Obituaries

Ronald Timothy Jennings, Jr.

January 4, 2018

Ronald Timothy Jennings, Jr., age 46, a McMinnville, TN resident and native was born March 10, 1971 and died January 4, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness. He was an employee of Lojac, member of Westwood Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon, and son of Ronnie and Regina Jennings of McMinnville.
Mr. Jennings was married August 2, 1991 to Debbie Deason Jennings who survives. In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by two sons, Ryan Jennings and Wesley Jennings both of McMinnville; daughter, Samantha Jennings of McMinnville; brother, Brian Keith Jennings and wife Jodi of McMinnville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Norma Deason; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dale and Katie Deason of Florida, Tim and Beth Deason of McMinnville, Kevin and Angie Deason of Viola; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lori and Brad Mason of Doyle, Jennifer and Scott Moore of McMinnville; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his Church family at Westwood.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Westwood Church of Christ with Bob Deason, Tim Deason and Richard O’Connor to officiate. Interment will follow in Shellsford Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at Westwood. There will be no service or visitation at High’s.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westwood Youth Group and Missions or American Cancer Society.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Floyd Earl Cantrell

January 3, 2018

Mr. Floyd Earl Cantrell of Smithville, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 15, 1944 to his parents, the late Hamp and Effie Pack Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Hamp Cantrell, Jr., James “Lucky” Cantrell and Ray Donald Cantrell; 2 sisters, Mildred Green and Dorothy Hutchins. Floyd was a carpenter and a Primitive Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Cantrell of Smithville; 4 children, Randal (Kandy) Cantrell of Smithville, Carlos Godsey of McMinnville, Debbie Murphy of Knoxville and Harley Godsey of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Mykel Cantrell and Kaycee Rossa both of Manchester; 2 great-grandchildren, Breyden Rossa and August Cantrell; 2 sisters, Ruth Tabor of Crossville and Betty Norris of Liberty; 2 brothers, Buster (Brenda) Cantrell of Woodbury and Larry (Anita) Cantrell of Watertown; 3 sisters-in-law, Debbie Suarez of Dowelltown, Cindy (Vick) Loden of Rockwood and Dorothy VanPatten of New York; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Friday, January 5, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 1 PM until 8 PM and Friday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Georgia Frances Johnson

January 3, 2018

Georgia Frances Johnson, 87 of Smithville, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Webb House Retirement Center in Smithville. Born Thursday, November 6, 1930 in Smithville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Rufus and Lassie Hendrixson Fuson. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Austin Johnson. Special thank you to the care givers at The Webb House.
Funeral will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2017 at The First Assembly of God in Smithville with John and Kay Quintaro and Jan Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 10am until the time of service at the church.
Oaklawn Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of the arrangements.




Bobbye Ruth Fish

January 1, 2018

Bobbye Ruth Fish age 90 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, December 30, 2017 at her residence. She was born August 18, 1927 to her parents, the late Robert Taylor and Era Gill Taylor Webb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Will T. Fish; 2 sisters, Eufaula Turner and Ofala Watson; granddaughter, Torie Danyell Stacey. Ms. Bobby Ruth was a retired shirt factory worker and a member of the Smithville Church of God. She leaves to cherish her memory, 4 children, Galen (Darschell) Fish of Smithville, Michael (Tabatha) Fish of Brush Creek, Diana Fish Clayborn and Regina Malone both of Smithville; half-brother, Robert L. (Jackie) Taylor, Jr. of Lebanon and a beloved sister-in-law, Bobbye Sue Fish of Smithville. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Wednesday January 3, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Chris Moore officiating and burial to follow in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 12 Noon until 8 PM and Wednesday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Smithville Church of God, Building Fund in memory of Ms. Bobbye Ruth. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Jackie Mark Mullican

January 1, 2018

Jackie Mark Mullican age 56 of Smithville, passed away Saturday night, December 30, 2017 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. He was born November 15, 1961 to his parents, the late Jackie Austin and Jimmie G. Hendrix Mullican. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Mullican. Jackie was a construction worker. He is survived by his daughter, Tabitha (Bobby Joe) Anderson of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Nikolas and Macy Anderson; 1 brother, Darrell Mullican of Nashville; 1 sister, Jayrah Hire of Smith County; mother of his daughter, Rebecca Petty of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive. There will be a private memorial service held at Petty Cemetery with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




James (Jim) Glendon Staley

January 1, 2018

James “Jim” Glendon Staley, 77, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed away on December 30, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents James Hansford and Mary Magdalene Foster Staley, doting aunt Caroline Foster; brother Otis Staley; and sisters Thelma Staley Kirrane, Carrie Staley Workman, and Dorothy Staley. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bobbie Nell Allen Staley; daughter Sharon (Robert) Dunn of Cumming, GA, granddaughters Kaitlin Rose Dunn of Seattle, Washington and Rachel Elizabeth Dunn of Cumming, GA, and grandson Alexander Scott Dunn (Tiffany) of Bloomington, IL; son James Allen Staley of Columbia, TN; daughter-in-law Melissa Liggett Staley, and grandson Eli You-Bao Staley of Franklin, TN.
He is also survived by nieces June Ziegenfuss of Portsmouth, VA and Reggie Houk of Smithville, TN, nephew Dennis (Sharon) Staley (Detroit, MI); great nieces and nephews Cathy (Gary) Beltz of Smithville, TN, Glendon Houk of Smithville, TN, and Joy (James) Houk-Raper of Lascassas, TN; great, great nieces and nephews David (Darlene) Griffith (Smithville, TN), Whitney Houk (Smithville, TN), and Carlee and Caroline Hall of Lascassas, TN; and brother-in-laws Willie B. Allen of Donaldson, TN and George Sellars Allen of Alexandra, TN.
Jim was born on June 18, 1940 in Smithville, TN. The youngest of five children and named after his father, he was fondly called ‘Little Jimmy’ or ‘Pops.’ Jim attended Cumberland University where he met Bobbie and was known simply as ‘Staley.’ He went on to attend the University of Tennessee (UT) where he obtained his undergraduate, masters, and PhD in horticulture and developed a passion for UT football which he maintained throughout his life.
Upon graduating in 1970, Jim became the first horticulturist at Memphis State University (MSU). He had a love for horticulture and people and brought the two together as he helped expand and diversify the MSU Physical Plant grounds department and beautify the campus.
In 1977, Jim became Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) horticulturist and joined the faculty as Associate professor in the Agriculture department. In later years he served as Director of both Physical Plant and Murphy Center. Throughout his career, Jim served on various city beautification committees and was a member of Kiwanis. Jim retired in 1998 and he and Bobbie moved to Gallatin, TN where he fulfilled his dream of living on Old Hickory Lake to pursue his love of fishing. In 2016 they moved back to Murfreesboro, TN to be closer to family.
Jim was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather and was extremely generous with friends, family, and those in need. He was a man of integrity and a devout Christian and served as a deacon and elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro and Gallatin Presbyterian Church. Jim struggled with health issues for two decades and will be remembered for his unwavering faith, strength, and will to survive.
Visitation will be held at Northminster on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:00 with the funeral service following at 1:00 at Northminster Presbyterian Church all in Murfreesboro, TN. Rev. Marshall Gupton will officiate. A graveside service will follow in Talley Cemetery in Alexandria, TN, at 3:00 p.m.
Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements,




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