In Loving Memory: Obituaries From May 30, 2018 – June 5, 2018
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Gordon L. Tate
Gordon L. Tate, age 79, passed away June 5, 2018. He was born October 4, 1938 in Cross Plains, TN. He was the son of the late Conley and Wavy Tate. Preceded in death by his brother Mickey.
He is survived by his wife Jean Groves Tate of 42 years, his high school sweetheart who he married on June 8, 1976. Along with Jean he gained his 2 daughters, Deena Read and Debbie Read-Fuimaono. He also gained a son in law Sioeli Fuimaono in 2002. He is also survived by 2 nephews, Brian(Beverly) and Steve(Beverly) Tate of Cross Plains and a grandnephew Brandon. His newest member of the family was his granddog Foxy Read.
He was a graduate of East Robertson High School and a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church. He was the owner of Tate Automotive, a family business established in 1926 by his father Conley Tate known as Tate Chevrolet. He closed the dealership in 1988 when his brother Mickey retired and then added lawn and garden parts and service to the auto repair shop.
He was an Air Force Veteran who was stationed in the Philippines in 1961. While there, he was one of 9 selected to be the first in to Vietnam – he entered on a passport as a visitor in April 1962 but was secretly establishing and setting up radar sites prior to the Vietnam War.
Gordon was still working full time up until his passing as he always wanted to be there for his customers.
Funeral service will be 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12 noon till funeral service at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Burial will be in Cross Plains Cemetery.
Jimmy Davis Baird, 82, of Springfield, died Monday June 4, 2018 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday June 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Larry Knight, Glenn Allen, Harold Head, Jerry Head, Greg Spain, and Mike Armes serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Homer Felts, Wayne Jones, Freeman Stark, Lee Krisle, Medford Keith, and Steve Keith. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Baird was born August 2, 1935 in Robertson County to the late Charles Wesley and Mamie Lee Wilson Baird. He was a retired truck driver for Nations Rent and was a member of North Springfield Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, lawnmower repair, and was always known for telling jokes and cutting up with his family and friends. Mr. Baird was a founding member of Mama Rose and The Hillbillies. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Mary Birdwell Baird, his daughter: Vickie Baird Rippie, and his sisters: Margaret Ferrell, Polly Haney, Blonnie Bell Baird, Dean Gamble, and Emma Jean Reynolds.
Mr. Baird is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law: Terry and Teri Baird of Springfield, Michael Baird of Springfield, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Loring Farril “Flip” Minton, Jr., 47, of Springfield, died Saturday June 2, 2018. His remains were cremated, and Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Minton was born April 28, 1971 in Robertson County. He worked in construction and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed fishing and camping.
Mr. Minton was preceded in death by his father: Loring Farril Minton, Sr., and by his mother: Hazel Spicer Giles.
Mr. Minton is survived by his son: Bradley, his grandson: Grayson, both of Georgia, his sister: Bridgett Minton of Texas, his nephews: Cody, Benjamin, and Dakota, and by his aunts: Beverly Clevenger and Margaret Bayliss both of Springfield.
Diane West Konkol, 65, of Clarksville, died Friday June 1, 2018 at her home. A Celebration of Life service was held Tuesday June 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home. A private burial was held. The family received friends on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Konkol was born February 3, 1953 in Logan County, KY to the late John and Mildred Inez Hardison West. She had worked as a team leader with My Office Products and was a member of the Adairville Baptist Church. Mrs. Konkol enjoyed reading, and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Konkol is survived by her husband: Vern Konkol of Clarksville, her sons and daughters-in-law: Greg and Tracey Konkol of Clarksville, David and Sarah Konkol of Nashville, her grandchildren: Marley, Ethan, and Fin, her sister: Nancy Fayo of Ridgetop, and by many cousins she loved like siblings.
Jess David Blair, age 67, of Cottontown, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at his home.
He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He loved kids and animals, especially his horses. He was a “Jack of All Trades.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Dora Mae Blair along with five brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Blair; daughters, Kelley Ann (Bubba) Waller and Jessica Lynn Blair; grandchildren, Grace Marie Waller and Tyler Lewis Waller; sisters, Jean Gibbons, Beauna Tidwell, Brenda Thornhill and Elaine Owen. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
His family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 and on Friday, June 8 from 12 p.m. until his Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 p.m. at Austin and Bell Funeral Home, Hendersonville with Bro. Steve Brigance officiating. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Franklin, Ky.
Age 69 of Greenbrier passed away Monday, June 4, 2018 at her home. She was born August 14, 1948 in Nashville, TN to James Douglas and Jessie Louise Wimberly Strickland. She worked as a secretary for Nashville Memorial Hospital and for David L. Tidball, CPA, PC. She loved watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed laughing and spending time with her family. She loved animals, but especially her beloved cat, Stripe. She was a mom that you could share anything with, without fear of her being judgemental.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Barbara Rohling; son-in-law, Kevin Tidball; niece, Leslie Armstrong. She is survived by her husband, David L. Tidball, Greenbrier, TN; daughters, Suzanne Tidball and Stephanie (Jeff) Lampkin, both of Goodlettsville, TN; son, Steve Spencer, II (Desiree English-Spencer), Hendersonville, TN; step-sons, Charles Tidball, Madison, TN and John (Shellie) Tidball, Bowling Green, KY; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Lee Hodges and Bro. Frank Matherly, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville with Steve Spencer, II, Steve Spencer, III, John Tidball, Charles Tidball, Kody Tidball and Robert Thurman serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny, Andy and Howard Spencer. Visitation is planned for Wednesday June 6, 2018 4-8pm and Thursday, June 7, 2018 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home.
William Grant Livengood, age 81 of Hendersonville, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018.
He was a patient and graceful husband, father and grandfather who “ Hung the Moon” for many people. He also distinguished himself as a Medic in the U. S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Rosella Livengood; sister, Thelma Livengood and his brother, Dale Livengood. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Livengood; daughter, Paige (Brian) Livengood Perkins; son, William Todd (Rachael) Livengood; brother, Garold Livengood; sister Eleanor Barnhill; grandchildren, Brandon Larcom, Ryan Livengood, James Larcom, Lance Livengood, Tristan Larcom, William Larcom and Jorden Livengood.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Hendersonville First United Methodist Church. An Inurnment will be scheduled at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Association.
Charles Michael Thacker (“Mike”), age 61, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Centennial Medical Center in Ashland City.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Pastor Randy Riggs and Pastor Yukihiro Saito officiating. Burial followed in EverRest of Cheatham with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday, June 3rd, from 12:00 noon until the hour of service at 2:00PM.
Mike was born on June 22, 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Charles and Sarah Elliott Thacker. He was the owner and operator of “24/7 Computer Services”.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Cindy Thacker.
Survivors include his wife, Chong Thacker; sons, Nicholas Thacker, Alexander Thacker, and Zachary Thacker; daughter, Heather Thacker; and step-mother, Nancy Thacker.
Larry Wilson Morgan, at the age of 74, passed away at his home in Ridgetop, TN on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 where he had resided for 66 years.
The family received friends 2pm to 8pm, Sunday, June 3rd and 10am to 1pm, Monday, June 4th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. The funeral was held at 1pm, Monday, June 4th at the Funeral Home with Rev. Rich Powell officiating. Burial followed in Greenbrier Cemetery.
Larry was born September 2, 1943 in Davidson County to the late R.W. and Dorothy Algood Morgan. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Steve Morgan, Kenneth Morgan and a sister, Charlotte Morgan.
He was a longtime builder in the surrounding area and had served as the turf manager and grounds supervisor at Oak Hill Golf Course in Greenbrier, TN. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer.
Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Rebecca L. Morgan; children, Mike (Cheryl) Morgan, Melanie N. Morgan; grandchildren, Tucker Dutton, Kayla Kent (Adam) Rude, Hannah E. Morgan, Houston D. Morgan and his constant companion, “Max” the boxer.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Dennis, Doug Baxter, Ryan Dickerson, Benton Hart, Adam Rude and David Lovell. Honorary pallbearer will be his constant companion “Max” the boxer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue, 330 Franklin Rd., #135-192, Brentwood, TN 37027.