In Loving Memory: Obituaries From Dec. 13 – Dec. 18, 2018
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Eddie Michael Lane
Born on June 27, 1953. Departed on December 19, 2018 and resided in White House, TN.
Eddie Michael Lane, December 19, 2018, age 65 of White House.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Lane, and brother, Ray Shelton Lane. Survived by his mother, Elizabeth Lane; son, Jeff Lane, and daughter Crystal (Joe) Reddick; brother, Terry Lynn Lane; grandchildren, Luke and Ella Reddick, and other extended family and friends.
To know Eddie was to love him. A celebration of life will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home White House Sunday December 23 at 2pm with visitation from 1pm until service time.
Visitation: Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, White House Sunday December 23, 2018 1:00pm to 2:00pm Life Celebration: Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, White House Sunday December 23, 2018 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Veta Mae Whittenberg Williams, 93, of Cross Plains, passed away Tuesday December 18, 2018 at the Gallatin Center for Rehab. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday December 22nd at 3:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Ronnie Twyman officiating. Interment will follow in the Cross Plains Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Williams was born July 3, 1925 in Parma, Missouri to the late Robert E. and Katie Wilburn Whittenberg. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ faith. Mrs. Williams enjoyed gardening, cooking, and was always a very virtuous lady that loved her family dearly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Charles Junior Williams, her daughter: Veronica Foutch, and by her siblings: Eugene, William, and Opal Whittenberg.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Carroll and Ronnie Twyman of Henryville, IN, her son and daughter-in-law: Jerry and Viola Harris of Phoenix, AZ, her grandchildren: Shandell Wiley, Michal Stephens, Lewauna Reardon, Rick Stephens, Ronda Reese, Wesley Harris, Angela Harris, and Lynn Harris, 14 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.
David Wade Braun, age 57 of Springfield, TN died Monday December 17, 2018 at North Crest Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Thursday December 20, 2018 in the sanctuary of the Springfield First United Methodist Church.
His nephews, William Evans Braun, Timothy Andrew Braun, Benjamin Michael Braun, Benton Thomas Stott, Madison Lee Stott, Wesley Hamilton Stott and Matthew Phillip Farmer will serve as pallbearers. The Springfield High School football coaching staff will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday December 19, 2018 from 4 pm till 8 pm and again at the church on Thursday from 12 noon until the hour of service at 2 pm.
David was born September 13, 1961 in Virginia Beach, VA to William Karl George and Ruth Elizabeth Hundley Braun of Norman OK. In addition to his parents David is survived by his wife, Carol Farmer Brown of Springfield; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick Wade and Sierria Braun of Springfield; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel Elizabeth Braun and Craig Smith of Springfield; brothers and sisters-in law, Steven Karl and Janet Braun of Brentwood, TN, Robert Barnett and Vicki Braun of Thompsons Station, TN; sister, Janet Kay Braun of Norman OK; father-in-law, Jerry Farmer of Springfield; grandchildren, Scarlett Michelle, Paisley Elizabeth and Maverick Wade Braun and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, William “Billy” Robert Braun and his mother-in-law, Rachel Anne Miller “Bama” Farmer preceded him in death.
David was a very active and passionate member of Springfield First UMC, serving in many capacities. and was a proud educator with the Robertson County Board of Education having taught 7th grade math and science at Springfield Middle School and Jo Byrns High School. He graduated from Craigmont High School in Memphis in 1979, from Tennessee Tech, where he played football, in 1984 and received his master’s degree in 1998 from Trevecca University. He loved sports and was valuable resource to the Springfield High School Football Team serving wherever he could be of help. David very much had the heart of a faithful servant in whatever he was involved in, but foremost he was a devoted and loving husband, father, “Pops”, brother, son and friend.
If so desired the family request that memorial donations may be made in Davids memory to the Springfield First UMC or Springfield High School Football Boosters.
All donations may be sent care of the Robertson County Funeral Home.
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Obituary for Annette Rainwater
Annette Terry Rainwater, 86, of Orlinda, passed away on Saturday December 15, 2018 at Alive Hospice Skyline Madison Campus.
A private family graveside service was conducted in the Providence Cemetery in Franklin, KY. The family will receive friends for a time of food and fellowship in celebration of Mrs. Rainwater’s life on Thursday December 20th from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Orlinda Baptist Church.
Mrs. Rainwater was born March 17, 1932 in Marion, AL to the late Grant Terry and Inez Wade Terry Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Orlinda Baptist Church. Mrs. Rainwater was an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed making curtains, but especially enjoyed making clothing for herself and for her family. She enjoyed gardening, fashion, and collecting jewelry, especially antique jewelry. She always had an artistic flair. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Alton Ray Rainwater, and by her siblings: Billy Terry, Minnie Sue King, L.V. Terry, and Melvin Smith, Jr.
Mrs. Rainwater is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Shelly and Mike Bass of Brentwood, Pamela and Jeff Daniels of Mt. Juliet, Shawn and Billy Ray Dixon, Jr., of Orlinda, her grandchildren: Randall Jones, Rachel Chafin, Maeghan Covington, Cody Nichols, Alissa Meade, and Lexi Daniels, eight great grandchildren, her twin sister: Juliette Kelly of Springville, TN, and her sister: Mary Lavierre of Bidford, Maine
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orlinda Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association Tennessee Chapter
Christopher Ray Rye, 34, of Cross Plains, passed away on Friday December 14, 2018 at his home. Memorial services will be conducted Friday December 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Derek Capello officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Christopher was born June 27, 1984 in Davidson County. He was a graduate of East Robertson High School Class of 2002. He worked in construction and attended Northridge Church in White House. Christopher enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, riding four wheelers, and being outdoors. He was a former member of Ducks Unlimited.
Christopher was preceded in death by his grandfather: Archie Rye. He is survived by his mother: Sharon Barry Rye of Cross Plains, his father and step-mother: Donald and Tammy Rye of Springfield, his grandparents: Robert D. and Martha Barry of Cross Plains, Nell Rye of Springfield, his brothers: Jonathan Rye of Knoxville, Justin Rye of Springfield, step-sister: Samantha Adcock, his uncles: Scott and Bobby Rye, his aunt: Lori Rye Pratt, and his best friend, his chocolate Lab hunting dog: Bonnie.
Dorothy Hill Fuqua, age 91 of Greenbrier, died Thursday, December 13, 2018 at her home. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Vaughn and Rev. Chris Warren officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Fuqua was born September 6, 1927 in Robertson County to the late James Edwin and Vera Traughber Groves. She was a member of Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a member of Eastern Star. She was a homemaker and a retired clerk. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Willard Pope Hill and Adolph Fuqua; brothers, James Groves, Harold Groves; sisters, Pauline Johnson, Edna Yates, and Ann Sage; and a grandson, Mike Mitchell.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James W. and Penni Hill of Greenbrier; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy Mitchell of Springfield, Janet and Donnie Jones of White House, Jeannie and Philip Harris of Springfield, and Jayne and Scott DeWerff of Goodlettsville; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Medford Keith of Springfield; ten grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Mary Katherine “Snooky” Biggs, age 86, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at NorthCrest Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Jerry Heflin and Brother Jeff Randolph officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery with Rickey Crain, Royce Crain, Chris Randolph, Jacob Randolph, Jeff Randolph, Eric Searcy and Carson Searcy serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mrs. Biggs was born May 11, 1932 in Springfield to the late Paul and Ida Mae Krisle Randolph. She worked in retail sales and was a member of the Eastland Heights Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Biggs is preceded in death by her husband, Heuland Biggs, her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Carl “Duck” Ellis and her brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Mabel Randolph.
Mrs. Biggs is survived by her sons, Rickey (Sharon) Crain and Royce (Lynette) Crain, both of Springfield; grandchild, Jennifer (Eric) Searcy; and great-grandchildren, Kayla Searcy and Carson Searcy.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Martha’s Song or to the Eastland Heights Baptist Church. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Age 58 of White House passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Alive Hospice Madison Campus. She was born March 3, 1960 in Louisville, KY to Arthur Roger & Pheba Sue Chapman Kaufman.
She worked as a homemaker and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Donnie Connor, Jay, FL; sons, John (Jennifer) Connor, Greenbrier, TN, Donnie (Kimberly) Connor, Jr., Milton, FL and Michael (Camitra “Sissy”) Connor, White House, TN; daughters, Christine Connor, White House, TN and Sheila (Michael) Melvin, Milton, FL; brothers, Paul Kaufman and Jamie Kaufman, both of Louisville, KY and Charlie Kaufman, Houston, TX; sister, Dana (Bill) Hanna, Louisville, KY; 14 grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 5pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Visitation is planned for Saturday, December 22, 2018 2-5PM at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Louisville Memorial Gardens West, Louisville, KY.
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Obituary for Norma Jean Davis
Norma Jean Davis, age 78 of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Monday, December 17 2018, surrounded by loving family in her home.
Norma was a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing, ceramics, and all kinds of crafts.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John Douglas “Bop” Davis; baby, Troy Allen Davis; and brother, Lawrence (Mary) Davis. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Goddard Harrington; son, Butch (Lisa) Doris; daughter, Tonya (Tommy) Garrett; grandchildren, Renee and Jesse Garrett, Doug and Jimmy Davis; and sisters, Linda (Tony) Bull, and Gale (Doug) Cripps.
Visitation with the family will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 19, from 6pm until 8pm and again on Thursday from 9am-10am. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday at 10am at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville with Chaplain Edward Colf of Avalon Hospice officiating. Interment will be in Nashville National Cemetery at noon. Family and friends serve as pall bearers.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 1102 17th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212, or stjude.org, or (615) 320-3733.
Age 58 of Cottontown passed away Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home. He was born November 25, 1960 in Montgomery, AL to Mickey G. & Charlotte A. Sellers Conner.
He worked as a maintenance supervisor for Gibson Guitars. He loved fishing, playing cards, playing pool, singing and playing guitar.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother,Ricky Conner. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Becky Conner, Cottontown, TN; son, Nathan Conner, Portland, TN; 2 grandchildren, Autumn R. Conner, Hendersonville, TN and Colton M. Conner, NM; brother, Mickey A. Conner; sisters, Diane (Doug) Haisten, Sharon K. Rotenberry and Lisa A. (Mike) Russell, all of AL; a host of nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life gathering is scheduled for Saturday, December 22, 2018 10AM-1PM at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House.
Ruth Youree Willhite, age 86, passed away peacefully at her home, December 17th, 2018. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 18, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Thursday from 9:00am to 10:00 am at the Main Street Church of Christ in Springfield. A Celebration of Life will be held at the church on Thursday at 10:00am. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hurricane Mills, TN on Thursday at 3:00pm.
Born September 4, 1932 in Rutherford County, Ruth grew up in Readyville, TN. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State College in Home Economics. She was named Miss Home Economics as a senior. She worked as an Assistant UT 4-H and Home Demonstration agent in Humphreys, Maury, and Sevier Counties.
Ruth met Jim Willhite in Waverly. They married on March 9, 1957. The young couple moved to San Diego where Jim and his twin brother Joe served in the Navy. After service, the Willhites moved to Columbia and then Sevierville, where Ruth worked and Jim studied agriculture at UT.
After Jim’s graduation, they moved to Springfield where Edwin and Adelia were born. Jim served as the 4-H County Agent from 1962-81 and later at Commerce Union Bank then at Bank of America. Ruth, a faithful Christian, provided constant support for her husband, while he was a deacon and elder for the Main Street Church of Christ. Their home was always open for hospitality. A tireless friend to elderly women, Ruth made regular phone calls, visits, provided food and transportation to doctor appointments.
When the children started school, Ruth greeted every family moving into Springfield with a smile and a Welcome Wagon basket. She founded the Main Street Mom’s Day Out Program and directed it for 30 years, where she nurtured younger generations and gave young mothers a weekly timeout. She also loved teaching the Bible to children in Sunday School. An encourager and mentor, Ruth delighted in seeing her children, grandchildren, former students, neighbors, and friends excel.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents George and Mary Youree and her brother Robert Youree. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim Willhite; son Edwin and wife Barbara of Murfreesboro and their children David, Andrea Hollandsworth (Glenn), and Paige Willhite; daughter Adelia Gaines and her husband Andy of Coldwater, MS and children Rachel Hilliard (George), Mary Kate, and Will Gaines.
Other relatives are a brother Joe Youree of Dickson, brother-in-law Joe Willhite (Shirley) of Martin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
If desired, gifts may be made to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, Main Street’s Mother’s Day Out, or Main Street’s Building Fund. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Chrystine Denise Carvalho, age 53, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Monday, December 17, 2018 at her home.
Memorial services are pending.
Chrystine was born on January 6, 1966 in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Sue Jefferies Rhyne and the late Cleo Rhyne. She was currently employed as an attorney and paralegal for HCA in Nashville and was a member of Calvary Bible Church in Joelton.
In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her two children, Justin and Jessica Minyard.
In addition to her mother, Chrystine is survived by her husband, Chris Carvalho; sons, Jarryd, Blaine (fiancé Jenn), and Brandon (Trish) Carvalho; daughter, Cady Edwards; brother, Curtis Rhyne; and eight grandchildren.
If so desired, memorial contributions in Chrystine’s memory may be made to Calvary Bible Church, 5245 Highway 41A, Joelton, Tennessee 37080
Mary Elizabeth Coleman, age 93, of Greenbrier passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at NHC HealthCare in Springfield, TN.
The family will receive friends 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with the funeral service following at 2pm with Bro. Marvin Crouch officiating. A private family burial will follow in Greenbrier Cemetery.
She was born September 7, 1925 in Greenbrier, TN to the late James Isaac and Lillie Mae Reese. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Coleman; grandson, James Donald Coleman; brothers, Carlton Reese, Leonard Reese, Howard Reese and a sister, Pauline Reese Gildemeister.
Mrs. Coleman was a kind and loving person who loved to read, spend time outdoors, especially the Great Smokey Mountains. She loved working with flowers and loved tenderly caring for stray animals.
She is survived by daughter, Donna (Mike) Edmonds; son, Donald Coleman; grandchildren, Jon Edmonds, Angela (Steve) Hiland and Cindy Edmonds. Pallbearers will be Jon Edmonds, Mark Overby, Henry Maupin, Chester Harris, Clint Hobson and Keith Overby.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your local Humane Society.
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Obituary for Rayburn Keith
Joel Rayburn Keith, age 84, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Michael Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Trent Keith, Nicholas Keith, David Osborne, Derrick Redding, Devin Truelove and Will Osborne serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 4-8pm and again on Wednesday from 9am until the hour of service at 11am.
Mr. Keith was born May 5, 1934 in Springfield to the late Dawson Emmett and Nell Atrice Carver Keith. He was a butcher and member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents Mr. Keith is preceded in death by his son, Joel Keith and his brother, Earl Keith.
Mr. Keith is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bobbie Lee Reid Keith; sons, Tony (Mary) Keith of Springfield and Michael (Jill) Keith of Adairville; sister, Lillian (Guthrie) Simmons of Springfield; grandchildren, Tonya (David) Osborne, Trent (Mary Beth) Keith, Nicholas Keith, Lacey (Derrick) Redding and Hannah Keith; and 7 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Stone Soup Ministries at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church or to Friendship Meal at Owens Chapel United Methodist Church. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Charles “Charlie” Henry Bryant, age 76, of Nashville, Tennessee, died Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the VA Nashville Campus.
His remains will be cremated and a memorial service will be held Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 3:00 PM, at the Stroudsville Church of Christ with Bro. Tom Payne and Bro. Gene Brown officiating. A committal service to bury his ashes will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Friday, January 25th,2019 at Nashville National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday, December 27th beginning at 2:00 PM until the hour of service at 3:00 PM.
Mr. Bryant was born on June 26, 1942, in Clarksville, Tennessee to the late Bracey Lester and Mabel Etheline Smith Bryant. He was a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in which he served for 20 years and was a Vietnam War veteran. He also was a truck driver and a member of the Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Ann Moore and Maryellen Young.
He is survived by sons, David, Steve (Julie), Jim (Donna), Dennis (Ann) Bryant; sisters, Violet Keay and Nancy (Charlie) Balthrop; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to a Hospice organization of one’s choice.
Helen Ramsey Kennedy, age 85, of Springfield, went to her eternal home on Saturday, December 15, 2018 surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 21, 2018 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Martin Babb and Brother Billy Vogle officiating. Burial will follow in the Bellwood Cemetery with Randy Ellis, Shane Adams, Mike Ramsey, Mark Ramsey, Brian Schmidt, Marty Schmidt and Larry Ramsey serving as pallbearers.
Smokey Barn News interviewed Mrs. Kennedy back in 2010 when she closed her shop on 7th Ave in Springfield following the passing of her husband. She comes up second in the video.
FOUR STORIESFOUR NEWS STORIES in Robertson County. Oct.23/2010New Fire Station in Robertson County. – After 20 years Nice Twice closes it doors. – Masters Table raises money for food. – CMT/ABATE Bike Ride.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 4-8pm and again on Friday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mrs. Kennedy was born September 18, 1933 in Adairville, KY to the late Hobert and Ethel Pearson Ramsey. She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church, retired telephone operator at AT&T and was the owner of the “Nice Twice” consignment shop in Springfield. Mrs. Kennedy was an avid supporter of the Springfield High School Baseball Boosters where she was affectionately known as “Granny”.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Kennedy is preceded in death by her husband, William Dorris Kennedy, brothers, Hobert Ramsey, Jr. and Charles Ramsey, her sister, Frances Schmidt and her son-in-law, James McCoin. She is survived by her daughters, Pam Reid of Springfield and Angela McCoin of Clarksville; step-son, Ronnie (Diane) Kennedy of Springfield; sisters, Shirley Adams of Greenbrier and Nancy Brown of Springfield; grandchildren, Cliff (Misty) Reid, II and James McCoin, II; step-grandchild, Tiffany Kennedy; and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Cody and Dale Reid.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield High School Baseball Boosters. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Kathy Diane Wilson, age 67, of Greenbrier passed away Friday, December 14, 2018 at her residence.
The family will receive friends 10am to 2pm on Monday, December 17, 2018 and the funeral will follow at 2pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
She was born in Springfield, TN March 12, 1951 to the late Howard Mathis and Nancy Lucille Watson.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael J. “Kevin” Wilson and a brother, Wayne Watson
She enjoyed spending time searching for her next treasure for her Flea Market booths.
She is survived by daughter, Karyn (Glenn) Wair; sister, Linda (Wayne) Malugin; brother, Ray “Bubba” (Connie) Watson; grandchildren, Morgan Wair, Marcie Dixon, Hunter Wilson, Logan Anderson; great-grandchildren, Charlie Grace Dixon, Kenzie Lou Oden, Briley Dixon and Brooklyn Dixon.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Dixon, Nick Watson, Eric Malugin, Chris Malugin, Wayne Malugin and Hunter Wilson.