In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week February 19, 2017
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Bill Cowan
Pastor William Allen “Bill” Cowan, 87, of Adairville, KY, died Monday February 13, 2017 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday February 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Living Word Church in Adairville with Reverend Ken Cowan and Pastor Herb Mays officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville with Bryan Cowan, Jason Cowan, Barry Wright, Adam Wright, Russell Law, and Jeff Gannon serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time. All visitation was held at Living Word Church.
Bro. Bill was born March 23, 1929 in Logan County, KY to the late Donald and Cora Allen Cowan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bro. Bill pastored Living Word Church in Adairville, KY for forty-eight years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Margaret Cowan Bomar.
Bro. Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years: Effie Hardin Cowan of Adairville, KY, son and daughter-in-law: Ken and Connie Cowan of Bowling Green, KY, brothers: Harold Cowan of Adairville, KY, Glenn Cowan of Goodlettsville, and Charles Cowan of Old Hickory, sister: Sue Holland of Springfield, grandchildren: Derek Cowan, Shawn Perry, Heather Claborne, five great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Agape Service Foundation or to Fully Persuaded Ministries
Age 87 of Cottontown passed away February 17, 2017 at her home. She was born October 1, 1929 in Alexandria, LA to Francis Marion and Zipporah Catherine Hopper Iles. She worked as a child care worker before her retirement.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charlie Clyde Evans; sister, Catherine Townley; brothers, Leonard Iles, Kenner Iles and Baby Charles Iles. Survived by son, Charles Evans; daughters, Alice (Dan) Earps, Judie (Rick) Clifford; brother Harold Iles; sisters, Dorris Gates and Jean Belchar; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.
A memorial graveside service is planned for a later date at Nashville National Cemetery with Bro. Dan Smith officiating. No visitation is planned at this time. This obituary will be updated when arrangements are finalized.
James Ralph Alley, age 73, of Goodlettsville passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Skyline Medical Center. Austin and Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at Austin & Bell Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Monday at Austin & Bell Funeral Home with Bro. Jon Briggs officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens.
He was born in Davidson County, TN on May 12, 1943 to the late George F. and Mary Murphy Alley. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Gunn. He was formerly employed at Dupont and had served in the US Army.
He is survived by a son, James “Jimmy” Wesley Alley; brother, George “Mitch” M. Alley; grandchildren, Caleb Alley and Rebecca Rippy. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Age 79 of White House passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at NHC in Hendersonville. She was born October 25, 1937 in Robertson County, TN to David and Cleo Adcock Green. She worked as a homemaker, loved country music, reading history and she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harlon Stinson; daughter, Vickie Renee Young.
She is survived by son, Steven L. Young, Goodlettsville, TN; daughters, Beverly (Rick) Davis, Goodlettsville, TN and Julie (Bobby) Wright, Portland, TN; 4 grandchildren, Beth (Wayne) Akers, Tyler Davis, Victoria Wright and Megan Wright; 2 great-grandchildren, Matthew Akers and Claire Akers.
Funeral service is scheduled for Monday, February 20, 2017 at 11am in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Dr. Fred E.A. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Sharon Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Sunday, February 19, 2017 4-8pm and Monday, February 20, 2017 9-11am at the funeral home.
Jennifer Claire Davis, age 42, of Murfreesboro, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Alive Hospice-Skyline Madison Campus. A celebration of life will be conducted at 4 o’clock pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at The Livery Stables in Pleasant View with Tommy Ellis officiating. There will be a meal served following the service, all family and friends are invited to stay and enjoy some of Jennifer’s favorite dishes and desserts.
Jennifer was born on August 17, 1974 in Davidson County, Tennessee. She was homemaker and a Christian.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Savage.
Survivors include her son, Darrius Davis; daughters, Briana Davis, Reagan Rankins; mother, Edwina Parker; brothers; Jeremy (Melinda) Savage, Ricky Lamb, Scott Lamb; sisters, Jesica (Timmy) Williams, Monica (Alan) Sutton; and a large circle of loving family & friends.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that flip-flop donations be made at The Livery Stables on the day of the service, because of Jennifer’s love of all types of flip-flops. These flip-flops will then be donated to an orphanage in her memory.
Wanda June Bollinger Goad, age 70 passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her home in Madison. Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier is in charge of arrangements.
Wanda was born in Robertson County on June 13, 1946, to the late Charles Henry and Irene Dillard Bollinger. She is also preceded in death by brothers; Charles, Gene, Porter and James Bollinger, sisters; Julia Ann Bollinger, Martha Blick and Faye Parker; and fiancé Harold Nichols. She is survived by her son, Joe (Kimberly) Peach; her daughter, Leisa Nelson; brothers, Ronnie (Ginny) Bollinger, and Philip (Joy) Bollinger; sister, Shirley (Frank) Woodard; grandchildren; Corey Peach, Lauren Grove, Alison Ryan, and Jarrett Nelson; great-grandchildren; Draco Broach, Dorian Peach and Ella Ryan.
She was a member of Greenbrier First Baptist. Wanda volunteered for over 30 years for the TN Wheelchair Association. She was a Graphic Designer at Lifeway for 42 years. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Family will receive friends from 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier and 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 until the hour of service at 1:00. Bro. Lloyd Johnson will officiate with burial following in Greenbrier Cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to “National Wheelcats”, c/o Vena McCormack, 5106 Woodland Hills Dr., Brentwood, TN 37027. Online condolences may be made at www.austinandbell.com
Age 78 of White House passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at her home. She was born February 16, 1939 in Nashville, TN to Jack Andrew & Maude Gleaves Goins. She worked as a homemaker. She loved spending time with her family and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers; 1 sister. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Lee McCarter sons, David Lee McCarter and Rickey Dale (Becky) McCarter; daughter, Sharon Yvonne (Dale) Martin; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Clay Baggett officiating. Interment will follow in White House memorial Gardens with Dustin McCarter, Chris McCarter, David McCarter, Jr., James Bellamy, Carl Alcorn & Danny Pursley serving as pallbearers.
Visitation is planned for Monday, February 20, 2017 2-8pm and Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12-2pm at the funeral home. Remains rest at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, TN.
Deborah Ann Marcum English, age 61 of Hendersonville, passed away quietly at her home on Saturday, February 18, 2017. She was a Dorm Parent at Tennessee Preparatory School for many years and was a Special Needs Aide for Sumner County Schools. Deborah loved everyone, especially her soul mate and husband, David, their children and grandchildren, her Mom and Dad, her son-in-law and daughter-in-law, sisters, her loving sister-in-law, Theresa Conrad, and niece, Tommie Leigh Martin.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter and best friend, Desiree, and son-in-law Steve, who were always there to care for her; and her granddaughter, Brittany, with whom she had a special bond. It meant the world to her that her 13 year old grandson, Steve III, spent every night with her after she was placed in Hospice – many nights without sleep, just so he could watch over her. She was a “mother” to her nephews and to many others through her work.
Deborah was a very giving and caring person who loved her church. So musically gifted, she could play any instrument she picked up, but especially loved to play the guitar and sing. She taught everyone in her life how to respect others and to love fully and with their whole heart. Deborah was the type of person who you could talk to about anything without fear of being judged. She was a fun person and made every day count. She touched everyone’s heart and soul. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She thought of and loved her grandchildren as if they were her own kids. She never failed to tell them or others how much they meant to her and how much she loved them.
Deborah is survived by her husband of 45 years, David English; her son, David (Jennifer) English, Jr.; her daughters, Desiree (Steve) Spencer and Shannon English; her parents, Ray and Juanita Marcum; her sisters, Sandra (Tim) Woodard and Sharon Estes; and her grandchildren, Brittany English-Spencer, Steve Spencer III, David English-Spencer, Tristen English-Spencer, Marilyn English, Samantha English and David English III.
Deborah’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 2:00pm until 8:00pm and on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 11:00am until the hour of her Celebration of Life Service at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home with Bro. Reid Wilkerson officiating. Interment will follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.
Her family would like to thank all her other family and friends for their prayers and support.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service has been entrusted with her arrangements. 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075. 615-822-4442. www.austinandbell.com
John David Lotts, 70, of Greenbrier, TN passed away surrounded by family and friends, February 15, 2017, 3:01 am at the Alive Hospice, Madison Campus. Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier is in charge of arrangements.
The family received friends on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. A graveside Memorial Service was held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Springfield Memorial Gardens.
John was born June 22, 1946 in Virginia to the late McDowell and Claire (Withers) Lotts. He is also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Isabella.
He joined the US Army in 1963. He served 9 years, including 2 tours in Vietnam. John earned many awards including 2 bronze Stars with Valor. Upon leaving the military, he became an over the road truck driver for 42 years. John was a member of the American Legion, Post 45 for 25 years where he served on the honor guard. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest.
John is survived by a loving wife, Mary; 3 sons, John, Mike (Laura) Fevold and Ed (Meredith) Fevold.
He also leaves behind 3 grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Drew, Taylor and Ashleigh. He is also survived by 5 sisters, Judy Wolfe, Brenda S. Lotts, Juanita Landes, Betty Jo Allman and Ginny Shaffer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to the American Legion, Post 45, P.O. Gox 160, Greenbrier, TN 37073. Online condolences may be made at www.austinandbell.com
Patricia Gierman Thomas, age 83, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at NorthCrest Medical Center. Funeral services were held Friday, February 17, 2017 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Michael Duff and Dr. Tommy Crunk officiating. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Randy Thomas, John Thomas, David Thomas, Steve Stewart, Roy Smith and Tom Pigg serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4-8pm and again on Friday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mrs. Thomas was born January 3, 1934 in New Brunswick, NJ to the late George and Amelia Gierman. She worked as a nurse at Jesse Holman Jones Hospital and NorthCrest Medical Center and was a member of the North Springfield Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Thomas is preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Thomas Moon, her brother, George Gierman and her sister, Dorothy Nalor. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joe “Dit” Thomas; brother, Walter (Edna) Gierman of Springfield; sisters, Jean Beckter of Hagestown, MD and Betty Statmueler of NJ; grandchildren, Joe Moon and Patricia Moon, both of Springfield; and great-grandchildren, Danielle Moon and Michelle Moon.
Marion Ruth Martin, age 94, of Cedar Hill, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Springfield Heights. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Eric Limbo and Brother Chris Mays officiating. Burial followed in the Elmwood Cemetery with Craig Martin, Eric Martin, John Martin, Mike Farmer, Bobby Edmunds and Ricky Fulps serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 4-7pm and again on Saturday from 10am until the hour of service.
Mrs. Martin was born March 12, 1922 in Memphis, TX to the late George and Sarah Brown Duren. She was a school teacher and member of the Cedar Hill Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Martin is preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Martin and her sister, Joyce Nightingale. She is survived by her sons, Lonnie (Terry Ann) Martin and Donnie (Mary Ellen) Martin, both of Cedar Hill; grandchildren, Craig (Holly) Martin, Eric Martin, Jennifer (Chris) Mays and John (Kristen) Martin; and 6 great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Cedar Hill Methodist Church. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Martharee Monts Carter, 89, of Murfreesboro, TN, formerly of Hartford, CT, entered into her rest on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017.
Mother Carter, as she was affectionately known, was the last surviving of thirteen offspring born to the late George Hiram Monts and Margaree Addy Monts. Born in Plains, Georgia on March 27, 1927 she accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the St. John’s AME Church. Always a bright and eager student, she graduated from Staley High School in 1945 and was offered a full scholarship to Bethune-Cookman College. However, following her calling to be a mother, she married her husband of over sixty-eight years, the late Luther Lavorgia Carter on June 30, 1945.
Two years later, they migrated to Hartford, where they would build a life together. Her life was one based on faith and reliance in God. Having faced many illnesses and situations that would have been debilitating and deadly to others, she constantly defied the odds of diagnoses by her strong belief.
While in Hartford, she attended the Hartford Secretarial School where she excelled in corporate communications and correspondence. She later went to work in the insurance industry and at G. Fox Department Stores, where she was befriended by the late Mrs. Auerbach. She later worked for the United States Postal Service as a Personnel Supervisor and Retirement and Benefit Specialist where she was employed for thirty-five years before retiring in 1998.
Her faith was most rewarded in the birth of the five children that survive her and her husband: Dr. Wayne Anthony Carter (Yvette), Gena Ruth Carter, M.D. (James W. Edwards), Attorney Martin Luther Carter, Apostle David Salvatore Carter, and Pastor Bruce Lavoisier Carter. She is also survived by four grandsons: Daniel Ryan Cody, Brantley LeRoy Carter, Jordan Isaiah Carter, and David Joshua Carter, two granddaughters: Evelyn Ruth Carter, Ph.D., Rebecca Anne Carter, and one great-granddaughter, Savannah LeAnne Carter.
She was also a founding member of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Hartford where she served as clerk for over thirty years.
Along with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild, she leaves scores of others that saw her as a mother and mentor. She was often heard thanking God for “those that came through her and the ones that came to her.”
She was also an an amazing cook and hostess and it was nothing for her to prepare a meal for one to one hundred, right in their Rosemont Street home. “61,” as it was called, was a sanctuary for hundreds, over the years. It was not uncommon to find renowned educators, entertainers, singers, preachers, or anyone else, packed in the house, enjoying one of her delicious meals. There was not a cuisine that she couldn’t prepare.
She will always be remembered as a person of faith, love, and family. The family is extremely grateful for the care, love, and support of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Amedisys Hospice and Sunnington Assisted Living in Murfreesboro, TN for our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, and dearest friend in the final days of her life.
Her memorial service was held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Nashville’s First Baptist Church, 108 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, at 11:00 am. Visitation was held at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Westminster School Scholarship Fund in her name, 995 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070. Obituary provided by Austin & Bell Funeral Home
Obituary for Jerry Joe Kizer
Jerry Joe Kizer, age 75, of Hendersonville passed away early Monday morning, February 13, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was a kind man who never met a stranger.
He proudly served his Country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam era where he received the Vietnam Service Medal and was a qualified Marksman.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Irene Kizer; daughter, Christie (Kenny) Barnes; son, Robert (Tara) Lynch; sisters, Rosemary Swing, Nancy Willis, Gradie Kizer and Janette Fields; grandchildren, Michelle Donnelly, Justin Cathey, Joli Overstreet, Jeremy Overstreet, Alayna Lynch, Austin Lynch, Tabetha Barrett, Kenny Barnes III, and Kendell Jones; great-grandchildren, Chailyn Donnelly, Angelia Donnelly, Rylan Donnelly, Brayden Overstreet, Bennett Overstreet, Abigail Cathey, Trenton Myatt and Lainey Barnes.
Mr. Kizer’s family received friends from 10:00 a.m. until his Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 p.m. at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville on Thursday, February 16, 2017 with Bro. Ray Frizzell officiating. Active pallbearers were Terry, Mike, Jeff and Chris Gregory, Gary Swing, Stephen Willis and Jeremy Overstreet. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Kizer, Gilbert Martin, Wallace Gregory, and Gene Butler. Interment followed in Hendersonville Memory Gardens with Military Honors.
Rev. Clarence Kenneth Stewart, 90, of Cottontown, passed into the presence of the Lord Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Gallatin.
Born July 5, 1926, in Ashland, KY, he was the son of Thurston and Pauline Stewart and served in the United States Army during World War II.
Rev. Stewart was a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and was ordained into ministry in 1953. He served as a full-time pastor at First Baptist Church Livingston, First Baptist Church Pulaski, Cash Point Baptist Church and Station Camp Baptist Church. He served as interim pastor for many congregations throughout Middle Tennessee. He also served as chaplain at the Giles County Hospital, Partnership Missions Director for the Tennessee Baptist Convention and consultant with the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes.
He served as president and vice president of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and was 1975 Pulaski VFW Man of the Year.
Rev. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ivan Stewart, his sister, Leona Williams and his daughter, Karen Stewart Elliott.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Mary Lou Stewart of Cottontown; brother, Dr. Charles E. Stewart (Clara Lee) of Ashland, KY; daughter, Susan Wise (Ted) of White House; son Dr. Randy Stewart (Cathy) of Birmingham, AL and son, Scott Stewart (Sarah) of Pulaski, TN; grandchildren, Brian Wise, Beth O’Neill (Daniel) all of White House, TN, Dr. Mary Catherine Laney (Scott) of Birmingham, AL, Blevin Shelnutt (Charles Harlan) of New York, Genna Shelnutt of Charleston, SC, Allison Cease (Alan) of Birmingham, AL and Webb Stewart of Pulaski, TN; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, other family members and many dear friends.
Memorials may be sent to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home P.O. Box 2206 Brentwood, TN 37024-9885, Four Friends International c/o the Baptist Foundation of Alabama, 7650 Halcyon Summit Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117; or a charity of your choice.
Visitation was held from 4-8pm Tuesday, February 14th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House and Wednesday, February 15th 11am-1pm at Portland First Baptist Church, Portland, TN Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 15th at 1pm at the church. Interment followed In White House Memorial Gardens.