Ray Donald "Rusty" Webb age 71 of Smithville passed away Saturday night, April 1, 2017 at NHC HealthCare Center of an extended illness. He was born December 13, 1945 to his parents, the late Clyde and Irene Webb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, W.H. Webb.
Ray Donald's heartbeat and passion was baseball, he coached Little League Baseball from 1966 to 2005, and he took the 1988 Little League Team to the CABA World Series in Des Moines, IA, where they came in 5th place.
He was a member of Webb's Chapel United Methodist Church and a farmer and nurseryman. He leaves behind to cherish his memory a family that loved him and to whom he was "Papa", including his wife of 50 years, Betty Webb of Smithville; 4 children, Tracie (Greg) Baker, Tara (Michael) Hale, Trena (Anthony) Ferrell and Tad (Tracy) Webb all of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, Kalab Ferrell (Faith Eldridge), Rayanna (Chris) Chapman, Kayla (Chad) Harvey, Jaley Hale, Kadee Ferrell, Ty Webb, Maddox Hale, Tucker Webb, Tate Webb and J.T. (Roni) Baker; 3 great-grandchildren, Rusty Chapman, Jack Harvey and Haddeigh Harvey; 3 sisters, Sue Dexter Beshearse and Gail (Doyle) Slager both of Dowelltown and Patty (Eddie) Malone of Smithville. Several nieces, nephews and friends also survive.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bro. Michael Hale and Don Nixon officiated with burial following in DeKalb Cemetery.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of NHC and Avalon Hospice for the wonderful care and love shown to Papa. So many went above and beyond the call of duty to care for him.
Pallbearers Tad Webb, Kalab Ferrell, Chris Chapman, Ty Webb, Maddox Hale, Tucker Webb, Tate Webb, Kenneth Magness, Tavis Martin, and Tony Trapp.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Smithville, TN was in charge of the arrangements.