Obituaries for Jan. 12, 2013


Kenneth James Deebanks

Mr. Deebanks donated his remains to Vanderbilt Medical University, so no funeral will be held. A memorial service with close family and friends will be held at a private home.

Mr. Deebanks, 88, died Jan. 5, 2013 at his home in Lebanon after a two year struggle with melanoma. He was an Army veteran and had worked at Douglas Aircraft in Carthage, Tenn. and retired from AVCO in Nashville. Mr. Deebanks had also served as a police officer, both in California and while living in Carthage. He served his country during World War II and among his honors are the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was a member of the Carthage American Legion at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marie Deebanks of Lebanon. He was the proud father of four children.

He was preceded in death by son, Richard Deebanks (age 53 at time of death).

He has three daughters, all by his side at the time of death, Sandra Kelley and husband Garry Kelley of Hogan's Creek, Debbie Gammon and husband Joe Gammon of Lebanon and Mina Brown and her husband Dennis Brown of Lebanon. Grandchildren include Richard James Deebanks Jr., Scottie L. Deebanks and Eric M. Deebanks, Lisa (Gammon) Wigginton, Jamie Kelley and Edward Rittenberry (deceased at age 36). He also has six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made in honor of Mr. Deebanks to the American Legion Post 57 of Carthage.

George P. James

Funeral services for Mr. James will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Hunter Funeral Home with the Rev. Rodger McCann and Bob Haley officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. till service time on Sunday. Interment at Jennings Cemetery, Statesville.

Mr. James, 95, of Watertown, died Thursday evening, Jan. 10, 2013 at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was the son of the late Artie B. and Hettie Decker James and was preceded in death by his wife, Gustine Armstrong James; and infant son and a brother, Artie James, Jr. George was a former service station operator and long time mail carrier in Watertown. He was a member of the Watertown United Methodist Church and attended the Watertown Cumberland Presbyterian Church. George was a World War II veteran, serving as a combat flight instructor for aircraft carrier B25's until the end of the war.

He is survived by a sister, Ruth Horn and husband, Dub of Ft. Worth, Texas and nieces and nephews of the Armstrong, Jennings, Mathis and Horn families.

Lucille Jennings

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennings will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Hunter Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. till service time on Saturday. Interment will be at Jennings Cemetery in Statesville.

Mrs. Jennings, 79, of Alexandria, died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2013 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Hettie Malone Parkerson and was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Douglas Jennings and 11 brothers and sisters. Lucille was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and retired from Robertshaw Lux Time in Lebanon.

She is survived by her daughters, Jan Fite of Alexandria and Judy Craddock of Lebanon; grandchildren, Jason Fite of Gadsden, Ala., Jeff (Samantha) Craddock of Lebanon, Jesse Craddock of Lebanon; great-grandchildren, Natalie Craddock and Caitlin Ring; sister, Jean (Jimmy) Reasonover of Alexandria; brother, Butch Parkerson of Liberty; nieces and nephews.


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