In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week December 18, 2016

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ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Marcia Lynn Brown

Marcia Lynn BrownMarcia Lynn Brown, age 62 of Springfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Graham Sims officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Eric Hubbard, Jeffrey Butrum, Dontavious Butrum, Tony Keith, Billy Wood, and Bruce Jackson serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home Friday from 4 until 8 PM and Saturday from 9 AM until the hour of service.

Mrs. Brown was born May 5, 1954 in Robertson County to Doris West Butrum of Greenbrier and the late Raymond G. Butrum. She was a lifetime resident of Robertson County. Marcia devoted her life and career to her family and friends. “Mar-Mar”, as she was known to many children, worked in the daycare industry for ten years. Besides being a mother and “Gran-Gran”, Marcia enjoyed country crafting, decorating, and shopping. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Butrum.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 46 years and the love of her life, Gilbert Wayne Brown of Springfield; daughters, Tammy Giles and husband, Todd of Springfield, Tracy Nicole Brown of Springfield, Tara Bray and husband, Charles of Clarksville, and Maylee Paul Brown of Springfield; brother, Ray Butrum of floral squareGreenbrier; sisters, Debbie Lewis and husband, Mark of Goodlettsville, Pat Jackson and husband, Larry of Greenbrier, and Stephanie Henson and husband, Troy of Greenbrier; and grandchildren, Blake-lyn , Brea, Bailey, and Blayne Giles, and Chris and Charles Bray, Jr.

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to Christian Community School. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary for Devona C. Marlar

Devona C. MarlarDevona C. Marlar, age 67, of Springfield, TN died Tuesday December 13, 2016 at North Crest Medical Center in Springfield. Funeral services were conducted at 12 pm on Friday December 16, 2016 in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Creek and Bro. Jr. Hensley officiating. Burial followed at 3pm on Friday in the Ridgetop Cemetery in Crofton KY with Bro. Joe Marlar officiating. Zachary Gammon, Caleb Payne, Chandler Payne, Dalton Tramell, Jason Crick and Bill Crick serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4-8 pm and again on Friday from 9 am until the hour of service at 12 pm.

Mrs. Marlar was born August 14, 1949 in Hopkinsville, KY to the late Leonard Clark and Billie Jean Lewis Clark. Her brother Jr. Clark also preceded her in death. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a member of Zion Chapel Assembly of God where her husband is pastor and worked as a School bus attendant for the Robertson County Board of Education as well as her full time job as a pastors wife.

Surviving Mrs. Marlar are her husband, Bro. Larry R. Marlar of Springfield, daughters, Tonya Lynn Gammon of Crofton, KY, Shannon Renee Payne of Springfield, sisters, Mildred (Billy) Crick of Crofton, JoAnn (Dennis) Parker of Dawson Springs, KY, Charlotte Baxter of Louisville, KY, grandchildren, Zachary floral squareGammon, Peyton Gammon, Caleb (Kelsey) Payne, Chandler Payne and Connor Payne.

The family request if so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Devona Marlar funeral fund. All donations should be sent to the Robertson County Funeral Home. Robertson County Funeral Home Is In Charge Of Arrangements.

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Obituary for Carol Creek

Carol CreekWanda Carol Hester Creek, 69, of Cedar Hill, died Monday December 12, 2016 at Alive Hospice Skyline Madison Campus. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday December 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Rick Hester, John Traughber, Raymond Ellis, Gary Albright, Jeff Pulley, and James BJ Suter serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Creek was born July 1, 1947 in Simpson County, KY to the late James Major and Elsie Carter Summers. She was a homemaker and a member of Barren Plains Baptist Church. She enjoyed putting puzzles together, working word puzzles, playing cards, and especially spending time with her dog Petals. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands: William Eugene Hester and Sherman Creek, Jr.

Mrs. Creek is survived by her step-children: Rick Hester and wife Janie of Springfield, Sheila Locke and husband Bill of Springfield, Selena Orr and husband floral squareMitch of Cross Plains, Lawrence Creek of Greenville, KY, Pam Suter, Shelia Walton, and Melissa Norris all of Cedar Hill, eleven step-grandchildren, twelve step-great grandchildren, and an additional step-great grandchild, Parker Ann Wilworth, will soon arrive in December.

Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Helen Ruth Wallace Shutt

Helen Ruth Wallace ShuttHelen Ruth Wallace Shutt, age 75 of Springfield, TN died Monday December 12, 2016 at her home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday December 15, 2016 at 2 pm in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Chaplain Josh Whitson officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Timothy Shutt, Steven Pentecost, James Shutt, Joshua Shutt, Ben Shutt, and Dakota Shutt serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-8 pm and again on Thursday from 9 am until the hour of service at 2 pm.

Mrs. Shutt was born September 3, 1941 in Bear Springs, TN to the late Bieth and Queenie Birks Wallace. She was of the Baptist faith and was a devoted Christian, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Shutt, son, Timothy Shutt, grandson. Damien Shutt, brothers, Gerald, Harry, Leon, Bobby, Shelby, Guy, and Roger Wallace and sisters, Violet Hayes and June Wallace.

Surviving her are her sons and daughter-in-law, Ricky Shutt of Eminence, MO, David Shutt of Springfield, TN, Keith Shutt of Dickson, TN, Guy and Amy Shutt of Evansville, IN, daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Curtis Lott of Lewisburg, KY, brother, B.W. (Peggy) Wallace of Granite City, IL, sisters, Peggy (Jesse) Somers of Poplar Bluff, MO, Freda Tucker with Max Rorie of Goodlettsville, TN, Ann (Benny) floral squareWarren of Shelbyville, TN, Nelda (Gary) Kingdon of St. Louis, MO, nineteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren.

If so desired the family request memorial donations be made to the St. Jude Childrens Hospital. All donations may be sent care of the Robertson County Funeral Home or online at St. Jude.org. Robertson County Funeral Home  in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Cathy May Creek

Cathy May CreekCathy May Creek, 59, of Adairville, KY, died Monday, December 12, 2016 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Memorial Services were conducted Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Oakland United Methodist Church in Adairville, KY with Reverend Clay Burchett and Brother Jimmy Chapman officiating.

Cathy was born on April 1, 1957 to the late Robert and Nellie Boisseau Whitaker in Robertson County. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister, Judy Ann Reeves. She was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church and worked at Fabco. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her dog.

Cathy is survived by her husband: Terry Creek of Adairville, KY, son: Terry Wayne Creek of Russellville, KY, daughter: Cindy Creek Preston of Springfield, brother and sister-in-law Tommy and Glenda Whitaker of Gallatin, sisters and bother-in-laws, Tammy and Paul White of Springfield, Louise and Herschel Sanders of Elkton, KY, and Dan Reeves of Clarksville.

Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Bettye Jo Baker

Bettye Jo BakerBettye Jo Baker, age 82 of Hendersonville and formerly of Springfield, died Friday, December 16, 2016 at Hendersonville Medical center. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM at North Springfield Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Smith, Rev. Mike Duff, and Matthew Lloyd Dalley officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Mike Barnett, Jeff Freeman, Kevin Gray, Ben Dale, Mark Hollingsworth, Blake Hollingsworth, Floyd Ellis, and Michael “Buzzy” Poole serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be James “Turkey” Pope and Joe head. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the hour of service.

Ms. Baker was born December 3, 1934 in Robertson County to the late Russell Henry and Vada Crabtree Freeman, Sr. She was a member of North Springfield Baptist Church and formerly worked in customer service at WDBL radio. She loved her family and friends, her church, and traveling. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Terry Alan Baker; a daughter, Pamela Jo Gay; brothers, John Ed Freeman and Russell Henry Freeman, Jr.; and sisters, Wanda Louise Freeman Gray and Mona Raye Freeman Gann.

floral squareShe is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Lynne and Arthur L. Dalley of Apopka, FL and Luanne and Thomas Hugh Head of Hendersonville; daughter-in-law, Harley Baker of Greenbrier; grandchildren, Marissa Lynne Hunter, Amber Nicole Wahid, Jessica Anne Dale, Erica Lynne Vasquez, Laura Elizabeth Dalley, Matthew Lloyd Dalley, and Dylan Clay Head; step grandson, Mitchell Hale; and great grandchildren, Rayan, Leila, and Maya Wahid and Nicholas D. Woodard

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to the North Springfield Baptist Church Building Fund. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary For Briana Chi’Anne “Bri” Lewis

Briana Chi’Anne “Bri” Lewis, age 7 of Springfield, went to be with the Lord hand in hand with her siblings on December 12, 2016.

She was born on November 12, 2009 to Brandon Lewis and Brittany Crayton. She would become a dancer of the family, and the sunshine of her brothers and sisters making sure everyone had a smile on their face. She was a daddy’s girl and was excited to spend the weekend with her older sister Keaja. Briana loved going to school at Krisle Elementary, excelling in writing; she looked forward to the new school year and the new things she would learn. Briana was a “Girly Girl” through and through dressing up and spending time with Keaja and Braniiya. Even though she enjoyed getting her hair and nails done she could hold her own shoot hoops with her older brothers. Briana enjoyed going to church on Sundays with Julissya at SouthHaven Baptist Church. “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.”-Matthew 19:14

Briana is preceded in death by her grandmother, Patty Cunningham and great-grandparents, Barbara and Joe Robinson. Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Brittany Crayton and Julian Pope; her siblings, Brantavius “Tyree” Lewis, Keaja Pope and Byron Crayton; grandmother, Candace Murphy (Fernando); grandfather, Mark Crayton; uncles, Patrick Cunningham, Mason Rupe and Jonathan floral squareRupe; aunts, Molly Pope and Tesha Suggs, cousin and best friends, Braniiya Carr; all the Pope family; Murphy family, Robinson Family and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Life Celebration Service was held on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 P.M. at Springfield Baptist Church, interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the church from 11:00 A.M. until service time. Arrangements Entrusted To Springfield Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

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Obituary For Julissiya Demetri “JuJu” Pope

Julissiya Demetri “JuJu” Pope, age 3 of Springfield, went to be with the Lord hand in hand with her siblings on December 12, 2016.

Julissiya was born on January 4, 2013 to her parents Julion Pope and Brittany Crayton. She is known as the “I Love You” child. It didn’t matter if it had been two days or two minutes she would tell you she loved you. Julissiya was a daddy’s girl and looked forward to seeing her big sister Keaja on the weekends. She enjoyed watching Par Patrol, dressing up with Briana and Coloring. When the weather permitted you could find Julissiya driving around the yard, in her battery powered red car listening to her favorite song “JuJu on the Beat”, and being chased by her two younger siblings. She was excited about starting school this coming fall and looked forward to getting on the bus like the big kids. Julissiya also enjoied going to church on Sundays with Briana at SouthHaven Baptist Church. “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.”-Matthew 19:14

They were preceded in death by grandparents, Theodore Suggs, Demetris Pope Kendrick and Patty Cunningham; great-grandparents, Florine Pope, O’Neal Williams and Ted Johnson; great uncles, Rev. James Johnson, Harold Johnson and James Pope.

Left to cherish their memory are parents, Brittany Crayton and Julion Pope; her siblings, Brantavius Lewis, Keaja Pope and Byron Crayton; grandfather, Paul Kendrick; great-grandparents, Barbara and Joe Robinson; aunts, Molly Pope, Tesha Suggs, Lawanda Pope, Sha’la Traughber, Elesho Turner; great aunts and uncles, Candy Pope, Robin Pope, Ivory “Ike” Pope; and a host of cousins aunts, uncles and friends. A Life Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 P.M. at Springfield Baptist Church, interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:00 A.M. until service time.

floral squareA Life Celebration Service was held on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 P.M. at Springfield Baptist Church, interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the church from 11:00 A.M. until service time. Arrangements Entrusted To Springfield Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

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Obituary For Julian Theodore “JT” Pope, Jr. and Julianna Ty’Shae Pope, age 2

Julian Theodore “JT” Pope, Jr. and Julianna Ty’Shae Pope, age 2 of Springfield, went to be with the Lord hand in hand with their siblings on December 12, 2016.

JT and Julianna were born on August 23, 2014 to their parents Julion Pope and Brittany Crayton. Born twins they were as different as day and night. Julianna was the “boss” and JT was the caregiver. The twins loved to chase Julianna as she drove around the yard in her red car. They both enjoyed listening to music and dancing and carrying around their little Chihuahua Sazzy.

Julianna was born five minutes before JT. William Shakespeare said it best “Though she be little, she is fierce.” Even though she was the smallest she could keep up with all the older children. She was the “track star”, to catch her you would have to run because she was quick! She was Tyree’s “Hip Baby” from day one. If she wasn’t running around she was dancing, she will forever be known as the “Dancing Queen”

JT was born the biggest, and with that came a heart bigger than anyone could imagine. He was laid back and enjoyed talking to anyone that would listen. He brought a smile to everyone’s heart by just hearing him laugh. He was his mama shadow and the apple for his daddy’s eye. When heard one of his parents say “Load Up” he knew he was in for a treat. JT loved to ride around exploring new places. He enjoyed watching cars and wrestling with his older brothers, and will forever be known as Sazzy’s Protector.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.”-Matthew 19:14

They were preceded in death by grandparents, Theodore Suggs, Demetris Pope Kendrick and Patty Cunningham; great-grandparents, Florine Pope, O’Neal Williams and Ted Johnson; great uncles, Rev. James Johnson, Harold Johnson and James Pope.

Left to cherish their memory are parents, Brittany Crayton and Julion Pope; her siblings, Brantavius Lewis, Keaja Pope and Byron Crayton; grandfather, Paul Kendrick; great-grandparents, Barbara and Joe Robinson; aunts, Molly Pope, Tesha Suggs, Lawanda Pope, Sha’la Traughber, Elesho Turner; great aunts and uncles, Candy Pope, Robin Pope, Ivory “Ike” Pope; and a host of cousins aunts, uncles and friends.

floral squareA Life Celebration Service was held on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 P.M. at Springfield Baptist Church, interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the church from 11:00 A.M. until service time.

A special thanks to Ramona Putterson for the attention love and care she always gave to my kids. Arrangements Entrusted To Springfield Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

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Obituary for Lloyd Lawson

Lloyd LawsonLloyd Lawson, age 89, of Pleasant View, died Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at Spring Meadows Healthcare Center in Clarksville. Graveside services were conducted at 1 o’clock pm, Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at EverRest of Cheatham with Bro. Randy Riggs officiating. Burial followed with Steven Pape, Luke Pape, Weston Pape, Garrett Johnson, Robby Johnson, Ronnie Watts, George Atkins, and Eric Barkhorn serving as pallbearers.

There was no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Lawson was born December 28, 1926 in Athol, Kentucky to the late Franklin and Martha Mullins Lawson. He worked as a machinist and was a U.S. Army Veteran.

floral squareIn addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Alice Nicholson Lawson; brother, Charles Lawson; and sister, Fern Akins.

He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn (Jim) Pape of Pleasant View; grandchildren, Lisa (Robby) Johnson of Pleasant View, Steven (Jill) Pape of Fairview; and great-grandchildren, Makenna Cleveland, Garrett Johnson, Luke Pape and Weston Pape.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home In Pleasant View Is In Charge Of These Arrangements.

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Obituary for Elizabeth Self

Elizabeth SelfElizabeth Self, age 92, of Brentwood, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Brighton Gardens. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Daniel Dennis officiating. Burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery in Allensville, KY with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 3-5pm and again on Monday from 9am until the hour of service.

Ms. Self was born August 30, 1924 in Olmstead, Kentucky to the late Asberry and Lillie Gill Self. She worked as a bookkeeper at R.L. Wiles Feed Mill and was a member floral squareof Oakland Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents Ms. Self is preceded in death by her siblings, Frank Self, Chester Self, Gladys Corbin, Lillian Abney and Elise Self. She is survived by her nephews, Raymond Corbin of Adairville, KY, Gerald (Kym) Self of Franklin, TN and Philip (Mindy) Self of Florissant, MO; and niece, Peggy Creek of Springfield.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for Jeanette Marie Eaves

Jeanette Marie EavesAge 62 of Madison, AL passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Huntsville Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.. She was born October 27, 1954 in Cullman, AL to William and Maggie Louise White Talley. She worked as an accounting clerk for Keystone Foods. She loved her children and her granddaughter and was a woman of great strength and courage. She was a member of Parkview Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Maggie Talley; husband, James Allen Eaves. She is survived by father, William Talley; sons, Kenneth Eaves, Goodlettsville, TN and Sean Eaves, Portland, TN; daughter, Christy Sego; granddaughter, Reagan Sego, both of Madison, AL; sisters, Joyce (Larry) Williams, Pinson, AL and Carol (Scott) Baker, Gardendale, AL, Graveside service and interment are scheduled for floral squareSaturday, December 17, 2016 at 1pm in Portland Memorial Gardens with Bro. Don Talley officiating. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation was held Friday, December 16, 2016 4-8pm and Saturday, December 17, 2016 10-12pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to the Jeanette M. Eaves Memorial Fund c/o any Regions Bank. Remains Rest At Austin & Bell Funeral Home In White House, Tn.

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Obituary for Peggy Dell Goad

Peggy Dell GoadPeggy Dell Goad, age 67 of Hendersonville, passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2016. She was born on September 3, 1949, to Victor and Joycelyn Willis.
She was a wonderful person who was very creative, enjoyed decorating and entertaining. She was a graduate of Belmont College and was very active in the Hendersonville Newcomers Club.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her grandmother, Peggy Hawk.She is survived by floral squareher husband of 28 years, Bill Goad; and her sister, Vicky Ragan.

Visitation was held on Saturday, December 17, from 11:00am until the time of her Celebration of Life Service at 1:00pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Hendersonville with Pastor Gary Ferrell and Father Jeff Jones officiating.

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Obituary for Annie Mai Jones

Annie Mai JonesAge 94 of Goodlettsville, TN passed away December 14, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born October 24, 1922 in Goodlettsville, TN to Johnny and Annie Mai Robertson Massey. She worked as a homemaker and as a grocery store owner for many years. She was also one of the first EMT’s in Sumner County. She was a member of White Hill Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She loved her grandchildren, quilting, crocheting, cooking and was a gifted seamstress.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James “Woody” Jones; sister, Johnnie Mai West; brother, John Franklin Massey. She is survived by daughters, Doise Jones, Goodlettsville, TN and Delois (Hayes) Short, Cottontown, TN; 7 grandchildren, Randy Short, Andy (Donna) Short, Tammy (Kenny) Allen, Billy (Elisa) Short, Sandy Smith, Marty (Trish) Spicer, Marcus (Jana) Spicer; 17 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Robert Crabtree officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Saturday, December 17, 2016 4-8pm and Sunday, December 18, 2016 12-2pm at the funeral home.

Remains Rest At Austin & Bell Funeral Home In White House, Tn.

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Obituary for Jerry McClain

Jerry McClainJerry Alfred McClain, age 84, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at his home. Funeral services were held Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Jim Woodard and Dr. Robert Tyson officiating. Burial followed in the Hopewell Cemetery with Jack McClain, Corey Pauze’, James Haley, Edward Hunter, Lee Pendleton and John Hurt serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were The Adult Men’s Sunday School Class of Hopewell Baptist Church. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 2-8pm and again on Friday from 9am until the hour of service at 11am.

Mr. McClain was born February 23, 1932 in Ft. Smith, AR to the late Hubert E. and Ila Hall McClain. When he was 14 years old he and his mother were baptized into Christ by his mother’s brother, Ertle Hall, who was minister of the First Christian Church in Stilwell, OK. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1955 where he was stationed in Sasabo, Japan during the Korean Conflict and worked in Naval Intelligence. He received degrees from Ventura College, San Jose State University and the University of Southern California.

Mr. McClain was a man who knew how to love well. He was a friend to all and greeted everyone with a warm handshake or hug along with his big, beautiful “Jerry McClain” smile. Everyone loved his smile! He served his Lord by serving others, helping folks in their time of need, or witnessing to people in hopes of winning them to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. Jerry loved his family and friends. He was active in many Disaster Relief efforts – including serving in New York following 9/11. His lifelong dream was to live in a log home in the country and it was there that he and his wife enjoyed their “family” of dogs, cats, deer, turkey and any living creature that needed a home.

Mr. McClain did volunteer work with the Robertson County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity where he served as President for many years. He served as the Baptist Men’s Director for the Robertson County Baptist Association for 16 years, he was a volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Program and the Robertson County Baptist Association Disaster Relief Program. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church for the past 22 years where he taught the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class for more than 18 of those years.

Prior to beginning his career with the state of TN Jerry served as a Child Welfare Counselor in Ventura County, CA, he was a Probation Officer in Los Angeles, CA, a Parole Officer in Santa Monica, CA and Regional Director for AARP and the National Retired Teachers Association in Atlanta, GA. He also served as Director of Senior Citizens Services in Memphis, TN. Mr. McClain’s work with the State of TN included; from 1963-1967, he was appointed to serve as the first Executive Director of the Commission on Aging by Governor Frank Clement; from 1968-1969, he served as Field Representative for the Governor’s Committee on Employment for the Handicapped; from 1970-1979 he served with the Department of Corrections as District Director of Probation and Parole and Educational Consultant/Director of Volunteer Services; from 1980-1990, he served with the Board of Parole as regional Director of Parole, State Director of Parole and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Parole.

After retirement from the State of TN Jerry worked in a part-time capacity at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield where he enjoyed greeting and comforting people in their time of need.

In addition to his parents Mr. McClain is preceded in death by his brother, Jack McClain. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Janet Hunter McClain; daughter, Robin (James) Haley; son, Jack Richard McClain; granddaughter, Kayla Pauze’ and grandson, Corey Pauze’; and great-granddaughter, Ila Grace. Mr. McClain is also survived by the mother of his children, Betty McClain of Cottontown and his large floral squareextended family.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Gideon’s International or to the Robertson County Baptist Association Disaster Relief Fund. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for Matthew Benjamin Armistead

Matthew Benjamin ArmisteadAge 33 of White House passed away Monday, December 12, 2016 in Murfreesboro, TN. He was born April 16, 1983 in Davidson County, TN. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for rental property. He was an avid lover of Star Wars. He also loved piercings, tattoos and the Chicago Cubs, He was very proud of his beard and competed in beard competitions.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jack Armistead. He is survived by his mother, Ruby Armistead, White House, TN; brother, Joe Armistead, Murfreesboro, TN.

floral squareFuneral services were held Friday, December 16, 2016 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Logan Herlihy officiating. Family and friends were requested to wear casual attire to the service. Interment followed in Dorris Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held Thursday, December 15, 2016 4-8pm and Friday, December 16, 2016 12-2pm at the funeral home.  Remains Rest At Austin & Bell Funeral Home In White House, Tn.

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Obituary for Jess Carrigan

Jess CarriganJesse “Jess” Ray Carrigan, age 52, of Joelton, died Monday, December 12th, 2016 at St. Thomas West in Nashville. Funeral services were conducted at 11 o’clock am, Friday, December 16th, 2016 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Bruce Lowhorn officiating. Burial followed in Joelton Hills Memory Gardens with his cousins serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 5:00-7:00PM, Thursday, December 15th, and again on Friday from 10:00AM until the hour of service.

floral squareMr. Carrigan was born August 11, 1964 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a book buyer and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his sons, Josh & Joey Carrigan; daughter, Allison Carrigan (fiancé, Justin Blair); parents, Larry & Alberta Carrigan; brother, Wayne Carrigan; and a host of loving aunts, uncles, & cousins.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home In Pleasant View Is In Charge Of These Arrangements.

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Obituary for Linda Wilson

Linda Hankins Wilson, age 58, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 at NorthCrest Medical Center. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Steve Woody officiating. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with John Wilson, Clarence Armstrong, Bo Anderson, Michael Dean, Jr., Justin Wilson and Jessica Wilson serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 4-8pm and again on Wednesday from 10am until the hour of service at 1pm.

Mrs. Wilson was born June 15, 1958 in Humphreys County to the late William S. and Mary Green Hankins. She worked as an assembler at Datrex and was a member of the Christ Community Church.

floral squareIn addition to her parents Mrs. Wilson is preceded in death by her husband, Hiram Wilson, Jr., her sister, Margie Hankins Johnson and her brothers, James Robert Hankins and Billy Ray Hankins. She is survived by her sons, Hiram Nathan Wilson, III and Bobby Gene Wilson, both of Springfield; daughters, Melissa Joe (Vincent Rebolledo) Wilson of Greenbrier and Margaret (Michael) DuFresne of Ridgetop; brothers, Carl (Paula) Hankins of Springfield and Randy (Tracey) Hankins of Michigan; sister, Barbara (Ricky) Pentecost of Springfield; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for Betty Jo Bruce

Betty Jo BruceBetty Jo Bruce, age 72 of Greenbrier, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her residence.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. A Memorial Service will follow at 12:00 pm at the funeral home with Terry Martin officiating.
Betty Jo was born June 3, 1944 in Springfield to the late Fred and Marie Nickens Jones.

floral squareShe is survived by a son, Stephen (Susan) Bruce; daughters, Stephanie (Willie) Hodges, Yvette (Terry) Martin; brother, Jimmy (Judy) Jones; grandchildren, Amanda Dorris, Taylor Martens, Logan Martin, Ashleigh Bruch; great-grandchildren, Briley Martens and Brezden Martens. Online condolences may be made at www.austinandbell.com

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Obituary for James “Mike” Turner

James "Mike" TurnerJames “Mike” Michael Turner, age 71, of Pleasant View, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Sunday, December 18th, in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 12 Noon till the hour of service.

Mr. Turner was born on February 8, 1945 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late James and Mattie Turner. He was retired from production at News Channel 5.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle Childress.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Turner; sons, Chris Turner of Pleasant View, Brook (Stacie) Turner of Cottontown; daughter, Jo (Dewayne) Childress of White House; brother, Kenneth (Glenda) Turner of Ashland City; sister, Judy (Andy) Fabre of McMinnville; grandchildren, Janette Turner, Christopher Turner, Kimi (Justin) Vaughn, Justin Turner; and great-grandchildren, Arlen Turner and Case Vaughn.

floral squareIf so desired, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the charity of one’s own choice, and may be sent in care of Austin & Bell.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home In Pleasant View Is In Charge Of These Arrangements.

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Obituary for Dennis Paul McNeal

Dennis Paul McNealDennis Paul McNeal died Saturday, December 10, 2016. He was born March 31, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to the late George and Colleen McNeal. The family moved to Los Gatos, California in 1957, where he developed a lifelong love for golf. He was captain of the golf and basketball teams in high school and a member of the UCLA golf team before graduating in 1969 with a degree in Political Science. He
received his MBA from Santa Clara University in 1971, and was commissioned 2nd
Lieutenant, US Army Reserves in 1972.

He moved to Tennessee in the early 70s, making it his home for the rest of his life. He
was a lifetime member of Old Hickory Country Club. After many years in the industrial packaging industry, he founded his own company, Packaging Professionals, Inc., in 1992. He sold the company to MacPapers in 2015 after 23 years of successful growth. In 2011, he dedicated his life to Christ through baptism, and from that day forward was an active member of Cornerstone Church.

He excelled at golf, enjoying the camaraderie and challenge that golf offered as a lifetime athletic endeavor and playing competitively at state level events into his 60s.

In 2013, he was inducted into the Los Gatos High School Sports Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lynette McNeal; sons Travis (Meleah) McNeal
and Sean McNeal; grandchildren, Parker McNeal, Kate McNeal; siblings Maureen (Lance) Howard, Lisa Sieber, and Gary McNeal; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by many.

floral squareAustin & Bell Funeral Home (Greenbrier) is in charge of arrangements. A funeral service was held at Cornerstone Church in Madison on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Doors opened for viewing at 11:30am, and the service began at 12 noon with Pastor Maury Davis officiating. Interment followed at Bethel Cemetery in Greenbrier following the service. Ray White, Phil Sweeney, Harry Taylor, Carl Cowan, Dennis Williams and Bob Pence will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Dennis’ memory to Camp
Tahkodah – 915 E. Market Avenue, Box 10844, Searcy Arkansas 72149.

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