In Loving Memory: Obituaries From April 12 – April 18, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Cheri Dorene Braswell
Cheri Dorene Braswell, age 40 of Springfield, died Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Porter Ray Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Corey Braswell, Chris Braswell, Tyler Braswell, Matt Plummer, Jacob Plummer, Brandon Martindale, Big Jonathan Honaker, Little Jonathan Honaker, Brian Young, Justin Busby, and Mark Pentecost serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Braswell, Dallas Honaker, and Montana Honaker. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 4 until 8 PM and again on Tuesday from 11 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Braswell was born December 20, 1978 in Robertson County to Dickie Braswell and Dora “Dodie” Greer. She was a student and a member of the Psychiatric Honor Society and Alpha PSY CHI. She enjoyed making furniture and loved the outdoors especially camping, fishing, and her favorite bonfires. She loved helping others as demonstrated at her death by being a full organ donor.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, John “Buck” Pentecost and Dixie and Betty Braswell.
Surviving her are her wife, Jennifer Braswell of Springfield; father, Dickie Braswell and wife Lynne of Springfield; mother Dora “Dodie” Greer and fiancé’ Joseph Rice of Greenbrier; sons, Timothy Knight of Springfield; daughters, Brittany Knight of Springfield and Brandy Busby and husband Justin of Burns; brothers, Christopher Lee Braswell of White House and Corey Allan Braswell and wife Angie of Springfield; sister, Rachael Murray and husband Robert of Springfield; grandmother, Ann Pentecost of Springfield; step-grandparents, Frank and Marilyn Swinea of Springfield; grandchildren, Wyatt Knight, Damien Busby, Penelope Busby, and Amara Coleman; nephews, Corey Tyler Braswell, Austin Franklin Murray, Ethan Robert Murray, and Lucian Samuel Murray; nieces, Ashley Nicole Braswell and Sara Elizabeth Braswell; and great nephew, Dawson Knox Braswell, and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to Tennessee Donor Services. Al donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Freeman Neal, age 95 of Springfield, died Thursday, April 18, 2019 at NorthCrest Medical Center. In honor of his request his remains will be cremated and no services are planned.
Mr. Neal was born October 16, 1923 in Springfield to the late John Robert and Ruby Sinclair Ethridge Neal. He was a retired butcher and was a veteran of the United States Army having served in World War II. He enjoyed the outdoors especially watching birds and enjoyed watching westerns on television. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Velma Neal of Springfield; eight step-children; and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Kenna Brooke Gupton Robards, age 28, passed away on Sunday, April 14th 2019.
Kenna entered into this life on March 8, 1991 in Nashville, TN daughter of Kenneth Gupton, and Jackie Gamble Gupton. She married Lucas Phillip Nicholas Robards on September 13th, 2014. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with a BA in Education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She taught 7th Grade Mathematics at Rossview Middle School for six years and received accolades for her dedication to her students. Spending time with family and friends, teaching, and traveling were some of Kenna’s greatest passions. She worked passionately for her students and cared deeply for her loved ones.
She is preceded in death by grandparents, Don Gupton, Maxine Gupton, Levetta Gupton, George “Jack” Gamble, Pauline Gamble, and Phil Harris.
She is survived by her husband, Lucas Phillip Nicholas Robards; parents, Kenneth (Beth) Gupton, and Jackie Gamble Gupton; grandmother, Rosemary Harris; brothers, Daniel Scott (Madison) Gupton, and William Parker Gupton; niece, Charlie Kate Gupton; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Nick and Joan Robards. Kenna is also survived by her beloved dog, Chipper Robards.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Gupton, Parker Gupton, Tyler Wooden, Wade Etherton, Stephen Reed, Eric Powers, Bryan Ingle, and Sean Powers. Rossview Middle School teachers and staff, and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority will serve as honorary pallbearers.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2019 at First Baptist Church Clarksville-Grace Chapel with Rev. Pat Van Dyke officiating. Burial will follow at Springfield Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Clarksville- Grace Chapel, and again on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Kenna Robards Rossview Scholarship Fund, c/o McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home. 1209 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040.
Obituary for Larry Randall Pollard
Larry Randall Pollard, Sr., 74, of Springfield, passed from this life on Monday April 15, 2019 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the Hudgins Cemetery in Fairview. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home.
Mr. Pollard was born February 21, 1945 in Davidson County to the late Henry Newson Pollard and Trula Iona Tidwell Pollard. He worked as a bicycle repairman and was of the Church of Christ faith. Mr. Pollard loved to fish, and he was a gentle man to all that knew him.
Mr. Pollard is survived by his wife: Angela Holland Pollard of Springfield, his son: Larry Pollard, Jr., his daughter: Patricia Pollard, his brother: Michael Pollard, his sisters: Judy Lane, Janice Stewart, and Barbara Brooks, and by his grandchildren: Zach, Elissia, Noah, Meagan, and Rachel.
Rebecca Kay Brewster, age 65, of Springfield and formerly of Paris, TN, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at NorthCrest Medical Center.
No services are planned at this time.
Mrs. Brewster was born October 20, 1953 in Corinth, MS to the late Marcus Allen and Mrs. Mary Hodum Allen Jones of Olive Branch, MS. She was a Nurse Practitioner at the Veterans’ Hospital.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Brewster is survived by her husband, Alan Brewster; sons, Toby (Melba) Gant of Cummins, GA and Neal Gant of Nashville; daughter, Tracy Brant of TX; brothers, Brian Jones and Kelly Jones, both of Olive Branch, MS; sister, Charlotte Gant of Corinth, MS; and grandchildren, Jake Gant, Grace Gant, Alex Gant, Sarah Gant, Jenna (Matt) Neely and Brylie Brant.
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Obituary for Wendell C. Elmore
Wendell C. Elmore, age 72 of Greenbrier, TN passed away Monday, April 15, 2019 at his residence.
The family received friends 3pm to 4pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and a Memorial Service followed at 4pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with Bro. Tee Rawls officiating.
He was born February 9, 1947 in Glasgow, KY to the late Carlos and Emily Pearl Smith Elmore. He was also preceded in death by wife, Sheila Baxter Elmore; siblings, Hendon Elmore, Nina Jean Baucum; stepson, Brandon Teal; stepdaughters, Betty Anderson and Melissa Carter.
He was a Contractor in the flooring business and a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Scottsville, KY and also attended Organic Community Church in Greenbrier.
He is survived by sister, Judy (Louie) Williams of Scottsville, KY; stepdaughters, Amanda Teal, Tina Warner, Tracy Caldwell and 9 grandchildren.
A special thank you to Melissa Teal and Mark Bigbie for their kind and loving care for Wendell.
Virginia Annes Grant, age 94, of Greenbrier, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019 at The Waters of Springfield.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Pastors Steve and Teresa Shauf officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Payton Brown, Parker Brown, Ethan West and Nicholas Johnston serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 10am until the hour of service at 2pm.
Mrs. Grant was born September 24, 1924 in Greenville, KY to the late Winfield and Pauline Goodman Annes. She worked in the Finishing Department at Hinkle Chair Company, was of the Baptist faith and loved quilting.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Grant is preceded in death by her husband, William Bradley Grant and her sister, Dona Mitchell.
Mrs. Grant is survived by her daughter, Dianne Fullton of Springfield; sister, Anna Schuetrumpf of Tamaqua, PA; grandson, Andrew Grant of Springfield; and great-grandchildren, Callie Fullton, Daycee Fullton, Terrin Fullton, Braylen Fullton, Jordyn Rogers and Madison Rogers.
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Obituary for Karl Ray DeKnoblough
Karl Ray DeKnoblough, age 84, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Karl was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was the owner of D.K.D. Electronics.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Lona DeKnoblough. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Helen Shreeve DeKnoblough; daughters, Karla (Skip) Link and Pam (Michael) Box; stepchildren, Allen Shreeve and David (Stephanie) Shreeve; grandchildren, Greg Shreeve, Austin Shreeve, Shelby Shreeve, Kristy Shreeve, James Kemp, Stephen Box and Spencer Box; 6 great-grandchildren also survive.
Mr. DeKnoblough’s family received friends on Wednesday, April 17 from 11:00 A.M. until his Celebration of Life Service at 1:00 P.M. at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. Services were conducted by Rev. Jeff DeWees. Interment followed in Beech Cemetery with Military Honors.
Richard “R.H.” Henry Bibee, age 84 of Greenbrier, TN passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 at The Waters of Robertson.
The family will receive friends 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019 and again 11am to 1pm on Friday at the funeral home. The funeral service will follow at 1pm with Rev. Ray Mayo and Dr. Jerry Ray Worsham officiating. Burial will follow in Lights Chapel Cemetery.
He was born July 4, 1934 in Springfield, TN to the late Louis “Frank” and Annie “Eva” Morris Bibee. He was also preceded in death by wife, Joyce Walden Bibee; brothers, Clifford and his wife Mary Bibee, Virgil Bibee, Burns Bibee; sister, Annie Carroll and grandson, Samuel Martin.
He worked for Heel Plant in Springfield and was retired as an electrician from Dupont. He served in the US Army. He loved riding motorcycles, fixing old lawn mowers and weed eaters and doing odd jobs for his friends.
He is survived by son, Richard Alan (Mary Frances) Bibee; daughter, Brenda Michele (Robert) Turner; companion of 26 years, Barbara Wood; brother, Leroy (Sylvia) Bibee; sister-in-law, Ro Bibee; grandchildren, John Alan (Lorie) Bishop, Joshua Henry Green; step-grandson, Trevor Harper and granddaughter, Katherine Joy Bibee; 4 great granddaughters and 3 great-great granddaughters and 1 great-great grandson.
Pallbearers will be John Alan Bishop, Joshua Green, Robert Turner, Charles Bibee and Woody Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Bracey, Leroy Bibee, Eddie Turner, Terry Gentry and Duane Parker.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.
Mary Joyce “Joy” Balthrop, age 73, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at Hillcrest Healthcare Center in Ashland City.
Funeral services were conducted at 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 16th, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Gene Parton officiating. Burial followed at EverRest of Cheatham Cemetery with Joe Carter, Josh Whitehouse, Cory Balthrop, Travis Balthrop, Dwyot Thorton, Victor O’Connell, and Thomas Binkley serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, April 15th from 4-8:00PM and again on Tuesday from 9:00AM until the hour of service at 10:00AM.
Joy was born on February 25, 1946 in Springfield, Tennessee to the late Arthur and Mary Jo Spicer Henderson. She was retired after 25 years at Acme Boot Company and was a wonderful cook at Dainty’s Sudden Service for 15 years. She was a member of Oakland Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Balthrop; and a son, Stevie Balthrop.
Joy is survived by a daughter, Teresa Carpenter; brother, Jerry Henderson; sisters, Helen Bunch and Jean Ellis; grandchildren, Joe and Ray Carter; great- grandchildren, Alexis Carter-Tansil, McKenzie Carter, Morgan Carter, Logan Whitehouse, and Wally Jones; and two honorary grandchildren, Lauren Graham and Kaela Felts.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association and may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.
William “Bill” Harmon Whitt, age 66, of Antioch, Tennessee, died Friday, April 12th, 2019 at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Wednesday, April 17th, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Randy Riggs officiating. His remains were cremated following the funeral service.
The family received friends at the funeral home from 1 o’clock pm until the hour of service at 2:00PM.
Bill was born on October 8, 1952 in Nashville to the late Raymond and Charlotte Norred Whitt. He was formerly employed at AIG insurance. He loved music and played the guitar. He enjoyed drag racing and was an avid golfer. He was a Christian.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Ray Whitt.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Whitt; son, Chris (Diana) Knight; daughter, Sandy (Jamey) Guinn and Brandy (Bobby) Hunter; brother, Gary (Priscilla) Whitt; sister, Caroline Borden; and five grandchildren.
David Lynn Mantlo, age 50, of Orlinda, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019 at his home. No services are planned at this time.
Mr. Mantlo was born August 19, 1968 in Springfield, TN and was a foreman in the Construction Industry. He was a loving man with a generous spirit. Always quick with a smile and a kind word.
Mr. Mantlo is survived by his son, Coleman Mantlo of Greenbrier; mother, Doris Evans Mantlo of Greenbrier; sister, Martha (David) Bugg of Orlinda; and a host of loving family and friends that will all miss him very much.