Mary Helen Murphy

October 1, 2018

Mary Helen Murphy age 73 of Smithville and a longtime resident of Dowelltown and the Sycamore Community, passed away Monday morning, October 1, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.  She was born August 24, 1945 to her parents, the late Robert and Louise Tarr Baker.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Murphy; 2 sons, Ray Murphy, Jr. and Brian Murphy; 1 brother, H.B. Baker; 3 sisters, Georgia Barber, Bonnie Howell and Shirley Gibbs.  She was a homemaker and a retired factory worker.  Mary was a Baptist.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:PM Thursday, October 4, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Timothy Baker officiating and burial will follow in Sycamore Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 4:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM.  Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Murphy of Nashville; 3 grandsons, Jon Murphy of Nashville, Nathanyel (Natasha) Pedigo of Smithville and Trenton (Kim) Pedigo of Dowelltown; 11 great-grandchildren, Savannah, Sophia, Jackson, Kenadee, Katie, Alexis, Madison, Aiden, Landon, Lillian and Rylan; 3 brothers, Billy Baker of Smithville, Glen (Billie Ann) Baker of Liberty, Jimmy (Fay) Baker of Smithville; 3 sisters, Betty Scurlock of carthage, Dorothy Leach of McMinnville and Sue Mitchell of Cookeville; several nieces and nephews.  The family would like to express their appreciation to Cookeville Regional Hospital for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Ms. Mary.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Varena Paris Thompson

September 29, 2018

Mrs. Varena Paris Thompson, age 96, of Brush Creek, TN, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018.

Mrs. Varena was born August 20, 1922 in Brush Creek, TN, daughter of the late Edgar Campbell Paris and Levia Ballengar Paris. She was also preceded in death by Siblings; Estes Paris, Alton Paris, and Virginia Oakley, Sister-in-Law; Oma Dale Webster, and Brother-in-Law; Edward Thompson. Mrs. Varena married L.V. Thompson on December 18, 1943 and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1996.

Mrs. Thompson graduated from Gordonsville High School in 1940 and then later from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. She worked for the Smith County School System for thirty years until her retirement in 1984, spending most of her tenure at Gordonsville Elementary School. Mrs. Varena also taught at Donelson Elementary School and Woodbine Elementary School. She was a longtime faithful member of the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by two Daughters and Son-in-Laws; Brenda and Charles Prichard of Brush Creek, TN, and Renee and Ray Wisdom of Alexandria, TN. Grandchildren; Stan (Michelle) Prichard, Stephanie (Greg) Fish, Stein Prichard, Logan Clark, and Morgan Clark. Great-Grandchildren; Dalton (Caroline) Fish, Spencer (Victoria) Prichard, and Shelby Prichard. Sister; Betty Jo Hackett Manning of Alexandria, TN, and Brother-in-Law; Bob Oakley of Brush Creek, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Thompson are scheduled to be conducted from the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 2PM with Bro. Dusty Desimone and Bro. Dennis Croslin officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Hill Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be at the Gordosnville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday from 12PM to 8PM, and at the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Monday from 10AM until 2PM.

Donations in Mrs. Varena’s memory may be made to the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church or the Union Hill Cemetery Fund.


Jackie Lee Linder

September 27, 2018

65 year old Jackie Lee Linder of Alexandria passed away Tuesday at Trousdale Medical Center. He was a Southern Baptist and a self employed construction worker. The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Adcock Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Linder was preceded in death by his parents, Classie and Flossie Bain Linder; siblings, J.C. Linder, Ruby Gerrard, Martha Caldwell, and Joe Linder. Survivors include  five children, Chris and Jamie Linder of Gallatin, Teresa Gibbs and Larry Durnley of Hartsville, Benjamin and Alicia Linder of Gallatin, Amanda and Cam Linder of Gallatin,  and Sandy Keen of Nashville. Fifteen grandchildren, T.J. and Brittany Gibbs, Logan and Destiny Gibbs both of Hartsvile, Nikki Green of Alabama, Bennie Elaine Linder of Gallatin, Frankie and Mary Linder of Lebanon, Cameron Linder and Zoe Linder of Lafayette, Erica Cheyanne Linder, Jayden Taylor, Zachery Taylor, Calee Lenae Linder, Cason Linder, Zayne Bennett, Taylor Bennett all of Gallatin, and Brooklynn Keen of Westmoreland. Three great grandchildren, Kayson Gibbs of Hartsville, Aryia Oreo Linder of Gallatin, and Aspen McFarland of Gallatin, companion, Kathy Swain and her children Ronnie, Brittany, and Erica. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, all donations please be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses.

Louise Hendrixson

September 27, 2018

Ms. Louise Hendrixson age 80 of Smithville passed away Wednesday afternoon September 26, 2018 at NHC Healthcare in Smithville.  She was born August 6, 1938 to her parents, the late Johnny and O’Fallon Pinegar.  She was a Baptist and retired from Nursery work.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband JD Hendrixson; Children: Randall and Jerry Hendrixson; Sister: Dean Vanatta; Half-brother: Jay L. Young.  Funeral services will be held 11:AM Saturday September 29, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating and burial to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family will be Friday 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday 9:AM until time of the service at 11:AM.  Survivors include Sons: Bobby (Joyce) Hendrixson of Dibrell, Phillip (Roxanne) Hendrixson of Smithville, Ricky Hendrixson of Smithville; Grandchildren: Michael, Daniel, Ricky, Billy Michael, Amanda, Dane, Nelson, Jayme, Travis, Scotty, Cory, Natasha; Sister: Gladys Young of Smithville: Several Great-Grandchildren, Special nieces and nephews also survive.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

W. Doyle Smith

September 26, 2018

W. Doyle Smith, age 95 died peacefully on September 25, 2018 at NHC Healthcare. He was a resident of the Webb House Retirement Center,

He is survived by his children, Barbara and Jim Wall, Brenda and Dr. Doug Hooper of Smithville and Al and Toni Smith of Huntsville, Alabama.

In addition to his children, he is survived by his grandchildren, Bryon, Brooke, Daniel, Justin, and Matt and three great grandchildren, Victoria, Caroline, and Knox.

A native of Smithville, he was born February 22, 1923 to Isaac A. and Callie Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melford Stone Smith. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Othel Smith and sisters, Alvilda Hendrixson, Beulah Hendrixson, and Maurene Tramel, and a grandson Robert Allen.

He graduated from DeKalb County High School in 1943. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his service, he attended Tennessee Technological University and graduated earning a B.S. in Agriculture.

After graduation, he was a representative for the Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative and the Agrico Chemical Company. His career made a significant change when he was asked to relocate to Ohio. Instead of relocating, he accepted a position at DCHS subsequently becoming assistant principal and eventually Director of the Vocational School.

He and his wife created a scholarship at Tennessee Tech given each year to a DCHS graduating senior. With this endowment lives of young people will be forever changed just as his was as a young adult after the war.

After retirement he was elected to the executive board of the Tennessee Retired Teachers Association and served the local chapter in many capacities.

He was active in civic and community organizations serving on the Caney Fork Electric Board, Chamber of Commerce, and Liberty Masonic Lodge #77. He was also an active member of the American Legion serving many years as the Girls and Boys State coordinator.

He was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church, the Friendship Class, and he served on various committees.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday from 9-10 a.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home followed by the funeral Friday at 11 a.m. also at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.

Brian Dale Finchum

September 25, 2018

Brian Dale Finchum age 61 of Murfreesboro passed away Monday afternoon, September 24, 2018 at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro after a long hard struggle with Prostate and Bone Cancer.  He was born November 24, 1956 in Gary, Indiana to his parents, Joy Blake Finchum and the late of Claude Ray Finchum.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd and Bettie Blake and Lon and Lula Finchum and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.  Brian worked for many years in the trucking industry as a semi driver, which he loved.  His most recent and long-time service was with B&M Trucking in Gallatin, TN, they became his second family.  He was a 1975 graduate of William A Wirt High School.  He is survived by his wife, Billie Doylene Caplinger Finchum of Murfreesboro; son, Jason Finchum of Portage, Ind.; mother, Joy (James) Conn of Portage, Ind.; brothers, Garry (Dionn) Finchum of Lake Station, Ind., Michael Finchum of Crown Point, Ind.; 2 nieces, Lacey Finchum and Brittaney Joy Ray; brother-in-law, Charles (Rhonda) Caplinger of Smithville and many friends he has made throughout the years and his furry son and best friend Jersey.  Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.  Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


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