In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week January 31, 2021

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week January 31, 2021

In Loving Memory: Obituaries January 25-31, 2021

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Patricia Ann Proctor

Patricia Ann Proctor, age 79 of Springfield, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at NorthCrest Health. There will be a visitation with the family on Saturday February 6th from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home.

Ms. Proctor was born February 18, 1941 in Robertson County to the late George Albert and Pauline Traughber Gower. She was an active member of Victory Freewill Baptist Church and was the manager of the Holiday House. She worked as a florist for over 30 years and also sewed making wedding dresses. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Gower.

floral squareShe is survived by her sons, Bobby Hall, Jr. of England, David Allen Hall of Springfield, Jeff Leftrick of Springfield, and Jason Leftrick of Springfield; a daughter, Tonya Ellis of Killeen, TX; brothers, Jackie Gower of Cedar Hill, George Gower of Marlow, OK, and Larry Gower of Springfield; sister, Sheila Hudson of Springfield; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Stephanie Dawn Mason

Stephanie Dawn Mason, 54, of Cedar Hill, passed from this life on Saturday January 30, 2021 at her home.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday February 3rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Michael’s Cemetery with Ken Adkins, Tom Adkins, Tim Adkins, Troy Adkins, Jeff Jerles, and Terry Adkins serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John Shane and Jerry Somerville. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home.

Stephanie was born June 6, 1966 in Clarksville. She was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1984. Stephanie went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master’s degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt, a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, and her EDS from Tennessee State University. She worked with the Robertson County Board of Education for 32 years, first in Special Education and then she retired in December of 2020 as the Assistant Director of Schools. She was a member of Springfield Kiwanis and served on the Robertson County Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. Stephanie enjoyed gardening, especially wildflowers, and her pets.

floral squareStephanie is survived by her parents: William Herman “Buddy” and Linda Adkins Mason of Springfield, and by her brother: Stephen Mason of Springfield.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Robertson County Scholarship Foundation in memory of Stephanie Mason and may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Lisa Gaye Gill

Lisa Gaye Gill, age 58 of Springfield, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at NorthCrest Health. Her remains are to be cremated and no services are planned at this time in accordance to her wishes.

Lisa was born December 28, 1962 in Springfield to the late Rayburn and Ruby Gamble Bugg. She was of the Baptist faith and worked in the local factories for many years. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved animals and enjoyed sewing and going to yard sales. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rayburn Bugg, Jr. and a sister, Melissa Dawn Bugg.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband, Eddie Gill of Springfield; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and David-Paul Benton of Springfield; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Michael and Melissa Gill of Springfield; brother, Steven Bugg of Texas; and grandchildren, JaMarion Gill, Elizabeth Jean Benton, and Caleb Lee Benton.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for John Henderson

John L. Henderson, age 67 of Springfield passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021 at his home. No service are planned.
He was born in Springfield, TN to the late Raymond and Fannie Louise Perry Henderson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Billy Henderson.

He was retired. He loved his lil man Hayden more than life itself. He loved his grandchildren and all his family. He was an avid University of Kentucky fan, loved fishing, football and Nascar.
floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Patricia James Henderson of Springfield; son, Leonard Mayes; step-children, Tina (David) Geisler of Bon Aqua, Clint Holman of Nashville; siblings, Bobby Henderson of White House, Juanita Toon of Springfield, Robert (Terry) Henderson of Springfield; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 509 Walnut Street Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Nathaniel Dwayne Dile

Age 36 of Clarksville passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021 at his home. He was born January 15, 1985 in Nashville, TN to Howard & Twyla Gordon Dile. He attended Hunter’s Lane High School and worked in the construction industry. He enjoyed playing basketball, fishing and was an avid Miami Dolphins football fan.

He is preceded in death by his father, Howard Dile; brother, Zach Dile; sister, Talia Dile Harness. He is survived by his son, Nathaniel Dwayne Dile, Jr.; daughter, Patience Dile, both of Hendersonville, TN; mother, Twyla Dile, Nashville, TN; brothers, Chadwick Dile, Jemini Lyons and Arion Dile, all of Nashville, TN; sisters, Tabitha Hall, Angel Dile and Annisa Dile, all of Nashville, TN.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Monday, February 8, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor David Manning officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Monday, February 8, 2021 10am until the hour of service at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Karen Attebery

Karen Lee Attebery, age 57 of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, died Saturday, January 30, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield.

Funeral services will be conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 10:00AM on Thursday, February 4th, with Bro. John Maltais officiating. Burial will follow at Sango Cemetery in Clarksville with Thomas Davidson, David Riggins, Gary Hensley, Wendell Riggins, Tyler Goad, Will Ennis, and Donnie Pope serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00PM-7:00PM, on Wednesday, February 3rd, and again on Thursday from 9:00AM until the hour of service at 10:00AM.

Karen was born on December 13, 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked as a nurse and loved helping other people. She also loved the color purple and her cowboy boots. She was a member of Stroudsville Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her father, Bobby Davidson.

floral squareSurvivors include her parents, William and Juanita Holt Spurlock, Jr.; sisters, Sharon Davidson and Debra Haines; and several loving nieces and nephews.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl., Memphis, Tn 38105.

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

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Obituary for Jeremy Ted Nokes

Jeremy Ted Nokes, age 46 of Portland, TN passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at his home.

The Will be a Celebration of Life at Generation Church, 960 Highway 52 W., Portland, TN at 10am, Saturday February 6, 2021. The family will receive friends from 9am until service time at the church.

Jeremy was born in Blytheville, AR on May 31, 1974 to Leonard “Ted” Nokes and the late Brenda Kaye Ayres. He was employed as a forklift operator at Valley Interior Products in Nashville. He loved his family very much and his grandkids were his life. He attended Generation Church. He loved hunting, golfing and Alabama Crimson Tide Football.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Pregel Nokes of Portland, TN; father, Leonard “Ted” Nokes of Portland, TN; step-father, Bud Bingham of Thompson Station, TN; son, Jonathan (Jennifer) Nokes of Alaska; daughters, Stacey Nokes of Chapel Hill, TN, Kara floral square(Garrett) Caudill of Marianna, FL; grandchildren; Madeline Caudill, Dawson Caudill of Marianna, FL; brothers, Jody (Jennifer) Woodall of White House, TN, Greg (Brandi) Nokes of White House, TN; sisters, Jaclyn (Adam) Meyer of Greenbrier, TN, Stephanie (Andy) Biggs of Portland, TN, Pam (Bill) Fishburn of Westmoreland, TN, Jennifer (Tim) Allen of Hendersonville, TN and Robbie Bingham of Mt. Juliet, TN.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for Lisa Gaye Gill

Lisa Gaye Gill, age 58 of Springfield, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at NorthCrest Health.

Her remains are to be cremated and no services are planned at this time in accordance to her wishes.

Lisa was born December 28, 1962 in Springfield to the late Rayburn and Ruby Gamble Bugg. She was of the Baptist faith and worked in the local factories for many years. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved animals and enjoyed sewing and going to yard sales. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rayburn Bugg, Jr. and a sister, Melissa Dawn Bugg.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband, Eddie Gill of Springfield; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and David-Paul Benton of Springfield; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Michael and Melissa Gill of Springfield; brother, Steven Bugg of Texas; and grandchildren, JaMarion Gill, Elizabeth Jean Benton, and Caleb Lee Benton.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Sandra Yvonne Henderson Cope

Sandra Yvonne Henderson Cope, 80, of Springfield, passed from this life on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at NorthCrest Health.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday February 2nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Joshua Lynn and Pastor Joey Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with TJ Heatherly, Gabriel DeDios, Micah DeDios, Montaveus Lynn, David Henderson, and Porter Henderson serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Cope was born March 22, 1940 in Springfield to the late Roy and Jewel Rawls Henderson. She was a retired accountant with Kroger and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Greenbrier. Mrs. Cope loved reading, playing cards with her friends, and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: John Robert Cope, by her siblings: Kenneth, Michael, and Bill Henderson, Molly Jo Vance, and Irma Jean Anderson, and by her grandchild: Tabatha Dixon.

Mrs. Cope is survived by her sons: Greg (Stephen Baldwin) Cope of Texas, Jeremy Cope of Springfield, by her daughters: Judi Cope of Colorado, Candi Cope of Springfield, and Suzi Cope Heatherly of Greenbrier, by her brothers: Porter Henderson of Fairview, Jimmy Henderson of Austin, TX, and David Henderson of Nashville, by her floral squaresister: Joyce Smith of Lewisburg, by her grandchildren: Brandice Lynn, Gabriel DeDios, Micah DeDios, and TJ Heatherly, and by 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Sandra Cope funeral fund. All donations can be made to the Robertson County Funeral Home

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Obituary for Robert Walter “Bobby” Iwanowski

Robert Walter “Bobby” Iwanowski, 45, of Cross Plains, passed away on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at NorthCrest Health.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday February 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Bill Owen and Reverend Rick Robinson officiating. Interment will follow in Cross Plains Cemetery with Mike Iwanowski, Elijah Iwanowski, Daniel Iwanowski, Preston Knight, Sammy Barry, and David Hamby serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Bobby was born December 25, 1975 in Springfield. He was a graduate of the East Robertson Special Education Class of 1994. Bobby had worked as an assistant in the lunchroom at East Robertson Elementary School. He participated in Brightstone Day Program in Franklin, TN and with Pat’s Place. Bobby was a member of Cross Plains United Methodist Church and had been attending Milldale Presbyterian Church. He loved listening to music, working with arts and crafts, playing cards, especially Fish, and being at home with his family. Two years ago, a soccer team was started in Cross Plains for those with special needs and the team was named “Bobby’s Buddies” (Full story) in honor of Bobby Iwanowski. Bobby was the kindest, most gentle person that anyone could know.

floral squareBobby is survived by his parents: Walter Thomas “Walt” and Sue Barry Iwanowski of Cross Plains, by his brother and sister-in-law: Mike and Jana Iwanowski of Orlinda, by his nephews and niece: Daniel, Elijah, and Rachel Iwanowski of Orlinda, and by several aunts, uncles, and friends.

If so desired, you may honor Bobby’s memory by making donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home

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Obituary for Davis Ewing “Popeye” Tate

Davis Ewing “Popeye” Tate, 84, of Portland-Orlinda, passed from this life on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at his home.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday January 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the Milldale Chapel with Dr. Steve Freeman officiating. Interment followed in the Groves Family Cemetery in Portland with his grandsons serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the Milldale Chapel.

Davis was born May 15, 1936 in Cross Plains. He was a farmer and he also had worked at Wicks Lumber Company. He served in the Army National Guard from 1954 to 1963. Davis was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He loved his family and enjoyed being with them. Davis also enjoyed fishing, family cookouts, going to tractor pulls and machinery shows. He was preceded in death by his parents: Ewing and Evie Gale Rippy Tate, and by his sisters: Rebecca Gassman and Katherine Bostic.

Davis is survived by his wife, Eleanora Johnson Tate, whom he would be married to for 66 years in July of this year, by his sons and daughter-in-law: Richard Dale Tate of Springfield, Gary Davis and Susan Tate of Springfield, by his sister: Evelyn Jones of Whites floral squareCreek, by his grandsons: Heath (Charissa) Tate of Portland, Clint (Jada) Tate of Cross Plains, Claudale (Summer) Tate of Portland, Lance (Chucky) Tate of Portland, Brandon (Hannah) Tate of Springfield, Kyle Tate of Springfield, and Chad (Bryanna) Tate of Springfield, and by his great grandchildren: Katarina (Blake) Ruby, Kodie Searcy, Lilli Tate, Dawson Tate, Dustin Tate, Blayden Tate, and Kyleigh Tate.

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Obituary for Victoria “Vicci” “V Dogg” Dowlen

Victoria D’Ann Dowlen was born June 22, 1975 in Waukega, Illinois to the late Peggy Jean Dowlen and the late Reverend Jerry Ray Doss. She departed this journey on January 29, 2021.

She received her education at Springfield High School. Vicci also known by “V-Dogg” was well known in her community and well beyond. She had a giving heart and helped anyone that needed her. She loved children and would often look after them. Vicci was also known as being a great cook. She loved cooking and would often have gatherings at her house. She loved being around family and friends. She also had a love for braiding hair. She loved being the life of the party. It was never a dull moment with Vicci. She will truly be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peggy Jean Dowlen and Reverend Jerry Ray Doss; her brother, Gregory Montez Dowlen; grandparents, Beatrice and Porter Dowlen; aunts, Betty and Ann; uncles, Cecil, Bill, Michael, and John Robert; cousins, Chad and Eric Hines.

floral squareShe leaves to cherish her memories: her five sisters: Zita, Krystina, Kimberly, Sophia and Jacqueline; four brothers, Stacey, Chris (Tomeka), Jeffrey and Samuel; nieces, LaShay, Briana, Mercedes, and Za’Niya; nephews, Kristopher, Jabari, Elijah and Malikah; a host of cousins and friends.

Viewing and Visitation was Saturday, February 6, 2021 with funeral to follow at 1:00 pm at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Dowlen, Eulogy and Officiant; Interment was in Springfield Memorial Garden.

Keep The Dowlen Family In Your Prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary For Terence Deshawn Woodard “Shawn”

On January 28, 2021 Terence DeShawn Woodard departed this life to be with the Lord at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born on January 7, 1971 to Ruby L. Mitchell and the late Earl W. Darden in Springfield, TN.

He graduated from Springfield High School with the Class of 1989 and later went to Auto Diesel College in Nashville, TN.

To many friends and family, he was affectionately called “Shawn”. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age of 9 years old at Mt. Olive Baptist Church and later Community Baptist Church and Destiny Center under the Leadership of Pastor Daon Johnson, where he served as a Trustee.

He was employed by Electrolux Home Products in Springfield and Robertson County School System for many years.

Terence entered into holy matrimony on June 8, 2019 to Glenda Yvonne Meneese and to this union they have a son, Koree. He also has a daughter, Alexis Meneese that he loved and adored dearly.
When not over to mother Ruby’s house, Shawn’s hobbies included riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, grilling, traveling, odd jobs around the house, and helping people when he could. He also took over his father’s lawn service. He loved to play with his furbabies, Kash and Chance.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl W. Darden, and raised by other fathers who preceded him in death, Kenneth Bacon, and Jerry Mitchell. Grandmothers, Eddie L. Freeman and Alreva Frazier. Grandfathers, Ruby O. Woodard and Charles Darden.
He leaves a lifetime of cherished memories to his devoted loving wife, Glenda; mother, Ruby L. Mitchell; stepmother, Marie Darden; children, Alexis and Koree; god-daughter, A’Zhuri Jackson; godson, KyZaiah White; sisters, Shawn’na Darden, Jamishia Jones, Brenda Ward (Reggie), and Patricia Scharkley; brothers, Reggie Sawyers and Jason Mitchell; father-in-law, Roy Meneese (Jewel); sister-in-law, Pamela Meneese; aunts, Bobbie J. Baker, Sylvia Vaughn, Paula Farmer (Thomas) and Tania Fletcher (Henry), Delores Bell, and Jackie Payne; uncles, Leonard Freeman, Carl Jones, Darrell Woodard (Donna), and Leslie Woodard (Lisa); a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and his Electrolux family. Lifetime childhood floral squarefriends, Tetric Johnson and Jeffery Dickerson and Biker Boys (3 Amigos)

Viewing and Visitation was Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm with funeral service to follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Daon Johnson Eulogy and Pastor Robert Gardner, Eulogist. Interment was in Restawn Memorial Garden.

Keep The Woodard Family In Your Prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary For Mary Francis Trotter

Our beloved Mary Francis Trotter was called home to eternal rest on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at the great age of 95. She was born in Cedar Hill, Tennessee on February 5, 1925 to the union of Bobbie and Maggie Washington both of Springfield, Tennessee.

Mary Francis, was baptized in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age.
Mary Francis, is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Trotter, Jr.; son, Carl Wayne Trotter; granddaughter, Tamara Trotter; daughter-in-law, Hildra Trotter; brothers, Amos, John, Lewis and James Washington; sister, Fayola Wells. Mary Francis, graduated from Bransford High School, Class of 1944 and worked at Acme Boot, Conwood Corporation and Hail & Cotton for many years until her retirement.

Mary Francis was a life long member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother Board for many years. She was well loved and known for her famous pies all around town. Mary Frances loved all of her family and friends. One of her favorite songs was “99 ½ Won’t Do”, she was definitely running trying to make 100.

Mary Francis is survived by her children: William Trotter of Indianapolis, IN; James (Carolyn) Trotter of Springfield, TN, Bobby (Ruth) Trotter of Springfield, TN and Sandra (Rob) Lee of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Eric (Vanessa) Trotter of Nashville, TN, Tasha Trotter of Clarksville, TN, Corey Brown of Cross Plains, TN; great-grand children, Bobby, Erykah, Cameron, Courtney, Maurice, Alexandria, LaNayah and Serenity and eight great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob Washington of Nashville, TN, William (Dorothy) Washington, Indianapolis, IN, and Richard (Ruth) Washington of Paducah, KY; sisters, Cora (Joe) Wells of Adairville, floral squareKY, Callie Wells of Springfield, TN and Ethel Taylor of Springfield, TN. Several special and loving nieces and nephews; god-daughter, Pamela Chatman Baker, whom she loved dearly.

Viewing and Visitation was Monday, February 1, 2021, with Funeral to follow at 1:00 pm at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home; Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Keep The Trotter Family In Your Prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Arrangements For: Lathomas A. Burr

On January 22, 2021 the Lord called HIS child home. LaThomas (Tom-Tom} Burr was born November 19, 2000 to Cecelia (Cotton) Davis and Thomas (June) Burr, Jr. in Springfield, TN.

Tom-Tom attended Krisle and Springfield High School. He proudly completed his studies and graduated in 2019.

He professed his hope in Christ at an early age. Thomas was baptized at Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist church in Long Beach, MS by his other grandfather, Pastor Robert Landor.

He was employed at Arby’s, Wal-Mart, and more recently at Doorman at the time of his passing.

Tom-Tom enjoyed and loved spending his time playing video games, sports, hanging out with his family and special friends.
Thomas was preceded in death by his grandparents and great grandparents, Thomas Burr, Sr., Charles D. Bowling (Pookie), Janie L. Bowling, Charles W. Bowling and aunt, Sherry Darden.
Thomas leaves to cherish his loving and precious memories: mother, Cecelia M. Davis (Cotton); father Thomas Burr, Jr (June); three sisters, Janaya J. Burr, Deshawna Burr, Kewana Barbee; one brother, Thomas D. Burr; two aunts, Angie Horton, Dorothy Spencer Peters; four uncles, Carlos R. Davis, Tim (Tameka) Burr, Michael Landor, Benjamin I. Landor; grandmother, Argentina Landor; step grandfather, Pastor Robert Landor; a host of nieces, nephews, great aunts and uncles, cousins and special friends.
Funeral services were Friday, January 29, 2021 with Pastor Robert Landor, eulogy.

Keep The Davis And Burr Family In Your Prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for John Henderson

John L. Henderson, age 67 of Springfield passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021 at his home.

No service are planned.

He was born in Springfield, TN to the late Raymond and Louise Pearl Perry Henderson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Billy Henderson.

He worked for Five Star Manufactoring. He loved his family very much. He was an avid University of Kentucky fan, loved fishing, football and Nascar.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia James Henderson of Springfield; son, Leonard Mayes; step-children, Tina (David) Geisler of Bon floral squareAqua, Clint Holman of Nashville; siblings, Bobby Henderson of Springfield, Dorothy (Gene) Dickens of Nashville, Juanita Tune of Springfield, Robert (Terry) Henderson of Springfield; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 509 Walnut Street Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Vickie Judkins

Vickie Lee Judkins, age 66 of Pleasant View, Tennessee died Friday, January 29, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield.

Mrs. Judkins was born on June 6, 1954 in Claremont, New Hampshire to the late David and Maxine Kimbrough Meyette. She was retired after 25 years as a factory worker with Sturn, Ruger & Co. firearms manufacturing in New Hampshire. She also loved to sew and quilt in her spare time.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Judkins; brother, David Meyette, Jr., and Steven Meyette.

She is survived by her daughter, Valarie (Robert) Wimsatt; son Tommy Judkins; brother, Larry “Buzz” Meyette; and grandchildren, Kaden Wimsett, Christopher Fisher, and Dylan Fisher.

floral squareVickie’s remains will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 4009 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 209, Nashville, Tn. 37215

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

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Obituary for Thomas Eugene Gipson Sr

Age 92 of White House passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Hendersonville Medical Center. He was born August 30, 1928 in Nashville, TN to Odell & Mildred Cherry Gipson. He was the long time owner of the Smoke House Restaurant on Highway 31W and also served as a volunteer EMT for the White House Fire Department. He is retired from the U.S. Marines, where he proudly served his country in active duty during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gwen Gipson; brother, Stanly; sisters Ethel, Dorothy, Bertie & Becky; son-in-laws, Tom Day & Bruce Hurry. He is survived by his son, Tom (Pat) Gipson, Florida; daughters, Sharon Denton, White House, TN, Kathy Hurry, floral squareSC and GiGi Gipson, Washington; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer, April, Jeremy, Catherine, Lynn, Christy and Sara; 16 great-grandchildren.

There are no services or visitation planned at this time. His ashes will be inurned in the Columbarium at Hillcrest Cemetery at a later date with full military honors.

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

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Obituary for Dinnah Marie Muller

Dinnah Marie Muller, age 70, of Portland passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Albert and Rosemarie Muller and her brother, James Frederick “Bo” Muller. She is survived by her son, Jimmy John Parcel; sister, Donna Lea Higdon; brothers, William Henry Muller and Danny Albert Muller. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

There are no services planned at this time.

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

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Obituary for Bobbie Jean Culp

Bobbie Jean Culp, age 89 of Hendersonville, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Bobbie grew up in the Knoxville and Sevierville area. She was a Teacher and a graduate of Lee University. She spent most of her life, though, as a preacher’s wife, her husband being a Church of God minister. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading, and picnics. Her family was everything to her, and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, David G. Culp. She is survived by her son, David L. Culp (Michael Alderfer); her daughters, Linda (Louis) Oliver and Sherri L. Culp; her grandchildren, Lee (Mike) Martin and Elizabeth (Wade) Evans; and her great-grandchildren, Wells and Wyatt Martin, and Emilee Evans.

There will be a private graveside service for family only. There will be a gathering of family and friends at a later date.

floral squareIn lieu of flowers, please make Memorial Contributions to: Hendersonville Day School, 107 Rockland Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075, For: Honoring Bobbie J. Culp; or to Bondsville Mill Park, 1647 Bondsville Road, Downington, PA 19335, For: Gardens/Culp’s Clearing.

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

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Obituary for Jeremy Ted Nokes

Jeremy Ted Nokes, age 46 of Portland, TN passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at his home.

The family will be announcing services at a later date.

Jeremy was born in Blytheville, AR on May 31, 1974 to Leonard “Ted” Nokes and the late Brenda Kaye Ayres. He was employed as a forklift operator at Valley Interior Products in Nashville. He loved his family very much and his grandkids were his life. He attended Generation Church. He loved hunting, golfing and Alabama Crimson Tide Football.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Pregel Nokes of Portland, TN; father, Leonard “Ted” Nokes of Portland, TN; step-father, Bud Bingham of Thompson Station, TN; son, Jonathan (Jennifer) Nokes of Alaska; daughters, Stacey Nokes of Chapel Hill, TN, Kara floral square(Garrett) Caudill of Marianna, FL; grandchildren; Madeline Caudill, Dawson Caudill of Marianna, FL; brothers, Jody (Jennifer) Woodall of White House, TN, Greg (Brandi) Nokes of White House, TN; sisters, Jaclyn (Adam) Meyer of Greenbrier, TN, Stephanie (Andy) Biggs of Portland, TN, Pam (Bill) Fishburn of Westmoreland, TN, Jennifer (Tim) Allen of Hendersonville, TN and Robbie Bingham of Mt. Juliet, TN.

Services entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for Donald Haggard, Jr.

Donald Ray Haggard, Jr., age 64, of Greenbrier, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville. There will be a Masonic Service at 7 pm Monday, February 1st at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 12pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Reverend Luke Haggard officiating. Burial will follow in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Skeeter Haggard, Ricky Adams, Keith Sorensen, D.J. Haggard, Luke Haggard and Darrell Haggard serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 4-8pm and again on Tuesday from 10am until the hour of service at 12pm.

Mr. Haggard was born September 22, 1956 in Greenville, NC to Donald Ray and Barbara Jean Godley Haggard, Sr. He worked in Supply and Inventory at Unarco and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved racing, building and buying model cars, and loved his family very much.

In addition to his parents Mr. Haggard is preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Haggard. He is survived by his wife, Myra Adams floral squareHaggard; daughter, Ashley (Keith) Sorensen of Russellville, KY; siblings, Sheila Haggard of Nashville, Rauline (Richard) Warren of Stokes, NC, Ellen (Keith) Evans of Bluffton, SC, Randy (Jackie) Haggard of Nashville, Johnny (Barbara) Clark of Hardeeville, SC, and David (Jamie) Haggard of Nashville; and granddaughter, Daisey Shea Lewis.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 509 Walnut Street Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Myrtle Louise Heyn

Myrtle Louise Heyn, age 85 of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at her residence. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Mrs. Heyn was a member of Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Heyn was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Aline Ralph; sister, Rebecca Liuzzi; and a brother, Roy E. Ralph.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ronald Heyn; son, Richie (Lisa) Heyn; daughters, Rhonda (James) Brim, Teresa Smith, Mary (Danny) Pennington and Holly (Milton) Woods; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, William T. Ralph; and a sister, Shirley Martin.

The family received friends from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, January 27, 2021 and again on Thursday from 11:00am until her Celebration of Life Service at 1:00pm at Austin & Bell floral squareFuneral Home in Hendersonville with Rev. Malcom Patton officiating. Burial followed in Beech Cemetery. Mrs. Heyn’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

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

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for Patrick Robert Giardono

Patrick Robert Giardono, age 49, of Cross Plains died Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 at the home of his brother, Joe A. Giardono, of brain cancer. Patrick’s older brothers Michael and Joe were by his side at the time of his passing.

Patrick was born April 30, 1971 in Madison Tennessee. Patrick spent the majority of his life in Cross Plains, where his parents resided. Patrick loved working on neighboring farms in his youth, spending most of his days outdoors. Patrick also had a great love of dogs and animals in general as well as a passion for working on cars.

floral squareThe family is not currently planning a service for Patrick due to Covid-19. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Tennessee Cremation Care in Clarksville, Tn.

Patrick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joe Anderson Hudgins and Mary Ester Benton Hudgins, his paternal grandparents, Ralph Kaiser Giardono and Providence B. Villanova Giardono, his parents Ralph Kaiser Giardono II and Peggy Jo Giardono as well as his oldest brother Ralph Kaiser Giardono III.
Patrick is survived by his older brothers Michael Giardono of Ashland City, Joe (Donna) Giardono of Chapmansboro and younger sister Pamela Giardono.

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An umpire to remember…

Nick Bolton loved his community and it showed.   An established member of the Greenbrier community, Nick was always there for anyone that needed an ear. Unfortunately, Nick died unexpectedly on January 21st, 2021 at the age of 62.

As tributes pour in for the man they called “Nick,” his devotion to the Greenbrier community was widely known. Now, to celebrate his legacy, a field at Louise Martin Park will carry his name.  Field 1 will now and forever be known as the Nick Bolton field. As the decade’s pass, his name will oversee the sport and players he loved so much. As young players turn into parents, Nick Bolton’s name will stand as a reminder of the power that one man can have in a community.

A service dedicating the field in Nick Bolton’s name was held on Field 1 at Louise Martin Park in Greenbrier on Friday, January 29th at 5 pm.

“Nick was an umpire in the Greenbrier Softball program and a very big help to me. He also helped me with the Adult league umpiring it as well as the youth. Nick was always on top of the rules. When I needed to know something about softball rules I would call Nick! Hardly ever did I have a problem on F1 when Nick was calling there because everyone could tell he was there for the kids and he just got along with everyone so well. He was kind and loved to cut up with the coaches, and players. Everyone loved Nick! I am going to miss Nick not just as an umpire, but as a friend!” Rory Osborne, City of Greenbrier Parks and Recreation Director

“Nick would have wanted everyone in the Greenbrier community to know that the ball field was his happy place,” the family told Smokey Barn News Monday. “The people that he met touched his heart and he talked about them constantly. All of the players and the parents of players he umpired knew him as someone who was honest, compassionate, and devoted to the game. Nick’s dying wish was for his family was to travel the country to ball fields that he had previously played on. He was a great father and grandfather. The grandchildren who loved him dearly called him Popples.” Bolton family

More about Nick… Nick was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama but lived in Tennessee for most of his adult life. Nick worked in the tire business for almost his entire life. He traveled the country in his work and playing slow-pitch softball. He was inducted into the Senior Slow-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame after a career filled with countless of home-runs and life-long friendships he made along the way. When Nick finally stopped playing the game, he missed it. He began umpiring for the city of Greenbrier, Tennessee over 10 years ago. He umpired his daughter’s softball games and his son eventually became his co-umpire on the field. Nick passed away with a softball rule book in his backpack at the hospital with him.

Nick is survived by his mother, Cecilia Bolton; his sisters, Betty Hunt (Lance Hunt) and Tina Jamison (Dan Jamison); his brother, Tim Bolton (Teresa Bolton); his wife, Dawn Bolton; his children, Katie Altice (Phillip Altice) and Nicholas Colby Bolton; his twin granddaughters, Scarlett and Willow Altice; and his many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Austin Wallace, Tommy Stratton, Aaron Cancel, Briley Hankins, Phil Altice, Colby Bolton.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Hershel Bolton; his sisters, Pat Padgett and Ava Bolton.

Social Media Tributes in Nick’s Honor…

“So for those that may not know. A great man that umped at the park in Greenbrier for many years passed away suddenly. I’ve personally known Nick for many years. He was a great man, friend and one the best umps we have had at the park.” Trey Craig

“Man, 2021 can go away now! I’m so tired of loss already! Nick was one of the best softball umpires! He was always smiling! He picked on me so much and was always happy to give a hug! The last time we spoke, he ran to tell me that his grandbabies were born and showed me pictures! He was so excited! This absolutely breaks my heart for his family and for my softball girls! This is horrible! Rest easy Nick Bolton! You will be greatly missed!” Aphton Jennings

“So, I lost another good friend yesterday, Nick Bolton… no matter how long in between our visits we always picked right up like we talked every day. He was a wonderful supporter for girls softball in the community. He was one of the best umpires around. He would quickly apologize & tell you he made a bad call. But, he would also stand his ground knowing he was correct. He would stop by my facility from time to time just to chat “ softball”. I remember when Katie Bolton Altice had those twin girls. He stopped by my facility to show me pictures & said “Pam, I have my pitcher & catcher”… I’m going to buy them their first gloves & you better have a couple of open spots for them. He treated my grandson, Jordan Perdue like his own who went to school with & hung out with Colby. I think he considered all the kids that hung around his house part of the family. His kindness to the softball kids was truly special. He wasn’t only an umpire he would always compliment them on a good play, good hit, good catch or good pitching. He was one of a kind & will be missed.” Pam Seymore

“This seems like a dream that you can’t wake up, RIP Nick Bolton you will be missed and Greenbrier is lost and hearts are broken. Softball will never be the same with you not in it. I’m going to miss us Umpiring together or just talking about a call on the field, you stopping by to see whoever was playing. My son; Justin and myself would come to you if a problem occurred because you knew the game …The Christmas party’s at your house, you sure did know how to put one on. I can go on and on but I would be here for days. My memories were good with this man, miss you my friend. Until I see you again my angel” Teresa Roscoe Brogdon

“I’m so sorry to hear Nick Bolton passed away. He was so nice and supported all the softball games that Katie and Melody played. Prayers for his family!” Deborah Watson

“My heart is broken for the family and friends of my buddy Nick Bolton . We had some great times together, but what I’ll always think of is how you loved on my kiddos and showed up to things they did that were important to them. Love you buddy” Rob Allen

The thoughts and prayers of the staff at Smokey Barn News will be with the family as they face the days ahead.

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Nick Bolton’s 94-year-old Mom

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Obituary for Diane Sanders

Diane M. Culbertson Sanders, 60, of Greenbrier TN, passed away with her loving husband by her side on Sunday at her home.

Born in Corning, NY, on October 20, 1960, Diane was the eldest daughter of the late Ivan L. and Ruth H. Culbertson. She grew up in Cameron Mills, NY, and graduated in 1978 from Addison Central School. She went on to work at Metamora Products, in Elkland, PA, for the next 11 years.

In 1989, she moved to Tennessee for a new adventure and became employed as a nanny to the Peninger family. She helped to care for two beautiful young ladies, Emily and Mary, whom she loved and cherished deeply. She took great joy in talking about them and their many accomplishments throughout the years.

Later in life, Diane was employed at the LaVergne Library, La Vergne, TN, Connor Trucking Company and Tennessee Speed Sport, Goodlettsville, TN, in their accounting department. In her free time, Diane enjoyed gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Diane was a dedicated wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She will always be remembered for her kindness, independence, caring nature, and contagious laughter.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her husband, Michael Sanders of Greenbrier, TN; three sisters Dolores (Alan) Crooker, Savona, NY; Darline (Michael) Culbertson, Hornell, NY; Denise Brown (Hammondsport, NY); Nieces and Nephews Gregory (Heidi) Crooker, Savona, NY; Kreg Crooker, Savona, NY; Michele Culbertson, Bath, NY; Stephania (John) Wallace, Cohocton, NY; Justin (Karen) Brown, Atlanta, GA; Great nieces and nephews Lauren Crooker, Savona, NY; Carter Crooker, Savona, NY; Ivan floral squareCulbertson, Bath, NY; Ainsley Wallace, Cohocton, NY; Grayson Wallace, Cohocton, NY; extended family Roger (Sandra) Peninger, Nashville, Tennessee; Maria (Paul) Sutej, Atlanta, GA; Emily (Dominic) Peninger, Chicago, IL; Mary (Conrad) Quinones, Atlanta, GA.

At this time, no services are being held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org.

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 2619 HWY 41 S., GREENBRIER, TN 37073

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Obituary for Billy Keith

William “Billy” Loyd Keith, age 75, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

A graveside service was held Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2pm in the Owens Chapel Cemetery with his family officiating. Burial followed with family and friends serving as pallbearers. No visitation was held prior to the graveside service. These arrangements were made at the request of Mr. Keith.

Mr. Keith was born July 20, 1945 in Springfield to the late Bonnie Franklyn and Kathrine Evalois Warren Keith. He worked as a bus driver for Greyhound for over 30 years. After his retirement he drove for Gaylord Opryland. Mr. Keith was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of Owens Chapel United Methodist Church for 33 years. He loved his family and friends, he loved his church and he loved the Lord.

In addition to his parents Mr. Keith is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Keith. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elsie Hester Keith; children, Renae (Keith) Fehrman of Springfield, William “Bubba” (Kim) Keith of Greenbrier, Aaron (Holli) Keith of White House and Rachel (Michael) Ledman of Cedar Hill; brothers, Frank Keith of Springfield, Ronnie Keith of Springfield and Michael Keith of Greenbrier; sisters, Bonnie June Cleveland of Hendersonville, Juanita Fitzgerald of Frankfort, KY, Barbara (Whitfield) Ellis of Chapmansboro, Wanda (Ray) Harris of floral squareGreenbrier, Jeannie (Charles) Ashley of Springfield, Nancy (Gene) Livesey of Lenoir City, TN, and Judy (Mohammad) Pourviseh of Hendersonville; and grandchildren, Nick (Shelby) Keith, Houston (Sy) Fehrman, Hailey (Kim Appledorn) Keith, Alexandra Keith, Logan Ferhman, Ben Ledman and Madison Ledman.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Owens Chapel United Methodist Church. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Richard Ray Cherry

Richard Ray Cherry, age 61 of Springfield, TN passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at his home.

There will be no local services.

Funeral Services will be held in Watonga, OK with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Watonga.

He was born in Oklahoma City, OK on September 11, 1959 to the late Richard Donald and Peggy Louise Henderson Cherry. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Bynum. He was a Steel Mill Worker at UNARCO and attended Springfield Baptist Church.
floral squareHe is survived by sons, Brad (Tessa) Cherry of Springfield, TN, Shane (Janet) Hood of Kingfisher, OK, Robbie (Summer) Lewis of Mustang, OK; daughters, Amanda Johnson of Murfreesboro, TN, Jennifer Ellis of Greenbrier, TN; sister, Sharon (Stephen) Reiber of Geary, OK and 7 grandchildren.

Wilkinson Mortuary of Watonga will be in charge of those arrangements. Obituary provided by Austin & Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for Dr. Jerry Don Oakley

Dr. Jerry Don Oakley, age 81 of Gallatin, TN went home to be with the Lord Saturday, January 23, 2021 at NHC in Hendersonville. He was born December 10, 1939 in Marshall County, KY to Edward and Vivian Byers Oakley. Dr. Oakley graduated from Wingo High School in Wingo, KY. He was married to Brenda Jean Hall on September 7, 1960. Jerry was an avid Kentucky basketball fan, and he was extremely honored and proud to be selected to the All-State Kentucky basketball team in 1957. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Union University in Jackson, TN. He also received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Oakley pastored or served on the staff of churches in Kentucky and Tennessee for thirty-four years. Included in these churches were Hickory Valley Baptist Church, Hickory Valley, TN, Beechmont Baptist Church, Louisville, KY (Asst. Pastor), Youngers Creek Baptist Church, Elizabethtown, KY, Magnolia Baptist Church, Magnolia, KY, Yellow Creek Baptist Church, Owensboro, KY, Columbia Baptist Church, Columbia, KY, Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield, TN. Dr. Oakley pastored at Springfield Baptist Church for 17 years. He was the Executive Director of Warren Association of Baptists in Bowling Green, KY for 13-1/2 years. Dr. Oakley was Moderator for three associations: Daviess-McLean Association in Owensboro, KY, Russell Creek Association in Columbia, KY and Robertson County Association in Springfield, TN. He served thirteen years on the Tennessee Baptist Convention Executive Board. While serving on this Board, he was Chairman of the Budget Committee and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Dr, Oakley served for thirteen years on the Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board. While serving on this board, he was Chairman of the Education Committee. He was also a member of the Administrative Committee. Dr. Oakley has been president of the Kentucky Baptist Pastor’s Conference, the Tennessee Baptist Pastor’s Conference, The Tennessee Baptist Convention Executive Board and the Tennessee Baptist Convention. He also served as a Volunteer Missionary to Venezuela twice for the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. Dr. Oakley served as a member and Chairman of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Constitution and By-Laws Committee. He was also a member of the Baptist Faith and Message Committee for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In 2007, he was elected Director of Missions of the year in the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Dr. Oakley has written and had published several articles in the Proclaim Magazine and the Church Administration Magazine. He wrote the Sunday School lessons for the Robertson County Times in Springfield, TN from 1983 to 1994. During his service, Dr. Oakley has received a number of awards. He was made a Kentucky Colonel in 1973 by Gov. Wendell Ford. He received the award of Aide-de-Camp of the Governor’s Staff of Tennessee from Gov. Ned Ray McWhorter in 1987. Dr. Oakley received the Key to the City of Nashville, Tennessee from Mayor Bill Boner in 1987. He received The Key to the City of Springfield, Tennessee from Mayor Billy Carneal in 1993. He was selected the Baccalaureate Speaker for Union University, his Alma Mater, in 1987. Dr. Oakley has served as Executive Director of Warren Association since 1994. Under his leadership, a new Administrative building, the L.E. Smith Baptist Center, was completed in 1998. A recreational complex has been developed and is still expanding on the 29 acre campus. A Hispanic Mission was established and sponsored by Warren Association of Baptists in 2002 until the present. A church building was built for the Hispanic Mission by Warren Association of Baptists in 2006. Dr. Oakley retired December 31, 2007. In preparation for serving as a Transitional Pastor after retirement, Dr. Oakley completed the training course “Transitional Pastor Ministry” sponsored by Lifeway Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Oakley has served as a Transitional Pastor of several churches. There have been some that he has served on more than one occasion.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Vivian Byers Oakley; grandson, Kyle Bagwell. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Brenda J. Oakley, Gallatin, TN; daughters, Valerie (Dr. John) Cloud, Little Rock, AR and DeAna (Scott) Bagwell, Goodlettsville, TN; sister, Cheryl Oakley, Wingo, KY; three grandchildren. Lauren (Dr. Micah) Wiegel, Katherine (Drew) Tappan and Kristin (Justin) Muller; four great- grandchildren, Annaleigh Wiegel, Evie Wiegel, Philip Andrew Tappan III, and Grayson Scott Lewis Crump.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:30am in Springfield Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Ayers and Rev. Travis Fleming officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Vince Bagwell, Chris Bagwell, Donnie Hogan, Dick Moore, Alan Fowler and Lee Smith serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ron DeBerry and Keith Bagwell. Visitation was held Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10am until the hour of service at the church.

floral squareMemorial contributions may be made to Mission Projects at Springfield Baptist Church or Gallatin First Baptist Church. All donations may be sent care of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home. The service was live-streamed on the Springfield Baptist Church website. Springfield-Baptist.com then click on Livestream.

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 509 Walnut Street Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Tom Boyd

Tom R. Boyd, age 93 of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Signature Health Care.

A graveside service was held at Gower Cemetery on West Stroudsville Road, Cedar Hill at 1:00PM on Thursday, January 28th, with Bro. Jon Justice officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Ronnie Boyd, Nick Wilson, Terry Davis, Tray Davis, Chad Corlew, Jeff Welker, and Rick Vaughn.

The family received friends at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View on Thursday from 10:30AM until 12:30PM.

Mr. Boyd was born on June 13, 1927 in Montgomery County, Tennessee to the late James Jackson and Laura Basford Boyd. He was a farmer and played baseball for Browns Store in the 1950’s. He dearly loved his cat “Fatboy” and was of the Baptist Faith.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Louis Boyd, Harold Boyd, and Gordon Boyd; and sisters, Maydelle Sanders, Gus Knox, and Louise Nicholson.

floral squareHe is survived by his nephews, Ronnie (Susie) Boyd, and Eddie (Beth) Boyd; nieces, Betty (Phil) Welker, and Patsy (Harold) Corlew; special friends, Pookie & Beverly Davis, and Rick & Diana Vaughn; and loving great-nieces & great-nephews.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.

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

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Obituary for Shonda Lanee’ Hunt-Sewell

Shonda Lanee’ Hunt-Sewell, age 43, left the cares and struggles of this life behind to be with her Lord and Savior in her heavenly home, on January 21, 2021. She was born September 6, 1977 in Nashville, TN, the daughter of Terry Hunt and Patricia Sain Hunt. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Hunt, Stepmother, Joyce Hunt and Stepsister, Kimberly Moore. She is survived by father, Terry Hunt, son, Danny Sewell, Jr., daughter, Tiffani Sewell, brother and his wife, Jayme and Amy Hunt, step-brother, Keith Moore, nieces and nephews, Rolley, Haleigh, Alicia, Ryan, Katelynn, and Easton.

Lanee’ was stricken with MS at the age of 28 years old, but she did not let this disease define her life. Lanee’ was a very strong person….stronger than she gave herself credit for being. She was a Christian who had a strong faith in God. She was a loving, cheerful person and very rarely did you ever see a sad look on her face. If she felt herself feeling sad, she would do her best not to show it. She loved everything about the outdoors, especially going camping with her Mom and brother Jayme. She possessed a tremendous love for floral squareher Mom and her children and she also loved her Dad, brother, Jayme and the rest of the family dearly. Lanee’ created many memories in the hearts of all she loved. She had a great, big heart and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

There will be a Celebration of her Life at a date that will be announced later. Please check back for date and time.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for Sue Grayson

Sue Grayson, 82, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday January 24, 2021 at The Waters of Robertson.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday January 28th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Thomas Traughber, Thomas Walker, Rickey Ward, Jr., and Jeffery Grayson serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Grayson was born December 4, 1938 in Springfield to the late William Lesley and Eurie Redfearin Gainous. She retired from Electrolux where she worked in assembly. After retirement, she worked at Morningside of Springfield and did private sitting in homes. Mrs. Grayson was a member of South Haven Baptist Church. She enjoyed facetime with her grandchildren, playing bingo on her IPAD, and working word search puzzles.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Henry Morgan Grayson, Jr., by her son: Jeffery Marty Grayson, by her daughter: Bambi Dale Nixon, by her brothers: Emmett Gainous and Nick Redfearin, and by her sister: Inez Grayson. Mrs. Grayson is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Pam and Rickey Ward of Springfield, by her sister: Nell Traughber of Springfield, by 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Margaret Ruth Walden Hester

Margaret Ruth Walden Hester, 69, of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Friday January 22, 2021 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday January 26th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Smith and Tim Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Lights Chapel Cemetery. The family received friends on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Margaret was born June 1, 1951 in Springfield to the late John E. and Dorothy Beatrice Spain Walden. She was a graduate of Greenbrier High School Class of 1969. Margaret was a member of North Springfield Baptist Church where she served many years as church organist, taught Sunday School, and was always a vital part of working and supporting the church youth group. She kept children in her home for many years and was known county wide for her cake baking. Margaret loved her family, baking, card making, drawing, and painting. She was always involved in the lives of her daughters while they were growing up. She supported them in Girl Scouts and went on many camping trips with them. Margaret loved the Lord and always wanted those she knew and loved to love the Lord also and to always depend on Him. She was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and wanted anyone else that had the same diagnosis to take care of themselves.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister: Hazel Walden Mayo. Margaret is survived by her husband of 52 years, Lanny Hester of Greenbrier, by her daughters and son-in-law: floral squareLanna Hester of Jackson, Christina and Wayne Carlisle of Greenbrier, by her grandchildren: Dayton and Laney Carlisle, and Miley Hester, and by her brother-in-law: Ray Mayo of Greenbrier.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the North Springfield Baptist Church Youth fund or the North Springfield Baptist building debt fund.

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Obituary for Dorothy Janet Adams

Dorothy Janet Adams, 88, of Orlinda, passed from this life on Thursday January 21, 2021 at NorthCrest Health.

Graveside services were conducted Sunday January 24th at 1:00 p.m. in the Orlinda Methodist Cemetery on Elm Springs Road in Orlinda with Pastor Lance Wamble officiating. Pallbearers will be Josh Lackey, Mason Lackey, Jamie Adams, Tyler Sneed, Shane Hand, and John Bartee. There will be no public visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Adams was born September 20, 1932 in Springfield. She was a homemaker and a member of Orlinda Baptist Church. Mrs. Adams enjoyed working in her yard, traveling, and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband: Harold Thomas “Jack” Adams, by her parents: Floyd and Veida Smith Bagwell, by her brother: Floyd Bagwell, Jr., by her sister: Velma McKinney, and by her niece: Linda Hand.

floral squareMrs. Adams is survived by her daughter: Jackie Adams and Buddy Sneed of Springfield, by her nieces: Dana Jennings, Terri Watts, and Carol Owens, by her nephews: Jamie Adams, Bill McKinney, and Tommy McKinney, and by special friends: Josh, Erin, Mason, and Peyton Lackey.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Orlinda Baptist Church or to the Orlinda Methodist Cemetery.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Dolores Louise “Dee” Buskirk

Dolores Louise “Dee” Buskirk, 88, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday January 20, 2021 at NorthCrest Health.

A time of visitation with the family was held on Saturday January 23rd from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon at the Robertson County Funeral Home.

Mrs. Buskirk was born October 26, 1932 in Burlington, KS to the late Arlington and Elizabeth Schiffern Vincent. She was a homemaker and attended Springfield First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Buskirk loved gardening, playing golf, and working jigsaw and crossword puzzles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Lynn Buskirk, by her daughter: Patricia Brown, by her step-son: Robert Buskirk, by her brothers: Harry, Lawrence, Melvin, David, and Roylee Vincent, by her sisters: Lua Silvey, Hilda Quick, Mildred Suriago, Ann Peterson, Vera Peterson, and by her grandchildren: Stacy Clark and Chris Hamby.

floral squareMrs. Buskirk is survived by her sons: Ed (Debbie) Stutesman of Pierre, SD, Martin (Olivia) Stutesman of Springfield, Brad (Sandy) Stutesman of Pierre, SD, and Mark (Ivanito) Tauscher of Phoenix, AZ, by her daughters: Susan (Pat) Poston of Hutchinson, KS, and Stephanie Vincent of Gallatin, by her sister: Fern Brown of Wheat Ridge, CO, and by her 19 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren.

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Obituary Lt. Col. Henry Merritt Baddley, Jr.

United States Air Force Retired Lt. Col. Henry Merritt Baddley, Jr., 82, of Springfield, died Wednesday, January 20. 2021 at Select Specialty in Nashville.

Graveside services in Elmwood Cemetery will be held at a later date with Reverend Jerry Wallace officiating.

Mr. Baddley was born on December 16, 1938 in Clarksville, Tennessee to the late Henry Merritt and Lillian Owen Baddley, Sr. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son James Merritt Baddley, his maternal grandparents, David S. and Tom Owen, and his paternal grandparents, Hugh and Elizabeth Baddley.

After graduating from Austin Peay State College in 1961, Merritt was drafted into the United State Air Force. His first assignment was to attend the University of Washington, in Seattle, to earn a degree in meteorology. This was the beginning of his 25-year career in the Air Force. His career took him to locations across the country and as far as Guam and Germany, instilling a life-long love of travel. At the end of his career, he retired as the Weather Support Coordinator for the Worldwide Weather Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he began a banking career that spanned for 17 years, retiring from Legend’s Bank in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2004. His favorite job though was babysitting his four grandchildren. After retirement he traveled extensively with his family. Additionally, wherever he lived he was an active member of floral squarethe United Methodist Church. He was a Boy Scout Leader for his troop and a member of the Clarksville, TN Rotary Club until his retirement.

Mr. Baddley is survived by his wife of 60 Years, Linda Head Baddley of Springfield, his daughter Melissa Baddley Gass, his four grandchildren, Caleb, Ashley, Bailey, and Emily Gass.

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Obituary for Brenda Haynes Roberts

Brenda Haynes Roberts, age 76 of Cedar Hill, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 surrounded by her family from complications of Covid-19.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Ellis officiating. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery with Matt Baggett, Brendan Diaz-Barriga, Jake Fann, Jesse Villard, Alan Holman, Jay Holman, Mac E. Baggett, Jr., Jonathan Drake, and Carl Turner serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 8 PM and Saturday from 12 noon until the hour of service.

Mrs. Roberts was born February 9, 1944 in Robertson County to the late Jesse and Robbie Ree Wilson Davidson. She attended Heads Freewill Baptist Church and was a retired real estate investor and general contractor. She was a longtime member of the Robertson County Board of Realtors. Her passion in life was her family and real estate and as her family stated, she was fun-loving and full of life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Haynes; grandson, Nathanial Diaz-Barriga; and sister, Mildred Brindley.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Glen Roberts of Cedar Hill; son and daughter-in-law, Jimbo and Joyce Baggett of Cedar Hill; daughters and sons-in-law, Gina Baggett and Michael John Zylstra floral squareof Arrington and Christy Baggett and Herman Diaz-Barriga of Goodlettsville; step-daughter, Allison Haynes Holman of Springfield; and grandchildren, Grace Haynes Zylstra, Marty Ree Zylstra, Morgan Baggett (Jake) Fann, Matthew (Jordan) Baggett, Brendan Diaz-Barriga, Nadia Diaz-Barriga, Noah Diaz-Barriga, Ashley Hand, Jay (Libby) Holman, and Alan Holman.

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Obituary for Barbara Jo Spurlock Simpson

Barbara Jo Spurlock Simpson, 81, of Adams, passed away on Tuesday January 19, 2021 at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Graveside services were conducted Friday January 22nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Tim Harris officiating. Family and friends served as pallbearers. There was no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Simpson was born April 2, 1939 in Adams to the late C.B. “Colonel” and Nancy Jane Wilson Spurlock. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Simpson loved gardening, bird watching, fishing, and anything that allowed her to be outdoors. She was a loving mother and wife who worked beside her husband in the fields, worked at Acme Boot company, and was always there to care for others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Gene Simpson, and by her siblings: Marie Wooten and J.B. Spurlock. Mrs. Simpson is survived by her daughter: Diana (Daniel Williams) Webb of Dover, by her granddaughter: Heather Mitten of California, by her great grandchildren: Tamera and Alexis, by her great great grandchildren: Eryn and Payton, by her brothers: floral squareC.B. (Helen) Spurlock, Jr., of Indiana, Carl (Elaine) Spurlock of Springfield, George (Scheryl) Spurlock of Cedar Hill, and Danny (Rebecca) Spurlock of White House, by her sisters: Kay Blick of Russellville, KY and June (Mike) Conatser of Cumberland Furnace, and by her very special niece, Vickie Spurlock, who was also her caregiver in her later years.

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Obituary for Rose Ann Daruk

Rose Ann Daruk, 73, of Springfield, passed from this life on Tuesday January 19, 2021 at NorthCrest Health.

Funeral services were conducted Friday January 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Jorgen Runquist officiating. The family received friends on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Daruk was born July 22, 1947 in Manhattan, NY. She was retired from Greenbrier Elementary School Cafeteria where she worked in food service. She was of the Catholic faith. Mrs. Daruk enjoyed spending time with all her grandchildren and spoiling each one of them. She loved working search word puzzles and listening to music, especially Johnny Mathis. Mrs. Daruk was known for her cooking, especially all the wonderful Italian dishes she made for her family and friends to enjoy. She was preceded in death by her father: Joseph Aglione, by her mother: Cecil San Pietro DiGirolamo, and by her siblings Christine Quinn, John and Salvatore Aglione.

Mrs. Daruk is survived by her husband of 53 years: Frank S. Daruk, Jr., of Springfield, by her daughters and son-in-law: Donna Daruk of St. Louis, MO, Dora and Christopher Escue of Greenbrier, by her floral squareson and daughter-in-law: Frank and Callie Daruk of Adams, by her brothers: Joseph Aglione of St. Port Lucia, FL and Anthony Aglione of Baltimore, MD, and by her 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Shriner Children’s Hospital or Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Stanley Eric Morris

Stanley Eric Morris, 54, of the Barren Plains community in Springfield, passed away on Monday January 18, 2021 at NorthCrest Health.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday January 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Morris Family Cemetery at 5810 Waymon Dunn Rd. in Springfield with Brother Doug Spain officiating. Pallbearers were Matthew Morris, Justin Morris, Henry Morris, Ethan Collins, Blake Johnson, Ricky Morris, Troy Morris, and Doug Spain. There was no public visitation prior to the graveside service.

Eric was born June 10, 1966 in Nashville. He owned and operated ECM Trucking and he also farmed. He was of the Pentecostal faith. Eric loved collecting and restoring Antique Tractor’s. When farming, he loved doing everything with the antique equipment that he had restored. Eric loved his family and spending time with them. He was preceded in death by his father: Homer Ralph Morris.

Eric is survived by his wife: Cecelia Wooden Morris of Barren Plains, by his daughter: Andrea Lynn Morris of Barren Plains, by his floral squaresons: Eric Matthew (Amber Parker) Morris of Barren Plains, Phillip Justin Morris of Clarksville, and Henry Clayton Morris of Barren Plains, by his mother: Margaret Gardner Morris of Portland, by his brothers: Ricky Morris of Portland and Troy Morris of California, and by his grandchildren: Ethan Collins, Candace Johnson, Blake Johnson, Nolan Morris, Persephone Morris, and Vincent Parker.

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Obituary for Helen Frances Pinson Jones

Helen Frances Pinson Jones, 99, of Cottontown, passed from this life on Sunday January 17, 2021 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday January 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother David Harper officiating. Interment followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery with Nicky Pinson, Brandon Pinson, Chris Osborne, Jacob Butterworth, Kenny Ray Chowning, James Ed Randolph, Glenn Phillips, and Charlie Perkins serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Jones was born March 31, 1921 in Cross Plains to the late Walter Albert and Ada Moore Randolph. She was a retired order clerk with Southern Heel and was a member of New Life General Baptist Church. Mrs. Jones enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and especially spending time with her family. She was an excellent cook and always enjoyed when her table was full with her loved ones enjoying all the wonderful dishes she prepared.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands: Curtis Pinson, Miles Baker, and Mizell Jones, by her children: Gene Pinson and Patsy Shrum, by her brothers: Rufus “Buck”, Nick, Yank, James, Guy, and Jack Randolph, and by her sisters: Elsie Randolph Harper and Zelma Randolph Terrell.

floral squareMrs. Jones is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Lanny and Glinda Pinson of Cottontown, by her daughter: Judy Pinson Hand of Cottontown, by her sister: Georgia Elizabeth Phillips of Portland, and by 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.

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Obituary for Ms. Clara Dean Harris

Ms. Clara Dean Harris was born January 22, 1925. She transitioned from this earthly life to eternal life on Saturday January 16, 2021.

Visitation was held Friday, January 22, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home 1507 Batts Blvd. Springfield, TN.

floral squareA Home-going Service was held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at New Wells Grove Baptist Church at 6224 TN-161 Springfield, TN

Please Keep the Family in your Prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home in Springfield, TN.

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Obituary for Arthur E. Head “Stickman”

Public Viewing and Visitation, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 1-6 pm W. D. Crowder Funeral Home; Private Funeral Service; Interment will be in Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Nashville, TN Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:30 pm. Service will be live streamed on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 am on W. D. Crowder Funeral Home facebook page.

In Lieu Of Flowers Request Donations In Memory Of Arthur Head to Bransford Alumni Association, P. O. Box 53 Springfield, TN 37172 or In Care of W. D. Crowder Funeral Home.

Arthur Earl “Stickman” Head was born on August 16, 1950 in Springfield, Tennessee to James and Levana Head. He was one of seventeen children.

He graduated from Bransford High, Class of 1968. After high school he enrolled in the United States Army. Arthur accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at a young age at Bridge Hill Baptist Church.

He was known as “Stickman” to many. He loved grilling, planting and growing things in his garden. Arthur was a “Big” fan of the Chicago Bears Football Team. One of his favorite sayings when you saw him was “What about those Bears?” Arthur always carried a big smile on his face and loved to walk all over town.

floral squareOn January 7, 2021 he departed this earthly life and leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and caring little brother, Frank Head of Springfield, TN; also a loving and caring big sister, Florence Hilliard of Springfield, TN; his other caring and loving brothers and sisters: Paul Head, James (Rosa) Head, Alve Dean (Almede) Head, John (Shirley) Head, Eva McClain and Elizabeth (James) Chapman; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Pastor Carrie Darden

With heartfelt honor, we celebrate the life and legacy of our dear mother, Pastor Carrie L. Darden, who was a true Giant in the Kingdom of God. Pastor Carrie L. Woodard, (Polk-Darden) was born on March 28, 1938 to the late James Woodard and Joella Williams (Woodard, Dowlen) in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a lifelong resident of Springfield, Robertson County, Tennessee.
Carrie attended grade school in Robertson County and graduated from Bransford High School. After high school Carrie worked as a home maker, did farming, and was a child care aide.

She soon was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late James Walter Polk, Sr., and from this union they had five children. Carrie was a member at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church for over forty years. She served under the leaderships of Pastor Whimbley, Pastor Coleman, Pastor Williams, and Pastor Dillard. There, she faithfully worked in many ministries of the church. She served on the Missionary Outreach Ministries at Antioch, as President and Vice President. She also founded the youth choir, served as their leader and mentor, as well as director of the combined choirs. She was one of the youth Sunday School teachers for many years, worked with the Willing Workers, and Pastors Aide Committees. Carrie was a devoted founding member, advisor, and Chaplain of the United Gospel Harmonettes. They traveled and worshipped in song from 1974 through the mid 1990’s and became one of Robertson Counties most requested and powerful groups in their time. In 1973, Carrie was joined in Holy Matrimony to her late husband, Jimmy Lee Darden. From their union, one daughter was born. Pastor Darden, also worked in manufacturing, sales, and customer service. She spent many years in production at Hinkle Chair Company, and Acme Boot Inc. After production, Carrie worked as an astounding sales representative for Stanley Home Products for many years. Later, she also worked at Sears and Roebuck Inc. and Wal-mart where she was a team member, Assistant and Department Manager in the Fabric Department for over 10 years. After she retired from Wal-mart, the Lord Blessed her to become a business owner and founding creator of “Quilts & Things” located in Springfield, TN. There with her family, she was a seamstress, worked in binding, quilting, created hand sewn clothing, and household décor. As her health started to decline, she fully retired from business, but not from her one true calling, her missionary duties, and ministry. After laboring over four decades at Antioch Baptist Church, she accepted her call into ministry as a minister and was mentored by the late Margaret S. Couts at Bethel Apostolic Temple in Springfield. On the first Sunday night of December 1993 she delivered her first message. An unforgettable, powerful and anointed sermon “What If.” Souls were saved and fourteen family members were baptized. Pastor Darden served actively at Bethel Apostolic Temple for five years until the Lord called her into Pastoral-ship. In July 1998, The Temple of Love Church was born, where the motto is a great example of what she taught…”Live, Love, and Forgive!” Faithfully serving at the Temple of Love Church, Pastor Darden joined the (PMMW) Prophetic Miracle Ministries World Wide, under Presiding Bishop Leo Lewis Sr. of Montgomery, AL. Pastor Darden has served her members, in the community, and region doing the work of the Lord for more than sixty years. Her love for everyone will be remembered always, but the Legacy and teachings of Living, Loving and Forgiving will be carried on through all who labor in the work of the Lord! She will Always be remembered for her smile, her compassion, life lessons, her giving and stating “May the Works that I’ve Done, Speak for Me!”

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Woodard and Joella Dowlen; her in-laws, Henry and Lulu Polk; her brothers, Reverend Ben A. (Lula Mae) Williams and Robert Woodard; her son-in-law, Ron Austin; and her late husbands, James W. Polk, Sr., and Jimmy L. Darden; godchildren, Lena and Edward Gift.
Pastor Darden leaves to cherish her six children; Carolyn White (Bobby), Crystal Austin, Celisa Polk, James Polk, Jr. (Lisa), Conda Polk, and Cecretia Turner (Robert); twenty-one grandchildren; forty greatgrandchildren, four great-great grand children; sister, Mamie Lee Woods of Nashville, TN; brother, Keith Dowlen; sister-in-law, Cherie Woodard; and godson, Emmanuel Gift. She will greatly be missed by many…Heaven has truly gained a beautiful soul! Rest in Jesus, Pastor Darden, for your Labor is finished and your Reward is at Hand!

floral squareArrangements: Public Viewing and Visitation was held Sunday, January 24, 2021 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Springfield Civic Center 401 N. Main Street, Springfield, Tennessee; Private Funeral Service; Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Funeral Service was live-streamed on W. D. Crowder Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 1 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Arrangements for Myrtle Payne

Family visitation was held  Saturday, January 23, 2021 12:00noon – 1:00pm with a private family memorial service following at 1:00 pm at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home 1800 john L Patterson St Springfield, TN 37172.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic masks were required to be worn and social distance was practiced.

floral squareMemorial service was live-streamed on W. D. Crowder Funeral Home Facebook page.

Keep the Payne family in your prayers.

A full obituary will be published soon.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Arrangements for Charles Barbee Jr.

Public viewing and visitation was held Friday, January 22, 2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm with private family services following at 1:00 pm at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home 1800 john L Patterson St Springfield, TN 37172.

Interment: Restlawn Memorial Gardens

floral squareDue to the covid-19 pandemic masks were required to be worn and social distance was practiced.

Keep the Barbee family in your prayers.

A full obituary will be published soon.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Aaron Stuard

William “Aaron” Stuard, age 30, of Clarksville, Tennessee died Friday, December 25, 2020 at his home.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Pleasant View United Methodist Church with Bro. Paul Edwards and Bro. Phillip Chambers officiating.

There was no visitation prior to the memorial service.

Aaron was born on October 14, 1990 in Nashville, Tennessee to Mickey and Lisa Selph Stuard. He was a heavy equipment operator and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his son, Levi Drake; brother, James (Christy) Stuard; sister, Michelle Stuard; floral squaregrandmother, Vivian Bassingthwaite; nieces & nephews, Dalton Stuard, Makaylin Russell, Mason Stuard, Nathan Jackson, Mackenzie Stuard, and Lauren Stuard; best friends like brothers, Kyle Sheahan, Aaron Crawford, Duane Pelkie, James Sink, and Austin Wilson.

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

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Obituary for Betty Jane McMurtry

Age 72 of White House went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 22, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield. She was born May 3, 1948 n Portland, TN to Gilford Buntin & Essie Marie Parker Buntin. Betty was a beloved wife, daughter, sister and friend. Her beautiful smile and humor was contagious. She never met a stranger and was known for giving the best hugs. She was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church and had an incredible love for Jesus. She spoke of Him to everyone she met. She will be extremely missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy Ray McMurtry; sister, Barbara Walls; brother, Robert Buntin. She is survived by her daughter, Kellie Stone Morgan (Terry), Mount Juliet, TN; brother, James Buntin (Linda) Cross Plains, TN; sisters, floral squareMargie Brown, Springfield, TN and Deborah Buntin Jones (Bill) Mount Juliet, TN; brother-in-law, Clarence Walls, White House, TN; sister-in-law, Donna Buntin, Portland, TN; 2 grandchildren, Allaine Morgan and Michael Yancy; 2 great-grandchildren, Ty Yancy and Chance Yancy.

There are no visitation and services scheduled. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are encouraged to The Nashville Rescue Mission or to Second Harvest Food Bank.

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

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Obituary for Kathi Dawn Wright

Age 67 of White House passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at her home. She was born March 9, 1953 in Springfield, TN to Paul & Thelma Pinson. She worked as an LPN for the White House Children’s Clinic and had attended Owens Chapel Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Danny Ray Wright. She is survived by her daughter, Danielle Archer, White House, TN; sister, Joy (Jerry) Lassiter Sircy, Springfield, TN; 2 grandchildren, Summer Hughes and Christian Archer.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Steven Paulk officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery with Noel Fisher, Alex Fisher, Zach Fisher, Jonathan floral squareFisher, Tyler Fuqua and Robin Archer serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer was Christian Archer. Visitation was held Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10am until the hour of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are encouraged to a children’s charity of your choice.

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

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Obituary for Wanda Jennette

Wanda Sue Jennette, age 71 of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Thursday, January 21, 2021 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 1:00PM on Sunday, January 24th, with Bro. John Maltais officiating. Burial followed in Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Lynn Cornell, Mike Cornell, Steve Bowman, Timmy Jennette, Mark Delph, Charlie Harrell, and Parker Delph serving as pallbearers.

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

Mrs. Jennette was born on May 21st, 1949 in Robertson County, Tennessee to the late Eli and Virginia Ogg Adkins. She was a homemaker who dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved bowling, video games, and watching Wheel of Fortune and NCIS. She was a member of the Stroudsville Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Eli Adkins; and her sister, Mary Ann Cornell.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Jennette, Sr.; son, Terry Jennette, Jr.; daughters, Rhonda (Philip) Mitchell, Teresa (Scott) Poole, Angie (David) Mazzocco, and Lisa Moore; sister, Martha Sullivan; grandchildren, Lance Korber, Loren Korber, Mary Brynn Poole, Braden Poole, Erika Mazzocco, Shelby (Taylor) Holt, Hayley floral square(Juan) Bermudez, Taylor (Destiny) Manuel, Will (Haley) Buttrey, Dylan Jennette, and Zachary Jennette; and 4 great-grandchildren.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.

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

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Obituary for Robert Frances Carney Jr

Age 54 of Whites Creek passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the Residence of Alive Hospice. He was born August 16, 1966 in Nashville, TN to Robert Frances & Nina Faye Plush Carney. He worked as a server/cook for the Madison Family Restaurant before becoming disabled. He loved to dance, sing and play his guitar. He was known to have a huge heart.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Frances, Carney; brother, Hank Clift. He is survived by his mother, Nina Faye Carney, Whites Creek, TN; brother, Bobby Clift; sisters, Teena (Perry) Day and Tammy (Harry) Greenwade.

Funeral service was held Friday, January 22, 2021 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with Toney Lamberth, Eddie Carrigan, Brandon Day, Michael Carrigan, Megan floral squareMandrell and Brittany Pentecost serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was held Friday, January 22, 2021 10am until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are encouraged to help the family with funeral expenses and may be made payable to Austin and Bell Funeral Home.

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

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Obituary for Brooke Abner

Brooke Toops Abner, age 80 of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 1:00PM on Saturday, January 23rd, with Pastor Chris Royalty officiating. Burial followed in EverRest of Cheatham with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.

Mrs. Abner was born on April 3rd, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Johnny and Elizabeth Toops. She spent her early career as a school teacher in Davidson County and later became a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Roy Abner; sons, Keith Abner and Craig (Joyce) Abner; brothers, David Toops and Barry floral square(Hideko) Toops; grandchildren, Aaron (Sara) Abner, Weston Abner, Callista Abner, and Kacey Abner; great-grandchild, Levi Abner; and special friend, Melissa Smith.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 4009 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 209, Nashville, Tennessee 37215.

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

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Obituary for Philip Petty

Philip Ernest Petty, age 78, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

A lakeside memorial service will be held this summer as his ashes will be spread at Old Hickory Lake per his wishes.

Mr. Petty was born March 14, 1942 in Nashville, TN to the late Fred and Garnet Dysinger Petty. He was a story teller. From his days in Oedingen Germany as an Army private to his years in search of the biggest bass, to his on-the-job exploits as an electrician with the IBEW, he always had an anecdote or joke. His outgoing personality and friendly demeaner assured him of making lifelong friends. He was happy to hear your opposing opinion then tell you why you were wrong. He was a great Dad, ensuring we knew how to fish, set up a tent, beat another car off the line and wire a light fixture. He was a steadfast husband who loved his wife of 57 years. In his later years, when he could no longer fish, he bought a Spyder and toured the backroads as often as possible with his wife at his back, holding on for dear life. In his leisure time, he was a carpenter, a leather worker, a card player, a photographer and handy man. He brought both artistry and precision to his personal pursuits and could do anything he set his mind to. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

In addition to his parents Mr. Petty is preceded in death by his brothers, Russell Petty and Roy Petty. He is survived by his wife, floral squareCarol Tolbert Petty; daughters, Kimberly D. Petty of Nashville, Connie M. Lockert of Ashland City and Angela (Michael) R. Petty of Nashville; sisters, Peggy (Joe) Greer of Smyrna and Ona Herndon of Loudon, TN; and grandson, Ryan (Krystal) Lockert.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Donald Sexton

“Donnie”-Age 61 of White House passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at his home. He was born March 15, 1959 in Nashville, TN to Earl A. & Eva Mae Stinson Sexton. He worked as a commercial truck driver for Siskin Steel. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and raced at Beech Bend and Union Hill for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother; 1 sister. He is survived by his loving wife, Teresa Sexton; step-daughter, Katelyn Armstrong, both of White House, TN; brother. Ronnie Sexton; sister, Shirley (Scott) Christopherson; beloved 4 leggers, Nitro and Kasey.

floral squareA memorial service was held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Visitation with the family was held Saturday, January 30, 2021 3:30-5pm at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

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Obituary for Merle Lanier Plush

Age 83 of Cottontown passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at the Residence of Alive Hospice. He was born April 12, 1937 in Nashville, TN to Johnny and Dorothy Fryer Plush. Mr. Plush proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as a route salesman for Dolly Madison Cakes for 38 years. He was an avid Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans fan and also enjoyed women’s sports. He loved playing the Powerball and scratch offs.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister in-law, Marie Plush. He is survived by his son, Mark (Linda) Plush, Greenbrier, TN; daughter, Shelley (Brad) Wilkinson, White House, TN; brother, Eddie Plush, White House, TN; sister, Nina Carney, Whites Creek, TN; 4 grandchildren, Devon, Dylan, Bailey & Cole; 3 great-grandchildren, Paris, Palmer & Shepherd; his dog Whiskey.

Funeral service was held Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Jon Briggs officiating. Interment followed in White House floral squareMemorial Gardens with military honors and with Brad Wilkinson, Devon Plush, Dylan Plush, Cole Wilkinson, Cody Friday & Jamie Boulanger serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbeares were Robin Carney and Johnny Plush. Visitation was held Saturday, January 23, 2021 5-8pm and Sunday, January 24, 2021 1-2 pm at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Fred Henry Wiseman

Age 74 of Cottontown, TN passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at his home. He was born March 29, 1946 in Memphis, TN to Henry Briton & Effie Marie Daniels Wiseman. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 34+ years before his retirement in various positions, ending with Manager of Field Maintenance. He enjoyed bowling, riding motorcycles and drinking good bourbon. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. He also was a Mason. He loved spending time with his family and was a great father.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step-son, William Shea; brother, Bobby; sisters, Margie and Peggy. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Anita Wiseman, Cottontown, TN; sons, Randy (Kim) Wiseman, Mount Juliet, TN and Joel (Mary) Wiseman, Old Hickory, TN; 2 step-daughters, Cristina (Barry) Shea, Nashville, TN and Stephanie (Larry) West, Hendersonville, TN; brother, Johnny (Vicki) Wiseman, White House, TN; 11 grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Gathering and visitation was held Monday, January 25, 2021 from 3-6pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in floral squareWhite House, followed by Funeral Service at 6pm in the chapel, with Bro. Daniel Smith officiating. Interment and Graveside Committal Service was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:30pm in Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery with military honors.

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

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Obituary for Charmaine Susan Michelle Sizemore

Age 56 of Millersville passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at her home. She was born October 19, 1964 in Port of Spain Trinidad to Carlton & Marlene Byer Bowman. She worked as a special ed preschool teacher for Sumner County Schools. She enjoyed taking care of children and was also very loving in her care for the elderly. Charmaine was a very accomplished track star and was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Irwin Victor Byer. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, David Sizemore, Millersville, TN; son, Ryan Scott Sizemore, Bowling Green, KY; daughter, April Sizemore, Elizabethtown, KY; grandchild, Stassi Elle Spooner; Godmother, Carol Bernard, Ypsilanti, MI; brothers, Christopher Byer, Noel Byer, Roberto Byer, Augustus Joseph and Hayden (Toti); sisters, Arlene Byer, Leslieanne Byer, Sophia Byer, Paula Byer, Latisha Byer and Kimberly Forbes; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10am floral squarein the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Interment followed in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens in Elizabethtown, KY at 2PM (EST) with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Friday, January 29, 2021 4-8pm and Saturday, January 30, 2021 9-10am at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Livingfield More

Livingfield More, 94, left this world January 19, 2021 having lived a full, blessed and productive life persevering through and enduring a lengthy illness. Throughout it all he was disciplined, well-educated, well-read and never pretentious or ostentatious.

He was born in July of 1926 to native Nashville parents, E. Livingfield More (1868-1934) and Ellen Stokes (1895-2001)

Livingfield More was a gentleman and a scholar. He believed in being workman-like and was fiercely devoted to his family, both those who came before him and to those whom he leaves behind.

Ancestors of whom he was particularly proud included his father, who was a successful lumberman and businessman in Alabama and participated in the organization of the Centennial Celebration for the State of Tennessee which subsequently became Centennial Park. His great grandfather, Josiah Nichol, former mayor of Nashville and owner of Belair Mansion, was instrumental in the purchase of the land upon which the state capital was built. His maternal grandfather, Walter Stokes Sr., who was a prominent lawyer served as president of the Nashville Bar association.

Young Livingfield More was born in Nashville but spent the first 8 years of his life in River Falls, Alabama, where his father owned and operated the Horseshoe Lumber Company, was partner in other businesses and built two dams to provide electricity to the area. When his father fell ill, their small family returned to Nashville where he attended Ransom School, Stokes School, Wallace University School, McCallie School, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School from which he graduated in 1952 and passed the Bar Exam shortly thereafter. He was proud to be presented to the Supreme Court of Tennessee in 1953 and even prouder to find that his law degree was converted to a JD several decades later.

Having started Vanderbilt when he was 16, his college experience was interrupted when he became 18 and decided to join the Army to fight in WWII. After discharge from the army, he spent a season working on an estate outside of London with the option of fox hunting a couple of days each week as part of his remuneration. He was a devoted horseman and animal husbandman in general.

The years he spent in law school were in honor of his maternal grandfather Walter Stokes, but from his mid-twenties on, he was at heart a farmer.

He met the love of his life, Agnes Stokes Fort of Nashville, in 1952 and they married in 1957. They had a daughter and two grandchildren. They devoted their lives to each other and their families, River Grange farm and the Arcade in downtown Nashville, reading to each other after dinner and occasionally traveling… often biking across the UK, until she was tragically taken from him in 2011.

He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Vanderbilt University, the Belle Meade Country Club and the Williamson County Co-Op. He took part in the founding of Harpeth Academy in Franklin, TN which eventually became part of BGA. He also was a founding member and continued to be a staunch supporter of St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, now Holy Cross Anglican Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Livingfield More, and two grandchildren, Stokes Dunavan and Nicholson Dunavan. The family wishes to thank his many support systems including but not limited to Lisa Graham and Carol Patterson, the loyal caregivers who would “see him out” in his words.

floral squarePrivate services will be held at a later date.

If so moved, please make donations in his memory to Holy Cross Anglican Church (4119 Murfreesboro Road Franklin TN 37067), the Red Cross (2201 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, Attn: Leigh Elliot), the Covington County Historical Society (P.O. Box 1582 Andalusia, Alabama 36420) or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for Fredia Ernestine McClellan

Age 82 of Old Hickory went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 18, 2021 at Hendersonville Medical Center. She was born November 11, 1938 in Nashville, TN to Alvin C. & Lillian Martin Hill. She worked for National Life Insurance and also worked as a substitute teacher in every community where her husband was pastor over the years. She was a faithful and loving pastor’s wife, who knew everyone and was involved in every aspect of the church. She was known as a very giving servant and was a member of Pennington Bend United Methodist Church, the last church that her husband served as pastor before his retirement.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Rayburn Hill and Edward O. “Buddy” Hill; 1 sister, Dorothy Humphreys. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Ed McClellan, Old Hickory, TN; brothers, Preston (June Dzoba) Hill, Whites Creek, TN and A. Lynn (Susan) Hill, Franklin, TN; sisters, Catherine Sensing, Gallatin, TN and Charlotte (Kenneth) Herring, Nashville, TN; several nieces and nephews.

floral squarePrivate family Graveside service was held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 2pm in Cross Plains Cemetery with Rev. Hubert Cunningham officiating. No visitation was planned. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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

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Obituary for Delcia Lee

Delcia Marree Lee, age 81 of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Monday, January 18, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 1:00PM on Friday, January 22nd, with Bro. Randy Riggs and Bro. Mike Hollis officiating. Burial followed in Lee Cemetery in Coopertown with Mickey Drake, Bruce Drake, Chip Duke, Chuck Hoosier, Joshua Weaks, and Matthew Redfern serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 2:00PM-8:00PM, on Thursday, January 21st, and again on Friday from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.

Mrs. Lee was born on March 23rd, 1939 in Ashland City, Tennessee to the late Buford and Elise Mosier Tomlin. She worked for over 50 years in the grocery business including serving as Assistant Manager at Kemp’s Foodland. She enjoyed antique shopping, and was an avid collector of Coca Cola memorabilia and cookie jars. Mrs. Lee dearly loved her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Lee; brothers, Bobby Tomlin and Major Tomlin.

floral squareSurvivors include her sons, Terry (Paula) Lee, and Donnie (LeeAnne) Lee; daughter, Debbie (Danny) Buchanan; sister, Doris Drake; grandchildren, Megan Lee, Gabrielle (Joshua) Weaks, Matthew (Jamie) Redfern, and Brittany Martin; great-grandchildren, Braelee, Bristol, Colby, Katie, Zoe, Kailee, Gavin, Nellie, and Owen; and great-great-grandchild, Hadley.

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

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Obituary for John Evilcizer

John Lafayette Evilcizer, age 82, of Greenbrier, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier with Brother Chad Phelan and Brother Jon Fuqua officiating. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday from 12pm until the hour of service at 2pm.

Mr. Evilcizer was born January 2, 1939 in Springfield to the late John William and Mattie Ellis Evilcizer. He worked at DuPont in the Maintenance Department, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. He served his community for 25 years as a member of the Greenbrier planning and zoning committee. Mr. Evilcizer loved his family but especially his granddaughters.

In addition to his parents Mr. Evilcizer is preceded in death by his brother, William Gary Evilcizer, sisters, Sue Anne Harris and Betty Lynn James, and his nephew, John Harris.

Mr. Evilcizer is survived by his wife of 54 years, Billie Suter Evilcizer; son, Todd (Tammy) Evilcizer of Springfield; brother, Larry (Patty) Evilcizer of Springfield; brother-in-law, Jimmy floral square(Bobbye) Wilson of Greenbrier; sister-in-law, Betty Davis of Cookville; grandchildren, Brenna Reeves, Kendall Evilcizer and Camryn Evilcizer; and great-grandchildren, Charlie Reeves and Bonnie Reeves.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church Building Fund. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Marie Choate

Altha Marie Nash was born in Springfield, Tennessee, on September 25th, 1930. She would stop us right now and say that she never liked the first name of Altha, so she went by Marie. So, Marie was born to two tenant farmers Jody Lee Nash and Mary Ann Nash. Papa Nash as we all called him worked to raise tobacco. Mama Nash took care of everything else – which was a lot when living on a farm. Marie had on older brother, Winfred (pronounced Winferd) Nash. She had two uncles, Adam Bowling and Burns Bowling. Uncle Adam was married to Aunt Bertha Bowling and Uncle Burns was married to Aunt Bubbie Bowling. She spoke often of having good times at their homes growing up.

They did not have a lot as a child but made the best of it during the depression years. They ate off the land and got by as best they could.

As a child, she attended Bethlehem Baptist church when they could get transportation. She was baptized there.

Marie attended White House high school where she graduated in 1948 with honors and played basketball. She had the opportunity to play in college, but they just could not work out the transportation and finances at the time. She was extraordinarily strong in math and enjoyed working with numbers. During the Korean conflict, she started writing to an Air Force sergeant named Richard Choate with whom she had attended high school.

Eventually, when he returned, they married and made their home on Highway 41 just about 3 miles north of Goodlettsville and about a mile south of the foot of the ridge leading up to Ridgetop. They were married for over 50 years. They had one son, Richard Choate, Jr, born in 1956.

One of her Uncle Adam’s and Aunt Bertha’s children, Betty Bowling Greer was her closest lifelong friend. Betty married John Thomas Greer and they lived next door to Marie and Richard on highway 41 for almost 50 years.

Marie worked at Capital Commission Company at the Stock Yards in Nashville where she was the Office manager and bookkeeper. She worked there for almost 30 years until she retired.

During her life she was an active Elvis fan. She was very heart broken when Elvis died.

She also served her Class of 1948 as the bereavement officer. She contacted everyone in her class when someone died to solicit donations for flowers or to support various worthy causes.

She was an avid reader. She kept Double Day book club in business. Over her life she read over 5000 novels at last count. She kept an index card list of every book she had read. Even now, she still receives the Robertson County Times so that she can keep up with what was going on.

She enjoyed getting her hair “done” each week and whenever she could go later in life. That was her social activity while she was working.

She really liked working jigsaw puzzles. She would spread the pieces out on a large table in the living room and work them until she was done. Many of these were 2000-piece puzzles. Later in life she settled for 500 piece or 300-piece puzzles.

She liked to work the word find puzzles with her red pens. She always wanted to make sure that she had plenty of red pens for circling the words. There is no telling how many she used up.

She also kept up with world events thru the inquirer and globe magazines which made her an expert on Lady Diana and the royals especially later in life.

She never liked to cook even though her Mom was probably one of the best cooks around. Her Mom would cook lunch for the other farmers that worked with her Dad.

After she retired, she spent many hours at the Senior Citizen center in Goodlettsville where they traveled locally and around the state. The played cards – lots of cards – usually rook or canasta several times a week. They also made porcelain figurines and other projects. Her house was full of her creations. Most days the center would provide lunch and different folks would bring deserts to enjoy. She had a lot of friends there and rekindled old friendships from high school days of folks that were still in the area.

She adored her grandnieces and nephew, Samantha, Amber, and Graham Nash. These were her brother, Winfred’s and Reba’s, grandchildren. As they were growing up, Marie spent a lot of fun times with them.

She LOVED her grandchildren. Angelique, Thomas, Rebecca, and Laura. …..and I know that they loved her So, Marie became Mawmaw over the last years of her life. She had many good times with her grandchildren and was so very proud of all of them. She talked a lot about Angelique and her swimming and girl scouts when Angelique was growing up. She was proud of her eagle scout and soccer player and referee Thomas. She was so grateful for Rebecca living with her and her scholastic accomplishments. But I think she had a special place in her heart for Laura the youngest. Laura was always offering to do things for Mawmaw and help out whenever she could. She appreciated that more than perhaps you know.

I know that Mawmaw would have loved to have spent more time with all of them. She saw her grandchildren grow into young adults. …and I know they would have loved to spend more time with Mawmaw, but I suppose that is always the case as we all have a measured time in this world.

Even with a few aches and pains, Mawmaw was remarkably generally healthy until about 4 years ago when she broke her hip. She recovered and was sharp as a tack, reasonably mobile with a walker, and took care of most of her personal needs. Then, on November 13th, 2020, she broke her other hip. She never really the same after that point. She never regained her mobility and had cognitive challenges that impacted her speaking skills going forward. She was in the hospital for 11 days and then in rehab for about 6 weeks and then back to the hospital on the 6th of January until she passed on Monday, the 18th.

I think that Mawmaw had a good life. She did not have a lot growing up which made her even more thankful for family, friends, and floral squarethings that came into her life along her journey. She could not have had a more supportive and loving family.

I know that she is talking to Jesus today…. probably about her grandchildren …..and maybe Elvis, of course. She will be greatly missed.

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

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