42 year old Debra Denise Dyer passed from this life on Sunday, December 24. She was born on November 12, 1975 in Putnam County but was raised in DeKalb County. She was preceded in death by her mother, Deborah Ann Herron Dyer; her grandparents, Talmadge and Margie Herron; her sister, Lisa Michelle Dyer Hieatt; and grandparents, James L. and Vestie Dyer. Denise is survived by her son, Harris Dean Dyer; father, Lloyd and Louise Dyer of Alexandria; brothers, Brandon and wife Mandee, Keith Cannon, Tracy and wife Leslie Cannon, Larry and Darlene (Momma D.) Burch of Smithville, and Bobby and Barbara Stewart of Baxter. She is also survived by beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, The funeral service will be held at Presley Funeral Home in Cookeville. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 2 for family viewing at 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Public viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. until noon. The funeral will follow at noon. Burial will follow in the Goff Cemetery. Gary West will officiate. Presley Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of the arrangements.
Bobby Ray O’Conner age 55 of Dowelltown passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born July 26, 1962 to his parents, Doris Elaine Moore and the late Robert Thomas O’Conner. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry Clayborn and Martha B. O’Conner and Hugh Lawson and Vada Moore; uncle, Norman O’Conner. He was a Baptist and a mechanic. He is survived by his wife, Amanda O’Conner of Dowelltown; 2 children, Bobby Ray O’Conner, Jr. and Kayla O’Conner; mother, Doris Elaine O’Conner of Dowelltown; 2 brothers, Patrick O’Conner and Michael O’Conner both of Dowelltown. Funeral services will be conducted 11:AM Friday, December 29, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Edwin Moore officiating and burial will follow in Salem Cemetery in Liberty. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday 1 PM until 8 PM and Friday 9 AM until the time of the service at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
94 year old Ova Norene Anderson of Sparta passed away Tuesday at NHC Cookeville. She was a member of the Old Zion Presbyterian Church and a Gold Star Mother. She was also a retired telephone company employee. The funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Peeled Chesnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Anderson was preceded in death by her parents, Brian and Louella Bond Summers; husband, Claude Anderson; three sons, Ronnie Reeder, Jerry Anderson, and Dennis Reeder; three brothers, Jessie Lee Summers, Noel Summers, and Wilson Summers. Survivors include two grandsons, Jason Reeder and Dewaine Winnett of Sparta; two sisters, Jeanette Smithson and Lois Randall of Smithville; brother, Mac Redmon of Smithville. Great niece, Darlene Maydon. Several cousins also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Magalene Ervin Dutton age 93 of Smithville passed away Monday night, December 25, 2017 at The Webb House in Smithville. She was born August 4, 1924 to her parents, the late Walter Cantrell and Bonnie Taylor Cantrell McHargue. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by step-father, Arlis McHargue; sister, Juanita Graham; special great nephews, Allen Graham and Tyler Graham. Ms. Magalene worked in factory work from 1942 until 1955 in Detroit and moved back to DeKalb County in 1955, about 1957 she went to work at Webb’s Drug Store. In 1960 she opened a restaurant in Smithville on Main Street and owned and operated it for about 10 years. After that she started buying real estate and developing subdivisions. In 1969 she married Billy Dutton and moved to McMinnville. They had a roofing company, so she then became a roofer also. Ms. Magalene continued to work her real estate and the roofing company until 1995. She said that at the age of 70 she thought it was time to stop going on top of buildings, however she continued with her real estate. In Ms. Magalene’s own words, she said “just call me a jack of all trades and a master of none.” She was a member of Allen’s Chapel United Methodist Church since the age of 14 and a former member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Faye McCormick, Regina Amon, Mitchell Graham, Kent Graham and Rex Graham; special cousin, Jo (Jess) Baker and a several great-nieces and nephews and friends. Funeral services celebrating the life of Ms. Magalene will be conducted 1 PM Saturday, December 30, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jimbo Eddins officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday 10 AM until the time of the service at 1PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
82 year old Ray Donald Malone of Dowelltown passed away on Monday at his home. He was a member of the Dowelltown Baptist Church and was a retired shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sheal and Ocia Malone; a daughter Angela Allen; and a son, Ray Donald Malone, Jr. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Reba Malone of Dowelltown. A daughter, Pam and Dennis Jennings of Murfreesboro and a granddaughter, Amy and Justin Roberts of Murfreeboro. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In addition to flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Malone’s memory to the Dowelltown Baptist Church, ASPCA, Gideons or a charity of your choice.
Mr. Calvin Bain, Jr. age 77 of Smithville went to his reward Sunday morning, December 24, 2017 at his residence. Calvin, who was known as “Junior” by friends and family, was born March 30, 1940 to his parents, the late Calvin and Lucille Stanley Bain. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 son, Gary Bain; 3 brothers, Tillman and Charlie Bain and James Edward Tidwell. Junior was a drywall contractor for 54 years. Junior was known and loved by many. He was a member of New Life Church in Manchester. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Loretta Bain of Smithville; 4 children, Dolores Taylor, Kay (Delane) Lawson both of Smithville, Denise (Mark) Nichols of Lebanon and Larry (Lisa) Bain of Calhoun, GA; grandchildren, Jeremy (Alison) Taylor, Olivia Taylor, Johnna Hale, Rocky Cantrell, Rachel (Joe) Lynch, Isaac and Adam Bain, Lena, and Sierra Nichols; great-grandchildren, Cassidy Orcutt, Landon Hutchins, Raven Hale, Kaylin Hale, Lily, Chloe and Rocky, Jr. Cantrell and baby John Luke Taylor; 3 brothers, Frankie Bain of Bowling Green, KY, Timmy Tidwell of Bradyville and Allen Tidwell of KY; 3 sisters, Ruby Mathis of Woodbury, Christine Smith of Portland and Joanne Campbell of Woodbury; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1PM Thursday, December 28, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. J.T. Padget and Dutch Scott officiating and burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 10 AM until 8 PM and Thursday 9 AM until the time of the service at 1PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Tom England age 82 of the Blue Springs Community of DeKalb County passed away Friday morning December 22, 2017 at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital ER. He was born July 22, 1935 to his parents, the late Charlie and Kate Vinson England. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 children, Vanessa, David and Shane England; 1 sister, Linda Faye Hackney and 2 brothers, Paul and Clifford England. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Cheryl Ann England of Smithville; 2 daughters, Cathy of North Carolina and Rose of Ohio; 3 sons, Brian (Janet) England, Shawn (Donna) England and Robert (Stephanie) England all of Smithville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Betty Sue Harrison and 1 brother, James “J.B.” England both of Alabama; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Wednesday , December 27, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Wendell Judkins and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday 3 PM until 8 PM and Wednesday 11 AM until the time of the service at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to help with expenses, in memory of Tom. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Nina Brown Hendrixson age 92 passed away Thursday night December 21, 2017 at The Webb House in Smithville. She was born July 29, 1925 to her parents, the late B.R. and Maggie Smithson Alexander. Ms. Nina was a member at the Smithville Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Sam Hendrixson; Daughter & Son-in-law: Doris & John Williams; Brother: Arnold Alexander; Sisters: Flaklon Davenport, Alvena Barrett; and Danny Hollingsworth. Funeral Services for Ms. Nina will be conducted 1:PM Sunday December 24, 2107 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Dan Gulley and Tim Woodward officiating and burial to follow in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held Saturday 11 AM until 8 PM and Sunday 9 AM until time of the service at 1PM. Survivors include Daughter: Donna Hendrixson (Terry) Mahle of Smithville; 1 Granddaughter: LaVaughnda Baker of McMinnville; Great-Grandson: Wesley Houston Tatrow of Smithville; Nephews: C.B. (Ann) Hollingsworth, Paul (Donna) Alexander, James (Freda) Bryson all of Woodbury; Nieces: Mary Ann Daniels and Beverly (Ricky) Bogle of Woodbury; 1 Special Great-Niece: Pam Perez and 1 Great-Great Niece Hannah Perez of Miami, FL. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
William Warren Hall age 81 of Abbeville, AL passed away Wednesday afternoon at the Medical Center Barbour-Emergency Room. He was born April 20, 1936 in Colorado, to his parents, the late Albert and Vera Lucille Martin Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers. Mr. Hall was a member of the Buckner’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Smithville, and retired as plant manager from Itel Rail Corporation in Dothan, AL. He lived in Smithville, Dothan, AL, and Kansas City, KS before moving to Henry County, Alabama on Lake Eufaula. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Foster Hall of Abbeville, AL; 1 sister, Micki Hall and a brother, Albert “Tad” (June) Hall all of Grand Junction, CO. Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Saturday, December 23, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with interment to follow in Burton-Ponder Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 1 PM until the time of the service at 2 PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Bertha Mae Pascal Curtis of Palatka, was born January 14, 1932 in Smithville, Tennessee and passed away December 18, 2017, at her home in Palatka.
She was employed by Winn Dixie, the St. Johns River Jr. College and retired from the District School Board of Putnam County in 1993, where she was employed for 25 years.
Bertha was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for 30 years, she was a teacher in Church Training, and was nursery coordinator for years. She has been an active member of Peniel Baptist Church since 1994. She taught a children’s Sunday school class and was also a nursery worker. She was active in missions work. Peniel Baptist Church members were active in starting a new church in Palm Coast, Florida. She and her husband, Joe, committed a year to be one of the workers for the nursery. She was a teacher for 4 and 5 year old girls for two years when a new church was begun in Flagler Estates. She also attended Country Church, which was called Cowboy Church at the time, in Palatka at the Horseman’s Club for five years.
Bertha loved to travel and visit with her many friends in Palatka. She enjoyed quilting and all of her children, grandchildren and many others in Putnam County cherish the blanket hand made for them by “Big Bertha” as she was known! She made and gave as gifts over 100 beautiful hand quilted blankets.
You can tell by all the pictures that her grandchildren and great grandchildren loved her as much as she loved them. The kids loved hearing her stories about growing up and listening to her words of wisdom. She taught them to be humble and kind and stand up for themselves no matter what.
Bertha and her husband Joe could be found every morning reading the paper and drinking their cup of coffee. Bertha always shared her opinion about the daily chronicles if you were lucky enough to be there for the morning read!
Bertha was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Joe Curtis, and her infant son, Gary Alan Curtis; her parents Leonard and Evelyn Pascal; a sister, Alvernia Pascal; her brother Lorenz Newbern Pascal; and her beloved granddaughter, Kristen Curtis of Riviera Beach.
Bertha is survived by her sister in law Rosemary Pascal of Palatka; her sister in law Nora Young (Joe) of Alexandria, Tenn.; her brother in law, Doyle (Margaret) Curtis of Liberty, Tenn.; many more beloved nieces and nephews; her sons, Richard (Ruth) Curtis of Port St. Lucie, Michael (Suzanne) Curtis of Palatka and Jeffery Curtis of Hollister; grandchildren Brian (Alycia) Curtis, and his mother, Annette Bellemore, of Port Orange; Aaron (Marcella) Curtis of Palatka; Ashley (Joe) Massengale of Canton, Ga.; Casey (Sarah) Curtis of Port Saint Lucie; Austin (Rachel) Curtis of Palatka; Tyler (Lehla) Curtis of San Francisco, Jordan Sharp of Palatka; Alyssa Curtis of Valdosta, Ga.; and Jessalyn “Scout” (Vic) of Provo, Utah; and her great-grandchildren , Kylie Curtis, Lauryn Curtis, Logan Curtis, Bailey Curtis, Madison Massengale, Will McKee, Kylie Cameron, Madison Curtis, Hailey Cameron, Sophia Curtis, Bella Curtis, Aiden Curtis, Kinslee Curtis, Maximus Curtis and Icarus Curtis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Peniel Baptist Church Building Fund, 5227 Silver Lake Dr., Palatka, FL 32177, or Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, 927 S. State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177. Memories and Condolences may be expressed to the family at Bertha’s Book of Memories page at www.JohnsonOverturffunerals.com.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, December 29 at Peniel Baptist Church with Dr. Benny Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill West Cemetery in Palatka. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 28 at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.