In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week April 7, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week April 7, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries April 2-7, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Elizabeth Chilcote

Elizabeth Fowlkes Chilcote, age 99, formerly of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at The Village at Bellevue in Nashville.

A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 11, at the Fowlkes Cemetery in Centerville, Tennessee with her nephew Doug Breece officiating. Family will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Chilcote was born on January 24, 1921, in Centerville, Tennessee to the late Douglas Newton and Lessie Morrison Fowlkes. She was a bookkeeper at Joe Claud Electrical for many years and was a charter member of the Pleasant View First Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Walter E. Chilcote; brothers, James B. Fowlkes and Owen Fowlkes.

floral squareMrs. Chilcote is survived by a son, John (Lucretia) Chilcote of Bellevue, Washington; a daughter, Lucinda (Bobby) Tidwell of Bon Aqua; sisters, Janie Grisham of Nashville, Peggy (Joe) Claud of Chapmansboro, Wylodean (Fulton) Pendergrass of Bon Aqua; sister-in-law, Carlene Fowlkes of Portland; grandchildren, Jeff (Amanda) Kemp, Tammy (Marty) Benefield, Wendy (Ty) Strickland, Walter “Jay” (Jamie) Chilcote, Raymond (Lanie) Chilcote, Joseph (Melissa) Chilcote; and twenty great-grandchildren.

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 Mary Naomi Biggs

Born on March 11, 1934. Departed on April 3, 2020 and resided in White House, TN

Mary Naomi Biggs, age 86 of White House entered into the gates of heaven April 3, 2020. She was born March 11, 1934 to the late Willard and Vera Marlin. She met her husband Eulis at age 14 and they were married for 63 1/2 years until he entered glory himself in 2014. Sister to five siblings; Ewell Marlin, Christine Chamlee, Dovie Spencer, John Marlin, and Albert Marlin. They are all now reunited together as a complete family.

Naomi was her families last surviving first cousin. She was saved at the age of 14 and baptized in Honey Run Creek. She has been a faithful lifetime member of White House First Baptist Church where she taught first grade Sunday School class for 35 years. She and Eulis started their lawnmower shop together in 1974 serving the public and they so enjoyed the friendships that were made. It continues to be run today by two grandsons who proudly carry on their legacy.

“She was the rock of our family teaching us daily not just through words but through actions how to live out God’s word. Her unconditional love for everyone, her forgiving heart, and her generosity were qualities that came natural to her.” Proud to call her their mom are daughters, Jane (Ramiro) Muralles, Rhonda (Bob) Harwood, Jo Ann (Doug) Pinkley, and Christy (Joe) Williams. She had 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and was very excited to have her first great great grandchild on the way. She was a blessing to all who knew her and she will be greatly missed every day. We can only imagine the great reception waiting for her when floral squareshe entered through the gates. “The strength she showed is what has gotten us through.”

A private family service will be held at this time on Friday, April 10 at White House Cole and Garrett funeral home with a Celebration of Life service that she so richly deserves to be announced at a later date. Private family graveside following at Hillcrest Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. John 3:16

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Services entrusted to White House Cole and Garrett funeral home

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Obituary for Janie L. Bowling

Heaven dispatched an angel to receive in glory earth’s treasure on Saturday, April 4, 2020. A life span of eighty years was exhausted as God’s will was done. Janie Louise Wells Bowling was born on March 23, 1940 to the late Glenn Wells and Ericka Davidson Bowers in Springfield, Tennessee.

She united in Holy matrimony on August 31, 1957 to Charles William Bowling. To this union five children were born.

Janie was a Christian by faith and joined the Greater South Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend W. D. Crowder. She served earnestly until her health permitted not. She was educated in public school system in Robertson County.

She was an employee of State Stove Industries, Ashland City; Holley Carburetor, Springfield and Evelyn Baggett and Family, Cedar Hill.
Janie always had a fun smile, witty personality, words of wisdom and a love for family/church and friends. She enjoyed cleaning, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Her honesty was well known and her presence will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Bowling and son, Charles D. Bowling.

Janie leaves to cherish her memories: children , Cecelia Marie Bowling, Reggie Rena Bowling, Tonjua Ann Bowling, Drextel William Bowling and John Baker (godson); grandchildren , Cecelia “Cotton” Davis, Carlos Rashaun Davis, LaPortia Ann Bowling, and Adarius Jontae Bowling; great grandchildren , JaNaya Burr and LaThomas Burr; sisters , Linda Jean Bigsby, Antheia Morrow, Elaine (Charles) Northington and Patricia (Paul) Brooks and Francine Summers (godsister) ; several nieces, nephews, cousins, floral squarefamily and friends . Additional godchildren , Donna Hare, Eddie Darden and Alita Joseph. Special friends , Christine Williams, Catherine Gardner, Rebecca Randall and Harold King.

Private family funeral services due to Covid-19 were held Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor Samuel Stratton, eulogy and private interment in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements

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Obituary for Tracy Ellis

Tracy Stuart Ellis, age 57 of Joelton, Tennessee died Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

His remains will be cremated and a memorial service is planned at a later date.

Tracy was born on September 24, 1962 in Springfield, Tennessee to the late James Bailey and Shelby Vann Ellis. He worked as a crane operator for Wolfe Industries in Nashville. He loved to bass fish in his spare time and was of the Methodist faith.

floral squareHe is survived by his son, Will Ellis; brother, Jeff (Tammy) Ellis; devoted former wife & mother of his son, Shirley Marcum Ellis; step-son, Hunter Marcum; niece, Casey Lee Angus; nephew, Colin Lee; two aunts and numerous cousins.

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 Iza Mai Pickett

Age 87 of Hendersonville, formerly of White House, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at her home. She was born March 29, 1933 in Nashville, TN to George Allen & Ruby Mai Beech Goodrich. She worked as a manager for H&R Block until her retirement and was a member of Skyview Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John A. Pickett. She is survived by her 3 daughters, Vikki M Hargrove, White House, TN, Michelle A. (Jim) Alverson, LaPorte, TX and Terri (Tom) Bain, Lebanon, TN; 6 grandchildren, Alan, Aaron, Kristina, Erika, Caleb and Blake; 9 great-grandchildren, Zoey, Lyla, Raina, Trenton, Jackson, Scott, Keegan, Madelyn and Mason.

floral squareDue to the Covid 19 mandates a private family graveside service and interment is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 2pm in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville with Bro. Mike Richardson officiating and with family serving as pallbearers.

A public memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made 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 Judith “Judy” Elaine Grooms

Judith “Judy” Elaine Grooms, age 67, of Mt. Juliet, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020 at her home. She will be laid to rest at Springfield Memorial Gardens in Springfield. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service for family and friends at a later date.

Ms. Grooms was born May 26, 1952 in Springfield to the late Thomas Woodrow Abston and Marion Patricia Ferguson Breynaert. She was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family, traveling, singing karaoke, watching ghost hunters, playing on snapchat and also loved The Lord.

In addition to her parents Ms. Grooms is preceded in death by her sister, Sandra Garret and her brother, Terry Abston.

floral squareMs. Grooms is survived by her daughters, Laura (Jason) Cook and Lana (Mike) Russel of Mt. Juliet; the father of her children, John Grooms; siblings, Ronald Abston, Tammy Neese and Tony (DJ) Neese of Palm Bay, FL, Tommy (Lisa) Abston of Orlando, FL and Paul Scott Neese of California; grandchildren, Aaron (Brandi) Moss, Alexandria Russell, Andrew Russell and Ashley Cook; and great-grandchildren, Madison Moss and Jolene Moss.

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

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Obituary for Theresa Elizabeth Head

Theresa Elizabeth Head, age 93, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020 at NHC Springfield. She will be laid to rest at Adams Cemetery in Adams. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service for family and friends at a later date.

Mrs. Head was born November 6, 1926 in Cedar Hill, TN to the late John Wesley and Sarah Pauline Watts Strange, SR. Mrs. Head loved her family, playing the piano, dancing and gardening. She was employed as a pharmacy tech and was a member of Adams Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Head is preceded in death by her husband, F.E. Head; son-in-law, Randy Shepard; brothers, John W. Strange Jr., Paul H. Strange, Charles E. Strange and Gordon C. Strange; and sister, Mona Sue Belt.

floral squareMrs. Head is survived by her sons, Phillip “Wayne” (Emma) Head of Columbia, TN and Glenn Marshall Head of Pleasant View, TN; daughter, Emily “Leann” Shepard of Stroudsville, TN; brother, Ronald H. (Denise) Strange; sister-in-law, Joann Strange; grandchildren, Phillip W. (Stacey) Head II, Jason R. Shepard, Teena N. (Mark) Carson and Kimberly D. (Chris) Pennington; and great-grandchildren, Michaela A. Head, Brooklyn P. Walker, Joseph Emmitt Shepard, Kacie Pennington and Kyle Pennington.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of choice and may be sent in c/o of Austin & Bell Funeral Home.

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

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

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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