May 27, 2021
Ms. Wilma Dale Silcox, age 67 of Smiths Grove, Kentucky died Tuesday afternoon, May 25 at Bowling Green Medical Center. She is survived by: partner, Gary Bunch of Smiths Grove, KY; children, Randy Silcox and husband Steven Jenks of Murfreesboro, Ronda Johnson and husband Donnie of Smithville; sister, Tracy K. Adams of Hendersonville; 2 grandchildren, Maegan Ashley Self and husband Jacob, Peyton Allen Harris.
Ms. Silcox is at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral home where her service will be conducted on Friday afternoon, May 28 at 1:00 PM. Bro. Donnie Key will officiate. Interment in the Smith County Memorial Gardens. Serving as active pallbearers are: Tony Silcox, Chad White, Trey Salisbury, Peyton Harris; honorary pallbearers are: Steven Jenks, Donnie Johnson, Jacob Self.
Visitation will begin on Thursday from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM.
The family has requested memorials to the American Cancer Society.
Sanderson Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of the arrangements.
Rebecca Jane “Beck” Ritchie
May 26, 2021
Rebecca Jane “Beck” Ritchie, of Smithville, went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning May 25, 2021, at age 61, surrounded by the love of her family.
Beck was born on October 23, 1959. She was a dedicated nurse working for many years at the Specialty Clinic in Smithville, a Sunday School teacher for 35 years, and a faithful member of New Life United Pentecostal Church.
She married Steven Ritchie of Manchester on July 8, 1988. They enjoyed 33 wonderful years of marriage and together had two children: Seth Ritchie and Amy Lattimore. She was also a very proud “Nonnie” to one granddaughter: Norah Beck Lattimore.
She spent her life shining the love of God on everyone around her. A faithful wife, gentle mama, caring sister, and loyal friend, she loved her family with all her heart. The youngest of seven children, one of her greatest joys was having the whole family together. She cared for her own family with a tender, quiet strength. She loved her pets, long talks with her family and friends, reading her Bible, being outdoors, keeping her granddaughter, and going on simple car drives with Steve just to talk and see the town.
She lived her life purposefully, treating everyday details with precision and care. She always had joy in her heart and a song on her lips, singing praise to God as she went about her day. She loved to laugh. She never lost that laughter or joy during her determined battle against cancer, never complaining or giving up faith. Her children, granddaughter, and husband will always cherish the wonderful memories and wisdom she gave to them.
Beck was preceded in death by her mother, Cloie Gay Caldwell; 2 brothers, Larry Caldwell and Bobby Gay; father-in-law, Virgil Ritchie.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Steve Ritchie of Smithville; 2 children, Seth (Tevya) Ritchie of Maryville and Amy (Jason) Lattimore of Smithville; 1 granddaughter, Norah Beck Lattimore; 2 sisters, Freda (Gene) Lumby of Pierre, SD and Libby (Larry) Gibbs of Smithville; 2 brothers, David (Rita) Caldwell and Wallace (Carolyn) Caldwell both of Smithville; sister-in-law, Jane Gay of Smithville; mother-in-law, Myrtle Ritchie of Manchester; sister-in-law, Linda (Ron) Brandon of Manchester; a host of nieces and nephews and very special friend, Melinda (Johnny) Lattimore of Smithville.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be 1 PM Friday, May 28, 2021, at New Life United Pentecostal Church with Bro. Dwayne Cornelius officiating, and burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery in Coffee County. Visitation will be Thursday 3 PM until 7 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and Friday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM at New Life. Due to Covid-19, the funeral home lounge is closed at this time and no food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Deborah Louise Hayes
May 24, 2021
Deborah Louise Hayes age 68 of Rock Island, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening May 23, 2021 at Hospice of Chattanooga. She was born on November 24, 1952 to her parents, Shirley Ann Moore Wackerman Molchan and the late Robert Richard Wackerman. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie Molchan. Debbie was a Business Office Manager. She was a devout Christian woman, serving the Lord with all her heart and soul and was a member of The Upper Room in McMinnville. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 45 years, James Lester Hayes of Rock Island; 3 children, Scott Alan (Amanda Sue) Hayes of Murfreesboro, Eric Richard Hayes of Murfreesboro and Jaime Michelle (Shayne) Whiteaker of McMinnville; 6 grandchildren, Alex Dalton (Kelsey) Hayes of Smithville, Alexis Lee Hayes of Murfreesboro, Allyson Paige Whiteaker of McMinnville, Austin Luke Hayes of Murfreesboro, Kensley Brooke Whiteaker of McMinnville and Alyssa Nicole Hayes of Murfreesboro; mother, Shirley Ann Molchan of Smithville; 4 siblings, Jackie Burhans of Memphis, Rusty Wackerman of Akron, OH, John Molchan of Florida and Todd Molchan of Monterey; father-in-law, Lester Hayes of Sparta and a host of other family and friends. The family is honoring Debbie’s request to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held 3 PM Sunday June 13, 2021 at Outreach Baptist Church with Bros. Donald Vinson and Nathan Thomason officiating. The visitation and gathering will be from 2:30-3 PM and there will be a meal following the Celebration of Life service. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Upper Room church, in memory of Debbie, and those made be made by calling or coming by the funeral home. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Sheena Fowler Insco
May 24, 2021
38 year old Sheena Fowler Insco of Watertown died Saturday in a motorcycle crash. She was a pharmacy tech for the V.A. Hospital in Murfreesboro. The funeral will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Earl Braswell will officiate and burial will follow in the Elrod Cemetery in Sparta. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. She is survived by her parents, Holly and Doris Fowler of Watertown. A sister, Charlotte and Ross Porter of Baxter. A brother, Wendell and Monica Fowler of Carthage. Nephews, Ross Porter of the United States Air Force, and Tyler Foutch and Wesley Fowler both of Carthage. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Milous and Stella Jackson Fowler and Guy and Daisy Young Denson. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to your local animal shelter. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.
Bruce “Big Daddy” Evans
May 21, 2021
Mr. Theodore Bruce Evans, affectionately known as “Big Daddy” entered this world on November 24, 1948 in Cleveland, Tennessee to the late James B. “Blink” and Arcanna Stewart “Polly” Evans. Mr.
Evans departed this life on the morning of May 18, 2021 at NHC Healthcare of Sparta surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of Oakwood Street Church of Christ. Bruce was an avid sports fan. He has been a Warrior for life, a Tennessee Volunteer fan (through the good and bad years), a devoted Kobe Bryant fan but his overall love was baseball. He played, coached, umpired and was a mentor to hundreds of kids throughout Dekalb and White Counties. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Averl and Angie Evans and Charlotte Buckner.
Bruce “Big Daddy” Evans biggest blessings call him Daddy.
Big Daddy is survived by daughter Rachel D. Evans and son James (Mickie) Evans. He leaves to cherish his fond memories grandchildren Jala and Jahiem Evans, and Xharia Lyons who lovingly refer to him as Poppa.
Bruce leaves behind nieces and nephews Carol (Glenn) Bonner, Tracy (Mike) Evans, Fatima Evans, Zac Buckner of Cookeville, Chad (Christie) Tubbs and Lyndsay Evans of Sparta. He also leaves behind several great nieces and nephews who will miss him.
He is survived by the mother of his children Annette Tubbs Evans of Smithville. Special cousins Johnnie Johnson and Greg Johnson. Special friends Toby Culley and Tim Dibrell among many. A special thank you to caretaker Melvin James.
Bruce “Big Daddy” Evans will be missed by many, but leaves behind many cherished memories made possible by his big personality and heart. The Evans family wishes to thank all who have kept Bruce in prayers over the last 13 months. In addition, a special thanks to those who have helped Bruce including the NHC of Sparta, Avalon Hospice care, neighbors who brought him food and checked on him, Oakwood Street Church of Christ, Roberts Street Church of Christ and Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta.
A Homegoing Service will take place on Saturday, May 22nd 2021 at 1pm at the Oakwood Street Church of Christ, with visitation with family starting at 11am. Food provided by Street Baby Ent. following the service. In honor of Big Daddy’s wishes, he will be cremated following his funeral and his ashes will be spread at locations that were special to him. Visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite teams apparel to honor Big Daddy’s love of sports.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta
Evelyn Christine Redmon Gish
May 21, 2021
Evelyn Christine Redmon Gish age 75 of Monticello, Indiana and a native of Smithville, passed away Thursday afternoon May 20, 2021 at Mountain Meadows Nursing Home in Batesville, AR. She was born October 27, 1945 to her parents, the late Richard Redmon and Lora Mai Flemings Redmon Maggart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Gish; 1 great-grandson, Tyler Bryce Whitworth; 3 sisters, Oleta Thomas, Annie Ruth Bain and Emma Bell Cantrell; 4 brothers, Gentry Brown Redmon, William Monroe Redmon, Howard Winston Redmon and James Thomas Redmon. Ms. Gish was of the Baptist Faith and retired from Kroger. She leaves to cherish her memory, 2 daughters, Frances (Jeff) Haigwood of Pleasant Plains, AR and Patricia Harrison of Cookeville; 1 son, Billy Malone of Alabama; 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Maria) Haigwood, Roxann (Cody) Bostic, Daniel (Shelby) Haigwood and Jeffery (Leah) Harrison; 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; 1 brother, Jewel Redmon of Smithville and a host of nieces and nephews. Graveside services and interment will be 2 PM Sunday, May 23, 2021 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. There will not be any visitation or services at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
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