In Loving Memory: Obituaries From March 1 – March 6, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Louise Priest Reynolds
Louise Priest Reynolds, 95, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday March 6, 2019 at Springfield Heights. Funeral services will be conducted Monday March 11th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Reynolds was born October 26, 1923 in Cedar Hill to the late Charlie Lee and Willie Mae Hunter Priest. She was a homemaker. She married James Reynolds on May 7, 1942 and together they raised their family. She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School. She later began attending Eastland Heights Baptist Church and enjoyed the fellowship there for many years. Mrs. Reynolds was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. She loved gardening, reading, walking, garden photography, yard work, and being with her dogs and rabbits. The two things she enjoyed most in life was mowing her yard, and when Thanksgiving and Christmas came each year, she loved to cook a big meal for all her family and for anyone else that wanted to come. If she told you that lunch would be served at 12 noon, then you best arrive and be ready to eat at 12 noon. She lived her life for her family and for her Lord.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: James Edward Reynolds, by her daughter: Connie Reynolds Kloeckener, by her sisters: Pauline, Margaret, Nanlee, Virginia, and Mary Sue, and by her step-brother: Jack. Mrs. Reynolds is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law: Kenneth and Angela Reynolds of Greenbrier, Jamie Reynolds of Springfield, by her daughter: Mary Reynolds of Pleasant View, by her grandchildren: Anna Kloeckener of Juno Beach, FL, Nicholas Reynolds of Adairville, KY, by her great granddaughter: Erin Bryn Little of Ashland City, by her great great granddaughter: Evelyn Little, and by many loving nieces and nephews.
James Hargrove Shreeve, 84, of Goodlettsville, passed away on Friday March 1, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday March 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Brandon Pugh officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Goodlettsville with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home. Masonic services were conducted Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Shreeve was born August 2, 1934 in Goodlettsville to the late Gilbert and Maureen Sisco Shreeve. He was a retired truck driver and then retired from driving a school bus for the Robertson County Board of Education. Mr. Shreeve was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was a member of the Goodlettsville Masonic Lodge 271 for over 50 years. He enjoyed farming, cattle, driving his tractor, rolling hay, and especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and family.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Shreeve was preceded in death by his first wife: Sue Parsons Shreeve. He is survived by his wife: Cornelia Kirby Shreeve of Goodlettsville, his sons: Jeff and Brian Shreeve both of Goodlettsville, his daughters and sons-in-law: Catherine and Craig Sands of Lebanon, Lori and Eddie Watts of Pleasant View, by his grandchildren: Meagan Moffett and Meredith Goostree, and by his great grandchildren: Brayden and Gavin Goostree, and Avery Moffett.
Ola Mae Harrell, age 92, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at St. Thomas West in Nashville.
Funeral services will be held at Calvary Bible Church, 5245 Hwy 41A, Joelton, Tennessee, 37080, Saturday, March 9th, at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at 2:00 PM, in the Murray Memorial Gardens in Murray, Kentucky. Family will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the church, Friday, March 8th, from 5:00-7:00 PM and again on Saturday, March 9th, from 9:30 AM until the hour of service at 10:30 AM.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Mrs. Harrell was born on July 24, 1926 in Stella, Kentucky to the late James “Herman” and Addie Mae Johnson Cathey. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Bible Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Cathey Tierney; brothers, Buron and James Cathey; and sister, Lorell Stokes.
Mrs. Harrell is survived by her husband of 71 years, Edgar A Harrell; son, Dr. David Harrell and his wife Nancy; son-in-law, Dr. Joe (Alice) Tierney; grandchildren, Joseph (Dana) Harrell, Jana (Andrew) Zulewski, Joshua (Lara) Harrell, Joseph (Sarah) Tierney, Colin Tierney, Ben Tierney, Ross Tierney, and Celeste Tierney; and fourteen great grandchildren.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Bible Church at 5245 Hwy 41A in Joelton, Tennessee.
John Alvin Traughber, age 78, of Portland, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his home. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1pm at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Anthony Lopez as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Michael’s Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 4-8pm and again on Monday from 11am until 12:30pm.
A Rosary will also be held Sunday evening at 7:30pm at the funeral home.
Mr. Traughber was born March 18, 1940 in Springfield to the late James O. and Juanita Axley Traughber. He was a farmer and communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
In addition to his parents Mr. Traughber is preceded in death by his brothers, Randy Traughber and Tommy Traughber. Mr. Traughber is survived by his sons, James (Symanthia) Traughber of Portland, Jason (Kelley) Traughber of Clarksville and Vincent (Joni) Traughber of Springfield; brother, Edward Dwight Traughber of Cedar Hill; sisters, Elizabeth Doris of Greenbrier and Sue Elliot, Wanda Rose, Pam Rose, Barbie Ann Carter, Beverly Beauchane and Gail Duffer, all of Springfield; and grandchildren, James Wayne Traughber, Victoria Leann Traughber, Kimberly Elizabeth Traughber, Aalyah Faith Robertson, Julianna Grace Traughber, Dylan Ray Traughber, David Darrel Traughber and Cody Lee Traughber.
William Edward Spurlin, age 73 of Goodlettsville, TN, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
William was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He retired from Trinity Industries after 30 years of service.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Inez Spurlin; parents, Edward and Gladys Spurlin; and his sister, Frances Seargent. He is survived by his daughter, Donna (Nick) Cameron; brothers, Billy Spurlin, James Spurlin, Raymond Spurlin, and Jimmy Spurlin; sisters, Linda Sullivan, Mary Nieplin and Brenda Dixon; grandchildren, Michael (Konni) Streeter, Daniel Streeter, Stephanie Cameron and Kristen Davis; eight great-grandchildren also survive.
Mr. Spurlin’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 12 p.m. until his Celebration of Life Service at 2pm at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. Interment service will take place on Thursday, March 14, 11am at Gallatin City Cemetery.
Age 68 of Madison passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his home. He was born July 4, 1950 in Madison, TN to George Jenkins & Dora Ogeail Covington McMurtry. He worked as a salesman.
He was a member of WHite Hill Missionary Baptist Church and he served his country in the U.S. Army. He loved to play cards and to shoot pool. He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his son, Gary D. McMurtry, Jr. (Melissa) Goodlettsville, TN; brother, Billy Ray (Betty) McMurtry, White House, TN; sisters, Judy (Tommy) Ralph, Goodlettsville, TN; Niecie (Bo) Thompson, Cottontown, TN, Pam (Jerry) Curtis, White House, TN and Ladonna (JR) Payne, FL; brother-in-law, Cecil Ralph, Goodlettsville, TN; 1 grandchild, Jada Sanders.
Funeral service is scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2019 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Phillip Wright officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Thursday, March 7, 2019 4-8pm and Friday, March 8, 2019 10am until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Elise Harper Miles, age 88, of Portland, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.
Visitation will be held at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 10am until the time of Service at 1pm. Brother Leslie Chapman will officiate.
Burial will follow at 3pm in the Hermitage Memorial Gardens with Larry Ford, Sarah Beth Greenfield, Christy Greenfield, Mike Greenfield, Amy Bond, Sean Bond, Autumn Gregory, David Jennette and Alex Gregory serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Miles was born January 8, 1931 in College Grove, TN to the late Henry Emmitt and Mattie Elizabeth Underwood Harper. She was a homemaker and member of the Northside Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Miles is preceded in death by her husband, Marshall E. Miles and her sister, Jessie Mae Fulks.
Mrs. Miles is survived by her daughters, Judy (Mark) Jennette of Portland and Beverly Kay (Wayne) Ford of Springfield; sisters, Elizabeth Irwin of Portland and Dean Young of Lebanon; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Angelo Joseph Apa, age 90 was born on November 12, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York and passed away on March 5, 2019 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosetta Apa; parents, Frank and Josephine Apa; siblings,Tony Apa, Ann Sperto, Catherine (Kitty) Apa and Dolly Apa.
He is survived by his daughter, JoAnn Apa Walker; granddaughter, Gina Marie Apa; brothers, Frank Apa, Louios Apa, Martin Apa and Michael Apa; great-grandchildren, Olivia Rose Messina and Thomas Joseph Messina.
His family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until his Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Maloney Funeral Home, Hauppauge Chapel, 840 Wheeler Rd. Hauppauge New York. Interment will be in St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Plainview, New York.
Mr. Joe Howard Brown age 78 of Springfield passed away March 2, 2019, at his home. A native of Robertson County, he was the son of the late Vestel Savage Brown and Alma Lou Carroll Brown. He was a 1958 graduate of Springfield High School. On November 22, 1961, he married Christine Vaden, who is the daughter of the late Herman and Susie Woodard Vaden who were natives of Smith County. He was a member of South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield. He retired as supervisor from the Peterbilt Corp.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Christine Vaden Brown; two children: Tina (Frank) Schnitzler, Kirby Joe (Felicia) Brown; grandson, Michael Owen Brown; two sisters: Betty Holt, Shirley (Dickie) Smith. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Drucilla (Russell) Cron, Juanita (Ted) West; brother-in-law: Robert Holt.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. from the South Haven Baptist Church, Hwy 41, Springfield, with Dr. Frank Gagliano officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers: Charles Bilyeu, Michael Brown, John Wayne Allen, Ty Epley, Dennis Allen, James Smith. The family will receive friends at the church Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
James “Jim” F. Whitney, Jr. age 71 passed away peacefully at his home in Hendersonville, TN on March 6, 2019.
Jim is preceded in death by his mother Mary Jane Ragsdale Whitney of Nashville, TN; father James F. Whitney, Sr. of Omaha, NE; sister Joy Whitney Walker of Nashville TN; and long-time girlfriend Elizabeth “BJ” Dodge originally from Onieda, NY.
Jim is survived by his children Kristi Gumm (Steve) of Hendersonville, TN, Kevin Whitney (Christy) of Foley, AL and Jeff Whitney of Gallatin TN and his five loving grandchildren Gracie and Ashlyn Gumm and Keasten, Kylen and Kason Whitney. He is also survived by his brothers Roger Whitney of Silver Springs, FL and Jack Waggener (Janelle) of Brentwood, TN. He enjoyed the company of many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jim was born in Omaha, NE on September 8, 1947. He graduated from Stratford High School in 1965 in the first graduating class that attended all four years at this new school. He was an accomplished athlete, most noted for his speed on the track team. He also played baseball, softball and golf. He could often be found on his favorite golf course in Shelby Park near his home. He was an avid Yankees and University of Tennessee fan. He became an avid Titans fan when the team moved to Nashville.
Jim and his family resided in the Inglewood area of east Nashville for many years but relocated to Hendersonville, TN over 20 years ago. He enjoyed his home and in-ground pool by hosting many family and friends and by teaching his granddaughters how to swim. His faithful companion, Wyatt – a German Shepherd – was always at his side.
Jim worked for Cigna for 35 years from 1968 – 2003. His first job there was in claims processing, and he eventually became the Director of Facilities Management. He enjoyed 16 years of retirement and spent a lot of that time at his favorite hangout, the Elks Lodge, in nearby Madison, TN, enjoying a round of pool and visiting with friends.
An informal gathering for family and friends will be held at Austin & Bell Hendersonville on Friday, April 19 from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Elks Lodge, 308 Williams Ave, Madison, TN 37115.