In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week of June 26, 2022

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week of June 26, 2022

In Loving Memory: Obituaries June 20-26, 2022

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Martelle Jonquise Black

Martelle Jonquise Black was born September 17, 1992 to Melissa and McKinzie “Tootie” Black, Jr.

Martelle was educated in the Robertson County School System and was a 2011 graduate of Springfield High School.

Martelle had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He had a smile that would light up a room. He loved his family and most of all, he loved his children. If you needed a pick me up, he was that person to do it. He was the life of the party keeping everyone laughing til you were crying, doubling over. Martelle would give you the shirt off his back, if he had it and you needed it. He would give it to you even if it was his last. Martelle would also give you the shoes off his feet.

Martelle was preceded in death by his brothers, Ventrell D. Blakemore and McKinzie M. Black, III; grandparents, Mattie Witt, Joe Terry and McKinzie M. Black, Sr.

Martelle departed this earthly life on June 23, 2022 and he leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Melissa D. Black; his father, McKinzie M. Black, Jr. of Clarksville, TN; his son, Jayden Serna of Clarksville, TN; two daughters, Marielle Sensing and Merci Black; grandmother, Katie Black; two brothers, Montrelle S. Black of Springfield, TN and Austin Black of Gary, IN; god-sister, LaCresha Patterson of Springfield, TN; aunts, Rita Bowens of Springfield, TN, Tracy Black of Nashville, TN, Consuella Black of Nashville, TN, and Bridgette Hodges of Clarksville, TN; niece, Akeelah Bursey of Covington, TN; nephew, DaQuan Head of Springfield, TN; girlfriend, Dereshia Hurt of Springfield, TN; floral squaredevoted cousin, Shawntez Williams, and a host of cousins, other family and friends.

Viewing, Visitation and Funeral was Friday, July 1, at First Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Washington, Officiant and Pastor Delmus Johnson, Eulogy; Interement was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for David Bryant Ruck

David Bryant Ruck, 63, of Greenbrier, passed away on Saturday June 25, 2022, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday June 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Steve Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Jeremy Ekeman, Matt Holland, Winston Winchester, Ty Andal, Kyle Gainous, Harold Hooper, Joel Walker, and Adam Huddleston serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Hill, Brandon Hinkle, Colton Carver, Matthew Carver, and Cooper Warren. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

David was born January 11, 1959, in Nashville. He was a graduate of Gallatin High School Class of 1977 and was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. David loved listening to rock music, NASCAR, the Tennessee Titans, and being outside grilling. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. David had lived in both Albuquerque, New Mexico and Shallowater, TX, where he had family and many friends that he loved keeping in touch with. You could always find him talking on the phone with his family, his friends, and his fellow Marine buddies so that he could be kept in the loop of what was going on in all the people’s lives that he cared so much about.

David was preceded in death by his mother: Martha Louise Conquest Ruck and by his half sibling: Michelle Douglas. He is survived by his wife: Connie Cothron Ruck of Greenbrier, by his son and daughter-in-law: Kody and Trina Ruck of Hendersonville, by floral squarehis daughter: Kensey Ruck of Greenbrier, by his grandchildren: Ariyana Farmer and Daniel Ruck, by his father: George Ruck of California, by his brother and sister-in-law: Tony and Cindy Ruck of Kennedale, TX, and by his half siblings: Bryan Ruck, Jeananne Ruck, and Cheryl Ruck all of California.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project and may be sent c/o 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 William Cook

William Percy “Pete” Cook, age 80, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Alive Hospice Residence in Nashville. A Graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 12pm Owens Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Dr. David Evans officiating.

Mr. Cook was born June 20, 1942 in Robertson County, TN to the late Percy and Ruby Osborne Cook. He worked as a licensed Tobacco sprayer and was a member of the Owens Chapel United Methodist Church. He was in the Robertson County Laity Club, watched NASCAR, Bull riding, Blue Bloods and westerns. He also enjoyed getting outside and mowing and gardening and turning on some gospel music.

floral squareIn addition to his parents Mr. Cook is preceded in death by brothers, Wayne and Richard Cook, and sister-in-law, Peggy Cook.

Mr. Cook is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jo Wix Cook; nephew, Tony (Lisa) Cook; nieces, Beth (Ken) Toothman and Kathy (Scott) Wiggins; special nephew, Chris Cook; and best friends, Melvin Spain, Lola Cook, Linda Cook and John Wiggins.

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

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Obituary for Wilson Sims

Wilson ‘Woody’ Sims died at his home on Sunday, June 26, 2022. Woody is survived by his wife of 74 years, Linda Bell Sims; children, Linda Rickman Baer and husband Terry Blair, Nashville; Suzanne Sims Haizlip and husband Wilson Haizlip, Chattanooga; and Wilson Sims, Jr. and wife Ann Sims, Asheville, NC; grandchildren, Jeffrey Sims Edmonds and wife Lourdes Cuellar, Nashville; Philip Wilson Edmonds and wife Linsey Hayes Edmonds, Driggs, ID; Callie Elizabeth Sims, Mars Hill, NC; and Jenny Mariah Sims, Santa Barbara, CA; great-grandchildren, Panambi and Luna Edmonds Cuellar, Nashville; sister, Betty ‘Bebe’ Sims Hatcher, Atlanta. He is predeceased by his older brother Cecil Sims, Jr., killed in action in World War II, and by sister, Grace ‘Susie’ Sims Irvin.

Woody was born December 24, 1924, in Nashville to Grace Wilson and Cecil Sims. He attended Parmer School, Nashville, and graduated from The Webb School, Bell Buckle, TN, Senior Class President, and Honor Council Chairman. He entered Vanderbilt University in June 1942, simultaneously enlisting with the Marines Corps Reserve. After attending Vanderbilt for one year, he was sent by the Marine Corps to active duty at the University of North Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, 1946.

Upon graduation, Woody completed Marine Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC, was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC, and attended Officer’s School at Quantico, VA. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, 1945, Lt. Sims was assigned to the Commandant’s Intelligence Staff, part of a team planning the proposed invasion of Japan. He was discharged from active duty upon the War’s conclusion.

Woody graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, 1948, immediately joining the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville. In August of that year, he married Linda Bell of Springfield, TN. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War, 1950, assigned to the US Naval School of Justice, Providence, RI, graduating with Honors and working as a legal officer for two additional years.

Mr. Sims practiced law with Bass, Berry & Sims for over 50 years in a variety of specialties, beginning as a trial attorney throughout many counties across TN. He eventually engaged in trials across the country. Over time, his practice shifted to labor law and then to general business practice. During these years he served as General Counsel or on the Board of Directors of over a dozen publicly and privately held companies. In later years, he confined his practice to commercial litigation and business consulting.

As an attorney, Mr. Sims contributed to the legal profession, serving as President of the Nashville Bar Association, Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Tennessee Bar Association, and President of the Tennessee Bar Association. He was a founder and first Chairman of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, President of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, a member of the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, and a life member of the American Bar Foundation. He lectured to the Tennessee Bar Association on pro-bono work, the Tennessee Medical Association on medical malpractice and the Tennessee Manufacturers Association on labor matters.

Mr. Sims was actively involved in the political affairs of the state of Tennessee, serving in the 1960’s as Chairman of the Tennessee Commission on Human Relations, with a focus on racial issues and civil rights. In 1959 and 1960, he served as Chairman of the Davidson County delegation, in the Tennessee Legislature, helping to create and pass legislation terminating the state income tax. In 1987, he was cited by the Supreme Court of Tennessee “for his leadership and service to the legal profession as the first chairperson of the Commission on Continuing Legal Education,” and in 1988, Mr. Sims was awarded the highest honor of the Nashville Bar Association, cited for his “outstanding contributions to his community and faithful service as a member of the Bar.”

A loyal Tarheel, Woody was a life member of the Chancellor’s Council and member of the Board of Visitors and Gerrard Society, University of North Carolina. A devote Commodore, he was a life member of the Chancellor’s Council, member of the Oak Leaf Society and the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Vanderbilt University. He served the Vanderbilt Law School as Founder of the Dean’s Council and President of the Alumni Association, awarded the Distinguished Service Award, Vanderbilt Law School.

His contributions to the local Nashville community are many, serving on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Hillwood Country Club, Belle Meade Country Club, and the Nashville YMCA. He was a member of the Watauga Society, and supported United Cerebral Palsy of Middle TN, the TN Kidney Foundation, and Matthew 25, Inc. He was a trustee of Meharry Medical College for 20 years and The Webb School for 70 years, where he earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was a member of the President’s Society of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN, and long-time member, Nashville Society of Amateur Chefs. In his later years, he and his wife, Linda, tutored elementary school children in Nashville’s Public School system.

Woody was an outdoorsman, spending much of his life farming, hunting, and fishing, with farm interests in Williamson, Robertson, Cheatham, and Perry counties, TN and Ballard County, KY. In his retirement years, he spent a substantial part of the winter months waterfowl hunting in Ballard County. Summer months were spent golfing and fly fishing at their family summer home in the mountains of Cashiers, NC, where he was a member and President of the Colony Club at High Hampton.

Woody was a member of the Cashiers United Methodist Church and the West End United Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Board.

A Celebration of Life Service will occur Wednesday, July 6, at 11:00 am, Main Sanctuary, West End United Methodist Church, Nashville. The Reverend Carol Cavin-Dillon, officiating. Live stream of the Service will be available at: www.westendumc.org/livestream.
Visitations: Tuesday, July 5, 4:00-6:00 pm and Wednesday, July 6, 9:30-11:00 am in Reed Hall. Private burial will occur at a later date.

floral squareThe family would like to thank Margaret Lawrence and her wonderful team of angels at “Serving Our Seniors” for the care they have given the Sims’ over the past three years, and Alive Hospice for their support. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests remembrances be made to The Webb School, P.O. Box 488, Bell Buckle, TN 37020, Vanderbilt Law School, 131 21st Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203, or West End Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203.

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

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Obituary for Harriett R. Dorris

Harriett R. Dorris, age 88 of Greenbrier, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2022. Mrs. Dorris was born on August 15, 1933 in Adairville, Kentucky to the late Wallace and Verna Rutherford.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Dorris; and siblings, LaVergne Wilson and Mary Agnes Ratliff. She is survived by her daughters, S. Renee Dorris and Teresa Haynes (Mike); grandchildren, Stephanie Haynes (Chris Nabors), Chris Haynes (Melissa), and Clint Haynes (Lacie); great-grandchildren, Quincy, Brayden, Jackson, Jordan, Oliver, and Elsie Haynes; and sisters, Patricia Ann “Charlie” Rhea (Richard) and Janet Lirette (Jess).

Mrs. Dorris was a Devout Christian and member of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Springfield. She was a talented quilter and seamstress; she enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening and golfing. Mrs. Dorris lived a life of service and enjoyed helping others.

floral squareA Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1:00 P.M. at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Springfield, TN with Bro. Marvin Crouch officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at the church.

Arrangements Entrusted To: Sumner Funeral & Cremation, Gallatin (615) 452-9059.

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Obituary for Kenneth L. Welch

Kenneth L. Welch, 55, of Springfield passed away on June 20, 2022, at Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville surrounded by family and friends.

A visitation with the family was held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Robertson County Funeral Home. A private family graveside service was conducted in the Elmwood Cemetery. Pastor Jerry Davis officiated the service. Christian Welch, Justin Perry, Patrick Welch, Jeremy Byrd, Steven O’Connor, Jud Scharff, and Andrew Taylor served as pallbearers.

Kenneth, who was affectionately known as Kenn, was born January 7, 1967, in Heidelberg, Germany. He was a mechanical engineer with the Q corp. He formerly attended Browns Bridge Church in Gainesville, Georgia. In his free time, Kenn loved to be out on Lake Lanier in his boat, where he enjoyed fishing, the sunshine, and seeing how fast he could get people thrown off while tubing. If he was not out on the boat, he enjoyed taking trips to the beach with his family. When the weather was cold, he could be found yelling at his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, while sipping on a nice glass of bourbon. Although he was taken from us far too soon, he was at least able to see his Eagles win a Super Bowl. If Kenn was not on his boat or watching football, he was building or repairing something, or cooking up a delicious batch of barbeque in his smoker. He also loved making everyone laugh with his sharp and witty humor.

floral squareKenn was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Welch. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 28 years, Rebecca Laxton Welch of Springfield, his children that he loved so dearly, his son Christian Welch of Springfield, and daughter Nicole Anna Welch and her fiancé Justin Perry of Mableton, Georgia. He also leaves behind and will be missed dearly by his mother Heidimarie Welch of Levittown, Pennsylvania, his sister Heide Kraus of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and his brother Patrick Welch of Berlin, Germany. He will also be deeply missed by many friends he made along the way.

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

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Obituary for James Richard “Ricky” Adams

James Richard “Ricky” Adams (aka – Rabbit), age 69 of Chapmansboro, TN passed away Friday, June 24, 2022 surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier, TN. Burial will follow at the Dunn-Higdon Cemetery in Cedar Hill, TN. The family will receive friends 4pm to 7pm on Monday, June 27th and 11 am until time of service on Tuesday, June 28th at the funeral home.
James was born on June, 10 1953 in Nashville, TN to the late James George and Colyne Hope Callis Adams. He was proceeded in death by a sister, Sandra Gayle (Leslie) Shaffer.

He served in the US Marines where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Marksman Badge, Pistol Marksman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and Certificate of Appreciation. He was employed by Piedmont Natural Gas (formerly known as Nashville Gas Co) for 36 years. He was a proud Journeyman MTJ as a member of the UA (Local 702).

floral squareHe loved being “Paw Paw” to his seven grandchildren. He enjoyed classic cars, motorcycles, and watching old westerns in his retirement.

He is survived by sons, Brian (Erin) Adams, Kevin (Tiffany) Adams, Justin (Keely) Adams; brothers, Scott (Cindy) Adams, Phillip Adams, Carl Adams; grandchildren, Hayden Angus, Deziree Ridgeway, Cameron Adams, Justin J. Adams, Brelee Adams, Miles Adams, and Kylie Adams.

Visitation: JUN 27. 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (CT)

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41 S Greenbrier, TN 37073

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Obituary for Dennis Keith Cummings

Dennis Keith Cummings, age 62 of Greenbrier passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Tri Star Summit Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 7pm on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenbrier with Bro. Donnie Bryant officiating. Burial will follow Tuesday in the Crain Hill Cemetery, Rock Island, TN. The family will receive friends 5pm to 7 pm on Monday at the church.

He was born in Euclid, OH on April 14, 1960 to the late David Lawrence Cummings and Sarah J. MCCormick Cummings. He was also preceded in death by a brother, David Clark Cummings.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greenbrier and was a Senior Account Manager for Sabre Hospitality. He enjoyed spending time with family, reading, cooking and was a big Cleveland Sports fan.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Scarlett Gillum Cummings of Greenbrier; mother, Sarah MCCormick Cummings; brother; Doug (Karen) Cummings of SC; sister, Susan Cummings of FL; sister-in-law, Marnie Cummings of OH and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41 S Greenbrier, TN 37073

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Obituary for Thomas “Tommy” Pratt Burroughs Jr.

Thomas “Tommy” Pratt Burroughs, Jr. age 65 of Madison passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his home.

The family received friends 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier. There was a private family burial on Friday, June 24th at Oakland Cemetery with Chase Warren, Taylor Bagwell, Chase Christian, Michael Walker and other family and friends serving as pallbearers.

He was born September 30, 1956 in Nashville, TN to the late Thomas Pratt (Jr) and Melba Howard Burroughs. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Beth Warren.

He attended Cornerstone Church and was a Machinist for Vought Aero Space. He loved his family very much, especially the grandkids. He enjoyed motorcycles and race cars.

floral squareHe is survived by his wife, Paulette Warren Burroughs; son, Alan (Jennifer) Warren; sister, Carol Ann Burroughs; grandchildren, Chase Warren, Hannah Bagwell, Aymie Christian, Ali Beth Johnson; great-grandchildren, Dani Bagwell, Weston Bagwell, Decklan Bagwell, Blakley Christian and Dawson Christian.

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 2619 Hwy 41 S Greenbrier, TN 37073

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(Updated) Obituaries June 13-19, 2022

Obituary for Mary Ellen Jackson Stout

Mary Ellen Jackson Stout, age 68, of Adairville Kentucky passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Hospice of Southern Kentucky in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

A funeral Service was held at Robertson County Funeral Home Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tracy Hagerman officiating. The family received, friends Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service at 2:00 pm. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery in Adairville, Kentucky. Pallbearers were Christopher Shawn Jackson, Trinity James Stout, Nolan Wayne Stout, Joshua Jaylynn Stout James Donald Bush and Kyle Leckbee.

She was born in Springfield, Tennessee on February 3, 1954 to the late Bill Jackson and Susan Wilmoth Norman Jackson. She was also preceded in death by 3 sisters; Peggy Sue Jackson, Martha Jane Jackson, and Joyce Ann Jackson Anderson and by 3 brothers; Thomas E. (Buddy) Jackson, Billy Joe Jackson, and Jessie Earl Jackson.

She loved all of her family and her little dog, Cole. And of course; we can’t forget her chickens and rooster. She loved all her friends and most of all her Lord. She also loved lighted Angels and Churches and flowers. She worked at Hinkle Chair Company, Robertson County Schools, at a restaurant as a waitress, and at a nursing home. She was a stay-at-home Mother as well. Honestly, she was just an amazing spit fire of a woman!

floral squareShe is survived by her husband of 48 years, James Randall (Skeeter) Stout; sons; Christopher Shawn Jackson, Trinity James Stout (Tiffany), Nolan Wayne Stout and Joshua Jaylynn Stout; grandchildren; Taylor Blackwell, Shelby Parrish, Gracie Stout, and Adrianna Stout; great grandson Jameson Parrish; sister; Charlotte Jackson Cobb, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

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Obituary for Peggy Sue Arnold Brooks

Peggy Sue Arnold Brooks, 61, of Louisville, KY, passed away on Thursday June 16, 2022, at The Waters of Springfield.

Her remains were cremated, and no services are planned at this time.

Peggy was born August 2, 1960, in Dyersburg to the late Van Burin and Gladys Brinkley Arnold. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith. Peggy enjoyed drawing, animals, walking and being out in nature. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Charles and William “Bill” Arnold.

floral squarePeggy is survived by her children: Jonathan (Joy) Brooks of Washington, DC, Joshua Paul Brooks of Shepherdsville, KY, and Anna Brooks (Adam) Lamb of Louisville, KY, by her siblings: Van Burin Arnold of Hornbeck, Daniel Arnold of Hornbeck, Kay Green of Jackson, and Alice Faye Arnold of Newbern, and by her dear friends: Judy Spriggs and Faye Ward.

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

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Obituary for Willie Barnes

Willie Dee Barnes, age 92 of Nashville, Tennessee, died Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Lakeshore Meadows in Nashville.

Funeral services were conducted at McFerrin Missionary Baptist Church in Madison at 2:00PM on Thursday, June 23rd, with Bro. Johnny Carver and her brother-in-law, Judson Morgan officiating. Burial followed in Anderson & Son Memorial Park in Lafayette with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the church on Thursday from 12:00PM until the hour of service at 2:00PM.

Mrs. Barnes was born on October 10, 1929 in Lafayette, Tennessee to the late Loid & Gracie Adamson Andrews. She was a retired Metro school bus driver with over 30 years of service and was later a hairdresser. She loved dancing and bowling. She loved her family, most especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Barnes was a member of McFerrin Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, Bunar Ellis; second husband, Forrest Barnes; brother, Billy Andrews; and sisters, Bobbie Andrews, Susie Trotter, and Betty Ellis.

floral squareSurvivors include her sons, Merle Ellis and Barry (Robin) Ellis; daughter, Debbie Gilstrap; sisters, Brownie Morgan (Judson) and Nancy Brown; grandchildren, Nikki (Michael) Foust and Shawna Morrow; and great-grandchildren, Skyler Foust, Haylie Foust, Waylon Morrow, and Liam Morrow.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959

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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 James C. McMillin

James C. McMillin, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many entered into eternal rest at the age of 87 on June 19, 2022. A resident of Indianapolis he was born on July 18, 1934 in Orlinda, Tennessee to the late James Fort McMillin and Leola (Yates) McMillin, where he was known by many as “Cut Eye”.

He was a member of the Bass Club. He was an electrician for IBEW Local 481 for 35 years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoyed his trips to Florida where he loved to go fishing. An avid fisherman, he was also a bowler.

James leaves behind to treasure his memory, his two daughters, Sharee (Kenneth) Thompson, Brenda McMillin, son, Edward “Eddie” (Lisa) Woods; two granddaughters, Jodi (James) Thorpe, and Amanda Snoddy; three grandsons, Kyle (Carisa) Thompson, Jason (Molly) Moore, and Corey (Shabnam) Woods; seven great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (McKinney) McMillin; daughter, Jenny Snoddy; grandson, William Snoddy; and two sisters, Dorothy McMillin and Betty Warren.

floral squareFuneral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. He will be laid to rest at New Crown Cemetery.

Please share memories, photographs and online condolences with the family at G.H. Herrmann Funeral Homes

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Obituary for Roger Grimsley

Roger Grimsley, 81, of Springfield, passed away on June 18th, 2022 at The Waters of Springfield. He was born June 6, 1941 to the late Ridley and Mary Eleanor Grimsley. Roger was a writer and copy editor at The Tennessean as well as pastor and leader of many churches in throughout Tennessee. He loved golf, telling jokes and acting with the Robertson County Players.

Roger is survived by his wife, Diane Grimsley, by his children Melissa Krantz (Joey), Amy Dooley (Jeff) and Alex Grimsley (Carolyn), his stepchildren R.K. Kane (Kym), Erick Kane (Leanne), Heath Kane floral square(Sarah), and Sonna Shea Kane, his grandchildren Ericka Parks (Larry), Anna Kane, Benjamin Kane, Brooke Kane, Morgan Gehring (Kyle), Chase Hobson (William), Jackson Kane, Elijah Kane, and Samuel Kane, his great-grandchild Laurel Shea Parks and his sister Melna Priest.

A memorial service will be held on July 2nd at 1 pm at Springfield Baptist Church. 400 N Main St, Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Linda Jean Bigsby

On June 16, 2022, the Lord called another of his angels’ home, Linda Jean Wells Bigsby. She was born July 6, 1942 to the late Glen Wells and Ericka Davidson in Robertson County, Tennessee.

She was educated in the Robertson County School System. She loved to cook, plant flowers, and decorate her home.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Bigsby, and granddaughter, Natalie Wells.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories: three devoted daughters, Tequilla Wells (Michael), Luccinda Bigsby, and Yashica Bigsby (Santiago); four grand -children, LaMichael Brooks, Adarryl (Denise) Wells, Trevor Bigsby, very devoted granddaughter, Cedra Galan; six great grandchildren, LaBria, Ashanti, Adorion, Na’Layah, Nautica, and Madison; three sisters, Antheia Morrow, Elaine (Charles) Northington, Patricia (Paul) Brooks; devoted nieces and nephews, Ann (Dan) Frazier, Cecilia Bowling, Tonya Bowling, Tracy Wells, Tasha Wells, Louise Waggoner, Ineva (Bobby) Northington, Mary Ann (Henry) Gilliam, Brenda (Tom) Mauritz, Beverly Bigbee, Linda (William) McKinney, Drextal Bowling, Reggie Bowling, Tim Roberts, Michael Bigsbee, Will Davis Bigbee, Andrew Wells and Rayburn Roberts; devoted great nieces, Danielle and TiffanyFrazier; a devoted great -great nephew, Marcus Allen; a host of great and great -great nieces and nephews; devoted cousins, Bettye Oliver, Mary Bowers; sister -in –floral squarelaw, Mattie Lee -Wells; god -sister, Francine Summers; and devoted friend, Josie Miles.

Viewing and Visitation and Funeral was Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at W. D. Crowder Funeral Home with Reverend Wanda Payne, Eulogy and Pastor Samuel Stratton, Officiant; Interment was in Restlawn Memorial Garden.

W. D. Crowder Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 1800 John L Patterson St Springfield, TN 37172

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Obituary for Helen Caitlyn Suggs

SEPTEMBER 2, 1990 – JUNE 11, 2022

Helen Caitlyn Suggs, loving daughter and best friend to so many, passed on from this world on June 11, 2022, at 31 years old.

Caitlyn was born on September 2, 1990 and was raised in Greenbrier, Tennessee. If you were around her, you were laughing, because she was always making life fun and entertaining. Caitlyn loved art, drawing, and music, and had an impressive Pokemon collection. She was at home in nature, and especially loved vacationing with family and friends in Jekyll Island, GA. She was always up for any and every outdoor adventure, and had recently moved to the beautiful mountains of Knoxville, TN, very excited to work at Dollywood and begin art school there this summer. She enjoyed thrifting, collecting things, and had a great love for animals. She will be remembered for her bright, eccentric, and kind personality, which made those around her feel loved and accepted.

floral squareCaitlyn was preceded in death by her sister Kelly Harris, favorite pup Oly, and grandparents, William and Helen Suggs of Seabring, FL, and Owen and Helen Null, of Hermitage, TN. She is survived by her parents David and Molly Suggs, brother Josh Suggs, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and furbaby Fig.

A gathering of family and friends for Caitlyn was held Monday, June 20, 2022 from ten o’clock in the morning until one o’clock in the afternoon at Mount Olivet Funeral Home, followed by, A Celebration of Life Service began at one o’clock in the afternoon. Interment followed in the Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mountolivet.com for the Caitlyn Suggs family.

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Obituary for Elizabeth “Beth” Smith Howell

Elizabeth “Beth” Smith Howell, 84, of Hendersonville, passed from this life on Wednesday June 15, 2022, at Hendersonville Medical Center.

A private family graveside service was conducted in the St. Michael’s Cemetery with Father Anthony Lopez as celebrant. Her family served as pallbearers.

Ms. Howell was born July 21, 1937, in Lyons, OH to the late Leland and Mildred Howell Smith. She was a homemaker and a communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Ms. Howell loved cooking, crocheting, and spending time with her kids and grandkids.

floral squareMs. Howell is survived by her children: Richard Howell and wife Jackie of Hendersonville, Betsy Howell Traughber of Springfield, Billy Howell and wife Sherry of Springfield, Benny Howell and wife Connie of Nashville, and Jimmy Howell of Hendersonville, by her brother: Bill Smith of Florida, by her sister: Susan Francouer of Sand Creek, Michigan, and by her 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Ms. Howell’s memory.

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

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Obituary for Rhea Garrett Shrum

Rhea Garrett Shrum, 72, of Greenbrier, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at his home.

To honor his wishes, he was cremated, and no services will be held at this time.

Mr. Shrum was born December 5, 1949, in Hartsville to the late Robert and Mary Elizabeth Stafford Shrum. He served in the U.S. Army, was a retired truck driver, and enjoyed both hunting and fishing.

floral squareMr. Shrum is survived by his former wife and best friend: Diana Arrington of Longview, TX, by his son: Tommy and Deana Shrum of Smyrna, by his daughter: Charlotte Farrell of Longview, TX, by his brother: Gene Allen Shrum of Hendersonville, by his sister: Margaret Scantland of Florida, by his 2 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and a host of nieces and nephews, and by his extended family: Betty Thompson and Tommy and Barbara Brewer.

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

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Obituary for Earlene Wilson Jernigan Estes

Earlene Wilson Jernigan Estes, 72, of the Martin’s Chapel community in Springfield, passed from this life on Monday June 13, 2022, at her home.

Funeral services were conducted Friday June 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Bob Hargrove and Reverend Peter van Eys officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in White House with Timothy Jernigan, Jr., Jake Jernigan, Logan Jernigan, Landon Jernigan, Ethan Morton, Dylan Morton, Connor “Willie” Read, Aidan Lapolla, Jason Follis, Daniel Smith, and Benjamin Jernigan serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were her nephews and her poker-playing friends. The family received 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.

Ms. Earlene was born November 13, 1949, in Springfield to the late Ewing and Louise Harper Wilson. She was a member of Martins Chapel United Methodist Church and was a retired supervisor from Tyson Foods in Goodlettsville. Ms. Earlene loved playing cards, going to Larry’s for breakfast, was an avid fan of Springfield High School football and really enjoyed cooking food for the referees before each home game. Ms. Earlene was a wonderful cook, and her family and friends were always welcome at her table. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was able to play a game of cards with her family and friends the Saturday night before her homegoing. Everyone that knew her loved her and Ms. Earlene was truly everyone’s “Granny Early”.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband: Jerry Wayne Jernigan, by her grandson: Dalton Tramell, and by her siblings: John Wilson, Wesley Wilson, Aline Smith, and Mary Edna Scott. Ms. Earlene is survived by her husband, Bill Estes, whom she would be married to for 22 years this coming September, by her children: Timothy W. Jernigan and wife Glenda of White House, Jerri L. Rose and husband David of Springfield, and Samantha Read and husband Chris of Springfield, by her floral squarestepdaughters: Tammy Follis of Cross Plains and Sandy Lapolla of Pennsylvania, by her brothers: Randy Wilson and wife Brenda, and Jeff Wilson all of Springfield, by her sisters: Maxine Wooden of Joelton, Pat Hix, Annie B. Hayes, and Beverly Langford all of Springfield, and by her 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great great 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 Lynda Drake

Lynda Drake, age 78 of Greenbrier, passed from this life on Monday, June 13, 2022 at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Per her wishes, her remains were cremated and a private service was held.

Mrs. Lynda was born August 13, 1943 in Greenbrier to the late Matthew and Minnie Dimple Gragg Jackson. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Greenbrier. She was a cosmetologist and past owner of Springfield Beauty College and Duff and Drake Beauty College. She was also at one time owned Country Kitchen Restaurant in Greenbrier and last worked as the secretary for Searcy Real Estate. She was a member of the 1961 Class of Springfield High School. She loved to travel, watch horse racing, and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Lew and Billy Drake, and a sister, Vickie Riddle.

floral squareShe is survived by her husband, who she would have been married to 61 years on June 17th, Bill Drake of Greenbrier; brother, Shawn Jackson of White House; sister, Beverly Garrison of Gallatin daughter-in-law, Melissa Drake of Cottontown; grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) Walden and B.J. Drake; great grandchildren, C.J. Walden, Katie Walden, and Leigha “LeeLee” Walden; and sisters-in-law, Patricia Drake Searcy and Sandra Stokes, both of Greenbrier.

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

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Obituary for Nelson Randolph “Randy” Short

Age 63 of Goodlettsville passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022 at The Residence of Alive Hospice. He was born July 17, 1958 in Nashville, TN to Nelson “Hayes” and Delois Jones Short. Randy loved and served the White House community for many years. He served as Fire Chief for the Volunteer Fire Department, a deputy for the Robertson County Sheriff’s Department and served as an EMT for the Sumner County Ambulance Service. He began his career in funeral service as an apprentice for Barber Funeral Home. He worked for many years at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home and served as manager for Phillips Robinson Funeral Home in Hendersonville. He retired as manager of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House in 2019, after becoming disabled. He loved serving families and funeral service was his life. Randy enjoyed thrift store shopping and collecting antiques.

He is preceded in death by his father, Nelson “Hayes” Short. He is survived by his spouse and best friend, Brian Shreeve, Goodlettsville, TN; mother, Delois Short, Cottontown, TN; brothers, Andy (Donna) Short, Cottontown, TN and Billy (Elisa) Short, Clarksville, TN; sister, Tammy (Kenny) Allen, Portland, TN; several aunts; numerous nieces and nephews.

floral squareFuneral service was Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Pastor Jay Voorhees officiating. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with Trey Allen, Cody Allen, Micah Lashley and Nolen Lanius served as pallbearers. Members of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association served as honorary pallbearers. Visitation was Tuesday, June 21, 2022 4-8PM and Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10AM-2PM at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Modene Gibson

Willie “Modene” Gibson, age 92 of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Friday, June 17, 2022 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

There was a private family burial in Blue Springs Cemetery. There was no visitation prior to the burial.

Mrs. Gibson was born on July 26, 1929 in Ashland City, Tennessee to the late Allen & Lula Mai Binkley Mayo. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Kay Threet; grandson, Adam Binkley; and numerous brothers & sisters.

floral squareSurvivors include her son, Jerry C. (Sherrie) Binkley; sister, Floy Perry; grandchildren, John Robert (Lisa) Taylor & Kristy Anne (Geoff) Rooney; 6 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center at Ashland City, 104 Ruth Drive, Ashland City, Tennessee 37015.

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 Maurice Paschall Frey Jr

Maurice Paschall Frey Jr., age 91, of Springfield, formerly of Goodlettsville, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2022 at his sons home in Springfield.

Funeral services were conducted at 2pm Monday, June 20, 2022 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home, Greenbrier with Deacon Joann Morris officiating. Burial followed in the Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with family and friends served as pallbearers.

The family received friends from 10am until the time of the service at 2pm on Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Frey was born July 9, 1930 in Nashville, TN to the late Maurice Paschall and Annie Raney Frey Sr. He was a US Army veteran and had been a carpenter most of his life.

floral squareMr. Frey is survived by his son, Maurice “Paschall” (Renee) Frey III; 3 grandchildren, Amber Franklin, Annie Garrie and Maurice P “PJ” Frey IV; 7 great grandchildren, Kailey, Teagan, Kaden, Ronin, Kensley, Remii and Aerie; brother, William (Billie) Frey; and a sister, Anita Settle.

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

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Obituary for Carl Wesley Brad Hester

Age 41 of Portland passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Gallatin. He was born February 2, 1981 to Anthony Rex & Liane Mary Baldwin Hester in San Antonio, Texas. He was employed as a sheet metal worker for HSK.

He always stated that the biggest accomplishment in his life was his son, Eythin. And if only did one thing right in his life, it was his son. He loved nature and often went hiking. He loved practicing survival techniques. He loved to fish, and spent many a lunch hour fishing with his work family (sometimes it was a long lunch. Don’t tell the boss). He loved many genres of music, but was an avid Johnny Cash fan. He placed flowers on the graves of Johnny and June Carter Cash every year. He was affectionately known as Uncle C by his two nephews (Dylan and Braxton) and his niece (Alexis). He was very proud of his British Heritage.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Melvin Lee Hester. He is survived by his father, Anthony Hester, Scottsville, KY; mother Liane Hester, North Liberty, IN; son, Eythin Anthony Hester, Portland, TN; brother, Justin (Shannon) Hester, Cottontown, TN; sister. Kristy (Alan Baugher) Hester, North Liberty, IN\; paternal grandmother, Gaynell Hester, Mount Washington, KY; maternal grandparents; Malcolm & Gillian floral squareBaldwin, Machynlleth, UK; many Uncles and Aunts scattered around the world. He had many friends that to him were like family.

There are no services or visitation planned at this time. A memorial service is being planned for a later date to honor his life and this obituary will be updated with that information. “You have to be what you are. Whatever you are, you gotta be it”

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

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