In Loving Memory: Obituaries From April 3, 2018 – April 10, 2018
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Mary Ellen Pugh
Mary Ellen Pugh, 85, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, died Tuesday April 10, 2018 at Springfield Heights Assisted Living in Springfield, TN. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday April 14th at 2:00 p.m. at the Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Mountain Home. Entombment will follow in the Saint Andrews Episcopal Columbarium. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.
Mrs. Pugh was born November 18, 1932 in Fredonia, KS to the late Jesse Denton and Susie Marie Wagner Rossel. She was the former owner and operator of Saddles N Such in Germantown, TN. Mrs. Pugh was a member of Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Mountain Home, and she attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church while living in Springfield. She was a member of the DAR and PEO in Arkansas, and she visited both chapters while living in Tennessee. Mrs. Pugh was a Cellist, and a member of the Mountain Home Community Orchestra. She was a Master Gardener, having won many awards and ribbons. She raised German Roller Canarys and was an excellent seamstress.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Dr. Russell Oris Pugh. Mrs. Pugh is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Diane and Lawrence “Bob” Hoge of Springfield, by her sons and daughter-in-law: David Pugh of Bowling Green, KY, Richard and Dawn Pugh of Bartlett, TN, by her sister and brother-in-law: Dorothy and Allen Lay of California, by her grandchildren: Kristin (Brent) Owens, Katherine Pugh (Scott Smyth), Christopher Pugh, and Michael Pugh, and her great grandchildren: Parker and Austin Pugh.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to either Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Mountain Home, AR or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Springfield, TN
Mary Naomi Frey, 90, of Springfield, died Monday April 9, 2018 at Lynch’s Residential Home in Cedar Hill. Memorial services will be conducted Sunday April 15th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield with Reverend Bo Burgener and Reverend Rick Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the church.
Mrs. Frey was born May 31, 1927 in Baltimore, MD to the late James and Ruth Sewell Dickerson. She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Mrs. Frey loved to travel, dance, and her dogs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: William “Bill” Frey, and by her son: James “Jim” Frey.
Mrs. Frey is survived by her nieces: Marion Jane Richardson, Patty Reid, Donna Head, and Trish Hopkins all of Springfield, Marsha Pickering of Jefferson City, and by her nephew: John Rawls of Springfield
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Springfield
Rita Pitt, age 47 of Columbia and formerly of Robertson County, died Monday, April 9, 2018 in Maury County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Steve Blackwell officiating. The family will receive friends from 9 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Pitt was born December 16, 1970 in Robertson County to Frances Chandler Groves and the late Wallace Groves. She had worked as a waitress and she loved music and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her uncle who reared her, James Roberts.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Anthony Pitt of Springfield; daughter, Tabbetha Pitt of Nashville; aunt who reared her, Carol Roberts of Columbia; grandchildren, Brettley Eden, Bryslen Pitt, and Waylon Wilson; brothers, Johnny Groves and Billy Groves, both of Springfield; sister, Tina Blakemon Groves of Kentucky; and cousin, Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Steve Blackwell of Thompson Station.
Frances Crawford Dorris, age 97 of Greenbrier, died Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the home of her daughter. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Frank Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Aaron Sanders, Joe Dorris, Sammy Dorris, Timothy Sanders, Geoffrey Sanders, and John Raymond Brown serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 4 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 11 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Dorris was born December 9, 1920 in Robertson County to the late A.B. and Pearl Wilson Crawford. She was a member of Gideon United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. Her passion was her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Dorris; a brother, Paul Harris Crawford; and her sister, Dorothy Lee Crawford Mayes.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Carl Mack and Patsy Dorris of Greenbrier; daughters and son-in-law, Carolyn and Michael Sanders of Greenbrier and Patsy Sircy of Greenbrier; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Crawford of Greenfield, IN; grandchildren, Joe Mack Dorris, Renee Tallent, Vanessa Sircy, Sandra Brown, and Michael Aaron Sanders; great grandchildren, Sammy Dorris, Shelby Dorris, Eric Tallent, Emily Tallent, Katy Sircy, Timothy Sanders, Geoffrey Sanders, Kelsey Pentecost, Abbey Brown, and John Raymond Brown; and great-great grandchild, Cade Warren Sanders.
Dana Cooksey Holt, 47, of Adams, died Thursday April 5, 2018 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Sunday April 8th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Ronnie Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Bellwood Cemetery with Reverend Al Hodges officiating and Joshua Holt, Jesse Holt, Jacob Holt, Dakota Rawls, Teddy Douglas, and Timmy Head serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Dana was born August 19, 1970 in Robertson County. She was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School Class of 1988. She received her BSN from MTSU. Dana was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She worked as the Nurse Supervisor for Robertson County Schools. Dana loved camping, cooking, taking meals to other people, her animals, and especially spending time with her family and friends.
Dana is survived by her husband: Rusty Holt of Adams, her sons: Joshua (Alicia) Holt of Cedar Hill, Jesse Holt of Cedar Hill, Jacob Holt of Adams, her mother: Cheryl Ragland Ford of Adams, her father: Danny Cooksey of Springfield, her half-sisters: Crystal Steward of Springfield and Heather Holland of Nashville her nephew: Dakota Rawls of Cedar Hill, and by her aunt: Staci Krantz of Springfield
The family request that donations be made to Jo Byrns High School for the Dana Holt Nursing Memorial Scholarship. All donations may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Ruby Douglas Escue, 71, of Greenbrier, died Thursday April 5, 2018 at Skyline Medical Center. At her request, her remains were buried in Springfield Memorial Gardens and no services were held. Mrs. Escue was born January 16, 1947 in Robertson County to the late Archie R. and Hazel Cohea Douglas. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Escue was preceded in death by her husband: Tommy Escue, her brother: Archie Mack Douglas, and by her sister: Linda Charney. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Phillip and Dewrena Escue of Greenbrier, daughter: Cindy Sircy of Greenbrier, sisters: Betty Douglas of Springfield, Emily Mayes of Greenbrier, and Patsy Sprouse of Greenbrier, grandchildren: Jason (Natalie) Lassiter, Lucus Sircy, and Kristina (Alex) Overdorf, great grandchildren: Brody and Willow Lassiter.
Charles Cooper Parrigin, age 76, of Springfield, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 at NHC Healthcare. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Ron Baptiste officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Craig Pentecost, Corey Parrigin, Jay Ward, Jeff Ward, Ronnie Blackburn and Robert Blackburn serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 4-8pm and again on Friday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mr. Parrigin was born December 10, 1941 in Livingston, TN to the late Cooper and Lillie McCulley Parrigin. He retired from Acme Boot after 38 years of service, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents Mr. Parrigin is preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy Parrigin and Kerry Parrigin; and his sisters, Faye Vetrano, Pam Parrigin and Marie Qualls.
Mr. Parrigin is survived by his daughters, Michele Bilyeu and Valerie Barlow, both of Springfield; brothers, Larry (Faye) Parrigin of Springfield and Tony (Nancy) Parrigin of Gallatin; sisters, Betty Sims of West Monroe, LA, Wanda Henson of Springfield and Teresa (James) Blackburn of Portland; grandchildren, Kimberly McCreary, Duston McCreary, Misty Jones and Craig (Brittney) Pentecost; and great-grandchildren, Tristan Phipps, Sophia Gerard, Devion Bowens and Cataleya Ippolito.
Janie Marie Inman, age 71, of Clarksville, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 at Tennova Healthcare. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother John Maltais officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 9am until the hour of service at 11am.
Mrs. Inman was born February 21, 1947 in Pontotoc, Mississippi to the late John and Beulah Caples Williams. She worked as a Computer Operator Manager for the State of Tennessee.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Inman is preceded in death by her husband, Davis Inman and her sister, Marti Hayward. She is survived by her son, Billy (Wendy) Duvall of Hopkinsville, KY; daughter, Teresa (Johnny) Riggins of Clarksville; brother, David (Cindy) Williams of MI; sister, Jackie (Cody) Welch of MI; and grandchildren, Victoria (James) Hunt, Mariah (Casey) Baggett, Madison Duvall and John Tanner Duvall.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Church of your choice. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
William Orville Briggs, age 71, of Greenbrier passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Centennial Medical Center. Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41 S., Greenbrier, TN 37073.
No Services are planned.
Mr. Briggs was born September 24, 1946 in Springfield, TN to the late William Henry and Bonnie Ellen Bloodworth Briggs.
Janette Chenault Colbert, age 95 of Goodlettsville passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Goodlettsville, TN.
The family will receive friends 10am to 1pm on Saturday, April 14 and the service will follow at 1pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with Rev. Nathan Washburn officiating and music provided by Rev. Jon Briggs. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens.
She was born February 17, 1923 in Minter City, MS and grew up in Okolona, OK the only child of Janet and Grady Chenault. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Thomas S. Colbert. She was a housewife and a member of Greenbrier First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Colbert is survived by her daughters, Janis (Jim) Evans of Greenville, NC, Gail (Neal) Hancock of Ridgetop, TN; grandchildren, Shanon Hancock., Jana Watkins, Louis Holland; great-grandchildren, Emile, Jules, Colbert, Will, Keenan and Amelia. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greenbrier First Baptist Church.
William Jack Elliston, known to most as “Bill”, age 44, of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Centennial in Ashland City.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Pastor Chris Moore officiating.
His remains will be cremated following the funeral service.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday beginning at 11:00am until the hour of service.
Bill was born on March 26, 1974, in Colby, Kansas. He was a Registered Nurse at Metro General Hospital in Nashville. He attended LifePoint Church in Clarksville. Bill liked antique cars, playing the guitar, hunting, and was well-known to make and drink very strong coffee! He was a very dedicated nurse- always kind to his patients and co-workers, and always calmly prepared for any situation that might arise in the hospital. The most important part of Bill’s life was the love for his family, and he was so proud of his son.
Loving survivors include his wife, Nicki Elliston; son, Xander Elliston of Ashland City; parents, David and Vicky Elliston of Ashland City; mother of his son, Cheryl Elliston of Ashland City; and parents-in-law, Jerry and Joy Robertson of Charlotte, Tennessee.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
Wilma Nelle Jones Safley, 96, died April 6, 2018 in Raleigh, NC, where she recently lived near her sons at Waltonwood Retirement Community. Mrs. Safley, “Nelle”, was born in Hardeman County, TN to the late Dan Aaron Jones and Elma Rebecca Porter Jones.
She was a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN with degree in Elementary Education and Home Economics. She was elected Homecoming Queen and a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. Professionally, Mrs. Safley spent 28 years in the classroom teaching students in Robertson County, TN. She was active in local and state education organizations. Mrs. Safley expected excellence of herself, and she challenged her students to always do their best by gaining responsibility and maintaining high ideals.
Earlier in her career she served as a Home Demonstration Agent in Lincoln County, TN where she met and married Lawson M. Safley in 1947. They moved to Springfield, TN in 1952 when Mr. Safley became Superintendent of the Highland Rim Experiment Station. Together they served the community and state when Mr. Safley became Brigadier General of the Tennessee National Guard and later in retirement as the District President of Kiwanis International.
Mrs. Safley was President of the 20th Century Club, and she supported the Community Concert Program, Farm Bureau, Cub Scouts and County elections. She was Supervisor of the Primary Department at Main Street Church of Christ. Mrs. Safley taught Sunday School at the Church, and she actively supported church missions for over 58 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Safley moved to their farm in Barren Plains. In “retirement” they enjoyed sharing the bounty of their land with friends and strangers alike. Mrs. Safley is survived by her sons, Lawson M. Safley, Jr. (Pamela) of Raleigh, NC and Charles D. Safley (Charyl) of Durham, NC, brother, Allen Jones of Columbia, TN and sister-in-law, Elsie Safley of McMinnville, TN. She is the Grandmother of Jennifer Newton (Steven) of Pittsboro, NC, Timothy Safley (Karen) of Durham, NC, Emily Bradley (Josh) of Cary, NC, C. Christopher Safley (Allison) of Alexandria, VA and Callie McKenzie (Timothy) of Waxhaw, NC. She is survived by twelve great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Foreign Missions at the Main Street Church of Christ, 318 N. Main St., Springfield, TN 37172 or Raleigh Church of Christ, 911 Barringer Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 10:30am in the Chapel of Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Joe Rushing officiating. Burial will follow at Springfield Memorial Gardens with David Gunn, Josh Gunn, Jonathan Gunn, Joe King, Steven Wisener and Rick Murphy serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 9th from 5pm-8pm and again on Tuesday from 9am until the hour of service at 10:30am.
Lola Dempster Luna, age 65, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at her home. A memorial service was held Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 5pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Buddy Rawls officiating.
Visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday from 2pm until the hour of service at 5pm.
Ms. Luna was born May 2, 1952 in Howell, Michigan to the late William Johnson and Edna Spencer Dempster, Sr. She was a waitress for many years until her retirement.
In addition to her parents Ms. Luna is preceded in death by her sisters, Donna Dempster and Dot Drake and her great-grandson, Leonadis Estrada.
Ms. Luna is survived by her sons, Jonathan (Tammy) Maynard of Winter Haven, FL and Michael Maynard of Cedar Hill; daughter, Sherry (Carlos) Estrada of Greenbrier; brother, William Dempster of Michigan; sister, Catherine Dempster of Leigh Acres, FL; 12 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Age 19 of White House passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from injuries received in a traffic accident. He was born June 4, 1998 in Palm Harbor, Florida to Steve and Susan Coursen Cortez. He worked in the produce department at Wal-Mart and was a graduate of Aaron Academy in Hendersonville, TN. He loved playing with legos as a child. and still enjoyed playing video games, especially ones with tanks. He had a particular interest in WWII history and liked fixing things, including computers. He attended White House Elementary and White House Middle Schools. He had been accepted to Tennessee Tech, where he was making plans to attend in August. He was fun loving and always took care of the needs of others before thinking of himself. He loved the Lord with all his heart. He is preceded in death by two infant sisters.
He is survived by his parents, Steve and Susan Cortez; brother, Joseph Dominic Cortez; sister, Nicole Cortez, all of White House, TN; maternal grandmother, Yvonne Coursen; paternal grandmother, Margit Welzel.
A Celebration of Life Funeral service was held Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 4pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Steve Cortez officiating. A private family burial took place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 2-4pm at the funeral home.