In Loving Memory: Obituaries From Jan. 9, 2018 – Jan. 17, 2018
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Alice Marie Vernon
Alice Marie Vernon, 82, of Springfield, died Sunday January 14, 2018 at Springfield Heights Assisted Living. Her remains were cremated and no services are scheduled at this time. Mrs. Vernon was born February 1, 1935 in Covington, VA to the late William Alton and Grace Belle Merritt Taylor. She was a retired Welcome Center Travel Hostess with the State of Virginia, was a member of Covington Baptist Church in Covington, VA, and had a great love for cats.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Loderick Vernon, her brother: William A. Taylor, Jr., and by her sisters: Mary Taylor Dressler and Shirley May Taylor. Mrs. Vernon is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Rayburn Franklin and Janet Alfred, Jr., of Covington, VA, her daughter and son-in-law; Kathy and Doug Williams of Springfield, her sister: Elsie Lee Slough of Richmond, VA, her grandchildren: Marcie Alfred, Emily Rickett, and Jessica Walton, and five great grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their love and appreciation to the staff of Springfield Heights for the care and love shown to Mrs. Vernon during her years of living there.
Richard M. Browning, age 86 of Cross Plains, died Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Milldale Chapel with Pastor Kent Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Cross Plains Cemetery with Daniel Pearson, Barry Jones, Harold Pearson, Dennis George, Charles Reid, and Jim Fisher serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 AM until the hour of service at 2 pm.
Mr. Browning was born August 27, 1931 in Robertson County to the late Herman and Cecil Dotson Browning. He was a member of Milldale Presbyterian Church and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean War. He retired from Unarco where he worked in the maintenance department and his favorite hobby was CB radios in which he went by the handle “Hound Dog”.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann Browning of Cross Plains; daughter, Ann Beth Pearson and husband Harold of Cross Plains; son Robert E. Browning and wife Jan of Mt. Juliet; grandson, Daniel Pearson and wife Shanda; granddaughter Nicole Jones and husband Barry; and great grandchildren, Nataleigh Joe Pearson, Priscilla Faith Pearson, Braden Ace Jones, and Brody Knox Jones.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to Adoration Hospice. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Milldale Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary for Tracey Darrow
John Tracey Darrow, age 51 of Springfield, died Friday, January 12, 2018 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris and Willie Darrow officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Steve Darrow, Paul Darrow, John Robert Darrow, Phillip Darrow, and Willie Darrow serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 10 AM until the hour of service.
Mr. Darrow was born January 10, 1967 in Robertson County to Betty Darrow of Springfield and the late Willie Alfred Darrow. He loved plants and was very knowledgeable of them. He could name a plant by just looking at a leaf of it. He enjoyed gardening and drawing. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Darrow.
Besides his mother he is survived by brothers, Willie Darrow and wife Judy, David Darrow, Steve Darrow and wife Darlene, and Phillip Darrow, all of Springfield.
Age 44 of Portland, TN passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at his home. He was born August 15, 1973 in Nashville, TN to James W. and Olivia Lassiter Isenberg.
He worked as a supervisor for Vallen Distributing Incorporated. He was an avid fan of the movie Walking Dead, loved video games and enjoyed eating. He is preceded in death by his father, James W. Isenberg.
He is survived by his mother, Olivia Isenberg (James O. Blaylock), White House, TN; son, Todd J. Isenberg, Clarksville, TN; daughters, Charlene M. Isenberg, Nashville, TN and Jamie L. Isenberg, Clarksville, TN; sister, Mary F. Isenberg(Richard), Cottontown, TN; step-sister, Renee’ Blaylock (Rick) Short, White House, TN; several uncles, aunts and cousins.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 4-8pm at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in White House. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Thurman Edward “Ed” Watson, age 68 of Greenbrier passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence.
The family will receive friends from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, January 22, 2018 with the funeral following at 12 noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow at 2pm at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Pegram, TN.
He was born in Germany on July 31, 1949 to the late Thurman Ewing Watson and Irene Schmidt Watson. He was also preceded in death by his wife Betty Carol Chumbley Watson.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and a Retired Navy Veteran. He is survived by his mother, Irene Watson of Hartsville, AL; brothers, Charles (Sandra) Watson of Hartsville, AL, Ronald (Barbara) Watson of Houston, TX, Pete Watson of Orange Beach, AL.
William Donald Ellis, 87, of Fairfield, TX formerly of Longview, TX, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 17, 2018, at his daughter’s home in Fairfield.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1931, in Montgomery County, TN to the late William Robert and Alice Gertrude Gower Ellis. He graduated from Coopertown High School in Coopertown, TN with the class of 1949, and attended Freewill Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN and served as a minister his entire life. He married Emma Elizabeth Johnson on Sept. 4, 1954, in Greenville, TN and she preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 2000. Mr. Ellis moved to Fairfield three years ago from Longview. He was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Carthage.
Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Bobby Ray Ellis; and son, Donald Jewel Ellis.
Survivors include his son, Jonathan David Ellis and wife Cheryl of Winona, TX; daughters, Sheila Elizabeth James of Beaumont, TX, Marla Marie Walker and husband Bob of Cedar Hill, TN, and Wendy Sue Andrews and husband Bill of Fairfield, TX; brothers, Robert Bell Ellis of Coopertown, TN, Mac Welbur Ellis of Pleasant View, TN, Joe Bailey Ellis and wife Jeri of Nashville, TN, and Jewel Ellis and wife Frances of Carthage, TX; sisters, Esterlene Barnett of Chapmansboro, TN, Margie June Crutcher and husband Stanley of Coopertown, Evangeline Clinard and husband Walter of Cedar Hill, Mary Dimple Balthrop and husband Clyde of Cedar Hill, and Bonnie Faye Balthrop and husband William of Chapmansboro; 10 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel in Carthage, TX with Bro. Mike Fields and Bro. Shane King officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
There will be a visitation at Heads Free Will Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, TN on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 beginning at 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. Immediately following the visitation, a graveside service in Heads cemetery will be conducted with Bro. Billy Ellis officiating.
Pallbearers are John Ellis, Bob Walker, Wesley Boren, Bill Andrews, Tom Brinkley, and Jewel Ellis.
A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.
Dorothy S. “Me Dot” Patrick Lamberth went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 14, 2018 at her home. She was born July 1, 1930 in West Monroe, Louisiana to Stanford and Mary Lee Wallace Salley. She worked as a bookkeeper until her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Denver Patrick; daughter, Kimberly Pomeroy Wilson; infant son, Johnny Gayle Kilgore; brother, Donald Salley; sister, Mildred Moore. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Roy C. Lamberth, Cottontown, TN; daughter, Pamela (Richard) Compton, Portland, TN; son, Stephen Merle (Silver) Kilgore, Madison, TN; step-children, Teresa, Mark (Jackie), Brent and David (Tracy) Lamberth; sisters, Virginia (Bob) Huffman, Denison Springs, LA, Jean Leyda, Baton Rouge, LA and Margie (Bobby) Joyner, Monroe, LA; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; numerous step grandchildren.
Funeral service is scheduled for Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Ron Stroupe officiating. Interment will follow in White House Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Thursday, January 18, 2018 4-8pm and Friday, January 19, 2018 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home.
A very special note of thanks is extended to Tracy and Jackie Lamberth for the loving care that they gave to Dot during her extended illness.
Russell Hayden Mason, age 77, of Springfield, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12 Noon in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Don Dungan officiating. Burial will follow in the Joelton Hills Memory Gardens with Terry Cross, Miles Canady, Randy Ellis and Dee Ellis serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 9am until the hour of service at 12 Noon.
Mr. Mason was born June 6, 1940 in Nashville to the late Granville and Edith Hooper Mason. He worked as a Supervisor for the Metro Water and Sewer Department for 26 years and was of the Baptist faith. He is a graduate of East High School in Nashville and was a professional hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Mason is survived by his wife, Linda Harris Mason; son, Terrance Matthew Mason of Portland; daughter, Sonja (Terry) Cross of Thompson Station; and grandson, Miles Hunter Canady.
Myra Leah Gore Gregory, age 67, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Marvin Crouch, Brother Joe Rushing and Faye Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Harold Jackson, Elliot Jackson, Cody Stubblefield, Colin Stubblefield, Theron Hicks, and Donald Brown serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Faye Jackson, Clay Stubblefield, Lucy Hicks, Jayne Harris Brown and Dr. Teresa Williams.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4-8pm and again on Saturday from 12pm until the hour of service at 2pm.
Ms. Gregory was born December 26, 1950 in Livingston, TN to the late Cecil and Hester Wheat Gore. She was a 1969 graduate of Springfield High School and furthered her education through the Tennessee Bankers Association. She was a Commercial Lending Assistant for nearly 30 years, retiring from The Farmers Bank after 20 plus years of service. Ms. Gregory was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ, a part of the “Friday Night Chicks” ladies dinner group and was an avid cat lover.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Gregory is preceded in death by her sister, Janie Gore Gunn and her brother-in-law, Joe Gunn. She is survived by her daughter, Amber Paige Gregory of Piney Flats, TN; her cats, Emma and Saki; and a host of dear friends.
Ms. Gregory’s family would like to say a special thank you to her life-long friends, Harold and Faye Jackson, her caregiver, Virginia Foster and her local physician, Dr. Teresa Williams for the love and support they have shown over the years.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation or to American Cancer Society. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Barbara Ellen Hobbs, age 72 of Nashville, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018. She was a loving mother to all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Frank Langdon III. She is survived by her husband, Norman Hobbs; her sons, Frank M. (Selena) Langdon IV and Christopher W. (Lisa) Langdon; her stepchildren, Jason Hobbs of McDonald, TN, Justin Hobbs of Milton, FL, and Dawn Darby of Crestview, FL; her sister, Phyllis Tuell; and her granddaughter, Olivia R. Langdon; and her step-grandchildren, Jaymie Darby, Lauren Darby, Carson Darby, Mason Hobbs, Riley Hobbs, and Davis Hobbs.
Her family will receive friends on Saturday, January 20, from 12:00-2:00pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. A graveside service will follow at 3:00pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville. Pallbearers will be Brent E. Daniel, Roger M. Butler, Jimmy Tidwell, Donnie E. Skeggs, and Frank and Chris Langdon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 478 Craighead St., Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37204; or by calling 1.800.272.3900; or online at www.alz.org.
Clifford Harry Fisher, Jr., age 81, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 at NorthCrest Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Joe Rushing officiating. Mr. Fisher’s remains will be cremated following the service.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 4-8pm and again on Saturday from 9am until the hour of service at 11am.
Mr. Fisher was born October 3, 1936 in Burke, NY to the late Clifford Fisher, Sr. and the late Pauline Church Fisher Turcotte. He was the owner of “Springfield Small Engine” and was a member of the Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents Mr. Fisher is preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Helen Fisher, grandson, Lawrence Fisher, sister, Joyce Jones, brother, Richard Fisher and daughter-in-law, Amy Fisher.
Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife, Deborah Crawford Fisher; sons, Edward (Janie) Fisher and Michael (DeAun) Fisher, both of MA, Richard (Sara) Fisher of OK, Mark (Doreen) Fisher of Goodlettsville and Noel Fisher of Greenbrier; step-sons, Michael (Stephanie) Wilson of Mt. Juliet and Mark Wilson of Cedar Hill; step-daughter, Kristie (Jamie) Ventrees of Clarksville; brothers, Paul Fisher of SC and Kenneth Fisher of MA; sisters, Eva Jacque of FL, Jannette Martin and Esther Shirley, both of SC, Jane Kulis, Betty Bergeron and Bonnie Spiller, all of MA, and Norma Dickinson and Rose Yates, both of TN. Mr. Fisher is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.