Obituaries

Lula Ann "Ma Ann" Smith

May 21
Smithville
DeKalb Funeral Chapel

Lula Ann "Ma Ann" Smith age 85 of Smithville, passed away Sunday morning, May 21, 2017 at her residence. The funeral arrangements for Ma Ann are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Myrtle Lee Luna

May 18
Sparta
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home

Myrtle Lee Luna Age 72 of Sparta passed away at Centennial Medical Center Thursday evening. She was a member of the Taylor Providence Freewill Baptist Church and loved her Lord. Visitation for Miss Luna will be on Sat. from 1:00 until the funeral time at 4:00 pm at the chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Taylor Providence Cemetery. Miss Luna is survived by her caretakers and cousins John & Jan Pittman and Martha England all of Sparta. Several other cousins also survive.

Wayne Petty

May 17
Smithville
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home

64 year old Wayne Petty of Smithville died Wednesday at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was a foreman with Rogers Group. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Bryan Jones will officiate and a private burial will be in the Cantrell Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Petty. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Brenda Sue Petty of Smithville. One daughter, Dana and Jacob Davis of Dowelltown. One step-son, Barry and Kelly Martin of Cookeville. Four grandchildren, Kendall and Kloe Davis of Dowelltown, Taylor Martin of Smithville, and Hunter Summers of Brush Creek. Mother, Winnie Petty of Smithville. One brother, Randy Petty of Smithville. Three sisters, Treva and Terry Turner, Marlene Bly, and Rebecca Petty all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Nellie Marie Ferrell

May 15
Woodbury
Woodbury Funeral Home

Nellie Marie Ferrell, age 69, of Woodbury passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. She was a native of Dekalb Co.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Paul H. Ferrell of Woodbury; Daughter, Viva Gail Johnson of Smithville; 3 Grandchildren, Brad (Brandy) Johnson of McMinnville, Melissa Johnson of Cookeville, & Debra Johnson of McMinnville; Siblings, Jennie Herman of Smithville, Mary Chapman of Smithville, & Jo Helen Melton of La Vergne; 4 Great Grandchildren & 2 Step Great Grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jones Vernon Johnson & Mai Lawrence Johnson; and brothers, Willie, Frank, Fred, & Issac Johnson.

Mrs. Ferrell was a member of the Baptist church and was a seamstress at Colonial Corporation and Valdor. She loved flowers and working in her garden.

Funeral Services will be 3 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Aarat Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11 AM to 9 PM Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Ronnie Cantrell

May 15
McMinnville
DeKalb Funeral Chapel

Ronnie Cantrell age 73 of McMinnville, passed away Monday evening, May 15, 2017 at NHC HealthCare in McMinnville. He was born October 23, 1943 to his parents, the late Gentry Lee and Elmer Dean Hall Cantrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Darlene Haas and Regina Bates. Ronnie was a mechanic and the owner on Cantrell's Marine for 35 years and a member of the Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy Cantrell of McMinnville; 2 sons, Robbie Cantrell and Jeff (Julie) Cantrell both of McMinnville; 5 grandchildren, Payton Cantrell, Carter Cantrell, Cyndi Cantrell, Lilly Cantrell and Ella Cantrell; 2 brothers, Jerry Lee (Jane) Cantrell and Phillip (Marilyn) Cantrell both of Smithville. Funeral services will be 2:PM Thursday, May 18, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Elder Paul Violet officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday 1:PM until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jennie Lee Witty-Todd

May 14
Manchester
Woodbury Funeral Home

Jennie Lee Witty-Todd, 88, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at NHC –Lewisburg. She was a native of Manchester, TN.

She is survived by her children, Judy Wilson of Mt. Juliet, Thressa Langston of Murfreesboro, Denise Scott of Shelbyville, & Jeff (Alice) Witty of Lewisburg; also surviving are grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace Alma Hall and Jessie Pearl Youngblood Hall; husbands, John W. Witty and Lilburn Todd, Jr.; Son, John Vince Witty; Sons-in-law, Jack Wilson, Rob Scott & Chuck Langston.

Ms. Jennie was a member of the Church of Christ and was retired from Heil-Quaker in Lewisburg. She loved to quilt and work puzzles.

Funeral Services will be 2 pm Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Brian Witty officiating. Interment will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4 pm until 7 pm Monday, May 15, 2017.

Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net

Jason Pankey, Jr.

May 14
Smithville
DeKalb Funeral Chapel

Mr. Jason Pankey, Jr. passed away Sunday afternoon at his residence. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jo Forkner Pankey of Smithville; 1 son, Jason Pankey, III and wife, Mary; 2 grandsons, several nieces and nephews in the Middle Tennessee area. Visitation will be Tuesday 4:PM until 8:PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Complete arrangements will be announced later.