Obituaries

James Houston Braswell

May 3, 2018

80 year old James Houston Braswell of Smithville passed away Tuesday at his home. He was disabled. Braswell was preceded in death by his parents, George Houston Braswell and Hattie Velma Fisher Braswell. Survivors include two step-children, Charlie and Berna Barnes of McMinnville and special friend Bobby Brymer of Smithville. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. The family has chosen direct cremation. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Peter Heelam

May 3, 2018

76 year old Peter Heelam of Smithville passed away Sunday at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro. He was a member of the Smithville Church of Christ and a retired Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer III. A memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Smithville Church of Christ. Dan Gulley will officiate. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eleanor Wilson Heelam and step-daughter Christina Carol Adams. Survivors include his wife Gail Heelam of Smithville, formerly of Nashville. Daughters, Kim Heelam Cook and David of Brentwood, Angela Heelam Keller and Michael of Pennsylvania, and step-daughter Michelle Fiori of New Jersey. Grandchildren, Shaun and Michael Cook of Brentwood, Alaina McCormick and Jamie Clark and step-grandchildren Trent and Kendra Fiori of New Jersey. Six great grandchildren also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Frank Tramel (Junior) Bryant

April 29, 2018

89 year old Frank Tramel (Junior) Bryant passed away Saturday at NHC in Smithville. He was a retired assembly worker at Genesco in Nashville and a farmer. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was affiliated with the Short Mountain Church of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Thomas and Dora Beatrice Tramel Bryant, and one sister, Billie O’Fallon Byford. Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maggie Lorane Morrison Bryant; one sister, Mary Knowles; special nieces and caregivers, Linda Crook and Eden Nokes; special nephew and caregiver, James Crook; Several nieces and nephews also survive. Visitation with the family will be Sunday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. In addition to flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Bryant’s memory to the Short Mountain Church of God.




John Robert Nixon

April 27, 2018

Mr. John Robert Nixon age 87 of Smithville passed away Thursday afternoon at NHC HealthCare Center in Smithville. John was born November 18, 1930 to his parents, the late Floyd Vaskel and Clara Mai Christian Nixon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, June Nixon. He was a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church, U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict, a Mason and member of Liberty Lodge #77, was a partner of Amonett -Nixon Chevrolet for 30 years, DeKalb County Clerk and Master for 16 years, Farmer and served as Chairman of the Smithville Electric Board from 1969 to 2017 and continued serving as a board member until the time of his death. Survivors include his 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen (Harrell) Tolbert and Sandra (J.C.) Wall both of Smithville; 1 granddaughter, Tara Tolbert and Fiancé, Steve Crook; 1 sister, Faye Reeder of Smithville; 1 sister-in-law, Geneva Judkins of Smithville; nephews, Joey Reeder, Larry and Dwayne Webb, Ritch and Mark Judkins; nieces, Ivadell Randolph and Kim Bianchini; special great-niece, Danielle (Mark) Collins. Public Graveside services and interment will be 1:00 Saturday, April 28, 2018 at DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Friday 3 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM until 12:30 PM at which time he will be taken to the cemetery for the graveside service. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.




Shirley A. Gibbs

April 27, 2018

Shirley A. Gibbs age 69 of Dowelltown passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. She is the wife of Billy Gibbs of Dowelltown. The funeral arrangements for Shirley are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.




Ruth Ann Holmes

April 26, 2018

89 year old Ruth Ann Holmes of Smithville passed away Wednesday at the Webb House. She was a US Navy veteran and a homemaker. The funeral will be at the Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The date and time have not yet been announced. Burial will be in the Onslow Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester G. Holmes Sr.. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia and William Russell of Smithville. A son, Chester Holmes, Jr. of North Carolina. A sister, Joan Schaub of Ohio. Four grandchildren, Ashley and Nathan Pettit of Smithville, Robert Russell of Shelbyville, William and Allison Russell, II of Georgia, and Jonathan and Brittany Russell of Georgia. Twelve great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Special thanks to everyone and the Webb House. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to a local food pantry of your choice.




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