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Obituary for Betty Joyce Garrett

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (5)Betty Joyce Garrett, age 81 of Hendersonville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 30, 2024 at her home. She was born October 7, 1942 in Union County, Mississippi to Orman Holland & Audrey Beatrice McCain Russell. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She loved listening to gospel music, especially the Gaither Homecoming Friends, and had enjoyed attending the all-night gospel singings at the War Memorial Building when she was younger. She loved watching the game show network and was an avid fan of Steve Harvey.

She is preceded in death by parents; husband, Cecil Ray Garrett; son, Mike Williams; step-son, Tim Garrett; son-in-law, Ricky Patton; 4 brothers, Danny, Cat, Kenny “Red” and Winston “Slim” Russell; sister, Bernice Golden. She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Patton, Hendersonville, TN; step-daughter, Regina (Barry) Harshaw, White House, TN; 5 grandchildren, Jason Patton, Missy (Timmy) Williams, Hannah Castle, Olivia Garrett and Brennan Harshaw; 2 great-grandchildren, Austin Williams and Addison Williams.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (6)Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 11am in the chapel of Austin and Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Duane Wray officiating. Interment will follow in Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery with Timmy Williams, Austin Williams, Marty Russell, Cooper Turner, Strother Hinkle, Craig Davis, Garrett Smith and Will Hinkle serving as pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Friday, July 5, 2024 4-8PM and Saturday, July 6, 2024 9AM until the hour of the service at the funeral home.

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Obituary for James Milton Huff

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (8)June 15, 1943 — June 28, 2024
White House

Mr. James Milton Huff, age 81, passed away on June 28, 2024 at his home. He was born on June 15, 1943 in Old Hickory, TN to the late James Byrd and Mary Ann Huff.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Jerry Wayne Huff, and sibling, Jo Ann.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (9)Mr. Huff is survived by his son, Tommy (Tami) Huff, five grandchildren, Tiffani, Ashley, Teri, Jay and Regan; six great grandchildren; and siblings, Frankie Huff, Barbara Collins, and Faye Primrose.

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Obituary for Jesse Dwight Walker

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (11)March 6, 1945 — June 28, 2024
White House

Jesse Dwight Walker, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed on June 28, 2024, at his home in White House, Tennessee. Born March 6, 1945, in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late William and Pauline Walker.

Jesse led a fulfilling life that revolved around his dedication to family and his commitment to service. After retiring from Sears following an impressive 30 years of service, Jesse continued to enrich the lives of those around him with his gentle and kind heart.

Not only was Jesse known for his strong work ethic during his time at Sears, but he also proudly served his country in the United States Navy. His sense of duty and patriotism were evident in all aspects of his life.

Among his many passions, Jesse found solace and joy in music. His love for playing the guitar resonated with all who knew him. In addition to music, Jesse enjoyed spending his leisure time golfing, showcasing a well-rounded personality that appreciated both creativity and the outdoors.

Described as quiet and laid back, Jesse’s presence brought a sense of calm to those fortunate enough to be in his company. His warm smile and genuine nature will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Jesse leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion that will forever remain in the hearts of his surviving family members: his wife of 61 years, Janice Walker; daughter Tracy (Van) Parchman; and grandchildren Rachel (Matthew) Kelty, Christopher Hulse, Kyle Walker, and Bryson Entrikin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Bradley Walker; siblings Lilburn “Bubba” Walker, Bobby Walker, Billy Walker, and Anita Duncan.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (12)A Graveside Service to honor and remember Jesse Dwight Walker will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at the Middle Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery in Nashville. The service will begin at 11:00 AM followed by interment at 11:30 AM. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the United States Navy.

In honoring Jesse’s memory, let us celebrate the life of a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many with kindness and grace. May he rest in peace knowing he was cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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Obituary for Odie Killen

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (14)Odie Banks Killen, 80, of Clarksville, passed away on Friday June 28, 2024, at The Residence at Alive Hospice in Nashville. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside service.

Mr. Killen was born May 27, 1944, in Union, MS. He was a retired Sergeant First Class from the U.S. Army. Mr. Killen served during Vietnam and was the recipient of many decorations and medals, including a Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Clarksville, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing golf. He was preceded in death by his father: Odie Killen, by his mother: Onie Delma Sharp Killen, by his wife: Frances Killen, who died in 2012, and by his brothers: Zane, Dwight, and Carl Killen.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (15)Mr. Killen is survived by his wife: Lesa McGee Killen of Clarksville, by his children: Jim (Julie) Dibble of Hilton Head Island, SC, Sonja (Tommy) Thompson of Clarksville, Chasity (John) Talley of West Monroe, LA, and Misty (Justin) King of Jena, LA, by his grandchildren: Casey Dibble, Kiley Dibble, Garrett (Taylor) Thompson, Megan Thompson, Kirsten (Christian) Talley Dunn, Taylor (Seth) King Richards, and Jacob King, and by his great grandchild: Bennett Thompson.

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Obituary for Billie Jo Wooten Obituary

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (17)Billie Jo McEwing Wooten, 69, of Springfield, passed from this life on Monday June 24, 2024, at NHC Healthcare in Springfield.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday June 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Tim Harris officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Michael Millirones, Michael Johnson, Scott McEwing, Bryan Thaxton, William “BJ” Drake, and “CJ” Christopher Walden, Jr., serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Billie Jo was born July 31, 1954, in Springfield, to the late Billy and Evelyn McCord McEwing. She was a retired cafeteria worker from Westside Elementary School and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. Billie Jo enjoyed traveling, especially to Gatlinburg, dancing, playing the one armed bandit, and listening to Elvis and Rod Stewart music. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the love of her life, Larry Wooten, and by her sisters: Louise Britt and Carolyn Blackburn.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (18)Billie Jo is survived by her daughter: Cynthia (Terry) Huff of Clarksville, by her granddaughter: Annaliese (Michael) Millirones of Bowling Green, KY, by her brother: Jerry Ray (Virginia) McEwing of Springfield, and by her sisters: Shirley (Gary) Adco*ck and Linda Lassiter both of Springfield.

If so desired, the family request that memorial donations may be made to the Robertson Co Animal Shelter. All donations may be sent in care of Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary for Ashley Barron

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (22)November 7, 1991 — June 27, 2024
White House, Tn

Ms. Ashley Barron, age 32, passed away on June 27, 2024. She was born on November 7, 1991 in Nashville, TN. Ashley is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jim and Debbie Corum.

Ashley has been a registered nurse for 11 years, and have been at Hendersonville Medical Center for many years.

Ashley is survived by her son, Cadin Barron; his father, Rebel (Nikki) Barron; parents, Jim Corley and Mary (Jeff) Carter; brother, JC Corely; paternal grandparents, Connie and Jim Corley Jr. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Obituary for Jo Helen “Jody” Speer

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (26)Jo Helen “Jody” Speer, age 88, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2024 at NHC Springfield.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11am Tuesday, July 2nd at the Main Street Church of Christ with Bro. Barry Thronberry officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Jonathan Speer, Justin Speer, Matthew Speer, Jose Pina II, Jose Pina III, and Dud Connally serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Colton Connally, Ethan Pina, Isaac Pina, Peyton Faulk, and Jaden Whitehurst.

The family will receive friends from 10am until time of the service at 11am Tuesday at the church.

Mrs. Speer was born September 23, 1935 in Albany, TX to the late Russell Teurman Chambers and Olga Mae Cunningham Chambers. Mrs. Speer and her husband Bob had 7 foster children throughout their years living in Abilene, TX, and taught Asian students to improve their conversational English by using the Bible while living in Buffalo, NY. She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ in Springfield.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Speer was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Speer; brothers, Thomas Daniel Chambers, and Carol Lawton Chambers; sister, Nadine Chambers Ferguson; and a son-in-law, Peter Dunbar Salter.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (27)She is survived by her sons, David Lynn Speer and partner Fay Hallmark, and Daniel Glenn (Linda) Speer; daughter, Cynthia Diane Salter; 12 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; and a sister, Ina Madine Lawson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Main Street Church of Christ, Building Fund, 319 N Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172 or by calling (615) 384-3751, or by email at [emailprotected]

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Obituary for Linda Ruth Rigsby

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (31)Linda Ruth Rigsby, age 83, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at her home.

A private family only graveside service was conducted on Saturday, June 29th in the Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Doug Thornton officiating.

The family receive friends from 10am until 12 noon Saturday at the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield.

Mrs. Rigsby was born March 14, 1941 to the late James Allen Krisle and Harriet Elizabeth Draughon Krisle. She was a homemaker and a member of Oakland Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rigsby was preceded in death by her husband, Rayburn Rigsby; a special nephew, Christopher Michael Roberts; and brothers, Jimmy Ray Krisle, and John Allen Krisle.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (32)She is survived by a sister, Cheryl Ann Wolfenbarger of East Tennessee; daughters, Jennifer Leigh (Terry Lynn) Woodard of Springfield, Jo Ellen Rigsby of Springfield, and Lisa Michelle (Jeffrey Scott) Boyce of Springfield; granddaughter, Rachel Elizabeth Boyce of Hopkinsville, KY; grandson, Blake Scott Boyce of Springfield; and her cats, “Bitsy” and “Baby”.

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Obituary for Virgil ” Lynn ” Lassiter

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (36)Virgil “Lynn” Lassiter, age 73, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at Stone Ridge Health Care in Goodlettsville.

Lynn’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be a private family service at a later date.

Mr. Lassiter was born September 9, 1950, in Davidson County, to the late Virgil Lassiter and Annie Wilson Lassiter Hobbs. He loved riding motorcycles, woodworking, canoeing and being outdoors.

In addition to his parents, Lynn was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Lassiter.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (37)He is survived by a son, Travis (Shonell) Lassiter; daughters, Kimberly (Danny) Blevins, and Amanda (Roger) Goff-Butler; 3 grandchildren, Jackson Lassiter, Eli Lassiter, and Shelby Blevins; 1 great grandchild, Ivy Waffird; brothers, Wendell (Irene) Lassiter, and Carl Lassiter; sisters, Lois Ann Clark, Drucilla “Chigger” (Stan) Duffer, and Vanessa (Mark) Tompkins; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Lassiter.

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Obituary for Eric Measel

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (41)It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Eric Douglas Measel on 6-14-2024. Eric was born on 09-11-1963 in Dayton Ohio. He was proceeded in death by his parents Don and Malinda Measel. He was the business owner of Patriot Industrial Maintenance. Eric dedicated his life to others. Whether it was coaching peewee football, being a mentor to others, playing in the church worship band or employing others at the business he ran with his son in Springfield Tennessee. He made sure the relationships he had with people were personal. Right down to the ladies at the bank. Never missing an opportunity to ask how their families were and if their day was going ok. Everyone who knew Eric knew what a driven and dedicated person he was in everything he did. He believed if you’re going to do something do it right and give it everything you got. Even when he encountered a hard time in life, he handled it and kept moving forward with a new plan reminding everyone that it will just make you tougher. Eric also played on the 1981 AP State Champ Football team for Waynesville Ohio Football team, and was voted most talented of his high school class. He loved music. He was an amazing song writer, singer and entertainer. His Uncle Ev taught him how to play guitar when he was younger. He was a natural on stage. From singing with his brother Brad and their friends in the group Brimstone to playing shows in Nashville on Broadway. He always looked forward to his time with his song writers’ group NSAI, Cincinnati Dayton Chapter, and especially his time with his best friend Alex. When he wasn’t working with his music or his business he was working on the farm. He loved his cattle and the farm life. Most of all Eric loved his kids and grandkids. He would travel hours to watch a football game, cheer, track meets and school activities. When he couldn’t make it, he was on the phone for play by plays of what was happening. Eric was a story teller. You knew when Eric started to tell a story to settle in because you were going to hear every detail and sound effect. Eric had many friends and acquaintances over the years but he treated everyone like family. The impact of his loss will be felt for a long time by many. His intensity in the way he lived, coached, worked and loved was contagious. The lessons that he taught to so many, including his sons will never be forgotten and will be carried on through the next generations.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (42)He is survived by his sons Clinton Measel (Jenn) and Clayton Measel (Kandy), Grandchildren: Jake, Riley, Brayden, Zoey, Josie, Cole, Kai and one expected in November. Brothers: Brad Measel (Jodie), Brian, and Shawn (Nicholette). Along with many nieces and nephews and countless other Uncles, Aunts, cousins, great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Robertson County Funeral Home on July 12, 2024 at 2201 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172 from 4-8pm.

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Obituary for Wilma Jean Simmons

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (46)October 21, 1933 — June 22, 2024
Goodlettsville

Wilma Jean Simmons, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, passed in Nashville Tennessee on June 22, 2024 at the age of 90. Born October 21, 1933, in Nashville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Dorris Farmer and Ruby Gregory Farmer.

Jean led a fulfilling life as a seamstress for Proffitt’s Department Store (formerly Castner Knotts) until her retirement. Her proudest accomplishment was her unwavering faith as a devoted Christian who was an active member of the Bible Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Remembered for her feisty yet caring personality, Jean’s most cherished memories revolve around her family. She poured love and dedication into the lives of her husband of 72 years, Elvis Earl Simmons; daughter Wanda (Roy) Morgan; son Michael (Rhonda) Simmons; grandchildren Jason (Jennifer) Morgan, John (Brooke) Morgan, and Brandy Tidwell; great-grandchildren Carolyn, Jacob, Eric, Jack, Logan, Ava, and Zander; as well as her surviving sisters Charlotte (John) Hale, Joanne (Ron) Renaud, and step-sister Bobbie West; brother Landon Farmer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Peggy Mundy; brothers Walter McGinnis and William McGinnis; her step brother George Holt; and her fur babies Princess and Jasmine.

Jean had a special bond with her family and was known to indulge in thrilling adventures with them – even braving the rides at Disney well into her 80s. Her presence brought joy and warmth to all those around her.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (47)Services to honor and celebrate Wilma Jean Simmons’s life was held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Goodlettsville. Visitation will take place on June 28 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and on June 29 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. A Celebration of Life followed on June 29 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at the same location. Pastor Ben Reed officiated and the eulogy was be delivered by Jean’s grandson, John Morgan. Burial took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville. Pallbearers will be Tim Turner, Todd Simmons, Stan Simmons, Jacob Morgan, Jason Morgan and Jack Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jean’s name to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.

Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in Goodlettsville has been entrusted with the final arrangements for Mrs. Simmons.

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Obituary for Jonquil Lannom

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (51)Jonquil Dawn Lannom, age 62, of Joelton, Tennessee, died Sunday, June 23, 2024, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 11:00AM on Thursday, June 27th, with Bro. Patrick Williams officiating. Burial followed at 1:00PM in Greenbrier Cemetery in Robertson County with Tim Hurt, Marty Moore, Alan Binkley, John Melton, Jr., Sam Melton, and Luke Melton serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer was Billy Noe.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 26th, from 4:00PM until 7:00PM and again on Thursday from 10:00AM until the hour of service at 11:00AM.

Jonquil was born on October 18, 1961, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Betty Woodside Kelley & the late Mack P. Kelley. She was employed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the accounting department. She enjoyed cooking and people – she never met a stranger. Jonquil was a member of Joelton First Baptist Church.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (52)In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Lance Lannom; daughter-in-love, Auburn Lannom; uncle, Charles Kelley; great-uncle, James Vaughn; aunt, Susan (Billy) Noe; numerous cousins; and her fur baby cat, Dolly.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959 of Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-2030

Funeral service was livestreamed at www.youtube@austinbellofpleasantview3266

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Obituary for Barry Head

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (56)Barry Lynn Head, 69, of Cedar Hill, passed from this life on Wednesday June 19, 2024, at Summitt Medical Center in Hermitage.

Funeral services were conducted Monday June 24th at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Pastor David Royalty and Pastor Luis Martinez officiating. Interment followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Dale Owen, Kenneth Mason, Jeff Doss, Chris Barnett, Craig Easterly, Wesley Palmore, Mark Cox, and Monty Walker serving as pallbearers. The family received friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.

Barry was born January 2, 1955, in Springfield, to the late Bobby and Mary Sue Corbin Head. He was a graduate of Jo Byrns High School Class of 1973, and then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University. Barry was the owner/operator of BLH Farms in Cedar Hill, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Joelton. In his free time, he enjoyed softball and basketball, and loved attending the sporting events his grandchildren were involved in.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (57)Barry is survived by his wife: Sheila Stewart Head of Cedar Hill, by his children: Justin (Lindsey) Head of Cedar Hill, Kristen Winfree of Cedar Hill, Brent (Brooke) Duffer of Hendersonville, and Holly (Jeff) Wright of Greenbrier, by his grandchildren: Kolton Winfree, Khloe Winfree, Miley Head, Jax Head, Jase Head, Hanna (Kevin) Adkins, Ashlyn Wright, Raleigh Wright, Aubrey Wright, Bryson Duffer, and Brock Duffer, by his sister: Sherri (Tommy) Hinton of Murfreesboro, and by his dear friend and former farm supervisor: Luke West of Springfield.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be given to First Baptist Church in Joelton and may be sent c/o the Robertson County Funeral Home.

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Obituary for James Pinson

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (61)James Earl Pinson, 86, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday June 19, 2024, at his home.

His remains were cremated, and no services are scheduled at this time.

Mr. Pinson was born May 19, 1938, in Orlinda, to the late Joel and Tabitha Claborn Pinson. He was a graduate of Greenbrier High School Class of 1956. Mr. Pinson was retired from the maintenance division of Dupont, and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons: Jimmy and Todd Pinson.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (62)Mr. Pinson is survived by his wife, Sandra Bruce Pinson, of whom he would be married to for 68 years this coming December, by his son: Larry Bruce Pinson and wife Vicki of Greenbrier, by his grandchildren: Melissa Caldwell and husband Rex, Jessica Cole and husband Matt, by his great grandchildren: Hudson James Caldwell and Paxton Hayes Cole, and by his two brothers.

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Obituary for Johnny Baldwin

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (66)Johnny M. Baldwin, 86, of Springfield peacefully passed away on June 17, 2024, at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

His remains were cremated, and a private family burial will be held at a later date.

Mr. Baldwin was born on November 8, 1937, to the late Marvin D. and Johnnie Pruitt Baldwin in Durant, Oklahoma. He faithfully served his country as a proud member of the U.S. Navy. He retired as a self-employed ceramic tile layer and was of the Christian faith. In his free time, Johnny enjoyed beekeeping and raising crops. He appreciated the challenge of trying to grow various vegetables and flowers on his farm. Once he moved into town, he still enjoyed helping his kids grow and sell the flowers and produce they raised.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (67)Mr. Baldwin is preceded in death by his parents, and by his sisters, LaVerne and Marlene. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janet Baldwin of Springfield, TN, by his daughters; Debra Grant of Springfield, TN, Laura (Curtis) Lee of Macon, GA, Wyvonne Garnica of Gainesboro, TN, Sarah (Jason) Bassett of Naples, FL, and Rebecca (Wes) Steele of Springfield, TN, by his son; Johnny D. Baldwin of Gainesboro, TN, by his brothers; Ron Baldwin of AZ, and Charlie (Velda) Keen of TX, and by twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

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Obituary for Donna Couch

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (71)October 30, 1947 — June 18, 2024
White House

Donna Couch passed away on June 16, 2024, she was born on October 30, 1947 in Galesburg, IL. Donna dedicated 12 years of her life to teaching Home Economics, leaving a lasting impact on her students and colleagues. Everyone who knew her called her a Sweetheart, she embodied a loving, quiet personality with a strong sense of independence.

In addition to her teaching career, Donna enjoyed various hobbies such as reading, painting, sewing, and volunteering in the 4H department to help children. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Franklin, KY She was especially known for handcrafting clothes for her grandchildren, whom she adored dearly and who affectionately called her “Grams”. Donna took immense pride in her role as a grandmother, and most recently, a great grandmother.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (72)Donna is survived by her daughter Donika (Neil) Pierson, stepson Mark (Kate) Couch, grandchildren Nathan (Angel) Pierson and Derrick Pierson; step grandson, Nick (Sarah) Zaytsev; as well as great-grandson Nolan Pierson. She is also survived by her siblings David Viar (Jane), Sally Hansen (Dennis), and Wendy Galloway (Dan). She is preceded in death by her parents Don and Betty Viar and husband Dennis Couch.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Obituary for Tyler Wade Lassiter

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (76)January 2, 1992 — June 18, 2024
Goodlettsville

Tyler Wade Lassiter, beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Tyler was born on January 2, 1992, in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Tyler had a passion for riding his Harley Davidson and could often be found cruising on the open road with the wind in his hair. His adventurous spirit and love for motorcycles brought him immense joy and fulfillment.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Eugene Stubblefield; maternal step-grandfather Dailey Haneline, Jr.; paternal grandfather John Franklin Lassiter, Jr.; and uncle Jamie Lassiter.

He is survived by his parents Timothy and Jennifer Lassiter; his brothers Dusten Lassiter and Johnathon (Cassie) Lassiter; a cousin who was like a brother to him, Colton (Victoria) Lassiter; as well as his nieces Allison, Lakelynn, and Harlow; nephew Bentley; paternal grandmother Shirley Ann Lassiter; maternal grandmother Joy Haneline; aunts Lawana (Billy) Jones, Laurie (Danny) Pulley, Wendy (Joe) Crowell, and Kelli Lassiter; uncles Steven (Samantha) Stubblefield and Donnie (Tara) Stubblefield; and several cousins and friends.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (77)Tyler will be deeply missed by his family and friends who were fortunate enough to have known him.

A memorial service is being planned and once the date/time/location are determined they will be updated to this obituary.

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Obituary for Joyce Matlock

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (81)Joyce Johnson Matlock, age 92 of Ashland City, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2024 at her residence at Vantage Pointe.

The family received friends at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View on Monday, June 24th from 3:00PM until 7:00PM. There was a private burial.

Mrs. Matlock was born on July 30, 1931 in Ashland City, Tennessee to the late Earl & Floy Harris Johnson. Her most treasured job was being a homemaker. She loved all sports, an avid bowler and a fabulous cook. She loved to attend any function she could that included her grandchildren. Joyce was known by her beloved husband as the “Queen”. Most importantly, she loved her Lord and her family very much and attended Ashland City United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, L.J. Matlock, Jr.; daughter, Patricia Matlock Ferguson; and brothers, Ray & Pat Johnson.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (82)Survivors include her sons, Johnny (Pam) Matlock and Jeff (Melissa) Matlock; grandchildren, Leslie (Kurt) Kaalaas, Jason (Traci) Ferguson, Jennifer (Bobby) Brumit, Caitlin (Cody) Choate, Josh (Madelyn) Matlock, Anne Matlock, Bo (Jennifer) Matlock, Jack Matlock and Sam Matlock; twelve great-grandchildren; and loving nephew, Ricky Johnson and his wife Adrian.

The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful staff at Vantage Pointe for taking care of their mother for the last 10 years.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Ashland City United Methodist Church or Forrest Hills Cemetery in Ashland City.

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Obituary for Tracy Dawn Willis

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (86)Tracy Dawn Willis, age 52 of Cottontown passed away Thursday, June 20, 2024 at her home. She was born February 20, 1972 in Springfield, TN to Jerry M. & Carolyn Richardson Wilkinson. She worked as an LPN for the VA Hospital in Biloxi, MS before her retirement. She loved caring for her patients. She proudly served her country heroically in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War in Southwest Asia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, earning two bronze stars. Tracy loved children, spending time with her family, eating seafood, especially going to crab boils and visiting the beach.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (87)She is survived by her husband, Larry Alexander, Gulf Port, MS; parents, Jerry & Carolyn Wilkinson, White House, TN; daughters, Haley (Seth) Gibbs, Peyton Willis, Logan Willis and Summer Willis, all of Gulf Port, MS; brother, Jeff Wilkinson, Tullahoma, TN; sister, Teresa (Dan) Williams, Springfield, TN; 1 step-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Sunday June 23, 2024 at 3pm at White House Church of Christ. Visitation was held from 2-3pm at the church prior to the service.

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Obituary for Wanda Anderson

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (91)Wanda Diane Anderson, age 70, of Ashland City, Tennessee, died Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at her home.

Her wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Mrs. Anderson was born on May 28, 1954, in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late John & Lucille Biggs McClendon. She was a homemaker who was an encouraging and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed canning, cooking, listening to Bob Seger, and was the life of the party.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Jeff McClendon; and sisters, Jewel Nickens and Jennie Foster.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (92)Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Richard Anderson; daughters, Wendy Nalls and Lavinia Anderson; brother, Franklin (Jean) McClendon; sister, Mary (Jerry) Johnson; grandchildren, Alex Anderson and Adora Nalls; and great-grandchildren, Jax Carrero and Delilah Lester.

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Obituary for David Simpson

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (96)David Dean Simpson, age 78, of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, died Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Funeral services were conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 3:00PM on Sunday, June 23rd, with Rev. Billy Ellis, Rev. John Hilton, and Rev. Justin Lett officiating. Burial followed in Heads Cemetery with Christian Neill, Campbell Forrest, John Hilton, Billy Ellis, Tony Ellis, Ken Haney, and Dale Massey serving as pallbearers.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (97)The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday, June 22, from 3:00PM until 7:00PM and again on Sunday from 2:00PM until the hour of service at 3:00PM.

Mr. Simpson was born on May 5, 1946, in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late Felix & Betty Turrentine Simpson. The occupation he was most known for was teaching at Cheatham County Central High School, but was also former owner of Ashland City Florist, retired from First Tennessee Bank, founded and directed daycare centers, and was on CSC Event staff. He also served as music director at numerous churches and as the SHS Band Booster president. He was an enthusiastic Color Guard “Dad” and cheer leader from the stands. Mr. Simpson loved Vandy baseball, the Nashville Predators, and the Atlanta Braves. He attended New Hope Hermitage Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Rev. Hughes & Laura Ellis; and sister-in-law, Beverly Simpson.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Joan Ellis Simpson; daughters, Amanda (Christian) Neill, Alicia Simpson, Alayna (Campbell) Forrest, and Autumn (John) Hilton; grandchildren, Michael Dean Forrest, Judah Ward Hilton, and one on the way; brother, Jerry L. Simpson; a host of nieces & nephews, great-nieces & nephews, beloved cousins, and other extended family; and Bonnie Blue & Bear Bryant, his 2 dogs that he adored.

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Obituary for Nancy Ann Mason Hill

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (101)Nancy Ann Mason Hill, age 91, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at Vitality Living in Hendersonville.

Graveside services were conducted at 11am Friday, June 21, 2024 in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Pastor Eric Grenier officiating.

Ms. Hill was born June 1, 1933 in Barren Plains, TN to the late Coleman Thomas “ C.T. “ Mason and Nancy Louise Covington Mason. She loved flowers, gardening and working outdoors. Ms. Hill was very caring, loving and always there for everyone.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (102)In addition to her parents, Ms. Hill was preceded in death by a son, Thomas A. Hill.

She is survived by a daughter, Nan Hill Harrison; granddaughter, Lauren (Matthew) Detlefsen; 2 great grandchildren, Rien Detlefsen, and Emilie Detlefsen; and a very special friend, Judy Duncan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306 or by visiting www.t2t.org

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Obituary for Sara Renate Ridings

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (106)Sara Renate Ridings, age 77 of Greenbrier, TN passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at Skyline Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 21, 2024 at 1pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home with Brother Jack Martin officiating. Burial followed in Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Friday from 10am to till time of service at 1pm.

Mrs. Ridings was born November 5, 1946 in Nashville, TN to the late Paul and Sara Crutcher McConnell. She worked in accounting for the State of Tennessee and was a member of Greenridge Church of Christ. She loved being with her family, working with numbers, flowers, gardening and music.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Ridings was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Carter Ridings; and sisters, Belinda Williams and Tammy Salon.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (107)Mrs. Ridings is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Kim Ridings; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Joe Jarman; 2 grandchildren, Dylan Ridings and Isaiah Bernal; and 1 great grandchild, Easton Cunningham.

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Obituary for Bentley Charles Yates Sr.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (111)Bentley Charles Yates, Sr., age 93 of Goodlettsville, TN passed away Monday, June 17, 2024 at Skyline Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 12pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Greenbrier with Pastor Frank Cardona officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Goodlettsville, TN with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Friday, June 21, 2024 from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home and Saturday from 11am till time of service at 12pm.

Bentley Charles Yates was born on January 15, 1931 in Cleveland, TN. He joined the Air Force when he was 15 and served 16 1/2 years. On June 17, 1950 he married Bobbie Joyce Young and eventually had three children. His family meant the world to him. He went on to work in freight for many years and the last twenty years as a supervisor for Yellow Freight before retiring. Ben loved Southern Gospel Music and used his talent to minister to many people at churches, nursing homes and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Thelma Yates; his wife, Bobbie; his brothers, Jimmy, Tommy and Hugh; his sisters, Helen Colston and Winona Clemmons.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (112)He is survived by his three children; Rebecca (Wendell) Marshall, Kathy (Lee) Simmons and Ben Yates, Jr.; four grandchildren, Amy (Thomas) Murphy, Amanda (Justin) Brogdon, Trey (Tiffany) Yates and Jesse Yates as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

Ben was a Christian man who loved the Lord and his family with all his heart and we look forward to being with him again in Heaven someday soon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 DEPT 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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Obituary for David Eugene Ayers

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (116)David Eugene Ayers, 70 years old, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2024, following a long-fought battle with cancer.

He was born to James Buford Sr and Mildred Tinnin Ayers on January 4, 1954 in Madison, Tennessee. Growing up in Cross Plains, Tennessee he was a proud classmate and graduate of East Robertson High School class of 1973. Following graduation, he went straight into the workforce, a jack of all trades, even a master of some. David was a very hardworking man with expertise across several industries including trucking, welding, backhoe, excavation and tire service. In fact, he worked through his lengthy illness and was a great example of dedicated work ethic!

David was a Mason at the Crystal Fountain Masonic Lodge and a past Master at the White House Masonic Lodge. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite and Shriner at the Al Menah Shrine Temple in Nashville, Tennessee. He also served for many years as “Digger” the Klown of the Sumner County Shrine Klown Club, he took such pride in supporting the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Someone once said, “All people die but not all people live”, David truly lived each day to its fullest! He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. He loved to be in the company of others, rarely ever met a stranger and was always able to strike up conversation! Many knew him by “Big Mo”, “Big Dave” or “Cuz”. Over the years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR, camping and trips to the beach. David was a native of Robertson County, always well- liked and respected by his community. David will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Most importantly, he was a Child of God who believed in Christ as his eternal Savior. He wanted everyone to have a relationship with the Savior! David was a member of the White House Seventh Day Adventist Church.

In addition to his parents, David is proceeded in death by brother, James “Jimmy” Ayers Jr, nephew, James “Bo” Ayers, and granddaughters, Ashley and Susan Nelson.

David is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Patsy Ayers. Brothers and sisters in law, Ginger Ayers Roberts of late Jimmy, Joe Ayers Sr (Judy) and Robert “Bobby“ Ayers (Danette). Daughters and son in law, Kerie (Cole) Fulton, Nancy Hupp and Kimberly Duke. Grandchildren, Bryce and Ava Fulton, Timmy and Tammy Hupp, Shawn Nelson. Ten great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews but especially beloved nephews Tony (Nichole) Ayers and Ronnie (Dawn) Ayers.

His family would like to recognize and thank the incredible and compassionate care he received during his illness including his beloved primary care provider, Brittany Jepson, PA-C and nurse Tanda, Dr. Waleed Khalaf, nurses and the entire Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center Pleasant View Team, Thomas Drugs, and nurses Wes and April with Gentiva Hospice.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (117)Funeral service was held Friday, June 21, 2024 at 11am in the chapel of Austin and Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor Jeremy Leggett officiating. Interment followed in White House Memorial Gardens with Tony Ayers, Joe Ayers Jr, Jon Ayers, Ronnie Ayers, Bryan Ayers, Greg Keith, Evan Carr acting as Pallbearers. Timmy Ayers, Shawn Nelson, Cole Fulton, Bryce Fulton, Daniel Joiner, Tom Day, Donnie Day, Johnny Day, Jim Bamman, Butch Jenkins served as honorary pallbearers. Visitation is planned for Thursday, June 20, 2024 3-7pm and Friday, June 21, 2024 9-11am at the funeral home. A Masonic service was Thursday evening at 6pm in the funeral home chapel.

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Obituary for Geri Helmbold

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (121)Betty Geraldine “Geri” Helmbold, age 93 of White House passed away Monday, June 17, 2024 at Vitality Keepsake Village in Hendersonville, TN. She was born on August 8, 1930 to Robert and Leola Sanford. She was the oldest of five children. She served the Lord all of her life and always showed the love of Christ by serving others. She encouraged her family to always put their faith and trust in God in whatever the circ*mstances. Her example and life of strength and courage touched so many and she brought joy to both the young and old. In previous years, she enjoyed taking care of her beautiful flower gardens, cooking, reading, taking family camping trips, and entertaining senior groups as a professional clown. She would not want anyone to grieve for her, but instead to rejoice, knowing she is where life and love never ends. She was a member of North Springfield Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Leola Sanford; husbands, Ralph Moulton and Charles Helmbold; brothers John Ray and Jimmy Sanford. She is survived by sons Mike Moulton (Phyllis); Brian Moulton (Yolanda); daughter Marsha Duncan (Michael); five grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brother Robert L. Sanford (Erika); sister Barbara Oglesvee (Jim); sister-in-law Mildred Sanford; nieces and nephews.

In Loving Memory:Obituaries June 30, 2024 - Smokey Barn News (122)A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in White House, TN at 2pm with Bro. Michael Smith and Jason Duncan officiating. Visitation will be held 12-2pm at the funeral home prior to the service. A private family burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with grandsons, great grandson and nephews serving as pallbearers.

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