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: [email protected]

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Gene  Brown

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

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

  • Dee Cope

    Dee Cope, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location

  • Maxine  Hester

    Maxine Hester, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location

  • Ken  Toothman

    Ken Toothman, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Cindi  Milam

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

    It has been my desire to be in 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 married Jim Milam in 1985 and together we have 2 children, Caroline and James. We have lived and served in White House since 1988. We are members at Holiday Heights Baptist Church, where Jim serves as a deacon and I serve as pianist. I served as the Executive Director of the Cemetery Association of Tennessee in 2003 and currently serve as chairman of the Hillcrest Cemetery Board in White House.
    I started working with the Austin & Bell family in 2004, as the office manager at the Springfield location. I began as office manager and funeral director at the White House location in 2016. 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 funeral service all of those years ago? I am now fulfilling yet another dream, being a funeral home manager. I am so very grateful for the honor of serving as manager of the White House location. I am very humbled by the trust that Bob Bell has placed in me. I will strive every day to meet the needs of the grieving families in our community with care, love, compassion and respect that all of our families deserve. We try and treat every family like our own family. It is truly a blessing to work for a family owned company and for a man like Bob Bell, who shares the same values and love for serving families that I do. I am always here to help you or to answer any questions that you might have.

  • Randy  Short

    Randy Short, Funeral Director

    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.

  • Homer Wright

    Homer Wright, Funeral Assistant at our White House 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.

  • 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.

  • Anne Lundregan

    Anne Lundregan, Family Service Counselor at our Greenbrier location

    Anne has been in cemetery and funeral service for nearly 20 years. She is
    a resident of Greenbrier and has dedicated her career to assisting families
    with the Advance Pre-planning process. Additionally, Anne has years of
    experience in designing beautiful bronze memorials for loved ones. She
    looks forward to helping even more people protect their families from the
    emotional and financial burdens by planning ahead.

  • Anne Mayes

    Anne Mayes, Funeral Assistant at our Greenbrier location.

  • Ray  Mayo

    Ray Mayo, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Greenbrier location

  • 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.

  • Joy Donna Lieb

    Joy Donna Lieb, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

    Excited to start her career as a newly licensed individual, Joy Donna started at the location in Hendersonville in May of 2018. She graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in the Chicago area in 2016 and moved to Tennessee to start her career in the funeral service. Raised in the mid-west, she migrated here for the southern culture and music scene of Nashville. Outside of funeral service, she is a musician and loves exploring new territory. Since high school, she has known that the funeral service is her calling and she is honored to become a part of her new community in such a personal way under the entrusted name of Austin and Bell.

  • Barbara  Bowers

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

    Office: 615-822-4442
    Email: [email protected]

    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.

  • Gary  Ferrell

    Gary Ferrell, Visitation Staff

    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, Visitation Staff

  • Vertis Butler

    Vertis Butler, Visitation Staff