June 2021

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VanCleave, William J., on December 11, 2020, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, great-uncle and friend, passed away peacefully at the VA Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Van was born September 16, 1934 in Rickreall, Oregon to Raymond and Eleanora Van Cleave. He grew up in the splendor of the Oregon forest hunting and fishing with his family and friends. After graduating from Triangle Lake High School, Van joined the United States Air Force in 1952 and served his Country honorably for 30 years, retiring in 1981 as Master Sergeant. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. While in the Air Force, Van worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Flight Engineer and Squadron First Sergeant. While serving in Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor in aerial combat. His many other military medals and awards include twelve Air Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. In 1967, he met Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell Carrigan in Nashville, Tennessee, and they were married on December 22 of that year. For the next 15 Air Force years, they would travel the world stationed in The Philippines, Japan and Greece as well bases in Texas, Idaho and Virginia.

Upon retiring from the Air Force, they moved to Mobile, Alabama where Van attended Bishop State Junior College, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in jet engine maintenance. After graduation, Van landed a job with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah, Georgia. He worked for 10 years with Gulfstream as an aircraft maintenance technician and supervisor. They loved their “Savannah Times” in their beautiful home on Talahi Island surrounded by oak trees, Georgia pines and azaleas in the almost constant company of family and friends visiting them. Upon retirement from Gulfstream, they moved to Clarksville, Tennessee to be close to family living in Middle Tennessee, which now included several great grandchildren. From there they moved to their home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee to be closer, yet, to family. After almost 48 years of adventure and rich family life together, Sarah passed away in 2014 at their home in Mt. Juliet. After a short time, Van’s granddaughter, Jenny, and her family moved to Titusville, Florida to pursue career opportunities. So, Van became a “snowbird”, spending summers and holidays in Tennessee and most of the school year in Florida with Jenny, Brian and the “greats” in “McKinneyville”. Van attended Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville. He was an honorary football coach at Park Avenue Christian Academy, where he was every student athlete’s biggest fan. He followed those athletes to Astronaut High School and made his way into the stands for any practice or game he could. He moved to Titusville as a permanent resident earlier this year. He was the quintessential family man. He had a very large family for whom he loved and cared more than anything else in life. He wanted to spend all of his time with all of them. And, he did. He was known as “Granddaddy”.

He will forever be remembered and loved by family and friends as a loving, caring and kind man with a unique sense of humor, a man of faith who loved Jesus, and, as a proud American patriot and war hero with a booming “First Sergeant” voice. In addition to his wife Sarah, Van was preceded by his parents Raymond and Eleanora, his sister, MaryBelle Melton and his brother, Emmett VanCleave. “Jay”, nicknamed by his family, is survived by his sisters, Dona Morgan, Shirley Carlson, Audrey Rust, Eunice Peterson and Violet Weise; also by his brothers, Teddy VanCleave, Robert VanCleave, Terry VanCleave and Jack VanCleave and countless nieces and nephews and “greats”. “Granddaddy” is also survived by his daughter, Linda Wood (Doyle) and son, Donald Carrigan; granddaughters, Jenny Wood McKinney (Brian), Julie Wood Harlan (Michael), Megan Carrigan, and grandson, Chris Wood (Renee). He is also survived by 8 great grandchildren; great grandsons, Jackson McKinney, Ashton Wood, William “Cooper” Wood, Collin Adams, and great granddaughters, Sarah McKinney, Madison Wood, Atlee McKinney and Katie Harlan.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel, 1098 Weston Dr., Mt. Juliet, TN. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Tuesday. Van will be buried alongside his wife, Sarah, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Franklin, Tennessee. Donations in his honor can be made to Disabled American Veterans (P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; www.dav.org)

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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Spelta, David “Brenden”, age 25, of Mt. Juliet, TN, died June 5, 2021. Brenden was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Community. He attended Holy Rosary Academy where he played football, varsity basketball, soccer, participated in Cub Scouts, and was a member of the Junior Honor Society. He was a 2014 graduate of Pope John Paul II High School, “JP2” where Brenden played football, basketball, lacrosse, swim team, and was a member of the Chamber Choir. Brenden recently earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from MTSU and had just accepted an analyst position at Nashville company PRGX, where he would be working with his best friend, Austin. He was an extremely talented musician with songs on I-tunes and Spotify that he created under the name “Brelta.” He often cooked for his family and girlfriend, and he loved gaming. He loved his girlfriend of five years, Victoria, who will graduate from college this year; they had an amazing future planned together. Brenden was loyal, kind, respectful, funny, an amazing son, brother, nephew, cousin, and a great friend to many in school and at First Watch in Hermitage where he worked as a server through college. He was the friend that brought people together. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jack Martin Woertz.

He is survived by:

Parents – Jeff and Lisa Spelta

Siblings – Connor Spelta and Kate Spelta

Grandparents - Ruby Woertz, Sandy Dungan and Robert Spelta

Uncles – Jack “Billy” Woertz and Lee (Tina) Spelta

God Parents – Lee Spelta and Tammy Bolyard

Cousins – Andrew Spelta, Madison Spelta, Olivia Spelta and Peyton Woertz

Many second cousins and great aunts and uncles

Girlfriend – Victoria Smith

 

Funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday June 11, 2021 at St. Stephen Catholic Community, 14544 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, TN with Father Pat Kibby officiating. Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Connor Spelta, Austin Coode, Lee Spelta, Dante Garcia, Chad Rutledge, Jacob Polman, Andrew Spelta, and David Campeotto. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack “Billy” Woertz, Shaina Lane-Reese, and Gabe Hill.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made in Brenden's name to the Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, Tn 37203.

 

Visitation will be from 4:30-7:30 pm Thursday (Vigil at 7:30pm) and from 9-10 am Friday at St. Stephen Catholic Community.

 

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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Boyd, Kerry Wayne, age 51, of Mt. Juliet, TN, died June 2, 2021. Kerry was a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School. He was an automobile mechanic and enjoyed working on cars.

He is survived by:

Father – Wayne Boyd

Mother – Carolyn Boyd

Son – Joey Boyd

Step-sons – Chris Jones, Zack Bright and Sonny Bright

Brother – Jeff Boyd

Grandson – Ezekiel Boyd

Several nieces, nephews and cousins

 

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Kerry’s life from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Bond Memorial Chapel.

 

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