Thomas Toy Miller

October 23, 2019

Thomas Toy Miller age 82, of Smithville passed away October 21, 2019 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.  He was born November 27, 1936 to his parents the late Toy Alford and Nannie Mae Arnold Miller. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, James and Doris Miller; and a sister, Jessie Mai Miller. Mr. Miller worked at Powermatic for years and he was a member and a Deacon at Mt. Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Billie Ann Miller of Smithville, sons, Jeff (Myra) Miller, Randal Miller, and Russell (Selena) Miller; daughter, Shana Miller; sister, Betty Jean (John) Atnip; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will by Thursday October 24, 2019 at 1 PM with Bro. Danny Bandy officiating and burial to follow in Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday at 1 PM until 8 PM and on Thursday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

Charles “Toots” Pinegar

October 22, 2019

Charles “Toots” Pinegar of Dowelltown passed away Tuesday morning October 22, 2019 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.  He was born March 20, 1933 to his parents the late Tom and Prudie Hale Pinegar. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, T. J. Pinegar. Mr. Pinegar was a lifelong farmer and a bulldozer operator having cut a lot of roads near the lake. He was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church and a founding member of DeKalb County Rescue Squad. He and his wife were married May 19, 1951. He is survived by his wife, Zada Pinegar of Dowelltown; son, Michael (Gloria) Pinegar of Smithville; daughter, Teresa (Terry) Maxwell of Smithville; grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Young of Smithville, Amanda Maxwell of Smithville, and Robbie (Alicia) Maxwell of Dowelltown; great-grandchildren, Trinity and Denton Young of Smithville, Gavin and Braxton Bain of Smithville, Brooklyn Maxwell of Dowelltown; sister Dean (Gene) Cook of Smithville; special friend, Todd Testerman of Smithville; also all his buddies at DeKalb Market. Funeral services will be Thursday October 24, 2019 at 3:30PM with Bro. Bill Robertson officiating and burial to follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will  be Wednesday 4:PM until 8:PM and on Thursday 9:AM until the time of the service at 3:30 PM. In addition to flowers donations may be made to Lighthouse Boys and Girls Ranch. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby L. Cripps

October 21, 2019

Bobby L. Cripps, age 84, of Smithville passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Mr. Cripps was a carpenter and a farmer and a member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife: JoAnn Cripps; parents: Roy and Cora Cripps; Sons: Stevie Cripps and Mark Cripps; Daughters: Nancy Cripps and Bobbie Jo Cripps, Brothers: Hoyte Cripps and RL Cripps; Sisters: Nettie Foster, Maireen Garvey, Dorothy Mensuittie, JoAnn Rhody and Judy Hale. Survivors include sons: David and Sheryl Cripps of Smithville, and Gary and Kenderly Cripps of Smithville; Grandchildren: Chala and Caleb McDonald of Texas, Corey and Kami Cripps of Smithville, Brett Cripps of Columbia, Chloe and Justin Winchester of Smithville, and Sophie Cripps of Smithville; great-grandchild: Blakelyn Cripps of Smithville; Brother: Ray Cripps of Smithville; Sisters: Faye West of Smithville, and Wanda and Orville Hendrix of Smithville; Brothers-in-law: Bob and Peggy Motley of Nashville, and Joyce and Dawn Gilliland of White House; several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service will be Saturday October 26 at 11:00 am at Whorton Springs Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Whorton Springs Baptist Church building fund. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Laura Lena Rhody

October 21, 2019

Laura Lena Rhody, age 97, of Smithville, TN passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019. She was born on September 2, 1922 to her parents the late J.W. Robinson and Shellie Cooper Robinson. Lena was a loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and friend to many. Throughout her life she set the example of ‘give more than you take’. She had a full life including teaching school, working with Head Start, working with the TN Department of Human Services and working at the ASCS Farm Service Agency. She was an excellent seamstress and an avid high school band supporter. Lena was a member of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church in Smithville, TN. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Austin Rhody, a daughter Linda Rhody Henson, two brothers, Truitt Robinson and Stephen Edward Robinson, two sisters Melodia Mathis and Jessie Lee Vanatta, seven brothers-in-law, Buford Vanatta, Walter Carter, Elzie McBride, Earnest Mathis, Bob Rhody, Woodrow Rhody, Sheal Allen Rhody and 4 sisters-in-law Mary Rhody Snow, Eva Hill, Nonnie Cantrell and Jennie Cantrell. She is survived by son Austin and wife Nancy Rhody of Rockwood, TN; son Jim and wife Betty Rhody of Sevierville, TN; son Randy and wife Annette Rhody of Smithville, TN; grandson Kevin and wife Lori Rhody of Kingston, TN; grandson Justin and Cindy Rhody of Rockwood, TN; grandson Kirk Henson of Knoxville, TN; granddaughter Regina Brantley and husband Chris of Rockwood, TN; granddaughter Shelley and husband Marc Daley of Pittsburg, PA; granddaughter Meghan and husband Adam Keck of Knoxville, TN; and granddaughter Sarena and husband Lawrence Montgomery of Knoxville, TN. Lena is also survived by five great grandchildren Josh, Demi, Malory, Sydney and Knox and five great-great grandchildren Aubree, Taylor, Emberly, Alaric and Easton. A brother, Robert and Roberta Robinson of Liberty. Sisters, Bertha McBride and Lavelle and Willie Turner. Sister-in-law, Margie Robinson and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and on Wednesday, October 23rd from 11:00 am until the time of the service at 1:00 pm at Love Cantrell Funeral Home. Interment will follow the funeral service at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Love Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leonard White Davis

October 21, 2019

Leonard White Davis, 77, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 at Skyline Medical Center. He was a native of Cannon Co., and lived in Smithville.

He is survived by his wife, Mina Lou Reeves Davis of Smithville; sister, Teresa Davis (Ellis) Brandon of Readyville; daughters, Scarlett Davis of Murfreesboro, Kelly McConnell and Denise Hollis both of Lebanon and Janet White of Alexandria; grandchildren, Cheyenne Bennett, Devlin Mullins, Jody Brummett and Katie Melton; great grandchildren, Savannah Burns and Jasmine Melton. 7 step grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewin and Jimmie Mullinax Davis; brothers, Daniel Lee Davis and Van Boris Davis.

Known as the Mayor of Hidden Harbor Marina, Mr. Davis was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a welder at Cummings Signs and MTSU where he retired. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, water skiing, his family and keeping up with his friends on Facebook.

Funeral Services will be 12 noon Thursday, October 24, 2019 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm to 8 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019. After his services, Leonard’s wishes were to be cremated.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or to leave condolences for his family, please visit

Patsy Ann Clark

October 20, 2019

Patsy Ann Clark age 70, passed away Saturday night  October 19, 2019 at her residence in Smithville. Patsy was born December 25, 1948 to her parents the late Jake and Ovie Reynolds Herman. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Alan Clark; step-daughter, Vickey Lynn Clark; and her sister, Shirley Caldwell. Mrs. Clark was a member of Dowelltown United Methodist Church and was a factory worker.  She is survived by her husband, William Harvey Clark; step-sons, David Earl Clark and Billy Ray Clark both of Smithville; grandchildren, Dakota (Eric) Adcock,  Leah Payton Clark, and Morgan S. Clark; great-grandchildren, Lyren L. Clark, and Arya Adcock; several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. The family has honored Mrs. Patsy’s request to be cremated and an Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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