In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week November 1, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week November 1, 2020

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Theresa Ann Salm

Theresa Ann Salm, age 57 of Springfield, died Saturday, October 31, 2020 at her home. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM at South Haven Baptist Church with Brother Johnny Norton Officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11:30 AM until the hour of service.

Ms. Salm was born December 2, 1962 in Evansville, IN to the late James Taylor and the late Shirley Flemming Kirkwood. She was an active member of South Haven Baptist Church and was an Animal Health Technician at Nashville Veterinary Specialty Hospital. She was an avid animal lover and loved to sew, make jewelry, and enjoyed scrapbooking.

floral squareTheresa is survived by her daughter, Christina Salm of Ridgecrest, CA; son, Michael Salm of Evansville, IN; granddaughter, Abigail Salm of Ridgecrest, CA; brother, Tom Taylor of Evansville, IN; special friends, Mary Nicholson, Carol Woodard, Cindy Norton, and Tammy Wright, all of Springfield; and many other friends in her church family.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Betty Carolyn McMillin Warren

Betty Carolyn McMillin Warren, 78, of Cross Plains, passed from this life on Sunday November 1, 2020 at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday November 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Milldale Chapel with Pastor Russ Noss officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Aaron Huff, Tony Huff, Josh Warren, Austin Parks, Jerry Aydelotte, and Keith Rediker serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Scott, Will Ed Osborne, and Dan Green. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the Milldale Chapel.

Mrs. Warren was born May 2, 1942 in Nashville to the late Fort and Leola Yates McMillin. She was a graduate of East Robertson High School Class of 1960. She was a homemaker but a farmer at heart. She drove the tractor and did anything else that needed done on the farm while she worked along side her late husband, Bruce Carrolle Warren. Mrs. Warren was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where she loved being a part of the Ladies Circle group. She was a member of the Robertson County Senior Citizen Center and very much loved the trips she was able to be a part of with that group. Her greatest hobbies were working on her family genealogy, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and traveling. She had been to most every State in the United States at least twice, as well as traveling to many other foreign Countries.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister: Dot McMillin. Mrs. Warren is survived by her floral squarechildren: Marlin Warren of Cross Plains, Carol Warren of Springfield, and Roger Warren of Cross Plains, by her grandchildren: Aaron Huff, Tony Huff, Kara Warren, and Josh Warren, by her great grandchildren: Kennedy, J.J., and K’lynn, by her brother: James McMillin of Indianapolis, IN, and by her nieces: Sharee (Kenneth) Thompson, Brenda McMillin, and Jenny Snoddy.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Mrs. Warren’s memory.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Linda Gail Mcgee

Linda Gail McGee, age 64, of White House, TN., passed away Friday, October 30, 2020 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. No services are planned at this time.

Ms. McGee was born January 6, 1956 in Cookeville, TN to the late Willie and Ollie Mae Unk Flatt. She worked as a truck driver at Freeman Industries.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her sister, Reba Herron.

Ms. McGee is survived by her daughter, Rene Jett of White House; and grandson, Kaylub Jett.

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

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Obituary for Donna Marie Barber

Donna Marie Barber age 78 of Hendersonville passed away October 30, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00am Thursday, November 5, 2020 in the Old Brush Cemetery in Portland.

The funeral home asks that anyone attending the service to please wear a mask and refrain from any physical contact with the family such as hugs and handshakes. For your safety, all CDC guidelines are to be followed.

Service entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Helen Arthenia Norman

Robertson County – age 86 passed away Thursday, October 27, 2020 at Alive Hospice. Born August 14, 1934 in Barren County Glasgow Kentucky.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary B. Wells and Hollis Atnip; husband of 64 years, Glespie H. Norman; son-in-law, Bobby Lawrence; grandson, CPT. Joshua Lawrence.

floral squareSurvived by daughters, Teresa (Thomas) Humphrey and Judy Lawrence; grandchildren, Kendra (Doug Norris) Lawrence, Tim (Heather) Humphrey, Tami (Troy) Elliott and Zak Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Kiersten Humphrey, Katie Watkins, Kara Humphrey, Luke and Reece Elliott.

A graveside service with immediate family members only was held Oct.31

Arrangements entrusted to Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

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Obituary for Judy Lea Davis

Judy Lea Davis, age 59 of Hendersonville passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was a loving and faithful wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Davis was a strong willed, stubborn, loving and very giving person.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Lee and Anna Lois Pyles Jerls; a son, Frederick Davis; brothers, Billy Pyles and Norman Pyles; and three other siblings.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband of 45 years, Fred Davis; son, Jeremy Jerls; daughters, Angela (Daniel) Hammond and Leanna Moore; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Larry Wayne Pyles and Vernon Pyles; and a sister, Lorene Williams.

The family will receive friends from 1pm-3pm on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville. Funeral services will be conducted at 3pm Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Wayne Pyles officiating.

floral squareThe funeral home asks that anyone attending the visitation to please wear a mask and refrain from any physical contact with the family such as hugs and handshakes. For your safety, all CDC guidelines are to be followed.

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Service entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Ron Lynch

Ronald Franklin Lynch, age 75, of Chapmansboro, Tennessee, died Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at the Waters of Cheatham.

Funeral services will be conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 2 o’clock pm Sunday, November 1st with Rev. David Usry officiating.

Burial will follow in EverRest of Cheatham with Jim Hutchins, Mac Brown, Bill McCoy, Billy Carey, Brandon Brown, and John Higdon serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, November 1st, beginning at 12:00PM noon until the hour of service at 2:00PM.

Mr. Lynch was born on September 15, 1945 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to the late Franklin and Grace White Lynch. He was a mechanical engineer and retired from Nissan. “He loved anything with wheels” such as cars and motorcycles; and enjoyed car shows and going camping. He was a Christian.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Brian Lynch; and two brothers, Daryl & Wallace Lynch.

floral squareSurvivors include his wife, Janet Eickmeyer Lynch; brother-in-law, Bill (Ilene) McCoy; nephew, Travis McCoy; and a “special friend”, Gail Usry.

If so desired, memorial contributions in Mr. Lynch’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View assisted the family with these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Allen Smith Jr.
The Life of a Legend

Dr. Allen Smith, Jr. was born February 9, 1931 in Greenwood, Mississippi to the late Reverend Allen Smith, Sr. and Virlee Smith. He was the eldest of three children and was preceded in death his brother, Alfred Smith and sister, Evelyn-Smith Thurmond. Allen Smith, Jr. was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in the Mississippi River by the founder of the Church of God in Christ, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, at the age of 11 years old. At that time, Dr. Smith knew he wanted to preach the gospel. The Smith family moved to St. Louis, Missouri when he was young where they attended the Bostic Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Bostic.

Dr. Allen Smith was ordained as a minister in the Church of God in Christ. Once ordained, he graduated from high school, and enlisted in the Marine Corps. During enlistment, he received recognition for National Defense Service and Good Conduct. After honorably serving this country, Dr. Allen Smith, Jr, moved to Chicago, Illinois where he joined the Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Lenox and was later elevated to an ordained Elder. After years of evangelizing, in 1965, the Lord spoke to Dr. Allen Smith to begin his own church using the motto “I believe God”. Prince of Peace Church of God In Christ started in his home. Membership and services began to grow requiring him to secure a building for the church. During this time, he was also employed by the United States Postal Service. He met, fell in love, and married his wife, Dorothy Waits-Smith on June 11, 1980. Dr. Smith and Sister Dorothy Smith worked side-by-side in ministry on the West side of Chicago; eventually moving to the South side of the city where the church remained until his retirement from pastoring in 2002.

After retirement, Dr. Smith and Sister Smith moved to Memphis Tennessee where they worshiped at New Beginnings Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor James Griffin. They later relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and began worshiping at Tabernacle of Faith Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Felton Smith (Pastor) and Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Jerry L. Maynard (Pastor).

On October 27, 2020, Dr. Allen Smith, Jr. slipped from time into eternity at the wonderful age of 89 years old. Left to cherish his memory is his devoted and loving wife of 40 years, Dorothy Smith, two daughters: Dr. Cheryl Brown and Dr. Wanda Rice, one son-in-law: Udall Rice, three grandchildren: Alexandria Rice, Jeremy Rice, and Shannon Rice; four sisters-in-law: Mary Page, Effie Davis, Verna Dowden, and Carolyn Waits. Also, three nephews: Marcus Thurmond (Angela), Michael Thurmond, and Eric Smith (JoAnn); three nieces: Andrea Bland (Lawrence), Yvette Wilson, and Virla Ann Thurmond. He also leaves a host of cousins, distant family, and friends all over this country. And last, but definitely not least, his Prince of Peace Church of God in Christ family in Chicago, Illinois.

Merits and Accomplishments

* Personal driver for Bishop Lewis Henry Ford 1st Jurisdiction Church of God In Christ
* Honorary Doctoral Degree conferred in 1991 by Bishop C.C. Owens
* Director of Pastors Music Guild, Chicago Chapter under the direction of Dr. Mildred Lewis
* Superintendent of the Daniel Bostic Memorial District. 7th Jurisdiction Illinois, Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Bishop R. E. Edward Goodwin, Sr. (Pastor)
* Administrative Assistant, 7th Jurisdiction Illinois under the leadership of Bishop R. E, Edward Goodwin (Pastor)
* National Adjutant of the Church of God in Christ International
* 1986 Candidate for National Treasurer of the Church of God in Christ
* 1999Administrative Assistant IMEJ Jurisdiction 1
* Regular Sunday School Panelist for Chicago Access, Preachers of America Television Show

floral squareIn lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) where research may result in breakthroughs for others with heart disease.

To help keep friends and family safe to congregate and to travel due to the current CoVid-19 epidemic, a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Dr. Smith will be planned and announced at a later date.

Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Hendersonville is honored to be entrusted with his care.

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Obituary for Pam Oliver

Pamela “Pam” Kay Oliver, age 58 of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Monday, October 26, 2020 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View on Friday, October 30th, at 1:00PM with Pastor Amanda Crabb and Pastor Clay Baggett officiating. Burial followed at EverRest of Cheatham with Patrick Benson, Nathaniel Benson, Maxwell Lynch, Isaac Rippy, Lucas Morris, Jason B. Lynch, Mario Sotelo, and Logan Morris serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 4-8PM, Thursday, October 29th and again on Friday from 10:00am until the hour of service at 1:00pm.

Mrs. Oliver was born on March 28, 1962 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late James Albert and Becky Hardin Nicholson. She was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, “Nannie”, and sister. She was a member of Restoring Hope Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers, James Gary “Frog” Nicholson & Jerry Albert Nicholson; and sister, Sandra Ann Brown.

floral squareSurvivors include her husband of 38 years, Jimmy Oliver; daughters, Jamie Rebecca (Jason B.) Lynch, Alea (Mario) Sotelo, Jessica Oliver Morris, and Ashley Oliver; brother, Michael Shane “Jack” Nicholson; sister, Kathy Jean (David “Spanky”) Spicer; grandchildren, Patrick, Maxwell, Abraham, Nathaniel, Courtney, Mariana, Isaac, Kaydence, Alianna, Kaylea, Lucas, Hadalee, and Oaklynn; great-grandchildren, Brantley, Angel, and Raelynn.

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Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for James Milton Masood

It is with immense sorrow that we announce the death of James Milton Masood of Crossville, TN, formerly of Fredonia, NY, who passed away on October 24, 2020 due to complications of COVID-19. He was born November 11, 1955 in Frederick, MD. He graduated from Frederick High School in 1973 followed by receiving a BS in Accounting in 1977 from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. Because of his natural flair for business, he quickly rose through the ranks in the food industry holding management and executive positions with Rite Aid Wholesale Food in Shiremanstown, PA, McCain Citrus in Chicago, IL, the Red Wing Company in Fredonia, NY, Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk, NY, and lastly with Wells Enterprises of La Mars, IA. Jim instilled trust, confidence and loyalty whether in the boardroom, with customers, or on the golf course. He took his responsibilities seriously, but always had a witty sense of humor and found time to relax on his numerous travels with his family and friends. He was a go-to for advice, making him a great mentor to many, especially his children. He loved the beach, drinking a Malibu rum and pineapple, and making others laugh. To his family he was a devoted husband, father, brother and son, and he enjoyed the companionship of “man’s best friend” with the latest being chocolate lab, Hershey. Jim enjoyed life, valued his friendships and was awaiting retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Priscilla and James Masood of Frederick, Maryland.

He is survived by his loving wife Ann, of 37 years, of Crossville, TN, two children, Kristen Masood-Sidebottom (Daniel) of Hendersonville, TN, and Eric (fiancée Nicole Williams) of Crossville, TN, sister Lisa Giles (Robert Hollar) of Mettawa, IL and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

floral squareA celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) where research may result in breakthroughs for others with kidney disease. Please join Jim’s family and friends in loving remembrance of him.

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Service entrusted to Austin and Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hendersonville.

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Obituary for Mary Yvonne Killom

Mary Yvonne Killom, 85, of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Saturday October 24, 2020 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday October 27th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Jon Briggs officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Lee Trice, Bryon Trice, Dylan Fiscus, Jeff Hogan, Brandon Perry, and Paeton Hurst serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Killom was born August 24, 1935 in Stewart County to the late Virgil Wayne and Hazel Ludie Travis Cherry. She was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School Class of 1952, and then went on to work for National Life Insurance Company. She was a member of Cedar Hill Church of Christ and was a retired contract cleaner with Dupont. Mrs. Killom loved bowling, doing Find A Word’s, and reading her Bible.

floral squareMrs. Killom is survived by her son: Donald C. (Donna) Killom, Jr., of Springfield, by her daughters: Sharon Killom Wooden of Springfield, Laraine Killom Worley of Greenbrier, Rhonda Killom (Miles) Pence of Springfield, by her brother: Phillip Wayne Cherry of Adams, by her sister: Martha Jean Corbin of Springfield, by her grandchildren: April Hogan, Lee Trice, Bryon Trice, and Brandi Perry, by seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

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The Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Arrangements for Phyllis Gunn

Phyllis L. Moore Gunn was born on February 21, 1957 to the late Loretta Moore Davis and Charles D. Lunsford. She departed this life’s journey on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

She professed a hope in Christ at an early age under the leadership of Reverend W. J. Speed at the First Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a current member under the leadership of Pastor Emanuel Haygood.

She was employed with Holley Inc. for twenty plus years until they closed. Phyllis was a loving person and everyone she met loved her.
She married the love of her life, Donald Gunn and they recently celebrated fourteen years of marriage.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents and brother, Robert L. Davis.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories, her loving and devoted husband, Donald Gunn; two sons, Carlos (Keshia) Brooks of Lebanon, TN and Miguel (Cherise) Brooks of Hawaii; step children, Shamike Gunn , Rhonda Graham; and Antarrian Gunn all of Springfield, TN; three grand-children, Andrea, Mikal and Alex Brooks; three sisters, Antheia and Dortheia Davis both of Springfield, TN and Tonya (Johnny) Garrett of Portland, TN; three sisters-in-law, Mary Gunn Ellis of Springfield, TN, Ilisa Gunn of Cordova, TN and Patricia Woodard of Franklin, KY; a host of nieces, nephews; devoted friends, The Roberts Family, Vanessa Townsend, floral squareLovie Jones, Gladys Jean Jones and Peggy Williams; loving Dog, Kyah; other relatives and friends.

Visitation was Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm with funeral to follow at First Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Martin Winslow, 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 Buddy Justice

Buddy Justice, 91, of Cedar Hill, passed away on Wednesday October 21, 2020 at Hendersonville Medical Center.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday October 24th at 10:00 a.m. in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Reverend Dave Bradley officiating. Pallbearers were Julie and Clint Russell, Ann and Josh Jones, Dr. Josh and Bethany Justice, Sarah and Jody Dorris, and Brayden Lassiter. There was no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Justice was born October 2, 1929 in Cedar Hill to the late James George and Kathleen Moulton Justice. He was a graduate of Cedar Hill School. Mr. Justice was a lifelong farmer and a member of New Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Robertson County Farm Bureau, Robertson County CO-OP, and served on the Board of Directors for the former Commerce Union Bank. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Virginia Coleman.

Mr. Justice is survived by his wife of 68 years: Teady Teasley Justice of Cedar Hill, by his sons and daughters-in-law: Mike and Carol Justice of Cedar Hill, Jeff and Jennie Justice of Cedar Hill, and Randy Justice of Springfield, by his sister: Mary Hancock of Nashville, by his grandchildren: Julie (Clint) Russell, Ann (Josh) floral squareJones, Dr. Josh (Bethany) Justice, Sarah (Jody) Dorris, and Brayden Lassiter, and by his great grandchildren: Morgan Lynn Russell, Anna Ruth Russell, and Justice Michael Jones.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the New Chapel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund and may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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The Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Alice Irene Lawrie

Alice Irene Lawrie, age 94 of Greenbrier, died Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Stoneridge Healthcare in Ridgetop.

Private graveside services were conducted Friday, October 23, 2020 in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Rev. Kenny Hix officiating. Pallbearers were Steve Cherry, Wade Pearson, Steve Parker, Ken Pearson, Joseph Pearson, and Eddie Traughber. Honorary Pallbearers were Tommy Kirkland and Donnie Haggard.

Ms. Lawrie was born July 19, 1926 in Simpson County, KY to the late Neely N. and Neoma Hickman Kirkland. She was of the Baptist faith and was retired from Unarco where she worked in the shipping department. Her favorite pastime was gardening and woodworking.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Bill Osborne of Rolette, PA and Mabel and Kenny Pearson of Greenbrier; grandchildren, Ed (Misty) Osborne of Bradford, PA, John Osborne of Smethport, PA, Billie (Rob) Good of Duke Center, PA, Ken (Jill) Pearson of Goodlettsville, and Joseph Pearson of Greenbrier; great grandchildren, Shane Mullen, Steven Good, floral squareChantel Good, and Serenity Osborne; step great grandchildren, Lance Mullen, Drake Smith, Eileen Smith, Phillip Good, Alysia Good Snyder, and Bridgett Good Bidwell; and 7 great-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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The Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for JoAnn Montgomery McCommon

JoAnn Montgomery McCommon, 83, of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Monday October 19, 2020 at Morningside of Springfield.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday October 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother James Shoulders officiating. Entombment followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral Home.

Mrs. McCommon was born October 23, 1936 in Chalybeate, MS to the late H.C. and Vera Lee Cooper Montgomery. She was a homemaker and a member of Greenfield Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. McCommon loved reading, feeding her birds, dancing, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: James Douglas McCommon and by her daughter: Valarie McCommon Fisher. Mrs. McCommon is survived by her daughter floral squareand son-in-law: Shireen and Lanny Dean of Springfield, by her grandson: James Carl Fisher, and by her great granddaughter: Katelynn Fisher.

The family of JoAnn McCommon would like to extend their appreciation to all of the staff and employee’s at Morningside of Springfield for the wonderful care and love shown to her.

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The Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Arrangements for Jerry Mac Tyler “J.T.”

 Jerry Mac “JT” Tyler entered this earthly life December 13, 1942 and transitioned to be with the Lord on October 22, 2020. He was born to the late Jerry Baxter Tyler and Amy Lewis Tyler.

On June 29, 1985, Jerry married Cynthia Stanton. Jerry was an active member of the Bransford Alumni Association and a proud graduate of Bransford High School, Class of 1961. He attended Perdue University where he completed his Associates Degree.
Jerry’s professional career included working for WDBL Radio Station for over fifty-five years. He was also employed with The City of Springfield. “JT” was a man of a few words but was very personable and when he had something to say, people listened. His favorite saying was “God loves you; I love you and there ain’t a thing you can do about it.” He traveled a lot to the TSU and Titan games. “JT” loved to travel no matter how long of a drive we had to make to get to the beach. Daytona Beach was our favorite.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, James Boots (Lois) Darden and Henry Sory (Annie) Darden; and nephew, Wayne Couts.
Jerry is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Cynthia Tyler; son, Jerry Anthony Tyler; daughter, Nicole Darden; step-son, Clifford Darden; grandchildren, Marlon, Markeem, Maraunreanio, Tamerus, Tyler, and Jaiquan Rodwell; sister, Janie Couts; special niece, Laverne Jernigan; nieces, Amy Jernigan, Faye Darden, Rita (Tim) Sanford; Jackie (Tim) Burns; special nephew, Ricky Darden; nephews, James (Linda) Darden, DD (Melissa) Kimbrough; DJ (Amy) Washington, Gary (Temika) Darden and Eddie Darden; devoted sister-in-law, Marsha (Donald) Washington; brothers-in-floral squarelaw, Lee (Dove) Stanton, Elliott (Peggy) Stanton, Pat Gardner, Rayford (Shirley) Stanton, and Leo (Cleo) Stanton.

Visitation was Saturday, October 31, 2020 12:00-1:00 pm with funeral to follow at 1:00 pm at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Reverend Jackie Brooks, Eulogy, Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Donnie Cook

James Donald “Donnie” Cook, age 72 of Mt. Juliet, TN passed away Saturday, October 24th at Tri-Star Summitt Medical Center in Hermitage.

The funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 27th at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Springfield with Dr. Richard Tiner officiating.

Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Marshall Gillis, Zach Crabtree, Tim West, Ricky West, Butch O’Neal and Bob O’Neal serving as pallbearers. The family received friends 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 26th and 9:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday, October 27th at the funeral home.

He was born September 10, 1948 in Springfield, TN to the late James Richard and Bertha O’Neal Cook. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Fred West, Sr. and sister, Joanie Cook Ellis.
He was a member of The Pointe Church in Mt. Juliet and a retired Radiographer/welder for World Testing. He loved the Lord, Nascar, and reading. He was considered a man of unmatched work ethic and had nothing bad to say about anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Kay Harp Cook of Mt. Juliet; sons, Paul “Bryant” (Kim) Crabtree of Springfield, James “Jamie” (Tommy Johnson) Cook, Jr. of Springfield; daughter, Jessica Leigh floral squareCook of Mt. Juliet; brothers, Fred West, Jr, Rick (Sheila) West, Tim West, Steve (Jeannette) West all of Springfield; sisters, Vickie Rager of Greenbrier, Tammy West,, Debbie Gower both of Springfield; grandchildren, Zachery Bryant Crabtree, Shelbie Taylor Crabtree, Marshall Gillis and Jacob Sayadeth.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Ann Coles

Sarah “Ann” Coles, age 78 of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Friday, October 23, 2020 at the home of her niece in Joelton.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View on Tuesday, October 27th, at 2:00PM with Bro. Jason Bell officiating. Burial followed at EverRest of Cheatham with Don Felts, Kevin Neal, Richie Harris, Bryant Harris, Brad Galbreath, Troy Galbreath, Richard Rediker, Jr. and her and her cousin, Jerry “Tinker” Binkley serving as pallbearers. Donald “Buster” Felts, Troy Galbreath, Sr., Randy Harris, David Eads, Travis, Eddie, Charles and Dale Brown served as honorary pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 4-8PM, Monday, October 26th and again on Tuesday from 10:00am until the hour of service at 2:00pm.

Mrs. Coles was born on April 26, 1942 in Ashland City, Tennessee to the late Claude B. Neal and Lucille M. Binkley Barnes. She was retired from the Department of Revenue for the State of Tennessee and was loved by all. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step-father, Charlie Barnes.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, John Coles; son, Jonathan Coles; brother, Murray (Dean) Neal; sisters, Frances Felts, and Mary Ethel (Ken) Elam; loving nieces & nephews, Karen (Troy) Galbreath, Beth (Randy) Harris, Don (Pam) Felts, Kevin (Melissa) Neal, Angela & Kimberly Griffin, Jenn Rains, and Sherri Banovatz; great-nieces & great-nephews, Richie Harris, Brad (Lacey) floral squareGalbreath, Bryant Harris, Brianna Neal, Karlie & Emma Felts, Troy (Rachel) Galbreath, and Kristi (Richard, Jr.) Rediker; sisters-in-law, Jackie (Wayne) Griffin, Judith Mills, and Dianne Coles; and special friend, Marilyn White.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 4009 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 209, Nashville, TN 37215.

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

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Obituary for Herman Akins

James “Herman” Akins, age 88 of Springfield, Tennessee, died Friday, October 23, 2020 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 11 o’ clock am on Wednesday, October 28th, with Bro. Don Dungan officiating. Burial followed in EverRest of Cheatham with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 5:00PM until 8:00PM on Tuesday, October 27th, and again on Wednesday, from 10AM until the hour of service at 11:00AM.

Mr. Akins was born on June 2, 1932, in Williamson County, Tennessee to the late George “Henry” and “Lillie” Edna Tidwell Akins. He was retired from Rechiold Chemical Company. He was a Christian.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughters, Darlene Akins and Donna Akins Neighbors; and brothers, G.H., Oscar, Leslie, and Jimmy Akins.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy Akins; son, James Henry Akins; a brother, Ernest Akins; a sister, Joyce (Kenny) Houchin; grandchildren, Karen Fitts Sloan, Dayna Claiborne, floral squareBrandon Claiborne, B.J. Neighbors, Brent Neighbors, and Melody (Justin) Hopper; great-grandchildren, Garret Sloan, Tanner Sloan, Tyler Jeanette, Wyatt, Cory, Maggie, and others; numerous nieces, nephews & loving friends; and special friends, Pam & Krista Binkley.

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

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Obituary for Naomi Mae (Johnson) Butler

Naomi Mae Johnson Butler, age 89, of Springfield, passed away on October 23, 2020 at the Waters of Springfield. Naomi was born on April 16, 1931 in Peoria, Illinois to the late Elsie May Metzler and Charles Leroy Johnson.

Naomi graduated from Cass Technical High School class of 1949. She aspired to be a fashion or interior designer. Naomi was an accomplished seamstress and an accomplished seamstress and an exacting accountant and tax preparer.

Naomi married Michael (Mickey) Abraham Jr. in Angola, Indiana, February 28, 1949. Naomi and Mickey divorced in 1970. He lived in Detroit, Michigan until he moved to Ashland City, Tennessee in 1984.

Naomi was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom while her children were young and helped Mickey at the store whenever possible, cleaning, cashier and stocking the shelves. After her children were in school and her mom Elsie Johnson came to live with them, Naomi worked for J.L. Hudson Department Store as well as a bookkeeper and income Tax Preparer. Naomi continued as an income tax preparer for special clients until she was no longer able to do so.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Gloria Lynn Abraham; brother, William “Bill” Johnson.
Naomi is survived by sons, Mike Abraham III and wife Elaine of McDonough, Georgia and Martin A. Abraham and wife Kim of Springfield; grandchildren, Ashlae Abraham Sympson, Preston Abraham, Garrett Abraham, Nolan Abraham, Liam Abraham, Alexis Katerina “Lexi” Abraham; great-grandchildren, Johnny Sympson, Adyson Campbell, Ember Sympson.

floral squareNaomi requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Nashville Rescue Mission. All donations may be sent care of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home.

Due to Covid Restrictions, a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

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Obituary for Max Moss Sr.

Awarding-winning journalist, Max E. Moss Sr., died Thursday, October 22, 2020 at his home in Pleasant View. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Moss’ lengthy professional career included 16 years at The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, where he was the newspaper’s sports and outdoors editor, city editor, executive editor, managing editor; he and the newsroom staffs that he led won numerous accolades.

Mr. Moss was just 17 years old and few months shy of his graduation from high school when the editor of his hometown newspaper, the Palladium-Item in Richmond, Indiana, agreed to a teacher’s recommendation that a student be introduced to his newsroom on a part-time basis. As Mr. Moss later wrote, that “mesmerizing” experience led to his decision to become a newspaperman.

Following his graduation from Indiana University, where he majored in journalism, and active-duty service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Mr. Moss worked at the Palladium-Item, the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, the Courier-Tribune in Bloomington, Indiana, The Leaf-Chronicle, and the Nashville Banner in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mr. Moss’ career also included stints as editor of The Lunker Hole magazine, which was distributed nationwide to members of the Bass Caster’s Association; editor of the Professional Bass Fisherman, a magazine he designed and published for the Professional Bass Federation (PBF); executive director of the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association, a statewide organization of professional outdoor communicators; and he was writer-producer of the outdoors module of the popular country.com web site operated by Turner Broadcasting and CBS.

When “mostly retired” as a journalist, and willing to share his personal opinions, Mr. Moss served as a member of Pleasant View’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 10 years, including six as its chairman.

Mr. Moss was born in Richmond, Indiana, December 1, 1939, the son of Harry C. and Pauline Bond Moss and brother of Harry C. Moss Jr., who died in 1983. He is survived by Merrily Ann Moss, his wife of 59 years; one son, Max E.(Terri) Moss Jr. of Stigler, Oklahoma; one daughter, Karen Sue (Mike) McIntyre, of Nashville; grandchildren, Dalton (Summer) Farrar, Kennan (Marcus) Buckner, Evan Moss, Levi Moss; and 5 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was conducted at 3 o’clock pm, Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Tn. The family received friends at the funeral home from 1PM until the hour of service at 3:00PM. His remains will be cremated and the burial of his ashes will be at a later date in Earlham Cemetery in Richmond, Indiana.

floral squareIn lieu of other remembrances, Mr. Moss’ family suggests that donations might be made to Pleasant View United Methodist Church, where he was an active member for many years. The mailing address is: 2621 Church St., Pleasant View, Tn 37146.

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

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Obituary for Cristina Henry

Cristina Isabel Henry, age 41, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville.

A Graveside Service was held Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 3pm in the Elmwood Cemetery with Father Anthony Lopez as Celebrant. Burial followed with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

No visitation was held prior to the Graveside Service.

floral squareMrs. Henry was born July 4, 1979 in Piedras Negras, Coah, Mexico to Oscar Manuel Garcia Velazquez and Luz Maria Diaz Garcia. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic Faith.

Mrs. Henry is survived by her husband, Jose Fuentes Martinez; brothers, Omar Armando Garcia and Oscar Manuel Garcia, Jr.; and sister, Luz Elena Murillo.

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

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Obituary for Don Cheek, Jr.

Don Carlos Cheek, Jr., age 52, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at St. Thomas Hospital in Rutherford County.

No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Cheek was born February 16, 1968 in Winston-Salem, NC to the late Don C. and Glenda Thompson Cheek, Sr. He worked as a mechanic at Brent Jones Automotive. He loved restoring classic cars, especially Mustangs and spending time with his family. He enjoyed working around the house and loved mowing with his John Deere.

Mr. Cheek is survived by his son, Trey Cheek of Springfield; floral squaredaughters, Cindy Cheek and Kristen Cheek, both of Springfield; brothers, David (Darlene) Cheek of Clarksville and Joe Cheek of Springfield; sister, Kim Cheek of Springfield; and nieces and nephews, Katie (Eric) Cheek, Hunter (Payton) Cheek, Kelsey Cheek, Noah Cheek, Ethan Esmond and Lily Cheek.

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

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