In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week October 9, 2016
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
Obituary for Gary Wayne Thompson
Gary Wayne Thompson Jr, age 48, went to be with our Lord on October 7, 2016. He was at his home in Greenbrier, TN with family by his side. Gary was born February 1, 1968 to Linda and Gary Thompson in Fort Benning GA. He grew up in Mims FL where he enjoyed playing baseball, hunting, fishing, and later drag racing and farming. He was a wonderful husband for 28 years, father of two daughters whom he loved “a whole bunch” and a great friend to all he came in contact with. He was a Paramedic for Robertson County for 5 yrs and loved every day that he was able to go out and put others lives before his own.
Gary is survived by his wife and best friend Laura Thompson, daughters Jordon Thompson, Haley(Caleb)Roberts, grandson Jaxon Roberts, beloved mother Linda Thompson and brother Shannon(Jessica)Thompson and family.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at LifeHouse Fellowship Church on Saturday October 15th at 11:00. A meal with the family will follow with all friends invited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LifeHouse Fellowship Childrens Ministry. Address for the Celebration of Life and Donations is LifeHouse Fellowship Church 223 Gifford Place, Joelton, TN 37080. Cremation and Funeral Services of Nashville handled the arrangements.
A message from Robertson County Emergency Medical Services:
It is with great sadness that we report the death of retired RCEMS Paramedic Gary Thompson after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Gary served with us from November 2008 until June 2015. He was truly an exceptional individual and a great Paramedic.
Many of you never had the opportunity to meet Gary. He worked here for several years and actually started his career in EMS much later than most folks in the field. He always had a good joke or story to tell. He had a common sense approach to life. I saw him have a positive and hopeful attitude many times in his life when I know for certain that I sure couldn’t have.
Gary was a very talented individual. He was quite the mechanic, a hobby farmer, and a smart business man. He could turn a dime into a dollar.
He had a gift or an ability that I always admired which was the ability to be direct, to the point, and always tell you his thoughts on a subject, even if you were the subject. If he had an issue, you knew it and he would work with you to find a solution. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Obituary for Joseph Scott Williamson
Joseph Scott Williamson, age 50 of Springfield, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at NorthCrest Medical Center. His remains are to be cremated and a memorial service will be held Monday, October 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Memorial Blvd. Church of Christ with Bro. Chris Reeves officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service.
Mr. Williamson was born March 10, 1966 in Lincoln County. He was a member of Memorial Blvd. Church of Christ, was a former member of Boy Scout Troop #123 in Hopkinsville, KY, and formerly worked in the grocery business.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, James D. and Marilyn Williamson of Cadiz, KY; mother and step-father, Alice and Joseph Mills of Springfield; brothers, James L. Williamson of Springfield and Timothy Williamson of Christiansburg, VA; sister, Amy Armstrong of Springfield; and nephews, Austin and Steven Armstrong.
Paul Wayne Gainous, 69, of Cedar Hill, died Sunday October 2, 2016 at Skyline Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday October 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Robertson County Coon Hunter’s Club. The family received friends on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Gainous was born October 29, 1946 in Robertson County to the late Edward Ray and Mary Frances Satterfield Gainous. He was a retired superintendent with Springfield Electrolux and was a member of Calvary General Baptist Church in Adairville, KY. Mr. Gainous was a member of the Robertson County Coon Hunter’s Club, and he attended all 41 benefits for St. Jude Children’s Hospital that was sponsored by the club. He enjoyed being on facebook and coon hunting.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Jerry Mac, Leslie Jeff, and Robert Earl Gainous. Mr. Gainous is survived by his wife of 49 years: Virginia Walker Gainous of Cedar Hill, daughter and son-in-law: Cindy and David Bond of Adairville, KY, brother: Bobby Ray Gainous and wife Fay of Adairville, KY, brothers and sisters-in-law: James, Eddie, Tom, and Jack Walker, and Josie Gray, grandchildren: Kelsey Bond, Jason Bond and wife Cindy, great grandchildren: Lauren and Mitch Bond.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Mary Belcher, 89, of Springfield, died Sunday October 2, 2016 at Whitehaven Assisted Living in Adams. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday October 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry Heflin officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Lynn Empson, Nick Empson, Gary Keay, Wallace West, Clint Head, and Tim Startup serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Belcher was born January 24, 1927 in Union County, IL to the late Dennis and Bessie Ferrell Toler. She was a homemaker and a member of Eastland Heights Baptist Church. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and going to church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Carol Belcher, and her brother: Gene Toler.
Mrs. Belcher is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon and Gary Keay of Springfield, Cathy and Lynn Empson of Springfield, sister: Bonnie Inman of Anna, IL, grandchildren: Amy (Wallace) West, Lauren (Clint) Head, Nick (Lisa) Empson, five great grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastland Heights Baptist Church
Age 71 of White House, TN passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at his home. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island and was a welder most of his life. He attended Northridge Church in White House, TN. Preceded in death by his parents, George Herbert & Florence Lindgren Vowles; first wife, Evelyn Vowles; brother, George Vowles.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine “Cathy” Vowles, White House, TN; son, Steven (Jennifer) Vowles, Berkley, MI; daughter, Julie (Andy) Osip, Lepere, MI; brothers, Bill (Diana) Vowles, Baltimore, MD, Ken (Sandra) Vowles, Houston, TX, Don Vowles, Farmington, MI and Jim (Pat) Vowles, Clearwater, FL; sisters, Virginia Watson, Walled Lake, MI, Linda (Jerry) Race, Sears, MI, Muriel (Brad) Pearson, Farmington, MI, Esther, Brown, Taylor, MI and Marilyn (Skip) Speck, Auburn Hills, MI; 7 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor Terry Exley officiating. Interment followed in Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi, MI. Visitation was held Friday, October 7, 2016 3-7pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home.
A second funeral service is scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016 at 4pm in the chapel of Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington, MI. Visitation in Michigan is 11am-4pm at the funeral home prior to the service. A Celebration of Life gathering is planned at 5pm at Wellspring Church in Farmington, MI. following the service. Remains Rest At Austin & Bell Funeral Home In White House, Tn.
Teresa Settle King, age 52, of Pleasant View, passed away tragically in a car accident with her two sons, Devin Fillingham & Sean Settle, both of Erin, TN on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Clarksville, TN. Memorial services were conducted at 3 o’clock pm, Sunday, October 9th, in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Paul Edwards and Greg Plummer officiating.
The family received friends on Saturday, October 8th, from 2-8:00PM and again on Sunday from 1:00PM until the hour of service.
Teresa was born December 25, 1963 in Nashville, TN to Robert & Nelle Pardue Williams. She was a school teacher having taught for Houston County Schools and was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Nelle Pardue Williams.
She is survived by her husband, Joe King; father, Robert Williams of Pleasant View; brother, Tracy Williams of Pleasant View; sister, Robin Delplane of Pleasant View; daughter-in-law, Vernetta Fillingham of Clarksville, TN; and granddaughters, Skylith & Zelda Fillingham of Clarksville, TN.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research. Donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home.
Devin Giles Fillingham, age 31, of Clarksville, passed away tragically in a car accident with his mother, Teresa King, and his brother, Sean Settle on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Clarksville, TN. Memorial services were conducted at 3 o’clock pm, Sunday, October 9th, in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Bro. Paul Edwards and Greg Plummer officiating.
The family received friends on Saturday, October 8th, from 2-8:00PM and again on Sunday from 1:00PM until the hour of service.
Devin was born October 2, 1985 in Nashville, Tennessee. He worked as a Car Salesman for Gary Mathews Motors in Clarksville and was a member of Clarksville International Church.
He is survived by his wife, Vernetta Fillingham of Clarksville, TN; daughters, Skylith & Zelda Fillingham of Clarksville, TN; father, George Fillingham; grandfather, Robert Williams; and step-father, Joe King of Pleasant View.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the fund for Devin’s children at Heritage Bank. Donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell Funeral Home.
Walter Madison Beshear, age 88, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Morningside of Springfield. Funeral services were held Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Michael Smith officiating. Entombment followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Paul Beshear, Josh Jerles, Bob Ary and Pete Clinard serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the McDonalds Coffee Club. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 4-7pm and again on Friday from 10am until the hour of service at 11am.
Mr. Beshear was born June 13, 1928 in Dawson Springs, KY to the late Isaac Jefferson and Essie Lee Dement Beshear. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked as a meat cutter. Mr. Beshear was a member of the Springfield First United Methodist Church where he worked with the Stephen Ministry, he was a Pastoral Counselor at NorthCrest and was a former Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop #144.
In addition to his parents Mr. Beshear is preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Van Hoy Beshear. He is survived by his sons, Mike (Rhonda) Beshear of Springfield and Brian (Wendy) Beshear of Christiana, TN; daughter, LuAnn (Jeff) Jerles of Clarksville; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Springfield First United Methodist Church or to NorthCrest Hospice. All donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Roy Dean Henley, age 63, Greenbrier, TN passed away Monday, October 03, 2016 at his residence. Austin & Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family received friends Friday, October 7, 2016 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. The funeral service followed at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the funeral home with Bro. Mitchell Osborne and Bro. Donnie Bryant officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens.
He was born in Davidson County, TN on July 18, 1953 to the late Sam and Alice Dishman Henley. He was a Crane operator for Brown’s Welding and Steel. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Knight Henley; daughters, Deanna Henley, Crystal (Terry) Phelps, Amanda (Fiance – Duvall Roberts) Henley, Brittany (Stephen) Bonner; Brothers, John Henley, Jimmy Henley; sister, Rubye Atkins and 9 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Matt Goodwin, Dustin Goodwin, Bo Owens, Riley Goosetree, Noah Henley and Xavier Henley. Honorary Pallbearers were Nicholas Henley and Bryson Henley.
Donald Howard James, age 57, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016 at NorthCrest Medical Center after a valiant 16 year struggle with illness. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Brother Joe Rushing officiating. Burial followed in the Murphy Cemetery in Springfield with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 4-8pm and again on Thursday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mr. James was born November 13, 1958 in Springfield to the late Howard and Virginia Fort James. He worked as a scale operator for Porter Brown Limestone Company and was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents Mr. James is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Alice Fort and grandfather, Wesley Claude James. Mr. James is survived by his sister, Patricia Holman of Springfield; brother, John Wesley James of Springfield; close friend and caregiver, John Henderson; nephews, Clint Holman and Jesse James, both of Springfield and Bruce Mimms of Clarksville; nieces, Tina Burns and April Green, both of Springfield.
The family requests donations be made to Centerstone and may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.