In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week January 22, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week January 22, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries From Jan. 15 – Jan. 22, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Wanda Roberta Dixon

Wanda Roberta Dixon, age 87, died peacefully on January 7, 2020. Born in Hendersonville, on September 19, 1932, Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Lula Dixon; brother, Edward Dixon; and sister, Katherine Shelton.

Following her graduation from St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville in 1950, Wanda became a postulant, and then member, of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation. She taught in schools in Jackson, Oak Ridge, McEwen, Memphis, Winchester and Nashville. After leaving the congregation in 1975 to care for her family, she taught young children at Dixon Family Day Care in her Hendersonville home. Wanda also served for many years as cook and housekeeper for Msgr. William Bevington, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake parish in Hendersonville. After undergoing a double amputation in 2015, Wanda moved to Life Care Center of Old Hickory Village where she lived until her passing. She donated her body for medical research at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

floral squareVisitation will be at Our Lady of the Lake on Friday, January 31, from 6-8 p.m., with a rosary and vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Mass will be Saturday, February 1, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake. Interment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, 801 Dominican Dr, Nashville, TN 37228; Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, 4597 Warren Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; EWTN Global Catholic Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210; or Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 1729 Stop Thirty Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Services entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Stella Ruth Mason Ashburn

Stella Ruth Mason Ashburn, 88, of Springfield, passed from this life on Sunday January 19, 2020 at North Crest Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday January 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. David Hughes officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Mack Ashburn, Barrett Sims, Mason Sims, McLain Sims, Austin Duck, Daniel Ashburn, and Michael Ashburn serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ashburn was born June 7, 1931 in Greenbrier to the late Otto Dean Mason and Naomi Dorris Mason. She was a 1949 graduate of Greenbrier High School and attended Austin Peay College. Mrs. Ashburn worked for Durrett Transfer Company and then was Director of Springfield Baptist Pre-School, along with Mrs. Lucinda Apple, for 20 years. She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church for 62 years and served on countless committees along with teaching Sunday School for many years. Mrs. Ashburn was a member of the Glenn Memorial Garden Club, The Century Club, and the Youngville Homemaker Club, which later became the Youngville FCE Club for 60 years. Her loving heart and ability to listen comforted family and many friends over the years.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Thomas McLain “Mack” Ashburn, and by her sister: Patsy Mason. Mrs. Ashburn is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law: Mason and Nan Ashburn of Trenton, John and Sherri Ashburn of Lafayette, by her daughters and sons-in-law: Amy and Barry Sims of Knoxville, Leigh Ann and Ben Duck of Murfreesboro, by her grandchildren: Shannon Ashburn (P.J.) Collins, Mack (Kellie) Ashburn, Barrett (Kayla) Sims, Mason Sims, McLain Sims, Ashleigh Duck (Tyler) Rohrbaugh, Austin Duck, Daniel Ashburn, Michael Ashburn, Jamie Ashburn, and Emily Ashburn, and by 4 great grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Ashburn’s memory to Springfield Baptist Church

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Douglas William Buck

Douglas William Buck, 67, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday January 16, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday January 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in White House with Pastor Randy Sakach officiating. Interment was held on Monday January 20th at 2:00 p.m. (EST) in the Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood, TN. The family received friends on Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to service time at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in White House.

Mr. Buck was born June 10, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA to the late Robert William and Marjorie Brockmeier Buck. He was a retired Lieutenant with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in White House. Mr. Buck was a member of the Master Gardener’s and of the Bee Keeper’s Association. He enjoyed all aspects of history surrounding the Civil War.

floral squareIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law: Milma Kramer. Mr. Buck is survived by his wife of 39 years: Sally Kramer Buck of Springfield, by his son and daughter-in-law: Adam and Laura Buck of Murfreesboro, by his daughter and son-in-law: Heidi and Daniel Anderson of Kingston, by his brother: David Buck of Arkansas, by his grandchildren: Robert Buck, Hunter Anderson, Kinley Anderson, and River Anderson, and by his father-in-law: Edward Kramer of Springfield.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Society

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Obituary for Ralph Meadows Sr.

Ralph William Meadows, Sr, age 75 of Springfield, Tennessee, died Sunday, January 19, 2020 at his home.

Funeral services will be conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tennessee on Thursday, January 23rd, at 1:00PM with Bro. Gerald Prior officiating. Burial will follow at Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Brandon Payne, Malcom Meadows, JayBo Bilbrey, Jay Walker, Little Brandon Payne, and Jason Bilbrey serving as pallbearers. His great grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-8PM, Wednesday, January 22nd and again on Thursday from 11:00am until the hour of service at 1:00pm.

Mr. Meadows was born on August 20, 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late James R. and Myrtle Crossland Meadows. He was the founder of Transmission Exchange in Nashville and was a mechanic for over 60yrs. He was a transmission specialist and master builder. Ralph loved to hunt, loved helping people, and loved his God. He always supported Nanny in whatever ministry she was involved in. He was a member of the New Life Community Church. Pop was surrounded by all of his loved ones at his bedside when the Lord called him home.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Ralph Meadows, Jr.; brother, James R. Meadows, Jr.; and sister Ann E. Pritt.

floral squareSurvivors include his wife of 57 years, Patsy Gale Meadows; daughter, Marilyn Meadows; daughter-in-law, Renee Meadows; grandchildren, Brandon Payne, Brandy (JayBo) Bilbrey, Lacey Dawn (Jay) Walker, Malcom (Meghan) Meadows; great-grandchildren, Tristan Payne, Jason Bilbrey, Brandon Payne, Jordan Payne, Jacob Bilbrey, Jonathan Payne, Clayton Payne, Ethan Walker, Ava Raine Walker; and great-great grandchild, Kensley Payne.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to James Robertson Ministries, P O Box 982000, Ft. Worth TX 76182.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of local arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Kathryn Hill Hastings

Katie Hastings, age 42, departed this life on January 17, surrounded by her family and those who loved her. Her 43rd birthday was celebrated in Heaven on January 18th with our Lord.

Katie was born to Geraldine and Richard Hastings in Rochester, New York. She is survived by her brother, Clark Hastings, and his wife Catie, nephews Gavin and Lawson and many loving relatives in New York State.

Katie was a graduate of Hendersonville High School in 1995 and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University in 2002. Throughout her adult years, she always worked in jobs that involved helping other people of various ages. She was most recently employed as the Dementia Practitioner and activities director at NHC Place Sumner, lovingly caring for residents in the memory care unit.

From childhood, Katie had a passion for art. She enjoyed reading, drawing, and most of all, spending time with family. She was devoted to her family, especially Gavin and Lawson. Friends and family will always remember her selflessness, loyalty, and compassion. Katie had a natural ability for supporting others and making everyone feel special. She touched the lives of so many people, yet remained so very humble.

floral squareThe family would like to thank Dr. Laura Barnes, Dr. Alissa Swearingen, Dr. Raul Couret, and the many nurses and techs who cared for Katie with such love and kindness. Special thanks to NHC Place Sumner for providing a comforting, loving environment for Katie’s last days.

She will be missed and remembered by many.

Visitation was held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. The Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held Wednesday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Hendersonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Tennessee

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The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.

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Obituary for Eloise Hewgley Thompson

Eloise (Johnson) Hewgley Thompson, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Gallatin, Tennessee. Eloise was born on August 8, 1932 in Hendersonville, Tennessee to the late Garnett Martin Johnson and Mildred Edwards Johnson.

She was a member of the Hendersonville Church of Christ, where she volunteered in the church library. She was full of life and enjoyed many hobbies and had many interests, including sewing, cake decorating and playing bridge. Eloise was a loving caregiver for several people, and she cherished the life that she was blessed with.

She is survived by her daughters, Elaine (Stan) Williams, Stephanie Hewgley, and Susan Diane Rowe; a brother, Gene Johnson; sister, Sandra Taylor; 7 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

floral squareHer family received friends on Saturday, January 18, from 11:00am until her Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 1:00pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville with Les Chapman officiating. Interment was held at 10:00 on Monday, January 20, at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hendersonville Church of Christ Whispering Pines Camp or the Alzheimers Association.

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The family has entrusted her care to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville TN 37075.

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Obituary for Sherry Putman

Sherry Treala Putman, age 72 of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at her home.

Graveside services were conducted at Bellwood Cemetery in Adams, Tennessee on Sunday, January 19th, at 2:00PM with Melvin Carr and Scott Bailey officiating. John Dowlen, John Henry Dowlen, Daniel Jackson, Abe Carney, Josh Garrett, and Greg King will serve as pallbearers.

The family received friends at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View from 11AM-6:00PM Saturday, January 18th. There will be no visitation on Sunday prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Putman was born on October 14, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late George W. and Frances Cantrel Edison. She was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Steve Edison.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Paul Putman; sons, Todd and Tim Putman; sister, Pam (Larry) Logan; and granddaughter, Brandy Putman.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to National Autism Association, One Park Ave, Suite 1, Portsmouth, RI. 02871.

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Obituary for Billy Davenport

Billy Eugene Davenport, Sr., age 76, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at his home.

No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Davenport was born December 18, 1943 in Old Hickory, TN to the late Haskell Otis and Mattie Elizabeth Bagsby Davenport. He was a carpenter, a Baptist and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in VietNam. He loved fishing, football, the Greenbay Packers and his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Davenport is preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Spicer and his brother, Haskell O. Davenport, Jr.

Mr. Davenport is survived by his wife, Clara Drake Davenport; son, Billy Eugene Davenport of WA; three step-sons; three step-daughters; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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

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Obituary for Michael Burke

Michael Cameron Burke, age 35 of Pleasant View, Tennessee died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Tennova Healthcare in Clarksville, Tennessee.

A Memorial Visitation was held on Monday, January 20th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View from 3:00PM-6:00PM.

Michael was born on September 22, 1984 in Opelika, Alabama to Dimas Mercado and Margaret Burke Shye. He was a carpenter.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Angel Burke; and fiancée, Shannon Rhodes.

floral squareIn addition to his parents he is survived by a daughter, Mya Cameron Rhodes; brother, Gabriel (Amy) Mercado; sisters, Amy (Kenny) Roberts and Sylvia Burke; sister-in-law, Carissa Burke.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of local arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Nikkie Bilby

Nicholl “Nikkie” Marie Bilby, age 35 of Ft.Gordon, Georgia died Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Advent Health in Tampa, Florida.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00PM on Sunday, January 19th, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Randy Riggs officiating. Burial will follow at EverRest of Cheatham with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 10AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.

Nikkie was born on January 9, 1984 in Warren, Michigan to Leslie Bauslaugh Campbell and the late Jerry Spears. She was self-employed and enjoyed making crafts.

In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Emiley Bilby; and grandmother, Linda White.

floral squareShe is survived by husband, Martin “Marty” Bilby; son, Daegan Bilby; parents, Leslie (Jeremy) Campbell; brother, Chris Bauslaugh, Aaron Rader; sisters, Destoni (Paul) Ladochi, Shauna Torres; grandfather, Phillip Bauslaugh; and great-grandmother, Florence White.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to National Autism Association, One Park Ave, Suite 1, Portsmouth, RI. 02871.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of local arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary For Kevin E. “Ketta” Gardner

Kevin “Kettua” Eugene Gardner, 40 went home to be with the Lord on January 4, 2020, at Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Maryland. Keven was born in Springfield, Tennessee (Robertson County) and raised in Adams, Tennessee. He was the only child born to Eugene and Robbie E. (Kendrick) Gardner on August 24, 1979.

In his younger years, he enjoyed going fishing with family members and playing basketball with friends. He loved eating cake so much he wouldn’t share it with anyone.

He gave his life to Christ at the tender age of five at St. James Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral care of Reverend G. W. Pettus. He was a child of God with an infectious spirit. He loved people and treated everybody fairly.

In 1998 graduated from Jo Byrns High School in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. He went on to attend Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky and majored in Physical Education. While attending WKU, he became a member of the Epsilon Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Teaching Certification in 2003.

While living and working in Atlanta, GA, Kevin met the love of his life, Quiyhatta S. (Brown) Gardner. They became members of First Baptist Church of Highland Park in July 2009. Kevin and Quiyatta were marred in holy matrimony on March 13, 2010, in Daytona Beach, Florida and two children were born from this union.
He was known to be a “Go Getter” working in the field of Information Technology holding multiple positions as a System’s Administrator for a contracting company as well as the Federal Government.

Kevin loved his family, the Eagles, his musical lyrics, and developed an incredible passion for children. He always greeted them by pinching their jaws. He also enjoyed cooking and eating good food, photography and videography. Kevin often captured valuable moments of his life with his family and friends. He was a self-taught Barber who enjoyed cutting his son’s hair and taking pictures of it every time.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Irving and Elnora Kendrick and Lawson and Katie (Farmer) Gardner, and his cousin Steve Spencer.

Kevin leaves to cherish his loving memory: his wife, Quiyatta S. (Brown) Gardner; one daughter, Kayla Gardner; one son, Kevin Gardner, Jr.; parents Eugene and Robbie Gardner; mother-in-law and father-in-law; a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends; also his beloved Line Brothers (Natures Nine Disasters) of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.

Funeral Service was held Monday, January 13, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Highland, Landover, MD with Dr. Henry P. Davis, III, eulogy/officiant; Memorial Service, Saturday, January 18, 2020 St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, Tennessee, Pastor Mark Washington, Words of Comfort; Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Vaughn C. Green Funeral Services, Randallstown, MD; W. D. Crowder Funeral Home, Springfield, TN in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for James Allen “Butch” Cox

“Butch”-Age 61 of Goodlettsville passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Centennial Medical Center. He was Born December 12, 1958 to Delbert E. & Kathleen Ann Buttery Cox. He worked as a self-employed brick and block mason before becoming disabled. He was a hard working man and an avid Tennessee Vols and Titans fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Delores Dixon, Goodlettsville, TN; daughters, Tonya (Chad) Long, Portland, TN and Stephanie Gower, Goodlettsville, TN; sister, Suzanne, FL; 6 grandchildren.

floral squareA Celebration of Life gathering will be planned at a later date. This obituary will be updated when arrangements are finalized.

Memorial contributions may be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.

Remains rest at  Austin & Bell Funeral Home  533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Jordan Carr

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Jordan Carr, beloved son and brother, passed away at the age 29.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jordan was born on November 10, 1990 in Nashville, TN and was a lifelong area resident. He will be remembered for his big heart that was full of love for his family and best friend, Annie, and his smile that could light up a room.

Jordan was preceded in death by his grandfather Paul Branham and grandmothers Rentha Ann Carr and Dorothy Diane Lawler. He is survived by his parents Kimberly Michelle Carter, Barry and Abby Carr, sister floral squareWhitley (Nick) Winstanley, nephews Aiden and Declan Winstanley, niece Lillie Winstanley, grandfather Robert Carr, uncles Will (Ellen) Branham, Pete (Katie) Branham and Kevin (Frances) Carr, aunts Lurenda Branham, Paula (Gerald) Hatfield and Jennifer Carr, and his best friend, Annie.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Epilepsy Foundation in Jordan’s honor will be appreciated.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of local arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Mrs. Milma Pearl Schleicher Kramer

Mrs. Milma Pearl Schleicher Kramer was born in Chaska, Minnesota to Arthur and Pearl Radtke Schleicher. She was baptized, confirmed and married in The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.

Mrs. Kramer is survived by her husband, Edward; her daughters, Susan Reese and Sally Buck and son-in-law, Douglas Buck; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, June and Richard Wilbanks; and one nephew, Eric K. Kuehn.

She came to California in 1946. She and Edward were married on June 18, 1948. They moved to Tennessee in 2009 and became members at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at that time.

floral squareVisitation with the family was held on Friday, January 17, 2020 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in White House, TN. Visitation with the family was held Saturday at 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service at 10:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at a later date in her final resting place at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in Springfield, TN is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Jake Bradley Russell

Jake Bradley Russell, 34, of Springfield, passed away on Monday January 13, 2020 at Regional One Medical Center in Memphis from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Memorial services were conducted Monday January 20th at 12 noon in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Steve Thomas officiating. The family received friends on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Jake was born February 1, 1985 in Nashville. He was a Mechanical Engineer for WG Yates Construction and was of the Baptist faith. Jake loved hunting, fishing, watching sports, especially baseball, riding his Harley, being outdoors. He loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Billy Russell, Geneva Russell, Joe Fiser, and Dot Fiser, and by his step grandmother: Mildred Russell.

floral squareJake is survived by his parents: Brad and Mary Jane Fiser Russell of Springfield, by his brother and sister-in-law: Clint and Julie Russell of Adams, by his sister and brother-in-law: Jessie and Rob Jones of Greenbrier, by his nieces: Morgan and Anna Ruth Russell of Adams, by his nephew: Sawyer Jones of Greenbrier, and by his step grandmother: Carolyn Fiser of Springfield.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, a charity that was close to Jake’s heart through his grandfather’s military service

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Obituary for Opal Rae VanArsdale

Opal Rae VanArsdale, age 89, gently passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at The Waters of Robertson care facility in Springfield, Tennessee.

Interment, with a graveside service in remembrance and celebration of her life, was held for family and friends at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Traverse City, Michigan.

Mrs. VanArsdale was born November 30, 1930 in Traverse City, Michigan. She was the fifth of seven children of Clarence Edward Bracebridge and Lulu Rose (Cook) Bracebridge. She was the devoted wife of James Lowry VanArsdale, and together they made their home in Flint, Michigan, where they raised five brilliant children.

Mrs. VanArsdale was a graduate of Cedar Lake Academy and worked as a medical office manager for many years prior to retirement. She honored her God through worship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She especially loved to add her voice to His glory through song, and performed for many years with the traditional gospel group, The Heraldettes. In her later years, she enjoyed volunteering her time to help students at the Maranatha Adventist School, and patients at the Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters, and a daughter-in-law. Mrs. VanArsdale is survived by her children and their spouses: Robert and Sharon VanArsdale of Shady Cove, Oregon; David and Julie VanArsdale of York, Pennsylvania; Donald and Lovel VanArsdale of Hendersonville, Tennessee; Danny VanArsdale and Corinne Ranzinger of Cedar Hill, Tennessee; and Patricia and Brook Powers of Agat, Guam; and by 13 wonderful grandchildren and 12 beautiful great-grandchildren.

floral squareIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to either the Dementia Society of America or to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mrs. VanArsdale’s memory.

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us – instead, they live on through the love and laughter that they brought into our lives, and also in the kindness, they have shown us, which we in turn, share with others. Thank you mom and grandma, we love you and miss you.

Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook, share your thoughts with the family and more. Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City

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Obituary for Jean Hooper

Jean Hooper, age 77 of Cedar Hill, died Friday, January 10, 2020 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Carroll and Bob Adcox officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery with Caleb Reeder, Seth Traughber, Dylan Carter, Dawson Carter, Cole Dean, and Johnny Hooper serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 4 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 9 AM until the hour of service.

Mrs. Hooper was born January 13, 1942 in Robertson County to the late Herschel and Christine Biggs. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and was retired from Krogers where she worked in the meat department. She enjoyed music and art and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eldon Biggs, and a sister, Betty Sedar.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband, Raymond Hooper of Cedar Hill; son, Michael Biggs of Springfield; daughters and son-in-law, Nancy Sneed of Cedar Hill, Shelly Ford of Portland, and Meleah and Lee Carter of Smyrna; step sons, John Hooper of Cedar Hill and Joshua Hooper of Springfield; brothers, Russell Biggs of Springfield, Tommy Biggs of Springfield, Larry Biggs of Junction City, KS, and Danny Biggs of Greenbrier; sister and brother-in-law, Erma and Dave Winsett of Coopertown; grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin) Dean, Caleb (Emily) Reeder, Seth (Ciara) Traughber, Elizabeth (Matt) Lemons, Olivia (Miguel) Rivera, Dylan (Lauren) Carter, Dawson Carter, Sidney Hooper, and Leslie Hooper; and great grandchildren, Cole (Ashley) Dean, Belle Dean, Hailee Reeder, Carson Guider, and Ryan Rivera.

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary James “Jamie” Brian Darrow

James “Jamie” Brian Darrow, age 41 of Springfield, TN died Thursday January 9, 2020 at his home.

Funeral services were held at 2 pm on Tuesday January 14, 2020 in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Frankie Gagliano officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Paul Darrow, Chris Walden, Timmy Groves and Ashley Eden serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 am till service time of 2 pm.

Jamie was born July 19, 1978 in Robertson Co., TN to the Willie A. Darrow Jr of Springfield and the late Barbara Grant Walden. In addition to his mother he was also preceded in death by his brother, Willie Alfred “Allen” Darrow III, grandfather, Willie Alfred Darrow Sr., and grandparents, Calvin and Shirley Grant. He was disabled due to seizures he struggled with from a childhood accident. His father said he loved to draw, doodle and piddle.

floral squareSurviving him are his father and stepmother, Willie A. Darrow Jr and Judy of Springfield; brothers, Paul Elvis (Amy) Darrow of Greenbrier, Chris (Ashley) Walden of Greenbrier, TN; sisters, Amber Nicole (Brian) Baker of Auburn, KY, Carolyn Denise Darrow of Whites Creek, TN, Julianna Marie Darrow, Kimberly Nicole Darrow, Crystal Lynn Pulley all of Springfield, Annette Myer of California, Lacy Raymer Barren Plains, TN and Natalie Walden of Greenbrier; uncles, David Darrow, Steve (Darlene) Darrow and Phillip Darrow all of Springfield, Jeff Grant of Westmoreland, TN, Calvin Grant Jr. of Nashville; aunt, Loretta Lynn Grant of Barren Plains; grandmother, Betty Margaret Darrow of Springfield; great aunts and uncle, Carol and Gene Darrow of Madisonville, KY and Sue Kellum of NY.

For friends considering memorials honoring Jamie, the family suggests donations to the funeral home to help cover the funeral expense. All donations may be made to Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary Eva Jean Hand

Eva Jean Hand, age 71 of Ashland City, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

Her remains are to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Mrs. Hand was born August 6, 1948 in Robertson County to the late Eloise Knight. She enjoyed making all kinds of crafts.

She is survived by her husband, Less Hand of Ashland City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Teddy and Pam Knight of Hendersonville and Larry and Joyce Knight of Greenbrier; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Tippy Shepard of Stroudsville and Debbie and Dennis Moon of Adams; sister-in-law, Sissy Bethel of Ashland City; a host of nieces and nephews; and her beloved pet, Shooter.

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Obituary for Clement Valentine Rusch

Clement Valentine Rusch, age 86, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020.

No services are planned at this time.

Clem was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, he moved to Tennessee where he worked in real estate and raised his family.

He is preceded in death by his wife Ethel Diane; parents Clement and Alexandra Rusch; and sister Ann Murie Slingerland.

floral squareHe is survived by his children Fred (Pam) Rusch, Alan (Debbie Johnson) Rusch, Laurie (Brian) Dam, Sharon (Dan) Shaver and Carol Skipworth, and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.

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Obituary for Effie Lee Cherry

Effie Lee Cherry, age 80, of Hendersonville, TN passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Effie grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina and attended East Carolina College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics. For most of her life, she was an active member in 4-H. It was actually at a 4-H Camp that she met Frank, who would become her husband. They started their family together with Tim on February 14, 1965. A year after they were married, Frank was in a life-threatening accident from which Effie spent the entire next year helping him recover while also working full time with the local Home Extension Office. Over the next few years, two daughters were born and made their family complete.

In 1975, the family moved to Pewee Valley, KY where they built a home on 16½ acres and raised their girls there over the next 7 years. During that time, Effie worked as the Supervisor of Houseparents at Cedar Lake Lodge where she established life long connections and friendships with both the staff and residents.
The family relocated to Hendersonville in 1981. Once settled, she decided to pursue, and ultimately received, her Masters Degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University. She worked as a teacher of adult education in Sumner County for many years until she retired.

Effie had many passions in life, including her family, church, education and the Grand Old Opry. She was a 4-H Honor Club member and a proud 50 year member of the Eastern Star where she served as a Past Matron and was on the board of Rainbow Girls. She was recently recognized for her years of service in the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a very active member of the Daughters of American Revolution, Jethro Sumner Chapter. She served as an Elder several times during her 40 years as a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Frank Lee Cherry, Jr.; her parents, Lemuel Gillette Aman, Sr. and Bernice Blanche Higgins; sisters Susan Caroline Aman and Sarah “Catherine” Aman; and brother Lemuel Gillette “Bud” Aman, Jr.

floral squareShe is survived by her children, Timothy Lee (Deborah) Cherry, Suzanne Cherry Cravens and Emily Ruth (Dwight) Byrd; brother, David Manley (Billie) Aman; grandchildren, Genna Lea Cherry, Cason Lee (Erin) Cherry, Jack Timothy (Itsel) Daniel, Sarah Catherine Cravens, Simon Judson Byrd, Ethan Dwight Byrd and Rachel Elizabeth Byrd; great-grandchildren, Jon Lemuel Cravens, Leia Jolynn Hummell and Maeve Elizabeth Cherry; 7 nephews and 6 nieces also survive.

Her family received friends on Friday, January 17 from 5pm until 8pm and her Eastern Star Service will begin at 8pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. On Saturday, January 18, the family received friends from 12 Noon until her Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 1pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville with Rev. Michael Davis officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children , National 4-H Council, First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville, or to Cedar Lake Home for the Disabled.

The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.

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Obituary for George Moss

George Wendell “Buddy” Moss, age 82, of Adams, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at his home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Chris Camp officiating. Burial followed in the Bellwood Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 4-8pm and again on Wednesday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.

Mr. Moss was born February 10, 1937 in Stewart County, TN to the late Novis Lowell and Mary Burke Moss. He was a farmer, worked at Ford Motor Company until his retirement in 1990 and was a member of Olivet Free Will Baptist Church. Mr. Moss was also the former owner of Moss’s Coach House.

In addition to his parents Mr. Moss is preceded in death by his sisters, Signora Moss and Geneva Vogle, and his brother, Wilson Moss.

floral squareMr. Moss is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Moore Moss; son, Richard Lane Moss of Adams; daughter, Cheryl Cherry of Adams; brother, Marshall (Deb) Moss of Adams; sisters, Joan (Bill) Riley of Adams and Sara Carter of Springfield; grandchildren, Christy (Chris) Carnall and Tiffany (Sherman) Johnson; and great-grandchildren, KayLee Carnall, McKenzie Johnson and Mallory Johnson.

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

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Obituary for Joann Mary Jackson

Joann Mary Jackson, age 68, of Cedar Hill, TN passed away, Sunday, January 12, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

Her remains were cremated and a Memorial Service was held at 10am on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 3553 S. Carter Road, Cedar Hill, TN.

She was born in Coldwater, OH on July 11, 1951 to the late Norbert R. and Mildred J. Vagedes Westgerdes. She was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Barbara Westgerdes and brother-in-law, Larry Parker.

She was a Customer Service Representative for CRT Printing Co. She loved flowers and was of the Catholic faith.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband, Stephen W. Jackson of Cedar Hill, TN; sons, Stephen W. (Sherry) Jackson, Jr, Thomas Shaine (Anna) Jackson of Ashland City, TN; grandchildren, Thomas, Josh and Logan; siblings, Ben (Jan) Westgerdes of Coldwater, OH, Ken Westgerdex of Piqua OH, Marilyn Parker of Village Mills, TX, Dan (Nece) Westgerdes, of Minster, OH, Paul (Jan) Westgerdes of Ohio City, OH, Gerry (lee) Westgederes of Indianapolis, IN, Herb (Kay) Westgerdes of Ft. Recovery, OH, Arlene (Bob) Lattimer of Versailles, OH, Sandy (Steve) Knoth of Br. Recovery, OH, Bill (Kelly) Westgedres of Celina, OH.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home  is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for William Frederick Lehner

William Frederick Lehner, age 81, of Hendersonville passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was always kind to everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jane Lehner, daughters; Selena (Randy) Whittle and Leah Ann McGhee; son, Bill Lehner; grandchildren, RD. Whittle, Will Whittle, Molly McGhee, Maddie McGhee and John William Lehner; great-grandchildren, Makaley Whittle and Ayden Lehner; nephew, Frederick Todd Burkhalter and niece Kimberly Ann Townsley.

floral squareHis family received friends on Thursday, January 16 from 5:00 p.m. until his Celebration of Live Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. at Austin And Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. Services were conducted by Randy Stephenson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.

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Obituary for Tom Altfillisch

Thomas “Tom” C. Altfillisch, age 73, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Friday, January 10, 2020 at his home.

As was his request, his remains are to be cremated.

A Memorial Visitation was held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View from 11:00-1:00PM on Saturday, January 18th.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at Goettsch Funeral Home, 306 E. 1st Street, Anamosa, IA 52205, at 11:00AM, Saturday, January 25, 2020. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00AM. Burial will follow in Wilcox Cemetery, on Fairview Road , in Jones County, IA.

Mr. Altfillisch was born on February 22, 1946 in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of the late Luke and Mary Bennis Altfillisch. He was a self-employed business owner, and was of the Catholic faith. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War.

floral squareSurvivors include his wife, Sheryl Knight Altfillisch; son, Michael Thomas Altfillisch (Dianne); daughters, Sarah Altfillisch, Angela Altfillisch Egan (Brendan), Caroline Altfillisch Means (Garrett); brothers, J. Brent Altfillisch (Cathy), Brian Altfillisch (Jill); sisters, Lois Gehl (Jerry), Mary Mahler (Mark); and eleven grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions in Mr. Tom Altfillisch’s memory may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of local arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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