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In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week January 31, 2021 - Smokey Barn NewsSunday, February 28, 2021
Honorary pallbearers will be John Shane and Jerry Somerville. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home.Stephanie was born June 6, 1966 in Clarksville. She was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1984. Stephanie went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master’s degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt, a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, and her EDS from Tennessee State University. She worked with the Robertson County Board of Education for 32 years, first in Special Education and then she retired in December of 2020 as the Assistant Director of Schools. She was a member of Springfield Kiwanis and served on the Robertson County Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. Stephanie enjoyed gardening, especially wildflowers, and her pets.Stephanie is survived by her parents: William Herman “Buddy” and Linda Adkins Mason of Springfield, and by her brother: Stephen Mason of Springfield.If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Robertson County Scholarship Foundation in memory of Stephanie Mason and may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.Tribute WallRobertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.Obituary for Lisa Gaye GillLisa Gaye Gill, age 58 of Springfield, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at NorthCrest Health. Her remains are to be cremated and no services are planned at this time in accordance to her wishes.Lisa was born December 28, 1962 in Springfield to the late Rayburn and Ruby Gamble Bugg. She was of the Baptist faith and worked in the local factories for many years. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved animals and enjoyed sewing and going to yard sales. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rayburn Bugg, Jr. and a sister, Melissa Dawn Bugg.She is survived by her husband, Eddie Gill of Springfield; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and David-Paul Benton of Springfield; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Michael and Melissa Gill of Springfield; brother, Steven Bugg of Texas; and grandchildren, JaMarion Gill, Elizabeth Jean Benton, and Caleb Lee Benton.a href="https... https://smokeybarn.com/in-loving-memory-obituaries-of-the-week-january-31-2021/
Clarksville florist heading to DC to decorate the White House for Christmas - NewsChannel5.comSunday, January 17, 2021
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Clarksville floral designer is taking her talents to the White House. Out of thousands of people who applied, Kassie Peterson was chosen as one of the florists to join the White House Christmas decorating crew."It was a humbling thing because I enjoy it so much and they always say find something you would do for free as a job," Peterson said.Peterson opened her floral shop "Kassie Kay Floral Designs" back in June on Franklin Street in downtown Clarksville during the midst of the pandemic. "It's been very challenging," said Peterson. "We had to dial back a lot of our workshops and in-person events."She says going to the White House for this opportunity was a dream come true."This year it was one of my reach goals for 2020," Peterson said. "I try to be a goal setter, it keeps me on task and this was one of my reach goals for 2020 so I was ecstatic when I heard the news."Peterson will leave for D.C. on Thanksgiving day. She will be assisting the first lady ... https://www.newschannel5.com/news/clarksville-florist-heading-to-d-c-to-decorate-the-white-house-for-christmas
Headed to DC, local florist chosen for White House Christmas decorating team - Clarksville NowWednesday, December 02, 2020
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Local florist Kassie Peterson is headed to Washington DC, where she will join the White House’s decorating team in preparing for Christmas.Peterson opened her shop, Kassie Kay Floral Designs, on Franklin Street in June of this year. She applied to to be a volunteer White House decorator in September and was selected in October.“That was a reach goal for 2020 for me. It’s something that’s been on my radar for several years, but it hasn’t been able to work out to get selected for it,” said Peterson.Peterson says that her style as a florist is rooted in her Southern upbringing. She loves romantic, seasonal arrangements.For the White House project, Peterson will be working with the White House’s team to bring their Christmas vision to life. She will be in DC all next week.In 2019, the White House halls became a forest of lit Christmas trees with red and white flowers, a design Peterson said she was a big fan of. She particularly liked the inclusion of... https://clarksvillenow.com/local/headed-to-dc-local-florist-chosen-for-white-house-christmas-decorating-team/
James D. Brown - Clarksville NowTuesday, October 22, 2019
Visitation for SCPO James David Brown (Ret), age 83 of Clarksville, will be Tuesday, October 8, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Sykes Funeral Home.James passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019. He was born on October 9, 1935, in Qulin, MO to John and Nora Ledbetter Brown. He was a member of Shiloh Church of Christ. John retired from the United States Navy after serving for 20 years and was employed with Josten’s for 12 years. He loved fishing, cooking, dinner theatre with friends, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Jean Brown; and son James Brown, Jr. James is survived by his son, Roger Brown; daughter, Vicki Brown; and brothers, Tom and Charles Brown.In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org.Please visit James’ guestbook at www.sykesfuneralhome.com and share a memory with the family. https://clarksvillenow.com/local/james-d-brown-2/
Mary L. Dyce - Clarksville NowTuesday, September 24, 2019
Mary Lou Dyce, age 90, of Clarksville, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Arcadia Senior Living.Mary Lou was born January 28, 1929, in Montgomery County, TN, to the late Lonnie Thomas Morrow and Lillie Blanche Thomas Morrow. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Sterling Houston Dyce; son, Thomas Dyce; four brother, Donnie Morrow, Ernest Morrow, Clyde Morrow, and Thomas Morrow; and three sisters, Fanie Mae Scott, Bonnie Chester, and Louise Scott.Mrs. Dyce was a nurse and a member of Walton’s Chapel United Methodist Church.A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, September 11, at 11:00 AM, at the Chapel of Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, with Rev. Craig Cross and Rev. George Adair officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 10, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, and Wednesday, September 11, from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of service, at the funeral home.Mary Lou is survived by her daughter, Patsy (John) Peay of Clarksville; one brother,... https://clarksvillenow.com/local/mary-l-dyce/
'HOOSIERS WE'VE LOST': Lifelong florist never hesitated to help those in need - The RepublicWednesday, March 31, 2021
Sheets Editor’s note: This is one of a continuing online series of profiles of the more than 12,000 Hoosiers who have died from COVID-19. The stories are from 12 Indiana newspapers, including The Republic, who collaborated to create the collection to highlight the tremendous loss that the pandemic has created. The series appears daily at therepublic.com.Name: Dawn SheetsCity/Town: IndianapolisAge: 93Died: April 16Dawn Sheets never hesitated to help a friend in need.Sheets, a lifelong florist, had no formal medical training, but when her friend Maxine Hessong needed kidney dialysis treatment, Sheets taught herself how to operate a dialysis machine so Hessong’s husband Dale could continue working.For more than a year, Sheets made three to four trips a week to Methodist Hospital to care for her friend, offering support and companionship during Hessong’s procedures. Eventually Hessong came home, and Sheets continued to run her machine, even showing Dale the necessary steps in the process.“She cared about people,” daughter Lori Arment said. “She cared about people’s feelings and their well being.”“That’s one of the highlights of her life to be able... http://www.therepublic.com/2021/03/30/hoosiers-weve-lost-lifelong-florist-never-hesitated-to-help-those-in-need/
Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case - Albuquerque JournalSunday, February 28, 2021
The case thrust the great-grandmother into the national spotlight and she testified before state lawmakers in Indiana and Kansas.Michael Scott, a Seattle attorney who worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to represent Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed — the couple denied the flowers — had previously told justices he didn’t believe Stutzman’s floral creations constituted speech. By providing flowers for a same-sex marriage, he argued, “she’s not endorsing same-sex marriage. She’s selling what she sells.”Ferguson had said the state’s argument rested on longstanding principle, and uprooting it would weaken antidiscrimination law.After the arguments in the Supreme Court case last November, at a packed theater at Bellevue College, a large crowd of Stutzman’s supporters greeted her outside, chanting her name and waving signs that said “Justice For Barronelle.”In a February 2015 ruling, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom found that Stutzman’s refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation violated Washington’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. The following month, Ekstrom ordered Stutzman to pay a $1,000 penalty to the state and $1 in costs and fees.Stutzman entered the florist business 30 years ago, when her mother bought a flower shop.At a press conference following the ruling, Ferguson said that under Washington law, a business is not required to provide a particular service, but if it does so for couples of the opposite sex, it must provide that service equally to same-sex couples. Ferguson noted that Stutzman is not currently selling wedding flowers, but if she were to resume that side of her business, she would not be allowed to sell to only heterosexual couples.“The state Supreme Court has made that very clear,” he said.___AP writer Gene Johnson contributed from Seattle. ... https://www.abqjournal.com/951260/washington-court-rules-against-florist-in-gay-wedding-case.html
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Birmingham. In more recent years, his work has been seen at the annual Fabby Abbey Ball, a benefit for KET held at Spindletop Hall.
Hein first came to Lexington in 1961 from his home state of Indiana. While attending Evansville College (before it became the University of Evansville) in the late ’50s, he got an offer to become an ice skating instructor in Terre Haute, Indiana. Then he was hired by Crystal Ice Palace, located in Lexington’s new Gardenside Shopping Center, in 1961. The developers of the center, Pierson-Trapp Co., operated the outdoor skating facility in winter and had a swim club called Cabana Club during the summertime, both of which closed around 1964.
Those same developers invited Hein to join as a managing partner in the Villager Gift Shop, he said. For several years, Hein ran the retail store: a bridal registry shop with gifts, antiques, an art gallery and framing department. The Villager Gift Shop was advertised in national magazines like House & Garden and House Beautiful, and gave Hein his first experience buying beautiful silk flowers, which had become available to the gift market “just after the horrible episode of awful plastic flowers for homes,” he recalled. By the time he changed the name of the shop to E. Stephen Hein, Inc., customers were coming in requesting silk flower arrangements en masse.
“I had to do an arrangement like I knew what I was doing,” Hein said with a laugh, recalling his early foray into floral arranging.
Over the next two decades, the gift shop in Gardenside closed and Hein became involved with a couple of other businesses and jobs, including a stint at W.P. Pemberton & Sons Greenhouses.
“I didn’t know what was going on with that shop, but I thought I wouldn’t mind going in to learn the flower shop business,” he said. It turned out that they were looking for a manager. Building off his experience with silk flower arrangements, he soon learned how to work with natural flowers and plants, and in 1987, he left Pemberton’s to open his own shop.
Today, Hein’s floral shop has turned into a true family affair, with his granddaughter, Kelsey Hein Smith, having worked alongside him since graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017. A floral designer and the store’s social media manager, Smith calls her grandfather PoPo – except during business hours.
“It’s weird to call him Steve,” she admitted.
Thoughtful, artistic expression has always been appreciated in the floral business, and remains a staple of Hein’s business model. While centerpieces and corsages are less common than they were at the start of his business, sending flowers across town – or even across the country – remains a popular action, and Hein can help with both. Some of his loyal clients utilize his services not only for local flower delivery but also to coordinate out-of-state arrangements for funerals or special occasions.
“We know what to say to the other florist, the dos and don’ts of what to use and what not to use,” Hein said, explaining that his clients appreciate his specific aesthetic. His penchant for communicating the specifics of that aesthetic when “calling out” orders to other florists hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the shop has often been lauded for orders that Hein helps coordinate across the country.
Former and fellow florists have also expressed their gratitude to Hein over the years.
“They have told me that when I set up shop in Lexington in 1987, I raised the bar for what florists do to make a show with their flower arrangements,” he said. “I thought that was a very nice compliment.”
E. Stephen Hein Florist is located at 380 E. Second St. More info is available at www.estephenheinflorist.com.
Josh Bilicki, Rich Mar Florist and Lemons of Love Bring Cancer Awareness to the Roval - Kickin' the TiresWednesday, October 28, 2020
Outlet Super Store (BOSS), Custom Fiberglass Molding, Insurance King, and Fort Worth Screen Printing on board.In 18 NCS starts this season, Bilicki has a best finish of 25th twice coming at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.The Bank of America Roval 400 NASCAR Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, October 11th at 2:30PM ET. It will be televised on NBC.?????? pic.twitter.com/6JAfZs8YFQ— Josh Bilicki (@joshbilicki) October 7, 2020Photo Credit: Josh Bilicki Racing... https://kickinthetires.net/nascar/josh-bilicki-rich-mar-florist-and-lemons-of-love-bring-cancer-awareness-to-the-roval/