Obituaries

L.C. Tramel

October 2, 2019

91 year old L.C. Tramel of Smithville passed away Wednesday at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital. He was a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church for over 50 years and served as a deacon and song leader there.  He was also retired from Tramel’s Body Shop. The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Johnathon Willoughby and Thurman Seber will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Tramel was preceded in death by his wife Lorene Tramel and parents, William H. and Mary Elizabeth Tramel. Survivors include a son, Larry and Wanda Tramel of Liberty. A daughter, Janice Ward of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Natasha and Randy Vaughn of Alexandria, Resha and Chris Allen of Smithville, Renee and Johnathon Willoughby of Dowelltown, and Lincoln Tramel of Liberty. Great grandchildren, Drake and Amanda Vaughn, Ellie Vaughn, Quentin and Ashley Cook and Zackary Snyder all of Smithville and Lydia and Jathan Willoughby of Dowelltown. Two great great grandchildren, Aiden Cook and Amelia Vaughn both of Smithville and a sister, Effie Lee Ellis of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Herman Building Fund.




Ruth Walker

October 1, 2019

Ms. Ruth Walker age 77, passed away September 30, 2019 at Signature Health Care of Putman County. Ms. Walker was raised in Coffee County but has been a long time resident of Smithville. She was born April 25, 1942 to her parents the late Ernest and Mattie Hayes Russ. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Cordell Walker; sister, Pearl Wright; brothers, J. D. Stevens, Bill Stevens, and Leonard Russ. She was retired from Genesco and Texas Boot and a member of Taylor’s Providence Baptist Church. Ms. Walker is survived by her daughters, Tina Taylor of Smithville, Kimberly Jones of Sparta; grandchildren, Skyelar Patrick, Keira Taylor, Derrick Jones, and Dustin Jones; great-grandchild, Lennox Milke; sisters-in-law, Delsie Stevens, and Donna Russ; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be Friday October 4, 2019 at 11:AM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Thursday October 3,2019 at 1:PM until 8:PM and on Friday 9:AM until the time of the service at 11:AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Sue M. Mathis

October 1, 2019

Sue M. Mathis age 81 died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 at Palmettos Assisted Living in Greenville, SC. Formerly of Smithville, she was the wife of the late Guy Mathis and was a retired dispatcher with the Smithville Police Dept. She was born Dec. 17, 1937, daughter of the late Carl and Elizabeth McCoy and was preceded in death by her brother, Lewis McCoy, Sr. Sue is survived by her sister, Martha Greer and her husband, Arthur of Simpsonville, SC; niece, Janice (Gary) Stockman and nephew, Lewis McCoy, Jr. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at Salem Cemetery in Liberty, TN. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hunter Funeral Home at Watertown. HUNTER FUNERAL HOME 615-237-9318




David S. “Tree Man” Judkins

September 29, 2019

David S. “Tree Man” Judkins age 71, of Smithville passed away Friday, September 27, 2019  at his residence. He was born March 29, 1948 to his parents the late  Oliver and Nodia Young Judkins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Carlton and Cooper Judkins; sisters, Ravanell Culwell, Corina Young  and an infant baby sister. Mr. Judkins was a Nurseryman and affiliated with Allen’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Janice Judkins of Smithville; children, Bryan (Georgette) Judkins of Smithville; Mary (Brian) Young  of Sparta; grandchildren, Mindy Evans and (De’Shawn), Daniel (Crystal) Young, Kayla (Daniel) Kincer, Brad (Angela) Emberton, Hannah Judkins, Zack (Mallory) Young; great-grandchildren, Kenya, Jordan, Carly, Charlee, Marshall, Baby Cash, O’Mari; brothers, Mack Judkins and Eddie Roy Judkins; several nieces, nephews and friends also survive. Funeral services will be Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jeff Cripps officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday September 30, 2019 at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Tuesday until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Deloris June Lewis

September 29, 2019

There was a glad reunion on Friday, September 27, 2019 as Delores June Lewis was called home to be with the Lord. We are so happy that her suffering is over, her sight is restored, and she is having the time of her life with loved ones who have gone before. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Hartford Jennings Lewis; parents, Willie Houston and Hattie Cripps and her sister, Willa Dean Cripps Kellar (Charles). June was born September 11, 1934 in Dowelltown, TN.

Those left behind who rejoice in her new abundant life include children, Ivana Lewis Smith (Mike), Penny Lewis Howerton (Dennis), and Mark Lewis (Chari); grandchildren, G. Casey Smith (Molly), Evan Hunter Smith, Andrew Jennings Howerton (Brooke), and William Hartford Lewis; great-grand children, Greyson Reese Smith, Charlie Wren Smith, and Elijah Kapherr; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

In her 85 years, she milked cows, harvested fruits and vegetables from her garden, was an accomplished seamstress, sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School and Bible School, made the best cream style corn and blackberry cobbler in Tennessee, panned for gold in Alaska and was a great conversationalist.

“Moma June” was an excellent caregiver for her family and numerous other families in her community as she babysat children in her home for over 50 years. She was a consistent disciplinarian and taught “her children” about Jesus. She was smart, beautiful, loyal, extremely frugal, and a great role model. Moma June will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and church.

Visitation with family and friends will be held at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, TN on Monday, September 30, 2019 1:00-3:00 with a Celebration of Life immediately following at 3:00 led by Rev. Kevin Medlin. Internment will be at Salem Cemetery in Liberty, TN with Rev. Mike Smith officiating . Mrs. Lewis will be carried by family pallbearers, Mark Lewis, Mike Smith, Dennis Howerton, Casey Smith, Evan Smith, and Andrew Howerton with Greyson Smith, William Lewis and Elijah Kapherr serving as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements will be handled by Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Building Fund. Special thanks to Bright Star Senior Care, Hospice of Chattanooga, and special caregivers, Brooke and Lauren.

HUNTER FUNERAL HOME, Watertown  (615)237-9318




Thomas Bogle

September 27, 2019

  Mr. Thomas Bogle age 70 of Liberty passed away Friday morning, September 27, 2019 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital.  He was born May 29, 1949 to his parents, the late Lem and Betty Nokes Bogle.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Lou Bogle; son, Thomas Greg Bogle; sisters, Wanda Faye Harrison and Anita Thornton; brother, Danny Bogle.  He was a retired Milk Truck Driver.  He is survived by his daughter, Julie Green of Liberty; 2 granddaughters, Mandy (Steven) Tarpley of Smithville and Macy Frey of Liberty; 4 great-grandchildren, Allie and Ace Tarpley, Hunter and Hattie Frazier; 4 sisters, Brenda (Thurman) Bennett of Lebanon, Marie (Kenneth) Derting of Liberty, Elsie (Ray) Fish of Statesville, and Lisa (Dewayne) Bowen of Liberty; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be 2PM Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Wilson Williams officiating and burial in Hale Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 1PM till 8PM and Wednesday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements



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