In Loving Memory: Obituaries From Feb. 14 – Feb. 20, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Betty Ruth Wix Buck
Betty Ruth Wix Buck, 70, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday February 16, 2019 at St. Thomas West.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday February 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Marshall Gupton officiating. Interment will follow in the Bellwood Cemetery in Adams. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Buck was born July 20, 1948 in Robertson County to the late Dennis and Ruth Mae Ledford Wix. She was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School Class of 1966. She worked in the banking industry for many years, having served as a teller at First National Bank in Clarksville, as a bank manager for Commerce Union Bank in Nashville, and as a teller for the Bank of Goodlettsville. She worked for Weigh Down in Franklin and then retired from Herff Jones as the office administrator. She was a member of Goodlettsville First Baptist Church. Mrs. Buck loved keeping in touch with all her classmates and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. Each group had its own special name, such as the Six of Sixty-Six Girls, the Steel Magnolias, the Wix Chicks, the Diva’s, and the Cut-Ups. Mrs. Buck loved shopping, cooking, decorating, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: James “Jim” Buck, by her brothers: Carter Dennis “C.D.” Wix, Sr., and Dudley Wix, by her nephew: Carter Dennis Wix, Jr., and by her niece: Vickie Chezem. Mrs. Buck is survived by her sister: Rena Mae Wix Haley of Springfield, her sister-in-law: Joan Wix of Adams, her nieces: LeAnne (Raymond) Clinard, Denise Haley, Rhonda Haley, Vicky (Ronnie) Moran, and Teresa Lundine, by her nephews: Bob (Elizabeth) Chezem, Wayne Wix, Steve (Elaine) Haley, Rick Ethridge, James Robert Buck, and E.J. Buck, by her dear friend: Janice Stroud of Springfield, and by several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to a charity of your choice.
Larry Neal Dickens, age 66 of Old Hickory, TN, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Larry was a loving husband, father, and brother. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran, having served in the US Navy from ’71-’74. He then spent nearly 20 years on the Metro Police Department. Upon that retirement, he became a Drug and Alcohol Abuse counselor with various organizations, most recently, Cumberland Heights; spending the better part of his life helping people in every way. Larry was a man of many interests over the years. He was an avid sports fan and player as well as enjoying cooking, poetry, gardening, watching the bird feeders and observing wild life in general. He went all out decorating for the 4th of July and Christmas and enjoyed his Harley Davidson. He also was a historian of his hometown, Old Hickory.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Neal and Barbara Dickens. He is survived by his wife and companion of 12 years, Dana Dickens; children, Christopher Neal Dickens, Samantha Dickens (Savion Moran), and step-son, Derrick Wilson (Amber); brother, Keith Dickens (Beatris); and a four-legged child, Harley.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held Sunday, February 24 at Austin and Bell Hendersonville. Visitation with the family will be held from 2pm until the time of service at 3pm. Please come and join the family in sharing your favorite stories regarding Larry.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the GoFundMe page, https://www.gofundme.com/ld2019 , that has been setup to aid the family with financial obligations related to Larry’s passing. All donations made there will be split evenly between the family, the American Cancer Society, and to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, which helps kids fight drug and alcohol addiction.
Jared Lee Phillips, age 37, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Funeral services will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 11:00AM with Diane Odom officiating and his niece Caitlin Page delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View United Methodist Cemetery with Riley Fielder, Jackie Rigsby, Bobe Paetow, Steve Brock, Jeff Brock, and Cory Page serving as pallbearers. Ricky Tomlin will serve as a honorary pallbearer.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home, February 21, 2019 from 9:00AM until the hour of service at 11:00AM.
Jared was born on April 3, 1981 in Clarksville, Tennessee to Norma Jean Phillips and the late David T. Phillips. He was a floor installer and a member of Angel Hands Ministry.
In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by grandparents; Frazier and Beatrice Phillips and Rufus and Opal Forbes.
Jared is survived by his companion, Mitzi Green; sons, Brayden and Colton Phillips; daughters, Alexis Phillips and her mother Missy Odom Robertson, and Mari Phillips; brothers, Jeremy (Amber) Phillips, Scott (Sandra) Phillips, and Reed (Kristen) Phillips; sisters, Jackie (Kenneth) Jennings and Rachel Phillips; six nieces and nephews; and seven great nieces and nephews.
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Obituary for Betty Sue Knight
Betty Sue Knight, age 66 of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Betty was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved her daughters unconditionally, taking great joy and interest in their lives and families.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Walter and Lela Bell Knight. She is survived by her daughters, Kristen Thompson (Corey), and Amy Smith (David); grandchildren, Devin and Savannah Thompson, and Brody, Mallory and Samuel Smith; and a sister, Sophia Spencer.
An informal gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, March 2nd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville in the Weekley building, room 1105.
Reverend Dr. Thomas Ray Eden, “Brother Tommy”, age 67, of Cross Plains, TN, died February 19, 2019 after a long valiant fight against Multiple Myeloma.
Brother Tommy, a proud native Nashvillian, was born at St. Thomas Hospital on August 13, 1951, to Earl Ray and Imogene Cooley Eden. He attended his mother’s alma mater, Stratton Elementary School in Madison, where he developed his lifelong love of learning.
After a year in Olmstead, KY his family moved to Louisville, where his father followed the call to seminary education in preparation for pastoral ministry.
He graduated from Lakeview High School, Battle Creek, MI, in 1969 and Kalamazoo College, with a double major in music and German in 1973. A highlight of his college education was a year studying in Berlin. He received a Masters of Music and pursued a doctorate in opera performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Thomas Eden was director of many church choirs including First Baptist Church, Marshall, MI, and Irving Park Baptist Church in Chicago, IL.
On July 9, 1976, he was married to his beloved Daisy, the former Nancy Day. Both their Baptist minister fathers participated in the ceremony.
After several seasons in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Tom received a call to ministry and entered Northern Baptist Theological Seminary from which he earned his M.Div. in 1988 and a D.Min. in 2008. His seminary internship was bilingual at the Deutsche Baptisten Missionsgeinde, Chicago, IL, under the directorship of Michael Pennington.
During his thirteen years at the Lyric, his talents were recognized and rewarded with adjunct professorships at Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, Judson University, Elgin, IL and Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Thomas taught studio voice, comparative arts and directed choral groups and operas.
In 1987 the Woodruff Place Baptist Church of Indianapolis called Tom as their senior pastor. He led the church through its transition from decline to renewal and attracted a new generation of leaders, committed to the church and living in the inner city. Pastor Tom continued to be a teacher as well. He taught at Taylor University, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and Martin University.
A world traveler through the Lyric Opera and mission trips, he visited Kenya, Peru, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. He preached, taught, sang and shared his love of the Lord.
In 2015 the Edens moved to Robertson County, TN, his ancestral home, where in semi-retirement, Brother Tommy became pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Springfield.
He is survived by his wife, Daisy and her siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father in 1988, his mother in 2018, and his brother, Terry, who died only six days prior to his death.
Visitation will be at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Friday, February 22, from 5-8pm and at Oak Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, February 23 from 12-2pm, service immediately following. His body will be interred at Hopewell Baptist Church, joining five generations of Edens.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Vanderbilt Medical Center Multiple Myeloma Research. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
John Ernest “Johnny” Milteer, Sr., age 83, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springfield with Brother Mike Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the church on Friday morning from 11:30am until the hour of service at 2pm.
Mr. Milteer was born October 1, 1935 in Nansemond County, Virginia to the late Jethro Thomas and Mary Taylor Milteer. He was a professional musician where he played in a variety of venues including The Grand Ole Opry. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church where he served in many capacities such as Deacon, band member and AWANA teacher. He was a past member of the Virginia National Guard and was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Holland, Virginia for many years until moving with his family to Tennessee.
In addition to his parents Mr. Milteer is preceded in death by his siblings, Thomas Milteer, Newman Milteer, Evie Fowler, Nancy Mann and Katherine Bolton. Mr. Milteer is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha Raines Milteer; son, Ernie (Natashia) Milteer, Jr. of Springfield; daughters, Dawn (Jay) Milteer Conn of Springfield and Jill Milteer Wood of Crowley, TX; grandchildren, Johnathan Wood, Victoria (Wesley) Conn Hucks, Jessica Conn and Taylor Milteer.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Centennial Medical Center. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
John Neal Warrick Age 70 of White House passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Skyline Medical Center. He was born December 30, 1948 in Nashville, TN to Frank Jesse James Warrick & Margaret Carolyn Bryant Warrick. He worked as a cook for White Castle and was a member of Grace Church of God of Prophecy. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Jamie Juanita Warrick and Martha Adell DeSheles; 2 brothers, Hardy Edward Warrick and Frank Jesse James Warrick, Jr.. He is survived by son, James Adam Warrick; daughter, Kimberly Jane Warrick (Bobby) Elliott, both of Murfreesboro, TN; brothers, Milton V. (Gloria) Warrick, Murfreesboro, TN and Max Clark Warrick, Smyrna, TN; sister, Johnnie Elizabeth (Richard) Lovvorn, White House, TN; 3 grandchildren.
Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Donn Lovvorn and Bro. Richard Lovvorn officiating. Visitation is planned for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2-7pm at the funeral home. Burial and committal service is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 11am in Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery with military honors and with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
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Obituary for Harrison Butler
Harrison Earl Butler, newborn son of Marissa Morris and Steven Butler, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital.
No services are planned at this time.
Baby Harrison is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Linda Osborne Morris, Kenneth Earl Henson and Joe Billie Butler.
He is survived by his parents Marissa Morris and Steven Butler of Cedar Hill; brother, Jameson Butler of Cedar Hill; grandparents, Steven Butler, I of Goodlettsville, Melissa Webster of Springfield and Michael and Kandi Morris of the Center Point Community; great-grandparents, Jimmy Lee Morris of Center Point and Wanda Henson of Springfield; aunts, Nicole Turnbow and Samantha Turnbow, both of Greenbrier; and uncles, Jimmy Morris, Robert (Christy) Morris, Benjamin Morris and Thomas Morris, all of Center Point.
David Ray Murray, age 64, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Nashville.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 1-4pm at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield. Funeral services will follow at 4pm with Brother Don Dungan officiating.
Burial will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2pm in the Middle TN Veterans Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Murray was born June 20, 1954 to the late Lewis F. and Helen Bibee Murray. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a mechanic and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents Mr. Murray is preceded in death by his brothers, Donnie Murray, Ronnie Murray, Kenneth Murray and Jimmy Murray. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ledford Murray; sons, Kevin (Jamie) Casey and Tony Rose, both of Springfield; brother, Stevie Murray of Springfield; sisters, Zeborah Gerald of IN, and Ruth Murray, Charlotte Murray, Brenda Murray and Judy Murray, all of Springfield; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
Billie Frances Miles, age 93, of Adams, Tennessee, died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Tennova Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Monday, February 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM with Bro. Tom Payne officiating. Burial followed in Sango Cemetery in Clarksville, Tennessee with Kernie Prater, Charles Prater, Kris Prater, Jeff Yates, Justin Yates, and Michael Yates serving as pallbearers. Donald Bennett served as a honorary pallbearer.
The family received friends at the funeral home, Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 PM and Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM and again on Monday from 11:00 AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.
Mrs. Miles was born on December 2, 1925 in Neptune, Tennessee to the late L.W. and Minnie Dowdy Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Stroudsville Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Tom Miles; son, Scottie Miles; two brothers; and five sisters.
Mrs. Miles is survived by a son, Jerry Thomas (Zelda Anne) Miles; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Miles; grandchildren, Terri Lynn Miles and Richard Meyer (fiancée, Angela Hogue); and great-grandchildren, Matthew Lynn, Morgan Miller, Caleb Fulton,and Brenden Meyer.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Stroudsville Church of Christ Building Fund or American Cancer Society. Donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.