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Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

Robert H.  Bell

Robert H. Bell, Sole Owner and Operator, Funeral Director, Embalmer

Phone: 615-384-1000
Cell: 615-618-5737
E-mail: bob.bell@austinandbell.com

I am a 5th Generation Funeral Director/Embalmer here at Austin & Bell and purchased the business in 2007. I was born and raised in Springfield and came back to work in the family business in 1986. I came back to work for good in 1988 after graduation from Mortuary School. I am honored to own this business and feel a real need to honor those who came before me. I am not just an owner but a steward of Austin & Bell. I hope I can make a difference in the lives of the ones we serve. "Putting Families First" is our motto because that is the reason each one of us is here.


Tim  Nicholson

Tim Nicholson, General Manager of Operations, Manager of Pleasant View Location, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Phone: 615-384-1000
Cell: 615-618-9450

Tim is the General Manager of Austin & Bell Funeral Homes. He was born in Springfield and raised in Pleasant View. "These two places- Springfield/Robertson County and Pleasant View- are very special to me. I have many family and friends in Pleasant View and all of my mother's family lives in Robertson County. I consider both places home."

Tim earned a Bachelor's degree from Austin Peay State Univeristy and graduated from John A. Gupton College in Nashville, where he received his degree in funeral service. He is a licensed funeral director and licensed embalmer and is active in Springfield/ Robertson County and Pleasant View communities.

Tim says, "I can't imagine not being in funeral servcie. Our profession is a "calling"- not a job. Helping people in their darkest hour is an honor and a privilege for me." Outside of funeral service and community involvement, his only hobby is his family- wife, Bev, and two young sons, Noah and Micah.


Sean Patterson

Sean Patterson, Funeral Director, NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultant, After Care Specialist and Notary

Mobile: (615) 668.9241

Sean has almost 30 years of experience in every aspect of the funeral industry. She is a licensed funeral director and pre-need specialist.
Sean has spent the majority of her career educating people about the importance of preplanning.
Sean works for our Springfield, Greenbrier, Pleasant View and White House locations


Bill  Manley

Bill Manley, Funeral Direct and Embalmer at our Springfield Location

Phone: 615-384-1000
Cell: 615-972-1162

Bill is a liscenced funeral director and extremely skilled in the art of embalming. He is the Manager of our preparation facility and has been in this position since he became a part of the Austin & Bell family. He has been in the funeral business since 1985.

Bill is a graduate of John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science. He is also a graduate of Nashville State, with a degree in Banking and Finance.

Bill is originally from Nashville, TN and member of Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. He enjoys music and playing guitar, while being at home with his family.


Ralph  Toothman

Ralph Toothman, Funeral Director, Death Certificates at our Springfield Location

Phone: 615-384-1000
Cell: 615-594-2516

Ralph is a 2nd generation funeral director with Austin & Bell. Ralph has been with our firm for almost 9 years.

He is a 1976 graduate of Goodpasture High School. Ralph is an associate graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, and a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a bachelors degree in Animal Science.

Ralph is married to his wife Kathleen of 25 years, and has 3 beautiful daughters, Sarah, Jane, and Leah (Husband Josh Lyons), who is also expecting their first child.

Ralph is a member of the Robertson County Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association, and the National Education Association. He also serves as an Elder for the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Springfield, TN.

In his spare time, Ralph enjoys raising New Zealand White Rabbits, listening to country music, and spending time with his family.


Gary Toothman

Gary Toothman, Funeral Director at our Springfield location

Gary is a resident of Robertson County and has been with Austin & Bell since 2008. He is an integral part of our family and is a caring professional.


Dee Cope

Dee Cope, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location


Gene Brown

Gene Brown, Funeral Director, Funeral Assistant at our Springfield location.

Gene says that he has always had a passion in helping people.


Maxine Hester

Maxine Hester, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location


Ken Toothman

Ken Toothman, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location


Jo Sharon Kelly

Jo Sharon Kelly, Visitations at our White House location

She is a resident of White House and a caring professional


Randy Short

Randy Short, Funeral Director, Manager at our White House location

Randy began his profession in the spring of 1970, while still in high school. He started with the Austin and Bell family in 2005.
He has the passion for helping people with one of the hardest times of their lives through compassion, dignity, and trust.


Cindi Milam

Cindi Milam, Funeral Director, Office Manager at our White House location

It has been my desire to be in the funeral service since I was a young girl. I met Tom Bowers when I was 12 years old and living in Chattanooga. He buried a family member and his professionalism made quite an impression on me. I continued to have a desire to meet the needs of grieving families and wanted to attend Mortuary College. My parents could not afford for me to come to Nashville and it seemed my dream would never become a reality. I married, had children, and realized after they started school, that my dream was within my reach. I no longer lived in Chattanooga but close enough to Nashville to drive to school daily. I graduated from John A. Gupton in 2001 with an Associates degree and am licensed as a Tennessee Funeral Director and Embalmer.
I worked for Austin and Bell from 2004 through 2007 during the time of their corporate ownership. I am so honored to again be part of the Austin and Bell family and began 2016 as the office manager and funeral director for our White House location. Who knew that after all these years I would get the privilege of working in the same company as the person who inspired me to go into the funeral service all of those years ago.


Allan Linson

Allan Linson, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our White House location

Allan says that he finds working in this profession a way to minister to families in their time of grief.


Beverly Nicholson

Beverly Nicholson, Office Manager at our Pleasant View Location

I have been with Austin & Bell Funeral Home since January 2010. I am married to Tim Nicholson, Funeral Director for Austin & Bell Funeral Home. Working, as a team, with my husband has been a blessing and serving our community, friends, and family. Tim and I have 2 boys Noah and Micah and they are the sunshine in my days. We love our families and want to ease the burden of such a difficult time. The families we serve become like family to us.


Betty Ezell

Betty Ezell, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Pleasant View location

Betty has been a part of the Austin and Bell family since 2013.


Larry Lee

Larry Lee, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Pleasant View location

Larry has been a part of our Austin and Bell family since 2010. Larry is a lifetime member of the Pleasant View community. He drove a bus for Cheatham County School System for many years and managed the local grocery store. He is well known and loved by everyone.


Don Dungan

Don Dungan, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Pleasant View location

Don has been a part of the Austin and Bell family since 2010.


Donna Davis

Donna Davis, Office Manager at our Greenbrier Chapel

Donna has been with Austin and Bell since 2009.
Donna's favorite part about working for Austin and Bell is helping the families in their time of need.

She and her husband, Dick Davis, have two children and four grandchildren.


Ray Mayo

Ray Mayo, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Greenbrier location


Jon Justice

Jon Justice, Funeral Director, Manager at our Greenbrier location.

Jon has been in the funeral business 11 years. He became a part of the Austin and Bell family in 2015. He has a passion for this profession because it is an extension of his ministry. He is married to his wife, Virginia, with whom he has two daughters and two grandkids.


Tom Bowers

Tom Bowers, Manager of our Hendersonville Location, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Tom has proudly been a part of this honorable profession for almost 50 years. He began his career working at his uncle’s funeral home at the age of 15. He is a graduate of MTSU and Gupton College of Mortuary Science. In 1988, he was appointed, by then Governor Ned McWhirter, to a committee to help establish laws for cremation in the State of Tennessee. He is a proud Past-President of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. He has taken over as manager of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service now open in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Tom has been a part of the Hendersonville community for over 40 years, being active in the Parks Program, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, Morning Rotary Club, Sertoma Club and Past-President of the HHS Quarterback Club.


Barbara Bowers

Barbara Bowers, Family Services, Advanced Planning at our Hendersonville Location

Office: 615-822-4442
Email: Barbara@austinandbell.com

Barbara has over 14 years of experience in the funeral industry. She is a Licensed Pre-Need Specialist and Registered Apprentice Funeral Director. She has made Hendersonville her home for over 30 years.


Savannah Jones

Savannah Jones, Apprentice Funeral Director and Apprentice Embalmer at our Hendersonville Location

Phone: (615) 822-4442
Email: sjones@austinandbell.com
Savannah is a first generation Apprentice Funeral Director and Apprentice Embalmer. She was raised on a farm in a little West Tennessee town. There, her family farms beef cattle, soy beans, and tobacco. After she graduated from high school, she went to the John A. Gupton Mortuary College to major in Funeral Directing and Embalming. Savannah graduated John A. Gupton Mortuary College with an Associate of Arts degree in the spring of 2015. She is currently serving her apprenticeship at Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Hendersonville, Tennessee.


Gary Ferrell

Gary Ferrell

I moved to Hendersonville with my wife and two children in 1969. In my career of being a pastor, I have had the honor of serving five churches. The last church I pastored at was First Assembly of God off of Walter Ferry Road here in Hendersonville. I retired pastoring due to my wife falling ill in 2001. I became the first Chaplin of the Hendersonville police department in 1978 and am still currently today serving as the Chaplin. I know many people in Hendersonville and have for several years. I am still very involved in police matters and am active to be a servant and give services whenever or wherever I can.


Mike Ward

Mike Ward


Kay Head

Kay Head

My husband of 54 years and I live in Gallatin, after having lived all our lives in Springfield, Tennessee. I am a retired legal secretary but have had several part-time jobs since retiring. We have two daughters and one granddaughter. We are members of First Baptist Church Hendersonville. I have known the Bell family for many years and I am very pleased to be working at the Hendersonville location.


Kim Whitworth

Kim Whitworth, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Pleasant View location

Kim is a retired Postmaster of 34 years with the USPS. He loves golfing, umpiring softball and spending lots of time with his granddaughter. He is a member of Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church.
He has been married to his lovely wife, Lori, for 34 years and they have 2 daughters, Jessica and Emily, and a beautiful granddaughter, Anna.
Kim began working for Austin & Bell in 2016 and enjoys ministering to those that are going through the difficult time with the death of their family member. Kim is looking forward to many years with the Austin & Bell family. He says, "They are the best folks to work with."