February 2021

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Waller, Christopher David, age 35 of Nashville, TN, died February 4, 2021. Christopher was born in Akron, OH, on August 14, 1985. He attended Mt. Juliet High School and played baseball and football in youth sports. Christopher was a skilled craftsman, loved art & design, welding, photography, fishing and golfing. Christopher’s witty humor and antics always kept those around him laughing.  He loved Jesus and had a kind heart and his heart’s desire was to be a good dad to his kids. He will be greatly missed by family & friends. Christopher was preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward Allman; uncles, Christopher Waller and David Waller and step-brother, Brandon Kirkus.

He is survived by:

Mother – Lisa (Eddie) Kirkus

Father – Renso (Cynthia) Waller

Sons – Kayden Zachary Waller and Kyler Slade Waller

Step-son – Chandler Carey

Sisters – Samantha Waller, January (Jim) Beeler and

              Tasha Haynes (Joey) Scarazzo

Brother – Charlie Haynes

Grandparents – Joan Allman, William R. (Joann) Waller and Angel M. Waller

Great-grandmother – Doris Hintz

Nephews – Dylan Rankhorn and Dominic Torrence

 

Per his wishes, Christopher will be cremated. A gathering of family & friends will take place Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 2pm – 4pm at Agape Church at 3431 Beckwith Rd. Mount Juliet, TN 37122.

 

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

Howard, Hayden Kennedy, age 14 of Mt. Juliet, TN, went to be with the Lord on February 9, 2021.  Hayden grew up in Brentwood, TN surrounded by lots of family.  His Grandparents, Doug and Sherry, were a big part of his life growing up. Hayden had an extremely smart mind.  He was always one who could put anything together, and that came very easy to him.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved playing games, from Uno with his family to playing video games with friends.  He played youth baseball and enjoyed being outdoors, and visiting the beach.  He was always itching to go over and ride bikes at his Uncle Aaron’s house.  He was interested in a wide variety of music, and always had a fun time singing with his Grandfather Doug while Doug played the guitar.  Hayden had such a kind personality, and could quickly become friends with anyone he met.  He was very involved in his little brother Wyatt’s life, and really enjoyed being his big brother.  Hayden was a member of Brentwood Baptist Church, and attended Greenhill High School in Mount Juliet.  Although Hayden’s life ended far too soon, he made an impact on everyone’s life that was fortunate to know him. 

 

He is survived by: parents, Kendra Howard and Kyle Mitchell; brother, Wyatt Mitchell; grandparents, Doug and Sherry Howard, and Gary and Rita Mitchell; great-grandmother, Jean Howard; aunts and uncles, Garrett and Trisha Askew, Aaron and Valerie Howard, and Andrew Mitchell, and many other family members.

 

A “Celebration of Life” service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Scott Harris officiating.  For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Live streaming of the service will begin at 2 p.m. on the Bond Memorial Chapel Facebook page.

 

Flowers are accepted, and memorials may be made to The Jason Foundation, 18 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville , TN 37075 www.jasonfoundation.com or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 50 Broadway, NY, NY 10004 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

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

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Sailor, Billy Joe, age 62, of Mt. Juliet, TN, died February 10, 2021. Billy was a stone mason and a farmer. He made sausage and sold his produce in the Gladeville area for many years.

He is survived by:

Daughter – America (Shane Bratton) Henry

Grandchildren – Jacob (Dayle) Sailor and Kailey Henry

Great-grandchild – Lakyn Sailor

 

Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Damond Bragg officiating. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Jacob Sailor, Wyatt Hughes, Ben Knihtila, John Clifton, Randy Savage and Gary Vanstorch.

 

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

Brown, Derle Edward, age 63, of Lebanon, TN, died February 13, 2021. Derle was a 1975 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and was an employee of Lee Company for 20 years. He coached a girls’ softball travel team for many years. Derle was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his sister, Darla Swift. Derle was a wonderful husband and father and he adored his grandchildren.

He is survived by:

Wife of 39 years – Regina Brown

Parents – Lewis and Jenann Brown

Children – Daniel (Caitlyn) Brown and Deena (Chaz) Montgomery

Sister – Dayna (Jim) Thompson

Brother-in-law – Tom Swift

Niece – Robyn Swift

Nephew – Patrick Swift

Grandchildren – Drake and Maggi Brown

“Brother” – Bryan (Laura) Edens

 

There will be a private Celebration of Life service.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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

Duke, Karen Honeycutt “Sissy”, age 63, of Lebanon, TN, died February 10, 2021. Karen was born in Nashville, TN and was the daughter of the late, Kenneth Honeycutt, Sr. and Fredda Seaton Honeycutt. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Karen was an avid motorcycle rider. She was very mechanically minded and could build or fix anything. Karen was also preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Honeycutt, Jr.

She is survived by:

Sister – Joanna (Corey) Willett

Niece – Chelsea M. Willett

Nephew – SFC Zachary Willett

Great-nephew – Corey Tate Garland

Aunt, Uncle and nephews

 

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

 

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Humane Association of Wilson County, PO Box 247, Lebanon, TN 37088.

 

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

McPeake, William Curtis, age 93, of Mt. Juliet, TN, died February 20, 2021. 

 

A veteran five string banjo player and recording artist, Curtis is originally from a small town of Scotts Hill in west Tennessee. He was born in October 9, 1927 and was the son of the late, William Albert McPeake and Addie Gertrude Flowers McPeake. He spent his boyhood years on the farm. He first started getting into music at the age of six or seven. His father bought him his first guitar in 1936.

 

In the forties, he was playing steel guitar with "The Rhodes Brothers" and had a weekly radio broadcast over WTJS Radio in Jackson, Tennessee.  Around 1950, during the Korean War, is when he really switched to the banjo full time. One of the first groups that Curtis started was "Curtis McPeake and the Rocky Valley Boys" which aired six days a week over WDXL in Lexington, Tennessee.

 

It was around 1952 or 1953 when he first met Earl Scruggs, and even appeared on some of the "Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs" TV shows. Around Christmas 1955, Earl Scruggs was seriously injured in an automobile accident and Curtis was called to stand in for him with Lester Flatt. This was considered by Curtis to become one of his first big breaks into the music field. He continued on many occasions to fill in for Earl up until 1968 just before Lester & Earl went through their break-up in early 1969.

 

He obtained his first recording contract with ABC Paramount in 1961 and has recorded for several other companies throughout his career.

 

Curtis played with Bill Monroe for about two years, during the time when Bill played Carnegie Hall in November 1961. Curtis also recorded some eighteen classic songs with Bill. After leaving Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, he joined Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper and worked throughout 1963 with them.

 

After this stint, Curtis signed on with WSM as a staff musician and played the Grand Old Opry for several years. He became the only banjo player to ever be a member of the Grand Old Opry house band and he was also an in-demand session musician.

 

During 1969, Curtis met Danny Davis and was invited to join him with the "Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass" and toured around the world with them until 1987. Later he took charge of a group called the "Natchez Grass" which shortly changed its name to "Natchez Express".

 

Curtis has worked throughout his career with several major artists including George Jones and Melba Montgomery.

 

He was the 2010 recipient of the Uncle Dave Macon Days Trailblazer Award and the 2018 recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

 

Curtis has also been involved with the music industry as a collector of fine vintage banjo's and various acoustic instruments and is in constant demand in authenticating and appraising fine vintage banjo's and various instruments.

 

He was a 50 year member of the American Federation of Musicians, a 50 year member of the Masons and a 50 year member of Al Menah Shrine Temple.

 

In addition to his parents, Curtis was preceded in death by his sister, Alma McPeake in 1933 and his brother, Hoover McPeake in 2019.

 

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Wilma Dean Western McPeake; daughter, Towanna McPeake-Coward; son-in-law ,Wayne T. Coward and granddaughters, Connor Michelle Coward and Carson Elayna Coward.

 

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel, 1098 Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN with Bro. Danny Tomlinson officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service time Thursday. For those who plan to attend, please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. The service will be live streamed on the Bond Memorial Chapel Facebook page. Additional funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Pafford Funeral Home, 10145 Hwy 100, Scotts Hill, TN. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to service time Saturday. Interment will follow at Crowell Chapel Cemetery in Middleburg, TN.

 

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

and Pafford Funeral Home, 10145 Hwy. 100 Scotts Hill, TN. (731) 549-3151 www.paffordfuneralhome.com

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