In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week April 1, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week March 25, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries March 26 – April 1, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Gladys Marie Ellis

Gladys Marie Ellis was born July 8, 1929 to the late Mary Gladys Scott and Eugene Bell in Springfield, Tennessee. She was a graduate of Bransford High School, Class of 1950 where she was the Homecoming Queen.

Marie professed a hope in Christ at a young age and as a dedicated member of the Church of God. Some of her church affiliations were Usher Board President, Mother Board Member, Missionary President and over the kitchen for funerals. Marie enjoyed praising the Lord and was never ashamed to show how much she loved the Lord.

She worked for the Holman Family for sixteen years, Cheatham Park Elementary School for nine years, kept children in her home for many years and was also employed at Goodwill Industries.
Marie was married to the late Clarence Ellis. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, David Holman; sisters, Lovey Garrett and Pamela Walker; and brother, Ronnie Wynn.

Those she leaves to cherish her precious members: two son, James Edward (Regina) Ellis of LaVernge, TN, and Ezekiel M. Ellis of Springfield, TN; stepson, Dallas Wayne (Ann) Woodard of Detroit, MI; three grandchildren, Jonathan Ellis of Nashville, TN, Trivia Ellis of Jacksonville, FL, and Jasmine Ellis of Nashville, TN; five great-grandchildren, Akela Hudson, Shawntrice Brown, Jaye Hockett, Jonathon Howse and Marienne Maitland all of Nashville, TN; three sisters, Carlene Russell of Markham, IL, Iveory Jean floral squareHowse of Denver, CO, and Ruby Krisle; one brother, Michael Woodard of Springfield, TN; foster grandchildren, Billy and Jeannette Holman and Family; host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Private funeral services due to Covid-19 were April 18, 2020 at Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor William Birdsong, eulogy; private interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements

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Obituary for Nellie Adams Brooks

Nellie Adams Brooks, age 89, died Sunday March 29, 2020 at Springfield Heights in Springfield, TN.

A private graveside service was held Tuesday March 31st in Bellwood Cemetery with Dr. Eric Taylor officiating. Joe Finley, Robert Bibb, Jacob Bibb, Casey Weaver, Josh Jackson, Mac Baggett, Joey Evans and Tim van der Hengst served as pallbearers.

She was born September 1, 1930 in Sharon, TN to the late Alpheus Vince and Nellie Riley Adams. In addition to her parents, was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy Crawford Brooks; brothers and sisters-in-law, Woodrow Wilson and Mildred Adams, James Riley and Dorothy Adams, Alpheus Gene Adams; sisters and brothers-in-law, Maybell and Everett Bell, Villa and Paul Hamm, Rowena and Tommy Freeman, Edna and Kenneth Crews and Bobbie Lou and Worth Hodges.

Mrs. Brooks was a long-time member of Cedar Hill Baptist Church where she served as WMU Director and where she will always be remembered for her fried chicken and chicken salad. Even in her eighties she supported missions, going on a Haiti mission trip and four Tennessee Glorifier missions. She was a homemaker first and foremost who loved gardening, canning and freezing. But in addition to that she worked alongside her husband Billy on their Dairy Farm, sold ads for the Robertson County Fair and the Springfield Herald. She was one of the first Welcome Wagon volunteers and a Blood Mobile volunteer. She retired after working as manager of Rena’s Shoes for 23 years. She enjoyed golfing in her spare time. Nell was a beautiful lady inside and out. Her daughters stated that they never heard her say an unkind word about anyone.

Surviving Mrs. Brooks are her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Frank Finley of Cedar Hill, TN, Bonnie and John Johnston of Springfield and Kim and Bob Bibb of Springfield; grandchildren, Kara Finley (Tommy Durham), Joe (Lindsay) Finley, Jenny (Joey) Evans, Robert (Danielle) Bibb, Beth Baggett (Mac) Baggett, Ann (Casey) Weaver, Marinelle (Josh) Jackson, Maria (Tim) van der Hengst and Jacob Bibb (Jessica Traughber); twenty-one great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Robert H. Brooks (Peggy) and loving nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to give a special thank you and much appreciation for the extreme love and care shown for Nellie by her many faithful sitters, and the staff at Springfield Heights and Morningside.

Due to the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, at this time all arrangements are private. However, the family will hold a public floral squarememorial service at a later date to honor this special woman.

The family request if so desired, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Brooks memory to the Cedar Hill Baptist Church. Donations may be sent to Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 112 S. Main St. Cedar Hill, TN 37032, online at mycedarhillbaptist.org or sent in care of the Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Ricky Lynn Hester

Ricky Lynn Hester, age 58, of Springfield, died Sunday, March 29, 2020 at his home.

Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, the family will hold a celebration of life service at a later date.

Ricky was born on December 20, 1961 to the late William Eugene Hester, and Shelby Shepard Hill. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by their spouses Carol Hester, and Harry Hill, his maternal grandparents Comer and Learlean Shepard, and his paternal grandparents Henry and Cora Hester. Ricky was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. He loved University of Tennessee sports, Jo Byrns High School Football, and was a big fan of the rock band KISS. He was retired from Unarco.

Ricky is survived by his wife of 36 years; Janie Hester of Springfield, sisters; Sheila and Bill Locke of Springfield, and Selena and Mitch Orr of Springfield, father and mother-in-law Chester and Betty Fuqua of Springfield, sisters-in- law; Lisa and David Sullivan of floral squareSpringfield, Ann and Chipper Ellis of Springfield, brother-in-law; Mike Fuqua of Greenbrier, a special cousin that was like a brother; Gary Albright of Clarksville, nieces and nephews; Hannah and Dustin Thomas, Peyton and Ron Kemper, Cody and Ashley Ellis, Ashley and Chris Hooper, and Kelly Fuqua, and great nieces and nephews; Kloe Thomas, Dawson Kemper, Bella Buck, Maxton Hawkins.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Mildred Gloria Steen Denning

Mildred Gloria Steen Denning, 88, passed from this life on Sunday March 29, 2020 at The Waters of Robertson.

A private family graveside service will be conducted Thursday April 2nd in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, KY with Tim Harris officiating.

Mrs. Denning was born April 27, 1931 in Lafayette to the late Auton and Eva Glover Steen. She was a member of Orlinda Baptist Church and was a retired Motel Clerk. Mrs. Denning loved sewing. In addition to her parents, she was floral squarepreceded in death by her brothers: Bernard and Louis Steen, and by her grandchild: Shawn Caleb Denning.

Mrs. Denning is survived by her husband: Pete Denning of Orlinda, by her sons and daughter-in-law: John Denning of Orlinda, Phillip “P.W.” and Karen Denning of Adairville, KY, by 2 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary James Mitchell “Mitch” Hale, Jr.

James Mitchell “Mitch” Hale, Jr., 47, passed away peacefully at his home in Ridgetop, Tennessee, on March 29th, 2020.

Mitch was born on March 19th, 1973, in Nashville. He attended his early years of school in Greenbrier. Mitch and his dad moved to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1985 where he attended John Dickinson High School and the University of Delaware. Later, he lived in Marco Island, Florida, for two years before returning to the Nashville area to work for the State of Tennessee in the Taxation Department.

Mitch loved his family dearly and was never shy about letting them know how he felt. He had many life-long friends and co-workers that he loved and stayed in contact with, especially his dearest friend, Joy Crocker, who was like a sister to him.

Mitch enjoyed the simple pleasures life, including his beloved dog, Chaka.

He had a deep love for Nashville (“his town” as he called it) and was very proud of its sports teams and abundance of entertainment.

floral squareMitch is survived by his father, Jim Hale, and stepmother, Donna Hale, of Chesterfield, Virginia; maternal grandmother Martha Evetts; paternal grandmother Margaret Hale; brother Steven Dorrell , sister-in-law Christi, and nieces Cara and Calla Dorrell of Chesterfield, Virginia; brother Ryan Hale of Chesterfield, Virginia; and cousins Amanda Frank Jones and Brandon Frank of Ridgetop, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his mother, Harley Ann Baker and grandfathers Robert “Bobby” Fuqua and Charles Hale, Sr.

A private graveside service will be held in Springfield Memorial Gardens in Springfield on Thursday, April 2nd.

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Obituary provided by the Robertson County Funeral Home

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Obituary for Frankie Ruth Richards Fletcher

On March 28, 2020, Frankie Ruth Richards Fletcher left this world to go to her eternal home. She was surrounded by her children, John Ed, James Mack, and Mary Frank, including their spouses and all the grandchildren.

Mrs. Fletcher’s family owned a bi-centennial farm on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, which later became Ft. Campbell. After leaving the family farm, at the invitation of the U.S. Government, the family acquired land in Robertson County. Frankie was born on January 17, 1948 to the late James Selvyn and Kathryn Southall Richards. She was the ninth child of a family of ten children and the first one to be born in a hospital.

There was a huge snow the day Frankie was born. A friend of the family, Frank Taylor Jones, offered to borrow a jeep from Bill Lemmons and take them to the hospital. His only request was if it was a boy, to name it after him since he was an old bachelor. Seventy-one years later and the story is still being told. My dad said, “what the heck, if it is a girl, we will name her after you.”

Her oldest brother, James Eugene Richards, nicknamed “Beanie” by his older sister Estelle, was in the Navy. When he got over the shock of Mom having the ninth child, he wrote home requesting if it is a girl to name her Carol Ruth. That is how she got my name, Frankie Ruth.

The year she was born her sister, Louise, died on an iron lung from polio at Vanderbilt.

Growing up in a Christian home, Frankie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and joined the Cedar Hill Methodist Church.

Upon marrying the love of her life, Mack Fletcher Jr. on November 22, 1967, she moved her membership to Adams United Methodist Church (UMC). She served faithfully as Treasurer for the church President and Secretary of UMC, along with serving as a District officer. She loved teaching Sunday School and children’s sermons, attending Layman’s Dinners, participating at Bible School, being in the choir, and hosting District Meetings.

Although she never was in the choir at Jo Byrns, she loved singing. It did not have to be on key, just a joyful noise.

When all the Cokesbury hymnals were given in the honor of Mack and Frankie for their love of singing in the choir, their hearts were touched, as well as, the Special Mission Recognition by the Adams United Methodist Women.

Upon leaving her lifetime home in Adams and moving to Springfield, Frankie was welcomed into another church family, Springfield First United Methodist Church. She transferred her membership on April 22, 2007, where she answered the calling to serve on the church’s Stephen Ministry Team.

Frankie loved her jobs and her colleagues. She contributed being elected Register of Deeds by knowing and helping all the hard-working farmers who she met while working at Farm Credit Services. While serving as Register of Deeds, she served as Secretary/Treasurer of Middle Tennessee Association for two years.

She was happy and thankful to have two jobs in her lifetime.

Frankie was truly touched by all the friends and family, too many to name and you know who you are, who on this unexpected journey expressed so many acts of kindness, whether a visit, card, phone call, text, food, especially prayers for her and her family, she loved them all.

Frankie leaves to cherish fond memories sons, John Ed (Julie) Fletcher, James Mack (Emily) Fletcher; daughter, Mary Frank Fletcher (Lyle) Payne; grandchildren, Corey Beth (Benton) Stott, Katie Fletcher (Josh) Lowe, Kyle Fletcher, Jake Fletcher, Boone Fletcher, Levi Fletcher, Allyson Payne (Charles) Manfredi, Rachel Payne and Reese Payne; great granddaughter, Lucy Kate Lowe; sisters, Mary Kathryn Sprouse, Vickie (George) Anderson; brothers, Thomas Richards; sisters-in-law, Edelyne Richards, Mitzi Fletcher Head, Mona Fletcher Bryant and other relatives including special friends.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Fletcher Jr.; sisters, Estelle Watts Grambihlier, Louise Richards and Eve Johnson; brothers, James Eugene (Beanie), Robert Hunter and Johnny Richards.

In lieu of flowers, Frankie’s wishes were for donations to the Bartlett Cemetery in Cedar Hill, Tennessee where she will be laid to rest. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

The family will hold a public Memorial Service in celebration of Frankie’s life at a future date to be announced

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for William “Bill” Highsmith

William “Bill” Highsmith, 87, of Springfield, passed away on Friday March 27, 2020 at Vanco Nursing and Rehab Center in Goodlettsville.

A private family graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday April 1st in the Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Tim Harris officiating.

Mr. Highsmith was born October 21, 1932 in Robertson County to the late Oliver and Lorene Alexander Highsmith. He was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School, where he played basketball, and was a member of the Class of 1950. Mr. Highsmith was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Bell South/AT&T/Lucent as a Systems Technician with 30 years of service. He then owned and operated The Phone Store for many years in Springfield. Mr. Highsmith was a member of Mt. Denson Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, and going to car shows.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Glynda Holman Highsmith. Mr. Highsmith is survived by his son floral squareand daughter-in-law: Mark and Vicki Highsmith of Springfield, by his daughters: Kathy Guye and Cindy Highsmith both of Springfield, by his brother: Jerry Highsmith of Texas, by his sister: Ann Armstrong of North Carolina, by his grandchildren: Marcia Lewis, Richard Highsmith, and Emily Highsmith, and by his great grandchildren: Ava Lewis, Adalynn Lewis, Hayden Highsmith, and Carter Highsmith.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Anita Lynn Bridges White

Anita Lynn Bridges White, 68, of Springfield, passed from this life on Thursday March 26, 2020 at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

The family held a private visitation on Sunday at the Robertson County Funeral Home. A private family graveside was be conducted Monday March 30th in the Morrison Cemetery in Brighton, TN.

Anita was born October 27, 1951 in Brighton to the late Earl and Lucille Kinney Bridges. She retired from the Springfield YMCA as a water aerobics instructor. Following her retirement, she was a wellness instructor at the Robertson County Senior Center. Anita was a member of First Baptist Church in Joelton, where she enjoyed being a member of the church Drama Team. She loved crafting and spending time with her family, especially her girls.

Anita is survived by her husband: Steve White of Springfield, by her daughters: Emili-Grace and Faith White both of Springfield, by her brothers: Kenney and Ronny Bridges both of Brighton, and by her sister: Linda Bridges of Brighton.

The family will hold a public Memorial Service in celebration of Anita’s life at a future date to be announced.

floral squareMemorial donations may be given in celebration of Anita’s life to the Children’s Department of First Baptist Church in Joelton 7106 Whites Creek Pike, Joelton, TN 37080

Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements and is being assisted by Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home for the graveside services in Brighton

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Obituary for Carolyn Sora Heatherly Dugger

Carolyn Sora Heatherly Dugger, 75, of Joelton, passed away on Thursday March 26, 2020 at her home.

There will be a private family visitation, followed by a private family graveside service in the Mt. Sharon Cemetery with Reverend Hubert Cunningham officiating on Wednesday April 1st.

The family plans to hold a public Memorial Service celebrating the life of Carolyn at a future date.

Mrs. Dugger was born June 16, 1944 in Springfield to the late Willard and Pearzitie Powell Heatherly. She was a retired CNA from North Crest Hospice and was a member of Forest Grove United Methodist Church in Joelton. Mrs. Dugger loved dancing, collecting both Angels and Barbie Dolls, and spending time with her family. Preceded in death by her grandson Daniel Burton Dugger, Jr.

floral squareMrs. Dugger is survived by her husband of 58 years: George Burton Dugger, Jr., of Joelton, by her son and daughter-in-law: Daniel Burton and Stephannie Dugger of Springfield, by her daughter and son-in-law: Theresa and Jim Reynolds of Greenbrier, by her brothers: Joe Heatherly of Nashville, Richard Heatherly of Kentucky, and H.L. Heatherly of Castalian Springs, by her sister: Elizabeth of Springfield, by her grandchildren: Heather Reynolds, Richard Cohea, III, Dallas Reynolds, Laurie Jones, Carol Dugger, and Jacob Lindsay, and by 4 great grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Sadie Marie Chapman

Age 75 of White House passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her home. She was born January 20, 1945 in Hardy, KY to Woodrow Wilson & America Scott Reed.

She worked as a medical records clerk for the Tennessee State Women’s Prison before her retirement. Mrs. Chapman loved the ocean and spending time on the beach. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family, especially the children and grandchildren. Even though she didn’t really enjoy cooking, she was an excellent cook and had many wonderful recipes.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons, Shannon Chapman and Barry Chapman; sister, Elizabeth Hunt. She is survived by 2 sons, Craig Chapman, Columbus, OH and Kelly Chapman, White House, TN; daughter, Carol (Jeremy Stone) Bobb, White House, TN; daughter-in-law, Jackie Chapman, Canada, KY; sister, Phyllis (Don) Hill, Naples, FL; 8 grandchildren, Amanda, Melinda, Crystal, floral squareAshley, Erin, Andrew, Tanner and Kameron; 10 great-grandchildren.

There are no services or visitation scheduled for Mrs. Chapman at this time. The family plans a Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to the American Cancer Society.

Remains rest at Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Edwin “Ed” Milton Mora

Edwin “Ed” Milton Mora, age 88, of Gallatin, TN passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be remembered for his sense of humor and storytelling. He was an avid fisherman, salesman, a southern gentleman, and had a dapper sense of style. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church Hendersonville.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Frances V Mora; parents, Erie Mora and Ruby Fish; and brother, Kenneth Mora.

He is survived by his children, Kim (Willie) Acevedo, Kyla (James) Rivera, Kay (Frank) DeGrood, Kathy Merlin, Kenneth (Alisha) Mora; sister, Gloria Whillock; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nephews also survive.

floral squareDue to health concerns, services are private and restricted to 10 family members at a time. Visitation was held Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville, TN. A graveside service will take place on Friday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Gardens in New Port Richey, FL so he can be buried next to his beloved wife, Frances.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville at 217 E Main St., Hendersonville, TN 37075, or to the Land O’ Lakes United Methodist Church at 6209 Land O Lakes Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL 34638.

The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.

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Arrangements for Pastor Emmitt G. Jones Jr

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Pastor Emmitt Guylester Jones Jr., was summoned to the Throne of Grace. He was the son of the late Mr. Emmitt Guylester Jones, Sr. and Mrs. Flora Woodson-Jones. Pastor Jones was born November 11, 1939, and is preceded in death by his sister, Annie and brothers, Sammy and Donnie Jones.

He leaves to cherish his memory and continue his legacy a Loving wife of 50 years, Mrs. Lovie Ann Utley-Jones.

Pastor Emmitt Jones, Jr. attended the public schools of Springfield, TN. In 1965 he joined the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War as a Specialist. During his tour in the Army he was awarded the Marksman Medal for the M-14 and a Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Jones received an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1969 as a Combat War Veteran. Pastor Jones then attended the American Concrete Institute and became a certified Concrete Flatwork Finisher and began his career in construction.
Pastor Emmitt Jones, Jr. joined into Holy Matrimony to Mrs. Lovie Ann Utley on November 7, 1970. To this union four children were born. He was a hardworking provider, devoted family man and a loyal servant of GOD.

Pastor Jones began his service in the church as an usher and later became a deacon, Sunday School teacher and eventually a Pastor. Pastor Emmitt Jones Jr. was ordained into the ministry on April 24, 1977, at Star Calvary Baptist Church in Adams, TN serving under the leadership of Pastor George Clemmons, Sr. Throughout the years he has rendered various services in the House of the Lord. He pastored New Hope Baptist Church from 1981 until 1998 when he became the Founder and Pastor of Faith House of Prayer from 1998 until 2000. Pastor Jones served at Star Calvary Baptist Church as an Associate Pastor from 2000-2003 and from 2003 until he was called home, Associate Pastor of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center.

floral squarePastor Emmitt Jones Jr. leaves to carry his torch a son in the Ministry, Pastor Juan Rodriquez, Pastor of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center, Portland, TN. He also leaves to cherish his memory four children, Curtis (Saymond) Jones, Sr., of Lady Lake, FL, Thomas (April) Jones, Sr., of Gainesville, FL, Tamara and Trina Jones both of Springfield, TN. He also leaves two sisters, Ann Darden of Ashland City, TN and Betty (Jack) Jackson of Louisville, KY. Pastor Jones has fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Private funeral service was Saturday, March 28, 2020 at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor Juan Rodriguez, Officiant; private interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements

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Arrangements for Kenneth Walker

Memorial service to be held at a later date due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The obituary will be published soon

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements

 

 

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Arrangements for Janice M. Sharkey

Janice Marie Scharkley was born April 3, 1963, in Portland, Tennessee to the late Nola. B, Baker and Willie Lawrence Scharkley. She departed this life, March 25, 2020 at Vanderbilt Hospital after a long battle with heart disease.

She was educated in the Sumner County School System and was a graduate of the White House High School Class of 1981. She furthered her education at Austin Peay University. She was employed as a Head Deli Manager with Kroger for over 30 years. Later employed by ABM as an Airport Shuttle Driver.

She was baptized at a young age as a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she sang and directed many choirs. Janice loved the Lord and did not mind lifting her voice to Praise Him. She found testimony in singing her song, “Showers of Blessings.”

“Juicy” as she was affectionately called by many, loved life to the fullest extent. She came and went just like she wanted too, never getting in a hurry. Just took one day at a time. Janice loved to cook and enjoyed catering food whenever she got the opportunity.
In passing, she leaves to mourn her daughter, Chelsea Dowlen; grandson who she loved so dear, James Antonio Craig, Jr.; two sisters, Brenda (Reginald) Ward of Atlanta, GA, Patricia Scharkley floral squareof Goodlettsville, TN; one niece, Jeanette Toliver; one great niece, Malia Toliver; step dad, Jerry (Ruby Lee) Mitchell; step brother, Jason Mitchell (Michelle) and nephew, Jason Mitchell, Jr.; four aunts, Eunice Chabino, Margie Scharkley, Ernestine Jones and Alice Thomas and a host of cousins and friends.

Private funeral service was held Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with private burial at Greenwood North Cemetery, Nashville, TN.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements

 

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Obituary for Selina Gayle Gardner

Selina Gayle Gardner, 58, of Cedar Hill, passed from this life into the presence of her Lord on Wednesday March 25, 2020 at North Crest Medical Center. A private family visitation will be held at the Star of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Adams, followed by a private family graveside service in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Cedar Hill on Monday March 30th.

Because of the current conditions surrounding COVID-19, the family will have a public Memorial Service in celebration of Miss. Gardner’s life at a future date to be announced.

Miss. Gardner was born January 14, 1962 in Springfield, a daughter of the late Woodard and Mamie Jean Toliver Gardner, Sr. She professed Christ at an early age and was a member of Star of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Adams. She was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School Class of 1980, and then attended Vol State Community College. Miss. Gardner worked as a Surgical Technician at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She loved cooking, baking, watching basketball and football, as well as many other sports. Her teams were the Vanderbilt Commodores, the North Carolina Tarheels, and the Tennessee Titans. She loved her church family and always enjoyed attending Bible study. Miss. Gardner was loved by all her family that she cherished so much.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother: Woodard Gardner, Jr. Miss. Gardner is survived by her son: Tevin Johnson of Cedar Hill, her brothers and sister-in-law: Daniel Gardner of Adams, James Gardner of Adams, Thomas and Anabelle Gardner of Adams, by her sisters and brother-in-law: Carolyn Hudgens of Adams, Melissa and Abdul Rashada of Madison, Ivory Quarles of Springfield, and Wilma Gardner of Adams, by her nieces and nephews: Danielle Traylor, Mya Rashada, Amari Rashada, Samantha Garcia, Marcus Quarles, and Natassja Clark, and by a host of cousins, other family members and friends.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for James O. McKisic, Jr.

James O. McKisic, Jr., age 64 of Adairville, KY, died Tuesday March 24, 2020 at his home.

The family will have a private graveside service in Maplelawn Cemetery in Adairville.

Mr. McKisic was born December 10, 1955 in Fort Knox, KY to James O. McKisic Sr and the late Edna T. Shannon McKisic. His mother-in-law, Mattie B. Wynn and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John Thomas and Wanda Wynn also preceded him in death. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness where he was a former elder and ministerial servant. He has worked for the Robertson County Board of Education, Shoney’s, Ramada Inn, Delight Products and Roger King Heat and Air. He was a graduate of Springfield High School class of 1974. James was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, Atlanta Braves fan and later in life loved watching cooking shows. His wife Liz stated that he never met a stranger and had a caregivers heart.

floral squareSurviving James are his wife of 42 years, Marlan Elizabeth (Liz) McKisic, son, Chris McKisic, daughter, Felicia N. McKisic, father, James O. McKisic Sr., sisters, Rhonda (Robert) Bell and Darlene Lonnie) Gardner, father-in-law, Jewel Wynn, sister and brother-law Bettye and David Murray, brothers and sister-in-law, Robert and Lillian Wynn and Ronald Wynn, honorary grandchild, Ansley Grimes and granddog, D’jango.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all arrangements are private but the family will hold a public memorial service at a later date.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Nellie Lambert

Nellie Lambert, 88, of Springfield, passed from this life on Monday March 23, 2020 at North Crest Medical Center.

A private family graveside service will be conducted in Springfield Memorial Gardens on Friday March 27th with Tim Harris officiating.

Mrs. Lambert was born March 3, 1932 in Toccopola, MS to the late Elbert Brooks and Lois Eva Wilson Winters. She was a retired seamstress from Wilson Sporting Goods and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed gardening and working in her flowers. She dedicated her life to her animals and to taking care of others, especially her family.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Robert Marvin Lambert, by her brothers: Roy D. and Elbert Wilson Winters, by her sister: Lois Era Wilkinson, and by her grandson: Damien Matthew Rogers. Mrs. Lambert is survived by her sons: Robert Ray Lambert of Springfield, and George L. Rogers, Jr., of Cross Plains, by her grandchildren: George L. Rogers, III, Justin Ray Lambert, and Christopher Landon Lambert, and by 4 greatgrandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Mildred Drake Brindley

Mildred Drake Brindley, 85, of Springfield, passed away on Monday March 23, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

A private family graveside service will be conducted Thursday March 26th in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating.

Mrs. Brindley was born September 29, 1934 in Springfield to the late Sanders and Robbie Wilson Drake. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Brindley loved music, dancing, and being a caregiver to anyone in her family that needed her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in floral squaredeath by her husband: Charles J. Brindley, and by her daughter: Wanda Brindley Petty.

Mrs. Brindley is survived by her sister: Brenda Haynes of Goodlettsville, by her grandchildren: Tammy and Olivia, and by 5 great grandchildren

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Joyce Ann Traughber

Joyce Ann Traughber, 72, of Cedar Hill, passed away on Thursday March 19, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

The family will have a private visitation, Rosary, and Funeral Mass at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Anthony Lopez as celebrant.

The Funeral Mass will be followed by a Private Family Burial in the St. Michael’s Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and family. At this time, the family plans to have a public Memorial Service in celebration of Mrs. Traughber’s life at a later date.

Mrs. Traughber was born March 4, 1948 in Allensville, KY to the late Clifford and Maggie Hummel Morrow. She was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School. Mrs. Traughber worked in various factory positions throughout her work career and she was a communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. She loved gardening, working in her flowers, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Traughber is survived by her husband of 56 years: Donald Wayne Traughber of Cedar Hill, by her son: Hollis Wayne (Penny) Traughber of Cedar Hill, by her daughter: Tracy Traughber of floral squareAshland City, by her brother: Willie Hugh Morrow of Cedar Hill, by her grandchildren: David (Jenna) Traughber, Brian (Kristian Knight) Traughber, Justin Traughber, Holly Traughber, and Johnathan Traughber, and by 13 great grandchildren.

The family wishes for memorial contributions to be made to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Mrs. Traughber’s memory

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Jessie Warner Scott Cripps

Jessie Warner Scott Cripps, age 86, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

She was a loving wife, sister and aunt; a very sweet lady. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Madison for over 40 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Livy and Kathy Scott; siblings, Howard, Paul, and Dexter Scott, Kathleen Scott Vance, and Aileen Scott Fusion. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lloyd Cripps; and several special nieces and nephews.

Due to health concerns, visitation will be restricted to allow only 10 family members in the building at a time. Private family visitation will be held on Friday, March 27 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Austin & Bell Hendersonville. A private family graveside service will take floral squareplace on Saturday, March 28 at 1 p.m. at Hendersonville Memory Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 1602 N. Gallatin Road, Madison, TN 37115.

The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.

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Obituary for Omer Norman Fontaine

Age 78 of White House passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Skyline Medical Center. He was born December 21, 1941 in Pawtucket, RI to Omer and Marie Giroux Fontaine. He worked as an elevator service technician for Nashville Machine before his retirement and was a member of St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Hendersonville.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Constance Brochu. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Thelma Gleaves Fontaine, White House, TN; sons, Robert N. (Kheanne) Fontaine and Jonathan Fontaine, both of Murfressboro, TN and Steven (Shawn) Fontaine, White House, TN; daughter, Maria Lynn (Lonnie) Ray, Murfreesboro, TN; sisters, Jeanette (Dewey) Laporte Hollywood, FL, Yvette Logan, Eureka, CA and Pauline Fontaine, FL; 5 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 5 step great-grandchildren.

floral squareDue to mandated Covid 19 restrictions a private family graveside service is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11am in White House Memorial Gardens with Father Michael Blaess officiating, with military honors and with family serving as pallbearers.

A private family visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 4-8pm and Thursday, March 26, 2020 9-11am at the funeral home.

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Remains rest at  Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Norma Jean Holland

Norma Jean Harrell Holland passed away peacefully on March 23, 2020 with her husband of 68 years, Charles, and other family members by her side.

Mrs. Holland was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 14, 1932 to the late Marcus Jesse Harrell, Sr. & Bertha Beulah Lehr Harrell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. In addition to her other family members, she is survived by a sister, Pat Collins, Whiteland, Indiana.

Charles and Norma married on August 9, 1951 and raised their two sons: Eddie (Julie) Holland and Richard (Janie) Holland. She considered Greenbrier, TN home and one of her greatest joys was taking care of her two grandchildren: Brea (Jonathan) Freeman and Alison (Josh) Harris, and also spending time with , her eight great grandchildren: Anna, Isaac, Luke, Maggie, Laniece, Mary, Joshua and Baden.

She spent her final days at Red Cedar Glen Assisted Living Facility in Hendersonville, TN being cared for by the most amazing, loving nurses and staff members.

floral squareNorma was known for her funny quirks, pin curling her hair, and always having her “pocketbook” close by. After high school she worked at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, IN where she was known as the “Lilly Girl”. She was very proud of her work there. She was the best at making homemade fried chicken, and she never turned down any opportunity to be with her family. She always had her clothesline full of clean clothes and took the best care of granddaughters, Brea and Alison.

She will be terribly missed by her family who loved her so very much.

A private family Graveside service is planned.

Obituary provided by Austin & Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for Marietta Hampton

Marietta Reynolds Hampton of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, age 85, died on March 22, 2020, at her home in Cedar Hill, Tennessee.

Mrs. Hampton was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, on April 5th, 1934, and was preceded in death by parents, John W. Reynolds, Sr. and Josephine Gober Reynolds; stepmother, Louise Head Reynolds; a brother, John (Johnnie) W. Reynolds, Jr. of Millersville, Tennessee. Also preceded in death by husbands, Joe C. Vick, Claude (Buck) Brinkley, John Hampton; a daughter, Dede Vick Bray; and grandsons, Derek Rollins and Noel Vick, all of Ashland City, Tennessee.

Mrs. Hampton is survived by a sister, Mildred Reynolds Carpenter of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, and children, Joe (Jean) Vick, Van (Candye) Vick, Max (Judy) Vick, Patty (Robert) Rollins, and Ben (Stacy) Brinkley. Mrs. Hampton’s family includes stepsons John (Pam) Hampton, Jr., Darrell (Kim) Hampton, and Eddie (Carol) Hampton; a stepdaughter, Jeanie (Gene) Brown, 22 living grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mrs. Hampton was of the church of Christ faith. She owned and operated Vick’s Hardware & Lumber Co. in Ashland City, Tennessee, for several decades and had previously lived on Lockertsville Road, Ashland City.

floral squareThere will be a private family funeral service at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with her son Rev. Joe Vick officiating. Private burial will follow in EverRest of Cheatham with Van Vick, Jovanna Vick, Thatcher Brinkley, Jett Brinkley, Nathan Vick, Deanna McGhee, and Kimberly Norris serving as pallbearers.

If so desired the family requests memorial contributions be made to a local charity of one’s choice.

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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 John W. Calloway Sr.

Mr. John Woodard Calloway, Sr., age 72 of Griffin, Georgia passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Mr. Calloway was born in Springfield, Tennessee on June 26, 1947. He is preceded in death by his first wife Susan Calloway; parents Robert Mason Calloway, Sr. and Virginia Woodard Calloway. Mr. Calloway was President of Sanford Company in Macon, enjoyed ham radio, however, his passion was flying and had his own private pilot’s license. He also served in the Army National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Calloway; sons John Woodard “Woody” Calloway, Jr. and his wife Christine, Andrew “Mason” Calloway and his wife Leigh; step-children Kim Stewart and her husband Mike, Keith Tyson and his wife Kim; nine grandchildren, floral squarethree great-grandchildren; Sister Ellen Bush; brothers Robert Mason Calloway, Jr. and his wife Carolyn, Joseph Graham Calloway and his wife Annette. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, GA. Graveside services and interment was held Thursday, March 26, 2020, 1 pm (c.s.t.) at Elmwood Cemetery in Springfield, Tennessee.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of local arrangements.

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Obituary for Mackie Morrow

Mackie Arms Morrow, age 78, of Cedar Hill, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her home.

A Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 3pm in the Bellwood Cemetery with Brother Bruce Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

A private family visitation will be held prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Morrow was born March 2, 1942 in Cedar Hill to the late Claudie L. and Annie Louise Stuard Arms. She was a Greeter at the YMCA until her retirement in 2017 and was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. Mrs. Morrow loved sunshine and the beach and being outdoors. She loved gardening and flowers and was even awarded the Cedar Hill Beautification Award.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Morrow is preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Dale Arms and her brothers, Ricky Leon Arms and Jeffrey Lane Arms.

floral squareMrs. Morrow is survived by her husband of 60 years, Willie Hugh Morrow; son, Robert (Liz) Morrow of Midlothian, VA; brothers, Ronnie (Margaret) Arms and Jeff (Bobbi Ann) Arms, both of Adams; and sister, Judy (Warren) Wallace of Adams. Mrs. Morrow is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and friends who will miss her very much.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 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.

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Obituary for Dianna “Dawn” Tomlin

Dianna “Dawn” Tomlin, age 67, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020.

Dawn is preceded in death by her parents, Carl Elton and Melba Franes Stewart. She is survived by her sister, Vicki Lynn Logan.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.

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Obituary for Eugene Crutcher, Jr.

Eugene “Smiley” Crutcher, Jr., age 89, of Greenbrier, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home.

A Graveside Service was held Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3pm in the Gideon Cemetery with Reverend Don Sensing officiating. Burial followed with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

A Memorial Service will also be held Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 1pm at the Gideon United Methodist Church.

Mr. Crutcher was born June 2, 1930 in Robertson County to the late Eugene S. and Thelma Corbin Crutcher, Sr. He worked for 69 years as a Sheet Metal Worker for the Local 177 and was a member of the Gideon United Methodist Church in Greenbrier. He loved camping, gardening, farming, cutting wood, riding his motorcycle, or just being outside. Mr. Crutcher was also affectionately known as “Hot Rod”.

In addition to his parents Mr. Crutcher is preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Hinkle. He is survived by his wife, Mary Hedgepath Crutcher; son, Kenneth (Susan) Crutcher of Clinton, TN; daughters, floral squareJoy Darlene Huffines of Greenbrier and Wanda (Randy) Hollis of Nashville; grandchildren, Brittany Crutcher, Tiffany Hollis, Emily Crutcher, Roger Hollis, Justin Huffines, Katlin Hollis, Josh Bunn and Elizabeth Huffines; and great-grandchildren, Maeline Hollis-Beard and Brantley Huffines.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon United Methodist Church Youth Group. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for John Jeffrey Hanks

Age 75 of Cottontown passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Skyline Medical Center. He was born June 6, 2944 in Warren, PA. He was employed as a factory worker with Kellogg’s before his retirement and was a member of White House First Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He loved motorcycles and enjoyed watching westerns and war movies. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Virginia Van Camp Malo; daughter, Joy Lynn Hanks Tyson.

He is survived bu his wife of 54 years, Valerie Hanks, Cottontown, TN; sons, Jeffrey (Pam) Hanks, Jackson, MI and Jason (Valery) floral squareHanks, Cottontown, TN; sister, Lori Andrews, AZ; 8 grandchildren, Chaz, Hailey, Jacob, Hannah, Alyssa, William, Jonathan and Lucy; 1 great-grandchild, Aubrey.

A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11am at White House First Baptist Church with Rev. Ashley Mofield officiating and with military honors. Burial in the Hillcrest Cemetery columbarium will be scheduled at a later date.

Remains rest at Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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