In Loving Memory: Obituaries From October 4, 2017 – Oct. 9, 2017
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Christine Draughon
Christine Draughon, age 95 of Springfield, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Dorcy Simpson, Mark McCreary, Sean Scarbrough, Brigham Warren, Scott Dillard, and Mason Draughon serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 9 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Draughon was born January 10, 1922 in Robertson County to the late Elvis and Lorene Moore Henderson. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, doing puzzles, and in her later years coloring. She was also a great cook which she enjoyed doing to provide for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Mason Draughon; son-in-law, Sidney Mobley; and five brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Mason and Maria Draughon of Lancaster, SC and Robert Lynn and Wanda Draughon of Springfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy Ray Mobley of Columbus, GA, Brenda Marie and Jerry McCreary of Springfield, and Betty Nell and Dorcy Simpson of Portland; brother, Billy Henderson of Crawfordsville, IN; sisters, Faye Cayton of Mobile, AL and Louise Brown of Florida; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Alice Marie Harberson, age 88 of Springfield and formerly of Walls, MS, died Friday, October 7, 2017 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 4 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 12 noon until the hour of service.
Mrs. Harberson was born August 22, 1929 in Robertson County to the late Vernon and Ehtel Mae Fuqua Leftrick. She was a member of Hornlake First Baptist Church in Mississippi and worked for many years as a waitress. She also sold Stanley Home Products as well as Avon and Watkins Home Products. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Harberson, and a sister, Bessie Mae Patterson.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Shelton of Greenbrier and Vernie Marie Casteel of Jackson, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Raymond Eugene Perry, age 73 of Springfield, died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, October 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with pastor James Rawls officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Brandon Dean, Brian Dean, Scotty Dean, Mike Dean, Jason Gibbs, Michael Dean, Billy Harrison, and Mark Stanley serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 10 AM until the hour of service.
Mr. Perry was born August 25, 1944 in Robertson County to the late Clarence W. and Myrtle A. Woodard Perry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Ray Perry, and a sister, Bertha Dickerson.
He is survived by a brother, James Thomas Perry of Springfield, and sisters, Lucille Gordon of Flationia, TX, Ellen Wyatt of Clarksville, and Gertrude Hollis of Springfield.
Mr. Billy B. Carroll age 87 of Springfield died on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Water of Springfield. He worked for Unarco and loved working in hay fields, shooting pool and fishing. He also served his country in the United States Army. Billy was born on April 23, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Allie and Ruth Brown Carroll. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Bruce Street; wives, Dorothy Durham Carroll and Lorna Street Carroll; brother, Ralph Carroll. He is survived by his sons, Mike (Javena) Carroll of Springfield, Roger (Amy Grassham) Carroll of Springfield, Rudy (Robbin) Carroll of Springfield; daughter, Joyce (Mike) Bauer of Greenbrier; brother, Ernest Carroll of Greenbrier; sisters, Irene Page of Cedar Hill, Madelynn Mayes of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer Carroll, Stephen Bauer, and Mario Street; 3 great-grandchildren. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Frank Evans officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm and Wednesday from 12:00pm until the hour of service at 2:00pm.
Vernon Wilson Woodard, Jr. age 72 of Greenbrier, TN went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Alive Hospice, Madison Campus. Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier is in charge of arrangements.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice. He was born on March 19, 1945 in Kingsport, TN to the late Vernon Wilson Woodard, Sr. and the late Frances Shockley Woodard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Woodard.
He was a member of Highland Chapel Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Marines. He enjoyed Southern Gospel Music, loved his family and church but most of all he had a great love for God.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Hawk Woodard; daughters, Laura (Scott) Boyd of Kingsport, TN, Lea Beaver of Kingsport, TN, Janet (Gabe) Hernandez of Kingsport, TN; step-daughter, Kimberly (Chris) Reese of Nashville, TN; brother, Bob (Wilma) Woodard of Kingsport, TN; sisters, Paulette Thomas of Florida, Franzola (Steve) Bowling of Idaho, Vernelle Dodson of New York; granddaughters, Tiffany, Allison, Robin, Kimberly; grandsons, Matthew, Conner, Colbey; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Lilly and Waylon.
Ramona Hamilton Shaw, age 89, of Pleasant View, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Brighton Gardens in Brentwood. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11:00am at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Paul Edwards officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant View United Methodist Cemetery with her grandsons and nephews, Al Hamilton, Vinson Dill and Tommy Shaw serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends on Sunday, October 8th from 2:00pm-6:00pm at the funeral home and again on Monday from 10:00am until the hour of service at 11:00am.
Mrs. Shaw was born August 1, 1928 in Tobaccoport, TN (Stewart County) to the late Claude & Irene Roberts Hamilton, Sr. She was a retired school teacher and taught in Cheatham County for 3 years and in Davidson County for 27 years. She was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Shaw is preceded in death by her two brothers, Claude Hamilton, Jr and Roberts Hamilton; and two sisters, Jean Lambert and Peggy Dill.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William G. “Bill” Shaw; sons, Chuck (Wanda) Shaw of Murfreesboro, Hamilton (Donna) Shaw of Victorville, CA. and George (Terri) Shaw of Nashville; sister, Joan (Ken) Cobb of Corbin, KY.; grandchildren, Garrett (Amy) Shaw of Murfreesboro, Brandon Shaw, Hannah Shaw and Isaac Shaw all of Nashville; and many loving nieces and nephews.
If so desired, contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 4009 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 209, Nashville, TN 37215.
Martha Anne Webster Taylor, resident of Blakeford Woodcrest in Nashville Tennessee passed away on October 5, 2017 at age 95 due to complications of dementia. Known to her friends as “Marty”, Marty devoted her life to her family, friends, and church always having an upbeat spirit and care for their well-being. As a dedicated follower of Christ, Marty impacted countless lives through her kind service, speaking engagements, wise counsel, and intercessory prayer.
Born in Evansville Indiana, she developed a love for photography, tennis, and flowers which she enjoyed for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Upon graduation, Marty worked for TVA in Knoxville before moving to Washington DC to work for the House of Representatives Public Works Committee. She married Franklin W. Taylor of Morristown in 1952 where she raised her two sons. She was active in local service clubs and played tennis (winning many local tournaments). On May 13, 1965 while on a trip to Los Angeles CA – she was selected as a contestant on the Let’s Make a Deal show with Monty Hall and won a set of wrought iron furniture. In 1967 she started her own radio show called Fascinating People interviewing local celebraties and historians. She raised her own sponsorships for the show.
Sept 17, 1967 she accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and her life changed forever (at age 45). With Peggy Chandley she helped start the Christian Women’s Club of Morristown in 1969. Over the years Marty lead many bible studies, was involved with Lay Witness events, and was a frequent speaker at Christian Women’s Clubs
After the death of her husband Frank, Marty moved to Chattanooga in 1977 to be close to her brother James Epps Webster and her mother Elizabeth Roberts Webster. While in Chattanooga, she was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga and help support Kay Arthur with her Precepts Ministry. Over the years she enjoyed many trips overseas to Israel, Europe, England, Canada, and Scotland.
After the death of her brother, Marty moved to Franklin TN to be close to her two sons. She was active at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville until her dementia progressed. She lived her remaining years at Blakeford Senior Living where the family wishes to thank the wonderful care givers that served her in her last years – whom she appreciated and entertained with her humor and cheerful attitude.
Marty will be missed by her two children and their spouses – Richard and Julie Taylor of Franklin Tennessee and Bill and Erin Taylor of Hendersonville, Tennessee and her grandchildren – Elllis Taylor, Franklin Taylor, Richmond Taylor, Mitchell Taylor and Scott Taylor (all of Nashville, Tennessee).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Precept Ministries of Chattanooga Tennessee, or First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The family will have a private graveside burial service in Morristown Tennessee, and plan to schedule a Memorial service at a later date.
Rilla Mae Phillips, age 63, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, October 6, 2017 at 1pm at Christ Community Church with Brother Curtis Hester officiating. Burial followed in the Oakland Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Visitation was held at the church on Friday from 10am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mrs. Phillips was born September 25, 1954 in Louisville, KY to the late Elvin Odell and Katherine Marie Proctor Lassiter. She worked at Almet/Lawnlite.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Phillips is preceded in death by her husband, Burmell Aaron Phillips, Sr., her brother, Elvin Foster Lassiter, and her daughters, Brenda West and Victoria Martin. She is survived by her son Aaron and Tiffany Phillips of Antioch; brothers, Bailey Lassiter of Bowling Green, KY, Walter “Jim” Lassiter of Greenbrier and Donnie Lassiter of Jacksonville, SC; sister, Lisa Lassiter; grandchildren, Annette Gregory, Jacklyn Martin, Victoria Martin, Brandon Martin, Michael Brown, Michael Mace, Angelia Phillips, Annisa Burbadge, Gabriella Eden, Shaniha Mendoza, Athena Phillips, Eerin Phillips, Annalisa Phillips, Matthew Phillips and Mattie Phillips; great-grandchildren, Thomas Kuffry, Angel Kuffry, Anthony Lazo, Alex Lazo, Asher Burbadge, Zacharia Wilson and Lilianna Wilson; and many others that loved her enough to call her “Mama”.
Johnny Lawrence Johnson, 75, left this life for eternal salvation surrounded by family on October 4, 2017. He was met in heaven by his parents John H and Mattie Johnson, as well as his sister Judy Meadows. Lawrence leaves behind the love of his life, and wife of 52 years, Faye Shepard Johnson; his loving daughter Kimber (Greg) Dills and grandson, Kamen, who was his pride and joy. He is also survived by his sister, Margie (Don) Stewart and Aunt, Ann Hazel; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
Lawrence was veteran of the United States Army Reserves before becoming an entrepreneur, owning a lawn care business for more than 15 years after retiring from GE in Hendersonville, TN. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and camping, although he was most happy when he was watching Kamen play baseball. Lawrence loved dancing with his bride and would spin her around any chance he got. He was a strong man who loved, laughed, and enjoyed every minute. To know him was to love him; and he never met a stranger. The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love he left behind.
Funeral service was held Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:30 am in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Roberts officiating. Interment followed in Palmer’s Cemetery with Daniel Stewart, Josh Walker, Greg Dills, Kamen Dills, Junior Meadows and Delvin Hester serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Blake Hester and Todd Allman. Visitation was held Friday, October 6, 2017 4-8pm and Saturday, October 7, 2017 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home.