In Loving Memory: Obituaries From Oct. 31, 2018 – Nov. 7, 2018
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Annie Lou Green
Annie Lou Green, 65, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday November 6, 2018 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday November 8th at 2:00 p.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery with Tim Harris officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.
Miss. Green was born January 5, 1953 in Monroe County, KY to the late William and Velma Green. She was a homemaker and was a Christian. Miss. Green was always easy going, she had a great sense of humor, and she never met a stranger. She will be forever cherished in the hearts of her family and friends.
Miss. Green is survived by her son: James Green of Springfield, by her daughter and son-in-law: Virginia and Brian Young of Springfield, and by her grandchildren: Nataleigh Harris, Samantha Grant, Jayden Grant, Matthew Green, Emily Green, and Connor Green.
Doris Jean Biggs, age 70 of Greenbrier, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at NorthCrest Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with B.J. Phillips and Brad Shamwell officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tyler Biggs, Nathan Biggs, B.J. Phillips, Brad Phillips, Bruce Crenshaw, Jr., and Randy Biggs serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Biggs, Trey Hoover, Ben Armistead, and Bert Hutchison. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 3 until 8 PM and Friday from 10 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Biggs was born February 16, 1948 in Robertson County to the late William “Buster” and Elizabeth Biggs Adcox. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She loved playing cards and working in her flowers.
She is survived by her husband, Russell L. Biggs, Sr. of Greenbrier; sons and daughters-in-law, Russell L. “Rusty” and Necie Biggs, Jr. of Adams and James and Bridgette Biggs of Gallatin; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda “Mandy” and Brad Shamwell of Elkton, KY; brothers and sister-in-law, Jim and Shirley Adcox of Seattle, WA and Bill Adcox of Nashville; sisters and brother-in-law, Karen and Mike Phillips of Adams, Brenda Clinard of Springfield, and Ann Crenshaw of Springfield; grandchildren, Matt, Holly, Tyler, Nathan, Ellee, and Natalie; and 5 great grandchildren.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to the Shriner’s Hospital. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Vernon King Pitt, Jr., 87, of Hendersonville, passed away Thursday November 1, 2018 at McKendree Healthcare in Hermitage. Funeral services were conducted Monday November 5th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry Heflin officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Pitt was born February 5, 1931 in Robertson County to the late Vernon King and Bertha Fitzgerald Pitt, Sr. He was a retired equipment operator from Dupont and was a member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Pitt enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Lewis, Paul, and J.R. Pitt.
Mr. Pitt is survived by his wife of 60 years: Jean Pinson Pitt of Hendersonville, his son: Jonathan Pitt of Warner Robbins, GA, his daughter and son-in-law: Emily and Tim Todd of Hermitage, his sister: Jeraldene Heflin and husband Jerry of Goodlettsville.
Lee Groves, age 56 of Springfield, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at NHC Healthcare in Springfield. Memorial services were conducted Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel with Jimmy Vaughn and Bruce Dean officiating. The family received friends on Sunday from 1 PM until the hour of service.
Mr. Groves was born September 9, 1962 in Robertson County. He was an iron worker and was very handy and had a lot of skills. He loved riding his motorcycle. He was preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Carlisle Green.
He is survived by his daughter, Katie Ann Groves of Gallatin; father, Bill Groves of Cross Plains; brothers, James William “Willie” Groves III of Cross Plains, Timothy Mark Groves of Pleasant View, Jason Green of Murfreesboro, and Bronson Groves of Springfield; sister, Tammy Lynn Graves and husband Buzz of Cross Plains; and grandchild, Aiden Eric Stewart of Gallatin.
David Leroy Williams, 63, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at Skyline Medical Center. Memorial services were conducted Sunday November 4th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Shauf and Reverend Teresa Shauf officiating. The family received friends on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Williams was born November 21, 1954 in Glasgow, KY to the late Robert Luther and Wanda Virginia Harriford Williams. He was a graduate of Warren East High School Class of 1972. He worked in sales with Kentec and was a member of Icy Sink Missionary Baptist Church in Smiths Grove, KY. Mr. Williams enjoyed gardening and cooking. He loved Louisville Basketball, Atlanta Braves baseball, and the Tennessee Titans.
Mr. Williams is survived by the love of his life: Doris Crawford of Springfield, sons and daughters-in-law: Dave and Jamie Williams, Charles Williams, T.C. Williams all of Bowling Green, KY, Jeff and Deanna Crawford of Springfield, daughters: KenYatta (Cortez Boards) Williams, KeeLita Williams of Bowling Green, KY, Amy Holman of Springfield, sisters: Grace Williams of Bowling Green, KY, Marie Williams of Lowell, AR, and Vickie Stewart of Bowling Green, KY, 20 Grandchildren and a host of other relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Joyce Marie Dorris Matherly, age 75 of Greenbrier, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018 at her residence.
The family will receive friends 4 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 and 10 am to 12 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. The funeral service will be at 12 pm on Thursday at the funeral home with Dr. David Royalty officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Cemetery. She was born January 14, 1943 in Springfield, TN to the late James Wesley and Lula Bell Biggs Dorris. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Melvin D. Matherly, Sr.
Joyce was a homemaker who loved her family, watching her grandchildren play sports and she loved shopping.
She is survived by sons, Melvin D. (Jody) Matherly, Jr., Timmy “Bubba” (Brandy) Matherly; brother, Wesley (Lillian) Dorris; sister, Frances Smith; grandchildren, Danielle Matherly, Holly Matherly, Hunter Matherly, Hayden Matherly and a great-grandchild, A’miyah Hyde.
Pallbearers will be Chad Farmer, Charles Gilbert, Matt Goodwin, Eddie Libengood, James Hutcheson and Travis Anderson.
Walter Herman Cress, age 84 of Greenbrier passed away peacefully at Alive Hospice Madison Campus on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
The family will receive friends 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018 and 10am to 11am on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. The funeral Service will follow at 11am at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens with Rev. Brandon Pugh officiating. He was born in Norton, VA on May 5, 1934 to the late Millard O. and Keokee Cress. He was also preceded in death by his late wife, Dorothy Cress and a daughter, Ginger Cress.
He was owner/operator of Ridgetop Plumbing Company.
He is survived by wife, Teresa Kelley Cress; son, Timothy Kelley; daughter, Tammy Hollis, brother, Tommy (Martha) Tipton and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Homein Greenbrier, TN. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41 S., Greenbrier, TN 37073 to help with funeral expenses.
Obituary for Ken Ray
John Kenneth “Ken” Ray, age 52, of Cedar Hill, Tennessee died Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Wednesday, November 7th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with his nephew, David Charles Watkins, III officiating. Burial will follow in EverRest of Cheatham with Noah Stewart, Adam Watkins, Clayton Bailey, Jeremy Wooten, Jacob Nemer, and Jesse Wilson serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, November 6th, and again on Wednesday beginning at 12:00PM until the hour of service at 2:00PM.
Ken was born on February 10, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee to Jesse and Estelle Clark Ray. He was a graduate of Austin Peay State University and a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity. He owned and operated RAMCO and was a member of Cedar Hill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph Ben and Lela Clark; paternal grandparents, Jessie and Mildred Ray; brother-in-law, Richard Jay Stewart; and mother-in-law, Donna Robertson.
In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jodi Neely Ray; daughters, Alexis Bailiff, Kasie Nicole, Emma Grace, and Chloe Lela Ray; sisters, Deborah (Gary) Harris, Karen (David) Watkins, and Judy (Scott) Bailey.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Ken Ray Memorial Fund.
Rev. Stephen Lane Lawing, age 74, of Pleasant View, Tennessee died Saturday, November 3, 2018 at his home.
There was a Celebration of Life service, Monday November 5th, 2018 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 11:00 AM. There was no visitation prior to the service at 11:00 AM. Burial followed at EverRest Cemetery with Sam Lawing, J.J. Watts, Jackson Watts, Danny Brown, Jerry Duckett, and Jerry Wayne Duckett serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Lawing was born on January 9, 1944, in Mooresville, North Carolina to the late Leonard E. and Ruth Norris Lawing. He was in the United States Army and he has pastored Free Will Baptist Churches for 22 years. He attended New Hope Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Mr. Lawing is survived by his wife Linda Duckett Lawing; son, Sam (Kimberly) Lawing; daughters, Kelly Lawing and Stephanie (Taylor “J.J.”) Watts all of Pleasant View; brother, Ronald (Mildred) Lawing; sister, Kay Linda Lawing all of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and nine grandchildren.