Obituaries

Florence Mabel Pack

February 1, 2021

Ms. Florence Mabel Pack age 96 of Smithville passed away on Saturday at her daughters residence in McMinnville.

Ms. Pack was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Rebecca Ferguson; husband, John Lee Pack; daughter, Pamela Atnip; son, Willard Pack; great-grandchild, Abigail Pack. She was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, loved to crochet and knit, read, and to flower garden. She met her husband while he was stationed in Australia during WWII. They married and later she was able to cross the the Pacific to the United States on a ship called the Mariposa with hundreds of other Australians (War Brides) who married US service men. She was accompanied by her daughter on the ship who was just a small child.

She is survived by her daughter, Valerie (John) Mears of McMinnville and son, Robin (Deborah) Pack of Smithville; 11 Grandchildren; 13 Great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; Brother: Ted Ferguson of Australia; Sister: Elise Ferguson of Australia; Several half-brothers and half-sisters of Australia

Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday from noon until the time of services at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with Johnathon Willoughby officiating. Burial will follow in Keith Cemetery.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




Thomas Freeland “Tommy” Gibbs

February 1, 2021

62 year old Thomas Freeland “Tommy” Gibbs of Alexandria died Sunday at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville. He was a truck driver and member of the Upper Helton Baptist Church.

There is no one who loved life more. Tommy was a devoted husband, father, and friend, but he loved being a grandfather the most. He loved to sing, do imitations, and give anyone and everyone a hard time. He was truly a character and enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Upper Helton Baptist Church. Jimmy Arms will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the Upper Helton Baptist Church. The funeral service and all visitation will be held at the church. He was preceded in death by his father, Freeland Gibbs. Survivors include his wife of 20 years Sherrie Gibbs of Alexandria. Children, Monica and Hunter Hendrixson of Smithville, Megan and Josh Lamberson of Watertown, Christi and David Cunningham of Old Hickory, and Jennifer Barlog and Travis Dodd of McMinnville. Grandchildren, Ella Hendrixson and Max Hendrixson, Chase Lamberson, and Jessie and Jordan Barlog. Great grandchild, Peyton Conner. Mother, Ruby Gibbs of Alexandria. Sisters, Sandra Fowler of Alexandria, Anita and Robert Higgins of Alexandria, and Lisa and Clark Oakley of Lebanon. Sister-in-law, Linda Ray and several nieces and nephews.

Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.




Irene Gibbs Jennings

January 31, 2021

Irene Gibbs Jennings age 87 of Hermitage passed away Thursday afternoon, January 28, 2021 at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville. She was born July 30, 1933 to her parents, the late William Carl and Geneva Walden Gibbs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Reed; 2 sisters, Margie Reynolds and Ruby Reynolds and 2 brothers, William Carl Gibbs, Jr and Danny Gibbs. Mrs. Irene was a member of the Neely’s Bend Baptist Church and retired from Gibson Guitar. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, James Jennings of Hermitage; 2 daughters, Frances (Chet) Christanson of Greenbrier, TN, Angela Turcotte of Nashville; 3 grandchildren, Teresa (Roscoe) Brogdon, Tracey Bogle and Julie Petty; 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, DeEtte Shelton of Dowelltown, Jewell (Bobby) Ponder of Smithville and Alma (Jerry) Montgomery of Dowelltown; brother, Billy Gibbs of Dowelltown and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 1 PM Monday February 1, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Gordon Donahoe officiating and burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 2 PM until 6 PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 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 funeral home chapel is marked off to respect these guidelines and allow 100-125 for the service. The family request that anyone attending visitation or the funeral to wear a mask. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Katherine Sue Brown

January 31, 2021

Katherine Sue Brown age 56 of Dowelltown passed away Friday evening, January 29, 2021 at her residence. She was born February 12, 1964 in Bethesda, Maryland to her parents, the late Chris Cervas and Julia Butler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Joyce Cervas, Dana Yerge and Tresea Long. Katherine was a Christian and worked at Opryland for 18 years. She is survived by 3 children, Vance Wesley Dunn of Old Hickory, Brittany Nicole Dunn of Dowelltown and Julie Victoria Brown of Hendersonville; 3 grandchildren, Baylee, Joel and Kasidee; 1 brother, Burton Yerge of Nashville and 1 sister, Pam Kinnard of Mt. Juliet. The family has honored Katherine’s request to be cremated and a private service will be held. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




James Morris “Jim” Davies

January 30, 2021

James Morris “Jim” Davies age 77 passed away at his residence in Smithville on Friday morning January 29, 2021. He was born October 10, 1943 to his parents the late Charles Edwin “Ham” and Lillian Helena Davies. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Walter Lee Davies and Charles Barry Davies; niece, Whitney Layne Scott. He was a Baptist, U. S. Navy Veteran, pawn shop broker, former police officer and automobile dealer for many years. Mr. Davies is survived by his wife, Kathie Tribble Davies; son, Lee J. Davies; daughter, Mandy Davies Winfree (Don); bonus daughters, Tiffany Davies Junker (Dusty), and Courtney Lockert; grandchildren, Lissa Davies, Cole Winfree, Matthew Winfree, Maddux “LJ” Winfree, McClane Guerra, Jon Michael Guerra, Hunter Lockert, Noah Lockert, Hannah Junker, Nathan Junker; sister, Stacye Davies; best cousin, Butch Haley. Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Sunday, January 31, 2021 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Shannon Cantrell and Bro, Jimmy Tyson officiating and burial to follow in Griffith Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Saturday 3 PM until 6 PM and Sunday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 2:30 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 to 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. In addition to flowers, the family ask that donations be made to DeKalb Animal Shelter, Outreach Baptist Church or Temple Baptist Church, in memory of Jim. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




George Douglas Parrish

January 28, 2021

George Douglas Parrish, age 91, of Nashville, Tennessee passed away from this life January 26, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was born at his family home in Nashville on October 12, 1929 weighing an incredible 14 pounds to Dewey Samuel and Edna Erma Parrish. George married his high school sweetheart, Melissa Lorene Parrish, whom he met at the skating rink. The two eloped in Kentucky at the young age of 17. They were married for 68 years. George owned the Clean-O-Matic Carpet Cleaning business that he ran with his wife for many years. The two were trusted to care for the homes of many customers in the Nashville area, along with many of Nashville’s finest country music stars’ homes and tour buses. George is survived by his daughter, Sherrie Lynn Thomas (Drew) ; sister, Mary Ellen Frizell; daughter-in-law, Judy Elaine Parrish; grandson, James Thomas Mathison II (Julia); granddaughters, Dana Elaine Spicer (Danny) and Kristi Cherie Scott (Ryan), and 12 great grand-children and 5 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Douglas Glen Parrish, and brother, James Parrish. George was a beloved Husband, Daddy, and Pa. A graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00am, Friday, January 29th, 2021 at the 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 graveside service at 11:00am. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




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