In Loving Memory: Obituaries From September 1 – 8, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)
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Obituary for Zachary Brown
Zachary Ray Brown, age 25, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, died Sunday, September 8th, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 14th, at 1:00PM at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View with Pastor Danny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in EverRest of Cheatham cemetery with Jacob Brown, Adam Taylor, Jerry Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Keith Orange, Blake Judkins, Ron Brown, and Jimmy McNeil serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 4-8:00PM and again on Saturday from 11:00AM until the hour of service at 1:00PM.
Zachary was born on August 25, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee to Edwin Ray and Brenda Jane Brown. He was an employee at 48forty Solutions. He was a 2013 graduate of Sycamore High School and attended Cornerstone Church in Nashville.
He is preceded in death by grandfather, Thomas Brown; grandparents, Willie “Bill” Taylor and Helen Taylor Dickerson; and uncle Rodger Taylor.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Jacob Brown; grandmother, Mary Brown; aunts, Joan Galloway, Terry Brown, Betty Jo Brown, and Becky Brown; uncles, Tommy, Larry (Christie) and Stacy (Holly) Brown, Jimmy (Teresa) Taylor and Jerry (Jennifer) Taylor; and cousins, Clarissa Kottler, Melissa and Jamie Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Brandy McNeil, Adam and Austin Taylor, Tommy Brown, David Brown, Sam and Chris Galloway, Terina LaRue, Ron Brown, Brenda Vaughn, Bridgett Carroll, Erica Daniels, Robert Lee Brown, Sheena and Heena Sharber, Austin and Abby Brown, and Anderson Brown.
Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146 (615) 746-4433
Obituary for Jon Michael Edmonds
Born in Nashville, TN on October 21, 1982. Departed on September 1, 2019 and resided in Springfield, TN. Jon Michael Edmonds, age 36 of Springfield, passed away on September 1, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center.
He was born on October 21,1982 to Mike and Donna Edmonds at Nashville Memorial Hospital. He was a surprise gift from God to Mike and Donna and their children. Jon was the puzzle piece that connected their two blended families.
Jon was a graduate of Goodpasture Christian Schools Class of 2001, after graduation he attended Freed-Hardeman University then attended Volunteer State Community College.
Jon got his love for Christmas from his father and aunt, Betty. He started listening to Christmas music in August and would start decorating in October. Jon and his dad started a Christmas village that started with a couple of houses and has grown to include a working ice-skating rink, houses, trees, animals, people and so much more. He loved to share the joyfulness of Christmas and often helped a family in need make their Christmas wishes come true.
He was a member of Echo Hills Church of Christ where he was one of the song leaders. Jon had a strong faith and when he was diagnosed in 2016 with stomach and esophageal cancer, he told his family he was ok either way it turned out. He believed the Lord would take care of everything.
Jon worked for Walmart from the time he was 16 years old. He worked at several locations including Springfield, Hendersonville and Rivergate, acquiring friends all along the way. When Walmart on Dickerson Road was being built, Jon discovered that he enjoyed setting up the store. Along the way he assisted in the opening of a few additional locations. Jon remained at the Dickerson Road location from its beginning and Grand Opening in 2010. He enjoyed his work family and was glad when he felt well enough to be part of the team over the past three years.
Jon was described as a great listener that was devoted to his friends. His friends knew that if you had him as a friend you had a friend for life. He was a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. He was a kind and gentle soul. He enjoyed playing “Dead by Daylight” with Sean, Blake, Jim and Eric. However, his devotion to his family was one of a kind. Jon was a lot of help to his parents, from taking his mother to the mountains for just quality time for the two of them, to helping his dad with any task; including the massive Christmas Trees that adorned the living room each year. He was the best of the best help no matter what you needed. Jon was also described as a cutthroat Scrabble Player by his mother and she even accused him of memorizing all the “Q” words that didn’t have a “U.”
Jon will forever be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.
Jon was preceded in death by his brother, James “Jamey” Donald Coleman; aunt, Betty Edmonds, maternal grandparents, Donald and Elizabeth Coleman and paternal grandparents, Harvey and Gladys Edmonds.
He is survived by his parents, Mike and Donna Edmonds; sisters, Angela (Steve) Hiland and Cindy Edmonds; nieces and nephews, Russ Osborne, Sophie Osborne, Elle Osborne, and Michael Phelps; and uncle, Donald Coleman.
A Life Celebration was held on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Friday, September 6th from 4-8pm then again on Saturday from 12pm until the time of service at the funeral home.
The family request memorial donation be made to the Echo Hills Church of Christ, 1106 Campbell Road Goodlettsville, TN 37072 or to the American Cancer Society.
Obituary for Dianne Russell
Dianne Russell, 75, of Cedar Hill, passed from this life on Tuesday September 3, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Nashville.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday September 7th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Billy Vogle officiating. Interment followed in Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Jason Baggett, Cory Head, Brad Powell, Jason Traughber, Phillip Head, and Jamie Hernandez serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Dianne was born October 17, 1943 in Helena, AL to the late William W. and Fleda Lambert Russell. She was the co-owner of Lawson Backhoe Service and was of the Baptist faith. Dianne loved vegetable and flower gardening, being outside, and working in her backhoe business. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: William and Norton Russell. Dianne is survived by Jack Baggett of Cedar Hill, and by her sisters: Etoile Moss of Huntsville, AL, Gail Koenig of Prattville, AL, and Carol Carney of Adams.
Bobby Joe Jones, Sr. age 83 of Cedar Hill passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019.
There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, September 11th at 10am at the Bellwood Cemetery in Adams with Bro. Bill Pfeffer officiating. The family will receive friends 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Joshua Burnette, Michael Lemmons, Mike Sharpe, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Dowlen and Jarett McQuiston. Honorary pallbearers will be Nicolas Saldierna and Joshua Cathey, Jr.
Mr. Jones was born in Springfield, TN on April 3, 1936 to the late James M. and Lois Wilson Jones. He was also preceded in death by infant daughter, Sheila Gail Jones; brother, Johnny Ray Jones, Sr; sons, Bobby Joe “Joey” Jones, Jr and James E. “Jamie” Jones.
He served in the US Air Force, was of the Baptist faith and a carpenter.
He is survived by son, Richard Wayne (Susan) Martin of Cedar Hill; daughters, Donna (Bill) Pfeffer of FL, Dianna Jones of Springfield, Angela Lemmons-Ortega of Cedar Hill; brothers, J.W. (Betty) Jones of Springfield, Carl Jones of Springfield, Wayne Jones of Springfield; sisters, Lois D. Plesiewicz of Michigan, Judy (Jim) Dowlen of Joelton, Wanda Fay Jones of Springfield; grandchildren, Kandie Saldierna, Samantha McQuiston, Michael Lemmons, Jessica Cathy-Burnette and 9 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Austin & Bell Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Mary Beth Dean Kirk, age 54, of Pulaski and formerly of Springfield, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Southern TN Regional Healthcare Center.
Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 1pm at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Columbia, TN with Father George as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Maury County Memorial Gardens in Columbia with Tchez Major, Jeremy Brown, Jason Brown, Mike Parker and Brad Beard serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held at the Catholic Church in Columbia on Tuesday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Mrs. Kirk was born April 21, 1965 in Springfield to Mr. David Dean and the late Mrs. Nancy Walker Dean. She was a Resource Support Specialist for the State of TN Health Services Department and was a communicant of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. She was an avid reader, she loved cats, loved shopping and was a collector of music.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Kirk is preceded in death by her sister, Melissa Holmes. She is survived by her husband, Dean Kirk; father, David Dean of Murfreesboro; and brother, Chris (Angie) Dean of Murfreesboro.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Ruby Boisseau Allgood, age 90, of Hermitage and formerly of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at McKendree Village.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11am in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial followed in the Springfield Memorial Gardens with Ricky Formosa, Chris Allgood, Joshua Formosa and Samuel Allgood serving as pallbearers.
Visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 4-8pm and again on Saturday from 10am until the hour of service at 11am.
Mrs. Allgood was born October 13, 1928 in Springfield to the late Claude and Laura Barrow Boisseau. She was a Nutritionist at Springfield High School for many years and was a member of the Barren Plains Baptist Church where she was a devoted member of the choir. Mrs. Allgood loved to sing, loved people, loved growing things and loved the Lord. Her family recalls her “green thumb” with flowers and that she was the world’s best cook.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Allgood is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Carney” Allgood, her sister, Mary Ruth Boisseau Wilson, brother, Claude Edward Boisseau, her grandson, Darin Keith Allgood, her niece, Nancy Wilson Smith, and her nephew, John Edward Wilson.
Mrs. Allgood is survived by her sons, Ronnie (Sharon) Allgood of Clarksville and Timothy (Dawn) Allgood of Springfield; daughter, Kim (Troy) Formosa of Old Hickory; grandchildren, Brian Cantrell, Chris (Rena) Allgood, Sharon (Paul) Allgood, Joshua Formosa, Jordan Formosa and Samuel Allgood; 10 great-grandchildren; and ex-daughter-in-law, Judy (Jim) Evans Hale.
Reverend William Lowe Reding, Jr., age 72, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at St. Thomas West in Nashville. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11am at the Ruth Ensor United Methodist Church in Old Hickory.
Visitation will be held at the church from 9am until the hour of service at 11am.
Reverend Reding was born January 24, 1947 in Clarksville to the late William L. and Frances Garrott Reding, Sr. He was a graduate of Austin Peay State University receiving his Bachelor Degree and received a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. He was a Minister for the United Methodist Church for many years until retirement.
Reverend Reding is survived by his wife, Wanda Reed Reding; sons, Reed Reding and Jim (Melissa) Reding; brothers, Robert Michael (Elizabeth) Reding and Foster Reding; and sister, Lucia Haskins.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Bridgeway Connection or the Ruth Ensor United Methodist Church in Old Hickory. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Lisa Renee Brown, age 50 of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Lisa was a very loving daughter who looked after her mother. She was a true animal lover of all kinds. She was very active and enjoyed staying busy.
She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Brown and her brother, Randall Brown. She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Brown; niece, Maria Wilkins; nephew, Christopher Brown; great-nephew, Ayden Lettis; aunts, Karen Esslinger, Kathy Lynn and Sherry Ponder; half-brother, Josh Brown; and her sister-in-law, Sylvia Brown.
A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.
The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. 615-822-4442.
LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES
Obituary for Jimmy L. Belt
Jimmy L. Belt, 81, of Springfield, passed away on Monday August 26, 2019 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Friday August 30th at 10:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Reverend Keith Wilson, Reverend Rick Robinson, and Jacob Belt Fuqua officiating. Interment followed in the Williams Chapel Cemetery with Sammy Justice, John Pearson, Dale Belt, Robert Belt, David Belt, Buddy Sneed, Josh Morris, Jimmy Underwood, and Richie Warren serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Hanner, J.L. Pearson, Mike Mason, Jamie Pitt, Billy Johns, Dennis Wright, J.W. Wright, Leon Pitt, Phillip Duncan, Willie Johns, Thomas Williams, Allen Frogue, Nathan Belt, and Kenneth Spivey. The family received friends on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Belt was born June 10, 1938 in Springfield to the late Archie and Katie Mae Bayless Belt. He was a graduate of East Robertson High School Class of 1957. Mr. Belt was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Williams Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for over 38 years. Mr. Belt served on the Robertson County Commission for 8 years, and he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: Jerry Ray Belt, and by his son-in-law: Jay Guinn Fuqua. Mr. Belt is survived by his wife of 62 years: Charlotte Sneed Belt of Springfield, by his daughters: Pamela Belt Neal of White House and Cindy Belt Fuqua of Springfield, by his brother: Bobby Dean Belt of Atlanta, GA, by his grandchildren: Jayda Fuqua Tubbs and husband Justin, Jacob Belt Fuqua and wife Jordan, Emily Neal Hood and husband Caleb, and by his great grandchildren: Jessa Guinn Tubbs, Jett Ralston Fuqua, and Jaylen Barnett.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Williams Chapel Baptist Church Building and Grounds Fund
Edward Swinson Jr, also known as “Mr. Ed” died Saturday August 24, 2019 at NHC Springfield. Funeral services were held at 12 pm on Friday August 30, 2019 officiated by Rossi Bennett. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday from 10 am until 11:45 pm.
Mr. Ed was born January 6, 1939 in Jacksonville, NC to the late Edward Swinson Sr and Ardell Jenkins Swinson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Wilson Swinson, son, Grayson Swinson Sr and siblings, Sarah Flynn, Nellie Batson, Claudie Swinson, Leon Swinson, Samuel Swinson, Charlotte Osborne, Lillie Coleman and Mary Barber. He was a member of North Springfield Baptist Church, a veteran of the National Guard and was retired from TDOT where he worked in road construction. Mr. Ed loved to travel and in his younger years did so many times by hitch hiking. He was a collector of coins, guns, antiques and especially loved watching westerns.
Surviving him are his sons, Jeff Swinson and Benji Swinson Sr., daughter, Debbie Kehres, siblings, Susan Davis, Cybil Marshburn and Kenny Swinson, grandchildren, Christina (Chris) Heard, Jody (Kuk) Son, Ashley Kehres, Grayson Swinson Jr., Brandy Swinson, Richard Kehres, Justin Kehres, Benji Swinson Jr. and Alescia Swinson, great grandchildren, Charissa Heard, Kayleigh Ayers, Kylie Swinson, Kinsley Hardin, Khyree Bryant, Joseph Son, Kira Son and Angie Nguyen.
Steven Wayne Andress, age 47 of Cedar Hill, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019 at NorthCrest Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Adam Hodges officiating. The family received friends Tuesday from 4 until 8 PM and Wednesday from 11 AM until the hour of service.
Mr. Andress was born November 2, 1971 in Davidson County. He was a member of Barren Plains Baptist Church and worked for the State of Tennessee. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Marco Andress, and by grandparents, Roy Kenneth and Cora Sue Bilbrey.
Steven was always considerate of everyone. He had a soft and very kind heart. He was always willing and eager to help anyone. He made life joyful and would always make you laugh. He loved to tell stories about his adventures and trials in life. He would always try to teach you everything he knew. Steven was very intelligent and could do anything, whether it was with his hands or his mind, he always knew how to handle any project. He was an adventurous person. He loved being on the water, boating and canoeing, grilling to perfection, riding his 4-wheeler, and watching football. He was a loving and caring man who will remain in the hearts of the ones he loved forever.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Debbie and David Pulley; wife, Renee Andress; sister, Shannon Dillehay and husband, Scott; niece, Camryn Dillehay; nephew, Benjamin Dillehay; and friend, Ada Brown.
The family request, if so desired, for memorial contributions to be made to the American Heart Association. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
Carole Jane Rowlette Benton, age 83 of the Owens Chapel Community in Springfield, died Friday, August 23, 2019 at her home.
Funeral Services were conducted Monday, August 26, 2r019 at 1:00 PM in the Oakhurst Chapel of Robertson County Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Owens Chapel Cemetery with Joshua Benton, Bud Benton, Casey Buck, Brandon Weaver, Mike Meyer, and Steve Meyer serving as pallbearers. The family received friends Sunday from 1 until 5 PM and Monday from 10 AM until the hour of service.
Mrs. Benton was born November 7, 1935 in Rutherford County to the late Joseph Dewitt and Annie Laura Brinkley Rowlette. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Linda Joy Wilson and Laura Estep, and a granddaughter, Emily Ann Benton.
She is survived by her husband, William Earl Benton of Springfield to whom she would have been married 65 years on August 28th; sons , Richard Earl Benton and wife, Carol, of Springfield and Joseph Frank Benton and wife, Cindy, of Springfield; daughter, Bethany Jane Lampley and husband, Michael, of Dickson; sister, JoAnne Mayberry of Springfield; grandchildren, Amy Jo Meyer, Joshua Benton, William “Bud” Benton, Benjamin Woods, Julianna J. Weaver, and Casey D. Buck; and great grandchildren, Mike Meyer, Emily Paige Pentecost, Aniya Woods, Isabella Buck, Jaxon Woods, Paisley Jane Weaver, Elijah Buck, and Bryson Benton.
Reverend Jeff W. Fryer, of Springfield, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 2, 2019 at 1o’clock in the chapel of Springfield First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial will be in the Springfield Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, September 3rd at 10 o’clock with friends and family serving as Pallbearers.
Visitation with the family will be held Monday from 11am until the hour of service at 1pm.
Reverend Fryer was born July 15, 1922 to the late Zack and Emma Choate Fryer in Robertson County, TN. He attended Martin College; Austin and Peay State University and Vanderbilt University School of Religion. He served the ministry for 45 years until his retirement in 1988. It began in 1943 with the Methodist Church where he was ordained in 1949, Deacon in 1951, Elder in 1953 and retired in 1988 from Springfield First United Methodist Church. After a short recess, he became a part-time pastor at Highland Chapel Union Church in Ridgetop, TN where he served for another 18 years. Other appointments where he served were; 1952, Smyrna; 1956, Old Hickory; 1960 Andrew Price; 1970, Brentwood; 1980 District Superintendent, Cumberland District Superintendent.
Along with his parents, Reverend Fryer is preceded in death by his wife of 72 years Naomi Hinkle Fryer; and son-in-law, Michael Jackson. He is survived by his son, Randall (Alexandra) Fryer of Nashville; daughter, June Jackson of Seattle, WA; brother, Delwin Fryer of Gallatin; grandchildren, Jeffrey Fryer, Mari (Joe) O’Neil, Miranda (Mike) Wood and Lindsay (Pal) Walker; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Austin and Matthew Wood, Naomi and Thomas O’Neil and Harley and Cynthia Fryer; and great great-grandson Wailyn Wood.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Springfield First United Methodist Church Building Fund. Any donations may be sent in c/o Austin & Bell.
Age 81 of Hendersonville, formerly of Cottontown, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 29, 2019 at The Residence of Alive Hospice. He was born October 9, 1937 in Bexar, Texas to Edward Ward & Aleen Joyce Covington Cook. He worked as a Project Engineer for Albany International before his retirement. John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and attended White House General Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents; 4 children, Randall Edward Cook, Tami Rena Cook, Sherri Lynn Cook and Angela Covington; brother, Thomas Cook; sister, Anita Brown. He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Joan Pond Cook, Hendersonville, TN; daughters, Sarah Renee (John Pepper) Lund, Hendersonville, TN and Jennifer Rae (Michael) Melton, Readyville, TN; brothers, Jerry Cook, Orlinda, TN and Marvin (Kay) Cook, Clarksville, TN; sister, Lanola (Tommy) Davis, Texas; 8 grandchildren, Joshua, David & Katherine Covington , Jessica Covington Brehm, Kyle, Nolan, Taylor and Spencer Melton.
Funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 3pm at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church 3851 Pleasant Grove Road White House, TN 37188, with Bro. Larry Treadway and Bro. Clayton Hall officiating. Interment to follow in Pleasant Grove UMC Cemetery with military honors and with John Pepper, Michael Melton, Kyle Melton, Daniel Pond, Nolan Melton, Joshua Covington, David Covington and Dale Sanders serving as pallbearers.
Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, August 31, 2019 4-8pm at Austin & Bell White House and Sunday, September 1, 2019 1-3pm at Pleasant Grove UMC.
Mary Jane Bruns, age 98, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
No services are planned at this time.
The family has entrusted services to Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN.
Obituary for Mary Schutt
Mary Bowen Schutt, age 72, of Franklin, KY, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Signature Healthcare in Portland.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial followed in the Bellwood Cemetery with her grandsons, Kenneth Schutt, Camron Schutt, Cody Hudnall, Jonathan Schutt, Philip Schutt and Ethan Schutt serving as pallbearers. Mr. Michael Barnhart is an Honorary Pallbearer.
Visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday from 11am until the hour of service at 2pm.
Mrs. Schutt was born March 10, 1947 in Clarksville, TN to the late William J. and Georgia Rose Bowen, Sr. She was a homemaker and loving mother and grandmother.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Schutt is preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Kenneth Schutt.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth W. Schutt of Cedar Hill; daughters, Victoria Lynn Potter of Franklin, KY, Amanda Marie Schutt of Cedar Hill and Stephanie Joann (Tracy) Hudnall of Franklin, KY; brothers, William Jessie Bowen, Jr., Jerry L. Bowen, Billy C. Bowen, Donnie L. Bowen, Ronnie Bowen, Billy Jo Bowen and Bobby Lee Bowen, all of Nashville; sisters, Annie E. Harper and Belinda S. Peden, both of Nashville; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mary Ruth Miles Jones, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 at her home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the Springfield Baptist Church with Brother Martin Babb officiating. Burial followed in the Elmwood Cemetery with Bruce Jones, Jarrod Holman, Justin Holman, Corey Richardson, Bob Sneed, Carden Bagwell, Wesley Pepper and Jerry Whitaker serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Earl Nichols, Jerry West, Ted Stubblefield, Bill Simmons and the Winnie Mae Shannon Sunday School Class at Springfield Baptist Church.
Visitation was held at the church on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 4-7pm and on Wednesday at the church from 9am until the hour of service at 10am.
She was born on June 28, 1920 in Springfield to the late William H. and Elizabeth (Bess) Miles. Ruth graduated from Springfield High School in 1937 and from Western Ky University in 1941. She was advanced a grade in high school and thus, graduated from college with her sister in the same year. Her mother closed the farm operation and moved with the two girls to the college town and got a job as a dorm mother until the girls graduated. Her mother, even though a widow, sent all four of her children to college. The boys became engineers and Betty Kate a teacher. Ruth was more of a math and science person.
Mrs. Jones’ first job was in a gun powder factory near Louisville, Ky during WWII where she was employed as a chemist. Her husband also had moved to Louisville and they were married there in 1942. Their first car was an old police car that had a hole in the back seat where the large radio had been place previously. It had to be taken to the mechanic every weekend for repair. They lived in one room with a shared bathroom with some other couples. He worked at Belknap Hardware Co. and later was put on the road traveling in Robertson County area. They moved back to Springfield and lived with her mother in a hundred year old 1800s built house on Adairville Highway. They later moved to Connell St. in town and have made their home in Springfield since then.
Mrs. Jones was a competitive Bridge player and had an uncanny mind to remember numbers and cards which led her to be ranked in the Bridge Community. She headed up a Cub Scout Den and also was a Girl Scout leader. She was also a great tennis player, winning a tennis championship in her late 70s, badminton competitor and ping-pong player. None of her children could beat her. She was an amazing athlete. She was given a ping pong table for her 90th birthday and she began showing her great-grandchildren how she could still beat them. She was an avid believer in exercise and healthy eating. She was one of the regular walkers at The Center until her 99th birthday.
Near the end of her life she often said she wondered why God let her live so long. In her last days she repeatedly saying she wanted to “go home.” She did not mean her Springfield home but to Heaven. She longed to be with God and her family there because she had no doubt that they were all believers and saved for Heaven’s home and to be with Christ.
Even though she was not able to hear preaching at her church, Springfield Baptist Church, due to her loss of hearing, she came every Sunday. She even was baptized with her oldest son when he was baptized because she felt it was the thing to do with him. She would talk to people about God, even strangers, if she thought that was what was needed to be done. She loved her Sunday School Class, the Winnie Mae Shannon Class, and her church and rarely ever missed. Like her mother, she was an avid Bible reader. She never put herself first but attended to several other family members in nursing homes and when they were in need. She was always “there” for everyone. She was a generous giver and sacrificed many things for the betterment of others no matter what she had to give up. When she saw someone in need she went all out to help alleviate that need. If we all could be like her, it certainly would be a better world. She will never be forgotten.
Her family wants to give a very special thanks to Dr. Teresa Williams for her wonderful, loving care during the past few years of her life. There is no better doctor than Dr. Williams. Springfield is very fortunate to have such a qualified and caring physician.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Jones is preceded in her death by her husband, William H. Jones, her brothers, William Polk Miles and John Woodard Miles, sister Betty Kate Townsend and great grandson, Crockett Holman. She is survived by her children, William Bruce Jones Sr. and his wife, Caffie of Springfield, Richard Allen Jones and his wife, Jana of Ridgetop and Kathy Sneed and her husband, Bob of Cedar Hill; 5 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Donations, if desired, can be made to the Stokes Brown Library, where she spent much time reading. Also, the Springfield Baptist Church Library or the Willow Oaks Center for the Arts. Any donations may be sent in care of Austin & Bell.
Martin Glenn Hones, 94, passed peacefully August 25, 2019. Born in Greenbrier, TN on September 20, 1924, Glenn loved growing up on a farm and learning farming at an early age. He and his father, while working for other farmers, were able to purchase a farm of their own called Lee Jones and Son.
Glenn was a Boy Scout and was only one requirement away from Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Springfield High School, where he was a cheerleader. He then attended Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he joined Pi Kappa Phi. After completing boot camp for World War II, Glenn was asked by the Robertson County Agent to teach classes at Jo Byrns High School on new farming techniques which aided them in growing crops to feed the military during the war.
Glenn later worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority Knoxville, TN as a land appraiser. In 1959 he met his future wife at a Young Farmers and Homemakers State Committee Meeting. Glenn and Bettie Katherine Allen were married June 9, 1961 and to this union was born their daughter, Susan, on July 10, 1964.
Glenn worked for TVA for 22-1/2 years moving with the company to Jackson, TN, Murray, KY, Estill Springs, TN and finally making Chattanooga, TN their home, where Glenn served as Supervisor of Land Appraisals for many years. He held membership with the Right-of-Way Association during this time.
For the next 30 years he worked as a Land Appraiser & Reviewing Appraiser for the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation where he worked full time until his retirement at the age of 87.
Glenn was a former member of First Baptist Church, Tullahoma, TN where he sang in the choir and taught preschool Sunday school under Pastor, Dr. Tom Madden and Minister of Music, Reverend Ward A. Weaver.
Glenn was a longtime member of Brainerd Baptist Church where he formerly taught the College and Career Sophomores Sunday School Department, the preschool 4 Sunday School Class (Jones Class), and the Extended Session. Glenn and Bettie Katherine loved teaching the 4 year old’s along with Martha Hathorne, Edna Farmer, and Jeanette Deacon, under the Minster of Preschool and Children’s Director, Phyllis Nicholson, and Pastor, Reverend Bill Bond, and Minister of Education, Reverend Robert Cooper.
Glenn served on the Benevolence Committee, as Deacon, and former Vice Chairman of Deacons at Brainerd Baptist under the leadership of Dr. Frank H. Crumpler. He was an honorary member of the Good News Sunday School Class. During their daughter’s school years, Glenn was always active in school activities with Mrs. Bean’s Kindergarten in Winchester, TN, Estill Springs Elementary, Ooltewah Elementary and Middle Schools.
He served as an officer at Ooltewah High School Choir Boosters, and was an active member with the Parent-Teacher Student Association and Hamilton County Council of PTA.
Raising cows, vegetables and flower gardening as well as family time were some of Glenn’s favorite times-especially getting to share the vegetables and flowers with family and friends. He especially loved growing daffodils and gladiolas. He loved people, his family and his friends. He was the finest husband, father and grandfather and a friend to all that knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Lee and Annie Lou Poole Jones, and sister Katherine Ruth Meggs.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bettie Katherine Allen Jones; daughter, Susan Elizabeth (Roger) Martin, Goodlettsville, TN; grandchildren, Christopher William Martin, Chattanooga and Katherine Elizabeth Martin, Goodlettsville, TN; brother-in-law, the Reverend Wendell A. Meggs, Springfield, TN; nephew, Mark Anderson Meggs, Jeffersonville, IN.
Chattanooga services will be held Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1pm EST at Brainerd Baptist Church with Reverend Bill Bond, Dr. M.C. Tolbert and Dr. Steve Rowland officiating. Pallbearers will be Marus C. Taylor, Robert R. Lollar, Stephen L. Still, Andrew Z. Martin, Robert K. Allen and Michael E. Teets. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Creasman, Frank N. McGregor, Arnold Walker, Martha Hathorne, Edna Farmer, Bill & Peggy Pryor and Jacquelyn Wolfe.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Martin Glenn Jones to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home 6623 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or to the Community Kitchen, PO Box 11203, Chattanooga, TN 37401. Graveside services will be held Friday, August 30th at 1:30pm CST at Elmwood Cemetery, Springfield, TN. The family will receive friends from 11-1 CST at Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 509 Walnut Street Springfield, TN.
The family would like to thank Nena Mitchell and staff, Morning Pointe at Shallowford Assisted Living, Hearth Hospice, Angela Montgomery, and Pam Ramsey for all of their love and kindness during Flenn’s illness.
The family received friends Wednesday, August 28th from 5-8pm EST at Heritage Funeral Home 7454 East Brainerd Road Chattanooga, TN 37421 Graveside service and interment was held Friday, August 30, 2019 1:30pm at Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019 11am-1pm at Austin & Bell Springfield.