In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week November 28, 2021

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week November 28, 2021

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Nov. 22-28, 2021

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Shirley Jo Shepard Hester

Shirley Jo Shepard Hester, 82, of the Owens Chapel community in Springfield, passed from this life on Sunday November 28, 2021, at TriStar NorthCrest Medical Center.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday December 2nd at 12 noon in the Owens Chapel Cemetery with Brother Bob Filson officiating. Pallbearers will be Jason Hester, Blake Hester, Kyle Hester, Jay Hester, Dusty Davis, and Timo Johnson. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home. There will be no visitation on Thursday prior to the graveside service.

Mrs. Hester was born February 12, 1939, in the Stroudsville community. She was a retired seamstress with Acme Boot Company and was a member of Owens Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hester enjoyed fishing, crocheting, reading, and working puzzles. She was preceded in death by her father: Samuel Franklin Shepard, by her husband: Willard Delvin Hester, Sr., by her brothers: Frank and Donald Ray Shepard, and by her sister: Faye Johnson.

Mrs. Hester is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Willard Delvin and Susan Hester, Jr., of Springfield, by her mother: Ruby Watts Shepard of Adams, by her brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill floral squareand Christine Shepard of Adams, Tippy and Linda Shepard of Stroudsville, by her sister and brother-in-law: Dimple and Mike Warren of White House, by her grandchildren: Jason (Tiffany) Hester, Blake (Jessica) Hester, Kyle (Jessica Choate) Hester, and by her 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Owens Chapel United Methodist Church.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Mark Evan Powell

Mark Evan Powell, 81, of Adams, passed away on Sunday November 28, 2021, at TriStar NorthCrest Medical Center. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday December 1st at 11:00 a.m. in the Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Reverend Tyler Estep officiating. Pallbearers will be Daniel Willis, Michael Neblett, Marshall Neblett, Josh Bagby, David Eden, Coby Traughber, and Jesse Powell. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Powell was born April 25, 1940, in Los Angeles, CA to the late Roy Sinclair and Edith Irene Gorsuch Powell. He was retired from the construction business and from farming. Mr. Powell owned and operated Appel Dell Farm for many years. He enjoyed bear hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Powell was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Vernice Scott Powell. Mr. Powell is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Marnice and Rusty Biggs of Adams, Melissa and Mike floral squareHester of Cedar Hill, Mandie and Mickey Neblett of Adams, Marci Powell of Adams, by his grandchildren: Michael Neblett, Marshall Neblett, MeKayla Sprouse, MeLeigha Hester, Shane Hester, and Caleb Hester, and by his great grandchildren: Harrison Neblett, Spencer Neblett, Brooklyn Sprouse, Adairlyn Hester, Hallie Hester, and Hollis Hester.

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Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Carolynn (Benning) Leedy

If you were a visible speck of dirt that somehow found your way into Carolynn Leedy’s house at 202 Bell Lane in Springfield, Tennessee, one thing you could be sure of is that your term of residence there would be extremely short! Her immaculate house was universally admired, and somehow she kept it that way without stressing over it or showing the least frown when a guest made a little mess. Apparently she just enjoyed another opportunity to clean something up!

Carolynn was born as Katherine Kleckner on November 11, 1937, in Mansfield, Ohio, in the most deplorable situation imaginable. At about age 4, by God’s grace, she was rescued and adopted, along with her two older siblings, by Edward August and Hazel Blunt Benning, who renamed her Carolynn Elizabeth. Her siblings were renamed Edward Glenn and Madelyn Helen; their present circumstances are unknown. After her graduation from Mansfield Sr. High School, a brief marriage produced a daughter, Stephanie Ann (married Randy McElvain, now deceased) of Mansfield. She remarried on February 23, 1957, to Danny Ray Leedy of Mansfield, to whom she bore Valerie Kaye (married Kevin D. Elston), of Knightdale, North Carolina, and Randy Alan Leedy (married Katie J. Rymer), of Greenville, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by both parents and her husband. All her issue survives her, including seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, with a sixth not yet born.

Through the faithful witness of Homer Vian, Danny and Carolynn both came to see themselves as sinners under the righteous condemnation of God and trusted Jesus Christ as their savior and redeemer, joining the Mansfield Baptist Temple. Transfers by Danny’s employer (Tappan Co.) relocated the couple in 1977 to Dalton, Georgia, and then in 1994 to Springfield, Tennesse, where they became members of South Haven Baptist Church.

After two years of declining health in Springfield and four months in skilled nursing care in Greenville, South Carolina, Carolynn passed into the presence of Jesus her savior on November 26, 2021. Her life’s story, from beginning to end, is one of the saving and keeping grace of God in Jesus Christ, to whom be all the glory!

floral squareVisitation will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 6, in the main auditorium of South Haven Baptist Church, 116 Academy Dr., Springfield, Tennessee 37172. The funeral service follows at 11:00 a.m, with Dr. Frank Gagliano officiating. The service will be Livestreamed at SHBCministries.org/live. (Note that the service time is 12:00 noon for viewers on Eastern Time.) Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery following a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Haven Baptist Church Building Fund or to Kindred Hospice, 15 Brendan Way, Suite 100, Greenville, South Carolina 29615.

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Obituary for Dolores Wray Honeycutt

Dolores Wray Honeycutt, age 86 of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Friday, November 26, 2021 at her home.

Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Elmwood Cemetery at 1:00 PM with Tim Harris officiating. Burial will follow with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Tuesday at Robertson County Funeral Home from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM.

Mrs. Honeycut was born June 29, 1935 in Lufkin, TX to the late Ray and Sara Rose Ella Carroll Oliver. She was of the Baptist faith and was a Christian. She retired as a secretary for a real estate firm in Texas. She loved spending time with her family and thrilled to be able to live long enough to see her great grandchildren. She also enjoyed watching westerns. In addition to her parents, she was floral squarepreceded in death by 2 brothers and a sister.

Mrs. Dolores is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Henry Keith and Victoria L. Vickery of Greenbrier and Rickard K. Vickery of Texas; granddaughters and spouses, Christina Lynn and Christopher Key and Jennifer Michelle and Donald Scott; and great grandchildren, Derry Kaleb Key and Piper Alice Scott.

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Obituary for Dorothy Jean Northington
May 30, 1937 – November 19, 2021

On November 18, 2021 Ms Dorothy Northington entered into eternal rest. She fought a good fight, she has finished her course and she kept the Faith. Her arrangement is as follows

Visitation was held Friday, November 26, 2021 from 4 -6 p.m at the Serenity Funeral Home – 1507 Batts Blvd Springfield, TN.

floral squareHomegoing Service was held Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 1:00p.m at ST. James Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, TN

Please keep the Northington Family in your prayers

Arrangements entrusted to the Serenity Funeral Home in Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Fred Wilbourn

Fred Alan Wilbourn, age 65, of Chapmansboro, Tennessee died Friday, November 26, 2021 at his home.

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

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, December 1st at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Randy Riggs officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12:00PM until the hour of service at 2:00PM.

Mr. Wilbourn was born May 11, 1956 in Nuremberg, Germany to the late Fred Wilbourn and Jewel Ruby “Judy” Hudgens. He was retired from A.O. Smith in Ashland City and Bridgestone Metalpha in Clarksville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Wilbourn is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth floral squareWilbourn; daughters, Catherine “Cathy” Wilbourn and Jennifer Zawatski; brothers, Wendell “Wade” Wilbourn and Keith (Connie) Wilbourn; sisters, Cynthia “Cindy” (Todd) Albright and Diane Vallejo; and grandchildren, Jenza Faulk and Gauge Wilbourn.

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 Randy O’Guin

Randall “Randy” Steven O’Guin, age 63, of Old Hickory, Tennessee died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at his home.

His remains will be cremated and burial will be at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Mr. O’Guin was born on January 25, 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee to Hollis & LaVyrne O’Guin. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

floral squareHe is preceded in death by his grandparents, Grady & Elva O’Guin and Herman & Ada Durham Anderson.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Rusty O’ Guin (Karala Shrum).

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

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Obituary for Donald Roy Smith

Donald Roy Smith, age 91, of Greenbrier, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at Northcrest Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 10:30am until 11:45am on Monday, December 6, 2021 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 908 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Monday at the church with The Rev. Eric L. Murray, The Rev. Pauline Farrington and Rev. Mark Brandenburg officiating. Burial will follow in the Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery with Christopher Smith, Joshua Smith, Matt Hitchman, Mitch Mateas, Justin Meredeth, and Donny Vaughn serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Smith was born May 25, 1930 in Olean, NY to the late Bernard and Grace McDaniels Smith. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer from the U.S. Navy.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Smith; stepfather, Howard Hendrick; and a brother, Gerald Smith.

Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Wade (Gale) Smith; daughter, Wendy (Ray) Graves; 4 grandchildren, Christopher (Shayla) Smith, Joshua (Amanda) Smith, Carmen Graves, and Kali Graves; and 1 great granddaughter, Miranda Smith.

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

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Obituary for Glen Steve Barnes

Obituary for Glen Steve Barnes
Age 59 of Cottontown passed away Friday, November 26, 2021 at Saint Thomas West. He was born December 18, 1961 in Hendersonville, TN to Lloyd Gene & Etta Mae Rose Barnes. He worked as a Superintendent for Flow Construction. He enjoyed hunting deer, ducks and turkeys, camping, fishing, woodworking and coaching baseball. He had served as Vice-President/Commissioner of the White House City Park.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lloyd Barnes. He is survived by his wife, Melinda Barnes; sons, Ty Barnes and Austin Barnes, all of Cottontown, TN; step-sons, Chase Gray, White House, TN and Josh Gray, TX; step-daughter, Madison Gray, Cottontown, TN; brothers, Mike Barnes, Hartsville, TN, Donnie (Molly) Barnes, Goodlettsville, TN, David Barnes, Cookeville, TN, Randall Barnes, Hendersonville, TN and Scotty (Diane) Barnes, Bethpage, TN; sister, Helen (Mike) Kelley, Gallatin, TN; his beloved dogs, Avery and Hershey.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2011 at 12pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Allen Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow in Halltown Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family is planned for Friday, December 3, 2021 4-8pm and Saturday, December 4, 2021 9am 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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Obituary for James Wesley Crutcher

James Wesley Crutcher, age 90, of Madison away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at his home.

Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 12pm in the Greenbrier Cemetery.

Mr. Crutcher was born May 14, 1931 in Springfield, TN to the late George W. and Katherine Crutcher. He retired from the Ford Glass Plant, Dept. 510, after 42 years of service to the company.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Crutcher is preceded in death by his wife, Roynell Crutcher.

Mr. Crutcher is survived by his sons, Tim Crutcher (Robin), Wayne Crutcher, and Mark Crutcher; daughter, Teresa Elliott; 5 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and a sister, Naomi Morrison.

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

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Arrangements for Sylvia Paulette Traughber

Sylvia Paulette Traughber was born June 24, 1949. She was the cherished second born to the late Cecil and Frances Traughber. She departed this life on Friday, November 19, 2021, at the Waters of Robertson.

Paulette, as she was affectionately known by family and friends, accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. John United Methodist Church. She loved her St. John Family and they loved her. She was proud to be a member of and enjoyed singing in the choir. She was a faithful member until health issues prevented her from attending services.

Paulette received her education though the 11th grade at Bransford High School. She was the first African American female to graduate from Springfield High School as a member of the Class of 1967. After high school she attended Tennessee State University. It was during her time there that she developed health issues that would plague her throughout her life.

Paulette had a sweet disposition and was loved by her family, former classmates, and all who knew her. Growing up, she was the apple of her parent’s eye and remained a Daddy’s girl her whole life. She was a devoted caretaker to her mother throughout her terminal illness. She had a special place in her heart for children and loved to bring smiles to their faces. She had a giving heart and always had gifts for her little cousins. She enjoyed watching football on TV. Her favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans.
Paulette is preceded in death by her older brother, Donald Ray Traughber. Paulette and Donnie had a special relationship. She adored her big brother and they remained close until death parted them.

floral squareShe leaves to cherish her memories: her devoted cousins, Cathy Payne Ford, Patricia Flint, Judy Jordan, Lisa Savage, James Gardner, Teresa Gardner and Sonya Gardner; caretaker, Joseph Smith, and a host of other cousins, family and friends.
Viewing, Visitation, and Funeral was Monday, November 29, 2021 at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor Marie C. King, Officiating and Reverend Zachary Ford, Eulogy; Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

Keep the Traughber Family in your prayers.

Arrangements entrusted to W. D. Crowder Funeral Home

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Obituary for Jason Trent Lemley

Age 42 , of Cottontown, TN passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021 at his home. He was born December 14, 1978 in Springfield. Jason owned and operated Lemley Lawn Care. An avid outdoorsman, Jason enjoyed hunting, fishing, mowing and landscaping. He was a warm and kind hearted young man. Anyone who knew Jason was touched by his kindness and humor. He was truly a peacemaker and always a source of positivity. Jason also had a deep love for animals. He was incredibly patient with children and many people would even say he was a child at heart. He never knew a stranger and would always make you feel welcomed. He loved fiercely and deeply and we take comfort in knowing that Jason is now at peace surrounded by light.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Floyd and Edna Louise Rippy; paternal grandparents, Billy and Evelyn Lemley, He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Brenda Lemley, Cottontown, TN; Brother, Jeff (Tammy) Lemley, Portland, TN; Nieces, Amber (Josh) Frakes, Alexis Lemley (Houston) Stone, Katherine Lemley; Great Nephews, Holden and Hayden Frakes.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Steve Barron officiating. Interment will follow in Owens Chapel Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family is planned for Thursday, December 2, 2021 10am-2pm 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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Obituary for Bobby Joe Yates

Age 75 of Gordonsville passed away November 23, 2021 at his home. He was born July 26, 1946 in Nashville, TN to WJ & Thelma Hawker Yates. He worked for the City of Lebanon in their water and sewer department before his retirement. Mr. Yates proudly served his country in the US Navy. He loved the beach, watching old movies and pit bulls.

floral squareHe is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Dvonne (Terry) Davis, White House, TN; granddaughter, Cora Davis, White House, TN.

There are no services or visitation scheduled.

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

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Obituary for Jimmie Johnson

Age 79 of White House passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Skyline Medical Center. He was born August 9, 1942 in Goodlettsville, TN to Odie & Janie Reid Johnson. He worked as a sprinkler fitter for the Sprinkler Fitters Union #669 before his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was the Rock of the family and the one everyone went to for advice. He enjoyed gardening, taking care of his lawn and watching westerns. He always knew how to make people smile and enjoyed being a constant aggravation, picking on the ones he loved and telling jokes.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda Johnson; son, Jimmy Neil Johnson; daughter, Janet Johnson DeWeese; great-grandson, Aspen Logan Ragland; sister, Lucy Davenport; brothers, Johnny Duncan, Odie Johnson, Jr. and Frankie Johnson. He is survived by his daughter, Tia Johnson, White House, TN; sisters, Jean (Billy) Horner, Cottontown, TN and Lillian Binkley, Mount Juliet, TN; grandchildren, Kirsten Garrett and Megan DeWeese; great-grandchild, Aurora Ragland.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Monday, November 29, 2021 at 11am in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Gene Hannah officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Sunday, November 28, 2021 4-8pm and Monday, November 29, 2021 9am-11am 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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(Updated) LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Obituary for Sharon Yvonne Thomas George

Sharon Yvonne Thomas George, 73, of Springfield, went to be with the Lord at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, November 23, 2021, with her husband, Walter George, standing by her side.

Sharon was born April 6, 1948, in Davidson County to the late James Erwin and Nina Marie Beatty Thomas of Springfield. Before moving to Springfield, the Thomas family lived in Hendersonville for several years where Sharon attended school and graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1966.

She and Walter were married on Saturday February 11, 1967, and moved immediately to Belton, TX while Walter was serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, TX. After being discharged from the military service, they moved to Springfield in July of 1969 where Walter worked at WDBL Radio Station, and Sharon worked at Sullivan’s Department Store, and later at CEI (Johnson Electric). She was a wonderful homemaker, having won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Year award in her senior year of high school. Sharon was an outstanding cook and she specialized in making desserts.

She loved her family and friends and took excellent care of all of them. Sharon faithfully attended Calvary Pentecostal Church for 54 years, where she was a charter member, led the singing, and served as treasurer of the church for many years.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 54 years, Walter Lee George, of Springfield, by her son: Walter Thomas George and her grandson, Walter Davis George, both of Cordova, by her brother, Mark Thomas, of Nashville, by her sisters, Debbie Binkley and husband Larry, of Springfield, and Rebekah Spann and husband Ken of Lebanon. Many other family members, and a host of friends also survive.

floral squareFuneral services will be conducted Monday November 29th at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will be in the Springfield Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Sunday November 28th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Union Rescue Mission and may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary for Joe W. Head

Joe W. Head, 86, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday November 20, 2021, at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday November 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery with Mike Treen officiating. Pallbearers were Nick Proctor, Adam Reynolds, Louis Howell, Charles Parker, Bob Smith, and Ronnie Proctor. The family received friends on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home.

Mr. Head was born May 19, 1935, in Springfield to the late Raymond and Lorene Powell Head. He was retired from Electrolux, was a longtime farmer, was a member of New Chapel United Methodist Church and the Coopertown Ruritan Club. Mr. Head enjoyed fishing, collecting John Deere memorabilia, watching Atlanta Braves baseball, and smoking his cigar. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives: Betty Jean Wooden Head and Margie Redferrin Head, and by his siblings: Robert, Billy, Charles, and Sara Belle Head.

floral squareMr. Head is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Melissa and Charles Parker of Milan, Karen and Bob Smith of Ashland City, and Anne and Ronnie Proctor of Springfield, by his stepchildren: Vicky Cagle and husband Ronnie, and Ricky Conn, and by his 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and his fourth great grandchild will soon make his arrival in December.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Tyler Head Scholarship Fund and may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary for Raymond Bowen, Jr.

Raymond Richard Bowen, Jr., age 60, of Unionville, TN, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Vanderbilt Bedford County Hospital.

Mr. Bowen’s remains will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Bowen was born October 7, 1961 in Dayton, OH to Richard R. Bowen, Sr. of Unionville and Diana Gray Bowen of Bull Head, AZ. He worked in construction and was a Christian.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Bowen is survived by his sons, Brandon Bowen and Billy Bowen, both of CA; daughters, Amber Newton of ID, and Jasmaine Edmonds and Samantha Perkins, both of CA; brothers, Jason Duane (Dawn) Bowen of Murfreesboro, Scott Monroe (Alyse) Bowen of AR and Mike Bowen, Jr. of AZ; sisters, Lori (Roger) Newton of ID and Darlene Michelle (Guy) Cooper of AZ; and several grandchildren.

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

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Obituary for Owen Morton Shearer

Owen Morton (Mort) Shearer, 83, of Springfield, TN, passed away as peacefully as possible after a short battle with pneumonia, with family by his side in the early morning hours of November 20, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Ronnie Carter officiating.

Mr. Shearer was born in Covington, KY to the late Bro. William Morton and Anne Holland Fagan Shearer. He was retired owner/operator of Mort’s ‘World Famous” Market in Springfield and previous owner of 49 Market, also in Springfield. Mort was a member of Coopertown Church of Christ.

Mort graduated from Coopertown High School. He attended college at Austin Peay and graduated with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. After college, he joined the United States Marine Corps and become a helicopter pilot in 1963, later joining the Vietnam War.

Mort never met a stranger. He loved nature, books and helping others. He raised his daughters to embrace, encourage and practice kindness and curiosity.

Mort is preceded in death by his wife, Diana Maria Lipscomb Shearer and sister, Norma Shearer Boyd Adams.

Mr. Shearer is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn Anne Shearer and Danny Konkle, of Huntsville, AL and daughter floral squareRebecca Lee Shearer, of Chattanooga, TN, his ‘third daughter by proxy’, Vicky Hayes, of Springfield and a whole host of wonderfully loving nieces and nephews and their offspring.

He was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, your local animal rescue, or local food bank.

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

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Obituary for Glen Lee Roberts

Mr. Glen Lee Roberts, age 91 of Cedar Hill, died Friday, November 19, 2021 at NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield. Glen was born on June 29, 1930 in Murray, Kentucky to the late Holland and Clydie Green Roberts.

He was a true servant of God, living his life with the utmost integrity and honesty. He was also a Gideon for the past 57 years. Glen and his late wife Donna, were happily married for 63 years at the time of her death in 2017. He served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring as a 1st Lieutenant. After leaving the military he obtained his pilots license. He was past president of many corporations over the years in the automotive and mobile home industries. He considered his greatest accomplishment to be starting his first business at age 24. He was a businessman by day and farmer by night. He was most especially passionate about his cows.

Glen is survived by a son, Joseph Roberts of North Webster, Indiana; daughters, Connie (William) Rushing of Murray, Kentucky and Lisa Short of Nashville; grandchildren, Donna, Matthew, Suzanne and Hannah.

Funeral services were conducted at 2:00pm on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home with Brother Dan Worrell, Mel Carr and Carl Turner officiating. The family received friends at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield floral squareTuesday, from 12:00pm until the hour of service at 2:00pm. Burial followed in the Heads Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were, Mel Carr, Carl Turner, Kelvin Penuel, Bill Simmons, James Walker and Dan Scott. Honorary pallbearers were the Gideons International members.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to the Gideons International. All donations may be sent care of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home.

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

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Obituary for Margaret Ellen Stephens Head

Margaret Ellen Stephens Head, 71, of Cedar Hill, died peacefully, at the home of her sister in Hendersonville, on Thursday November 18, 2021.

Funeral services were conducted Monday November 22nd at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Billy Vogle and Tim Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Jason Head, Shane Head, Joshua Head, Jacob Head, Jackson Head, and Mike Cobb serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Lincoln and Samuel Head. The family received friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Margaret was born April 20, 1950, in Wayne County, KY to the late Clarence and Patricia Smith Stephens. She moved to Cedar Hill in high school and was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School. Margaret had a few different jobs in life, but eventually started sewing full time and owned and operated A Thread Runs Through for many years. She created memories for many people on their wedding day, prom, or any other special occasion that someone wanted to feel beautiful, as she loved making that happen. Margaret was a loving mother, Nana, and just a plain old great friend that you could come to and sit in the pink chair for advice or a listening ear. She was a great friend to many and loved her grandchildren unconditionally.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter: Malia Head. Margaret is survived by her four sons: Jason (Katie) Head of Cedar Hill, Shane (Miranda) Head of Greenbrier, Joshua (Susan) Head of Adams, and Jacob (Tara) Head of Cedar Hill, by her brothers: Gary (Glenda) Stephens of Knoxville, Phillip (Brenda) Stephens of Indiana, Kenneth Stephens of Knoxville, and Russell (Jane) Stephens of Murfreesboro, by her sister: Ruth Stephens King of Hendersonville, and by her grandchildren that were her life: Anna Kate, Jackson, Kyndal, Mary Brook, Samuel, Henley, Lincoln, and Everlee Head, and Kaelyn Young.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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Obituary for Margie Ellis Holman

Margie Ellis Holman, 89, of Springfield, passed from this life on Wednesday November 17, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family that she loved so much.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday November 27th at 11:00 a.m. at the Barren Plains Baptist Church with Reverend Melvin Felts and Reverend Andy King officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with David Harden, Levi Harden, Airman John Holman Taylor, Jeremy Taylor, Allan Ellis, Tim Head, Steven Bates Head, and Jeremy Durham serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Friday November 26th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home and on Saturday November 27th from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the Barren Plains Baptist Church.

Mrs. Holman was born January 4, 1932, in Springfield, to the late Jesse and Annie Bell Reynolds Ellis. She was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1949. As a young teenager, she worked as a waitress at the Goody Eat Shop and met her future husband. After high school graduation she worked for several years at National Life & Casualty Insurance Co. in Nashville. She also worked many years as the office manager for Wells Pet Food, which is now Delight Products. Mrs. Holman was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Springfield Gideons and was a longtime member of Barren Plains Baptist Church, where over the years she taught in all age groups of Sunday School, was a former WMU director, and sang in the church choir. She loved sewing, canning, working on family genealogy, keeping up with family and friends on Facebook, and baking goodies for her church members and friends that were unable to leave their homes very often. Mrs. Holman loved all her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and always looked forward to hosting big family gatherings and weekly Sunday lunches.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years: George Russell Holman, and by her brother: James Boyd Ellis. Mrs. Holman is survived by her daughters and son-in-law: Judy Holman of Springfield, Debby and Allan Ellis of Springfield, by her grandchildren: David Harden and wife Amy, Bethany Taylor and husband Jeremy, Emily Ellis-Head and husband Tim, and Dr. Jessica Ellis Durham and husband Jeremy, by her great grandchildren: Lynleigh Taylor, Neylee Harden, Airman John Holman Taylor, Levi Harden, Steven Bates Head, Jordan Head, and Jackson Durham, by her sister: Mildred Rusk of Springfield, by her brother and sister-in-law: Aubrey and Faye Ellis of Greenbrier, and by her nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and friends.

floral squareThe family wishes to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff at NHC Springfield and long-time caregiver, Rita Warren for the wonderful care and love given to Margie.

The family request, if so desired for memorial contributions be made to Barren Plains Baptist Church Memorial Fund. All donations can 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 Jose Gerardo Castillo

Jose Gerardo Castillo, 50, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday November 17, 2021, at TriStar North Crest Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday November 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Elmwood Cemetery. The family received friends on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Castillo was born July 11, 1971, in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato Mexico. He was worked as an auto mechanic. Mr. Castillo was a hard worker, and everyone loved him. He was a great son, brother, dad, uncle, and grandfather. He was always very kind and caring to all that knew him.

floral squareMr. Castillo is survived by his sons: Gerardo (Krista) Castillo, Jr., Ricardo Castillo, Juan Gomez, by his daughters: Mirka Castillo, Adriana Corral Gomez, Carla Corral, Brigette Gomez, and Sandra Gomez, by his brother: Fransisco Joel Castillo Vallejo, by his sisters: Lourdes Castillo Vallejo, Lorena Castillo Vallejo, and Magdalena Castillo Vallejo, and by his grandchildren: Christian Castillo and Tony Castillo.

Robertson County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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Obituary for Dottie Luke

Dorothy Marie “Dottie” Luke, age 76 of the Greenbrier community in Robertson County, TN passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021 at her home.

Funeral services were held at 1pm, Tuesday, November 23rd at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with Bro. Nelson Garrett officiating. Burial followed in Mayes Cemetery with Robert Edwards, Chris Edwards, Dalton Edwards, Tommy Hulsey, Wade Taylor and Stephen Howerton serving as pallbearers. The family received friends 4pm to 8pm on Monday, November 22nd and 11am until time of service on Tuesday, November 23rd at the funeral home.

Dottie was born in Madison, TN on August 8, 1945 to the late James and Pauline Hunnicutt Edwards. She was also preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Tammy Luke Bush and a brother, Phillip Ray Edwards.

She was a member of the Robertson County Church of Christ.
Dottie worked for Peterbilt Motors in Madison, TN for over 30 years building trucks as a production worker before retiring. She loved sewing, fishing, cooking and baseball. She was one of few women to serve as a State Director in the Dixie Boys and Majors baseball programs.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ronnie Luke of Greenbrier; daughter, Tina Luke Posey and husband, Jim of Tarpon Springs, FL; sister, Deanie and husband Tommy Hulsey of Greenbrier; brothers, Gene and wife Nancy Edwards, Dennis and floral squarewife Diane Edwards of Millersville; grandchildren, Gary Bush, Nina Stokes, Monica Stokes, Megan Bush; great-grandchildren, Tristan Stokes, Tamia Anderson, Ariya Drew and Amelia Villalta.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier.

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

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Arrangements for Christopher Davis Robertson

Christopher Davis Robertson transitioned from his earthly life and eternal home on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Chris touched many hearts. Please keep the Robertson family in your thoughts and prayers. Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation was held Monday, November 22, 2021 at the City of Faith Church – 1001 Goldcrest Drive Springfield, TN at 12:00p. m. – 1:00 floral squarep. m.

Home-Going Service followed at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Robertson was available for viewing at 10:00 a.m. at the church before the visitation.

Arrangements entrusted to the Serenity Funeral Home

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Obituary for Faye Toothman

Faye Dorris Toothman, age 84, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at her home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 1pm at the Hillcrest Church of Christ with Brother Joe Rushing, Brother Johnny Trail and Brother Jonathan Dedmon officiating. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Greg Dedmon, Rodney Toothman, Cory Toothman, Gary Toothman, Don Hampton and Jimmy Lea serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the Austin and Bell Funeral Home in Springfield on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 2-8pm and on Saturday at the Church from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.

Mrs. Toothman was born November 1, 1937 in Cross Plains to the late John Russell and Bertha Flatt Dorris. She worked as a nurse and was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Toothman is preceded in death by her husband, Don Toothman, Sr., sister, Frances Heflin, sons, Terry and Gary Toothman, granddaughter, Jane Toothman, and great-grandson, Kynden Dedmon.

Mrs. Toothman is survived by her sons, Ralph (Kathleen) Toothman and Don (Susan) Toothman, Jr., both of Springfield; daughter, Diane (Gary) Dedmon of Springfield; brother, John Dorris of Cross floral squarePlains; grandchildren, Greg Dedmon, Jonathan Dedmon, Leah Lyons, Sarah Toothman, Rob Brown, Maggie Lea and Jenni Brown; and great-grandsons, Dylan, Austin, Dalton, Spencer, Brady and Carson.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Robertson County Senior Citizen’s Center or to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Fund. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.

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

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Obituary for Betty Ruth Thomas

Age 80 of Cottontown passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2021 at Skyline Medical Center. She was born April 6, 1941 in Elizabethton, TN to Marrlin Glan & Hildred Marton Campbell. She worked in furniture assembly for Broyhill before her retirement.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Charles Thomas; daughter, Joetta Brunger; sons, Gregory Keith Stout and Leslie Kim Stout; brothers, Melvin Campbell and Billy Campbell. She is survived by her son, Lloyd floral squareTravis Stout; daughters, Rebecca Stout and Felicia Williams, all of Cottontown, TN and Kris Davis, Franklin, KY; brothers, Jerry Campbell and Steve Campbell, both of TN; sister, Gale Miller, Greenville, OH; 14 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

There are no services or visitation planned.

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

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Obituary for Mary Elizabeth Carter

Age 88 of Goodlettsville passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at The Residence of Alive Hospice. She was born November 4, 1933 in Nashville, TN to Willis D. & Elsie Felts Pairs. She worked as a seamstress for Turner Manufacturing before her retirement. She enjoyed sewing, growing plants and flower gardening. She enjoyed talking with her friends and never met a stranger.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Buster Carter; two sons, Dennis Wayne Carter and James Eugene Carter; three sisters, Mildred Parks, Barbara Denson and Ruby Pairs; two brothers, Tommy Pairs and Willis D. Pairs, Jr.. She is survived by her son, John (Kay) Carter, Goodlettsville, TN; brother, James (Alice) Pairs, Portland, TN; sisters, Shirley Lassiter, Greenbrier TN and Dorothy Smith, White House, TN; 8 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service was held Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11am in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Ralph Carter officiating. Interment followed at 1pm in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was Sunday, November 21, 2021 4-8pm and Monday, November 22, 2021 9-11am 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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