In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week of December 25, 2022

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week of December 18, 2022

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Dec. 19-25, 2022

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Christopher Jacob Spaunhorst

Christopher Jacob Spaunhorst, 37, of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Sunday December 25, 2022, at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday December 31st at 1:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Adam Lamb officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Chris was born October 21, 1985, in Nashville. He was a graduate of Greenbrier High School Class of 2005, worked as a mill operator at Unarco in Springfield, was a member of The Lord’s Friendly Mission, and was an avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan. Chris loved fishing, playing video games, coaching, and playing baseball with his boy’s, and spending all his free time with his family. He was preceded in death by his father: James Robert Spaunhorst.

floral squareChris is survived by his wife: Stephanie Spaunhorst of Greenbrier, by his sons: William Lamb, Jacob Spaunhorst, and Aiden Spaunhorst all of Greenbrier, by his daughters: Kirsten and Alyssa Lamb both of Greenbrier, by his mother: Virginia Cole Spaunhorst of Greenbrier, by his brothers: Eric and Ben Spaunhorst both of Bald Knob, AR, and by his sister: Tonya Linville of Smyrna.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Charles Edward Birdwell Sr.

Charles Edward Birdwell, Sr., age 79 of Springfield, passed away December 22, 2022, at NorthCrest Medical Center. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Austin and Bell Funeral Home Thursday at 3pm with Brother Terry Whiteside officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery with friends and family serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, from 11am- to hour of service at 3pm.

Mr. Birdwell, Sr. was born April 16, 1943, in Robertson County, TN to the late Thomas Worthy and Maggie Julia Norris Birdwell. He was a farmer and of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Birdwell, Sr. is preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Pepper.

floral squareCharles is survived by his son, Charles “Chad” Edward Birdwell, Jr. of Springfield; daughters, Julia (Ken) Little of White House, Tiffany Lee Long of Springfield, and Charley Nicole (Darran Smith) Birdwell of Cookeville; brother-in-law, John Pepper of Colorado; sister, Jeanette (George) Clark of Springfield; grandchildren, Jonathan Parker, Joshua Parker, Presley (Eric) Hooper, Dalton Long, Maggie Long, Jessie Birdwell, Jadean Birdwell and Cole Birdwell; and great grandchildren, Taylor and Taylynn Hooper, Sadie, Finlee and Wesley Parker, Landon Parker, Katie Jenkins, Scarlett Long and Ava Butler.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Patricia Ann Smiley

Patricia Ann Smiley, age 71, of Goodlettsville, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Smiley’s wishes were to be cremated and there are no services scheduled at this time. A Memorial Service will be conducted at a later date.

Mrs. Smiley was born April 24, 1951 in Nashville, TN to the late Sam and Lucy Morgan Stoner.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband, Stephen Smiley; son, Greg Smiley; daughters, Katrina (Chris) Mercer and Jessica (George) Nuckols; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; and a brother, Johnny (Linda) Stoner.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier is in charge of these arrangements. 2619 Highway 41 S., Greenbrier, TN 37073

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Obituary for Inez Brooksher Allen

Inez Brooksher Allen was born in the small town of Adams on December 16, 1934, into a large family of 9 children. They had very strict parents (Joe Morgan and Mary Myrtle Brooksher) that knew every move they made. She was very proud of that. Her dad did not like to see a woman smoke, curse, wear shorts or pants to school and her mother followed his wants no matter what it was. Her mother would cook 3 meals every day, they would drink hot milk right from the cow for breakfast and supper and for lunch cold. Those cows were overworked but kept them fed. If there was any milk was left over it was given to the good neighbors. They were raised to follow the Golden Rule, Ten Commandments in the Methodist Church in Adams where they walked two miles both ways to church.

She was taught never to ask other people to do anything that they wouldn’t do themselves. She was raised a Christian but fell by the wayside sometimes but was a member of the church for 17 years. She never forgot what being honest was all about. Believing in the Lord, he helped her through many times in her life, and believes he has forgiven her of her sins.

She worked hard and helped everyone that she could which was a blessing for her. Sewing, baking pies and cakes (along with eating them) were some of her favorite things to do. In her senior years, she enjoyed making quilts, life, older people and babies (and playing games with the grandkids). Singing the hymns in church gave a special meaning to her the older she got. To her it seemed as though she finally heard the words more than just the music. Her family was a close-knit family that learned to take care of each other. They would work the fields in the morning and have a ball game after supper. It was a good life, even when she didn’t stay with the church, she tried to live by his example and knew the Lord was with her. Her mother always told her, when you do something wrong, you would pay for it and she feels she did.

Along with her parents, Miss Allen is preceded in death by 2 twin boys, Jimmy and Timmie Rigsby; 2 brothers; and 5 sisters.

Miss Allen is survived by her daughters, Jacqulyn (Wayne Patterson) Dorris and Debra Anne Read; 4 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service will be held Wednesday at 1pm at Austin and Bell Funeral in Springfield with Brother Ed Bumgardner officiating. Burial will follow in Bellwood Cemetery with Family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3pm-7pm and again on Wednesday, 11am to the hour of service at 1pm.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Barbara Schmittou-Pittman

Barbara Schmittou-Pittman, age 86, a resident of rural Union City in Jay County passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022.

Barbara was born on September 8, 1936, in Knoxville, Tennessee, the daughter of Ernest J.R. and Lucy Lee (Moats) Gaston. She worked as a 911 operator in Springfield, Tennessee for many years. She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church in Springfield, Tennessee. She married Euel Pittman on April 3, 1999 and he passed away on December 6, 2010.

Survivors include:

Daughter: Cindy Del Stephens – Dickson County, Tennessee

Siblings: Charlotte Smith (husband Charles) – Greenwood, Indiana

Naomi Kramer (husband Doug) – Eaton, Ohio

Brenda Fennig (husband Michael) – Union City, Indiana

Howard Gaston – Portland, Indiana

5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren

floral squareVisitation will be held on Tuesday December 27, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland, Indiana. Funeral services will follow on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Mt. Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, Tennessee. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Billy J Horner

Billy Jarman Horner was born in Millersville, Tennessee on March 27, 1931 to Iva Gourley and James Alvin Horner and passed peacefully on December 23, 2022 at The Waters Nursing Facility in Springfield, Tennessee after a three-day stay.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Hugh Rex Horner, his granddaughter Tammy LeAnna Allen, his son-in-law Charles Robert Allen, three brothers, York, Paul and Fred Horner, two sisters, Margaret Horner Hull and Evelyn Horner Smith, and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Emma Jean Johnson Horner, daughters Mary Horner (Doug) Adkins and Sally Kay Horner Allen, five grandchildren, Katrina (Eric) Herring, Martin (Kristen K.T. Thomas) Allen, Kelly (Darren) Debaillon, Mackenzie Adkins, and Kevin Adkins, two great grandchildren, Eric Herring, Jr. and Jaya Herring, and a host of nieces and nephews. Billy was a lifelong farmer and a carpenter who built many houses in the local area. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Marc Walwyn officiating. Interment will follow in Old Brush Cemetery in Portland, TN with family serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family is planned for Thursday, January 5, 2023 10am until the hour of the service at the funeral home..

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House is in charge of these arrangements. 533 Hwy 76E, White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for JoAnne Rowlette Mayberry

JoAnne Rowlette Mayberry passed from this life on December 21, 2022 at her home. She was born in Murfreesboro, TN on October 19, 1937 to Joseph and Annie (Brinkley) Rowlette.

She is proceeded in death by her sisters Carole Benton, Linda Wilson, and Laura Estep, her son, David Odell Mayberry and loving husband of 59 years, Odell Mayberry. She is survived by her daughters, Rita (Carl) Powers and Donna (Billy) Scharcklet, was a loving “Ma” to 6 grandchildren, Andrew (Kathy) Powers, Daniel Powers, Carrie Powers, Gary Lee (Jia) Scharcklet, Austin (LeeAnn) Mayberry, Addie Scharcklet and 7 great grandchildren with one on the way. She was a Christian with strong faith and was a proud member of Main Street Church of Christ. She taught Wednesday night children’s Bible class for many years as well as a teacher at the Main Street Moms Day out program. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

floral squareMemorial visitation will be held from 4-8pm on Monday, December 26, 2022 and 10-11am on Tuesday before the Celebration of Life service on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at 11am at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home Chapel in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Main Street Church of Christ building fund in honor of Ms. Mayberry.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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(Updated) Obituaries Dec. 12-18, 2022

Obituary for Charles Michael Green

Charles Michael “Mike” Green, age 67, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2022 at his home.

Mr. Green’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are scheduled at this time.

Mr. Green was born June 18, 1955 in Nashville and was a Steel Fabricator with Wylie Steel for many years.

floral squareHe was preceded in death by his father, Charles Riley Green.

Mr. Green is survived by his son, Joshua Green; mother, Ruby Ann Worrell; and step-father, Gerald Wayne Worrell.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Joe Max Durham

Joe Max Durham, age 88, of Nashville, formerly of Springfield, passed away Friday, December 16, 2022 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Mr. Durham’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are scheduled at this time.

He was born August 24, 1934 in Springfield to the late James Floyd and Lilly Grace Woodard Durham. Mr. Durham was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a Lab Tech for Oscar Mayer for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Shirley Jean Durham; 2nd wife, Geneva Durham; brother, Billy floral squareCharles Durham; and sisters, Dorothy Merle Carroll, Betty Jean Jones and Ann Levone McIntosh.

Mr. Durham is survived by his children, Susan Elaine Durham, Terry Joe Durham, Gary Heflin and Donna Heflin-Parker; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Chris Eldon Wing

Age 67 of White House passed away Sunday, December 11, 2022 at the VA Medical Center in Nashville. He was born October 23, 1955 in Clyde OH to Clifford and Joan Mooney Wing. Chris is retired with 45 years of service as an EEOC Mediator for the Federal Government. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, mowing with his tractor and visiting casinos.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cindy Wing; daughter, Alicia Wing, both of White House, TN; grandson, Dominic Moore; brother, Jim (Cheryl) Wing; sister, Cindy (Terry) Cullen, both of Clyde, OH; many nieces and nephews.

floral squareA memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 4pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with military honors.

A Celebration of Life Gathering for friends and family is planned for Thursday, December 29, 2022 from 2-4PM at the funeral home.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House is in charge of these arrangements. 533 Hwy 76E, White House, TN 37188

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Barbara Ann Chitwood Bryson

“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring praise at the city gates”. Proverbs 33:31

Barbara Ann Chitwood was born August 6, 1942 in Oneonta, Alabama to the late Herbert and Vera Haynes Chitwood, She graduated from Susan Moore High School (Ala) in 1960 and married Frank Beamon Bryson of Blountsville,(Ala).

Barbara followed Beamon for 17 years as he served at both domestic and international Air Force bases, Following the divorce; Barbara settled in Boaz, Alabama working for many years at the Lee Company and raising her girls, Belita and Brenda, serving as a Sunday School teacher at FBC Boaz, and sharing her gifts of mercy with those in need.

Upon her retirement, Barbara moved to Springfield Tn and continued serving others by volunteering at Open Door Pregnancy Center, being a Pink lady with Northcrest Auxiliary and helping many of the older residents at the Holiday House. She was a member of Springfield Baptist.

Barbara most recently resided at NHC-Springfield. She went home to her Lord and Savior on December 10th.

floral squareBarbara is survived by her daughters: Belita Howard (John) of Springfield, and Brenda Bryson of Gadsden, Alabama, 3 grandchildren: Joe Howard (Tiffany), Clint Copeland and Emily Copeland and 3 great grandchildren: Miriam , Lydia and Franklin. She was preceded in death by her sister Beatrice Hammitt of Albertville, Ala and grandson Jason Howard of Springfield, TN

A memorial celebration will be held in Alabama next Spring. The family will be pleased to accept cards and notes describing fond memories of Barbara Bryson.

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Arrangements entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home & Cremation 4005 Memorial Blvd. Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Bro. Jack Evans

Proceeded in death by his parents and a sister he loved dearly, Gail Crowder.

Survived by wife, Dianne, son, Joshua, along with a very loving extended family.

Bro. Jack was born in Hamilton, OH to Wanda and Hardy Glenn Evans on August 20, 1947 and was raised in Gallatin, TN. He graduated from Gallatin High School and attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville where he was drafted by the US Army. He served two years active duty including a year on the ground in Vietnam in 1969. He returned to Tennessee Tech to finish his degree in Business Administration where he met his loving wife and unwavering partner of 49 years, Dianne Taylor. Jack was a true entrepreneur having studied in engineering and business while working in insurance, surveying, and real estate. Jack began to seek a relationship with Christ for the first time seriously while deployed – he would always say those are the type of questions you want to have answered when people are shooting at you. Over the next few years several faith leaders poured into Jack’s life, and it was not long before he felt the call to ministry. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity. It was also while at seminary he met Fred Baldwin (and wife Jan) who would continue to be among his best friends for more than 45 years.
After seminary, Bro. Jack was called to Pastor his first church, Siloam Baptist Church, in Meadville, Mississippi. He served there for 10 years and loved the people of Siloam as they loved on him and supported a young pastor beginning a family.

Jack and Dianne welcomed their only son, Joshua Glenn Evans, in 1983.

In 1991, wanting to be closer to family, the Evans family was called to serve at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Greenbrier where Bro. Jack served as Pastor. He also fell in love with the people of Ebenezer and the community of Greenbrier and would retire from Ebenezer and active ministry in 2016 after 25 years. He never really slowed down in serving others and was later named Pastor Emeritus by the church.

In 2000, Bro. Jack was asked to serve as the Chaplain for the Greenbrier Fire Department to assist with families in need on emergency calls and provide support for the members of the department. It was not long before he saw how great the need was for volunteers and asked about also serving as a volunteer firefighter. He completed his Firefighter 1 and emergency medical responder certifications to be a first responder. As he continued to volunteer alongside his son, Joshua, he was promoted to Captain and continued in the Chaplain role for 20 years.

Bro. Jack had a heart for service and a passion for people that is unmatched. He loved deeply and proudly served his Creator, family, Country, community, and church throughout his life. He loved pouring into the people of Ebenezer, whether youth or senior, and was grateful the extent those around him loved him back. He also loved the countless ministry leaders who poured into his life and that he served alongside as friends. Many of whom he shared a regular breakfast with at Larry’s, Cracker Barrel, or the Pharmacy. He treasured his time with his family and would go to great lengths to support their efforts – though he often did the same for those he did not know. After retirement he loved traveling and cruising with Dianne and Joshua, but was always ready to get home to his beloved cat, Garfield.

Bro. Jack’s greatest goal in life was to bring people to know the Lord, because he understood how much Christ had transformed his life. He taught us the value of loving and serving others on a daily basis. These are the things he would want us to carry on in this time – sharing the Good news, loving unconditionally, serving always.

Visitation was held Dec. 21. 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (CT) at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Greenbrier, TN, Funeral service followed.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Building Fund at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
6028 Ebenezer Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073.

Pallbearers:
Buddy Petty
Joe Schussler
Todd Wainman
Scott Armes
John Twist
Jeff Delong
David Gleaves

Honorary Pallbearers:
The Deacons & Trustees of Ebenezer Baptist Church
Members of the Greenbrier Fire Department

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier is in charge of these arrangements. 2619 Highway 41 S., Greenbrier, TN 37073

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Obituary for Byron Clifford “Kip” Kennedy

Byron Clifford “Kip” Kennedy, 69, of Cedar Hill, passed away on Wednesday December 14, 2022, at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

Memorial services were conducted Thursday December 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor Frank Kirby officiating. The family received friends on Thursday from 12 noon until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Byron was born April 29, 1953, in Springfield to the late Clifford and Jean Byron Johnson Kennedy. He was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School Class of 1971 and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Bethel College. Byron had worked as a lab technician with Urgent Care, was a farmer, and was a member of Mt. Denson Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He loved reading and studying history. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Loretta Vaughn Kennedy and by his sister: Lisa Kennedy.

floral squareByron is survived by his sister: Sara Jean Kennedy Carpenter and husband Matthew Carpenter of Jamestown, NC, by his stepson: Jeremy Ayers and wife Teresa of Cedar Hill, by his step grandchildren: Kayleigh Ayers and Kinsley Hardin, and by several cousins and friends.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent c/o the Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Elvin Luster “Bubba” Dorris Jr.

Elvin Luster “Bubba” Dorris Jr., age 73 of Springfield, TN died Wednesday December 14, 2022, at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville, TN.

Graveside services were held at 2 pm on Monday December 19, 2022, in the Greenbrier Cemetery. Justin Dorris, Kaden Dorris, Tyler Livziey, Jonathon Adams, Josh Henning, Michael Shepard, David Adams and Steve Livziey served as pallbearers. Donnie Gower served as an honorary pallbearer. The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday from 12 pm until 1:30 pm.

floral squareBubba was born June 5, 1949, in Springfield, TN to the late Elvin Luster and Helen Rippy Dorris. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was an avid NASCAR fan particularly Dale Earnhardt Sr and then Dale Earnhardt Jr.

He is survived by his sisters, Carolyn Dorris and Elaine Spurlock and husband Carl and several nieces and nephews and cousins

The family request if so desired, memorial donations may be made to either the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Shriners Hospital.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for David Bunn

David Bunn, 64, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday December 13, 2022, at his home.

Graveside services were conducted Thursday December 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery with Tim Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Brian Bunn, Brent Bunn, Phillip Bunn, Jesse Biggs, Joey Fletcher, and Terry Bunn. There was no visitation prior to the graveside service.

David was born October 8, 1958, in Richland, S.C. to the late John Francis and Mary Frances Walker Bunn. He worked in tool & die and was of the Baptist faith. David enjoyed fishing, watching NASCAR, hanging out with his family and friends, but especially with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son: Clinton Ray Duffer and by his brother: Buddy Bunn.

floral squareDavid is survived by his wife: Peggy Farmer Bunn of Springfield, by his sons and daughter-in-law: Brian and Christy Bunn of Springfield, Brent Bunn of Greenbrier, by his daughters and sons-in-law: Brandy and Joey Fletcher of Pleasant View, Ashley and Jesse Biggs of Springfield, by his brother: Terry Bunn of Pleasant View, and by his 7 grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Caroline Thursa Eckles

Caroline (Thursa) Dunn Eckles, age 96, formerly of Springfield, passed away peacefully at Central Park Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Brandon Florida on November 17, 2022.

A Memorial Service was conducted at 12pm Saturday, December 17, 2022 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with The Rev. Jason Jones officiating. Inurnment followed in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family received friends from 11am until time of the service at 12pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Caroline was born on December 4,1925 in Springfield and was the daughter of Nannie Mae Porter Dunn and John Robert Dunn, Sr. She grew up with her brother John Robert Dunn, Jr. in Springfield where she attended Springfield High School. After graduation, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri later transferring to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she studied Home Economics and Nutrition. She married George L. Eckles, Sr. on July 10,1946 at the First Methodist Church in Springfield. Caroline and George had three sons: Dr. George L. (Susan) Eckles, Jr., Dr. Robert Lyman (Trisha) Eckles and Timothy Porter (Lis) Eckles. Caroline and George lived in Springfield until the late-1990’s when they moved to the Tampa Florida area. During their retirement Caroline and George loved to plan family trips and get together with their sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They were happily married for 61 years until George’s death on February 2, 2007. Caroline was a lifetime member of the First Methodist Church in floral squareSpringfield. She was a member of the Springfield Country Club, enjoyed participating in her Bridge Club and still found time to serve as den mother for the Cub Scouts. She was employed at Eckles Office Supplies of Springfield as a sales representative and office manager.

She is survived by her aforementioned sons; four grandchildren: Trey (Marcella) Eckles, Ryan Eckles, Kristen (Scott) Modesitt, Rob (Natasha) Eckles; and five great-grandchildren: Julian Eckles, Hoss Eckles, Nolan Eckles, Brady Modesitt and Reese Modesitt.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Marjorie June Crutcher

Marjorie June Crutcher, age 90 of Springfield, passed away December 18, 2022, at her home.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 26, 2022 from 4-8 PM and again on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 2 hours before the service at 2 PM.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Austin and Bell Funeral Home with Bro. Judson Phenicie and Bro. David Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Brian Davis, Garrett Davis, Jonathan Lovings, Sean Crutcher, Scott Lovings, Kevin Davis, Jacob Culwell and Caleb Culwell serving as pallbearers.

Marjorie June Crutcher was born March 1, 1930, in Springfield, TN to the late W. R. Ellis and Alice G. Ellis. She was a homemaker and seamstress for many years. She was very strong in her faith and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Springfield where she was very active for many years as a Sunday School teacher, church clerk and treasurer.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Crutcher is preceded in death by her husband Alfred Stanley Crutcher, daughter, Mary Alice Crutcher, her brother, William Donald Ellis, her sisters, Evangeline Clinard and Esterlene Barnett, and by her great grandsons, Nicholas and Christopher Lovings.

Mrs. Crutcher is survived by her son, Tim Crutcher of Springfield, daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and David Davis of Greenbrier, Lois and Lee Culwell of Greenbrier, grandchildren, Charity (Scott) Lovings, Brian (Sonya) Davis, Kevin (Olessia) Davis, Sean (Rosie) Crutcher, Meagan (Michael) Rogers, Michaela (Jordan) Chandler, floral squareJacob (Ellen) Culwell, Caleb (Ariel) Culwell; great grandchildren: Jessica (Jason) Lovings-Bilbrey, Jonathan Lovings, Garrett Davis, Madalynn Davis, Aleksander Davis, Travis Rogers, Eleanor Rogers, Audrey Crutcher, Elijah Crutcher, Asher Culwell, and Oliver Chandler. She is also survived by her sisters, Bonnie Faye Balthrop, Mary Dimple Balthrop, brothers, Robert Bell Ellis, Mac Welbur Ellis, Joe Bailey (Jerri) Ellis, Jewell (Frances) Ellis and several sisters-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you goes to Mrs. Crutcher’s caregivers, Jessica Knight, Delinda Bell, NHC Homecare and Caris Hospice.

In lieu of flower, donations can be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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Former Robertson County Sheriff Daniel King Dies, He Was 79

Former Robertson County Sheriff Daniel King Dies, He Was 79

Smokey Barn News has confirmed that former Robertson County Sheriff  Dan King has died. King died at his home in Goodlettsville, TN on Wednesday after battling dementia for several years, he was 79. Born in 1943 in Nashville, TN, King stood 6’4”, always wore a hat, and smoked a pipe with his signature Sir Walter Read More…

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Obituary for William David Phelps

William “David” Phelps, age 69, of Springfield passed away Friday, December 16, 2022 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville.

Graveside services were conducted at 3pm Tuesday, December 20, 2022 in EverRest of Cheatham with Mr. Chip Pitzer officiating.

The family received friends from 10am until 2pm Tuesday at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield.

Mr. Phelps was born April 8, 1953 in St. Albans, VA, was a U.S. Army veteran, and was a machinist for a Tool and Die company for many years.

David was preceded in death by his father, Don Phelps; sister, Linda Jones; and aunts, who were like mothers to him, Verdie Stiltner, Alice Brookover, Eleanor Griffin and Elma Phelps.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife of 29 years, Becky Phelps; aunt/mother, Mary J. Watts; nieces, Misty (Chip) Pitzer, Alex Friend and Lisa Young Epperly; nephew, David Cockrell Jr.; mother-in-law, Helen Pearson; best friend, Joe Gordon; his cousins who were like brothers and sisters; his great nieces and nephews, and 2 great great nephews who brought him much joy. He had great friends and considered himself blessed.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements. 509 Walnut ST., Springfield, TN

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Obituary for Missy Gray

Melissa Taylor Gray “Missy”, age 55, of Lavergne, Tennessee, died Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna.

A graveside service was conducted at Fox Cemetery in Chapmansboro at 2:45PM on Monday, December 19th. Family & friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family received friends at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View on Monday, from 11:00AM until 2:00PM.

Missy was born on September 17, 1967 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Malcom & Sadie Allen Taylor. She was an office manager for a non-profit organization. Missy enjoyed cooking and going on walks. She dearly loved her family and also her animals, Harley, Diesel, Rambo, and Patches.

floral squareIn addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Joe Taylor.

Survivors include her son, James Tanner (Kelli) Gray; daughter, Taylor (Wesley) Potts; life partner, Gerald Curtis; sister, Pam (Buddy) Chunn; and grandson, Elijah Gray.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Katherine Marie Manola

Age 68 of Cottontown passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was born May 11, 1954 in Waukegan, Illinois to John & Georgia Demas Grebe. She worked as a sales clerk for Ma & Paws. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, going to the lake and spending time with her grandchildren. Her passion was to rescue senior dogs, especially corgis. She also spent time with agility training and competitions.

floral squareShe is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sons, Eric (Joy) Steidl, Whites Creek, TN and Daniel (Anna) Steidl, Dowers Grove, IL; brothers, Greg (Connie) Grebe, CA and John (Dawn) Grebe, Wheaton, IL; sister, Marie Nollinger, Jackson Hole, WY; 5 grandchildren, Andreya, Matthew, Angela, Kylie and Caedan.

A Celebration of Life Gathering is planned for Friday, January 6, 2022 from 4-7PM at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Memorial contributions may be made to

[email protected] or by mail 406 Hawthorne Drive Junction City, KS 66441 Payable to Corgi Connection of Kansas

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House is in charge of these arrangements. 533 Hwy 76E, White House, TN 37188

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Obituary for Nancy Williams

Nancy Sue Williams, age 74, of Joelton, Tennessee, died Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Centennial Medical Center in Ashland City.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 1:00PM on Sunday, December 18th, with Bro. Bob Binkley officiating. Burial followed in Tabb Cemetery with family & friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.

Ms. Williams was born on July 11, 1948 in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late Vernon & Billie Sue Tabb. She loved NFL football. She was a Christian.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Charlie Tabb; and sister, Alice Hudgens.

floral squareSurvivors include her son, Jody Williams; daughters, Donna (Chuck) Beaumont, Darlene Hudgens, Robbie (Mark) Goad; brother, Billy Guy Tabb; sisters, Bonnie (Norris) Hudgens, Irene (Joe) Blaylock, Betsy (Gary) White, and Gail (David) O’Connor; grandchildren, Jerry Felts, Trent Hudgens, Amanda (Justin) Holland, Matt Beaumont, and Carter Goad; and 8 great-grandchildren.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Nadine Martin

Louise “Nadine” “Maw Maw” “Sis” Mayo Martin, age 88, of Nashville, formerly of Greenbrier, passed away Monday, December 12, 2022 at NHC Place Sumner in Gallatin.

Funeral services were conducted at 1pm Saturday, December 17, 2022 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier with Bro. Randy Riggs officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends from 11am until time of service at 1pm Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Martin was born January 17, 1934 in Greenbrier to the late Clarence Robert “C.R.” and Addie Marie Ogg Mayo. She was a loving wife and mother. She worked as a receptionist for Roesch Patton Funeral Home and also worked at Baptist Hospital for many years. She was known for her sweet spirit and joyful smile. Mrs. Martin’s house was a gathering place for her kids and grandkids from all over the country. She was also known for making the best scalloped potatoes and the love she had for her little dog “Chippy”. She was a life-long Elvis fan until she heard Vince Gill.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Rufus Martin in 1983; granddaughter, Brooke Nadine Cosgrove Grunnet; and a grandson, Joshua Martin Robbins.

floral squareMrs. Martin is survived by her children, Deborah Nadine (Robert) Cosgrove-Sawyer, Mona Martin Robbins, Eric Douglas (Lori) Martin and Gregory Scott (Kimberly) Martin; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Ellen Baker; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or visit https://www.stjude.org/donate

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier is in charge of these arrangements. 2619 Highway 41 S., Greenbrier, TN 37073

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Obituary for Chad Nicholson

Chad Wendell Nicholson, age 42, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died Monday, December 12, 2022 at Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford.

A memorial service was conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 3:00PM on Saturday, December 17th, with Bro. Bobby Kail officiating.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00PM until the hour of service at 3:00PM.

Chad was born on August 5, 1980 in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late Bobby & Diane Nicholson. He was a truck driver who loved to be behind the wheel whether it was cement or dump trucks or 18 wheelers. He enjoyed racing cars and working on cars, four wheelers, or trucks with friends. Chad was a big guy with the biggest heart of anyone you ever met. He loved to tease and aggravate the floral squarepeople he loved. His smile and mischievous giggle were the best and while we never knew it, we will all miss the teasing as much as the smile and giggles. Chad was a member of Living Hope Baptist Church in Clarksville.

He is survived by his wife, Danielle Nicholson; daughter, Aniya Smith; and his loving family & friends.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146

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Obituary for Dorothy Mildred Green

Age 94 of White House went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 12, 2022 at White House Health Care & Rehab. She was born February 8, 1928 in Gainesboro, TN to Henry and Willie Long Matthews. She worked as an assembly worker for Werthan Bag before her retirement. She was a member of Madison Assembly of God. She loved going to church, spending time with her friends and family, singing, going to yard sales and cooking, especially sweets. Some of her specialties were coconut tarts and cakes. She enjoyed playing Bingo with her friends at the Rehab and spending time with her grandchildren every opportunity that she got.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sons, Tommy Smith and Hugh Smith; daughter, Arlene Jackson; 4 brothers; 1 sister. She is survived by her son, Jim (Brenda) Smith, Lebanon, TN; daughter, Millie East, White House, TN; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service was conducted Friday, December 16, 2022 at 11am in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Bob Allen officiating. Interment followed at 1:30pm in Draper Memorial Cemetery in Gainesboro, TN with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held Friday, December 16, 2022 9-11am at the funeral home.

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Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House is in charge of these arrangements. 533 Hwy 76E, White House, TN 37188

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