Obituaries

Betty Jean Spencer

August 28, 2019

Betty Jean Spencer age 79 of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at her residence. She was born April 27, 1940 to her parents, the late Willie and Idabell Crook. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Jewell Spencer; grandson, Brian Spencer; daughter-in-law, Karen Spencer; granddaughter-in-law, Hailey Vanderpool. Ms. Spencer was a retired nurse and a manger at Hardees. She is survived by, children, Steve Spencer of Smithville, Debbie (Donnie) Bartley of Lavergne, JoAnn (Danny) Bradford of Fair View, Tn.; grandchildren, Richard (Carley) Vanderpool, Matthew Vanderpool, Robert Spencer, David Spencer, Hope Spencer, Kayla Spencer, Brandon Spencer, Amy (Adam) Smith, Danny Wayne Bradford, Mitchell (Brittney) Bradford; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Marie Hale; brothers, Charles Crook, Wayne Crook, and J.T. Crook. Funeral services will be 1:PM Friday August 30,2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Curtis Young officiating and burial will follow in Dismal Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 4:PM until 8:PM and on Friday 11:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




James Robert Taylor

August 27, 2019

James Robert Taylor, age 68, of Smithville passed away on Monday, August 26 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services for Mr. Taylor will be on Thursday, August 29, at 2pm at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with interment to follow in Whorton Springs. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday from 3-8pm, Wednesday from 12-8pm, and on Thursday from 10am until the time of service at 2pm. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Robert and Frances Myra Taylor; and siblings, Oma Mae Tramel, Joe Lane Taylor, Freddy Brown, and Darlene Crimes. Survivors of Mr. Taylor include 2 brothers, Douglas Lewis and wife Natha Taylor of Smithville, and Grady Lee Taylor of Smithville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.




Tommy Ray Williams

August 25, 2019

Funeral services for Tommy Ray Williams of Sparta, Tn. will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in the chapel of Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville, Tn. Burial will follow in the Smith Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, from 2 PM to 7 PM, and on Tuesday Aug. 27 from 10 AM until the time of the service at 3 PM. Survivors include wife Nancy Williams of Sparta, Sons Gary Williams (Lora) of Sparta, Jeff Williams (Linda) of Smithville, Timmy Williams (Shondra) of Sparta, and Brandon Williams of Sparta. Daughters Misty Copeland of Crossville, and Tina Williams (Lucas) of Sparta. Brother Johnny Williams of Sparta. Sisters Mary Howe of Spencer, Alene Boles of Cookeville, Cindy Rogers of Sparta, and Wilene Gunter of Nashville. 9 Grandchildren, and 2 Great Grandchildren. Bilbrey Funeral Home Crossville is in charge of the arrngements.




Jean Sylvia Linder

August 24, 2019

Jean Sylvia Linder, age 72, of Rock Island, TN passed away Friday, August 23, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was retired from Regal Craft Cabinets where she worked as a sander. Visitation with the family will be on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm and on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 10:00 am until the funeral service at 2:00 pm in the Love-Cantrell Chapel.

Mrs. Linder was preceded in death by her mother, Winifred Staniforth Woods. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Larry W. Linder, of Rock Island; daughter, Tracey Linder of McMinnville; son, Gary Woods of Rock Island; grandchildren, Madison Parsley and Cody Eldridge of McMinnville, Ashlyn Parsley, Noah Parsley, and Braxton Cox, all of McMinnville; great grandchildren, Silvia Eldridge and Mia Eldridge of McMinnville; son-in-law, John Cox; and special family member, Kenneth Parsley, Sr.




Lakey Eugene Rogers

August 22, 2019

Lakey Eugene Rogers age 56 of Smithville, passed away Monday August 19, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Hospital. He was born January 22, 1963 to his parents the late Robert and Imogene Ray Rogers. He was a car salesman. Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Kim Rogers of Smithville; step-children, Liza Herriman of Smithville, Ashley Davis of Ind., and Jordan Kinnett of Ind.; three grandchildren, Ashtyn Herriman, Logan Herriman and Miles Davis; several family and friends also survive. Funeral services will be 11:AM Friday August 23, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro, Gary McBride officiating and burial will follow in New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements




Ian Mason Hill

August 21, 2019

One year old Ian Mason Hill of Smithville passed away Sunday at St. Thomas DeKalb. The funeral will be Friday at noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Taylor’s Providence Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at noon. The child was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jean Hill and great grandmother, Oma Lee Davis. Survivors include his parents, Derrick Hill and Amber Mofield Coots of Smithville. Five siblings, Reese George of Smithville, Jonas Hill of Texas, Madalynn Hill of Texas, Peyton Coots and Jeremiah Coots of Smithville. Grandparents, George Hill of Sparta, Tabatha and Roger Bogle of Smithville, and Farion Mofield of Westmoreland. Great grandparents, Gayle and James Goolsby of Smithville and a host of other family members.




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