Darwin Doyle Gard

Darwin Doyle Gard, 85 of Smithville, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at his residence.
Born Saturday, August 27, 1932 in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the son of Cleo Samuel and Doris Pearl Bonney Gard. Mr. Gard is a retired veteran of the Air Force, serving from 1950-1971, he served in the Korean and Vietnam War. Shortly after retiring, he went to work for Sligo Boat Dock, where he retired in July 2015. Darwin was a professional fisherman for Hydra Sport and Winner Boats. He was a well known and respected fishing guide on Center Hill Lake lovingly known as “The King of Center Hill.”
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Wanda Teachman Gard; children, Denise (Rick) Holcomb, Karla (Bo) Warrick, Bill (Susan) Gard, and Michele (Pete) Roller; grandchildren, Ashle (Michael) Wiley, Brooke (David) Nickens, Samantha (Michael) Rohling, Sarah Holcomb, Nathan (Brittney) Gard, Ben (Traci) Gard, Johnna Roller, Rachel Holcomb, Kaitlyn Roller, Bryce Gard, ten great grandchildren, and many neices and nephews. Also surviving are sister, Sherri Gard and sister-in-law, Barbara Gard.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on December 30th, 2017 at Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church in Smithville, Tennessee. Family will receive friends from 12pm until the time of service at the church. Brother Joel Wood, Bill Robertson, and Dwayne Cornelius will officiate.

Clarence Edward Nixon

Mr. Clarence Edward Nixon, Age 89 of Hickman, TN, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017.
Born February 12, 1928, the youngest son of the late Finis and Eva Nixon of Hickman Tennessee. He was also preceded in death by his Brother; Robert Jim Nixon, Sister; Ocia Nixon Paschall, and Granddaughter; Etta Turner.
In his late teens with his brother in law, Ray Paschall, Clarence created a partnership to purchase what was known as Nixon & Paschall General Merchandise Store in the heart of Hickman. Close as brothers, Ray Paschall ran the store while Clarence chose to volunteer in the US Army in WWII and trained and worked as a medic assistant. As with all war veterans, he experienced many things no individual should have to.
Upon release from the military on June 30, 1950 Clarence married the love of his life, Mary Etta Turner and spent the next 67 years working, raising a family, and building community all around them.
He took over his role in the business and ran a peddling truck bringing food and goods to every holler around while Ray and Mary Etta held down the store. Clarence was beloved on his route and knew all his customers by name and merchandise preference. In the store, Clarence, Mary Etta, and Ray were known for helping families get over the hard times by giving credit and waiting until crops were sold to pay their food bills.
As a second job Clarence became a substitute rural mail carrier and later after closure of the store in 1987, he worked full time for the United States Postal Service. He was esteemed on his route where he would stop, joke and even rescue his patrons from snakes. He retired from the US Postal Service in 1995. He also was known to fix many pumps in the freezing cold and dead of night. In his retirement he took care of his neighbors.
Clarence and Mary Etta have 5 children who could have asked for no better parents; Mary Susan Johnson, Victor Keith Nixon, Candice Kay Medley, John Timothy Nixon, and Pennye Lyn Nixon.
They are also the proud grandparents of Ellen Roeber, Katie Nixon, Douglas Albritton, Sayer Nixon, Jessica Frye, Lauren Davis, Zachary Medley, Nicholas Nixon, Taylor Johnson, Catherine Nixon, Atticus Turner, Will Turner, Yamini West, and Miles Nixon. They too are blessed to have 11.5 great grandchildren.
Clarence loved many people in his life but of special importance was his son in law, Mark Medley, and others who he thought of as his children; Lisa Tuggle and Michael Joe Halliburton.
Clarence was a member & deacon of Hickman Baptist Church where he served the Lord and worshiped joyfully with his family and neighbors.
Clarence would say he was the luckiest man in the world to have had a life with such a wonderful wife, family, neighbors and friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. Clarence Nixon are scheduled to be conducted from the Hickman Baptist Church on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 11AM with family delivering the Eulogy and Mark Medley officiating. Interment will follow in the Baird Memorial Cemetery in Hickman, TN.
Visitation with the Nixon Family will be held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Sunday from 1PM until 6PM and at the Hickman Baptist Church on Monday after 9AM until service time at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, the Nixon family requests memorials in Mr. Clarence’s memory be made to the Hickman Baptist Church or to Etta Projects at ettaprojects.org.
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” ~ Pericles
Bass Funeral Home, Gordonsville Chapel, Directors

16 Year Old Boy Found at County Complex with Gun and Marijuana on Him

A 16 year old boy was taken into custody Friday at the county complex after a Sheriff’s Department Deputy found a pistol and marijuana on him.
The officer was called to the complex around 11 a.m. Friday after the boy, who has a violation of probation offense against him, was spotted in the weight room.
The deputy confronted the boy and asked him if he had anything on him. As the officer conducted a pat down search, the boy reached into his own waistband where he had a 9 millimeter pistol. The officer quickly took the boy to the ground, placed handcuffs on him, and found the gun and a bag of marijuana.
Other officers from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and Smithville Police Department quickly responded to provide support.
Sheriff Patrick Ray explained how the incident unfolded.
“I received information that the juvenile was at the County complex in the weight room. He had a violation of probation out of juvenile court to pickup and hold him. I had a deputy respond to the complex and he saw a young boy in the gym area and asked the boy his name. It was the juvenile. The deputy asked the juvenile several times if he had anything on him. The juvenile stated no. The deputy began a pat down search on the juvenile and the juvenile reached into his own waistband. The deputy then grabbed the juvenile and took him to the ground. After placing cuffs on the juvenile the deputy found a 9mm pistol with a loaded clip in the juvenile’s waistband. There was not one chambered. Also found on him was a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana weighing 0.25 ounces in a pair of shorts the juvenile was wearing under his pants,” said Sheriff Ray.
The officer has taken juvenile petitions on the boy for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and unlawful possession of a weapon. He will be in Juvenile Court on Wednesday, December 20th.

Grecco Wins Habitat Raffle Drawing for Yeti Tundra 45

Danny Grecco was the winner of an ice blue Yeti Tundra 45 in a Habitat for Humanity raffle drawing on WJLE Saturday morning.
Gary Johnson of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County said money was raised through the raffle ticket sales and all the proceeds will go toward construction of the next partner family home by Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County.
Eleven year old Jaxon Humphrey drew the name during the on-air giveaway Saturday
Jamie Nokes and her family were recently selected to be Habitat’s sixth partner family in DeKalb County. The home is to be located on Hayes Street and groundbreaking will be held in February or March.
Habitat for Humanity wishes to express its appreciation to DeKalb County Ace Hardware for their partnership in helping obtain the cooler for the raffle.

Bill Shaw, Sr.

Bill Shaw, Sr. age 76 of Smithville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday evening, December 15, 2017 at his residence. He was born June 13, 1941 to his parents, the late Kyle Lee and Mary Irene Robinson Shaw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 son, Michael Shaw and 1 brother, Bob Shaw. Bro. Bill was a longtime Pastor, Police officer, Fireman, worked at Tenneco and was a member of the Dillon Street Baptist Church and the Alexandria Masonic Lodge #175 and a former member of the Alexandria Lions Club. He had such a passion for preaching the gospel and leading people to the Lord. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Shaw of Smithville; son, Billy, Jr. and wife, Ann Shaw of Murfreesboro; 4 grandchildren, Brandon (Sarah) Shaw, Ethan Shaw and Fiance, Rachel Batchelor and Dylan Shaw all of Cookeville and Macie Shaw of Bethpage; 5 step-grandchildren, Ryan, Riley, Ellie, Erin and Millie O’Boyle all of Murfreesboro; 1 great-grandson, Carson Shaw; 2 brothers, Don (Margie) Shaw of Dandridge, TN and Stanley (Tina) Shaw of Jefferson City; sister-in-law, Judy Shaw of Jefferson City; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Monday, December 18, 2017 with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Sunday 11 AM until 6 PM and Monday 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Outreach Baptist Church Building Fund, in memory of Bro. Bill. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements

Debbie Jean Rowe

Debbie Jean Rowe age 43 of Smithville, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 14, 2017. She was born May 10, 1974 to her parents, Robert Rowe and the late Patricia Puckett Rowe. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wilburn and Lois Puckett and Christmas and Frances Rowe; uncle, Steve Puckett. Debbie was a member of the Buckner’s Chapel United Methodist Church and attended the Mt. Herman Baptist Church, worked at Amazon Warehouse and was the owner/operator of Animal House Enterprises. Survivors include 2 sons, Lance Ball and Harlli Silcox and Lane and wife, Haley Ball both of Smithville; father, Robert Rowe and Pat Ford of Smithville; brother, Dwain and wife, Teri Rowe of Smithville; special friend, Shawn Sisk of Smithville; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, December 17, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Trent Colwell and Jonathan Willoughby officiating and burial will follow in Puckett Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Saturday 2 PM until 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM until the time of the service at 2 PM. In addition to flowers, due to Debbie’s love and passion for animals, the family asks that donations be made to any Animal charity of your choice, in memory of Debbie. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

DCHS to Retire Jerseys of Two Former Basketball Stars

Two former DCHS basketball legends will soon be honored.
During Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting, the Board of Education granted a request from the DCHS basketball program to retire the jersey of Jerry Foster. Board member Jerry Wayne Johnson asked that the jersey of the late Rosa Stokes also be retired. The board requested that the ceremonies be held on different nights of basketball at DCHS.
Foster was a basketball star for DeKalb County during the 1970’s and went on to shine as a college and professional athlete. He graduated from DCHS in 1976. After his playing days, Foster became a teacher and high school coach. Foster was head coach of the DCHS Lady Tiger basketball program from the 1993-94 season to 1999-2000. He is now a teacher at Northside Elementary School.
Coach Foster was recently diagnosed with cancer and is being treated. DCHS hosted a fundraiser for him and another is scheduled next month. DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb West School will have benefit basketball games for Coach Foster on Saturday, January 6 at DeKalb Middle School. It’s called “Battle on the Hill”. The junior varsity game will start at 3 p.m. followed by the varsity game. Proceeds will go to Coach Foster. Everyone is urged to come out and support this event.
At the time of her death in August 2003, Stokes was head women’s basketball coach at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia.
Stokes was a star athlete for the DCHS Lady Tigers (Tigerettes as they were known then) during early 1980’s. She graduated from DCHS in 1983 and then played collegiate basketball at Cumberland University in Lebanon (1984-89) scoring more than 1,000 points. Stokes was a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville during the 1989-90 season and Murray State University in 1988-89. From 1990-92, she was the assistant coach at Tennessee Tech University. Stokes came to Georgia Southwestern State University as coach after a five-year run with Long Beach State University in which the last two were as the associate head coach. Previously, she served two years with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga as assistant coach.
In other business, Director of Schools Patrick Cripps gave his monthly report on personnel.
Justin Coats, Mechanic
McKenzie Dunaway, Education Assistant at DeKalb West School
Leave of Absence:
Kim Violet, Custodian at Northside Elementary School
William Jennings, retirement, DCHS teacher.

Smithville Police Treat Head Start Children to Gifts for Christmas (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

Children at the Smithville Head Start Center were treated to bags of gifts today (Friday) thanks to the Smithville Police Department’s “Cops4Kids” program.
Police Chief Mark Collins, Mayor Jimmy Poss, and other members of the police department presented the children with the gifts. Other guests included Sean and Brad Driver and Danny Hale of “Right on Time” and local minister Donnie Kelly, who were on hand to sing Christmas songs. Dwayne Cornelius, another local minister and Chaplain of the Smithville Police Department shared the Christmas story with the children. Santa also stopped by for a visit with the kids.
Members of the Police Department participated in “No Shave November to help raise money to purchase gifts; Woodmen Life Lodge 1077 made a cash donation; and Cash Express recently held a “Fill the Police Car” event to collect gifts in support of the “Cops4Kids” program. Other local businesses also contributed.
“Each year the Smithville Police Department tries to do something around this special holiday. This year we again chose the Head Start. What we do is we collect donations and presents and we give them to the kids. They get to interact with us. Its really enjoyable for all of us to interact with the kids. This is a good event for us. Its a way we can give back to the community and these kids really appreciate it and seem to enjoy it,” said Police Chief Mark Collins.

Big Changes at Your Health Department

The DeKalb County Health Department and Community Health Center is pleased to announce the upcoming adoption of a technology based electronic medical record system or EMR beginning mid-January.
What should you expect at your next visit?
“While technology and clinical specialist across the state are helping with this transition, there is no question that we will experience a learning curve during this implementation. We ask for everyone’s patience as we learn this new technology,” said Michael Railling, DeKalb County Director. “If you need medication refills or an appointment for other services, please call today.”
DCHD/CHC staff are completing numerous hours of training as they ready for the transition. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the DeKalb County Health Department and Community Health Center today, 615-597-7599.

Jeffrey Ponder

Jeffrey Ponder age 54 of Dowelltown, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born November 13, 1964 to his parents, Mary Frances Pratt Ponder Smith and the late Frank Eugene Ponder. In addition to his father, Eugene Ponder, Jeff was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Evans and step-father, Bill Smith. He was a Baptist and an electrician with Federal Mogul. Survivors include 1 son, Brandon Carpenter of Dowelltown; 1 granddaughter, Kylie Carpenter; mother, Frances Smith; 2 brothers, Danny Ponder of Nashville and Gary Ponder of Dowelltown; 2 step-brothers, Randy Smith of the Blues Hill Community and H.L. Smith of Smithville; 2 step-sisters, Tina Knowles and Angela Bain both of Warren County; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles survive. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 PM Saturday, December 16, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with burial in Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday 3 PM until 8 PM and Saturday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.