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Robert Joseph Beckham PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Music publisher Robert Joseph “Bob” Beckham, died Monday, Nov. 11 at Summit Hospital in Hermitage. He was 86.  

Music was his life and songwriters his best friends, from his early years as a child star in the movies through a very successful recording career which he walked away from to be closer to his family.  Music dominated everything he did.  As a music publisher he nurtured many great songwriters.  At Lowery Music they included Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed, and Joe South among others…at Raleigh Music he introduced the world to Ben Peters and finally at Combine Music, a struggling company when he joined it.  He turned it into one of the most important factors in Nashville’s becoming Music City.  Where would it be without the songs of Kris Kristofferson, Dennis Linde, Larry Gatlin, Dolly Parton, Bob Morrison, Johnny McCrae, Debbie Mupp, Billy Swan, John Scott Sherril, Bob DePiero, Chris Gantry, Alan Rush, Martha Sharp, Time Kreckel, Lee Clayton, Mark Germino, Johnny Wilson, Gene Dobbins, Don Devaney, Bobby Russell, Buzz Cason, Mickey Clark, Steve Clark, Wanda Mallette, Patti Ryan, Tony Joe White, Mel McDaniel, Arthur Alexander, Steve Earle, and Mary Mary Francis.

After combine was sold, Beckham was asked by HoriPro, an international company, to establish a presence in Nashville.  HoriPro became a successful presence almost immediately.

No matter where Beckham was, one of the secrets to his success was his open mindedness and a great ear when it came to new writers.  No one was ever told that new songs were not being accepted.  Beckham was low profile but a great song man, and he created an incredible atmosphere for the writers.  The doors were always open. His personal office door was never closed. His friends included the movers and shakers who frequently sought him out.  His contributions were always in the background as he never sought the spotlight.  He’d had enough of that in the movies and on the stage. Other than music, his deepest conversations were always about his family.  They were the core and the reason for everything he did.  He was first, last, and always, a family man.

He is survived by wife of 66 years, Shirley Beckham; children: Pamela Beckham Linde, Debbie (James) Beckham Hall, Mike (Cindy Beckham) Devault, and Gay (Steve) Beckham Stought; sisters: Lorraine Clark and Karen Stuart; grandchildren: Lisa, Will, and Katie Linde, Megan Bare and Justin Hall, Jesse and Tyler Lawson, and Riley and Eli Stought; and great-grandchildren: Jack and Mary Marsden, Bella and Beckham Bare, Wren, Wiley, and Maizie Linde, and Lindie Brown.  Special thanks to our brother John Dorris for loving our daddy.  He is preceded in death by parents Lovenia Shaw and Bill Beckham and son-in-law Dennis Linde.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 13, followed by the graveside service.  Graveside Services are 3 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Memorial Donations:  Alive Hospice.  Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, Mt. Juliet TN, (615)444-9393.  Obits (615)758-8818.

 
William Earl Brown PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

William Earl Brown, 84, Mt. Juliet, died Saturday, Nov. 9. 

Brown was a member of Green Hill Church of Christ and was retired from Ford Motor Company. He was the son of the late, John and Effie Hopper Brown. Brown was also preceded in death by brother, Jerry Brown; sister, Ernestine Howarth and daughter, Sissy Hicks.   

He is survived by: wife of 29 years, Janie Brown; sons, Jeff (Lisa) Brown and Gregg (Cathy) Brown; daughters, Susan Russell, Vivian Vanderburg, Becky Stewart and Mary Jane Hicks; sisters, Aliene Hardy and Joyce Wright; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Brother August Ruff Head officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Warren Smith, Mike Goodall, Alex Poteete, Aaron Jones, Hatton Wright and Vincent Lenning. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of Green Hill Church of Christ. 

Visitation was Monday and Tuesday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com.

 
Samuel Grant Farmer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Samuel Grant Farmer, Wednesday, Nov. 6,  the infant son of Grant and Megan Farmer of Mt. Juliet. 

In addition, he is survived by: maternal grandparents, Thomas and Linda Tozer; paternal grandparents, Richard and Sharon Farmer; aunts and uncles, Alyssa and John McDonald, Emily Farmer, Blake and Mariah Farmer.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 8, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jacob Armstrong officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. 

Visitation was prior to service Friday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com.

 
Richard Martyn Hebert PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Richard Martyn Hebert, 66, Hermitage, died Wednesday, Nov. 6. 

He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army and the son of the late, Douglas Geoffrey Hebert. 

He is survived by: mother, Forrest Ellen Hebert; former spouse, Paula Hebert; daughters, Loree Hebert and Courtney Pignone; seven grandchildren 

Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 10, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Rev. Chuck Groover officiating. 

Visitation was prior to service on Sunday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com.

 
Lord "Ron" Henry PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lord “Ron” Henry was born Nov. 29, 1937 in Columbus, Ohio and passed away Nov. 4.  

He is he is preceded in death by his parents; John A Henry and Jean C Young.  

Lord Henry was a true patriot. He joined the Ohio Air National Guard at age 17. He also served in the Air Force, Naval Reserve, and the U.S. Army from which he retired in 1979 as First Sargent. Ron served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and received numerous awards including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

He is a lifetime member of the 25th Infantry Regiment Association and Wilson County Vietnam Veterans of America. Ron was a member of The Old Guard (Ft. Myer/Arlington National Cemetery) and served on Robert F. Kennedy’s burial team. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lord “Ron” Henry founded and served as President of Lord Henry Enterprises from 1995 until 2009. Lord Henry Enterprises specialized in safety and security products. He was recognized as a safety and security industry entrepreneur. He previously worked in the automotive industry and in risk management for Kroger. Ron earned a B.S. from Columbia College of Missouri.  

He is survived by: wife, Shannon Gold Henry; daughter, Ronnica Henry of Tennessee; sons, Rod Henry of Kentucky and John Henry of Indiana; sister, Patricia(Terry)Knott of Ohio; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were Sunday, Nov. 10 with visitation prior to the service at New Hope Baptist Church, 6010 S New Hope Rd, Hermitage, TN 37076.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for funding Wilson County’s Veteran’s Park and Museum, (fundraising is currently underway) for the benefit of honoring and supporting local veterans.  These contributions may be sent to: Wilson County Veterans Office (615-444-2460). Checks payable to Wilson County Government, 228 E. Main St., Room 106Lebanon, TN  37087. Note: In memory of Lord “Ron” Henry.

 
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