In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week November 14, 2021

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Nov. 8-14, 2021

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Nov. 8-14, 2021

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for John Michael Donkin, Sr.

John Michael Donkin, Sr., 61, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday November 14, 2021, at TriStar North Crest Medical Center. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday November 20th at 12 noon in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

John was born May 23, 1960, in Lawton, Oklahoma. He has worked for Hinkle Chair for 40 plus years, and was currently serving as Plant Manager, and he was a member of Battle Creek Baptist Church. John loved woodworking, was an excellent carpenter, a fixer upper, enjoyed fishing, gardening, working in his yard, playing his guitar, singing, designing furniture, and painting murals on various items. He was a big family man and always enjoyed being with his grandchildren and being involved in whatever activities were taking place in their lives. John has always been and will always be “Pops” in the hearts of his family that loved him so much. He was preceded in death by his father: James F. Donkin, and by his brothers: Jim Donkin and Tim Donkin.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Fay Dorris Donkin, by his son and daughter-in-law: John Michael and Susan Donkin, Jr., of Springfield, by his daughter: Tabitha Donkin of Springfield, floral squareby his grandchildren: Chelsea Donkin, Grant Donkin, Avery Donkin, and Alise Donkin, by his mother: Claudette Martin of Springfield, by his brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill Donkin of Springfield, Tom and Kathy Donkin of Nashville, Kerrie Donkin of Springfield, by his sisters and brothers-in-law: Cathy and Randy All of Las Vegas, NV, Cindi (Charles) Stafford of North Carolina, by his half-sisters: Kim Hawley Evans and Linda Taylor, and by his beloved dog and best friend: Cocoa.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Joseph Leo Hagan

Age 83 of Cottontown passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021 at his home. He was born May 5, 1938 In Breman, KY to Silas Miles & Panola Eads Hagan. He was retired from AT&T after 42 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Franklin, KY. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Silas Miles Hagan, Jr.; sisters, Elizabeth Hagan, Norma Hagan Harris and Gwendolyn Hagan. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Paula Hagan, Cottontown, TN; sons, Sean Miles (Jacqueline) Hagan, White House, TN and Kevin Jude (Monica) Hagan, Mikanar, FL; daughters, Anya P. (Jack) Pence, Cape Coral, FL, Manon (Timothy) Hagan Stevens, Southwest Ranches, FL and Kera E. (Derek Brown) Hagan, West Palm Beach, FL; sisters, Ramona (Paul) Smith, Corbin, KY and Maybelle Gossett, Bremen, KY; 13 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to Food for the Poor 6401 Lyons Road Coconut, Creek, FL 33073, Alive Hospice floral squareor or to the American Cancer Society. A memorial mass will be held Friday, November 26, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Franklin, KY with Father Tom Buckman officiating. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service. Mr. Hagan’s ashes will be interred at a later date at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Winter Haven, FL.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Brittney Marie Bennett

Brittney Marie Bennett, 30, of Adams, Tennessee passed away peacefully at her home on November 11, 2021. Brittney was born September 14, 1991, in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was survived by her parents, Brenda and Donald Bennett; brother, Kyle Bennett; and may other family members and friends. Brittney spent her entire life in Adams, Tennessee, where she attended Jo Byrns Schools and graduated in 2009.

She was attending Volunteer State Community College, where she appeared on the Dean’s list every semester, working towards her degree in Communications.

Brittney was an Emergency Communications Supervisor at Robertson County 911, where she was employed for more than ten years. She hoped to spend her career in the profession she loved. Brittney was always the bright light in every room she entered, and she was loved by everyone that met her. She loved Alabama football, Predators hockey, live music and concerts, and her friends and family. She was a kind, giving, and loving soul who will be greatly missed by all of those that knew her.

floral squareA celebration of life will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenbrier, Tennessee on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Visitation with the family will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm, with a celebration of life to follow. The family is asking in lieu of flowers donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in Brittney’s name.

Arrangements entrusted to Gateway Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Clarksville.

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Obituary for Paul Wayne Roland

Paul Wayne Roland, age 54, of Adairville, KY, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021 at his home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Don Bruce officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion U.M.C. cemetery with Joshua McKinney, Zachary Clark, Beau Scruggs, Cody Scruggs, Jessie Richardson, and Joshuah Reynolds serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 4-8pm and again on Thursday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.

Mr. Roland was born July, 29, 1967 in Springfield, TN to the late Jimmy and Judy Moulton Roland.

floral squareMr. Roland is survived by his wife of 34 years, Diana Morrow Roland; daughter, Lauren Chelsea Roland (R.J.); son, Michael Morrow (Jennifer); 4 grandchildren, Aniyah Marie Porter, Arianna Jade Porter, Amir Porter, and Amari Joel Porter; and sisters, Amy Brown, Tracey Scruggs (Tim), and Penny Ledbetter (David).

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

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Obituary for David Hildreth

David Preston Hildreth, age 59, of Joelton, Tennessee, died Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the home of his son, Justin Hildreth.

In accordance with his wishes, his remains will be cremated. Services will be private.

David was born on December 18, 1961 in Nashville, Tennessee. David was a second generation mechanic, a skill set taught to him diligently by his father starting from childhood -both had an excellent reputation throughout the Nashville area.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Purdy and Betty June Hildreth; half-brothers, Carroll Russell Purdy, Sammie Lyle Purdy, Lewis Glen Purdy; and sister, Bettie Purdy Luttrell.

Survivors include his wife, Christal McBay Hildreth of Dayton, Tennessee, two sons, Joshua Hildreth of Joelton, Tennessee and Justin Hildreth of Nashville, Tennessee; one daughter, Kasi Schroeder of Cookeville, Tennessee.; one sister-in-law, Maxine Purdy of Los Angeles, California; step-son, Ryan (Kristen) Montgomery of Dayton, Tennessee; grandson, Michael Miller of Nashville, Tennessee; one nephew, Bradford Blaine of Dallas, Texas.

floral squareDavid was an excellent photographer with a keen eye for detail. He was also a second generation gardener taught to him by his father and enjoyed working with his flower beds. David had an extensive knowledge of numismatics, collecting coins since childhood. David was reared in Old Hickory and attended Dupont High School and later studied diesel mechanics.

If so desired, memorial contributions in David’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

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

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Obituary for Ivy Nell Murphy

Ivy Nell Murphy, age 84, of Springfield passed away on Monday November 8, 2021. Nell was preceded in death by her husband, James Warren Murphy, son, James Richard Murphy, daughter, Laurie Nell Murphy and her parents Reverend Richard Nathan and Flora Dell Roe. Nell is survived by granddaughters, Marissa Chachra and Jamie Marvin, great-grandsons, James Chandler and Carter Paul Marvin, and great-granddaughter Lalia Miryn Chachra.

Born on January 30, 1937, she attended Nashville Business College and played on the girls’ basketball team. She was a member of Mt. Denson Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years before moving her membership to Springfield First United Methodist Church. Nell was a successful real estate agent for several years in Robertson County and went on to open and operate Murphy Realty in Springfield for multiple decades. Prior to her real estate career, Nell worked for Security Federal Savings and Loan in Springfield, and for Dr.’s Traughber and Reed. Having served as a Chamber of Commerce Board Member early in her career, she was an active member of the community. Nell and her husband James enjoyed square dancing and traveling to Florida with friends.

There will be a graveside service at 10:00 a.m. on Monday November 15th in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Tim Harris officiating. Pallbearers will be Michael Marvin, Vishesh Chachra, James Chandler Marvin, Clyde Richert, Joe Hart, Bruce Duffer, and Dr. Grant Bell. Larry Chatman will serve as an honorary pallbearer. The family will receive friends on Sunday November 14th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral floral squareHome. There will be no visitation on Monday prior to the graveside service.

If so desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Robertson County Senior Citizens Center where her and James Warren frequently met up with friends during their retirement or Springfield First United Methodist Church.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary Jerry Donald (Don) Morgan

Jerry Donald (Don) Morgan, Sr., 73, of Springfield, passed away on Monday November 8, 2021, at his home.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday November 13th at 2:00 p.m. in the Greenbrier Cemetery with Chaplain Brett Stewart officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Donald Morgan, Jr., Thomas Dolash, James Dolash, Christopher Lorincz, Jonathan Lorincz, and Kyle Smythe. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Mitchell, Gary Puckett, David Morgan and Calister Brawner. The family received friends on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home. There was no visitation on Saturday prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Morgan was born August 26, 1948, in Greenbrier to the late Joe and Margaret Warren Morgan, Sr. He was a graduate of Greenbrier High School Class of 1966, and was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, having served during Vietnam. Mr. Morgan was called into the ministry in 1972. He graduated from Gulf Coast Baptist Institute in Theodore, AL, and then pastored various churches on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and spoke in many churches around Springfield throughout his years of ministry. He was retired from the construction industry, and he attended Lighthouse Baptist Church in Springfield. Mr. Morgan was a softball, baseball, and soccer coach for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on cars, woodworking, and camping.

floral squareIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters: Beverly Jones and Deborah Norris, and by his granddaughter: Erica Smythe. Mr. Morgan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Martin Morgan of Springfield, by his sons: Jim (Rosella) Smythe of Greenbrier, Jerry Donald (Michelle Collins) Morgan, Jr., of Springfield, by his daughters: Candace (Bryan) Dolash of Springfield, Sarah (Dustin) Clouser of Portland, by his brothers: Joe Morgan, Jr., of Ashland City, Roger Morgan of Portland, by his sister: Jeanette Hogan of Whites Creek, and by his 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

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Obituary for Elena Faye Martinez

Elena Faye Martinez, infant daughter of Salvador and Hannah Martinez, was stillborn Monday, November 8, 2021 at Centennial Medical Center.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 12:00 noon in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Pastor Dillon Davis officiating and serving as pallbearers, Briana Lopez, Haley Coker, John Slagle, and Sarah Slagle. There was no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Elena is survived by her parents, Salvador and Hannah Martinez of Greenbrier; sister, Caroline Martinez of Greenbrier; grandparents, floral squareT.J. and Stacey Slagle of Greenbrier and Jose and Hilda Lopez of Edmond, OK; great grandparents, Joyce Lovvorn of Greenbrier, Alfredo Zapata of Cooper, TX, Petra Lopez of Fontana, CA, and Luis and Margarita Rios of Ontario, CA; and great-great grandmother, Ruby Wix of Springfield.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Walter Miles Curtis

Walter Miles Curtis, 76, of the Milldale community in Springfield, passed away on Monday November 8, 2021, at his home.

Funeral services were conducted Friday November 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor John Jared officiating. Interment followed in the Williams Chapel Cemetery with Nick Traughber, Scott Burnette, Kyle Pitt, Travis Pitt, Tony Drape, and Austin Curtis serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Miles was born April 17, 1945, in Springfield to the late Walter and Lillie Raymer Curtis. He was a retired tanker truck driver with Hollingsworth Oil Company and was of the Baptist faith. Miles loved fishing, raising a garden, spending time with his family, and watching TV, especially wrestling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: Wayne Curtis.

floral squareMiles is survived by his wife of 49 years: Marilyn Traughber Curtis, by his daughters: Rhonda (Scott) Burnette of Cedar Hill, Cindy Rye of White House, by his son: Steven Miles Curtis of Orlinda, by his brothers: Billy Glenn Curtis of Springfield, James (Wanda) Curtis of Schochoh, KY, and by his 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

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Obituary for George Edward Persinger

George Edward Persinger, 86, of Springfield, passed away on Monday November 8, 2021, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Graveside services were conducted Friday November 12th at 12 noon in the Elmwood Cemetery with Tim Harris officiating. The family received friends on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home.

Mr. Persinger was born February 22, 1935, in Streator, IL to the late Allie and Elizabeth “Lucy” Michael Persinger. He was a retired welder with Boilermakers. Mr. Persinger enjoyed doing metal craft, driving and working on his tractors, mowing his yard, and being around people. He was always one that got along with everybody and would do anything he could for anyone.

floral squareIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Alice June Griffin Persinger, by his daughter: Laquita Persinger Leitchford, and by his brothers: James, Richard, and Leroy Persinger. Mr. Persinger is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Michael and Bobbie Persinger of Ashland City, William and Zarina Persinger of Murfreesboro, and by his 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Linda Kay Cohea

Linda Kay Cohea, age 77, of White House, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021 at NHC Springfield.

A Memorial service will be held Friday, November 19, 2021 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.

Ms. Cohea was born May 4, 1944 in Springfield, TN to the late Marvin and Mildred Cobb Thaxton.

floral squareMrs. Cohea is survived by her sons, Ronald Cohea and Donald Cohea; 4 grandchildren, Ethan, Jonathan, Amay and Junior; brother, Ray Thaxton (Helen); and a sister, Sue Waynick (Bobby)

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

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Obituary for Frances Broadrick

Age 77 of White House passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Skyline Medical Center. She was born June 21, 1944 in Franklin, TN to Lonnie & Allie Mae Wilson Love. She was retired from the Ford Glass Plant. When she was younger, she enjoyed clogging and sqaure dancing. She enjoyed spending time playing on her computer.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert “Buddy” Broadrick; 2 sisters, Sandra and Brenda; 2 brothers, Roy and Danny. She is survived by her sons, Mike Anglin, Cross Plains, TN, Bryan Edward (Betty Lee) Anglin, Antioch and Jeffrey Anglin, Franklin, TN; 2 sisters, Shirley Chunn, Franklin, TN and Lisa Johnson, Murfreesboro, TN; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Monday, November 15, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Pastor Barry Briley officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family is planned for Monday, November 15, 2021 10am until 2pm at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Robert “Junior” Nicholson

Robert Taylor Nicholson, Jr. “Junior”, age 91, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 o’clock pm, Saturday, November 13th, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Randy Riggs officiating. Burial followed in Good Springs cemetery with grandsons, along with Jessie Hudspeth and Terry Johnson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Reece Goff and Brodie Bethel.

The family received friends on Friday, November 12th, from 4:00-8:00PM and again on Saturday beginning at 11:00AM until the hour of service.

Mr. Nicholson was born on April 2, 1930 in Pleasant View, Tennessee to the late Bob Taylor and Willie Mai Jennette Nicholson. He was a retired tobacco farmer and a member of Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Opal Hardin Nicholson; daughter, Diane Fain; baby brother, Jerry Ray; brothers, James Albert, Willie Howard “Wimp”, Billy Wayne, and J.W. Nicholson; sisters, Alma Moore, Alice Lawson, Maydene Pendergraft, Sally Pearl Hardy, and Shirley Ann Perry.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Nancy Bedwell Nicholson; son, Robert (Brenda) Nicholson; daughters, Linda (Steve) Bethel, and Angie (Ronald) Dixon; brother, Paul (Debbie) Nicholson; son-floral squarein-law, Ray Fain; grandchildren, Shawn (Lisa) Goff, Matthew Nicholson (fiancé Samantha), Tabitha Nicholson, Aaron Nicholson, Rusty (Misty) Bethel, Larae (Terry) Johnson, Brandi (Jessie) Hudspeth, Kayla Holloway; and 8 great-grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38102-9959.

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

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Obituary for Joy Lynn Webster

Age 68 of White House passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at her home. She was born July 25, 1953 in Nashville, TN to Ewing Clayton & Lenora Sue Jones Honeycutt. She worked as an Administrative Assistant in the insurance industry before her retirement. She was a member of Northridge Church. She loved her family more than anything else, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She never met a stranger. She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her sons, Brandon (Alison) Webster, White House, TN and Blake (Jami) Webster, Gallatin, TN; brother, Gary (Debbie) Honeycutt, Cottontown, TN; sisters, Brenda (Joe) Bridges and Debbie (Johnny) Martin, both of White House, TN; Five grandchildren, Logan (Kara), Evan, Ella, Rylie and Emerson; One great-grandchild, Layla.

Funeral service was held Friday, November 12, 2021 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor Derek Capello officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest floral squareCemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was held Thursday, November 11, 2021 4-8pm and Friday, November 12, 2021 11am until the hour of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the American Diabetes Association.

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Arrangements for Annie L. Dickerson

Viewing and Visitation was Saturday, November 13, 2021 11:00am – 1:00pm. Services followed at 1:00pm central time all at Mt. Herman Baptist Church 313 Vine Street, Adairville, Ky 42202

Interment: Maple Lawn Cemetery

Service was live-streamed on W. D. Crowder Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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Keep the Dickerson Family in your prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to W.D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Debra L. Pate Falls

On October 27, 2021 God stretched out his holy hands welcoming Debra Luvina Pate Falls home for eternal rest. Debra Luvina Pate Falls was born to the late Walter and Serena Pate of Gary, Indiana on August 8, 1961.

Debra attended St Monica Catholic School in Gary, Indiana. Debra furthered her education in the Robertson County Schools in Springfield, Tennessee, graduating from Springfield High School, Class of 1979. After graduation Debra had many accomplishments, and she continued her education in Nursing and Pharmacy. She worked at Jesse Holman Jones Hospital in Springfield, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Centennial Hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee.

Debra married the late Kenneth Lee Falls of Springfield, Tennessee and from this union, became proud parents of two daughters, Sheileda and Kenyata Falls. Debra retired from Nursing and Pharmacy and was a driver for Tennessee Care Transportation. Debra was well known for her love and kindness to everyone. She was also a big sister to her sisters -in -law.

Debra was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was well loved by her family and friends.

Debra was preceded in death by husband, Kenneth Falls; her parents, Walter, Sr. and Serena Pate; four brothers, Walter Pate, Jr., Joe Bass, Narvell Bass and Gregory Bass.

Debra Luvina Pate Falls leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Sheileda (Stephen) Kelly of Knoxville, TN and Kenyata (Andrew) Wilson of Murfreesboro, TN; five grandchildren: three grandsons, Adonis Wilson, Ayden Kelly, and Malakai Wilson; two granddaughters, Amia Kelly and Autumn Kelly; one sister, Allean floral square(Ronald) Morton of SC; two brothers, Jerry Bass and Bobby (LaSandra) Bass of SC; three sisters -in -law, Mary Blakemore, Shiwana Barbee and Tamika Dunn all of Springfield, TN; a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends

Viewing, Visitation, and Funeral was Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Reverend Ricky Summers, Officiant and Eulogy; Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Arrangements entrusted to W.D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Patrick O’Neal Smith

Patrick O’Neal Smith entered this earthly life on May 27, 1967 in Sylva, North Carolina to the late Dimple Smith, Jr. and to the late Mary Ann Fort. Later in life, he moved to Springfield, Tennessee. He departed this life home for his Heavenly Home on October 3, 2021.
He was educated in the Robertson County School System. At an early age, he professed a hope in Christ at New Wells Grove Baptist Church. Later he joined Beards Chapel Baptist Church.

He was a dedicated Father. He loved to cook and fish. He was employed by the Shoals Company in Portland, Tennessee.

He leaves to cherish his memories: two children, A’Aliyah Smith, DeAndre Turner both of Springfield, TN; one sister, Deloris (Dobbie) Smith of Springfield, TN; step-sisters, Danielle Fort of Indianapolis, IN, Angela Fort of Russellville, KY; step-brother, floral squareJames Fort of Nashville, TN; grandmother, Beulah J. Lunsford; six aunts, and five uncles; one niece, four nephews and a host of cousins and friends; special friends, Reggie Darden, and Adrian Moody (Nellie B. Smith), and a special devoted friend, Debbie Shannon.

Family Visitation and Memorial Service was Saturday, November 6, 2021 at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home.

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

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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for Joseph David Mills

Joseph David Mills, 74, of Springfield, passed away on Friday November 5, 2021, at TriStar North Crest Medical Center.

His remains were cremated, and no services are scheduled.

Mr. Mills was born December 6, 1946, in Huntsville, AL to the late Luther J.D. and Ruby Lee Parker Mills. He was a graduate of Butler High School Class of 1963, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and was a retired restaurant cook from Torino’s in Springfield, where he worked for over 30 years. Mr. Mills played football in both high school and college and was an avid Alabama fan. His passion was cooking and spending time with his family.

floral squareIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Alice Wells Mills, by his daughter: Dana Susanne Mills, and by his stepson: Joseph Williamson. Mr. Mills is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Amy and Kevin Armstrong of Springfield, by his stepson: James Williamson, by his brother: Jerry Sanderson of Alabama, by his sisters: Shirley Hill and Nancy McAnally both of Huntsville, AL, and by his grandsons: Austin and Steven Armstrong both of Springfield.

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Obituary for Marvin Wallace Gray Jr.

Marvin Wallace Gray Jr. departed this world on November 7, 2021, at his home in White House, Tennessee after an extremely long battle with stubbornness and lung and heart issues.

Born in Madison, Tennessee on July 7, 1948, he was the eldest son of Marvin Wallace Gray and Jane Marie Basham.

Marvin was married to Marietta Yolanda Gray from 1980-2009 upon her passing. Together they lost their only son Chad Everett Gray at the tender age of 7.

Marvin was also preceded in death by both his parents and his stepfather Clyde Earl Kendall, his younger brother John Wesley Gray, and half brothers Jimmy Ray Kendall, Larry Jay Kendall, and Lonnie Ray Kendall,

Marvin was drafted into the Army in 1968 where he served in Germany building bridges. Marvin worked and later retired from Metro Nashville Davidson County Public Schools where he was a roofer and later a mechanic.

Marvin was a devoted Poppaw to his grandkids and grand fur babies.

Marvin leaves behind his only daughter Janie Marie Jarrett, son-in-law Michael Jarrett, grandson David Chad Carnahan, and granddaughters Tristin Carnahan and Megan Carnahan.

floral squareMarvin is also survived by loving inlaws, 1 sister and 2 half-siblings, and lots of nieces and nephews.

Marvin was cremated. A celebration of life gathering has been planned for a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Alternative Cremation & Funeral Services

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Obituary for Harold Pylant

Harold Dean Pylant, age 79 of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Sunday, November 7, 2021 at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 1:00PM on Wednesday, November 10th, with Bro. Greg Smith officiating. Burial followed in EverRest of Cheatham with family & friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 10th from 10:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.

Mr. Pylant was born on January 4, 1942 in Ardmore, Alabama to the late Jvan & Lila Mae Hall Pylant. He was a retired truck/taxi driver and was a member of Clarksville Highway Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Reed; siblings, Donald Pylant, Brenda Ford, and Vanlon Pylant; grandson, Kory Reed; and great-grandson, Brantley Tucker.

Survivors include his daughter, Cindy (Kent) Mears; son, Brandon (Sunshine) Pylant; grandchildren, Jennifer (Doug) Tucker, Amanda floral square(Chris) Sparks, Amy (Mike) Thompson, Kellie Reed, and Adam Foernsler; and 5 great-grandchildren.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda Center, 124 S Main St, Ashland City, Tennessee 37015.

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

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Obituary for Barbara Jane Pitt

Barbara Jane Pitt age 67 of Old Hickory passed away Sunday, November 7, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with Pastor William Little officiating. Burial followed in Greenbrier Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family received friends 4pm to 8pm Tuesday, November 9th and 10am until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born in Madison, TN on December 1, 1953 to the late William Clyde Pitt, Jr. and Thelma Wetmore Pitt. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shawana Thaxton.

She was a Caregiver in the Health Care Industry and a member of Cross Plains Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed watching westerns on TV and an occasional soap opera.

floral squareShe is survived by her mother, Thelma Wetmore Pitt of Greenbrier; sons, Dwayne (Brandy) Thaxton of Greenbrier, Phillip (Kelly) Alred of Adolphus, KY; brother, Billy (Jennie) Pitt of Madison, TN; sister, Penny (Greg) Simpson of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Shawna Thaxton, Katie Thaxton, Ethan Alred, Ashlyn Alred, Jaxon Mayberry and one great-grandchild on the way.

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

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Obituary for Angela Marie McMurtry

Age 52 of Cottontown went home to be with the Lord Sunday, November 7, 2021 at her home. She was born July 27, 1969 in Nashville, TN to William “Butch” and Wanda Lanich Norton. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at Jack Anderson Elementary School and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Mary Frances McMurtry. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Wayne McMurtry, Cottontown, TN; son, Bradley Wayne (Marie) MCMurtry, Greenbrier, TN; parents, William “Butch” and Wanda Norton, Hendersonville, TN; brother, Donald (Rena) Norton, Hendersonville, TN; 3 grandchildren, Elliana, Landon and one on the way; father-in-law, Loyd McMurtry, Goodlettsville, TN; one niece, Ashley Shannon; one nephew, Dillon Norton, both of Cottontown, TN.

floral squareA Celebration of Life Memorial service was held Friday, November 12, 2021 at 6pm at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. H.D. Jones officiating. Interment followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery Columbarium. Visitation with the family was held Friday, November 12, 2021 4-6pm at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Grace Lyons

Grace Marie Lyons, age 83 of Chapmansboro, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Crossville.

A Celebration of Life service was conducted at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, 2204 Jarrell Ridge Rd, Clarksville, Tennessee at 12:00PM on Saturday, November 13th, with Bro. John Richardson officiating. Mac Brown, Brandon Brown, Mark Slezak, Eddie Slezak, Mel Besher, and Emery Besher served as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the church on Saturday, from 10:00AM until the hour of service at 12:00PM.

Mrs. Lyons was born on August 11, 1938 in Marquand, Missouri to the late John & Effie Gromer Besher. Grace worked many different jobs and loved to care for others. She loved to travel and especially enjoyed seeing God’s creation. Spring flowers brought her joy and she also loved the colors of Fall. Her love of music started as a small child and extended to the end of her life. She especially loved southern gospel, bluegrass and classic country music. To say that she loved her family would be an understatement. If anyone was in need she would show up at the door with a smile and a giving heart. She attended Mt. Hermon Baptist Church of Clarksville as well as Central Baptist Church of Crossville. Her love for the Lord radiated from her soul even when her memory faded.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jay Lyons; siblings, Dolly “Faye” Theise, Raymond Besher, Melvin “PeeWee” Besher; grandson, Austin J.W. Adams; granddaughter, Jessica D. Slezak; and nephew, Dusty Besher.

She is survived by her children, Glenda (Mac) Brown, Eddie (Sherry) Slezak, Ricky (Debbie) Slezak, Mark (Cindy) Slezak, and Misty (Robert) Adams; grandchildren, Tiffany (Joshua) Heavener, floral squareBrittany Lewis, Brandon Brown, Nikki (Matt) Pavlick, Laura (Zach) Swarr, Brie (Trent) Crews, Courtney Schaeffler, Brian Slezak, Marlita (Brandon) Davis, Brandon Bellar, Bethany (Jonathan) Bratcher, Dakota Thrash-Slezak, Dillon Adams; twenty one great-grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

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

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Obituary for Peggy Ann Wheeler Alley

Peggy Ann Wheeler Alley, 80, of Springfield, passed from this life on Monday November 1, 2021, at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Memorial services were conducted Saturday November 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Kenneth Massey and Tim Harris officiating. The family received friends on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Peggy was born September 24, 1941, in Madison to the late Fred and Margaret Draper Wheeler. She was a graduate of Goodlettsville High School Class of 1959. She played basketball during her high school years, and her team won the NIL Championship her Senior year. Peggy was a retired Vice President with the former Bank of Goodlettsville and was a member of Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She loved gardening, being at home and cooking, and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Leslie Alley, whom she would be married to for 62 years this December, by her daughter: Angela Anderson Ramsey and husband Mark of Springfield, by her brother: Tommy Wheeler and wife Donna of Hendersonville, by her sisters: Patsy Nixon and husband Karl of Goodlettsville, Vickie Slate and husband Mark of Oxford, MS, by her grandchildren: Ashley floral squareLansing, Abbey Anderson, Chase Ray, Markie Ramsey Sneed, Natasha Ramsey, and Austin Anderson, and by her great grandchildren: Parker and Darby Lansing.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made in Peggy’s memory to Alive Hospice in Nashville and may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Brenda Waits

Brenda May Waits, age 73 of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021 at her grandson’s home.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 1:00PM on Thursday, November 11, with Bro. John Denham officiating. Burial followed at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Clarksville with Terry Duke, Sean Romero, Bubba Baker, and Brandon Baker serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-8PM and again on Thursday from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.

Mrs. Waits was born on May 7, 1948 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Estil Baker & Christine Baker Hendrickson. She worked as a waitress for many years while taking care of her family. She loved working in her yard and flower garden. Brenda loved her family, especially her grandchildren and she had a heart of gold for everyone. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a grandson, Marcus Romero and a brother Jerry Lee Baker.

floral squareSurvivors include her sons, Terry (Noonie) Duke, Sean (Roxanne) Romero, & Raymond Romero; daughter, Angie (Wayne) Baker; brother, John (Terry) Baker; sisters, Faye Maxwell & Pamela Parman; grandchildren, Melissa Wolfe, Steven “Bubba” Baker, Brandon Baker, Kayla Hester, and Sheree Romero; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

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

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Obituary for James Howard Davidson

Age 48 of White House passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021 at his home. He was born May 20, 1973 in Nashville, TN to Kenneth Warren & Billye Bader Davidson. He was a 1992 graduate of Hendersonville High School. He worked in the maintenance department for The Mint. He enjoyed camping and cooking and smoking on the grill. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill Davidson and John Davidson.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Davidson, White House, TN; sons, Chris (Adreanna) Helms, Portland, TN and Hunter Helms, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; brother, Bob (Melissa) Davidson, Columbus, OH; grandchild, Wesley Helms; four nephews, John and Ryan Davidson, Mt. Juliet, TN, Devlon Hennessy and Aiden Davidson, both of Columbus, OH; niece, Kiara Hennessy, Nashville, TN.

floral squareFuneral service was held Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 12 noon in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Bill Petty officiating. Interment followed in Walnut Grove Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was held Tuesday, November 9, 2021 5-9pm and Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10am until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Bobby Ray Brewington

Bobby Ray Brewington, age 84, of Greenbrier, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021 at NHC Springfield.

Military Graveside services were conducted Monday, November 8, 2021 at 12:30 pm in the Springfield Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Brother Jerry Heflin officiating.

Visitation was held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 10am-12pm.

Mr. Brewington was born May 18, 1937 in Adams, TN to the late Ernest Dudley and Sarah Gill Brewington. He was a former Plant Manager at Gates Rubber Company.

In addition to his parents Mr. Brewington is preceded in death by a son, Robert Brewington; and a great granddaughter, Lydia Norris.

floral squareMr. Brewington is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Oleen Brinkley Brewington; son, Roger Brewington (Lori); daughter-in-law, Carrie Brewington; foster daughter, Gabrielle Stevens; 5 grandchildren, Johnsie Holt, Lindsey Norris, Destiny Brewington, Kaleigh Duncan, and Jackson Brewington; 2 great grandchildren, Christopher Norris and Walker Holt; a sister, Patsy Fulps (Harold); and several nieces and nephews.

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

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Obituary for Sue Jones

Age 74 of Gallatin passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. She was born October 31, 1947 in Hartselle, Alabama to James & Mildred Hall Hamilton. She worked as a bookkeeper for Dixie Motors before her retirement. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Theron Hamilton.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Mike Jones; son, Chase (Tonya) Jones, both of Gallatin, TN; 4 grandchildren, Ashley Jones, Breanna Jones, Erika Hodges and Kayla Danielle Herman; great-grandchild, Addysen Lawson; sister-in-law, Charlotte Hamilton, Decatur, AL; nephew, Bret (Georganne) Hamilton, Hixson, TN; special cousin, Jan (Steve) Thomas, Dallas, TX.

floral squareFuneral service was held Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Interment followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cross Plains, TN with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was held Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11am until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Earl Beasley, Sr.

Earl Landon Beasley, Sr., age 84, of Greenbrier, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at his home.

Visitation was held at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 5-8pm. A private graveside service was held Saturday, November 6, 2021 with Pastor John Hitz officiating. Burial followed with Mr. Beasley’s grandsons serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Beasley was born October 2, 1937 in Lawrenceburg, TN to the late Clarence E. and Anna Belle Blessing Beasley. He worked as a foreman at Gates Rubber Company and was a member of the Gideon United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents Mr. Beasley is preceded in death by his sister, Aldene Lance and his son-in-law, William Troy Cobb.

floral squareMr. Beasley is survived by his wife of 62 years, DeLois Huddleston Beasley; sons and daughter-in-law, Earl and Cheryl Beasley and Gary Dean Beasley; daughters and son-in-law, Dedra Lynn and Bill Hickman and Sharon Kay Cobb; sister, Patricia “Pat” Land; sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Richard Howell; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Jeremy James Leggett

Age 27 of Cottontown passed away Monday, November 1, 2021 in Franklin, KY. He was born February 5, 1994 in Nashville, TN to James Peter & Kimberly Etchebarren Leggett. Jeremy was a 2012 graduate of Station Camp High School and was employed as an auto mechanic for Nissan in Bowling Green, KY. He enjoyed playing video games, fishing, listening to music, cooking and watching scary movies. He loved baseball, his 3 dogs and was an avid Las Vegas Raiders fan. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Andrew Etchebarren.

He is survived by his mother, Kim Knight, Cottontown, TN; father and step-mother, Jim (Julie) Leggett, Hendersonville, TN; fiance’, Katrina Gautsche, Franklin, KY; maternal grandmother, Aggie Etchebarren, CA; paternal grandparents, Peter and Carol Leggett, Gallatin, TN; sister, Briana Leggett (Celso Medina), Cottontown, TN; step-sister, Chelsea (Justin) Beegle, TX; aunt, Lisa Etchebarren, Chino Hills, CA; uncle, Keith (Jennifer) Leggett, CA; cousins, Sophie and Thomas Leggett; two nieces; one nephew.

floral squareFuneral service was held Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor Willie Aceveda officiating. Visitation with the family was held Monday, November 8, 2021 1pm until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188

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Arrangements for Catherine Q. Gardner

Catherine Queenell Pitt Gardner was born October 9, 1928 to the union of the late Granville Pitt, Sr., and the late Mattie Washington Pitt in Robertson County, Tennessee. She departed this life and entered her eternal rest on October 30, 2021. Catherine was affectionately known to her family and friends as “Mama Cat” and “Tickie.”

She was educated in the Robertson County School System and graduated from Bransford High School in 1951.

Catherine accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized under the leadership of Reverend W.D. Crowder and was the oldest original member of the Greater South Baptist Church. She served faithfully on the Usher Board for many years and often beautified the Church with curtains and decorations in the Dining Hall
She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Robert Lee Gardner on January 26, 1962. To this union, nine children were born. Three preceded her in death, Danny, Deborah and Teresa.

She is also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tiffany Gardner; sisters, Maggie Daniels, Obera Wilson, Maxcine Scott and Maceo Pitt; a brother, Granville Pitt, Jr.; and nephew, Jerry Pitt that she raised as her son.

Catherine had a very sweet and loving spirit. She was very giving and was always helping others. Catherine enjoyed cooking, sewing, decorating and taking care of her family. She loved to share her special dishes of turnip greens, homemade chow -chow, and banana pudding with her family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her children: Janet (Will) Woodard, Robert Gardner, Charles Gardner, Wanda Gardner, Johnny (Lynell) Gardner, and Deidra Mitchell; ten grandchildren: Frederick Gardner, Katina Jones, Danielle Walker, LaCresha Wilson, Brandy Gunter, Ashley Hyde, Meagan Gardner, Ashley Woodson, Tramale Hyde, and Jonnel Gardner; nineteen great-grandchildren; godson, John Baker, Jr.; special friends: Nathaniel Chatman, Terry Shannon, Christine Williams, Bonita Cantrell, Mary Cross, Martha Winrow, Gloria Fort and a host of cousins, other family and friends.

Viewing, Visitation, and Funeral was Saturday, November 3, 2021 at Greater South Baptist Church with Pastor Samuel Stratton, Eulogy and Officiant; Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Keep the Gardner family in your prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to W.D. Crowder Funeral Home

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