In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week August 30, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week August 30, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Aug. 25-30, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Betty Sue Rainwater Holmes

Betty Sue Rainwater Holmes, age 82, of Orlinda, TN went to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

Mrs. Holmes was born May 6, 1938 in Orlinda, TN to the late Grady Proctor Rainwater and Laura Louise Cherry Rainwater. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two younger sisters, Mary Louise Rainwater and Judy Carolyn Rainwater, and a brother, Alton Ray Rainwater and wife, Annette.

Mrs. Holmes is survived by her husband of 64 years, James Albert Holmes; one son, Dr. James Christopher Holmes and wife, Beth; one grandson, Henry Christopher Holmes, all of Owensboro, KY. She is also survived by one brother, Donald Rainwater and wife, Tommie, of Warner Robins, GA; and one sister, Linda R. Watts and husband, Charles, of Springfield, TN, as well as several nieces and nephews and their families, a special friend, Ms. Jean Wilks, plus many cousins and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Holmes was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for over sixty years. She served in many capacities, including Sunday School teacher, secretary, G.A. leader, and VBS worker.

Mrs. Holmes worked as a bookkeeper, clerical worker, bank cashier, church secretary, and a legal secretary. She enjoyed music, sewing, keeping house, spending special times with Chris in his younger days, reading and visiting with friends, especially at the Byrum Porter Senior Center.

floral squareVisitation will be Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Milldale Chapel in Milldale, TN and on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Orlinda, TN. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

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Obituary for Patricia Ann Cannon

Patricia Ann Lloyd Cannon, age 75 of Greenbrier passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020 at her residence.

The family will receive friends 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday, September 2 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 5th at Dry Pond UMC Cemetery in Dry Pond, GA. The family will receive friends 1pm to 2pm at Evans Funeral Home in Jefferson, GA

She was born in Sanford, NC on October 28, 1944 to the late Joe H. and Barbara Lloyd Davis. She was also preceded in death by sons, floral squareRaymond Patrick McNeill and Anthony McNeill, brothers, Gregory Lloyd, Joe Lloyd and sister, Faye Lloyd Germain.
She was a member of Bellshire Assembly of God.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Cannon of Greenbrier; brother, Greg (Joy) Lloyd of Olivia, NC and 10 nieces and nephews.

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

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Obituary for Mary Catherine Poole

Mary Catherine Mundy Poole, age 38 of Goodlettsville, TN passed away Saturday, August 30th at her residence.

The family will receive friends 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, September 3, 2020 and again 9am to 10am on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. The funeral service will be at 10am on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home with burial following in Springhill Cemetery, Madison, TN.

She was born September 4, 1981 in Pensacola, FL to Dwight A. and Elizabeth A. Mundy. She was an assistant manager of Quiznos Subs. She loved her family, swimming, fishing, cooking and nature.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband Matt Poole; children, Lucas Perry Proctor, Johnny Mac Hamontree, Elizabeth Faye Poole; parents, Dwight A.(Karen) Mundy; mother, Elizabeth Laux; brother, Oskar Groitzsch; sister, Florence “Milly” Amelia Mundy. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Obituary for William Byrd Parks

With the current conditions surrounding COVID-19, the family requests that each person attending the visitation and or funeral services for Mr. Parks please comply with the County mandate of wearing a mask/facial covering and please abide by the CDC guidelines of social distancing.

William Byrd Parks, 74, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday August 26, 2020 at North Crest Medical Center.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday September 5th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Nix officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Eden, Lashawn Lunsford, Chris Woods, Terry Newman, Waylon Owens, Blake Elliott, Brandon Johnson, Jack Groves, and Ashley Eden. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Parks was born April 7, 1946 in Westmoreland to the late Jodie Clarence and Mary Anna Grubbs Parks. He was a retired Steel Fabricator and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Parks loved fishing, mechanic work, and especially going to yard sales with his wife. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Larry, Tommy, and Jimmy Parks.

floral squareMr. Parks is survived by his wife of 55 years: Mary Howell Parks of Springfield, by his daughters and sons-in-law: Annette and Ricky Eden of Springfield, Tina and Danny Odom of Cedar Hill, Tammy and William Elliott of Springfield, Kathy and Timmy Groves of Springfield, brothers and sisters-in-law: Bobby and Joyce Parks of Cross Plains, Billy and Doris Parks of Springfield, Tammy Parks of Springfield, Carlene Parks of Springfield, and Debbie Parks of Orlinda, by his sisters and brother-in-law: Betty Jones of Springfield, Shirley and Wayne Stephenson of Springfield, and Mildred Abbott of Springfield, by nine grandchildren and their spouses, and by 20 great grandchildren and one on the way.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of memorial service.

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Obituary for Paul E. Frey

Mr. Paul Edward Frey was born on August 26, 1934 to the late Morgan and Nancy Frey. He departed peacefully from this life on Saturday August, 22, 2020. He was preceded in death by three brothers: K.C., Morgan Jr. and George T. Frey; two sisters: Martha Ray James and Molly Slate.

He accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of the late Reverend Walter J. Speed at First Missionary Baptist Church Springfield, TN. One of his favorite songs was, “I’m Still Holding On” by Luther Barnes.

He was a 1953 graduate of Bransford High School and in 1954, he enlisted in the United States Navy based out of San Diego, CA. He served in the Navy for four years.

He was united in Holy matrimony in 1958 to Alice Marie (Payne) Frey and out of that union they had three children.

After his stint in the Navy, he returned back home where he worked for Robco Constructions where he paved streets, highways and interstates. He also worked for Delight products. He was a very hard worker and loved working with his hands. Because of that, he was often called upon to lay concrete, pave driveways and to help build buildings. In 2001, he finally retired from Holly Carburetor.
Paul loved to engage in conversations about football, especially the Titans, but he really loved talking about his experiences in the military. He enjoyed listening to Jerry Tyler’s Sunday evening Gospel Show where he would call and dedicate the show to his sister, Annie G.

He was well known and will be greatly missed by family and friends. He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife of 62 years, Alice Marie Frey of Springfield, TN; devoted children, son and daughter-in-law, Tony Frey, Monica (James) Holden of Springfield, TN; and Reginald (Venita) Frey of Dayton, OH; six grandchildren: Jamilla Jamison and Jenique Jamison, both of Springfield, TN, Nathan Holden of Springfield, TN, Jasmine Frey of Charlotte NC, Shaneese Frey and Ikea Frey, both of Dayton, OH; nine great-grandchildren; Janiah Bridges, Shamyra, Alyce, Julius and Ryleigh floral squareFrey; Brooklynn, Harlem, and Eliza Holden; three sisters: Annie G. Terry and Marva Hudson, both of Springfield, TN, and Sarah Robinson of St. Louis, MO; a devoted friend, Terry Shannon; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Funeral was Saturday, August 29, 2020 at W. D. Crowder Funeral with his son Pastor Reginald Frey, Eulogy and Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for John Burgess

Johnny “John” Ray Burgess, age 74 of Ashland City, Tennessee died Saturday, April 29, 2020 at his home.

A private family memorial service will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.

Mr. Burgess was born on May 8, 1946 in Springfield, Tennessee to the late George and Christine Hardin Burgess. He worked as an information technology specialist at State Industries and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He knew how to live. He loved fishing, golf, bowling, amusement parks, putting on a fireworks display, and shopping at Toys R Us for his grandchildren. He loved his buddies so much. More than anything, he loved his amazing grandkids, his beloved daughters, and most of all, his beautiful wife of 52 years. And, of course, his cat Sam.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Elaine Burgess; daughters, Barbara (Shannon) Fiser, Debbie (Albert) Bordes; sister, Cindy (Doug) Duizer; and three grandchildren, Johnny Hale, Julianna Hale, and Olivia Bordes

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This may be sent to 2200 Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN. 37232.

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

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Obituary for Joseph T. Herring

 In the early hours of Thursday morning, on August 20, 2020, quietly, God called Home another good soul in Joseph Terrence Herring. Battling with diabetics since the age of 15, he maintained a happy spirit with everyone he met. Despite the pain of losing limbs and failed procedures, he never lost his spirit, even though his pain was enormous.
Joseph was born to Deborah and Larry Herring on August 15, 1978. He was forty two years old at his death. Grandson to the late M.C. and Frances Darden on Cedar Hill, TN, and the late Velma Polk and Joe Clyde Herring of Springfield, TN.

floral squareHe leaves to mourn, in addition to his parents; three sisters, Nichelle Darden of Springfield, TN, Larita Dowlen and Yvonda Herring both of Clarksville, TN. A slew of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Although we know angels with wings walk the earth, there are angels without wings and we call them friends. Joseph had such angels without wings in Chuck, Pooh, Tot, and aunt Bush.

Memorial Service was August 27, 2020 at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Washington, Eulogy.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Laura Nicholson

Laura Frances Nicholson, age 81 of Chapmansboro, Tennessee died Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Lebanon.

A graveside service will be held at 2 o’ clock pm on Sunday, September 6th at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ashland City with Bro. Tommy Fortner officiating. Her nephews and great nephews will serve as pallbearers.

There will be no public visitation at the funeral home prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Nicholson was born on February 25, 1939 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Frank, Sr. and Edna Hensley Burnette. She was a clerk for many years at National Life Insurance Company and also worked at CEMC and as a real estate agent. She was a member of Cheap Hill Church of Christ.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Reed Nicholson; son, Ken Nicholson; and sister, Shirley Owen.

She is survived by a brother, Frank “Buddy” (Paula) Burnette, Jr.; sister, Dot (Donnie) Jones; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing at 932 E. Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN 37087.

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

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Obituary for Roxane Rucker

Roxane Vanessa Rucker, age 47 of Pleasant View, Tennessee passed away peacefully, while surrounded by her family, Thursday, August 27, 2020 at her home.

Roxane was born on February 10, 1973 in Janesville, Wisconsin. She was a certified Pharmacy Technician and lead Pharmacy Technician at Cadiz Pharmacy for 5 years and for a short time at Tennova Hospital. When Roxane was not working, she was a very dedicated stay at home mom with her children. Roxane was a fierce competitor and loved to talk “smack” while playing board games, cards, and even while fishing with her family. She loved the outdoors. Roxane was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by her husband, William Rucker, Sr.; son, William Rucker, Jr.; daughter, Phoenix Rucker; mother and stepfather, Deborah and Gary Maly; sister, Lisa and Nathan Somera; niece, Lola Somera; nephews, Logan & Bennett Somera; and sassy sister-in-law, Christi Rucker as well as many loving and caring aunts, uncles,cousins, and friends.

floral squareBeginning at 6:00 PM Wednesday, September 2nd at The Livery Stables at 1104 Main Street in Pleasant View, TN., there will be a fellowship honoring Roxane’s life. Following at 7:00 PM, a memorial service celebrating Roxane’s beautiful impact on our lives will commence. The memorial will be followed by food and refreshments, allowing friends and family to socialize and continue to remember and celebrate the impacts she had on our lives.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to “Sense Theatre” at Vanderbilt Hospital. You may call 615-936-0230 for online giving information.

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

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Obituary for Larry Wayne Mathews

Larry Wayne Mathews, age 69 of Hendersonville, passed away in the comfort of his home on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Larry was most known for his avid love of animals and support of the ASPCA and Humane Society of Sumner County. He could be found building heated houses for stray cats, opossums, and raccoons during the winter as well as feeding anything on four legs that would walk through his yard. He was a proud Army veteran and patriot who loved our American flag. You would find him on the sidelines of a Hendersonville Commando football game cheering on his Commando’s or walking the aisles of Lowes or Harbor Freight looking for the next tool to add to his collection. He enjoyed spending his summer Saturday nights down at the race track and loved all things NASCAR. He was a tinkerer of all sorts and loved working in his garage or on his red F150. Larry firmly believed that the ’69 Ford Mustang was a gift from God. His witty sense of humor and ability to crack a joke in any situation made him endearing and a delight to be around. Those that knew his softer side know of his love of yellow buttercups, Motown, Neil Diamond, and doting over his cats.

floral squareHe was preceded in death by his father, Graham Mathews and mother, Pauline Moss Mathews. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda Mathews; daughters, Stephanie Laws of Las Vegas, NV and Kimberly (Peter) Adair of Scottsdale, AZ; and grandchildren, Lily and Liam Adair.

No services are planned at this time. His family requests that memorial donations be made to the Humane Society of Sumner County, 16 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville TN 37075 or online at www.sumnerhumane.org

Services are entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary For Mary Ann Fort

MaryAnn Fort was born March 17, 1945 in Keysburg, Kentucky to the late William Ogburn and the late Jeretha Bell Ogburn.

Later in life she moved to Springfield, Tennessee. She left her Earthly Home for her Heavenly Home on August 15, 2020.

She was educated in the Robertson County School System. At an early age, she professed a hope in Christ at New Wells Grove Baptist Church. Later she joined Beards Chapel Baptist Church where she served as an Usher, member of the Pastors Aide, sang in the choir, member of both the Cooking Ministry, and the Youth Ministry. She was also an Eastern Star member.

She worked at many factories until she retired from the Elm Nursing Home. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, was a seamstress and she owned Nannie Day Care.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, William Bellamy and one sister, Edna Gray.

She leaves to cherish her memories: five children, Deloris (Dobbie) Smith, Patrick Smith of Springfield, TN, Danielle Fort of Indianapolis, IN, James Fort of Nashville, TN, and Angela Fort of Russellville, KY; six sisters, Nancy Summers, Patricia Payne, Mary R. Lunsford all of Springfield, TN, Peggy Jones of Nashville, TN, Ruth Lamar and Patricia Bigbee, both of Indianapolis, IN; five brothers, Will Ogburn, Boyd Ogburn both of Indianapolis, IN, Harold Ogburn and Eugene Ogburn both of Springfield, TN and Richard Bell of Allensville, KY; grandchildren, Deandre Turner, Candace Moore, Michael Moore, Martize Leavell, Jamalachi McClain, Aaliyah Smith and Dylon Fort; step-mother, Beulah J. Lunsford; ten great-grandchildren; aunt, Frances Lunsford; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; special friends, Edna Benton, Grace Ellis, Linda Hill and Marquati Brown.

Funeral Services were Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 1 pm at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Taylor, Eulogy and Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Lyle Ruiz Bennett

“Old man take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you were.” We all are, because he was so many things

On August 21, 2020 at around 3:30 in the morning, after a long and brave fight with cancer, Lyle Ruiz Bennett Sr. departed peacefully to his next adventure. He told us he was ready and had his bags packed, no passport needed. We are all sure his bags were carefully and thoughtfully packed and also had bags hanging off of those bags. He was ever the lover of travel and all facets of travel. Bags and stuff and style were a huge priority in his life. He was a maven of fashion and accessories till the very end. Dare we say his ultimate accessories were his huge family? He decided long ago he never wanted to be alone and that family was the most important part of his life. He was true to that, always there if you needed him. We would say he was the best playlist man you’d ever meet. He had such a love and appreciation of music. He was a wine, port and whiskey expert also, so he said. So many great stories about those things. He was expressive, humorous, clever, witty, funny. A jokester. The Joker. He was a color-changing LED fan. He was never boring, for sure. He was so, so smart and loved to teach. He knew the way. If it wasn’t just so, he’d hack. He was a figure-outer. That was part of the fun of life for him. Always an easy master of sport. At Central High School in Murfreesboro, TN he played football and wrestled. After high school and through college he mastered it all, too many to name, really. Roofer, herbalist, scuba diver, explorer, survivalist, technologist, Jedi Master and the list goes on. Golf was his last favorite sport. He would come home after a round and tell stories about how he “lost another friend” because of how badly he beat them. He was also an avid fan of the college football. He was a yelling at the tv type of a guy. It was fun to watch and it was fun to be around him. His knowledge of the world was vast. Partly because he loved to read up on the news, but also because he travelled so much. I bet if I had a map and randomly pointed he’d of gone there and also would be able to tell you a story of it. His story would be about a person he met, and a thing he did, a food he ate, how he single-handedly did whatever it was. He had so many stories. He could talk to anyone. He would make friends with them all.

Surviving him is his wife, Kelly Tolson; his aunt, Dusty Bennett; brother, David Bennett; his 9 children: Melanie Cagle, Sunny Bennett, Christopher Bennett, Aaron Bennett, Lyle Ruiz Bennett Jr., David Bennett, Jared Bennett, Rachel Bennett, and Adrienne Westergard; plus his grandchildren, In-Laws, cousins and a wide group of the very best friends a person could ever ask for.

floral squareAll in all, Lyle was a spiritual man. A believer of angels and miracles. His energy was vast, is vast still, and will remain forever vast. He said if you wanted to talk with him. Just talk. He will be there, and will continue to be there, if you need him. We love you Lyle, Lylito, Grandpa, Papa, DaddiO, Lovie. Thanks for giving us your time and sharing everything you gave. You will be missed by many many people.

Celebration of Lyle’s Life will be September 6, 2020, from 2:30-7pm. Details can be found by joining our Facebook group: Lyle Loved Life or by emailing: lylelovedlife@gmail.com.

Services entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Effie Mae Strain Payne

Effie Mae Payne departed this journey of life on Sunday August 23, 2020, at a blessed age of ninety years old, peacefully at her home in Cottontown.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday August 29th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend J.D. Harris and Reverend Walter Grant officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Cemetery in Cottontown. Pallbearers were Jeffrey, Labron, Michael, Carlos, Chad, Derrick, Tyrone, Keaton, and James Eddie Payne, Jr., Larry Wadlington, and Jeremiah Sublett. Flower Bearers were her granddaughters. The family received friends on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Payne was born on October 30, 1929 in Sumner County to the late George and Frances Strain. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and later joined the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she served as an usher for many years. She was a faithful member until her health failed. Mrs. Payne loved growing flowers, canning, and gardening. She had a quiet/shy spirit, yet tough as nails and very strong. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Eddie Lee Payne, by her brother: John Roy Strain, by her sister: Birdie Strain, and by her stepsons: James Eddie Payne and Ardell Payne.

Effie Mae Payne leaves to cherish her memory, her two daughters, Frances L. Graves (John) of Elkton, KY, and Mary Elaine Payne (Leo) of Madison, her four sons: Harry Lee Payne (Shirley) of Cottontown, Elmer Payne (Kathy) of Bowling Green, KY, Leonard Ray Payne (Debora) of Cottontown, and Larry Payne (Vera) of Springfield, her step-son, Harrison Arneal Payne of Indianapolis, IN, her twenty-seven grandchildren and a host of great and great great grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Odessa Bell of Nashville, her two devoted nieces, Sue Groves and Ann Smith, as by other nieces, relatives, and friends.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of memorial service.

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Obituary Michael Travis Kinney

Michael Travis Kinney, 36, of Cross Plains, passed away Tuesday August 18, 2020 at his home.

His remains were cremated and the family plans to have a Celebration of Life service at a future date.

Michael was born January 9, 1984 in Ironton, OH. He was a Machinist for Process Welding Systems. Michael loved playing the drums, being outdoors, watching anything Sci-Fi, and spending time with his family, especially his daughter Regan.

Michael is survived by his wife: Kayley Bollan Kinney of Cross Plains, his daughter: Regan Kinney of Cross Plains, his father: Tom Kinney of Ohio, his mother: Cindy Childers of Ohio, his brothers: floral squareThomas Kinney of California and Troy Kinney of Ohio, and by his sister: Melanie Jeannie of Ohio.

If so desired, the family ask that memorial contributions be given to Kayley Kinney for the Regan Kinney Fund. Please makes checks payable to Kayley Kinney and send them c/o Robertson County Funeral Home 2201 Memorial Blvd. Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for William David “Bill” Johnson

William David “Bill” Johnson, 63, of Springfield, passed from this life on Monday August 17, 2020 at St. Thomas West Hospital.

A Celebration of Life service was conducted Sunday August 23rd at 3:00 p.m. at Red River Farms 5350 Draper Rd. in Springfield with Tim Harris officiating. The family received friends on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Red River Farms. Honorary pallbearers were the employees of CEMC in Portland.

Bill was born December 4, 1956 in Memphis to the late Robert Jackson and Dorothy Beck Johnson. He was a graduate of East Robertson High School Class of 1975. Bill was a Lineman by trade for over 30 years, and he was a Working Foreman with CEMC in Portland. He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of IBEW Local 175. Bill loved camping, his Harley motorcycle, “The Blaze”, his job and fellow workers, and especially spending time with his family.

Bill is survived by his wife: Vickie Sneed Johnson of Springfield, by his son: Justin Johnson of Springfield, by his daughters and son-in-law: Julie Johnson Groves and Josh Groves of Springfield, and Jenny Johnson of Springfield, by his grandchildren: Lanika and Serinity, by his brother and sister-in-law; Bob and Sherry Johnson of Cross Plains, by his sisters and brothers-in-law: Vicki and Terry Hester of Springfield, Becky and Marvin Wall of Springfield, by his floral squarein-laws: Bobby and Jackie Sneed, Debbie Sneed, Buddy (Jackie Adams) Sneed, Toodle (Melissa) Sneed, and David (Barbara) Sneed all of Springfield, by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, and by the one that outranked anybody and everybody, his big black dog: Ace.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of memorial service.

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Obituary for Mary Jacqueline Sawyers

Mary Jacqueline Sawyers, age 85 of Hendersonville, passed away at her home on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

She was born in Pawnee, OK to Jack Walter and Mary Ellen Long. Mary is survived by her daughter, Kathy Sawyers, of Hendersonville.

All services will be conducted from Poteet Funeral Home in Pawnee, OK.

Local services entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Marion Russell Davis

Marion Russell Davis, age 104 of Springfield, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his residence.

The funeral service was held 12pm on Saturday, August 22 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with Rev. Nathan Washburn and Bro. Steve Sorrells officiating. The family received friends 10am until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens.

He was born in Kingston, Ohio on December 10, 1915 to the late Harley and Florence Pontious Davis. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Christine Crabtree Davis; son, Ronald R. Davis, sister, Evelyn Davis Stephenson and a brother, Cecil Davis.

He was retired from Genesco where he was a Cost Accountant. He was a member of First Baptist Greenbrier. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. He was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed gardening, watching Lawrence Welk shows and football.
He is survived by son, Richard C. (Donna) Davis; daughter, Glenda Davis Head; daughter-in-law, Gayle Davis; nephew, Joe Stephenson; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-floral squaregrandchildren and man nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Scott Elder, Cody Elder, Carson Elder, Chris Davis, Will Davis and Richard Davis, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Greenbrier, P.O. Box 485, Greenbrier, TN 37073.

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

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Obituary for Adalyn Mae Murillo

Age 1 day Adalyn was born prematurely to Angelica Potter and Enrique Murillo on August 19, 2020 at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville, TN and she went home to be with the Lord August 20, 2020.

She is survived by her parents; sister, Isabella Murillo, all of Goodlettsville, TN; maternal grandparents, Casey & Jannette Potter, Raleigh, NC; paternal grandparents, Enrique & Maria Carmen Murillo, Hohenwald, TN There are no services or visitation planned.

Arrangements entrusted to  Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Bill Rains

Bill Edward Rains, age 84, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 at NHC Healthcare.

A graveside service was held Monday, August 24, 2020 at 1pm in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Dr. Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial followed with Brian Shipman, Jay Shipman, Morgan Shipman, Brian Honeycutt, Bryant Pope, Crickett Traughber, Lucus Dempsey and John Traughber serving as pallbearers.

A private visitation was held at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield

Mr. Rains was born September 26, 1935 in Rosebury, Texas to the late Homer O. and Clara Henderson Rains. He worked at Walmart, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Springfield 1st United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents Mr. Rains is preceded in death by his brothers, Calvin Rains and Kenneth Rains and his sisters, Clara Riley and Wanda Rains. He is survived by his wife, Imogene Parchman Rains; daughters, Teresa (Brian) Rains Shipman of Lebanon, Darlene Boyd of Murfreesboro and Crickett (John) Traughber of Springfield; grandchildren, Rachael (Erik) Anschicks, James (Veronica) Shipman, Morgan Shipman, Abigail Shipman, Michael Shipman, Lucus Dempsey, Beth Honeycutt and Megan floral squarePope; and great-grandchildren, Ellie Beth Shipman, Samuel Shipman, Carson Dempsey, Maddie Dempsey, Roland Pope, Piper Pope, Ella Honeycutt and Tyler Honeycutt.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association. 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 Nellie Ruth Hunter

Age 83 of Goodlettsville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at her home. She was born January 21, 1937 in White House, TN to John & Nellie England Bayliss. She worked and was a faithful member of the Church at Grace Park before her retirement. Mrs. Hunter truly had a servant’s heart and the time she spent working at the church was truly a labor of love that she enjoyed so very much. She also enjoyed drinking coffee and talking with her friends and driving her truck. She had a very outgoing personality and never met a stranger. She also worked the voting polls and helped to coordinate all of the delicious snacks that the church provided for voters.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carlton Hunter; son, Joe Howard Hunter; brothers, John Bayliss and James Bayliss; sisters, Gladys Nash and Pauline Morris. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Dale) Leftwich, Hendersonville, TN; 6 grandchildren, JoJo (Sherika) Hunter, Justin Hunter, Kimberly (Steven) Jolley, Jeremy (Lindsay) Leftwich, Holly Leftwich and Nathan Hunter; 8 great-grandchildren.

floral squareGraveside service and interment were held Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 3pm in White House Memorial Gardens with Pastor Bob Cook officiating and with family and friends serving as pallbearers. There was no public visitation scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 478 Craighead Street, #201 Nashville, TN 37204

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Arrangements entrusted to  Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Bryan Wayne Duke

Bryan Wayne Duke, age 60 of Hendersonville, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Duke; parents, Don and Nancy Duke and his sister, Becky Bell.

He is survived by his daughter, Misty (Billy) Byrd; grandchildren, Zachary Bauernfeind, Dakota Byrd and Whitney Shariati.

No services are planned at this time.

Services entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Cynthia Seibert

Cynthia Seibert was born as Kreszenz Suppmayer in Scheyern, Bavaria on Aug 30, 1924. Scheyern was a small community for centuries that derived its life from the Kloster Scheyern beginning as a Benedictine Monastery around the year 1120. In about 1922, her family of four moved into a house which had been the office of the burgermeister and the town’s jail in the 1800’s. Eventually, four more sisters and two of their children would be born in the same house. They lived within direct sight of Kloster Scheyern which flourishes to this day, is known as Scheyern Abbey, and is still under the direction of the Benedictines.

Kreszenz, as surely as most of the local children did, received her secular and Catholic education at the school founded by the abbey in 1838 and which continued classes until the Nazis closed the school in 1939.

As a young teenager, Cynthia was attending school to be a teacher. Those plans ended with the death of her father and with the upheaval of WW2. As the 2nd oldest of the sisters, her mother summoned her back home to help the now fatherless family. She got work in a baby food factory in Munich, about 35 miles away. She narrowly escaped from her temporary home during one of the many aerial bombing and strafing attacks of WW2. Afterwards, she was able to catch a train back to Scheyern where the aerial attacks were not as devastating. They often lent a room to refugees who came from the bombed cities, and the sisters would just pack themselves into another room.

After the war, the German people were destitute and competed for any work that was doled out by the Allied occupation armies or by their appointees. It was while working at the local US Army Camp that she met Sgt. Louis Stanley Seibert of the 116th Signal Service Company, and they married in Scheyern.

After coming to the United States, Kreszenz became a US citizen and then legally changed her name to Cynthia, as many immigrants did to ‘Americanize’ their names. The family which soon included daughter, Dolores (Heidi), and son, Louis, lived in Italy, NC, OH, AL, and GA. She was a full time ‘hausfrau’ and mother to her two children, Dolores (Heidi) and Louis. She introduced her children to church attendance, the Catholic faith, and catechism at an early age. Then in 1966, her husband unexpectedly died.

Remaining a widow thereafter, she became a department manager at Roses Department stores. She was a frequent volunteer at the Augusta, GA Veterans Administration hospitals. After Louis left for college and career, her local family was her eldest sister Betty and her middle sister Theresa, whom also lived in Augusta. All of the families attended St. Joseph Church.

In 1996, she moved to Dothan, AL to live with son, Louis and daughter-in-law, Michelle. For five years in Dothan, she was an active member at St. Columba Church and a regular volunteer at Catholic Social Services in town.

In 2001, she moved to Hendersonville where she sought out her final church home, namely OLOL. She was a regular member of her ladies Bible group and at her weekly chapel adoration prayer group until such time as her failing eyesight and other health issues prevented her.

Cynthia suffered a massive stroke on August 18th and then died on the 19th, 11 days before her 96th birthday. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty, Theresa, Agnes, and Regine, all of whom migrated either to the USA or to Canada after WW2. Her youngest sister, Marianne, still lives in Germany. She also leaves behind her daughter Heidi, her son Louis, her grand-daughters Lisa and Kristine, and one great grandson, Ryan.

floral squareThe family received friends on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 11:00am until her Funeral Mass at 1:00pm at Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church with Father Luke Wilgenbusch officiating.

Interment was with her husband in Marietta National Cemetery in Georgia on August 28 at 1:00pm

Services are entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Eddie Jackson

Eddie Newsome Jackson, age 72, of Inverness, FL and formerly of Robertson County, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Mr. Jackson’s remains will be cremated and a Celebration of his Life will be held in Inverness, FL at a later date.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 2pm at the Oakwood Baptist Church, 3855 Oakwood Church Road, Cedar Hill, TN 37032.

Mr. Jackson was born January 19, 1948 in Cedar Hill, TN to the late Newsome H. and Frances Williams Jackson. He worked as a truck driver and was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed camping and attending races. He loved his job and his co-workers but especially loved his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents Mr. Jackson is preceded in death by his nephew, Kenneth Lee “Bubba” Ferrell, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Bouton Jackson; sons, Eddie (Carol Ann) Jackson, Jr. of Gallatin, Jeffery (Melanie) Jackson of Greenbrier and Mark Jackson of Nashville; daughters, Brittany Jackson and Ashley Trigin, both of Inverness, FL and Sherry (Joe) Buck of Joelton; brother, Charles Jackson of Cedar Hill; sisters, Shelia Spooner and Patricia “Susie” Ferrell, both of Springfield and Ann (Hugh) Chadwell of Nashville; floral squaregrandchildren, Casey (Jessica) Lowe, Christopher Lowe, Nicholas Jackson, Brandon Jackson and Nevaeh Jackson; great-grandchildren, Easton Lowe, Jaxon Lowe and Brantley Lowe; and nieces and nephews, Jerry McCormick, Melanie Pricher, Amanda Spooner, Paul Spooner, Melissa Stewart, Kimberly Crawford, Chasity Spann, Ella Stewart, Jesse Crawford, Shelby Taylor, Nicholas Jackson and Jon Wranovics.

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

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Obituary for Bartley Colten Lempicki

Age 57 of Cottontown passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 in Hendersonville, TN. He was born March 28, 1963 in Radford, VA to Richard & Peggy Hutson Lempicki. He had been the owner/operator of Lempicki Excavating for 30+ years. He enjoyed fishing and he loved and raised horses. Bart was an avid University of Alabama fan and was a member of White House First United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Homer Wright; step-sister, Lisa Ratte. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Beverly Lempicki; sons, Jesse (Karlee) Lempicki and Wyatt Lempicki, all of Cottontown, TN; brother, Kevin (Rubby) Wright, Greenbrier, TN; sisters, Linda (Brad) Jones, Cottontown, TN and floral squareLeigh Ann (Mark) Stamps, Hendersonville, TN.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 5pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Visitation was held Saturday, August 22, 2020 1-5pm at the funeral home.

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Arrangements entrusted to  Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Stephen Jerome Plautz

Stephen “Steve” Jerome Plautz, 78, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on August 17, 2020.

Steve was born on July 8, 1942 in Cleveland, OH to Mary (Meljac) and Steven Plautz. He graduated from Holy Name High School in 1960 and from the University of Dayton in 1964. On August 5, 1967, he married Marjorie Ellen (Lynch).

Steve started his career as a high school history teacher at Bedford High School in 1965. He transitioned his career into the insurance field in 1968 and enjoyed a long, successful career in various management and leadership roles. Later in his insurance career, he enjoyed most his role as financial advisor helping people develop financial plans for their future and retirement.

Steve never met a stranger. He enjoyed meeting and talking with people. He had a quick wit and his conversations were rich and engaging. Steve was a dedicated husband, dad, brother, and loyal friend. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, photography, watching his beloved Cleveland Indians and NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

Steve is survived by his wife Marge, and daughters Stephani (Ed) Ryan of Nashville, TN, and Shannon (Courtney Smith) of Tampa, FL. He is also survived by his sister, Cynthia (Leonard) Ringenbach of Cleveland, OH, and brother, Robert “Bud” Plautz of New York, NY, step-grandchildren, Zach (Meighan) Ryan and Colleen Ryan, several cousins, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and floral squarenephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Steven Plautz.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family instead suggests donations to Steve’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Services are entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Vicki Kay Cranford

Vicki Kay Cranford, age 68, of Only, TN, left this earth behind to go dance with the angels on August 17, 2020. She was a caring and beautiful person who was loved by all who knew her and will be missed deeply by all who cherished her.

The family received friends Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41S, Greenbrier, TN 37073 and on Friday August 21, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm prior to the Celebration of Life service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Nathan Batson officiating.

Vicki was born March 12, 1952 in Monterey, TN the daughter of Priscilla Woods Stults Sinor and James Stults. She worked and retired after 17 years of service and dedication to Skyline Centennial Heart Partners. She was an excellent seamstress who made clothes for herself and others, curtains, quilts and many other items for her home. She loved the ocean, the outdoors, animals and all God’s creatures. Her Grand dog, Stella, held a special place in her heart. She was a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and a member of New Life Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn Cranford on November 16, 2016; her father, James Stults; her mother, Priscilla Woods Stults Sinor and step-father, Douglas “Mac” Sinor. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and John Warner; Step-sons and their wives, Bobby and Natalie Cranford, Barry and Becky Cranford; brother, Danny Stults; sisters, Patti (Ronnie) Rogers, Jean (Larry) Orndorff, Debbie (Gary) Beazley, and Kathy Stults; grandchildren, Kaeleigh (Phillip) Powell, Hannah Warner, Avery Cranford, Justin Cranford, Allie Cranford, Maddox Cranford; great grandchildren, Isaac, Jaakan and Josiah Powell. She is also survived by a host of extended family, friends and coworkers and many loving nieces and nephews.

floral squareFinal resting place is Forest Lawn Cemetery, Goodlettsville, TN. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Stults, Nick Rogers, and Todd Stults. John Warner, Bobby Cranford, Barry Cranford, Justin Cranford, Chad Rogers, Gary Beazley, Ronnie W. Rogers and Colby Rogers served as pallbearers.

If desired, contributions may be made in Memory of Vicki Kay Cranford to the charity very close to her heart, The Alzheimer’s Association, 478 Craighead St., Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37204.

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

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