In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week April 23, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week April 23, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries April 15-23, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Richard Lee Douglas

Richard Lee Douglas, 70, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday April 23, 2020 at North Crest Medical Center. A private family graveside service will be conducted on Monday April 27th in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating.

Richard Lee was born April 10, 1950 in Cedar Hill to the late Dixie Lee and Jewel Dean Armes Douglas. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years for the Robertson County Highway Department and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his floral squaregrandparents: Tom and Anna Lou Knight Douglas, Herman Armes, and Ina Lee Beason Armes Brooksher, and by his step-grandfather: Mason Brooksher.

Richard Lee is survived by his sister and brother-in-law: Wilma Diane Douglas Swindell and Frank Swindell of Springfield, and by several cousins and friends.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Harold E. “Mr. Harold” Douglas

Harold E. “Mr. Harold” Douglas, 83, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday April 21, 2020 at his home.

A private family graveside service will be conducted on Friday April 24th in the Palestine Cemetery with Reverend Diane Coppock and James Marshall officiating. No visitation will be held.

Mr. Harold was born July 13, 1936 in Clarksville to the late R.J. and Mary Martin Douglas. He was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1955. Mr. Harold was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Over the years he was an employee of Ford Glass, Texaco Oil, Daniel and BE&K Construction. He was most proud of being co-founder of Douglas and Co., forever known as Douglas Amoco, where he was Pit Master. Mr. Harold loved his horses and farm, where he spent many hours of enjoyment.

floral squareMr. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 62 years: Faye Reid Douglas of Springfield, by his son and daughter-in-law: Eric and Betty Lou Douglas of Springfield, by his grandson: Todd Helmintoller, by his great grandchildren: Myra, Sloane, and Hope Helmintoller, by his faithful dog: Samantha, and by a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, many best friends and caretakers.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Mary Joe “Mama Joe” Carter Dorris

Mary Joe “Mama Joe” Carter Dorris, 88, of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Monday April 20, 2020.

A private family graveside service will be conducted on Friday April 24th in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Reverend Don Sensing officiating.

Mrs. Dorris was born January 3, 1932 in Springfield to the late Joe Henry and Polly Sanford Carter. She was a graduate of Greenbrier High School Class of 1949 and loved being a part of the 49’ers lady’s group of her graduating class. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Greenbrier United Methodist Church, where she was very active in the United Methodist Women’s ministry. Mrs. Dorris was a charter member of the Greenbrier Historical Society. She lived a life of faith to her Lord and her church, and she always treasured being involved in the lives of her family that she loved so much.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years: Charles “Charlie” Fate Dorris, and by her brother and sister-in-law: Judge Charles Carter and Vivian Baggett Carter. Mrs. Dorris is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Charlotte and Terry Dorris of Greenbrier, by her son and daughter-in-law: Joe and Monica Dorris of Greenbrier, by her grandchildren: Rob Dorris and wife Margarete, Ken Dorris and wife Erica, Jody floral squareDorris and wife Sarah, Blake Dorris and wife Skylar, by her great grandchildren: Luke, Kate, Heidi, and Wesley Dorris, by her dear friend: Dorothy Helen Elliott of Townsend, and by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jimmy and Melba Dorris of Greenbrier.

If so desired, you may honor her memory with donations to the Greenbrier United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the American Heart Association. All donations can 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

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Obituary Kenneth Alva Brooks, Sr.

Kenneth Alva Brooks, Sr., 85, of Adams, passed away on Sunday April 19, 2020 at his home.

His remains will be cremated.

Mr. Brooks was born April 1, 1935 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He was a retired electrician and was a member of Electrical Union (IBEW) Local 70 in Maryland. Mr. Brooks enjoyed farming and raising cattle. For many years he traveled the country showing Angus Cattle. He was preceded in death by his wife: Virginia Feight Brooks.

floral squareMr. Brooks is survived by his sons: Kenneth Alva Brooks, Jr. of Kansas, Dennis Brooks of Maryland, David Brooks of Tennessee, James Brooks of Tennessee, by his daughters: Deborah Miller of Maryland, Judith Cobb of Tennessee, and Barbara Tittel of Maryland, by his sisters: Janet Matthews, Bonnie Nash, and Audrey Keys, by 26 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Andy Davis

Andy Davis, age 83 of Gallatin, TN passed away on April 18, 2020.

A graveside service was held at Beech Cemetery on Wednesday, May 6 at 11 a.m.

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 Doris Jean West Butrum

Doris Jean West Butrum, 83, of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Friday April 17, 2020 at The Waters of Robertson.

A private family graveside service will be conducted on Monday April 20th in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Pastor Jon Briggs officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeffery Butrum, Bruce Jackson, Adam Henson, Jordan Henson, Ravi Butrum, and Dontavius Butrum. There will be no public visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Butrum was born December 7, 1936 in Springfield to the late Homer and Myra Briggs West. She was a retired cashier from Springfield Kroger and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Butrum enjoyed crafting, going to yard sales, playing bingo, and going to the Long Hollow Jamboree. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughters: Marcia Brown and Donna Butrum.

floral squareMrs. Butrum is survived by her son: Ray Butrum of Springfield, by her daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia and Larry Jackson of Greenbrier, Debbie and Mark Lewis of Goodlettsville, Stephanie and Troy Henson of Greenbrier, by her brother and sister-in-law: Paul “P.R.” and Tammy West of Adams, by her sisters and brothers-in-law: Carolyn and Billy Wood of Springfield, Mary and Tony Keith of Springfield, by her special friend: Howard Eidson of Greenbrier, by her 13 grandchildren, and by several great and great great grandchildren

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Arnold Gibson, Jr.

Arnold Gibson, Jr., 81, of Hermitage, passed away on Thursday April 16, 2020 at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

A private family graveside service was conducted Wednesday April 22nd in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Reverend Michael Smith officiating. The family plans for a Memorial Celebration of Life service at a future date.

Mr. Gibson was born November 15, 1938 in Pikeville, KY. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and he worked many years as a heavy equipment operator for Wright’s Industry. Mr. Gibson was of the Baptist faith. He was the type person that always had to be doing something and when ever you asked him what he was doing, he always said “just piddlin”. Mr. Gibson was preceded in death by his father: Arnold Gibson, Sr., by his mother: Babe England Clark, and by his wife: Gladys Elizabeth Ledbetter Gibson, who died in January of this year.

floral squareMr. Gibson is survived by his son: William Gibson of Abingdon, VA, by his daughter: Lisa Gibson of Johnson City, by his step-son: Kenneth Melvin “Kenny” Head and his wife Willie Head of Cedar Hill, by his step-daughters: Brenda Kay Head of Madison and Rita Fay Williams of Nashville, by his brothers: Richard Gibson of Pikeville, KY and Dean Ray Gibson of Hellier, KY, by his sisters: Alice Fay Courtney of Pikeville, KY, Rita Ann Tackett, Amanda DeRosett, and Arnette Simpson all of Hellier, KY, and by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Dewall Murphey, Jr.

Dewall Porter Murphey, Jr., age 96, of Pleasant View, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, April 24, 2020 in the Elmwood Cemetery with Brother Kenneth Wayne Head officiating. Burial will follow with Donny Browning, Phillip Murphey, Preston Murphey, Zach Shelton, Jacob Shelton, Freddy Head, Cam Myatt and Josh Pulley serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Murphey was born November 8, 1923 in Cedar Hill to the late Dewall and Mary Morgan Murphey, Sr. He loved to fish and hunt and was a member of the Coopertown Church of Christ. He loved celebrating his birthday and holidays and especially loved getting greeting cards.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Murphey is preceded in death by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and Rufus Head and Dimple and George A. Price. He is survived by his brother, Jimmy (Faye) Murphey of Pleasant View; 6 nieces; and 5 nephews.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Norman Plank

Norman Wayne Plank, age 78, of Greenbrier, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Hendersonville.

A private graveside service was held Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in the Bellwood Cemetery with Brother Dennis Stirewalt officiating. Burial followed with family and friends serving as pallbearers. No visitation was held prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Plank was born July 25, 1941 in Madison, Illinois to the late Clarence N. and Elizabeth Glore Plank. He worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

floral squareMr. Plank is survived by his son, Jeff Plank of Adams; daughters, Sherri Davis, Sheila (Robert) Rish and Shanon Haskins, all of Hendersonville; sister, Marcy (Lynn) Jones of Greenbrier; mother of his children, Nancy Tucker of Hendersonville; and grandchildren, Amanda Brown, Stephen Osborne, Dustin Wyatt, Kelsey Rish, Dalton Clinard, Wyatt Plank, Cheyenne Plank and Shelby Plank.

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

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Obituary for Annie Turner Crabtree

Annie Turner Crabtree, age 88, of Greenbrier, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 19, 2020 while at home. She was surrounded by her family during her final moments. Annie was born on May 7, 1931 in Smith County and was the daughter of the late Guy and Ethel Bellar. She was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church. Annie was known for her warm-hearted spirit, selfless loving nature, and being a hard worker throughout her life. Her passion was sewing, reading, gardening, attending Sunday School and most importantly her time spent with her family. Annie had many life-long friends, too numerous to name. The family appreciates every one for the cards and visits during her extended illness.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Crabtree as well as her brothers, Charles Bellar, John R. Bellar, Tommy Bellar; sisters, Myrtle Ayers, Elizabeth Reid and Lou Bryant.

She is survived by her siblings, William (Nancy) Beller, Claude (Nancy) Bellar; children, Harold (Debra) Crabtree, Bee (Dennis) Williams, Mark Crabtree, Bradley (Denise) Crabtree, Eric Crabtree; 13 grandchildren and 8 greatl-grandchildren.

floral squareAnnie will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Bethel Cemetery, where a private family graveside service will be held with Bro. Brandon Pugh officiating.

Pallbearers will be Lee Crabtree, Ben Williams, Daniel Williams, Robert Crabtree, Preston Crabtree and Nathan Miller.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Comfort Care Hospice, 471 Northcrest Dr., Springfield, TN 37172.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier, 2619 Hwy 41 S., Greenbrier, TN

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Obituary for David Ernest Vaughn

David Ernest Vaughn, age 64, of Madison, Tn. passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020.

He was a caring husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family. He loved his grandchildren and the outdoors.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 45 years, Debra Vaughn; his sons, Chris (Melissa) Vaughn and Daniel (Mary) Vaughn; his grandchildren, Colton, Chloe, Brannon and MacKenzie Vaughn.

floral squareIt was David’s request that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

No services are planned 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 Patricia Ann Hunt

Patricia Ann Hunt, age 61, Bethpage, TN passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Sumner Regional Hospital. She was born November 7, 1958 in Nashville, TN the daughter of Joseph Dewey Sain, Jr. and Esther Elizabeth Atwood.

She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Sain, Jr. and sister, Toni Barnes.

A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Patricia loved being outdoors, camping and caving. She was a true animal lover and especially loved horses and dogs. She was her ‘own person’ and always made the best of what she had.

floral squareShe is survived by son, Jayme Hunt and his wife Amy, Hendersonville, TN; daughter, Lanee’ Hunt, Manchester, TN; mother, Esther Elizabeth Brown; sister, Vicki Ernser; 5 grandchildren, Danny Sewell, Jr., Tiffani Sewell, Ryan Hunt, Rolley Hunt & Easton Hall.

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

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Obituary for Dorothy Williams Gourley

Dorothy Williams Gourley, age 91, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

She was born on April 24, 1928 to the late Will and Florence Williams in Trousdale County. Since 1959, she had been a resident of Hendersonville. She was a loving homemaker who never stopped taking care of her children.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by several siblings. She is survived by her children, Tony (Jonna) Gourley, Todd (Chee Chee) Gourley, and Debbie (Dave) Farmer; siblings, Robbie Vance and Tootie Edwards; grandchildren, Mitchell (Brittany) Gourley and Heather (Brandon) Kelly; and great-grandchildren, Donavon and Hannah Presley.

floral squarePrivate visitation was held before a Graveside Service at Hendersonville Memory Gardens on Friday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. with Merrol Hyde officiating and family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 100 Club of Sumner County.

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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 Linda Dyer

Linda Marie Dyer, age 43 of Pleasant View, Tennessee died Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Her remains will be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Linda was born on April 11, 1977 in Cleveland, Ohio to Sandy Maranville Loiacano and the late Sal Loiacano. She was employed at White House Dental and loved floral squareshopping, Disney World, and the beach. Linda was especially fond of her purses. She was a member of Battle Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother,she is survived by her husband, Scott Dyer; daughter, Keely Dyer; sister, Theresa (Brad) Cressman; niece, Libby Wallace; mother-in-law, Carol Dyer; and sister-in-law, Lori Dyer.

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 William Black

John William Black, 82, of Gallatin, TN passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

He was a member of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He loved his church and visiting with his family. He was a resolved man.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John W. Black, Sr. and Katherine Trotter; brothers, James Bills and Andrew Bills. He is survived by his daughter, Christine Black and brother, Maxie Trotter.

No services are planned 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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Arrangements for Joseph Willie “Jt” Wilkerson

Joseph Willie Wilkerson, III “JT” was born June 7, 1985 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Joseph Willie Wilkerson, II and the late Shelia J. Collier. “JT” gained his wings April 19, 2020.

“JT” professed a hope in Christ at an early age and attended Beards Chapel with Pastor Randy Taylor, First Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Johnson, and recently Lighthouse Baptist Church with Pastor Land Stapleton in Springfield. Tennessee.

“JT” was loved by all and he never met a stranger. “JT” was known to have the biggest heart of gold. He was always ready to help anyone at anytime. His recent supervisor, Emily, with no hesitation admitted that “JT” was by far the best employee “ever.” Those closest to him, Margie Sharkley and Family knew “JT” to be a companion, a brother, an uncle, a great friend and a kind loving soul.

In addition to his Mom and Father, “JT” was also preceded in death by his brothers, Percell Murray, Kenneth and Ken Collier.

floral squareHe leaves to cherish his memories: loving companion, Margie Scharkley; brothers, Bryan Murray, John and Leon Collier; little brother, Lamarion Ashley; sister, J Rose (Jonika) Burns; stepfather, Kenneth (Rayboone) Collier; nieces, Shatayla and Zipporah Murray; nephew, Martavion Murray; best friends, James Chatman and Jordan Lunsford, and a host of extended and other relatives and friends.

Private services due to COVID-19 were held Friday, April 24, 2020 with Elder James Traughber, eulogy with private interment in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for Goldie Driscoll

Goldie Mae Driscoll, age 91, of Springfield, Tennessee, died Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at NorthCrest Medical Center.

A private family graveside service was held on Saturday, April 18, at Beth Haven Memorial Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky, with her son-in-law, Pastor David Price officiating. Her grandsons served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Driscoll was born on May 1, 1928, in Corbin, Kentucky, to the late Thomas Dodd and Ava Thurston Dodd Roberts. She was a homemaker and a very faithful member at Providence Baptist Church. A ministry of hers was visiting nursing homes for her church in Louisville.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Edgar M. Driscoll; and brothers, Bill Roberts and Jerry Roberts.

floral squareMrs. Driscoll is survived by a son, James E. Driscoll; daughters, Patricia A. Grider, Brenda Scott (Michael) Akins, and Frances (Pastor David) Price; a brother, Thomas R. Roberts; twelve grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.

If so desired the family requests memorial contributions be made in her honor to Gideons International.

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

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Obituary for Clara Grace Holland

Clara Grace Holland, age 94 of Springfield, TN died Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Springfield Heights.

A private family graveside service was held on Friday April 17, 2020 in Springfield Memorial Gardens. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Ricky Balthrop, Samuel Balthrop, Robert French, Bob Ralph, Forrest Holland and Butch Duke.

Grace was born September 28, 1925 in Robertson, Co. TN to the late Simon and Nora Henson Bursby. Her husband, Thomas Mourie Holland also preceded her in death. She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church and was a retired dental hygienist.

Surviving her are her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Celeste Holland of Springfield; nephews, Ricky (Lee) Balthrop of Springfield, Forrest (Marilyn) Holland of Portland, TN, Butch (Becky) Duke of Gallatin, TN; nieces, Ann Fentress of Joelton, TN, Nellie Simpkins of Ashland City, TN, Martha Ralph of Springfield, Mary Bass of Loxahatchee, FL and several great nephews and nieces.

floral squareThe family wishes to give a special thanks to her Springfield Heights “family” for the eight years of care and devotion that was shown Grace.

If considering memorials in memory of the Grace, the family suggests Springfield Baptist Church or Springfield First Presbyterian Church. All donations may be sent in care of Robertson County Funeral Home

Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Virginia Louise Mitchell Traylor Sneed

Virginia Louise Mitchell Traylor Sneed was born on March 5, 1942, in Montgomery County to the late William Royster and Frances Beatrice Mitchell Traylor. This union was also blessed with Virginia’s beloved older brother, Donald Wayne Traylor. The wonderful foundation set forth by her parents equipped her for a rich and fulfilling life. Virginia went to be with the Lord on Sunday April 12, 2020 at 78 years of age.

Virginia graduated from Jo Byrns High School. She was a hard worker and was employed by Springfield Medical Center 16 years and served as Robertson County’s district manager of the Nashville Banner and Tennessean for 28 years. She was a fun-loving person who enjoyed being around people, collecting stories and enjoying her high school year memories. She was saved and then baptized at an early age having professed her faith in Christ.

Virginia was known as Nanaw to numerous children she kept during her retirement years and later was an employee of Home Goods. In this capacity she made many special memories and touched many hearts for the Lord. She also was care taker for her ex-husband’s grandmother, her mother, and ex-husband over several years’ time with love and compassion.

Virginia was an active member of Center Point Baptist Church, in Hendersonville, where she served on the kitchen event committee as well as enjoying her membership in the Melting Pot life group and Happy Hearts for seniors. She especially enjoyed her participation in the church Golden Girls group of fellow senior female members. Virginia also found time for involvement in the Hendersonville Citizens’ Police Academy where she helped honor officers and enjoyed huge pitch-ins and special gatherings and fund raisers.

She loved any form of travel! Just in 2016, she was seen going down the giant slide twice on a fun cruise with her daughter and two granddaughters! What a vivacious and Godly-spirited woman she was. She loved God so much that she reached out to the birds and deer by feeding them in her back woods right near her door entrance. She would wake us up to come quickly; see the deer or cardinal! She displayed a variety of green-thumb works and simply loved the sunrise and sunsets of her life or just taking a leisurely drive to observe the scenery of God’s beautiful creations.

Every morning, she would read the Bible or save it for night reading. Her Bibles were never too far away. She put a lot of effort into keeping up with all family and friends…plus, she did not mind sharing her knowledge on such matters with the children and grandkids. She was all about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, family, church, friends, a tidy home and putting in an honest days’ worth of work. She loved all people and helped the tired, lonely, sick, bereaved, shut-in, and veterans often via prayer and financial support.

Virginia will be sincerely missed. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Karen Darlene Sneed Swilik of Indianapolis, IN, Leslie Dianne Sneed Herring (Darryl) of Hendersonville, her brother: Donald Wayne Traylor (Louise) of Lafayette, her niece: Angela Traylor Marshall, her nephew: Greg Traylor; her beloved grandchildren: Jennifer Marie Swilik (Adam Schafer), Kathleen Dianne Swilik (Alex Marret), Michael William Swilik, Nicholas Joseph Valdez and Zachary Evan Valdez, and god-grandson, Austin Cramer. Her other nieces and nephews include: Susan Sneed Gregory (Toby), Pat Sneed Vantress (Wayne), Bob Sneed, Martha Sneed Dodd, Sherry Sneed Bollinger, Libby Sneed Burton, Terri Sneed Reid, Bryan Sneed, and Clay Sneed.

floral squareShe was laid to rest alongside her lifelong best friend and ex-husband and father of her children, Frank Avril Sneed, at Springfield Memorial Gardens on Friday April 17, 2020. Let’s put our stories together and look forward to a celebration of Virginia’s life, to be held sometime in December of this year.

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Obituary for Lee Melvin Scharklet

Drive by Visitation for Melvin “Big M” Scharklet  was held Friday, April 10, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at East Robertson High School

In light of the COVID-19 situation, a drive by visitation was held for Big M. Immediate family were present, socially distanced of course.

Everyone else was asked to STAY IN THEIR VEHICLE and simply drive by, give a shout out, honk their horn, etc. if they wished. This gave all a chance to pay their respects to a man who loved his community so much.

Family Funeral Procession

On Saturday April 11th the funeral procession rolled through the high school parking lot between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. for a final farewell in route to the cemetery. Everyone present was asked to wave farewell, to please stay in their vehicle and social distance.

Memorial Scholarship Fund

For those desiring to honor Big M’s memory, the family will be setting up a special scholarship fund so that his life will continue to be reflected in the life of others through education. Please reserve giving those memorial gifts until the scholarship is established, at which time information will be released through his family and through East Robertson High School

Lee Melvin Henry “Big M” Scharklet was born into this world on November 16, 1955 to the late Melvin Lee Henry and the late Eva Mae Scharklet. He was educated in the Robertson County School system. Melvin was a member and Steward of Second Grove CME church where he served faithfully. His working career began with Western Electric Telephone Company, now AT&T, and later moved to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital working in computer services.

Being the happy and joyful child he was, and through his love of dancing, Melvin danced his way into the hearts of all he encountered earning him the childhood nickname “Jitty Bug”. He was a people person from day one and never met a stranger. Melvin developed many lifelong friends while attending Krisle School and became a very popular figure as he moved on to East Robertson High School, where he picked up the nickname “Big M”. Upon graduation in the Class of 1973, Big M became increasingly active in the community, coaching little league football, serving as president of the ERHS Booster Club, and being instrumental in the building of the football complex as well as enhancing the development of other areas for the student athletes.

Although Melvin strived for the betterment of all student athletes, his passion was basketball. For over 40 years he served as assistant basketball coach for East Robertson Boys Basketball program. On January 24, 2020, he was the first person to be inducted into the East Robertson High School Athletic Hall of Fame, an honor that was well deserved and that he humbly appreciated. For many years basketball players were excited to hear him introduce them as they took the floor with the flare and pizzazz only he possessed.

On Monday, April 6, 2020, Melvin heard his name called for his final game, and he answered. He leaves to cherish fond memories his devoted wife Angel Scharklet, loving daughters Kelly and Candice Scharklet; God-mothers Anna Chatman and Sarah Johnson; Mother-in-law Evelyn (Cleophus) Payne; Sister-in-laws Retina Pierce and Lenor (Robert) Price; and Brother-in-laws Henry (Veatrice) Foster and Michael (Laine) Sweatt. Aunts and Uncles Marie Scharklet, Bertha Henry, Cecil (Angela) Henry, and Jessie Henry. He also leaves sons, too numerous to name, being the many young men he loved and mentored as Assistant Coach; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close and loving friends.

floral squareA private graveside service was held Saturday with the Reverend Daryl Ballard presiding and Reverend Robert E. Bell eulogizing. Pallbearers were Terry Allen Groves, Taylor Groves, Neil Murphy, Jimbo Vaughn, Kurt Caton, and LaBronce Dalton. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Austin, David Collie, Raymond Gatewood, Rev. Robert E. Bell, Tommy Davenport, Willie Strain, Jerry Taylor, Wayne Jones, and Rev. Ricky Blakemore.

Obituary provided by the Robertson County Funeral Home

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Obituary for Larry “Pops” Carl Williams

Larry “Pops” Carl Williams, age 71 of Greenbrier passed away Monday, April 13th at his residence.

A drive by Memorial was held from 6:30 to 7:30 Friday evening at the Greenbrier High School Softball Field. A private family graveside service was held Saturday at Bethlehem Cemetery.

He was born in Nashville, TN on February 22, 1949 to the late Roy Carl and Peggy Price Williams.

He was retired from the Nashville Fire Department with 33 years of service and was an assistant AG Teacher at Greenbrier High School and a farmer. His most recent job was coaching the Greenbrier High School softball team for 18 years having taken them to the State Championship title in 2003 and runner-up in State Championship game in 2014. He was an Army Paratrooper during the Viet Nam War.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Riddle Williams; son, Brian Scott (Elizabeth) Williams; daughters, Julie Lynn (Paul) Merrill, Carla Samantha (Marty) Head; brothers, George “Bubba” (Martha) Williams, Tommy (Tammy) Williams; sister, Carole (Clay) Harrell; grandchildren, Alex Merrill, Austin Merrill, Tori Head, Kelsee Williams, Blaine Head, Zoe Merrill, Hayden Head, Lyla Head, Baby Williams; great-grandchildren, Sofia Merrill, Paislee Young, Madilynn Beck; devoted friend, Julie Head.

floral squarePallbearers will be Scott Williams, Marty Head, Paul Merrill, Lon Roach, William Head and Nick Bolton.

Honorary pallbearers will be George “Bubba” Williams and Tommy Williams.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greenbrier High School Softball Program.

“I’m glad you got to see me”

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41 S., Greenbrier, TN.

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Obituary for Philip Jenkins

Philip Gene Jenkins, age 65, of Adams, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

A private graveside service was held Thursday, April 15, 2020 in the Bellwood Cemetery with Dr. Tommy Crunk and Brother Tom Payne officiating. Burial followed with Colin Campbell, Trey Mollihan, Isaiah Tuttle, David Roses, Glenn Tuttle, Don Jenkins, Edward Tilley and Gary Jenkins serving as pallbearers. No visitation was held prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Jenkins was born March 31, 1955 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky to the late Mr. Billy Jean Jenkins and Mrs. Adelle Church Jenkins of Adams. He was a farmer and member of the Stroudsville Church of Christ.

In addition to his father Mr. Jenkins is preceded in death by his son, Gilbert Jenkins.

In addition to his mother Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife, Clara Vaughan Jenkins; daughters, Tina (Glenn) Tuttle of Portland and floral squareCharlotte Jones of Adams; brother, Don (Gail) Jenkins of Cedar Hill; grandchildren, Erika, Hope, Michelle, Trey, Lelia, Brayden, Isaiah and Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren, Paisley and Luka.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Philip Jenkins Memorial Fund. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Edna Bennett

Edna Jo Crowder Bennett, age 91, of Hendersonville, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 in her home at Red Cedar Glen.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Bennett was born April 17, 1928 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Mr. and Mrs. Crowder. She worked as the Manager at an apartment complex and was a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. Mrs. Bennett loved fishing, playing Bingo, gardening and working in her flower gardens.

floral squareIn addition to her parents Mrs. Bennett is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Bennett, her son, Thomas Michael Gunter and her daughter, Pamela Jo Bridge.

Mrs. Bennett is survived by her granddaughters, Lindsey (Brad) Suddarth and Mary Nicole Gunter, both of Hendersonville; and her great-grandchildren, Taylor, Tate and Beau.

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

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Obituary for Eula Elizabeth Blackford

Age 95 of White House passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Gallatin Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 10, 1925 in Memphis, TN to John Calvin & Eula Weaver Harris, Jr. She graduated from East High School and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She worked as a critical care nurse at Nashville Memorial Hospital before her retirement and also taught nursing at the Robertson County Vocational School. She taught Art Lessons and along with her husband, gave clogging lessons. Mrs. Blackford was of the Catholic faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andrew Milton Blackford, Jr.; grandchildren, Andrew Blackford and Emily Blackford; brother, Jimmy Harris; sister, Pat Ellis. She is survived by her 3 sons, Jeff (Kim) Blackford, White House, TN, Milton (Wanda) Blackford, Spring Hill, TN and Joel (Angela) Blackford, Greenbrier, TN; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

floral squareA private graveside service and interment was held Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in White House Memorial Gardens with Jeff Blackford, Milton Blackford, Joel Blackford, Caden Blackford, Davis Blackford and Mark Blackford serving as pallbearers.

No public visitation was scheduled.

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

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Obituary for Patricia Joan Kennerly

Patricia J. Kennerly of Hendersonville, TN, formerly of Victoria, TX, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, April 11,2020.

Mama, Sister, Aunt Patty, Nanny, Pat, as she was known and loved by many, was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 24, 1931 to Eugene C. and Helen R Gillespie.

Patty spent her younger days in Pittsburgh, Kansas, Luling, San Antonio before the oilfield settled the Gillespie family in Alice, Texas. She graduated from Alice High School in 1948 at the age of 16 of which she always considered it the Dobie Gillis Era, stating that “It is a shame student’s today will never know that comforting peace.” She entered Incarnate Word in San Antonio to study nursing, but put her career on hold to marry her husband, James S. Kennerly, on Feb 2, 1951 in California, before he was deployed to Korea.

The couple returned to South Texas to start and raise her pride and joy. Seven kids in tow, often wishing for a swivel belt around her waist with leashes and a drain in the middle of the floor, she somehow managed to enjoy friends, family, playing Canasta, Rook, being a substitute teacher, Den mother, leading the church choir, and even found herself teaching kindergarten at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Freer.

In 1967, the family moved to Alice so that she could pursue her passion in the medical field, never letting the children know that they were poor. She spent the next 10 years working as an X-ray technician at Alice P&S Hospital. The family thrived and she kept working. Patty worked 35 years in various positions such as the Federal Programs Bookkeeper at Alice I.S.D. and as the Assistant Manager for Alice Teachers Federal Credit Union. In 1988, at the age of 56 she went back to college and obtained her Associates Degree from Victoria College. She then pursued and obtained her Medical Transcription Certification from Texas Vocational Schools. She worked as a medical transcriptionist in both Victoria and Edna and spent some time living in California before moving to Nashville where she remained working as a transcriptionist at Centennial Medical Center until retiring. She served as President of the Harris County Medical Society Alliance and was actively involved with the Texas Medical Association Alliance, the American Association Alliance and the Museum of Medical Science.

She traveled some, as time allowed, but spent most of her time just enjoying family, plays, and concerts, especially if it involved her children or grandchildren. Her strength was in her love of her faith and trust in God. Her pride and joy were her family. She gave all that she had, giving her children life, a childhood, a home, and they never went without, even when she did. She opened her door and heart to everyone. She was known for taking in strays, both people and animals, and she would always make sure that others were taken care of before herself.

So, Mama, in your words “I love you all the days!” “Good Night, I love you, and say your prayers.” You are home now. Rest in Peace.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents; Eugene C and Helen R Gillespie of Alice, TX; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and (Bill ) Huber of Dublin, TX; brother-in-law, Frank Arnone of Chandler, TX; and brother-in-law, Alan Garrison of Chandler, TX.

Patty is survived by her brother, Eugene C (Josephine) Gillespie of Brentwood, TN; sister, Melodie Garrison of Chandler, TX; sister, Dodie Arnone of Chandler, TX; sister, Marilyn (Ron) Mirabella of Chandler, TX; sons: James A (Theresa) Kennerly of Chandler, TX; Mark L (Nancy) Kennerly of Charlotte, TX; John R Kennerly, (Jim White) of Hermitage, TN; daughters, Theresa J (Bubba) Whitt of Victoria, TX, Roxanne Carreon of Hendersonville, TN, Melissa A (Charles) Krumsiek of Piedmont, OK, Georgia L Kennerly-Lale of Victoria, TX; Grandchildren, Katy Beth Kennerly, Cody Kennerly, Christy (Clint) Hindes, Ryan Kennerly, Hoss (Shawn) Whitt, Laura (Eric) Brown, Thomas (Gina) Whitt, Ryan (Brenna) Carreon, Liam Carreon, Ian Carreon, Christen Krumsiek, Chance Krumsiek, Jacklyn (Thomas) Depine, Bailee Kennerly; great-grandchildren, Mason Kennerly, Callie Anna Kennerly, Kirsten Whitt, Jesse Whitt, Hunter Luke, Tanner Luke, Morgan Luke, Kacey Whitt, John Alex Whitt, Samara Whitt, Cort Hindes, Cali Hindes, Jack Kennerly, Sam Kennerly, Layton Depine, Pacer Depine, and Briggs Depine.

floral squareFuneral Arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be held at Grace Funeral Home in Victoria, TX with a private graveside service. Serving as pallbearers are Hoss Whitt, Thomas Whitt, Liam Carreon, among other friends and family. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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 Phillip Sam Young

Phillip Sam Young, age 66, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

He was a quiet loving man. He had a good sense of humor, was very opinionated, and loved knowledge. He also loved his daughter, grandchildren, and his best friend, Woody Cade.

He is survived by his parents, Sam and Dolores Young; daughter, Rachel Young; siblings, Tim and Hope young; and grandchildren, Alexxis Gundlach, Kameron Gobbell, and Jaxston Jones.

floral squareHis family received friends for visitation on Wednesday, April 15 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Austin & Bell Hendersonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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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 Lavina Jones

Lavina Lynn Jones, age 100 passed away Friday, April 10, 2020 at the Waters of Robertson in Springfield, TN.

Her remains were cremated and buried by her husband in Sheridan, KY.

She was born December 19, 1919 in Sheridan, KY to the late Ollie and Della Gerding Lynn. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Jones, Jr., son, Keith Jones and 2 siblings.

She was a homemaker and loved her family.

She is survived by her son, Charles R. (Carolyn) Jones.

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

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Obituary for Ann O’Geal Mayes

Ann O’Geal Mayes, age 75 of Ridgetop passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Skyline Medical Center.

A private family graveside service was held Tuesday, April 14th.

A public memorial service will be held at Highland Chapel Union Church at a later date.

Ann was born February 27, 1945 in Ridgetop, TN to the late James Carney and Laura O’Geal Palmer Mayes. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working outdoors and her animals. She was a Greeter at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier and a member of Highland Chapel Union Church.

She is survived by sons, Troy James (Penny Whitham) Kaukas, Rob (Jenny) Kaukas, Jr., Walter William (Carrie) Kaukas, Sr.; brother, Bill Carney (Joyce) Mayes; sister, Nancy Mayes (Paul) Curcillo; grandchildren, William James Kaukas, Walter William Kaukas, Jr, Abigale Mae Kaukas, Aubrey Ann Kaukas; great-grandchildren, Braden Clay, Brodie White, Allie White, Kip White; last but not least her two favorite companions, Clint and Sugar.

floral squareHonorary pallbearers will be Craig Ellison, Scott Ellison, Michael O”Kain, Cale Strother, Clay Strother, B.J.Towery, Jeff Lampley and Cliff Ramsey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Highland Chapel Union Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Highway 41 S., Greenbrier, TN.

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Obituary for Chonoliah Larose

Mrs. Chonoliah Hinkle Larose, age 95, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at her home at Springfield Heights.

A private graveside service was held Monday, April 13, 2020 in the Mt. Sharon Cemetery with Brother Tim Harris officiating. Burial followed with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

No visitation was held prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Larose was born November 23, 1924 in Springfield to the late William B. and Ella Mae Clinard Hinkle. She was a 1942 graduate of Coopertown High School and was a member of the Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was also the owner and operator of a furniture store in Florida while living there. She loved to read, shopping, and going out to eat.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Larose is preceded in death by her husband, Lionel Larose and her brother, William “Cat” Hinkle, Sr. She is survived by her niece, Diane Hinkle Johnson of Springfield; floral squarenephews, William Hinkle, Jr. and Jeff Hinkle, both of Springfield; special friend, Mary Choate of Greenbrier; and her granddaughter, Tina (Phillip) Crigger.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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