Obituaries

Miss Darnell Fuson

September 5, 2019

Miss Darnell Fuson age 93 of McMinnville, TN, died Wednesday, September 04, 2019, at Raintree Manor Nursing Center. She was born April 02, 1926, in DeKalb County, TN, was a personal caretaker, and attended The Baptist Tabernacle and Cumberland Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Miss Fuson was preceded in death by her parents Solon and Verda Midget Fuson and brothers Freddie Brown Fuson and Louis Fuson.

Survivors include her brother Charles Fuson, McMinnville, TN, sister-in-law Reba Fuson, Liberty, TN, nieces Carol Pelham and Wanda Cantrell both of McMinnville, TN, and Becky (James) Taylor, Liberty, TN, nephews Layne (Darlene) Fuson and Tracy (Stephanie) Fuson both of Liberty, TN, special great-nieces and great-nephews Lauran Cantrell, Kyle (Chelsea) Pelham and Kaleb Pelham (fiancé, Madison Bouldin), and special caregiver Lola Griffith. Other nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Gary McBride will officiate. Interment will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery in Smithville, TN. The Fuson Family will receive friends from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday and again from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service Saturday at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toward Gideon Bibles.

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 931-473-6606.




Barry Jackson Hayes

September 4, 2019

Barry Jackson Hayes age 74 of Lancaster passed away Wednesday morning, September 4, 2019 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville.  He was born December 6, 1944 to his parents, the late Auval Jackson and Helen Rose Jennings Hayes, Jr.  He was a Shriner for 50 years, Master Mason of the Center Hill Lodge #77 and worked in construction.  Survivors include 2 sons, Ashley (Amy) Hayes of Smithville and Chad Hayes of Lebanon; Sister, Karen Hayes of Murfreesboro; Nieces, Brittany Hackney and Rose Reynolds; Great-niece, Avelynn Hackney.  A Masonic service will be held Saturday September 14, 2019 at 1:PM and a  memorial service will follow at  2:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.  Visitation with the family will be 12:PM until time of service at 2:PM. The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Margaret Mai Judkins

September 4, 2019

Margaret Mai Judkins age 66 of Smithville passed away Wednesday morning September 4, 2019 at her residence. She was born May 10, 1953 to her parents, the late Roy Dare and Lila Durham Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother Grady Taylor. She was a member of New Union Baptist Church and self-employed as a bookkeeper. Funeral service will be held 2:PM Sunday September 8, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Keith Sims officiating and burial to follow in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held with the family Saturday 11:AM until 8:PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of service at 2:PM. Survivors include Husband: Wendell Judkins of Smithville; Son: Will Dustin (Britni) Judkins of Smithville; Grandchildren: Liliana, Khloe Judkins; Sister: Freda (Sonny) Whaley of Smithville; Brothers: Paul (Wanda) Taylor of Smithville, Ricky Taylor of Florida; Sisters-in-law: Denise Monks, Kimberly Basham, and Diane Taylor; Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Timothy “Fud” Banks

September 4, 2019

Timothy “Fud” Banks age 62 passed away Tuesday September 3, 2019 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was born September 6, 1956 to his parents the late Charles and Anna Barks Banks. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Deborah Banks, Jr. Fud was a former Police Officer, former Property Assessor, and self-employed. He is survived by his wife, Angela Banks of Smithville; children, Autumn Banks and (Travis Holland), Anthony (Amanda) Hasemann, Jason Sturdivant and (Jessica Adams) all of Smithville; grandchildren, Jayden, Elisabeth, Revin and Coraline Sturdivant; sisters, Freda (Kenneth) Pinegar of Smithville, Anna (Jerry) Palmer of Baxter, and Joy Lynn (Trent) Whitman of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be Saturday September 7, 2019 at 1 PM with burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 12 PM until 8 PM and on Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Mary Kathleen Violet

September 1, 2019

Mary Kathleen Violet age 77 of Smithville, passed away Saturday August 31, 2019 at her residence in Smithville. She was born February 21, 1942 to her parents, the late Collie R. and Angie Townsend Mattox. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Christine and Richard Daniel, Carlean and Edward White, Vola and Wheeler Phillips, and Elaine Mattox; brothers, Noel Mattox, Austin Mattox, Collie Mattox, JR., and Clay Mattox. Mrs. Violet was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother and she loved fishing. She was Primitive Baptist from her youth and a member of Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. Violet was the co-owner and manager of Granny’s Goldmine, diamond, gold and silver sales. Mrs. Kathleen is survived by her husband, Bro. Paul Violet of Smithville; children, Rick (Joyce) Violet of Lawrenceburg, David (Rebecca) Violet of Cookeville, Mark (Kim) Violet of Smithivlle, and Kathy (Randy) O’Connor of Franklin; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Lucille (Bobby) Franklin of Columbia, Hazel Perry of Lawrenceburg; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be 6:PM Monday, September 2, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Kevin Rhody and Bro. Ricky Arnold officiating. Burial will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 12 Noon at Second Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Five Points, Tennessee. Visitation with the family will be Monday September 2, 2019 at 3:PM until the time of the service at 6:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Jessie Lee Vanatta

August 31, 2019

93 year old Jessie Lee Vanatta of Liberty passed away Friday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Thurman Seber and David Moody will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents,  J.W. Robinson and Shellie Cooper Robinson; her husband of 50 years Buford Neal Vanatta; two brothers, Truitt Robinson and Stephen Edward Robinson; a sister Melodia Mathis; four brothers-in-law, Austin Rhody, Walter Carter, Elzie McBride, and Earnest Mathis. She is survived by children,  Jerry Paul and Gay Vanatta of Watertown, Joyce and John David Foutch of Alexandria, Patsy and Nick Nokes of Liberty, and Kristie Vanatta of Smithville. Grandchildren, Libby and Daniel Kelly, Jeremy and Sarah Vanatta, Ethan and Giuliani Vanatta, Jennifer and Eric Hogeland, Daniel and Lacy Foutch, and Nick and Susan Nokes. Seven great grandchildren. A brother, Robert and Roberta Robinson of Liberty. Sisters, Lena Rhody, Bertha McBride, and Lavelle and Willie Turner. Sister-in-law, Margie Robinson and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A special thank you to NHC Healthcare, special nurses Brian Cripps, Thomas Mahler, and Nicole Cool, and to Caris Hospice for their loving care. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.




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