In Loving Memory: Obituaries From August 3 – 9, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Bernice Clinard Powell
Bernice Clinard Powell, age 92 of Adams, TN, died Tuesday August 6, 2019 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield, TN.
Funeral services were held at 11 am on Friday August 9, 2019 in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Tyler Estep officiating. Burial followed in Bellwood Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday August 8th from 4 pm till 8 pm and again on Friday from 10 am until the service time at 11.
Mrs. Powell was born April 4, 1927 to the late Herman Floyd and Georgia Bernice Jacobs Clinard. Her, husbands, Audie Lee Brooksher and Leo Clyde Powell, brothers, Roy, Gaither, Marvin, Herbert and Carl Clinard and her sisters, Thelma Powers and Mary Beams also preceded her in death. She was a long-standing member of Red River Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Bernice loved cooking, especially for others, gardening and fishing, but what brought her the most joy was her life spent taking care of her family and being of service to others.
Mrs. Powell is survived by her nephew Michael (Shelia) Clinard of Adams, TN and her niece, Lisa (Joe) Hill of Maryville, TN and a host of other nieces and nephews.
If so desired the family request that memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Powell’s memory to the Red River Baptist Church. All donations may be sent care of the Robertson Country Funeral Home.
Nancye Keach Scoggin, daughter of Robert Earl Morris and Cassie Keach Morris and wife of John William Scoggin, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the age of 93.
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Oakhurst chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Jim McAfee officiating. Burial followed in the Williams Chapel Cemetery with John Scoggin, James Scoggin, Jason Salzer, Robert Peterson, William Scoggin, and Brian Cope serving as pallbearers.
Nancye was a proud Army Wife, Sister, Devoted Mother, Grandmother, and Loyal Friend. Those lucky enough to know her, found that she was strong, tough, ornery, funny and most of all, loving. She was a homemaker, made awesome fried chicken and volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at NorthCrest Medical Center. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, John William Scoggin; her sons, Robert Denton “Bob” Scoggin of Clarksville, Thomas Gilbert “Tom” Scoggin of Springfield, and her sisters; Margaret Fletcher, Edna Savage, Betty Moore, and Bertha Draper
Nancye is survived by, her sons; John Morris “Johnny” Scoggin of Columbia, James Houston “Jamie” Scoggin of Nashville, and her daughter; Carolyn Keach “Carol” Shearon of Paris 26 Grandchildren, 42 Great Grandchildren, 9 Great Great Grandchildren.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. All donations can be sent in c/o the Robertson County Funeral Home
Carolyn Holmes Dillard, age 62, of Orlinda, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center.
Visitation will be Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield from 4-8pm and on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 12pm until the hour of the Funeral Service at 2pm. Mrs. Dillard’s remains will be cremated following the Funeral Service.
Mrs. Dillard was born February 13, 1957 in Springfield to the late Robert and Helen Roe Holmes. She worked as the District Conservationist for the National Resources Conservation Service for more than 30 years until her retirement and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Dillard is preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Holmes. She is survived by her husband of over 40 years, Jerry Dillard; son, Adam and wife, Lauren Dillard of Cottontown; daughter, Abbi and husband, Frank Lillard of Auburn, KY; brother, Ronnie Holmes of Cross Plains; sister, Angela Holmes of Cross Plains; and grandchildren, Price Brown, Paxton Lillard, Lola Dillard, Pierce Lillard and Francesca Dillard.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to The Arbor Day Foundation. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Roy Wayne Vassar, age 70, of Nashville, TN, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Carol Vassar; daughter, Misty Belle (Billy) Stockton; Roy Wayne Jr. (Melissa) Vassar; sister, Peggy Ann (Billy) Adams; brother, Roger (Vicki) Vassar; 6 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
No services are scheduled at this time.
The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. 615-822-4442.
Obituary for Louise Rippy
Edna Louise Cox Rippy, age 85, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 3pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Billy Darrow officiating. Burial will follow in the Owens Chapel Cemetery with her grandsons, Jeff Lemley, Jason Lemley, Clayton Sneed, Little Ricky Sneed, Brian Howse and Troy Duffer serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10am until the hour of service at 3pm.
Mrs. Rippy was born March 14, 1934 in Springfield to the late Clarence and Katherine Wildmone Cox. She was a homemaker and member of the Owens Chapel United Methodist Church. She loved being outdoors and spent most of her time mowing and working with her flowers. She loved cooking and going to yard sales, but she dearly loved her family.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Rippy is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Rippy, her sister, Martha Mink and her brother, Clifford Cox. She is survived by her son, Anthony “Bubba” and wife, Sherrie Rippy of Springfield; daughters, Vicky and husband, Ted Howse of Springfield, Brenda and husband, Jerry Lemley of Cottontown and Linda and husband, Ricky Sneed of Springfield; brothers, Bobby and wife, Shirley Cox of Springfield, Ronnie and wife, Judy Cox of Greenbrier and Ricky and wife, Janet Cox of Springfield; sisters, Sue and husband, George Rogers of Orlinda and Cheryl and husband, Sarge Blankenship of Clarksville; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41 S., Greenbrier, TN.
Obituary for Cindy Smith
Cynthia “Cindy” Bradley Smith, age 60 of Pleasant View, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee.
Funeral services will be held at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tennessee on Saturday, August 10th, at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Shiloh Hackett officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ashland City with her nephews serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, August 9th from 4 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service at 1:00 p.m.
Cindy was born on July 29, 1959 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Bruce and Elsie Mae Dozier Bradley. She was a real estate agent, paralegal and recently a homemaker. She was a member of Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Alton Bradley.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff Smith; daughter, Ashley (Shelby) Williams; brother, Terry Bradley; sisters, Glynda (Jerry) Johnson, Brenda (Ricky) Burton, Misty (Carlos) Trujillo; and grandchildren, Bradley Parker, Mailey Parker, Liam Byrum, and Addie Williams.
Brenda Gail Bejma, age 68 of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Hillcrest Healthcare Center in Ashland City.
A celebration of life service will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Saturday, August 17th, at 4:00 p.m. with Bro. Mike Madewell officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Pleasant View, Saturday, August 17th, from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service at 4:00 p.m.
Brenda was born on April 10, 1951 in South Bend, Indiana to Robert Bejma and the late Mary Joyce Morris Bejma. She retired as an office manager for Konica Copier Machine Company and was a Christian.
In addition to her father, she is survived by a brother, Michael (Misty K.) Bejma; nephew, Kyle (Misty D.) Bejma; niece, Julianna (James) Kiggins; great-nephew, Ollie Bejma; step-daughter, Kim Hudgens Watkins; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and special friends, Dee Shivers, Arlene Broyles, and Regina Sharpe.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Willowbrook Hospice at 805 N Charlotte St, Dickson, Tn 37055.
Shirley Balthrop Mitchell, age 81, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, entered into the Kingdom of the Lord on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at her home. She did so, peacefully while surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Funeral services were held at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tennessee on Tuesday, August 6th, at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Gene Parton officiating. Burial followed at Mallory’s Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, August 5th from 4 to 7:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service at 1:00 p.m.
Mrs. Mitchell was born on November 23, 1937 in Chapmansboro, Tennessee to the late Johnny Winfield and Martha Lorene Watts Balthrop. She retired from the City of Indianapolis with over 30 years of service as a city clerk. Working in her flowers was a big enjoyment for her. She was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Mitchell; son DeWayne Elliott; brother, Wendell Balthrop; sisters Judy Balthrop, Barbara Jones, Janice Douglas and Marcia Jean Morris.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Stefanie Ann (Daniel) Bamberg and Stacy Marie Horner (Jamie Deloach) fiancé;and sister, Joyce (Billy) Drake. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Adoration Hospice at 545 Mainstream, Suite 412, Nashville Tn 37228-1253.
Age 95 of White House passed away Friday, August 2, 2019 at White House Health Care & Rehab. She was born September 24, 1923 in White House, TN to Odel & Middie Jernigan Charlton. Mrs. Tate and her husband Anderson, were the owners of Crossroads Grocery and she was a long time member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Lowell Swift; husband of 75-1/2 years, Anderson Tate; step-brother, Billy Joe Swift; daughter-in-law, Patricia Tate. She is survived by her son, Wayne (Christeene) Tate; step-brother, Charles Swift; grandsons, Bob (April) Tate, Don (Raychel) Enck, Eric (Amy) Enck; great-grandsons, Alex Tate, Caleb Enck; great-granddaughters, Carla Tate, Caitlin Enck & Chloe Amrheim; great-great grandsons, Brayden, Landen and Cayson McCormack.
Funeral service was held Monday, August 5, 2019 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Sam Brown officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery with Bob Tate, Alex Tate, Don Enck, Eric Enck, Caleb Enck and Donnie Jones serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were be Joe Tate, Tony & Angie Tate, Larry & Carolyn Tate, John & Joann Jernigan, Jimmy Underwood and the Joy Workers Sunday School Class of Mt. Pleasant UMC.
Richard Russell Branson, age 87, of Coopertown, Tennessee, (formerly of St. Louis, MO and Marion, IL) passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Funeral services will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tennessee on Sunday, August 4th, at 4:00 p.m. with his nephew William Alfred Cooper, Jr. “B.J” officiating.
Burial will be on Tuesday, August 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN. 37221. Serving as pallbearers will be Danny Goodman, Harold Uhls, Buddy Cooper, Dylan Uhls, Trey Branson, Chase Goodman, Reid Branson, and Blue Goodman.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, August 4th from 2:00 p.m. until the hour of service at 4:00 p.m.
Richard accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in February, 1973. He endeavored to follow Him closely in every aspect of his life. He happily served his local congregation in teaching, music, and wherever he was needed. Most recently, during his illness, he called the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries his church family.
Richard loved his life…God…and his family. He loved all things outdoors; flower gardening, golf, fishing, Purple Martins, and neighbors stopping by. He fell in love with St. Louis Blues hockey during their inaugural season in 1967. He was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and any sport involving his family. He enjoyed food- all types of food- especially anything his wife made for him. He volunteered at the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter in Marion, IL.
Richard was born on March 7, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Charles W. and Josephine Meegan Branson. He graduated from Normandy High School in 1950 and went to work immediately at Emerson Electric. He was drafted in the Army, serving from January 24, 1952 to January 7, 1954. He trained in Enlisted Intelligence and served as a photo interpreter in the Korean War. After being discharged he returned to Emerson Electric. After working on batteries there, he joined the Elmer H. Boyer Association (which later became Branson Industrial Products) and sold all types of batteries, including switch gear and control, UPS, mining, diesel starting, fork truck, and other industrial products. He retired from Reaco Battery Company in Johnson City, IL in March 1999. He was blessed with a 20-year retirement. During his retirement, his favorite question was “What do you want to do today?”
Richard married Jennifer Cooper on August 4, 1973 and had a blessed marriage and family. They would have been married for 46 years on August 4, 2019. His funeral is on their wedding anniversary and will celebrate his life.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers, and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Branson, son, Richard Russell Branson, Jr. (wife, Courtney), daughters, Dana Uhls (husband, Harold), and Rachel Goodman; one brother, and one sister, grandchildren: Marisa Uhls (fiancé, Joshua Myers), Dylan Uhls, Chase Goodman, Blue Goodman, Richard Russell Branson, III “Trey”, Reid Branson, and Hattie Branson.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, 8919 World Ministry Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
Robert Thomas “Junior” Rager, Jr., age 63, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2019 at The Alive Hospice Residence in Murfreesboro.
A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 1pm.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on August 10, 2019 from 12pm until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mr. Rager was born October 10, 1955 in Gary, Indiana to the late Robert T. and Virgie Frances Leach Rager. He was a painter and loved music and playing his guitar, and he was a Christian.
Mr. Rager is survived by his brother, Joseph and wife, Carol, Rager of Elkhart, Indiana; sister, Wanda Brooks of Antioch; nephews, Keith and wife, Kimberly, Tomlinson of Antioch, Ray Tomlinson of Hermitage, Chris Rager, Josh Rager and Nate Rager, all of Elkhart, Indiana; niece, Katie Rager of Springfield; and great-niece, Amber Tomlinson.
Age 83 of White House passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at his home. He was born December 5, 1935 in Goodlettsville, TN to Nathan and Viola Hamlett. He was retired from Pirelli Tire and was a member of White House Church of Christ, where he had served as a deacon. He proudly served his country in the USAF. He loved gardening and squirrel and rabbit hunting. He raised beagles and did field trials with them. He loved his entire family and was very involved in their activities. He was loved by his 17 nieces and nephews and will be missed by his entire family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carolyn Maxine Swift Hamlett; brother, Winford Hamlett; brother-in-laws, Douglas Gant and Sam Cartwright. He is survived by his son, Robert “Lee” Hamlett, Jr (Yuki), White House, TN; 2 grandchildrem, Lexie (Thomas) Braden and Baylee Hamlett; sisters. Betty Ann (Tommy) Elder and Dot Cartwright, both of Goodlettsvile, TN; sister-in-law, Elaine Gant; 2 nieces, Angie Gant and Janet Gant, all of White House, TN .
Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Bro. Richard Garza officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers and with military honors. Visitation is planned for Friday, August 2, 2019 4-8pm and Saturday, August 3, 2019 11am-1pm at the funeral home.
Bonnie Ruth Vann, age 87 of Joelton, Tennessee, passed away on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at Spring Meadows Healthcare in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Funeral services will be held at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tennessee on Saturday, August 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Tom Malone officiating. Burial will follow in the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery with Brian Vann, Jody Vann, Davy Vann, Charles Moss, Michael Pardue, and Sonny King serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, August 2nd, from 3 to 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the hour of service at 1:00 p.m.
Mrs. Vann was born on April 18, 1932, in Joelton, Tennessee to the late Charley Burniss and Eunice Belle Turrentine Harris. She was retired from Washington Manufacturing Company as a data entry employee. She also loved to fish in her spare time. She was a member of New Hope Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Vann; son, Kenneth Vann; and sister Sue Osborne.
She is survived by her son, Doug (Marissa) Vann; daughter-in-law, Alice Vann; brothers, Charley Ray (Martha) Harris and Buddy Harris; grandchildren, Jody (Ginger) Vann, Nikki (Michael) Pardue, Brian (Sarah) Vann, Charles Moss, and Carla Woodard; 10 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Jonathan Coleman Crain, age 19, of Greenbrier passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019.
The family will receive friends 2pm to 6pm on Friday, August 2 and the funeral will follow at 6pm with Rev. Nathan Washburn officiating at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier.
Jonathan was born in Nashville, TN on August 25, 1999 to Bill and Kristi Snead Crain.
He attended Greenbrier First Baptist Church and was employed at UPS. He is survived by parents, Bill and Kristi Snead Crain; sisters, Taylor (John) Brown of Charleston, SC and Briley Crain of Greenbrier; grandparents, Bob & Diane Crain of Greenbrier, Judy Snead and the late Earl Snead of Hendersonville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Jason Philip Prichard, 43, of Gallatin, Tennessee, passed into eternal life on Saturday July 27th, 2019 after a brief but valiant fight with cancer. Jason spent his final days surrounded by family and loved ones.
Jason will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend, Amanda; son, Maddox (13); daughter, Brenna (10); and his parents, Philip and Vickie.
Jason grew up in Harrison, TN and spent his childhood on Chickamauga lake where he developed a lifelong fondness for boating, golf, tennis, and the outdoors. Jason graduated from Central High School in 1994 and continued his education at Middle Tennessee State University. While at MTSU, Jason created lifetime friendships as a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Jason married his college sweetheart, Amanda, in 2001, and they proceeded to live a life filled with laughs, adventures, family, faith, and friends. In 2005 Jason and his father started Prichard’s Nursery Equipment, a local business that imports and sells industrial tree spades across the United States.
Jason was a fiercely dedicated family man and loving husband who was actively engaged in the lives of his children. Jason loved to travel, wakeboard, golf, snow ski, and most importantly spend quality time with friends and family. Jason was a member of the Gallatin Country Club and Long Hollow Baptist Church. Jason was known for his warm and relaxing personality, his stoic temperament, his wittiness, and his compassionate spirit.
The family received friends on Wednesday July 31, 2019 from 10 am until the Celebration of Life Service at 2 pm at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville with Jerry Davis officiating. Pallbearers were Bo Williams, Tate Williams, David Williams, Kerry Rogers, Travis Massengill, Andy Lehman, Aaron Cowles and Marvin Turner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the children’s college fund at any First Tennessee Bank location under the Amanda Carol Prichard Memorial Fund.