In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week of May 8, 2022

In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week of May 8, 2022

In Loving Memory: Obituaries May 2-8, 2022

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)

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Obituary for Logan Thomas Hall

Logan Thomas Hall, age 13 of Springfield, TN died Friday May 6, 2022, at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. His remains rest with the Robertson County Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 12, 2022, at 4:30 pm at the East Robertson High School Football Field with Matt Stewart and Spencer Barnard officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Church Cemetery with the ERHS Baseball team serving as pallbearers. Coaches, Jason Young, Chad Bruce, Josh Jones, Josh Pulley, Roy Holmes, Jeremy Head and Derek Wix will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Wednesday May 11th from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains, TN and again on Thursday from 1 pm until 3:30 pm at the church.

Logan was born June 13, 2008, in Springfield, TN to Joshua Landon Hall and Leslie Anne Stroud Hall. He was in the eighth grade at East Robertson Middle School where he played baseball and football. He also played on many traveling baseball teams, the Tennessee Bucks, Five Star Mafia and the Old Hickory Generals to name a few. He loved his family, friends, and coaches. Logan spent the last year fighting leukemia, a battle which he won. His parents said he was put on this earth to spread love which was ever so apparent in his concern for the other patients at Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital. He never complained about the cards he was dealt, he just played them, and did so with courage, honor, and dignity.

Logan is survived by his parents, Leslie and Josh Hall; brother, Jace Landon Hall; grandparents, Rita “Nana” and Lanny “Papa” Hall and Melinda “Granny” and Tom “Paw Paw” Stroud; aunt, Kaylea “KayKay” Hall; uncle, Michael Stroud; cousin, Dylan Stroud and a host of aunts and uncles.

floral squareThe family wants to encourage everyone to wear comfortable clothing. That’s what Logan would have wanted.

in lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations may be made in Logan’s memory to East Robertson High School Athletics. All donations may be sent care of the Robertson County Funeral home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Will Freeman Oliver home

On May 2nd, 2022 the Lord called Will Freeman Oliver home. Born October 11, 1942 in Springfield, TN Mr. Oliver was a lifelong resident of the best place on Earth – Robertson County. He was a God loving man who spent his life worshipping and following in the teachings of Jesus Christ. He was devoted to his family. He loved his wife Dianne with all his heart and his children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. Mr. Oliver always had a positive attitude even in the most difficult of times. No matter the circumstances, it was always going to be ok, the Lord has a plan. He took immense pride in a hard day’s work and was a life long farmer, a member of the TN National Guard, and spent 53 years serving the residents of Tennessee as a Maintenance Engineer for TDOT. He was patient, giving, loving, and the perfect example of a great man.

He is preceded in death by his loving mother and father Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Oliver, the love of his life Dianne Fletcher Oliver, and a special friend Martha Hewell.

He is survived by his son Matthew Will Oliver (Becca), his daughter Amanda Berger (Michael), granddaughter Alexis Owens, grandson Matthew Blake Oliver, his brother-in-law John R. Fletcher, Jr. (Dawn), and his little princess dog Mia.

The family would like to express our appreciation and efforts made by Dr. Raymond Craciun and the entire CCU nursing staff at Northcrest Medical Center.

floral squareFuneral services will be conducted Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Hollis officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with David Paul Benton, John R. Fletcher, Jr., Michael Berger, Matthew Oliver, Robert Nicholson, and Greg Worley serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 until 8 PM and Saturday from 11 AM until the hour of service.

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to Good Springs Freewill Baptist Church. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Faustina Griffin

Faustina Harris Griffin, age 87 of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Saturday, May 7, 2022 at her daughter’s home.

There will be a private family graveside service only with her son-in-law, William Ronald Pentecost officiating and Bob Palmore as the vocalist. Serving as pallbearers will be Charlie Griffin, Trevor Griffin, Frank Powers, Jr., Jeremy Powers, Johnny Palmore, and Ben Palmore. Honorary pallbearers serving are Frank Powers, Sr., Jerry Griffin, and William Bratton.

Mrs. Griffin was born on January 18, 1935 in Ashland City, Tennessee to the late Frank and Myrtle Hooper Harris. She was retired after 28 years in the banking business. She was a loving mother and wife who loved to read her Bible, Christian books, and Bible commentaries. She enjoyed all kinds of flowers, but especially loved day lilies. Her heart was her Lord and her family, and she was a member of the church of Christ at Greenbrier in Ashland City.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, McKinley Griffin, Jr.; and sisters Ruth Louise Harris and Frances Harris Griffin.

Survivors include her son, David Forrest (Melanie) Griffin; daughter, Dana Griffin (William Ronald) Pentecost; sisters, Marian Harris Hunter and Doye Harris Latimer; and granddaughter, Lenora (William) Pentecost-Bratton.

floral squareThe family wishes to extend a special “thank you” to her special caregivers, Debra Peek, Monica Coffee, and Taondra Fergerson.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Phillipine Missions in care of Aaron Schwartz, 1108 Center Rd, Rogersville, Mo. 65742.

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 John Royce Baggett

John Royce Baggett, age 73 of Springfield passed away at his home on May 6, 2022 surrounded by his family.

Mr. Baggett was born on January 4, 1949 to the late Charles and Edna Baggett in Springfield and is a graduate of Greenbrier High School. He joined the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. Mr. Baggett worked for many years at Conwood Tobacco before he retired.

He was described as a good ole country boy, Mr. Baggett would help anyone in need, his priorities in life were Family, Friends, and Farming. He was a quick thinker and had a wry sense of humor and he knew more about cars than anyone around. Just a few days ago one of Mr. Baggett’s longtime friends called and had some question about buying a new car. He belonged to the Tobacco Car Club for many years and loved his Black 1963 Impala. After the car club dispersed a few years ago, Mr. Baggett began spending more time with his military buddies at VFW Post 2120.

Mr. Baggett is survived by his wife Susan Baggett; son, Charles (Jennifer) Baggett; grandchildren, Riley Baggett, Matthew Stark and Christopher Stark; brother, James David (Carolyn) Baggett and sister Teresa Hudgens.

floral squareA Military Graveside Service will be held on Monday, May 9th at Noon at Springfield Memorial Gardens. Vistation with the family will be held on Monday from 9am until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family request that you do something nice for a stranger and pass on John’s goodwill to others around him.

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These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center: 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437

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Obituary for Ronald Lee Covington

Ronald Lee Covington, 74, of Orlinda, passed away on Wednesday May 4, 2022, at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted Saturday May 14th at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Orlinda with Pastor Mark Carroll officiating. The family will receive friends at the Celebration of Life service.

Mr. Covington was born August 7, 1947, in Orlinda, to the late Arleigh and Christine Harris Covington. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was a retired U.S. Army/National Guard Military Pilot. Mr. Covington loved playing pool, playing cards, working in his shop, and he loved canning and freezing the vegetables that he grew in his garden each year. His passion was flying helicopters and serving his country.

floral squareMr. Covington is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law: Matthew Covington of Orlinda, Brandon and Maeghan Covington of Orlinda, and Troy Covington of Missouri, by his daughter: Christina Covington of Orlinda, by his fiancé: Lyn Drake of Orlinda, and by his 6 grandchildren.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Will Freeman Oliver

On May 2nd, 2022 the Lord called Will Freeman Oliver home. Born October 11, 1942 in Springfield, TN Mr. Oliver was a lifelong resident of the best place on Earth – Robertson County. He was a God loving man who spent his life worshipping and following in the teachings of Jesus Christ. He was devoted to his family. He loved his wife Dianne with all his heart and his children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. Mr. Oliver always had a positive attitude even in the most difficult of times. No matter the circumstances, it was always going to be ok, the Lord has a plan. He took immense pride in a hard day’s work and was a life long farmer, a member of the TN National Guard, and spent 53 years serving the residents of Tennessee as a Maintenance Engineer for TDOT. He was patient, giving, loving, and the perfect example of a great man.

He is preceded in death by his loving mother and father Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Oliver, the love of his life Dianne Fletcher Oliver, and a special friend Martha Hewell.

He is survived by his son Matthew Will Oliver (Becca), his daughter Amanda Berger (Michael), granddaughter Alexis Owens, grandson Matthew Blake Oliver, his brother-in-law John R. Fletcher, Jr. (Dawn), and his little princess dog Mia.

The family would like to express our appreciation and efforts made by Dr. Raymond Craciun and the entire CCU nursing staff at Northcrest Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Hollis officiating. Burial followed in Springfield floral squareMemorial Gardens with David Paul Benton, John R. Fletcher, Jr., Michael Berger, Matthew Oliver, Robert Nicholson, and Greg Worley serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 until 8 PM and Saturday from 11 AM until the hour of service.

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to Good Springs Freewill Baptist Church. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Lois Elizabeth “Bunnie” Simmons

Lois Elizabeth “Bunnie” Simmons, age 90 of Goodlettsville, TN passed away Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Her remains were cremated and a Memorial Service  held at 5pm on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Ridgetop Seventh Day Adventist Church, 104 King St., Ridgetop, TN with Pastor Brian Simmons officiating. The family received friends 4pm until the hour of service at the church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Ozark Adventist Academy, 20997 Dawn Hill East Road, Gentry, AR 72734 or Gem State Adventist Academy, 16115 S. Montana Ave., Caldwell, ID 83607.

She was born in Havana, Cuba, where her parents were missionaries, on July 9, 1931 to the late Joseph Robert and Maddie Frances McWilliam. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Robert Hampton McWilliam, Joseph Livingston McWilliam and Novella McWilliam.

floral squareShe was a member of the Ridgetop Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was a Girls Dean at Gem State Academy and various other locations for 27 years. She passionately loved her Lord and family very much. She loved music, piano, reading and cats. A favorite quote of hers was, “Women and cats are always right, men and dogs better get used to it!” She was a member of a Nazarene Church hand bell choir called the “Ding-a-lings” which she enjoyed very much.
She is survived by sons, Kent (Sharon) Simmons of Bakersfield, CA, Lee (Kathy) Simmons of Goodlettsville, TN; daughter at heart, Bethany Looyenga; grandchildren, Zachary Lee (Melissa) Simmons, Brian Scott (Chantelle) Simmons; great-grandchildren, Francesca Lee Simmons, Madeline Savannah Simmons, John Andrew Simmons and Judah Kent Simmons.

Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home

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Obituary for Earl Mooneyhan

Vernon Earl Mooneyhan, age 70, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022 at his home.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 9, 2022 at 3pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield. Per his request Mr. Mooneyhan’s remains will be cremated following the service.

Visitation will be held Monday from 11am until the hour of service at 3pm.

floral squareMr. Mooneyhan was born April 14, 1952 in Springfield to the late Ollie and Mattie Summers Mooneyhan. He was a kind and caring husband and uncle and he loved his family very much.

In addition to his parents Mr. Mooneyhan is preceded in death by his sisters, Lisa Wilkerson and Linda McEwing. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean Holder Mooneyhan; brothers, George Wilkerson and Tommy Mooneyhan; sister, Marie Yates; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for Donald “Buster” Felts

Donald Filmore Felts “Buster”, age 83 of Springfield, Tennessee, died Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at his home.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 2:00PM on Saturday, May 7th, with Bro. Gary Dillard and Bro. Gene Parton officiating. Burial followed in Good Springs Cemetery with his son, Don, and his grandsons serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Tungate, Jerry Hornberger, Billy Hornberger, and the late Jimmy Fletcher, Johnny York, Kenny Wiggs, and Joe Dillon.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, May 6th from 2:00PM until 8:00PM and again on Saturday from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 2:00PM.

Mr. Felts was born on October 13, 1938 in Joelton, Tennessee to the late Millard & Luna Williams Felts. He was the owner of C & F Millwright Services, Inc. He was a lifelong farmer who was awarded both the Tennessee Young Farmer of the Year and the Tennessee Farmer of the Year. Mr. Felts served as Cheatham County Magistrate and on the Cheatham County School Board. He was a fisherman and a friend who lived and loved large. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers Mack Felts and Charles “Pill” Felts; and sister, Mary Lou Dillon.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Ann Felts; son, Don (Pam) Felts; daughters, Karen (Troy) Galbreath, Beth (Randy) Harris, and Cindy (Randall) Moulton; son, Terry (Deb) Coulter; sister, Joyce Fletcher and her dearly beloved children, Jim Fletcher & Jennifer Raines; special niece, Paulette (Troy) Farrar, her daughter, Morgan and special nephew, Junior Hornberger; grandchildren, Karlie, Emma, Troy, Kristi, Brad, Richie, Bryant, Jonathan, Andrew, Victoria, Trevor, Hayley, Summer, Ashley, Hannah, and Callie; and 16 great-grandchildren.

floral squareThe family wishes to extend a special “thank you” to Amedysis Healthcare Services.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research 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 Roy Jay Tweed III

Age 76 of Cedar Hill passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at his home. He was born May 26, 1945 in Greenville, TN to Roy Jay Tweed, Jr. & Lucille Freshour Tweed. He worked as an Environmentalist for FHI until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Autumn “Sunny” Tweed; brother, Raleigh Tweed. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Tweed, Cedar Hill, TN; sons, Matt (Jordan) Tweed, White House, TN, John (Autumn) Tweed, Knoxville, Tn and Jason Tweed, Biloxi, MS; daugher, Susan Dyer, Springfield, TN; brothers, Lucas Dean Tweed and Elmer Tweed; sister, Ellen Tweed, all of Greenville, TN; 9 grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Interment will follow in Cross Plains Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers and with military honors. Visitation with the family is planned for Monday, May 9, 2022 10am until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for John Derald Dukes

John Derald Dukes, age 51 of Greenbrier passed away Monday, May 2, 2022 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 7pm on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with Jeremy Sweets officiating. The family will receive friends 3pm to 7pm on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at 11am, Tuesday, May 10th in the Commerce Cemetery in Watertown, TN.

John was born in Hammond, IN on April 22, 1971 to Roger Derald and Ann Walden Dukes. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Phillip Hunt.

He was a member of Broadmoor Church of Christ and he dearly loved his family and enjoyed hunting, traveling, baseball and just about anything outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Lynn Fix Dukes of Greenbrier; son, Jay Dukes of Franklin, KY;

floral squareDaughter, Katie (Marshall) Hunt and their daughters, Esther and Joanna of Hendersonville; parents, Roger Derald and Ann Walden Dukes of KY; sister, Karen (John) Tucker of IN.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made at www.sacredselections.org

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Arrangements entrusted to Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier, TN

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Obituary for Lilly “Waynnie” Lorraine Belcher

Age 75 of White House went home to be with the Lord Monday, May 2, 2022 at her home. She was born May 23, 1946 in Goodlettsville, TN to Archie H. & Laura Jane Allen McMurtry. She worked as a realtor for many years and had been the owner of Exit Realty. Waynnie was a multi-million dollar seller, top listing agent and top producer for over multiple years throughout her 38 year career. She was a member of The Church at Grace Park for 45 years. and faithfully supported the White House community for over 38 years. Most importantly she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Leon Belcher; sister, Mary Alice Allen; brother, Freddie Odell McMurtry; sister-in-law, Diane McMurtry; brother-in-law, Don Lanning. She is survived by her son, Timothy Leon (Lori) Belcher, White House, TN; daughter, Tamatha “Tammy” (Keith) Lampley, Goodlettsville, TN; brother, Lloyd McMurtry; sister, Dara Lanning, both of Goodlettsville, TN; 6 grandchildren, Megan, Chelse, Dylan, Delanee, Drew and Dakota; 6 great-grandchildren, Hailee, Shelby, Kiya, Braelyn, Jaxson and Gunnar.

floral squareFuneral service was Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 11am at The Church at Grace Park with Pastor Bob Cook officiating. Interment followed in Hilcrest Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was held Wednesday, May 4, 2022 4-8pm and Thursday, May 5, 2022 9-11am at The Church at Grace Park.

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

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Obituary for Jacqueline Ragland

Age 82 of Orlinda passed away Monday, May 2, 2022 at her home. She was born February 15, 1940 in Cross Plains, TN to Robert Taylor & Lillie Mae Yates Yates. She worked for Walmart in the food court before her retirement. She enjoyed singing, listening to Elvis and Slim Whitman music, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace Clinard; son, William Mark Clinard; 5 brothers, Billy, Tommy, Charles, Rayburn and Robert Ellis; 3 sisters, Betty, Polly and Rebecca “Nook”. She is survived by her sons, Michael Anthony Clinard, Portland, TN and Jimmy Clay Clinard, Orlinda, TN; daughter, Amanda Michelle (Jackie) Huff, Orlinda, TN; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren.

floral squareFuneral service was Thursday, May 5 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor Lance Wamble officiating. Interment followed in Cross Plains Cemetery with Jimmy Clay Clinard, Jr., Patrick Mclean, Jr., David Alford, Jason Wilson, Anthony Siegrist and Shawn Patton serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family was Thursday, May 5, 2022 10am until 1pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are requested to be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.

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

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Obituary for Angela Chantye’ Turner Boffman

On April 28, 2022 God added another beautiful flower to His garden of love, our dear Angela won the victory and was given the peace she so deserved.

Angela Chantyé Turner Boffman was born September 8, 1963 to the late Hugh Ellis Turner and Betty Jo Thomas in Davidson County.
She was preceded in death by cherished grandparents, Mary “MaMa” Laurine and James Ellis Turner and Ivory “Mom Mae” and Eddie Lee Thomas along with her beloved sister, Shera “Shay” Turner.

Angela, lovingly called “Sista”, professed her faith and hope in Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of the Greater South Baptist Church. Angela served on the Usher Board until her health would not permit. She also worked along side and shared her beautiful testimony through various ministries including the Sisters of Love founded by her late dedicated Aunt Earline Darden and the “My Purpose” Book Club founded by devoted friend, Felecia Mastin. Angela stepped out on faith and founded the social media Christian group, United Daughters of the King, where she would devote her time and effort to encourage and uplift others in the name of the Lord.

Angela successfully graduated from Springfield High School, Class of 1981. She would then go on to earn many certifications in the nursing field along with serving as a dialysis technician with Fresenius Medical Care. She flourished in her career over several years and dedicated herself in taking care of others until her health issues progressed, leading her to an early retirement.
On February 24, 2018 it was the beginning of what seemed like a never ending phone conversation and the rest is history. Match making credit belongs to the late Angelo Pinkney, trusted cousin/brother and dear friend to both. Angela and Michael Boffman of Chicago, IL united in holy matrimony on August 25, 2019. Together the happily married couple blended five children.
She leaves to cherish her memories: devoted husband, Michael Boffman, two daughters, Makisha Turner Wells (Jamie) of Bowling Green, KY, and Kristin Wright (Chris) of Chicago, IL; three sons, Anthony Boffman of Springfield, IL, Tracy D. Cone Jr. of Springfield, TN, and Brian Boffman (Markita) of Chicago, IL; Angela and Michael shared sixteen grandchildren; siblings, James D. Turner (Tammra) of Bowling Green, KY, Michael L., Marilyn, Crystal, Latrice and Austin Turner all of Springfield, TN; devoted aunts, Christine Williams of Springfield TN; Johnnie Buford (James) of Cross Plains TN, Corintia Thomas of Oak Grove, KY, Janice Thomas, Lawanda Pope-Townsend (Ricky) of Springfield, TN; Esther Turner (Michael Smith) of Portland, TN; uncles, James Pope (Knoxville, TN) Harold Gardner and James I. Thomas both of Springfield, TN, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones. Honorary “Sista” Friends, ***The Fantastic Four*** Elder Amelia D. Reeves, Lasonya Washington, Gloria Taylor and Karen Terry, also Sharon Chaudhari, Sylvia Cross, Cora Olive and Jackie Stevens. A special mention of long time friend and God-sister Melodye Davis of White Plains, MD.

floral squareAngela was indeed loved and cherished by many, with life-long unbreakable bonds. She had such a beautiful spirit and will be missed beyond measure.

Viewing and Visitation was Friday, May 6 at W. D. Crowder Funeral home and Saturday, May 7 with funeral to follow at Greater South Baptist Church. Interment was in Northside Cemetery in Springfield, Tennessee.

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

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Obituary for Johnny Gilstrap

Johnny Wayne Gilstrap, age 78 of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, died Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Murph’s Country Music Barn at 3336 Winters Road in Cedar Hill at 2:00PM on Wednesday, May 4th, with Dennis Morris conducting. Burial followed in Bartlett Cemetery. In addition to his two sons, Merle Ellis, Barry Ellis, Lenny Lymann, Dennis Morris, and Trevor Garrison served as pallbearers.

The family received friends at Murph’s Country Music Barn on Wednesday, May 4th, from 12:00 noon until the hour of service at 2:00PM. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Mr. Gilstrap was born on June 9, 1943 in Anderson, South Carolina to the late John Gilstrap & Sue Coggins. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp Reserve and a member of Centerpoint Baptist Church. John was a retired rodeo Clown. The rodeo world lost one of the greatest entertainers of all time. John Gilstrap passed from this earth, but his mark on rodeo and the IPRA will last forever. John was one of the most beloved rodeo clowns we have ever known and his comedy acts are legendary. He had a big heart and was always there to help a friend on the rodeo trail, whether it was help with a few dollars for entry fees or something to eat or some encouraging words when you were down on your luck, John was there for you. He was one of the most decorated rodeo clowns in IPRA history being voted IPRA Clown of the Year many times and also worked the IFR on several occasions. One of the plaques he received for winning Clown of the Year hangs in the IPRA office because when John retired he wanted to share the plaque with others as a way to give back to the organization he loved. One thing I always admired about John was that he never “mailed it in”. I’ve seen John try just as hard to bring a smile to everyone who bought a ticket if it was pouring down rain with 50 people in the seats as he did with 15,000 in a coliseum at a Longhorn Rodeo. Please keep John’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Rest easy old friend and keep ‘em laughing up there at the big rodeo in Heaven and we’ll see you when our ticket is punched.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Cathy Ramey; twin babies, Sherry & Sheila; grandson, Josh Whaley; and sister, Anne Carney.

floral squareSurvivors include his wife of 32 years, Debbie Gilstrap; sons, Kerry (Laurie) Gilstrap and Rooster Gilstrap; brother, Brad (Denise) Gilstrap; sisters, Jane (Leslie) Scoggins and Linda (Tom) Smith; grandchildren, Nichole (Casey) Folsom, Justin Gilstrap, Jaclyn Gilstrap, Joe Gilstrap, and Elizabeth (Gabe) Larkin; and 3 great-grandchildren.

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 Cathy Jean Bowling

Age 58 of Springfield, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2022 at The Residence of Alive Hospice. She was born December 31, 1963 in Nashville, TN to Robert & Linda Edwards Roberts. She attended Goodlettsville High School, where she played basketball and softball. She worked in the check processing department for the Federal Reserve until becoming disabled. She enjoyed going gambling with her girlfriend and was an avid Titans and Lady Vols fan.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Linda Roberts. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Danny Bowling, Springfield, TN; father, Robert Roberts; sons, Christopher Stewart, Hartsville, TN and David (Amanda) Stewart, White House, TN; step-son, Daniel Bowling, Springfield, TN; brother, Jeff (Sharon) Roberts, Lebanon, TN; sister, Carolyn (Jim) Leidy, Lebanon, TN; 6 grandchildren, Noah, Maura, Mitchell, Jackson, Rosaline and Josiah.

floral squareA memorial service was Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 7pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. David Smith officiating. Visitation with the family was Thursday, May 5, 2022 5-7pm at the funeral home. The family requested that casual attire be worn to the visitation and to the service.

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

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Obituary for Felix J Neely, Jr.(Jackie)

Felix J Neely, Jr.(Jackie) passed away on January 1, 2022 and it was his wish to be cremated.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the young age of 58 and fought a long, difficult battle.

This was Jackie’s favorite time of the year and our Family wants to Honor him by gathering together to laugh, cry and remember him through everyones memories.

floral squarePlease join us on Sunday, May 22, 2022 for Visitation from 1:30 until 4:00 p.m. at Sleepin’ Bear Lodge and Farms, 7552 Swift Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073.

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Obituary for Jean Henderson Ellis

Jean Henderson Ellis, age 85 of Cedar Hill, passed from this life on Saturday morning, April 30, 2022 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home. Burial followed in Bellwood Cemetery with Stephen Ayres, Scott Ayres, Michael Ellis, Bradley Shelton, Jason Ison, and Allen Hopcraft serving as pallbearers. The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday from 4 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 11 AM until the hour of service.

Mrs. Jean was born January 15, 1937 in Cedar Hill to the late Madell and Maudie Spicer Henderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, George Earl Ellis, and her brother, James Conry Henderson.

Mrs. Ellis was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church and was retired from Ellis Cleaning Service. She loved flowers, family, and her church. She was also an avid Tennessee Volunteers fan.

floral squareShe is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Susan Ellis of Adams and Michael Ellis of Cedar Hill; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Jimmy Ayres of Cedar Hill; sister, Helen Bunch of Springfield; grandchildren, Stephen (Jennifer) Ayres, Cherish (Jason) Ison, Scott (Brittney) Ayres, Michael (Julia) Ellis, Bradley (Tequishia) Shelton, Ashley Sautter, Bethany Ellis, and Tabitha Ellis; and great grandchildren, Tommy Ison, Cody Ison, Grayson Ayres, Elsye Ayres, Chelsea Fisher, Abel Clements, Knox Ayres, Clayton Shelton, Addlyn Shelton, Brantley Shelton, Neyland Shelton, Chris Sautter, Jaxson Riggins, Rett Ayres, Melissa Riggins, and Logan Hopcraft.

The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to Alive Hospice. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Jeromy Wayne Lewis

Jeromy Wayne Lewis, 44, of Adams, passed from this life on Wednesday April 27, 2022, at TriStar NorthCrest Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted Monday May 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Cathy Wibking officiating. Interment followed in the Adams Cemetery with Brent Gower, JW Robertson, Ryan Sherrill, Brett Tabb, Rudy Farmer, Shea Smith, Will Vogle, Jason Sheperd, and Drew Wilson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were John Martin, Matthew Wibking, Nick Strange, Michael Lewis, Clint Gregory, and Justin Gregory. The family received friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

floral squareJeromy was born June 14, 1977, in Nashville. He was the owner and operator of Lewis Machine and Fab and was of the Baptist faith. Jeromy loved playing golf, watching UT football, hunting, coaching softball, and especially spending time with his girls. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Thomas and Mattie Lewis, and John Strange, Jr.

Jeromy is survived by his daughters: Reagan and Rylee Lewis of Adams, by his parents: Ken and Debbie Lewis of Cedar Hill, by his grandparents: Harvey and Kay Speakman of Clarksville, and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary for Shirley Ellen Bennett

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Age 78 of White House went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Hendersonville Medical Center. She was born September 27, 1943 in French Camp, CA to Cloyd Garfield & Lillian Wilma Altide Deal. She was a clerical worker for Elk Grove Unified School District in California before her retirement and she was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Paul Deal. She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Ladd Bennett, White House, TTN; sons, Devon (Heidi) Bennett, White House, TN, Sean Moon, North Carolina and Jimmy Thornsberg, California; daughters, Danyelle (David) Anderson, Murfreesboro, TN and Robin Wright, White House, TN; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.

floral squareA Celebration of Life memorial service was Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 7pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House, with Rev. H.D. Jones officiating. Inurnment followed at a later date in the Hillcrest Cemetery Columbarium. Visitation with the family was Tuesday, May 3, 2022 5-7pm at the funeral home.

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

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Obituary for Randy Clark

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Randy Kevin Clark, age 61 of Joelton, Tennessee, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

A Celebration of Life service was held at IBEW Union Hall location on Saturday, April 30th.

Randy was born on March 1, 1960 in Westmoreland, Tennessee to Thelma Graves Clark and the late Dutch Clark. He was a Journeyman/Wireman in the electrical industry and a member of the IBEW for over 35 years. He served as the Business Manager of the IBEW Local 429 and was a sincere trade unionist and fierce advocate for middle class Americans and IBEW members. He was an avid fan of Tennessee sports teams including the Vols, Predators, and Titans. Mr. Clark was a beloved father figure to many including many cousins, nieces, nephews, and his many brothers and sisters at the IBEW.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his son, Cody Elvis Clark; and brother Darryl Clark.

floral squareIn addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dawn Clark; daughters, Sarah Clark (Bill) and Tonya Clark (Matt); brother, Larry Clark; sister, Sherry (Terry) Wix; and grandchildren, Joesiah Scott and Grace Meadows.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

The family requests any floral deliveries or personal cards be sent to The Clark Family, 5759 Clarksville Pike, Joelton, Tennessee 37080 or IBEW Local 429, 2001 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37210.

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 Sarah Jane Biggs

Sarah Jane Biggs, age 33, of Clarksville, TN passed away Friday, April 29, 2022 at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN.

Funeral services were conducted at 11am Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home, Springfield with Pastor Bronson Morgan officiating. Graveside services were conducted at 3pm Wednesday in the Gorman Cemetery in McEwen, TN with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 4-8pm and again on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 9-11am.

Sarah was born June 22, 1988 in Springfield, TN to Robert Wayne and Reba Jane Biggs. She was a factory worker at Electrolux.

floral squareSarah was preceded in death by grandparents, James Boyd Biggs, John Henry Biggs, Tiny Myrtle Biggs and Frances Irene England.

She is survived by her mother, Reba Jane Biggs of Clarksville; father, Robert Wayne Biggs of Springfield; brothers, John Henry (Erica) Biggs of Greenbrier and Bradley Wayne Biggs of Clarksville; niece, Emma Grace Biggs; and a nephew, Easton Biggs.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for James Watkins White Jr

Age 62 of Greenbrier passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Newburgh, Indiana. Mr. White was born March 16, 1960 in Nashville, TN to James Watkins & Marjorie Swift White, Sr. He worked as a network engineer for Blackbox Network Services. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and spendning time on his family farm.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Swift White. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 39 years, Debra White, Greenbrier TN; sons, Josh (Lauren) White, Greenbrier, TN and James W. “Trey” (Christan) White, III, Murfreesboro, TN; father and step-mother, James Watkins (Dianne) White, Sr. Franklin, TN; sister, Kevi (Mike) Moore, Greenbrier, TN; 6 grandchildren, Gabriel, Kellon, Anabelle, Kolbi, Giuliana and Olivia.

floral squareA Celebration of Life memorial service was Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 2pm on the Family Farm located at 7100 Hall Road Greenbrier, TN 37073. Visitation with the family was Friday, May 6, 2022 11AM-3PM at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

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Obituary for Tammy Hunter

Tamatha “Tammy” Lynn Hunter, age 52 of Greenbrier passed away Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

Funeral Services were at 2pm on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier with burial following in Hillcrest Cemetery in White House, TN with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family received friends 10am until the hour of service on Monday at the funeral home.

Tammy was born in Nashville, TN on December 2, 1969 to the late Marshall Lex and Clara Ann Kendall. She was also preceded in death by son, James Anthony Hunter, Jr.

floral squareShe was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and sister. She enjoyed puzzles, pictures, bird watching and nature in general.

She is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Anthony Hunter; son, Jeremy (Jamie) Hunter; brothers, Marshall (Lori) Kendall, Tony (Laura) Blackwell; sisters, Teresa Quigley, Tina (Mark) McGee and numerous nieces and nephews.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home Greenbrier to assist with funeral expenses.

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Obituary for Mary Hurst

Mary Ellen Pollock Hurst, age 85, of Hendersonville, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Centennial Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 12pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with her family officiating. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday, May 2, 2022 from 4-8pm and again on Tuesday from 11-11:45am.

Mrs. Hurst was born July 8, 1936 in Tullahoma to the late Raymond Earl and Elizabeth Reavis Pollock. She worked as an accountant and was a member of the Church of Christ. She loved cooking, baking, car rides, and camping.

floral squareIn addition to her parents Mrs. Hurst is preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lathern Hurst and her sister, Estelle Solomon.

Mrs. Hurst is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Shelia; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jerry Hayes; grandson, Zachary (Julia) Hall; step-grandchildren, Johnny Pentecost, Jr. and Jeffrey Pentecost; and great-grandchildren, Eli Hall and Paisleigh Grace Hall.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.

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Obituary for Thomas Hill

Thomas Anderson Hill, age 66, of Springfield, passed away Monday, April 25, 2022 at NorthCrest Medical Center.

Graveside services were held Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 1pm in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends officiating. Burial followed. No visitation was held prior to the graveside service.

floral squareMr. Hill was born January 26, 1956 in Nashville to the late Harry Lawson Hill and Ms. Nancy Mason Hill of Springfield. In addition to his parents Mr. Hill is preceded in death by his grandparents, Virgil and Grace Hill and Nancy Davis & C.T. Mason.

In addition to his mother Mr. Hill is survived by his sister, Nancy “Nan” Hill Harrison; niece, Lauren (Matthew) Detlefsen; great-niece, Emilie Detlefsen; and great-nephew, Rien Detlefsen.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.

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