January 2021

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Robinson, Ronald  Alvin "Ron", age 82 of Lebanon, TN, died January 2, 2021. Ron was born September 10, 1938 in Kansas City, MO. He was the son of the late, Alvin Chester Robinson and Helen Lima Smithpeter Robinson. Ron was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his BS degree in accounting from Missouri State University and was retired from Ford Motor Company as a District Manager. After retirement, Ron served as a volunteer firefighter in Arkansas. He was a member of the Ivanhoe Lodge #446 AF&AM in Kansas City, Mo and the Shriners International in Fairfield Bay, AR. Ron enjoyed bird watching, crossword puzzles and gardening and was known for his beautiful lawns.  He was a WWII enthusiast, a master of trivia and a jokester. His greatest joy was watching the grandchildren play sports and serving as their taxi driver. Ron was also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Meredith and Dave Hefft.

He is survived by:

Wife of 50 years – Sharon Brady Robinson of Lebanon, TN

Sons – Mike (Johnna) Robinson of Atlanta, GA and

          Scott (Stacy) Robinson of Stephens City, VA

Daughter – Robin Donovan of Lebanon, TN

Brother – James (Debora) Robinson of Angier, NC

Grandchildren – Abbie, Zach, Brady, Christian, Dallas, Jake, Seth, Molly, Ryan, Maggie and Shea

Loving sister-in-law - Joan Brady

Many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or Providence Church, 2293 South Rutland Rd., Mt Juliet, TN 37122.

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Russell, Sue Ann, age 89 of Mt. Juliet, TN, died January 4, 2021. Mrs. Russell was a member of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ. She served as the Welcome Wagon hostess for the Priest Lake area for a number of years. Mrs. Russell retired from American General Life Insurance Company. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, listening to piano music, cooking and entertaining. Her greatest enjoyment came from her grandchildren. Mrs. Russell was the daughter of the late William Walter McGlothlin and Willie Ann Bernard McGlothlin. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Charles Willard Russell and 7 siblings.

She is survived by:

Son – Jeff Russell

Daughter – Terri (Tim) Thompson

Sister – Cora Lee Orvis

Grandchildren – Melissa Russell (Albert) Morales,

                       Crystal Russell (Jeremy) Gallaher, Jeffrey Russell, Jr.,

                        Timothy Thompson, II and Taylor (Mark) Brantley

Great-grandchildren – Adriana, Alyssa, Alberto, Addison, Briana, Natalie

                               and Ali

Many nieces and nephews

 

Services will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 120 2nd Avenue N., Nashville, TN 37201.

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Stepaniak, Steven Harvey, age 70 of Mt. Juliet, TN, died January 2, 2021. Steve was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Community and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a volunteer with the Community Service Officer Program and an Investigative Administrative Assistant with the Mt. Juliet Police Department. Before becoming an employee of Mt. Juliet Police Department, he volunteered through the Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni program and was honored as Civilian of the Year in 2019. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Donald Stepaniak.

He is survived by:

Wife of 48 years – Chris Stepaniak

Mother – Delores Stepaniak

Son – Lance Stepaniak

Daughter – Melissa (Justin) McHone

Brothers – Kurt (Tina) Stepaniak and Donnie (Delene) Stepaniak

Sister – Jolie (Andrew) Stepaniak

Grandchildren – Tyler (Alexis Greer), Jimmy, Isabel and Delaney

Many nieces and nephews

 

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday follow by Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Community, 14544 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, TN. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Middle and East Tennessee C.O.P.S., A Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors at https://www.middleandeasttncops.org/

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Bugg, Carlton Ray, age 79 of Mt. Juliet, TN, died January 4, 2021. Ray was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He was retired from Genesco, Texas Boot Company and Elan Polo. Ray enjoyed fishing and golfing. He was the son of the late, Ezekiel and Lillie Veda Morris Bugg.

He is survived by:

Wife of 59 years – Linda Bugg

Daughter – Ginger (John) Byrd

Siblings – Lillie Mae Helton, Wayne (Debbie) Bugg and Harold (Teresa) Bugg

Grandson – Justin (Liz) Byrd

Great-granddaughter – Hadley Byrd

Many nieces and nephews

 

Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Active pallbearers will be John Byrd, Justin Byrd, Pat Byrd, Barrett Hobbs, Bob O’Neal and Maurice Lavoie. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Bugg, Harold Bugg, Larry Hall, Mike Byrd, Ronnie Hobbs and John McLean.

 

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church Building Fund, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

 

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Pace, Dale Bryan, age 63 of Mt. Juliet, TN, died January 4, 2021. Dale was a member of Joy Church International. He retired from Triumph Aerospace. Dale was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was also a musician and a motorcycle enthusiast. Dale was the son of the late, Harold L. and Virginia Pace. He was also preceded in death by his son, Jacob Daniel “Jake” Pace and siblings, Juanita Sue, David Russell and Cynthia Lynette

He is survived by:

Wife – Anita Pace

Son – Brian (Abigail) Pace

Brother – Danny (Arlene) Pace

Many nieces and nephews

 

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Funeral services will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association, 1 Vantage Way, Ste. C120, Nashville, TN 37228.

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Pittman, Maylon Eugene, age 90 of Nashville, TN, died January 8, 2021. Mr. Pittman was born in Hulaco, AL and was the son of the late, Carlton Mason Pittman and Ophelia Matilda Solley Pittman. He was a member of Donelson Church of Christ. Mr. Pittman was retired from Fidelity Federal and worked as a realtor after retiring. He was a man of love, faith, generosity and laughter. He faithfully served the Lord and his family. He embraced life and prepared for death with dignity and peace. Mr. Pittman was also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Neal Pittman; brothers, Leonard Pittman, Curtis Pittman, Eddie Pittman and Jimmie Pittman and sisters, Lola Pittman Hyatt and Cloie Pittman Parker.

He is survived by:

Children – Lon (Pam) Pittman, Ron (Cheryl) Pittman, Donna (Russ) King and

               Donald (Donna) Pittman

Sister – Cleo Pittman Hunley

Grandchildren – Brent (Franci) Pittman, Jason (Kate) Pittman,

                       Becca (Nathan) Daniel, Megan (John) Scaduto,

                       Melanie Pittman, Rachel (Tyler) Pumphrey,

                       Jonathan (Kerri) Pittman, Ryan Pittman,

                       Lauren (Bryan) Shrader, Andrew (Fran) Pittman and

                       Susi Vasquez

16 Great-grandchildren

 

Services will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, pleases do an act of kindness to others. Financially, memorials may be made to the Hayes Family Fund at Donelson Church of Christ, 2706 Old Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN 37214 or the charity of your choice.

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Bruce, Jr., Patrick Jonathan “Jon”, age 20 of Hermitage, TN, died January 7, 2021. Jon was born April 18, 2000 in Nashville, TN. He was a 2018 graduate of Donelson Christian Academy where he played baseball and football. After high school, Jon attended the University of Memphis. He was a Sports Management  major and planned to become a sports agent.  Jon was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Edward Sherwood and Ples Bruce and his uncle, Ples Bruce, Jr. 

He is survived by:

Mother – Pam Bruce

Father – Patrick Bruce

Sister – Paige Bruce

Grandmothers – Belva Sherwood and Flora Bruce

Special Friend - Lindsey Twelvetrees

Many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends

Jon's smile would light up a room. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends and impacted many, many lives. Even through his cancer journey, he remained strong in his faith and gave God glory every day. He is no longer in pain and is celebrating with Jesus.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Breedwell, Donald Eugene,  age 65, took his final bow from the stage of life on January 8, 2021. He was surrounded and survived by his wife, Susie Breedwell, and their children, Meredith, Geoff, and Wes.

He was the great storyteller. Words were never sparse from his lips as he grew up in Athens, Tennessee with the reputation of being the town chatterbox. The admiration for words, the sense of grandeur, and the talent of showmanship would become his lifelong legacy weaving a ribbon of entertainment through all of life’s situations.

He’d meet his wife of forty-four years, Susie, at church in Nashville where the tall tale of being in a bible study with Johnny and June Carter-Cash would weave into the romance of how they met. Their lives would lead them to Atlanta where Susie would give him his own Georgia Peach, daughter Meredith. There was a sense of wanderlust in his spirit that would take his family to Southern California, where they’d welcome sons Geoff and Wes. Thankfully, after many cross-country moves, the wanderlust lost its appeal and Don chose to settle with his family in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

His marriage to Susie was a legacy of unconditional love, support, and acceptance. He and Susie showed their children a marriage of not just a partnership in life but what it means to be best friends with your spouse. In the last few moments of their time together, they genuinely enjoyed being with one another, a love that very few can experience.

As a father, his kids viewed him as their own Superman. He even saved lives during a fiery car-crash in 1987 while his daughter sat in the car solidifying his superhuman strength. His sons saw him as the man to call with all the answers to life’s problems, from relationships to debating religion. And all three realize he was their first version of Google, the one with all the answers and always knew how to get around town.

He was in constant pursuit of Christ’s love and would minister to others finding solace and community by sharing the love of God. His ministry work would blend his love of theater, music, and production. His theater ministry produced countless plays, musicals, and productions where he would show the love of God on stage. His productions wouldn’t just impact those in the audience but those who were also lucky enough to share the stage.

In the second part of his life, he chose to leave the corporate world of project management and traded it in for what would become his life’s passion. In 2010, he graduated from Cumberland University and went on to work as a Special Education teacher with both Metro and Wilson County Schools. His love of theater and his love for the art of storytelling made him a fantastic educator. He had a special ability to teach the educational basics in a not so basic way. He recognized the importance of every child, regardless of their academic capability, has a desire for learning. His love of children would earn him the acclaimed nickname at school, Dodson Elementary, as the “kid-whisperer”. His truest form of joy was being a Pop-Pop to his four amazing grandchildren, Ashlin, Ike, Cora, and Zoey. His childlike wonder during those precious moments he spent with them.

He leaves behind the great debate of which Mini-Wheats are the best and the desire to see Ohio State clinch another college football National Championship. There’s always next year.

To continue his life’s passion for education, the family has requested in lieu of flowers a donation to Autism Awareness Tennessee.

The family is planning a celebration of life for the summer of 2021 when everyone can come to tell their own stories about our great storyteller.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Fontechia, Nicholas Ambrose “Nick”, age 80 of Mt. Juliet, TN, died January 9, 2021. Nick was born April 16, 1940 in Chicago, IL. He was the son of the late Nicholas D. Fontechia and Theresa Rinaldi Fontechia. Nick was retired from Whitehead Realtors in Rockford, IL. He was an avid fisherman. Nick also loved to make people laugh and to build and fix things.

He is survived by:

Wife – Betty Fontechia

Sons – Todd (Karen) Fontechia and Troy (Jackie) Fontechia

Sister – Carol Melito

Grandchildren – Luke Fontechia, Taylor Fontechia and Adam Fontechia

Former Wife – Priscilla “Pixie” Fontechia

Niece – Shellie (Roger) Peterson

Nephew – Nick (Sherrie) Sinnaeve

Great-nieces and great-nephews – Courtney Dailey, Siena Peterson,

                                                 Bella Sinnaeve, Niko Sinnaeve and

                                                 Sam Sinnaeve

Fishing Buddy – Jim Blaser

 

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.   

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Smith, Thomas Russell “Rusty”, age 50 of Spring Hill, TN, died January 8, 2021. Russell attended the University of Alabama and graduated from MTSU. He was employed by Mattress Firm. Russell was preceded in death by his father, James Oliver Smith; paternal grandparents, T.R. and Raynor Smith; maternal grandparents, Bilbo and Claudia Jones and uncles, Billy Jones and Burt Jones.

He is survived by:

Mother – Millie Smith

Son – Ian Thomas Smith

Daughter – Anna Rose Smith

Aunts – Billie Ruth Robertson, Vivian (Howard) Thompson, Peggie Frederick,

           Patsy Jones and Heloise Jones

Several cousins and many friends

 

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice.  

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

Estes, Joe Richard “Dick”, age 82 of Mt. Juliet, TN, died January 11, 2021. Dick was born September 19, 1938 in Atlanta, GA. He was the son of the late, Joel Z. and Ina Mae Waters Estes. Dick was a lifelong Methodist and a member of Cooks United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Jackson during the Cuban Crisis. Dick was employed by CNA Insurance for many years and retired as Vice President of Claims. He was an avid golfer, was extremely generous and never met a stranger. Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Sybil McKee Estes.

He is survived by:

Son – Mark Estes

Daughter – Jennifer (Evan) Little

Sister – Nell (Virgil) Hendricks

Grandchildren – Josh and Nathan Little and Bolton and Carder Estes

Several nieces and nephews

 

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Funeral services and interment will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

 

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663. www.bondmemorial.com

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