Miscellaneous DeKalb County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Bain
74 year old Sammy Bain of Smithville died Monday, April 26 of an extended illness at Baptist DeKalb Hospital. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a retired TVA employee, and a Pentecostal. The funeral will be Thursday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Elder Frances Foster and Charles Braswell will officiate. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bobby and Alpha Cripps Bain and two brothers, Charles Bain and Dewey Bain. He is survived by his wife, Mary Bain of Smithville. Three sons, Lynn Bain of Milton, Mark Bain of Rock Island, and Dewayne Bain of Smithville. Two daughters, Melissa Gerringer and Ann Bain both of Smithville. Two step-daughters, Angie Foutch and Kim Young both of Smithville. One brother, Creston Bain of Smithville. Four sisters, Louise C. Frazier and Martha Preston both of Smithville, Billie Bates of Benton, Kentucky, and Elizabeth Braswell of Ringold, Georgia. Thirteen Grandchildren and three great grandchildren. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation begins Tuesday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until the time of the funeral Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

Ellis
75 year old Robert Glen Ellis of Watertown died Tuesday, May 4 at his home. He was a retired carpenter, a Baptist, and a DeKalb County native. The funeral will be Thursday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Kenneth Tramel will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Robert Ellis and Annie Myrtle Yates Ellis. He is survived by his wife, Effie Lee Tramel Ellis of Watertown. One sister, Louise Vandergriff of Watertown. One brother, J.C. Ellis of Watertown and one brother-in-law, L.C. Tramel of Smithville. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.  

Tittsworth
A former WJLE General Manager died Sunday, May 2 at his Dunlap home of an extended illness. 60 year old Tollye Wayne Tittsworth served as the station manager during the early 1960's. He was a Warren County native and a broadcasting executive who was owner and general manager of Dunlap's WSDQ since 1986. Tittsworth was a 1959 graduate of the Nashville Broadcasting Training Institute. He had worked with several broadcasting stations in Tennessee. Tittsworth owned and operated WSMT AM/FM in Sparta from 1975-80. He was operations manager for WBMC/WTRZ in McMinnville from 1980-86.  Tittsworth was a member of several civic and professional organizations, including the Dunlap Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, the Sequatchie County Hospital Board, the Sequatchie Valley Historical Association and the Exchange Club in McMinnville. The funeral will be Thursday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Love-Cantrell & Cope funeral home in McMinnville. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Doyle, Tennessee. The family will receive friends at the Ewton Funeral Home in Dunlap from 2 until 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 and from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 at Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Myers Tittsworth. One son, Steven Tittsworth of Florida. A stepdaughter, Teresa Ann Hennessee of Johnson City. His mother, Willie Cantrell Tittsworth of Dunlap. A brother, James Tittsworth of Detroit, Michigan, and a sister, Rita Poncina of Arizona. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Chattanooga.

Redmon
84 year old Lorene Slatton Redmon of McMinnville died Tuesday, May 4 at River Park Hospital in McMinnville of an extended illness. She was a DeKalb County native and a homemaker. The funeral will be Thursday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the Newtown The Baptist Church, where she was a member. Darrell Cantrell will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ollie Vaughn Slatton; her husband, Charlie Roston Redmon; a daughter, Betty Christine Prater; and two sons, James Calvin and John Edward Redmon. She is survived by two daughters, Audrey Dell Knowles of Smithville and Charlene Pickett of McMinnville. Two sons, Royce Redmon and Keith Redmon both of McMinnville. One sister, Gladys Prater of McMinnville. One brother, Howard Stephens of Sparta. Ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren survive. McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 4 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; and Thursday, May 6 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Clayborn
67 year old Bobby Kenneth Clayborn of Lower Helton Road, Alexandria died Sunday morning, January 16 at his residence. The funeral will be Tuesday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lower Helton Baptist Church. Barry Whitaker, Elmer Ellis, Jr., and Mike Clayborn will officiate and burial will be in the Hillview Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria. Clayborn is survived by his wife, Betty Mildred Ellis Clayborn of Alexandria. Two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Shelia Clayborn and Willie and Carla Clayborn all of Alexandria. A daughter and son-in-law, Charissee and Kenneth Allen of Alexandria. A brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and Charlene Clayborn of Watertown.  A sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Roy Slager of Alexandria Five grandchildren Brian Clayborn, Josh Baker, Jessie Baker, Schuylar Allen, and Taylor Allen. Avant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 10:00 p.m., Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Denny
87 year old Choncie Lena Denny of Lancaster died Friday, January 14 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Long Branch Community Church. The funeral will be Monday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Braswell Cemetery in Lancaster. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hester Smith Kelly and her husband, Grady Denny. She is survived by a daughter, Betty Jean Martin of Lancaster. Two grandchildren, Gilbert Martin of Lancaster and Terry Martin of Liberty. One great grandchild, Wyatt Martin of Lancaster and one sister, Dolly Adams of Lebanon. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Monday. The family requests that donations be made to the Braswell Cemetery Fund in Lancaster in lieu of flowers.

Knowles
81 year old L.D. Knowles of Vaughn Lane, Smithville died Friday night, January 14 at his home. He was a retired nurseryman, farmer, member of the Mount View Primitive Baptist Church, Mason, Shriner, and a member of the Scottish Rites Club. The funeral will be Monday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Paul Violet, Lynn Russell, and Leland Carden will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. His parents were the late Jim and Maggie Vaughn Knowles. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ollie Womack and two infant brothers. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Odom Knowles of Smithville. A daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Walter Burton of Smithville. A grandson, James Brandon Burton of Knoxville. Two sisters, Macon Judkins of Smithville and Dollie Foutch of Hendersonville and a brother, Lewis Knowles of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Monday until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.

Parsley
86 year old Jocie Evelyn Parsley of Cookeville Highway, Smithville died Friday morning, January 14 at Baptist DeKalb Hospital of an extended illness. She was a retired seamstress, a member of the Smithville First United Methodist Church, and a member of the United Methodist Women's Club. The funeral will be Sunday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Leland Carden and Terry Little will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nancy Elizabeth Ferrell Tittsworth. She is survived by her husband, A.V. Parsley of Smithville. Seven children, James Clayton Parsley, Nina Rhody, and Vester Parsley, Jr. all of Smithville, Reba Patton of McMinnville, Jerrie Paone of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Judy Mundt of Denton, Texas, and Penny Bolton of Murfreesboro. One sister, Bonnie Puckett of Smithville. Special caregiver, Christine Bain of Smithville. Fifteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral at 1:00 p.m.

Peterson
56 year old Anders Peter Peterson III, better known as Butch or Pete Peterson, of Smithville died suddenly Thursday, January 13 at his home. He was a heavy duty mechanic, a member of the VFW, AMVETS, a Baptist, and a U.S. Army Veteran. The funeral will be Sunday, January 16 at 3:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. He is survived by his wife, Martha Cox Peterson of Smithville. Two sons, Anders Peter Peterson IV and Arron Peterson both of Florida. Two daughters, Amber Valvo and Amy Peterson both of Florida. Two step sons, Bryan and Christopher Edge of Smithville. One step daughter, Elizabeth Edge of Smithville. Three grandchildren, three aunts, and several cousins also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 3:30 p.m.

Stapley
80 year old Howard Stapley of Sparta died Monday, May 29 at the Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro. A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, where he was a member on Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Edith Stapley. He is survived by his wife, Mary Stapley of Sparta. Four sons, Marvin Stapley of Virginia, Bruce Stapley of Arizona, Shane Stapley of Illinois, and Craig Stapley of Sparta. Nine grandchildren and one sister, Lois Jenkins of Wisconsin. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. No visitation will be held.

Melton
32 year old Barry Lynn Melton died in a Warren County traffic accident Sunday, May 28. He was a native of Belvider, Illinois, a member of the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and an employee of the Carrier Corporation. The funeral will be Wednesday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m. at the chapel of Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. and Greg Hibdon will officiate and burial will be in the Banks Cemetery. He is survived by his father and mother, William Leonard Melton and Rose E. Melton Watson of McMinnville; a brother, Brad Melton of McMinnville; his maternal grandparents, J.W. and Loretta Watson of the Green Hill Community; his paternal grandmother, Bertie Hutchins of McMinnville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. The family will receive friends from 8:00 a.m. until the funeral Wednesday. Love-Cantrell & Cope Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.

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