In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week October 2, 2016
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Richard Bridges
Richard Davis Spicer Bridges, 31, of Murfreesboro, died Friday September 30, 2016 in Murfreesboro. Memorial services will be conducted Monday October 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Rushing officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home.
Richard was born July 9, 1985 in Robertson County. He attended World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro and worked in landscaping. Richard enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, and working with his step-father in flipping houses.
Richard is survived by his son: Richard “Little Man” Bridges of Ridgetop, mother and step-father: Louise Spicer Stephenson and Anthony Stephenson of Murfreesboro, father and step-mother: Alan and Connie Bridges of Ridgetop, brother: Billy Holman of Key Largo, FL, sisters: Tiffany Troutman of Oklahoma, Dr. Anna Boswell of Kansas, Amanda Spencer of Ridgetop, and Courtney Holman of Spring Hill, grandparents: Joel and Carlene Farmer, Ivan and Patricia Stephenson, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard “Little Man” Bridges Memorial Fund
Obituary for Dorothy Mae Weatherhead
Dorothy Mae Weatherhead, age 91 of Springfield, TN died Wednesday September 28, 2016 at her home. The family received friends on Saturday October 1 , 2016 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Her remains were cremated.
Mrs. Weatherhead was born July 3, 1925 in Monroe, Wisconsin to the late Carl and Gladys Olson Brennecke. Her husband of 62 years, Wayne Weatherhead also preceded her in death. She and Wayne farmed together for many years in Winnebago, Illinois.
Over the years she was a restaurant owner, waitress and cook and for many years she did catering for special events. She was a member of South Haven Baptist Church. Mrs. Weatherhead loved people and enjoyed conversation with all. She was a huge country music fan even in her later years.
Surviving her are her daughters, Louise (Gerald) Saack of Roscoe, IL and Rita Roach of Springfield; grandsons, Rob (Maricela) Becker and Scott (Iris) Becker; four great grandchildren; sister, Elaine Winzenried of Monroe, WI and special care giver, Porter Roach of Springfield.
Ronald L. Hardaway, age 73 of Springfield, died Tuesday September 27, 2016 at his home. Funeral Services were conducted on Friday September 30, 2016 at 10 am in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. Burial followed in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Mr. Hardaway was born on June 4, 1943 in Robertson County to the late Logan and Vesta Clinard Hardaway. In addition to his parents he preceded in death by his brothers, Donald Hardaway and Dannie Hardaway. Mr. Hardaway was a veteran of the United States Air Force, retired from the Air National Guard and served as the assistant director of Human Resources for the State of Tennessee.
He also loved genealogy, reading, movies, and spending time with his great niece and nephew.
Mr. Hardaway is survived by his nephew and his wife Stephen and Rachel Hardaway of Greenbrier, and great niece and nephew Hannah Hardaway and Hunter Hardaway.
Ruby Henson, age 90 of Cross Plains, died Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the home of her daughter in Cunningham. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Clint Jones officiating. Burial followed in Cross Plains Cemetery with Joshua Henson, Brandon Davis, Patrick Davis, Stuart Janssen, Steven Harrington, and Nicole Davis serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer was Ryan Harrington. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 2 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 11 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Henson was born January 12, 1926 in Robertson County to the late Leon and Eva Hancock Fuquay. She was a member of Cross Plains United Methodist Church and was a retired secretary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Douglas Henson; brothers, Jim, Robert, and Emmitt Fuquay; and sister, Avo Keith.
She is survived by her sons, Jon Michael McGee of Alaska, Robert Henson and wife Teresa of Murfreesboro, and Michael Henson and wife Linda of Missouri; daughters, Patty Davis and husband Ray of Cunningham and April Fuston and husband Gary of Cross Plains; brother, Paul Fuquay and wife Jewel of Greenbrier; eighteen grandchildren; and twenty-two great grandchildren.
The family request if so desired for memorial contributions be made to the Ruby Henson Funeral Fund. All donations should be made payable to Robertson County Funeral Home.
Donnie Kent “D.K.” Davis, 81, of Greenbrier, died Friday September 16, 2016 at Skyline Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday September 20th at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Evans and Dr. Brandon Pugh officiating. Interment followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Buzz Kinle, Greg Reynolds, Todd Evilcizer, Ronnie Wilkerson, Gus Pappas, and Terry Hayes serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Davis was born August 3, 1935 in Old Hickory to the late Braxton and Pauline Groves Davis. He graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Management from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Mr. Davis was a retired manager from the State of Tennessee Transportation and Mass Transit, with 36 years of service. After retiring from the State, he then worked 9 years with the Clarksville Transit System. He was a member of the Oak Hills Golf Course Old Golfers. He enjoyed reading, cooking, and playing piano. Mr. Davis was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, and had served as music director in previous years at both Ridgetop Baptist and Ebenezer Baptist. He loved animals, especially his favorite hound: Daisy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Faye Lynn Roberts. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 53 years: Bettye Suter Davis of Greenbrier, daughter and fiancée: Kelly Davis and Greg Reynolds of Cookeville, brother: John Davis of Cape Coral, FL, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Billie and John Evilcizer and Bobbye and Jimmy Wilson all of Greenbrier, 3 nieces a nephew, 3 great nieces, and a great nephew also survive.
Roy Lee Wilson, Sr., age 81, of Chapmansboro, TN, died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 o’ clock noon on Tuesday, October 4th, in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Barry Raper officiating. Burial will follow in Mallory’s cemetery with Roy Wilson, Nicholas Harris, Tim Pentecost, Jody Ford, Eric Shultz, and Rick Gillingham serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, October 3rd, from 4:00-8:00PM and again on Tuesday from 10:00AM until the hour of service. Mr. Wilson was born March 13, 1935 in Franklin, TN to the late Andrew Jackson and Ruthie Wilson. He was a retired truck driver and trailer mechanic. He was also a member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Janice Wilson; brothers, Robert Wilson and Lewis Wilson.
Survivors include his son, Roy (Helen) Wilson of Ashland City; grandchildren, Christina (Nicholas) Harris of Chapmansboro, and Ashley Wilson of Ashland City; great-granddaughter, Lily Ann Harris of Chapmansboro.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Wilson’s funeral fund.
Age 77 of Cross Plains, Tennessee passed away Friday, September 30, 2016 at Skyline Medical Center. He was born March 28, 1939 in Pickett County, TN to William Harman and Data Smith Little. He served his country in the U.S Army, worked as a welder for Rogers Manufacturing Company and was of the Methodist faith. He married Bonita Ann Stover on April 8, 1960 and they were married 53 years before her death in 2014.
Preceded in death by his parents, William Harman & Data Smith Little; wife, Bonita Ann Little; brothers, Gilbert and Randall Little; sister, Margie Smith.
Survived by sons, William Mark Little, Cross Plains, TN and Kendrick Sheldon (Julia) Little, White House, TN; sisters, Wilma (Ray) Marlow, Crossville, TN, Freda Willis, Indiana and Clarice Dale, Springfield, TN; sisters-in-law, Ann Johnson, Gainesboro, TN and Connie Frances, Glasgow, KY; 3 grandchildren, Dane Little, Danielle Bibb and Kendra Little; 4 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Madison, Peyton and Emily.
Graveside service is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 2pm in Cross Plains Cemetery with Jimmy Pitt officiating. Interment will follow with Dane Little, Robert Bibb, Ricky Johnson, Phil Johnson, David Graves, Jimmy Pitt, Sonny Turner and Scotty Turner serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Monday, October 3, 2016 4-8pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Remains Rest At Austin & Bell Funeral Home In White House, Tn.
Alease Cunningham Thompson, age 91, of Nashville, died Friday, September 30, 2016. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 o’clock am, on Wednesday, October 5th, in the Westhampton Memorial Park, 10000 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23238.
Mrs. Thompson is preceded in death by her husband, Wesley R. Thompson; son, Michael C. Thompson; brother, Edward M. Cunningham; sister, Lucille C. Kitchen. Survivors include her daughter, Michelle T. Peterson (Lee) of Ashland City, TN, and brother, George E. Cunningham (Dee) of Cincinnati, OH.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice and may be sent in care of Austin & Bell in Pleasant View.
Age 83 of Cottontown, TN passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Signature Health Care of Madison. He was born October 13, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Thorwald Oliver & Hazel Boze Christenson. He worked as an electrician for TVA and was the owner and operator of CRS Electric. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of Al Menah Shrine Temple, White House Masonic Lodge #700, American Legion Post #206 and White House First United Methodist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris Mae Christenson; son, David Allen Christenson, Jr.
He is survived by son, Drew (Mandy) Christenson, Cottontown, TN; daughters, Julie Christenson, Cudahy, WI and Denise (Bobby) Thornton, Oak Grove, TN; brother, Duke (Wanda) Christenson, Montero, IL; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Rev. Lloyd Doyle and Rev. Phillip Wright officiating. A masonic service was held 2pm at the funeral home. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery with American Legion Post # 206 members serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Saturday, October 1, 2016 10am-2pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to White House First United Methodist Church.
Hentsley Neal Gilmore, age 90, of Pleasant View, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at his home. Funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock pm, Saturday, October 1st, in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Paul Edwards officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant View United Methodist Church cemetery with Dennis Gilmore, Chris Gilmore, Neil Gilmore, Larry Gilmore, Kodie Gilmore, Tammi Cribbs, Tonya Tomlin, and Julia Nickels serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends on Friday, September 30th, from 4-8:00PM and again on Saturday from 1:00PM until the hour of service.
Mr. Gilmore was born March 3, 1926 in Brownwood, TX to the late Roy Lee and Lee Ola Gilmore. He worked for most of his life as an automobile mechanic. He was a United States Navy veteran, having served in World War II, and was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Max Gilmore, and sister, Lorene Evans.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Margaret Vann Gilmore; daughter, Toni (Tommy) Applegate of Pell City, AL; son, Dennis (Maureen) Gilmore of Pleasant View; grandchildren, Freddie Lyle and Lisa Lyle, Larry Gilmore, Tammi (Larry) Cribbs, Tonya (Brent) Tomlin, Chris (Patrica) Gilmore, Neil (Xiomara) Gilmore; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made NorthCrest Hospice in Springfield. Donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home.
Age 65 of Cottontown, TN passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Alive Hospice Skyline Madison Campus. Mr. Bibb was born February 22, 1951 in Nashville, TN to Farris H. and Ruby Huber Bibb, Sr. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast. He was a member of Chapter 240 VFW of Sumner County.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Suzanne Bibb, Cottontown, TN; sons, George William Bibb and Travis Anthony Bibb, both of Madison, TN; daughter, Amanda Suzanne Bibb, Cottontown, TN; brothers, Farris Bibb, White House, TN and Eddie King, Mt. Juliet, TN; sisters, Shirley Dunagan, Springfield, TN, Helen Cromartie, White House, TN and Debbie Massie, Nashville, TN.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11am in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with TN Highway patrolmen serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11am-8pm at the funeral home.
Age 31 of Springfield, TN passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 in Bowling Green, KY. He was born September 27, 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio to Kenneth & Patricia Bias LaCrone. Mr. LaCrone was employed with Lamberth & Sons in Millersville as a plumber. He loved his two dogs, Junior and Bonnie, and was a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast.
Preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Averal Bias, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Bob & Mary LaCrone.
He is survived by his parents, Kenneth & Patricia LaCrone; brother, Jacob LaCrone, all of White House, TN; maternal grandmother, Beulah Bias; maternal aunt, Diana Bias; a host of other family and friends. John LaCrone’s death in the news.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Rev. Bart Williams officiating. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Wednesday, September 28, 2016 4-8pm and Thursday, September 29, 2016 12-2pm at the funeral home.
Keith Smith, age 69 of Gallatin, TN, passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016. He was born Harold Keith Smith on May 22, 1947 in Hamlet, NC to Murphy James and Mattie Lee Smith. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. He attended Long Hollow Baptist Church. He loved his wife more than anything and made everyone feel special and believe in themselves. He was a great encourager. He was an avid golfer, loved to travel, taught Sunday School and he coached all of his children in sports, as well as other young people in the Hendersonville Parks Department.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gordon (Margie) Smith, Phil Smith, and Jimmy (Nan) Smith; sister, Jean (Earl) Herring.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer “Jeff” Smith, Gallatin, TN; daughters, Aimee (Lance) Brown, Goodlettsville, TN and LeAllison (Billy) Whittinghill, Castalian Springs, TN; son, Ryan “Bubba” (Cortney) Smith, Cleveland, TN; sisters, Maxine (J.T.) Kelly, Rose Hill NC, Doris (Bob) Wright, Hamlet NC, and Barbara (Danny) McLean, Rockingham NC; a very special aunt, Lois (John) Horne; 14 grandchildren, Shelby, Bailey, Kelsey and Cooper Brown; Joshua, Jacob, Mattie, Allie, Cantrell and Jase Whittinghill; Isaac, Mary, Emma and Izzy Smith.
The family received friends at Long Hollow Baptist Church Hendersonville Campus on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 4pm until 8pm and on Saturday, October 1 from 11am until 1pm. A Celebration of Life was conducted Saturday at 1:00pm at the church with Lance Brown Officiating. Pallbearers were Bubba Smith, Lance Brown, Billy Whittinghill, Paul Cook, Jacob McCullough, Joshua McCullough, Isaac Smith, Cantrell Whittinghill, Cooper Brown and Jase Whittinghill. Honorary pallbearers were The Home Group members Dan Schorsten, Jim Maynor, Tom Mallison and Thomas Graves. Interment followed in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.
John Franklin “Jay Frank” Ellis, age 54, of Joelton, TN died Saturday, September 24, 2016 at his home. Funeral services were conducted at 1 o’clock pm on Thursday, September 29th, in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Rich Mayberry officiating. Burial followed in Joelton Hills Memory Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 28th from 4-7:00PM and again on Thursday from 11:00AM until the hour of service.
Mr. Ellis was born on January 7, 1962 in Pulaski, TN. He was previously employed as a 911 Emergency Dispatcher and was a member of Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jay E. and Willie DePriest Ellis. Survivors include several loving cousins.