Obits 4/25/17

Jo Ann Dennis

Homemaker

Jo Ann Dennis, 75, passed away April 13 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held April 16 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Kerry Duke officiating. Interment followed at Welch Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 18, 1941 in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Burristown Church of Christ. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lola Uren; one son, Anthony Dennis; one daughter, Sharon Dyer; one brother, Johnny Wayne Uren; two sisters, Wanda Fay White and Judy Kay Edmonds.

Surviving relatives include two sons, Michael Dennis and Robert Dennis, both of Gainesboro; one daughter, Lola Boulan of Michigan; ten grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; two brothers, James Uren and Ray Allen Uren, both of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

 

Philip Neal Gentry

Public Utility Representative Inspector

Philip Neal Gentry, 65, passed away April 17 in Watertown. Funeral services were held April 20 at Double Springs Church of Christ with Bro. Mike Webb and Bro. Eric Collins officiating. Interment followed at Granville Cemetery. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 29, 1951 in Memphis. He was a public utility representative inspector. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a member of the Double Springs Church of Christ. He loved leading singing, and he also loved riding his mules.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Garlin Jr. Mathis; his paternal grandparents, Winters Gentry and A.V. Gentry; his maternal grandparents, James Tilley and Ann Summs.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Garlene Gentry of Granville; one son, Kevin Hawkins of Baxter; one daughter, Melissa Gentry Walker of Hilham; four grandchildren, Morgan Hawkins, Brooke Walker, Madison Hawkins, and Paige Walker; one expected great grandchild, Sawyer Lamb; parents, Roy and Frances Gentry of Gainesboro; one brother, Larry (Teresia) Gentry of Gainesboro; one sister, Teresa (Herby) Wheeler of Cookeville; two sisters-in-law, Pam Carter of Baxter and Annetta Neal of Granville; one brother-in-law, Rodney Mathis of Bloomington Springs; mother-in-law, Manda Mathis of Bloomington Springs; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

 

Celia Kaye Smith

Nutrition Aide

Celia Kaye Smith, 62, passed away April 20 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Memorial services were held April 23 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with her nephew Beau Smith and Pastor Steve Bode. The family has chosen cremation. Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 13, 1955 in Gainesboro. She was a nutrition aide fro UCHRA and a member of the Gordonsville Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. Smith and Carol Sadler Scheley; her husband, Steve Mathis; one brother, Jack L. Smith; one sister, Kathy Smith.

Surviving relatives include one brother, Fred W. Smith of Gainesboro; two nephews, Beau (Kara) Smith of Cookeville and Jamie Smith of Gainesboro; two nieces, Jacquie (Gary) Flynn of Gainesboro and Jessica (Robert III) Williams of Cookeville. She was the greatest aunt in the universe to all her great nephews and great nieces; other relatives and many friends.

 

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