In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week December 20, 2020

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In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week December 20, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Dec. 14-20, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Emalee Jackson Miller

Emalee Jackson Miller, age 92, of Greenbrier, died Sunday, December 20, 2020 at NHC Healthcare. The family will have a private graveside service in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Linda Hatcher officiating.

Mrs. Miller was born on February 16, 1928 to the late J.B. Jackson and Jesse Brown Jackson of White’s Creek.

floral squareShe was a retired teacher for Metro Nashville School System for 30 Years retiring in 1982 and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. She was married to Robert A. Miller on November 28, 1957.

She is survived by many friends and was a Christian, serving God faithfully all of her life.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Delores Violette

Delores Jean Hallman Violette, age 86 of Adairville, KY passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 in Bowling Green, KY.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 23 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Springfield. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville with Joseph Violette, Art Violette, Matthew Gilliam, Skylar Gilliam, Ethan Paul, Kyle Pomeroy, Price Violette and Mark Vick serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, December 22 and 11am to 1pm on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Violette was born January 17, 1934 in Logan County, KY to the late Clarence E. and Ella Richardson Hallman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edgar “Doodle” Violette and sons, Barry Violette and Mark Violette.

She was a housewife and a member of Millertown Church of Christ. She loved her family, sewing, puzzles, Hallmark movies and cooking.

floral squareShe is survived by daughter, Jennifer Gilliam of Adairville; grandchildren, Matthew (Julia) Gilliam, Rachael (Kyle) Pomeroy, Joseph (Brandi) Violette, Art (Danielle) Violette, Kelley (Russell) Paul, Kerri Violette; great-grandchildren, Skylar Gilliam, Addy Gilliam, Katie Paul, Ethan Paul, Ella Violette, Lucy Violette, Christian Hinton, Annie Hinton, Price Violette, Sadie Violette and Hank Violette.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home, 509 Walnut St., Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Steven Wayne Haley

Steven Wayne Haley, age 59 of Clarksville passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Tennova Medical Center.

Memorial Services will be held at 4pm on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Rev. Michael Smith officiating. The family will receive friends 2pm until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Steven was born March 27, 1961 in Nashville, TN. He was blessed to be raised by two sets of parents, Henry and Geraldine Haley and Harold and Eloise Netherton, all of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a son, Stephen A. Haley; brother, David Y. Haley; sister, Judy C. Haley.

He was a Welder for Unarco for 24 years. He loved his family and enjoyed fishing.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Gayle Sloan Haley of Clarksville; daughter, Amber (Quentin) Shoemake of Clarksville; brother, Michael (Vicki) Haley of Springfield; sisters, Wanda Blackburn of Springfield, Sandra Roach of Springfield, Connie Haley of Springfield, Terry (Robert) Henderson of Springfield, Barbara Yeakey of Nashville, Micky (Louis) Burton of Nashville, Darla Wilkerson of Springfield, Linda McKinney of Nashville; grandchildren, Jacie, Hayden and Jaylin Shoemake of Clarksville.

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home, 509 Walnut St., Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Brenda P. Green

Brenda P. Green, age 76, of Jacksonville Beach, FL and formerly of Springfield, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Hendersonville Medical Center. Her wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Ms. Green was born December 31, 1943 in Springfield to the late William Thomas “Toby” and Helen Virginia Harris Green. She was a teacher for the Duval County School System. Brenda was born in Springfield but left shortly after graduating college for Jacksonville Beach, Florida where she resided for 54 years. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1962 and the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1966. She then went on to teach at Ribault High School where she coached a variety of sports including basketball. She furthered her career by moving to Sandalwood High School where she would later retire after teaching physical education and coaching in the Duval County Public School System for 37 years. She was a sports lover, athlete and tennis player, playing competitively on a variety of leagues for many years. She was active in the Duval Teachers Union and helped wage a successful Title IX suit against the school system that helped girls achieve more equitable opportunities. She was a long time member of NOW and who had a passion for equality and justice. Brenda was witty, had a great sense of humor and a unique way of seeing the world. She will be missed by both family and friends.

Ms. Green is survived by her sister, Kay Patterson of Goodlettsville; niece, Leah (Brian) Henderson Watson of Goodlettsville; nephew, David Toby (Jessica Allen) Patterson of Hendersonville; and great-nephews, Jex Watson of Goodlettsville, Brax Watson of floral squareGoodlettsville and Brooks Patterson of Hendersonville. She also leaves behind her close friend, Mary-Charlotte (MC) Jeffrey and her beloved miniature schnauzer, Loretta of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to The Robertson County Animal Shelter or the Alzheimer’s Association. All donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

Due to COVID a memorial service will be planned for a future date.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home, 509 Walnut St., Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Marvin Ray Holt, Sr.

Marvin Ray Holt, Sr., 92, of Springfield, passed from this life on Friday December 18, 2020 at NHC Health Care in Springfield.

Memorial services will be conducted Tuesday December 22nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Frank Gagliano officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Holt was born September 12, 1928 in Springfield to the late Bailey Martin and Nellie Stack Holt. He was a retired truck driver, and then went on to drive a school bus for the Robertson County School System for 10 years. Mr. Holt was a charter member of South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield. He enjoyed riding and racing motorcycles, fishing, hunting, watching football, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter: Tonya Holt.

floral squareMr. Holt is survived by his wife of 73 years: Rosie Dorris Holt of Springfield, by his sons and daughters-in-law: Marvin R. and Cheryl Holt, Jr., of Springfield, Randy and Lucy Holt of Springfield, by his grandchildren: Angela Hancock, Andrea Young, Lesley Haun, Amy Holt, Jessica Holt, Stephanie Gamble, and Josh Smith, by his nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for William Eugene Watkins

(In the News) William Eugene Watkins, 63, of Springfield, passed from this life on Friday December 18, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville. You may extend your respects to the family between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon on Wednesday December 23rd at the Robertson County Funeral Home. A private family service will be held. A public memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

William was born March 30, 1957 in Cedar Hill. He graduated from Jo Byrns High School Class of 1975 and then attended Vol State Community College. He was a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church and served in the Army National Guard. William graduated from the FBI National Academy 189th Session. He was a retired Lieutenant with the Springfield Police Department, with 39 years of service. He served on the Crime Stopper’s Board of Directors and was a beloved community leader. William loved to work and his favorite hobby in his spare time was working. His first private security job was with Payne Chevrolet in Springfield and he worked with them for over 20 years. William currently worked security with the Credit Union of Robertson County, Reiselman Buick GMC, the Nashville School of Law, the First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, and the Ivy Center of Nashville. He had a wonderful career in law enforcement, receiving many awards and acknowledgements along the way, as well as meeting many people and making wonderful friendships. He was preceded in death by his mother: Mary Watkins Gardner, and by his brothers: James Watkins, Logan Gardner, and Thomas Gardner.

floral squareWilliam leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife: Marcellina Claybon Watkins of Springfield, his daughter: Courtney Watkins of Atlanta, GA, his devoted sister-in-law: Consuelo Claybon of Goodlettsville, his sister-in-law: Tiffany Gardner of Arlington, and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many devoted friends.

For those desiring to honor William’s memory, donations may be made to the Bransford Community Center project or to a charity of your choice.

Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Kyle Weston Stewart

Kyle Weston Stewart, 35, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday December 16, 2020 at his home.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday December 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Galen Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Goodlettsville with Robert Stewart, III, David Stewart, Taylor Wolf, Zach Bradshaw, Roger Richards, and Kevin Bradshaw serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5 p.m., and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Kyle was born August 28, 1985 in Nashville. He worked in plumbing and was a member of Cornerstone Church in Madison. The highlight of his life was spending time with his daughters and being a part of their lives. Kyle enjoyed fishing, camping, bonfires, and was the happiest when he was buying, selling, and trading. He loved to meet people and was always willing to help others anyway he could. Kyle was always kind, considerate, fun loving, never met a stranger, and could light up a room with his smile. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Kenneth and Bessie Gober, and Robert Stewart, Sr., by his cousin: Michael Greer, and by his aunt: Laura Reed.

floral squareKyle is survived by his daughters: Peyton Stewart Covington and Hadley Stewart Covington both of White House, by his mother: Debra Gober Worrell and husband Jerry of White House, by his father: Robert Stewart, Jr., and wife Gail of Madison, by his brothers: Robert Stewart, III of Goodlettsville and David Stewart of Old Hickory, by his sister: Jessica Williams of Gallatin, by his grandmother: Jackie Stewart of Old Hickory, by his uncle: Brian Reed of Lebanon, and by his step brother: Tim Worrell of Lewisburg.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Robert “Ernie” Ellis 

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the streetlights came on, and Robert “Ernie” Ellis went to his true Home. He was a fine 73 years old. There was nothing normal about Ernie, so his obituary shouldn’t be either. If Ernie’s story had a theme, it would be overcoming adversity. He was a boy born into a family that was not very loving, nor kind. As soon as Ernie was old enough to do some odd jobs, he did so to purchase clothing that didn’t come from the army/navy store three sizes too large. We’re not sure his fashion sense improved much more through the years, but at least he tried. Ernie got kicked out of Maplewood High School in Donelson for cutting class, and just generally being a hell-raiser. As his principal walked him out of the school for the last time, he told Ernie that he had two choices in life. He could make his life chicken salad or chicken s***. This statement changed his life, and it was a motto that he would use to make decisions going forward. When Judy Savage Watts first laid eyes on Ernie, he was getting out of a beige station wagon wearing a beige leisure suit with his hair sticking up all over the place. She was mowing the lawn for $2.00 an hour at his floorcovering and design business in Dallas, TX. It was love at first sight, and they never looked back. He insisted on marrying Judy on July 7, 1977 because he was a gambler. Marrying on 7/7/77 had to be lucky, right? He also married a women with 4 children. Judy never got around to telling him they weren’t his.

He was a tough, no-nonsense father to Jerri Lynn (Jason) Shaver (Hidden Lake, TX), Weston Scott (Katie) Watts (Eau Claire, WS), Ty Noble (Lisa) Watts (Springfield, TN) and Cody Trey (Adele) Watts (Springfield, TN). He suffered from rheumatoid arthritis most of his life. As a result, he couldn’t teach his boys to properly throw a baseball or a football. He would gather the boys in the backyard, and verbally instruct one of them how to properly throw, and then the other how to catch. Ernie’s mind was brilliant. His penchant for numbers was mind-blowing. He could keep the purchase prices of properties, the cost of insurance and taxes in his mind from year to year – down the penny. He could run numbers through his mind on whether the purchase of a property would turn a profit or not – on the spot. He would make impulsive, life-changing decisions immediately, where most individuals would pour over numbers and use emotions to make a decision. When looking at numbers, he would see answers, and not problems. This made math homework in the household a nightmare for his children. He loved his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren like a fat kid loves cake. There are 12 of them. That’s a bunch of love to give. And he worked really hard to let them all know just how much he cared for them. He was proud of all of them, and each of their special talents. And maybe one of the most important things to share about Ernie’s life is the way he helped people. And he would always give more than was asked. He was interested in other people’s lives, and loved to asked personal questions to get to know them better. One of the best chapters of Ernie’s life happened ten years ago when he gave his life to the Lord. You know, Ernie attended church most of his life, but was just a body in a pew. His life blossomed at this point, and he was richer for it – and the people around him were richer because of his faith in Christ. The last few years had Ernie spending many nights in the hospital at NorthCrest Medical Center. The employees got to know him well, and he made many friends because of his interest in their lives. Ernie helped spread color everywhere he went. His adversity as a young boy propelled him to invest in others and change the course of his path. It’s truly a great story, and would make a good book.

floral squareIf you’d like to do something in Ernie’s memory, you might want to carry on his motto (it’s a memorable one), or maybe make one up of your own. Buy someone’s meal at a restaurant, and don’t tell them you did it. Purchase the coffee for the car behind you at Starbuck’s or Dunkin’s. Or make a donation to the charity of your choice. Or you could make a donation to the Robertson County CASA. You could also stop reading right here, and open up your Bible to Revelation 21:3-4. That would be a good way to celebrate a pretty darn good life.

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Cremation, No services to be held. Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Barbara Jo Weems Vaughn

Barbara Jo Weems Vaughn, 80, of Springfield, departed this life on Monday December 14, 2020 at North Crest Health.

There was a private family graveside service on Thursday December 17th in the Vaughn Family Cemetery with Brother Joe Rushing officiating. There was no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Vaughn was born April 10, 1940 in Gallatin to the late Willard and Bertha Kirby Weems. She was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she received her Bachelor of Nursing degree. Mrs. Vaughn worked for Jesse Holman Jones Hospital for many years. She was instrumental in getting the Hospice program started at JHJH and retired from that department. She was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ. Mrs. Vaughn enjoyed reading and watching all types of sports, especially her Lady Vol’s.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Buddy Vaughn. Mrs. Vaughn is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Vicky and Robert Drake of Springfield, by her sons and daughters-in-law: Kent and Michele Vaughn of Springfield, Craig and Kathy Vaughn of Springfield, and by her 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and her soon to be born fifth great grandchild.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Vaughn’s memory to the Main Street Church of Christ building fund.

Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Arrangements for Laronia Wright-Jones:

Laronia Katrice Wright-Jones was born on August 1, 1983 to Barbara Williams-Washington and Larry Wright in Springfield, Tennessee. She gained her forever Home on God’s celestial shores, December 15, 2020.

Laronia was educated in the Robertson County School System and later attended Phoenix University. She professed her hope in Christ at an early age at St. Matthews M.B. Church under the pastorship of her grandfather, the late Ben A. Williams. She later joined St. James M.B. Church under the pastorship of her step-father, Mark Washington and served faithfully until her health prevented her from doing so.
She is preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents, uncles and aunts.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, Lamar Jones; her mother and father, Barbara (Pastor Mark) Washington; her father, Larry Wright; her loving son, Jeremiah Lamontez Hart; her brothers, Ben (Stacy) Crockett and Mark A. Washington, Jr.; her sister-in-law, Alexis Jones; her grandmother, Genel Washington; her uncles, Jonathan Washington, Joshua Williams, and Willie Roy Wright; her beloved nieces and nephews, Brianna Crockett, Tianna floral squareCrockett, Antonio Crockett, Isaiah Crockett, Mar’Kayla and Marianna Washington; a devoted friend, Brooks Spencer and a host of family and friends.

Funeral Servive was Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1 pm at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Eldere Torey Ellis, officiant and Minister Jeff Kennedy, Eulogy; Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Arrangements entrusted to W.D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Don Henry

Harold “Don” Henry, age 88 of Cross Plains, TN passed away Friday, December 18, 2020 at his residence.

There are no services planned at this time.

Mr. Henry was born in Cross Plains on February 28, 1932 to the late Gill and Inez Yates Henry. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Kate “Katie” Murphy Henry.

He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and was a Sgt. In the US Army while serving in Germany.

He was an Orchardist having owned his own 100 acre peach orchard for many years. He also loved history.

floral squareHe is survived by children, David (Lynn) Henry of Spotsylvania, VA, Mark Henry of Ridgetop, TN, Donna Kay Henry of Nashville, TN, James Henry of Nashville, TN; brother Phil Henry of Cross Plains, TN; grandchildren, Alex Henry, Megan Shifflett, Sarah Jones; great-grandchildren, Harper Shifflett, Peyton Jones and Grayson Shifflett.
Contributions may be made to Avalon Hospice if so desired. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 509 Walnut Street, Springfield, TN 37172. Online condolences may be made at www.austinandbell.com

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

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Obituary for Tom Johnson

John Thomas Johnson “Tom”, age 95 of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, died Friday, December 18, 2020 at his home.

The family will have a private funeral service. There will be no public visitation.

Pallbearers will be Ray Johnson, Ray Johnson, Jr., Rocky Shepard, Josh Shepard, Matt Shepard, and Curt Cale.

Mr. Johnson was born on April 5, 1925, in the Stroudville Community of Robertson County, Tennessee, to the late John I. and Lela Pickering Johnson. He was a carpenter, farmer, and a member of the Stroudsville Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Johnson; brother, William Ray Johnson; sisters, Pauline Bain, and Ruth Ellis.

He is survived by his son, Ray (Darlene) Johnson; daughters, Joanne (Rocky) Shepard, Donna (Curt) Cale; grandchildren, William Ray Johnson, Jr., Ashley Johnson, Brandi (Mark) Parish, Josh (Megan) Shepard, Matt (Lillie) Shepard, and Jessika (Cory) Collins; and great-grandchildren, Lily Parish, Dax Green, Jase Green, Sadie Shepard, Cayden Collins, and Lydia Collins.

floral squareThe family wishes to say a special “thank you” to Asera Care, and his caregivers Dianne, Dorothy, Edith, Julie D., Julie N., Kristie, Mary, & Brooke.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Stroudsville Church of Christ Building Fund at 1531 Stroudsville Road, Adams, Tennessee, 37010.

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Austin and 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 Carlos Ford

Carlos Harris Ford, age 87, of Greenbrier and formerly of Springfield, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

A graveside service will be held Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2pm at EverRest of Cheatham in Pleasant View with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

A private family visitation will be held at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield.

Mr. Ford was born November 18, 1933 in Pleasant View to the late James Frank and Ethel Harris Ford. He worked as a truck driver and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents Mr. Ford is preceded in death by his sister, Gwendlyn Knight, his brother, Murry Ford, his daughter, Judy Lemley Hulsey, and his brother-in-law, Leonard Sawyers.

Mr. Ford is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma Dean Sawyers Ford; son, Rick (Mary Ruth) Beckham of Belton, TX; sister, Bonnie Ford Harris of Pleasant View; grandchildren, Shawn (Sharon) floral squareLemley, Ryan (Danielle) Scott (April) Beckham and Brittany (Kevin) Clinard; and great-grandchildren, Sara, Isaac, Zack, Hunter, Logan, Hayden, Kaitlyn, Dylan, Harris and Blake.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Ada Joyce James

Age 80 of Goodlettsville went home to be with the Lord Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Skyline Medical Center. She was born September 9, 1940 to Gilbert & Iva Cherry Crabtree. She worked as a homemaker and was a seamstress. She enjoyed painting, flower gardening and growing african violets. She was also a bird enthusiast and loved her parakeet, Willie. Mrs. James was faithful to God and to her family. She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Jon James, Goodlettsville, TN; sons, Eric (Kelley) James, Cross Plains, TN and Jeffery (Deborah) James, Nolensville, TN; daughter, Shannon (Tony) Hernandez, White House, TN; brother, James (Adeline) Crabtree, Bethpage, TN; 6 grandchildren, Tyler, Ethan, Sarah, Emily, Jared & Wyatt; her floral squareparakeet, Willie.

Graveside service and burial was held  Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:30pm in Hartsville Memorial Gardens with Bro. Tom Slagle and Bro. Wayne Andrews officiating and with Ethan Hernandez, Jared James, Wyatt James, Johnny Rowland, Jordon Bean, Steven Shanklin & Tyler James serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was held Sunday, December 20, 2020 10am-1pm at the funeral home.

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

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Arrangements for Hattie Walton:

Private Services.

Full obituary to be published soon.

Arrangements entrusted to W.D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Ruby Shearon

Ruby Nicholson Shearon, age 79 of Clarksville, Tennessee died Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

A private family graveside service will be conducted.

Out of respect, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family has chosen to have a public memorial service at a later date.

For those of you who are unable to attend the Monday service, but still wish to pay your respects, you are welcome to park along Knox Rd or Farmer Rd, where the procession will take Ruby one last time. This will take place at approximately 1:30PM on Monday, December 21st. Thanks, and God Bless. The Shearon Family.

Mrs. Shearon was born on December 8, 1941, in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Roy Milton and Annie Mae Hyde Nicholson. She loved to travel and was proud to have visited 47 states and several different countries. She was retired from BellSouth Telephone Company and was a member of the Brewer’s Chapel United Methodist Church where she played the piano for 65 years.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John Shearon; and grandson, Gregory Milton Shearon.

She is survived by her sons, John “Wayne” (Denise) Shearon, “Kevin” Dale (Lorrie) Shearon, and Robert “Gaines” (Michelle) Shearon; brother, Bobby (Charlotte) Nicholson; sister, Nelda Jennette; and grandchildren, Lucas, Emily, Jennifer, Tyler, & Paige Shearon, and Megan (Tony) Smith; and several nieces & nephews.

floral squareThe family wishes to say a special “thank you’ to Mrs. Ruby’s caregiver, Diane Drye.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association, 478 Craighead Street, Ste. 200, Nashville, Tennessee 37204, or the Brewer’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 4965 Thomasville Road, Chapmansboro, Tennessee 37035.

Austin and 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 Albert Edward Townsend

Age 79 of White House went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Hendersonville Medical Center. He was born June 18, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island to Edward Steven & Charlotte Ann Cocayne Townsend. After graduating from BHS he attended Cerritos Junior College at night for 3 years while working at Fedco. He was promoted at Fedco from the warehouse into management. He spent a year at L.A. Trade Tech in East LA while working for Fedco in traffic management. He met his wife Norma, who also worked at Fedco, and they were married in 1961. He retired in 1987 after 31 years of service with Fedco. While working at Fedco he served as President of the California Shippers Association for three years. After retirement, he worked for Osh-Kosh B’Gosh for 14 years and retired from them in 2005. He then became a service writer for Wal-Mart. He was a member of New Life Fellowship, where he served as a trustee.

floral squareHe is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma Townsend.

He is survived by his son, Greg (Laura) Townsend, White House, TN; 3 grandchildren, Matthew Kondus, David Townsend and Bailey Townsend; 5 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Allie, Addisyn, Everett & Bennett.

A memorial service was held Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7pm at New Life Fellowship with Bro. Rob Massie and Bro. Steve Farmer officiating. Inurnment will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11am in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

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Obituary for Eleanor Ruth Armstrong

Eleanor Armstrong, age 88 died on December 15, 2020 at the home of her son, Don Steele in White House, Tennessee.

Born May 11, 1932 in Clinton, Indiana, the sixth of 14 children born to Charles and Ruth Straw.

Surviving are two sons: Alan Steele, wife Kathy of Lafayette, Indiana and Don Steele, wife Glynda, of White House, Tennessee. Six Grandchildren: Kelsie, Scott, Kristen, Kate, Brandon and Christopher. Five Great-Grandchildren: Amaya, Charlotte, Jack, Caroline and Penny Jo. A stepdaughter: Brenda Crawford and step-grandson Justin.

Also surviving are brothers Don Straw of Clinton, Indiana and Jack Straw of Menasha, Wisconsin and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 11 brothers and sisters, husband – James Armstrong, her son – Michael Steele and grandson – Andrew Steele.

She was retired from United Equity Credit Union in Decatur, Illinois. She was an avid bingo player and bowler, having served on the Champaign-Urbana Bowling Association Board of Directors and floral squareis a member of their Hall of Fame.

The body will be cremated with private family services to be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to “Wounded Warriors Project

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

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Obituary for Charles Anthony Palmer

Age 60 of White House passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 at St. Thomas West. He was born September 6, 1960 in Nashville, TN to Charles Alvin & Linda Brindley Palmer. He worked as a project manager for J&J Interiors. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was loved by the entire community. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He also enjoyed eating Mexican food and drinking beer. He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Lisa Palmer, White House, TN; sons, Craig (Kerri) Palmer, Goodlettsville, TN and Kevin Palmer, Nashville, TN; daughter, Stephanie Palmer, White House, TN; brothers, Jimmy Helms, Goodlettsville, TN and Michael Palmer, AZ; sisters, Debbie Murphy, Westmoreland, TN and Patty Palmer Brummett (David Campbell) Ridgetop, TN; 4 grandchildren, Isaiah Palmer, Bonnie Palmer, Rachel Collins and Jessica Collins.

floral squareFuneral service was held 2pm Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor Don Watson officiating. Interment followed in Palmer Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4-8pm and Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Curtis Keathly “Keith” Covington

Curtis Keathley “Keith” Covington age 80 passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was born in Nashville, TN on September 30, 1940 to the late Herbert Leroy and Jewel Odessa Covington.

Besides his parents Mr. Covington was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin Gordan Covington; and a sister, Wanda LaRue Summers.

Keith is survived by his sons, Tim (Julie) Covington, Steve (Amy) Covington, and Kevin (Pattie) Covington; grandchildren, Sydnie, Olivia, Eli and Zach.

Keith was a member of the Air National Guard after high school and worked for RC Cola for over 40 years in sales. After retiring, he drove a school bus in Robertson county. Keith enjoyed professional baseball; Atlanta Braves was his favorite team. Mr. Covington was a member of the Al Menah Shrine, Scottish Rites, and a member of the Greenbrier Masonic Lodge.

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, December 22, 2020 and again from 10:00am until 11:00am Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. A Masonic Rites service will be conducted at 7:00pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be floral squareconducted at 11:00am Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Ken Castleberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

The funeral home asks that anyone attending the visitation and/or service to please wear a mask. For your safety, all CDC guidelines are to be followed.

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

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Obituary for Hoyett Wayne Cross

Hoyett Wayne Cross, age 84 of Hendersonville passed away, Monday, December 14, 2020 at Hendersonville, Medical Center.

A private family service was held. Family served as pallbearers.

Mr. Cross was born in Chattanooga, TN on December 6, 1936 to the late Wilbur and Marguerite Smith Cross. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Anna Patricia Friberg Cross and a sister, Irene Kuist. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and employed with the Howell Company as an Electrician. He loved his family, floral squareartistic painting, studying his Bible consistently and history.
He is survived by sons, Walter (Mary Lou) Cross of Grassy Fork, TN, Wayland (Jana) Cross of Old Hickory, TN; daughter, Heather (Chris) Young of Goodlettsville, TN; brother, Norman (Ruth) Cross; brother-in-law, Bruce Kuist; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

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

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for Steve Taszreak

Steven “Steve” Alexander Taszreak, age 60 of Chapmansboro, Tennessee died Sunday, December 13, 2020 at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Ashland City.

Steve was born on August 13, 1960 in Buffalo, New York to the late Thomas and Eva Haworth Taszreak. He was employed by Lowe’s Distribution Center in Pleasant View and loved to hunt, fish and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Steve was an amazing husband, father, and “Poppy”.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Barbie Taszreak; daughters, Alicia (Chad) Camp and Stevie Taszreak (Chad Moore); brothers, Tommy Taszreak and Craig Taszreak; a sister, Cheryl Angell; and grandchildren, Jaxon, Liam, Cash, Eva, & Charlotte Camp.

The family chose cremation and there are no services planned at this time.

Austin and 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 David Dean

David Wayne Dean, age 79, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020. David grew up in Springfield, TN and was born as the only child of James and Annie Dean on February 2, 1941. David married the love of his life, Nancy, and they were together for 48 years. David loved and honored her well and as he looked back on his life, he said “I wouldn’t change a thing.” David lived a life without regrets and was dearly loved by his wife, children and grandchildren. He instilled life’s values and a love for the Lord though his life message of serving and giving to others. David worked at Gresham Smith for 30 years as an Architectural Designer. When it came to fun, Nancy made those plans and David was glad he didn’t miss “The Dance”. He did love to slip away and go fishing with “Papa”, Chris or the grandchildren and it’s those special moments that will be remembered for a lifetime.

In addition to his parents Mr. Dean is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Walker Dean, and his daughters, Mary Beth Dean Kirk and Melissa Holmes.

Mr. Dean is survived by his son Chris (Angie) Dean of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Jeremy (Brittany) Brown, Jason (Rachel) Brown, Julie (Jerimy) Capps, Jon (Daelyn) Wright; and great-grandchildren, Cameron, Hunter, Konner & Wesley Brown, Kelsey & Brynlynn Capps, and Alaya Wright.

floral squareThere was a graveside service at 1pm in the Elmwood Cemetery at 1029 Richard Street, Springfield, TN with Brother Brady Cooper and Brother Keith Cook officiating. Music provided by Mr. Dean’s brother-in-law, Tommy Walker and nephew, Bart Walker. Pallbearers were Jeremy Brown, Jason Brown, Jon Wright, and Bill Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Wilkerson, Cameron, Hunter, Konner and Wesley Brown.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to On The Go Ministries. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Robert Chambers

Robert Daniel Chambers, age 98, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 at NHC Healthcare.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Interment of the cremated remains of both Mr. Chambers and his late wife, Barbara Miller Chambers (1922-2016), will also be held at a later date in the Pleasant View Cemetery in their beloved hometown of Mifflinburg, PA.

Mr. Chambers was born January 26, 1922, in Mifflinburg, PA to the late George and Margaret Gutelius Chambers. Mr. Chambers, Major, USAF Retired, was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in WWII. He was also a sponsor of the world’s only remaining flying B-24J: https://www.collingsfoundation.org/aircrafts/consolidated-b-24-liborator/.

Afterward, Mr. Chambers became an outside salesman for a national electrical equipment company and a member of the Springfield First United Methodist Church. During his retirement years in Springfield, in 1990, Bob prevailed with the NAA (Nashville Airport Authority) to relinquish management of the Springfield-Robertson County Airport, and formed the Springfield-Robertson County Airport Board in Springfield and served for years as Chairman. Link to related videos: BOB CHAMBERS Springfield Airport VIDEOS 1991 to 2005. These videos are related to his achievements with the airport, which subsequently won awards from the State of Tennessee, and the proclamation of “Bob Chambers Day” from the City of Springfield, and the naming of the entry road at the airport, “Bob Chambers Road”.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Chambers is preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Ehresman and Louise Felton, his brothers, Nelson Chambers, James Chambers and Fred Chambers, and his son, Bruce George Chambers.

floral squareMr. Chambers is survived by his son, David A. (former spouse, Janet) Chambers of Witchita, KS; daughters, Verna (George) Hall of Springfield and Deanna (Gene) Taylor of Leroy, AL; brothers, Joseph Chambers of MI and John (Barbara) Chambers of CA; grandchildren, Thomas Hall, Amy (Brandon) Hix, Jason (Christie) Taylor, Julie (Waylon) Powell, Justin (Courtney) Chambers, Daniel (Ericka) Chambers, Grace (Justin) Smith, Charity (Benjamin) Nicholson, Benjamin (Renae) Chambers, Hope (Caleb) Howell, James (Emily) Chambers and Michael (Victoria) Chambers; 22 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

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

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Obituary for Rosemary Ellis

Rosemary Ellis, age 72 of Springfield, died Sunday, December 13, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

There was a private graveside service for the family at Mt. Sharon Cemetery with Tim Harris officiating.

The family plans on having a memorial service at a later date.

Miss Ellis was born November 1, 1948 in Robertson County to the late George Lawrence and Alice Elizabeth Binkley Ellis. She was a member of Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Doug Burr.

floral squareShe is survived by her sister, Lynda Burr of Grand Rapids, MI; nephews, Todd (Vivian) Burr of Grand Rapids, MI and Terry (Katie) Burr of Springfield; nieces, Tonya (Chuck) Jagoe of Grand Rapids, MI and Tammy (Jim) Rahn of Eastman, GA; 12 great nieces and nephews; and 1 great-great niece.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for William C. Gardner, Jr.

William C. Gardner, Jr., 68, died Thursday, December 10, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Gardner was cremated, there will be a celebration of life service on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Donnie Bryant officiating.

Mr. Gardner was born May 15, 1952 in Knoxville to the late William Conrad and Katherine Brakebill Gardner, Sr. He had worked for Pizza Hut, and he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, and fishing. Mr. Gardner is survived by his son, William M. Gardner, his daughter, Clarissa L. Gardner, his sister, Donna Pepper, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Madeline Dorris

Madeline Dorris, age 84 of Greenbrier, died Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at NorthCrest Health.

Funeral services and visitation was private. Burial was held in Greenbrier Cemetery with Larry Stroup, Jerry Taylor, Marlin Sholar, Dale Gilmore, Ivan Bell, and Joe Brown serving as pallbearers.

Ms. Madeline was born May 1, 1936 in Davidson County to the late Charlie Thomas and Ruby Ethel Carter Bagsby. She is also preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Howard Martin. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was as her husband described, an excellent homemaker. She had a kind heart and loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and had a love for animals.

Ms. Madeline is survived by her husband of almost 68 years, Bobby Lee Dorris of Greenbrier; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Kay and Joey Henderson of Springfield; grandchildren, Chance Dwayne (Jennifer) Holmes of Greenbrier and Shalee Holmes of Largo, FL; and great grandchildren, Cody and Chase Holmes, sister: Charlene Martin of Hendersonville.

floral squareThe family request those that are asked to come for the services to please wear your mask the entire time present and to follow all Covid guidelines.

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to Nashville Rescue Mission. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for John Ewing Jackson, Sr.

John Ewing Jackson, Sr., 63, of Greenbrier, passed away on Monday December 7, 2020 at North Crest Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted Friday December 11th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend David Davis officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Cleveland Jackson, Tyler Fugate, Timothy Fugate, Gabriel Fugate, Randy Young, Tom Young, Paul Wayne Young, and Stephen Howerton serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Jackson was born May 4, 1957 in Springfield to the late Francis Sory and Nannie Florene Hulsey Jackson. He was a retired truck driver and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Springfield. Mr. Jackson was a race car driver, enjoyed working on cars, fishing, and anything that allowed him to be outdoors. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings: C.R. Bradley, Harvey Jackson, Gene Jackson, Gerald Jackson, Betty Young, and Patricia Britt.

floral squareMr. Jackson is survived by his wife Rebecca Carter Jackson of Greenbrier, by his son and daughter-in-law: John Ewing and Olivia Jackson, Jr., of Greenbrier, by his daughter and son-in-law: Brandy and Kenneth Higdon of Cedar Hill, Michelle Keller of St. Petersburg, FL, by his sister and brother-in-law: Margie and Lamar Pruitt of Ashland City, and by his grandchildren: Kenneth Higdon, Jr., Angel Nicole Jackson, Mary Elizabeth Jackson, and Maggie Mae Jackson.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Amel Ray Aydelotte

Amel Ray Aydelotte, 87, of Woodburn, KY, passed away on Monday December 7, 2020 at Nashville VA Medical Center.

A private family burial was held in the National Cemetery in Nashville.

Mr. Aydelotte was born November 14, 1933 in Columbia Township, IN to the late Charles Franklin and Amy Aydelotte. He attended both the University of Indiana and Oakland City University. Mr. Aydelotte was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was a retired computer programmer.

floral squareMr. Aydelotte is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law: Jeff Aydelotte of White House and Gregg and Lisa Aydelotte of Springfield, by his brother: Richard Aydelotte of Evansville, IN, and by his grandchildren: Sarah Aydelotte, Jeremiah Aydelotte, and Rachel Aydelotte.

Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Kenneth Doyle Whited

Kenneth Doyle Whited, age 67 of Springfield passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

No local services were held.

He was born September 22, 1953 in New Orleans, LA to the late John Lesley and Vivian Braud Whited. He attended First Baptist Church in Mandeville, LA. He loved his family, fishing, spending time working to help family and friends and working on project at church.

floral squareHe is survived by wife, Nelva Landa Oliviier of Springfield; sons, Brad (Natalie) Whited of Watertown, Ben (Jinnifer) Johnston of Springfield; daughters, Emily (Jessie) McCollough of Franklin, Holly (Clinton) Blake of Ashland City, Rachel Goodwin of Old Hickory; brother, Albert L. (Wanda) Whited of Covington, LA; sister, Madelyn “Katie” Whited of Gulf Port, MS; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Services entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary For Angela C. Woodard

Angela Christine Woodard was born August 13, 1963 to the union of the late Guy Lester Woodard and Mary Christine Sherrod Woodard in Robertson County, TN. Angela departed this life after an extended illness on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Our beloved sister attended the Robertson County School System and graduated with the Class of 1981 Springfield High School. Upon graduating from high school Angela was gainfully employed at Brewer Sewing Supply and later with the Robertson County Board of Education. She enjoyed her job working with the youth of Robertson County. A highly creative and imaginative person her hobbies included sewing, arts and crafts and drawing. Angela loved creating things with her hands turning it into treasures that many admire still to this day. A great hidden joy that Angela enjoyed was grilling on holidays and traveling with friends and family. Angela was the personal GPS system to a loving friend, Dorinda West as they traveled on many adventures.

Angela dedicated her life to Christ on October 14, 1973 at First Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Walter J. Speed. Angela loved the Lord and was often found helping with any youth activity that was being held. She always wanted the best for the youth she was involved with. The community in which she was born and raised in you could find her engaged in activities with the Springfield Pacesetters where she was an active member and served in various offices with the service organization.

Angela was preceded in death by her father, Guy Lester Woodard and her oldest brother, Harold Eugene Woodard.

Angela leaves to cherish her memories of love and selfless dedication her daughter, Jacquie Nachelle Woodard; her loving mother, Mary Christine Woodard, her sister, Jacqueline Woodard; her brothers, Lester Woodard, Lee Woodard (Robbie); her sister-in-love, Jeneal; nephew, Demetri, Clay and nieces, Joshlyn (Zayden, Zakai), Angelica McKissick (Cayden) and Nataleigh Drew (Fallyne). Her nephews and nieces have fond memories that they will cherish floral squarefor years to come. Loving aunts, Glenda Peyton (Charlie), Tempy Sherrod, Sandra Cox, Patricia Sherrod. A host of cousins to cherish her memories. There are many others that will cherish the memories of Angela Christine Woodard.

Viewing and Visitation was Tuesday, December 15, 2020 with funeral service at 12:00 pm at First Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Emanuel Haygood, Officiant and Reverend Martin Winslow, Eulogy, Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden

Arrangements entrusted to W.D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Robert Chambers

Robert Daniel Chambers, age 98, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 at NHC Healthcare.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Interment of the cremated remains of both Mr. Chambers and his late wife, Barbara Miller Chambers (1922-2016), will also be held at a later date in the Pleasant View Cemetery in their beloved hometown of Mifflinburg, PA.

Mr. Chambers was born January 26, 1922, in Mifflinburg, PA to the late George and Margaret Gutelius Chambers. Mr. Chambers, Major, USAF Retired, was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in WWII. He was also a sponsor of the world’s only remaining flying B-24J.

Afterward, Mr. Chambers became an outside salesman for a national electrical equipment company and a member of the Springfield First United Methodist Church. During his retirement years in Springfield, in 1990, Bob prevailed with the NAA (Nashville Airport Authority) to relinquish management of the Springfield-Robertson County Airport, and formed the Springfield-Robertson County Airport Board in Springfield and served for years as Chairman. Link to related videos: BOB CHAMBERS Springfield Airport VIDEOS 1991 to 2005. These videos are related to his achievements with the airport, which subsequently won awards from the State of Tennessee, and the proclamation of “Bob Chambers Day” from the City of Springfield, and the naming of the entry road at the airport, “Bob Chambers Road”.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Chambers is preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Ehresman and Louise Felton, his brothers, Nelson Chambers, James Chambers and Fred Chambers, and his son, Bruce George Chambers.

Mr. Chambers is survived by his son, David A. (former spouse, Janet) Chambers of Witchita, KS; daughters, Verna (George) Hall of Springfield and Deanna (Gene) Taylor of Leroy, AL; brothers, floral squareJoseph Chambers of MI and John (Barbara) Chambers of CA; grandchildren, Thomas Hall, Amy (Brandon) Hix, Jason (Christie) Taylor, Julie (Waylon) Powell, Justin (Courtney) Chambers, Daniel (Ericka) Chambers, Grace (Justin) Smith, Charity (Benjamin) Nicholson, Benjamin (Renae) Chambers, Hope (Caleb) Howell, James (Emily) Chambers and Michael (Victoria) Chambers; 22 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

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

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Obituary for Frances Henley

Frances Calvin Henley, age 81, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Jake Suttle officiating. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Todd Elmore, J.T. Elmore, Troy Elmore, Shane Hanson and Trenton Ferrell serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday from 10am until the hour of service at 12pm.

Mrs. Henley was born December 13, 1938 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Raymond and Mamie Albert Calvin. She worked as a cashier at Hallmark, was a line worker at the Acme Boot Company and was a founding member of the New Life General Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Henley is preceded in death by her first husbands, Wayne Ragsdal, James Henley, brothers, Junior and Bobby, and her sisters, Phyllis, Mary, Katherine and Connie.

Mrs. Henley is survived by her daughters, Larna Martindale of Woodbury, TN and Rhonda (Todd) Elmore of Springfield; ex-husband and father of her children, Joe Hulsey of Ridgetop; brother, Butch Calvin of Indianapolis, IN; ex-son-in-law, Lanny floral squareMartindale of MS; grandchildren, Amanda (Trenton) Martindale, Sara (Brian) Judkins, Bethany (Shane) Hanson, J.T. (Hannah) Elmore and Troy (Jasmine) Elmore; and great-grandchildren, Emily (Peyton) Rudisill, Laura Beth (Will) Nichols, Austin Ferrell, Kyle Judkins, Tinsley Ferrell, Addison Bogle, Abigail Hanson, Makenzie Hanson, Emma Reeves and Madelyn Elmore.

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

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Obituary for Juan Carlos “Bito” Aguilar

Juan Carlos (Bito) Aguilar, age 74 of Gallatin, Tn. passed away on Thursday December 10, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Garcia.

Mr. Aguilar is survived by his wife of 51 years Susana Aguilar; daughter, Tamara (Chad) Richards; son, Erick (Juavy Meza) Aguilar; sister, Irma Haubrich; grandchildren Hannah Weis, Alec Weis and Victor Aguilar; step grandchildren Dylan Richards and Kensi Richards.

Juan can be best described as an Amazing Dad and Granddad who was full of life, enjoyed life to the maximum and had no enemies. Juan adored and was completely devoted to his beautiful wife Susy for 51 years. She was his best friend and was always by her side. His 3 Grandchildren lovingly referred to him as Bito and has described him as the most kind hearted, genuine, sweetest and perfect man on this Earth. Juan made sure he provided the best life for his family by working hard for so many years. Juan loved the sales process of helping people and was excellent at his craft. If you only knew Juan for a minute, it would be evident that God and Family were the most important things in life for him. As long as his family was together, he knew we could get through any circumstance. Juan loved being on his boat visiting islands in Venezuela and many of his favorite stories talked about his experiences. He also enjoyed a great meal and cocktail. His signature phrase was: Ah, this is sooo sooo gooood. The next time you have a great meal, remember Juan and his phrase. Juan was also the life of any room and he will continue to shine his light on his family from Heaven. Juan loved to celebrate any moment in life and would encourage you to do the same while living like it is your last day.

Juan will be terribly missed by his friends and family until they are reunited again in Heaven.

The family received friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on Friday, December 18, 2020. Funeral Mass began at 6:00 p.m. with Father Austin Gilstrap, Celebrant.

floral squareThe funeral home asked that anyone attending the visitation and/or service to please wear a mask. For their safety, all CDC guidelines were followed.

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

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Obituary for Kolterina Jean Duffin

Obituary for Kolterina Jean Duffin
Age 66 of Clarksville passed away December 9, 2020 at her home. She was born May 18, 1954 in Jackson, OH to Lloyd & Janice Juanita Mobley Rouse. She worked for Bethesda West Hospital in their housekeeping department before her retirement. She loved spending time with her family, especially shopping with her sisters. She was a very kindhearted, caring person. She loved to crochet.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jimmy Gooch. She is survived by son, Brian Rouse, Port St. Lucie, FL; sisters, Gail Austin, Antioch, TN, Denea Brumbaugh, Clarksville, TN and Juanita Adams, FL; brother, Lloyd Rouse, Jackson, OH; 4 grandchildren, Nicole, Billy, Crystal and Amanda.

There are no services or visitation planned at this time.

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

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Obituary for David Alan Brown

David Alan Brown, age 67, passed away on December 9, 2020 following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Tucker Brown and Edith Emogene Eldridge Brown and brother, George Thomas (Tommy) Brown.

He is survived by sister Rebecca Morgan, brother Rick brown, nieces, nephews and chosen family at Place of Hope. David enjoyed all kinds of sports and his daily crossword puzzle but spent most all of his time recently ministering floral squareto others that were struggling with addiction, as he did a majority of his life. His goal was to help as many as he could by sharing his own experiences and The Word of God. He had surrendered his life to Christ is now with Him in Heaven

There are no services planned at this time.

If you feel led, please donate to David’s home, A Place of Hope, 105 N. James Campbell Blvd, Columbia, TN 38402.

Obituary provided by Austin and Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service

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Obituary for Jerry Reason, Sr.

Jerry Lee Reason, Sr., age 65, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at his home.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 11, 2020 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial followed in the Bellwood Cemetery with Randy Arms, Bradley Arms, Phillip Pentecost, Robert Reason, Donald Woods, Timmy Gibbs, Jimmy Reason and Junior Arms serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday from 11am until the hour of service at 2pm.

Mr. Reason was born May 1, 1955 in Springfield to the late William Ross and Susie Bryant Reason. He worked as a rock quarry operator.

In addition to his parents Mr. Reason is preceded in death by his wife, Connie Arms Reason, sons, Jeffrey Reason and William Ray Reason, and his daughter, Teresa Marie Reason.

floral squareMr. Reason is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry “Lee” and Mary Jo Reason of Springfield; brothers, Jimmy (Angie) Reason and William L. Reason, both of Springfield; sister, Nora Reason-Wright of Hendersonville; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

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

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Obituary for Bernice Saunders

Bernice Hart Saunders, age 85, of Nashville and formerly of Robertson County, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Boulevard Terrace in Murfreesboro.

There was a private memorial service for her family at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield at 1pm on Saturday, December 12, 2020 followed by a graveside service at Springfield Memorial Gardens at 2pm.

Out of respect for everyone’s health and safety during the pandemic, there was no formal, in-person visitation. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through Austin & Bell Funeral Home’s webpage or directly to individual family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in honor of Bernice Saunders go to the Nashville Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and enhance Nashville’s urban forests. Ms. Sunders loved to plant trees.

Ms. Saunders was born on a farm in Cedar Hill, Tennessee and remained a farm girl at heart for the remainder of her life. She was a basketball standout at Jo Byrns High School and then a straight A student and cheerleader at Middle Tennessee State University. Ms. Saunders went on to receive a Masters Degree in Education from Tennessee State University. Thereafter, she became an elementary school teacher at both Bordeaux Elementary School and Old Center Elementary School. She loved to play the piano, and to work with flowers and gardens. Her favorite places were her family farm in Cedar Hill and the Great Smoky Mountains. After her retirement, she became a regular volunteer at Tri-Star Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

floral squareMs. Saunders is preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Bessie Hart and her son, Mike Saunders. She is survived by her son, Tony Saunders of Nashville; and grandchildren, Patrick Saunders, Christopher Saunders, Holly Smith, Heather Taylor and Hunter Saunders.

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

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Obituary for Cody Steven Elmore

Cody Steven Elmore, age 22 of Adairville, Ky passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 2pm on Sudnay, December 13, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Springfield with Bro. David Harper officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville, KY with Dustin Phelps, Dillon Mitchell, Jacob Henley, Ethan Creek, Michael Elmore Christopher Elmore, Troy Elmore and Konnor Phelps serving as pallbearers. The family received friends 3pm to 7pm on Saturday, December 12 and 1pm until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral Home.

floral squareCody was born November 20, 1998 to Terry Steven and Rhonda L. Trogdon Elmore; sisters, Tamra (Dustin) Phelps, Jada (Ethan Creek) Elmore; nieces and nephew, Konnor Phelps, Kylin Phelps, Weston Creek, Aunt, Nini (Tina), cousins, Brandy (Dillon) Mitchell, Jacob Henley.

If so desired, contributions may be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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Obituary for Roger Dale Wood

Roger Dale Wood age 75 of Greenbrier passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Roger was born June 30, 1945 in Tomplinsville, KY to the late James Lovell and Velma Darlene Netherton Wood.

floral squareHe was also preceded in death by a son, Chris Wood. He worked for Pirelli Tires for 30 years.

Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier, TN is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for Renald Carl Eichler Jr.

Dr. Renald Carl Eichler, Jr.
May 28, 1935 – December 7, 2020

Renald was born and raised in Pensacola, FL to the late Renald Carl Eichler, Sr. and Annette Beal Eichler. He grew up in a loving home with his sisters, Nita and Franceen.

Renald was a gifted pianist and began playing at a young age. He pursued his degree in music and graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor’s in music. He then served his country in the US Army (25th Infantry) and was stationed in Hawaii. He served as Chaplain’s Assistant and directed the Men’s Army Chorus. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Nashville to pursue his Master’s in Music at Peabody College. While in school, he became the Minister of Music at Edgefield Baptist Church where he served for over 20 years. He also taught piano and voice privately.
Renald worked for the State of TN at Jordonia in the mid-60’s. While there he saw the injustices of the juvenile/educational system and sought to change it. In 1969, he opened a school/treatment center that ultimately lasted for 40 years and changed the lives of many. He returned to Peabody/Vanderbilt and earned his Master’s and Ed.S. in Education and ultimately his Doctorate in Human Development and Counseling. In the mid-80’s, he was instrumental in the opening of Cumberland Hall Psychiatric Hospital which revolutionized the concept of “continuum of care”.

Although retired after the school closed, Renald was always focused on the future. He continued to play the piano daily and supported Priscilla in pursuing her art. Renald was a teacher and whether it was teaching someone music, how to work out a problem or how to be better at what you were doing, he was truly a force. He touched so many lives.

Renald loved many things – family first and in no particular order: opera/classical music, history, playing the piano, a good steak dinner, Pensacola Beach, an Old Fashion on the sweet side, sweets in any shape or form, 4th of July fireworks, Priscilla’s cooking, video games, Winston Churchill and everything about

Christmas, especially the music. We will miss him this Christmas and will feel his presence in future family gatherings…always.
Renald is predeceased by his parents, brother Otto Eichler (infant), and brother-in-law, John Lovvorn.

Renald is survived by his loving wife of 41 year, Priscilla Eicher and his children, Dr. Carla Flexer (Louis), Lee Swinehart (Lisa), and floral squareMelanie Moore. He is also survived by his sisters Nita Lovvhorn and Franceen Cornelius (Franz); his grandchildren Ben Moore, Leah Moore, Mya Swinehart, Ronnie Swinehart, and Rosie Swinehart.

There will be no service at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center 1017 Antebellum Circle Hendersonville, TN 37075. (615) 822-0789 or donate to the charity of your choice.

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

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Obituary for James Porter Ford

James Porter Ford, age 77 of Greenbrier passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Ford was born in Springfield, TN on March 26, 1943 to the late Marvin Patterson and Minerva Elizabeth Porter Ford. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Eric Douglas Ford, brother, Belton Patterson Ford; son-in-law, Jeffrey L. Odom. He was a truck driver for Springfield Express. He floral squareloved his family, football, watching old western movies and eating and visiting at the roundtable at Larry’s Restaurant.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Fort Ford; son, James Randall Ford; daughter, Melissa Ford-Odom and granddaughter, Nikki (Hunter) Odom-Taylor.

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

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Obituary for Daniel Van Luvender

Daniel Louis Van Luvender, age 63 of Chapmansboro, Tennessee, passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at home with his loving family.

Dan was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey to the late Richard and Freda Van Luvender, Sr. and grew up in Pompton Lakes, NJ. He graduated with honors from Chubb Institute, Parsippany, NJ and was employed by Automatic Data Processing for over twenty-one years. Prior to his career in technical support, he worked for Piedmont Airlines where he met his wife, Jennifer.

Dan loved all animals. Growing up, his family had many pets, including a raccoon. Throughout his adult life, he had birds, rabbits, dogs and horses. He was a board member of Greyhound Friends of NJ and very active in retired racing greyhound adoption. Dan and Jen provided a loving home for twelve greyhounds over a span of twenty years.

He loved spending time with his quarter horses Moon and then Breeze and training Sea Spray, their Chincoteague pony. After moving to Tennessee, he fulfilled his dream of having acreage to keep the horses at home. Dan volunteered at Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Center and continued his passion for racing greyhound adoption by becoming an active volunteer with Music City Greyhound Adoption.

Dan was very creative and talented. He made beautiful dog collars, birdhouses and clocks and some of his many interests included learning to play the violin, riding motorcycles, old Volkswagens, woodworking and computer games.

His family will always remember and cherish his kindness, loving spirit, creativity and sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Van Luvender.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Nash; brother, Richard (Lorraine) Van Luvender, Jr.; sisters, Sherry (Michael) Canger, Patricia (William) Templeton, Kathie Kim (David) Sullivan; sister-in-law, Kelly Manicone Van Luvender; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

floral squareMemorial contributions may be made in Dan’s memory to Kidney Cancer Research Alliance or to Music City Greyhound Adoption.

A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at a later date.

Austin and 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 Linden Ross Sloan

Linden Ross Sloan of Greenbrier, age 80 passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 2PM on Monday, December 14, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with Bro. Donnie Bryant officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Terry Hudson, Chucky Weaver, Corey Weaver, Timmy Jacobs, Austin Jacobs and Billy Williams serving as pallbearers. The family received friends 12pm until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

He was born in Springfield, TN August 31, 1940 to the late Hilman Chester and Rachael Evelyn Smith Sloan. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jeff Sloan and a grandson, Steven Haley.

Linden was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a school bus driver.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife Patsy Palmore Sloan of Greenbrier; son, Terry Hudson of Greenbrier; daughters, Wendy Maddle of Greenbrier, Lisa Sloan of Greenbrier, Gayle (Steve) Haley of Clarksville; brother, Jerry Wayne Sloan of Springfield; sisters, Edna Cooksey of Springfield, Dorothy Woods of Springfield; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier, TN is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for Tommy Mayes

Lewis “Tommy” Mayes, age 73 of Springfield, TN, passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at his residence.

A memorial service was held at 6pm, Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Morris officiating. The family received friends from 4pm until the hour of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born June 12, 1948 in Grundy County, TN to the late Lewis Dean and Sally Ann Morris Mayes. He was also preceded in death by wife, Linda Sue Mayes; daughter, Patty Mayes Nash; granddaughter, Lyndi Staley; great-grandson, Owen Lewis Jones; brother, JW Mayes and sister, Lula Ann Lawson.

He was a truck driver for Hollingsworth.

floral squareHe is survived by daughters, Pennye (Greg) Staley, Sue Ellen Jacobs; brothers, Robert Wayne Mayes, James Lewis Lawson; sisters, Bertha Pauline Scott, Barbara Ann (Tony) Adams; sister-in-law, Mary Harris Mayes; grandchildren, Lexi Staley, Kristan (Charlie) Jones; great-grandchildren, Alex Jones, Karlee Jones and Brooklyn Jones.

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

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