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Earl Vanatta


Earl Lee Vanatta, 87, of Dowelltown passed away Thursday at his residence.

He was a retired grinder at TRW in Lebanon where he worked for 26 years. He was also a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church and he loved playing horseshoes, fishing, and hunting.

The funeral will be Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Dave Carden and Jonathan Willoughby will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Avo Bain Vanatta; brothers, Elzie Vanatta and Ewin Vanatta; sister-in-law, Aunia Bell Vanatta; son-in-law, Jimmy Harold Hendrixson; and nephew, Kennith Vanatta.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margaret Taylor Vanatta and a daughter, Linda Frances Hendrixson of Dowelltown. Two grandchildren, Michael and Tracey Hendrixson of Smithville and Jason and Tisha Hendrixson of Dowelltown. Five great grandchildren, Mikayla Hendrixson of Murfreesboro, Matt Florida, Elijah Hendrixson, Sydnee Hendrixson, and Izzy Hendrixson all of Dowelltown. Special sister-in-law, Barbara Vanatta. Brother-in-law, Edward Maynard. Nephew, Jeffery and Jalene Vanatta. Niece, Barbara Jean Vanatta and special friend, Vernon Bennett. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, Smithville, TN was in charge of the arrangements.






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