Obits 7/10/18

Anthony Neal “Tony” Bates

Anthony Neal “Tony” Bates age 58 a native of Smithville and a longtime resident of Gainesboro, passed away Saturday morning, June 30, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Lee and Juanita Johnson Bates; son, Matthew Bates; 3 sisters, Wanda Kay Pack, Sheron Ann Whitworth and Sandra Bates; 2 brothers, Ronald Wayne and Donald Lane Bates.

He was a Christian and a construction worker.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Bates of Gainesboro; 3 children, Jared Bates of Gainesboro, Jordan Hutson of Gainesboro and Jennifer Hawkins of Smithville; 2 grandchildren, Faith and Eli Judkins; 2 sisters, Thelma (Bobby “Stub”) Martin and Janet Hawker both of Smithville; 1 brother, Kenny (Maira) Bates of Smithville; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 pm Thurs., July 5, 2018 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating and burial followed in Bonham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.


Mark Dudney Carlisle

Mark Dudney Carlisle, 64, of the Union Hill community of Clay County passed away on June 29, at his residence. A celebration of his life was held on July 7 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson and Shane Smith officiating. The family has chosen cremation.

He was born July 25, 1953 in the Mt. Vernon community of Clay County. He was a retired pallet shop and sawmill owner and served on the board at Twin Lakes Telephone. He was a member of the Tannehill Lodge and enjoyed hiking and archaeology. He was a member of the Whitleyville Church of Christ and was a U.S. Army Ranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Carlisle and Jewell Smith Carlisle; daughter, Mandi Conway; sister, Cheryl Focer and his father in law, Leon Anderson.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Marie Anderson Carlisle of Union Hill; children, Melanie and husband, Michael Rainey of Plant City, Fla., Joseph Conway of Neosho, Mo., Molly and husband, John Upchurch of Cookeville, Marki and husband Chase Brown of Cookeville, Morgan and husband, Kevin Capps of Whitleyville and McKenzie Carlisle of Cookeville; grandchildren, Mikey, Marissa and Mallorie Rainey, Riley Conway, Emmett Brown, Megan Upchurch and Gracie Upchurch; brother, John and wife, Lynette Carlisle of Red Boiling Springs; sister, Tanna and husband, Roger Short of Celina; brother in law, Edward “Preacher” and wife, Patty Anderson of Gainesboro; mother in law, Moline and husband W.C. Howell of Gainesboro and other relatives and friends.


J.B. Brown

J.B. Brown, 82, of Celina passed away on June 29 at his residence. A graveside service was held on July 1 at the Old Union Cemetery in Hilham. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was a retired mason worker, who loved farming and his goats.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Enoch Hickman and Nellie Nannie Brown; brother, Willard Brown; sister, Anna Belle Ramsey; sons, John Rickey, Lonnie Lee, Roscoe Jaye and Carl Freeman Brown; daughters, Jean Marie McCormick and Judy Brown; wife, Margie Hammock Brown; and daughter in law, Carol Allen Brown.

Surviving relatives include companion, Christine Brewer; sons, Glen and Vonda Brown, Hoss and Holly Brown, Curtis Brown and David Bruce Brown; step son, Jimmy Brewer; daughter, Dorothy and Gary Sanders; step daughter, Melissa and Kenneth Estep; brother, Freeman Brown; sisters, Emmaline Chaffin, Betty Bryant, Bobbie and Jess Ledbetter, Jewel and Doyle Bilbrey and Janie and Lonnie Shoemake; 18 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; three special friends, Charlie Copeland, James Grub (Grubworm) and Fred Emmerton and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Love-Cantrell Funeral Home to help with burial expenses in memory of Mr. Brown.

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