2024 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Bonham Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Saturday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Am Vets Post 101 or American Legion Post 122 in memory of Mr. Fuson. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is honored to care for the Fuson family.




Linda Carol Allen

March 27, 2024

72 year old Linda Carol Allen of Liberty died Tuesday at her residence. She was a homemaker. A graveside service will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Hillview Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Flem Anderson and Reba Neal Anderson; husband, Butch Allen; grandson, Christopher; sisters, Tammy Spencer and Brenda Anderson; and a brother, Ronnie Anderson. Survivors include daughters, Sabrina and Brad Hayes of Liberty and Tabitha and Kirby Daniels of Gordonsville. Grandchildren, Josh and Mindy Tyree of Liberty, Kristina and DJ Haddock of Mount Juliet, Brianna and Jamos Blair of Gordonsville, and Keigen Daniels. A brother, Danny and Pam Anderson of Columbia and several great grandchildren. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.




Shirley Marie Hale

March 27, 2024

71-year-old Shirley Marie Hale of Alexandria died Sunday at her daughter’s home. She was a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in the Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Buddy Bain and Esta Mai Anderson; husband, James E. Hale; Son, Jamie Carl Hale; brothers, Jerry Bain, Turney Bain, and Buddy Bain, Jr.; and sisters, Henrietta Estes, Rachel Taylor and Caroline Braswell. She is survived by her daughter Glenda and Jeff Curtis of Alexandria. Granddaughter, Savannah and Jonathan French of Alexandria. A brother, David Carl and Sandra Bain. Several great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends survive. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Anderson Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.




Joe Truitt Foutch

March 25, 2024

Joe Truitt Foutch 86, passed away peacefully at the Webb House on March 24th 2024. He was born on December 15th 1937 to the late Leon & Robbie Hayes Foutch. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mainell Malone Foutch and a brother, Donnie Foutch.

Joe is survived by sons, Danny Foutch (Lisa), Dr. David Foutch (Kim) and Jonathan Foutch (Laura); Grandchildren, Katherine Foutch Layman (Matthew), Dr. Jordan Foutch (Jessica), Kelsey Foutch Pyles (Brandon), Dr. Hunter Foutch, Alexandria Foutch Smith (Kyle), and Elijah Foutch (Baleigh); Great Grandchildren, Mia Foutch, Miah Johnson, Rebecca and Caroline Layman, Knox Pyles, Emma Foutch and Mailynn Foutch. He is also survived by sisters, Jean Fite, Judy Farler and Janet Flanigan.

Joe was a retired manager from Work Wear Corp. He was a board member of DeKalb Utility District and served on the DeKalb Bank Advisory Board. He enjoyed cattle farming, fishing, hunting, gardening and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s ball games. Joe was a devoted member of Prosperity Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Friday, March 29th, 2024 at Prosperity Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Stinnett & Bro. David Moody officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 at Anderson Funeral Home & Friday at 11:00 am until service time at 1:00 at Prosperity Baptist Church with interment to follow at Prosperity Cemetery.

In addition to flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Prosperity Cemetery Fund.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Jordan Foutch, Dr. Hunter Foutch, Elijah Foutch, Dr. Matthew Layman, Dr. Kyle Smith and Brandon Pyles.

Anderson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




Jack Colvert Duggin

March 24, 2024

Jack Colvert Duggin age 91 of Nashville passed away quietly on March 22, 2024. He was born July 18, 1932 in Smithville, TN. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edna Odom and Dr. Jefferson Taylor Duggin and Mary Moore and Daniel Silas Colvert, parents Mary Lou and Paul R. Duggin, brother Tommy R. Duggin, and by the especially heartbreaking loss of his daughter Terry Jane Converse. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Bratten Duggin, daughter Jennifer (Dane) Alexander (Brush Creek, TN), son-in law David Converse (Nashville, TN), grandsons Patrick Converse (Miami, FL) and Andrew Converse (Houston, TX), and many nieces and nephews.

While in college he earned his commercial pilot’s license from the MTSU Flight School. He was a veteran, serving in the US Army during the Korean War. After his discharge from the army, he completed his education at MTSU receiving his Bachelor and Master’s degrees. Later in his career he graduated from Northwestern University’s Graduate School of Management’s Executive Development Institute. He began his career in blood banking serving as a Chemist – Bacteriologist at Blood Bank Foundation in Nashville, later serving as the Executive Director. He later merged Blood Bank Foundation with the American Red Cross where he served, among other positions, as Blood Services Administrator in until shortly before his retirement. Over the course of his career Mr. Duggin received several acknowledgments and accolades, including the Lemuel W. Diggs award from the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks for “rendering significant and lasting contribution to Blood Banking in the state of Tennessee”, the “Marion F. Beard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Kentucky Association of Blood Banks” and the “Colonel Frank R. Camp Award for Excellence in the Field of Blood Banking.” He was a member of the American Association of Blood Banks serving on many committees. He was a founding member of the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks and served as President in 1975-1976. He also was a member and served as President in 1988-1989 of the Kentucky Association of Blood Banks, a member of the American Society for Medical Technology and the Tennessee Medical Society. He was a graduate of Leadership Louisville, served as President of Woodmont Kiwanis Club was a member Board of Directors of Outlook Nashville, American Legion Post #5, Nashville area Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, and served many years as a volunteer solicitor for the United Way. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church.

He was a lifelong resident of middle TN and settled in his home in Green Hills in 1963. He enjoyed gardening and caring for his home. He loved music and was practically a fixture on the front row at the Smithville Jamboree for many years. He was proud of his children and grandchildren, always supportive and encouraging their endeavors. He was beloved by so many and will be greatly missed by his entire family. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2024 at the Salem Baptist Church with Pastor Jason Lohorn officiating. Visitation 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Hunter Funeral Home and Noon till service time Monday at the church. Interment will follow at the Salem Cemetery in Liberty, TN. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME, Watertown 615-237-9318




Nancy LeElla Hudgens Puckett Bell

March 23, 2024

Woodbury resident and White County, Tn native Nancy LeElla Hudgens Puckett Bell, 85, was born April 23, 1939 and died peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

She was the daughter of the late Milburn and Rebecca Fancher Hudgens of Sparta, Tn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Dr. Larry Jackson Puckett of Smithville, and by her sister Barbara Hudgens Crouch of Cookeville, maternal grandparents Thomas and Nannie Brown Fancher of Sparta and paternal grandparents Willie Hampton Hudgens and LeElla Cummings Hudgens of Sparta.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. James Bell, of Woodbury, son David Puckett (Cheryl), Clearwater Beach, Florida, daughter, Amy Puckett Corley (Michael), McMinnville, TN, sister Mary (Sissy) Leech, Nashville, four grandchildren, Peter Corley (Kasie), Luke Corley, Nealie Puckett Miller (Justin); 4 great-grandchildren Henry Jackson Corley, Evelyn Grace Corley, Jackson Cedar Miller, and August River Miller.

Mrs. Nancy was a devoted Christian, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and housewife.

She was a help and comfort to her husband, a loving mother and grandmother who spent many hours feeding, reading to, and playing with her grandchildren. She enjoyed making a beautiful, warm, and welcoming home, cooking, painting, writing stories, growing flowers, and most of all spending time with her family, friends, and church. She was a diligent student of the Bible, which led her to treat everyone with kindness, warmth, and friendliness.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Sunday, March 24, 2024 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Gulley officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Holly Cemetery, Smithville, Tennessee, next to her beloved husband, Larry. A visitation will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodbury Church of Christ, Woodbury, Tn or Kids of the Community, McMinnville, Tn

Woodbury Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences and memories for her family, please visit www.woodburyfuneralhome.net.




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