In Loving Memory: Obituaries March 31, 2024

In Loving Memory: Obituaries March 31, 2024

In Loving Memory: Obituaries March 25-31, 2024

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Thomas Elmore 

Thomas Howard Elmore, age 76, of Greenbrier, passed away on March 29, 2024, at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville.

His wishes are to be cremated and for his family to have a private burial at a later date.

Mr. Elmore was born on March 12, 1948, in Springfield to the late Willie C. and Iva Bell Grubbs Elmore. He was a graduate of Greenbrier High School class of ’67 and of the United Methodist faith. Mr. Elmore worked as an automotive body paint and repair man. He enjoyed working with his hands using tools to fix trucks and anything that was broken. In the fall, you could find Mr. Elmore cheering on the Greenbrier Bobcats football team as well as the Tennessee Vols. The only thing he enjoyed more than football was spending time with his family. He especially loved spoiling the ones that called him, Big, his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Elmore is preceded in death by the love of his life; Judy William Farmer Elmore, and by his siblings; Ann Choate and Jimmy Ray Elmore.

floral squareMr. Elmore is survived by his sons; John T. (Becky) Elmore, and James W. “Pooh” (Shawn) Elmore both of Greenbrier, by his daughter; Leigh (Mark) Adcock of Greenbrier, by his sister; Barbara (Eddie) Reed of Greenbrier, by his grandchildren; Olivia (Kyle) Tate of Springfield, Jacob Elmore, Belle Elmore, Janie Adcock, and Mimi Elmore all of Greenbrier, by his great-granddaughter; Leny Tate of Springfield, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests, if so desired, that memorial contributions be made to the Greenbrier Athletic Club. You can donate through PayPal by clicking the link.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Betty Boyte 

Betty Sue Ragland Boyte was born March 9, 1939, in Springfield, and she went home to heaven to reunite with her daughter, Janet Lynn Boyte, and her parents, Freeman Ragland and Elizabeth Ragland, on Sunday March 31, 2024.

Betty’s younger years were spent raising her younger sisters, thus preparing her for the journey ahead as she raised a special daughter. She was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1958. During High School, Betty met her future husband Jerry Boyte, as he sang in the Glee Club. Together as a duet, they blessed many folks with their angel like voices. They sang in churches, revivals, nursing homes, and hundreds of funerals before the use of recorded music. Betty and Jerry shard a beautiful married life of 66 years, raising a family, helping others, and loving and supporting each other. They were a wonderful couple who shared a deep and abiding love and affection that never failed in wanting for each other’s happiness.

Betty was a past member of North Springfield Baptist Church, Ashland City Baptist Church, Gracy Avenue Baptist Church, and Eastland Heights Baptist Church. Each membership was where her husband served as the Minister of Music. Most recently, she was a member of Springfield Baptist Church and a member of Dr. Tom Onstott Sunday School class. Throughout the years, she served each church by helping with the flowers and decorations in the sanctuaries. Betty worked part time for over 20 years with State Industries in Ashland City, and she also worked at Sears in downtown Nashville for over 9 years. She was a wonderful caregiver to her special needs daughter Janet, a loving wife and mother, a travel companion with friends to the beach, and was always strong willed. Betty had a remarkable memory for birthdays and other important life events, a gift that stayed with her even to the end of her life.

floral squareAs a grandmother and great grandmother, Betty was simply the best, and she loved them all unconditionally. Betty never met a stranger. Her spirit was gentle and giving, always devoting her time on earth to sharing her love with others. Her greatest joy was being a wife to her husband, Jerry Boyte, a mother to her three children: Donna Boyte (Milton) Francis, Jerry “Jay” (Tammie) Boyte, Jr., and Janet Lynn Boyte, who preceded her in death. She extended that same love to her four grandchildren: Tiffany (Nathan) Aimes, Ellen (Marty) Ross, Elizabeth (Jordan) Miller, and Clay Francis, and to her great grandchildren: Charlotte Aimes, Henry Aimes, Parker Miller, and Josiah Ross. Betty is also survived by her sisters: Barbara Browning and Sandra Chilton.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted on Friday April 5, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Tom Onstott and Tim Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the Palestine Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her daughter Janet. Pallbearers will be Clay Francis, Jordan Miller, Nate Aimes, Marty Ross, Scott Boyte, and Michael Boyte. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Dr. Tom Onstott Sunday School class at Springfield Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home.

Betty’s family would like to extend their love and appreciation to Jim Campbell for driving them to various appointments in their later years and to the Dr. Tom Onstott Sunday School class for their love and support. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made, in Betty’s memory, to Springfield Baptist Church for the Special Needs Class. All donations should be made payable to Springfield Baptist Church and may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home 2201 Memorial Blvd. Springfield, TN 37172.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Jean Slate Obituary

Jean Slate, age 95 of Springfield, passed from this life on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at her home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 11:00 AM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Trail and Bro. Marvin Crouch officiating. Burial will be on Thursday at 1:00 PM in Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison with Cody Smith, Andrew Smith, John McDougal, III, Dakota Slate, Tuff Slate, Ty Slate, Tate Barrier, and Case Barrier serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Slader Smith and Nathan Trail. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 9 AM until the hour of service.

Mrs. Jean was born May 10, 1928 in Bethpage to the late Everett J. and Onie Deckard Roberts. She was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ and had worked at Jackson Park Christian Home and Madison Cleaners. She loved taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren, cooking for others, and the outdoors. She would work in her flowers, do gardening, take care of the chickens, and go camping.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Kenneth Slate; sons-in-law, Mark Gibbons and Randy Berry; 2 brothers; and 4 sisters.

floral squareSurviving her are her son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Diana Slate of Springfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean Gibbons Berry of Springfield, Shirley and John L. McDougal, Sr. of Greenbrier, and Bonita and Stan Lillie of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Elizabeth Smith, John McDougal, Jr., Jason McDougal, Toby Slate, Tabitha Carter, Jana Barrier, Amanda Miller, Ryan Berry, and Jayme Berry; 13 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to either Potters Children’s Home or Churches of Christ Disaster Relief. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Ricky Clinard 

Ricky Dale Clinard, age 65 of Springfield, passed from this life on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Clay Burchett and Bro. Kenny Chyle officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Nick Hildabrand, Roger Turns, Barry Turns, Kenneth Clinard, Ronnie Casteel, and Austin Smith serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Burton and Rod Casteel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 AM until the hour of service.

Ricky was born July 4, 1958 in Springfield to the late Arthur Bell Howard Clinard and Lorene Fulton Clinard. He was of the Baptist faith and was a farmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Leroy Clinard, Freddie Clinard, and Thomas Ray Clinard and sister, Mildred Uhles.

floral squareSurviving him are his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Nick Hildabrand of Russellville, KY; grandchildren, Eli Hildabrand and Ellee Hildabrand; brothers, Lewis Clinard and Donnie Clinard, both of Springfield; and sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Brooks of Russellville, KY and Linda Kay and Charles Brooks of Elkton, KY.

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

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Keagan Robinson 

Keagan Alexander Robinson, age 8, passed from this life on March 27, 2024, at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

The family will have a private celebration of life at a later date.

Keagan was born on July 30, 2015, in Nashville. Keagan had a very kind spirit, and great sense of humor. He loved to play Roblox, Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, and Lanky box. He enjoyed playing board games and loved mac & cheese.

floral squareKeagan is survived by his mother; Lauren (Malik Lewis-Bride) Johnson of Joelton. Sisters; Myla and Taylor Lewis both of Joelton. Grandparents; Teresa (Mike Swezey) Leavitt of Joelton, Tommy (Jamie Cook) Johnson of Springfield, and Angela and John Lindsey of White House. His Great Grandparents; Valerie Adkins of Joelton, Ricky and Kathleen Wilson of Cedar Hill, Mary Bride of White House, and Joyce and Wayne Meadows of Springfield. Keagan is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

If so desired the family request memorial contributions can be made to HOPE KIDS. All donations may be sent in c/o the Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Maurice R. Christiansen

May 27, 1933 — March 28, 2024
Hendersonville

Maurice R. “Chris” Christiansen, a dedicated family man a respected professional, passed away in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Born May 27, 1933, in Berlin, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Chester John Christiansen and Alma Roberge Christiansen.

In his career, Chris excelled as an inspector of Tool & Dyes at Ford Glass before retiring after 32 years of service. However, it was not just his professional accomplishments that defined him. Chris was known for his innate ability to tackle any project – earning him the endearing title of the “Special Projects Guy” among his family and friends. Whether it was fixing a tractor or working on engine repairs, Chris’s expertise as a professional piddler and willingness to help others made him indispensable to those around him.

Aside from his successful career, Chris proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. His dedication to his military service reflected his strong sense of duty and patriotism.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Leo Paul Christiansen.

Chris is survived by his loving wife, Jane Tanksley Christiansen; son, Johnny (Rhonda) Christiansen; caring daughter, Cynthia (Chris) Ellis; cherished grandchildren: John Ryan Christiansen, David Maurice (Mary Grace) Christiansen, Carson Christopher Ellis, Cameron Christian Ellis, Colby Christopher Ellis, Carlie Jane Ellis; adored great-granddaughter Hattie Claire Christiansen; sister-in-law Florence Christiansen; and niece Ann (Norman) Willis.

floral squareFamily and friends are invited to pay their respects at the visitation scheduled at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Goodlettsville on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. A Celebration of Life will follow at the same location from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Following the service a procession will take the family to the Historic Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville where military graveside honors will be rendered.

Maurice R. Christiansen will be deeply missed but always remembered for his kindness, generosity, and unwavering dedication to his loved ones. May he rest in peace knowing he made a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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Arrangements entrusted to Cole & Garrett Funeral Home -Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Howard William McElhiney, Jr.

September 9, 1952 — March 27, 2024
Hendersonville

Howard William McElhiney, Jr., affectionately known as “Mac,” passed on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will always be remembered. Born September 9, 1952, in Nashville, he was the son of the late Howard William McElhiney, Sr. and Frances Head McElhiney.

Mac’s career was defined by his commitment to keeping others safe. He worked in security around the Nashville area, instilling a sense of protection wherever he went. However, his service extended far beyond his civilian role. At a young age, Mac showed exceptional courage by lying about his age to join the military early. He started out conducting reconnaissance missions for the Marines before becoming a Warrant Officer in the United States Army.

During his time in the military, Mac exemplified valor and resilience. He bravely served three tours in Vietnam and even endured the hardships of being a Prisoner of War. For his unwavering bravery and sacrifices, Mac was honored with two Purple Heart Awards and the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor.

floral squareDespite the challenges he faced, Mac maintained a private and reserved personality. Those who knew him understood that behind his quiet demeanor was a man of great strength and integrity. In his leisure time, Mac enjoyed indulging in his hobbies such as being an avid gun and knife enthusiast. He found solace in watching old country westerns and Star Wars movies, immersing himself in tales of heroism and adventure.

Mac will be laid to rest with military graveside honors in Nashville National Cemetery. The date and time has not be set yet. Once they’ve been determined, we will update this obituary with that information.

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Arrangements entrusted to Cole & Garrett Funeral Home -Goodlettsville.

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Robert Gordon Tubbs

July 7, 1931 — March 26, 2024
Hendersonville

Robert Gordon Tubbs, also fondly known as Bob, passed away on March 26, 2024, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Born on July 7, 1931, in Old Hickory, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Talmage Alton Tubbs and Thedus Eleanor Scarborough Tubbs. Bob led a remarkable life filled with dedication to his work, family, and community.

After graduating from DuPont High School in the class of 1950, Bob went on to serve his country proudly in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, he pursued a career as an air traffic controller and later transitioned into volunteering and eventually being hired on at Murray Calloway County Hospital. His commitment and passion for helping others were truly admirable.

Bob was a man of many talents and interests. He was a devoted member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Hendersonville, a true patriot, that found joy in collecting stamps, solving crossword puzzles, and passionately supporting the Dallas Cowboys. His vibrant personality and gentlemanly demeanor earned him the title of “Mr. Gentleman” among those who knew him best.

floral squareIn his personal life, Bob was a loving husband of 39 years to Mary Ann Tubbs, a devoted father to Lisa (Charlie) Davison, Anne (Jim) Forbus, Vince (Lesa) Sorensen, John David (Neomi) Tubbs, and Bridgette (Bob) Schmidle. He cherished his role as a grandfather to Nicki Spillman, Reed Hamby, Sarah Hamby, Johnny Tubbs, Khrystina Olson, Micco Hiro, Austin Schmidle, Mandy Schmidle, Rikki Tubbs, as well as a great-grandfather to Jeremy, Chloe, Madi, and Riot.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings James Tubbs, Thelma Moores, Billy Tubbs, Peggy Williamson. Bob’s legacy of kindness and generosity will continue to live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. May he rest in peace.

Donations can be made in Bob’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project at:

Donate to Veterans | Wounded Warrior Project

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Arrangements entrusted to Cole & Garrett Funeral Home -Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Genevieve Hutchison

Hazel “Genevieve” Shepard Hutchison, age 82, of Adams, Tennessee, died Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 30th, with Bro. Gene Brown and Bro. Darrell Blankenship officiating. Burial followed in Red River Cemetery with Ryan Morris, Justin Krebs, Jim Bryant, Phillip Davis, Randy Davis, and T.J. Luquer serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, March 29th from 4:00PM until 8:00PM and again on Saturday from 10:00AM until the hour of service at 11:00AM.

Mrs. Hutchison was born on July 22, 1941, to the late James (Jack) Franklin Shepard and Flossie Mitchell Shepard. She was born in Cheatham County, Tennessee. She graduated from Jo Byrns High School in 1959 and went into public work. First, with a law firm in Clarksville and then on to Royal Insurance Company where she retired after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Stroudsville Church of Christ where she was the secretary for 15 years. She fell in love with James (Jimmy) Philip Hutchison in the 8th grade and married him in June of 1963. She loved him with all of her heart!! They had 2 children, Jim Hutchison (Michelle) and Kendra Hutchison; 6 grandchildren, Hillary Morris, Ryan (Miranda) Morris, Nicholas (Stephanie) Hutchison, Michaela (Rudy Casey) Hutchison, Brianna (Justin) Krebs, and Caitlin Hutchison; and 5 great-grandchildren, Lyla Morris, Emmy Morris, Amelia Casey, Lucius Casey, Luke Krebs, and one on the way, Baby Brooklyn Krebs. Her family meant everything to her. She loved to read sitting outside and talking about old times. History was her passion and she enjoyed visiting old plantation homes and learning the history of the people who lived there. She was also a pet lover. Her dogs, Riley & Oakley, were so special to her, and she treated them as if they were human…lol.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Hutchison; and sister, Melba McLain.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Stroudsville Church of Christ Building Fund, 1531 Stroudsville Road, Adams, Tennessee 37010

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Grace Elizabeth “Polly” West

Grace Elizabeth West, “Polly”, age 94, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at NHC Springfield.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2pm Monday, April 1st, in the Springfield Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. West was born March 12, 1930 in North Carolina, to the late Frank and Ethel Isaacs Brittain. She was a secretary for the North Carolina State School System.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. West was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow “Pope” West; and 2 brothers, Kenneth “Bill” Brittain, and George Brittain.

floral squareShe is survived by her son, Lynn (Paula) West; daughter, Deborah West; 2 grandchildren, Jeremy Todd West and Natalie Dawn West; and a step grandson, John (Amanda) Bundy.

The family request, that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or to the charity of your choice.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut St., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Nellie Iris Montanez

Nellie Iris Montanez, age 90, of Greenbrier, TN, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

Funeral services were conducted at 1pm Saturday, March 30th in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Pastor Magno Roblero officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Rose Hills Memorial Park, 101 Mill Street, Putnam Valley, NY, 10579.

The family received friends from 10am until time of the service at 1pm Saturday, at Austin & Bell. The Family will have a private viewing on April 2, 2024 at 12:30pm at Heritage Funeral Home, 35 Morrissey Drive Putnam Valley, NY 10579. Friends are asked to meet at Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery on April 2, at 1:30pm, for interment.

Mrs. Montanez was born February 24, 1934 in Puerto Rico, to the late Antonio and Luisa Semorile Santiago. Mrs. Montanez lived in New York until 2011. She was very family oriented, very giving and forgiving, loved to sing, cook, babysit and care for children. Mrs. Montanez volunteered to care for the handicapped and elderly, and did marriage counseling. She was a member an Elder at Iglesia Hispana Bautista Rios de Agu Viva

Mrs. Montanez is survived by her husband of 61 years, Rafael Montanez; children, Marie (Henry) Ramos, Evette Ramos, Frank (Shirley) Montanez, and Nellie (Phil) Venturini; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; and a sister, Carmen Walsh.

floral squareIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to the church: Iglesia Hispana Bautista Rios de Agua Viva, 1700 S Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172.

Heritage Funeral Home, 35 Morrissey Drive, Putnam Valley, NY, 10579 (845) 526-3000 is in charge of the New York arrangements.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut St., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Edith Traughber

Edith Faye Traughber, age 75, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Monday, March 25, 2024, at TriStar NorthCrest Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 1:00PM on Friday, March 29th, with Pastor Corbin Madden officiating. Burial followed at 4:00PM in St. Michael’s Cemetery with Chance Nash, Shawn Traughber, Logan Berry, Kent Nash, Aaron Beazley, and Clay Beazley serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday, March 28th, from 4:00PM until 8:00PM and again on Friday from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.

Mrs. Traughber was born on October 5, 1948, in Madison, Tennessee, to the late Delmar “Red” & Thelma Davidson Ford. She was a retired fraud investigator with Cigna Medicare. She was baptized in March 2020 at Living Hope in Clarksville.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step-daughter, Jannette Wallace.

floral squareSurvivors include her husband of 46 years, Larry Traughber; son, Terry (Angela) Boyd; step-daughters, Sherri (Jimmy) Allen, Dianne (Mark) Drye, and Lynnette (Mark) Berry; sister, Vonda (Tab) Beazley; step-grandchildren, Dustin (Alaina) Wallace, Shawn Traughber, Joshua (Taylor) Allen, Zachary (Frances) Allen, Logan Berry, and Chance Nash; and 7 step- great-grandchildren and one on the way.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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(Updated) Obituaries March 18-24, 2024

Obituary for Kathy Jo Meadows

August 24, 1954 — March 24, 2024
Goodlettsville

In loving memory of Kathy Jo Meadows (née Phillips), a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who passed away on March 24, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee. Kathy was born on August 24, 1954, in Madison, Tennessee, and was the daughter of the late Edward Randall Phillips and Louise Taylor Phillips.

Kathy was known for her kind and giving spirit. She had a heart of gold and touched the lives of many with her generosity and compassion. Her sense of humor brightened the days of those around her, making her a joy to be with.

One of Kathy’s greatest joys in life was spending time with her grandchildren. She adored them immensely and was always planning fun sleepovers with them. Nana’s house was often joked as being a daycare by those who saw it, including neighbors. It was designed purely for the fun she wanted to have with them. She always had the grands outside playing in her turnaround with special toys, on the playground, trampoline, or swimming in her pool. Her bright red minivan became synonymous with the adventures she would take them on, creating precious memories that will be cherished forever.

She was a devout member of GoodNaz Church in Goodlettsville. Her family finds comfort during this difficult time knowing that she was a woman of strong faith.

Music held a special place in Kathy’s heart, with the Rolling Stones being her favorite band. She shared this love with her children by attending concerts of artists like The Stones & Bruno Mars together.

Kathy leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. She is survived by her sons Brenton (Ashley) Meadows and Lance (Regina) Meadows, daughter Paige (Wesley) Meadows Ring, as well as grandsons Dean Meadows and Grant Meadows, granddaughters Lucy Ring, Lillian Meadows, Audrey Meadows, and Anna Ring, and grandson Sam Ring.

She is also survived by her brother Edward “Eddie” (Janice) Phillips and best friend Juanita Jett. She is predeceased by her brother Randy Phillips and sister-in-law Shelley Phillips.

floral squareThe visitation services will be held on Monday, April 1st from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at GoodNaz Church in Goodlettsville. Additional visitation will take place the following day from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the same location, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 1:00 PM. People attending the funeral are asked to wear something red. Entombment will take place in the Historic Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Kathy’s name to the charity of your choice. She would want the love poured somewhere else and for you to go forth with gratitude in your heart.

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Arrangements entrusted to Cole & Garrett Funeral Home -Goodlettsville.

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Obituary for Pamalyn Withers

Pamalyn Jean Withers, age 80 of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Sunday, March 24, 2024 at Fieldstone Place Retirement Community.

Memorial services will be conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 3:00PM on Saturday, April 20th, with Chaplain James Riekeman officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, April 20th from 1:00PM until the hour of service at 3:00PM.

Mrs. Withers was born on July 8, 1943 in Warren, Ohio to the late Gale & Mildred Odell Gooding. She was retired from the child support enforcement agency in the state of Florida. She was a talented writer, won a state competition, loved sports, played and coached softball, and was a cheerleader. Ms. Withers was an avid Ohio State football fan. She loved to travel (especially cruising), the piano and most of all her family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, David Withers.

floral squareSurvivors include her sons, Eric (Angela) Stone, Alec (Linda) Stone, and Jared (Megan) Withers; sisters, Patricia and Nancy Gooding; grandchildren, Hannah (Gus) Eden, Sarah (Brian) Vann, Aaron (Hannah) Stone, Jackson Withers, Abigail Withers and Michael Withers; and seven great-grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 220 Great Circle Road, Ste. 134, Nashville, Tn. 37228.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Barry Felts

Barry Dwayne Felts, age 62, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2024 at his home.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Felts was born October 24, 1961 in Nashville to the late Homer and Mary McIntosh Felts. He worked as an elevator mechanic.

In addition to his parents Mr. Felts is preceded in death by his grandparents, Homer and Nellie Felts, Sr., and brothers-in-law, Larry Goldstien and Kenny Pike.

floral squareMr. Felts is survived by his wife, Robin Brady Felts; son, Barry Jordon “B.J.” Felts; daughter and son-in-law, Kristina and Justin Hendrick; sisters and brother-in-law, Teresa Parrish and Rhonda and Gayland Hester; and grandson, Robert Mason Hendrick. Mr. Felts is also survived by Egidio Antonio Martorano and Liene Pinto Marquas, exchange students of the Felts’ that are as close as siblings.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the TN Baptist Children’s Home in memory of Mr. Felts’ mother, Mary McIntosh Felts. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut St., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Edna Gray 

Edna Lee Grant Gray, 82, of Springfield, passed from this life on Wednesday March 20, 2024, at her home.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday March 23rd at 12 noon in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Dustin Croslin, Daniel Robertson, Zach Robertson, Craig Russell, and Keith Slack. There was no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Ms. Edna was born October 10, 1941, in Cedar Hill, to the late Hiram and Clarinda Dodson Grant. She was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School, was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith. Ms. Edna loved watching TV, and spending time with her family and her pets. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Robert Thomas “Bob” Gray, by her daughter: Teresa Annette Gray Duff, by her son-in-law: James Robert “Jimmy” Mayfield, by her siblings: Burney Hawkins Grant, Grady Grant, Calvin Grant, Bailey Grant, Clifton Grant, William Grant, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Jennie Ruth Traylor.

floral squareMs. Edna is survived by her daughter: Cathy Gray Mayfield of Springfield, by her grandchildren: Tomyris Mayfield and Alex (Destinee) Duff, by her great grandchild: Hartlynn Duff, and by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Claude Burton

Claude Maurice Burton, age 76 of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at his home.

A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, April 5, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Father Anthony Lopez serving as celebrant. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of service. Following the service his cremains will be buried at 3:30 PM in St. Michael’s Church Cemetery. Following the burial there will be a reception at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church from 4:30 until 7:00 PM.

Mr. Burton was born August 14, 1947 in Nashville to the late J.T. and Monique Isnard Burton. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and was retired from Alladin in Hendersonville. He loved his church family and his earthly family as well, especially spending time with his wife and grandson. He enjoyed riding his 1989 Honda Goldwing Motorcycle that was in perfect condition and also spending time helping at Loaves and Fishes Meals for the Hungry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Terry Ashburn; his uncle who he was names after, Claude Isnard; and nephew, Sid Ashburn.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pam Burton of Greenbrier; nephew and wife who were like his children, Joe and Christy Ashburn of Westmoreland; and grandson, Axl Ashburn of Westmoreland.

Mr. Claude’s favorite poem was:

“Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush.

Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.”

floral squareThe family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions o be made to Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry, c/o Holy Name Catholic Church 508 Main Street Nashville, TN 37206.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of the cremation. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Jack Adams 

Jack R. Adams, 82, of Cedar Hill, passed away on Tuesday March 19, 2024, at his home.

In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated, and his family will have a private memorial service at a future date.

Jack was born in Old Hickory, TN on June 16, 1941, to the late John Ryman and Ocie Walker Adams. He was a graduate of Erin High School Class of 1960, and then went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Jack retired from Dupont after 35 years of service as an electrician. He loved playing golf with his buddies, fishing on Kentucky lake, and he enjoyed sports, especially basketball and the Vanderbilt Commodores. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: R.B. Adams, and by his sisters: Gladys Webster, Doris York, and Sue Holly.

floral squareJack is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Troupe Adams of Cedar Hill, by his daughter: April Rives of Springfield, by his son: Jeff Adams and wife Katie of Ashland City, by his grandchildren: Zach Rives, Megan Rives, Ryman Adams, and Rhett Adams, and by his brother: Sam Adams of Old Hickory.

Jack’s family would like to express their appreciation to Caris Healthcare for the care given to him.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Lorena Kritsch 

Lorena Mae York Kritsch, 82, of Springfield, passed from this life on Monday March 18, 2024, at The Waters of Cheatham.

A private family committal service was held in the Springfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Tim Harris officiating. There was no public visitation.

Mrs. Kritsch was born March 5, 1942, in Newark, OH, to the late Clarence Walker and Bessie Lorena Hightshoe York. She was a graduate of Nossi College of Art & Design and was a homemaker. Mrs. Kritsch enjoyed painting, drawing, bowling, and loved to read her Bible every day.

floral squareMrs. Kritsch is survived by her son: Jay Kritsch of White House, by her daughter: Leah Kritsch of Springfield, by her grandchildren: Olivia Kritsch and Adam (Lilly) Kritsch, by her great grandchildren: Jayden, Jaxden, and Avery, and by her brothers: David Walker York of Prescott Valley, AZ, Thomas Francis York and Wesley Aaron York both of Indiana.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Diane Renee Cunningham

April 21, 1966 — March 19, 2024

Diane Renee Cunningham of White House, TN passed away unexpected at the young age of 57.

Survived by her loving husband, Larry Cunningham who adored her, survived by parents; father, Donald Aaron and her estranged mother, Vera; she is also survived by her children, Steven and Kym Danny Owens-Mayberry. Her grandchildren, Mikenzie (Puff Dyer), Averyonea, Starla Jade, Decklyn, Tyler Owens, and Blake Owens. She is also survived by her brother, Mike; and two sisters, Amy and Rachel.

She is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Madison.

Diane had a love for her family that surpasses all understanding. She enjoyed holidays with them, especially cooking in the kitchen with her daughter and granddaughter, Mikenzie.

She took pride in teaching her granddaughter Starla, working endless hours in books.

She was a devoted mother caring for her disabled son as she had for many years.

She was the proudest Nanna anyone could have known. She took pride in her grandchildren and their accomplishments.

She loved her animals and cared for them better than herself. She enjoyed feeding wildlife and naming them. She enjoyed caring for her granddaughters’ animals, “the boys,” feeding them and walking them daily for lunch.

Before Diane’s illness set in she enjoyed going to the track with friends and family to watch her husband race. She was his number 1 fan!

She was a hard working woman even till the end.

She always had a way to light up any room and if she didn’t you could hear her with her Loud Contagious Voice.

floral squareDiane lived for her family and animals, she had a genuine heart and would help anyone. She almost always put everyone around her first, never thinking of herself.

Diane was a loving mother and wife. She didn’t know a stranger and would help the world if that allowed.

Diane (Mom and Nana) will be immensely missed by the world but most by her family.

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Arrangements entrusted to Cole & Garrett Funeral Home – White House

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Obituary for Anna Ruth Locke

Anna Ruth Locke, age 82 of White House passed away Thursday, March 22, 2024 at White House Health Care & Rehab. She was born March 31, 1941 in Cookeville, TN to Frank Haggard & Eula Mai Stout Harris. She was retired after 27 years of service, from the Methodist Publishing House. She enjoyed traveling, working word puzzles and watching sports, especially baseball and the Atlanta Braves. She also loved the Predators and the Titans.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 6 brothers, Luther, GS, Edward, Wendell, Cecil; and an infant brother; 4 sisters, Dorenda, Ruby, Winnie and EvaDale. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, George Locke, White House, TN; daughter, Anna (Ken) Dabette, Ashland City, TN; sister, Linda (Ike) Smith, Cookeville, TN; 3 grandchildren, Robert, Lee (Rhealee) and Jack; 3 great-grandchildren, Wilhelm, Talbot and Locke.

floral squareFuneral service was held Monday, March 25, 2024 at 3pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Visitation was Monday, March 25, 2024 12noon until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home  533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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