In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week July 2, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week July 2, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries June 28-July 2, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Richard E, Shook

Richard E. Shook, age 72, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 7:10 p.m. at home.

He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 25, 1947 to Ida Mae and Otis Shook. He was raised by his mother and step-father, Daniel Floyd Dodson, from age 2.

He is survived by his “wife”, Carol E. Cole; sister, Iris Ebsen of Little Rock, Arkensas; brothers, Dale Shook of Little Rock, Arkanasas and Jerry Shook of Panama City, Florida; and Half-sisters, Debbie Borkowski of Heber Springs, Arkansas, Connie Alessi of Claremore, Oklamhoma and Janet Chapman of Angola, New York.

During high school at Central High in Little Rock, Richard joined a band called Merging Traffic. They had a hit song called “Bit by Bit” which he sang and played bass on. They were the opening act for Credence Clearwater Revival while he was freshman at the University of Arkansas. While still a student there, he enlisted in the Navy. He spent most of his four-year service in the Tonkin Gulf in Vietnam and in the North Atlantic. Upon his return from service, his Decca recording contract was null and void. It was then that he headed to Nashville to help his brother, Jerry, build and run a recording studio on 18th Avenue South, The Shook Shack. There he landed a job with Jerry Reed and played bass and sang with the band on the soundtrack for “Smokey and the Bandit”. The band opened Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida with Burt Reynolds and The Bee Gees. He travelled and recorded with Jerry Reed for the next seven years. Richard played with the like of James Brown, Chet Atkins, BB King, and a long list of country and gospel greats. He played the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw several times.

His career was ended in 2004 after another car hit him head-on, causing a stroke and leaving him paralyzed on his right side, and unable to speak, read, or write. He spent years of physical therapy at the Nashville VA and years of speech therapy at Bill Wilkerson Speech at Vanderbilt. He continued to learn to read, write, walk and talk up until a few weeks ago. He died of a rare cancer, ampullary adenocarcenoma, with a fight to the end. He was so determined, never complained, and lived life happily. He was a joy to all and will be truly missed. The gates were open when he arrived in heaven.

floral squareA graveside service with Military Honors will take place at a later date at Nashville National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Giving In Faith Together (GIFT) or 2804 Azalea Place, Nashville, TN 37204.

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

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Obituary for James Edward Redfern 

James Edward Redfern, 55, of Springfield, passed away on Monday June 29, 2020 at North Crest Health.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday July 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother James Sawyers officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Derrick Redfern, Bryant Hassell, T.C. Collins, Kevin Collins, Spencer Henderson, Dustin Redfern, Marshall Franklin, and Bradley Gober. The family received friends on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

James was born July 6, 1964 in Springfield. He was a logger and truck driver and was of the Baptist faith. James enjoyed collecting guns and coins. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. James is survived by his son: Eathan Redfern of Greenbrier, his daughters and son-in-law: Shellie Redfern Freeland and husband John of Greenbrier, Jessica Redfern of Greenbrier, and Stevie Redfern of Cross Plains, by his father: Freddy Redfern floral squareand wife JoAnn of Portland, by his mother: Patsy Anderson and husband Darryl of Portland, by his step-sons: Joe and Matthew Pointer both of Springfield, by his brother: Dwayne Redfern of Cross Plains, by his sisters and brother-in-law: Rhonda and Tommy Collins of Cross Plains, Renee Redfern of Cross Plains, Rita Redfern of Cross Plains, and Robin Redfern of Springfield, by his grandchildren: Shyann and Jaycee Freeland both of Greenbrier, and by several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Dustin Wayne Hinkle

Dustin Wayne Hinkle, 35, of Greenbrier, passed away on Sunday June 28, 2020 at North Crest Health.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday July 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Steve Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Chris Jackson, David Crane, Preston Carter, Stetson Carter, Blake Hinkle, Barret Carter, Cody Pacheco, and Jackson Carter serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Tim Johnson. The family will receive friends on Sunday July 5th from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Dustin was born November 29, 1984 in Springfield. He worked as a forklift operator and was of the Baptist faith. Dustin enjoyed playing poker and shooting pool. He loved football, especially the Miami Dolphins and the UT Vols. Dustin was preceded in death by his grandparents: Porter and Jean Cook, Lacy and Helen Hinkle, by his aunt: Rita Hinkle, and by his uncle: Steve Cook.

floral squareDustin is survived by his parents: Terry and Dawn Cook Hinkle of Greenbrier, by his daughter: Natalie Grace Hinkle of Greenbrier, by his brother: Brandon Hinkle of Greenbrier, by his sister and brother-in-law: Chelsea and Kenneth Cooper of Springfield, and by his niece and nephews: McKenna Cooper, Bentley Cooper, and Blake Hinkle.

Memorial contributions may be made payable to Robertson County Funeral Home for the Natalie Grace Hinkle benefit fund. All donations can be sent c/o the funeral home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Arrangements for Lewis M. “Mack” Baker:

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, July 6, 2020 11:00am- 1:00pm with private family services to follow At 1:00pm.

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic mask are required to be worn.

Interment: Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Full obituary to be published soon.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Robert “Buddy” William Pitt

Robert “Buddy” William Pitt, age 64, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Buddy was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was an avid fisherman and all-around outdoorsman. He was the #1 Titans fan, attending every game. He graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1974, and then received a BS from WKU. He was also a Jehovah’s Witness.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Guthrie. He is survived by his father, Billy D Pitt; sons, Jordan Pitt (fiancé, Erin Clingerman) and his mother Gay Pitt, Rob (Melissa) Pitt and his mother Kymberlee Sims, and Paul Martin; sister, Mindy (Ruben) Molina; grandchild, Tristin Pitt; and nephew, Luca Molina.

floral squareDue to health concerns, a private family memorial will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville, with a larger Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date for friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

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Obituary for Lisa Jones

Lisa Ann Jones, age 47 of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tennessee at 4 o’clock pm, Tuesday, July 7th with Bro. Corey Minter officiating. Burial will follow at EverRest of Cheatham with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Pleasant View, Tuesday, from 2:00PM until the hour of service at 4:00PM.

Lisa was born on July 17, 1972 in Nashville, Tennessee to Alfred Swarner, Jr. and Vicki Toll Lynch. She was a homemaker and loved to work in her garden and flowers. She loved to fish, cook, and do lots of canning. Lisa was of the Free Will Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob & Betty Sue Toll and Alfred, Sr. & Evelyn Swarner.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Ricky Jones; sons, Trace, Ryan, and Dylan Ellis; brothers, Austin, Dustin, Bud Swarner and Ezri Rediker; sisters, Emma Batainch, Sharon Diamond, and Brittany Lynch; and a granddaughter, SaylaCruz Jones.

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 Bonnie Harris

Bonnie Lawrence Harris, age 86, of Clarksville, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020 at her home.

A Graveside Service will be held Friday, July 3, 2020 at 1pm in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Brother Jon Justice officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Wes Hall, Whitman Hall, Scott Harris, Blake Mangrum, Frank Smith, Jack Kennedy, Ronnie James and Charles Mangrum.

Mrs. Harris was born August 27, 1933 in Stewart County, Tennessee to the late Charlie Blake and Ruby Travis Lawrence. She worked at Acme Boot and was a Christian. She was loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Harris is preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Hugh Harris, her sisters, Charleen James, Mildred Collake and Janie Johnson and her brother, Billy Joe Lawrence.

floral squareMrs. Harris is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Donna Harris of Mt. Juliet; daughter, Dean Kennedy of Clarksville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Frank Smith of Adams and Betsy and Charles Mangrum of Fairview; and grandchildren, Kellie (Wes) Hall, Scott Harris and Brittney Kennedy.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Tennova Hospice. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for Wayne Robertson

Wayne Robertson, age 69 of Springfield, died Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Waters of Robertson.

Private family graveside services were conducted Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating. The family served as pallbearers.

Mr. Robertson was born June 26, 1951 in Logan County, KY to the late Robert Morton and Janie Frances McEwing Robertson. He was a member of the Baptist faith and he enjoyed baseball, lawn mowing with a push mower, western shows, and the tv show Gas Monkey Garage.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Gregory Robertson; brothers, floral squareRobert C. Robertson and William Allen Robertson; and sisters, Betty Jane Robertson and Peggy Keith.

He is survived by his brother, Howard Robertson (Lisa Downey) of Hopkinsville, KY; and sisters, Evelyn (David) Keith of Springfield, Vikki (Jimmy) McQuiston, of Greenbrier, and Dail (Jay) Zeligman of Greenbrier.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Sylvia D Evans

Sylvia D. Evans, age 72, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at home.

Mau Mau, as her family knew her, was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. For 50 years, she enjoyed her work as an insurance agent. She also loved sewing quilts, camping and horseback riding.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Kenneth R. Evans; daughters, Angie (Ted) Hinsley, Sherri (Steve) Craig; siblings, Dianna (Len) Worley, Dennis Woratschek; grandchildren, Drew Hinsley, Hannah Craig, Shelby Craig, and Carson Craig.

Her family will receive friends for a memorial gathering on Sunday, July 5, from 2-5pm at Austin & Bell in Hendersonville.

floral squareMemorial contributions may be made to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt or at 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville TN 37232.

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

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Obituary for Bobbie Lois Cole

Age 88 of Goodlettsville went home to be with the Lord Saturday, June 27, 2020 at St. Thomas Midtown. She was born January 21, 1932 in Savannah, TN to Delbert Morris & Nina Milligan James. She was retired from JC Penneys, where she worked in sales. Mrs. Cole loved gardening and bowling. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, but in her later years had been attending Cherry Mound Baptist Church with her family. Her home was the social gathering place for the family. She enjoyed spending time holding all of her grandbabies.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elwin Risteen Cole; twin brothers, Frank and Jesse James. She is survived by her son, Randy (Patricia) Cole, Goodlettsville, TN; daughters, Diane Jackson, Goodlettsville, TN and Angie (Tony) Tate, White House, TN; 6 grandchildren, Chris (Kim), Craig, Chad (Breane) and Clay Cole and Amy (Jason) Shapton and Adam (Katrina) Tate; 11 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; special friends, Don and Ruby Templeton, Goodlettsville, TN.

floral squareFuneral service was held Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 3pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Greg Young officiating. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with Chris, Craig, Chad & Clay Cole, Adam Tate & Jason Shapton serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Monday, June 29, 2020 4-8pm and Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10am-3pm at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Bobby Watts

Robert Glenn Watts “Bobby”, age 73 of the Battle Creek Community in Robertson County, Tennessee, died Friday, June 26, 2020 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Tuesday, June 30th, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Jewell Barrett officiating. Serving as pallbearers were grandsons, Randy Reeder, and Roy Biggs, Jr.

The family received friends at the funeral home 4:00-8:00PM Monday, June 29th, and again on Tuesday beginning at 12 noon until the hour of service at 2:00PM.

Bobby was born at home in Robertson County on July 1, 1946 to the late Ernest Cates “Montana” and Ruth Roman Watts. He was a tobacco farmer and his hobbies including hunting, fishing, and his game roosters. He was a member of Battle Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Watts; and sister, Betty Ruth Smith.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane Watts; son, Boo (Sandra) Watts; daughters, Melissa (James) Jones and Avle Perry; grandchildren, D.J. “Catfish” (Erin) Wheeler, Megan “Maggot” Wheeler, Cody “Toad” (Emily) Norrod, Jeffrey “Terrapin” Perry, Bridget “Cricket” (W.T.) Farmer, Jacob “Bear” Watts, Tristan “Squirrel” Watts; and eleven great-grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions in Bobby’s memory may be made to Battle Creek Baptist Church, 2655 Battle Creek Road, Springfield, TN 37172

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 Lora Lee McGee

Age 66 of Springfield passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Quality Care for Rehab and Healing in Lebanon, TN. She was born July 26, 1953 in Chicago, IL to Denver and Joan Pugh McGee. She was a factory worker in the manufacturing business/ She loved spending time with her family and friends and listening to music. She was known to have a big heart and a strong will.

She is preceded in death by her father, Denver McGee; lifelong companion, Ron Keene. She is survived by her mother, Joan McGee, Springfield, TN; sons, Robert (Brandy) White, Wisconsin, Anthony White, Tennessee and William (Jennifer) White, Florida; brothers, Brian McGee, Springfield, TN, Patrick McGee, Illinois and Danny McGee, Colorado; sister, Faith (Jeff) Sopher, Illinois; 7 grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service was held Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor TL Page officiating. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Monday, June 29, 2020 10am-2pm at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Treva Cope

Treva Miller Cope, age 80, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at her home.

A Graveside Service was held Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10am in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with John and Jeffrey Cope officiating. Burial followed. No visitation was held prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Cope was born March 1, 1940 in Nashville to the late Clifford H. and Nannie Sue Collins Miller. She was a homemaker and member of the Full Gospel Non-Denominational Belief. She loved her family and especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Cope is preceded in death by her husband, John David Cope, Jr., daughter, Kimberly Cope, son, Brian Cope, brother, Sonny Miller, and her sister, Norma Williams.

floral squareMrs. Cope is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Jennifer Cope of White House and John and Mary Cope of Springfield; grandchildren, Katie Cope, David Cope, Heather (Stephen) Dowell, Kimberly Cope and John M. (Kamee) Cope, Jr.; and great-grandchild, John M. Cope, III.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. 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 Dorothy “Tot” Evans

Dorothy June Evans “Tot”, age 88 of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Hillcrest Healthcare Center in Ashland City.

Funeral services were held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 2:00PM on Saturday, June 27th, with Bro. Gene Parton officiating. Burial followed at EverRest of Cheatham with Phil Sanders, Mike Allen, Harry Hammock, Dennis Gilmore, Emory Henley, and Dwight Thornton serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, June 26 from 2PM until 8PM and again on Saturday from 10AM until the hour of service at 2:00PM.

Mrs. Evans was born on August 21, 1931 in Ashland City, Tennessee to the late Jess and Blanche Shivers Boyte. She was retired from State Stove in Ashland City as a data processor. She was a member of Oaklawn Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Evans; and her twelve brothers and sisters.

floral squareShe is survived by her son, Jim Evans; daughter, Debbie (Jeff) Duncan; grandsons, Jeremy Dale Binkley and Todd Evans Duncan; and great-grandchildren, Madison Rene` Binkley, Jansen Dale Binkley, Easton James-Lee Duncan, and one on the way, Rylee Dorothy June Duncan.

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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 Edward Hunter, Jr.

Edward C. “Mackey” Hunter, Jr., age 85, of Cedar Hill, passed away June 24, 2020 peacefully at St. Thomas West Hospital after an extended illness.

Visitation was held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Friday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The family held a private graveside service with Father Anthony Lopez as Celebrant. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

Interment took place at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Cemetery with Kevin Ramsey, Hunter Duncan, Joshua Hunter, Kenton Deitch, David Ball and Mike Murdock serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Hunter was born December 8, 1934 in Springfield, TN to the late Edward Carmack and Marie Traughber Hunter, Sr. He retired from Ford Glass Plant after 41 years of service. He loved his family, friends, the UAW, Notre Dame football and was a proud Democrat. He was a life-long and active parishioner of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, raising finches and gardening. He loved telling stories about his life, his family and “the guys at the Plant.”

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hunter is also preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, JoAnn Oakes Hunter, his son-in-law, Jerry McClain, and his sister, Margie Chowning.

Mr. Hunter is survived by his children Janet McClain, of Springfield, Joy (Fred) Ramsey, of Harriman, Mack (Sheila) Hunter of Clarksville, Mike (Tara) Hunter of Joelton, Beth Duncan of Ashland City, and his sisters Lynda (Karl) Brown, of Springfield and floral squareDianne Hunter of Nashville. He was “Pop” to his grandchildren, Kerry (Kenton) Deitch, Haley (David) Ball, Kevin Ramsey, Hunter Duncan, Shelby and Josh Hunter and great-grandchildren, Kiersten, Kenley and Samuel Deitch, and Benjamin Ball.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the JoAnn Hunter Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students, the St. Michael’s Cemetery Fund or the charity of your choice. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Lorene Hurtig Gasper

Lorene Hurtig Gasper, age 89, of Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs TN, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Hendersonville, TN.

Lorene was a loving mother who lived life to the fullest. She was always happy and very kind. She was blessed to have been able to travel and see a lot of the country. She found herself happiest in Tennessee, where she lived out her final days. A special thanks goes to Lorene’s caregivers Delilih Marshal, Loretta Kernell, Katie Blansford, and Larry Delk of At Home Healthcare.

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

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Obituary for Renee Hunter

Linda “Renee” Hunter, age 53 of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville, Tennessee.

Funeral services were held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tennessee at 11 o’clock am, Tuesday, June 23rd with Dr. Ashley Mofield officiating. Burial followed at EverRest of Cheatham with family serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home in Pleasant View, Monday, June 22nd from 4-8PM and again on Tuesday from 10AM until the hour of service at 11:00AM.

Renee was born on December 12, 1966 in Mayfield, Kentucky where she grew up, to George, Jr. and Linda Hunter. She worked at Ingram Barge for over 20 years. Renee graduated from Mayfield Kentucky High School and received her B.S. and MBA degree from Murray State University. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mayfield.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Richard Hunter; nephew, Joshua Hunter; and grandparents, George “Dub” and Nell Hunter and Alton and Louise Whittemore.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Lisa and Brandon Holt; and brother, George, III (Angie) Hunter of Nashville.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society at 2000 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.

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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 Barbara Jean Whitaker

Barbara Jean Jones Whitaker, age 76, of White House, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the home of her daughter in Portland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Brent Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the First General Baptist Church Cemetery in Russellville with Leslie Canter III, Leslie Canter IV, Brody Walker, Joshua Kelly, Jacob Sureda, Jeremy Pilkerton and Austin Pilkerton serving as pallbearers. Dillon Walker served as an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10am until the hour of service at 2pm.

Mrs. Whitaker was born August 29, 1943 in Ridgetop to the late Lois Ray and Gladys Lee Dorris Jones. She was a homemaker and member of the Calvary General Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Whitaker is preceded in death by her husband, James Albert Whitaker and her brother, Carl Ray Jones.

Mrs. Whitaker is survived by her daughters, Wanda W. Canter and husband Leslie of Goodlettsville, Cynthia Ann Tucker of White House, and Michelle Leah Kelly and husband Richard of Portland; brothers, Wayne Jones of White House and Richard Jones of floral squareSpringfield; sisters, Shirley Minnis of Springfield and Patricia Hysner of White House; grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Jeremy) Pilkerton, Leslie (Lacey) Canter, Amanda Tucker, Brody (Samantha) Walker, Dillon (Carrie) Walker, Maggie Kelly and Joshua Kelly; and 8 great-grandchildren.

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

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

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