In Loving Memory: Obituaries From March 7 – March 14, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary For Bessie Earlene Rawls Breeden
Bessie Earlene Rawls Breeden, 75, of Greenbrier, passed away at her home on Monday March 11, 2019 following a long illness.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday March 15th at 10:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Buddy Rawls officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Marcus Carter, Dwayne Rawls, Ronnie Clinard, Dudley Richardson, and Eric Rawls serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Breeden was born in Robertson County on November 28, 1943 to the late Willis and Earlene Proctor Rawls. She was a retired from the Operator Services division of AT&T and was a member of the former Fellowship Baptist Church in Ridgetop. Mrs. Breeden was a lifelong resident of Greenbrier and always exemplified a strong Christian faith. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, canning, cooking, and spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband P.O. Breeden, her son: Jeffrey Breeden, and by her siblings: Richard Rawls and Lois DeSouza. Mrs. Breeden is survived by her sons: James “Bo” Breeden and Harrison Wayne Breeden both of Greenbrier, her daughter: Frances “Susie” Breeden Allen of Greenbrier, her brothers and sisters-in-law: Buddy and Gail Rawls of Springfield, Bob and Linda Rawls of Greenbrier, Ronnie Rawls of Springfield, Donny and Jean Rawls of Springfield, her sisters and brother-in-law: Elsie Mooneyhan and Linda Cohea both of Greenbrier, Martha (Melvin) Keith of Springfield, grandchildren: Christy Pennington, April (Jazz) Buggs, Kyle Davenport, and by 10 great grandchildren
Charles Ray Hand, 69, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday March 10, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday March 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Ward officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Denson Cemetery with Brandon Sprouse, Tyler Sprouse, Dustin Johnson, Michael Allen Sprouse, Michael Johnson, and John Price serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Hand was born February 11, 1950 in Robertson County to the late Arthur and Geneva Pentecost Hand. He was a retired assembly manufacturer from Peterbilt and was a member of Mt. Denson Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hand enjoyed knife and belt buckle collecting, wood working, and especially spending time with his grandchildren: In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Geneva Kay Bilyeu Hand, by his daughter: Penny Kay Johnson, and by his siblings: Dorothy, Pauline, and Christine.
Mr. Hand is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Angel and Michael Sprouse of Springfield, his brother and sister-in-law: Jr. and Tiney Mae Hand of Springfield, his sister and brother-in-law: Annie and Joe Bilyeu of Springfield, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren
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Obituary For Faye Mantlo Bunch
Faye Mantlo Bunch, 81, of Springfield, passed away on Friday March 8, 2019 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.
Graveside services were conducted Monday March 11th at 3:30 p.m. in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating. Brannon Smith, Duran Bunch, Ross Smith, Troy Smith, Dan Jenkins, Jason Smith, and Tripp Smith served as pallbearers. The family received friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bunch was born December 13, 1937 in Springfield to the late John and Lucille Cahill Mantlo. She worked numerous places throughout her lifetime, Woodland Street School, J.C. Penny, Randolph House, Sullivan’s, Goody’s, RCA Auto Parts, and Holman Jewelers. Mrs. Bunch was of the Nazarene faith. She loved quilting, sewing, reading, and especially spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Charles Bunch, by her brothers: Chester and John Mantlo, Jr., and by her sister: Dorothy Mantlo Morrow.
Mrs. Bunch is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Sherrie and Troy Smith of Springfield, her son and daughter-in-law: Chuck and Beth Bunch of Murfreesboro, her brother and sister-in-law: Jerry and Donna Mantlo of Baltimore, MD, her grandchildren: Brannon Smith, Duran Bunch, Amy Smith, Sarah Bertrand, and Mia Bragdon, and by her great grandchildren: Ross, Tripp, and Trista Smith.
If so desired, the family request memorial contributions be made to Grace Baptist Church for Grace Academy
Paul R. Brown, age 85 of Springfield, died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at NorthCrest Medical Center.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Jon Briggs officiating. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery with Richard Brown, Ernest Brown, Connor Brown, Michael Gregory, Fred Jones, and Gerald Sand serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 4 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 12 noon until the hour of service.
Mr. Brown was born February 6, 1934 in Robertson County to the late Paul Lee and Whitty Ann Krisle Brown. He was a member of Robertson County Church of Christ and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from the Navy after 20 years of service where he was in the Navy SeaBees Construction Crew and worked as a heavy equipment operator. After that he worked at Porter Brown Limestone and then was a mechanic at Carolina Freight. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Janice Briggs Brown, and his daughter, Cheryl Brown Clinard Hutchison.
He is survived by his sons, Richard Lee Brown of White House and Ernest D. Brown and wife Jennifer of Gallatin; sisters, Emily Sand and Judy Jackson, both of Springfield; 5 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
John Charles Keith, age 74 of Chapmansboro Tennessee, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 PM with Bro. Mark Smith officiating.
Burial will be on Monday, March 18, at 2:00 PM at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday, March 16, from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.
Mr. Keith was born on December 17, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Edmond D. and Marian Turner Keith. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a very proud combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a Christian.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Sheri Rochelle; and a sister, Sarah Katherine “Kitty” Keith.
Mr. Keith is survived by his wife, Wilma Jean “Jeanie” Keith; sons, Kevin Rochelle, Scott (Shana) Keith, and Brian (Noelle) Keith; sisters, Martha Crosby, Charmie Woods, and Camille (Jerry) Naff; and grandchildren, Kade Rochelle, Presley Rochelle, Emerson Keith, Collins Keith, Tyler McKay, Meagan McKay, Jack Keith, and Rory Jane Keith.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1129, P.O. Box 52, Ashland City, TN 37015.
Mark Harold Nelson, age 68, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at his home in the arms of his wife.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, March 18, 2019 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with the Reverend Jerry Wallace officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Billy Choate, Larry W. Thorpe, Tom Shillington, Don LeBlanc, Ric Potenz and Ted Stubblefield. Visitation will be held Monday morning from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
A reception immediately following the Memorial Service will be held at the Springfield First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Nelson was born May 29, 1950 in Fargo, ND to the late Harold Leroy and Joan Schaible Nelson. He was an IT Specialist at Deloitte and enjoyed being a part of the Willow Oak Cultural Arts Center. Mr. Nelson was a graduate of the University of North Dakota and held an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, Martha Warner Nelson; step-sons, William Schiff of NC and Terry Schiff of NJ; daughter, Carly Nelson of Nashville; sisters, Judy (Jae) Nelson of Serafina, NM and Ginnie Nelson of Sante Fe, NM; the mother of his daughter, Carly, Connie Nelson; and 4 grandchildren.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Laundry Love of Springfield, Springfield United Methodist Church Choir or Willow Oak Cultural Arts Center. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.