Eugene Joseph O’Neil

January 20, 2019

Eugene Joseph O’Neil age 86 of Smithville and a native of New York, passed away Friday night, January 18, 2019 at his residence.  He was born February 17, 1932 to his parents, the late Joseph and Alice Fraser O’Neil.  He was a Roman Catholic, a real estate surveyor and former City of Smithville building inspector, member of the Tennessee land surveyors association.  Mr. O’Neil was a retired Major with the United States Army, retiring in 1992.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy O’Neil of Smithville; 2 sons, Matthew (Greta) O’Neil of Acworth, GA and Patrick (Heather) O’Neil of Woodstock, GA; 3 grandchildren, Miranda, Keily and Liam O’Neil; sister, Joan Taylor of New Bern, NC.  The O’Neil family has chosen a direct cremation and there will be a Memorial Prayer Service and Military Honors held 12 Noon, Friday, January 25, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel.  Visitation with the family will be on Friday 11:AM until the time of the service at 12 Noon.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

CPL Bryan Tyler Vanhoose

January 19, 2019

CPL Bryan Tyler Vanhoose age 23, passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 in Murfreesboro. He was born June 22, 1995 to his parents, Angela Martin and the late Bryan Vanhoose.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandfather, L.C. Karnes.  Tyler was a personal fitness trainer at MTSU Recreation Center, a junior at MTSU and was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in the Middle East.  He was in the 2nd battalion, 6th Marine, Echo Corporation, 2nd platoon and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  He is survived by his mother, Angela (Bill) Davis of Quebeck; 2 brothers, Patrick Davis of Telluride, CO and Ben Davis of Nashville; grandmother, Theresa Karnes of McMinnville; grandfather, Stanley (Dee) Martin of Princeton, KY; uncle, Kevin (Amy) Martin of Smithville; cousins, Matt and Westin Wright; beloved pet, Chloe and a host of special friends and Marine Brothers.  Funeral services will be 1:PM Thursday, January 24, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Banks Cemetery with Military Honors.  Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 5:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 11AM until the time of the service at 1:PM.  In addition to flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Veteran Organization of your choice, in memory of Tyler.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Earl Haskell Rigsby

January 15, 2019

Earl Haskell Rigsby, age 98, a Columbia, TN resident and Van Buren County, TN native was born March 19, 1920 and passed away January 13, 2019 in Maury Regional Medical Center following a short illness.

He was a WWII veteran of the United States Army, retired contractor, member of Mt. Elim Baptist Church and son of the late Fred Harold and Hallie Etta Pack Rigsby. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by first wife, Alyne McCoy Rigsby in 1993; second wife, Nancy Roberts Rigsby in 2016; daughter, Mary Etta Martin in 2005; and grandson, Scott Austin Rigsby in 1971.

Mr. Rigsby is survived by children and spouses, Don and Bonnie Rigsby of Smithville, TN, Larry Rigsby of Spencer, TN, Benny Rigsby of Sparta, TN, William Harold “Bill” and Cristina Rigsby of Wartburg, TN and Annette and John Hatfield of Columbia, TN; twelve grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Rigsby of the Bone Cave Community and Fred Rigsby, Jr. of the Rocky River Community; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in High’s Chapel with Don Rigsby and Willard Ralph, Jr. to officiate. Interment will follow in Long Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by the Tennessee Air National Guard. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service at High’s.

Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Elim Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of arrangements.

John Herbert Rice

January 15, 2019

John Herbert Rice age 60 of Liberty, passed away Friday afternoon, January 11, 2019 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born November 26, 1958 to his parents, Dorothy Christine Bumbalough Rice Patrick and John Billy Rice. In addition to his father, he was preceded to death by his sister, Sabra Redmon. John was a member of the Alexandria Church of God and a Army National Guard Veteran. He worked in construction. Survivors include 4 children, Holly Key of Alexandria, David Caldwell of Smithville, Tina Hatfield of Smithville and Johnathon Rice of Liberty; 7 grandchildren, Cameron Bailey, Peyton and Brylee Key, Quentin and Bentley Hatfield, Braylyn and Lailynn Rice; mother, Dorothy Patriak of Smithville; 4 sisters, Sandra Jones of McMinnville, Loretta Patrick and Angela Jarvis both of Smithville, Teresa Poss of McMinnville; brother, Jerome Patrick of Smithville. Graveside services will be conducted 11:AM Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Taylor Cemetery with Bro. Cliff Spence officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at the Taylor Cemetery for the graveside service at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Anthony Alexander

January 13, 2019

Michael Anthony Alexander, age 53, of Woodbury passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  He was a native of Dekalb Co.

Survivors include his wife, Christie Lynn Alexander of Woodbury; Son, Erik (Emilee) Buckmeyer of Woodbury; Brother, Brian (Andrea) Alexander of Woodbury; Mother-in-law, Mary Moses of Alexandria; Brother-in-law, Ronnie (Kim) Moses of Cookeville; Nephews & Niece, Hugh Braxton Alexander, Andrew Michael Alexander, Keeley Moses, & Landry Moses; and Favorite Aunt, Joyce Owen of Woodbury.  Several aunts & cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert & Margaret Alexander.

Michael was a mail carrier for United States Postal Service for 28 years in Smithville, owner of Christie Q BBQ & Catering, and a Director of Dekalb Telephone Cooperative.  He loved living life and enjoyed every day.

Funeral Services will be 12 PM Monday, January 14, 2019 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Sycamore Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be from 12 to 8 PM, Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the funeral home.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615.563.2311,

Dorothy Jean Cantrell

January 11, 2019

Dorothy Jean Cantrell age 80 of Smithville, passed away Thursday morning January 10, 2019 at her residence.  She was born December 20, 1938 to her parents, the late Charlie and O’Fallon Hubbard Estes.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.M. Cantrell; sister, Carolyn Ann Smith and great-granddaughter, Lydia Jean Cantrell.  Ms. Dorothy Jean was a member of Whorton Springs Baptist Church, she taught Sunday School, Bible School, and loved many other activities in the church; she was a member of the Smithville F.C.E. club and worked as a teacher for 28 years at Head Start.  Dorothy Jean enjoyed gardening and her flowers.  She is survived by 3 children, Jada Cantrell, Stefan Cantrell and Kyle Cantrell all of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Delena Cantrell and Sayla Cantrell; Several nieces and nephews and special friends Helen Hale and Gary Tripp, special neighbors Joann Bradford, Joe and Sue Foster, Jerry and Linda White; and special. church friends Kathy and Bob Frodle, June Carterm Dean and Ann Adcock, and Brother Mike Carpenter.  Funeral services will be conducted 3 PM  Monday, January 14, 2019 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Mike Carpenter and David Mahan officiating and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be Sunday 11:AM until 8 PM and Monday 10:AM until the time of the service at 3 PM.  DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

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