Obituaries for April 3, 2013

Dr. Kenzer Dirkson

Dr. Kenzer Jeryl Dirkson, M.D.

Services for Dr. Kenzer will be Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary North Chapel in San Antonio, Texas. A graveside service with full military honors will be held Monday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Fr. Kevin Ryan will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 4 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

Dr. Dirkson, retired Lt. Col., 63, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on July 6, 1949 in Lebanon to parents, Fannie and Rubert Dirkson. Dr. Dirkson graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Chemistry. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Army. He was the Chief of Staff & Reconstructive Surgery at BAMC. Dr. Dirkson was an avid traveler, humanitarian, art collector, music lover and healer and was a loving father to his children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Lynn Dirkson; and parents.

Kenzer is survived by his wife, Carolyne Rice-Dirkson; sister, Cynthia B. Dirkson; sons, Kenzer Jeryl Dirkson II, Kirish Allen-Lee Dirkson; daughters, Kesha Nichole Dirkson, Kia Monique Rodriguez, Avia Daniela Peters; son-in-law, Roman Rodriguez; grandchildren, Quentin Davis, Miles Lim and Jude Dirkson.

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Ruth Hutson Duke

Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Polk Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Charles Blythe officiating. The family will visit with friends Wednesday from noon-2 p.m. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home.

Mrs. Duke, 85, former long-time resident of Alpine Drive, died Monday April 1, 2013 at Gardens of Providence Place in Mt. Juliet. Born in Perryville, Tenn. she was the daughter of the late Lee Hutson and Jennie Tomlin Hutson. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing for her family. An avid reader, she read through the Bible a number of times and was a member of the First Assembly of God.

Her husband of 52 years, Ray Duke, died Aug. 3, 1998. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Randall Ray and Rebecca Duke of Mt. Juliet; grandchildren, Cameron (Jessica) Duke of Cullowhee, N.C. and Lauren Duke of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Barnwell of Hudson, N.C. and Ed Montgomery of Parsons; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Lorraine Sneed, Johnnie Montgomery, Frankie Mathis, Mary Lee Barnwell; and brother, James Hutson.

Active pallbearers are Cameron Duke, Richard Pearson, Mike King, Terry Dawson, Tim Smith, and Nate Bentley. Honorary pallbearers include Jimmy Barnwell, Ed Montgomery, and the men of First Assembly of God.

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Wayne Garrett

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Garrett will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Leeville United Methodist Church, 7019 Hickory Ridge Road, Lebanon with Larry Pedigo and Roland Scruggs officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Mr. Garrett, 77, of Mt. Juliet, died Sunday, March 31, 2013. Wayne was a man that loved life, laughter, the Lord and people. Every day and every relationship were marked by these four loves. At E.I. DuPont, in Old Hickory, he worked faithfully for 32 ½ years. He enjoyed going to the plant and doing the work set before him, but he dedicated himself to the people with whom he worked. They were the stories he told.

Leeville United Methodist Church was his church home, the place that set the rhythm of his life. He served gladly and gave willingly because it was home, but the people were what made it so, not the bricks and mortar. They were more like family to him than friends, and he genuinely delighted in them, both young and old. They were never far away from his heart and mind. But family was the song of his life.

His sister, Kaye (Tommy) Everett and his brother, L.D. (Jean) Garrett were his two best friends. Their love and enjoyment of one another was infectious. He and his wife, Donna enjoyed 40 years of marriage, and they truly shared life together. He was not one to enjoy being out of her company for very long.

He had one son, Hal (Tiffany) Garrett, and two grandchildren, Sawyer and Sydney Garrett. His greatest gift to them was time, and he gave it cheerfully, generously and without apology. And God’s great gift to us is that we knew him and were loved by him. 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “Each man must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Leeville United Methodist Church.

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

Sara Margaret (Peggy) Williams Speich

A memorial service for Mrs. Speich will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at Hermitage United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Speich, 69, died March 29, 2013 in Crossville where she and her husband Rev. Garry Speich had retired. They had served together in ministry at United Methodist Churches in Sparta, Gallatin, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet, Clarksville, Hermitage and in the Nashville District. She was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Paul Williams. Peggy was a graduate of East High School, Martin Methodist College and Tennessee Tech. She taught in Nashville Public Schools and in the Title Programs for 30-plus years.

She was active in each church as a Church School teacher, a leader in United Methodist Women, a choir member, a Stephen Minister and in scores of other ways.She participated in the development of the prayer ministry of the Upper Room and in the early development of Walk to Emmaus. Peggy was an excellent cook and for 10 years owned a catering business with a friend.

Peggy loved to travel and was blessed to have gone many places in the world. She had a great wit and constant smile. She loved working with children and youth and was a great mentor to many. She had a large number of friends, many dating back to her college days and from the churches where they served.

Memorial gifts may be given to Martin Methodist College or Miriam's Promise Adoption Ministries.

The couple had one son, Eric (wife Jennifer) who lives in Mt. Juliet and is a pilot with Averitt Trucking Company. She leaves a much-loved sister, Mary Ann MacKenzie; a brother, Rev. John P. Williams; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Terry R. Stuart

Funeral services for Mr. Stuart will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Hunter Funeral Home with Bro. David Calhoun and Bro. Ben Simpson officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and prior to services Thursday. Interment at Griffin Cemetery.

Mr. Stuart, 53, of Watertown, died Monday morning, April 1, 2013 at University Medical Center in Lebanon. He was born in Madisonville, Tenn., son of the late James Elmer Stuart and Louise Crisp Stuart and was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Stuart.

Terry is survived by his wife, Debbie Winfree Stuart of Watertown; brother, Mike Stuart of Granville; sister, Sharon Stuart of Lebanon; stepsons, Jason (Jeannie) Marlar of Alexandria and Nick (Kendra) Marlar of Carthage; stepmother, Virginia Stuart of Somerset, Ky.; grandsons, Jadon, Jared, Jamison and Nixon Marlar; granddaughters, Miranda Marlar and Gabrielle Lott Fisher; nephews, Kevin and Timmy Stuart, Mark Wilson, Casey Thompson, Joey and Todd Music, Chris Morgan; nieces, Michelle Stuart, Julie Stuart, Shanna Thompson, Brandy Morgan; several aunts and uncles.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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