In Loving Memory: Obituaries From October 31, 2017 – Nov. 6, 2017
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Mary Sue Corbin Head
Mary Sue Corbin Head, 85, of Springfield, formerly of Cedar Hill, died Friday, November 3, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Steve Freeman and Rev. David Royalty officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Springfield Memorial Gardens. Pall Bearers will be Matthew Hinton, Justin Head, Luke Hinton, Brian Wlnfree, Jeff Wright, Brent Duffer, and Luke West. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, November 5th from 1:00 until 5:OO PM and on Monday, November 6th from 11:00 until the time of the service.
Mrs. Head was born on July 4, 1932 in Robertson County to the late W. F. “Junior” and Sue Shearon Corbin. She was a member of the first graduating class of Jo Byms High School in 1950 and was a member of the basketball team. On her birthday in 1950 she married Bobby Head. They moved into their new home and began their life as a farmer and a farmer’s wife. They were married for 45 years prior to Bobby’s death In 1995.
Mrs. Head was a past member of the Robertson County Historical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Daughters of American Colonists. She spent many happy hours researching the genealogy of both her family and many friends. As a member of the library board of Gorham McBane Public Library she worked diligently with the other board members to realize the completion of the renovated and enlarged Stokes Brown Public Library. She was part of the administrative staff of four Robertson County Sheriffs under Tinnon Corbin, Herbert Dodd, Bill Norman, and Dan King. She worked in other public capacities but her favorite job and place to be was on the farm with her husband.
Mrs. Head began attending Cedar Hill Baptist Church as a young girl and became a member when she made her profession of faith when she was 14. She continued to attend there until 2004 when she moved to Springfield. During her years at Cedar Hill she served as the Church treasurer, taught Sunday School, and assisted with the Vacation Bible Schools. After her move to Springfield she moved her membership to Grace Baptist Church. She worked faithfully with the library committee to update and reorganize the Church library. As part of the Tennessee Homecoming ’86 celebration she researched and wrote, with the assistance of other committee members, the book “A Circle of Memories: Cedar Hill and Surrounding Area”. An avid bridge player, she enjoyed playing with many different groups and found dear friends in all of them.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, W. A. Corbin.
Mrs. Head is survived by her daughter Sherri H. Hinton and husband Tom of Clarksville, her son Barry Head and wife Sheila of Cedar Hill; grandchildren, Matthew and Marie Hinton of Clarksville, Kristen and Brian Winfree of Pleasant View, Justin and Lindsey Head of Cedar Hill, Luke and Jennifer Hinton of Murfreesboro, Holly and Jeff Wright of Greenbrier, and Brent and Brooke Duffer of Hendersonville; great-grandchildren: Koiton Winfree, Miley Head, Jax Head, Khloe Davis, Jase Head, Charlotte Hinton, Garrett Pallett, Raleigh Wright, Aubrey Wright, Hanna Wright, Ashlyn Wright, Bryson Duffer, Brock Duffer, Bonnie Phillips, and Mike Phiillps; and great-great grandchildren Brody Pallett, Bronx Medrano, and Rorie Medrano.
The family requests, if so desired for memorial contributions be made to Stokes Brown Public Library, Robertson County Historical Society, or Grace Baptist Church Building Fund. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Evelyn Virginia Vincent, age 95 of Adairville, KY and formerly of Whites Creek, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Waters of Springfield. Funeral services were conducted Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Brent Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Joelton Hills Memory Gardens with James Robert Hinkle, Jerry Hinkle, Jeff Hinkle, Frankie Hallums, Dennis Bush, Glenn Richardson, Buddy Grant, and Junior Jones serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Johnson, Terry Duwrod, Bobby Watts, and Oakley Reed. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday from 10 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Vincent was born October 31, 1922 in Robertson County to the late William Burton and Vera Mai Cunningham Hinkle. She was a member of Calvary General Baptist Church and was a retired processor with I.S.O. Insurance. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxillary at the Bordeaux VFW and she loved dogs and cats. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Russell Vincent; brother, James Burton Hinkle; and sisters, Carrie Louise Goff and Shirley Goff.
She is survived by her sister, Martha Jane Eller of Adairville, KY; nephews, James Robert Hinkle, Jerry Hinkle, Jeff Hinkle, Buddy Grant, Tim Grant, and Dennis Gleaves; and nieces, Ann Riddle, Mary Jane Hallums, Patricia Wright, Betty Jo Bush, Linda Carol Richardson, Christine Johnson, Brenda Love, and Shirley Bingham.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Dorothy Mae Beck Johnson, 85, of Springfield, died Tuesday October 31, 2017 at NHC Healthcare Center in Springfield. Funeral services were conducted Saturday November 4th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Jim Woodard officiating. Interment followed in the Hopewell Cemetery with Vince Hester, Shane Hester, Justin Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Jim Ballowe, Glenn Pack, and Jack Wallace serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the staff and employees of NHC Healthcare in Springfield, whom the family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation for all the love and care given to Mrs. Johnson over the last several years while at NHC. The family received friends on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Johnson was born May 16, 1932 in Great Bend, Kansas to the late Fred and Anna Louise Peschka Beck. She was a registered nurse supervisor, with over twenty years of service between Jesse Holman Jones Hospital and then retiring from North Crest Medical Center. She loved shopping, cooking, her pets, and working crossword puzzles, of which she always worked the New York Times crossword with an ink pen. Mrs. Johnson loved spending time with her family, and was affectionally known as “Mema” by all that loved her. She loved Christmas time of the year and always made sure there were plenty of decorations. In addition to her parents: she was preceded in death by her husband: Robert Jackson Johnson, Sr., and by her siblings: Art Beck, Leone Weiser, and Mildred Fitzstephens.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Bill and Vickie Johnson of Springfield, Bob and Sherry Johnson of Cross Plains, daughters and sons-in-law: Becky and Marv Wall of Springfield, Vicki and Terry Hester of Springfield, her brother: Larry Beck of Oklahoma, nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Iretha Dawson Cowheard, age 74, of Millersville, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Cowheard was born February 11, 1943 in Baileysville, WV to the late Harles and Margret Addair Dawson. She worked as a switchboard operator at Skyline Medical Center and was a member of the New Testament Apostolic Church.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Cowheard is preceded in death by her husband, James Cowheard, her son, Stanley Wrobleski and her sister, Sheila Dawson.
She is survived by her daughters, Shelia (Jack) Jude of WV and Shanna (David) Green of Millersville; brothers, Sonnie Dawson, Ronnie Dean (Carol) Dawson, Harles (Kathleen) Dawson and Tommy (Mary) Dawson, all of WV, and Robert Dawson of TN; sisters, Mae Pugh of IN and Barb (Dale) Miller and Mary (Manuel) Dawson of WV; grandchildren, Jessica Wrobleski, Christine Ford, Amber Ford, Matthew Amspaugh, William Green, Haley Green and Alysa Jude; and 6 great-grandchildren.
Donna Parrish Roberts, age 82, of Cedar Hill, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Billy Ellis and Brother Don Worrell officiating. Burial will follow in the Heads Church Cemetery with William Cohea, Ron Ebright, Raymond Frances, Bill Simmons, Mel Carr, Kelvin Penuel, James Walker and Bill White serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are the Gideons International members.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 12Noon until the hour of service at 2pm.
Mrs. Roberts was born November 6, 1934 in Nashville to the late Mark and Josephine Wyre Parrish. She was a homemaker and member of Heads Free Will Baptist Church. She attended David Lipscomb Elementary School and had a love for music as she had been a member of the West End High School marching band and was an accomplished pianist.
Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband, Glen Roberts; son, Joseph of Nashville; daughters, Connie of Alaska and Lisa of Brentwood; brother, Mark “Buddy” (Rose) Parrish of CA; and grandchildren, Donna, Matthew, Suzanne and Hannah.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Jim Boyd Tucker, age 60, of Ashland City, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017 at his home. Funeral services were Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 6pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Greg Smith officiating.
Pallbearers are Doug Tucker, Brody Tucker, Brooks Gibson, Jack Tucker, Jay Tucker and Preston Tucker. Following the service, Mr. Tucker’s remains were cremated. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday from 3pm until the hour of service at 6pm.
Mr. Tucker was born December 22, 1956 in Nashville to James Preston and Dorothy Sue Boyd Tucker of Ashland City. He worked as a diesel mechanic and was a member of Clarksville Highway Church of Christ. He loved golf and he loved his family.
Mr. Tucker is preceded in death by his infant grandson, James Brantley Tucker.
In addition to his parents Mr. Tucker is survived by his wife, Viki Robinson Tucker; son, Jim “Doug” (Jennifer) Tucker of White House; daughter, Jillian Brooke (Chris) Gibson of Ashland City; brothers, Jack (Dorothy) Tucker of Kingston Springs and Jay (Lisa) Tucker of Clarksville; sister, Suzette (Kevin) Wimpy of Franklin, TN; grandchildren, Brody Tucker, Brooks Gibson, Ethan Tucker, Preston Tucker and Thaxton Tucker.
Mark Allen White, age 73, of Ashland City, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at his home. Funeral services were Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Jeff Thayer, Kenion Coleman, Jerome Frandle and Jean Berquist officiating.
The family received friends on Friday from 4pm until the hour of service at 7pm. Burial will be held at a later date at the Rosedale Cemetery in Rosedale, IN with Eric White, Ryan White, Kevin Walker, Andrew Walker, Evan Walker, Rich Rasmussen, Rollie Sarver and Roy Bowers serving as pallbearers. Mr. Mathis White is an honorary pallbearer.
Mr. White was born November 23, 1943 in Sigourney, Iowa to the late Allen and Gretchen Floyd White. He worked as a Postmaster, was a servant to God and was a dear friend to many.
In addition to his parents Mr. White is preceded in death by his grandson, Milo Allen White. He is survived by his wife, Janelle Burleson White; sons, Eric (Sheila) White and Ryan (Autumn) White, both of Rosedale, IN; daughters, Christine (Kevin) Walker of Pleasant View and Margaret Minix of Greenbrier; grandchildren, Andrew Walker, Evan Walker, Olivia Gabhart, Annika Gabhart, Bella Minix, Lyric White, Lark White, Marillo White, Mathis White and Mallie White.
*Indiana services will be at the Florida Township Civic Center in Rosedale, IN. Visitation will be from 3pm – 4pm, Sunday, November 5th, with the funeral service at 4pm and a luncheon following. Mark will also have a funeral service in TN on Friday, November 3rd. The family will attend a burial on Monday in Rosedale. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Cottrell-Gooch Funeral Home, Rosedale.
Margaret Duncan Williams, age 95 of Greenbrier, passed away Wednesday, November 01, 2017 at her residence.
The family will receive friends on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier and on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10 am to 11 am at Greenbrier United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 11 am at Greenbrier United Methodist Church with Rev. John Casey and Rev. Don Sensing officiating.
She was born in Livingston, TN on September 6, 1922 to the late Rev. Berry Jackson Duncan, Sr. and the late Mary McFerrin Faires Duncan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lee Williams, Sr; sisters Mariana Duncan Thedford, Jane Duncan Hershman and brother, “Major” Berry Jackson Duncan, Jr. She was a member of the Greenbrier United Methodist Church for more than 70 years where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She taught school for 39 years with the majority of that being in Greenbrier schools where she retired. She attended Middle Tennessee State College for 2 years where she also attained her pilot’s license and flew solo as a part of a WWII civilian training program. She later attended Austin Peay State College part time where she received her BA degree in Education. She was active in the PTA and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by sons, Donald Lee (Hannah) Williams, Jr. of Vonore, TN, John Kirk Williams of Newport, TN, James Duncan (Margaret Ann) Williams, Sr. of Greenbrier, Boyd Cole Williams of Greenbrier; grandchildren, Melissa Williams, Trey Williams, Lizzie Williams, Brianna Williams, Duncan (Katie) Williams, Kathryn (Kevin) Criswell, Kaitlyn Williams; great-grandchild, Lucas Deene Williams; step-grandchildren, Terrance (Stephanie) Morton and Beth Morton; niece Donna Witherspoon; and special friends Jeane Carter and Marsha Robertson. Pallbearers will be Duncan Williams, Trey Williams, Kevin Criswell, Matt Witherspoon, Alan Witherspoon and Rusty Riddle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greenbrier United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Greenbrier Historical Society.
Age 83 of White House, TN passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at her home. She was born March 17, 1934 in White House, TN to L.D. and Elizabeth Jones Meadows. Betty received numerous honors in her lifetime. She was Air Force Wife of the Year, while stationed in Illinois, where she logged over 10,000 volunteer hours in the Red Cross, Family Service and youth programs.
In 1979, after suffering total deafness, she volunteered for the Cochlear Implant experimental surgery, which was highly successful. She traveled as a spokesperson for this new frontier in the medical field. She founded the Cochlear Implant Club International, a support group which grew from two members to a worldwide organization. She was recognized by three presidents for her work and was a recipient of the Deaf Tennessean award. She was a finalist in the southern states for the Jefferson award for outstanding citizens, and a co-founder of H.E.A.R. She served on numerous advisory counsels and was politically active at the local, state and national levels. An avid traveler, she enjoyed traveling abroad and in most of the 50 states. In 2003,she married Carol Goulding Rice, her soul mate. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carol Goulding Rice; son, John Wesley Longwith; brother, James A. “Jimmy” Meadows, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Elizabeth Longwith Wiser, White House, TN; son, Robert Longwith, Goodlettsville, TN; sister, Jennye Ann Meadows Baker, Nashville, TN; 3 grandchildren, Douglas Brent Johnson, White House, TN, Mary Katherine Wiser, Hendersonville, TN and Raleigh G. Wiser, Jr. White House, TN.
Funeral service was held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Michael Duff officiating. Interment followed in Jones Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Friday, November 3, 2017 4-8pm and Saturday, November 4, 2017 10am-1pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation 130 South John Street Rochester, Illinois 62563
John Franklin Newman, age 64, the son of Madelyn Carney Newman and Luther Hall “Dink” Newman of Hendersonville, passed away November 1, 2017, surrounded by his family and his dog “Skippy”. Named after his paternal grandfather, John was the decedent of Robert and France Newman, who arrived in Sumner County in the early 1820’s. “Johnny” was known for his love of horses, his kindness and his willingness to help his many friends. A 1971 graduate of Hendersonville High School, he became one of Volunteer State’s first student leaders. At MTSU, where he received his degree, he was proud to be a member of the university’s horse judging team. For many years, John and his father developed property within Sumner County.
John is survived by his two sisters, Linda Gail (Randy) Isaacs and Cheryl Newman; his nieces, Kendal Norris (Mike) Lewis, Jenny Isaacs (Andy) Lowe, Madelyn Newman, and Lucy Lowe; and his nephews, John Alexander Hall Newman, Zyon Norris Traven, and Levi Lowe.
Services will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. The Family received friends from 4:00 until 8:00pm on Sunday, November 5th and will receive friends again from 11:30am until 1:30pm on Monday, November 6th. His Celebration of Life service will begin at 1:30 on Monday.
Active Pallbearers include Howard P. “Skip” Dean, Bobbie Couts, Mark Wooten, Alexander Newman, John Michael Poss, Earl Jones, Bobbie McDaniel and Danny Doris.
Honorary Pallbearers include Tommy Garrett, Reid Anderson, John Mir, “Tad” Phillips, Laura Primm, Susan Murphy, Bari Brooks, Tanya Garrett, Terri Bowen, Carla Hurley, and the “Old” Hendersonville Saddle Club. Interment will be in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.
Donations may be made to Southern Stars, Inc. (southernstars.org), a United Way agency dedicated to therapeutic and recreational horseback riding and animal assisted activities for special needs children.”
Age 62 of White House passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at his home. He was born October 24, 1955 in Nashville, TN to Willie James and Naomi Frances Jackson Smithson. He worked as a contractor. He was very creative and loved building and remodeling. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was a very loving and giving person and was a member of Harvest Point Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Smithson; sister, Patricia Alred. He is survived by his wife, Corrine Wynne Smithson, White House, TN; daughters, Cheryl Kell, White House, TN and Sheree (Dustin) Cutrell, Cottontown, TN; sisters, Kathy Smithson and Sherry Midgett, both of White House, TN; 4 grandchildren, Baileah Kell, Mallory Cutrell, Carley Kell and Colton Cutrell.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Bro. Robert Sims officiating. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4-8pm and Thursday, November 2, 2017 10am-1pm at the funeral home.
Dicie Lee Walker Dillard, age 77 of Cedar Hill, TN went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier is in charge of arrangements.
The family received friends on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 4 pm to 8 pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier and on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenbrier. The funeral service followed at 1 pm on Friday at Calvary Baptist Church Greenbrier with Bro. Gary Dillard, Bro. Donnie Bryant and Bro David Price officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens
She was born in Falling Water TN on February 7, 1940 to the late Leonard A. and Leddie Pearl May Walker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Dillard and a sister, Margie Ruth Morgan.
She was employed by Sumner County Schools and was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
She is survived by sons, Harold Dean (Mary) Dillard of Cedar Hill, Gary Lee (Melinda) Dillard of Springfield, Mark Edwin (Jackie) Dillard; daughter, Lisa Ann (Kenley, Sr.) Summers of Russellville, KY; brother, Charles (Filomena) Smith of Lebanon; sister, Mary Taylor of Soddy Daisy, TN; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons, James Dillard, Dewayne Dillard, Ken Summers, Jeremiah Smith, Scott Dillard and Chris Dillard. Honorary pallbearer was Gary Wayne Dillard.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 220 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228.
Rebecca Josephine Haggard, age 87, of Pleasant View, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Brother David Apple officiating. Burial followed in the Battle Creek Cemetery with Tyler Tidwell, Steven Haggard, Cory Haggard, Zach Biggs, Tim Haggard, Dakota Love and Robert Gagnon serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 4-8pm and again on Friday from 11am until the hour of service at 2pm.
Mrs. Haggard was born August 16, 1930 in Fairview, TN to the late Ansel and Ruby Cartwright Hall. She worked as a Pharmacy Technician and was of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her parents Mrs. Haggard is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Richard Haggard; sisters, Mary Ruth and Rachel; brothers, Carl, Walter, Randall, Ray and Roy Hall; and her grandson, Larry Tidwell.
Mrs. Haggard is survived by her sons, Richard (Dora) Haggard of Ashland City, James “Skeeter” (Cheryl) Haggard of Pleasant View, Roger (Wilma) Haggard of Fairview and Teddy (Pam) Haggard of Cedar Hill; daughters, Ruby (Sonny) Hunter of Ashland City, Pam (Douglas) Kerney of Madison and Gayla Hill of Ashland City; sister, Ruby Mae Donegan; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Age 76 of Helena, Montana passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at White House Health Care & Rehab. She was born August 7, 1939 in Missoula, Montana to Jack and Helen Clark Kirkland.
She worked as a secretary for a beer distributing company before her retirement.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Shane Kirkland. She is survived by her son, Thomas (Lorris) Dobak, White House, TN; daughters, Kari (John) Ottman, Missoula, Montana and Tammy (Marc) Bridges, Helena, Montana; brothers, Jack (Deanna) Kirkland, Lolo, Montana and Buck (Marvel) Kirkland, Seattle, Washington; sisters, Mari Russell, Helena, Montana and Julie Hall, Charlotte, NC; 12 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren.