In Loving Memory: Obituaries From December 19 – December 25, 2017
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Michael Burnette Hodges Jr.
Michael Burnette Hodges, Jr., age 46 of Hendersonville, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, December 25, 2017.
Michael was a beloved husband, son, father, brother and uncle. He never met a stranger. He was an avid UT and Titans Football fan who also enjoyed fishing and, most recently, Top Golf.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Samuel & Lorraine Hodges and Tom & Doris Dickenson.
Michael is survived by his wife, Carrie Snyder Hodges; his sons, Michael B. Hodges, III, Zachary Hodges and Conner Ryan Hodges; his daughter, Kelsie Snyder; his parents, Mike and Becky Hodges; and his sister, Stacey Hutcherson.
The family received friends on Thursday, December 28, from 4-8pm and again on Friday from 12:00 until his Celebration of Life Service at 1:00pm from the Chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home, Hendersonville, officiated by Bro. Mike McClanahan. Interment followed in Beech Cemetery. Pallbearers included Chad and Daniel Currie, Dawson Hutcherson, Michael Hodges III, Dan Currie, Todd Escue, Michael Snyder and Richard Snyder.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959.
Mildred Head Walker, age 99, of Pleasant View, died Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Hillcrest Healthcare Center in Ashland City. A graveside service was conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Thursday, December 28th, in the Wilson cemetery with Bro. James Hayes officiating. Family & friends served as pallbearers.
The family received friends at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View on Wednesday, December 27th from 4:00-8:00PM. There was no visitation on Thursday prior to the graveside service.
Mrs. Walker was born November 5, 1918 in Coopertown, Tennessee to the late John Thomas and Annie Mae Wilson Head. She was a retired nurse, a homemaker, and a member of the Pleasant View Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Walker; brother, Jesse Wayne Head; sisters, Helen Head, and Mabel Carney.
Survivors include her sons, Eddie Ray (Joyce) Walker of Pleasant View, and Johnny (Patty) Walker, of Springfield; grandchildren, John Walker, Mike (Jo) Walker, Eric (Kelly) Walker, and Heather (Jearmie) Gupton; and eight great-grandchildren.
If so desired, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Norman Jay Brickles, 64, of Springfield, died Friday December 22, 2017 at Centennial Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday December 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Bob Filson officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cross Plains with Colby Drake, Alex Brickles, Carson Drake, Colin Holloway, John Holloway, Joe Drake, Scott Brickles, and Brennan Holloway serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be his co-workers at Allstar Fire Protection. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Brickles was born August 4, 1953 in Robertson County. He was a purchasing agent for Allstar Fire Protection and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father: Don Brickles, and by his mother: Katherine Hardison Shelton. Mr. Brickles is survived by his wife: Dianne Head Brickles of Springfield, son and daughter-in-law: Clint and Kimberly Brickles of Springfield, daughters and sons-in-law: Dana and John Holloway of Franklin, Bethany and Joe Drake of Cedar Hill, brothers: Wayne Long of Springfield and Alfred Brickles of Orlinda, sisters: Rose Clinard of Cross Plains and Brenda D’Entrement of Vermont, grandchildren: Annsley, Colin, and Brennan Holloway, Colby and Carson Drake, Alex Brickles.
Phyllis Margaret Hudson, 90, of Springfield, died Thursday December 21, 2017 at NHC Healthcare Center in Springfield. Her remains will be cremated and a private family graveside service will be conducted.
Mrs. Hudson was born February 5, 1927 in Alameda, CA to the late Earl Basil and Bernice Lucille Brown Harper. She was a retired teacher’s aide from the Modesto City Schools in California. Mrs. Hudson was a member of New Chapel United Methodist Church. She loved and raised Siamese cats.
In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Bill B. Hudson. Mrs. Hudson is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Diane and Jim Rogers of Springfield, grandson: Douglas Cassady and his wife Cathy, great grandchild: Jackson Cassady.
The family request, is so desired, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Age 50 of Cottontown went home to be with the Lord, Friday, December 22, 2017 at her home. She was born June 4, 1967 in East St. Louis, MO to William Stanley and Ella Louise Stacey Rowe. She worked as a flight attendant and also as a dedicated school teacher, winning many awards. She was a woman with a strong faith, who loved her family and the Lord. She is preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Eugene “Budge” Bausell; daughter, Tommie Madison Bausell; mother, Stacey Rowe, all of Cottontown, TN; sister, Veronica (John) Spann, Greenbrier, TN; nieces, Shea (Kenny) Roberson and Kayla Osborne; her beagle dog, Moose and her lab, Pansy.
Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 12 noon in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Bro. Leroy Shumake and Bro. Shawn Bain officiating. Interment will follow in White House Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Tuesday, December 26, 2017 4-8pm and Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home. Upon Monica’s request, memorial contributions are encouraged to Safe Place for Animals Gallatin Animal Shelter 905 Mallard Drive Gallatin, TN 37066
Ann Bryant Moore, age 85 of Brentwood, formerly of Pleasant View, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Brighton Gardens in Brentwood. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 o’clock am, Thursday, December 28th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Paul Edwards and Bro. Ed Moore officiatiing. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View United Methodist Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 27th, from 2:00-6:00PM and again on Thursday beginning at 10:00AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Moore was born May 27, 1932 in Woodlawn, Tennessee to the late Bracey and Mabel Smith Bryant. She was retired from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church where she was also a part of the Ladies Quilters.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John H. Moore; sister, Mary Ellen Young; and son-in-law, Doug Strunk.
She is survived by son, Dan (Stephanie) Moore of Nolensville; daughters, Karen (Terry) Page of Brentwood, and Brenda Strunk of Joelton; brother, Charles Henry Bryant; sisters, Violet Keay, Nancy Balthrop; grandchildren, Randy (Pat) Perry, Elisabeth (John) Nguyen, Melanie (Matt) Tucker, Andy Hardy, Lindsay Roach, Taylor (Tiffany) Roach, Eric Moore; great-grandchildren, Austin (Maci) Watson, Allison Nguyen.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to either the Pleasant View United Methodist Church Building Fund or Alive Hospice.
Samuel Warren Freeman, age 81, of Greenbrier passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 at St. Thomas West Hospital.
The family will receive friends 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday, December 26th and 10am to 11am on Wednesday, December 27th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. The funeral Service will be at 11am on Wednesday at the funeral Home with Rev. Chad Phelan officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens. He was born in Greenbrier on April 26, 1936 to the late Samuel L. and Ekie Byzet Freeman. He was also preceded in death by son, Stephen Freeman; brothers, Bruce Freeman, John Freeman; sisters, Martha Hays and Bettye Pedigo.
After graduating from Greenbrier High School in 1955 he joined the Navy. It was after that when he met and married the love of his life, Barbara Dillard Freeman in 1962. He retired from Peterbilt Motors in 2000 after 27 years employment. He was an active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and loved woodworking, drinking his coffee and working in the yard. He also loved spending time with his 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Dillard Freeman; sons, Darryl (Joan) Freeman, Jonathan (Brea) Freeman; brothers, Tommy (Dorothy) Freeman, David (Dianne) Freeman; grandchildren, Katie Stout, Rachael Fondron, Heather Freeman, Anna Freeman, Isaac Freeman, Luke Freeman, Laniece Freeman, Mary Freeman, Josh Freeman and 4 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Darryl Freeman, Isaac Freeman, Luke Freeman, Kyle Lillard, Keith Shutt and Reagan Allen.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church Building Fund. Donations may be sent to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 2619 Hwy 41 S, Greenbrier, TN 37073 or to Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6028 Ebenezer Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073-5764.
Jerry Elton Travis, age 79, of Chapmansboro, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 from injuries sustained in an airplane accident. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 o’clock am, Wednesday, December 27th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View. Burial will follow in EverRest of Cheatham with family & friends serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, December 26th, and again on Wednesday beginning at 10:00AM until the hour of service.
Mr. Travis was born on September 9, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Ed and Bea Beeler. He was a retired pipeline welder and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Jerry was an airplane enthusiast and was a pilot of his own airplanes for well over 50 years.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his former wife, Beverly Travis; son, Dan Travis; and step-grandsons, Joshua Petty and Tony Petty, Jr.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Travis; sons, Lee (Sharon) Travis, and Tony (Ann) Travis; step-sons, Tony Petty, and Scott (Tammy) Petty; step-daughters, Misty (Stanley) Guess, Mittzi Baker, and Angie Taylor; brother, Roy Beeler; sisters, Joyce Stewart and Dessie Carrol; four grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Melba Shepard McLain, age 84, of Madison, AL and formerly of Robertson County, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Madison Manor in Alabama. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Gene Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Adams Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mrs. McLain was born October 8, 1933 in Stroudsville to the late James and Flossie Mitchell Shepard. She was a homemaker and member of the Stroudsville Church of Christ. She loved her family and was a big University of Tennessee fan.
In addition to her parents Mrs. McLain is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Herbert McLain. She is survived by her sons, Jack (Sharon) McLain of Dallas, GA and Kevin (Patty) McLain of Birmingham, AL; daughter, Brenda (Robert) Wade of Madison, AL; sister, Genevieve Hutchison of Stroudsville; grandchildren, Kristina (Brandon) Thigpen, Brittany McLain, Tessa McLain, Kelci Ann (Tyler) McCaleb, Nathanael Wade and Christopher Wade; and great-grandchildren, Jamison McCaleb, Blake Thigpen and Logan Thigpen.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Robert Leslie Ward, age 50, of Madison passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
The family will receive friends 3pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 and 2pm to 3pm on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. A Memorial Service will follow at 3pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.
He was born in Nashville, TN on July 13, 1967 to Dorothy Ward Johnson. He was employed as a Sales Representative in the Telemarketing Industry and was an avid University of Tennessee fan.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Ward Johnson, siblings, Tina Phelps, Billy (Karen) Ward, Timmy Ward and Tammy (Joseph) Danish.
Jesse Barnett Kendrick, age 67, of Cedar Hill, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at his home. Funeral services were held Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Travis Winchester, Ian Atwood, Steve Ferguson, Neal Kendrick and Jeremy Mitchell serving as pallbearers.
Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 4-8pm and again on Friday from 11am until the hour of service at 12pm.
Mr. Kendrick was born May 5, 1950 in Columbia, SC to the late Walter and Florida Phillips Kendrick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, worked as a truck driver for J.B. Hunt and was of the Methodist faith.
In addition to his parents Mr. Kendrick is preceded in death by his wife, Diane Eoff Kendrick and his grandson, Seth Palmore.
Mr. Kendrick is survived by his son, James (Ashley) Kendrick of Springfield; daughter, Elizabeth (Brian) Mitchell of Springfield; grandchildren, Katie (Nick) Miller, Chase Mitchell and MaKenna Kendrick; and great-grandchildren, Gavin Miller, Zoey Miller and Owen Miller.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to NorthCrest Hospice. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Gary Lee Sawyer, of Lebanon Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday December 19, 2017, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Sawyer, an army veteran, made his living as an electrician and contractor and most recently as a bus driver for Wilson County Schools. Gary enjoyed hiking, sailing, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. He is preceded in death by his parents James and Ila Ruth Gibbs Sawyer and his older brother, Michael Sawyer. Gary is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cindy Baker Sawyer; his three children, Kristopher (Lindsey), Erin, and Kaitlin; granddaughters, Julia Marie and Eleanor Katherine Baker; sisters, Candy Stinnett, and Debbie (Jeff) Randolph; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family received visitors at Faith Lutheran Church from 12-2pm on Saturday, December 23. Funeral services were held at the church immediately following the visitation at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his name to Watertown Elementary School.