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Elkins, Aaron Reece, March 1, 1953 – October 4, 2023


Aaron will be forever missed by family and his many friends for his contagious laugh, his gentle manner and sharp wit! He enjoyed every day he spent with the seniors at the Two Rivers Golf Course. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.


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


Oslin, Michael Edward, age 40, of Mt. Juliet, TN died October 6, 2023. Michael was born in Nashville, TN. He was a 2001 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and a graduate of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, OK. Michael was very mechanically inclined and if it was broke, he could fix it. He was also great at picking out gifts. Michael had a knack of knowing just what to get. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Gordon Harper, Thelma Kimbley Harper, Joseph Herbert Oslin and Elizabeth Allen Oslin.

He is survived by:

Parents – Ed and Ann Oslin

Sister – Melissa Ann Oslin

Aunt – Linda Hill

Cousins – Carrie Ann Hill, Christopher Wardin Hill and Cathy Lee Hill


Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel with William Wiley officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.


Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.

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Stephens, Betty Wills, age 84, of Mt. Juliet, TN died October 2, 2023. Betty was born in Memphis, TX and was the daughter of the late Aaron Burr Wills and Leah Ola Denson Wills. She was married to Walter E. Stephens, Jr. for 64 years. She was a devoted follower of Christ and a member of Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. Betty lived life to the fullest. To her grandchildren and great grandchildren she was known as Ganna.  Betty was always busy whether singing gospel music (her first love), promoting economic development for the Chamber of Commerce organizations she worked for or acting in movies, commercials, or videos. She became a member of the Screen Actors Guild in 1988 and was awarded many Southern Gospel Music awards for singing over the years.  In the last years of her life, she focused on the business community serving the Chambers of Commerce in Lake Charles, Louisiana and as Executive Director of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce from 1987 to 1993. In 1994, she started BWS Communications which was an independent marketing company. Prior to retiring, Betty worked with Edward Jones Investments as an office administrator receiving many performance awards along the way.  In 2000, she was a co-founder of the non-profit ministry called Christopher Ministries, Inc. in memory of her grandson and son-in-law.  She served as the secretary for the organization until the time of her death.   She was a woman of purpose and a great encourager to all. Betty was also preceded in death by her siblings, Eva Irene Wills Balch, A.B. Wills, Alvin Wills (Calvin’s twin), Calvin L. Wills, Bill Wills, Sr., Lou Wills Hildreth, son-in-law, Joseph Hughes and grandson, Christopher Hughes.

She is survived by:

Husband – Walter E. Stephens, Jr.

Children – Tracia Stephens Hughes Jungkurth (Victor), Tamara Stephens Smith (Jeffrey)

               and Walter E. Stephens, III (Laurie)

Grandchildren – Stephen Hughes (Jennifer), Sara Reid (Jeremy), Erin Stephens,

                       Lauren Jones (Jacob), Leah Stephens, Riley Marie Smith and

                       Owen Smith (Allea)

Great-grandchildren – Madeline, Maisie, and Ridge Hughes and

                               Bexley, Elliana, and Joshua Reid

Siblings – Bobby Lee Wills, Sr. (Twin Brother) and Norma Jo Wills Hamm


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty’s name to Christopher Ministries, Inc. at


A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Dr. Terry Samples and Dr. Billie Friel officiating.  Interment will follow at 12 noon at Poplar Hill Cemetery, Watertown, TN with Dr. Victor Jungkurth (son-in-law) officiating.


Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.

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Barnett, Marjorie Carole, age 81, of Mt. Juliet, TN died October 10, 2023. Carole was

born in Cedartown, GA as the daughter of the late, W. Seaborn and Sara Hunt Barnett.

Along with being a daughter, she was also a loving mother, grandmother, great-

grandmother, friend, and caring nurse for many years. She was a member of Edgehill

United Methodist Church where she worshiped with friends and chosen family. Carole spent

many years as a registered nurse and worked in home healthcare. She was also a certified

florist and owned her own shop, servicing the local Mt. Juliet community. Eventually, she

retired as a nurse from Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, an inpatient mental health care

facility in Nashville, TN. Carole loved caring for and arranging flowers, spending time

outdoors, and those whom she was close with even refer to her as a “true tree hugger.”

She was a part of many groups such as book clubs, a Celtic drum circle, and spent much of

her time reflecting at Penuel Ridge Retreat Center. Her adventurous nature meant that she

never turned down the opportunity to try something new, including walking on fire. She

was an avid reader with some of her favorite authors being Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Chuck Worthington and Ashley Meers and her

granddaughter, Sarah Meers.


She is survived by her children, Patrick (Amanda) Meers and Mitzi Keys, her grandchildren,

Victoria Worthington, Kathryn Keys, and Riley Nolan-Meers, and great-granddaughter Nova

Lynn Nolan-Meers. She is also survived by her adopted cat, Alice, and too many friends to

mention each by name.


A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 2 o’clock in the afternoon Saturday,

October 14, 2023 at Edgehill United Methodist Church, 1502 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville, TN

with John Feldhacker officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nashville in Harmony, PO 159156, Nashville,

TN 37215.


Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt.

Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.


Campbell, Mary Hazel, in loving memory of our mother who passed away on Tuesday October 10, 2023. She was a loving mother to Wesley Banks II (Wes), Antonio Deshawn Banks (Tony), and Jordan Campbell.  Our mother was a kind, caring, and giving person who always put the needs of her family and others before her own. Mary was a very strong woman who faced every challenge in her life head on and didn’t bat an eye. Our mother was a source of inspiration to us all and she will be deeply missed everyone whose lives she touched. Growing up, Momma was always there for us, whether we needed help with homework or just a shoulder to cry on. She was a woman of strong faith and instilled in us the importance of family, hard work and doing what is right. Our mother was truly one of a kind and most importantly a true role model who we will always look up to.

Mary is preceded in the death by her parents Dorothy Myra Biggs and William James Donnelly Jr., Sister Cherry Cone, niece Samantha Denise Young Donnelly, granddaughter Morgan Marley Duvall, and former husband Herman Wesley Banks Sr.


She is survived by:

Husband- Kenneth Campbell

Brothers – Rico Derrick and DeAngelo Derrick

Sons – Wesley Banks, Tony Banks, and Jordan Campbell

Sisters – Christie Barrett, Hope Donnelly (Matt Prater) and Tammy Donnelly

Grandchildren – Trevor, Brooke, Elijah, Braxton, Michael, Khya. Dylan, and Shawn.

Her person Dawn Tacheny and along with a number of children that she taught and loved as her own while at Treehouse Learning Academy.


A Celebration of life will be held at The Journey Church in Lebanon, TN on October 21, 2023. Visitation is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with service to follow at noon.


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

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Summers, Ralph Thomas, age 86, of Lebanon, TN died October 12, 2023. Ralph was born in Brownsville, TN and was the son of the late, Thomas Revo Summers and Katy Elizabeth Forrest Summers. He was a member of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ and was retired from Greyhound. Ralph enjoyed playing the piano, loved animals and was a superb gardener. Above all else, he loved his family. Ralph was also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Frances “Polly” Moore Summers; son, Stephen David Summers; brother, Johnny C. Summers and sister, Margaret Reasons.

He is survived by:

Children – Mark (Julie) Summers, Amy (Lex) Conatser and Phil (Melissa) Summers

Grandchildren – Jared DeSoto, Michael Conatser, Ashley Batson, Rachel Conatser,

                       Megan Summers, Christina Summers, Kate Summers, Ryan Summers

                       and Will Summers

Great-grandchildren – Cole Batson, Saylor Batson, Easton Conatser, Hayes Batson

                               and Baby Conatser due in November 2023


Graveside service will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2023 at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with Philip Jenkins officiating. Pallbearers will be Michael Conatser, Ryan Summers, Will Summers, Hunter Batson, Jeff Hicks and James Herron.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Leash On Life.


Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.

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Scotchell, III, Fred Laren “Trey”,

It is with great sadness that the family of Fred “Trey” Laren Scotchell III, age 36, announced his sudden passing on Monday, October 9, 2023. Trey was an arborist by trade, created astounding artwork, loved animals, fishing, camping and had a sense of humor and a heart that drew people close to him. He also had a love of reading and studying the Bible. 

Trey will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Lietta Erikson;  children, Clay and Cohen; siblings, Bree (Jeremy) Wong, Ethan Scotchell; grandfather, Robert Orme; uncles Robert and Lynn (Debbie) Orme; niece, Riley Armstrong; nephew, Tanner Wong; cousins, Bess, Taylor, Hannah, Robbie, Adam, Ashley, Alison, Greg, Deborah and friends, Henry, Randy, Michelle and countless others. Trey was predeceased by his father, Fred Laren Scotchell II, grandmother, Dollie Winningham Orme.

Family and friends will gather to Celebrate Trey’s Life from 4-6 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to help with funeral expenses.


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

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Christensen, Nancy Jo, age 79, of Mt. Juliet, TN, passed away suddenly at her home October 14, 2023. Nancy was born in Savanna, IL and was the daughter of the late, Herschel and Joanna Cunningham Hopkins. While dining in the cafeteria while in college, Nancy spied a handsome young man (that’s for you, Mom), who caught her attention. Catching his eye, she boldly winked, not knowing that after a three year courtship, she would marry Howard Christensen on August 20, 1966. The two explorers moved across the country and world, even living in Tokyo, Japan, where with her outgoing personality, she befriended a local Japanese neighbor, who helped her perfect the delicacy, ebi tempura. Howard and Nancy loved to travel, exploring new places and meeting new people. Nancy was as comfortable cooking a gourmet meal, as she was baiting a hook in the wilderness of Ontario, Canada. After 15 years of just the two of them, the couple was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Jo. Nancy and Jen loved to exchange books, eat ice cream by the water, go shopping and always loved a road trip together. She was the best listener and gave the perfect advice. Nancy was an avid supporter of her daughter. She never missed a play performance, band concert, 3on3 basketball tournament, ball game or anything else in Jen’s life. In January of 2004, Nancy proudly offered Jen her wedding veil in her marriage to Jason Law. Nancy loved Jason deeply and was often aligned with him in a family board or card game. She felt he completed the family. In 2012, she received the best promotion to Grandma, with the birth of her granddaughters, Parker and Peyton in 2014. Now the family was complete. She loved her family fiercely. She was an extremely proud Grandma and took great pleasure in cooking with her granddaughters, working on school projects, snuggling on the couch watching Hallmark movies, and making memories as often as possible in Hilton Head, South Carolina. She was a voracious reader and could often be found in her recliner with a good book. Nancy was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Carroll, IL where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and later, Sunday School Superintendent. Nancy was an educator for many years and during that time was voted Teacher of the Year on two separate occasions. She had several yearbooks dedicated in her honor. She also served as successful primary negotiator on behalf of the teachers at Genoa-Kingston School District. Upon retiring from education, Nancy owned and operated a successful business for 20 years in Mt. Carroll, IL. In addition to her business management responsibilities, Nancy was also very involved in local community organizations. She was a Girl Scout Leader, participated in 4-H, and was actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce. She loved working with teenagers. In the process of that, mentored many young people and was considered a light in the life of many young adults. As many know, Nancy’s greeting card was her smile and warm Hello. She will be forever missed.


Nancy was also preceded in death by her nephew, Tony Hopkins.

She is survived by:

Husband of 57 years – Howard Christensen

Daughter – Jennifer (Jason) Law

Granddaughters – Parker and Peyton Law

Siblings – J. Tom (Loxi) Hopkins, Richard Hopkins and Elizabeth Ann Burke

Brothers-in-law – Charles Christensen and Ronn (Melissa) Christensen

Sisters-in-law – Janet (Dave) Duggar and Julia (Kevin) Lewis

Many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews


Friends and family are cordially invited to attend a Celebration of Life service on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, beginning at 2PM at Harmony of Mt. Juliet, 103 Belinda Parkway, Mt. Juliet, TN.


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.

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Hildabrand, Alfred Gillis, age 96, of Lebanon, TN died October 10, 2023. Alfred was born in Russellville, KY and was the son of the late, Jesse Hildabrand and Zula Anderson Hildabrand. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War. Alfred was also preceded in death by his wife, Ann Hildabrand; daughter, Deborah Hughes and 3 brothers. In his later years, Alfred was fortunate to have his beloved granddaughter, Dana Hughes, caring for him. Her unwavering devotion during his final years demonstrated the depth of their special connection.

He is survived by:

Children – Tim Hildabrand, Toby (Sarah) Hildabrand and Kay (Fred) Latham

Sister – Mary

6 Grandchildren and 11 Great-grandchildren


Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Additional services will be held in Zephyrhill, FL with burial in Florida National Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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

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Gagnon, Diane Heidi, age 58, of Mt. Juliet, TN died October 22, 2023. Diane was born in Queens, NY and was the daughter of the late, Leo James Gagnon and Heidi Speiser Gagnon. For many years, Diane worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, providing comfort and support to countless patients in their time of need. Outside of her career, she had a passion for collecting antique figurines, a hobby that filled her life with joy.

She is survived by:

Daughter – Lisa Owens

Siblings – James (Jane) Gagnon, Terry (Patricia) Gagnon and Glenn Gagnon

Grandchildren – Kaylee Carter, Skylar Carter and Benjamin Carter


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


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

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Ragsdale, Donald Emery, age 88, of Mt. Juliet, TN died October 24, 2023. Donald was born in Columbia, TN and was the son of the late, Emery Alexander Ragsdale and Nellie Ann Baker Ragsdale. He dedicated his life to his craft as a mechanic. However, Donald was not just a mechanic; he was a true automotive enthusiast and a talented racer. He raced at Nashville Speedway and Highland Rim among other tracks. Donald was also an avid fisherman, finding solace and tranquility in the great outdoors. In addition to his parents, Donald was also preceded in death by his wife, Anita Fay Ragsdale; his sister, Mildred Baker Johnson and daughter, Tish Thompson.

He is survived by:

Children – Dwight (Anita) Ragsdale, Lisa Cook, Amy (George) Leaver,

               Donald E. (Donita) Ragsdale, Jr., Carynell (Eric) Carson,

               Cannie (Lynn) Marlin Watts, and Tony Marlin

Grandchildren – Andrew Cook, Jessica Acosta, Kasey Watson, Cody Allen

                       and many other grandchildren


Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Knob Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbia, TN. Pallbearers will be Dwight Ragsdale, Andrew Cook, Brian Baker, Dennis Acosta, Lynn Watts and Tony Marlin.


Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.

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Hibbett, Jenny Bess Goggin, age 86, of Mt. Juliet, TN died October 28, 2023. Mrs. Hibbett was born in Liberty, TN and was the daughter of the late, Robert William Goggin and Annie Lou Cotton Goggin. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet where she served as a Special Needs Sunday School teacher for many years. Mrs. Hibbett was a proud graduate of Tennessee Technological University and went on to earn her Master’s degree from Peabody College. Her journey through life was characterized by a commitment to God, education, public service and community involvement. Mrs. Hibbett embarked on a remarkable career in education that spanned an impressive 54 years. She began her teaching career in the Metro Nashville area. In 1961, she took a pioneering step by founding the Mt. Juliet First Baptist Church Kindergarten and Preschool, which has since evolved into Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. She left an indelible mark on countless students with her passion for learning. Beyond her contributions to education, Mrs. Hibbett also made a significant impact in the realm of public service. She served her community as a Mt. Juliet City Commissioner and later assumed the honorable role of Mayor of Mt. Juliet, where her leadership and dedication helped shape the future of the city. In addition to her local government service, she served on the Board of Trustees at Vol State Community College. She was a devoted member of several organizations, including the Green Hill Women's Club, the Martha Gaston Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Historical Society. Her involvement in these groups showcased her commitment to preserving the past and creating a bright future for her community. She also held the esteemed position of former President of the Mid-Cumberland Council of Governments. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hibbett was preceded in death by her husband, Neland Carver Hibbett, Jr.; her brother, Robert W. Goggin, Jr. and her sister, Polly Ann Webb.

She is survived by:

Sons – Robert N. (Kelly) Hibbett, John C. (Susan) Hibbett

          and Thomas G. (Linda Fay) Hibbett

Grandchildren – Andy Hibbett, Alex Hibbett, Carver Hibbett, Caroline Hibbett

                       and Anna Hibbett

One Great-grandchild

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at Victory Baptist Church, 1777 Tate Lane, Mt. Juliet, TN with Rev. Billie Friel and Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Tim Bell, Jeff Law, Andy Hibbett, Carver Hibbett, Alex Hibbett and Clint Smith.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the MJ, Harvey Freeman, Public Library or the Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Library.


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

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Picard, Jr., George Allen, age 54, of Lebanon, TN, passed away on October 24, 2023. Born in Kenitra, Morocco, he was the son of the late George Allen Picard, Sr., and Brenda Jeannine Emshwiller. For many years, George worked in the construction industry, crafting high-end homes in the Seattle, Washington area. He owned and operated an array of businesses over the years in many different industries from construction to music. Additionally, he ventured into the restaurant industry, running businesses like Grub-N-BBQ and Wings & Things, where his love for cooking and community thrived. George had an incredible passion for music and collected pieces from all genres, although you could always find him with country music playing in the background. In his final weeks, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by attending the Grand Ole Opry. At his core George was a people person, known for striking up conversations with everyone he met. His vibrant personality and passion led him to start Big Bear Recycling, aiming to address environmental concerns related to used tires. He engaged with people globally, from small business owners to congressmen. Above all else, was his unwavering love was for his family. George was a loving husband, uncle, and papa. To his wife, he was a devoted husband. George was compassionate, loving and supportive. He was always there for her in any way she could ever ask. He was a source of wisdom and fun for his great nephews, great niece, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, always ready to share stories and guidance. Though George may no longer be with us, his memory lives on in spirit through the love and cherished moments he shared with all of us. We're grateful for the time we had with him and will carry him forever in our hearts.

He is survived by:

Wife – Ruby Black

Brother – Guy Picard

Stepdaughter – Jackie Pumphrey

Stepson – T.J. Black

Nephew – Nic Picard

Great Niece – Piper Picard

Great Nephews – Samual Picard and Noah Picard

Grandchildren – Tyler Pumphrey, Nicole Moore, Sara Ford, Justin Pumphrey,

                        Charles Pumphrey, Elijah Pumphrey, Gabriell Pumphrey, Piper Pumphrey,

                        Ashtyn Black and Addison Black

Great Grandchildren – Tucker Pumphrey, Miranda Moore, Miles Moore, Brayden Ford,

                                 Phynix Ford, Riley Ford, Presley Ford, Grayson Ford and

                                 Christian Pumphrey


Memorial Services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Riverside RV Park pavilion near Kilgore, TX. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Cowboy Church located on the same grounds. Family and friends are invited to come and share in fond memories and stories.


George had special place in his heart for the Shriners Hospital for Children. The family would like to ask that in lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory:!/donation/checkout?c_src=lttr


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

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Beach, Opal Gwendoline, was born on January 6, 1935 Terre Haute, Indiana. She was the youngest of 5 children born to Russel and Nellie Davis. Her mother made sure all 5 children (Norma, Betty, Margaret, Asa and Opal) attended church every Sunday. Opal accepted Jesus as her savior at a young age. Music was a major part of her family, the 5 children would travel around town singing in various businesses. While in high school, Opal was a member of the marching band playing clarinet and later percussion but her passion was singing. After graduation, she joined a trio that sang sacred songs weekly on the radio station. One day, her Aunt Goldie and Uncle Hap invited her to help them move from Indiana to California driving cross-country. This may have been the first time she had traveled outside Indiana. The trip was supposed to be a few weeks, then she would return home to Indiana. She didn’t realize the major change in her life that was coming. Once in California, her Aunt and Uncle took her to their church where she would meet the very eligible bachelor Arthur Beach (our Dad). Having had just been discharged from the Army with a new 1955 Thunderbird convertible, every young girl in the church swooning for him. When he saw Opal, it was all over for the other girls. Art and Opal were married in December of 1956; then came Doug in 1958 and Dean in 1961. Opal had found a home in California! Opal loved riding in the ’55 T-Bird and often talked of the looks she got when cruising around town with Art. Unfortunately, a more ‘family oriented’ car was needed when Doug was born so the T-Bird was traded in for a ’57 Impala (the one with the giant fins on the back). Opal was a dedicated mother for Doug and Dean, quitting her job at the phone company when Doug was born. She took pride in keeping her home clean and organized. She strongly valued a good education for her boys. It was challenging raising two boys but she went along with them riding motorcycles, backpacking and camping. Family was very important to her, so separate activities were never an option. Opal and Art were active in the Simi Valley Nazarene church where they taught Sunday School, led the youth group, sang in the church choir and provided special music for the services for more than 20 years. When Art retired, they moved from California to Tennessee. They also loved to travel around the United States and Canada for more than 10 years. Many of these trips also included Doug and Dean’s families, especially on Princess cruises to Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. They lived in several locations in Tennessee and South Carolina where they continued to serve in local churches doing charitable work and singing in the choir. Opal loved to spend time with her grandchildren whether it was playing with them at home or taking them to the park, preferably a putt-putt golf course. 


Opal passed away on October 29, 2023 and is survived by a sister, Margaret Reese; sons Doug and Dean; grandchildren Amber, Melissa, Jonathan (Gina) and Kristin (AJ) and great-grandchildren Mason and Braelyn.


Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, November 6, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Rev. Tommy dove officiating. Entombment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Mason Beach, Jonathon Beach, Brandon Lendhart, Ronald Christy, Lemar Bradley and Aaron James Roemisch.            


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

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Karnuth, Virginia Ann (Frey), age 79, of Mt. Juliet, TN died October 30, 2023. Ann was born in Nashville, TN and was the oldest daughter of the late, Bryan Leibert Frey and Mary Virginia (Dickinson) Frey. She was a charter member of Victory Baptist Church where she was a 4-year-old Sunday School teacher for over 20 years. Ann graduated from Peabody Demonstration High School and went on to attend Union University. She developed into a  gifted seamstress and a master of hospitality. In addition to her parents, Ann was also preceded in death by her brother, Lee Frey.

She is survived by:

Husband of 57 years – William D. Karnuth

Daughters – Sherry (Alan) Vermilye and Julie Hayes

Sisters – Peggy (Don) Little and Debby (Shelby) Smith

Sister-in-law – Elaine (Lee) Frey

Grandchildren – Zane (Hannah) Vermilye, Maddie (Tyler) Warmath, Olivia (Tate) Williams,

                       Emma Vermilye and Abby Rose Kendle

Great-grandchildren – Jax, Maverick and Walker Vermilye


Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Alan Vermilye, Todd Helton, Zane Vermilye, Tyler Warmath, Tate Williams and Nathan Stolz.


Flowers accepted or memorials may be made in her honor to Alive Hospice.


Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service time Monday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.

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Pate, Morris Allen, age 82, of Madison, TN died October 27, 2023. Morris was born in Nashville, TN and was the son of the late, Ulyesses Elmer Pate, Jr. and Eugenia Elizabeth Gillespie Pate. He proudly served as a firefighter with the Metro Nashville Fire Department for 30 years.

He is survived by:

Wife – Donna Pate

Daughters – Lori (Tommy) Lawrence and Jena Pate

Grandchildren – Mindy (Ian) Turpin and Michael Lawrence

Great-grandson – Ezra Turpin


Graveside services will be conducted 2:45 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2023 at Spring Hill Cemetery with Jim Laster officiating. Honors will be provided by the Metro Nashville Fire Department Honor Guard.


The family would like to express a special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Judson Rogers, Dr. Christopher Hill, Dr. Benjamin Garmezy and Alive Hospice.


No flowers please. You may show your love to Morris by donating to The American Cancer Society, Alive Hospice or Box 55 Association.


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

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Sales, James (Jim), age 70 of Mt. Juliet, TN passed away October 25, 2023. Jim was born in Hayti, MO to the late Bernell Sales and Mellie Sales (George) Watterson. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a radio announcer stationed in Alaska. His lifelong passion for music led him to Nashville, where he was offered a job as lead guitarist for country legend Vern Gosdin. He began writing songs which led to a publishing deal with the prestigious Welk Music Group on Music Row as a staff writer. A host of artists released Jim’s songs, including Vern Gosdin, Randy Travis, John Schneider, The Goldens, and Pinkard and Bowden. Jim worked closely with legendary producer Owen Bradley, creator of the Nashville Sound and founder of Music Row. He went on to establish his own production company, Jim Sales Productions and publishing company, Camp Jimbo Music. Jim graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of University Studies in Recording Industry Management. A master guitarist and a soulful vocalist, he also played bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping and canoeing. Jim was also preceded in death by his beloved brother, Ron Sales and best buddy, Chet, his black lab.


He is survived by his wife, Debbie Raymer Sales; daughters Jessica (Thomas) Locke and Veronica (Jeremy Kennedy) Sales; sister Linda Curtis; grandchildren Evelyn Rose Locke and Arlin Locke; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and collaborators.


Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Monday, November 6, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt Juliet.  Graveside services with Military Rites will be conducted at 1pm on Monday, November 13, 2023 at Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg, IL with Pastor Jackson Van Dyke officiating.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Music for Seniors at 161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 or online at



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

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Scoville, Michael L., age 75, born October 14, 1948, of Talbott, TN and formerly of Glen Falls, NY, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rita and Louis Scoville; sister, Sharon; and his first wife, Victoria.

He is survived by:

Wife - Georgia Scoville

Sister - Deborah Hayes

Brother - Shawn Scoville

Two step-sons; four step granddaughters; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.


Michael was a member of Community Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Talbott, TN. He spent 35 years in law enforcement in New York, and served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam era. Visitation will be at Community Freewill Baptist Church, Phagen Store Road, Talbott from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2023. A short service will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Caldwell and Rev. Scott Cline officiating. He will then be taken to Nashville for burial. Visitation there will be Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet, TN. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday December 4, 2023 at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with military honors.


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

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