Obituaries

Judy Love Merriman

June 20, 2019

78 year old Judy Love Merriman passed away on Tuesday night, June 18, 2019 at her home in Smithville. She was a Baptist, Beautician and was married to the former sports editor of the Smithville Review, Mitchell Stone (Stony) Merriman. Born on April 27, 1941 to her parents, the late Charlie Love and Louvella Prater. She is survived by a son, Don Merriman of Smithville and 2 brothers, Carl Love of Michigan and Charles Love of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 3 PM Saturday, June 22, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Shannon Cantrell officiating and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 12 Noon until the time of the service at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in memory of Ms. Judy. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Frances L. Zaker

June 16, 2019

Frances L. Zaker, age 87, of Murfreesboro, TN, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 13, 2019. A native of Smithville, TN, she was preceded in death by her parents, Arden and Ola DeLillian Dirting Arnold; husband, Harold Edward Zaker; and daughter, Sherry Denise Zaker.

Funeral Services will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Zaker Johnson of Murfreesboro and Deborah Zaker Carnago and her husband Steven of Clinton Township, MI; step-son, Thomas Zaker of Trenton, MI; and grandchildren, Noah Edward Zaker Johnson and Victor Eugene Carnago.

Mrs. Zaker was a retired Dietitian with DeKalb County Hospital. She enjoyed watching Family Feud and loved gardening and sewing.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials in memory of Mrs. Zaker can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel and Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Home in Smithville, TN.




Connie Gale Dodd

June 14, 2019

Connie Gale Dodd, age 57, of Woodbury passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019 at St. Thomas West Hospital.  She was a native of Dekalb Co.

Survivors include her son, Cory Allen Chapman of Woodbury; Granddaughters, Morgan Hale & Kayleigh Chapman; Sisters, Rosa Nokes of Liberty, Paulette (Steven) Osment of Woodbury, & Kendall (Mark) Duggin of Auburntown; Nieces & Nephews, Ricky Nokes, Tracy (Terry) Hill, Brent, Brian, & Katelyn Duggin, Kenny (Jazmin) Fults, Chloe Hill, Keauna Nokes, & Lucas Byford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth & Loretta Morris Dodd; Daughter, Candace Dodd; and Grandsons, Klayton Chapman & Kolton Chapman.

Connie was a member of the Gassaway Church of Christ and enjoyed spending her time with her grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2 PM Sunday, June 16, 2019 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Gary Hancock officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Aarat Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 8 PM Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Steven Osment, Mark Duggin, Ricky Nokes, Brent Duggin, Brian Duggin, Kenny Fults, & Terry Hill




Mary Ruth Groom

June 13, 2019

95 year old Mary Ruth Groom of Liberty passed away Thursday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She was a devout member of Salem Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday School teacher. She was also a homemaker. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Don Mathis and Thurman Seber will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband Truitt Groom; parents, Bryant and Vesta Armstrong; and sisters, Beulah Johnson and Juanita Owen. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Jane Groom of Smithville; granddaughters, Amanda and David Johnson of Lascassas and Emily and Kurt Watson of Murfreesboro; great grandchildren, Thomas Michael Johnson and Shelby Jane Johnson of Lascassas and Lillian Watson and Everett Watson of Murfreesboro; brother, Del and Jean Armstrong of Murfreesboro; sister, Velma and Joe Turner of Auburntown. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mrs. Groom to the Salem Baptist Church or to a charity of your choice.




Eddie Wayne Ashford, Sr

June 12, 2019

57 year old Eddie Wayne Ashford, Sr. of Smithville passed away Tuesday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a member of the Mt. View The Baptist Church of Christ and a former welder at Star Manufacturing. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of  Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Robert Pollard will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Owen Ashford and Geraldine Smith Southerland, and a brother, Ricky Ashford. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Pollard Ashford of Smithville; four daughters, Christine Ashford of Germany, Amy and Jason Hotchkiss of Knoxville, and Emily Knowles of Smithville and Amber and Jose Ramirez of Atlanta. Three sons, Eddie Jr. and Kaylen Ashford of Oklahoma, and John and Matt Ashford of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Katie Knowles, Logan Gentry, and Alyssa Knowles all of Smithville and Evelyn Hotchkiss of Knoxville.  Step-mother, Annie Ashford McNear of Watertown. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Barbara Lois Gay

June 11, 2019

Barbara Lois Gay age 81 of McMinnville, passed away Tuesday morning, June 11, 2019 at The Webb House in McMinnville.  She was born April 18, 1938 to her parents, the late Zollie and Viola Adcock Cantrell.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John “J.E.” Gay; 5 brothers, Seborn, Tom, Glenn, Cliff and Ed Cantrell and 1 sister, Jackie Gay.  Lois was a Primitive Baptist and she and her late husband built houses for many years and were also nursery owners.  She leaves to cherish her memory, 2 daughters, Kathy (Danny) Cantrell of Spencer and Tressa (JB) Moore of McMinnville; 4 grandchildren, Travis (Tara) Rigsby of McMinnville, Jason (Kris) Moore of Paris, TN, Michael (Allison) Moore of McMinnville and Joshua (Samantha) Moore of McMinnville; 4 great-grandchildren, Carter and Lauren Rigsby, John Sawyer Moore and James Luke Moore; 2 sisters, Judy Cantrell of McMinnville and Lillian (Brownie) Tittsworth of Smithville; 1 brother, Zollie Dale Cantrell of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews also survive.  Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 12 Noon until 8 p.m. and Friday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 p.m.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements




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