January 12, 2018
91 year old William Bailey Dickens of Smithville passed away Thursday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a Methodist and a retired maintenance Elm Hill Meat worker. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. B.J. Thomason will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 1-8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Grady Dickens; his wife, Emma Ruth Dickens; three sisters, Frances Dickens, Irene Silcox and Athelene Corley; and three brothers, Earl, Ernest, and Harry Dickens. He is survived by a daughter, Judy Ann Phillips and a son, Larry Joe and Janey Dickens all of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Chasity Phillips Watson of Smithville, William Corey and Rebecca Dickens of Smithville, Eric Joseph and Jessica Dickens of Murfreesboro and Donnie Young of Smithville. Eight grandchildren, Thaxton and Avia Salinasn, Nervaeh Watson, William, Sean, Landon and Emma Dickens and Logan Crouch; and a sister, Ethel Mai Price of Old Hickory. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.