Obituaries

Nina Rose Burgess

February 27, 2018

Nina Rose Burgess age 74 of Smithville, passed away Sunday night, February 25 at her residence. She was born in McMinnville, TN on April 30, 1943. She was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes Powers, 1 daughter, Monica Lynn Burgess and 2 brothers, Jerry and James Raymond. Mrs. Nina was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church and a nurse. She is survived by her husband, Harlen Burgess of Smithville; 2 sons, Richard (Gracie) Burgess of Lebanon and Michael Burgess of Smithville; 4 grandchildren, Josh (Tristian) Burgess, Jason (Holly) Burgess, Amber (Sean) Doss and Bryan (Katelyn) Burgess; 5 great-grandchildren also survive. The family has chosen a direct cremation. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held 3:PM Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Gath Cemetery with Bro. Hershel Short officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:AM until 2:PM at which time we will leave to go to Gath Cemetery for the graveside memorial service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Jason Allen Bates

February 25, 2018

Jason Allen Bates age 42 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday February 20, 2018 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born January 7, 1976 to his parents, Harlon Lee Bates and Mary Carolyn Page Miller. Jason worked in manufacturing and member of the First Assembly of God in Sparta. He is survived by his mother, Mary Carolyn Miller of Sparta; father, Harlon Bates of Smithville; significant other, Louann Sanders; 2 brothers, Jeffery Lee Bates and Charles Christie Bates and 1 sister, Carol Sue Morse. The family has chosen a direct cremation and services to be announced later. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Trena Kay Barrett

February 25, 2018

53 year old Trena Kay Barrett of Smithville passed away Friday at Centennial Medical Center. She was a Pentecostal and a homemaker. The funeral will be Monday at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Nathan Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until the service at 3 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Junior Estes and Clara Mai Johnson; and a sister, Diane Horn. Survivors include two sons, Eddie Farris of Smithville and Nathan Farris of White Bluff; a daughter, Susan and Gary Matthews of Smithville. Eight grandchildren. One brother, Wayne Estes of Smithville. Two sisters, Susan Maynard of Smithville and Christie Keaton of Woodbury. Step-father, Robert Farris of Smithville and good friend Wayne South of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home in memory of Ms. Barrett to help with burial expenses.




Debbie Lynn O’Connor

February 22, 2018

Debbie Lynn O’Connor, age 66, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. She was born Sunday, February 10, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and Nana. She retired in 2012 after a long career with CNA Insurance. Deborah was preceded in death by her husband, Jere M. O’Connor; father, John D. Parsley; brother, John Richard Parsley. She is survived by her daughters, Stacie (Bill) Peek and Kimberly (David) House; mother, Helen Vandergriff Burt of Alexandria; sister, Vicki Corley of Alexandria; brothers, Phillip (Janice) Parsley and Larry (Mariam) Parsley; grandchildren, Austin, Jordan and Mackenzie. Visitation for Deborah will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Goodlettsville, TN, followed by a Celebration of Life at 1:00 pm with burial in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.




James R. “Jim” Brown

February 21, 2018

James R. “Jim” Brown age 66 of Smithville, passed away suddenly Monday, February 19, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born May 18, 1951 to his parents, the late Robert and Jeanette Patterson Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Wayne and Alice Breer. Jim was a engineer with Siemens, a U.S. Navy Veteran and a member of the VFW. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cherie Brown of Smithville; 2 sons, Todd Brown of Huntington, WV and Eric and wife Joy Brown of Portland, TN; 2 grandsons, Ethan Brown and Eli Brown; 2 brothers, David and wife Carla Brown of Florida and Rob and wife Steph Brown of Vermont; 2 brothers-in-law, Danny Breer of Vermont and Wayne and wife Maryann Breer of Vermont; sister-in-law, Marcy and husband, Fran Beede of Vermont; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends also survive. The family has honored Jim’s request to be cremated and will have a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made DeKalb Animal Coalition, in memory of Jim. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Johnnie Ruth Luna

February 21, 2018

Johnnie Ruth Luna, 90 of Sparta, Tennessee passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted member of Johnson’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was born July 2, 1927 in Sparta to James Tobert Minnear and Johnnie B Stockton Minnear. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tolbert and Johnnie Minnear; sister, Betty Minnear; brothers, Rubert Minnear, Carl Minnear, James Albert “Red” Minnear, James “Zuke” Minnear, and nephews, Ronnie and Bobby Minnear. Survivors include her children, Danny Luna and wife, Mary; Jerry Luna and wife, Debbie; Linda Luna Herman and husband Eddie; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Family will recieve friends from 4pm until 8pm on Wednesday evening, February 21, 2018 and on Thursday from 10am until the time of service. Funeral will be held at 1pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Sparta with Gary Farris and Lamar Redmond officiating. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery in the Cassville Community. Pallbearers include; John Herman, Nick Herman, Shannon Luna, Tony Bilbrey, Cody Devillanueva, Jake Jacobs, and Mason Farmer. The family extends their thanks and appreciation to Kindred Hospice and their staff for love and support during the past months.




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