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ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Roberta Lee Wright

Roberta Lee Wright, 92, of Springfield, departed this life on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at North Crest Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday May 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Kenneth Boards officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery with James Neblett, Gerald Neblett, Stacy Neblett, Tim Bailey, Cory Bigsbee, Jr., and Dobbie Dowlen serving as pallbearers. Her granddaughters will serve as Flower Girls. Visitation with the family will be from 12 noon until service time on Tuesday at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church.

Ms. Roberta was born January 13, 1927 in Cedar Hill to the late John E. and Elizabeth Wright. She professed Christ at an early age. Ms. Roberta retired from housekeeping at Nashville Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother Board. She enjoyed knitting, working crossword puzzles, and was an excellent cook. She was preceded in death by her husband: James Sylvester Ellis, by her children: Stella Louise Wright, James Ray Wright, and Michael Sanders Wright, by her step-son: James Ellis, and by her siblings: Johnnie, Pearly, Louise, Ida, Mary, Ruth, and James.

floral squareMs. Roberta leaves to cherish her memory her devoted children: Clifford (Rochelle) Wright of Springfield, Robert Wright of Springfield, Lizzie Neblett of Cedar Hill, Delores (Jessie) McFadden of Rochester, NY, and Sylvia Wright of Springfield, by her 17 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 11 great great grandchildren, her step-children: Fannie (James) Bowens, Peggy Lunsford, and Teresa (Roosevelt) Pryor, her special nieces: Christine and Chelsey Neblett, Brenda Wright, Sharon (Harvey) Combs, Karen (David) Clay, by her special nephews: Butch Wilson, Junior (Manelle) Wright, and by her devoted friends: Gladys Frazier, Odessa Dowlen, Rose Page.

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Obituary for Donald “Don” Hancock

Donald “Don” Hancock, 91, of Springfield, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Monday May 20, 2019 at Springfield Heights Assisted Living.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday May 24th at 4:00 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church with Ben Turner and Reverend Jim Woodard officiating. Interment will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery with Andy Benton, Brian Benton, Matthew Hancock, Ben Turner, Landon Parks, and Josh Benton serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Hancock’s fellow Gideons of the Springfield Camp, and the deacons of Hopewell Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at Hopewell Baptist Church on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Don was born February 6, 1928 in Springfield to the late Floyd Sylvester and Nellie Pope Hancock. He was a graduate of Orlinda High School, where he enjoyed playing basketball. Don was a lifelong farmer and was a retired tobacco grader with the U.S. Government with 24 years of service. He was a lifelong member of Hopewell Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years, was a choir member, and was elected deacon in 1967. He became a member of the Springfield Gideon Camp in 1982, and he also enjoyed serving on the Robertson County Fair Board for many years. Don was a man who possessed a strong work ethic, which he passed down to his children and grandchildren. He delighted in planting crops and watching the land produce a bountiful harvest. He especially enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, of which he always shared the fruits of his labor with others. He was always in awe of God’s beautiful creation and loved to travel to different parts of the United States. Don was a caring, giving, generous, and faithful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years: Ann Draughon Hancock, his twin grandsons: James Landon and Leslie Dale Hancock, Jr., his siblings: John Hampton, Robert, A.D., and Floyd Pope Hancock, Linnie Bell Edwards, and Jessie Hunter. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter and son-in-law: Donna and Rick Benton of Greeneville, his son and daughter-in-law: Leslie and Lissa Hancock of Springfield, his grandchildren: Andy (Jamie) Benton of Jonesborough, Ashley (Ben) Turner of Brentwood, Lt. Colonel Brian (Ella) Benton of Columbus, MS, and Matthew (Jodi) Hancock of Springfield, his 15 great grandchildren, his twin sister: Dorothy Johnson of Camden, SC, and his sister-in-law: Evelyn Hancock of Springfield.

floral squareThe family would like to express a special thanks to all the Springfield Heights employees for their exceptional care of both Don and Ann Hancock for the past three and a half years.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church Mission Fund or to Gideons International. All donations may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary for Robert Ray Redferin

Robert Ray Redferin, Sr., age 76 of Greenbrier, died Friday, May 17, 2019 at NHC Healthcare in Hendersonville.

Memorial services will be conducted in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Joey Jones, Rick Gordon, and Rev. Tee Rawls officiating. Following the service his cremains will be interned in Cross Plains Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 11 AM until the hour of service.

Mr. Redferin was born August 4, 1942 in Cross Plains to the late Marvin Woodard and Bertha Odell Hunter Redferin. He was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. He was a farmer, and also worked in construction and maintenance. In his later years he worked at WalMart as a door greeter. He loved and was loved by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Fishing was by far his greatest hobby and pastime.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Gail Bogle Redferin of Greenbrier; sons, Robert Ray Redferin, Jr. and wife, Kris of Alabama and Robert Dewayne Redferin and wife, Cara of Hendersonville; daughters, Holly Grimes and husband, Gary of Alabama, Ginger Vickers and husband, Tracy of Alabama, Tabetha Ellis and husband, Ben of Orlinda, Shelly Hall and husband, Chris, of Greenbrier, and Chasity Matthews of Springfield; brothers, Marvin Woodard Redferin, Jr. of White House, Horace Dean Redferin of Cross Plains, and Roger Glenn Redferin of Cross Plains; sisters, floral squareMargaret “Sissy” Stubblefield of Cross Plains and Barbara Ann Nicholson of Pleasant View; 15 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

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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Obituary for Wilmoth Dean Minnis

Wilmoth Dean Minnis, age 83 of Springfield, died Friday, May 17, 2019 at NorthCrest Medical center.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Jeffrey Barnhart, Tyler Barnhart, Jacob Barnhart, Monty Head, Branden Hollis, and Jay Barbee serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 4 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 10 AM until the hour of service.

Mrs. Minnis as born February 18, 1936 in Robertson County to the late Hooper and Pauline Baldwin Heatherly. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was retired from the union of Textron Aerospace. She loved camping and gardening and just being outdoors. She also enjoyed cooking and decorating for the holidays. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amber Barnhart.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband, Thomas Minnis of Springfield; sons, Tony Minnis and John Minnis, both of Springfield; daughters, Vicky Bradley and Rita Warren, both of Springfield; brother, Jewel Heatherly and wife, Joyce of Springfield; sisters, Helen Thaxton and husband, Ray and Joyce Ellis and husband, Barry, both of Springfield; grandchildren, Miranda Head, Avery Hollis, and Jada Bradley; and great grandchildren, Jeffrey Barnhart, Tyler Barnhart, Jacob Barnhart, Maddie Head, Paisley Hollis, Nevaeh Barbee, and Brahmin Barbee.

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Obituary for Helen Keller Bridges

Helen Keller Bridges died peacefully at the age of 97, on Thursday May 18, 2019 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

Memorial services will be conducted Thursday May 30th at 5:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Nathan Parker officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

She was the only child of Alexander and Edna Keller, born April 20, 1922 in Ft. Myers, FL. She married Willard Lee Bridges at the age of fifteen and lived most of her married life in Miami, FL where they raised three boys. After the boys were grown, Helen and Willard moved to Ochopee, FL in the Everglades where they fished, rode airboats, swamp buggies, and four wheelers. During the summer months they camped all over the United States and Canada making numerous friends. Following Willard’s death in 1975, Helen moved to Springfield to be near two of her sons. Later she remarried and lived in Alabama and north Florida. When her health failed, she returned to Springfield.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands: Willard Bridges and James Bridges, and by her son: Tim Al Bridges. Helen leaves to remember her, her sons: Jack Lee (Barbara) Bridges and Willard Lee Bridges, granddaughters: Christina (Eric) Keiffer, Jill Bridges, Erin (Brandon) Walker, Megan (Rafal) Knap, and Melissa (Jimmy) Carr, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

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Obituary for John Mueller

John  MuellerJohn Mueller, age 68, of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at the Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Funeral services will be held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Saturday, May 25th, at 4:00PM with Bro. Don Dungan officiating. Burial will follow in Good Springs Cemetery with T.J. Lee, Patrick Lee, J.J. Anders, Cody Fuller, Ty Goff, Ray Fuller, Joseph Carr, and Parker Byrd serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday, May 25th from 1:00PM until the hour of service at 4:00PM.

Mr. Mueller was born on August 2, 1950 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late John Geyser and Margaret Mueller. He was instrumental in the creation of the Pleasant View Veterans Memorial Park. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam and Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). John was a member of Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Crystal Searcy.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Judy Anders Mueller; son, Jamie (Jackie) Anders; daughters, Judy Lynn (“Butch”) Walkup, Lou (Dennis) Goff, Brandi (Charles) Fuller; grandchildren, T.J. (Chelsea) Lee, Patrick Lee, J.J. Anders, Si’gee (Jamie) Carr, Christine Anders (Michael Roberts), Parker Byrd, Hunter (Emily) Byrd, Cody (Delainey) Fuller, Elizabeth Fuller, Ray Fuller, Ty Goff (Stephanie Kocak); and great grandchildren, Kendall, Maddie, Joseph, Crystal, Carmella, Aydyn, Jace, Elijah, Jackson, Gemma, Easton, James, and Brynlee.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice at 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, Tn. 37203-9658.

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Obituary for Donald Ray Colvin

Donald Ray ColvinDonald Ray Colvin Age 69 of Cottontown went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his home. He was born February 7, 1950 in Nashville, TN to Jack and Nellie O’Neal Colvin. He worked as an electrician for CSX Railroad before his retirement and had been employed as a school bus driver with Sumner County Schools for the past two years, where he loved the children so much that he transported to and from school. He was a faithful member of Halltown General Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and woodworking. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending church.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Nellie O’Neal Colvin. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Connie Bennett Colvin, Cottontown, TN; sons, Jeremy (Pam) Colvin, Glasgow, KY, Jonathan (Elizabeth) Colvin, Cross Plains, TN and Jared Colvin, Cottontown, TN; father, Jack Colvin, Mt Juliet, TN; brother, Doug (Vickie) Dugger, Clearwater, FL; 6 grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service was held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1PM at Halltown General Baptist Church 120 Dink Rut Road Portland, TN 37148, with Pastor Mike Brady officiating. Interment followed in Halltown Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4-8PM and Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9AM until the time of the service at the church.

Arrangements handled by Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, TN

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Obituary for Lillian Simmons

Lillian SimmonsLillian Barbara Simmons, age 88, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at NHC Healthcare. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 20, 2019 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother John Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Simmons Family Cemetery with Mrs. Simmons’ grandsons serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2-7pm and again on Monday from 12pm until the hour of service at 2pm.

Mrs. Simmons was born November 3, 1930 in Springfield to the late Dawson and Nell Carver Keith. She was a homemaker and member of the Fykes Grove Primitive Baptist Church.

floral squareIn addition to her parents Mrs. Simmons is preceded in death by her brothers, Rayburn Keith and Earl Keith. Mrs. Simmons is survived by her husband, Guthrie Simmons; sons, Ronnie (Donna) Simmons of Springfield and Stanley (Charlotte) Simmons of Orlinda; daughter, Barbara (Ford) Laster of Elkton, KY; and grandchildren, Tim Simmons, Robert Simmons, David Simmons, Jerry Simmons, Brandon Simmons and Kelsey McGee. Mrs. Simmons is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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