In Loving Memory: Obituaries From Oct. 11, 2018 – Oct. 17, 2018
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Martha Lee Green Stanfield
Martha Lee Green Stanfield, age 75 of Adams, died Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Whitehaven Assisted Living.
Her remains are to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.
Mrs. Stanfield was born September 5, 1943 in Cleveland, TN to the late James and Dorothy Lee Falls Green. She was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church in Cleveland and was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, Cooking, and gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Stanfield, and by two sons, Bryan and Randy Stanfield.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Melanie Stanfield of Russellville, KY; grandchildren, Brittany Stanfield of Cleveland, TN, Kayla Stanfield of Russellville, KY, Dylan Stanfield of Cleveland, TN, Caitlin Stanfield of Cleveland, TN, Hope Stanfield of Cleveland, TN and Mary Beth Stanfield of Russellville, KY; and great grandchildren, Avah Secress of Cleveland, TN, Zoey Stanfield of Russellville, KY , and Kain Alexander of Russellville, KY.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to the Martha Stanfield Memorial Fund. All donations should be payed to Robertson County Funeral Home.
Peggy Anne Rainwater, 85, of Greenbrier, passed away on Tuesday October 16, 2018 at the home of her daughter.
Memorial services will be conducted Sunday October 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Brother Joe Rushing officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Rainwater was born August 2, 1933 in Robertson County to the late Duke and Lela Covington Simmons. She was a retired manager from the Kroger Company in Brentwood, and was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Rainwater enjoyed fishing, camping, canning, and cooking. She enjoyed watching sports, especially the Lady Vols. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Gerald Rainwater, her son: Samuel Kipp Rainwater, her brothers: Wilburn and Bryce Simmons, and by her sister: Dorothy Benningfield.
Mrs. Rainwater is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Glinda and Basel Manley Mixon, III of Greenbrier, her sister: Margaret Clark of Springfield, grandsons: Lt. Col. Basel Manley Mixon, IV and Walter Joshua Mixon, DVM, six additional grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive.
The family wishes to extend their love and appreciation to Stephanie Litchford, Patricia Harris, and all of the North Crest Hospice team. They ask that if so desired, memorial gifts be given in Mrs. Rainwater’s memory to the North Crest Hospice
Joe Mark Head, 61, of Springfield, passed away on Monday October 15, 2018 at Centennial Medical Center.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday October 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Smith and Reverend Mike Duff officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Andy Wilkerson, Jarrod Wilkerson, Chad Swallows, Adam Swallows, Trey Swallows, Brian Head, Trey Burnette, Robert Head, Marcus Head, and Greg Dedmon serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Chucky Reid, Joe Burnette, Donny Mac Wright, John Rawls, Trent Dorris, Jonathan Dedmon, Ricky Balthrop, Kirk Adams, Mark Hunsaker, Corky Watts, Mike Grogan, Wallace Love, Bob Bolen, Galen Ross, Randy Holland, Danny Moon, Dale Duffer, Cliff Reid and Ricky Rigsby. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home.
Joe was born September 18, 1957 in Springfield to the late Ray Vester and Margaret King Head. He was a retired foreman with Jones Brothers Construction and was a member of North Springfield Baptist Church. Joe loved traveling and sports, especially the Tennessee Vols. In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing baseball. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Jack and Rickey Head, and by his beloved Boxer: Sadie Bell.
In December of this year, Joe and his wife: Debbie Wilkerson Head, who survives him, would be married for 38 years. Joe is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Natalie Jo and Casey Sweatt of Greenbrier, his brother and sisters-in-law: Tommy and Luanne Head of Hendersonville, Mary Jo Head and Kathy Head, his sister and brother-in-law: Marilyn and Odis Swallows, Jr., of Springfield, and the one that outranked anybody and everybody, his Boxer, Sammie Jo.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association
Sarrayah Shanel Witherspoon, one day old infant daughter of Antonius Witherspoon and Ashley Marie Brady of Springfield passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 at NorthCrest Medical Center.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 from 3-5pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield.
In addition to her parents, Sweet Baby Sarrayah is survived by her grandmothers, Bridget Roberson and Melissa Brady, both of Springfield; grandfathers, Antonio Witherspoon and David Carlos, both of Springfield; brothers, Dante Brady and Amarii Brady; sisters, Yazmin Arocho and Kiya Dowlen; aunts, Makisha Roberson, Arionna Galan and Willette Witherspoon; and uncles, Dominic Witherspoon, Joe Brady, Christian Mirando and Ricky Galan.
Although she was not here with us very long, she will always be in our hearts.
Theron “Terry” J. Rice, Sr., surrounded by his family, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 15th, at NHC Place at Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 96 years old.
Mr. Rice was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Margaret Betty Garren Rice, and his parents, Theron J. Rice and Mary Ethel Showalter Rice. He was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1922. He is survived by his son, Theron J. Rice, Jr. (Sandra) of Pleasant View, TN, granddaughter Amy Rice Whitworth (Mark) of Pleasant View, TN, grandson Theron J. Rice, III (Deanna) of Hendersonville, TN, and seven great grandchildren, Andrew and Abigail Whitworth, and Alaina, Ella, Emily, Amelia and Samuel Rice.
Before moving to Franklin in May 2004, and joining St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mr. and Mrs. Rice were active members at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia for forty-seven years.
Before enlisting in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1943, Mr. Rice attended George Washington University in Washington, D. C. He was a Marine Combat Correspondent whose job was to write the story of World War II as experienced by, and seen through, the eyes of individual Marines. During two years in the South and Central Pacific with Marine fighter and dive-bomber squadrons, he filed more than 600 stories, which were published in newspapers throughout the United States.
After the war, Mr. Rice spent seven years with the Army and Navy Bulletin, a weekly military service journal. He then joined the legislative staff of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, and in 1962 became the Chamber’s Chief Lobbyist. In 1965, he was named General Manager of Continental Oil Company’s Washington Office. He spent seventeen years in that position and four more after Conoco became a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont. He retired from DuPont in 1986.
Mr. Rice was proud to be known as the first resident to move into the new NHC Place at Cool Spring’s Assisted Living facility. During his residency there, he penned “Getting to Know You,” a column in the NHC Newsletter devoted to profiling the residents.
A two-hour visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th at Austin and Bell Funeral Home, 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee followed by a 1:00 p.m. graveside service at Ever Rest Cemetery in Pleasant View, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army.
Edward “Ed” Chesley Franklin, age 84, of Pleasant View, died Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at his home.
Memorial services will be conducted at 3 o’clock pm Sunday, October 21st at the Adams United Methodist Church (7538 Hwy 41N, Adams, TN 37010) with Billy Vogle officiating. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 2:00PM until the hour service. Mr. Franklin was born January 5, 1934 in Vacaville, CA to the late Jess C. Franklin and Anna Lytle Hogg. He was an U.S. Marine Corp Veteran and was a retired highschool teacher.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Franklin is preceded in death by his sister, Irene; and brother, Sonny. Survivors include his wife, Maxine Franklin; sons, Edward A. (Jennifer) Franklin and Jeffrey R. Franklin; daughter, Sally (Daryl) Dotson; siblings, Janea Franklin, Jim Franklin, Lela (Jerry) Golden, Michael (Glenda) Hogg and Susan (Eugene) Greer; and 7 grandchildren, Megan (John), Jessica, Austin, Andrew, Katya, Dylan and Justin.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. All donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.
Floyd Somerville, age 77, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Terrell Somerville officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 2-7pm and again on Sunday from 10am until the hour of service at 2pm.
Mr. Somerville was born November 3, 1940 in Cross Plains to the late Clarence and Lenna Baldridge Somerville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, worked as a crane operator and was a member of the Freedom Church in Gallatin. Mr. Somerville always had a heart for missions. Up until the end of his life he gave to charities such as the Christian Appalachian Mountain Project, the Nashville Rescue Mission, HOPE Charities, the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors and others as he was able.
In addition to his parents Mr. Somerville is preceded in death by his twin brother, Lloyd Somerville and his brother, Harold Somerville. Mr. Somerville is survived by his wife, Geneva Bryant Somerville; son, Lanny Troy (Laura) Somerville of Chester, SC; daughter, Tammy (Jeff) Groves of Bethpage; brothers, John Somerville and Blonnie (Mary Edna) Somerville, both of Cross Plains; sisters, Clariss Stewart of Murfreesboro and Edith Camp of Sparta; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Bobby Ross Byrd, age 82 of Greenbrier, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Vanco Health Care.
The family will receive friends 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier and 10 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 18th at Greenbrier First Baptist Church. The funeral service will be at 11 am on Thursday at Greenbrier First Baptist Church with Rev. Nathan Washburn and Bro. David Stambaugh officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Cemetery. Bobby was born in Clarksville, TN on January 20, 1936 to the late Allen and Lantha Lee Byrd. He was also preceded in death by siblings Herbert Byrd, Frank Byrd, Anna Marie Lehman and Martha Rye.
He was a member of Greenbrier First Baptist Church and retired from Dupont. He was active in the Meals on Wheels Ministry at Greenbrier First Baptist where he served as a Deacon and enjoyed serving others. He also loved fishing and golfing. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Stacey Byrd; children, Carolyn (Dane) Roath, Michael (Sharon) Byrd, David (Gina) Byrd; grandchildren, Amanda Goodwin, Jana Jennings, Gregory Roath, Corey Byrd, Travis Byrd, Calvin Byrd and 6 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels Ministry at Greenbrier First Baptist Church.
Louise Virginia Miles Delius, age 85, of Nashville, died Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at her home in Nashville.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 18th, at 1 o’clock pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Reverend James Burd and Brother Rucker Chunn officiating. Burial will follow in the Sango cemetery with grandchildren serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-8:00PM and again on Thursday from 11am until the hour of service.
Mrs. Delius was born November 19, 1932 in Thomasville, TN to the late Joseph Oscar and Brittie Adkins Miles. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Hickory Church of God. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Delius is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Delius; daughter, Brenda Carr; and great-grandson, Devin Bowker. Survivors include her; son, Roger (Joy) Delius; daughters, Linda (Larry) Anderson, Shelia (Billy) Hodges and Janet Romans; grandchildren, Tony Bowker, Chris Carr, Amanda Anderson, Micah Anderson, Andrew Anderson, Joseph Hodges, Rachel Hodges, and Sabrina Romans; and 7 great-grandchildren.
Barbara Ann Thornton, age 86, of Adams, Tennessee, died Friday, October 12, 2018 at her residence.
Funeral services were conducted at 10 o’clock am, Tuesday, October 16th, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Brother Tyler Estep officiating. Burial followed in Maplelawn Park Cemetery in Paducah, KY at 1 o’clock pm. with friends and family serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00PM Monday, October 15th, and again on Tuesday beginning at 9:00AM until the hour of service at 10:00 AM.
Barbara was born on March 23, 1932 in Paducah, Kentucky to the late Fred and Anna Louise Taylor Joiner. She owned White Haven Assisted Living and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her 1st husband, Wesley Sample; 2nd husband, Ray Thornton; and beloved special friend, Stefan Lach. Survivors include her son, Ronnie (Nancy) Sample; daughter, Gail (Butch) Turner; step-daughters, Kelli (Mike) Snider, Cindy (Tom) Sherman and Markie (Larry) Love; grandchildren, Taylor Ann (Matt) Reynolds, Joey (Perri) Morrell, Jennifer Bullington and Tim; great-grandchildren, Addison, Eli, Grace, Turner, Noah and Jacob; 9 step-grandchildren; and 15 step great-grandchildren.
If so desired, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Liberty Baptist Building Fund. All donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View.
On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Leo Smith, a wonderful father, teacher and advisor, went home to be with Jesus at the age of 84.
Leo was born on August 8, 1934 in Aynor, SC to Colie and Ruth (Cook) Smith. Early in his professional career he was an apprentice and electrician at the DuPont Savannah River plant near Aiken, South Carolina. He later transferred to the Old Hickory DuPont plant in Old Hickory, Tennessee, where he became an Electrical Engineer until retiring in 1992. On March 25, 1954 he married Shirley Moseley. They had two daughters, Joy, Donna (Brian) Anderson and two sons Larry (Lori) and Bobby. A Freemason, he and his wife Shirley raised their family in Madison, Tennessee.
Leo had an uncanny ability to design, repair and maintain all things mechanical and electrical. Many of his colleagues, friends and family were known to say “we never saw anything he couldn’t fix.” After retiring from DuPont, he spent the next 23 years as an electrical contractor and consultant for many companies around the midstate area. Leo had a gift for helping others. He leveraged his technical aptitude by teaching electronics to apprentice electricians evenings at Hume Fogg HS for over 26 years. He never lived an extravagant lifestyle so he could always lend a hand to those in financial need. His passion was his country, his family, his work, story telling and riding horses. He was a great connoisseur of home cooked meals by his lovely wife Shirley. He could often be found in later years at Hardee’s, Cracker Barrel and anywhere Krispy Kreme Donuts were served. A conservative American he admired John Wayne, Ron Reagan and Donald J. Trump.
Leo was preceded in death by his daughter Joy; wife, Shirley; Father Colie; mother Ruth; brothers, Jimmy, Bill, Bryant and Lloyd; sisters Ernestine, Betty and Doris. Leo is survived by sisters, Christine, Ruby, Janice; Brother George; Daughter Donna; Sons Larry and Bobby; Grandchildren Eric, Kyle and Katie; Great Grandchildren Riley and Presley, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation and funeral services were held at Austin & Bell Funeral Home 533 Highway 76 White House, Tennessee 37188. Visitation was Sunday, October 14, from 5:00-8:00PM and 10:00-11:00AM on Monday, October 15. Funeral service followed on October 15, at 11AM. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
William Forrest Bryan, age 81, of Greenbrier passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Skyline Medical Center.
The family will receive friends 4pm to 6pm of Friday, October 19, 2018 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier and a Celebration of life will be held at 6pm.
He was born in Statesville, TN to the late Edgar and Pataray Bryan. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Lerline Ewing, Betty Jean Bryan, brother, Robert Bryan and step-granddaughter, Amanda Renee Kaylor.
He was retired from the building industry, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a 32 Degree Mason with the Greenbrier Masonic Lodge. He loved riding horses, working with cattle and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Lettie Lusky Bryan; children, Teresa Ann Bryan, Raymond Eugene (Diane) Bryan, William Edward Bryan, Troy Wayne (Jennifer) Bryan, Darean Wayne Louis Parrish; step-daughter, Renata Woolbright; 4 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.