In Loving Memory: Obituaries From Nov. 6 – Nov. 12, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Jonathan Wall
Jonathan Endsley Wall, age 41, of Adams, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019.
A private service will be held.
Mr. Wall was born March 25, 1978 in Madison, TN to Mr. Steven (Betty) Wall of Erin, TN and Mrs. Sharon Endsley Cockrill of Adams. He worked as a boat mechanic and loved the water and anything else with a motor. He was care-free and fun-loving, was always happy with a smile on his face.
Mr. Wall is preceded in death by his step-father, Chris Cockrill, his grandparents, William and Irene Wall and his grandfather, James Endsley.
In addition to his parents and step-mother, Mr. Wall is survived by his grandmother, Carlene Endsley of Hendersonville; brothers, Jeff Wall of Adams and Willie Cockrill of Hendersonville; and sisters, Stephanie (Mark) Morgan of Hendersonville, Tracy Lawrence of Goodlettsville and Julie Tanner of Erin. Mr. Wall is also survived by a host of loving friends and extended family that will all miss him very much.
John Dylan Christopher, 27, of Goodlettsville, passed away on Friday November 8, 2019 at St. Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday November 13th at 3:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Todd Bush officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Dylan was born January 16, 1992 in Springfield. He had worked as a grill operator for Waffle House. Dylan enjoyed woodworking, working on cars, hunting, fishing, camping, shooting guns, and anything that involved being outdoors. He loved the Tennessee Vols and the Green Bay Packers.
Dylan is survived by his mother: Kelli Jackson of Goodlettsville, by his father: John Michael (Connie) Christopher of Goodlettsville, by his sons: Andrew Christopher and Derek Morgan both of Murfreesboro, and Bentley Anding of Las Vegas, NV, by his daughters: Brystol Christopher and Carter Morgan both of Murfreesboro, by his brothers: Shane (Tracie Burkeen) Bush of LaVergne, Trace (Grace) Christopher of Springfield, and Nick (Destiny) Barrett of Woodbury, by his sisters: Kelsie (Karry) Christopher of Springfield, and Tisha Jackson of Adairville, KY, by his grandparents: John and Gail Christopher of Murfreesboro, Jerry and Bea Cravens of Layton, UT, and Barbara Brown of Cross Plains, and by the mother of his children: Shelby Morgan of Murfreesboro.
Peggy Witty Karstens, 78, passed away on Wednesday November 6, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center.
Rosary services were conducted Saturday November 9th at 3:30 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home with the Legion of Mary officiating. Burial was in St. Mary Nativity Cemetery in Crest Hill Lockport, IL. The family received friends on Saturday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home.
Peggy was born August 11, 1941 in Joliet, IL to the late Thomas and Theresa Kezerle Witty. She was a homemaker and a communicate of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Peggy loved sewing, crafts, making birdhouses, shopping, and spending time with her grand and great grandchildren. She loved the Chicago Cubs and they were her team – “Go Cubs Go”. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Charles Karstens and by her grandson: Jesse Gehrke.
Peggy is survived by her daughters: Susan T. (Walter Sayers) Gehrke of Springfield, and Sally (Ronald) Garcia of Elwood, IL, by her sister: Nancy Healy of Florida, by her grandchildren: Alana (Mario) D’Amico, Alexa (Alex Castillo) Garcia, Sami (Gordon Lee) Garcia, and Sasha (James) Barnwell, and by her great grandchildren: Charles, David, Zayden, Sienna, Jaxon, Paola, Catrina, Sean, and Kaelynn.
Martha Lee Ratzer, 82, of Springfield, passed from this life on Wednesday November 6, 2019 at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
A private graveside service was held in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Reverend Bob Carroll officiating.
Ms. Ratzer was born October 21, 1937 in Russellville, KY to the late Charlie Gordon and Maude Mayberry Hardin. She was a retired custodian with Golden Living Nursing Home and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and the Ladies Sunday School Class. Ms. Ratzer was an avid reader and loved flowers, gardening, hummingbirds, and all animals, especially her cat. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Lester Hardin, James Lee Hardin, Beatrice Blanton Barlett, and Mae Leding.
Ms. Ratzer is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Kathy and Kent Evetts of Greenbrier, by her son and daughter-in-law: Jimmy and Leslie Ratzer of Springfield, by her grandchildren: Kaila Jade Ratzer and Elijah Kade Evetts, by the father of her children and dear friend: James Ratzer, Sr., of Greenbrier, and by her best buddy, her cat Baby.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Age 83 of White House went home to be with the Lord Sunday, November 10, 2019 at her home. She was born August 30, 1936 in Mount Carmel, Illinois to Herbert Franklin & Virginia Marsalina Wiseheart Snelling. She worked in a medical office helping with clerical work before her retirement. She also helped with many other jobs at the front and back desk, including using her people skills to help the office run smoothly. She was a member of New Life Fellowship in Cross Plains, TN. She loved spending time with her family and especially cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a very faithful Christian and loved the Lord with all her heart. She enjoyed shopping and Snoopy.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Joseph Griffith, who died 54 years ago. He was the love of her life and she never remarried after his death. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Joe) Batista; brother, Les (Pat) Snelling, both of White House, TN; Four grandchildren, Heather, Jodi, Jason and Travis; Ten great-grandchildren, Mariana, Jackson, Cole, Abrey, Hadley, Molli, Andrew, Zoe, Sophia and Nora.
Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Steve Farmer and Bro. Rob Massie officiating. Interment will follow on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10am in White House Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Wednesday, November 13, 2019 4-7pm at the funeral home.
Betty Jean Nicholson, age 77, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died, Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.
Funeral services will be held at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, on Thursday, November 14th, at 11:00AM with Bro. Thomas Southerland officiating. Burial will follow in Good Springs Cemetery in Pleasant View with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 13th from 3- 7:00PM and again on Thursday from 9:00AM until the hour of service at 11:00AM.
Mrs. Nicholson was born on November 20, 1941 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Ted Jones and Gladys Goad Goolsby. She was employed for 24 years with Acme Boot Company in Ashland City and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings, Jerry Jones, Barbara Brown, Lois Johnson, and Pete Goolsby.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lynn Nicholson; son, Michael Meadows of Pleasant View; daughters, Shelia (Boobie) Sesler of Charlotte, Lori (Shaun) Senn of Dickson; brother, Tony (Sherry) Goolsby of Chapmansboro; sister, Patsy (Jimmy) Potts of Pleasant View; grandchildren, Jamie (Jason) Hall, Mickey (Mary) Sesler, Mika Sesler, Courtney (Tyler) Moore, Brantley Morgan, Carter Senn, Misty (Rob) Marvin, Stephanie Meadows, Ashley (Matt) Pilkinton, Michael Meadows, Matthew Meadows; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
The family wishes to say a big “thank you” to Mrs Betty’s special caregivers, Nancy and Kita.
Deborah Holt-Restey, age 58, of Cedar Hill, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
A Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 1pm in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church Cemetery with Father Anthony Lopez as Celebrant. Burial will follow with Andrew Heffner, Samuel Holt, John Restey, Marco Martinez, Timothy Hawthorne and Richard Anderson serving as pallbearers.
No visitation will be held prior to the Graveside Service.
Mrs. Holt-Restey was born September 15, 1961 in West Palm Beach, FL to Mr. Harry Anderson of AL and Mrs. Judith Dunfee Krause of TN. She worked as a Registered Nurse at NorthCrest Medical Center, was an artist and was a writer. She loved crafting and working with her hands and reading her Bible.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Holt-Restey is survived by her husband, John G. Restey; children, Andrew Heffner of CA, Rebeccah (Timothy) Hawthorne of GA and Samuel (Chelsea) Holt of FL; brother, Richard Anderson of NC; sister, Renee Johnson of TN; and grandchildren, Annalise Heffner, Adilynn Heffner and Lochlan Hawthorne.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Foundation. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Melody Jean Sexton, age 55, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Clarksville at her home.
Melody was born July 10, 1964 in Truckee, California to Betty Sexton McMinnis and the late Earl Sexton. She was an admissions director in the Health Care industry.
In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her uncle JL Sexton and grandparents, Victor and Elise Chaffin.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by step-father, George McMinnis; son, David Shearon of Clarksville; daughter, Heather (Brian) Anderson of Clarksville; brothers, Jim (Barbara) Sexton of Joelton and Eddie (Stephanie) Sexton of Cedar Hill; and grandchildren, Aiden Shearon, Colson Anderson and Euie Shearon. No service information available.
Age 59 of Elmwood, TN, formerly of Portland, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was born February 16, 1960 in Nashville, TN. She worked as a shift supervisor for Osh Kosh and was of the Church of Christ faith. She loved God, music, cooking and baking, and most of all her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus M. and Dorothy A. Harper; infant brother, Charles Michael Harper. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Russell W. Craig, Jr., Elmwood, TN; daughter, Heather (Greg) Hickman, Ft. Oglethorpe, GA; son, Rance Craig, Elmwood, TN; brothers, Jerry (Patti) Harper, White House, TN and Jimmy (Charlotte) Harper, Murfreesboro, TN; 5 grandchildren, Isiah, Jacob, Christopher, Aubrey and Jordan.
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Don Harper officiating. Inurnment will follow on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10am in the Columbarium at Hillcrest Cemetery in White House. Visitation is planned for Thursday, November 14, 2019 3-7pm at the funeral home.
Phyllis Irene Donkin Pendleton, age 81, of Russellville, KY, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at her home.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 8, 2019 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Pastor Sammy Anderson officiating. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Roger Daniels, Brandon Stickrod, Stanley Carthen, Eric Starks, Bryant Shane Anderson, Jonathan Barrett, Alan K. Stickrod, Christopher Henry and Jeremy Ryan Burges serving as pallbearers.
Visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday from 10am until the hour of service at 2pm.
Mrs. Pendleton was born June 4, 1938 in Pipestone, MN to the late James and Catherine Tibetts Donkin. She was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith. She was sweet and kind and loved everyone, especially her family, very much.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Pendleton is preceded in death by her first husband, Jessie J. Elliott, her second husband, Thomas Marvin Pendleton, her children, Carrie K. Spicer and Scott Allen Elliott, her grandchildren, Burl Alan Spicer and Jeremy Wayne Anderson, and her siblings, Connie L. DeBaca and James R. Donkin, Jr.
Mrs. Pendleton is survived by her son, Kenneth Ray Elliott of Springfield; daughters, Rebecca Lynn Elliott Daniels of Springfield, Lanette Diane Spicer of Russellville, Sherri Lynn Pendleton of Springfield and Melissa Ann Pendleton of Springfield; grandchildren, Lynn Renee Choate, Dusty Robert Elliott, Elizabeth A. Burgess, Connie L. Byard, Derrick Scott Spicer, Shane Bryant Anderson, Amanda R. Carthen, Deanna K. Todd and Heather L. Barrett; 28 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Pendleton is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
Jean Beerman Burchett, age 74, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at NorthCrest Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 5pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Michael Smith officiating. Mrs. Burchett’s remains were cremated following the funeral service.
Visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday from 10am until the hour of service at 5pm. A potluck lunch will be at 12noon so bring your favorite dish.
Mrs. Burchett was born April 11, 1945 in Springfield to the late Charlie and Elizabeth Rather Beerman. She worked as an Inspector at Nasco for close to 30 years. Because of her love for animals Mrs. Burchett also worked at the Greenbrier-Springfield Animals Hospital for several years.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Burchett is preceded in death by her brother, Chuck Beerman. She is survived by her husband, Billy Burchett; sons, Scott Kelly and Tommy (Nancy) Kelly, both of White House; daughters, Christy (Brad) Minnis, Shawn (Barry) Minnis and Shana (Tommy) Weaver, all of Cedar Hill, and Leann (Michael) Erickson of Portage, MI; sisters, Paula (Bill) Sandy of Cottontown, Gail (Dan) Bush and Vicky (Jerry) Jenkins, both of Springfield, and Kathy (George) Smith of Kingston Springs; grandchildren, Brady Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly, Carolina Kelly, Caleb Coleman, Autumn Minnis, Austin Hollis, Lexi Randolph, Sage Erickson, Ayden Erickson, Mackenzie Erickson, Brandon Minnis, Matthew Minnis, Kayla Minnis and Nicholas Swift; and great-grandchild, Alex Swift. Mrs. Burchett is also survived by a host of loving cousins, friends, nieces and nephews that will all miss her very much.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Greenbrier-Springfield Animal Clinic. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Charles Conroy Head, Sr., age 71 of Ashland City, Tennessee, died, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services were held, Sunday, November 10, at 2:00PM with Brother Jim Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Head Family Cemetery in Chapmansboro with Austin Taylor, Austin Douglas, Avery Head, Zachary Head, Joshua Head and Mark Head serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Allie Ramirez, Ronnie Barron, Robert Head, Gerald Albright, David Proctor, Wesley Attebery, David Shores, Butterball Balthrop, Wade Scholes, Charles Douglas, Leo Smith, Dale Shearon, Winkie Albright, Donald Wilbanks and members of the Cattlemen’s Associations.
The family received friends at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View, Saturday, November 9, from 2-8:00PM, and again on Sunday from 12:00PM until the hour of service at 2:00PM at the funeral home.
Mr. Head was born on June 15, 1948 in Clarksville, Tennessee to the late Richard and Hazel G. Albright Head. He severed in the US Army and was a highly decorative Vietnam War Veteran. He was also a full-time farmer, which he loved. Charles also loved hunting, spending time with his grandkids, his cattle and his dogs. He was a member of Mt Carmel United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by son, Chuck Head; brother, Kenneth Head; and sister, Pat Head Summitt.
Mr. Head is survived by his wife, Mitzi Fletcher Head; daughter, Tracy (Brandon) Douglas; brother, Tommy (Deloris) Head; sister, Linda Attebery; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Head; sister-in-law’s, Debbie Head, Mona Bryant and Frankie Fletcher; grandchildren, Ashlee (Austin) Taylor, Austin Douglas, Abbi Douglas, Alli Douglas, Avery Head, Zachary Head, Joshua Head, Betty Jean Head, and Lizzie Beth Head; and Allie Ramirez, who was just like a son to Charles; and many loving nieces and nephews..
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Pat Head Summitt Foundation, 520 W Summit Hill Dr SW #1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.
Evelyn Gower Blessing of Clarksville, age 84 passed away peacefully November 05, 2019 in the home of Ray & Sandy Blessing of Clarksville. Mrs. Blessing was preceded in death by husband, Ted Blessing and father & mother, Rayburn & Frances Head Gower.
Evelyn is survived by sons, Ray Blessing (Sandy), Randy Blessing (Kim), Jerry Blessing (Shelley), David Blessing (Felecia); and daughter Linda Blessing; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; sisters, Ruby Gower Jinnette of Pleasant View and Sue Gower Naron of Murfreesboro; and faithful little dog, Lucky.
Evelyn was a lifelong member of Walton’s Chapel Church. She was a devoted grandmother, loved spending time with her family and many friends, never met a stranger and was a good neighbor. She enjoyed her flowers and spent many hours caring for them. Evelyn & Ted owned and operated the Diamond B Quarter horse boarding farm for many years.
Celebration of Life for Mrs. Blessing was held at 1pm. Friday, November 08, with Reverend Craig Cross and Reverend George Adir officiating. Burial followed at RestHaven Memorial Garden in Clarksville with Daniel Blessing, David Blessing, Wyatt Blessing, Allen Jinnette, Chase Cunningham and Jason Walker serving as pallbearers.
Friends were invited to visit with the family from 3pm until 8pm on the afternoon of Thursday, November 07 and on Friday, from 11am until hour of service at 1pm at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.
The family wishes to express our appreciation for the excellent care of Evelyn by, Dr. Maria Dungus, Dr. Craig Wright, Avalon Hospice and daughter-in-law, Sandy Blessing.
In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Evelyn to the Walton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 2821 North Hinton Road, Clarksville, TN 37043.
Celeste Griscom Oxford, age 62, of Nashville, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at her home.
A Memorial service was held Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:30 at the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville with Dr. Ryan Moore officiating.
Visitation was held at the church on Monday from 1pm until the hour of service at 2:30pm.
Ms. Oxford was born August 22, 1957 in Nashville to the late Tom Griscom, Jr. and Ruth Griscom Wagner. Upon graduating from Harpeth Hall, she began pursuing her Bachelor Degree at UTK before finishing with a degree in Interior Design from O’More College of Design. She had an immense talent for design and designed interiors for Earl Swensson Associates, Gaylord/Opryland and was the proud owner of Oxford Interiors.
Ms. Oxford enjoyed many hobbies such as gardening, puzzles, traveling, and cooking. Her favorite past time was being in the company of friends and family who knew her for her smile and wit. Her largest passion and loves in life were her daughters.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Oxford is preceded in death by her loving step-father, Rusty Wagner. She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer and Kendall Oxford of Nashville; sister, Carrie Nygren of Milwaukee, WI; and nieces, Lane and Kate Nygren.
Albert Calvin Hall, III, 54, of Springfield, passed away on Friday November 1, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday November 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Donnie Bryant officiating. Interment followed in the Oakland Cemetery. The family received friends on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Albert was born May 7, 1965 in Springfield to the late Albert Calvin and Reither Louise Nixon Hall, Jr. He graduated from East Robertson High School. He was a maintenance technician with Macy’s Distribution Center in Portland and was of the Baptist faith. Albert was a Mason and a member of Western Star Lodge #9 in Springfield, and he loved spending time with his dogs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Fiancee: Sandra Marie Spivey and by his sister: Penny Dianne Hall. Albert is survived by his son: Ryan Hall of Orlinda, by his brother: Dennis Hall of Eclectic, AL, and by his sister: Valerie Wright of Murfreesboro.
Dorena Ann Nichols, age 86 of Springfield and formerly of Madison, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Morningside of Springfield.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Simmons officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Brantley Darnell, Matthew Simmons, Scott Simmons, Jay Bedsole, Jay Darnell, and Gregory Turner serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home Saturday from 12 noon until the hour of service.
Mrs. Nichols was born December 23, 1932 in Robertson County to the late Henry and Vera Spain Wilson. She was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ and formerly a member of Rivergate Church of Christ. She was a great cook and she adored her family. She was also a graduate of Coopertown High School. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Ralph Nichols.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Faith Ann and Allen Gunn of Wetumka, AL, Dianne and Randy Simmons of Ft. Myers, FL, and Glynda Kay and Greg Turner of Chattanooga; brother, Tommy Wilson of Springfield; 7 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.
KIMBERLY DAWN HOLMES May 15, 1962 ~ October 29. 2019
Kimberly Dawn Holmes entered this life on May 15, 1962 to the proud parents of the late Phillip Nathaniel Holmes and Evelyn Faye Holmes. This happy birth took place at Jesse Holman Hospital in Springfield, Tennessee. She had one brother, Kenneth DeWayne Holmes, who preceded her in death in 1964.
Kimberly was educated in Robertson County where she attended Bransford Elementary School, and graduated from Springfield High School in 1980. Kimberly was a joyful student who embraced her life and her education. Her love of sports was realized on the softball team at Springfield High School. After graduation, she attended MTSU for one year which equipped her to enter the workforce in Springfield. Kimberly was employed by the Robertson County Recycle Center for over ten years. She was later employed by Collins & Aikman Factory, and Electrolux Appliances. She was also employed with the Kroger Company. She retired from Electrolux in 2017 due to health problems.
Kimberly’s greatest achievement was the birth of her daughter, Kayla Delrae Holmes. She cherished her daughter, and Kayla became the centerpiece of her life. They shared many special moments together and with Mother Faye Holmes. Their special bond was extended with the birth of Kayla’s children, Adriana Denae and A. J. McCarley. As a grandmother, Kimberly was able to experience the joys and adventures of her grandchildren.
Kimberly was known for her willing spirit to help other people in general. She was a friend to everyone she met. Her love for family moved her to assist in the care of her father, mother, grandparents, aunts, and grandchildren. She performed many charitable acts of mercy in her lifetime that were unknown to the public.
Kimberly’s presence will be greatly missed by her family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and others to whom her kindness was shown. She leaves to cherish her memory: her daughter, Kayla Holmes of Springfield, TN; grandchildren, Adriana and A.J. McCarley of Springfield, TN; mother, Faye Holmes of Springfield, TN; half-sister, Felicia Freeman of Springfield, TN; two aunts, Barbara Thomas and Burma Shannon both of Springfield, TN; two uncles, Harry Hilliard of Greenbelt, MD, Paul Nixon of IN; god daughter, Malia Shannon, a host of relatives and friends, Antonio McCarley Sr., and special friend, Karen Brown.
Celebration of Life Service was Saturday, November 9, 2019 at First Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Emanuel Haygood, Officiating and Reverend Martin P. Winslow, Eulogy.
Click Photo To Watch Video interview of Former East Robertson Teacher Dale Mettler Talks About Facing A.L.S.
Age 71 of Cross Plains, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at his home after a fierce battle with A.L.S. He was born February 3, 1948 in Jackson, Michigan to James Lewis & Norma Helen Beach Mettler. Mr. Mettler was a local teacher, coach and Vietnam Vet. He recently did an interview with Smokey Barn News, knowing that his time was short. He spoke of his love for teaching, coaching and Robertson county. He wanted to reach out to the community to thank them for welcoming him with open arms as he began his teaching career at East Robertson High School years ago. At the age of 49, he attended Vol State for two years and then TSU for two years, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2001 to teach. It was just three weeks ago that Mr. Mettler felt well enough to attend an A.L.S. golf charity event at The Legacy Golf Course in Springfield, TN. The event raised $25K for A.L.S. research. Dale Mettler was a hobbyist who loved riding horses, restoring cars and golf. He even collected Native American artifacts and turned them into jewelry. He was also an author, songwriter and member of the White House American Legion Post #206. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam and had served as the Quartermaster for the VFW.
He is preceded in death by his parents,James Lewis & Norma Helen Beach Mettler. He is survived by his daughter, April Dawne (Kassie Lane) Mettler, Paducah, KY; sisters, Norma (Jack) Majewski, Safety Harbor, FL and Rochelle (Doug) Bird, Tecumseh, MI.
A memorial service was held Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:30pm in the gymnasium at East Robertson High School with Chaplain Joe Eden officiating. Visitation was held Sunday, November 10, 2019 1:30-2:30pm in the gymnasium, with military honors. Inurnment will be at a later date in First Presbyterian Church Columbarium in Tecumseh, MI.
Memorial contributions are requested to A.L.S. Foundation P.O. Box 40244 Nashville, TN 37204-0244 or to Amedysis Hospice 400 Royal Parkway Nashville, TN 37214
David Miller Carroll, age 90, of Springfield passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center.
A Memorial Visitation was 4pm to 9pm, Monday, November 4, 2019 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Springfield. A Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 9th at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Springfield with Elder Gary Martin officiating..
Mr. Carroll was born October 28, 1929 in Greenbrier, TN to the late Clyde M. and Marie Highsmith Carroll.
He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a Machinist for Pirelli Tires.
He loved collecting old gasoline engines, steam engines, tractors, old Studebaker’s and was an avid reader.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Sadler Carroll; children, Jimmy (Cynthia) Carroll, Alan ( Sherry) Carroll, Danny (Bridgette) Carroll, Julie (John) Fuqua, Kilp (Rebekah) Carroll; grandchildren, Cara (Marcello) Santariera, Claire Carroll, Amelia Fuqua and Jonathan Carroll.