Michael “Odel” Evans

January 27, 2020

Michael “Odel” Evans passed from this life on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at NHC in Smithville. He was born on March 2, 1955 in McMinnville, Tennessee to the late James Floyd and Edith Eleanor Young Evans. Both his parents preceded him in death as did his younger brother, Jerry Dewayne Evans. He is survived by his son, Jason and wife, Sharon Evans of Smithville; grandchildren, Sylvia Mae and Wade Webster Evans; brother, Phillip and wife, Linda Evans of Smithville; nephew, Timothy Dewayne and wife, Charlotte Evans of Rock Island; and many caring lifelong friends and extended family. He was a Christian, a lifetime nursery worker, loyal friend, devoted son, argumentative brother, loving father and adoring grandfather. Michael “Odel” Evans was dry-witted, patient, and possessed a kind and gentle spirit. He loved feeding his birds, tending to his peach trees, cooking out and shooting basketball. He will be missed.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 29, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, January 30, from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Elder Ricky Arnold will officiate, and burial will follow at New Bildad Cemetery. Michael’s family wishes to extend a special “thank you” to the caring, professional staff from Suncrest Home Health, St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital, NHC and Caris Healthcare. Donations in memory of Michael may be made to New Bildad Cemetery Fund, Haven of Hope of DeKalb County or DeKalb Funeral Chapel to assist in funeral arrangements. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Lindell Beckham

January 26, 2020

Jerry Lindell Beckham age 66 of Smithville passed away Saturday afternoon, January 25, 2020 at his residence. He was born September 11, 1953 to his parent, Marvin and Shirley Barr Beckham. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Beckham. Jerry was retired from Gino’s after 35 years and a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He is survived parents, Marvin and Shirley Beckham of Smithville; 2 daughters, Jennifer Chapman and Nikki Beckham both of Smithville; 2 sons, J.J. Beckham and Chase Beckham both of Cookeville; 5 grandchildren, Brady Hughes, Carleigh Beckham, Whitleigh Chapman, Lily Beckham, and Emma Beckham; special care giver, Chancy Wright; several cousins and friends also survive. Funeral services will be held 2 P.M. Wednesday January 29, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Fabron Nichols officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again on Wednesday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2 P.M. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia A. “Patsy” Gibbs

January 26, 2020

Patricia A. “Patsy” Gibbs age 67 of Dowelltown, passed away Saturday morning, January 25, 2020 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She was born August 8, 1952 to her parents the late Howard Lesley and Nathallia Graves Bradshaw. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Royce Bradshaw; sister, Carolyn Bradshaw; great-grandson, William Pack; niece, Christina Bradshaw; husband, Danny Gibbs. She worked in Nursery and was a member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by her children, Melissa (Terry) Hicks of Dowelltown, Michelle Anderson and Charles Pack of Smithville, Becky Gibbs and Frog England of Smithville, Daniel Gibbs and Carol Tipton of Dowelltown; grandchildren, Carl Cantrell, Shea Hicks, Tiffany Anderson, Josh Anderson, Nathan Pack, Hope Thomas, and Chris Gibbs; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Lawrence of Smithville; brother, Jimmy Bradshaw of Mt. Juliet; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 2 PM with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial to follow in Hale Cemetery at Pea Ridge. Visitation will be Tuesday 11 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Henri Louise Reeder

January 23, 2020

Mrs. Henri Louise Reeder, age 85 of Smithville passed away Wednesday night, January 22, 2020 at NHC Healthcare of Smithville.

Mrs. Reeder was born November 22, 1934 in Smithville, a daughter of the late Otis and Willie Mai Fisher Reeder. She attended Bethel Methodist Church and had formerly worked at the Texas Boot Company in Smithville.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Reeder will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2pm from the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bro. Donnie Kelly will officiate and burial will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10am until service time at 2pm.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Willie Reeder and a sister, Georgia Parsley. Survivors include her sister, Roxie Caldwell of Smithville and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Joseph Sklenka

January 21, 2020

Thomas Joseph, better known as “Tom” Sklenka age 67, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at St. Thomas Stones River Hospital. He was born February 22, 1952 to his parents the late Thomas Edward and Florence Clara Pomianowski Sklenka. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Zinchuck; brother, Ted Sklenka. Tom was self-employed, working in automation controls, served in the United States Navy and grew up in the Catholic church. Mr. Sklenka is survived by his wife, Terry Lynn Sklenka of Gassaway; children, Toni Cole of Gassaway, Daniel (Storm) Sklenka of Woodbury, and Jennifer Sklenka and (Amy) of Smithville; grandchildren, Jacy, Peyton, Kaylee, Karly, Carter, Madyson, and Caidyn; brothers, Jimmy Sklenka, Jerry Sklenka, and Steven Sklenka; several nieces and nephews also survive. The family has chosen direct cremation and a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family ask memorial donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with final expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Vera Jean Newbell

January 20, 2020

Mrs. Vera Jean Newbell, age 87, of Huntsville, AL, and a native of Liberty, TN, passed away January 19, 2020.

Mrs. Newbell was born May 21, 1932 in Lancaster, TN, a daughter of the late John L. Fonzo Stacy and Era Mae Vaughn Stacy. She married James Thomas Newbell on December 19, 1953 in Wayne County, MI and he preceded her in death on November 16, 2004. She was also preceded in death by Son; Billy James Newbell, Sisters; Era Dean Stacy Turner, Ethelene Stacy Close, Bobbie Joan Stacy Hale, and Brother; Jack Fonzo Stacy.

Mrs. Newbell was a graduate of Liberty High School. She worked for the Chrysler Corporation for twenty years until her retirement in 1989. Mrs. Newbell is survived by Son; Dr. Bobby (April) Newbell of Huntsville, AL. Sister-in-Law; JoAnn Newbell of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Newbell are scheduled to be conducted from Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1PM. Interment will follow in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Liberty, TN.

Visitation with the Family will be at the Avant Funeral Home on Monday from 4PM until 7PM and on Tuesday after 11AM until service time at 1PM.


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