In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week March 11, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week March 11, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries From March 5-11, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Barbara Clark

On March 11, 2020, Barbara Jean Clark passed away at home surrounded by family who dearly loved her.

Barbara Jean (Smith) Clark was born on October 22, 1934, in Abilene, Texas, and grew up in Sweetwater, Texas. She was the daughter of, and preceded in death by, Darius Cull Smith and Lila Mae (Pardue) Smith. Barbara attended Sweetwater High School, Hardin Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During a revival in Texas, Barbara met George Truett Clark. Within three months they were married and set out on a road filled with adventures that would last them 61 years. They had a love that stood the test of time and was evident to all who ever met them. Their relationship was a wonderful example of loyalty, romance, sacrifice, compromise, devotion, respect, commitment and friendship.

Barbara worked alongside George at each of the Southern Baptist churches led by him in Texas, including Dumont, Guthrie, Carey, Nacogdoches, Timpson and Nederland. Barbara continued her work with George at First Baptist Pleasant View after they moved the family to Tennessee. Throughout all their moves Barbara was an avid reader and crafter – she learned to weave baskets, she made pottery, ceramics and jewelry. She loved sewing and embroidery and it showed in the many things she made for family and friends. Barbara loved to have fun, she was almost always giggling or laughing and spending time with her family was her favorite thing to do. She never shied away from trying new things whether it was a new food or surfing. Other than her husband, the people she loved the most were her children.

Barbara was a Christian, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother and a friend. She was the glue that held the family together, she was loyal, loving, creative, funny and supportive. She never failed to tell her children how much she loved them and how proud she was of them. While so many here will miss her greatly, there are many who are overjoyed to see her again, especially her husband.

One of Barbara’s favorite quotes, that she recently found, “We don’t die because we are finished. We die because we are complete.” She has completed the task God had planned for her life. There is only joy in that. It doesn’t mean the ones left behind don’t hurt, it does mean she did an incredible job not only on her family but, also on the impact she had on others that will carry on. She did as her Maker had created her to be. She is complete.

Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband (George Truett Clark) of 61 years. She is survived by daughter Jeana Georgette Clark (Sherry), daughter Jennifer Leigh Davidson (Tommy), son George Taylor Clark (Linda Kay). She is survived by her brothers Clinton Smith (Sue) and Ray Smith (Day). She is survived by her sister Vera Anglin. She is also survived by grandchildren Clark Thomas Davidson, (Morgan), Macy Margaret Smith (Jonny), Austin Taylor Clark (Emily), Lucas Cole Clark and three great-grandchildren Eleanor Mae Davidson, Henry Taylor Clark, and Amelia Ruth Davidson.

floral squareVisitation will be held Friday, March 13, from 4-8PM and again on Saturday from 9AM until service time at Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 6316 Hwy 41A, Pleasant View, TN 37146. Services will be held at Austin & Bell on Saturday, March 14th at 10AM with Pastor Brad Shockley officiating. Interment and graveside service will be at EverRest in Pleasant View, TN immediately following the service with Greg Smith conducting the committal. Austin Clark, Lucas Clark, Jonny Smith, Clay Breece, Clark Davidson, and Tommy Davidson will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant View First Baptist Church Renovation Campaign or Covenant of the Cross at 752 Madison Square, Madison, TN 37115.

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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 Granville Gill

Granville David Gill, age 47, of Springfield, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center. No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Gill was born February 21, 1973 in Springfield to the late David Lewis and Ollie Gayle Tanner Gill. He was kind and caring and a dear friend to many.

Mr. Gill is survived by his sister and her fiance, Rebecca Gill and James Iacono; and a host of loving friends and extended family members who will all miss him very much.

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

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Obituary Everett Earl Dowdell

Everett Earl Dowdell, 73, of Decatur, IL, passed away on Wednesday March 11, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday March 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the Penn Township Cemetery in Moweaqua, IL. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Dowdell was born December 20, 1946 in Taylorville, IL to the late Herschel C. and Mary Parker Dowdell, Sr. He graduated from Bethany High School. Mr. Dowdell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star. Mr. Dowdell was a retired machine operator with the former Tate & Lyle. He loved hunting, fishing, and both building and collecting model trains.

floral squareIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: Clifford Dowdell. Mr. Dowdell is survived by his wife: Janet Waller Dowdell of Decatur, IL, his sons: Josh (Analisa) Dowdell of Texas, Jon (Becky) Dowdell of Texas, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Dowdell of Arizona, by his daughter: Emily Dowdell Green of Decatur, IL, by his brothers: Darrell (Claudia) Dowdell of Hermitage, Herschel C. (Kaye Hunt) Dowdell, Jr., of Goodlettsville, Donald (Leslie) Dowdell of Madison, by his sister: Carolyn Finch of San Antonio, TX, and by 5 grandchildren

If so desired, the family desires memorial donations in Everett’s memory be made to the Tennessee State Veterans Home 345 Compton Rd. Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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

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Obituary for Jimmy Brown

Jimmy Brown, age 57 of Springfield, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Keith Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville, KY with Troy Taylor, Brian Thaxton, Shane Lunsford, Josh Taylor, Will Brown, Eric Pulley, Caleb Starks, and Lee Richards serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Ratliff, Terry Johnson, and the members of the Robertson County Coon Hunters Association. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 10 AM until the hour of service.

Mr. Brown was born December 10, 1962 in Robertson County. He was a farmer and a member of the Robertson County Coon Hunters Association. He enjoyed his work on the farm, coon hunting and horses. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Brown; mother, Nancy Gibbs Moon; a brother, Ronnie Brown; and sisters, Joyce Brown and Ruby Cage.

floral squareJimmy is survived by his son; James Brown and his wife, Erica of Springfield; daughter, Bethany Brown and her fiancé’, Shane Lunsford of Springfield; brother, Tommy Brown of Paducah, KY; sister, Kathy Ayers of Springfield; special friend, Christine Brown of Adairville, KY; and grandchildren, Mario Gardner, Myah Gardner, Deleana Wilson, Mar’Ryah Lunsford, and Luke Brown.

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

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

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Obituary for Deacon L C Darden

Deacon L C Darden, Age 101. Early Saturday, February 22, 2020 God called his faithful servant, Deacon L C Darden home to Eternal Rest from labor to reward. Born to the late Homer Sr. and Fannie Darden, November 6, 1918.

L C Darden gave his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ well over sixty years ago upon joining St. James Missionary Baptist Church. He later became a dedicated Deacon under the pastoral ship of Pastor G.W. Pettus. Words of wisdom, love for his church and pastors, powerful prayers and encouragement, we will forever resonate in our hearts, every devotion he led and songs he sang over the decades was a testimony and declaration of his life today and forever more, “Do Lord, Lord Remember Me,” “Shine On Me,” “Give Me That Old Time Religion,” “Jesus Is On The Mainline,” “I Will Trust In The Lord,” “Lead Me Jesus,” “Get Right With God,” “Come And Go To That Land Where I’m Bound,” “Get Right Church And Let’s Go Home.”

L. C. Darden was educated and attended Bransford School, Robertson County, Tennessee. L. C. Darden was a dedicated worker for many decades and retired from formerly known as L&N now CSX Railroad Line Corporation. L. C. Darden honorably served in the military, United States Army.

Deacon Darden is preceded in death by his long life wife of many years, Mary Darden; mother and father, Homer Sr., and Fannie Darden; brothers, Frank Sr., James Robert, and Homer Jr., Darden; sisters, Emma Chapman, Maggie Murphey; and son, Don Darden.
He leaves to cherish his memories: grandsons, Keith and William Darden; granddaughter, Tara Darden; nephews, James A. Darden, Bobby R. Darden, Johnny Darden (Lynell), Frederick Darden (Sissy), Paul (Elizabeth) Darden of Hendersonville, TN and Frank Darden, Jr. (Patricia) of Indianapolis, IN; nieces, Joyce E. Horton (Dwight) of Nashville, TN, Peggy Williams, and Fannie Bowens (James) of Springfield, TN, Carrie Darden, Joyce Darden, Edith Williams and Freda Ann Darden all of Indianapolis, IN, Pamela Watkins (Ralphell) of Garland, TX; many great and great-great nieces and nephews; special devoted care taker and great niece, floral squareDarlene Darden; great-niece, Shophia Bowens; special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Randy and Gwen Wentz, Dr. Teresa Williams, Paul Carr; and Mrs. Erma Dowlen and Family.

Funeral Service was Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm at St James Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend James Gardner, Officiant and Pastor Mark Washington, Eulogy. Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements

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Obituary for Harris, Jr, William Baxter (Bill)

Harris, Jr, William Baxter (Bill), age 74 of Ridgetop passed away Thursday, February 27th at his home.

He was born February 13, 1946 to the late William and Edna Sanders Harris. He graduated in 1964 from North High School in Nashville where he was voted Most Bashful.

He retired from Pye-Barker Fire Safety, formerly Acme Fire and Safety. He loved sports especially the Titans, Vanderbilt and Alabama.

floral squareA private service was held for family members. Cremation was entrusted to TLC Crematorium in Greenbrier.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, his daughter, Vicki (Jimmy) Freeman, grandson, Dylan Carr and granddaughter, Olivia Carr.

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Obituary for Jimmy Brown

Jimmy Brown, age 57 of Springfield, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Keith Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville, KY with Troy Taylor, Brian Thaxton, Shane Lunsford, Josh Taylor, Will Brown, Eric Pulley, Caleb Starks, and Lee Richards serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Ratliff, Terry Johnson, and the members of the Robertson County Coon Hunters Association. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 10 AM until the hour of service.

Mr. Brown was born December 10, 1962 in Robertson County. He was a farmer and a member of the Robertson County Coon Hunters Association. He enjoyed his work on the farm, coon hunting and horses. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Brown; mother, Nancy Gibbs Moon; a brother, Ronnie Brown; and sisters, Joyce Brown and Ruby Cage.

floral squareJimmy is survived by his son; James Brown and his wife, Erica of Springfield; daughter, Bethany Brown and her fiancé’, Shane Lunsford of Springfield; brother, Tommy Brown of Paducah, KY; sister, Kathy Ayers of Springfield; special friend, Christine Brown of Adairville, KY; and grandchildren, Marie Gardner, Myah Gardener, Deleana Wilson, Mar’Ryah Lunsford, and Luke Brown.

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

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

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Obituary for Weader Hall Jackson,

Weader Hall Jackson, 89, of Nashville, passed from this life on Monday March 9, 2020 at her home.

Graveside services will be conducted Friday March 13th at 1:00 p.m. in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating. Interment will follow the graveside service with Dustin Jackson, Jess Percival, Tom Jackson, Chris William, Richard Mayberry, and Dalton Fitzjarrald serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home

Mrs. Jackson was born September 28, 1930 in Springfield to the late Joseph Andrew and Mary Florence Hunter Hall. She was a seamstress and a homemaker. Mrs. Jackson was of the Baptist faith. She made draperies for many years and she enjoyed gardening, working in her flowers, and anything that allowed her to be outdoors. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Fred, Russell, and James Hall, Margaret Proctor, Ruth Brewer, Georgia Turner, and Mary Della Dickerson.

floral squareMrs. Jackson is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law: Charles Jackson of Nashville, Johnny and Vickie Jackson of Joelton, daughters and son-in-law; Ruth Trolinger of Pensacola, FL, Sandy and Richard Mayberry of Pensacola, FL, Donna Percival of Lyles, TN, 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren

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

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Obituary for Eric D. Redfern

Eric D. Redfern, age 35 of Cross Plains, died Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Skyline Medical Center.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Juan Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow in Cross Plains Cemetery with Cody Pulley, Thomas Collins, Travis Dalton, Daniel Pulley, Spencer Henderson, Brad Crocker, Larry Crocker, and Derrick Redfern serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Marshall Franklin, Bradley Gober, Bryant “Opie” Ellis, Ikie Fisher, Josh Baker, and Domonic Baker. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 10 AM until the hour of service.

Mr. Redfern was born July 18, 1984 in Robertson County. He was a heavy machinery operator. He loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed fishing and basketball.

floral squareHe is survived by his mother, Renee Redfern of Cross Plains; father, Chris Hassell of Springfield; sons, Kadyn Redfern, Jace Redfern, Easton Redfern, and Kingston Redfern, all of Cross Plains; daughter, Ella Redfern of Cross Plains; brother, Bryant (Mary Beth) Hassell of Springfield; sister, Christa Hassell of Springfield; grandparents, Marshall and Joanne Redfern of Portland and Darrell and Patsy Anderson of Cottontown; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family request memorial contributions to be made to help cover Eric’s funeral expenses. All donations should be made to Renee Redfern and sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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

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Obituary for Kay G. Stoope

Kay G. Stoope, age 82 of Orlinda, died Sunday, March 8, 2020 at her home.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Bill Owen officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Derek Wix, Jason Young, Daryl Wix, Brad Singleton, Hayden Nelson, Kevin Stoope, Jeff Stoope, and Jeremiah Cooper serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 3 until 8 PM and Wednesday from 11 AM until the hour of service.

Mrs. Stoope was born February 17, 1938 in Robertson County to the late Delmer and Nell Eidson Goostree. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was retired from the Robertson County Board of Education where she worked as a bookkeeper at East Robertson High School. She loved her family and spending time with them, especially watching them play ball. She also enjoyed fishing and dancing, where she met her husband, Wayne.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Lee Swearingen; a son-in-law, Todd Young; a brother, Phillip Goostree; and a sister, Joyce Jernigan.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne N. Stoope of Orlinda; daughters and son-in-law, Teresa and Daryl Wix of Orlinda and Vicki S. Young of White House; step daughter and husband, Lisa and Brad Singleton of White House; step-sons and wives, Jeffery and Mandy Stoope of Sumrall, MS and Kevin and Amy Stoope of Arlington, TN; brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Jona Goostree of Cross Plains; sisters and brother-in-law, Patricia Austin of Cincinnati, OH and Dianne and Ronald Baker of Cross Plains; grandchildren, Jason Young and wife, Kecia, Derek Wix and wife, Alisha, Lexi Young, Lindsey Cooper and husband, Jeremiah, floral squareHayden Nelson, Madison Singleton, Casey Stoope, and Jake Stoope; and 5 great grandchildren.

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

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

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Obituary for Lee Roy Overstreet

Lee Roy Overstreet, age 80 of Cedar Hill, TN, died Saturday, March 7, 2020 at his home.

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9 AM until the hour of service at 11 AM

Mr. Overstreet was born March 12, 1939 in Nashville to the late Carl and Maggie Crutchfield Overstreet, Sr. He was a veteran of the United States Marines and worked for many years as a dispatcher for a trucking company.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Overstreet of Cedar Hill; son, Tim Overstreet of Clarksville; daughters and sons-in-law, Tracey and Tony Boles of Dover and Lea Ann and Neil Crockett of Springfield; brothers and sister-in-law, Bobby Overstreet of Nashville and Carl and Elaine Overstreet, Jr. of Joelton; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Sonny Fort of Columbia, MO; grandchildren, Ryan Boles, Dylan Boles, Tyler Boles, Alec Granata, floral squareand Olivia Allen; and great grandchildren, Evelyn McMillan and Alexandra Boles.

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

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

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Obituary for Barbara McCoin Moore

Barbara M. Moore, age 82 of Madison, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Barbara was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who dearly loved her family. She loved the beach, was an avid sports fan and loved the UT Lady Vols. She was the first female salesperson at Bill Trickett Oldsmobile and Honda and was the top salesperson there for many of the 35 years she worked there.

She was preceded in death by her son, Barry Moore; parents, Everette and Willie Mae McCoin; sisters, Geneva Wilson and Nell Fentress. She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Buddy) Lucas and Kelly (Jay)Wilson and her son, David Moore; a sister, Lucille Batten; grandchildren, Chase Overbey, Jacob Lucas, Katie Wilson, Josh Wilson, Zach Wilson, Blake Moore and Bethany Moore; and her great-grandchildren, Colton and Riley Overbey.

floral squareHer family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until her Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville with Rev. Ken Castleberry officiating.

Memorial Donations may be made online to Kindred Hospice at www.KindredHF.org

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 Tommy Jones

Tommy Merritt Jones, age 83 of Pleasant View, Tennessee died Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the Waters of Cheatham in Ashland City.

Mr. Jones remains will be cremated and there are no services planned.

Mr. Jones was born on June 4, 1936 in Springfield, Tennessee to the late Joe and Thelma Jones. He was retired as a printer from Baird Ward Printing Company in Nashville and also served in the National Guard. He also had a great love for fishing.

floral squareIn addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Laura Jones; and sisters, Betty Austin and Sue Ellis.

He is survived by his sons, Ricky (Lisa) Jones, Randy Jones; daughters, Reba (Mike) Barker, Patti Harris, Paula (Edd) Suiter, Pam (Jeff) Chandler; sister, Linda Pentecost; fifteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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 Brenda Rae Orton

Brenda Rae Orton, age 62, of Springfield, died on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield.

Memorial services will be conducted on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 1:00pm in the sanctuary of the Greenridge Church of Christ with Brother Jack Martin officiating. The family will receive friends at the Church on Friday from 11:00am until time of service at 1:00pm.

Brenda was born in Nashville, Tennessee on December 1, 1957 to the late Rexford Carlton and Frances Louise Morris Batts. She was of the Church of Christ faith and was a loving Wife and Mother. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her daughter, Miranda Deanne Thompson; sister, Sandra Faye Champion; brother, William Randolph, Jr.

floral squareBrenda is survived by her husband of 34 years, Ronald Jay Orton of Springfield; daughter, Keri Starr Thompson of Springfield; sisters, Linda Orczeck of Springfield, Wanda Pinson of Springfield, Patricia Chadwell of Calhoun, Georgia, and Vicki Pinson of Greenbrier.

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

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Obituary for Mercedes Corinne Hunt Pitt

Mercedes Corinne Hunt Pitt age 96 of Springfield died Friday, March 6, 2020 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield. She was born on March 19, 1923 in Robertson County, Tennessee to the late James Levi and Susan Inez Hunter Hunt. She worked for the Robertson County Board of Education as a cafeteria worker and was a member of the New Chapel United Methodist Church. Mercedes was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Billy Pitt; brothers, Robert and Bailey Hunt; sisters, Carlene Grimes, Mabel Randolph, Gladys Hudson, and Frances Underwood.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Tammy Pitt of Cedar Hill; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Pitt and Andrew Tinker of Alcoa, Tennessee, Donna Pitt and Mike Gainous of Alcoa, Tennessee; grandchildren, Gary Tinker, Brad Gainous, Sahra Ratledge, Audra Hornback, Matt Tinker, Andrew Tinker, Kristen Lewis, Lindsay Wilson, and Casey Pitt; fifteen great-grandchildren; special friend and roommate, Jean Crawford; special neighbors, Phillip Henderson, Mary Gladys Barbee, and Elizabeth “Boogie” Jones.

Funeral services were conducted at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Joan Powell officiating. Burial followed in the Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday from 10:00am until the time of service at 1:00pm at the funeral home. Active pallbearers were Jeromy Lewis, Drew Wilson, Andy Tinker, Brad Gainous, Matt Tinker, Michael Gainous, Andrew Tinker, and Gary Tinker.

floral squareSpecial thanks to NHC Heathcare in Springfield for the personal attention and care that Mercedes received. The family request that donations be made to the New Chapel United Methodist Church.

All donations may be sent care of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home.

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

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Obituary for Shirley Ann Garrett

Mrs. Shirley Ann (Albert) Garrett, a long-time resident of White House, Tennessee, died on March 5, 2020, at Skyline Medical Center, at the age of 89 from cancer.

Mrs. Garrett is survived by her husband Paul S. Garrett (White House); Sons Paul T. Garrett (Ocala, Florida) and Barry L. (Janet) Garrett (White House); Grandsons Joshua Garrett and Jason (Kelsie) Garrett, both of Springfield, Tennessee; Sister Erna Wheeley (Olive Branch, Mississippi), Brothers Frazier (Nancy) Albert, Jr. (Franklin, Tennessee), William Thomas (Billie) Albert (McEwan, Tennessee), Jerry Albert (Lewisburg, Tennessee), Sam (Brenda) Albert (Castalian Springs, Tennessee), and John (Melissa) Albert (Franklin, Tennessee). Mrs. Garrett is preceded in death by her parents Frazier Harris Albert, Sr. and Bertie Izora (Swaw) Albert, Sister Rebecca Theckston, and Brother George Albert.

Mrs. Garrett was born on May 16, 1930, in the White Hill community of White House. Growing up in Tyree Hollow, she attended New Hope, Crafton, and White House schools. On February 28, 1948, she married Paul Garrett. During their seventy-two years of marriage, they raised two sons and two grandsons. She loved traveling, going as far as Central and South America and Europe. She went to all fifty states but never lived more than twenty miles from where she was born.

Mrs. Garrett was skilled at flower and vegetable gardening, sewing, and cooking; she loved square dancing and was a long-time member of the Springfield Squares dance club. In addition to home-maker, she was a licensed beautician. The oldest of nine brothers and sisters, she was “Grandmother” to her grandsons and her many nieces and nephews of several generations.

floral squareAll were welcome to attend and celebrate Shirley’s life during visiting hours of 4PM-8PM, Sunday March 8, 2020 and 10AM – 1PM Monday March 9, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 533 TN highway 76, White House, TN 37188. The funeral was held Monday March 9, 2020 at 1pm at Austin & Bell with Bro. Billy Bowers officiating, followed by interment at White House Memorial Gardens, 3639 US-31W, White House, Tennessee.

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

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for John Traylor

John Bailey Traylor, age 64, of Adairville, KY passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Bishop Clint Barnes officiating. Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville with Luis Ordonez, Favian Castellones, Omar Guevara, Mario Ordonez, Michael Bush, Keith Slack, James Farlee and Dalton Sego serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 4-8pm and again on Monday from 9am until the hour of service at 11am.

Mr. Traylor was born July 9, 1955 in Clarksville, TN to the late John W. and Jennie Ruth Grant Traylor. He worked as a woodcrafter at Crabtree Furniture and was a U.T. fan. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and taking care of them.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Traylor is preceded in death by his sister, Martha Ann Henry. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Sharp Traylor; daughters, Elizabeth (Favian) Castellanos and Charlotte (Luis) Ordonez, both of Adairville; sisters, Linda (Jerry) Holt of Adams and Patty (Keith) Slack of Chapmansboro; and grandchildren, Victor Traylor, Gloria Garcia, Elaina Castellanos, Elisandra Castellanos, Jazmin Ordonez and Leovanni Castellanos.

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

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Obituary for Ralph Edward Van Brunt

Ralph Edward Van Brunt, Jr., age 53 of Springfield, died Sunday, March 1, 2020 at his home.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home. Burial followed in Palestine Cemetery, The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 10 AM until the hour of service.

Mr. Van Brunt was born August 28, 1966 in Princeton, NJ. He was of the Catholic faith and attended Our Lady of Lourdes catholic Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a retired security guard. He was preceded in death by his mother Concetta Lombardo Van Brunt.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Van Brunt of Springfield; father, Ralph Edward Van Brunt, Sr. of Philadelphia, PA; daughter, Ashley Marie Moore of Collegeville, PA; step-son, Robbie Mosley of Smyrna; brothers, Mark Van Brunt, Brian Van Brunt, and Jay Van Brunt, all of Hamilton, NJ; and three grandchildren.

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

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Obituary for Barbara Jean Browning Sprouse

Barbara Jean Browning Sprouse, 85, of Springfield, passed from this life on Friday February 28, 2020 at North Crest Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday March 3rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Mike Treen and Joan Powell officiating. Interment followed in the Elmwood Cemetery with Jordan Sprouse, Tim Long, David Dorris, Hank Graves, Cory Toothman, and Jonathan Foote serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Sprouse was born October 15, 1934 in Robertson County to the late Jess and Margaret Winters Browning. She was a graduate of Coopertown High School, a homemaker, and a member of New Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Sprouse was an avid UT Vols fan and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Bill, Houston, Buddy, and Jerry Browning.

floral squareMrs. Sprouse is survived by her husband of 59 years: Tommy Sprouse of Springfield, by her daughter: Pam Leftrick-Ramsey of Cedar Hill, by her son and daughter-in-law: Jimmy and Abby Sprouse of Nashville, by her brothers and sister-in-law: Aubrey Browning of Springfield and Wayne and Patricia Browning of Pleasant View, by her grandchildren: Jessie Dorris and husband David, Emily Long and husband Tim, Kayla Graves and husband Hank, Jordan Sprouse and wife Kamey, and by 5 great grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the New Chapel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund

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

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Obituary Richard Lawrence Cofer

Richard Lawrence Cofer, 85, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday February 27, 2020 at his home.

Memorial services were conducted Saturday March 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Martin Babb officiating. The family received friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Cofer was born September 15, 1934 in Robertson County to the late Joseph Richard and Nannie Leota Lawrence Cofer. He was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1952, where he was Vice President of his senior class and was an outstanding football player for the Yellow Jackets. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. Mr. Cofer was a member of Springfield Baptist Church, where he served as an Usher, and was a charter member of the Springfield Civitan Club. He was the co-owner of the former Tennessee Lighting and Appliance in Springfield. He retired from Hollingsworth Oil Company as a route sales collector. Mr. Cofer enjoyed football, baseball, youth sports, fishing, and was an avid Springfield Yellow Jackets fan.

floral squareIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Louise Cofer Poole. Mr. Cofer is survived by his wife of 59 years: Dianne Roe Cofer of Springfield, by his son: Charles Howard Cofer, by his grandchildren: Robert Barry Brown, Camille Cofer, and John Ross Cofer, and by his nephew: Jerry (Susie) Poole of Atlanta, GA.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Robertson County Special Olympics or to the Springfield Baptist Church

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

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Obituary for Phil Williams

Carl Phillip Williams, age 72, of Goodlettsville, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield.

Funeral services were held at the Main Street Church of Christ on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12 noon with Brother Joe Rushing and Barry Thornberry officiating. Burial followed in the Elmwood Cemetery with Hunter Duncan, Mike McMurray, David Hazelwood, Mark Reeves, Chris Cunningham and Zach Haynes serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the church on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 4-8pm and again on Saturday from 10am until the hour of service at 12 noon.

Mr. Williams was born October 6, 1947 in Ft. Pierce, FL to the late Carl “C.P.” and Reba Bullock Williams. He worked as a Custodian at Greenbrier Middle School and was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents Mr. Williams is preceded in death by his brothers, Harold Williams and Edward Williams and his sister, Peggy Williams Hawley.

floral squareMr. Williams is survived by his wife, Eugenia Dawson “Jeannie” Williams; son, Travis (Courtney) Williams of Joelton; and granddaughter, Emmeline Williams.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street Church of Christ Building Fund. 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 Thomas Bilyeu

Thomas Porter Bilyeu, age 68, of Springfield, passed away Monday, March 2, 2020 at The Waters of Springfield.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 1pm at the Mt. Denson Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in the Mt. Denson Cemetery with Johnathon Bilyeu, Tom Hunter, John Price, Alan Roach, Kenny Betts and Randy Bilyeu serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the church on Wednesday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.

Mr. Bilyeu was born October 12, 1951 in Springfield to the late Sidney and Ada Hicks Bilyeu. He worked as a cabinet builder and installer, but truly enjoyed fishing and woodworking. Mr. Bilyeu was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Bilyeu is preceded in death by his son, David Bilyeu and his siblings, Bobby Bilyeu, Lynn Bilyeu Biggs, Dan Bilyeu, Jimmy Bilyeu and Kay Bilyeu Hand. Mr. Bilyeu is survived by his son, Dewayne Bilyeu of Springfield; daughter-in-law, Sheila Bilyeu; Siblings, Elizabeth Roach, Frances (Mickey) Hunter, Tiney (Junior) Hand, Charlie (Martha) Bilyeu, Brenda Douglas and Joe (Annie) Bilyeu; and grandson, Johnathan Bilyeu.

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

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Obituary for Elaine Morrow

Elaine Morrow, age 71, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020.

She is preceded in passing by her parents, Lyman Brooks and Victoria Athylene Lankford.

She is survived by her husband, David L. Morrow; daughters, Stephanie (Darryl Brawley) Morrow, Johnna Ryan; siblings, Sandra (Scott) Satterfield, Landon Lankford, Sherry (Wayne) Hall, Kathy (Stan) Gwaltney; grandchildren, Kelcie (Tim) Smith, Garrett Puhl, Madison Puhl; great-grandchildren, Rosston Horton, Skylan Smith, Remmie Smith; lifelong best friend, Linda (Ronald) Hackett; several other dear relatives and friends also survive.

Born in Smith county, Elaine’s family moved to Nashville where she attended public school and graduated from Hume-Fogg High School, where she met her husband David. They were married on April 19, 1967 and have been together for 53 years. She began her working days as a receptionist/secretary for a machine and tool supply company. Later, she opted to become a full-time mother and home-maker at which she excelled. Elaine was a long-term member of Liberty United Methodist Church. Her faith sustained her throughout her life.

floral squareElaine’s passions in life were her family, her flower gardens, oldies music, and life itself. Her strength and determination will remain a blessed memory and inspiration to all who knew and loved her.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. until the Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville with cremation to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caris Healthcare Hospice

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 Robert “Skippy” Steven Birdwell

Robert “Skippy” Steven Birdwell, age 58 of Greenbrier passed away Monday, March 2nd at his residence.

There are no services planned.

He was born in Franklin, KY on December 25, 1961 to the late Robert Henry Birdwell and Sandra Kay Goostree.

He was a Plumber for W.M. Brooks Plumbing Co. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycles and spending time with his daughter and grandchildren.

floral squareHe is survived by his mother, Sandra Kay Goostree of Franklin, KY; daughter, Kimberly Dawn Birdwell; grandchildren, Breanna and Ariel Birdwell; siblings, Jeff (Ellen) Birdwell of Franklin, KY, Daniel McMillin of St. Louis, MO, Stacey Kay (Andy) Forbes of Bowling Green, KY and Dana (Dustin) Hollis of Pembrook, KY.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41S., Greenbrier, TN.

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Obituary for Steven “Steve” Ray Grissom

Mr. Steven “Steve” Ray Grissom passed away March 1, 2020 in Gallatin, TN at the age of 59.

Steve is survived by his stepsons, Thomas and Michael Perry; brothers, Dale (Laura) Grissom, and Jeffrey (Patricia) Grissom; and sister, Pamela (Mark) Helton. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Grissom; parents, Curtis and Wilma Grissom; and brother, Kenneth “Pig” Grissom.

Steve was born July 4, 1960 to Curtis and Wilma Grissom at General Hospital in Nashville, TN. He attended Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville, TN. He will be remembered as a fun-loving guy, who was fascinated by wolves, old cars and trucks. Steve married the love of his life, Mary, in 1994. They spent many great years together until she passed in 2010. He resided in Gallatin at the time of his death.

floral squareAll services were held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with visitation on Wednesday, March 4th from 1pm-7pm; and on Thursday, March 5th from 10am-7pm; and on Friday, March 6th from 10am-12Noon.

His funeral service began at Noon on Friday, March 6th. Burial followed at Sherron Cemetery in Portland, TN.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville has been entrusted with his arrangements.

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Obituary for Katie Hall

Lilly Katherine “Katie” Hall, age 93, of Murfreesboro and formerly of Robertson County, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at St. Thomas Hospital in Rutherford County.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Hall was born may 27, 1926 in Ashland City to the late Charles Bidwell and Eddi Desmonie Douglas Williams. She was a homemaker and member of the Dickson First United Methodist Church.

floral squareIn addition to her parents Mrs. Hall is preceded in death by her husband, James L. Hall, her son, George Marvin Hall, and 11 of her siblings.

Mrs. Hall is survived by her daughter, Betty Lou Struzick; her brother, Charles D. Williams; and a host of loving friends and extended family.

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

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Obituary for Kathleen “Kandi” Marie Barile

Kathleen “Kandi” Marie Barile, age 65, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Kandi was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed her work as a psychiatric nurse for 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. She will be missed dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Ruth Holton and a brother, Buddy Holton.

floral squareShe is survived by her daughters, Debbi (Chris) Bailey, Tina (Scot) Grant, Kerri (Nico) Jakobsen; siblings, Patti (Mark) Jeffrey, Bunni Walters, Jimmy (Samara) Holton, Chris (Brooke) Holton, Shawn (Megan) Holton, Nick, Abbi and Aaron Holton; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild also survive.

Visitation took place on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until the Celebration of Life Service at 1:00 p.m. at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville.

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

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