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Obituaries for Oct. 16-22

Kenneth ‘Ken’ Adkins

Kenneth “Ken” Adkins, 74 of Cartersville, Ga., and formerly of Franklin, died Oct. 20, 2009.

He was a former vice president of Jamison Bedding where he served 32 years and was most recently the owner and operator of K & L Mattress Outlet.

Mr. Adkins played music with friends throughout Williamson County for many years.

Mr. Adkins is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Johnnie Nicholson Adkins, brothers, Robert Glendon and J.D. Adkins and grandson, Chad Thompson.

He is survived by sons, Sam (Jan) Adkins, Thompson’s Station, and Kenny (Lissa) Adkins, Franklin; sisters, Evelyn (Howard) King, Chapmansboro, and Doris Hill, Nashville; grandchildren, Lee, Corey and Lindsey Adkins and Christopher Stancil; andmother of sons, June Adkins, Franklin. 

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Mike Williams officiating. Interment will be in Williamson Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers, Charles Edward Hood, Tom Fox, Raymond Vaughn, Lee and Corey Adkins, Chuck Fly, J.T. Langley, Jerry Marlin. Honorary pallbearers, retired friends at Jamison Bedding.

Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 23, 2-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home.

10/22/2009, Williamson Herald

Christopher Huntley

Christopher Michael “Chris” Huntley, 36, formerly of Franklin, and a resident of Cullman, Ala., died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 at his residence.

Born in Bay City, Mich., he was the son of Stephen J. “Steve” and Kathleen Baniewicz “Kathy” Huntley of Columbia. He was married to Stacey Kelley Huntley, who survives him. Mr. Huntley was a 1991 graduate of Franklin High School where he was a member of the ROTC program. He attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro for three years. He served four years in the United States Navy and served his country during Desert Storm. He was the waste plant operator for the city of Franklin Treatment Plant and was formerly a produce manager for Albertson’s in the Middle Tennessee area, and a former employee of Harris Teeter Grocery in the Middle Tennessee area.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by a son, Tyler Brown of Cullman, Ala.; a brother, Steve (Kathleen) Huntley II of Charlotte, Mich.; a sister, Stacey (Johnny) Hartley of Chapel Hill; a paternal grandmother, Beulah Huntley of Columbia; aunts and uncles, Shirley (Mark) Beeman of Bay City, Mich., Ron (Kathy) Huntley of Bay City, Mich., Kim Huntley of Bay City, Mich., Kathy (Marv) Sumner of Chapel Hill, Gerald (Barbara) Hartman of Spring Hill, Richard (Debra) Hartman of Chapel Hill; nephews, Johnny Hartley, Jr. and Cameron Hartley, both of Chapel Hill; cousins, Nicholas Huntley, Kaycee (Andy) Alvesteffer, Ron Huntley, Rachel (Scott) Carpenter; several other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home with Rev. Georgina Bearden officiating. The family will visit with friends, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Brown, Steve Huntley, II, Johnny Hartley, Jay Hartley, Steve Buoy and Tom Justice.
Memorials may be made to the Maury County Animal Shelter, 1233 Mapleash Ave., Columbia, TN  38401. Condolences may be sent to the family at

10/22/2009, Williamson Herald

Ronnie Glenn Jones

Ronnie Glenn Jones, 60, of Columbia, died Oct. 15, 2009.

He worked for several years as a sales representative for industrial suppliers and he played the role of Santa Claus for many years.

He is preceded in death by parents, Wallace and Frances Fowler Jones. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Dawn Jones of Columbia; sons, Daniel (Iris) Jones and Carson Jones all of Columbia; daughter, Amber Jones of Richmond, Ind.; brothers, Dale (Lisa) Jones of Nashville, and Hal Jones of Rex, Ga.; granddaughter, Callie Jones; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 19, 2009 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home; Johnny Fox officiated. Interment was in Williamson Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers were Bud Burgess, Sherrell McConnell, Ed McCormick, Will Frye, John Smith and Allen Tilley. Honorary pallbearers were The West 7th Singing Class and Tim Anderson.

10/22/2009, Williamson Herald

Mary Brown Rigby

Mary Brown Rigby, 50 of Brentwood, died Oct. 16, 2009. 

Formerly of Gridley, Ill., she was a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. She Served as Director of Development for the St. Thomas Foundation during much of the past two decades. She came to St. Thomas Hospital in 1992 leaving for a few years to help lead a campaign to build the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. 

She was a member of the Junior League of Nashville and served six terms on the board of directors where she served as president from 2007-08. She received the Paragon Award from the Junior League of Nashville in 2003 to recognize her tireless volunteer service.  Mrs. Rigby served on the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large in 2004-07 and currently serving as AJLI Nominating Chairman. She was a founding board member of the Patricia Hart Society of the United Way of Williamson County. Mrs. Rigby was also a former president of the Parent’s Club for the Ann Carroll School of Dance.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Margaret Idella Armbruster Brown.  Mrs. Rigby is survived by her husband of 22 years, James A. Rigby; daughter, Maria Kathryn Rigby; brother, Robert (Linda) Brown and other family members. 

Funeral services were held, Oct. 20, 2009 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Father Edward Alberts celebrant.

Memorials may be made to Maria Rigby Educational Fund, c/o Bank of America or St. Thomas Foundation.

10/22/2009, Williamson Herald

William Lee ‘Billy’ Mitchell

William Lee “Billy” Mitchell, 71 of the Bethesda community, died Oct. 17, 2009 at his home. 

He was born in Nashville to the late Arthur and Lillian Johnston Mitchell.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired truck driver. 

Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Mitchell and sister, Ann Chapman.  He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Irene Poteete Mitchell of Bethesda community; sons, James L. “E.I.” Mitchell of Leipers Fork community, Jerry L. “Bubba” Mitchell of Bethesda community, Raymond D. “Nugg” (Denise) Mitchell of Bethesda community; adopted son, David Wiley of Fairview; daughters, Lillian “Bunches” Mitchell of Bethesda community, Mary D. “Munk” Mitchell of Columbia, Irene Wiley of Culleoka; brothers, Pete Mitchell of Gallatin, Charles Mitchell of Smyrna, Earl Mitchell of Nashville, Phillip Mitchell of Louisiana, John “Buck” Mitchell of Franklin, Bobby Mitchell of Nashville; sister, Peggy (Benny) Reed of Franklin; 30 grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home; Jim Taylor officiated. Burial followed in Williamson Memorial Gardens.  Family and friends served as pallbearers. 

Memorials may be made to the Billy Mitchell Memorial Fund.

10/22/2009, Williamson Herald

Peggy Weatherford Poag

Peggy Weatherford Poag, 81, of Brentwood, died Oct. 19, 2009. 

A beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife of 61 years to Joseph A. Poag. She attended MTSU and the University of Tennessee.  Her work career began at TVA in Columbia and continued at Vanderbilt University and Ozburn-Hessey Company.  She was a faithful member of Crievewood United Methodist Church since 1968. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleveland Sullivan Weatherford and Dessie Ozburn Weatherford. 
In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Joseph Mark Poag (Carrie) and James C. Poag (Michelle); grandchildren Kelly Poag Stanley (Gregg), Joseph Mark Poag, Jr., (Natalie), James Matthew Poag (Ann-Haley) David Tristan Poag, Nicole Meghan Poag, Jacob Michael Poag and Charles Bailey Poag; great-grandchildren Sallie Virginia Stanley, Ethan Foster Poag, Mia Ruth Poag, Mason James Wilson, Graham Franklin Stanley; brothers, Jack 0. Weatherford and James L. Weatherford. 

Funeral services will be held, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at Crievewood United Methodist Church, 451 Hogan Road, Brentwood. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.  Crievewood Builder’s Class will be the honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be given to Crievewood United Methodist Church or Miriam’s Promise

10/22/2009, Williamson Herald

Posted on: 10/22/2009


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