In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week January 15, 2017
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Carol Ann Sletto
Carol Ann Sletto, 76, of Springfield, died Saturday January 14, 2017 at McKendree Health Care. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday January 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Springfield First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Wallace and Dr. Debra Church officiating. Pallbearers will be Miles Sletto, Jared Sletto, Colton Sletto, Brady Simmons, Jason White, John Rhodes, Austin McNeese and Kenneth Hand. Honorary pallbearer will be CASA representative Marion Jane Richardson. The family will receive friends at the Robertson County Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Thoughts from the family… Carol was passionate about her many hobbies and interests. As a sign of things to come, she graduated from East Robertson High School with superlatives “most likely to succeed”, and “best all around.” A proud alumni of Austin Peay State University, she was active as a student in the Baptist Student Union, and worked several jobs. After graduating in 1962, she struck out to the big city of Washington DC. There she taught special education and business at Suitland High. She married and started a family in 1965. In 1978, she and her husband decided to move to a more familiar place. They wisely chose to move to Springfield. Carol returned to teaching and worked with special needs children throughout the community. She was an active member of Springfield First United Methodist Church. Other interests included the Gorham McBane Library Board of Directors, Robertson County Relay for Life, and serving her community on other various committees. She was the first woman elected to the City of Springfield Board of Mayor and Alderman in Ward 3. Carol was also very instrumental in the upstart of CASA in Springfield, and served on that board for many years.
Carol Ann loved photography, tennis, walking barefoot, computers, feeding her birds, traveling, sewing, family reunions, sports cars, a good cup of coffee, sports in general, and all things Tennessee, including the Vols and Titans. Her favorite sports teams were the ones on which her grandchildren played. She had a generous heart but always played to win.
She was a well known maker of cookies, and sour dough bread. Friends were happy to receive a gift of bread and cookies at Thanksgiving or special occasions. She may have made a few pennies selling baked goods, although there is no evidence she did. Her faults are few but she did cheer for Navy, which no one can explain. She wasn’t what you would call well organized, tried to fit too much into a minute, and she would practically do anything for a child.
Her outgoing, compassionate demeanor made her a friend to many. Some traits were endearing such as happy fingers, while others not so much….Politics. As GOP county chair, Carol helped the county embrace different perspectives.
Carol Ann suffered from debilitating health conditions the last 5 years of her life. Please remember the strong, athletic, happy person she was. She knew of her disabilities and how they affected her. It was very hard on her.
Part of mom’s character was her strong faith in God which translates in to faith in people. She was not afraid of imperfections and strived to do what she could to help those who were seeking to find a higher understanding of God’s world.
Throughout her life she volunteered to care for seniors bringing meals and taking people to appointments. She truly was a servant of the Lord.
People wonder if there is proof of God. Fortunately, we have it because my mother was an angel. God looked after her and loved her as she loved Him.
May she rest in peace. For some reason, I don’t think she will.
Mrs. Sletto is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Shad and Lisa Sletto of Ft. Mitchell, KY, Mark and Angel Sletto of St. Johns, FL, step-daughter: Vickie Neterval and husband Joe of Evansville, MN, brother and sister-in-law: Gerald “Tater” and Dot Tate of Springfield. Grandchildren: Jared, Miles, Olivia, Colton, Baylee, and Kendyl Sletto, step-grandchildren: Jason and Ryan White, seven step-great grandchildren
Memorial contributions may be made to CASA, Springfield First United Methodist Church, or to Robertson County Relay for Life
Betty Perdue Dean, 84, of Springfield, died Wednesday January 11, 2017 at Springfield Heights.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday January 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Smith and Tim Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery with Clyde Dean, Mark Dean, David Dean, Henry Dean, Bruce Dean, Jesse Perdue, Will Dean, Andrew Dean, Chris Dean, Jon Dean, Ben Dean, and Cole Dean serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Shannon Biggs, Suzanne Jones, Brooke Rawls, Jessie Dean, Emily Dean, Caroline Dean, the employees of Robertson County Funeral Home, the staff of Springfield Heights, Bob Allen, Billy Mack Martin, Jackie Martin, Vickie Martin Penick, Ricky Martin, Steve Perdue, Cindy Ferguson, and Sara Perdue Rose. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Mrs. Dean was born August 23, 1932 in Logan County, KY to the late Jesse and Daisy Davenport Perdue. She graduated from Adairville High School and then married Clyde Willis “C.W.” Dean, Jr. She was the co-founder and owner of Dean Oil Company in 1959, and then of Robertson County Funeral Home in 1986. Mrs. Dean served as the Secretary/Treasurer of Robertson County Funeral Home. She also served as the Aftercare Director of the funeral home for many years until her health declined. Whenever someone crossed her mind that she felt might need to receive a special word of encouragement, then they received either a phone call or a special note in the mail from Ms. Betty. She had a great love for missions and was able to go on some mission trips to Jamaica. Mrs. Dean was a longtime member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday Day School for many years, and she also worked in Vacation Bible School and the WMU. She had a special love for children and always wanted to make sure that they had every opportunity to know Jesus in their hearts. In her later years, she moved her membership to North Springfield Baptist Church. She was affectionally known as “Nanny” by her grandchildren and family. She always put others before herself and loved her family dearly.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Clyde Willis “C.W.” Dean, Jr., and by her sister: Bethel Perdue Martin. Mrs. Dean is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Clyde Willis and Scotty Dean, III of Springfield, Mark Taylor Dean of Springfield, David Perdue Dean of Springfield, Henry Sanford and Gay Dean of Springfield, and Jon Bruce Dean of Springfield, her brother: Jesse Perdue of Russellville, KY, grandchildren: Shannon Biggs, Suzanne (Mike) Jones, Will Dean, Brooke Rawls, Jonathan (Amanda) Dean, Benjamin (Diana) Dean, Andrew Dean, Christopher Dean, Jessie Dean, Cole Dean, Emily Dean, and Caroline Dean, seven great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Springfield Heights, and especially to Margaret Klukow and Jennifer Kraft.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Robertson County Scholarship Foundation for the C.W. and Betty Dean Family Scholarship.
Jerry Wix, age 69, of Franklin, KY, died on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at his home. He was born in Robertson County on March 24, 1946 to the late Harland and Lillie Mae Duer Wix.
Mr. Wix was loved by many, a great father and grandfather, and he had a heart of gold. He worked as an electrician for JH Electric. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He also loved to fish, and in his younger days he enjoyed his beagle hounds.
Mr. WIx is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Josh Morgan of Springfield, Katie and Robert Royal of Franklin, KY, Lisa Smith of Springfield, his sons, Jerry Wayne Wix of Clarksville and David Wix of Pensacola, FL, and 15 grandchildren.
Joseph Oscar Langford, age 69 of Springfield, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Linda Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Martin’s Chapel Cemetery with Eddie Ray Wooden, Darrell Wilson, Timmy Jernigan, Danny Smith, Dustin Wilson, Drew Wilson, Kyle Wilson, and Kaul Mitchell Wilson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Mr. Langford’s nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the funeral home Thursday from 4 until 8 PM and Friday from 10 AM until the hour of service.
Mr. Langford was born January 9, 1948 in Montgomery County to the late Horace and Lavinia Head Langford. After his father’s death at age one, his mother married Thomas Lipscomb who reared him and also preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church and was retired from Conwood Tobacco Company.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly L. Wilson Langford of Springfield; daughters and son-in-law, Kelly M. Langford, Kathy J. and Tony Neal, and Kody A. Langford, all of Springfield; brother and sister-in-law, Horace Don and Glenda Langford of Springfield; special niece and husband, Melody and Tim Moulton of Springfield; grandchildren, Samuel “Sonny” Neal, Emily Neal, Dirk Moulton, Zack Moulton, Damien Moulton, and Laine Moulton; and several other nieces and nephews.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to the Martin’s Chapel United Methodist Church. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Dudley McGhee, 66, of Greenbrier, died Tuesday January 10, 2017 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday January 14th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Bill Hing and Tim Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Elmwood Cemetery with Bill Wright, Shaun McGhee, Kaelin McGhee, Jarvis Summers, Shawn Monfette, Jimmy Grogan, and Jeremy Woodside serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. There will be a Final Salute Ceremony by VFW Post 2120 on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. McGhee was born May 14, 1950 in Montgomery County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and he served during Vietnam. He was a retired line foreman with the City of Springfield and was of the Methodist faith. Mr. McGhee loved fishing, hunting, watching football and Western’s on TV, and spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert and Ruth Kennedy McGhee, by his sister: Cathy Lucas, and by his grandson: Justin Lee McGhee.
Mr. McGhee is survived by his wife: Janice Dennis McGhee of Greenbrier, son and daughter-in-law: Shaun and Kelley McGhee of Springfield, step-sons: John Michael Gilbert and wife Angela of Springfield, Christopher Ryan Gilbert of Springfield, brother and sister-in-law: David and Debra McGhee of Adams, sister and brother-in-law: Sue and Jimmy Grogan of Springfield, grandchildren: Kaelin Shaun McGhee, Ocoee Danielle Gilbert, and Wyatt Dakota Gilbert.
Charles W. Wilson, age 86, of Springfield, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at NHC Healthcare. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3pm until the hour of service at 6pm.
Mr. Wilson was born September 14, 1930 in Springfield to the late Herbert and Mamie Pendelton Wilson. He worked at Porter Brown Limestone and co-owned Wilson & Son Sealing and Striping. Mr. Wilson was also a member of Grace Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents Mr. Wilson is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Goodwin Wilson; daughter, Charlene Wilson; brother, Robert L. Wilson and James Wilson; sisters, Bessie Briggs and Elizabeth Williams; daughter-in-law, Yvonne Wilson; grandsons, Ty Rice and Justin David Rice.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his son, William Wilson of Greenbrier; daughters, Denise Wilson and Jeanette (Barry) Rice, both of Springfield; sisters, Maxine Morris of Springfield and Betty Faye Wilson of Nashville; grandsons, Joshua Wilson, Specer Wilson, Teri Smallwood, Samantha Wilson, Jeremy Rice and Mary Rice; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.
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Obituary for Helen Reeder
Helen Ruth Reeder, age 75, of Joelton, died on Friday, January 13th, 2017 at Skyline Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock am Monday, January 16th, 2017 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Rev. Cecil Boswell officiating. Burial will follow in EverRest of Cheatham with Randy Reeder Justin Stephens, Lee Unklesbay, R.J. Nicholson, Richie Nicholson, Garrett Mayberry, and Donnie Allen serving as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, January 15th from 3-8:00PM and again on Monday from 9AM till hour of service all at the funeral home.
Mrs. Reeder was born September 16, 1941 in Robertson County, Tennessee to the late Gordon and Avle Ellis Knight. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James “Coon” Reeder; son, Dale Reeder; and brother, Donnie Knight.
She is survived by her son, Randy Reeder of Joelton; daughters, Lisa Diane Reeder of Joelton; Jamma (Larry) Law of Old Hickory, Tina (Richie) Nicholson of Pleasant View; brother, Ronnie (Sue) Knight of Joelton; sisters, Joyce McKinney of Springfield, Dot Biggs of Springfield, Jane (Bobby) Watts of Coopertown; grandchildren, Justin (Krista) Stephens, Casie Nicholson Unklesbay, Brooke Law, Grace Nicholson, R.J. Nicholson; great-grandchildren, Daycee Hutchings, Aiden & Jaxson Unklesbay.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice .
Age 46 of Greenbrier passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Skyline Medical Center. She was born January 4, 1971 in Nashville, TN to William Odell and Gloria Darlene Oliver Dixon. She worked as a homemaker and attended North Ridge Church in White House. She was an avid animal lover, loved gardening and was a “people person”. One of her favorite quotes was “Move ahead and be positive!”.
She is preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband, David Rogers, Greenbrier, TN; mother and step-father, Gloria and Eugene Wright, Hendersonville, TN; son, Skylar Rogers, Hendersonville, TN; daughter, Alexis (Henry) Mummert, Honolulu, Hawaii; step-daughters, Jessa Rogers and Heather Rogers, both of Indiana.
Memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10am in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Craig Geesaman officiating.
Visitation is planned for Monday, January 16, 2016 4-8pm at the funeral home. Remains rest at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, TN.
Obituary for Edith Moore
Edith Muriel Moore, age 88, of Pleasant View, died on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at Northcrest Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 o’clock pm, Monday, January 16th, 2017 at Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Riggs and Don Moore officiating. Burial will follow in EverRest of Cheatham with Eric Simpson, Eddie Watts, Mark Bandy, Harold Bandy, Dennis Butler, Roger Felts and Tracy Butler serving as pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, January 15th from 2-8:00PM at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View & again on Monday from 11AM till the hour of service at the church.
Mrs. Moore was born March 20, 1928 in Cheatham County, Tennessee to the late Everett and Laura Talley Simpson. She was retired from Werthan Bags in Nashville and a member of Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Moore; grandson, Brian Knight; brother, James “Brother” Simpson; and sister, Earlie Mai Cheek.
She is survived by her daughters, Beverly (Bruce) Buttrey of Pleasant View, Jackie (Larry) Wilhelm of Gentry, Arkansas, Anita (Bill) Whitt of Antioch, Melissa Moore of Pleasant View; brothers, Wayne (Janice) Simpson of Ashland City, Johnny (Carolyn) Simpson of Springfield; sisters, Daisy (Cecil) Watts of Pleasant View, Dollie Butler of Joelton, Alma Spero of Brentwood; grandchildren, Renee (Jeff Humberson) Wooden, Lisa (Ricky) Phillips, Chris (Diana) Knight, Sandy (Jamey) Guinn, Austen Eldridge; 10 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Springs Cemetery Fund. All donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home.
Age 80 of White House, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in Goodlettsville, TN at her daughter’s home. She was born May 29, 1936 in Toledo, OH to Lee Elsworth and Gertrude Ida Cross Ansted. She worked as an insurance agent for Frederick & Clark before her retirement. She loved sewing, quilting and crocheting. She was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 61 years, Kenneth Pulley; great-grandson, Kenny Russell; 8 brothers; 1 sister. She is survived by son, Ricky A. (Joan) Pulley, Athens, GA; daughters, Kimberly J. (Raul) Marin, Murfreesboro, TN, Penny E. (Mike) Vickers and Julie (Jimmy) Berryman, both of Goodlettsville, TN; brother, Leroy Ansted, Michigan; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Bro. Calvin Carroll officiating. Visitation was held Saturday, January 14, 2017 12-2pm at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are requested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Kidney Foundation. Remains rest at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, TN.
Curtis Bruce McNeese, age 53, of Greenbrier passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at his residence. Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. The funeral service will follow at 12:00 pm on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison.
Curtis was born in Davidson County on November 19, 1963 to the late William R. C. McNeese and Frances Thomas Swafford. He was also preceded in death by the father that raised him, Joe Swafford, Jr.
He was employed in the construction business with All American Homes. He is survived by his mother; Frances Thomas Swafford; daughters, Stephanie White, Shannon McNeese; brother, Wayne (Terri) McNeese; sister, Darlene Olinger; grandchildren; Tytan Wayne Loyer and Carter Layne Allen White.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier to help with funeral expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.austinandbell.com
John Bartlett Cushman, age 95, of Ashland City, died on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at Hillcrest Healthcare Center in Ashland City. A service of remembrance was held 2 o’clock pm Saturday, January 14th, 2017 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Hugh Atkins officiating. Burial followed in the Bearwallow Community Cemetery in Ashland City with Trey Shearon, Bryant Shearon, Billy Wray, John Nicks, Steven Parman, and Scott Atkins serving as pallbearers. There was no visitation prior to the service.
Mr. Cushman was born March 23, 1921 in Cheatham County, Tennessee to the late Ernest and Susie Cushman. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp having served in World War II. Mr. Cushman was also a retired accountant and a member of the Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Delora Binkley Cushman; brothers, George, Thomas, & Billy Cushman; and sister, Imagene Wray.
He is survived by his nephews, Tom (Cathy) Cushman, Bobby Cushman, Jeff (Beth) Wray, Billy Wray; nieces, Patsy Atkins, Colleen Cushman, Susan (Larry) DeMoss, Melinda Mondo; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Donations may be made to The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All donations may be made in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.
James Kevin Harper, age 50, passed away January 9, 2017. He was a loving person who worked hard and enjoyed life.
He is preceded in death by father, James Harper; grandparents, Oscar & Pauline Dorris of Springfield and Claude & Louise Harper of Springfield. Kevin is survived by his parents, David & Patsy Potter; brother, Jeffrey Scott Harper; sister, Jamie (Joshua) Haley; nephews, David Thomas Harper and Trevor Harper; and many loving and supporting friends. Honorary Pallbearers include, Ashley Stanfield and Will Goodwin.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 1:00 until 3:00 pm.
“Jerry”-Age 34 of Greenbrier died Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Nashville, TN. He was born April 8, 1982 in Upland, CA to Gregory Todd and Susan Dorene Pust Morrell. He was a self-employed steel detailer. He loved animals, the Bible and music. He had a strong belief in God and loved helping people that couldn’t help themselves. His favorite quote was “God is good all the time.”
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jerry and Jane Morrell; maternal grandfather, David Pust. He is survived by his parents; Todd and Sue Morrell, Greenbrier, TN; brothers, Justin (Angelia) Morrell, White House, TN and Brett Morrell, Denver, CO; sister, Ashley Morrell, Greenbrier, TN; maternal grandmother, Carol Pust, Minnesota; 1 niece and 1 nephew.
He will be deeply missed by his friends and family.Visitation Sunday 4-6PM at Austin & Bell White House. Graveside service and interment Monday, January 16, 2017 10AM at White House Memorial Gardens with Bro. Chris Griffith officiating.